Week of April 20

People should have been consulted on voting system change Sir: With regard to the City of Sarnia recently awarding a telephone and Internet voting contract, four-time mayoral candidate Carlos Murray suggested this concept some 20 years ago. He wanted “every citizen to vote on council issues” and his proposal was “through electronic voting allowing people… Read more »

Trio of Sarnians helped Canada win wartime ‘Tea Bowl’

Tom Slater One wet winter evening in 1944 Canadian Major Dennis Whitaker, a former CFL quarterback, found himself sitting in an English pub beside a U.S. Special Services lieutenant. The conversation turned to football and the American told Whitaker he’d been sent enough equipment from the States to field six football teams. Several rounds later,… Read more »

Letters, week of April 13

Life lessons learned on the basketball court Sir: Thank you so very much for the article and photos in the March 30th edition about the absolutely awesome basketball program that just wrapped up. The Sarnia Evangelical Missionary Church, Bluewater Baptist Church and Paterson Memorial Presbyterian Church operate the program, called Upwards Basketball. Our granddaughter Mya… Read more »

OPINION: Finding the right words hard when someone grieves

Matt Barnes “I know exactly what you’re going through.” “It’s been a year. You should be over it by now.” “They’re in a better place.” “I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes.” Those are just a few of the responses people in our weekly ‘Walking with Grief’ group have heard after losing a loved… Read more »

OPINION: City’s aviation industry nurtured by Port Huron man

Phil Egan While reviewing a mass of historical research documents recently a story caught my eye. “Describes Beachhead,” The Observer story was entitled. “Ensign John Blunt at Rotary Club” It described a Dec. 5, 1943 presentation delivered to the Sarnia Rotary Club at the Vendome Hotel by Ensign Blunt, a U.S. Navy Seabee. The “Fighting… Read more »

Letters, week of April 6

Doctor responds with facts about use of methadone clinics Sir: Re: the March 23 letter “Methadone clinics used to segregate addicts from others.” Mr. Roach must believe he has some expertise given he feels qualified to “set the record straight” about methadone clinics. We are told he knows one person with opioid use disorder (OUD)… Read more »

Tarzanland: “Aaaaaah Aaaaaaaah AaAaAa aaaaaaaah!”

Tom St. Amand In an online review of Canatara one tourist has noted that the park’s best-kept secret is a wooded area “locals have fondly nicknamed ‘Tarzan Land.’ Certainly, the 22-acre woodlot is no secret to Sarnians but how it came to be called Tarzanland more than 70 years ago is a bit of a… Read more »

Week of March 30

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 »