Opinion

Week of March 30

Letters to the editor

Trump’s revised travel ban is founded on discrimination Sir: A March 16 letter proclaimed U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban – rebranded ‘controlled’ immigration – is ‘pragmatic and not ‘xenophobic.’ But Trump’s revised ban has also been blocked by federal courts, which note that bans based on religion are wrong. The courts are correct. The… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Elizabeth Workman didn’t deserve to be executed

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Bob McCarthy In a recent guest column titled, ‘Where is the Body of Elizabeth Workman,’ Sarnia Journal readers were informed that this woman “beat her husband to death with a mop handle.” What they weren’t told is that she was a chronically abused woman. A newspaper editorial from 1873 clearly stated, ‘The deceased James Workman… Read more »

Week of March 23

Letters to the editor

Sarnia community must do more to support our youth Sir: Sarnia teens have a lot to offer. Many are talented in the arts, music, fashion, skateboarding, etc. What is our community doing to help encourage this? In the wake of what seems like an epidemic of suicide among our youth, it makes sense for this… Read more »

Week of March 16

Letters to the editor

Naturalizing can create a yard greener than grass Sir: The lawn was appropriated as a status symbol from aristocratic landowners of the old world. The grass was maintained by grazing animals and manicured for garden parties: a display of wealth and prestige for the houses of nobility that could afford such tedium. Today, this display… Read more »

OPINION: Where is the body of Elizabeth Workman?

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Randy Evans and Gary Shrumm The old Sarnia Jail was the site of three executions, namely Thomas Cleary (1862), Elizabeth Workman (1873) and Stephen Kiyoshk (1941). The fate of each was determined by a Sarnia jury finding them guilty on a murder charge, and the resulting mandatory sentence of death. Any commutation of sentence or… Read more »

Week of March 9

Letters to the editor

City Hall demands money for info that should be public Sir: On Feb. 22 I wrote a letter to Mayor Mike Bradley, with copies to all council members, and asked the city clerk to place the letter on the agenda for the council meeting on Monday, Feb. 27. The city clerk not only refused my… Read more »