Beauty in a marshland

By Jim Poling Sr. I was having one of those bad days that everyone has. Hot water tank gave out, thunder storm took out satellite service and a boat flying a flag with an obscenity…

Freedom for life is for everyone

By Darren Lum When it comes to life there is a relationship between time and emotional capacity.Spend most of your waking hours working and see how much patience you have for the slow-talker or for…

Pass the shoreline bylaw!

To the Editor,  Our elected representatives on Haliburton County’s council are expected to put the draft shoreline preservation bylaw to a vote as early as Wednesday, Aug. 10. This bylaw must be accepted as soon…

Good advice from Norman

By Jim Poling Sr. The best advice given the way the world is recently came from a man celebrating his 100th birthday.Norman Lear, who produced the famous 1970s Archie Bunker show titled All in the…

Whatever you call it, it’s all ball to…

By Darren Lum I value sport for the intangibles and know it has given me immeasurable rewards in my life.This past week I was shooting photos of team’s four and nine playing a game for…

The monarchy: A needed tradition?

By Jim Poling Sr. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.I’m looking at a picture that tells me everything I need to know with one seven-letter word – madness.It’s a wire…

Soak in the sun, take a walk in…

By Darren Lum Savour the summer sun, take a slow walk through the forest and get out there.I’m a big fan of seasons that don’t require much but the clothes on my back and a…

Turn on the audio

By Jim Poling Sr. It’s the time of summer craft sales and I find myself in a sunlit park helping a daughter display and sell some of her artwork. I’ve tossed some of my own…

Hello and goodbye

By Darren Lum Rock legend Jimi Hendrix said, “The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye … until we meet again.” Sue Tiffin…

Give them our respect

By Jim Poling Sr. A friend is ill and not doing well. I’m watching her closely and, if the illness looks incurable, I will end her life.The friend is not a human, of course. She…

Congrats, 2022 Grads

By Sue Tiffin I’m proud of this little newspaper, and the people who do good things that make for the stories that fill it. This week is no exception.  What is exceptional this week, is…

Letter to the Editor: July 6

The best days are spent fishing To the Editor, The 2022 Canada Day Kids Fishing Derby is in the books and what a day it was! We had over 330 kids participate! The excitement and…

Listen to the dark winds

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock Dark winds are blowing. Some real. Some fictional.  The real ones are clearly seen. The wild ice storms, droughts and floods of climate change. Ukrainians dying in rainstorms of…

To ink or not to ink

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock July 17 is National Tattoo Day and I’ve been thinking about getting one. Some years back I wanted to get a screaming eagle tattoo on my chest, but was…

Letter to the Editor: June 28

The following is a Letter to the Editor published in the June 28th edition of the Minden Times. Celebrate Loud and Proud To the Editor, All around the world, Pride month draws to a close…

Until we meet again

By Sue Tiffin When I first returned to the Haliburton County Echo and Minden Times as a reporter in 2017, it had been 21 years since I had been a co-op student at the Echo…

Let’s not get too relaxed

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock The COVID-19 pandemic is over. That seems to be a consensus in a world that has succumbed to COVID fatigue. Most people have tossed their masks. Government mandates and…

All in a day’s work

By Sue Tiffin The times, they are a-changin'. Work times, that is. In Algonquin Highlands last week, council approved a compressed work week trial policy that will see many of its employees working four days…

Letter to the Editor: June 15

The following is a Letter to the Editor published in the June 15 edition of the Minden Times. Help wanted To the Editor, Are you looking for an interesting and rewarding job in Minden Hills…

Pictures that cause pain

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock Working in the news industry can be depressing. It is work that draws much criticism and little praise. The men and women who gather and report news get blamed…

A place to grow

By Sue Tiffin Numerous fairgoers on the weekend described the Haliburton County Fair event hosted by the Minden Agricultural Society as being like a family reunion, and not just those who are related to half…