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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.

Show leadership

Dear sir:

I am issuing a challenge to all of the interest groups and individuals who care about the use of Ontario’s public lands. I am challenging them to demonstrate leadership.

Can do!


Recently we had the opportunity to experience the performance of “100 Years of Broadway” by the Rainy River Community Care. It was an exceptionally delightful evening we thoroughly enjoyed.

The group and their leaders are to be commended for their hard work, confidence, and pursuit of excellence. We look forward to hearing them again in the near future.


Dear sir:

We, at Tompkins Hardware in Emo, are celebrating 100 years in business (1898-1998), with celebrations on July 2-4.

Seeks descendants

Dear editor:

I am looking for the descendants of John Armstrong and Mary Jane Garbutt. Their daughter, Hannah Melissa, is buried in Box Alder Cemetery. There are several other Armstrongs also buried there. I am hoping there are still some of the family living in this area.

Cruel and unjust punishment


For years, Canadians have felt smug because of their very good justice system. Our judges are appointed and not elected. Their tenure is secure (it takes an act of parliament to fire one). And politicians are wary of making any reference to a case before the court.

Important training

To the editor:

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a training session organized to teach lay people how to maintain and use fire extinguishers.

This excellent session was sponsored by Abitibi-Consolidated through its “Off the Job” safety committee, and the trainer was Deputy Fire Chief Charlie Turgeon.

Who’s winning?

Dear editor:

After spending two delightful evenings watching “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Fort Frances High School, I began to ponder what our premier, Mike Harris, would have been thinking had he been present.

I don’t think his reaction would have been similar to mine.

Many thanks

Dear sir:

The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary thanks the residents of Fort Frances and district for their enthusiastic support of our annual tag day. This was a very successful day made possible by the generous help of many volunteers.

The funds from this will enable the auxiliary to purchase much-needed equipment for the hospital.


M. McTaggart,

In response

Editor’s note: Given the nature of Mr. Laverdure’s letter, it was held one week to give Safeway an opportunity to respond in the same issue.

I am pleased to report that Safeway is contracting the services of many Ontario, and specifically Fort Frances, companies throughout our $5-million expansion.