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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.

Landmark decision

Dear editor:

On July 29, 1998, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal handed down its long awaited decision in regards to the pay-equity dispute between the members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), and the federal government. I would like to comment on several issues involved in this landmark decision.

Scary thoughts

Dear editor:

Why are there not more people questioning the safety of the government’s new, overbudget, $133-million computer gun registry?

When a 21-year-old man can tap into NASA and other sophisticated computer systems, the possibility of hackers gaining access to a national firearms registry is a real and present danger.

Sanctity of marriage

Dear sir:

An anniversary is a good goal for people who find themselves attracted to another person of the opposite sex. It is a positive asset in any relationship, and development of feelings for your girlfriend, and hers for you, could turn out to be a lasting companionship.

Who knows? One day you’ll find the lady of your dreams and you’ll get married.

Keep out ‘gossip’

Dear sir:

It is no business of mine if Joe Blow is charged, sentenced, fined, or jailed for this or that offence. I’m sure the police and the courts are very busy and they would like everyone to know it, but that does not mean you “have to” print their reports.

One law for all

Dear sir:

Recently in a couple of stores, I saw baby or small walleyes for sale.

Being a commercial fisherman, I was interested in knowing where these small fish came from and who had caught them. I was told they were caught by native fishermen.

Double standard

Dear sir:

This letter is in response to the article published in last Wednesday’s Times regarding the bylaw extension for walking dogs along the waterfront.

As a responsible dog owner who does pick up the mess, it is a shame that certain individuals have destroyed a privilege that a lot of Fort Frances citizens appreciate.


Dear sir:

Did you watch the Emo July 1 fireworks?

With everyone anxiously waiting for dusk, I told my three-year-old great-grandson that people will say “Ahhh” and “Ohhh” when the fireworks start.

After the last bang, I asked, “Did you like it?” His reply: “Wow!”

Emo fireworks 1998—wow!


Tina Visser

Emo, Ont.

Good job


Our town can take great pride in our parks and cemeteries, there are none better. The hard working staff keep them clean, trimmed, and beautiful. The cemeteries are a mass of colourful flowers, in spite of warm, then cold, and now hot weather. The council should know that the money is well spent. It makes Fort Frances a better place to live.

Thank you,

Ron Helliar