Folks in St. Brendan’s deserve ferry service

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As much as it pains me to do so, I have to agree that the numbers presented by columnist and editor Russell Wangersky in a recent Weekend Telegram (“Ferry service doesn’t come cheap,” Aug. 24) regarding the St. Brendan’s ferry service are an enormous obstacle to keeping the service.

On the flip side, the people of St. Brendan’s are there because they have a vested interest in being there. Some were born there, others have property there and some just want to be there more than anywhere else in the world. Our democratic society not only allows us the freedom to do that, it promotes it.

Having found themselves in that circumstance then, is it not reasonable that they should expect to be able to avail of more or less the same amenities and societal benefits as the rest of us?

There are many reasons why St. Brendan’s is experiencing its loss of population; however, few, if any, can be attributed to the people who live there.

Given current trends I suspect there will come a time when those left will elect to leave. In the meantime, we all have to suck it up and do the right thing.

 

Rolly Card

St. John’s

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  • Robert Hiscock
    September 04, 2013 - 02:23

    And tell me Rolly, If I say I deserve a B-52 Bomber with an aircraft carrier group to boot, is that any less true than for you to say that the people of St. Brendans deserve a ferry service? For what have they done to deserve it? Tell me man! As well, a democratic society does give you the choice to live where you want, but a democratic society does NOT give you the right to take the means of others for your ends, no matter how frigging noble. You live in a dream world Mr. Card

  • J
    September 03, 2013 - 19:01

    That's right - The people of St. Brendans are entitled to their entitlements!!

    • Brad
      September 04, 2013 - 12:01

      "That's right - The people of Newfoundland (who the heck are Labrador?)are entitled to their entitlements!!" Fixed it for you ;)

  • Mike
    September 03, 2013 - 11:00

    Unfortunately, government seems to have given up on places like St. Brendan's. They obviously don't see fit to provide acceptable ferry services to these communities as there seem to be issues with many of the ferries around the province. Granted, the service does not come cheap, but neither does the cost of building and maintaining roads, bridges, etc. Government doesn't seem to mind the cost of the South East Bight ferry making extra trips many times each week as they only saw fit to put a twelve passenger vessel on that run earlier this year. That vessel spent weeks and weeks in Clarenville being refitted prior to being put on the run. Now they say that, in order to change the passenger capacity, the ferry would need to go back in refit for another period of time and they don't have another ferry to cover the run if that were to happen. If someone in government had the foresight to see that this was going to be an issue, they would have had the necessary work done initially. A little common sense goes a long way. Too bad people don't use it enough.