Website Banner 500.jpgThe Telegram Telegram - Brian JonesList of the latest articles from this category./Author-Brian-Jones/43/5Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:11:44 -0500Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:11:44 -0500enFantasy island, 27 Nov 2015 05:00:00 -0500To borrow a bit of famous phraseology from the Americans, in a few more days we won’t have Paul Davis to kick around anymore. dead wrong about dollars, 20 Nov 2015 05:00:00 -0500Every time I hear that idiotic advertising slogan, “You’re richer than you think,” I briefly consider closing my Scotiabank account and switching banks. It is nonsensical and highly irritating, even insulting. If I’m richer than I think, where is all my money? I must have been stupid and/or ... columnist defends repugnant opinions, 13 Nov 2015 05:00:00 -0500A reader informed me this week that he would no longer read my columns. His aversion to further Friday indulgence was due, he said, to my recent description of former prime minister Stephen Harper as “repugnant and loathsome.” are destined to disappoint, 06 Nov 2015 05:00:00 -0500It’s wonderful to listen to the morning news and not hear the repugnant phrase “Prime Minister Stephen Harper.” kills it with campaign comedy, 30 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0400Premier Paul Davis must think he is comedian Mark Critch. Or, Davis wants to be Mark Critch. This is as good an explanation as any for the premier’s recent branching out into comedy. down, one to go, 23 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0400The NDP’s abject failure in this week’s federal election does not bode well for the upcoming provincial election. ugly campaign on all sides, 16 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0400The hyperbole and over-exaggeration got out of hand almost as soon as the federal election was called, with slurs and insults flying even before Stephen Harper kicked his first immigrant. … don’t leave home without it, 09 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0400This is a confusing time for voters in Newfoundland (and especially Labrador). We’ve got two elections this fall (one federal, one provincial) and we’ve got two premiers (one former, one current/temporary) telling us to not vote Tory, on the one hand, and to maybe vote Tory, on the other. Falls: the price of not paying attention, 02 Oct 2015 05:00:00 -0400Hands up, anyone who is willing to admit they were one of the two-thirds of Newfoundlanders (and Labradorians) who a mere three months ago told a pollster they support the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. as entertainment, 25 Sep 2015 05:30:00 -0400The federal judge in Boston who sentenced murderous crime boss James (Whitey) Bulger to two life terms in November 2013 apparently predicted Hollywood’s eventual interest in the notorious case. Energy rides to rescue … for a fee, 18 Sep 2015 05:30:00 -0400If the flood of controversies that flowed from the Public Utilities Board (PUB) hearings this week shocked you, just wait a couple of years until they start talking about the need to double ratepayers’ power bills. stop insulting my grandparents, 11 Sep 2015 05:30:00 -0400Some signs at a rally in St. John’s this week read, “No one is illegal,” and, “Humanity not borders. Love not hate.” Those are fine sentiments, of course, even if they are only peripherally related to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. toward October, 04 Sep 2015 05:00:00 -0400The winter month we had in July has stunted our sunflowers. They’re only eight inches high, when they should be five or six feet high, with flowers starting to emerge brilliant yellow. that take the cake, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0400Count me among the crowd who owe Dustin Lee Crocker an apology. slimy underside of sleazy politics, 21 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0400Finding a slug in the house is revolting. You open a kitchen cupboard and see a six-inch slug luxuriating on the edge of the garbage pail, and your first thoughts are, yuck, and, how did that get in here? defence of teachers, 14 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0400If you’re a teacher, the Conservative Party of Canada doesn’t want your vote. If you’re a B.Ed. student or retired teacher, the CPC doesn’t care a whit whether you cast a ballot for them. defence of racehorses, 07 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0400Predictably, the federal election campaign was barely 45 seconds old when someone declared, “They’re off!” at greed, 31 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0400A judge in Calgary this week denounced the greed-inspired gambit of two fraudsters and sentenced each of them to a decade in the slammer. fishery needs revamping, 24 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0400There are usually half a dozen boats just beyond the mouth of the cove most days during the summer food fishery. This week … none. A few boats were there briefly, but then either came in or went elsewhere. wore it well, but he feels he’s being used, 17 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0400Rocker Rod Stewart put on quite a civics lesson while he was in St. John’s.