A positive spin


The South Grey Bruce Health Centre board is a little slow when it comes to public relations.
Since the physiotherapy department at the Kincardine hospital was being cleaned out last Wednesday, before a decision to proceed with the closing was officially made, it looks as if the board knew all along that it would not change its mind about the physio department.
So why pretend otherwise?

Another thing, doctors in Kincardine still hadn't received official word from the board as of late Thursday. Communication is a good thing.

However, those days of poor public relations are coming to an end. The board is advertising for a communications coordinator to, I am sure, put a "positive spin" on board activities.
We can't afford physio, but we can hire a public relations guy.

Try putting a positive spin on that one.

One of our readers, an airplane buff has a theory on the big bang of three weeks ago.
He believes the bang at 11 p.m., July 31 that shook houses in the area was caused by a U.S. jet breaking the sound barrier, which is a no no. Said pilot is likely on the carpet but the U.S. military isn't going to say anything.

The plane was likely over the middle of the lake when it broke the sound barrier. According to Wikipedia (an internet encyclopedia), a sonic boom is usually heard as a deep double "boom" if the aircraft is some distance away. Many people said they heard two booms on July 31.
Since scientists have ruled out an earthquake or meteor shower, the theory is plausible.

We went for a walk along the lake one of those lovely evenings last week and waited to hear the Phantom Piper. He was indeed a phantom on that particular night - we could neither see nor hear him.

I read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini last week. It gives you a look at Afghanistan over the past 40 years through the eyes of two women.

Life is hard in that country, especially if you are a woman. It's much worse when you live under the Taliban.

I can see why we have Canadian troops there, but I doubt if it is a war that can ever be won by the west.

Kincardine ratepayers have been asking why there is a health care levy on their bills.
Councillor Marsha Leggett says the health care levy is part of the general tax rate. This year, it was decided to break the tax bill down to show what health care is costing ratepayers.
The levy will raise more than $879,000, says Leggett. The break down is as follows: doctor recruitment and retention, $196,000; operation of the clinics in Kincardine and Tiverton, $59,087; locum house, $24,722; work on the clinic restoration, $600,000.
We are paying for those mistakes at the clinic.

Columnist Fred Kirby's Municipal Musings has not appeared in the newspapers the past few weeks because he is ill.

Fred doubts that he will be able to continue with the column on a weekly basis but he says he will still provide us with the occasional column.
Many are missing his insight.

According to Friday's Globe and Mail, "dead zones" along the world's ocean coastlines are killing marine life in many parts of the world. Excess nutrients from farm fertilizers, human sewage and the burning of fossil fuels cause the rapid growth of algae. When it dies, it falls into the ocean floor, where it rots and consumes oxygen, making the ocean uninhabitable for marine life.
When you see the algae washed up along the shore north of Pine River, you wonder if that is Lake Huron's future.