The miss­ing in­gre­di­ent

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Some­thing­was miss­ing at last Sun­day’s rally in front of the Haskell for it to be a true ‘six­ties’ event. Dem­a­gogy was present with the usual ram­bling speak­ers, con­fus­ing their be­liefs for facts. At times we were al­most back to the “Hell no - we won’t go” chant then fol­lowed by the hymn to that saviour of hu­man­ity: “Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Min - we will fight and we will win.” A lot of those who were there on Sun­day must have par­taken in some ral­lies back then. But some­thing in the air was still miss­ing.

Af­ter won­der­ing for a while about what was miss­ing on that early, sunny spring day, it fi­nally hit us: there was not even a hint of the smell of a joint.

One has to be hon­est, if the man be­hind the protest was not the cul­tural pages ed­i­tor of Mon­treal’s Le Devoir, this protest would not have got­ten very far. There is some power to the press af­ter all. But Mr. Nadeau chose the wrong venue for his rally. The sym­bol­ism of the Haskell may be nice, the re­al­ity of Chemin Lagueux is ugly to say the least. One can be all for al­ter­na­tive en­ergy, this news­pa­per is, but one can­not be blind to the fact that the now small wind­mill eas­ily seen from the Stanstead en­clave in Stanstead East will be dwarfed by a tower al­most four times as tall. There is no dem­a­gogy when you look at the site of Mr. Nadeau’s fu­ture house: it has one of the Town­ships’ most beau­ti­ful vis­tas in a re­gion that fea­tures a lot of them. On the South he will now face a huge tower that is a bit too close for com­fort. A visit to the area by our readers this week­end when the weather should be nicer will con­vince all of this fact.

But bring­ing ev­ery fear known to mankind and oth­ers to boost our ar­gu­ment is not the in­tel­li­gent way of solv­ing the prob­lem. First, there is the del­i­cate po­si­tion of Stanstead on Chemin Lagueux: the ru­ral road was an­nexed in the six­ties by then Rock Is­land mayor, Jean-louis Dupont, the vi­sion­ary mayor’s idea be­ing that the Chemin would be joined with Notre-dame Street and would pro­vide his town with some land to ex­pand. That never came to fruition, a shame we might add. So this part of Stanstead is an en­clave in Stanstead East, in an­other MRC, one which doesn’t shy away from wind power. Mr. Nadeau may one day face wind tur­bines all around him. But bring­ing com­pletely un­sci­en­tific ar­gu­ments to the fore doesn’t make for a strong case. Start­ing the Water War ® with the USA may have dire con­se­quences for Stanstead. Since a cer­tain day in Septem­ber, it has en­acted laws to pro­tect its in­fra­struc­ture. One would like to know how much it would cost Stanstead if the In­ter­na­tional Water Cor­po­ra­tion was to be dis­solved and lose a huge part of its rev­enue.

Calm heads are to pre­vail. If there is a way out of this it’s through the proper chan­nels and the rule of law, in this case a rather dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion as there are none re­lat­ing to the prob­lems that this brings about to­day. Still, if last Sun­day’s rally had been held on Chemin Lagueux, ev­ery­body present would not have needed the use­less dem­a­gogy, the site would have spo­ken for it­self. Mr. Ed­i­tor:

What has be­come of ci­vil­ity and neigh­bourly co-op­er­a­tion in this town.

Our mayor has be­come rather grandiose, stat­ing to CTV news that is the wind tur­bines go up, “he” will turn the water off to Derby Line.

Firstly, whether one is for or against these wind­mills, what makes Mr. Du­til think that he can dic­tate what hap­pens in an­other coun­try?

Se­condly, the state­ment that “he” not “we” will turn the water off leaves me won­der­ing if we elected a dic­ta­tor. Do the coun­cil and the res­i­dents of this town have no say in this? He sounds very much like the child that says, “If I can’t be quar­ter­back, I will take my foot­ball and go home”! Is he will­ing to toss 100 plus years of friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion out the win­dow with­out any con­sul­ta­tion with the en­tire pop­u­la­tion or is this just one man grand­stand­ing for the cam­eras.

A con­cerned cit­i­zen

Let­ter to the ed­i­tor

Up­lands, a her­itage home lo­cated in the Len­noxville bor­ough of Sher­brooke, Que­bec, is cel­e­brat­ing its 150th an­niver­sary this year. Cur­rently home to the Up­lands Cul­tural and Her­itage Cen­tre as well as the Len­noxville As­cot His­tor­i­cal and Mu­seum So­ci­ety (LAHMS), Up­lands has a num­ber of spe­cial events planned through­out the year. We are presently look­ing for ad­di­tional, per­sonal in­for­ma­tion about the house from those who lived nearby or had a con­nec­tion to Up­lands over the years. Do you have any mem­o­ries about the fam­i­lies who lived in the house, or about the house it­self? Did you sit on the Up­lands or LAHMS board? We’d love to hear your anec­dotes, sto­ries, and feel­ings about Up­lands, and we will share them with other “Up­lands-philes” dur­ing our cel­e­bra­tions! You can con­tact us through our web­site, www.up­lands.ca, or by email­ing up­lands@up­lands.ca, or by vis­it­ing the Up­lands page on Face­book.

Up­lands staff

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