Noth­ing wrong with a lit­tle Gar­nish

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor,

Re­cently, a news or­ga­ni­za­tion in this prov­ince did an ar­ti­cle on my home­town of Gar­nish, in which it por­trayed Gar­nish as a dy­ing com­mu­nity.

I was ap­palled by the ar­ti­cle be­cause let me tell you the town is any­thing but dy­ing. Yes, there is out­mi­gra­tion there, some­thing that has al­ways hap­pened in this prov­ince and will al­ways hap­pen, but there are many young fam­i­lies there and new homes, some­thing the ar­ti­cle con­ve­niently for­got to men­tion.

If any­thing, Gar­nish is the ex­am­ple of what a ru­ral town should and could hope to be. There are many new homes there with young fam­i­lies, the fish­ery is thriv­ing, those not in­volved in the fish­ery are in­volved in other in­dus­tries such as the off­shore, ed­u­ca­tion, health care.

There are chil­drens’ groups for the many young peo­ple who live there, adult dances rou­tinely draw a crowd, the two shops are rou­tinely busy, three school buses trans­port the chil­dren back and forth to school each day, the fish­ery is the main in­dus­try and is thriv­ing in the town, with many fish­er­men liv­ing in new homes and hav­ing new boats.

So, I say to the peo­ple who did this ar­ti­cle: Next time you do it maybe present both sides of the story and not just the neg­a­tive be­cause if I were to use Gar­nish in the news, I’d ad­ver­tise it as the def­i­ni­tion of what a ru­ral town should be and not one that is dy­ing. The many young fam­i­lies in the town are tes­ta­ment to that.

Tony Ducey French­man’s Cove

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