Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor


Americans want their politics straight up, no entertainers, entertainment shows, sports figures or s

The evidence is clear, Americans want their politics straight up, no entertainers, entertainment shows, sports figures or sporting events, no social commentary.

We go to, or watch on TV, concerts and games to be entertained, not preached at. And certainly, not to have someone else’s politics shoved down our throats.

Awards shows and NFL games have suffered ratings declines over just this issue.

We are weary of the constant barrage of black dresses, pink hats, and people kneeling. Enough already. There is a time and place for everything.

If you are trying to wear us down to change our minds, be careful of unintended consequences.

By Guest Column -- Jean Arcamone- Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - Full Story

Winston Churchill a sexist?

Dear Editor:

I was just reading some Winston Churchill quotes and came across the following: “A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.” Totally unacceptable - let’s unearth him, prop him up by the roadside, and have a #MeToo drive-by shooting!

By Guest Column -- Jeff Goodall- Monday, January 29, 2018 - Full Story

To waste your life using an ambulance to kill others is one of the greatest acts of cowardice possi

To give your life to save others is one of the bravest acts possible. To waste your life using an ambulance to kill others is one of the greatest acts of cowardice possible. No religion has a place in Heaven for you - you will go to Hell as a result of the Hell you have tried to create on earth.

By Guest Column -- Dennis Fitzgerald- Sunday, January 28, 2018 - Full Story

Regardless of Cher’s personal feelings on appropriate dress

In case you haven’t been following the inane and celebrity driven daily news and if you even remember Cher, you may not be aware of the latest set back for women’s rights and empowerment.  Cher tweeted out that Sarah Huckabee Sanders should be told not to dress like a “sister wife”, implying a dowdiness of Sanders wardrobe.

Regardless of Cher’s personal feelings on appropriate dress, which I find to be at odds with most women, publicly denigrating other women is uncalled for. Sanders is smart and well spoken while she does one of the hardest jobs on the planet. She, not Cher, is a wonderful example
to young women.

It is sad that these sorts of ill conceived comments are only causing the divide to deepen. How can we possibly have peace when there are mean spirited people, like Cher?

By Guest Column -- Alice Vann- Sunday, January 28, 2018 - Full Story

I am not certain Canadians understand the extent of the Government tyranny

Dear Prime Minister,

If you have a moment you might be interested in seeing the clip on the facebook page.

While Mr Trump has his critics he knows he has a duty to protect the life of all US citizens including those in the womb and also to respect the worldview of pro-life Americans.You appear to believe in a totalitarian system of government. Rather than protect every Canadian’s life from fertilization you champion a non-existent right to abortion at the cost of the fundamental rights and freedoms in our Charter. Prime Minister only one in 5 pregnant women will resort to induced abortion and a majority of those would not do so if they were not abandoned or had the support they needed. Do you really support a system which kills over 100,000 Canadian children in the womb and places their mothers at risk?

By Guest Column -- Jakki Jeffs- Thursday, January 25, 2018 - Full Story

Let the worlds of fiction and fun speak the unspoken truths

The players of TV fiction were prominent at the recent Golden Globes telling of the world of harassment and abuse, previously perversely referred to as the casting couch. This was not new but only now were so many brave enough to speak up.

Sports players, many of the NFL’s best, spoke up against the number of people in their communities being killed and that all lives mattered. The reluctance to stand for the flag was concerning but it did get the message out there.

Soon there are two major events that will be seen worldwide, the Oscars in March and the Super Bowl early in February. Both show the best in their fields of endeavour and although the black arm band approach has been criticized the messages must get out there.

These are people that are loved, respected and looked up to and hero worship is wonderful for some but it also comes with an opportunity, and realistically a responsibility, to be a positive role model. The basis of real freedom is the opportunity to tell the truth even when not everyone wants to hear it.

If only the politicians would tell, hear and accept the truth. Let’s listen to what we should be hearing.

By Guest Column -- Dennis Fitzgerald- Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - Full Story

We have thankless NFL players “taking the knee” for causes that change with the wind

We have thankless NFL players “taking the knee” for causes that change with the wind.  The NFL players, owners and Roger Goodell should get down on their hands and knees and thank more than 620,000 Union soldiers who were wounded, maimed and died in the American Civil War freeing the slaves.

Why aren’t the players protesting the entrenched Chicago politicians who have destroyed the lives of so many black families?  They should have been upset to see children murdered on the streets and in their homes by thugs.  Where are the tears of grief and the outrage for that abandonment?

Football fans, black, white, red, yellow and brown are not going to reward players who disrespect the American flag, the National Anthem and our Country’s honor.  The players were given a talent for throwing a ball, for goodness sake.  Throwing a ball has given them a life-style only dreamed of by mortals.

Thank God you were able to achieve your dreams.  Now, do something for others who are crying out to you for help and keep politics out of it.

By Guest Column -- Kathlyn Messina- Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - Full Story

Deport alien criminals. Stop chain migration

I just don’t get why it is so difficult. Secure the border, enforce immigration laws starting today. Deport alien criminals. Stop chain migration. Protect the so called Dreamers. With that we would then be a nation with borders and laws.

Children and young people deserve our thoughtful consideration of their future. But they absolutely must not be used as pawns to bring in anyone else. Those people should follow the process that all good immigrants before them have followed. And future DACA members should be prevented.

Democrats need to remember that we have granted amnesty in the past with the assurance that it would never happen again. And here we are. Let’s get it right this time so we can move on to other pressing problems. This should be an easy one, only when there are ulterior motives does it become complicated.

By Guest Column - Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - Full Story

Pilate also washed his hands

President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was the right thing to do and a predictable and appropriate response to former President Barack Obama’s benighted decision to engineer the U.N. Security Council resolution to declare Judaism’s holiest places in Jerusalem to be occupied territory and a “flagrant violation under international law. Obama’s decision was done out of personal revenge against P.M. Netanyahu and totally nothing to do with long-standing American policy. This was a decision striking right at the very heart of Israel. There is a good argument to be made that Obama made peace in the middle east more difficult and Trump made it more possible.

Virtually everyone in the international community agrees that Israel has a legitimate claim to these and other areas of Jerusalem. Obama’s resolution would make criminals out of Israeli’s who have a perfect right to access Jewish holy sites. Trump was simply acknowledging what everyone in Israel already knows. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state and moving the American embassy there was the right thing to do and helped restore an appropriate balance in the U.N. and this has been a long-standing American tradition.

Regrettably, Canada was one of 35 countries that abstained from the voting. This is strangely reminiscent of the cowardly Pilate, governor of Judaea who “took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person”. Thousands of Hebrew inscriptions throughout Israel, numerous archaeological finds, and the Bible itself proves beyond any dispute that Israel’s roots run very deep in this their land. It is nothing short of outrageous to rule that Jews are not allowed access to their historic holy sites. The fact that the U.N. sees things differently changes nothing and certainly will not change the mind of the One Who made the covenant with Abraham 4000 years ago.

By Guest Column -- Gerald Hall- Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - Full Story

Let the best lead the rest.

The US Senate has passed a short-term funding bill that will put a stop to the government shutdown or at least until February 8th. It was always likely to be resolved or put on hold within a few days but what does this really mean on the global scale?

It’s an easy throw away quip to say that no governmnent may actually be an improvement over the Trump led government but how much difference will it make to the unemployed, the refugees and the hundreds of thousands who face deportation? Our political futures are too big a concern to give to the petty politicians we seem to have in most countries.

This ‘minor’ political catastrophe has value in the light it shines on politicians who should be the best we have. Other countries should not be gloating about their own performances as the events may be different but the characters are the same.

Let the best lead the rest.

By Guest Column -- Dennis Fitzgerald- Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - Full Story

Florida Power and Light is no longer seeking a rate increase to cover hurricane losses

Florida Power and Light is no longer seeking a rate increase to cover hurricane losses. Why? Because the new tax plan
will save them enough money that a rate increase won’t be necessary. As a result, the average homeowner, Democrats
and Republicans,  will be spared the approximately $4 a month increase and businesses large and small will likely be spared even more pain.

Unlike those “crumbs”( Nancy Pelosi’s words not mine) that other businesses shared with their employees, the FPL will benefit every resident.

What will you do with your savings? I’m thinking crumb cake.

By Guest Column -- Andy Bishop- Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Full Story

Nancy Pelosi has no idea how the average American lives

We always knew that Nancy Pelosi has no idea how the average American lives. In her protected, coddled, wealthy world she doesn’t have to worry about paying her bills, finding money to repair her car, getting access to healthcare, or funding any of the myriad of little drains on the pocketbook.

But, being the nice people that we are, we had no idea just how little she knows or cares.  We need to set the record straight. We need to thank those companies who issued bonuses following the passage of the rewrite of the tax code. We need to let our Senators and Representatives know that it does matter. It matters very much.

Very few Americans look on $1000 as crumbs. That $1000 could be a new set of tires, cleaning and checks at the dentist, clothes, plumbing repairs, soccer gear, a road trip. $1000 is 2.5% of $40,000. So for someone in that income range, it represents more than the 2%  cost of living increase Social Security recipients got in 2017 or will get in 2018.

By calling the bonuses handed out by companies “crumbs” she marginalized all hardworking Americans. That makes me angry.

By Guest Column -- Malcolm Williams- Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Full Story

Pink hats worn by the women in support of those sexually harassed were stupid and vulgar

I thought from day one that the Pink hats worn by the women in support of those sexually harassed were stupid and vulgar.

I couldn’t wrap my mind around a concerned and engaged group of educated women using the hat as their symbol of choice.

Apparently, some in that movement are questioning it as well, but not for the same reasons. They have decided they are too exclusive, leaving out women of color and transgendered women, etc. One woman said she didn’t feel they were unifying. Seriously, I’m not making this up.

To me, this hat was the epitome of a bad ad campaign and it sends a terrible message. Imagine if this was dreamed up and implemented by a man? He would be, and should be excoriated. The pink hat is demeaning. Why would you use it as a public symbol of your discontent?

These ladies have sent women’s right backwards and relegated woman to once again being thought of as nothing more than their reproductive parts. So sad.

By Guest Column -- Wilma Howe- Friday, January 12, 2018 - Full Story

Justin Trudeau’s Disturbing Friends

It is pretty much an axiomatic saying that you can tell an awful lot about someone by the friends they keep. With that in mind consider some of Justin Trudeau’s friends and you can get a better idea where his policies are coming from.
Gerald Butts is probably Trudeau’s closest political advisor. He is an old Trudeau university buddy who is now the senior political advisor to Trudeau and has had serious input into almost every policy Trudeau campaigned on before his election. Butts was the principal author of former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s bankrupting green energy policies. It was his idea for a “positive message” that helped McGuinty win in Ontario and Justin Trudeau throughout his own campaign borrowed McGuinty’s victory speech words that voters had “rejected the politics of division.”  Butts is an anti-energy environmental activist who is okay with running deficits which is why Ontario continues to struggle to reduce its debts and has been downgraded by Moody’s to “negative.” Trudeau campaigned on running “modest deficits” but the National Bank said the deficit could actually reach ninety billion by the end of Trudeau’s term.

By Guest Column -- Gerald Hall- Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Full Story

Be Careful What you Wish For

In today’s crazy world, western politicians are wasting billions of tax-payer dollars force-feeding costly unreliable green energy in the bizarre belief that this will somehow change Earth’s climate.

Even more incredible, they fear global warmth and seem hell-bent on creating global cooling. They should study climate history. It is snow and ice, cold dry air and carbon dioxide starvation we need to fear, not a warm, moist, fertile, bountiful atmosphere.

Climate change is natural and unstoppable.

By Viv Forbes - Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - Full Story

Bad Day at Black Rock

November 8, 2016 was a Bad Day at Black Rock for democrats.

It is likened to a classic 1955 movie starring Spencer Tracy, a one armed stranger who comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep hidden by violent means if necessary. In this case, the town is Washington, D.C. plagued by incompetency, weakness and deceit, and the stranger is Donald Trump.

By George Giftos - Sunday, January 7, 2018 - Full Story

Sooner or later it will be impossible to dismiss the positive impact President Trump has had on our

Who is benefitting from job growth and lower numbers of undocumented immigrants? Black people, that’s who. Black unemployment is at a 45 year low. Some fantastic news for those who have gained employment and for the country as a whole. It is yet another sign of a healthy economy that is improving by leaps and bounds.

Sooner or later it will be impossible to dismiss the positive impact President Trump has had on our country. So hate his mannerisms if you must but don’t discount the results. Usually a scrapper gets more done than a dandy, it is just not as pretty a package.I think Americans can live with that, eventually, even the “Never Trumpers” will have to recognize that he knows what he is doing.

By Guest Column -- Margaret Glover- Saturday, January 6, 2018 - Full Story

Follow the donation trail. People don’t donate to causes they don’t believe in

Nov. 2017, as reported by CNN, the Democratic National Committee had 6.3 million in its coffers, the Republican National Committee has 39.8 million. That tells the story, not the media, not the talking heads, not the Hollywood elite, but real people donating hard earned money and businesses who believe in President Trump’s policies. If you wonder who the public supports, follow the donation trail. People don’t donate to causes they don’t believe in.

By Guest Column -- Virginia Sparks- Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - Full Story

California recreational marijuana law

In another example of trapping people in poverty and of increasing welfare recipients, The new California recreational marijuana law will join Washington State in imposing up to 50% total tax on sales, including medical marijuana. While I am opposed to the sale of recreational marijuana, it seems obvious to me that the legalization was more about increasing revenue than anything else. The extremely high tax rate has the potential to take food off the table of children and will plunge families into welfare or hold them there.

And get this, if you are a pot smoker, you may forfeit your right to be a gun owner. Since alcohol and prescription drug use do not prevent you from owning a gun, I would contend that the law is also being used as gun control. I guess the theory is that users will choose pot over their constitutional rights.

When you look at the total picture, the marijuana law feeds right in to the liberal agenda.

By Guest Column -- Arnold Avery- Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - Full Story

The effort to encourage, cajole, or downright force people to take actions to protect our environmen

The effort to encourage, cajole, or downright force people to take actions to protect our environment are laudable. It is probably an area where, had it been handled correctly, we could have stood on common ground. Where the effort started meeting resistance was when it was accompanied by ridiculous claims and scare tactics.

The whole “climate change” movement was seriously undermined by the obvious mishandling of the money thrown at the perceived problem. Had the
free market seen a desire for solar and wind generated electricity and electric cars, it would have done what it always does-produce the product. By the
government subsidizing those manufacturers, it has created a mess, as usual. A lot of taxpayer money went down the tubes as companies took the subsidies and then went belly up.

There is no way to measure how this would have played out had it been handled differently. You have to give both sides a little credit. The climate change proponents are genuinely concerned. The skeptics have been soured by the manipulation of data, the hypocrisy of some of the players (Al Gore), the poor management of taxpayer money.

We need a do over.

By Guest Column -- Victoria Vaughn- Monday, January 1, 2018 - Full Story