Wednesday, July 16, 2014
OPINION - I become infatuated very easily, and my big mouth ensures that everyone knows what I’ve fallen for at any given moment.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
OPINION - The best thing about municipal politics is the access we have to our local politicians.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
OPINION -- There are two things I do not handle well: pressure from outside sources, and being asked to do something immediately. Going shopping without knowing a few days in advance or suddenly being asked to write a column ...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
OPINION -- Thank you Barb. Thank you Barb for reigniting my interest in local politics. Up until now I have been utterly and completely disengaged as to the political wranglings in our municipal offices...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
OPINION -- Bob Dylan may have better rhymes, and the Kingston Trio more soothing harmonies, but if you find yourself missing the days of the mighty protest song there's good news: a revival is happening right here in Ontario.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
OPINION -- I recently took a ride through the trails in Highlands East. It took almost a day’s riding to get from Harcourt through to Gooderham and back again, but what a good day it was. From a beautiful waterfall to an old bridge ...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
OPINION -- As Sam slipped through the door he could hear his father’s snores rumbling through the thin partition. The cottage interior walls were plywood nailed to two by four studs and sound travelled ...

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
OPINION -- A visit to Karen Sloan's recently opened Wallflower Studio boutique in Minden left me with little time to talk to the proprietor because she was busy with ...

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
OPINION -- Like the first rays of sunshine on a glorious summer's day, a coffee from Tim's paid for by an anonymous stranger, or an unexpected tax refund from the government (albeit you've already paid for it in multiple different ways)...

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
OPINION -- I remember when the Internet came to Minden. It might have been accessible in other parts of the world, but it wasn’t relevant to me, a teenager at the time, until I learned what a modem was and then memorized the sound of it ...

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
OPINION -- It's often under stress that a person's true character shows through, and no doubt Barb Reid is under a lot of stress. In the last two weeks, her CAO and interim community services director resigned...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
OPINION -- There was a time when Jane had been on top of her game. She knew her goals, they were attainable and she was able to overcome the obstacles. But lately her ...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
OPINION -- Nancy Wright-Laking was the cornerstone of Reeve Barb Reid's municipal restructuring. At the time of Wright-Laking's hiring two years ago, Reid justified both the passing-over of local candidates and the use of a recruitment firm ...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
OPINION -- Let’s talk finances. When I was growing up, I took classes in middle school to educate me on finances and keeping a budget. Needless to say, none of this prepared me for a job or actually taught me how to obtain said money to keep my necessiti

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
OPINION -- It’s graduation week. For a community newspaper, that means seven or eight ceremonies in three days, a bunch of photos and hundreds of names. It takes a bit of planning to properly ...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
OPINION -- Yes, there are a few new additions to the Jones household. New additions that are so sweet and cuddly that we are having to fend small children and their mothers off with sticks for fear of smothering...

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Thursday, June 19, 2014
OPINION -- I started to write this on a portentous June day, Friday the 13th, which also featured a full moon. It was also the first day for the new provincial government.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
OPINION -- As I sit and write this column I await with eager anticipation the arrival of the barber, for it is that time of year. No, not my annual shearing! The barber is picking me up for our weekend chasing lakers on the annual spring fish.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
OPINION -- We live these days in a world full of rules, so many that it’s inevitable that some of them will be stupid. And because more and more rules keep popping up, the spread of stupid ones tends to decrease respect for the good ones, too.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
OPINION -- I drove for the first time in almost two decades this past Monday. That might be surprising to many of you in the Highlands, where a lack of public transportation means that life is tremendously easier with access to a car.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
OPINION -- All people are equal, all animals are equal, and these are fundamental truths in a cruel world. We all breathe air, eat, have the same bodily functions, and we are all part of a greater whole.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
OPINION -- It was the worst fathers day ever. In 2005, my dad was recovering from brain surgery for a pair of metastatic tumours. By that time, five years into cancer treatment...

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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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