A community loss

By Sue Tiffin Last week, after hearing of the collision that occurred near Kinmount, my heart – like the heart of so many others in our community – sank. When I received the press release…

A criminal above the law

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock It has been more than 150 years since Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote Crime and Punishment, but the main character of his famous novel could well have been today’s Russian president,…

Making history

By Sue Tiffin A “rabbit hole” is a phrase used online to describe an extremely engrossing and time-consuming topic, and it is a phrase I use often with Adele Espina. Whether she’s delighting me with the…

Waiting for the robins

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman’s Rock Robins are harbingers of spring, which officially arrived almost three weeks ago. So where is the spring weather, and where are the robins? It’s April, the daffodil month, and…

Letter to the Editor: March 30

Public boat launch has benefits To the Editor, Re: Minden Hills says no to Bob Lake boat launch (The Times, March 16) I encourage the Minden Hills council and Bob Lake Association to pursue options…

Scams and fraud

By Sue Tiffin Every once in awhile, my life is interrupted with a scam of some form in the shape of a phone call, an email or a text – or a series of them,…

Hope in an angry world

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock The absolutely last place I ever expected to learn anything important was sitting in front of the television watching the Academy Awards. I gave up watching the annual awards…

Cowboys in bow ties

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock There are a couple dozen versions of Psalm 22:20, depending on what Bible you read. After watching the Oscar-nominated movie The Power of the Dog, I have a version…

This is fine

By Sue Tiffin A rather ubiquitous internet meme shows a few panels of a 2013 webcomic from KC Green called “On Fire.” The first panel shows a dog sitting at a table with a cup of…

Letters to the Editor: March 23

The following are Letters to the Editor published in the March 23 edition of the Minden Times. Maintaining Haliburton’s history  To the Editor, There currently is a proposal to erase the history of one of…

Celebrate research

By Sue Tiffin It’d be easy to pass by the little U-Links Centre for Community Based Research building at 93 Bobcaygeon Road in Minden without taking much notice of it. You’ve likely walked or driven…

Russia to learn the hard way

By Jim Poling Sr. From Shaman's Rock “It’s like déjà vu all over again,” American baseball star Yogi Berra was famous for saying. Yogi has been gone for a while now, but his words live…

Letters to the Editor: March 16

The following are Letters to the Editor published in the March 16 edition of the Minden Times. Concern for Carmount, Cultural Centre To the Editor, The following is an open letter to the mayor and…

Helping hands

By Sue Tiffin Throughout the pandemic, the Minden Community Food Centre has seen a greater need for the services it offers, while the team that keeps it going has tried to safely maneuver through provincial…

Music in a mad world

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock I’m told that music is good for the soul. As someone with little interest and zero ability in music, I’ve never really got into that. Until last week. I…

Letter to the Editor: March 9

Honouring Hazel by helping women To the Editor, Since 1998, the YWCA has honoured Hazel’s vision of helping women pursue their dreams and overcoming barriers related to their experiences of violence and abuse. Hazel was…

Virtual on demand

I’ve written before in this space of the value of virtual council sessions, which have enabled reporters to attend more meetings free of travel restrictions or scheduling conflicts. Though not without some technological mishaps, a…

Letter to the Editor: March 2

Support for the shoreline bylaw  To the Editor, On March 9, Haliburton County council will meet yet again to discuss the shoreline preservation bylaw that has been in the works for several years. The pandemic…

Remembering thick lead pencils

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock I yearned recently for a dose of nostalgia so I bought Carl Bernstein’s memoir Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom. Bernstein and I had much in common as kids…

Thoughts from a woodpile

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock The first sounds of winter’s retreat come from snow melting off the metal sheets covering my woodpile. Plink . . . plink . . . plink.  Slow, almost imperceptible. …

Letter to the Editor: Feb. 23

The following is a Letter to the Editor submitted for the Feb. 23 edition. Ice racing is family driven To the Editor,  This past Family Day weekend of 2022 saw a great group of racers…