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View Room Comments for Saturday, Jan. 11 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014   by: The Soap BoxWelcome to the View Room. This editorial feature is for you to post comments. To comment on a specific news story please post your comment directly under the news story.
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nanag 1/11/2014 2:23:13 AM Report

Shhh everybody must be sleeping shhh
Mark Brown 1/11/2014 5:38:46 AM Report

Hi nana,

Okay, I'm whispering...

It seems to me that Harper is using the fact that we have a huge debt and a big deficit to CUT SERVICES.

Oops... sorry about the caps nana :(

I mean life is already all but unaffordable for the average Canadian without Harper slashing the number of jobs at the Postal Service, and consolidating people's jobs out of existence.

There is a crisis in youth employment as Mark Barsanti pointed out to City Council last week, but it's not only in Sault Ste. Marie that youth unemployment is in crisis mode it's a crisis throughout the country.

Still Harper seems fixated on eliminating Public Service jobs. And what for? There is absolutely no evidence on the face of the earth that says that if you improve a country's economy by cutting the number of people who work in the Public Service that life will get better for the people of that country.


Clearly Prime Minister Harper values the Canadian Economy more than he values the people of Canada.

Sincerely and Respectfully,
Mark Brown
Grump 1/11/2014 7:37:02 AM Report

Mark I partially agree but Harper is as much responsible for the poor economy as circumstances are.
Grump 1/11/2014 7:39:43 AM Report

Good morning everyone, time to rise and shine. Nice to get some milder weather for a change. Have a great day all.
Bobby Nerves 1/11/2014 7:43:07 AM Report

It is great to see how the snow removal work is taking place, the streets are all clear, the snow piled up and being loaded in trucks to be moved.

Above all, the darn machines are not beeping when on reverse.

This is taxpayers money at work instead of meaningful letters in colorful papers.
Mr. Poster 1/11/2014 7:48:49 AM Report

I have about 2 feet of slush...about to be my driveway...YUCK.
flyhawk25 1/11/2014 9:17:43 AM Report

Another change in the weather. Another power outage in the downtown area.A majority of apartment/condos in this area that depend on elevator service.Businesses.
Second time this winter and fourth in six months.
When this freezes today we should expect more disruptions.
This is simply unacceptable.
Spellchecker 1/11/2014 9:24:12 AM Report

Shakespeare, thank you for once again attempting to drive home the "couldn't care less" lesson but I think it will be a fruitless attempt for the most part. Most people who say it incorrectly couldn't care less about learning to say it properly. They won't bother to think before they type.
Oldie Goldie 1/11/2014 9:32:23 AM Report

Our P.U.C. should learn a little more about Preventative Maintenance and practice it.
It will cost them a little more but it will avoid many of the unscheduled shutdowns that are happening far too often.
Most of their equipment has a shelf life---If the shelf life is nearing it's end then replace it before it fails.

Our Steelworks uses this plan regularly and many shutdowns are prevented. Shutdowns in Industry cause huge losses of money.

Shutdowns in businesses cost money- loss but P.U.C. Shutdowns only cause inconveniences for Customers and Money-losses for other businesses not the P.U.C. so they don't appear to care much about the customers.
flyhawk25 1/11/2014 9:36:57 AM Report

OG...why should they?
Who is the competition and what recourse do customers have?
Mark Brown 1/11/2014 10:10:50 AM Report

Exactly Oldie Goldie and flyhawk25!

The PUC Board of Directors doesn't seem to understand that their customers are the people who use the electricity and drink the water they distribute. For some strange reason the PUC Board of Directors thinks that their only customer is the shareholder? The company owner?

I sure wish I had a business where I always got good, built-in annual return$ on my operation$, and I didn't have to worry too much about providing reliable service to my customers because my customers had nowhere else to go.


Maybe if the PUC Board of Directors treated the PUC like a real business... one that respected its customers... then PUC workers wouldn't have to take all the flak from customers about too many blackouts, and ongoing brown, stinky, foul tasting water.

The PUC Board of Directors may have no respect for us customers, but they should at least have a little respect for the hard-working PUC employees who have to deal with the daily fallout from unhappy customers because of the Board's ill-advised, shareholder-focused decisions.

Come on PUC Board of Directors... start thinking about your workers and customers... spend the money to fix these problems.

Sincerely and Respectfully,
Mark Brown
Wild Turkey 1/11/2014 10:42:10 AM Report

Flyhawk----get a hold of Premier Winner---she will send you a $50 gift card from Rome's just for the asking(L.O.L.)
Zing 1/11/2014 11:13:14 AM Report

When we get the January thaw, my snowblower tends to dig up gravel from the driveway and spit it onto the lawn. The car sinks down and gets stuck too, but it is better than -35 windchill.

soowat 1/11/2014 11:17:35 AM Report

The following report from the Fraser institute makes for interesting reading
BIG BROTHER 1/11/2014 11:41:22 AM Report

The Fraser Institute is as unbiased as the USWA. The FI is comprised of wannabee Tea Partyers.

Good article though. I especially enjoy reading the follow-up comments.
Bobby Nerves 1/11/2014 2:13:00 PM Report

Fly, now that the Hospital is no longer there... be prepared for real life.

We are in downtown and hardly have any problem with the power... I can't remember the last time it happens, our sidewalks and streets were all clean at seven in the morning and around 10.00 AM the small machine with the plow pushed all slushy snow off the sidewalks... ooops, here they are again at it, right now the machine is delivering sand an salt.

Each time I think about the people in Australia trying to make themselves comfortable with 50 degrees Celsius, I think I'm a privileged citizen... and take notice; I'm comparing here to a well advanced country, and even the people in St. Jo island are in superb shape compared with Australian millionaires.

flyhawk25 1/11/2014 2:16:58 PM Report

Difficult theory to prove but it does seem that that area of the city is no longer a priority.
And down on St. Joe where I am in the summer we have one power line in and get better service than here in town.
Just Curious 1/11/2014 3:21:05 PM Report

Just walked to the mall and back and have been out 4 times walking the dogs and let me tell you, the sidewalks are freaking terrible. The only ones cleaned are along the main streets and they are no hell. The sidewalk buggies should be out clearing this crap while it's soft, not waiting until it's froze rock-solid again. Most of the side street walks are totally impassible due to the driveway cleaning effort and the walk plows are nowhere to be seen. The last one by my place drove down the street instead of plowing the walk. Seems like if these guys can't go flat-out down the walk, it's too tough to do...
mallet 1/11/2014 4:58:30 PM Report


We have the same along Haviland Shore Drive, however many years ago when they first put the line in they GLP put the lines on peoples property, just far enough away they only needed one pole. This is where our problem comes in they cannot cut the trees that are a danger to the line without the property owner permission except when the tree breaks and lands on the line. Kind of the situation with the PUC they are re-active rather than pro-active. When Asplund was brushing out the line here they asked if I would let them take a tree that if the branches broke would take the lines down, I said I will get the chainsaw, they said no problem and took it, leaving me the wood. I have lots more trees that will not have a problem if the come down due to wind, storm or other reason... Perhaps if people took that view there would be less outages...
Oldie Goldie 1/11/2014 5:35:22 PM Report

What is the matter---Just Curious---couldn't walk thru the slush to get your mail ?
Try walking thru that with a Walker or a Wheelchair.

To-day's Toronto Star is reporting an apology from Deepak Chopra--the spokesman for Canada Post---for a million people who did not get their mail in the Toronto area for over a week and it wasn't because of the weather.

Hmm--Let's see==wasn't Deepak Chopra a former Conservative M.P. who was given the cushy job with Canada Post ?

By the way--J.C.--you may not think that the mail is important but Harper ordered a stoppage to the last Postal Workers Strike by claiming that Mail is a NECESSITY.

Also J.C.---It is nearing Income Tax time---How do you get your statements like R.R.S.P.--R.R.I.F.--Taxes paid and O.A.S. and C.P.P. statements to file your taxes and how does the Revenue Department let you know if your statements are correct or require some changes----Of course by MAIL !
Bobby Nerves 1/11/2014 5:47:06 PM Report

Fly, multi storey buildings are divided in high and low rise. In some, a stand by system is mandatory by the Building Code, therefore a generator should be installed in the building, capable of maintaining one elevator running in emergency and the fire alarm system, which includes the PA and emergency lighting but is not limited to. I believe it's not the low rise scenario.

I used to climb 24 storeys to the elevator room each time the brake switch was jammed when running on emergency. East York had a period of time when blackouts where every day events and it did happen just when I was there.

When it comes to service, I don't know if you have ever traveled farther than Sr. Jo Island, but -take no offense in what I'll say- there is a world out there where people install the toilette in the living room and many have to walk kilometers to obtain potable water and carry the backets over their heads.

We have to be realistic, those in charge of our health and safety are doing a superb job... while in the field of Education, I rather you talk about it because you have some knowledge, but if I have to judge for the results, the Educators standard are at the same height than our Judiciary.

Please, take no offense.
Bobby Nerves 1/11/2014 5:55:38 PM Report

Here is a good one:
A child got on the school bus today wearing a T-shirt with the slogan
"Proud to be a Trudeau Liberal"

The bus driver asked why he was a Liberal and the kid said "Because my parents are Liberals"

"So," said the bus driver, "What if your parents were lying, biblethumping, perverted hypocrites? Then what?"

The kid replied: "Then we'd be Progressive Conservatives"
Just Curious 1/11/2014 6:49:37 PM Report

Oldie, don't start using me for target practice as you may not like what you get back. I resisted the urge to go after you on Mac's column today as it is his column, not a place for a free for all. I told you the other day I don't really give a damn one way or the other about mail delivery in and of itself, only the cost of an out of date service. The statement I was making about the sidewalks concerned walking my dogs, which I do every 2/3 hours all day long. I probably walk farther in a day than you do in a week. The condition of the sidewalks at the moment is deplorable and I don't care who is using them or for what purpose. I don't care for a second why Harper ordered an end to the postal strike, again, as it didn't affect me(See, Spelly, I can get it right), but these guys get paid way more than they are worth anyway in most cases and should have no reason to go on strike.. By the way, you do realize this is Saturday and there is no mail.. LOL. I don't care who Harper appoints to run the Post Office and I also don't care if it gets privatised, it would be the best thing that could happen to it anyway. And as far as tax papers and such, without the post office they would get to you anyway. Trust me, the tax man will find you. Mine all come to my accountant before I ever get a letter about it and the information is always available on my Service Canada page. And by the way, as I was walking the mutts the other day, I noticed the mail person had developed her own way of dropping off the flyers when the walks weren't cleared. She was just sticking them into the snowbanks in front of the houses. You want to bitch and complain about the PO have at it, just don't keep bringing me into it. I have stated how I feel about it and have no control over how it will all work out. Nanag probably said it best. People get thru hell or high water to buy smokes or booze or drugs but bitch about the mail not being dropped into their hands. There is nothing coming by mail that can't wait a week to get picked up. Hell, look at Wicket; she mailed stuff before Xmas that didn't get delivered until a few days ago. Nobody got hurt(other than feelings)and in the end, a day or two means nothing. Most things in life in the end mean nothing. Now leave me be, I have had a serious happening in my circle of friends and have no patience to deal with you on this subject at this time...
nanag 1/11/2014 11:36:36 PM Report

Dearly Beloved We are NOT gathered here...where is everybody? (sigh) Saturday night .. I guess my invite to the party got lost (dare I say in the mail) bahahahahh.. bahahahahh.. bahahahahh.. wow that's quite the echo echo echo
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