Editor's Notebook

The end of the world?

We only have a week or so before the world comes to end, according to those who believe in the Mayan Calendar.

Apparently quite a few people believe that the world will end Dec. 21.

What else could explain the antics of people here and abroad?

Tory leader Tim Hudak announced last week that a PC government would end the LCBO and Beer Store monopolies. He wants to get the private sector involved in the booze business.

The LCBO is one of the few things that the province runs correctly; last year it made a profit of $1.6 billion and it provides very good service. Would anyone in their right mind want to break it up?


Here and there

The Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus parade Saturday night in Kincardine had great participation and everyone seemed to be having fun.

 

The parade took a good half hour to pass – so on a per capita basis we left Toronto in the dust.

 

Hats off to organizers and participants.

 

No one paid much attention to the “no parking” signs organizers put up Saturday and a driver disrupted the event by “joining” the parade, so to speak.

 

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Actually, there was a bit of a miracle in the parade.

 


Decisions, decisions

According to Kincardine municipal staff, the annex (old post office) has operated at a loss of more than $12,000 since 2010.

The Kincardine Chamber of Commerce uses and maintains part of the building and rents out space to the Kincardine News, owned by Quebecor, owner of Sun Media.

So in this age of strident capitalism, Kincardine taxpayers are, in effect, subsidizing a business organization and Quebecor, Canada’s largest newspaper chain.

And Quebecor’s Sun Media puts a lot of effort into criticizing taxpayer support of the CBC.

Funny situation – except for Kincardine taxpayers.

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Even a worm will turn

After the past week, people should pick up a book of proverbs or aphorisms and read it.

Surely U.S. General David Petraecus must have heard a couple maxims that pertain to his situation. “Love is blind.” has been around since Chaucer’s time.  Whatever, Petraecus and his young, lithe lover were “blind” to the consequences of being caught.

Or he could have thought of, “There’s no fool like an old fool”.

Still on fools, the gangsters of Montreal and area have kept an eye on some of the proverbs, such as: “A fool and his money are soon parted.”


No control

I got hooked when I started watching the Kincardine council meeting last Wednesday. It was rather riveting.

My first reaction – why would anyone want the thankless job of serving on council representing the concerns of taxpayers?

The first major presentation came from an anti-nuke person who is against the deep geologic repository (DGR) planned to store low and intermediate level nuclear waste. She wanted more information.

OPG and NWMO have been explaining this project to the public for six or seven years and it’s hard to believe that there are still people who don’t know about it. Council approved it years ago; what’s more, the vast majority believes the DGR poses no danger.

I have to give council credit for politely listening and answering questions; I don’t know if I would have had the patience.


Something to think about

A leading neurosurgeon is calling for better protection from head injuries for young athletes.

Robert Cantu of Boston University urged the outlawing of tackling in football, heading in soccer and body-checking in youth hockey.

Speaking Friday at a Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) conference in Zurich, Switzerland on concussions, Cantu said, “It’s best not to have blows to the head under age 14.” He told the Associated Press, “The bottom line is that we need to make sports safer for our children.”

The doctor is working on a research project involving 100 retired NFL players. The project seeks a diagnosis for brain disease linked to multiple concussions.

The doctor’s comments should be a wake-up call for parents and for those who run minor sports.


The brotherhood

Oct.29, 1980 was a beautiful fall day when the Avalon Voyager, built in Clarenville, Newfoundland, in 1948, left the Kincardine harbour around 6 p.m.

The ship had spent the past few years in the Kincardine harbour as a floating restaurant and owner Hank Buitendyk wanted to reach Cape Hurd by day break.

Things went fine until 3:30 a.m. when the old freighter was hit by gale force winds. The lake always seems to turn nasty come November. As I write this, it sounds like we were to get high winds and heavy rain Tuesday from Hurricane Sandy.


The House is locked

Dana and I got away to Toronto for a couple of days last week, but in a way, it was a busman’s holiday.

 

Two of the places we visited had photography displays. We toured Ryerson University’s new image centre and saw the World Press Photo exhibition at Brookfield Place, which is next door to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

 

My reaction to the World Press Photos, award winning spot news photos of 2011, is that we’re fortunate to live in this part of the world.

 


Knowledge

You have likely seen the articles I wrote on stroke elsewhere in this week’s paper. I’ll just make a few comments and hope to never again have to broach the subject.

I guess I learned the hard way that the body changes as you age and I should have been paying more attention, even though I felt fine, had lots of energy and was in good shape.

High blood pressure had a lot to do with me having a stroke, say the doctors.  It is just one of the risk factors that you can try to control to prevent a stroke. The others include high cholesterol, irregular heart beat, diabetes, smoking, being overweight, excessive alcohol consumption and failure to manage stress.

I likely didn’t handle the stress in my life well either.


A dangerous profession

I dropped out of the sports reporting fraternity a few decades ago.

It was a good move.

Things are not looking good for sports writers and broadcasters on the national stage, here and abroad.

In Somalia, a wacko religious group has been killing sports reporters – 14 so far this year. The group believes sport is un-Islamic and so is taking it out on the messengers.

Closer to home, I’m concerned that sports gurus will take to drink or something stronger if the NHL doesn’t resume soon.