Today's date: Tuesday April 24, 2018 Vol 51 Issue 16
   
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Congrats on 50 years

Dear Editor:

Congratulations to the Adsett family and everyone at the Wellington Advertiser on their 50 years!

I really enjoyed reading the special edition insert and learning all about your history.  As a family-run business owner I can relate to many of the challenges your family has met over the years.

I also very much understand and respect the special challenges your business has had to face in your industry; my business is also bucking the trend in my own industry. To be successful you not only need to work harder, you need to think harder – and you have certainly done that.  

You’ve embraced the changes in the media world and branched out.  To not only survive but thrive as a family business you are to be commended!

I believe that every community needs a local paper – thank you for being such an important part of our community.  All the best for the next 50 years!

Jackie Fraser, FERGUS

Gender education

Dear Editor:

RE: Failed experiment, April 12.

I agree with the comments made by Janice Kaikkonen in her letter regarding our government imposing teachings on our youth that are bound to fail.

In my childhood and youth, including my social work courses, it was understood that a person was born either a boy (being treated as such and raised accordingly) or a girl (thus encouraged to act with the mannerisms, deportment and demeanor of her biological sex).  

The mention of anal/oral sex, masturbation and “gender” were not discussed or were discouraged and frowned upon, leaving these discussions to take place in the home at an appropriate age – not until puberty.

Reading, writing, and arithmetic were key to early childhood learning, but not sex.

As for “gender,” until 1955, the word referred only to nouns in grammar (in French a book is masculine and a chair is feminine). That year, a sexologist, John Money, who was sympathetic to what he called “affectional pedophilia,” redefined the term “gender” to distinguish between what he called:  (A) biological sex – boy or girl with male or female body part or (B) “gender,” which is a learned thing – acting as a man or woman in mannerisms or other behaviors.

This theory has now resulted in much confusion and harm within our society, as it touts free choice for you to choose your gender - or even five or six genders.  

It is past time to change our government leaders and their “politically correct” imposed agendas foisted upon us by the people who have their own vested interests and goals. If we do not change leaders, our youth will suffer spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially - and so will our society as a whole.

Pat Woode, FERGUS

Kudos to the Advertiser

Dear Editor:

Congratulations to your competent, dedicated staff on the Wellington Advertiser’s 50th anniversary edition on April 12.

I have given it a first cursory glance, plus a line-by-line deep reading, and you have done a momentous job. It could have become a self-congratulatory story - because it is true - but you have remained grounded and written a balanced account, with praises for contributing writers.

I hope the old column by H. Gordon Green (The time it takes to die) is made required study at driving study class!

The story of the little paper that made good is such an inspiring study too - from the front seat of  Bill Adsett’s car to today’s complex machinery - and yet it has still retained its homey, rural flavour.

I look forward to the Advertiser’s arrival every Thursday. Why? Because I want to know what changes are coming; where else would I go to find out what’s proposed at council (since I can’t attend myself)?

Who else is covering small-town events and promoting them too? Who prints the reports of a youngster’s first attempt at being the club chronicler?

The obits, anniversaries and arrivals keep me up to date on families I used to know.

Your reporters cover local entertainment and sporting events that are so empowering to the players.

And I enjoyed the special flavour of articles by Barrie Hopkins and Stephen Thorning - it was a weekly treat. And now we have Kelly Waterhouse and her family.

As a senior I really appreciate all the editorials and of course the Letters to the Editor - we use them as basis for our weekly chats.

As this is getting too “wordy,” I shall close by thanking you for providing the country folks with such useful information for half a century!

Sytske Drijber, ROCKWOOD

Luncheon a success

Dear Editor:

On April 13, Arthur’s Annual Take Out Luncheon and Fundraiser was held for the Canadian Cancer  Society. Through the support of over  55 Arthur and Kenilworth businesses, schools  and individuals, $2,755 was raised for cancer research and the Wheels of Hope Transportation Program.

Over 40 volunteers and church groups helped organize, prepare and deliver more than 360 meals from the Arthur Curling Club, who so kindly donated their facilities.

Thank you to everyone who supported this event to help fight the battle against cancer.

Joyce Barnes, ARTHUR

Respect the fallen

Dear Editor:

It saddened me as a vet to see where a set of snowmobile tracks had collided with a damaged remembrance tree in Veteran’s Park in Salem, while walking my dog on Saturday during the ice storm.

That tree is there to help us remember the young people who had their lives taken away in 1916 in the most horrific war imaginable. I saw you riding your snowmobiles on the road to the park and although I thought it to be insensitive to the memories of the fallen, I considered that perhaps that is why vets fight, so that young people can have the freedom to do what you were doing.

However, I expected you to have the respect to avoid damaging the simple things that we put in place to pay homage to these brave people.

I know it is difficult for a generation that has not known global conflict and the horror that goes with it, but I ask you to imagine yourselves at 17 years of age - and younger - having to jump out of your wet cold hole in the mud and run into a wall of steel projectiles travelling towards you at 1,000 metres per second, knowing every time you did this, sometimes three times a day, you had a 52% chance of being hit (17.5% death, 34.5% wounded).

That is what those brave young people did, day after day, to help ensure the well being of future generations like yours.

I believe you owe them the same respect that I do. Suppose it was an accident, you should have picked up the bent over tree with its broken supports and lashed it together to prevent it from further damage and then let the municipality and the Legion know about it. You didn’t, but I did!

Among these young people who died for us was my grandfather, who died at the Battle of the Somme aged 21 years. I never met him of course, but I hope he knows that I remember what he and his young friends did for my generation and my father’s generation.

The least I can do is pick up an injured remembrance tree, and so could you have done.

Michael Lee, SALEM

Save the trees

Dear Editor:

RE: The Belsyde Cemetery trees in Fergus.

After having just moved to Fergus, I discovered a walking path from the south end of town that ran on a diagonal from Highland Street to the downtown area, so that it wasn’t necessary to climb the big hill on Highland or David Street.

The lovely big trees afforded shade and shelter and a respite from traffic. What a shame to have to cut down spruce and maple trees with trunks that are up to three feet across

The “grade levelling” could turn the east side entrance to the walkway into a cliff.  Would the town be willing to put steps down to the area? The levelling could also increase the steep grade that runs up to the Highland homes, possibly eroding the already sharp incline directly behind these homes.

I wonder if there isn’t another solution to the problem of decreasing space in the cemetery, especially in light of the fact that builders no longer have to provide five per cent green space for each housing development that they put in. Instead money will go into the coffers for parkland. But where will this parkland be? Certainly not in town with the decreasing amount of space left.

I am aware that we need cemetery space and room for more houses, but we need fresh air and water too - and this comes from trees.

Christy Doraty, FERGUS

Trafficking film

Dear Editor:

Re: Councillors shocked at extent of local human trafficking.

I’m just writing to share that for anyone interested in knowing more, there is a showing of the documentary Red Light Green Light at the Fergus Grand Theatre on April 26 at 7pm.

Red Light Green Light covers two filmmakers travelling across ten countries exploring the issue of sex trafficking and attempting to answer the question “How can we prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in the first place?”

Crime Stoppers will also be on hand to discuss how prevalent this issue is in our area.

Tickets are free, but RSVP to visitfergusnorth@gmail.com.

Annette Van Grootheest, FERGUS

‘Oppression tax’?

Dear Editor:

I figured it out. A carbon tax is not designed to actually limit carbon pollution, just who gets to pollute.

The cascading effect of the tax is designed to significantly raise the overall cost of every product and service purchased, thereby reducing families’ disposable income. That’s how it is designed to cut carbon, by cutting our disposable income so we can’t afford to drive as much.

It’s an oppression tax, primarily targeting the poor and less affluent who will not have enough extra income/asset to absorb the increased cost of living and will then have to reduce/eliminate driving.

Tourism, travel, recreation would be the first to be extracted from our budgets (and the economy). As the tax is progressively increased over subsequent years, even budgets for necessities of living would have to be reduced or eliminated.

With carbon tax, as long as you can pay to pollute there will be no consequences or limits imposed to do so. So, the well-off will not have to reduce their pollution practices because they can afford to keep on doing it.

Keep in mind, Canadians are not the cause of carbon climate change. Canada’s forests alone can absorb five times the amount of carbon produced in Canada. Our population and environmental standards are well in balance with nature so we should not be penalized by our own government because other countries are not. They’re the ones creating the problem, let them pay it. For example, Canada: 600 million tons of carbon annually versus China: 10.5 billion tons (and they don’t have a carbon tax).

Paul Dunnill, FERGUS

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