The Straight Goods

A Deep Hole

Posted in OpEd by Marlene Wells on March 20, 2013

A Deep Hole


A deep hole, a cavity, expensive, creators, annoying, squirrel bunkers, rim busters, rim ruiners, tie terrors, accident waiting to happen, a dip, ‘des nids de poule’, mine pits, drop-offs, caves, caverns, pits, holes, ruts, faults, an obstacle course, axel  smashers, portals to China, an obstacle course, and finally Foord Street.  These are all answers to the question ‘Do you have another name for a pothole?’


I didn’t ask about any specific street, or town, when I asked this question to my friends on Facebook, who are from all over the country, and the world.  I simply asked for alternate names for a pothole.  It wasn’t very long before there were many responses.  And I thought it was truly amazing that the last one was Foord Street. It is because of the state of Foord Street that I asked the question, and why it is the subject of my column this week. The entire length of Foord Street, from Sobey’s Distribution Centre right out to the town limits in leading to Riverton.  Foord Street is a mess.


I’ve heard that the powers that be are waiting for a dispute with the provincial government to be settled.  Through the grapevine, I’ve heard that the Town of Stellarton is petitioning the province for financial help to get the road paved, because it is used as an access road for wood trucks.  If this is true, if this is what is causing the delay, why is the Town not asking the taxpayers to help put pressure on the NDP government? Why is it taking Mr. Ross Landry so long to see that his constituents are taken care of? Isn’t that one of the perks of being a minister? He is obviously not a very effective MLA (but I digress, this is food for another column).


Another thing that gets me is that there was money to pave, curb and sidewalk, all of the new streets in the Albion Business Park. The newest residents of Stellarton have nothing but the best for their use, while the long-term taxpayers and residents get a Main Street that rides like an obstacle course.


The town made an effort a couple of weeks ago to fill the holes. They were back within a couple of days.  I noticed today that they are back with the fill again, and will likely be at them again next week.  They are the same holes that open every winter.  I wonder how much that band-aid costs the taxpayers.

Come on Joe, and crew, the residents of Stellarton deserve better than this.  Just pony up and pave Foord Street already. With roads like that in your community, it’s a good thing that re-election is 3 1/2 years away.    Will Foord Street be paved before that election?


my thoughts, a little scattered, on strategic voting

Posted in OpEd by Marlene Wells on May 1, 2011
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I thought I would gather up my thoughts on Strategic voting.  These are responses that I have made on various Social media, and are unedited or organized.  Simply my gut responses to why strategic voting in wrong.  {Please forgive the errors!}

  • When you vote strategically you are voting against something. It’s more negativity in our already flawed system. Vote for what you believe it. Feel good about your vote!! A vote for anything but what makes you feel positive is a vote that makes us all feel worse!
  • The platform that I believe in is the Green Party of Canada. They are the ONLY party that actually stands for something, the same thing, regardless of the economic situation, regardless of the ‘ruling party’, regardless of what the other guy is saying’. The platform fits into my lifestyle and I can clearly identify with at least 90% of it on any given day. There is no other party that has a platform that makes it through an election, let alone decades. I will say that I was born and raised a Liberal, but the party now only stands for what the other guys don’t, and that’s not good enough for me. I am proud to vote Green, this will be my third time. I’m a 3-pete. Voting for anybody else just doesn’t make sense. It’s too bad that more people don’t have the courage to do what they believe in.
  • Seriously {opponent}, did you just call me negligent? For doing something that I believe in? That is pretty arrogant. I know exactly what is going on in this country, I know the damage that HarperCons have, and will, inflict on our country. All I can do is what I feel is right. Everyone should do what they feel is right. But trying to influence how people vote based on guilt and fear is NOT what a democracy stands for. I know that you think what you are trying to do is the right thing, but pushing it on people for negative reasons can only result in negative outcome. The more people who go out and vote for something they DON’T want can only result in fewer people voting for what they DO want the next time. Think about that for a minute.
  • {Opponent}, if you believe in the Green Party then stop talking about the other parties and talk about ours. Get people to vote for the Green Party, not for some other party that does not stink as bad as the Cons, vote for a party that smells great, all the time! Together we can. It’s time, VOTE GREEN!
  • You say it is fact, but you say it out of fear. Greens are anything but one-dimensional, and by saying that you have proven that you don’t have the first clue what Greens stand for. We stand for integrity, honesty, truth and hope.
  •  {Opponant}, why don’t you just come out and tell us that no other parties are worth voting for, unless they are on of the old school parties. It is truly unimaginable where the country would be is everybody thought like you do. Strategic voting, if it ever could work, could only work if EVERYONE that went out to vote did it. The demographic that is the heaviest voters are over 55 years old. Now, I’m not saying that people over that age do not have computers, or know how to use them (my father is 75 and he does very well indeed, pays all his bills, communicates with all his family, reads news articles and reads party platforms online, but he is the exception!) What I am saying is that the whole strategic voting machine is online, you have to go out and look for it. The demographic that votes in the greatest, and most influential numbers, do not, will not, engage in Strategic Voting. The demographic of people who have access to it online are the same people who DON”T vote! They then go out and vote, in small numbers, for something they don’t want and skew the vote just enough to f@%k it up. It’s not vote splitting that is giving us a Harper Government, it is Vote Abandonment.
  •  ‎” We need to get Greens into Parliament” . Well then, stop voting for other parties, and telling other people to vote for other parties, and tell them to vote Green! That is the ONLY way we are going to get Greens into Parliament.
  • As soon as someone gets power via FPTP, anything that they said about changing the voting system will be out the window. Even if the NDP form the next government, they won’t touch FPTP, it’s like saying they will give themselves a pay decrease, not gonna happen. Greens need to fight in the system that we have, we have to play the cards we are dealt. Are you suggesting that we just stop playing because ‘it’s just not fair’? The world does not have time for that, we must wake up and act NOW. Not after the next election, NOW> It’s time, Vote Green!

My opinion on Ibbitson’s opinion

Posted in OpEd by Marlene Wells on February 18, 2011

In Reference to Globe OpEd found here.

I seem to recall Ibbitson writing a column last fall about this very topic, only back them it was the Toronto area that was going to effect the elusive Harper majority government.  So, what has changed?  Polls, they are the only things that have changed.  But Ibbitson fails to do his homework before commenting on one riding in particular.  Saanich-Gulf Islands.

Ibbitson paints a picture of Gary Lunn in a two-way race, as he is, but fails to correctly identify who the race is with.  Consistently over the past 6 months polls have come back showing that Lunn is indeed in a 2 way race, but not with the Liberals.  The race is with the Greens.  Elizabeth May is consistently showing a neck in neck race with the Minister.  Ibbitson asks the question ‘how many votes will bleed off to the Greens?’.  The real question is how many votes will bleed off to the Liberals, from either side.

Lunn has been pretty much absent from his riding in SGI since he left, a year ago, to go to the Olympics.  Constituents noticed in the fall that he was conspicuously absent from an event where the Prime Minister was in attendance, IN SGI, as well as several other high-profile events.  It has led to some speculation that he will not re-offer in the next election.  This will be a problem for Mr. Harper in BC. 

It’s time to emerge from Harperland and take a look at what our Nation has become.  We were once well-respected internationally.  Not so much anymore.  The world is noticing that we are not quite as friendly, or dependable, as we once were. The only way to correct this is to defeat Harper, and his band of (NOT) so merry (wo)men, one seat at a time.

It’s time, Vote Green, in SGI, and everywhere else.

And there it is again folks, The Straight Goods!