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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.

Don't walk on ski trails

Dear Mike,

We have a problem at the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club trails at Rocky Inlet. Somebody is walking on our ski trails quite regularly.

This appears to be two people, one with large feet and one with smaller feet, and a dog. These people are walking down several of our groomed ski trails at least a couple of times each week.

Poor decision

Dear editor:

I am in agreement with Roy Avis, our mayor of 12 years (three consecutive terms) and a successful business owner.

Roy Avis has stated, “Now is not the right time for another residential development.”

Not the case

Dear editor:

As a snowplow driver, I would like to express my concerns over some drivers lack of understanding of a left-hand turn signal on a plow truck.

There seems to be a misunderstanding that a left-hand signal means to pass a snowplow. This is not the case!

Clear snow

Dear editor:

Winter can be very icy and there are many ways to prevent it. [But] the streets are unacceptable, forcing people to go to big box stores instead of small businesses.


Dear sir:

As a teacher with the Rainy River District School Board, I became used to hearing a certain refrain: “There's no money.”

As jobs were cut, as programs were cut back or eliminated, as the resources available were diminished and eroded, we heard the same song, “There's no money.”


Dear editor:

I want to thank everyone for their generous donations of money, food, and supplies that were given to the “Loaves and Fishes” soup kitchen in 2017.

The people and businesses in Rainy River District are so willing to help when they see a need.

Taking flak

Dear editor:

As a board member of the Sister Kennedy Senior Centre, I have been taking a lot of flak about the name change.

First of all, I was never aware the name change was the goal of three, and maybe four, members of this board.

The sole objective with the new sign was to clearly state the building was a town-owned senior centre. Not to remove “Sister.”

Re-opening debate

Dear editor:

To say I am upset would be an understatement regarding the hasty name change at the Sister Kennedy Centre, now officially named the Fort Frances Senior Centre.

For this change to be reverted means it being brought back to the council table for another vote and must have special circumstances to do so.


Dear editor:

For just over two years, the Emo Child Care Centre board, a volunteer, non-profit organization, has been working on a strategy to address the lack of licensed child care options in the Emo, Barwick, and Stratton area.