GUEST COLUMN: Elders deserve our respect, not abuse

Michael Eshkibok Some people aren’t sure what constitutes elder abuse. Elder abuse is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, that occurs in a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, and which causes harm or distress to an older person. Elder abuse can come in different forms and can be… Read more »

Letters, week of July 9

Mother defends sheltered workshop Sir: Regarding the article in The Journal about employing people with disabilities for a low wage. My son works at Wawanosh Enterprises and doesn’t care about the wages. He loves his job and the people he works with. He works in the gasket department and is great at what he does. Don… Read more »

OPINION: Ode to the French fry

George Mathewson I once had a T-shirt that championed the benefits of canned vegetable month. But since learning there’s also a National French Fry Day, I have switched causes. How did I not know this before? I love French fries. Straight or curly or crinkle-cut, sprinkled with salt and catsup on the side, or smothered… Read more »

Letters, week of July 2

Wedding ceremony was marred by thieves Sir: On Saturday, June 20, at the pavilion by the Canatara Park Animal Farm, a beautiful wedding ceremony ended with the best man’s wife returning to their vehicle to find a window smashed out and her purse missing. The thieves got away with all her ID, credit cards, and… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Incredible dispatcher went above and beyond

Trina Smith There is a hidden gem in Sarnia’s midst and not many people appreciate it. I do and here is why. A number of years ago, our son was struggling with depression, a mental illness that many people don’t understand. Even with medical and family support, my son was suffering and didn’t know how… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Vaccination tracking system is deeply flawed

Susan Roberts Recently I encountered a woman who needed to enrol her daughter in a day-care program. The centre, like a school, requires parents to provide up-to-date vaccination cards for the child being admitted. But the mother told me: “I just went out into the car, dated and check-marked all the necessary vaccines, and walked… Read more »

Letters, week of June 25

Nix the costly health study Sir:  Re: The story called ‘Death Valley?’ of June 11, 2015 According to the article, Councillor Anne Marie Gillis and her committee still plan to seek federal funds (up to $4.8million) for a local study, despite the fact most of the questions central to this study have been, or will be, answered in the… Read more »