Thursday, May 15, 2014
OPINION -- As I sit at my desk pondering as to what I shall ramble on about this week in my column, I listen to the noises that float through my open window. The breeze whispers through the budding tag alder, the river gurgles every now ...

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
OPINION -- A sunny spring morning and John is honking hello at the crosswalk. Linda waves as she steps out of the bank, walks up and asks if you've heard about the tourism meeting: that they said no to the pond hockey donation...

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
OPINION -- Most youngsters will eat everything and, as a species, we are everywhere on the eating spectrum. However, it’s much different for autistic children. We are nitpicky about everything, including food.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
OPINION -- We are on the cusp of summer, or so it seems to this Outsider. Winter was long and extremely white, the snow piling up like Himalayan ranges along the sides of the roads, the temperature dropping to lows in which only polar bears are happy.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
OPINION -- Minden Hills is a small town and everyone seems connected in some way. As a teenager, it sometimes seemed as though my parents had already heard what happened...

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
OPINION -- Haliburton’s builders have some real concerns about the transfer of responsibility for septic inspections. Changes to the septic inspection program have now put the onus on municipalities...

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
OPINION -- Imagine watching a horror movie and you’re the main character. That is a night terror. Night Terror, or Pavor Nocturnus, is a parasomnia disorder causing feelings of terror or dread...

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
OPINION -- I use mine to keep my car in, during winter at least. It also houses a chest freezer and an old table that's stacked high with recycling and stuff that I can't bring myself to throw out ...

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
OPINION -- I keep a poem hanging on the wall above my computer. It’s there so that, at a glance, I can take in its message and be reminded that I control my fate.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
OPINION -- When the National Pond Hockey Championships asked for money last year from county council, Dysart Reeve Murray Fearrey mused if the request, like the competition...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
OPINION -- Titanfall is a first person shooter that may put the genre back on the map of the next generation consoles.It is published by Infinity Ward, makers of the tried and true Call of Duty ...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
OPINION -- On a recent trip to Florida to escape our just-left brutal winter, I met a woman who had lived there for decades and was now preparing to move back to her home state of New York.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
OPINION -- We had a party at the weekend. A celebration of things important, things specific and things in general. We toasted Clark on his birthday and made mention of numerous ...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
OPINION -- My niece passed away when she was five years old. It’s not something I like to talk about, nor is it something I share with many people.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
OPINION -- What does a child with Autism/Asperger’s look like? Would you be able to tell them apart from other people on the street? Can you identify a person who has diabetes ...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
OPINION -- I just bought a new car. Well, not a new one exactly, but a new one to me and a very shiny one at that. It’s great, although I do have to admit to being a little intimidated by some ...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
OPINION -- When we launched our new website last month we weren't sure what to expect. In formulating our online strategy we considered two facts: television is an important and powerful ...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
OPINION: I knew I was in trouble the moment I put on my shorts. Wait, let me backtrack a little. We’ve had some warm weather the past couple of weeks. It’s been nice watching the snow...

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
OPINION -- Would that person ask any mother about the chances of their unborn baby having a much more common disorder, say, Down syndrome?

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
OPINION -- The Sunshine List came out last week. Like most people, I’m always curious – sometimes dubious – about the wages our mandarins are making. With their big six-figure ...

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
OPINION -- It's no secret we have fewer young people than we should for a community of our size. While most areas of the country have experienced the effects of low birthrates...

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
OPINION -- How many friends have you got? I don’t have many at all.Some say that it’s because I continually write about local folks in this column...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
OPINION -- People often choose to interpret the words ‘shop local’ in the literal sense. To shop local means walking into a local store to shop. It’s that simple.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
OPINION -- Rarely have our councils been as speedy and resourceful as they've been these last few weeks when it comes to trying to stop proposed changes to the OPP billing model.

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