Letters: week of March 7

Seniors “Handyman” program could close unless funding found

Sir: As of March 31, the United Way will stop funding to the Lambton Seniors Association’s “Handyman” service because the Association will not agree to a financial “Means Test” for seniors who desire its services.

The Lambton Seniors Association consists of retired seniors who are qualified in various areas of expertise. A recipient of services must be 55 years of age or older. Income information is not required.

The association’s Handyman service has been available for 20 years. United Way has funded it for 12 years.

The fee charged to recipients is $12 an hour. The association requires $38,000 a year to operate.

Services will only be provided until the end of October, unless sufficient alternative funding is found. A donation of any amount would be gladly received and a tax-deductible receipt provided.

If you have received services from the Association please, write your local newspapers and the United Way.

I have used these services for 16 years since my husband became ill and then passed away. This association has enabled seniors to stay in their home.

Do not let this association collapse.  Let’s keep it in our community. Sincerely,


Merial Loosemore
Point Edward



Council must obey will of the people and lift mayor’s sanctions

I read with disgust about the delay of removing the sanctions against Mayor Mike Bradley.

I feel, as do so many citizens, that these sanctions should be removed because it is the will of the people. They voted for a transparent government, to use their taxes in the most efficient way.

This matter is not about the mayor, but about the council and the public. The public vote overrides everything and the sanctions must go, regardless of what some lawyer says.

Basically, they should never have been imposed in the first place, a mistake of the overly sensitive former council.

It appears that the collaborating councillors — Burrell, White, Stark, Colquhoun and Vandenberg — are a timid group more concerned about themselves than performing the will of the voting taxpayers.

Council knows full well these sanctions must cease, and the sooner the better.


John Parker



Award Donald Trump the Nobel Peace Prize? I don’t think so

Sir: Lately, U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed the prime minister of Japan nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Last year, I sent a letter to the Nobel nominating committee opposing just such a move after two Norwegian lawmakers also nominated Donald Trump.

I opined that my educational attainment and accomplishments were enough to qualify my opposing opinion, and that Mr. Trump does not deserve the honour of a Nobel Peace Prize because there is no verifiable peace.

North Korea blew up the entrance to the nuclear site, something any good movie director could easily accomplish by strategically placing a few sticks of dynamite. The document signed at the Singapore summit did not show a verifiable denuclearization agreement, and it is a fact that not a single nuclear war warhead and/or missile has been destroyed or de-commissioned.

North Korea can, at any instant, turn around and threaten the world.

In exchange for a useless peace of paper, the U.S. gave up ongoing defensive war exercises to repel an invasion of South Korea. The U.S. might even recall its 30,000-plus troops stationed in South Korea for a little show of blowing up an entranceway, with dust, falling trees and nothing else.

Clearly, Donald Trump and his Secretary of State have been outsmarted and deceived.

I have great respect for the Noble Prize. Although they have made mistakes, such as choosing Barack Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi, I don’t blame them, for no one can foresee the future.

However, to award it to a person who is clearly undeserving of the honour could only be attributed to incompetence and patronization, which is not a character of the Nobel Foundation.

Respectfully yours,


Marcelo B. Villanueva Jr.