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We would be re­miss if we didn't men­tion the re­cent pass­ing of Jack Cun­can­non, a quiet man, with amaz­ing tal­ent. Like most, we will al­ways re­mem­ber him play­ing key­board with any num­ber of lo­cal bands, and like most guys with his abil­ity, not a piece of mu­sic.

Con­do­lences to his fam­ily, Jack was one of the "good guys". And if that is a Seg­way to this next piece, so be it. If read­ers want to watch and hear some amaz­ing tal­ent, take in any part of this year's Mu­sic Fes­ti­val at var­i­ous venues around town. Ev­ery year, this event is the pin­na­cle of a lot of hard work by the hun­dreds of mu­si­cally tal­ented peo­ple who en­ter the fes­ti­val. Pick up a pro­gram at Wade's Jew­ellery, or River­side Phar­macy, then plot where to go and what you would like to watch. It is a lot fun, and you will be amazed at what you see. The fes­ti­val runs March 14-25.

Steven Tyler (from Aero­smith), fans will get a laugh out of his new tv com­mer­cial tout­ing Skit­tles candy. Seems an un­likely match-up, but some ad cre­ator made it work. Funny stuff.

Into a restau­rant the other day, and passed two ladies in a small car, try­ing their best to fit it into a clear­ly­marked hand­i­capped park­ing stall. Funny thing was, they had no hand­i­capped ve­hi­cle pass hang­ing from the mir­ror. We didn't stick around long enough to see if ei­ther oc­cu­pant had one or put it on be­fore ex­it­ing their ve­hi­cle.

But one thing we did no­tice, was that when they both passed the ta­ble where we were sit­ting, they walked in, un­aided, no canes, wheel­chairs, walk­ers.

Some­what an­noy­ing. Now here is some­thing for the coffee crowd to di­gest. Re­ceived a let­ter the other day, that we have no way of ver­i­fy­ing the facts, but it seems the num­bers quoted are rea­son­able, so take it as re­li­able for the mo­ment.

The au­thor was re­lat­ing the fact that the av­er­age oil­field worker earned some­where in the area of $154,000 per year, (ac­cord­ing to the Fi­nan­cial Post, so he said). Taxes on th­ese work­ers would to­tal in the neigh­bour­hood of $44,000 per year. Now that is source de­duc­tions, and noth­ing or lit­tle to write off in the form of ex­penses.

If you con­sider there have been 86,000 work­ers laid off in Al­berta, and an un­de­ter­mined amount in Saskatchewan, say an­other 14,000, you have 100,000 work­ers no longer pay­ing taxes to the Feds.

Now mul­ti­ply that num­ber of work­ers, by the amount of taxes, it ex­ceeds $4.4 Bil­lion dol­lars, that the govern­ment is NOT get­ting from busi­ness, your money to spend on be­half of all Cana­di­ans.

Now take that num­ber and fig­ure out how much those work­ers, at least those who can­not or have not found other em­ploy­ment, will be re­ceiv­ing on EI, and paid from a govern­ment that has no money.

Stag­ger­ing.

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