Archive for the ‘Viewpoint’ Category

  • Will taxes balloon or swoon?

    Jan 9, 14 • 477 Views • Feature Story, ViewpointNo Comments

    Local residents will soon know how seriously their elected officials are taking concerns about tax rates and municipal spending. Chatham-Kent’s base budget (with a 1.3% increase built-in) will be presented next Tuesday. Coun. Michael Bondy’s motion...

  • Economic success in 2014

    Dec 31, 13 • 408 Views • Feature Story, ViewpointNo Comments

    It’s the natural state of things that people and organizations take stock at the beginning of a new year and make plans and wishes for the next 12 months. With that in mind, here are a few things (in no particular order) we’d like to see for our...

  • Drive-thru etiquette, Jim Blake style

    Dec 30, 13 • 1605 Views • Feature Story, Viewpoint9 Comments

    The drive-thru has become a staple of Canadian life. Whether it’s for the morning jolt of java, the burger on the go, the late-night snack or something else, we all use them. Having said that, there are those people who day-after-freaking-day, just don’t...

  • Perfection lies within

    Dec 24, 13 • 376 Views • Feature Story, ViewpointNo Comments

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Chatham’s (England) Charles Dickens used that phrase to begin “A tale of Two Cities” more than 150 years ago but he just as easily could have been speaking about the celebration of Christmas in...

  • Change or perish

    Dec 18, 13 • 493 Views • Feature Story, ViewpointNo Comments

    The latest in a seemingly never-ending series of scandals landed on the desk of Premier Kathleen Wynne last week with the news that Ontario Power Generation management is rife with incompetence and a sense of entitlement. Three top executives were fired in...

  • It’s an amazing time of the year

    Dec 12, 13 • 420 Views • Feature Story, ViewpointNo Comments

    We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: this is one amazing community. Last week alone, we had en eight year-old making bracelets to raise funds for Philippine disaster relief, the Blenheim Youth Centre making and decorating stockings for the Chatham...

  • Good with the bad

    Dec 4, 13 • 484 Views • Feature Story, Viewpoint1 Comment

    While we’ve had our share of bad economic news lately, there are also positives. Innovative Hydrogen Solutions of Toronto will have its hydrogen injection systems produced inside the Cross Country Trailers facility in Blenheim, a deal that could lead to...

  • The right thing to do

    Nov 27, 13 • 584 Views • Feature Story, ViewpointNo Comments

    Chatham-Kent council’s decision Monday to approve funding for a proposed hospice is an example of democracy in action. It was messy, occasionally loud, and wandered off base at times, but in the end, West Kent Coun. Brian King’s sentiment that “it’s...

  • Too important to fail?

    Nov 20, 13 • 547 Views • Feature Story, ViewpointNo Comments

    “Too Big to Fail” was a book and later a movie about how the American government bailed out U.S. banks because not to do so would have caused even more damage to the economy. Last week’s closure of Heinz in Leamington and dismantling of Sydenham...

  • Nothing average about average

    Nov 13, 13 • 404 Views • ViewpointNo Comments

    There are times we may be tempted to look at all of the issues in the world, shrug and develop a “What can I do?” attitude. Some recent Chatham Voice stories show that regardless of the situation you find yourself in, you can make a difference. This...