Stories, not there for the telling
When I set out to write this article, I was hoping to hear stories of wartime experiences passed along by First World War veterans to family members.
As I spoke to more people who knew veterans, however, it became apparent these men seldom, if ever, spoke about the war. So, I changed my course and set out to answer why this was the case.
To that end, I sought the opinion of a Memorial University history professor. He emphasized that the men wanted to move on from their experiences and felt only fellow veterans could understand what they went through. I feel the story attempts to seriously provide insight into the minds of men who were otherwise silent about their wartime experiences. In that way, it gives them a voice – a voice reminding us that we can never truly understand what they went through and their experiences belong to them and them alone.
I learned, through pursuing and writing this article, that they have every right to keep their experiences to themselves. And we, in turn, must honour that.
When asked what my favourite story of 2018 was I was conflicted about choosing this. It’s the most important story I’ve written this year, in my opinion, and one that should concern people more.
It’s deeply concerning that the province is waffling on whether to clearcut the Muskrat Falls reservoir based on what appears to be nothing more than the opposition of one of the groups involved in the Independent Expert Advisory Committee. Nowhere in the terms of reference for the IEAC does it say the recommendations have to be unanimous, but the government is using it as a reason to hold off on making this decision, which could have long lasting impacts on all the people of Labrador, not just one group.
Should the opinion (and it’s nothing but an opinion) of one stakeholder mean the rest of the people of Labrador should be subjected to the potential poisoning of the ecosystem? Of course, this hasn’t gotten much traction in the overall scope of the Muskrat Falls saga. With the inquiry going on, people are worried about the money trail and whose fault it is. People are concerned their power bills will rise. That’s the hot topic, not the poisoning of the Lake Melville ecosystem. Evan Careen
Wilfred Boyd, 87, holds a picture of his father Joseph Boyd who served in the First World War and his brother, Arthur Boyd, who served in Second World War, in his St. Anthony home.