Thursday, October 16, 2014
OPINION -- Today is the day. I’m going to vote. After going to the municipal office and picking up my voter registration the month after I turned 18, taking it home, completing it and returning it to the office, I finally received my first ever voting.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
OPINION -- The lake spread out before me, a frame of red and gold maple leaves giving way to the shimmering waters that reflected the blue skies and cotton wool clouds of a perfect autumn day. A loon, swimming in the distance, called out and somewhere...
Thursday, October 9, 2014
EDITORIAL -- This issue of The Highlander marks our third anniversary as a newspaper in Haliburton County. When I told my colleagues that I planned to write a nice column looking back at how far we’ve come over that time, I was told I couldn’t...
Thursday, October 9, 2014
OPINION -- If there's one common theme in all our municipal elections, it's money. We don't have any, aren't getting any, and the OPP billing increase is already burning a hole in next year's budgets. The concerns come from both the candidates and...
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
OPINION -- And so the preparation for winter begins. As I stood at the picture window yesterday, I began to notice all the signs of the change of season. I watched the last of this summer’s boaters and jet skiers as they propelled across the lake in
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
OPINION -- For three years, starting in 2008, things were going well for our writers. Through the Cultural Centre in Minden, and the Haliburton Highlands Writers and Editors Network (HHWEN), local writers had literary festivals, book launches...
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
OPINION -- Now, I must stress that I was not privy to the goings on at both of the parties I am about to tell you about. However, I did have a man on the inside, a fellow of high standing and one not known to ever have been coerced into saying or doing...
Thursday, October 2, 2014
OPINION -- On Monday evening, candidates for reeve and deputy reeve in all municipalities of Haliburton County will gather at Fleming College for the final in a series of public meetings. Eight of those present will end up on county council, the...
Thursday, October 2, 2014
EDITORIAL -- County politicians are wasting a great opportunity to secure votes for the upcoming election. The all-candidates meetings – for the most part – have been contests between candidates as to who can give the best sound bites. Instead...
Thursday, October 2, 2014
OPINION -- When Jake walked out his front door, his eyes were assailed by the colours spread before him: scarlet and tangerine, gold and sunny yellow, magenta and even burgundy. He didn’t want to see them. The scenery was completely out of sync with...
Thursday, October 2, 2014
OPINION -- When I first moved here my grandmother and I went to a local store and we took our dog, Sophie. She came in with us while we shopped and I thought it was very cool that we didn’t have to leave her outside alone in the vehicle. Not too long.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
OPINION -- “...the guy who lives down Pine Street, the painter. You know him, you gotta, he's English, too” My pal didn't even blink as he said it, just assuming that because the fellow he was describing had also emigrated from Blighty to Haliburton...
Thursday, September 25, 2014
EDITORIAL -- The Highland East all-candidates meeting on Sept. 23 was far from a barn burner. In fact, the stuff coming out from both candidates and audience members was so damp, you couldn’t have lit a fire there if you wanted to. These meetings are..
Thursday, September 25, 2014
OPINION -- Election day is drawing ever nearer, but there is no reason to feel uninformed about the candidates vying for municipal council. Information is readily available so we can all vote wisely. One benefit of being a reporter is having the...
Thursday, September 25, 2014
OPINION -- Life throws up a dilemma from time to time, and by dilemma I mean something that my lovely wife and I don't agree upon. Now some would say that is normal, that they hardly ever agree with their wives, but I have to admit to being pretty much...
Thursday, September 25, 2014
OPINION -- Right now, at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery in Minden, there’s an exhibition titled ‘tomato/tomato.’ The title is taken from the song ‘Let’s call the whole thing off,’ which contains the phrase “You say tomahto, I say tomayto.” That phrase...
Thursday, September 25, 2014
OPINION -- Going to the landfill is never a job you jump at the chance to do, however I find it interesting as I like to watch the seagulls. They are big and small and come in all different colours. Some are shy, while others are very bold. They will.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
EDITORIAL -- I first participated in the Terry Fox Run back in elementary school. I won’t lie and tell you I remember how old I was or what grade I was in, but I do remember how it felt. Like students at most schools, we participated in several...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
OPINION -- There may be nothing more important in this world than keeping our kids safe. Our natural instinct to protect the young is coded in our DNA so indelibly, most parents wouldn't think for a moment before laying down their own lives to spare...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
OPINION -- Expectations had been different forty years ago, Stella thought, as she headed out on her trip. These days, an eighteen year old marrying a nineteen year-old would be given little chance of success. But forty years ago, a woman...
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
OPINION -- I bought my son a gun at the weekend. Now, if I'd said this while living back in Blighty there would have been uproar and various vans belonging to agencies such as Child Services and the Parental Correctional Institute would have screeched.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
EDITORIAL -- News that a candidate has stepped forward to challenge Dave Burton for reeve in Highlands East is a healthy sign for the community. When incumbents are acclaimed in an election, they’ll often take it as affirmation they’ve done a good job.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
OPINION -- The town is abuzz discussing recent reports of stunt driving in Minden, and for good reason. But it’s never clear to me why we don’t do more in this county to curb a much more prominent danger – impaired driving. In the past three months...
Thursday, September 11, 2014
OPINION -- Most of us who buy art do so simply because we enjoy looking at it. But some people are concerned with the business side of art, and they need to know what a piece is worth, in monetary terms. So appraisals are needed, for a variety...
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