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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.


Dear sir:

Premier Harris is playing a dangerous game of brinkmanship.

Ontario CUPE members continue to prepare for a province-wide walkout as the promised changes to Bill 136 appear to fall short of labour’s demands.

No experience necessary?

Dear editor:

Not too long ago, I awoke to find a trickle of water coming from a broken shower head in my bathroom. I immediately decided that I needed a plumber.

When the hail storm damaged my roof, I called a carpenter with the skills to solve that problem. When my car starts making strange noises, I take it to a mechanic.

Gain or lose?

Dear editor:

I am writing to voice my concern about the impending government legislation on education in Ontario. There are many aspects of this legislation that I disagree with but I would like to focus on one aspect of it here.


Dear editor:

I feel compelled to write on behalf of the students I represent because many of them cannot communicate in conventional manners of speech or print. I am speaking of the many children in our district who are identified as exceptional students. Please listen carefully so their silent voices can be heard.

‘Yes, Minister’

Dear sir:

When bureaucrats wish to do something stupid, they first make, and then quote, a stupid regulation to justify it.

I enclose a letter from a Mrs. Mahoud replying on behalf of Mr. Wilson, the minister of health, to letters of mine concerning Northern Health Travel Grants. Patients’ names have been blacked out; the letter is otherwise unaltered.

Gone too far

Dear sir:

As I watch the TV show “Spin City,” I take delight in how the backroom boys teach the politician to avoid answering questions, give misleading and inaccurate information, and even lie so convincingly that he still manages to hold onto power.

However, the tactics in the fictional political arena pale in comparison to those used by our provincial government.

‘Scary’ times

Dear editor:

There has been much discussion lately in the media about the government’s Bill 136. Some of it is downright scary to those of us who work in the public sector. There are those in the general population who may agree with the government but please consider our position.

Reducing costs!

Dear sir:

Re: Removing teachers from the roles of Computer Resource/Site Administrators.

Great! An outstanding idea! Please, John Snobelen, is there anything I can do to help you speed up the implementation of your (obviously) well thought-out concept?

Oh yeah, by the way, your idea of mandating an eight-hour workday . . . thank you, it’s about time!