How to bankrupt the NEK
Weall know that, back before Confederation, when the Reciprocity Treaty was revoked by the Americans, a wave of panic engulfed our quaint, then Lower Canadian, municipalities who wondered if joining the USA would not be the better idea.
One wonders if it’s not the time for the North Eastern Kingdom, our immediate Vermont neighbours, to start thinking as we did then.
As reported here, the Americans are tinkering with the idea of having all travelers to the USA pay a fee to enter. All as in all. Already boats and planes are covered; now is the time for car and foot travelers to pay for the esteemed privilege of spending our Canadian money in the USA! All in the name of enhanced security!
There is the obvious Republican plot there, they being the anti-immigration party and the let’s have an automatic rifle with 5000 rounds of ammunition to prevent foreigners (read Latinos) to enter the land of the Free. Said land now ‘Land of the landing fee’. That a pressure cooker bomb is now an arm of mass destruction à la Saddam Hussein while a fifty round automatic rifle will now be legally allowed for sale forever, even after Newtown, shows a certain disconnection with reality. And open and acknowledged cooperation with the
for all intents and purposes the well-known KGB in new clothes, is not something to brag about in any circle, nor is taking a call from former members of the latter agency and renowned democrat Vladimir Putin by the President of the United States of America in the aftermath of the death of one of the alleged murderers in Boston last week. The Chechen cause is already complicated enough without giving solace to the Russians on this.
But then Boston is not Baghdad by any stretch of the imagination or by a couple of millenniums of history.
Still, ones wonder how far the crazy period will last south of the border. And that proposed fee is in fact part and parcel of the greater question that faces America: Face inward or outward.
The fees are part of the protectionist movement, that America doesn’t need anybody but itself, that anything that exists beyond its border is almost useless, that the Manifest Destiny stops at the physical border of the USA and that only Americans can and are allowed to share the destiny of the Republic. For some, it renegades the idea that the USA, where the creation of a revolution, of dissolving of the bond that united the newly formed United States of America with the British, that the revolutionary “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” is only for American consumption, unavailable for the rest of the World. For almost all, the Manifest Destiny of their country is that the United States has been, since 1776, the model for the Universe and that all shall enjoy the privileges that they have.
Imposing fees to the friendliest of friends of the United States to visit is an abhorrent idea. It should be killed right away. My name is Daniel, I have been living in Stanstead for almost ten years. I am in grade seven and I am the first recipient of the Tomifobia Scholarship at Stanstead College. Throughout this scholarship, I have to maintain a good academic and athletic year and I have a mandate to get involved in our community and find ways to help reduce the school dropout rate in Stanstead. Did you know that Stanstead has one of the highest school drop out rates in the Eastern Townships! So far, with the help of my parents, I have distributed pamphlets about the project “PHELP HELPS’’ which is supported by private donators and assisted by Stanstead College and volunteer teachers. For the time being, this ongoing project is for the students attending Alexander Galt high school who would like some extra help with their homework or their studies. I have also been involved with other local student friends in a short film that is currently being produced by Mr. Damon Cox. One of the objectives for this film is to make us aware of the school dropout rate in our community and hopefully it will influence other young people like me to stay in school. In addition to this, with the help of my parents and Mrs. Katie Lowry, sometime this spring, I will make a presentation at the elementary school here in Stanstead about the importance of good education for all of us. I am just 13 years old and of course I am still searching about what I want to do in life. So far my mandate with Tomifobia scholarship has helped me with both my education and goals and I want to share this with you and above all I hope to help others. Finally, my goal through this letter and with the permission of the Stanstead Journal is to stay active within the community by writing an article from time to time. I would also encourage others to do the same and this would most certainly create short and long term results for our community.
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