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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.

Who to believe?

Dear sir

Last week, a news conference was held at Queen's Park by Ernie Eves, the minister of finance for the Government of Ontario. Mr. Eves stated that education spending has remained steady for the past two years.

He referred to drastic government cuts to education spending as a “myth.”


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.


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.