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The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear ed­i­tor,

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.

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