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Letter to the Editor

So thankful

Dear Mike:

It is important that I let everyone know how thankful I am for all the people—young and old—who stepped forward to help make the annual Community Christmas Dinner a great success.

A special thank you goes to my husband and best friend, Gary Kielczewski, who is always ready to lend a helping hand—and he is a great cook, too!

Lending voice

Dear editor:

Paul Olsen’s letter to the editor in last week’s issue of the Fort Frances Times highlights why Canada needs to move on reconciliation.

He writes at length about my recent best-selling book called “An Army of Problem Solvers: Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy” but has never bothered to read the book.

Ridiculous

Dear editor:

On Jan. 4, I drove to Winnipeg via the Baudette-Warroad route to get family to the airport there.

Highway 11 to Rainy River was in awful condition after the snowstorm that went through the area. I was glad to be driving in four-wheel drive with snow tires.

But after crossing into Minnesota, I found the highway to Warroad to be bare!

Spurious comments

Dear editor:

I take great exception to several of Shaun Loney’s statements regarding his book, “An Army of Problem Solvers: Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy,” because they are either very questionable, wrong, and even offensive.

Offensive

Dear editor:

The “jeer” against Halal meat in last week’s “Cheers and Jeers” borders onto hate speech.

It was an outrageous insult to the Islamic community to print those words. The author and the editor have offended a small but growing group of our community.

Pure lunacy

Fort Frances Coun. Ken Perry must be applauded for his relentless efforts to highlight the ludicrous situation revolving around railroad taxation in Ontario.

As Coun. Perry repeatedly has pointed out in several letters to the editor over the past three weeks, Fort Frances currently receives just $3,623 annually from the CNR for right-of-way property taxes.

Dump ‘menu’

Dear editor:

Remember when a “menu” was something one drooled over while deciding what to order for dinner?

Today, the world of technology uses that word (menu) on electronic devices, supposedly to be helpful.

I am all for “helpful” and I have practised patience many times while waiting for a business call to be transferred to the proper site.

Loser all around

Dear editor:

In order to realize what it is that I have been speaking of in my last two letters to the editor, one needs to understand the scope of the problem.

The numbers are staggering and, if I would have begun the first letter with numbers, I would be been disregarded as a wacko.

Hard to conceive

Dear editor:

I feel compelled to add further to the issue of railroad right-of-way taxation in Ontario.

The current model of taxation that we are experiencing is a dollars per acre structure. Ontario is the only jurisdiction in Canada that follows this path.

Serious decline

Dear sir:

The interruption of the X-ray service at the Emo Health Centre indicates a serious decline in our health-care facility.

It results in lack of service to Emo, Barwick, Chapple, Stratton, Finland, Nestor Falls, and Devlin, the First Nations at Manitou Rapids, Onegaming, and Northwest Bay, as well as eight schools and the New Gold mine.