Letters to the editor: Oct. 4

Letters to the editor: Oct. 4

Letters to the editor

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Holland remembered for years of public service

Recently, I learned that Ken Holland passed away on Jan. 28, 2019, in his 90th year.

Sadly, his obituary says nothing about his many familiar years as the town clerk for the Town of Tillsonburg.

His leadership was especially crucial during the tumultuous years of downtown redevelopment, with all its numerous twists and turns that finally led to the building of Tillsonburg Town Centre.

How he kept his cool through all these years always impressed me, and served our town very well until his retirement in 1995.

Ken was also a key member of the Tillsonburg Rotary Club, serving as president at one point, and as treasurer for many years.

Personally, it was his phone call to me in June 1970, as a graduating student in my masters of library science studies, that changed my life when he invited me to become the chief librarian for the Tillsonburg Public Library.

Thereafter, he continued to be a key member of the library board. He certainly played an important and crucial role in the construction of the new library, which opened in 1975.

The Town of Tillsonburg was indeed very privileged to have Ken E. Holland at a time when a person of his skill and patience was needed.

Matthew Scholtz


Media shows true colours

The Justin Trudeau blackface situation speaks as much about Canadian media as it does about the prime minister. The venomous, vitriolic response of some media has been alarming, a feeding frenzy for various journalists who do not like Trudeau or the Liberals. So how do regular folks navigate the smug sanctimony and paid pontificator opinionists out there?

More importantly, if these incidents occurred in 2001, and the photos have been around since then (and the yearbook photo would have been readily accessible anytime) why did they not surface during the 2015 campaign? Makes one wonder who we can really trust.

Wayne Vibert


Voting for principles

Now that summer’s over, it’s time to consider serious issues as we’re in the early stages of the federal election. It’s a chance for voters to consider and choose who’ll represent them in Ottawa for the next four years.

I’ve been a political observer and active participant since 1968, when I worked as a volunteer for Wally Nesbitt. I’ve supported all three of our national parties at various times, depending on the policies they put forward. The result’s one of growing cynicism and outright displeasure with all of them, so I approach this election demoralized and depressed.

That is, until I met Wendy Martin and decided to educate myself about the People’s Party of Canada. She’s a straight-talking candidate who’s quick to grasp the issues important to me and my family. The platform of the People’s Party of Canada is clear, forward thinking and nationalistic.

As a proud Canadian whose family goes back 200 years in the area, I finally feel someone is truly listening to my concerns and what I believe is the direction for Canada’s future.

This is our country and we need policies and plans that promote Canada.

I urge everyone to learn about each political party, each candidate and vote for the principles and values that make us Canadian. For me, that’s the People’s Party of Canada.

Ben McMillan