I always hate column pieces that start with “I am shocked and appalled”, because the phrase seems so trite. You know you are about to read something about someone complaining about something they believe they can’t do anything about. I swore that I would never write anything that started with the words appalled or shocked. There must be more elegant ways to express oneself.
At least that is what I thought until today. I read the recent Chronical Herald article reporting that one-in-three Cape Breton children live in poverty . I thought about the implications of the article while still reflecting on the Post piece concerning the Mayor’s second secretive excursion to China . How best to express my thoughts on this? Appalled and shocked comes pretty close, but perhaps that expression is just the polite version of what I am really thinking.
My family had some tough times growing up in Whitney Pier. There were a few Christmas mornings when the only gifts under the tree were from the Salvation Army. I also remember receiving new eyeglasses thanks to the CNIB. To say that I am appalled and shocked that we still have families in the CBRM so destitute is an understatement. Perhaps the “shocked and appalled" phrase was used by those too polite to say “I am pissed as hell and fed up with the bulls**t”.
The problem, as I see it, is that we have too many career politicians more concerned about their own pensions rather than the people they are supposed to support. Either that, or politicians too timid to tackle the draconian leaders currently empowered. Unfortunately, the politicians of both camps also know they can get away with this as long as they throw some money around to the right people at the right time. Until, of course, we get to the point that citizens become “pissed as hell and fed up with the bulls**t”. This is what happened in the last federal election and it is about to happen locally across the country.
If you are “pissed as hell and fed up with the bulls**t” then like and forward this post. Let us start with changing CBRM for the better.
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