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LETTER: Doing good for all the right reasons

sur le fil de presse
sur le fil de presse

Sixty-five years ago, when I was seven, my family went to Andys’ Seafood Restaurant in Summerside as a rare family treat. I still remember that experience and it had nothing to do with the food.

Across the aisle from our booth sat a clergyman resplendent in a dark suit and stiff white collar. His meal was delivered to his table before ours and it got my attention, and again it was not the food on his plate. The man shoved his plate gently toward the center of the table so as to allow room for his folded hands as he bowed his head and I assume, said grace, although his lips did not move. I have thought about this moment often over the years. Was this man for real or was he just doing what was expected of him while in public? Regardless, he was doing the right thing. He was fulfilling the role expected of him.

We should not expect anything less from our political leaders, both on the provincial and federal stage. Like the clergyman, whether sincere or not, they should be smart enough to play the part well, use good judgement and leave a good impression. Avoiding self-serving activities. Doing the right thing is a step in the right direction and we as citizens have a right and an obligation to demand it. Who knows, someone may still remember 65 years later, not just until the next election.

Percy Affleck

Lower Bedeque

Across the aisle from our booth sat a clergyman resplendent in a dark suit and stiff white collar. His meal was delivered to his table before ours and it got my attention, and again it was not the food on his plate. The man shoved his plate gently toward the center of the table so as to allow room for his folded hands as he bowed his head and I assume, said grace, although his lips did not move. I have thought about this moment often over the years. Was this man for real or was he just doing what was expected of him while in public? Regardless, he was doing the right thing. He was fulfilling the role expected of him.

We should not expect anything less from our political leaders, both on the provincial and federal stage. Like the clergyman, whether sincere or not, they should be smart enough to play the part well, use good judgement and leave a good impression. Avoiding self-serving activities. Doing the right thing is a step in the right direction and we as citizens have a right and an obligation to demand it. Who knows, someone may still remember 65 years later, not just until the next election.

Percy Affleck

Lower Bedeque

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