Du­elling let­ter writ­ers cross swords over NDP

The Compass - - OPINION -

I write in re­sponse to the let­ter head­lined “A re­but­tal to at­tack on the NDP,” which was au­thored by Bill West­cott and ap­peared in the July 2, 2013 print edi­tion of The Com­pass.

To bor­row a line from Wil­liam Shake­speare: “Me­thinks thou dost protest too much.”

Mr. West­cott, your ire is re­ally show­ing. My re­flec­tions on Tianan­men Square, that you didn’t think was wor­thy of comment, were very timely. Th­ese atroc­i­ties took place in June and I felt a pub­lic re­minder was war­ranted, my­self in­cluded, to ask again, why did this hap­pen?

I’m very dis­ap­pointed you felt it nec­es­sary to use my name in such a rude man­ner. I will not take your sug­ges­tions, sir, but be­ing a Chris­tian, I for­give you.

I have no in­ten­tion of speak­ing ill of the dead, but your let­ter begs me to ask, re­gard­ing your quote, “The beloved Jack Lay­ton.” Was he beloved by all? As a per­son, all in­di­ca­tions lead me to be­lieve he was. But as the NDP leader? Other then by the NDP it­self, of course.

Please mind your as­sump­tions. You also as­sumed my train of thought as well, which was er­ro­neous. My let­ter was mak­ing a cor­re­la­tion be­tween the NDP, so­cial­ism and com­mu­nism. Some­thing, I feel, we could all be made aware of.

The Ox­ford Dic­tionary has a good def­i­ni­tion of this line of thought. I called no one a “com­mie,” as you in­ti­mated. Name-call­ing is a waste of time and en­ergy.

It was very in­ter­est­ing to me, how­ever, in your let­ter, the times you used the words so­cial and so­cial­ism when re­fer­ring to the NDP, just as I had done in my pre­vi­ous let­ter.

Now am I to be­lieve that the MCP, Canada Pen­sion and OHS are to­tally the credit of the NDP? I hardly think so. Many oth­ers hold a re­spon­si­bil­ity for this as well.

Mr. West­cott, all par­ties have and have had great men and women that are ded­i­cated to their cause. We just owe it to our­selves and each other to make ev­ery­one aware of the in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing th­ese causes, the good, the bad and the ugly, what­ever ap­plies.

I cer­tainly know where your al­le­giance lies and that’s your pre­rog­a­tive. I have mine.

Here ends the les­son. God bless us all, and God guard th­ese New­found­land and Labrador. — Joy French-Cole­man writes from

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