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Letter to the Editor

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:

  1. All letters must be signed, and the name of the write will be printed with all letters published.
  2. 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.
  3. Letter will not be accepted from people outside the local coverage area unless the letters are written on a topic of primarily local interest.
  4. If a letter attacks another individual or group, the Times will allow a response in the same edition.
  5. Letters should not exceed 300 words and may be edited for length and content.

More disappointment

Dear editor:

Reading the letter last week from Martin Booth on the care he and his wife received in Rainycrest promoted me to write.

My sister and I lost our father, Harold Lucas, in the early part of March, where he had been in and out of hospital several times due to his heart.


Dear editor:

Tobacco use prevention is a community problem which requires us to come together and suggest workable solutions. We can all play a part. If you are a customer, let restaurant owners know that you prefer smoke-free dining. If you are a voter, strongly urge your councillors to draft a smoking bylaw.

Smoke alarms are now law

Dear editor,

As Fire Marshal of Ontario, I deal with the impact and tragedy of fire on a daily basis. The fact is, approximately 70 percent of fire deaths occur in homes that are not protected by working smoke alarms. It is particularly tragic when fire strikes our most vulnerable groups—children and older adults.

Booth letter

Dear editor:

I am 88 years old and my wife is 81. I have looked after my wife, who has severe Alzheimer’s disease, at home for the last nine years with the help of Home Care and occasional respite care in hospital. Two weeks ago my wife and I went into Rainycrest. I am still mentally alert and active but my wife’s disease is now very advanced.

Gillis Letter

Dear editor:

The Conservative government’s document, “Lands for Life,” is a proposal that intends to affect vast changes to many of our interests. Almost every outdoor activity we as residents of Northwestern Ontario relish and consider sacred could be affected.

Canadian dollar

Dear sir,

Mr. Nault’s defence of the falling level of the Canadian dollar, (View from the Hill, July 22) vis-à-vis the U.S. one is ludicrous. His Liberal government passed the free trade agreement to hasten the flow of goods over the U.S./Canada border. This includes dollars. Using Mr. Nault’s logic, only when the value of the Loonie reaches zero will we truly have “free” trade.

Landmark decision

Dear editor:

On July 29, 1998, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal handed down its long awaited decision in regards to the pay-equity dispute between the members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), and the federal government. I would like to comment on several issues involved in this landmark decision.

Scary thoughts

Dear editor:

Why are there not more people questioning the safety of the government’s new, overbudget, $133-million computer gun registry?

When a 21-year-old man can tap into NASA and other sophisticated computer systems, the possibility of hackers gaining access to a national firearms registry is a real and present danger.

Sanctity of marriage

Dear sir:

An anniversary is a good goal for people who find themselves attracted to another person of the opposite sex. It is a positive asset in any relationship, and development of feelings for your girlfriend, and hers for you, could turn out to be a lasting companionship.

Who knows? One day you’ll find the lady of your dreams and you’ll get married.

Keep out ‘gossip’

Dear sir:

It is no business of mine if Joe Blow is charged, sentenced, fined, or jailed for this or that offence. I’m sure the police and the courts are very busy and they would like everyone to know it, but that does not mean you “have to” print their reports.