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.