"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Wednesday 11 May 2016


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW": 

What American state would ring your chimes?

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 11 May 2016 at 19:40


I've never had a particular urge to live  in the United  States.

As  a nine year member of the Social Assistance Review Board, I visited every part of Ontario,
Many hours of driving tended to be tedious. Every town and city shares similar features . Not 
surprising  considering the function is the same. 

Some, like Desoronto had  a single fine  block on the Main Street ,then a highway had cut
the town off, to sit with a single high sky line for the rest of time in a state of arrested development. 

Hearings sometimes had to be held in homes. An old farmhouse deep in a rural area with broken linoleum on a kitchen floor. A flat over a gas station in the fork of a highway. A dark basement flat in Richmond Hill. A foul smelling cabin on a horse farm on Yonge Street south of Aurora. 

In Windsor, we stayed at Hotel Richelieu on Wyandotte and walked to the office in the morning. Sometimes the long way, along the riverfront, to avoid the reflected heat of a glass-fronted tall
buildings on the sidewalk. 

On one occasion , a  board member hoping to score brownie points suggested a cheaper hostelry 
further up Wyandotte. It had a tavern on the ground floor with musical entertainment competing with yelling patrons.  The old rattling door to my room was loose in its frame with a lock that failed to hold. 
 I didn't sleep much that night. Didn't stay there again. 

In noisy, shuddering small planes in northern Ontario ,we crossed thousands of miles looking down 
on frozen wilderness. It occurred to me on one of those flights,thinking about my children, government
 carried no life insurance on SARB members. 

At the start,we had to pay for our own phone calls home while the government had a call free phone service. 

It wasn't the best time in my life but as a single parent I had little choice. 

I let myself ponder  ,if I won a lottery of millions ,and could live anywhere of my choice and take all 
of my children with me ,where would it be in Ontario?

I never thought about the U.S.  I never thought about leaving my children.

I made two moves in my life and left family behind. I was young. Inexperienced. Knew of no reason I shouldn't. 

Twice was enough. 


Anonymous said...

The latest American polling data shows Trump and Clinton in a virtual tie.

Public opinion also describes the two front runners as the worst candidates in five decades.

I fear for the next four years.

Wonder what Charlie Rose has to say about the above?

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't move anywhere south of Bloomington, let alone anywhere in the US. Fortunately my family feels the same way. NOrth would be the only option for me.

Anonymous said...

Funny.... no one will move anywhere. The grief encountered during a move is significantly higher than that of any politician taking office.

People like to protest with hollow threats - no one is going to move because of Trump.

Anonymous said...

My immediate family has chosen north and the last one will move there in the next month.
Others have gone west, one to Kamloops to teach at the university.
People are on the move, They have to be.

Anonymous said...

Cold spell coming - don't risk planting and get whacked.

Anonymous said...

There does seem to be more talk about relocating than usual. I am hoping it will not have to be taken seriously.
Trumph scares the heck out of me because he is a law to himself. The refusal to release his tax info is
arrogance unleashed.

Anonymous said...

I don't care how much or little any of them make, as long as it's legal. Handing over personal tax returns is non of anyones business.

Anonymous said...

He is being audited which means nothing or something.
If his name turns up in the Panama Papers, that could shift the focus.

Anonymous said...

Quebec needs and wants more immigrants. Others have come and dealt with their language laws in the past. It is possible for young people to make the adjustment. Later they can move on to another province if they so desire.