Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Old Letters to the editor

Old Letters to the editor
Letters from before 2008.

By News on the Net - Sunday, July 17, 2016 - Full Story

U-Haul statistics, of Americans leaving blue states in favor of red states

There is a very enlightening article in the American Thinker regarding the trend, based on U-Haul statistics, of Americans leaving blue states in favor of red states. This may explain the rabid insistence on maximized immigration, legal and illegal. The states that are losing citizens are the same ones that encourage illegals with benefits, sanctuary and the American right to vote. There is a strong argument to be made that these are not actions made out of compassion but actions made out of desperation to retain their blue state status.

By Guest Column -- Andy Bishop- Monday, February 19, 2018 - Full Story

Guns are not bad, guns in the hands of mentally ill, criminals, terrorists and gangsters are bad.

Guns are not bad, guns in the hands of mentally ill, criminals, terrorists and gangsters are bad. While gun bans might provide a false sense of security, the fact remains that all of the above have access to weapons, or can build them.

Could we all agree that isolation in society is preventing people from speaking out when there are warning signs? Could we agree that mental illness is at the root of most of the shootings? Could we all agree that perhaps school need to be hardened targets not soft targets?  There are things we can agree on, if we will only stop being so “my way or the highway” about it.

Both sides are passionate. Both sides have some legitimate arguments. Even though I firmly believe that you cannot prevent people from getting weapons if they want them, even though I believe that political correctness prevents people from identifying potential shooters, and even though I think in all of the cases, someone dropped the ball, I also believe we have to take a step forward. That step being to find common ground.

This latest shooting was done by a person who had no right or permission to be on campus. Could that meeting of the minds be a commitment to securing our schools? Who can disagree with that?

By Guest Column -- Merideth White- Saturday, February 17, 2018 - Full Story

Same people clamoring for gun control are against all the common sense steps to address drugs

They are more sensational and more publicized, but are shooting deaths any more tragic, or common than drug related deaths? Actually, no, they are not.

In 2016 ( from CDC statistics) there were 38,000 gun related deaths, including suicides with 11 states accounting for nearly 50% of the deaths. In the same period there were 64,000 -known-drug deaths. I’m not suggesting either statistic is acceptable, just putting things in context.

What I am saying is that the same people who are clamoring for gun control are against all the common sense steps to address the drug related deaths.
Drugs are trafficked by gangs and moved into the country primarily through the southern border. Both of these can and should be addressed. Probably gun deaths would go down with the removal of gangs and illegal criminals.

We can analyze and study the effects of social media, electronics, broken families, bullying, and mental illness, and we should. But there are some things that can be done here and now. Harden our schools and secure our borders. Then remove gangs and illegal felons from our streets

Losing a child is something every parent worries about every moment of the child’s life. And losing a child to a shooting is no more or less painful than losing them to drugs.

By Guest Column -- Malcolm Williams- Friday, February 16, 2018 - Full Story

Teacher shortage?

Why is there a shortage of teachers?  The answer is the same as for nurses and police - they can’t do their jobs. It’s not a criticism of their ability or effort but rather the administrative tasks that stop them from doing their actual job.

The often reported shortage of capable, experienced teachers is exacerbated by the number of young teachers who start with great enthusiasm but leave disillusioned within five years. Teachers want to teach, for which they have been studying for at least four years, but they are stuck with doing administrivia and repetitive professional development in order to stay registered.

What can be done to remedy this - at a resonable cost and in a reasonable time? More money is always a positive although most people don’t enter the profession for the financial rewards but for what they can do for their students. Respect for teachers has declined but it can’t be addressed by governments but rather by individual teachers who earn it.

Perhaps the only significant change at the moment is to recognise that teachers teach and administrators administer and never the twain should meet in one person.

By Guest Column -- Dennis Fitzgerald- Friday, February 16, 2018 - Full Story

Junk all Junkets

The climate catastrophists in the UN and Australia’s Climate Council claim that man-made global warming will hurt tourism.

However tourists in planes, ships, buses, trains and cars all contribute mightily to man-made CO2.

If the catastrophists believed their own scare-stories they would advocate bans on all government promotion and advertising of tourism expos and games, abandon the multitude of tax-funded climate conferences in exotic locations, and veto all government-funded “study tours” by academics, politicians and bureaucrats.

By Viv Forbes - Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - Full Story

High visibility Olympic uniforms

Watching the Winter Olympics I wondered where the Occupational Health and Safety officials were. The impacts on knees and backs with the moguls and the numerous potential dangers with the luge and jumps are too serious to ignore, or are they?

In the modern world children are often overly protected from injury by playing ‘safe’ versions of sports and from ‘losing’ by having no scores being kept or having runners up ribbons.

Sport at any level, backyard or Olympic does come with risks of potential injuries and unfortunately even deaths but the benefits outweigh the risks. Some of the benefits include fitness, team building, self-confidence and an understanding that effort in rewarded, sometimes with a win although hopefully always with satisfaction that the best possible effort has been put in.

Maybe the competitor’s uniforms could include high visibility fluorescent bands in their countries colours just in case that helps when they crash.

By Guest Column -- Dennis Fitzgerald- Monday, February 12, 2018 - Full Story

Illegal is not Legal

If I were still a Democrat I’d be hanging my head in shame,  witnessing the behavior of those who have taken up the baton, to lead the party of FDR and HST. Their post Civil War mien of lynching and KKK has been replaced by a disingenuous concern for their constituents, with unfulfilled promises designed for their vote.

The latest attempt is to target the intruders who have entered our country illegally, disregarding law.

These elected officials have sworn to uphold the Constitution; but in their zeal, they are interpreting it emotionally rather than lawfully, and if this is not remedied, they must be removed from office. Allow me to clarify and differentiate between illegal and legal for them in a tongue in cheek parable.

By George Giftos - Friday, February 9, 2018 - Full Story

A California, Democratic Legislator, has introduced the “Journalist Protection Act”

A California, Democratic Legislator, has introduced the “Journalist Protection Act”. It would make it a federal crime to “intentionally cause bodily injury to a journalist affecting interstate or foreign commerce in the course of reporting or in a manner designed to intimidate him or her from news gathering for a media organization”. Is that not the most convoluted of statements? Simple English please, how is the word affect being used here? And should a journalist be affecting interstate or foreign commerce?

First of all it is already a crime to intentionally injure another person, it doesn’t need to be a federal issue. Second, can we definite “media organization” please. This is far too broad and could protect paparazzi and Playboy (we read it for the articles) along with arguably slanted mainstream news outlets. Is there no responsibility on the news gatherers to behave professionally, respectfully and honestly? I am unaware of incidents in this country of serious physical attacks on journalists. By introducing this bill, the implication is that the danger is out there. Where’s the proof?  This is a ploy to plant the idea that journalists are in danger.

I would say no such bill should ever be considered especially when there is absolute proof of media bias. Many esteemed organizations have cited the intense amount of negative press received by Pres. Trump, far more than any recent predecessors. People see it and are fed up. So, the idea of introducing protective measures is both unwarranted and undeserved.

By Guest Column -- Virginia Sparks- Friday, February 9, 2018 - Full Story

Trudeau’s Speech in Edmonton

For the most part Trudeau actually said very little about anything. No comprehensive plan for doing anything to help Canadians on any stage. And he didn’t answer the one question that every Canadian wanted answered, though it was a two part question on the same topic.

On Omar Khadr the prime minister blathered on about violating the Charter Rights of Canadian citizens, but if you really listened to what he said the only Canadians he seemed interested in were Muslim-Canadians. There are hundreds of Canadians in jails around the world where we have given criminal information from CSIS and the RCMP. In some cases there have been serious human rights abuses against our Canadian citizens. Even if they come back to Canada they have no means necessary to make a claim against the government for the torture they have endured.

Why? Because the answer Trudeau didn’t give is that our Charter Rights are not applicable outside of the Canadian border, thus his giving the money to Khadr and to the other Muslim suspected terrorists was obstruction of justice. Trudeau wouldn’t give an award had you or I been tortured outside of Canada, regardless of whether CSIS or the RCMP had given information to country that incarcerated Canadians.

By Guest Column -- Larry Middleton- Monday, February 5, 2018 - Full Story

Amtrak accidents

I guess if we could figure out how to keep vehicles off railroad tracks when a train is coming and how to keep trains traveling at the posted speeds, the numbers might improve. But 2 Amtrak accidents in one week should, at a minimum, cause some serious concern. Both were the results of vehicles on the tracks. Obviously, we have a malfunction at the junction. Do we need the barriers to be further away from the tracks? Do they need to be stronger? Perhaps double sets on each side, or triple? The assumption being that a driver would get the point after 2 or 3? Is the problem speed? Is it safe to have large vehicles speeding across the paths of autos and trucks? Has our need for speed put a lot of people in danger?

These accidents are costly in life, limb and dollars. This is not rocket science. It is train science. We are only a few years from the 200th anniversary of the first train. Surely there are some statistics available that might point to the root problem. With that solutions could be devised.

I can’t help but wonder how our government run rail system stacks up against other countries and private systems.

By Guest Column -- Arnold Avery- Monday, February 5, 2018 - Full Story

Emotional support Gorilla

Can I take my emotional support Gorilla on a plane or train? I feel much safer as nobody picks on the little guy who has a pet Gorilla.

The recent refusal of an airline to allow a peacock as an emotional support animal has highlighted the use of animals to aid humans.

The use of support animals, especially guide dogs and now seizure dogs is almost universally accepted and they are welcome by both public acceptance and the law. The few cafe owners that used to try to ban guide dogs on the grounds of hygiene found that this was both illegal and improper.

The use of emotional support animals seems to be a more recent occurance and is not so clear cut. To be considered the person has to have a disability that is certified by a medical authority. There seems to be no precise list of what animals are acceptable although snakes on a plane is more likely to only be in the films on the plane. There are people who won’t or can’t fly on planes for any number of reasons and it may be a time where the comfort of the many outweigh that of the individual.

In the old days emotional support was provided by valium and sleeping tables which might still be the best option as toilet training a gorilla is quite difficult.

By Guest Column -- Dennis Fitzgerald- Monday, February 5, 2018 - Full Story

Do we really want to know?

There have been a number of articles recently relating to medical testing. The positive is the development of memory test to help indicate Alzheimer’s years earlier whereas the negative is the reluctance of men to have prostate cancer testing. However the question that many ask is do we want to know?

One of the initial concerns is that people may have to report their medical conditions to employers or medical insurers. In many countries female job applicants cannot be asked if they are pregnant or intend to start a family soon but if they have ‘genetic tests’ to look for possible disease indicators they often have to report these results.

By Guest Column -- Dennis Fitzgerald- Monday, February 5, 2018 - Full Story

Lost dog reunited with Pennsylvania family after 10 years

Even a dog with a microchip can go missing for a long time. But even a dog that’s missing for a long time can end up back home where she belongs.

That’s what a Pennsylvania family learned recently when they recovered their black Labrador mix, Abby, who had run away 10 years ago from the family’s home in Apollo, about 33 miles east of Pittsburgh.—More….

By Fox News - Sunday, February 4, 2018 - Full Story

Remember when…?

Remember when the Democrats kept up their screed about Trump’s income tax papers? They did it before he was elected and they still come out with it occasionally even these days. And when anyone tries to explain to them that he said he would not release them as long as they were under review by the IRS, the same left-leaning morons smirk and remark, “It proves he has something to hide.”

By Bob Lunsford - Friday, February 2, 2018 - Full Story

Why the silence on the new anti-semitism?

After the Holocaust which saw the systematic annihilation of six million Jews by Hitler’s Nazi’s the UN General Assembly unreservedly condemned all manifestations of religious and ethnic intolerance with a resolution that would remind future generations of this horror to prevent such events ever happening again. This turning point in history prompted the world to say “never again.”

By Guest Column -- Gerald Hall (Jerry)- Friday, February 2, 2018 - Full Story

Two completely different sets of rules in our country

If you don’t believe there are two completely different sets of rules in our country, consider this:

There was barely a murmur from the press when President Obama, before his second term, whispered to Russian President Medvedev, that he would have more latitude after the election. Yet, when President elect Trump tries to defuse the damage done by Obama and the United Nations with Israel, the press applies a different set of standard. Seems in the media, Obama can do nothing wrong and Trump can do nothing right. As I said, two sets of rules.

By Guest Column -- Linda Barrington- Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Full Story

Governors of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey suing the Federal Government over the allowable Fe

It’s actually pretty funny if you think about it, the Governors of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey suing the Federal Government over the allowable Federal deduction for State taxes paid. I’m pretty sure there is no law that requires the federal government to write tax laws with individual states in mind. In fact, I’d bet money that to do so would be illegal.

What do those northeastern states get for those high taxes? Their roads and bridges are a disaster and their high schools all rank behind Florida according to a US News and World Report article.

Here’s the situation: in all 3 states the top 1% of earners cover 40% of the revenue. If those people relocate to, oh I don’t know, Florida or Texas where there is no state income tax, the northeast will be hurting.  On the flip side, middle class people in those states are probably going to benefit from the changes in the law.

For comparison, Florida has 2 million more residents than New York but only has half the budget of New York. One of the results of the tax overhaul just might be better state governance in some places. They may have no choice.

By Guest Column -- Victoria Vaugh- Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Full Story

Our country is dealing with the long time failure of our government to do its job

Our country is dealing with the long time failure of our government to do its job. We are faced with the results of an immigration policy that has been ignored for years. We have within our borders people who do not belong here, yet we recognize that many have been here for years, perhaps their entire lives, and only know this country.

Democrats have made those immigrants the focus of their campaign. Some believe it is a ploy to secure voters. Whatever the reason, their mission is causing a stalemate with Republicans who are eager to enforce our laws. It is also causing uncertainty and fear in the immigrant community.

The President has put forth a compromise. There is something for both sides to celebrate and something that amounts to a bitter pill for both sides.

If we, on either side, will not support this measure, then we are willing to accept the rancor, gridlock, and extrordinary amount of time, money and energy being spent on the issue. I believe it is time to “man up”, accept those who are here, build a wall and enforce our laws and move on. And I mean both sides. If you agree that this is the way and this is the time, send an email, letter or phone call to your Representatives and Senators to support President Trump’s compromise.

By Guest Column -- John Bryant- Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - Full Story

Misprinted tickets invite guests to Trump’s ‘State of the Uniom’ address

Re: Misprinted tickets invite guests to Trump’s ‘State of the Uniom’ address

As the President said “It is a damn poor mind indeed which can’t think of at least two ways to spell any word.” (President Andrew Jackson).

Spelling is a dying art - mostly due to spellcheckers and a lack of ability by its users to spot obvious errors. The example of the moment, uniom rather than union, is more likely poor typing than spelling.

Does it really matter if we think Crocodile Dundee came from Austria rather than Australia? Not really, although since there are no crocodiles there Squirrel Dundee may have lacked some drama. However, if it was a matter of bombing runs, “Iraq or Iran?” may have caused some political tensions to rise.

Typing errors may excuse many concerns although the differences between the recovery is slow/low are significant. Perhaps the President or Resident in the White House needs to double check everything he sends out - this could be extended to his tweets as well.

As we peel away the layers of how this mistake occurred it may be like the onion - a source of many tears.

By Guest Column -- Dennis Fitzgerald- Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - Full Story