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…

Party poison

By Chad Ingram W ith a marathon federal election campaign underway we get lots of time to watch the country’s major political parties duke it out on the airwaves slinging mud and half-facts making promises…

Good question

By Chad Ingram I f any of the HKLB federal hopefuls thought Monday night’s all-candidates’ meeting was going to be a peaceful stroll through the woods of the Haliburton Highlands they were wrong. Hosted by…

Skinning the cat

By Chad Ingram T here’s more than one way to skin a cat as the somewhat morbid phrase goes just as there are multiple ways to cast a ballot. Different sorts of folks will employ…

Who’s not doing enough?

By Jim Poling Sr. P lease let’s cut all the political crap about how Canada is not doing nearly enough to help the millions of Syrians caught up in the world’s worst refugee crisis since…

Generating people power

By Chad Ingram I t was how municipal government is supposed to work. Last week in what was arguably their first decision on a major contentious issue members of the current Minden Hills council unanimously…

Premier Pinocchio

By Jim Poling Sr. T he start of a new school year brings memories of Miss McTeague and Grade 3. Miss McTeague was a hard taskmaster when it came to simple arithmetic. Like two and…