No wasted ink

Letter writer stands by comparisons of NHL lockout and B.C. teacher dispute

In the Nov. 30 Western, I read with interest and amusement, comments made by Dave Stigant about how unfair my comparative analogies were. It seems that he may have missed my point. However, I stand by what I wrote and the way things were presented. The political game, irrespective of the arena, be it governmental or business bureaucracy, is one that very often is convoluted, one-sided, defaming and a plethora of other descriptive adjectives before any resolution is reached. One might think that he, having been a part of that, should realize this.

I remain on point, that irrespective of any comparisons I made concerning the impasse of the government and BCTF and that of hockey’s major domos and the players is referring to the fact that the actions or lack of action on either side’s part has a direct impact on society in general. Evidently, that point was missed for some reason or other.

I particularly enjoyed and was amused by the reference to “wasted ink.” Opinions are like noses, if you will, we all have one. How we give our opinions is up to us just as aromas that we like, we savour, while those that we don’t, we avoid or move away from. In that light, I proffer the following:

I read with interest the Western News, the lines by Dave Stigant going on about wasted ink. I thought about his rant and I began to muse, about his reasons for his rantings and raising such a stink.

Since reading Dave’s diatribe on what’s important to the press, I find that all his ramblings he deems to be so essential. That what I say and what I write has caused him some distress, he makes mountains out of molehills and they seem so inconsequential.

Just like him, I’ve been in the trenches and realize what’s at stake. I’ve watched so many changes and some come and others go. Sometimes it was so difficult to know which road to take, when wrong was right and right was wrong how could anyone really know.

In this country we call Canada we can speak and write for free, the privileges to which I refer are bastions of this land. They were hard fought for by our forbearers to allow democracy. Because of this we’ve come to know that we can take a stand.

In reflecting on the things I wrote about the teacher/hockey thing. Both sides are wearing armour while each looks for a chink. Meanwhile the balance of society is dangled on a string. And Dave, I’ll keep on writing as you aren’t paying for my ink.

Ron Barillaro

 

Penticton