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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Lazy homeowners to blame

RE: City needs extreme weather response (Feb. 16)

My wife and I spent over two hours chipping two or more inches of ice off our driveway and sidewalk because we take home ownership seriously. We are seniors who care, and want the sidewalk in front of our house to be safe for anyone walking on it.

It seems the author of the editorial talks a good game, citing chapter and verse on the rules. A recent trip downtown by car was an eye-opener. The homeowners' sidewalks were a mess, as if these owners can't be bothered. Only a fool would think city hall should be responsible for clearing all city sidewalks, an impossible job, and it would be expensive.
Mark-Alan Whittle, Hamilton
https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/9197019-feb-28-readers-weigh-in-on-sidewalk-clearing-in-winter-and-other-letters-to-the-editor/

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Medicinal use has been very helpful

RE: Legalized cannabis

I have had a prescription from my doctor for cannabis for a number of years. I buy it online and Canada Post delivers it.

Using cannabis with a vaporizer has allowed me to get off Lorazepam, which I was taking to mitigate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after my son died. I was prescribed Lorazepam, a narcotic that is addictive. Cannabis allowed me to wean off that completely. Now, I sleep like a log.

I also had colon cancer, and after surgery, I had chemo. Cannabis helped with nausea and helped make me hungry. Now that cannabis is legal, not much in my life will change, but I'm sure people will be happier, or at least feel that way for a time.


https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/8996822-oct-31-lrt-a-win-win-for-everyone-mac-s-football-fumble-and-other-letters-to-the-editor/

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Don't believe dump scare tactics

RE: Election

I have lived in Hamilton my whole life and I pay close attention to candidates and their platforms.

The one that caught my eye was the Ward 9 race in Stoney Creek where a candidate is spreading misinformation concerning the industrial landfill in that ward. Yes, it creates lots of leachate, which is rain water that flows through the landfill.

This candidate is also telling residents he has been "fighting to close the dump." Nobody heard from him before this election and city council does not have authority to close the facility. The liner of this facility ensures no leachate escapes and there is no way it could flood the area because the sewer system is sealed.

Sowing fear to get votes does a disservice to us all. I hope voters won't be so easily fooled.


https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/8954035-oct-10-don-t-buy-dump-scare-tactics-skelly-and-bratina-mind-your-own-business-and-other-letters-to-the-editor/

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

LETTER: Save money, let Skelly's able assistants run ward for rest of term

Re: The disenfranchisement of Hamilton's Ward 7 (Editorial, July 5)

After reading this editorial about the disenfranchisement of Ward 7, I had to chuckle a little as I have lived in the ward for decades and seen many councillors come and go.
Donna Skelly represented the ward well and managed to spend infrastructure money wisely, repaving and repairing roads, sidewalks and sewer relining, assets that other wards ignore — such as spending their infrastructure cash on other expenditures, like $220,000 given to a private sector theatre.
During the summer, local politics grinds to a halt. Most councillors are in holiday mode until the fall election cycle.
Perhaps the Ward 7 executive assistants that worked in Skelly's office can continue fielding constituents calls and directing them to the right department or person until the fall election, saving the city $50,000.
Mark-Alan Whittle, Hamilton Mountain