A reflection on what grounds us

By Lynda Shadbolt One thing about a dog is that they love you every morning, whether it is 30 degrees Celsius or negative 30 degrees Celsius. They want your company and are ready to walk…

Request for road repairs

To the Editor, The following is an open letter to the councillors who decide on road repairs:1: Please, don’t overfill potholes during repairs.Unfortunately, road staff consistently overfill potholes with the result that dips become bumps.…

Extend care to health services

To the Editor, Dear friends and neighbours of Haliburton County,The pandemic has been very hard on us all. Concern for our personal health and safety, as well as our loved ones, uncertainty about what lies…

Maintain perspective

By Darren Lum Seeing the snow-covered driveway reduced in size from its uncovered state seen the rest of the year after the past few snowfalls made me think of how much our worlds have diminished.This…

Thank you West G.

To the Editor, The West G Pizza & Grill has sold. I just wanted to thank Becky for her kindness and generosity so often things go unsaid. Becky and her staff hosted community Christmas dinners…

I have a dream

By Darren Lum It’s a matter of when now.Justice will be served. It’s been a long time coming to properly recognize Haliburton’s only Olympian Lesley Tashlin and the area’s first pro football player Taly Williams…

Samadhi

By Lynda Shadbolt I love the end of a yoga class when the instructor invites us to lie down, cover ourselves up, get super comfortable and close our eyes. The final relaxation posture is called…

Harness the power of belief for a better…

By Darren Lum The new year brings optimism.I have a dream when there will be better days ahead.It’s a fitting sentiment for this time in our lives with so much uncertainty.Art Ward, a Rotarian with…

We’ve been here before

To the Editor, I’ve been doing what many others have likely been doing during the pandemic - projects that I’ve been meaning to turn my attention to. One of them is working through a box…

Look for health care answers beyond the continent

To the Editor, I was very impressed this morning reading Darren Lum’s editorial “What’s old is new again.” I think it was very well written and captures the public mood in our community.For weeks I’ve…

What’s old is new again

By Darren Lum Whatever the new normal will be we’re far from it.Omicron and a reactive provincial government instead of a pro-active one has contributed to that.In light of the provincial government’s announcement on Monday…

Grow!

By Lynda Shadbolt Happy New Year to everyone! I am wishing all of you the very best for a healthy and love-filled year!A friend sent me a quote that said 2022 is like a book…

PSS

By Lynda Shadbolt Jim and I live in our home at the end of Riverside where we have been for 31 years. It is our little piece of paradise in the world. We overlook the…

‘Tis the season to show you care

By Darren Lum We’ve all endured and lost so much this year.There’s a strangeness to seeing someone one day and learning about that same person dying not long after. It’s bittersweet to know you were…

Connection is the strength we all need

By Darren Lum As the winds wailed outside the Club Room at the Royal Canadian Legion in Haliburton, Essonville Hank belted out a tune of his own making about life here in Haliburton. He was…

We’re in this together

By Darren Lum The heated debate at Haliburton County council recently regarding vaccinations is a clear indication the province needs to take charge when it comes to vaccination mandates.We’ve seen the past few years how…

The Light

By Lynda Shadbolt I’ve been taking a course with Robert Holden and Caroline Myss that is about this holy season of light that we are in right now. Every year at this time there are…

Pave paradise, put a parking lot

To the Editor, Canada has a housing shortage. But, it should not be resolved by destroying our natural and essential environment. When the goal of profit overrides the necessity of preservation nothing is ultimately winning.…

Looking for kind strangers

To the Editor, We are searching for the two kind gentlemen in a white pickup truck that stopped to see if we were OK on Saturday, Nov. 20 around 1 p.m. on County Road 21…

No introduction needed

Readers may have noticed a few changes at the papers lately, most notably here on the editorial page. As of last Monday, I am the “new” editor of the Haliburton County Echo and County Life.…