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Re: South Frontenac budget

Written by  |  Friday, 25 November 2016 14:33  |  Published in Letters
Having read the front page (South Frontenac budget Set for 2.2% tax increase, Nov 17th) I am wondering where common sense has gone with South Frontenac council? An increase of 2.2% every year for 10 years is above the cost of living for Ontario & above any income increase we may get in our household & a lot of others for the next ten years. At the moment property taxes are based on the value of the property set by MPAC therefore the higher the value of the property the higher the tax bill. The higher valued properties are already paying more for roads & services etc. than a lesser value property & you want to increase it even more? I am at a loss for…

Re: About that Elephant

Written by  |  Friday, 25 November 2016 14:29  |  Published in Letters
Jeff Green, in his editoral "About that elephant, Nov 17/16" delineates his view from the left corner of his left eye in the November 17, 2016 issue of the Frontenac News.  As a loyal and dedicated member of the main stream libbie movement, his statements me, specifically, ..."my feelings of unease are settling into a sense of dread." Interesting. Why is he so afraid of a man who will be tough on crime, illegal alien criminals, unvetted moslems, and mayoral proclaimed illegal "sanctuary cities" that are magnets to the afore mentioned groups? I wonder where his sense of dread was when the POTUS enabled the Iranian islamofascists to acquire ICBM nuclear warheads, or when the same pseudo leader released over 8000 felons in an amnesty…

Re: Funds transfer raises eyebrows at County

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 November 2016 21:08  |  Published in Letters
Letter Funds transfer raises eyebrows at County, Sep 29/16  Taxpayer eyebrows should be raised with fund transfers from the Kingston/Frontenac renovated program to the K&P Trail. Congratulations to those who voted against this scheme. Shame on non-elected staff for suggesting draining a reserve fund, and elected officials for approving the use of funds for non-intended purposes. What happens in the future when federal and provincial funds do not exist. How can you feel sorry for Anne-Marie Young and economic development making offers to purchase without funds to meet obligations. There is an age-old answer in Luke 14-28 “for which of you, intending to build a tower (read trail) sitteth not down first and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it.” With the…

Re: Hartington Protest Walk

Written by  |  Wednesday, 09 November 2016 21:02  |  Published in Letters
First of all, I want to thank Frontenac News for covering The Hartington Protest walk, Oct 20/16. As a community we are working hard to fund our fight to protect our vulnerable water supply. This proposed subdivision poses a very real threat to both the quantity and quality of our water. Secondly, we did not organize this walk in protest of anything. It was a fund raiser. We are very proud of the women, mostly Grandmothers, who raised over $3000.00 with this walk. Thirdly, I want to correct a statement that was made in the article. It was stated that "The walk was designed as a way to raise money for the appeal of a South Frontenac Township decision to approve a new subdivision that…

Re: Why Canada needs to be wary of President Hillary Clinton

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 October 2016 21:07  |  Published in Letters
Re: Why Canada needs to be wary of President Hillary Clinton, Frontenac News , Oct 13/16 While most Americans share a communal disappointment with the ethical caliber of this year's American presidential candidates, it seem strange and misplaced that the Frontenac News' Jeff Green would choose Hillary Clinton as a primary target for Canadian wariness and suspicion when Canadians have so many other domestic and foreign causes of concern. For example, although American and Canadian Arctic sovereignty claims differ and overlap in some ways, Russia's Putin is posed to make a huge grab for Arctic control as Canada sits idly by with a few rusting coast guard ships and a national defense force perpetually underfunded by Canadian politicians more interested in funding outrageous relocation expenses for…

Frontenac County Survey!

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 October 2016 21:05  |  Published in Letters
If County Staff and Council wants to know what residents think or know about Frontenac County, this survey will not provide many answers. Many potential responders are seasonal property owners and they will not know this survey even exists. Most permanent residents actually have some serious thoughts and opinions but they will go unheard because they can’t meet the imposed 21 Oct deadline. That’s eight days or less to obtain the document, think about it, make comments and get the survey back to County. With these restrictions, this is not a survey. It will be just another consultant report based on a consultant’s opinion that the County has to pay for. If County really wants to know what we think then they can facilitate a…

Re Frontenac County transfer from reserves to K&P Trail

Written by  |  Wednesday, 19 October 2016 21:02  |  Published in Letters
Re Frontenac County transfer from reserves to K&P Trail, (A matter of Trust, Editorial by Jeff Green, Sept 29) Our Frontenac County Council recently did what I see as a travesty of social justice by choosing to take $300,000 from a reserve fund geared at helping low-income residents to remain in their homes, and use it to purchase land that is required to complete the K&P Trail. With the cost of hydro & heating spiralling out of control I feel certain in stating low income families are far more concerned with being energy conscious in their own homes than worrying about where Frontenac County is going to come up with the monies for the K&P trail. Our CAO Kelly Pender said we have already made offers…

Re: “Can't kick the cat..”

Written by  |  Thursday, 13 October 2016 00:25  |  Published in Letters
In reference to Edie Cairns’ letter titled "Can’t kick the cat..." (Frontenac News, October 6, 2016), unfortunately I *have* seen people commit this crime, but what I think she is trying to say doesn't really have much to do with the true facts of the situation of life in Ontario. For starters, the majority doesn't, (or at least shouldn't), blame "the guys with the orange hats" for the insane prices that we have to pay just to keep our lights turned on in Ontario. For my household of self, wife, and 3 sons, (and one of the boys has 2 children), it has been $846.66 per month for 10 straight months with no relief in sight. Yes folks, that would be more than $10,000 per…

Mayor Higgins helps nuclear lobby raise electricity rates

Written by  |  Thursday, 13 October 2016 00:23  |  Published in Letters
Mayor Higgins of North Frontenac, who led the charge against against windmills at the local level in Eastern Ontario, is celebrating the cancellation of wind projects in Ontario. The cancellation is a sign that the nuclear lobby has defeated renewable power in Ontario. Mr. Higgins has his reasons for opposing windmills but his opposition has been enormously helpful to the nuclear lobby, which is celebrating its victory by asking the Ontario Energy Board for a rate increase to pay for refurbishing its dangerous nuclear reactors, which produce 60% of Ontario's electricity. With the cancellation of large-scale wind projects, the main obstacle to the expensive refurbishments of the aging nuclear fleet has now been removed. Nuclear now has a monopoly on the production of electrical power…

Can’t kick the cat, but it’s okay to dump on Hydro One

Written by  |  Wednesday, 05 October 2016 21:48  |  Published in Letters
When I was a young girl, it was not uncommon to hear the expression, “Mad enough to kick the cat!” I never actually saw anyone kick a cat, but saying you might did not land you in jail or court. Those days are long past, so now when we are disgruntled or looking to lash out, we have to find other targets. In Ontario, topping the list of bashable subjects rides Hydro One! Something wrong in your life; blame Hydro! Wishing you had more money; blame Hydro! Remember in ‘98 when you trekked through the ice in your yard or fields with a box of cookies and a tray of hot coffee, grateful to find a team of orange-hatted workers toiling in the freezing rain,…

Nuclear power prices

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 September 2016 23:20  |  Published in Letters
According to the Ontario Energy Board, Ontario Power Generation is asking for a large rate increases to pay for refurbishing nuclear reactors. This rate increase is based on the refurbishments happening on time and on budget. Nuclear projects have never been on time or on budget.

Scott Reid Survey

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 September 2016 23:19  |  Published in Letters
While I was reading through Mr. Reid's compulsory survey several things did not seem to make sense. He said that "Politicians want to change what your vote means." It seems to me that the politicians are now catching up to the general public. After all, about 67% of the voters in the last election voted for the other four national parties who said in their platforms that Canada needs a Proportional Voting system. What Mr. Scott does not say in his survey is that he is collecting more names for not only more numbers to back up his position on having a referendum; but also to add more names to his election data base through the individual municipal address numbers. The claim (expressed as a…

Somebody Else's Problem

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 September 2016 23:15  |  Published in Letters
An S.E.P. field is functioning at 100% on Sydenham’s Wheatley St. There were some hiccups last year, but all is well now. Two township recycling bins have been full-to-overflowing since May, in spite of the thousands of times that township staff have passed them. It is especially encouraging that the garbage cans adjacent to them are emptied regularly, the citizens’ recycling picked up, and even the two recycling bins on The Point have been serviced all summer long. Congratulations to the engineers! Where can I buy a S.E.P. field generator? I looked on Amazon with no success. Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy series, described the S.E.P. field: “An S.E.P. is something we can't see, or don't see, or our brain…

Scott Reid referendum on electoral reform

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:44  |  Published in Letters
Mr. Reid, you're refusing to hold town hall meetings on electoral reform because you don't want to "validate" an "inadequate" consultation process. Fair enough -- but just holding a referendum (which seems to be your only other idea) appears to be an even less adequate process, with a dismal record of failure. Maybe if you held the town hall meetings (or improvement thereupon?) as you're supposed to, you'd be able to promote the idea of holding a referendum as well. Your constituents would certainly be better informed. Face it, Scott -- your party got sent to the penalty box in the last election. So please stop grandstanding, and co-operate with the work of the multi-party committee to which you've been appointed. As it stands, you're…

Re: CF schools purchase

Written by  |  Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:39  |  Published in Letters
Re. Mr Kent Labbett's comments (Re: CF schools purchase, Sept. 15) about a letter by Mr. Wayne Robinson (Re: CF Schools Purchase, Sept. 8) with respect to Central Frontenac's purchase of the school properties. Councillors rarely base decisions on purely short term criteria as many businesses and corporations do, and our councillors are to be commended for this. The condition of buildings on any given site should be only one factor in their decision. Most public buildings are in prime locations and the sites themselves are usually of far greater importance. Given the obsolete infrastructure of many older buildings and their high energy needs, it is often more economical to demolish and rebuild as was the case with the high school in Sharbot Lake. Furthermore, as…
 

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