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English vis­i­tors en­thralled with Cape Bre­ton

My wife Cynthia and I have been re­cent guests of friends here in Cape Bre­ton. We came here largely to at­tend to cer­tain mat­ters as­so­ci­ated with my late Un­cle Em­mett’s es­tate, he hav­ing spent con­sid­er­able time here prior to his un­timely pass­ing.

Cape Bre­ton was merely a name to me, a place, if you will, that he and his wife, Gisele, would reg­u­larly visit. While he spoke favourably of it and es­pe­cially of the warmth and hos­pi­tal­ity of its peo­ple, I could not truly ap­pre­ci­ate the mean­ing of his words un­til Cynthia and I ex­pe­ri­enced for our­selves what he and Gisele shared on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

For some five weeks we have been here. Shortly we shall re­turn home but, if I may say so, not with­out a mea­sure or re­gret and sad­ness. Cape Bre­ton has been a wel­com­ing place and its hos­pi­tal­ity sec­ond to none.

We es­pe­cially en­joyed our at­ten­dance at lo­cal the­atri­cal pre­sen­ta­tions. Cynthia is most in­ter­ested in the arts and as she re­peat­edly says: “Cape Bre­ton has a rich and deep cul­tural tra­di­tion, steeped in na­tive roots, Celtic cul­ture and the ev­i­dent im­print of eth­nic groups from ev­ery cor­ner of the world.”

In our part of Eng­land there is a cer­tain ho­mo­gene­ity and we miss the sense of diver­sity that we ex­pe­ri­enced here. Fur­ther, there is the land it­self. There is an in­her­ent beauty to your is­land that few places can match.

We sim­ply wanted to in­di­cate to you (and your read­ers) our thoughts and to tell you that the pro­foundly mov­ing fea­tures of Cape Bre­ton will bring us back. I am re­tired and Cynthia re­tires this com­ing sum­mer. We lo­cated a lovely cot­tage near Main-a-Dieu, have pur­chased it and will be spend­ing our sum­mers here com­menc­ing this year.

Busi­ness af­fairs brought us here but it is a de­sire to con­tinue ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the plea­sures of this is­land that will keep us com­ing back. Ge­orge Hawksworth Whit­ting­ton, Eng­land

Hospi­tal visit a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence

There has been on­go­ing dis­cus­sion re­spect­ing health care in the area. I wish to re­late the fol­low­ing:

Re­cently, I had a health scare. For­tu­nately, it was a false alarm. Nev­er­the­less, an EHS unit ar­rived at my door in un­der five min­utes. They were the epit­ome of ef­fi­ciency and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Even hav­ing the good com­mon sense of turn­ing off siren and emer­gency lights when en­ter­ing and egress­ing my prop­erty.

I was quickly ex­am­ined and bun­dled off to the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal where I was im­me­di­ately as­sessed by ad­mit­tance per­son­nel and seen by a doc­tor forth­with. Tests were done. I was surveilled by nurses vir­tu­ally con­stantly. EHS per­son­nel dropped by to see how I was and wish me well. Test re­sults were ready in ap­prox­i­mately a half hour.

The doc­tor spent 10-15 min­utes with me re­view­ing the re­sults and mak­ing health-re­lated in­quiries. I was dis­charged ap­prox­i­mately three hours later with the ad­mon­ish­ment if the symp­toms re­turned not to hes­i­tate to come back.

All in all I found the en­tire process pos­i­tive, ef­fi­cient and pro­fes­sional. Frankly, it was con­trary to much I have heard and read of late re­spect­ing health care lo­cally.

I per­son­ally wish to thank the doc­tors and staff of CBRH for their care and at­ten­tion. Parker Rudderham Cox­heath

Per­sonal at­tacks by party lead­ers out of line

It was in­fu­ri­at­ing to see such a per­sonal at­tack on former Lib­eral com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Ky­ley Har­ris by Tory and NDP lead­ers.

Har­ris pleaded guilty to “his part” in a do­mes­tic al­ter­ca­tion, in­volv­ing a fe­male com­pan­ion. He was given a sen­tence of nine-months pro­ba­tion, which he served. He didn’t in­form the premier and he lost a po­si­tion with a good salary. That’s a lot of pun­ish­ment.

I don’t con­done vi­o­lence against any­one, male or fe­male. But our Cana­dian le­gal sys­tem is based on giv­ing cit­i­zens the op­por­tu­nity to turn their lives around, not throw­ing away the key and pub­li­cally cru­ci­fy­ing them for the rest of their lives. How else can we change neg­a­tive, hu­man at­ti­tudes and be­hav­iour?

I am not sur­prised by Bail­lie’s com­ments. His most con­sis­tent qual­ity seems to be the abil­ity to alien­ate. He is grasp­ing at any­thing to avoid be­ing turfed by his own party.

I have never met Bur­rill, but I am very dis­ap­pointed in him. He is an or­dained United Church min­is­ter. He seems to have for­got­ten a ba­sic foun­da­tion of Chris­tian­ity is for­give­ness, based on con­fes­sion and re­pen­tance, not on pub­licly cru­ci­fy­ing some­one for the rest of his/her life.

Har­ris has served his courtim­posed sen­tence. His ca­reer was in pub­lic com­mu­ni­ca­tions. That’s what he did for a liv­ing. He is hardly a Barrabes! He is a sin­gle par­ent try­ing to raise a son. How many males do you know who have cus­tody of his child?

Should Premier Stephen Mc­Neil have given him a job? Why shouldn’t he be per­mit­ted to re­turn to that field to make a liv­ing? Isn’t giv­ing some­one a chance to turn his life around a premise on which our le­gal sys­tem and Chris­tian­ity are based? Would this have be­come an is­sue if the al­ter­ca­tion had in­volved a male com­pan­ion?

This type of gen­der ag­i­ta­tion is very dan­ger­ous. It feeds the anger of young, dis­en­gaged and re­sent­ful males who go on to de­velop an an­gry, mas­cu­line, so­cial code based on any­thing sep­a­rate from mom, and all things fe­male.

Mag­is­trates are very ca­pa­ble of im­pos­ing sen­tences to fit the sit­u­a­tion. They do it ev­ery day. Jus­tice should be de­cided on facts – not on gen­der, race, re­li­gion, or po­lit­i­cal gain.

Would I feel the same way if this had been the Tory or NDP com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor? Ab­so­lutely yes! I have been a reg­is­tered mem­ber of the pro­vin­cial Tory party, I cam­paigned with Frank Ed­wards and Elmer McKay, and I have voted NDP and Lib­eral nu­mer­ous times. My per­sonal po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy is prob­a­bly that of a so­cial demo­crat. But, in Canada we are gov­erned by a con­sti­tu­tion and a Bill of Rights, and sen­tenced only once for a crime by ca­pa­ble mag­is­trates.

The ma­li­cious re­marks that forced Har­ris to re­sign and lose that in­come, and likely lose other in­come op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture, were made for po­lit­i­cal gain. But they were not made in the leg­is­la­ture, which means there is no im­mu­nity.

Har­ris should se­ri­ously con­sider Lorne God­dard’s suc­cess­ful defama­tion law­suit against Stock­well Day. Given his pre­vi­ous salary, that could be a tidy $3 mil­lion re­tire­ment pack­age, over a 30-year pe­riod. Al Moore Glace Bay

Re­port card on MLA ac­com­plish­ments needed

Through­out the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, it’s hard to miss the many signs posted for the MLA can­di­dates run­ning in this elec­tion.

Although their ads are in the Cape Bre­ton Post, I am cur­rently un­de­cided as to who will re­ceive my vote. I am not aware of any de­bates, or if this prac­tice is even used. This could be a very ef­fec­tive strat­egy in pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion to po­ten­tial vot­ers.

Whether their party gets in or not, it is my un­der­stand­ing that all politi­cians have a plat­form. But at present it seems to me that if they show up at Tim Hor­ton’s for about three weeks be­fore the elec­tion, shake a few hands, have a few laughs, don’t miss out on the op­por­tu­nity for any photo ops and knock on some doors, they have a chance to get elected?

For those whose doors they don’t get knocked on is there a web­page or Face­book page that we can uti­lize to iden­tify who is run­ning and to ed­u­cate our­selves on what they are hop­ing to achieve if elected?

That be­ing said does the MLA run­ning for re-elec­tion have any kind of out­let that we can ac­cess to find out what they were ac­tu­ally suc­cess­ful in achiev­ing while in of­fice? If not, should they be re­quired to pe­ri­od­i­cally post an up­date of what is be­ing ac­com­plished on be­half of their con­stituents? Af­ter all, I think we de­serve to know as it is pub­lic tax dol­lars pay­ing their salary.

I would be very in­ter­ested to hear the per­spec­tives on the resur­fac­ing of High­way 125, those af­fected by last fall’s flood­ing, keep­ing the North­side Hospi­tal emer­gency ward open and the doc­tor short­age.

Speak­ing of doc­tor short­ages, there was a rally last week at Me­mo­rial High School in Syd­ney Mines that un­for­tu­nately I could not at­tend. The leader of the NDP spoke, but where was our cur­rent MLA or the other can­di­dates? Did they speak as I did not hear any­thing in the me­dia out­lets that they did?

I would also like to hear the can­di­date’s opin­ions on our busi­ness sec­tor. Un­for­tu­nately, busi­nesses are clos­ing. This is ev­i­dent when you take a drive down bumpy Char­lotte Street in Syd­ney or a walk through the North Syd­ney Mall that is al­most empty. We see the same trend in al­most all ar­eas through­out the CBRM dur­ing a time when our pop­u­la­tion is declining.

On an­other note, I heard a pub­lic ad­vi­sory on the ra­dio from our po­lice de­part­ment no­ti­fy­ing mo­torists not to sw­erve around the pot­holes as it is caus­ing po­ten­tial ac­ci­dents and near misses.

So I drive down our roads that are rid­dled with pot­holes, try to ma­neu­ver around Ashby cor­ner which is im­pos­si­ble with­out hit­ting a cou­ple and then hope for the best that I won’t have to en­dure the high costs of fix­ing my car as a re­sult.

With all the rain we have been hav­ing lately the holes are filling up with wa­ter, mak­ing them more dif­fi­cult to see. Per­son­ally, I’d rather pay to fix the pot­holes and put my ex­tra money back in other sec­tions of the econ­omy rather than use it all to fix my car.

It is a shame that the CBRM is in such a state of af­fairs. Mr. Mayor, what are you plan­ning to do for us? We pay taxes all year. Don’t we de­serve bet­ter? Pas­cal Dupont North Syd­ney

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