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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.

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.

Let’s be heard!

Dear sir:

I’m really too busy to have to deal with this right now but I can’t sit back and watch our education system go down the toilet. Now that John Snobelen is out of the picture, we can’t use him as a scapegoat any more but now we have to turn our attention to the real source of the problem, which is Premier Harris.

Gambling a disease

Dear sir:

On Nov. 10, during the municipal election, we, the voters of Fort Frances, will be given the opportunity to stop the proliferation of gambling in Fort Frances. We will be asked if we support video lottery terminals (VLTs) and the establishment of a charitable gaming club in our community.

Grave doubts

Dear sir:

I was disappointed after our talk that there was no mention of the subject of the MPP pension buy-out in the last edition of the Times. I believe the public has a right to know how their money is spent so I ask you to publish this letter.

Stories sought

Dear sir:

I am writing to request the assistance of your readers in compiling a book of general stories of our “Women of the War Years." These will be the stories of women who served with the Allied armed forces, as well as the "war brides” who married Canadian armed forces men serving overseas during World War I and World War II.

Effort appreciated

Dear sir:

We, as parents, should protest the provincial government's bid to control class size and reduce teachers' preparation time.

In their effort to cut costs, class sizes will increase and thereby the student-teacher ratio. Less time will be available for help and individual attention in class.