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OSCOCDear Editor,

I am writing on behalf of the Owen Sound and District Chamber of Commerce to express our strong support for the Op-ed commentary entitled Fire Raises Unsustainable made by Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy in the January 17 issue of the Sun Times. The sub title to the Mayor's remarks is "Fire services are pushing Owen Sound's budget and future out of balance" and in our view this is exactly correct because of the continuing and escalating ...

dearmrmiller-fullDear Mr. Miller
I'm a constituent of Grey-Bruce-Owen Sound.
I'm writing concerning the Keystone pipeline plans and the recent actions taken by the US federal government regarding the DAPL. On January 24, 2017, Pres. Donald Trump signed an order to proceed with the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline, citing that the Keystone pipeline was 'a go'.
It's been reported that Donald Trump owned (and currently still holds) shares in the [companies building] DAPL, and that...

pigtroughIn my opinion our society places too much emphasis on having a job. Here is an allegory that points to a better way.

Imagine ten piggies and a trough that has more than enough food for all but with only enough room for eight piggies to get their heads in, thus leaving two piggies running around the perimeter squealing piteously. However, the eight piggies, liking the extra food and the prestige attached thereto are unwilling to give up their spot. The thing to do of course is have a separate trough for the two piggies but...

Coyote in snowI am not someone known for outbursts or raw, unmitigated anger. Monday, January 16 was a rare exception. While walking with my dog in the woods on our farm near Hanover, I was startled by three gunshots very close by. Earlier I had heard hounds baying but gave them little thought, thinking that the sound was coming from a farm on the concession road behind us. But when I heard the gunshots, I immediately put two and two together. A coyote hunting party was on our property, I thought, and illegally. It happened once before several years ago.

I began running through the snow toward the area from where the shots had come, intent on intercepting the hunters. Before long I came across snowmobile tracks - the hunters had driven over a cedar split rail fence from a neighbouring property to

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