We are a na­tion of wimps

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COMMUNITY - Dr. Gif­ford Jones The Doc­tor Game

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.”

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