Letters to the Editor: July 31

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Burned by picture

We are surprised there is nothing better to put on the front page of the newspaper than a picture of a worker picking flowers off tobacco plants.

Considering the huge cost to health care because of smoking, tobacco doesn’t belong on the front page of the paper. In fact, is shouldn’t have been in the paper at all.

John and Therese Rooney

Mt. Brydges

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Arrogant newbies

I’m looking forward to the next election. While it was important to oust many of the old embedded politicians, I now regret electing a “newbie” council that does not know how to govern and at times appears arrogant.

Case in point, council’s decision not to enforce the bylaw that prohibits amplified entertainment on patios is reckless and leaves thousands of residents unprotected. Councillors were advised by the city solicitor that their actions could be illegal but my councillor, Tanya Park voted for it anyway.

I voted for Ms Park, but not again. There is no value in a councillor that deliberately, and possibly illegally, works to undermine your concerns and life quality.

Deb McBride

London

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Cellphones alter sperm

Regarding the article by Gwynne Dyer, Chemicals likely cause for falling sperm counts (July 27). The environment, chemicals, diet and lifestyle are identified as potential causes for sperm counts down by half in the last 40 years.

Cellphones often found in men’s trouser pockets can also be a contributing factor. The newer generations of cellphones emit increased levels of radio frequency radiation, which is cumulative. This can alter living cells, including sperm.

Trudy Bruyns

London

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Automation inevitable

The letter Boycott self checkouts (July 28) fails to address the reasons for automation in the workplace. Companies will migrate to automation to improve productivity, reduce costs and stay competitive. Unfortunately, the premier’s decision to raise the minimum wage will accelerate the elimination of low-skilled occupations to automation.

I’m all for paying a living wage. The best way to do this is to empower individuals in minimum-wage jobs through education and training, thereby moving these workers into jobs with greater opportunity and pay.

Harvey Easton

Port Stanley


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