Letters to the Editor Policies
All newspapers encourage letters to the editor and intend to print the opinions of their readers with as few restrictions as possible. The Fort Frances Times is no exception.
Rules governing letters to the editor in the Fort Frances Times are:
- All letters must be signed, and the name of the write will be printed with all letters published.
- The writer must submit his/her letter in person and satisfactory identify themselves, or submit a telephone number to be used to verify that the letter was actually written by the person whose name is included on it, delaying publication if necessary to make the verification.
- Letter will not be accepted from people outside the local coverage area unless the letters are written on a topic of primarily local interest.
- If a letter attacks another individual or group, the Times will allow a response in the same edition.
- Letters should not exceed 300 words and may be edited for length and content.
I’d like to extend a big public jeer to Jerome Johnson for last week’s thinly-veiled homophobic rant disguised as a letter to the editor (“Scandalous,” April 27.)
You’ve clearly expressed yourself with the clarity and logic of a YouTube comment section when you try to argue that a boy’s shirt choice may one day somehow magically turn him into a homosexual.
The definition of scandalous: causing general public outrage by a perceived offence against morality or law.
When I saw a letter to the editor entitled as such, I thought to myself, “Well, I better click on that.” However, I wish I hadn’t.
In reply to the letter “Scandalous” from Mr. Jerome Johnson (Fort Frances Times, April 27).
Oh dear, Mr. Johnson . . . where have you been? Time and the world have moved on.
I am quite confident in suggesting that no parents of these children “forced” them to wear pink T-shirts on Wednesday, April 13—the day known in Canada as the “Day of Pink.”
As I am writing this letter, my head is still swimming from the letter headlined “Scandalous.” I hardly know where, or how, to begin but I will certainly try.
I think the first thing that needs to be clarified is that the “Day of Pink” has nothing to do with sexuality, hetero or otherwise. It does, however, have everything to do with standing up to bullies.
I read a letter to the editor from last Wednesday’s Times. Now normally I would skip over this part of the paper, and normally I would not even think about writing a response.
Reading last week’s press release from the Rainy River District School Board, headlined “Board disappointed by no agreement,” brought one no end of amusement.
The only question perplexing the reader would be whether Dianne McCormack, chair of the board, was permitted to read that mountain of mendacity before her name was affixed to it?
Dear Mr. Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local “Community Chest” for all they do in our area.
Without their help, both emotionally and financially, many of us would have added extra stress.
Thank you also to the volunteers and people who donate to this wonderful organization.
I am thankful I live in such an awesome community.
On Wednesday, April 13, I observed four school buses with pink T-shirts fixed to the front grill. The word “Bully” was inscribed on them.
Later on, we drove by an elementary school, where the kids were having recess. Half the boys wore pink.
This was disheartening and scandalous.
We praise the federal government’s commitment to restore funding to the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA).
This is good news for science and for the environment. The ELA is the world’s leading freshwater living laboratory, helping to make Canada a world leader in protecting the natural world.
Where to begin? I refer to the Rainy River District School Board’s press release of April 19.
I have never read a more disingenuous, misleading, inaccurate press release. In one fell swoop, the board has managed to annoy, anger, and insult its secondary school teachers under the guise of purporting to invite the teachers back to the bargaining table.