"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

Monday 29 January 2018


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "I'M STILL HERE": 

Reading this post, puts a big smile on my face. I was hoping that you were just busy with other things in life and didn't decide to hang up this blog. I'm not on Facebook, so I don't have that connection. I enjoy blog reading, and yours is always one of my favorites.
Thank you 

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 29 January 2018 at 08:20


No, I thank you. I need encouragement. I have another reader who  likes to let her hair down but by e-mail. I suspect I may be disappointing others, then I think ,well that's pretty conceited.

I know FB friends aren't as  many as BF (Blog Followers )

FB is instant gratification . There's a line that pops up and  says ..."what's on your mind " 

I  dive right in for  an argument or four.  It's not hard and it's in my nature. 

Sometimes response is Immediate,sometimes not. 

Since using  iPad ,I've no way of keeping count but it doesn't matter. I' m not trying to prove anything except a thing or ten. 

At the moment, three women journalists on CNN are expounding on how wrong Hillary Clinton was 
when she didn't fire a campaign official for sexual harassment complaint.She did not ignore or
dismiss the complaint. The complainant was moved to a better environment, a second chance was provided to the complained of  and when things didn't change he was terminated . 

The full story was  deliberately withheld. All three journalists, of a different generation, agreed, Mrs Clinton was out of step and needs to answer for it. 
It's so characteristic of the experience of women who succeed . Credit withheld is the norm. 

In politics, complaint is not an option. Nobody likes a whiner. Occupational  hazards are many.  Expect nothing and you won't be disappointed. 

In my second to last term of office , re-elected in my eighth decade, a columnist in a local newspaper interviewed and wrote a profile on every Councillor except myself. Another, on a TV interview program,interviewed every Councillor but myself. 

Nobody noticed. Except myself of course. 

Media consensus  male and female, is that Hillary owes the public an explanation for the decision she made. 


She won the Democratic nomination, despite all the wrong-doing implied by Democrats, Bernie Sanders and others. The saintly Joe Biden did not favour her when he actively contemplated a late 
bid for the job. 

Hillary offered to fight for and serve in the toughest job in the world . Despite  the most virulent campaign in history, she won the popular vote. Still,she did not become president. 

A  male lying,swindling,lecher was chosen instead to occupy the Oval Office. Complete with his nefarious entourage. 

Hillary Clinton is not beholden. She maintained  her dignity and composure and her side of the bargain. 

She held fast to her truth in the face of nauseating prejudice such as never before displayed. 

Since Winston Churchill , I have never seen nor expect to see, such strength of character in any candidate for public office. 

He too was defeated in the election that followed his finest hour. 

Thursday 4 January 2018


We are in the last year of the four year council term. The first two months, over already. 

Candidate registrations will be received and closed in September and  election in November. 

Business will wrap up in May, before summer recess and little  will be accomplished thereafter.

In terms of business completed and meeting hours left , this term is a done deal. 

Quick ....without thinking   ...what was the most impressive feat of the term?

I started this post at New Year. Never got around to finishing it. Not being a member of council ,for purpose of the Blog, is like being ... a boat without a rudder .. a ship without a sail. 

Comparing things Federally,Provincially,Regionally and Municipally with how they were and  are today
is not positive and I see no prospect  of improvement. 

Patrick Brown's circumstance has degraded all of us to the lowest point yet. 

If  there's a self-destruct button, I'd  say it's been pushed down hard and the finger is holding it.

A glimmer of hope did flicker in the political raiment. At the second to last Hollywood Award Show, just when I thought things could not get worse, Oprah Winfrey loomed large. She made a political speech which purpose was evident. 


Oh My Lord!  I thought fervently. Could things get any worse?

And they  did. But just when the frenzy took hold ,the current occupant of the Oval Office opened 
his mouth and spilled out something so vile, Oprah immediately slipped back into the shadows only  
emerging  again to declare she would not be a candidate after all because she  doesn't have the "DNA". .. an odd term for a black person,considering theirs is the original. 

Anyway...as can be seen..I am pre-occupied with the larger stage and depressed by the smaller .

It's like a three-ring circus. 

I've found Facebook a satisfying outlet for what's on my mind. A site has been created for the history of the town I was born and raised. It's Pre-Christian. Photographs of places that no longer exist are posted .My memories are welcome and I'm more than happy to indulge myself.

A family site of a ninety-nine members came together in a matter of days from a single photograph of my great grandparents.I had heard of them. had never seen them. I have cousins in Georgia Philadelphia,Florida,New York, Colorado and California .Cousins in Scotland have joined the branches of the family tree. And most amazing , a cousin named Jan Lewandowski, has spent forty years of her life creating a family tree which has forty-thousand names on it. My own birth and marriage being part of the record. 

So,  I haven't been writing the blog but I haven't given up writing. It has been an exciting time. 

I have not gone away.