Fortunate to live in a country like ours
To the editor:
Re: A Short Local History of the Blueberry
On Aug. 24/17, I sat in my living room enjoying my morning tea and scanning the local Truro Daily News. Normally, I do not read all the articles in the newspaper but pick and choose. Just by chance, I happened across the above article about how blueberries became such a huge industry within Colchester and Cumberland Counties. This profitable industry was the result of the efforts of Charles Earle (Ray) Sargent and the Bragg family of Oxford.
The short history recounted by an unknown author contained a paragraph which is definitely an affront or an attack on any serving member who has fought and many who died in the “two great wars” or any other conflict for our democracy and freedoms. Certainly, one paragraph contained in this distasteful, offensive article is most definitely a blatant insult to all who served. The referenced paragraph is as follows:
“...So when the men went off to kill and die during the last century’s two great wars, the women came down from the hills to live in the busy little towns, like Parrsboro and Oxford, built along rivers and harbours”.
I definitely took great offence to this statement. Certainly, I am not familiar with any soldier – male or female – who left their homes to go off to war “to kill and die”.
In my family, I have five uncles and a father who fought in WWII as well as my husband’s father who fought in WWII and a cousin who fought in WWI. Fortunately for them and for us, they were able to return home physically unharmed and as far as I know mentally stable. If it were not for our Armed Forces men and women, our world would be a much different place today. A statement, such as the one I have referenced, would no doubt cause the author a great deal of problems.
At this time of year specifically, we are indeed grateful for all our freedoms. There is hardly a day goes by that I do not say either to myself or to someone else that we are so very fortunate to be living in a democratic and free country such as ours.
I give sincere thanks to all those men and women who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. I am more than certain as well that many, many people who resided in the battlefields of WWI and WWII and who are free today because of our Canadian soldiers feel the same.
Again, I want to reiterate the fact that Canadians did not go off to war “to kill and die” but to fight for the freedoms which we all share and enjoy today – including the freedom to express our opinions openly.
“They did not go there to fight or to kill the people they hate but to fight and to protect the people they love”. Unknown author. Angela Reid, Proud Mother of
Cpl. Christopher Jonathan Reid CD MiD KIA 03AUG2006 Pashmul, Afghanistan