Today's date: Thursday April 25, 2019 Vol 52 Issue 17
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Cancer event a success

Dear Editor:

On a dreary, wet April 5, another successful Arthur’s Annual Take Out Luncheon and Fundraiser was held for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Through the support of over 50 Arthur and Kenilworth businesses, schools and individuals, over $2,800 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, which so generously donated their facilities.

A huge thanks to these volunteers and to Golden Valley for donating ham, to Erni’s Place for ordering the soup and to Arthur Foodland for assisting with ordering, pricing and slicing the roast beef. Thank you to everyone who supported this event to help fight the battle against cancer.

Joyce Barnes, ARTHUR

Drug pandemic

Dear Editor:

To the church in Canada: It is time to wake up and smell the stench of death left behind by thousands of lonely, aching souls that have looked for a solution to their pain that cannot be extinguished by any safe drug known to man.

Unfortunately, they have found a drug they have been fooled into believing will solve this pain and have found it to be deadly effective. Fentanyl and carfentanil are two of the deadliest.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, this pandemic is affecting the health and lives of people from all walks of life, age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Christ that we claim to follow has not given us the choice to ignore these people, but to see them all as created in God’s image, as we are. There is nothing wrong with disagreeing with them, or not approving of their lifestyle, but ignoring them and disrespecting them is not an option in His eyes!

I kindly suggest that If we claim to be one of His followers, that we re-examine our lifestyles, making changes to our attitudes and a radical change in how we relate to these people before more lives are lost or this curse enters the four “sacred” walls we worship in.

We could start by leaving these walls, go to where these people are, and getting to know them.

Michael Benson, NEW DUNDEE

Fear mongering?

Dear Editor:

RE: Concerned neighbours, April 18.

Aletha McArthur is more than qualified to handle this facility and she has done so for several years. As a matter of fact, she has spent her career working with children.

All the Staff, including me, are paid trained staff, not volunteers.

Eligible kids are asking for help, as are their families. Sadly, without this facility these kids would be shipped off to big city centres, sometimes very far away, where they are too far from family to encourage reuniting and healing and where they feel awkward and uncomfortable being from a rural area. This doesn’t help provide a safe comfortable setting to heal. These kids and their families are asking for their community’s support. They are desperately trying to stay together with their families and avoid separation.

These are children, not hardened criminals with weapons and drugs. It takes a village to raise a child. Are you turning your back on these children seeking your support? Well, you won’t be able to avoid the fallout for long, as it is proven that when communities fail their children in need there is a higher rate of kids on the street, desperate, doing desperate things.

Where would you rather they be? On the street? Cold and alone? Or in a respite with genuinely caring people only focused on their well-being and doing all they can to keep them with their families and showing them the path to happier reality where they can ultimately feel gratitude to the community that supported them by becoming healthy law abiding citizens.

As I read this misinformed letter to the editor that prompted this response, I realized Sharon O’Sullivan had quoted the culprits to this lack of information or simple fabrications of the facts as being local media.

Want to make an educated conclusion of this space on your own terms? Pop in for a tour, get to know your neighbour, Aletha, and get to know the selfless support she is offering your community’s children, your neighbours’, possibly your, children.

Then make an educated decision based on first hand facts, rather than fear-mongered fabrications.

Erin Kiers, ST. JACOBS

Kudos to committee

Dear Editor:

On March 9, I was privileged to travel on a bus trip organized by the Minto Retirees Activity Group.

Our destination was to see the Oh Canada Eh production of Broadway Show Stoppers at Niagara Falls. The dinner was all Canadian and the entertainment was superb.

All seven singers are enthusiastic and talented young people who are vocal students or graduates from various Ontario universities. They took us through popular songs of various Broadway shows. While some songs were unfamiliar, one had to admire the talent and dedication of the performers throughout the entire show.

As if this wasn’t enough, we had a tour of Dundurn Castle in Hamilton and dinner at the Mandarin Restaurant in Guelph on the way home. I understand another trip is planned on May 16 to Petrolia Playhouse where the entertainment is of the highest quality. I hear there are some tickets still available and can be purchased from any committee member.

We, in Minto, are fortunate to have this volunteer group to organize these trips for our entertainment and I tip my hat to committee members Ross Wilkie, Doug Anderson, Jim Connell, Dodie Reid, Lyle Murray and Bob Wallace.

Sharon Prieb, CLIFFORD

Offset credit

Dear Editor:

RE: Retroactive rebate, April 18.

While I cannot offer an opinion on the figures stated in Delsie Drover’s letter as no references were provided, I will agree that if the government is going to tax us on the amount of carbon dioxide that we produce then they must also take into account any offsets that we might contribute.

Owners of land that has a large population of trees can provide a significant offset that cannot be ignored. In 2011 my wife and I moved from a 100-acre lot in eastern Ontario, approximately 75% of which was bush. Prior to our move there was talk of a tax on carbon dioxide production. At that time I pointed out to the various levels of government that I expected that if they proceeded with such a tax that I would expect a credit because of the offset that my land was producing.

If I still owned the property I would most certainly be proceeding with my options and I urge anyone currently in such a position to do so. Further, our property contained beaver flood of about five acres. The bush and the flood provided habitat for many different species of wildlife. I also believe that landowners should be given credit for providing valuable wildlife habitat.

City folk do not seem to understand the environmental contribution that privately-owned lands can provide.

Paul Dorney, BELWOOD

Trees destroyed

Dear Editor:

RE: County: removed trees posed safety risk to the public, April 11.

I was walking through York Road Park in Guelph last week with my grand daughter and we were enjoying the majestic trees along the park’s busy road side.

We watched squirrels gather food, saw beautiful birds and she would pick up a fallen stick or branch dropped by the trees and play. In between each giant tree were previously planted smaller trees – the old and the young supporting each other. I suspect there is a plan to keep the park’s canopy, beauty, protection and environmental health for the community.

The significance of the great life, history and beauty of anything that has lived to be very old and large and still managing to survive human development is to be treated with great appreciation, respect and care before they are all gone.

Regarding last week’s article about the removal of four old trees along Wellington Road 18, the site of these trees was not near a pedestrian area, a baseball diamond, a soccer field, set well back from the road and enhanced the beauty of the trip between our towns – and yet they were taken down by the county without any notice to taxpayers.

The location, the tree health (I see no rot in the stumps), the distance from road is similar to the great trees I admired in Guelph. Unnecessary removal of large aging trees and the value they provide is a tragedy that needs to be recognized by us all.

Conversely, check out the large trees up high on the embankment on the road to Salem from downtown Elora (main street). Current construction of a building up high on the hill will certainly be detriment the survival of these beauties trapped between a brick wall and the construction site – a very dangerous situation over time.

But the trees did not create the impending problem, so let’s try as a community to get our act together, coordinate and communicate, and think of tree protection, young and old, in everything we do.

And when we have to destroy something that was there long before us, let’s make sure we understand why.

Nancy McFater, FERGUS


Dear Editor:

RE: Concerned neighbours, April 18.

I was shocked by this letter to the editor from a spokesperson for the neighbours, as I have never met the writer.

The description is a misrepresentation of Aletha’s Place and not based on facts. Our project has been described in the media since January 2018 with invitations to call and visit. I have had many calls and visits from community members, but no questions or concerns from any neighbours.

Aletha’s Place is supported by well-respected funders in the community who are aware of my professional career and my reputation since retiring as a teacher to establish and work at this charitable organization as a well-qualified “volunteer”.

All income from my volunteer work and all donations go toward the operation of this charity, especially the overhead of this building in the heart of Mount Forest.

New Growth Family Centre Inc.(2003) has been at 211 Birmingham St., Mount Forest for 10 years. Services are for youth (ages 10 to 16) and their parents in the north of Wellington County. The goal is early intervention for the whole family to prevent a progression to “troubled youth over the age of 16”.

Aletha’s Place is an extension of this therapeutic work. It is a short stay (24 to 48 hours) with full supervision to allow a family to breathe and think clearly in the midst of a stressful time. My clients are local families and are not “neglected, homeless children” or “troubled youth over the age of 16” or “shelter residents”.

They are 12- to 16-year-olds living in the community with their families. Their parents want practical, local support to face the challenges of raising their adolescents despite the heightened societal influences. They want to stay together. They want help. They want to solve the problems.

Those who do not receive the appropriate supports at an early age do progress to levels described in my neighbour’s letter. We are losing too many youth to desperate, destructive lifestyles already. Please ask for the true story directly from us. Our brochure of services is available to all.

Aletha McArthur, MOUNT FOREST

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