Of masks, decency, and the Tory heel

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Just wear the mask. It’s the decent thing to do for the people around you. Go ahead: Put it on when you venture close to or within a…

Of humbug, Jim Reeves, and how it’s suggested…

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A thought or two about Christmas. I hear readers protesting: Jeez, can’t we get a little more beyond Halloween before talk of Christmas? I get it. But, the shopping…

Of government, a pandemic, and Jacks-in-boxes

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter This is a level of seriousness people try to keep out of their lives. Excuse the improper formatting. It’s necessary for space and accommodating a newspaper’s column-width. [BLACK…

A step to a bright new day

By Darren Lum There’s a lot to unpack in about a 600 word editorial to say goodbye.But after almost a year of these, it’s something I’ve been told I’m good at, so here goes.Thank you.…

There’s always room for thanks

By Darren Lum Thanksgiving was on Monday, Oct. 10 and is past now, but I wish it was more than one day.Well, not the day so much as the feeling felt.Why put a limit on…

Good for you Minden

By Darren Lum I believe living in a democratic country not only affords us rights, but responsibilities.To our community. To our neighbours and fellow residents. We need to vote, but we also need to be…

Drop the mask, open your heart

By Darren Lum Seeing the faces of the children in the Terry Fox Run for Archie Stouffer Elementary School it’s easy to see the happiness. Perhaps I’m naive, but children are honest with their feelings.It’s…

Democracy needs you

By Darren Lum Not all of us can run for office, but we can still contribute to democracy.We do that by informing ourselves of the candidates and then go out and vote for who we…

Pride for loved ones

By Darren Lum We all care about things that are close to us.I think back to 2013 when Haliburton County came together when the Gull River overran its banks, leaving homes and businesses in downtown…

Choose love over hate

Everyday we have the power to decide.We can love or we can hate. It seems strange to characterize our decisions in this manner, but bear with me. When you cross the street and you’re looking…

Kindness does matter

By Darren Lum Life can be difficult.Sure, I live in a country where there is a stable government and our infrastructure is sound for the most part. I recognize certain groups of people in this…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Getting it done

By Sue Tiffin It felt like I had no sooner sat down to organize the Times/Echo live blog on election night, that the winner had been declared.  The night itself wasn’t particularly exciting for those…

Creating better informed voters

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock The really good news about last week’s Ontario election is that its citizens remain pragmatic, rather than dogmatic. Voters didn’t re-elect Doug Ford’s government because they absolutely love it…