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Mayor and Members of Council

I am writing to you to voice my concerns and opposition to the diversion of the Township advertising budget from Springwater News to The Barrie Advance. Having Township related advertising in the Barrie Advance does nothing for the residents of Springwater. If it is the desire of Council to raise the Townships’s profile outside of the Township then that should be done with a separate budget.

During this debate and discussion I have heard that other media sources are available such as social media etc.. I’m sure you are all aware of the limited internet services available to many rural Springwater residents. This is likely to remain the case for some time as indicated in the recent failure to garner any broadband interest from internet providers to service the area.

You may or may not be aware that the Barrie Advance has not been available at our household for some time, only providing flyers which serve mainly Barrie businesses. Even when this household used to receive the Barrie Advance I can’t recall any Springwater content.

In any case I urge you to not dilute the advertising budget to outside areas that have no interest in our community.

Just to be clear there are times when there is a need to advertise outside the Township when accessing a broader market place for the procurement of services and there are trade media for that. This is really about information for the residents and for that the residents are best served by The Springwater News.

Regards, Tom Nollert

Sensible Spending

Letter to the Editor

Our Indigenous ancestors used digging sticks to plant beans and squash.  When the traders offered to sell them shovels, the natives would go into debt in order to make the purchase.  A wise decision, for using shovels they could produce three or four times as many squash thus establishing a surplus to trade.  And so it is today – there is nothing wrong with going into debt as long as the purchase improves productivity in the future.  

When I bought a sailboat a few years ago it improved the quality of my life, but not my productivity and it put me into debt; but the money spent went to the local boat builder, the sales people of my community, and the marine operators where I docked ‘Misty’  Hence the money spent circulated but was not lost.  If I had bought my sailboat in New York rather than Collingwood, there would be no return for the money spent.

So it is with defense spending. Our government wants to purchase 88 new fighter jets at over $200 Million per unit from the United States.  These dollars, trillions of them, would be  simply lost. We do not need state of the art attack aircraft to protect our territory for no country threatens Canada and we certainly don’t want to become involved in foreign wars. But we do need long range reconnaissance planes for arctic patrols and we need cargo transport and fire bombers to support disaster relief – all of these planes could be /should be manufactured in Canada if we are to avoid sinking hopelessly into debt.

Our government needs to re-focus.  We should not be spending $18 trillion on foreign built aircraft.  If it can be built in Canada, buy it.

Joffre McCleary,  Barrie On.

Rosie’s Devotions

Dear Rosy,

Your column in the Springwater News has encouraged me over the years.  You have been so forthcoming in your ups/downs, in other words, real.  Thank you for your transparency and sharing your vulnerability with us, your readers.  

The ongoing struggle of caring for your husband must be exhausting.  I am praying that God will strengthen you physically and emotionally in the days ahead.  God sees, God knows, God cares.  You are now on my prayer list.

Take care and persevere.  God bless you.

DD – A sister in Christ

An interesting take on Electric Cars.

“As an engineer, I love the electric vehicle technology However, I  have been troubled for a long time by the fact that the electrical energy to keep the batteries charged has to come from the grid, and that means more power generation and a huge increase in the distribution infrastructure. Whether generated from coal, gas, oil, wind or sun, installed generation capacity is limited.

A friend sent me the following that says it very well. You should all take a look at this short article.

IF ELECTRIC CARS DO NOT USE GASOLINE, THEY WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN PAYING A GASOLINE TAX ON EVERY GALLON THAT IS SOLD FOR AUTOMOBILES, WHICH WAS ENACTED SOME YEARS AGO TO HELP TO MAINTAIN OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES. THEY WILL USE THE ROADS, BUT WILL NOT PAY FOR THEIR MAINTENANCE!

In case you were thinking of buying a hybrid or an electric car…

Ever since the advent of electric cars, the REAL cost per mile of those things has never been discussed. All you ever heard was the mpg in terms of gasoline, with nary a mention of the cost of electricity to run it. This is the first article I’ve ever seen and it tells the story pretty much as I expected it to.

Electricity has to be one of the least efficient ways to power things, yet they’re being shoved down our throats. Glad somebody finally put engineering and math to paper.

At a neighborhood BBQ, I was talking to a neighbor, a BC Hydro Executive. I asked him how that renewable thing was doing. He laughed, then got serious. If you really intend to adopt electric vehicles, he pointed out, you had to face certain realities. For example, a home charging system for a Tesla requires 75 amp service. The average house is equipped with 100 amp service. On our small street (approximately 25 homes), the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a single Tesla each. For even half the homes to have electric vehicles, the system would be wildly over-loaded.

This is the elephant in the room with electric vehicles. Our residential infrastructure cannot bear the load. So, as our genius elected officials promote this nonsense, not only are we being urged to buy these things and replace our reliable, cheap generating systems with expensive new windmills and solar cells, but we will also have to renovate our entire delivery system! This later “investment” will not be revealed until we’re so far down this dead-end road that it will be presented with an   ‘OOPS…!’ and a shrug.

If you want to argue with a green person over cars that are eco-friendly, just read the following. Note: If you ARE a green person, read it anyway. It’s enlightening.

Eric test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors and he writes, “For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.” Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery. So, the range including the 9-gallon gas tank and the 16 kWh battery is approximately 270 miles.

It will take you 4.5 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours. In a typical road trip, your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.

According to General Motors, the Volt battery holds 16 kWh of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery. The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned, so I looked up what I pay for electricity.

I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kWh. 16 kWh x $1.16 per kWh = $18.56 to charge the battery. $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery. Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine that gets only 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 Mpg = $0.10 per mile. 

The gasoline-powered car costs about $25,000 while the Volt costs $46,000 plus. So the Canadian Government wants loyal Canadians not to do the math, but simply pay twice as much for a car, which costs more than seven times as much to run, and takes three times longer to drive across the country.

WAKE UP NORTH AMERICA!!!!!!!

SparkyB – The Pinehurst Press News and Views

Editor’s comments – The above is an opinion piece.

In Ontario, we pay three rates relative to the time of day use. Those costs are 17.5 cents per kWh, 11.9 and 8.5. We also pay delivery fees and a regulatory charge  but we do get an Ontario Electricity Rebate. My last hydro bill averaged almost 20 cents per kWh.

With the cost of 20 cents per kWh at 100% efficiency, to charge a 16 kW would be $3.20 . Divided by 25 miles, the cost would be 12.8 cents per mile.

But a little search will tell you that GM limit’s access to that 16.5 kWh battery to 10 kWh and their figure shows the vehicle going 81.8 optimum miles before needing to kick over to gasoline. So that is 4 cents per mile.

Compared to gas that costs $1.25 per litre, or almost $5 an American gallon – translates to 15.6 cents a mile.