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Caught in ‘crossfire’

Dear Editor:

With thousands of college students out of school due to the college strike, I think it is disappointing that there has not been any sort of fair reconciliation between college professors and the provincial government.

Many college programs require field placements to graduate, causing students to become increasingly concerned that the strike could severely impact their winter semester or disqualify them from applying to placements.

As a university student, I can only imagine the frustration in imagining how lost class time can result in a postponed graduation or additional financial requirements.

However, I think the main focus of the debate is not only for college professors to be paid fairly but for Ontario colleges to commit to quality education. Students are not the only ones concerned about receiving a good quality education - college faculty members are worried as well.

While I support the fact that they want a greater voice, why does the provincial government and college faculty claim to be taking the best interest of students into account while simultaneously wasting their tuition by striking for weeks on end?

I think it is completely acceptable for students to demand refunds for their tuition. Tuition is expensive, and any other business that had to cancel a service would be expected to refund their customers due to the inconvenience. Even if the strike ends tomorrow, colleges should reimburse students for the lost class time.

So please, remove students from being caught in this “crossfire”.

Omoye Otoide, GUELPH

Do the right thing

Dear editor:

In the past several weeks, a lot of attention has been given to commercial vehicle operators and inattentiveness in their driving.

I would like to point out that we all need to be aware of our surroundings. I witnessed seven cars go past a pedestrian at the cross walk in Drayton at the corner of John Street and Main Street West in the town of Drayton.

While I understand the apprehension of west bound drivers stopping at the base of the hill, it is signed to stop for pedestrians.

I have been made aware that many local people are not aware (have not noticed) the sign and cross walk.

Is it time to put a button and lights there? Or is time to take signs and markings off the pavement?

Let us as locals do the right thing and stop and let the pedestrians pass. Maybe others will catch on

Drayton

Robert Sauder, DRAYTON

Family first?

Dear Editor:

Newspaper reports advise that for the first six months of this year 46 homeless people died in Toronto under various circumstances and at relatively young ages. According to Google, at least 1,350 such deaths occur annually in Canada.

Why is it that our childish selfie-obsessed Prime Minister seems prepared to offer housing to over 25,000 refugees and help in paying their living costs, but does not seem to offer similar assistance to the estimated 30,000 people in Canada who are homeless each night including some 5,000 veterans.

To be abundantly clear, I mean absolutely no disrespect to the millions of refugees around the world who are experiencing a horrible life these days, but if a complete stranger and one’s own grandchild both desperately needed help and you only had money enough for one of them, which would you choose?

Before someone retorts that Canada has lots of money to spare, I would reflect that our external debt is $1.8 trillion, which is 116% of GDP or close to $50,000 per person.

Whatever happened to “family comes first?”

Max MacIntyre, ELORA

Hurtful comments

Dear Editor:

On Nov. 6, our son took part in the Wellington County Museum’s Remembrance Day Service.  He was so happy to be asked to take part in this service.

We, his parents, were proud that he was doing this. Our son suffers from PTSD so this is a big step for him.  Being as he has PTSD, he was honourably discharged from the Air Force for medical reasons. So he is retired.

He suffers with depression and anxiety and will get so worked up that he stays home in his room. He is working very hard at trying to correct this.

On Monday he dressed up in his “dress uniform” and did his reading at the Remembrance Day Service.  He was told how nice he looked and some even said they wished they could fit into their uniform.  He was very happy at supper time about what he had done.

Things changed fast.

His picture was posted on Facebook and he received many negative comments about what he was wearing and how he looked.  He had many of his friends, service friends and his Invictus friends stand up for him, but the hurtful ones broke through and they were very mean.

Why do people think they can be so mean? Would they have said that face to face? No. This is a form of bullying. The comments ate at him and ate at him. We told him that these people don’t matter and that if nobody at the museum was bothered with his attire, then it should be okay.

Well things don’t work that way.

He is now in the hospital with mental depression, high blood pressure and high sugar levels, all because of the bullying.

I remember our parents saying “If you can’t say something nice, then say nothing.” People need to grow up and stop bullying.

How can the world be a better place? Be nice to one another, and be positive. People have no idea what the other person is going through.

Debbie and Fraser Voll, PALMERSTON

Kudos for kindness

Dear Editor:

The Centre Wellington Community Foundation would like to thank all those that participated in Random Act of Kindness Day on Nov.  3.

The idea was simple - do something nice for someone and ask nothing in return other than they do something nice for someone else. When we started promoting the day in the community, we had no idea what the uptake would be. Turns out, we should have known better as we saw great support for Random Act of Kindness Day in Centre Wellington.

It worked so well because the reward is as much in the giving as for those receiving the kindness. A group emailed me after to say, “It was a lot of fun to do and took so little time to touch so many people.”

There were volunteers baking goods and dropping them off to the various support organizations in the community. Coffees and breakfasts were purchased for strangers and volunteers being thanked for their work. We had businesses visiting other businesses with acts of kindness.

I heard of a grandmother/grandson duo who participated, and she emailed me after to say, “It was a wonderful feeling.” There were at least five local schools that participated in various ways.

Frankie, who is a therapy dog in training and her owner were out warming hearts at several locations and I heard Frankie slept well and long Friday night.

This is just a sample of a wonderful Kindness that took place. We want to thank the staff at the Wellington Advertiser and at the Grand 101 FM for all their enthusiastic support for this day.

We welcome continued stories of your Random Act of Kindness Day experiences. On Twitter use #RAKDayCW, facebook @cwcfdn or email us at raymond@cwcfoundation.ca.

 

J. Raymond Soucy,

Salem safety issue

Dear Editor:

I am writing with great concern for my children’s safety.

My six-year-old daughter catches the bus across the busy Woolwich Street West (right by the Salem bridge) and up a dirt road. Numerous times while crossing that road with my daughter and two-year-old son, we have had cars racing around the corner across the bridge and slamming their breaks to avoid colliding with us. Speeders are always out during rush hours and that is when we need to catch the bus.

I have contacted the township to ask for a new speed limit (40km/h) or even just a cross walk sign to alert drivers that children do need to cross there. They told me they can’t do that and to walk up the side of Woolwich (which has no sidewalk) and cross at the lights and then walk back down Woolwich on the sidewalk and catch the bus. This is not only a way longer distance for my young children, there is no sidewalk on my side of the road so to walk them right beside cars that speed between 60 to 70km/h in the 50km/h zone is ridiculous.

I talked to the OPP which also mentioned they couldn’t change speed or add signs. They said they would keep a closer eye on that area and I have not seen one police car catching any of the speeders.

Recently when we were crossing, a dump truck came speeding around the corner from Elora and across the bridge. We were already halfway across the road but my two-year-old isn’t that fast. I heard the dump truck start to accelerate on the bridge, obviously not seeing us, and then slam his breaks. He squeaked so loud as he hammered the breaks, I thought we were going to collide. My son screamed in fear and I was furious. This is terrible safety for my family.

The worst part is no one is willing to listen to me and my concerns for my children safety.

I am so afraid that it will take one of my children becoming a victim before they do anything about this. I feel this isn’t fair that someone needs to be hurt before something can change.

There are other moms fighting for safety by Salem school as well. I am fighting for safety which seems incredibly unfair for my children who are now so afraid.

Rachel Sobol, SALEM

‘Great old building’

Dear Editor:

I would like to congratulate Lori and Dale Clarke on the completion of their beautiful new cafe and the remainder of the project at 101 St. Andrew Street in Fergus.

While many people refer to this prominent downtown building as the old Rafferty building, its historic name is the Marshall Block. It was built 1883. On behalf of all who worked on this project, I’d like to thank you for the having the honour of being part of the reincarnation of this great old building.

James A. Mernagh, STRATFORD (formerly of Fergus)

‘Strange action’

Dear Editor:

Erin’s bedroom community is cashing out ... never in my 35 years have I seen such an Erin exodus. Every week new properties come on the market and they sell quick.  

Each new real estate sale increases the MPAC property assessment on neighbouring properties (from which our property taxes are based). Combined with council’s spending and new debt spree, as well the town staff cleansing (non reported huge severances payouts),  this will result in Erin property taxes going up, up and away for those of us who remain.

While studies show that incomes are rising in Erin, so is poverty,  and really only the rich can afford to live in today’s Erin - well, until they realize that their huge property tax bills result in few real municipal services that they were accustomed to. Once they tire of the long commute they will be selling out too.

It’s vicious cycle for bedroom communities: increased property tax assessments, where little community spirit can develop because of the constant turnover.

Just wondering what happened to Wellington County OPA amendment 99, where Mayor Allan Alls and county councillor Pierre Brianceau voted to give up Erin’s population growth forecast in the county official plan - without a resolution from Erin council and no discussion on the matter that I can remember or that was reported.  

Strange action to take following the SSMP completion and millions spent on sewage studies.

On the Wellington Road 124 bypass; council should have a public meeting for resident input and present the potential alternatives under consideration. And since councils cannot make a decision in over 20 years, add this as a binding referendum question on the next municipal ballot (less than a year away) so the public can decide and move this along or not.  Otherwise future councils will kick this around forever, never making a decision.  

Yes, you cannot please everyone, council. Do what’s best for those who elected you to serve.

Lou Maieron, ERIN

‘The epitome of class’

Dear Editor:

RE: Fate of Angelstone Tournaments hinges on decision by OMB, Nov. 10.

Angelstone is the epitome of class and needs to be defended in the strongest possible way.

I object to this event possibly being yanked from the enjoyment of the majority by a single household. The Gilberts must have known when they moved here they would be surrounded by horse farms. They should be thrilled to live beside a world-renowned equestrian centre and the wonderful people who own this and other farms in the area.

Angelstone did everything it could to address the Gilberts’ concerns and it still wasn’t good enough. I guess, for them, it’s just a matter of “misery wants company.”

Doreen Henschel, ROCKWOOD

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