Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

President Trump continues to reverse some of the Obama Era policies and actions

President Trump continues to reverse some of the Obama Era policies and actions. Thank goodness.

In Nevada, Obama expanded just one Monument (not a park) by more than 1,000 square miles. In total, he increased federal lands by more than 1 million acres. By designating or expanding federal holdings, he removed a state’s right to govern their own land.

By Guest Column -- Wilma Howe- Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Full Story

What is clear is that a person died at the hands of another person and that there will be no consequ

We weren’t in the court room so most of us will never know how the prosecution or the defense presented their cases in the Kate Steinle trial. What we do know is that a felon who was deported previously, had served time in jail for illegal entry and drug possession, had stolen the weapon which killed Steinle and was “playing” with it when it discharged, was found not guilty.

The defendant, Garcia Zarate, was represented by a Public Defender. Why the prosecution didn’t opt for a lesser charge is unclear. What is clear is that a person died at the hands of another person and that there will be no consequences. Obviously, mistakes were made in this case.

What is troubling to me is the focus on the jury. They could only make their decision based on evidence presented and instruction given to them.There certainly could be an element of political correctness given the venue and political climate in California but that was up to the lawyers to negotiate by eliminating certain jurors or asking for a change of venue. While this case has many people up in arms, the jurors should not be on the receiving end of a witch hunt. They were good citizen doing their civic duty to the best of their ability. The jury system is too important to be tainted by one case.

By Guest Column -- Fred Kirby- Monday, December 4, 2017 - Full Story

Average Americans don’t know the details and implications of Obamacare or the proposed rewrites

Here’s the deal, most average Americans don’t know the details and implications of Obamacare or of any of the proposed rewrites. Most Americans don’t know or have any idea of the details or implications of the tax code changes. Most Americans don’t have an understanding of the need (or not) of a Federal budget.

Is it because we are stupid or lazy? Maybe we can be called lazy but the truth is that to read and comprehend hundreds, if not thousands, of pages of legislation is beyond the ability of most people-including our representatives who take the word of staffers who allegedly have digested all that legal speak.

I believe this is by design. The more complicated the proposal, the less will be read and the more you can con people. In the meantime we are coping with things like school schedules, homework, job demands, holiday pressures, aging parents, not enough time, not enough money.

Is it really necessary to make things so difficult?

By Guest Column -- Virginia Sparks- Friday, December 1, 2017 - Full Story

I think Melania Trump is the right person, in the right place and the right time

Melania Trump is the girl all the other girls in Junior High hated. She is pretty, smart, talented, kind, gracious, classy. Most of us feel overshadowed by the mere thought of all that perfection. She is also unassuming, humble and shies from the spotlight.

I think Melania is the right person, in the right place and the right time. Melania, obviously, had choices, and she chose Donald Trump. Think about that.

By Guest Column -- Margaret Grover- Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - Full Story

FBI changed the interpretation of “fugitive from justice”

If you are a fugitive from justice that has not crossed a state line, your name will not show up in a background check through the FBI data base.

If you did cross a state line you are then a fugitive from justice and will be flagged during a background check. Theoretically, same crime but in one case you would be denied for purchasing a gun and in the other case you would not.

Why is this? Because in their infinite wisdom, the FBI changed the interpretation of “fugitive from justice” last February. Since 1998 180,000 fugitives were barred from buying guns. One has to wonder how many of the newly permitted people purchased a gun since last Feb. Once again, it isn’t a lack of laws it is a lack of common sense and enforcement that puts Americans in danger.

The dictionary definition of a “fugitive from justice” is a criminal, crook, outlaw, felon. It says nothing about patterns of movement. The definition of fugitive is a runaway, fleer.

I guess if you commit the crime and buy the gun within the same state, it’s OK. But commit the same crime and go to the neighboring state, then you are a fugitive and can’t buy a gun. No joke. Check it out.

By Guest Column -- Victoria Vaughn- Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Full Story

Filibuster Rule

Back in 2013, in order to help then President, Barak Obama, secure his Judicial nominees, Harry Reid killed the filibuster rule.  Effectively he prevented Republicans from blocking Obama judicial picks.

Well, here we are in 2017, there’s a new President in town and he is making nominations to fill a lot of vacancies. And, thanks to Harry Reid, the Democrats can’t use the filibuster. So, the Dems are thinking (scheming) out of the box. They are trying to use an arcane rule that dates back to when communications were carried by horse and buggy. Essentially, it allows states to hold up nominees while their Senators review the qualifications.

Senator Chuck Grassley, Chair. of the Judiciary Committee, has nixed the use of the blue slip rule. He feels, as do most Americans, that they are using it to replace the filibuster and he’ll not allow that. Thank goodness. We need our judgeships filled in order for our country to function.

By Guest Column -- R. Earl Warren- Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - Full Story

Are we going to go back to no women in the workplace? Or no men?

I wish I could have a conversation with a liberal who could explain to me why, in the discussions we are having today about sexual misconduct, there is not even a nod to the passes received by so many Democrats of the past. Or why the Al Franken story gets so much less air time than Judge Moore. I wish someone could explain why Hillary Clinton can be viewed as a champion of women’s issues yet aided and abetted Bill’s escapades.  I wish someone could explain how we accept the fact that times are different now when it comes to other aspects of our lives-race relations, LBGT issues, women’s rights, but not accept the fact that male/female roles have changed as well. What was normal 40 years ago is not tolerated today.

I wish someone could tell me why we should believe every one of the woman without any proof but not believe the man. I wish someone could tell me why they don’t see some of these accusations as politically motivated or vindictive. I wish someone could explain how we go forward with any semblance of cooperation in the workplace, government or society as a whole.

Are we going to go back to no women in the workplace? Or no men? It sure seems like that’s where we are headed.

By Guest Column -- Arnold Avery- Sunday, November 26, 2017 - Full Story

Government should not directly or indirectly be perceived as fostering exclusivity.

Greek life, it’s called on the news. On campus they are called frats. What they are is exclusive clubs that, in some cases, practice bad behavior.

Isn’t there a bigger problem? Don’t these group create and foster division. They are a special club for those who are deemed to be worthy.

Yet in elementary schools across the country, better grades are often replaced with satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Youth sports hand out participation trophies to everyone and at younger levels they don’t keep score. Some High Schools have stopped naming Valedictorians. Given the the hue and cry for equality, there can be no justification for continuing an outdated system of social clubs that by their very nature create division.

Even worse is that taxpayer dollars provide about one third of the budget for universities via government tuition grants and loans.  Government should not directly or indirectly be perceived as fostering exclusivity.

By Guest Column -- Shirley Reynolds- Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Full Story

Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid Fusion GPS for opposition research

Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid Fusion GPS for opposition research. That is essentially, digging up dirt on your opponent. It’s a common practice by both parties, it is not illegal.

Fusion GPS turned around and hired Christopher Steele, a former British Intelligence Officer and founder of a British Intelligence Company. Again, no crime.

Steele then hired Russian Sources. Why Russian sources? Probably a couple of reasons, one, Steele had once been stationed in Russia and had contacts there. Two, that’s where both candidates were pointing their allegations. Steele then created the “Trump Dossier”.

Two things can’t be disputed, the Clinton campaign funded the dossier. And, when you are hired to dig up dirt, your reputation will be shot if you come up dry. So, one way or the other, dirt would be found. The question is, how accurate is it?

By Guest Column -- Lois Virgo- Friday, November 17, 2017 - Full Story

Are you OK with this?

When you paid your Federal taxes to the IRS, did you know or expect or even imagine that $15 million of the money received was going to pay harassment suit settlements for the House of Representatives? No? I didn’t think so. Our hard earned money, very hard earned for most of us, was used (in part) to pay off people who were victims of our Representatives behaving badly. Or were they? Or was it a great way to funnel money to people? An accuser gets a settlement rather than being forced to prove their case in court. The leaker of this story says the $15 million went out in the last 10-15 years. Hmmm. This sounds a lot like the EPA suits that were settled in favor of Obama’s pet groups.

All this settling is leaving me very unsettled. Settling gets the accuser and the accused off the hook. Nothing is proved or disproved, there is no publicity. All that happened was money changed hands. No behavior was modified, if it needed to be, and we are still being forced to support this despicable practice. Are you OK with that?

By Guest Column -- John Bryant- Friday, November 17, 2017 - Full Story

A message to my daughters, granddaughters and young women everywhere across the United States

As you are growing and learning and forming your own opinions about what it means to be a woman in 2017. I encourage, no, I beg of you, to be thoughtful and careful in choosing your role models. The Kardashians, BeyoncĂ©, Miley Cyrus, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, and Hillary Clinton, to name but a few, should not be your idols. Women like Nikki Haley, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Malkin, and Sarah Sanders, on the other hand,are wonderful examples of strength, brains and class. They represent real success for women’s rights. They needed neither sex, sensationalism or public protests to get them where they are today.

What they did was put their heads down, worked hard, studied, and proved their way to the top. That is true equality. They are different races, come from different backgrounds, and have followed different career paths. What makes them stand out is their grace, strength and brains. They are ladies to be admired and emulated.

By Guest Column -- Alice Vann- Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - Full Story

Paris Climate Accord.

Congressman, Vern Buchanan is urging President Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Accord. This came out almost simultaneously with the news that the pollution in India is so bad that the reduced visibility is causing traffic accidents.

By Guest Column -- Jean Arcamone- Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - Full Story

Our country is equally divided on most social, economic and political issues.

Our country is equally divided on most social, economic and political issues. Both sides are adamant about their positions. This doesn’t create an atmosphere of solutions. It is really tough on businesses who are pressured (and sometimes legislated) to take sides. Once they do, they risk 50% of their business. Hobby Lobby, Target, the NFL come to mind.

By Guest Column -- Wayne A. White- Sunday, November 12, 2017 - Full Story

A debt we can never repay…

I’m talking about Today - Veterans Day. The day we pay tribute to Canadian Patriots past and present, who fought and keep fighting the good fight to keep us all free. Because here’s the bare-knuckled truth… the struggle for liberty never ends, and the wolves of tyranny are always at the door!

Let’s all honor & pray for all our veterans as well as all our brave military people everywhere.

God bless them all!

Thank you

By Guest Column -- Len- Saturday, November 11, 2017 - Full Story

Democrat “Big Wins”

I’m sure Democrats around the country are celebrating what is being sold as their “big wins” on Nov. 7th. And I’m equally sure that Republicans are concerned about those wins translating into Democratic gains in 2018. That remains to be seen.

New Jersey was lost thanks to Chris Christie’s shenanigans and Virginia was lost because Republicans put forth an establishment candidate, Ed Gillespie, who had lost his run for Virginia Senator and then decided to run for Governor. The ad campaigns in Virginia leading up to this election were some of the nastiest I’ve ever seen. I believe that Northam’s win was largely due to his vote against Sanctuary cities. An unforced error by Republicans.

2 races does not a trend make, but it does put Republicans on notice. We, the people, have given you the opportunity to do the things we elected you to do. So far, you have failed miserably. Don’t blow it. You won’t get another chance and you are taking the American people down with you.

By Guest Column -- Malcolm Williams- Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Full Story

Only in Ontario

This is the new update form LHIN produced and passed down to Ontario’s Community Health Service Centres across Ontario you may or not be asked to fill out depending on the location of centre.

So did Minister of Health Dr. Hoskins direct LHIN to produce this form,  and if so why do the Wynne Liberal’s need to know our personal information that is not related to health care?

By Guest Column -- Ross Ayote- Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Full Story

The Duty to Protect the Border rests with the Federal Government

It is very ironic that during the Obama years, when States tried to protect their own borders, they were shot down because, the courts said, security is the responsibility of the Federal Government. Yet, now we have President Trump taking responsibility for security and they are arguing that it is the right of the states.

It seems like this is a basic question that must be settled. When you look up “duties of the executive branch” every sites says: “Enforcing the laws of the United States”. Obama was correct that it was not the state’s right, problem was, he wouldn’t do it. Now we have a President who will do his job. We have immigration laws. It is up to the President to enforce them or up to Congress to change them.

By Guest Column -- Mrs. Carolyn M. Brown- Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - Full Story

Dr. Rene Boucher obviously was not thinking about his solemn oath when he attacked Dr. Rand Paul

Doctors take an oath regarding their responsibilities to their patients and to society. The oath was rewritten in 1964 to be a more relevant document. One paragraph reads as follows: I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

Dr. Rene Boucher obviously was not thinking about his solemn oath when he attacked and seriously wounded Dr. Rand Paul on Dr. Paul’s own property.

This incident calls to question this, if a doctor, an anesthesiologist, doesn’t have the adult thought process and self-restraint not to attack another human being, then who does? Where are we headed as a society? It seems there is little hope when the most learned, the most committed to higher ideals, the life savers are attacking one another.

By Guest Column -- Michael Chandler- Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - Full Story

POTUS.45 TRUMP ~ A Cry For Help!

Across the USA Americans are being shot down like dogs, and there is no end in sight! Obviously, government, police, etc. cannot/will not protect its citizens!

Suggestion: The President POTUS.45 TRUMP should immediately empower/deputize (call it whatever) military veterans, retireds, etc and arm them authorized to carry/concealed carry/both to protect our people when needed!

By Guest Column -- Richard Gaines- Monday, November 6, 2017 - Full Story

Clinton Campaign nearly bankrupted the DNC to stack the odds in her favor

The news is slowly seeping out that the Clinton Campaign nearly bankrupted the DNC to stack the odds in her favor. That proved to be a colossal waste to money and human resources. It also begs the question, where were all the other Democrats? The party money is supposed to help state and local candidates as well as the nominee for President. So, not only did Bernie Sanders get cheated so did many down stream candidates.

The revelation of these antics should put the RNC, state and local groups on notice that this is the direct results of apathy. Everybody is too lazy or intimidated to do their job-including you and I. The void created by the lack of oversight opens the door for misuse.  The DNC is a perfect example.

By Guest Column -- Wilma Howe- Friday, November 3, 2017 - Full Story