Rants & Raves

We dis­cuss travel al­lowances, ath­letes who clam up, sum­mer con­certs and more

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

RAVE: For fight­ing the good fight. For many years, for­mer busi­ness­man and ex-Syd­ney Al­der­man Roy Jessome was a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to our letters to the editor sec­tion and no topic both­ered him more that the $ 140 weekly travel al­lowance that CBRM coun­cil­lors have pock­eted with no re­ceipts re­quired for more than 10 years. In his last let­ter, which ap­peared June 1, Jessome noted that Mayor Ce­cil Clarke had stated that the al­lowance would be dealt with dur­ing the bud­get ses­sion. The con­cerned citizen also ex­pressed con­cern that coun­cil would re­cess in June, which meant the is­sue would re­main un­re­solved un­til Septem­ber at the ear­li­est. Sadly, Jessome died un­ex­pect­edly last week. We’ll miss his can­dor and we call on other let­ter writ­ers to carry the torch un­til coun­cil does the right thing by chang­ing the al­lowance to kilo­me­tres used.

RANT: For clam­ming up. High praise to the Cana­dian women’s soc­cer team for a qual­ity per­for­mance at the World Cup. And what fine am­bas­sadors they were in the build-up to the event with media cov­er­age reach­ing all-time highs. But it’s very dis­ap­point­ing to hear that sev­eral mem­bers of the team re­fused to be in­ter­viewed im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing their tough quar­ter­fi­nal loss to Eng­land. Here’s the thing. For too many years women’s sports has not re­ceived the cov­er­age it de­serves. But the cov­er­age goes both ways. As an ath­lete in a sport fight­ing to be rec­og­nized you can’t only make your­self ac­ces­si­ble af­ter wins and ties. Sure, it was a tough loss. But suck it up and, like star striker Chris­tine Sin­clair did, an­swer a few ques­tions. Even through a few tears. It comes with the ter­ri­tory if you want your sport to con­tinue to grow in pop­u­lar­ity.

RAVE: For sum­mer con­certs. The Makin’ Waves con­cert se­ries seemed like a good idea when it was an­nounced back in early May. A chance to hear some great bands at beau­ti­ful Went­worth Park in down­town Syd­ney for free? Hey, what’s not to like. Still, event or­ga­niz­ers Cape Bre­ton Mu­sic In­dus­try Co­op­er­a­tive and Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Recre­ation had to be sat­is­fied with last Thurs­day’s turnout of more than 1,000 peo­ple for the first show and from the sounds of things the event was very well re­ceived. No doubt, the beau­ti­ful evening weather helped but, re­gard­less, events such as this add vi­brancy to a com­mu­nity and that’s a good thing.

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