I would appreciate the opportunity to rebut Dolores Hindle-Derbyshire’s opinion that “NOTLers” is not an appropriate nickname for those who live in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
I do so with appreciation that The Lake Report saw fit to publish her controversial opinion, in your Sept. 7 edition.
Her concern seemed to be multifaceted between sanity for those born here and the use of the term by newcomers.
I would bring to her attention the publication “Caught Between the Walls” by NOTL resident Sharon Frayne, page 9.
It is a publication of documented stories of Niagara-on-the-Lake outlining historical occurrences during the early years of NOTL.
She reminds us that NOTL was originally Butlersburg, then Newark, and then Niagara, until it finally became Niagara-on-the-Lake. And many locals have affectionately referred to themselves as “NOTLers.”
Would your letter writer also take offence to residents either born in or emigrated to Canada referring to themselves as “Canadians” or those in Toronto using “Torontonians” or, worse yet, if they added an “er” after London and called them “Londoners”?