A different perspective


You certainly get a different perspective when you go to the fair with a four-year-old grandchild.


Dana and I hardly got out of the midway Saturday at the Ripley Fall Fair.


Four-year-olds just want to go on rides, lots of rides. Livestock, the parade? Not interested.


The youngsters were having a great time, but I don’t know about some of the parents and grandparents.

One grandfather said to Dana, “There’s nothing but bees and line-ups.


I’m sure the youngsters will all want to return next year, some adults, I don’t know.




As usual, the Ripley Fair enjoyed perfect weather Saturday and attracted a huge crowd. That makes all the hard work by organizers gratifying.



Now, Tiverton organizers have to hope they receive the same break with the weatherman this weekend.




Those scavenger wasps or yellowjackets, whatever you call them, certainly take over in this area Sept. 1.  They show up at fairs, picnics and wherever there is food outside to make life miserable.


Too bad they aren’t interested in neonicotinoid pesticides.


 being killed by neonicotinoids which are applied to corn and soybean seeds.


Why don’t chemical companies have to prove their products kill only the targeted insects before they get approval for use from Health Canada?


Something to do with money, I assume.




When Canadians and Americans read about the violence in the Middle East, Pakistan, Iraq, they likely believe the people of those areas slightly crazed.


Stories such as: car bomb kills 24; mosque bomb kills 96, etc make you wonder at the sanity of people.

But look at the United States of America.


On any given day, there are 272 shootings in the U.S. A. Of those, 86 people die, including eight children.

Is the United States much different from, say, the Middle East. People in that area of the world likely believe Americans to be crazy.


Americans have been abandoned by their politicians.


In the States, the gun lobby controls the politicians, so there will no laws forthcoming to restrict the use of automatic weapons or keep guns out of the hands of wackos.


Too many politicians in the U.S. fan hatred of the left or right to push their own agendas instead of working together to build a better country.


There seems to be plague of such politicians in every corner of the globe.


Some of our politicians in Ottawa have been indulging in such rhetoric – it’s time that behavior came to an end.




Little wonder Canadians have lost faith in their politicians.


Prime Minister Stephen Harper first got elected by promising to bring ethics and accountability to Ottawa. His government wouldn’t be like the “corrupt” Liberal government.


More broken promises.


This past week was a comedy of errors – except it’s not funny.


An imprisoned mafia boss in Montreal who owed the government more than $1.5 million in back taxes was sent a tax refund in the $400,000 range by the Canada Revenue Agency. And the Harper government has cut the tax department’s Special Enforcement Program that concentrated on things like organized crime.


Dean Del Mastro, MP for Peterborough, Harper’s parliamentary secretary, was charged last week by Elections Canada for electoral fraud. He was immediately kicked out of the Conservative caucus.


Then there are the two senators Harper appointed to the Senate, Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin. Both are under investigation by the RCMP for inexplicable expense claims.


None of the above has resigned from the Senate or the Commons. I guess they want to stay on the gravy train.

In Ottawa, they preach law and order, and how the government is tough on crime.

I guess law and order applies only to the working stiff, not to the fat cat Conservative hanger-on in Ottawa.