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E-letter: Our good neighbour

A favourite Canadian axiom is, “When America sneezes, Canada gets the flu.” In this case, not only has America sneezed, it has caught Covid, AIDS, leprosy and genital warts while rioting...

E-letter: You be the judge

Let’s have a chat about child pornography. Why not? We have never had any evidence that kids watch this space, so we are safe. Quebec Justice Marc-Andre Blanchard this month ruled that...

Expertise: The real thing

Between now and next issue, we will be sending out our annual “Readers’ Survey.” This time, we will ask whether you have ever hired a business consultant. We all know the...

E-letter: Don’t just stand there …

We got some sobering news last week from Coverings, the flooring side of our publishing company. We typically get 40 or 50 “returns” by Canada Post for any issue of Coverings,...

E-letter: Sixteen tons

Back before the 19th Century, people used to become indebted and lose their freedom. One freedom loss was debtor’s prison. Another was indentured servitude. As with all things human, these situations took...

Features

Design outside the box

Selling design in 2021 goes beyond style. Consider... security. Whose design is it, anyway? For residential wood-products retailers and installers, there may be some interest in...

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  • Paul Murray on E-letter: You be the judge: “Keep up the good work Kerry! Someone to needs to voice these points. Are you considering a publication dedicated to…Oct 14, 12:28
  • Laurie Koblun on E-letter: You be the judge: “I agreed with your articleOct 13, 09:44
  • Kerry Knudsen on Those darned South Asians: “Hi Laurie, Every civilized nation on earth has a freedom-of-expression document of some sort. There is a reason for this.…Aug 17, 07:00
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: Sixteen tons: “Hi Guy, I posted a comment, above, about catching politicians stealing is not, seemingly, very hard. Making them stop seems…Aug 17, 06:44
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: Sixteen tons: “Most of my neighbours are business owners. Some of us were talking over the weekend. It was beautiful here in…Aug 17, 06:39
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: Sixteen tons: “Good points. I am certain the import duties on China, stresses over Hong Kong, the TikTok and Huawei controversies, the…Aug 17, 06:35
  • Laurie Koblun on Those darned South Asians: “Thank you for standing up to the ridiculous ideas of a few. I’m so tired of any political person assuming…Aug 13, 16:45
  • Doug Carl on E-letter: Sixteen tons: “Great editorial today. Thank you for your work, or should I say “words”, which is work in your case! Business…Aug 12, 08:56
  • Barbara Spyropoulos on E-letter: Sixteen tons: “Ah, Kerry, you have a habit of reading my mind. The problem with our wooly-headed politicians and our journalists-turned-opinion writers…Aug 12, 08:54
  • Guy Lussier on E-letter: Sixteen tons: “Thanks Kerry for this letter . You are right. People have to wake up and look at what is going…Aug 12, 08:52
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: Sixteen tons: “Hi Gil, You’re not going to believe this, but I was just on the phone with our art director, and…Aug 12, 08:33
  • Gil Gesser on E-letter: Sixteen tons: “The one thing you failed to mention was your clear preference for the Conservative Party of Canada. It would not…Aug 11, 10:33
  • B Spyropoulos on E-letter: Opportunity in change: “When are you going to run for Prime Minister, Kerry?Jul 14, 11:40
  • Harvey on E-letter: Two keys: “I am not interested in anyone’s opinions of anything political…… Please stick to issues directly related to our industryJun 10, 16:16
  • Jim Hopkins on Those darned South Asians: “Excellent article. ‘We all often offend…’ (James 3:2) but does that give any a licence to destroy a man? They…Jun 10, 10:36
  • Wendell Lees on E-letter: Two keys: “We are completely aligned on this topic. My concern is any divergence we may have with regard to Pres. Trump.…Jun 10, 09:55
  • Auke Bijlsma on E-letter: Two keys: “Great article, Fully agree, here is a link to a video from Candace Owens, it’s worth watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtPfoEvNJ74&t=1s AukeJun 10, 09:54
  • Robert van Meenen on E-letter: Two keys: “Take me off your email list and physical mailing list. I don’t wish to receive anything more from your company.…Jun 10, 09:52
  • Robert van Meenen on E-letter: Two keys: “The last time I provided feedback to one of your columns (the now even more topical Colin Kaepernick diatribe of…Jun 10, 00:46
  • Glynn Shannan on E-letter: Two keys: “I agree with what you are saying and am glad that I am not the only one who sees things…Jun 9, 22:32
  • Rob van Meenen on E-letter: Two keys: “How do we participate when you “moderate” out people who disagree with you? I look forward to the day Kerry…Jun 9, 14:50
  • Mario Rivard on Door and countertop production driven by people, technology: “Hello, how can I stop and bring a warp counter back to normal, I put a piece in the middle…Apr 10, 11:23
  • Barbara Spyropoulos on E-letter: A valentine to free speech: “Some very good points Kerry. And, sorry, but I did read past the point you told me to stop. (You…Feb 12, 09:32
  • Razer on Wood stain provides long-lasting, natural finish for hardwoods and softwoods: “How does it perform on a typical western red Cedar deck located on the south side of a home in…Dec 14, 18:27
  • Mike on Support for clean oceans: “It would be interesting to know what you are being told to do in order to receive there blessing? They…Aug 7, 18:05
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: Fathers’ Day: “Thanks for your thoughts, Ray, We post all responses, so feel free. I think you will find yourself in good…Jun 11, 13:59
  • Razer on E-letter: Fathers’ Day: “Thank you for another of your excellent topics.You may not want to post my reply and I will understand and…Jun 11, 13:15
  • The Editor on E-letter: Stand up, sit down, fight fight fight!: “Hi KerryI enjoyed your editorial once again.  When I got to peer, I thought – is it peer or peeer. …Mar 18, 19:10
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: Loonies and sense: “Hi, Wilson, and thanks for joining the discussion. With respect, I don’t think others believe I seem to confuse communism…Feb 13, 09:48
  • wilson on E-letter: Loonies and sense: “Kerry , you seem to confuse Communism and Socialism , calling them the same thing. this couldnt be further from…Feb 12, 12:39
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: Motion detection: “Thanks, Ray.I think my wife was safe in calling my attention to the floater. Not much I can say about…Jan 9, 11:26
  • Razer on E-letter: Motion detection: “Mr. KnudsenWe are a wood windows and doors distributor for many years. I must say your writing skills are excellent and…Jan 8, 16:42
  • Kerry Knudsen on Thanks at Christmas: “Hi, Rob,You certainly made my day. Thanks for your support.On the one hand, we are such a small industry and…Dec 19, 19:49
  • Woodchiper on Thanks at Christmas: “Merry Christmas Kerry,I don’t normally read and definitely never respond to E-letters, but I do read Wood Industry’s regularly and…Dec 19, 11:16
  • RVB on E-letter: The media the enemy — is Trump right?: “I don’t know what “the media is the enemy” means.  The enemy of whom?  In my experience, someone who is…Sep 13, 10:48
  • Stephen Hogbin. Intersections Wood Gallery and Studio on Handle with care: “Excellent thoughtful article. Thanks.Aug 21, 12:58
  • Kerry Knudsen on What is the value of Pi?: “73,456 ?Aug 5, 13:17
  • Todd Jones on Colclo Custom Woodworking, Markham, Ont.: “Great job !! Thanks for sharing this post, It gives me information that I’m looking for 🙂Jul 16, 03:04
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: Have and have-not sectors: “Hi, Sharon, I sent out an e-letter yesterday to a different audience, citing a report on the commoditization of the…Jul 11, 15:32
  • Sharon Weitzel on E-letter: Have and have-not sectors: “A friend forwarded your opinion piece to me as our family have been involved in the dairy industry for decades…Jul 10, 16:36
  • Robert McKnight on Unions vs. Canada: “So maybe the workers were approached by union officials with the same old story, we can get you more wages,…Jun 5, 15:50
  • Elmer Halvorson on Carbon politics: “Back in the ’50s we were taught that the world goes through changes approx every 6000 yrs. The last ice…Mar 9, 12:47
  • Allan CNC Automation on Creative energy: “Another great piece Alain. You always offer a fantastic perspective to incorporating technology in our work. I couldn’t agree with…Feb 19, 11:59
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: Plain English: “Hi, Debbie, I was not referring to Rob Porter. However, there have been a lot of allegations thrown around lately,…Feb 14, 11:44
  • D. J. Young on E-letter: Plain English: “Wow! I am going to assume that you were referring to Rob Porter in your article. And I cannot believe…Feb 14, 11:21
  • Mallory Smith on E-letter: Plain English: “Kerry, Please add one more fan to the list of those who anticipate the arrival of your column! I applaud…Feb 14, 07:06
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: Plain English: “Bonjour, Michel, Please accept my apologies!! What I was saying is that English is under attack from our government, with…Feb 14, 04:05
  • Alain on Creative energy: “Thanks, John. A very valid point. I like to think that we need to incorporate all these new digital technologies…Feb 13, 23:30
  • John Tregillas on Creative energy: “Hello Alain, Great read and right on point to embrace technology to develop creativity and manufacturing innovation. Our biggest challenge…Feb 10, 12:50
  • Kerry Knudsen on E-letter: A Christmas story: “Hi, Kraus, It has been another fine year. From everybody that has helped W.I. Media be a success, including you,…Dec 21, 18:07

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