Wild thoughts on a wet day 

By Jim Poling I listen for sounds of movement but the woods are as silent as the wet stones on the hillside. Rain drips off my hunting cap brim each drip telling me that no sensible…

Common census returns

By Chad Ingram It’s far too early to make any judgment about how newly minted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is doing although that of course isn’t stopping detractors. There have been a few Minden murmurings…

Snoopy would be proud   

By Jim Poling I have a new granddog. His name is Rusty and he is a rescued dog from Los Angeles. Rusty was given up by his owners who kept a bunch of backyard dogs…

Who is buying the pizza?

By Jim Poling I totally get why Education Minister Liz Sandals feels the way she does about receipts. They are a pain in the butt. So difficult to organize. Always impossible to find when needed.…

New level

By Chad Ingram The phrase "water levels management" will likely cause many pairs of eyeballs to immediately glaze over. And that’s OK. That’s a perfectly normal reaction. However it’s a subject of great importance in…

A bright idea

By Chad Ingram Minden Hills Councillor Jeanne Anthon has suggested on more than one occasion the upper tier of Haliburton County should institute some kind of standardized approval framework for lower tier councils to use…

Settling Frost Centre ghosts

By Jim Poling Each Halloween I perch on a rockcut across from the Frost Centre watching for the ghosts to appear. They always do. I see their excited faces as they step down from arriving…

Yellow jackets and health care

By Jim Poling It was plenty late arriving but Sunday’s first hard frost fell from the sky like George Bush’s shock and awe campaign in Iraq. It hit fast and hard and completed autumn’s Job…

In opposition

By Chad Ingram Canadians awoke to a substantively different country Tuesday than they had Monday the country’s Conservative majority government replaced by a Liberal one and the man who’d been Prime Minister for nearly a…

A tough way to earn a buck

By Jim Poling Sr. N ew book releases are tumbling into book shops book sites and libraries this fall almost as fast as the falling autumn leaves. As many as 20000 to 25000 new titles…

Teachers are taking a stand

To the Editor RE: “Volun-told” Minden Times Oct. 1 Let me start by saying no teacher in this province wants to strike! No teacher wants to “work to rule”! These are actions in response to…

The niqab diversion

By Chad Ingram T he incredibly long 2015 federal election campaign is (thankfully) near its end and has turned into a shallow competition of which party’s propaganda is most captivating. Well perhaps it was always…

Editorial unfair to teachers

To the Editor I am a daughter of an Elementary teacher at ASES and I want to congratulate you on writing an editorial that will get the mouths of the community working. However I would…

In praise of the NDP

To the Editor Canadians have a very clear choice in this election. We can vote for the regressive Conservatives a party that consistently demonstrates extremist views and that openly uses fear-mongering and whispers of terror…

Crap process

By Chad Ingram T he recent approval by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change of a sewage-spreading field near Maple Lake has highlighted a glaring and ridiculous gap in the province’s approval process for…

Solid education in peril

To the Editor I read your editorial last week and was disappointed in your lack of understanding of the teaching profession the issues at hand and your derogatory tone. Regarding volunteerism: Your suggestion that the…

Water water everywhere but …

By Jim Poling Sr. A nyone who has taken a Las Vegas vacation likely has been to Hoover Dam about 30 miles southeast of the Nevada desert’s big glitz. The dam soaring 700-plus feet above…

Volun-told

By Chad Ingram T his week was supposed to be the annual Haliburton-Muskoka-Kawartha Children’s Water Festival. For anyone unaware the festival is a wonderful decade-old event that makes ecological education a fun interactive time at…

Changing climate changing seasons

By Jim Poling Sr. T he autumn colours are late this year but few people are lamenting the delay especially considering that an extended summer is the cause. Our unusually  warm and sunny fall has…