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Letters: week of Aug. 1

Cyclist’s friendly gesture made walk pleasant Sir: We are daily walkers along the waterfront in Point Edward. On one of our walks, a friendly bicycler said, “Passing on the left.
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Cyclist’s friendly gesture made walk pleasant

Sir: We are daily walkers along the waterfront in Point Edward.

On one of our walks, a friendly bicycler said, “Passing on the left.”

This is so appreciated, as we should all be able to share our beautiful waterfront SAFELY!

Hopefully, other cyclists will follow this friendly gesture.

Barb and Jim Boyes

Point Edward


Medical care received was professional and exemplary

Sir: Recently I was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

The ambulance crew from Lambton EMS and Sarnia Fire Rescue got me under control and off to the hospital — five young people who were very well trained, courteous and professional.

When I got to the emergency triage, once again, very professional young doctors and nurses worked on me, got me cared for, and off to my room for a week.

Several doctors specializing in various fields got me back to where I could be discharged, probably saving my life.

My hat goes off to all of the talented medical professionals involved. I have a new outlook on the care given by Bluewater Health.

Thank you, all.

William J. Douglas



Bob Bailey’s plan to merge public health units a bad idea

Sir: Regarding the July 18 story about Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey urging Lambton Public Health to merge with its counterpart in Chatham-Kent.

What is that man thinking? Just look at what the merger of the Lambton and Chatham-Kent public school boards has done for SCITS and St. Clair high school.

That debacle is costing us in Sarnia-Lambton, with delays and unneeded work.

St. Clair should have been used as a much-needed elementary School for the area, incorporating Confederation Central School.

What’s it been, two and a half years that the students from St. Clair have enjoyed attending SCITS, the best high school in all of Ontario!

John McBean



Public not adequately informed about train tunnel derailment

Sir: Mayor Mike Bradley told the Sarnia Observer earlier this month the CNR derailment was a “good test” of the Sarnia emergency response team.

I am glad all of the parties concerned got together quickly and shared their thoughts and ideas on how to handle this very serious situation, but I think the general public was not informed very well.

I live about five minutes from the tunnel and on that day I was in Sarnia all day. I had CHOK on my car radio but never heard a word about the derailment.

I was watching the news headlines on CP24 TV that evening about 10:30 p.m. and a headline came across, "Train derailment in tunnel between Sarnia, ON and Port Huron MI. I was shocked, as I had not heard anything about the derailment all day. It happened about 4:30 a.m. — about 18 hours earlier.

Sarnia was lucky no tanker cars were loaded with gasoline. If there were, there would have been no need for July 1 fireworks.

I spoke to several people after the derailment and many didn’t know about the derailment, even then. Some didn’t know CN had a tunnel under the St. Clair River.

Hopefully, there is never another train derailment in Sarnia, but if it does happen, the general public must be notified in a better fashion.

Ken Moore



Questioning the need for more police officers

Sir: I am responded to the article, “City police say four more officers needed to cut stress (July 4).

Sarnia Police is reducing some of its services, so why would they want more officers to do less work?

The job of the police is to enforce the law, rounding up anarchists, combatants and other law-breakers. Every job has its share of stress, so what do police want?

For most police forces in Canada, most of their budget goes to salary and benefits, leaving little money for anything else.

Every other industry has to work within the confines of its budget.

Jeff Williams


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