How to bank­rupt the NEK

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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.

Daniel Do­minik Dumont than $2.5 mil­lion to pro­vide can­cer care to the pop­u­la­tion of RMC Mem­phré­m­a­gog.

If you want to take part in this event that is in­dis­pens­able for our area’s health care, you can re­serve your ticket, they’re go­ing rather fast, by call­ing Nathalie Lau­zon at 819-843-2292, ex­ten­sion 2618.

Chair of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, lawyer, Foun­da­tion pres­i­dent, Gilles Pouliot.

An­nie- Él­iz­a­beth

Gi­rard, Honorary Chair Renelle Anc­til and

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