Waiting for the ‘big one’

By Jim Poling Sr. Thunder Bay, Ontario – I’m sitting on the Hillcrest Park stone wall overlooking the city where I was born and raised. The view of Lake Superior and the Sleeping Giant is…

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…

Democracy works with compromises

To the Editor, In response to a letter concerning Haliburton County’s shoreline protection bylaw in the last issue of this paper:It is not surprising that the operators of a tree service company, when speaking with…

Living with beaver

By Jim Poling Sr. Thinking about putting the dock away for winter brings painful memories. And, nasty thoughts about Canada’s favourite rodent – Castor canadensis, commonly known as the beaver.Every fall I tow my dock…

Mice on the move

By Jim Poling Sr. And so begins the annual invasion of the mice. They are on the move, searching for cracks and gaps in homes, cottages, garages, sheds and other buildings where they can find…

Observe and report

By Jim Poling Sr. This week marks a special anniversary. It’s of little interest to anyone but me, but I’m writing about it anyway. Sixty years ago this week I walked into the second-floor newsroom…

Time for a different trip

By Jim Polling Sr. The world is on the move again after two and a half years of COVID. I’m itching to do some travelling but can’t decide where to go. I’ve considered Tasmania to…

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…

Summer: going, going …

That voice is in my head again. It sneaks in every August; a throbbing, melancholy voice sighing sad words about loss and change.“All the rainbows in the skyStart to weep and say goodbyeYou won’t be…

Fulfilling a childhood dream

By Vivian CollingsMy Great-Grandmother once said to me, “truth is stranger than fiction,” and this year, I’m really believing it.I’m Vivian Collings, and I joined the Haliburton Echo and Minden Times team in my hometown…

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…

Growing food, not lawns

By Jim Poling Sr. My lawnmower has been put away for the winter. I doubt if I’ll bring it out next spring.This year I didn’t cut the grass until well into June. It grew to…

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…

Trust comes from transparency

To the Editor, Members of Haliburton’s environmental community noted in letters to local media as early as July 21, that the shoreline preservation bylaw would be on the agenda for the Aug. 10 special meeting…

Be courageous, vote down bylaw

To the Editor, At Haliburton County Council’s April 27 meeting, six of eight councillors indicated they’d prefer final consideration of the contentious shoreline preservation bylaw be deferred to the incoming post-election council (so that it…

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…