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Letter writers

Posted: June 23, 2017 at 1:14 pm   /   Columnists

Not all letters to the editor get published. Sometimes it’s because the content is expressing incorrect facts rather than providing an opinion. On a rare occasion, it’s because the letter is libellous, and publishing it would put both the paper and the letter writer in a legally vulnerable position. Most often, it’s a matter of […]

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The Olympic pullout

Posted: June 23, 2017 at 8:49 am   /   Columnists

So McDonald’s is pulling out of its top level Olympic sponsorship deal, effective immediately, although it will continue as a lower level sponsor through the 2018 Olympics. McDonald’s has been associated with the games since 1968, when it famously airlifted hamburgers to U.S. athletes in Grenoble who were forced to subsist on French cooking. It […]

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Would you like an ambulance to go with those fractures?

Posted: June 23, 2017 at 8:44 am   /   Columnists

This past weekend, I was at Rose House Museum doing an exhibit installation. On the way back to Picton, along County Road 8 near Waupoos Winery, I saw a couple cycling toward me. Not youngsters, maybe old enough to know better. Neither of them was wearing a helmet. I wanted to stop and tell them […]

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News fit for a prince

Posted: June 16, 2017 at 9:42 am   /   Columnists

It’s not very often that I find myself pushing back against the editorial decisions of this paper, but I must say I was surprised when our May 31 issue contained no news story about the forthcoming June 30 visit of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. We would have been the first […]

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A permanent, full-time job

Posted: June 16, 2017 at 9:18 am   /   Columnists

It might be too early to say, “It looks as if summer is around the corner.” I’ve been wrong about the weather many times, because I’m a mom. In Junes past, I remember sending the kids off to school dressed as if they were on a trek to Baffin Island. On those days I wouldn’t […]

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Optimism

Posted: June 16, 2017 at 8:58 am   /   Columnists

Next Monday, the trustees of the Hastings Prince Edward District School board will make a decision that will have long-term and far-reaching effects on Prince Edward County. It will affect the kids in the County, their families and the community as a whole. School closures have been on the minds of many communities in rural […]

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Where dividing lines end

Posted: June 15, 2017 at 9:49 am   /   Columnists

There is a gentle push of air coming from off-land and escaping to the open water of South Bay. The chatter of waves smacking at the wooden edge of wharf offers rhythm to the voice of the rain-swollen inlet. Resting in the young summer day, False Duck Island drifts on the distant horizon. The spring […]

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Eggs and bakey

Posted: June 9, 2017 at 10:58 am   /   Columnists

Wakey, wakey, kiddies. It’s the crazy season—and I’m not talking about the incessant rain. Our highways and side roads are going to be filled with traffic from now until the day after turkey day. There are many events that take place in the County at this time of the year. We’ve got tomatoes, potatoes, fresh […]

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Love it or hate it, tourism pays

Posted: June 9, 2017 at 9:10 am   /   Columnists

I was going to pass on a column this week, while consumed with the production of our Summer issue of County Magazine. But then three things drew my attention. First was Dennis Fox’s letter in The Picton Gazette, questioning the benefits of tourism in Prince Edward County. I am deeply involved in the cause and […]

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American Standard Time

Posted: June 9, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Columnists

Fresh off the decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, a feeling-his-oats Donald Trump is now training his sights on another international order—one that settles the world’s time clock. “It’s just dumb to give China a 12-hour head start on America ” said a feisty president. “While Americans are sitting […]

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