Leave the Journal alone!

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I appreciate the Pontiac Journal and enjoy reading it – even the French
articles; with my limited understanding of French, I try to see how much I can understand. The Journal has timely
articles and information that is relative to the entire Pontiac community. The size of the pages also makes it easier to read.

I appreciate the Pontiac Journal and enjoy reading it – even the French
articles; with my limited understanding of French, I try to see how much I can understand. The Journal has timely
articles and information that is relative to the entire Pontiac community. The size of the pages also makes it easier to read.
Our community is happy with the Pontiac Journal the way it is. Leave it alone! The OLF is blowing this out of proportion.
Much of this area of Quebec was
settled by English, Irish, Scotish, German, and Polish colonies, which makes the Pontiac what it is today.  The French and English people in our current community live together in peace and harmony. Would our provincial government prefer we be angry and combative? Would they prefer we try to settle petty differences with violence?
Haven’t we learned anything from the past or what is happening in other
countries? Don’t we have enough trouble in the world with the likes of ISIS who kill and slaughter innocent people?
To the person who complained about the layout of this free, bilingual, local newspaper, if you don’t like the paper, just recycle it. It didn’t cost you anything! That is what the rest of us do when we don’t want to read the many advertising flyers that come to our homes. We recycle them.
“Other publishers have advised we merely end our French language
reporting in order to comply with the OLF. Thus, the OLF is directly damaging the Francophone community in the Pontiac. We do not intend to do this, but we cannot afford to fight the government of Quebec either,” said Fred Ryan on page 2 of the May 6th edition of the Pontiac Journal.  Mr. Ryan also pointed out that, with these new segregation rules, a lack of French-only advertising may damage the French portion of the paper. That indeed would be a sad day. Seems like a “bite off your nose to spite your face” decision for the OLF.

Maureen Gagnon
CAMPBELL’S BAY