Crying wolf? Photo stirs up debate
The Editor, I was sad to see your “Beware of Wolves” article/photo posted smack on the front page last week.
It’s exactly this sort of thing that leads to irrational fear of these beautiful animals, animals that will do anything in their power to stay as far away from humans as physically possible.
Yes, there are wolves in Glengarry, there always have been. What’s shocking is that a wolf has actually managed to survive here!
They have been hunted mercilessly, mostly for sport. It is always open season for our local coyotes and wolves, they are no longer even granted the respect of being left alone while raising their babies anymore. They’re deemed nothing more than vermin, and have lost their right to live here. What a shame.
Lori Cote, Williamstown
Nature fools the uninformed
The Editor, The March 18, 2015 front page picture and story purporting that there are “wolves” in the area, despite the Ministry of Natural Resources, and knowledgeable wildlife enthusiasts, saying there are not, may not be a hoax but a trick is being played on anyone who saw the footprints and believed them. And the trick was played by Mother Nature herself! This time of year, and even despite the daytime temperature, the sun’s rays are warm and melt the edges of any snow print no matter what left it. Even in the photo, one can see the wet bottom of the print! To get the true size one has to come across the print very soon after it is left or the melting edges leave a much large than reality print in an hour or so. Try it yourself. Walk in the snow on a sunny day and after a couple of hours it will look as if a 10-foot man trod there!
Now, after this “big, bad wolf” scam, our area has been pinpointed as next winter’s prime “wolf”‘ hunting target by every hound owning, gun toting “wolf” hunter out there. These are the guys who manage to legally set hounds loose on private property to spook livestock and magically are able to shoot coyotes without firing from road right of ways or, again, private properties.
Next time something doesn’t seem possible, use your head, believe the experts and think before running to the papers and setting off the vicious circle again.
Angela Dorie, Williamstown
More guns, lower taxes
The Editor, Stephen Harper recently expressed the belief that rural residents needed firearms to protect themselves from intruders during the extended time it would take the police, once called, to arrive at the scene.
Carrying this argument to its logical conclusion, if rural residents were to have a variety of weapons at their disposal there would be no need for the police to be called in the first place.
Under the circumstances, any potential intruder would be well advised to go nowhere near an isolated home; moreover, the comfort derived from such security would in time lead to its being adopted in more populated areas.
As a result, the role of the police in our society would be gradually diminished, with a corresponding reduction in property taxes.
Accompanied by an increase in jobs in both the armaments and funeral industries, this process could prove to be a sizeable economic benefit for everyone, except, of course, the intruders. Suffice it to say at this stage that life has suddenly become filled with many unknowns, many dangers.
Not least of which, for Mr Harper, at any rate, is the distinct possibility that his party will not be returned to power later this year.
The question thus becomes: will he be able to shoot his way to safety?
Gavin Scott, Dalkeith
Let me decide how to spend my money
The Editor, Being insured by the Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, prior to the merger, the Glengarry Mutual Insurance Company, for many years, I received a notice of the annual general meeting which was held March 23.
While the Glengarry Mutual Insurance Company has been consistently profitable from year to year, I never received any dividend. I never got an explanation for the reason.
To quote the notice I received, “when you buy a policy, you become an owning member. Last year, our C.A.R.E. (Create a Ripple Effect) Committee gave over $400,000 to local charities.”
That is very nice. However, as an owning member I still have no voice in any decision-making process. If I want to contribute to charity, it should be my decision and not someone else’s making use of my money.
To conclude, in my opinion the grandstanding of $400,000 does not benefit owning members in any way.
Louis Loczy, Dalkeith
Melt leaves false impressions
Role of police will be greatly diminished