Letter - Where was the coverage?

The Regional

February 8, 2012

The Oxford Universal dictionary defines newspaper as:  a publication containing news - and other items of public interest. Certainly the doing of Gary McHale and the reaction of the OPP to the DCE chaos is both news and of public interest by any standard. How then to explain the lack of Sachem coverage vis-a-vis Mr. McHale's Jan. 27/12 demonstration? It cannot be too short notice since it was announced well in advance and the Regional News was able to ahve someone on site. Very puzzling.

Mr. McHale and his compatriots are the only ones keeping the DCE schemozzie and the pathetic performance of the powers that be in the limelight.

It is the responsibility of the Sachem to report without prejudice the DCE happenings as they occur. Not to do so only confirms in the mind of authorities that no one really cares and that they can ignore the problem. Here let me quote the US writer C.E. Norton "it is the duty of the good citizen not to be silent".

With the above out of the way, let us take a look at Mayor's Hewitt's Sachem article Feb. 2/12. Other than telling us that he liked his job it was not particularly informative. However, a rather curious statement caught my attention. "Council", he informs us, "feels that it is time for both communities to reclaim the use of DCE".

Wait a minute! What "both communities" is he referring to? And what is meant by "reclaim"? Do I smell a rat?

If as I suspect his statement hints at a caving in to the hooligans and the hoodlums who occupy DCE, it strengthens my conviction that council combined has less backbone than the average garden slug.

Gordon s. Munro

Caledonia