Opinion

OPINION: Death by complacency or neglect – take your pick

Phil Nelson I would be the first to admit I was naive enough to believe our country’s leaders were prepared for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. After all, we’d heard numerous times about the lessons learned from SARS, how we were prepared for the next pandemic. Instead, pitifully low supplies of personal protective equipment,… Read more »

Letters to the editor

Arbitrary restrictions like those of a totalitarian regime Sir: Most people had no idea of what it is to live in a controlled totalitarian or communist regime. When we lived in Saudi Arabia in the 1980s, everything was controlled – no alcohol, no Christian activities, no Bibles. Western newspapers were heavily censored by blacking out… Read more »

Week of April 23

Air Canada should refund money taken for cancelled flights Sir: Air Canada is profiting from the COVID-19 crisis. That’s right, they are making money and lots of it. They have cancelled flights, laid off employees, cancelled international and domestic routes, reduced their flight schedules and incurred less and less costs every day, and they’re keeping our money…. Read more »

OPINION: Embracing back-to-home comforts in a stressful time

Plato had it right. Necessity is the mother of invention. The more we’re faced with adversity the more creative we get. So the longer we’re forced to isolate at home, the more innovative we become. Rather than go stir crazy, we’re clearing store shelves of flour and yeast. We’re buying up vegetable seed and ordering topsoil. And… Read more »

OPINION: The Journal going forward, and our strange new normal

George Mathewson Where have you been? We heard that a lot last week after many residents searched in vain for The Journal in the usual mailboxes and stores. Here’s the explanation. Because of the COVID-19 emergency and its devastating impact on our advertisers we have switched from weekly to biweekly publication, at least for the… Read more »

Letters: week of Mar. 26

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… Read more »

Letters: week of Mar. 19

Are county councillors victims of ‘stupid gas? Sir: Many of us have seen those old Batman episodes from the 1960’s TV series where the Commissioner, his police officers and even Batman and Robin get flummoxed by the Joker or the Riddler. After unleashing a noxious gas that renders the protagonists “stupid,” the good guys become… Read more »