Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Sustainable Beef - pilot aimed at combating criticism

I applaud the “beef” industry for its first attempt to take a long hard look at how badly their industry has become. The greed and ignorance of meat producers has created ‘tainted beef’. And over the past decades this has created an attitude of ‘acceptance’ of poor practice and diminishing quality.

I recently watched the documentary “What the Health.” I now avoid not only beef, but all meat products. I refuse to eat chemical laden meat.  The callous treatment of animals and the greed to pump up profits by using chemicals that are potentially carcinogenic has turned me off.

But my ‘beef’ is also with Health Canada. Under their watch little has been done to educate the consumer of the dangers of consuming the additives in ‘meat’.  Agricultural Ministers have turned a blind eye to the conditions the animals have had to endure before being slaughtered in some of the most inhumane methods possible. Again for ‘profit’ not conscious.

Start to push the meat industry to change – our health depends on it as do the animals subjected to pain and suffering their entire lives. 

Really.  Do humans have NO ability to be better stewards?

By Guest Column -- L. G. Anderson- Thursday, August 17, 2017 - Full Story

The polls being circulated about Confederate Statues exemplifies exactly what is wrong with this cou

The polls being circulated about Confederate Statues exemplifies exactly what is wrong with this country.

One is given a choice: leave them where they are or remove them. Wow, can’t people in leadership or anyone with half a brain see another (or several other) options?

We could move them to a museum or Civil War battlefield. We could add a plaque explaining why the statue is where it is and the significance of the event and the lessons we now know. We could put another statue in place representing the opposite viewpoint. We could do local education on our history, the good, the bad and the ugly. The list goes on. But as long as people will only see or only accept the choice that they want, there can be no coming together. The “my way or the highway” is not how things get accomplished.

The sooner both sides recognize that, the sooner we can get things done that are desperately needed.


By Guest Column -- Fred Kirby- Thursday, August 17, 2017 - Full Story

The double standards and division in the country is pathetic

The double standards and division in the country is pathetic. It represents bone-headed unwillingness to understand anybody else’s point of view, anybody else’s concerns, anybody else’s rights.

The perfect example is those folks who criticize Pres. Trump for not naming White Supremacists but support President Obama for not naming Muslim Extremists. Both are bad, no matter what your politics.

How about the media not fomenting situations that might simply go away without the spotlight? Don’t they have a responsibility not to pour gasoline on a spark?

The original protest was against the removal of a General Robert E. Lee statue. Left alone, they could have exercised their right to peaceful protest and gone home. They have that right whether we believe in their position or we don’t.


By Guest Column -- Mrs. Carolyn M. Brown- Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - Full Story

Peace Rallies are great and all, but, does anyone not want peace?

Peace Rallies are great and all, but, does anyone not want peace? Maybe a few but I’m not sure those people will be turned into peaceniks by a rally. And I don’t mean to imply that the folks who organize rallies have poor intentions. They certainly are motivated by the best of ideals.

All I’m saying is that in a county of 178,00 or a town of almost 19,000, only 100 participants has to say something. My guess is that parading around in 90 plus degrees is not everyone’s cup of tea. But, I also think if people thought it would result in actually moving toward peace in any way, shape or form, they would have turned out.

There are 178,000 of us in Charlotte County. If we each act peacefully, especially in times of anger or frustration, the movement toward peace will be evident. Remember, we can only control ourselves. Let’s try being intentionally peaceable.

By Guest Column -- Malcolm Williams- Monday, August 14, 2017 - Full Story

I don’t like David Duke or anything that he stands for. I don’t believe in white supremacy

I don’t like David Duke or anything that he stands for. I don’t believe in white supremacy. I do, however, believe in their right to assemble. I know it is a headline grabbing event, filled with implications and pitfalls. But, did you ever wonder what would happen if Duke and others seeking 15 minutes of fame were simply ignored? Many protests and demonstrations that escalate from peaceful to violent would never happen if they weren’t given print and air space. After the fact the reporting would likely be, 50 people showed up, a speech given and participants disbursed.

When you put out a story like “Charlottesville police declare a state of emergency”, it’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull.  Inviting counter protesters to jump into the fray. A lot of time they are young, passionate and looking for excitement. When we examine this latest tragedy, let’s think about causes and prevention. Let’s not start laying blame until all the facts are in. And let’s think about ways to diffuse such incidents in the future.

By Guest Column -- Lyman Williams- Sunday, August 13, 2017 - Full Story

The White House is receiving some much needed repair work.

The White House is receiving some much needed repair work. What I found interesting is that some of the work was scheduled to be done while President Obama was in residence but he opted to have the next President deal with the inconvenience.  Of course, that follows his modus operandi on all things big and small. From the White House to the Korean peninsula, Obama avoided taking a stand and left the difficult choices (and inconvenience) to others.

By Guest Column -- Mrs. Sylvia E. Warren- Saturday, August 12, 2017 - Full Story

What can a man do if he’s accused of sexual harassment?

What can a man do if he’s accused of sexual harassment? Not much. He can deny the allegations, produce proof if he has it, ask for his day in court. Unfortunately, the act of making the allegation forever clouds the man’s reputation no matter if the evidence exonerates him. The higher the profile, the more controversial the person and the depth of their pockets can all factor into the accusations.

Shouldn’t there be stiff penalties for those who falsely name men in sexual harassment cases? They knowingly and willfully destroy a man’s reputation, often without any recriminations. It is a sleazy, low down disgusting thing to do and there should be more individuals facing the consequences.

By Guest Column -- Margaret Grover- Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - Full Story

Minimum Wage

Dear Editor

Is there any doubt, in anyone’s mind, that the increase in minimum wage is to buy votes – Nothing more, nothing less (does gas-plant closures come to mind)?  But was there any thought put into Bill 148, “The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017,” that raises the minimum wage, pays part-time workers the same as full time workers, paid sick days for everyone, paid vacation time for everyone, and make employee scheduling fairer?  Seriously?!?

By Elizabeth Marshall - Thursday, August 3, 2017 - Full Story

I Hate Okra!

There is a strand of hate that is highly contagious, especially within a family. It is devastating when disagreements turn into a full blown feud. I treat any disagreement with disappointment, but never allow myself to be consumed by hate.

If there is hate in my soul, it is reserved toward okra, despots, stupidity, even within myself, or any evil that will purposely do harm. That person consumed in hate diminishes any fine attribute he or she may possess.

It is sad that some people need to be nourished with hate to exist. It became evident after the 2016 election, when some factions on the losing side refused to accept the constitutional results and responded with vitriol instead of constructive insight to the reason for the loss. Our country is our family. It is up to us whether we live in harmony or sibling rivalry; who gets more!

I have to admit that at times, I have to retain restraint, because some people exercise their First Amendment rights irresponsibly to the discomfort to others in attitude, appearance, mannerism, hygiene and other interactions that may be obnoxious.

By George Giftos - Monday, July 31, 2017 - Full Story

Anyone who does not believe we are witnessing the end of the greatest country the world has ever see

Anyone who does not believe we are witnessing the end of the greatest country the world has ever seen must be both deaf and blind. We have a dysfunctional congress that cannot carry out the simplest of tasks. We have a White House in disarray. We have a judiciary system that writes rather than enforces laws. Both major parties have no platform or organization. We are deeply in debt. We have questions about the integrity of our elections. We have a state run media, for all intents and purposes. We have drugs streaming through our open borders. Our healthcare system (if you can call it a system) is on life support with no hope of congressional action. And the American people are fed up, discouraged and increasingly angry.

Sound familiar? We’ve seen this same scenario in countries around the world, it isn’t pretty. If, like me, you thought it couldn’t or wouldn’t happen here, it might be time to do some preparing. These look like perilous times.

By Guest Column -- Victoria Vaughn- Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Full Story

Boomerang Tweets

In spite of Donald Trump’s crass exhibitionism during the primaries, I voted for him when he became the Republican nominee because, what and whom the Democrats had to offer was unacceptable. I relied on his business acumen to carry him over the crocodile moat a/k/a the beltway swamp, to implement many of the things he promised that I am in agreement with.

It frustrated me to witness the obstructions the Democrats created to stymie all attempts for the new administration to get a government off the ground and rolling for the people.

By George Giftos - Monday, July 24, 2017 - Full Story

Americans are sick and tired of the whining and excuses. Just do your job, or we will find people wh

When did we become a country of “can’t do”? All my life I was taught that I can do anything I put my mind to.

Today children are given the same lesson, study, attend, participate and you can succeed. But I’m seeing a basic

flaw in the message, we have fewer and fewer examples. In fact, our Congress is showing a “can’t do” attitude.

They are unable to accomplish the simplest of legislation. All over the television there are Senators and Congress people

making excuses and playing the blame game. The gridlock is on both sides of the aisle.

Americans are sick and tired of the whining and excuses. Just do your job, or we will find people who will.


By Guest Column -- Arnold Avery- Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - Full Story

Liberals and the lowering of the bar

The problem I have had and still do have with many liberal plans is that they lower the bar for everyone. Education has lowered the bar so that they get higher passing rates. Youth sports awards everyone for participation. Schools are discontinuing valedictorians. In many businesses-notably government-raises are given automatically, not on merit.

What really frightens me is the clamor for “Medicaid for all”. This is another plan to level the playing field and it will result in a lower quality of care across the board. Ask patients who are currently on medicaid and see if you are willing to receive that level of care. Ask Doctors and hospitals how their care will change.

All the talk about giving everyone quality healthcare begs the question, what quality is the goal? That of Presidents and Congressmen? That of company provided for CEOs? As long as there are some people on private plans, coverage cannot and will not be equal. But for the average American in an effort to create equality, the bar will be lowered. Quality will be lost.

By Guest Column -- Michael Chandler- Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - Full Story

Let history record 7-17-17 as a date of dire infamy to be mourned forever by Conservative Americans

Let history record 7-17-17 as a date of dire infamy to be mourned forever by Conservative Americans,

For on that fateful date, the effort to Repeal and Replace Obamacare died in the Republican- majority US Senate at the hands of alleged Republicans, AND the Trump administration certified to Congress that Iran has continued to meet the required conditions of its nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers.

For shame!

By John Lillpop - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - Full Story

The Wheel of Misfortune

The Democrats are in dire straits after losing every majority position in the 2016 elections. They haven’t the foggiest idea why they lost, blaming it on the Russians and Trump brown nosing them.

They’ve been resorting to desperate means to support this unfounded theory, from reaching for straws to throwing darts at a board, marked with erroneous accusations to expand on their crusade, but neither have come to fruition, because they have failed the test to provide substantial reason to pursue their attacks.

By George Giftos - Friday, July 14, 2017 - Full Story

Will Trump now show Paul Ryan how healthcare is done?

RyanCare is an abysmal attempt for Ryan to make good on his promise to repeal Obamacare. He has wasted a lot of time and energy solely focused on the tax benefits that he might be able to provide, rather than focusing on how to reduce costs for businesses and the country.

On the campaign trail Trump promised to reduce the premiums for everyone. He said he would not cut Medicare and that it would be the best plan ever. I don’t think he was talking about RyanCare. He was talking about a radical transformation in our healthcare system.  Congress gets far too much money from the established Medical Lobbyist for Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell to do anything of substance.

By Guest Column -- Mark Pinsley- Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Full Story

I remember that under Obama the published job numbers were often quietly adjusted to reflect more un

How about those jobless numbers? It looks like more people are employed, wages are higher and work weeks are longer.

Pretty darned good for a President who was predicted to fail, who has the media hiding any positive news about him and who has
a Congress that should be helping him reach his goals but instead is gridlocked.

I remember that under Obama the published job numbers were often quietly adjusted to reflect more unemployed. Under President
Trump those adjustments are reflecting less unemployment but you’ll not hear that on the evening news.

By Guest Column -- Wilma Howe- Monday, July 10, 2017 - Full Story

An agreement that will live in infamy

Justin Trudeau is not even halfway through his first mandate and continues to make make the kind of grievous decisions that will almost surely guarantee he will never see a second term as PM. His government’s decision to make terrorist Omar Khadr rich with a $10.5 million settlement and give an official apology to Khadr who murdered American soldier U.S. Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer in cold blood and left a grieving wife a widow with two children is about as wrong as it gets and millions of Canadians will surely remember this outrage come election time in 2019. This is nothing less than a slap in the face for not only the grieving widow and family of the murdered soldier but also the Canadian and American military and all freedom loving Canadians and Americans alike.

By Guest Column -- Gerald Hall- Monday, July 10, 2017 - Full Story

Who’s Yehoodi?

On the old Bob Hope radio shows, Jerry Colona created a catch phrase, Who’s Yehoodi? The response was, “The little man who wasn’t there!”

Yehoodi has reappeared as, “The unnamed anonymous sources,” created by the desperate democrats and adapted as the darling of the mainstream media.

You can be sure he is going to be a mainstay for the 2018 congressional election and the 2020 presidential election, because of his vast repertoire of lies and innuendos that have been widely utilized today, to cripple the present administration from draining the swamp and passing any serious legislation, amending or eliminating programs that are costly and haven’t worked in the past.

God forbid, if the country ever reverts to a socialistic pattern again, you won’t have to ask, Who’s Yehoodi? You’ll know!

By George Giftos - Friday, June 23, 2017 - Full Story