Editorials

Thoughts On the election

Written by  |  Thursday, 05 May 2011 13:20  |  Published in Editorials
Editorial by Jeff Green At the outset of the federal election campaign that just ended, I made a call to a local NDP riding association member whom I hadn't talked to in quite a while. I was setting up all-candidates’ meetings at the time. We spent a few minutes talking about the way the campaign was shaping up. I suggested that if it became clear during the campaign that the Liberals were not going anywhere, there might be a bump in support for Jack Layton and the New Democrats. “I don't think that will happen,” he said, “I think Ignatieff will prove to be competent and people will stick with him. I think he will do well.” Well, it didn't turn out that way. And…

Editorial: About that $2

Written by  |  Thursday, 07 April 2011 07:42  |  Published in Editorials
Editorial by Jeff Green Prime Minister Harper said last week that, “Public money should not be used to support political parties that the public does not support” as he proposed to scrap the program that pays $2 annually to political parties for each vote they receive at election time. Harper's argument is consistent with a Conservative value. Why should taxes be used to support political parties? People who want to support their favourite party can give them money each year if they want to, and there is a generous tax benefit to those kinds of donations, namely a 75% refundable tax credit. So, for $25 in net cost to me, I can donate $100 each year to the political part of my choice. But maybe…

Aboriginal Issues: parties have policies, if you can find them

Written by  |  Thursday, 07 April 2011 07:42  |  Published in Editorials
Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell once said that an election campaign is a bad time to discuss policy. She said that during an election campaign that did not end well for her or for her party. None of the major parties seems to think this election is a good time to discuss Aboriginal policies, if the content and layout of their websites is any indication The NDP have a web site devoted to their Aboriginal Commission, and that site contains a seven-point party platform, which includes a commitment of $1 billion a year for five years to improve conditions in First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities. The commission is referred to in a four-line item on the main ndp.ca election site, but that item does…

The 'North Frontenac' Turns 40: A look Back

Written by  |  Thursday, 17 March 2011 07:27  |  Published in Editorials
1st Edition Editorial, It could be up to us, (March 1971 #1) Community columnists: The Heart of the Paper, by Jeff Green Dear, Dear Martha A Cornerstone For Pine Meadow. (July 21, 1992  #718) Important dates in the history of “The North Frontenac”  by Jeff Green Joe the Porter (Oct 16, 1984 #329) Marathon of Hope (July 11, 1980 #221 Oso Hall full to capacity for meeting of uranium mining (Sept. 5, 1980, #225) Seniors' housing project rejected, July 1985 Editorial: It could be up to us?  1st edition March 1971 Many citizens are concerned about the lack of development in the Northern Townships of Frontenac County. What have the ‘70s to offer the North Frontenac residents? Is it only game preserves, pockets of governmental privilege,…

It's still all up to us: The 'North Frontenac' Turns 40

Written by  |  Thursday, 17 March 2011 07:27  |  Published in Editorials
Photo: Drawing by Angela Badour, then  grade 10 student at SLHS, who was a winner for the 500th edition drawing contest in 1988. The first edition of the Frontenac News was nothing more than a short essay, printed on the second page of a single sheet of paper (It is reprinted below). It was a call to a public meeting to try and pull together the small communities in the former townships of Olden, Oso, Hinchinbrooke and Bedford. One of the interesting things about the essay is that with a few changes in wording, much of it could have been written in March of 1981, 1991, 2001, or even today, in March 2011. “What do the 2010s have to offer the Frontenac residents, after all?…

Forty years later, communications are as important as ever

Written by  |  Thursday, 24 February 2011 06:26  |  Published in Editorials
Editorial by Jeff Green In 1971 there was no Facebook, no Twitter, no Internet at all, and no cell phones. Most telephones in this part of the world were on party lines. It was a long distance call between Sharbot Lake and Arden, or Harrowsmith and Sydenham for that matter. At that time, the institution that had been the life blood of rural communities, the K&P railroad, was long gone. All the local mines had closed. Agriculture, a victim of the rocky ground and changing times, was in the midst of a long decline, and the heyday for local foresters was also in the past. Tourism, which had long been a major factor in the local economy, was becoming the economic base, and there was…

Time to wake up

Written by  |  Thursday, 17 February 2011 06:25  |  Published in Editorials
OK, you’ve been holed up in the house since Christmas, watching the meter drop on the oil tank or feeding the wood stove and watching the woodpile dwindle, or watching the electricity meter spin and spin at high speed - or doing all three – and almost two months have gone by. The bad news is that winter is not about to end, notwithstanding this week's warm, slushy weather. The good news is there is something that can be done about it. It’s time you got out of the house. It’s time to shake off the doldrums and get out into the cold and wet and face up to the fact that we live in a country with winter. It all starts tomorrow night, February…

Addicted to painkillers?

Written by  |  Thursday, 06 January 2011 06:15  |  Published in Editorials
Is there a prescription painkiller addiction problem in our rural community? The use or illegal abuse of opiate prescription drugs, specifically pain drugs like Percocet, Oxycontin and Hydro Morphone has become a real problem in our community. These drugs can cause your organs to physically become addicted and so the withdrawal in some people is horrendous - like heroin withdrawal. When the drugs have been legally prescribed for pain, the doctor stops prescribing them when the initial reason, the pain, has stopped. But if the patient becomes addicted, they may fake pain to get more or go to several doctors to increase their dose. Doctors and pharmacists are only starting to realize the magnitude of the problem, yet often don’t know what to do except…

Election over – now what?

Written by  |  Thursday, 28 October 2010 06:40  |  Published in Editorials
Editorial by Jeff Green In considering the results of the municipal election in the four townships that we cover regularly (three in Frontenac County and Addington Highlands), the initial impact in all the townships should be minimal. There were a number of staff members, particularly in South Frontenac, who may have been dusting off their resumes in the run-up to the election, but with three incumbent mayors returning and a number of returning councilors who are not opposed to the general direction each of the townships is moving in, those resumes could be gathering dust again for four years. And while Bud Clayton is a new mayor-elect in North Frontenac, he did not make any promises to challenge the status quo in North Frontenac; in fact…

Smoke Those Cigarettes

Written by  |  Thursday, 23 September 2010 06:42  |  Published in Editorials
Editorial by Jeff Green On Tuesday, the Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Public Health Unit announced they are holding a photo-op in Kingston to launch a new campaign against contraband tobacco. They will initiate the campaign by making a donation to Crimestoppers to support the “Illegal Tobacco – Report it” campaign. The intent of the campaign is to make a dint in the statistics that show 60,000 students in Ontario smoke contraband cigarettes. This is a new wrinkle in the anti-smoking campaign Public Health has undertaken in recent years. The organization has sent out periodic press releases as part of its enforcement role under the Smoke Free Ontario Act, press releases that named retailers who have been caught selling cigarettes to underage actors who were…

One week to go before nominations close for municipal election

Written by  |  Thursday, 02 September 2010 06:45  |  Published in Editorials
(Editors Note: (i) denotes incumbent) With one week to go before nominations close on September 10, there are now races for council seats in most districts covered by the Frontenac News. On Addington Highlands, there are three candidates for two spots in Denbigh (ward 1), where Yvonne Rosien is challenging incumbents Eythel Grant and Janice Kerr. In Kaladar (ward 2) Larry Pealow, Bill Cox, and incumbent Helen Yanch are running. At this point, incumbent Henry Reeve Henry Hogg is the only candidate for Reeve. In North Frontenac, there is a race in Barrie (ward 3) for the first time in many years. Incumbent Fred Perry, as well as Shawn Gray and Lorraine Garey are running for the two available positions. In Clarendon and Miller (ward…

And we thought Stewardship was such a quality brand

Written by  |  Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:29  |  Published in Editorials
Editorial by Jeff Green Most people in Ontario had never heard of Stewardship Ontario until a couple of weeks ago, when the news about a dreaded new eco-tax began to surface. The tax, which is really a fee, was supposed to be applied to all manufactured products that contain toxic materials and require a special, costly program in order to be disposed of safely. It has already been put in place rather successfully for tires and electronic equipment. On July 1, a botched attempt to extend it to a wide variety of products, ranging from soap to bleach to Portland cement and beyond, was rolled out. As we all know it came back to haunt those who attempted it and turned into quite the black…

ABBA CUPPA CUPPA JAVA

Written by  |  Thursday, 15 July 2010 08:30  |  Published in Editorials
Editorial by Jeff Green Pour me another cup of coffee As I sit back every week and consider what to write for the week's paper, one of the best ways to put the task off is to brew up a pot of morning coffee. Another way is to surf the web while that coffee is brewing. I look at news sites, as if the latest concert by Lady Gaga in Toronto or the dirty tactics employed by the Netherlands in the World Cup final are important for me to know about before I begin writing. But sometimes surfing the web aimlessly can be useful, in unexpected ways. Just this morning on the Guardian website (Guardian.co.uk) there was an article about how to pour the second…

The HST: Fun & Profitable

Written by  |  Thursday, 24 June 2010 08:32  |  Published in Editorials
Editorial by Jeff Green There are not many things that people dislike more than paying taxes. We like money, and we don't like to have that money taken away from us. And when we want to buy something, we don't relish the idea that the $100 price tag on that dress, that device, or that auto part, is not a true price. There is $13 in tax (8% PST and 5% GST) added to it. We've all heard the refrain from the Ontario government telling us that for most products, including $100 dresses, devices and auto parts, nothing will change with the coming of the HST. They presently cost $113 and will continue to cost $113. The biggest category of change with the HST will…

Rhubarb: wallflower of spring

Written by  |  Thursday, 27 May 2010 08:43  |  Published in Editorials
Editorial by Jeff Green We are in the midst of a gardening season such as we have not seen in years. The hot weather in early spring has put gardens two weeks ahead of normal years. Every year we plant such early season stalwarts as spinach and lettuce in the cold ground and watch them come up ever so slowly through April and May, only to have them bolt in the June sun. But this year, the labels on the seed packets that say “24 days to harvest” have been accurate, and here we are at the end of May, rushing tomatoes and peppers into the ground and watching squash plants leaf out as if it were late July. Now we must worry about water,…
 

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