Duelling letter writers cross swords over NDP
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