We are a nation of wimps
The Municipality of Cumberland County celebrated National Volunteer and Provincial Volunteer Week in April. Volunteers were nominated by their Cumberland volunteer organizations in order to show appreciation for contributions to their communities.
The Cumberland Recognition Evening, on Wednesday, April 26, began at 6 p.m. at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill. We were welcomed by Mike Johnson and received opening remarks by Warden Al Gillis and by Hon. James Baillie, MLA for Cumberland South.
When entering the CIBC Common Room, we were given a remarkable pamphlet of the program, including listing all the volunteers, stating their individual contributions and the organizations, which they represented. Drew Moore playing music gave a pleasant background.
After the dinner was completed, 51 volunteers were given certificates of thanks from National Volunteer Week 2017, from the Province of Nova Scotia and from the organization which each volunteer represented. From the front stage, each volunteer had their name read, were asked to stand where each one was seated, had their specific contributions read to everyone in the room and were given the three certificates. It was an emotional and splendid emotion for each individual (I think that is safe to say for all volunteers.)
Barbara Palmer, councillor for District 6, received at her Wentworth office eight photos of the eight volunteers representing the Wentworth/Westchester area: Darlene Montrose, Kevin Sprague, Marie Duranceau, Sonya Seymour, Hope Bridgewater, Todd Seymour, Jessica Palmer and Christine Henderson.
Barbara Palmer sent the eight photos to me, and it was decided to send them to three local newspapers in order to give more thanks to volunteers and also to thank all the volunteers not mentioned here.
We all appreciated being representatives of the Wentworth Historical Society, Wentworth Learning Centre Cooperative, Wentworth Pioneers, Wentworth Recreation Association, Wentworth United Church and the Westchester Volunteer Fire Department, Ladies Aid Auxiliary, Eagles Hill Cemetery and Wesleyan Church Group.
This Volunteer Recognition Evening was a wonderful ceremony and event.
I recently wrote our ancestors endured great hardship when they landed in America.
They hacked down forests and tried to survive in the new land. Now, they would roll over in their graves if they knew North Americans had become a nation of wimps. Readers of my column confirmed my damning verdict.
J.W. from B.C responded, “Thanks for your refreshing honesty, calling a spade a spade. We do take a pill for every damn ache and pain. I don’t think you have ice-water in your veins, hope you keep up the good work, and maybe politicians will deal with drug abuse in an intelligent way instead of pandering to bleeding hearts.”
From C.P. “Oh my God! Your column was beautifully written. I read it twice and now it’s on my fridge.”
J.R. in Canada, “Our once great nation is going down the drain at neck-breaking speed and few seem to realize it. There is too much political correctness and human rights nonsense. More articles pls.”
Readers did not spare some doctors. BS in the U.S. said, “My teenagers had their wisdom teeth removed and received 60 oxycodone pills, and needed none.”
C.B. replied, “I was in Wales when Hitler invaded Poland and remember life in Britain during the Second World War. North Americans need an emergency situation to shake people out of their self-indulgence, but it is not very likely.”
I received a few responses which confirmed I had ice water in my veins. H.M. said, “I usually disagree with your columns, your inflammatory way of expressing your ideas and often the gross generalizations. The recent column is one of your classic rants. I often wonder if you believe in what you write. You come off sounding like the worst of right-wing radio talk.”
Another critic agreed, “Your message is 20 years out-of-date. I found your article regrettably polemic. I could refute your arguments one by one.”
I regret I can’t report all the emails as I received hundreds. But the message I received over and over was that if someone wants to commit suicide with opioid drugs, let him do so. And that too many bleeding heart liberals are running and bankrupting our great country.
One thanked me for my “timeless wisdom,” which I loved, and for providing the chance to voice an opinion. Another that the column was “a pure dose of strong medicine.”
The majority of responses revealed that most people believe that prescription and illegal drugs have become such a major part of our society that there is little hope the societal pendulum will swing the other way.
As one reader wrote, “The only hope is to arm our children with backbone and teach them about self-discipline, responsibility and holistic medicine.”