Can individual passion save us?

By Jim Poling Sr. "All the rainbows in the skyStart to weep, then say goodbyeYou won’t be seeing rainbows any more ...”I was listening to those lyrics when I opened a newspaper to a shocking…

Ample opportunity

By Chad Ingram I've covered Haliburton County council for a long time – a dozen years next month – and in that time, I've never seen a council so concerned about providing ample opportunity for…

Time to revisit airport funding

To the Editor, Re: “Dailloux pitches sale of Stanhope Airport,” Minden Times, Sept. 9, 2020 If the airport is ever sold it will never be used as an airport because it is clearly not an…

Cottage country facing change?

By Jim Poling Sr. The annual lull after the storm of summer visitors to cottage country doesn’t seem to have materialized as fully as in past years. Lake access parking lots still hold plenty of…

A different summer

By Chad Ingram On Labour Day weekend I was sitting by the lake at the cottage watching the sunset with my dad, who is a retired school principal. He was talking about how on Labour…

Misinformation: The cancer among us

By Jim Poling Sr.  It was a pleasant late summer day. A perfect day for some relaxing recreation, so a buddy and I hopped on ATVs and headed off to Sherborne Lake, one of the…

On the airport

By Chad Ingram   The history of the Stanhope Airport is long and complicated and the question of what to do, or not do, with the property has been an ongoing one for a series…

Blood pressure

By Laurie Sweig   I have to admit I knew very little about blood pressure until writing this article. I did know that having a blood pressure reading that is too high or too low…

Adventures in berry-picking

To the Editor,I would like to comment on the article by Steve Galea writing about his experience picking blackberries. I enjoyed the article as it brought back many memories about picking those delicious berries many…

Jim Mifflin – A Man’s Barber

To the Editor,Jim died unexpectedly on Aug. 11 at the Peterborough Hospital where he had gone for surgery. In his 87th year, he had been barbering since being trained in his father’s shop in Whitby…

Killing the cormorants

By Jim Poling Sr.  The big black bird controversy that got its modern start almost 400 years ago is raging again.It was back in the 1660s that the English poet John Milton stoked the controversy…

Back-to-school scramble

By Chad Ingram Next week will mark the much-anticipated, stress-inducing, anxiety-ridden return of students, or at least some students, to classrooms in Ontario. I don't think those terms are hyperbolic. For most of the parents…

Act of kindness

To the Editor,Last week I was running on Twelve Mile Lake Road. It was hot and humid and I had forgotten my water bottle. A car pulled up and the woman driving handed me a…

Cortisone shots

By Laurie Sweig Up until almost two months ago I had never had a cortisone shot in my life. Given my level of activity over the years I am both grateful and proud of that…

An autumn for getting serious

By Jim Poling Sr.  Autumn is a time for action. The animals of the forest know that, and supposedly so do we humans. But the animals are much smarter. They see signs – fading leaves,…

Politics in a pandemic

By Chad Ingram It's been a busy week or so on the federal political stage, with a series of events that bring to question whether federal politicians might send Canadians to the polls in the…

Avoid poor circulation or fix it

Avoid poor circulation or fix it   By Laurie Sweig   There are so many benefits to moving every single part of our bodies that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Here’s another to…

The voice in the grapevine 

By Jim Poling Sr.    I was having a genuinely down moment saying goodbye at the end of a physical distancing visit to my son’s home in Hamilton.   We don’t get to see our…