Rebuild of the Sarnia Sting will continue next season
Sir: Another season of Sarnia Sting hockey has come to an end.
It began with player injuries and suspensions, and Sarnia went 0-7 to start the year. Then the Sting won eight of the next 10 games and things started looking good.
But there were more injuries and suspensions, and some players were traded for future draft picks.
This left the door open for the rookies to get some ice time, and finally in February the Sting started putting some pucks in the net.
The Sting finished last in the Western Division. So the rebuild continues.
Gone next year will be Sean Josling, Ryan McGregor and Kelton Hatcher, and looks like Sarnia could get the third pick overall later this year.
A special thank you to all the Sting coaches and staff. We’ll see you again next year.
Scooping poop is the leashed owners can do
Sir: I would like to comment on all the dog owners who walk their dogs through Newton Park and don’t have the decency to pick up after them.
I walk through that park every day with my dog and have to watch every step taken.
Kids play there, and people enjoy the park. If you have a dog, be responsible and pick up after it.
My next car will be electric
Sir: 400,601. That’s the current mileage on my van, and though it’s been reliable I know its time is running out.
So I’ve been researching what our next vehicle should be and have come to a conclusion: it has to be an electric vehicle, or EV.
Compared to gasoline-powered cars with an internal combustion engine, EVs are more reliable. Why? Because they have fewer parts that break down. They don’t have a massive engine with hundreds of moving parts, don’t need oil changes, and require far less maintenance.
It’s also easy to charge your vehicle at home. While a gas vehicle must be driven to a gas station, you can recharge overnight at home while you sleep for eight hours and be ready to go in the morning.
Most people drive in the city, relatively close to home. For the average commute, an EV will get you where you need to go and back on a daily basis.
And there are reasonably priced vehicles. We will probably buy a secondhand one, with cars available for under $20,000.
There are also government credits towards the purchase of an electric vehicle. We can apply for a federal credit of $2,000, which isn’t much but it helps.
What’s more, pollution stinks. The fact one can “idle” without spewing pollutants into the air is one of the perks of an EV. Because, you know: climate change. Electric vehicles can help move us from our dependence on fossil fuels, and that’s a good thing for all.
Finally, there’s the cost savings of electricity versus gas. Paying a tenth of the price of gasoline to charge my vehicle is very attractive.
No emissions, government credits, low prices, easy to charge, low electricity costs, and low maintenance costs. For these reasons, buying an EV makes a lot of sense.
I’m convinced and excited. What do others think?
Scotiabank anniversary story brought back memories
Sir: Regarded your Feb. 27 story, “Bank marking 100 years of service in downtown Sarnia.
I recall joining the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1959 as a ‘junior’ with an annual salary of $1,800.
There were three of us, all young fellows and all training at the telling counter. The manager was a Mr. Baldock with a staff of about 10 or so.
After many transfers I retired in Fergus Ont. in 1996.
I enjoyed my career and all the great staff members and customers I met along the way.
I would gladly do it all over again!