The high road

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Editorial

Some of us take the high road, some of us the low road. Some drift and some never learn. Human nature never changes.

 

Police reports for decades have listed individuals caught drinking and driving. Losing your driver’s licence is a costly mistake but many drivers continue to have to prove it to themselves.

 

Last week, the CBC aired a news piece on how some Canadians are despoiling our countryside by dumping their garbage along quiet country roads.

 

In the Middle East, radical Islamists continue to kill innocent people.

 

The oil industry continues to do all it can to discredit scientists who say greenhouse gases are causing climate change. If something is not soon done on a global scale, we’ll make the earth uninhabitable.

 

A judicial inquiry reported last week that the deadly collapse of a mall in Elliot Lake two years ago was caused by decades of incompetence, neglect, greed and dishonesty by a succession of owners, engineers and municipal officials.

Human nature can be ugly.

 

I’m getting tired of reading and hearing that we in the west could handle a few cases of Ebola with no trouble.

 

Putting too much faith in human nature and our systems can be dangerous

 

The Americans said they were prepared for the arrival of Ebola on their shores. They would have no trouble containing the virus.

 

So what happened? Last week, a nurse who treated an Ebola patient in Texas is now in hospital herself – but not before possibly infecting many more people by flying to Cleveland and back for a visit.

 

The U.S. is retooling its Ebola policy now.

 

In our country, politicians and public health officials say Canada could handle Ebola if it arrives here. I hope they’re right and we are better prepared than the U.S. But success in controlling the disease depends on everyone involved doing his or her job correctly.

 

If Ebola should arrive in Canada or elsewhere, it will cost millions of dollars to keep it under control.

 

I can’t figure out why Canada, the U.S. and other countries haven’t poured more resources into West Africa to eliminate Ebola. Canada has finally promised much more aid. Hopefully other countries will do the same and the disease will be brought under control.

 

Fortunately, many more people take the high road than the low one. And so there is hope that Ebola will be defeated, that climate change will be slowed, that moderates will eventually gain control in the Middle East and the world will remain a beautiful place.

 

One of those who has taken the high road is Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. In his new book, Around the World in 92 minutes, Hadfield shares his personal photos and says the planet is in good shape.

 

We’re all in this together, said Hadfield in an interview last week. He said if he could could get everybody on Earth to do 100 orbits of the world with him, everyone would behave differently.

 

His photos, some in the Globe and Mail, others on CBC television, are dramatic.

 

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Whenever I’ve ventured out of town the past couple of months, I’ve noticed that gas prices are as low here as anywhere.

 

Perhaps that’s why the letters to the editor about high gas prices in Kincardine have ceased.

 

Now with the falling oil prices the past few weeks, gas prices have fallen dramatically.

 

I doubt if anyone is feeling sorry for the oil companies.