Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

We certainly face a societal dilemma as we go forward

We certainly face a societal dilemma as we go forward. As Barack Obama has spoken eloquently about, we are a nation of tribes and instead of blending and moving forward with a united front, we are more divided.  New tribes are being formed. We have the ethnic tribes, the sexual identity tribes, the religious tribes, the education tribes and the economic tribes. All tribes are clamoring for (even demanding) special treatment.

Once upon a time, in America, the Irish, Greek, Polish, Italian, and German immigrants settled into their neighborhoods. They celebrated their heritage, ate their traditional foods, worshipped at their traditional churches but not once did they demand special treatment.  They were grateful for the opportunity. Now, giving opportunity isn’t enough. Now all the diverse tribes want special places, special laws and rules, special help.

If the goal is inclusiveness, then how can separating ourselves out accomplish the goal?

Sincerely,
Lois Virgo

By Guest Column -- Lois Virgo- Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - Full Story

The rules are the rules until they are changed. That explains the “nuclear option”

The rules are the rules until they are changed. That explains the “nuclear option”, so called because it represents the biggest, baddest weapon in the Senate arsenal. Before 2013 it took three fifths (60) votes in the Senate to end debate on a bill or nomination and two thirds (67) votes to end debate on changing a senate rule. The nuclear option lets the Senate change the the rules to allow for a simple majority vote of 51 to override a rule or precedent.

This practice of changing the rules has been employed by both parties. Most recently and most famously by Harry Reid to block a Republican filibuster of executive branch nominees. A filibusters is essentially a stalling tactic.

Whether or not you agree with filibusters, nuclear options, 60 votes or 51 votes the trend to cap or eliminate discussion and to call for cloture (stopping discussion) has had a marked increase. From a fairly flat trend starting in 1917 to the late 60s, then rising steadily to 2004 and spiking in 2008-2010. The bottom line? We have a Congress that is totally unable to solve any sort of problems or make any sort of decisions.

By Guest Column -- Jennie Veary- Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - Full Story

70 percent of the H-1B foreign visas come from India

70 percent of the H-1B foreign visas come from India according to a Washington Post article.  And that was only the first of the statements that could make your blood pressure jump.

Let’s start with the fact that the reason we are importing people from India to do our high tech jobs is that they are better educated.Two, they work for less which helps suppress wages here. Three, it is a path to permanent green card status.

However, green card applicants cannot change jobs without starting the process all over and with the 10 year backlog of green card applications a company has a lock on an underpaid employee for a very long time. There is a lot wrong with this system. Hopefully, it will be given a careful review by the new administration, in the meantime, they have promised to keep a close eye on companies who hire foreign workers.

By Guest Column -- Victoria Vaughn- Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - Full Story

County lists—IMPROVE COMMUNICATION

Dear Editor

Bill 68 affects you. 

We haven’t heard much about Bill 68, but it’s now in Committee and headed to 3rd and final reading – meaning government will be passing this Bill if we don’t do something to get them to stop it.

Remember when people were not going to get their day in court if they received a parking ticket, or if they violated any municipal by-law – it’s back in this Bill.  Some of these by-laws can have fines of up to $10,000.00 per day and these fines will be applied to your property taxes if you don’t go in and pay them a.s.a.p.  What an easy way for municipalities to take your land for non-payment of property taxes.  Think about it.

By Elizabeth Marshall - Monday, April 3, 2017 - Full Story

Ontario Hydro Rates

Thank-you for eliminating the 8% Sales Tax on my recent home hydro bill.

Every discount helps, however, your government forgot to announce publicly in addition to the elimination of the 8% Sales Tax, simultaneously they increased the Regulatory kw charge from .13 cents to .21 cents that more than exceeded the reduction of the 8% Sales Tax.

Obviously your Government has no respect for Ontario Residents. It is no wonder Kathleen Wynne’s popularity is at 12% in the Polls.

Ontario Residents are NOT stupid.

We can only wait now until June 1st to see how the publicized discount of 25% will be offset with new charges on our Hydo Bill or increases to existing category charges will be made to offset the promised 25%.

Your comments please.
Regards,
Jack

By Guest Column - Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Full Story

I would be shocked if the Dems hadn’t surveilled the Republicans and vice versa

I guess I’m in the minority and will be ridiculed for saying this but, to be honest, I would be shocked if the Dems hadn’t surveilled the Republicans and vice versa. In the climate around the country of untruth, innuendo, Friday document drops, diversionary news stories, and outright lies, surveillance seems not just likely but expected. The feeling that there is no honor or loyalty or patriotism pervades the halls of government. And the desire for power drives most decisions.

As far a Russian meddling, there is little doubt in my mind that it happened. And I expect we do our share of meddling in return.
I don’t excuse the behavior I’m just not surprised by it.

Perhaps, instead of wringing our hands and looking to place blame we should put a stop to the climate that fosters these actions.

By Guest Column --Michael Chandler- Sunday, March 26, 2017 - Full Story

“I’m willing to give him time and space to get the job done.”

I spoke to a veteran of the Iraq war a couple of days ago about the failure of the healthcare rewrite.

I have to keep reminding myself that the Obamacare bill was intentionally designed to make the rework or repeal difficult and for some facets, impossible. When I expressed my frustration at the Republican Party for its poor preparation and inability to come together, my friend said this, ” Donald Trump has successfully solved many problems and negotiated great deals. I believe he has a plan for this and I’m willing to give him time and space to get the job done.”

Very wise words. A good leader doesn’t necessarily show all his cards, he doesn’t reveal his tactics and he doesn’t give up.

A day after the decision to pull the bill I see things more clearly. Too much time, energy and concessions were going into the process. Nobody was budging. President Trump knows when to hold them and when to fold them. He also understands that it may take many rounds at the table.  In the meantime, the AHCA (Obamacare) is unraveling in front of a population who is blind to the ramifications of the implosion.

By Guest Column -- Bruce Butler- Sunday, March 26, 2017 - Full Story

The cost of drugs are out of control!  We are paying for Washington corruption!

The cost of drugs are out of control!  We are paying for Washington corruption!  There are more than 3,000 generic drugs being held up by the
Food and Drug administration. waiting to be approved. Europe and most of the world are paying 1/2 and less than American people are being charged.
Many in congress have sold their souls to the drug industry.  Its time to follow the money trail and get rid of political hack who betrayed the voters.
Bring down the cost of drugs and medical costs of the American people.

By Guest Column --Dick Doonan- Saturday, March 25, 2017 - Full Story

I’m sure I’m not the only one who would like my news straight up

Acting on a credible threat assessment, overseas flights are banning electronics in the cabin of airplanes.For more information consult with your airline.

That is all we need to know, that is all we should know, and that is all the talking heads need to say.Anything else is either their opinion, sensationalism, or divisive

I’m sure I’m not the only one who would like my news straight up.

By Guest Column -- Arnold Avery- Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - Full Story

I am disgusted by the video of rapper Snoop Dogg pretending to shoot President Trump

I am disgusted by the video of rapper Snoop Dogg pretending to shoot President Trump.

The two personages involved aren’t the issue, hateful behavior masquerading as entertainment is the issue. We have become a mean and nasty society that excuses bad behavior rather than face it head on. Of course there are the larger issues. One, our President should be entitled to some respect. Two, had this been a white person holding the gun pointed at a black person, there would have been an immediate outcry. Three, aren’t we taught to never point a gun
(even a toy) at anyone?

Isn’t this something we could all agree about? We must find common ground. And we must return to the character traits that made this country flourish. Divisive behavior such as this fixes nothing.

By Guest Column -- Margaret Grover- Monday, March 20, 2017 - Full Story

I never thought I’d see the day when liberal, Democrat, Alan Derschowitz and I agreed on anything

I never thought I’d see the day when liberal, Democrat, Alan Derschowitz and I agreed on anything, much less that he would support President Trump’s travel ban. It has even been reported that he said if President Obama issued the exact same ban, it would have been upheld. That is a stunning admission that once again gives conservatives hope for the future. It is exciting to find common ground and gives us a platform to build on.

By Guest Column -- R. Earl Warren- Monday, March 20, 2017 - Full Story

President Trump has set in motion an examination of the Executive Branch of government to find ways

Now that, my friends, is a true leader. With the signing of his latest executive order, President Trump has set in motion an examination of the Executive Branch of government to find ways to reduce the size, stop waste and fraud, provide better service and to look at the effectiveness of programs.

All I can say is thank you, President Trump. You are leading by example. Starting with the Executive Branch, the President is saying “Do as I do, not as I say”. How refreshing.

I think this might be an action that would garner bipartisan support. I certainly hope I’m right.

 

By Guest Column -- Mrs. Carolyn M. Brown- Sunday, March 19, 2017 - Full Story

How stupid are we?  We don’t secure our borders. We are overridden with trespassers

How stupid are we? I’ll tell you how stupid we are. We don’t secure our borders. We are overridden with trespassers. When those trespassers
commit a serious crime we try to send them back to their home country. They refuse to take them. We release them onto our streets because we have laws against holding them indefinitely.

I ask you, do we release our citizens who are arrested for serious crimes? Yes and no. We have a system of bonding out and tracking criminals until their court dates. With the trespassers, its a get our of jail free card. The refusal to deal with trespassers appropriately endangers our citizens.

Had we not let them in, or allowed them to stay in the first place, we wouldn’t be facing this problem. Just enforce our laws and protect our people. It’s not rocket science, it is the law.

And, hey, let’s send all our criminals to a country with the same open border policy as us. The Netherlands or Germany come to mind.

By Guest Column -- Wilma Howe- Sunday, March 19, 2017 - Full Story

We are almost $20 TRILLION dollars in debt, our infrastructure is crumbling, our military is weak

We are almost $20 TRILLION dollars in debt, our infrastructure is crumbling, our military is weak, we have a drug problem, our cities are hurting, our borders are not secure, our veterans are neglected, and our education lags behind much of the world. Fixing this will be painful and require sacrifice. Sacred cow programs will be cut, projects will be unfunded, government agencies and employees will be downsized or cut.

Stop whining, none of this has to be permanent but it does have to be done. No person or entity can spend its way to prosperity. Solid financial footing is liberating. Ask anyone who has paid off their debts. I am so tired of people thinking that the problems of life can be fixed without pain. Please grow up, be the adult, set the example. Not in my backyard, not my favorite cause, not my family? Yes, your life, my life, everyone’s life will be impacted. I’m happy to do that so my grandchildren don’t inherit the mess we have now. No blame, there is enough to go around. Just solutions.

By News on the Net -- John Bryan- Friday, March 17, 2017 - Full Story

Let’s talk about evidence

There’s a lot of talk these days about evidence, no evidence, lack of evidence, and the evidence that points to this or that.

As a noun, evidence means: information, indication, or grounds. In other words, something to back up a claim. When it comes to evidence or proof, source is very important. Who do we believe? Who is proven to be reliable? There is very little unbiased evidence available to the public. Why is that? Because it is possible for a determined and experienced operative to bury the truth under so many layers that it is difficult or impossible to get to the bottom. There are laws that protect the government from truth seekers. For example-you can get copies of every communication, if you are willing to pay the cost and have the money. They are not cheap. Then there is the tangled web of electronic evidence which recent events are showing to be almost impenetrable, unless you are a hacker.  Finally, you have every talking head giving their version of the truth.

I fear “the whole truth” has become the most recent victim of our society. Without it we will surely lose our way.

 

 

By Guest Column -- Fred Kirby- Sunday, March 12, 2017 - Full Story

Try Energy Freedom

We don’t have an electricity supply crisis – we have an energy policy crisis.

Vote-seeking politicians with little understanding of markets, engineering or energy have passed costly laws, shuffled a pack of complex regulations, imposed discriminatory taxes and subsidies, set unrealistic targets, interfered in markets, and imposed death-by-delay on real energy explorers and developers.

Australia once had the world’s cheapest and most reliable electricity (before politicians became green socialists and started interfering). Now we have expensive electricity and much of it is unreliable, unpredictable and intermittent.

Let’s try free enterprise in the energy market before we all freeze in the dark.

By Viv Forbes - Sunday, March 12, 2017 - Full Story

Administrative Penalties are back

Dear Editor
The Administrative Penalties are back!  Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Act, is in its second reading.  And even though Ontarians have stated they do not want administrative penalties, its in the Bill.

This amendment to the Municipal Act states you don’t have to be charged, with an offence, yet the fine is put onto your property taxes for non-compliance of a by-law.  So what if a by-law is passed that white trim isn’t allowed?  You don’t get a day in court!

The sections are below…isn’t it time to tell this government enough is enough. And why haven’t we heard anything about this from the Opposition Parties – where are they???

By Elizabeth Marshall - Saturday, March 11, 2017 - Full Story

Over 20 Billion dollars of Mexico’s economy depends on the income from people here in our country.

We have long known that many, if not most, illegal workers (and many legal ones) are sending their money back to their families. This removes from our economy and helps theirs. Don’t think it is a big deal? Mexico’s biggest export is people. People who vote in Mexico (and maybe here as well), who send money home. Over 20 Billion dollars of Mexico’s economy depends on the income from people here in our country. Meanwhile, our people are unemployed or under employed and wages are suppressed. Perhaps you can see the reason Mexico meddles in our politics?

Want to rise the minimum wage? Remove illegal workers from the equation and wages will rise, supply and demand works. And as a bonus, our economy will be enhanced by a lot of that 20 billion dollars. that currently goes to Mexico.

By News on the Net -- Lyman Williams- Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - Full Story

Everybody learns to tune out street noise or barking dogs. People in the media don’t seem to get it.

Kids tune out their mother’s voice after awhile. Mother’s tune out the kids after awhile.

Everybody learns to tune out street noise or barking dogs. People in the media don’t seem to get it.

Sensational headlines with no real story begin to dull the senses. Pretty soon we just skip them, assuming there is nothing there, which is usually the case. The same is true of the reporting on President Trump. We simply do not hear you any more. We know you will bash him, we know you will report his every human frailty, we know you will accuse, try and convict him. So, we just turn you off and tune you out.

By Guest Column -- Charity Eavey- Monday, March 6, 2017 - Full Story

It is frightening to witness the rabid and unrelenting attack on President Trump and the American pe

It is frightening to witness the rabid and unrelenting attack on President Trump and the American people.

He is our President, duly elected by the laws of this country. If one tenth of the money and energy put forth to cause him problems were invested in working toward solutions, everyone would be better off.  If I am any indication, the American people are tuning out. We know what needs to be done, we know the President is working on solutions, and we don’t need or want the constant barrage of sensationalized headlines. We are educating ourselves, networking, and moving forward. We are tired of the “sky is falling” rhetoric from the left and the support of that message on the evening news.

By Guest Column -- Linda Barrington- Monday, March 6, 2017 - Full Story