Not looking for handouts
I read a letter in your Feb. 10 issue from a Mr. Jim Bradbury in Ontario.
I don’t know if he is a Newfoundlander. I hope not, we don’t need his kind.
He started by asking: Buddy, can you spare a billion? Then when will common sense prevail?
I wonder if he would know the difference. I would like to inform him we have honest, decent, hardworking, God-fearing people here on the rock.
My father joined the army at age 17, and went from Day 1 till the last day (of the War). He came home a broken man. A few years later we were hit with the Depression during the 1930s, which were 10 years with nothing. It affected not only us, but Mainland Canada as well.
I saw my father many time with the mark of the robe in his back from hauling wood to keep us warm. He lived to age 83. He reared four sons. One taught school till sickness forced him to quit, and he died shortly after. Another worked for the same company for 32 years. The other two are still going strong and don’t hold out their hands to anyone. And there are hundreds here like them.
Before we joined Canada or ever heard of EI (Employment Insurance), we survived, and we will again if we have to because we have guts and know how.
So my advice to Mr. Bradbury is, before you decide to put us down, stop and ask yourself, am I degrading better people than I am? Also ask God to give you love and compassion in your heart towards our fellow man. God bless you! We love our little island home.