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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.

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.

Hiring concerns

Dear sir:

As a union organizer, I am writing to express my concern over the hiring of non-union, out of province contractors and tradespeople at the Fort Frances Safeway expansion.

Fort Frances has always been primarily a strong union town. Safeway itself uses union employees.

Input appreciated

Dear sir:

Regarding the “How to” prepare festival entry articles, I only collect the information from various people in our community.

I think that children can be helped by being exposed to different approaches to solving problems. When local music or drama teachers share their approaches, children benefit from ideas they might not otherwise have access to.

Well done

Dear sir:

Last week, I had the pleasure of being a small part of the Rainy River District Music and Drama Festival.

I would like publicly to commend the participants, the organizers and volunteers, and the teachers and parents involved.