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Common sense: we’ve either lost it or we never had it in the first place. The “we” is us, those who live in this horrid, wonderful, politician-crippled place called Newfoundland and Labrador.
With so much happening, it is almost impossible to know where to begin, but perhaps “The Lighthouse Project” is a perfect example of what is wrong with this city, this province and this country.

So if I have it right, the city of St. John’s has given a green light to a project in a heritage area that, by law, should not be allowed and

is only allowed because another bylaw contained in the City of St. John’s Act is unjust. Why unjust? Well, it seems there was only one bidder, one price and that was accepted by city hall. No problem, because it is allowed by the act.

Next, the premier takes her RNC security to China and we, the people, cannot, must not, never, ever will know the cost.

Well, we only pay for the RNC.

And I have to ask as well: how

is this connection between our provincial police force and the governing power viewed ethically and perhaps even legally? When we see the police getting this close to the governors in other Third World countries, we all start to get antsy.

Then there’s the ultimate in power hunger and stupidity. The NDP in one-week self-destruct. They try to tell us  it was a great exercise and they will come out stronger. They are done — a spent force in this city and province. Lorraine Michael did not deserve it.

It surely must remind all those political junkies out there of Alexander Haig, except here the leader is alive, well and actually thriving. There’s not a collective clue in the lot of them.

To think how all of this could have been handled in-house, quietly, with dignity, perhaps even getting someone with some political skills like Jack Harris to come back and lead the party in a real battle. George Murphy/ Dale Kirby — from here on in I would not trust either of you with a urine sample.

And finally, there’s Stephen Harper and company. We have senators who may be tossed pleading past history of cancer and present history of heart disease as somehow being reasons that we should not be investigating them or what they did with the people’s money.

It surely reminds us of the boy who burns his parent’s home to the ground while making away with both of them in the process, then running barefoot all over town claiming to be an unfortunate orphan.

Finally, for weeks, months, years even, we’ve heard folks decry the access to information and privacy laws as well as the more recent denunciation of the City of St. John’s Act. Tell me: if the CBC, The Telegram, the public, other developers, et. al., believe these laws to be coercive and egregious, why don’t they all dig deep, come up with some money and challenge the validity of these laws in a court of law? Governments, as they must do, create laws, but it does not mean the laws are constitutional — that is for the courts to decide. Take it to the courts and let’s see what happens then.

Sadly, the courts will never invest us with common sense, regardless of how badly we seem to lack it.

Wayne Norman writes from St. John’s.

Organizations: Third World, NDP, CBC

Geographic location: China

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