The missing ingredient
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 email@example.com, or by visiting the Uplands page on Facebook.