For­tu­nate to live in a coun­try like ours

Truro Daily News - - Opinion -

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

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