No pale pastels, we need bold colours

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To the editor,
As a longtime resident and business person in Pictou County I felt compelled to write your newspaper, for only my second time in 30 years. The foremost issue on Pictonians minds these days has to be our very economic futures.

I was watching the Ontario provincial election earlier this month and a commentator paraphrased a speech that grabbed my attention "the voters seemed to have chosen pastel shades for bold colours tonight." This paraphrase turns out to come from the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, arguably the president with one of the greatest periods of economic growth.

The full quote reads: "Our people look for a cause to believe in, is it a third party we need, or is it a new revitalized second party, raising the banner of no pale pastels, but bold colours which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people."

This newspaper’s recent story with Abbas Jafarnia and Mayor Barrie MacMillan seems, to me, representative of the 1975 Reagan quote. Mr. Jafarnia, from my knowledge, is the bold colour we very desperately need. Mayor MacMillan showed clearly in the interview he is the pale pastel that is old, tiresome, ineffectual and feckless in his non-answers coupled with failed town policies.

Mayor, go into your second retirement as you have made it apparent – paraphrasing Reagan – 'it is unmistakably clear you DON'T stand sincerely on the issues troubling the people.'

A graduating class of Sydney Academy told Finance Minister Diane Whalen that they are moving after graduation because there is no future in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia's millennium generation seems smart about what is coming if they indeed stay: lack of opportunity and a DEBT BURDEN due to a petulant spending problem akin to European places like Spain.

Paul Taylor

New Glasgow

Organizations: Sydney Academy

Geographic location: Ontario, United States, Nova Scotia Spain New Glasgow

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