Letter: Are We That Good? Really?

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Firstly I want to congratulate you on your fine editorial of May 26th re “be kind, be calm, be safe.” You expressed concern over the less fortunate crammed into close quarters in the big cities like Toronto and inferred we should share the wealth via our wide-open spaces. And certainly, we should. It’s the humane thing to do.

Enough of this “dog in a manger” approach that somehow, we who live in Northern Bruce are superior to the rabble in the cities and they should be kept out. And these foolish arguments that local grocery stores will run out of food are as silly as they are self serving – wholesalers will hustle up all the grub that money can buy – always have and always will (in Canada anyway.)

I was distressed to read in the most recent issue that some locals have not yet put the hammer down. New slogans like financial privilege are appearing. The sense of superiority that would enable “4 women to politely inform a family picnicking” that it wasn’t allowed. What were the visitors to do? Pack up immediately and throw their food in the trash? Use the nonexistent Community picnic facilities?

I’m given to understand that 2 of the younger picnickers told the interlopers some such words like “~stick it where the sun don’t shine”. But it didn’t end there. The four busybodies then spoke to an “older woman” whose behaviour they didn’t like and then “felt so threatened and concerned” that they dialed 911.

And so our hard-earned tax money paid for the appearance of the fire department and all their gear and the OPP all due to a family picnicking – this has to stop! 

Now John, you slipped a bit in your latest editorial. Anyone following the downward spiraling economic conditions of both Canada and the US, the desperation developing due to joblessness, the greatly increased suicide rate, etc. would know that reopening the economy was just around the corner. Secondly, the fact that most other countries started opening in the last two weeks would be a second clue.

Again, this infernal division of every topic into an us versus them is tiring in the extreme. It is not the economy vs. health. They are both intimately intertwined – opposite sides of the same coin. Sadly many folks are dying due to regulations delaying cancer treatment, delaying heart treatment, mental illness rates are skyrocketing, poverty is screaming upward. We have to get moving, wear a mask, look after ourselves and our families and stop judging others.

Regards,

Kevin Doyle,

Dorcas Bay