Trou­bled by tur­bu­lence

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - The News, Jac­ques La­joie Cer­ti­fied Con­struc­tion Health and Safety Of­fi­cer Alexan­dria

The Ed­i­tor, Read­ing the let­ter sent in by one of your readers from Hud­son ( Gimli Glider blame, Au­gust 15), I am a lit­tle trou­bled by his take on the Gimli news ar­ti­cle.

We all live in a fast paced world of in­stant news on so­cial me­dia and of fake news sto­ries.

My view on the Gimli in­ci­dent fo­cuses on the won­der­ful out­come due to the pi­lot’s fly­ing abil­i­ties. The news ar­ti­cle was great and I hope there are more to come like this one.

I met Bob Pear­son and his part­ner Pearl Dionne last win­ter while play­ing at the Alexan­dria curl­ing club. He was great to play with and even taught me a few tricks of the game. His love for curl­ing and his ca­ma­raderie are fun to see. Many lo­cal curlers are glad to have him around an­swer­ing many ques­tions about that fa­mous glider flight in­ci­dent and sav­ing all those lives.

I work in the con­struc­tion en­vi­ron­ment and this is cer­tainly a work­place that can be dan­ger­ous. Mis­takes are made and shall be made in ev­ery job and ev­ery sit­u­a­tion out there. We work, we make mis­takes, we learn and at the end of the day we go home safely to our fam­ily. This goes for any trade.

Point­ing blame misses the mark; mak­ing the best of a se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion is the story here. I and many oth­ers from Glen­garry are proud to have Bob as a great lo­cal per­son and a hero. Hope to curl some more with you this win­ter and maybe I can get more tips on the sport. I would be the first pas­sen­ger to get on a plane with Bob Pear­son at the helm. Good luck with the movie.

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