En­ergy, fi­nances and the Christmas spirit

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - COMMUNITY CALENDAR - KEITH ASHLEY kash­ley1940@hot­mail.com

It is amaz­ing how the mind works. I had two items that I wanted to write about this week, but after a Sun­day church ser­vice I thought I bet­ter keep with the Christmas spirit.

The first item was go­ing to be about some de­tails in the fine writ­ing by Monte Sonnenberg about the de­mo­li­tion go­ing on at the for­mer Nanticoke Gen­er­at­ing Sta­tion prop­erty.

Monte men­tioned the end re­sult will be a new so­lar en­ergy de­vel­op­ment. First thing that came to mind was the fact that On­tario already has the ca­pac­ity to over-pro­duce elec­tri­cal en­ergy. I was think­ing that the coal plant pro­duced megawatts of en­ergy at 3 to 5 cents per unit. To pro­duce so­lar en­ergy all we need is the sun and there is no cost. Once in­stalled there is min­i­mum wages and min­i­mum main­te­nance. Yet the cost per unit is sig­nif­i­cantly higher.

Not sure how this is pos­si­ble if the pro­vin­cial govern­ment is look­ing out for the fi­nan­cial well be­ing of the peo­ple it serves. But that is a dis­cus­sion for an­other day.

Se­condly, I was go­ing to ask why the phones at the trea­surer’s of­fice in town hall are not ring­ing off hook. We learned $70 mil­lion of our money (not coun­cil’s) yielded about one-half of one per cent for the last 12 months. My savings ac­count ac­tu­ally yielded more. My wife’s mea­gre in­vest­ments yielded about 7 per cent over the last year. Nor­folk Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion was about the same. The Dio­cese of Huron guar­an­tees an an­nual yield on in­vest­ments of 4 per cent. Who is look­ing after Nor­folk’s fi­nan­cial in­vest­ments?

But, as I said, I am not go­ing to write about those and in­stead I am go­ing to write about some­thing more rel­e­vant to the sea­son.

It is time to be ex­tra vigilant about your driving. This is the time for Christmas par­ties or just cel­e­brat­ing with friends. Have a plan to get to where you are go­ing and how you are get­ting home. We all want to have a Merry Christmas and ev­ery year ac­ci­dents hap­pen be­cause of im­pair­ment. As the ads on TV say, “If you drink, don’t drive”.

It is also the time of the year to make a plan to make Christmas a lit­tle bet­ter for those less for­tu­nate. There are a zil­lion things we can do. Just look at the news and you will see peo­ple in all parts of the world who can use a lit­tle hope. We can all can do some­thing about that.

This Christmas when all your shop­ping is done, plan on one more gift, whether it is a fi­nan­cial do­na­tion, a new win­ter coat for some­one in need, or buy­ing a goat for a fam­ily in a de­vel­op­ing coun­try.

Let us all share our good for­tune with some­one less for­tu­nate.

Just one fi­nal thought: to the many work­ers and vol­un­teers that make our parks so beau­ti­ful at this time of the year - thank you!

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