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Time to stand up to the Amer­i­can bully

The re­cent dec­la­ra­tion by Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump that Canada is a “se­cu­rity risk” and that this dec­la­ra­tion is be­ing used to jus­tify tar­iffs on steel and alu­minum is in­sult­ing to Canada.

What should make it dou­bly con­cern­ing is that Trump made this state­ment so close to the an­niver­sary of the D-Day in­va­sion, a day on which Amer­i­can, Bri­tish and Cana­dian soldiers fought and died side-by-side on the beaches of north­ern France.

We can­not let this in­sult to our na­tional pride go unan­swered.

But what can the lit­tle guy do?

Stop buy­ing Amer­i­can-made goods. Take an ex­tra sec­ond or two at the grocery store to read the la­bel and put back on the shelf any prod­uct that says, “Made in the U.S.A.”

Sure, it may take a lit­tle longer to shop, and we have to do with­out some things.

But the re­spect and hon­our that those soldiers from June 6, 1944, de­serve out­weighs any com­plaint we may ex­press at how in­con­ve­nient it is to stand up to this bully.

Larry New­ton


Sushi the cat’s res­cuers praised

I feel the need to commend the staff of Lin­coln County Hu­mane So­ci­ety and fire Capt. Ed­ward Dy­wan and his team for go­ing above and beyond.

As I was clean­ing June 9 at about 4 p.m., I had my vent cov­ers off and my one-yearold cat Sushi climbed down the vent and got stuck in the duct work.

She was cry­ing and couldn’t re­verse to come back out.

I phoned LCHS and Jor­dan ar­rived and ad­vised me to call the fire depart­ment, which would have proper tools for the res­cue.

Sushi was cry­ing, want­ing out.

When they ar­rived Sushi had made it through the duct­work and was down­stairs in the duct­work un­der the stairs.

The duct was re­moved and a fire­fighter saw her and grabbed her.

Nei­ther LCHS nor Capt. Dy­wan have ever re­sponded to a call of this na­ture.

All in­volved went above and beyond for a kit­ten. I felt recog­ni­tion for both par­ties is def­i­nitely due.

Gail Wa­ters

St. Catharines

Portage Road worse than Drum­mond Road


I read with in­ter­est Ray Spi­teri’s ar­ti­cle nam­ing Drum­mond Road the worst in Ni­a­gara, but I would strongly sug­gest that Portage Road be­tween Mor­ri­son Street and Thorold Stone Road is even worse.

Any­one trav­el­ling this stretch of road I am sure would agree (10 times worse than Drum­mond) … mostly caused by trans­port trucks and the 15 or so school buses that travel back and forth two to three times a day … a heavy toll on this area.

I don’t un­der­stand why this par­tic­u­lar part of Portage Road has never been men­tioned be­fore as “a worst Ni­a­gara road.”

Jim Hed­den

Ni­a­gara Falls

Elec­tion-day note shows de­cency still ex­ists

While vot­ing last Thurs­day, I saw a note un­der­neath the wiper of a car be­side us in park­ing lot at the polling sta­tion.

In this era of cyn­i­cism and in­dif­fer­ence to the plight of oth­ers, I had half ex­pected some snarky or­der for the owner to move his car or be towed.

But that is not how the note read.

In­stead some­one had writ­ten, “Your front driver side tire is flat. I tried to put air in it but it will not in­flate. Please be care­ful and get this fixed. God bless.”

When bul­ly­ing, greed and cor­rup­tion seem to dom­i­nate our news and char­ac­ter­ize too many po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic lead­ers, it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that de­cency and car­ing is still there, in peo­ple’s hearts — and on peo­ple’s wind­shields.

As a friend wrote me when I told him about this in­ci­dent, “St. Catharines is a com­pas­sion­ate com­mu­nity, and com­pas­sion is built on kind ac­tion, not rhetoric and chest thump­ing.”

Amen to that.

Don Sawyer

St. Catharines

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