Beebe cit­i­zens or­ga­nize

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Staff Stanstead

The cit­i­zens op­posed to the Gran­ite Museum plan to use an ex­ist­ing build­ing in one of the in­dus­trial ar­eas of Beebe met on Mon­day evening to or­ga­nize their next step.

With around two dozen peo­ple present in a frigid chapel on the Bi­ble Camp grounds, the or­gan­is­ers, Michel Du­c­los and Martin Dubois, told the assem­bly that they had started a pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing the re­open­ing of the shop where the equip­ment is to be in­stalled.

This news­pa­per is not fa­mil­iar with all of the gran­ite in­dus­try ma­chin­ery, but the one cho­sen for the time be­ing is the small­est in a line made in Italy by MEC. We doubt very much that it can work full-time. It looks more suited for a small shop that would like to re­cy­cle its waste than a pro­duc­tion ma­chine able to work, with a sin­gle op­er­a­tor, for a full day.

Hav­ing said this, the pub­lic re­la­tions dis­as­ter that the Museum has cre­ated is tak­ing on a life of its own. Di­rect neigh­bours are al­most ad­mit­ting that there were no shops in their own back­yard and that their prop­erty val­ues will dis­in­te­grate overnight, a lot hav­ing bought nice houses at about a fifth of what it would cost else­where. Strange and un­heard legalese seems to be the norm; some­how the Min­is­ter of Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment, En­vi­ron­ment and the Fight against Cli­mate Change will pro­vide a his­tory of the shop if asked prop­erly un­der an ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion re­quest. Since the gran­ite in­dus­try is a big pro­ducer of tomb­stones, most of the re­quests will be provided af­ter those who asked for the in­for­ma­tion are 6 feet un­der. It would not be funny if not for the fact that the present min­is­ter, David Heur­tel, is a for­mer vice-pres­i­dent of Just for Laughs.

On the other side of the equa­tion is the Mayor/ Pres­i­dent who is not ex­actly telling the whole story to the French me­dia. Legally, there is ju­rispru­dence back­ing him: he can be pres­i­dent of any­thing he wants. But since not one of the jour­nal­ists asked him about his pres­i­dency as mayor of an of­fi­cially con­vened town meet­ing, all the while an­swer­ing ques­tions from the au­di­ence, he has es­caped all ques­tions about his be­hav­iour, since no­body asked him.

Mean­while the cit­i­zens are or­gan­is­ing a com­mit­tee, cir­cu­lat­ing a pe­ti­tion and are hop­ing that the project never goes for­ward in their back­yard.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

The or­gan­is­ers at last Mon­day’s meet­ing ex­plain­ing their ap­proach to the two dozen peo­ple as­sem­bled.

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