Renewing our faith
We used some pretty harsh words — knaves and miscreants — last week in this space to describe those who carried out a break and enter at Western Bay Pharmacy.
The incident was quite unsettling, and caused us to take a tough stance. We joined with police in calling for information on the crime, which saw the culprits use a veritable tool bag of items to gain entry into the business.
As of Friday, police had not reported any major breaks in the case, but two persons of interest who are "not from the immediate area" have been identified.
But alas, our faith in humankind has been renewed, and it's because of experiences we encountered in the region last week.
First, we met five fabulous ladies — all breast cancer survivors — in Carbonear during a visit of the Canadian Cancer Foundation's Tour for the Cure bus. Their attitudes and outlook on life were an inspiration. And with no apologies to the Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto, we took to calling these ladies the "Fab Five" around The Compass office.
They are featured prominently in today's edition, and deservedly so. They faced down cancer with courage and determination, and can literally jump for joy these days. They have plenty of advice about the importance of mammograms, breast self-exams and more, and both women and men should pay attention.
Secondly, we witnessed the homecoming of M/Cpl. Eddie George to his hometown of Whiteway. He came home on a three-week mid-deployment leave from Afghanistan, where he is stationed at an isolated base in the mountains, maintaining communications equipment for fellow Canadian Forces soldiers serving in the war-torn country.
Dozens of family and friends turned out to greet Eddie during a special reception at the local community centre, but not before a cheerful motorcade through the town. It was small-town spirit at its best.
The most touching moment came when Eddie's seven-year-old son, Alex, ran to greet his father for the first time in many weeks.
There are many depressing things happening in our society, but as these examples prove, there's also plenty to be hopeful about. Dear editor,
Eighteen years since the cod moratorium. Fishermen are taking up their crab pots not because they have their quota, but because there is no crab to catch.
On July 8, I listened to an interview on The Fisheries Broadcast. Host John Furlong was speaking with fisherman Larry Pinsent and a crab scientist, Earl Dawe, on the collapse of the crab stocks.
When asked the question what is causing the collapse, no one had the answer.
Ever since the cod moratorium, we have been fishing the crab species to the