Protesting page will make us think

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Dear Editor:

One thing for sure, Brigette DePape got people thinking. These cellphone revolutionaries can spread their message without censorship or scrutiny. They tell it as it is and I’m sure she has a lot of people reading her blog.

What was her message?

Our country is young compared to the Arab world. Where we have one, they have a thousand. Brigette could be seeing what lies ahead. I don’t think her views are out of whack.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose roots go back to the Reform party, advocated a Triple E Senate. He could easily put that on the agenda. Instead, the Conservatives who lost their seats are appointed to the Senate. Does the voice of the people not count? Is that why Brigette held up the sign?

There are some, like me, who see democracy in a different way. I see a group of individuals label themselves as a party and pick a representative for an election. No matter what, he or she must do as the party says. What about the people? How is their voice heard? No free vote. How do we keep politicians honest? Brigette was a page, what did she see? The young are not naive and see things in a different way. Put you name up for election in a province that has no party influence, use their name, don’t show up — look what happens. They got elected. Maybe those young voters are right. I guess you could argue DePape is right on.

Again, this country is young and any changes will come peacefully. The young will use the tools available to make themselves heard. We should be blessed that at least one young person had the guys to get our attention.

I often wonder if individuals like DePape aren’t quite listeners. They hear us old guffers talking about solving the world’s problems and doing nothing. It has been that way for as long as I can remember. We send people to Ottawa and they do stupid things like take a flight to a hockey game on our money. The government keeps shelling out the money to a vast majority of employees and we keep peace. As we keep growing we might run out of money. Maybe we have.

The young are concerned. It must be hard knowing you will never own a home. Our politicians do and if they don’t a nice fat pension will pay the mortgage. I praise this young lady for voicing her view. Us older folk have been through Woodstock, maybe the young want to start their own.

Dennis Chernick