The cowardly lion: scared by its own roar

…. roars no more.

Media Hacks

For a really totally biased and slanted story using known supporters of certain municipal councillors, that tries to justify and legitimatize the cancellation of this year’s Thunder in the Valley (TITV), read this. Even the print media, it seems, behind saddling this community with our currently despised Mayor and Council, are in on the act.

Maybe, if this year, we do actually have ‘serious’ issues of vandalism, or even a riot, council will use this as an excuse to cancel TITV for good (they will have killed the “golden goose”), even though they themselves would be directly responsible for any such actions happening in the first place? Will provocateurs be used? Who knows? In a sense, we might have some fireworks after all? The unwanted kind.

What we do know is print media ‘propaganda’ will not whitewash or remove the sour taste we all have in our mouths because of a callous and gutless council who have knowingly and consistently lied to and mislead those they are suppose to be serving with respect to this matter, and continue to do so using their ‘hacks’ in the media for this purpose.

Personally, from what I have been able to gather from talking with a wide-range of people throughout our community, I think this year’s Rum Runner Days is going to be a ‘flop’. Financially and otherwise. A total disaster in more ways than one. And it will be as a direct result of this council’s interference, arrogance and mismanagement.

When the shit hits the fan, we’ll know whose door to lay the blame. Council better hope and pray that it doesn’t get piled up to high that when they finally dig themselves out they aren’t blinded by the light. After all, “what is leadership but the blind choice of one route over another and the confident pretence that the decision was based on reason?”.

Knowing as I do that people in power are generally better persuaded by the reasons they discover themselves than by those given to them by others, I think council will soon learn their actions were wrong with respect to this matter. Council’s refusal to listen to the wishes and demands of tens of thousands versus instead catering to a tiny, select few, of their friends and cronies having businesses or residences in Blairmore who growing tired of the inconveniences to them associated with this event selfishly sacrificed the well-being and future prosperity of a whole community, never mind a whole region.

To not listen to the majority and instead arbitrarily choosing to do the bidding of a tiny minority in the mistaken believe that their actions were right and reasonable, was a stupid idea. This, I believe, council will soon be discovering for themselves due in large measure to the failings of certain print media who would rather create and distort the news, than report it.

The Wizard of Oz had a cowardly lion, and so do we, in both our council and certain media.


If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.

from John Prince
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6 Responses to The cowardly lion: scared by its own roar

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a horribly written article.I qoute “On the contrary, some businesses feel that the cancellation of Thunder in the Valley has saved their company from an event that has often turned vicious in the past.” When has this event turned vicious and often also?
    The only thing in the article I agree with is “Hundreds of tourists are expected to arrive”.Yes, hundreds not thousands.
    As for Whitesides comments about hiding his liquor and emptying the cash register because of Thunder is a joke. I guess the rest of the year he leaves it all out in the open.

  2. If I was Randell I would be contacting the RCMP to find out why I was having so much trouble, when Sears who have been 80 feet down the road for ever, have never had a problem.

    Obviously his business is being targeted for some reason. That is very strange.

    Dean Ward

  3. Anonymous says:

    As a former restaurant owner in Blairmore I can say that in 10 years I have never had one problem with TITV. I welcomed it every year. It was christmas in July. As a matter of fact it was the busiest weekend of the year. My staff worked hard but they got rewarded with a great weekend of tips.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “After tourists have made the journey to the Pass only to find that the firework show is cancelled, vandalism may strike, leaving the businesses in Blairmore as a main target for the violence.”

    If that’s a serious concern, Council’s Rumrunner Committee should be promoting this new (non)feature in their ads.

  5. John Prince says:

    Good comments everyone!

    Anon @9:12
    Hell of a good point! Just looking over the Rum Runner Days pamphlet that came with my water bill and see no mention of this whatsoever. :-(


  6. Anonymous says:

    The existing order of things can be improved.

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