A modest proposal for the Pen

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I read that people are lining up and paying good money to take a tour of the Kingston Penitentiary now it is no longer housing inmates.

I am not surprised, after all it is a historic site and visitors are curious to see if the lurid pictures of their imaginations are matched by  the real thing.

Apparently they are not. The real thing is much worse. The feelings of many were succinctly put when one woman asked, “how could anyone live like this?”

The hell-hole that was Kingston reminded me of the the awful pile by the lake that is our “Kingston” — Her Majesty’s Penitentiary at Quidi Vidi Lake — and, the possibility of helping with the government’s finances.

I believe people would pay to tour our “Pen.” Oh, wait. While it, too, is historic, it continues to be in use, still holding the convicted.

Forget the tour. I’d line up and gladly pay money to watch it being torn down.

Bob Oxley

St. John’s

Geographic location: Kingston, Quidi Vidi Lake

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