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The news related to the G8/G20 summits should have been included in the "Careers" section of the newspaper, as it is would seem to be nothing more than an application for employment of one Stephen Harper, once he has been turfed from his current position.

What bothers me more than the fact that he consciously spent $1.24 billion of our hard-earned money to boost his curriculum vitae, is that politicians can actually get away with this and there is nothing in our current system that can prevent it. (Mulroney, at least, had the common decency to keep his alleged transgressions in the million-dollar range.)

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The news related to the G8/G20 summits should have been included in the "Careers" section of the newspaper, as it is would seem to be nothing more than an application for employment of one Stephen Harper, once he has been turfed from his current position.

What bothers me more than the fact that he consciously spent $1.24 billion of our hard-earned money to boost his curriculum vitae, is that politicians can actually get away with this and there is nothing in our current system that can prevent it. (Mulroney, at least, had the common decency to keep his alleged transgressions in the million-dollar range.)

There was no shortage of people criticizing the decision to allocate such a profane sum of money to a few photo ops for one individual, as opposed to those areas of serious need throughout our country, but that was the limit of our disapproval. We have become jaded by such actions, in politics and elsewhere. We tend to accept that voicing outrage absolves us from any further responsibility - and that applies locally as well as on a national or a global scale.

It is indeed unfortunate that this is what we as a society have been reduced to. Have your say to the person next to you in some innocuous way, and get on with your life. It is this attitude that allows the infiltration into our society of everything that will eventually destroy it, from drugs, to crime, to anything and anyone else that wants to make a living from our efforts.

And it is this attitude, above everything else, that condones such actions, simply because we do not speak out and take a stand when it matters most, before the action has been taken.

Despite the fact that there were some demonstrators at these summits who clearly had a hidden or some otherwise unfathomable agenda, and for whom violence was the only means to an end, there were also those in attendance that we might learn something from.

At the very least they deserve credit for taking a stand, for doing something to support a cause that is important to them. What is important to us? For a great many of us, the horse will be long gone before we even think to close the barn door.

Dave Randell

Mount Pearl

Organizations: G8/G20

Geographic location: Mount Pearl

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  • Jack O
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    What are the current job prospects for petty tyrants?

  • Donna
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Well put, Dave. They took a principled stand, which is more than you can say for those cowards who sniped at them from the sidelines.

  • john
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    ask king danny