When I became 18, and time for my first vote on Election Day in Brantford, my Mother asked which candidate I intended to mark on the ballot. In replying to her, “I'm undecided whether to vote for the political party...or for the individual running in our ward,” she commented, “If you vote for anyone other than Conservative, you will cancel my vote.”
I have never forgotten this experience which confirmed and caused me to realize the importance of exercising one's privilege to vote. It is not an option...because one vote may make a difference.
Dr Abdul Kalaam stated,
“It is very easy to defeat someone…but it is very hard to win!”
So Many Candidates, So Little Space.
Joan Little, Freelance columnist,
a former Burlington Alderman and Halton Councillor
writes the following in today's Spectator:
Elections, elections, elections! Voters and candidates have a busy year. It's too bad the June Twelfth Provincial Election overlaps with the Municipal campaign period, which ends with the election October 27 this year. That makes it hard for these candidates who are already canvassing and makes it confusing for voters. Municipally, mayoral races are interesting in Hamilton and Toronto especially, where there are strong candidates and the usual publicity-seekers, many of whom don't spend a dime on campaigns, just want the attention.
Toronto? Perhaps the many right-wing candidates will split the vote and left-winger Olivia Chow will win. Please, let it be anyone but Ford,Canada's foul-mouthed embarrassment.
Hamilton is blessed with good candidates. Interestingly, one past mayor endorses another past mayor currently running for the mayoral position.
There is no mayoralty race in Burlington. It is unlikely a credible challenger to Rick Goldring will emerge this late. A Burlington mayoral campaign would cost $100,000 and require much preparation to begin now. But, there are formidable candidates for council. Some are so good, they will split the vote, probably resulting in re-election of incumbents.
(Excerpts only from her writing)
Let’s hope the candidates get it right!
Jim Hendrix stated: “Knowledge Speaks…but Wisdom Listens.”
Taking Down the Bird Feeder
Tom sends the following “analogy” ~
(Maxine, in a cartoon, came up with a solution
for the mess that America/Canada is now in economically)
I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it was...as I filled it lovingly with seed. Within a week, hundreds of birds were taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food. But, then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table and next to the barbecue. Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table. Everywhere!
Then, some of the birds turned mean. They would dive-bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket. And other birds were boisterously loud. Sitting on the feeder, they squawked and screamed all day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.
After a while, I couldn't I couldn't even sit on my own back porch anymore. So I took down the bird feeder and in three days, the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio. Soon, the back yard was like it used to be...quiet...serene...and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.
Now...let's see! Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care and free education...and allows anyone born here to be an automatic Canadian.
Then, the “illegals” came by tens of thousands. Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency doctor; your child's second grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn't speak English. Cornflakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to “press one” to hear my bank talk to me in English...and people waving flags (other than The Maple Leaf) are squawking and screaming in the streets...demanding More Rights and Free Liberties.
Just My Opinion...but maybe it's time
for the Government to take down the bird feeder!
(Another Election Message sent by an ardent reader)
Fred was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young ‘pullets’ and 10 roosters to fertilize the eggs. He kept records and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and replaced.
This took a lot of time…so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to the roosters. Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance…which rooster was performing.
Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells. His favourite rooster, Old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but this morning he noticed old Butch’s bell hadn’t rung at all. When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover. To his amazement, old Butch held his bell in his beak, so it couldn’t ring. He’d sneak up on a pullet…do his job and walk on to the next one. Fred was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Brisbane City Show and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.
The result was…the judges not only awarded old Butch the “No Bell Prize,” but they also awarded him the “Pulletsurprise” as well. Clearly, old Butch was a politician in the making!
Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace and screwing them when they weren’t paying attention?
Vote carefully in the next election…you can’t always hear the bells!
Wisdom Words from Aesop
“It is not only fine feathers…that make fine birds!”
Merle Baird-Kerr…written May 17, 2014
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