100 Acts of Green

To the editor: R.D.Lawrence was a literary icon and a champion of environmental issues.Sept. 12, marked the 100th year of his birth. Lawrence was a field biologist, journalist, wildlife rehabilitator and a veteran of WWll.…

Remembrance

Soon we will be feeling the pain of Remembrance Day again. My father and grandfather would not recognize the attitude of Canadians that we are seeing lately. Our family lost one pilot in the last…

Spitting during the pandemic

By Jim Poling Sr. You gotta love autumn baseball, especially when the Blue Jays are providing such dramatic late-season entertainment.Toronto’s team has given Major League Baseball (MLB) - the entire sport in fact - a…

Decisions

By Katrina Boguski For many years, the phrase “better a bad decision than no decision” has been a motto that has provided me with some reassurance, especially when the outcomes of my decisions are as…

A summer to remember

By Grace Oborne As I reflect on how my summer has gone thus far, from the hammock in which I sit in, I look out only to see the sun beaming onto Canning Lake. I…

Showering in my undershorts

By Jim Poling Sr. Have the feeling that someone is listening and watching?I have that feeling more often these days. It’s more than a feeling. It has become a belief.The other night the television went…

Accept sacrifices: save the future

By Jim Poling Sr. Mother Nature is no longer simply disappointed in us; she is blazing angry.Her anger is evident throughout the world this month. Killer mudslides in Japan. Parts of Germany devasted by unprecedented…

It’s not goodbye …

By Chad Ingram “All good things must come to an end sometime, so don’t burn the day.” That’s a line by Dave Matthews, a favourite musician of mine. This will be my final column for…

Mind your own business

By Jim Poling Sr. An interesting anniversary passed virtually unnoticed last Sunday: the 204th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.Austen, in the two centuries after her passing, became world famous for her novels interpreting and critiquing…

Minden’s history was rowdy

To the Editor,  It seems to me that Janice Carr’s lament for the intrusion of a pot shop on Minden’s bucolic Main Street in last week’s Times views the past through rose-coloured glasses.Once, Main Street…

A litter letter

To the Editor, First, congratulations to those local community groups and private individuals that volunteer their time and efforts to clean up roadside litter. It is heartening to see in local media and when travelling…

Oh, the water

By Chad Ingram It was down, now it’s up. Not so many weeks ago, water levels throughout the county were incredibly low, courtesy of an early spring freshet coupled with a long drought. Now, after…

Did Neanderthals have more fun?

By Jim Poling Sr. You have to wonder whether the Neanderthals of 50,000 years ago lived better lives than we genius Homo Sapiens of the super tech 21st century.The Neanderthals lived in caves and had…

Not the spot for pot shop

To the Editor, What in the world is going on? A cannabis store on Minden’s main street?I have lived here all my 70-plus years and have always been proud of my hometown – not so…

Call for total fireworks ban

To the Editor, As a resident of Minden Hills and Horseshoe Lake, I am emailing you about the use of personal fireworks. You may remember a petition that was sent, a couple of years ago,…

Wet bulb temperatures

By Laurie Sweig I read an interesting article this week about wet bulb temperatures.  according to the CBC article, a wet-bulb temperature is a theoretical measurement that combines temperature and humidity. As we all know,…

Service above self

By Chad Ingram When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier this year he hoped to see the vast majority of Canadians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September, it seemed impossible to fathom. If you recall,…

Make your voice heard

By Chad Ingram Late last month, Haliburton County councillors received an initial presentation from the consultants responsible for the drafting of a new shoreline preservation bylaw.That process will involve an extensive, two-phased public consultation and…

Our hot future

By Jim Poling Sr. I’ve been worrying about my granddog Rusty who has been suffering through the West Coast heat wave.Rusty has a daily walk and on a recent outing during unusually warm temperatures he…

Daises and lucky Canadians

By Jim Poling Nature regularly shows us that life doesn’t have to be as complicated as we sometimes make it. It’s showing us again this month with a spectacular display of one of its simplest,…

Bobcaygeon Road in bad shape

To the Editor,  I am writing regarding the Bobcaygeon Road which is desperately in need of repair.I know you know this, and I am sure plans are afoot to do something, but I wanted to…