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Jack Layton’s tributes need to be toned down

Editor: No matter Mr. Jack Layton’s political contribution to this nation,we should not worship him like some saint or idol or immortalize Jack into the history books of Canada. He was a compassionate politician and a key player to many good things within the framework of this land. We need to pay our respect to the man, but the deceased politician should not be a part of Canada’s walk of fame,Order of Canada or idolized by renaming a mountain after him, for example, or otherwise. We gave him a state funeral (excessive) like he was some kind of big shot celebrity or hero, yet simply put, he was an overpaid (like all others in all levels of government) politician who was simply put a man, a husband and a father. We tend to overdo things to the extreme in this Canada such as the

overzealous relentless glorification of Terry Fox, for example.What’s next, a mountain renamed after Layton or how about a hall in Parliament? Salute and respect his achievements, but do not give him sainthood and let the man rest in peace. He was charismatic and seduced his audience with his charm, but

that was it. So many others are far more deserving of this crazy media attention, especially in the First and Second World Wars, so Jack Layton and Olivia Chow and countless others could live a safe life in this nation. Those countless souls who sacrificed their lives for Layton and others are just a faded memory while we sensationalize a few craving the limelight and glory. Other than Remembrance Day,we forget those who deserve more accolades than a politician who suffered an ugly disease.

Kerwin Maude,Vancouver

Prairie Post reporter bids adieu to Saskatchewan OUR OPINION:

A few days ago, a coworker and I

were chatting about the last 18 months I had spent in Swift Current and noted how my attitude toward Swift Current had changed. Prior to that comment, I had completely forgotten how scared I was about my move to Swift Current. You see, I really didn’t enjoy the first time that I lived in the city. I was here from Grades 4 through 7 and I did not fit in with the more popular students. Those who were popular didn’t make my life all that easy at school and it was a little shaky at home. With negative thoughts filling my head prior to the

move, I came to the Prairie Post with a chip on my shoulder and two major goals: I wanted to prove myself to the community and become a respected resident here, and I wanted to develop my ability to cover sports. In an attempt to win the community’s approval, I took my assignment to cover health, education, provincial politics and sports seriously. I tried my best to hold every organization I covered accountable to the public by informing my readers about some big stories, as well as some minor ones, and by writing a few columns. I had a lot of fun doing that, but I enjoyed it even

more once I gained the trust of the organizations, which allowed me to gain further insight into their operations for features. One of the biggest highlights for me here came courtesy of the Chinook School Division.We wanted



to develop a new way of looking at education by bringing the reporter inside the classroom and get students’ perspectives on how some of their programs work. I tried to take it a step further and wanted to show off other aspects of the division,which is how I managed to spend half a day at the Swift Current Hutterite Colony, watching how Hutterian students receive their education. That day was an absolute

blast and educational as I had never seen a classroom operate with so few students who were in a plethora of grades.

Another highlight came around Christmas when the Cypress Health Region granted me permission to tour the Cypress Regional Hospital with the Kiwanis Caring Clowns. Those women who I hung out with for a few hours brought a lot of smiles and laughs out from patients and myself. My proudest moment, however, must have come on the day of the provincial budget. The Prairie Post decided to send me to Regina to cover it from there. That day will be one I will treasure forever. Although it was one of the most stressful days of

my professional life, there was something special about standing in the chamber taking pictures of Ken Krawetz breaking down and crying while delivering the budget speech and Premier Brad Wall taking time on a hectic day to bring me into his office at the legislature to have a one-on-one interview with the only Swift Current media representative who made

the trip. In 18 short months, the memories of my first time

living in Swift Current have disappeared and have been replaced by happier thoughts, and that is how I will portray this city from now on. That is all I can do now. The reason those words were spoken to me and these memories came flooding into my mind is because I’m leaving the Prairie Post and Swift Current for an opportunity to write sports for a daily newspaper, the Brandon Sun. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave this community. I’m leaving behind a girlfriend who I will miss and who helped me make more inroads into the community than I could have imagined. I’m also leaving behind organizations I became attached to, be it intentionally or unintentionally, such as the Swift Current Cycling Club, Swift Current Little Theatre and The Lyric. Plus, I loved my co-workers and my job here working

for the people of southwest Saskatchewan. The sports writing job was too good to pass up, and

now, as Swift Current becomes a memory once again, I leave this community with a sense of pride for achieving my goals. My sports writing skills,which were honed

covering the Indians and Broncos, have improved enough to get a job at a daily newspaper and I feel, through my work at the Prairie Post, that I have gained some respect from this community. I have a lot more respect for it now as well. As I depart this community for the great unknown,

I only hope you feel the same way about me as I now feel about you.

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