Don’t fence us in

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A few years ago, there was a story going around about a hippie who was standing on a street corner in New York City and snapping his fingers and making clucking sounds with his tongue, like the Zulu.

A policeman approached the man and asked what he was doing.

“I’m keeping the elephants away,” he replied.

The policeman said, “But there are no elephants around here.”

And the man replied, “See? It works.”

 I can hear the St. John’s Port Authority bragging a few years from now, “We have not had a single security breach since we put up that fence at the harbour front.”

Of course we never had a breach before, but that won’t be mentioned, and should we, the people, question that, their response will be that they can’t comment, for reasons of security.

What a world of total B.S. we live in!

Fences never keep one out, they keep one in.


John Andrews

St. John’s

Organizations: Port Authority

Geographic location: New York City

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Recent comments

  • Rick
    July 13, 2013 - 11:32

    I was down on the waterfront a few weeks ago and saw many trucks, delivery vans and offshore supply boats going and coming all day long. This is a working wharf and a industrial area, the fence in my view is a measure of safety to the public. When the work to the permanent fence is completed this will die down. Accept it, its not coming down.

  • Anna
    July 08, 2013 - 08:43

    Until we are fortunate enough to get an enlightened council and mayor, we will have to put up with this kind of nonsense. It's easy to do when you are not spending your own money. But it doesn't matter now, with the eyesore going next store to The Keg restaurant, the harbour front has been ruined. On another note, I would love for someone at The Telegram to investigate and tell us what the farce of road calming on Old Topsail Road cost us, before the election in the fall would be great.

    • Jon
      July 08, 2013 - 09:00

      Please explain how the building is an "eyesore". The traffic calming is the result of countless complaints from residents about people speeding down the road? So, what do you think is better? A few thousand dollars on this "farce" you speak of, or someone getting killed by a car driving 70 down Topsail Road. Perhaps you should run for council?