Opinion: Hospital needs a language detox

George Mathewson The late, great comedian George Carlin was adept at skewering the way bureaucrats and marketers use weasel words to “soften” the language. During the First World War, for example, a soldier stressed to the breaking point by combat horror would return suffering a condition called “shell shock.” By the Second World War “shell… Read more »

Letters, week of April 30

Senate is a waste of money Sir: Canadian taxpayers who fork out $100 million a year for the Senate are finding out about this bunch of political hacks. After 150 years since the Senate’s creation, they still don’t have a fixed system of rules, laws and regulations. In 150 years these adults have been incapable… Read more »

Guest Column: Historical men behaving badly

Randy Evans While conducting research at the Sarnia Library recently I came across a trio of stories from Sarnia-Lambton’s colourful past and thought readers might enjoy them. 1 – Auchtung the Kaiser: In 1916 Canada asked U.S. authorities to extradite one Albert C. Kaltschmidt of Detroit to stand charges that, as a German agent, he… Read more »

Message to Sarnia: Resistance is futile

George Mathewson Canada Post told Sarnia last week that door-to-door mail delivery is an expensive luxury that must be reabsorbed into the Collective and replaced with community mailboxes a.s.a.p. WE ARE THE POST YOUR SERVICE WILL BE ASSIMILATED RESISTANCE IS FUTILE Speaking at city hall, the delegation from the Crown Corporation told flummoxed city councillors… Read more »

Letters, week of April 23

Sex-ed curriculum a hot topic                        Sir: It appears the Ontario Liberal Party, via Premier Kathleen Wynne, will this fall put into motion the new Sexual Education Curriculum, which is really a re-introduction of the one from 2010. At that time it opened a can of worms, and five years haven’t changed the thinking of many… Read more »

OPINION: A glimpse of early pioneer life in Sarnia

George Mathewson In the year 1827 an intrepid 16-year-old named Freeman Talbot disembarked at “The Rapids” as part of a survey team tasked with plotting out the future Sarnia and Moore Townships. Over the next five months, Talbot explored the dense and unbroken hardwood forest fronting the St. Clair River, blazing trees, wading across streams… Read more »

Letters, week of April 16

I’ll love you tomorrow A few years ago I was driving through the city and had to stop for a school bus letting a passenger off. It was one of those smaller ones used for students with a disability. The driver helped a young boy in a wheelchair off the bus and handed him over… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Pet project to solve a taxing problem

Sheila Kozmin Like many responsible pet owners I use the services of a veterinarian to keep Kitty and Fido healthy. I have had excellent service from my Sarnia vets. However, the costs can be prohibitive; in the last six months alone I have spent almost $700 for my cat’s check-up, shots, blood work, medications and… Read more »

OPINION: City hospital’s reputation is outdated

George Mathewson Whenever Sarnians get together and the talk turns to health there’s a good chance someone will trot out a horror story about Bluewater Health. A common malady misdiagnosed, a loved one left on a hallway bed, a misprescribed med. “If you want good treatment you gotta go to London,” is practically a mantra… Read more »