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Letter to the Editor

Frightening

Dear sir:

An open letter to the Hon. David Johnson, minister of Education and Training, re: Bill 160—a bill to defraud the students of Ontario of their right to a quality education; a bill designed to concentrate fiscal and decision-making power in the hands of one man based in Toronto.

Reflections

Dear editor:

To begin, I would like to thank a close friend of the family for telling me to write this letter. Without his insistence, I may never have had the courage to do this.

Local beef

Dear editor:

I was excited to see the brochure included in your paper in last Wednesday’s edition of the Fort Frances Times. It was advertising M & M Meats.

Great? Wrong! I was checking through all the ads and found something very disheartening—“New York-striploin steaks; cut from government-inspected New Zealand PS (Premium Steer) beef.”

Welcome for the wobbly

Dear sir:

I have joined the ranks of those in Fort Frances who may sometimes be seen wearing clergy shirts. Mine resembles our new police uniform shirts (black) so as not to be easily visible by night—only mine has a little target at the neck.

Making a difference

Dear sir:

In the fall of 1995, we circulated a petition in Fort Frances and Northwestern Ontario. It was directed to the National Parole Board requesting that parole be denied to Neil Scott Soutar, convicted of brutally raping two young women in Fort Frances. At the time, he was the director of IVIK Youth Services here.

'Lest we forget'

Dear editor:

If the citizens of Ontario accept what the Mike Harris government is doing in this province, how can we stand on Nov. 11 and say “Lest we forget”?

I fail to see the difference between what happened in Germany in the late 1930s, which ultimately led to World War II, and what is happening in this province today.

Interesting article

Dear sir:

I read with great interest Cliff McIntosh's article (Future: Trending and Tending) in the Fort Frances Times. I agree with almost everything in the article.

I have been cutting pulpwood for over 60 years, not of great amount per year to be sure at this time and have never had to plant trees to keep a forest on my own property.

Shoreline buffers needed

Dear sir:

Historically, the Ministry of Natural Resources has been responsible for the management and stewardship of our lakes and forests. Recently, a business relationship initiated between the provincial government and various forest products’ companies transferred the responsibility for forest management planning from the MNR to the corporate sector.