We don't need fireworks all summer, plus other letters

Opinion May 26, 2020 Dundas Star News

WE DON'T NEED FIREWORKS ALL SUMMER

The fireworks ban has been extended past July 4. I personally find this welcome news. Something has happened over the years with fireworks. When I was young, we had fireworks on Victoria Day. That was it. Then we added fireworks for Canada Day.

Now fireworks are burned all summer long. Fireworks release toxic chemicals, including heavy metals, into the environment.

In Dundas, people like to burn fireworks on the peak. I sleep with the windows closed and earplugs in my ears.

The destructive noise pollution they cause in cottage country has also become a nightmare. I know it bothers other cottagers and people’s pets. I can’t imagine what it does to wildlife. And people often release them over our beautiful lakes where the ashes land in the water.

I am not advocating the end of fireworks. They are pretty. I just feel that we need to use them less so it becomes something worth waiting for.

Sandra Stewart,

Dundas

THANKS FOR HELPING US LEARN ABOUT OUR RELATIVE

Re: Looking for descendants of our relative

I am writing this letter to say thank you to Mike Pearson and the Hamilton Community News for publishing my letter in the Dundas Star News regarding an appeal for information about our relative, Charles Samuel Reynolds.

Within a few days Danielle Marchese contacted me via email willing to help my cousin and I out. I have to say she worked wonders by first discovering a few events that closed the gap between 1921 and 1963, hinted in the letter.

A few days ago, I had an email saying that Danielle might well have a direct descendant contact for us, only if the other party were willing.

Then yesterday, that contact emailed my cousin and I with photos and other information. We are now in the process of exchanging photos, information, memories and getting to know each other, et cetera. Apparently, we are cousins three times removed.

On behalf of my cousin, we would like to say a very big "thank you" to you, Mike, for publishing the letter in the Dundas Star News, to Danielle Marchese for going many extra miles in helping, and still helping us to get this far.

Also, we thank others who have offered help, whether or not their information was relevant to the family tree. The fact that those people were willing to help says a great deal.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would get this response. An ex-workmate, a neighbour, a friend maybe. But a living descendant who as a child remembers a very elderly Charles?

Derek Roft,

Birmingham, England

HOW SELFISH AND ENTITLED HAVE WE BECOME?

While there are many stories showcasing the resilience of the human spirit as we battle COVID-19, sadly there are also far too many incidences that have displayed the selfishness, entitlement and arrogance of our society.

In retrospect, Anne Frank spent 761 days — two years — crammed in a tiny attic with seven other people, with no heating or electricity. We could all stand to learn from her. We have simply been asked to stay put in the comfort of our own homes and this is something many people have proven they are not even capable of doing. We have the luxury of hot showers, warm beds, Netflix, electricity and everything else. Anne Frank did not. Despite having all the amenities, people are still complaining about having to stay inside for two months, NOT two years.

Not that it matters anyways, as since the pandemic started, some people have been blatantly disregarding the stay inside orders and have been going about their usual business, selfishly putting others at risk. How weak and entitled have we as a society become? The next time we think we have it so tough, just think about Anne Frank and the two years of hell she had to endure, without the everyday luxuries that we continue to enjoy. We can ALL learn from her. We can ALL do better.

Ryan Klamot,

Stoney Creek

We don't need fireworks all summer, plus other letters

Letters to the Editor

Opinion May 26, 2020 Dundas Star News

WE DON'T NEED FIREWORKS ALL SUMMER

The fireworks ban has been extended past July 4. I personally find this welcome news. Something has happened over the years with fireworks. When I was young, we had fireworks on Victoria Day. That was it. Then we added fireworks for Canada Day.

Now fireworks are burned all summer long. Fireworks release toxic chemicals, including heavy metals, into the environment.

In Dundas, people like to burn fireworks on the peak. I sleep with the windows closed and earplugs in my ears.

The destructive noise pollution they cause in cottage country has also become a nightmare. I know it bothers other cottagers and people’s pets. I can’t imagine what it does to wildlife. And people often release them over our beautiful lakes where the ashes land in the water.

I am not advocating the end of fireworks. They are pretty. I just feel that we need to use them less so it becomes something worth waiting for.

Sandra Stewart,

Dundas

THANKS FOR HELPING US LEARN ABOUT OUR RELATIVE

Re: Looking for descendants of our relative

I am writing this letter to say thank you to Mike Pearson and the Hamilton Community News for publishing my letter in the Dundas Star News regarding an appeal for information about our relative, Charles Samuel Reynolds.

Within a few days Danielle Marchese contacted me via email willing to help my cousin and I out. I have to say she worked wonders by first discovering a few events that closed the gap between 1921 and 1963, hinted in the letter.

A few days ago, I had an email saying that Danielle might well have a direct descendant contact for us, only if the other party were willing.

Then yesterday, that contact emailed my cousin and I with photos and other information. We are now in the process of exchanging photos, information, memories and getting to know each other, et cetera. Apparently, we are cousins three times removed.

On behalf of my cousin, we would like to say a very big "thank you" to you, Mike, for publishing the letter in the Dundas Star News, to Danielle Marchese for going many extra miles in helping, and still helping us to get this far.

Also, we thank others who have offered help, whether or not their information was relevant to the family tree. The fact that those people were willing to help says a great deal.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would get this response. An ex-workmate, a neighbour, a friend maybe. But a living descendant who as a child remembers a very elderly Charles?

Derek Roft,

Birmingham, England

HOW SELFISH AND ENTITLED HAVE WE BECOME?

While there are many stories showcasing the resilience of the human spirit as we battle COVID-19, sadly there are also far too many incidences that have displayed the selfishness, entitlement and arrogance of our society.

In retrospect, Anne Frank spent 761 days — two years — crammed in a tiny attic with seven other people, with no heating or electricity. We could all stand to learn from her. We have simply been asked to stay put in the comfort of our own homes and this is something many people have proven they are not even capable of doing. We have the luxury of hot showers, warm beds, Netflix, electricity and everything else. Anne Frank did not. Despite having all the amenities, people are still complaining about having to stay inside for two months, NOT two years.

Not that it matters anyways, as since the pandemic started, some people have been blatantly disregarding the stay inside orders and have been going about their usual business, selfishly putting others at risk. How weak and entitled have we as a society become? The next time we think we have it so tough, just think about Anne Frank and the two years of hell she had to endure, without the everyday luxuries that we continue to enjoy. We can ALL learn from her. We can ALL do better.

Ryan Klamot,

Stoney Creek

We don't need fireworks all summer, plus other letters

Letters to the Editor

Opinion May 26, 2020 Dundas Star News

WE DON'T NEED FIREWORKS ALL SUMMER

The fireworks ban has been extended past July 4. I personally find this welcome news. Something has happened over the years with fireworks. When I was young, we had fireworks on Victoria Day. That was it. Then we added fireworks for Canada Day.

Now fireworks are burned all summer long. Fireworks release toxic chemicals, including heavy metals, into the environment.

In Dundas, people like to burn fireworks on the peak. I sleep with the windows closed and earplugs in my ears.

The destructive noise pollution they cause in cottage country has also become a nightmare. I know it bothers other cottagers and people’s pets. I can’t imagine what it does to wildlife. And people often release them over our beautiful lakes where the ashes land in the water.

I am not advocating the end of fireworks. They are pretty. I just feel that we need to use them less so it becomes something worth waiting for.

Sandra Stewart,

Dundas

THANKS FOR HELPING US LEARN ABOUT OUR RELATIVE

Re: Looking for descendants of our relative

I am writing this letter to say thank you to Mike Pearson and the Hamilton Community News for publishing my letter in the Dundas Star News regarding an appeal for information about our relative, Charles Samuel Reynolds.

Within a few days Danielle Marchese contacted me via email willing to help my cousin and I out. I have to say she worked wonders by first discovering a few events that closed the gap between 1921 and 1963, hinted in the letter.

A few days ago, I had an email saying that Danielle might well have a direct descendant contact for us, only if the other party were willing.

Then yesterday, that contact emailed my cousin and I with photos and other information. We are now in the process of exchanging photos, information, memories and getting to know each other, et cetera. Apparently, we are cousins three times removed.

On behalf of my cousin, we would like to say a very big "thank you" to you, Mike, for publishing the letter in the Dundas Star News, to Danielle Marchese for going many extra miles in helping, and still helping us to get this far.

Also, we thank others who have offered help, whether or not their information was relevant to the family tree. The fact that those people were willing to help says a great deal.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would get this response. An ex-workmate, a neighbour, a friend maybe. But a living descendant who as a child remembers a very elderly Charles?

Derek Roft,

Birmingham, England

HOW SELFISH AND ENTITLED HAVE WE BECOME?

While there are many stories showcasing the resilience of the human spirit as we battle COVID-19, sadly there are also far too many incidences that have displayed the selfishness, entitlement and arrogance of our society.

In retrospect, Anne Frank spent 761 days — two years — crammed in a tiny attic with seven other people, with no heating or electricity. We could all stand to learn from her. We have simply been asked to stay put in the comfort of our own homes and this is something many people have proven they are not even capable of doing. We have the luxury of hot showers, warm beds, Netflix, electricity and everything else. Anne Frank did not. Despite having all the amenities, people are still complaining about having to stay inside for two months, NOT two years.

Not that it matters anyways, as since the pandemic started, some people have been blatantly disregarding the stay inside orders and have been going about their usual business, selfishly putting others at risk. How weak and entitled have we as a society become? The next time we think we have it so tough, just think about Anne Frank and the two years of hell she had to endure, without the everyday luxuries that we continue to enjoy. We can ALL learn from her. We can ALL do better.

Ryan Klamot,

Stoney Creek