Letters to the editor, Dec. 22, 2020

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An insult

So we are going to pay a higher carbon tax.

The one we have been paying so far has only increased the price of everything and has done nothing towards the environment as our carbon emissions are higher than ever.

This time, we will do it right: we will plant lots of trees. Then we will welcome thousands of emigrants and we will cut down lots of trees to house them. Then we will allow them to bring in their families, so we will clear more land to build more hospitals and long-term care homes for their elderly.

Not to mention the way this message was delivered was insulting to our premiers.

Andrée Flaro

Cornwall


Dishonest

Re: “Is the Great Reset of pandemic approach long overdue?” Dec. 11, 2020.

I was surprised to see an opinion column masquerading as a local news story on Dec. 11.

Todd Hambleton’s column, while it may have addressed issues he has with approaches to public health and safety in our area, is not news and should not have been presented that way.

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I’m certain that’s why the opinion section exists.

Hambleton is entitled to his views and his frustrations, whether we agree with them or not.

Giving this piece the status of news, in my view, is not only objectionable—it’s dishonest.

Andréa C. Cole

Cornwall


Keep it

Re: “Loco No. 17 on the chopping block, again?” Dec. 16, 2020.

Just a note to city council regarding work on Locomotive No. 17.

There is no need to move the engine from its present location. This will keep your costs down. All you have to do is paint it, put a fence around it, add some lights to light it up at night— bingo.

Please rethink any plans to give another part of Cornwall’s heritage away, just to save a few dollars.

William General

Cornwall


Scrutiny

Re: “My story,” Dec. 16, 2020

After wading through Caitlyn Richer’s sophistry, one arrives at a hodgepodge of muddled thought patterns, undefined claims of discrimination, promotion of pseudo-science, various insinuations regarding mental health, unspecified concerns about public opinion, all topped off by an attack on her own physician.

Quite a mixture!

Richer claimed to be part of an unnamed pro-science group and cited the Great Barrington Declaration as science that must be examined and scrutinized. Well, let’s just do that!

Promotion of the Great Barrington group is questionable at best. It was mainly sponsored by a right-wing U.S. billionaire (Charles Koch), who promotes the denial of climate change and opposes regulations on business. That is to say, he is the promoter of a libertarian, free-market think tank, and to hell with the effect it may have on ordinary people.

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Maybe Great Barrington was able to gather together a seemingly impressive grouping of scientists and professionals, but by no means any more impressive than the legion of dedicated scientists and medical specialists who are working throughout the world on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indeed, many scientists have openly criticized Great Barrington, highlighting its lack of sound evidence. In particular, right here in Canada, the rebuttal from the school of medicine at Queen’s University should be noted. In the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci has vigorously opposed Great Barrington.

At the end of the day, elected leaders everywhere and the professionals who are advising them will either be held accountable or, more likely, held up to immense thanks and praise. That is not the case with the Great Barrington group.

Even if it is determined their pronouncements were irresponsible and reckless, they will be quite free to scurry back to their ivory towers.

P.J. Leonard

Cornwall

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