Wednesday, June 11, 2014
OPINION -- My visit to the high school last week, to watch students vote in their mock election, left me in an introspective mood. Melinda Snyder, a teacher at the high school, had her students...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
OPINION -- When Richard’s father Jeremy was born, his mother thought he was a changeling. This was due to the fact that Jeremy was the second born and didn’t look at all like his older brother...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
OPINION -- I have a confession to make. It pains me to do it, but I believe that there are some things, some heinous acts, that you just have to own up so that you can sleep at night...

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
OPINION -- Sophie Abagail Martin, the full name of the stubborn little dog that lives in my home. Loveable, playful, and sometimes a bit too instinctive for her own good, but this night was different.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014
OPINION -- About a year ago I wrote a What’s Up column called ‘Write Your Book’. In it I said that everyone has the makings of a book in them. I also wrote about some of the things I had...
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
OPINION -- “Oh England my England how I missed the taste of thee...” Not quite correct I'm certain, but near enough to poet William Ernest Henley's historic words and perfectly suited to my current state of mind...

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
OPINION -- I have been writing my columns for three months now, and I’ve been wondering how many people are impacted by them. A few days ago I was in the bank making a transaction. A woman at the window next to mine ...

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
OPINION -- During an interview last week, my subject referred to me as the Girl on the Gull and remarked the bugs must be bad where I live. I don’t actually live on the Gull River, though I believe the bugs are probably bad there ...

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
OPINION -- Russell Brand is perhaps one of the unlikeliest prophets of democratic reform. The British comedian and former user of hard drugs has lately been shaking up the British ...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
OPINION -- The winter to spring transition is horrendous for some, pleasant for most, but I am indifferent.I like winter for the fact that it is quiet throughout most of the season. The only thing I dislike about the winter is ...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
OPINION -- Sunlight spilled through the spring garden like syrup on pancakes. Molly and Sue sat at Molly’s outdoor table taking it all in, thirsty after the long winter. Sue had come for a weekend...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
OPINION -- This is your roving Outsider, on course for far away lands and experiences the likes of which have never been witnessed before by Canadian man (or woman). I send you this missive ...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
OPINION -- At lunch today, a colleague mentioned her mother was worried about the future. A life-long resident of Haliburton, she's concerned that newcomers will change the character and feel ...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
OPINION -- When Peter Schleifenbaum stood up in front of the Kennisis Lake Cottage Owners’ Association (KLCOA) on May 17 and publicly called for Dysart et al Reeve Murray Fearrey to step down from council, there were surely...

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
WHAT'S UP: Spring is definitely here at last and my significant other has some much deserved time off. We’ve organized a span of about 10 days in which to take full advantage of the season...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
OPINION -- I must have looked like I was off in fairy land. Standing in the middle of Head Lake Park, surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of the Haliburton County Farmers’ Market...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
OPINION -- My dad and I headed out the back door tonight, where the clean air still feels foreign to me. The air in a backyard in Minden has the same “spring” feeling that can be felt in Korea, albeit months later, but the freshness ...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
OPINION -- Sadness. We all experience it, yet for me it is a part of my life almost constantly. I get angry and yell at people. I get upset because someone says bad things about me or they ...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
OPINION -- What I want to know is, who was the mongrel that put about the rumour that our super cold, super snowy, super long winter would ensure that we didn't have as many bugs this year? ...

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
OPINION -- Autocorrect is a funny thing. It’s so funny – or it leads to so many funny messages and emails – that websites have been created just to laugh at people who’ve had unfortunate autocorrect blunders go viral

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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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