Letters to the Editor: Oct. 27

The following are Letters to the Editor published in the Oct. 27 issue of the Haliburton Echo. Precision and planning pay off at drive-through To the Editor, Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, administrative…

Things to keep

By Jenn Watt Vehicles were lined up down County Road 21 on Saturday morning as residents arrived to get their flu shot through a drive-through service offered by the Haliburton Highlands Family Health Team. Although…

Scam season

By Jenn Watt It hadn’t been an hour since I discussed this week’s story about a phone scam with reporter Sue Tiffin when I became the target of a scam myself.Stunned at the brazen nature…

Surviving cold and flu season

To the Editor, When you are healthy and you are exposed to a viral illness, your immune system is equipped to fend off the virus so you have either no symptoms, or tolerable symptoms. When…

The potential of group testing

To the Editor, Our ability to quickly and properly process COVID tests and follow up with good contact tracing is in many ways broken. To resolve this testing issue, why is group testing not being…

Seven hearts

By Lynda Shadbolt I was having a “terrible, horrible, very bad, no good day” (have you ever read the children’s book by Judith Viorst – it is a good one!). It was early September and…

What’s in a name

By Jenn Watt It’s a safe bet that most of us living in Haliburton haven’t cracked open a copy of The Clockmaker recently – or ever. The satirical book by Thomas Chandler Haliburton, after whom…

Combatting misinformation

By Erin Kernohan-Berning Throughout the pandemic we have been made to think about something that we normally don’t really think too much about – how things like viruses spread. It might feel strange to some…

Reporting in small places

By Jenn Watt Small things matter and small places matter. And in a time when we are overloaded with information pouring through the screens of our smartphones, laptops and tablets, having journalists who can sift…

The outdoor potlucks

By Lynda Shadbolt In his book, Embers - One Ojibway’s Meditations, Richard Wagamese has a chapter on Gratitude. In one of his entries he says “he is learning that happiness is an emotion that’s a…

LTC Day of Action planned

The Haliburton-CKL Long-Term Care Coalition invites you to join us in support of our LTC Day of Action Drive-In, Thursday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. We will meet at the municipal parking…

Student representation

By Jenn Watt Representation matters and it is especially apparent when times are tough and important decisions need to be made. It’s why our governing bodies should look like our population and why we should…

Focus on pollution, not climate

To the Editor, Re: “Dysart approves climate change plan,” Haliburton Echo, Sept. 1, 2020 Dysart council has approved a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) which it directly controls by 30 per cent, by…

Irondale needs waste transfer station

To the Editor, The following is an open letter to Minden Hills council, copied to Echo readers. Submission of the attached petition and roadside photo serves to represent the Irondale area permanent and seasonal residents’…

All you need is love

To the Editor, Re: “Potential hate crime downtown targets Pride flags,” Haliburton Echo, Sept. 15, 2020  It seems inconceivable to me that in this day and age there are still people who decide to hate…

Gendered impact of COVID-19

By Jenn Watt As we brace ourselves for a potential second wave of the coronavirus, with hundreds more positive tests coming back each day in Ontario than a month ago, we should be sure not…

Let Pride flags fly

By Jenn Watt We should all be disturbed and distressed by the recent theft of rainbow flags from the private property of a local business on Haliburton’s main street.Christopher O’Mara, owner of Prettypaws Pet Boutique…

Editorial: The Great Pause

By Sue Tiffin This week I paused in conversation on a phone call with Jenn Watt as the Ornge air ambulance flew directly over where I sat on the deck, partly because the sound of…

Letter: We are all part of the problem,…

Published Sept. 1, 2020 To the Editor,The Canadian government recently reported that Canadians could suffer from more heat-related illnesses and deaths during the summer months as the clock ticks towards 2100. Science-based data obtained by…