Shame, con­do­lences, our team

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON

It’s a shame that, for yet an­other sum­mer, Alexan­dri­ans won’t have easy ac­cess to the gazebo at Sand­field Park.

For years, you could ac­cess the gazebo is­land by a move­able bridge. You could have a pic­nic there or just hang out in the gazebo and stare out at the wa­ter.

Not any­more. If you want to visit the is­land, you’ll have to swim or take a boat. But the bridge isn’t com­ing back.

North Glen­garry Mayor Chris McDonell says it’s be­cause the gazebo has long been a hot spot for van­dal­ism. That’s hardly sur­pris­ing. At night, the is­land is shrouded in dark­ness and it’s not a place the po­lice pa­trol reg­u­larly. And since ev­ery com­mu­nity has its fair share of de­gen­er­ate mo­rons who think it’s funny to break stuff – well, you could say that the prover­bial writ­ing is on the wall (and it is, lit­er­ally, on the walls of the gazebo. Some of the words can’t be printed here.)

Van­dal­ism is such a rot­ten crime be­cause it’s com­pletely sense­less. Theft, at least, can be ex­plained. A thief might steal some­thing be­cause he’s hun­gry or has bills to pay, but van­dal­iz­ing some­thing ac­com­plishes ab­so­lutely noth­ing. All it does is give a brief adren­a­line rush to the de­gen­er­ate mo­rons who com­mit it.

I’m not sure who van­dal­ized the gazebo but I’d love to get their names – and if they’re un­der 18, I’d love to show the Young Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act the same dis­re­spect they showed the gazebo by print­ing their names and pic­tures on the front page. I’d en­cour­age readers to stop th­ese dum­mies on the street and tell them ex­actly what they think of them.

Mo­rons like this are the rea­son we can’t have nice things.

Con­do­lences

I’m go­ing to miss Sash Kramer, the Glen Robert­son res­i­dent who passed away on May 3. Sash worked in the meat depart­ment at Your In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer in Alexandria but I will al­ways re­mem­ber her for her love of live mu­sic and her pro­cliv­ity for climb­ing on­stage to sing a song with the rock band.

I met Sash at the At­lantic here in Alexandria about a dozen years ago. She was there to sup­port her friend’s rock band and she promised me she was go­ing to sing a num­ber with them. This she did and the num­ber was Mus­tang Sally. She also sang Alice Cooper’s song Be My Lover but Mus­tang Sally was the song she truly owned. I am not the only Glen­gar­rian who will for­ever as­so­ciate that song with her. You will be missed, Sash.

Cana­dian Jets

It seems the whole coun­try has gone Jets crazy. Here we are, round 3 of the Stan­ley Cup play­offs still in its in­fancy, and the Win­nipeg Jets are the only Cana­dian team left vy­ing for the holy grail. It seems like ev­ery­one north of the 49th is cheer­ing for them so they can bring the Cup back to Canada for the first time since 1993.

But how big a vic­tory would it be for Canada re­ally?

Of the four teams left, the Win­nipeg Jets have the sec­ond small­est num­ber of Cana­di­ans on their ros­ter. They have 11; the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals have only eight. Com­pare that with the Jets’ cur­rent op­po­nent, the Ve­gas Golden Knights, who have 24 Cana­di­ans. Heck they have more Cana­di­ans play­ing for­ward than Win­nipeg has on their en­tire squad. The other re­main­ing team, the Tampa Bay Light­ning, has 18 Cana­di­ans.

What to do with this knowl­edge? Well, we can do what we want with it. The world of pro­fes­sional sports de­mands that we el­e­vate emo­tion over logic, so most of us will prob­a­bly throw that knowl­edge away and scream “Go Jets Go!”

And I’ll prob­a­bly be among them.

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