August 19, 2014
As I get older, I am more optimistic about our future on and off this planet. When I refer to ‘off this planet’, I mean when each of us dies. I am more optimistic about it because I am convinced, after seeing glimpses of it as a psychic, that when someone’s spirit leaves her or his body, the experience of the afterlife is extremely peaceful and satisfying.
This blog, though, deals with the future of the planet. Despite climate change, global warming and the decrease of trees on this planet, I am old enough to remember the last big global crisis. This was nuclear war.
Here we are decades later and it still has not happened. What did happen was the end of the U.S.S.R. (Union of Soviet Socialist Republic) and with it the nuclear arms race between that superpower and the U.S.A.
I would like to believe that the global protests against nuclear war were heard by the power brokers — big corporations in a variety of countries. If so, then, if we consistently refuse to be complacent about climate change, we common people once again have a crack at saving the planet.
If not then maybe we will start from scratch once again on another planet as many people’s spirits do in the afterlife.
My head was in a different place in the 1980s when I did the following opinion piece:
Opinion by Tanya Lester
Recently, there has been a lot of talk in the news about a Regina group of high school activists who have been pushing for a student referendum on nuclear disarmament. These students want the right to vote for nuclear disarmament and against nuclear war.
The Regina students are not alone in wanting to voice their opinions about nuclear war. Across Canada, and all around the world, people from every walk of life are protesting against the superpowers — namely the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R.– who are continually increasing their number of nuclear weapons.
The people who are protesting include most church groups, women’s groups, war veterans, politicians, doctors, environmentalists, and the list goes on and on. Even people who have never spoken out in public about anything else have learned to speak loudly on this issue.
So why are all these people protesting and what does this have to do with the people who live in the Gravelbourg area?
The answer to this question is fairly simple and I started thinking about it because council and school board elections are coming up. Before I explain the connection between protesting against nuclear war and the town elections, I would like to tell you something you may or may not have realized.
In the event of a nuclear war, the people of Gravelbourg would not escape the destruction. In the unlikely event that you survived from being instantly burned to death by radiation or from being killed by the collapsing rubble of crashing buildings, experts say you would wish that you were dead.
If you lived, you would probably have severe radiation burns. If a miracle happened and you lived long enough to have children, they would probably be born deformed and/or grow up to die of cancer.
Living in the country in the Gravelbourg area, you might have a better chance to escape the actual bombing but once you ventured out, you would witness a world devoid of trees, birds or any other form of plant and animal life. These would be no clean food and water so you would die of starvation or thirst. But you probably wouldn’t live that long because your contaminated surroundings would be the breeding ground for all kinds of fatal diseases.
Horrible, isn’t it? Now you know why millions of people are protesting against nuclear war. They are protesting the total destruction of our planet.
And this is where the local town and school board elections come in. In many cities and towns across Canada and around the world, people are holding referendums on nuclear disarmament in conjunction with their city’s or town’s election. They are telling policitians and the people who have the power to push the button which would activate a nuclear war, that they do not want a nuclear war.
Maybe next time this area has town elections, residents could also vote on the nuclear disarmament question. But it would take a vote in council to permit such a referendum to take place. If you want one, let your council members know. You can also let your MLA and MP know that you do not want to become a victim of nuclear war. Mention it to them next time you see them or write them a letter. You can write your MP postage free.
Speaking of writing letters. One thing that I really miss working on this paper, as compared to others, is the lack of letters to the editor. I know a lot of you have intelligent opinions on a variety of topics. Why not write them down and send them in?
My plea for questions got one response. Well, sort of; anyway.
Mr. Gus Csada came into the office with some questions and he had the answers, too.
In the area of ‘groaner’ jokes, Mr. Csada had these to contribute. Why do dogs run so fast in the Sahara desert? Because the trees are so far apart.
What do you call a pony with a sore throat? A little horse (hoarse).
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