Columns and Letters

Letter: Ben and Marie Sylliboy, Being welcomed by his warm and loving family

Dear Editor,

Ben and Marie Sylliboy came to our door in 1983 shortly after we had moved to the Whycocomagh area. They were wondering if I would be interested in making a set of kitchen cabinets for them.  I was young and still learning the trade, but they were willing to take a chance on me. I said, sure, I’ll give it a try. Ben and Marie introduced me to many of the folks in We’koqma’q First Nation and I ended up making kitchen cabinets for several homes in the community. 
    When they realized that we were beginning a new type of community for people with disabilities that would eventually become L’Arche Cape Breton, they both offered to help. Marie volunteered as treasurer and bookkeeper for our fledgling community. Ben’s sister Theresa volunteered on the board. Ben and his sister Margaret visited often and welcomed us into their homes. Ben’s family was warm and faithful friends to all the folks in L’Arche.

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Rational Accommodationism

-by Gwynne Dyer

    Here we go again. Whenever North Korea launches a new long-range missile or does another nuclear test, President Trump condemns the test and warns Pyongyang not to do it again, while his generals, and diplomats point out that it “threatens the entire world.” But latterly, the pattern has been evolving.
    North Korea has carried out seven long-range missile tests, and one underground nuclear explosion (its first hydrogen bomb) since Trump took office in January, and until August Trump’s language on these occasions was blood-curdling. In July, when two ballistic missiles were tested, he said that any further North Korean threats “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
    That was actually a threat to attack North Korea with nuclear weapons: Trump was deliberately using the same language, even the same phrases that Harry Truman had chosen to use in a warning message to Japan just before an American plane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
    His defence secretary, General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, continued to talk in apocalyptic terms even after North Korea tested an H-bomb in September: “We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea. But as I said, we have many options to do so.”

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