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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.

Be supportive

Dear editor:

With talk of a possible teachers’ strike, I thought I would write this letter to offer my support.

I know that many people feel that a teacher’s job is an easy one. This is not true. I know. I have spent many hours being involved with volunteer work at my daughter’s school.

Creating a crisis

Dear sir:

People need to be made award of the crisis which is rapidly approaching in education due to the actions of the Mike Harris government.

The minister of education and training, John Snobelen, is notorious for his remark that he intended to create a crisis in education in this province. Well, that crisis is weeks—or perhaps only days—away.

Works for me

Dear editor:

The “Dial a Ride” is working. I’m picked up at my residence and let off at my destination, or visa versa, on the hour in the east end and after the hour in the west end.

And the price is right.

All you need to give is 15 minutes’ notice, just time to get your hat and coat. It also runs on Saturdays and Sundays, that’s better than the bus.

Questionable savings

Dear editor:

What has happened to democracy in Ontario? The Harris government continues to bulldoze over the people of Ontario.

Bill 136 and the proposed teachers’ legislation will give the government complete control of the education system and the personnel who work within it.

Warning needed

Dear sir:

On Friday, Aug. 7, 1997 at 10 p.m., I received a speeding ticket inside Fort Frances town limits. The ticket was for doing 78 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.

Wrong priorities

Dear sir:

Provincial budget cuts and “mega week” downloading create tough economic times for every taxpayer. Service cuts are now affecting those who can least afford these cuts (seniors, poor, the disabled). Regular and necessary services are being taken away from those who not only rely on these services but depend on them for their independent living.


It is with great sadness the family of Jean Martens announce her sudden passing on Saturday, Aug. 23, 1997.

She was born in Fort William, Ont. on June 7, 1921. She attended school in Fort William, and worked at the Canada Car there during the war.

Helping hands

Dear sir:

Quick reaction by a group of residents, fishermen and passers-by averted what could have turned into a major fire on Clearwater Lake on Thursday, Aug. 7 around 2 p.m.