A dangerous profession

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Editorial

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.

The NHL had already cancelled games but CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada will stay on the air with old, memorable games. How is Don Cherry going to rant about an old hockey game? And will anyone hear him rant? I don’t imagine ratings will be good for old hockey games.

The sports channels are going to have problems too.

Sportscasters and sports writers must realize by now that explaining labour agreements doesn’t have much to do with sports.

But, really, how are they going to fill air time this winter when there are no coaches being fired, when no player suffers a concussion, when there are no call-ups from the minors?

You have to feel for sports types. They’re going to look like deer in the headlights if this lockout continues.

Maybe they can find new sports to cover – chug-a-jug, tug of war, dominoes, etc. But that won’t cut it with hockey fans.

When television ratings and newspaper sales drop, so will the jobs of the sportscasters and reporters.

Their futures are in doubt unless the NHL owners and their players settle their dispute.

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A story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week says Canada and U.S. are being pressured to restore water levels in Lakes Huron and Michigan.

The crux of the matter is that human meddling in the St. Clair River has led to a permanent drop of about 16 inches from Michigan’s and Huron’s long-term average.

Will the two governments do anything to stem the flow through the St. Clair River is the question?

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I must be starting to feel better – I even watched some of the Kincardine council meeting on television.

I was puzzled by the fact that staff recommended an out-of-town company for some sign contracts, even though a local sign company’s bid was considerably lower.

Fortunately councillor Mike Leggett questioned the recommendation and council awarded the contract to the local company. He said the local company’s bid was $2,000 less.

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Notice how no one seems to be to accountable when things go wrong in today’s society.

An Alberta meat plant has had to recall millions of pounds of meat products because some of it may be infected with e-coli.

The company, XL Foods, finally apologizes. No names in the apology, just the company.

The agriculture minister says that federal government’s cutbacks in inspection staff had nothing to do with the problem. Actually, he refuses to elaborate on why the company continued to process meat after e-coli was discovered in early September – by U.S. inspectors at the border.

While the screw up has affected the health of some Canadians and will perhaps have a long term effect on the cattle industry, no one is apparently to blame.

It is one of the advantages of living in a corporate world.