Living in one of the best and most prosperous parts of the world does not stop some people from being paranoid. You know the type; they see most of life in negative terms.
We know what they are against but we are never sure what they are in favour of. Their principal characteristic is that they are driven by some form of faith rather than fact.
They are not stupid people, but just bound up in some strange thought pattern that they can not deny. Welcome to the Flat Earth Society and its cousins.
These individuals are the stock in trade of open line shows. They are the fodder that aggressive open line radio hosts thrive on. They are probably the primary audience as well. While that type of radio or television host is in decline, they still have a strong following in many areas.
We have our local groups as well.
Those are the groups that are against almost any initiative that governments or groups undertake to move life forward. In there minds, if it is new it must be bad, especially if it comes from City Council, or one of the senior governments.
Go back in time a short bit and remember the debate and oppositions to the agreement the city made with Terasen Gas. Twenty-five million in revenue to the city made it a bit of a no-brainer.
There are lots of happy driver who are driving on better roads because the city devoted a large portion of the revenue toward street maintenance.
It was a one time opportunity that was on the table. There are a number of municipalities in the province that are sorry they passed up the opportunity.
I am sure the shareholders of Terasen are happy they did. Here in Prince George we did vote for the deal and are happy we did.
The same names and faces were front and centre in the opposition to the amalgamation of the BCR with CNR. BCR was in the unfortunate position where it was not small enough or large enough to be viable. Its future was one of continual losses and government subsidies.
Those subsidies came right out of your pocket and mine. I and most others would rather see our money go into health, education and better roads than propping up a defunct operation that has outlived its usefulness.
While debate is good, it should be informed debate. Most of us care what happens in our community, our province, our country and the world at large.
While one can not be an expert on everything, most of us make an effort to do our own fact finding before we make a decision or take a position.
We are not always right, but we do retain the right to change our opinions as we learn more. Presented with facts that indicate our initial reaction was in error we are willing to reconsider.
I am not sure that is the case with some of the “against everything” crowd. They want the world to stop at a given point in time and not change.
That is a nice thought, but not the way the real world works. If it were possible to do so, we would still be riding in a horse drawn carriages, packing our water from the well, splitting our firewood and, heaven forbid, using the privy up the back path at minus 30.
Change can be good.
Victor Bowman was born in Vanderhoof and raised in Prince George. He returned to this city to live 32 years ago and currently operates a consulting business. Please direct comments c/o firstname.lastname@example.org