Sorry, but nobody’s perfect

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I am writing in response to Gene Poole’s letter to the editor dated Aug. 6, 2013.

Mr. Poole, I read the letter concerning your visit to Newfoundland and I was very upset, but also sorry that your “Trip was not what you expected.”

I have to agree with your negative comments but this sort of thing goes on everywhere.

We are not perfect, but neither is North Carolina. I have been there. In Florida, they won’t let you cross on the walk sign. I could go on and on because I have been halfway around the world and I have experienced the same and more, but it does not stop me from going back.

Please do not be too harsh on us.

We are very friendly, kind people who would help anyone.

I think 9/11 has proved that. It is sad that you are going to spread this to your family and friends. You almost sound like you could be promoting propaganda. We have people from all over the world who love us and our province, just as it is.

Our tourism industry gets larger every year, and we will survive with or without negative criticism.

My advice to you, Mr. Poole, is to be less nitpicking and focus more on the positive, and you might have enjoyed our beautiful province more. It was your loss.

You will never find the perfect place, but you will always find a few bad apples in every barrel.

Shirley Burry

St. John’s

Geographic location: Newfoundland, North Carolina, Florida

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  • david
    August 16, 2013 - 11:03

    First off, you aren't sorry. If you ere sorry, you wouldn't argue the points of the letter...they are objectively true. Try actually being sorry would help. Second, we get people to come here, at great trouble and expense, on the exact premise that it IS perfect here. The ads are wistful, beautiful, and deceitful. There is nothing real underpinning them whatsoever. If you sell a load of BS, you don't get to be sarcastic and pompous and declare that "no place is perfect" Guess what? They could have stayed home for that. This whole defensive, childish response to a letter (a very fair one, without one cheap shot or inaccuracy) exemplifies perfectly the entire truth of it......we are a pathetic bunch.

  • Don II
    August 16, 2013 - 10:29

    The truth hurts and the reaction is to abuse the messenger.

  • cynic
    August 16, 2013 - 09:05

    Don't forget, this guy admitted to being a member of PETA. That means several things. First, since PETA uses lies, slander, hate speech, and faked video footage to create a false and offensive image of farmers, fur producers, pet breeders, and fishermen that they can then exploit for profit, this man approves that kind of dishonest exploitation of innocent workers. That'll tell you what kind of person he is. Second, PETA has found that Newfoundland, thanks to the seal hunt, is a very good place to carry out campaigns designed to get money and attention, and, as we see in other PETA campaigns, they will happily lie about anything. Don't forget, there are people out there who will believe the moon is made of cotton candy if you show them a picture of an animal that doesn't look happy. This is another PETA attention getting ploy, I doubt this guy was even here.