There's no harm in trying to take action against something that you know is a problem for many people. The brush on the sides of the highways in the region, and indeed across the province, is a prime example of such a problem.
However, as much of a proponent for getting stuff done that I am, I'm perhaps an even stronger proponent of doing something right, civilized, decent, and ... well ... just smart.
OK, so we all know there's a problem with brush on the roadsides right across the region. We also know that people have been vocal about it in the past, and so far haven't gotten any satisfactory answers to their questions. I get that loud and clear, and I even get that you're probably upset, and even angry about the lack of what many call in-action.
However, the fact of the matter is, our politicians are human beings - they aren't gods who we turn to in our time of need and desperation and swoop in to cater to our every whim and desire.
Some think that's what they were voted for - but those people are too stun to have their own way.
I find it amusing sometimes when people throw the line out there that the money Government spends is "our money." But yet, we don't even realize where half of that money is going day to day.
Look at the hospitals in this province - the sheer size and grandeur that they possess, and think about what goes on inside that building from day to day, week to week, month to month. These places aren't open from 9-5, Monday to Friday. We're talking as around the clock as you can get here, people. Now, ask yourself - how much do you say the light bill is in that place, every month? Keeping in mind, I'm thinking an MRI and life support machine drains a bit more 'juice' than your typical every day washer and dryer, and you know how much yours is going up when you got a big load of clothes to put in. And you thought you were worried about electricity rates going up.
Then go around the province and think about everything else the Government has to run from a day-to-day basis. After all - they're spending your money, aren't they?
Now, think about all the brush, all the roads, and all the people who think their area is the worst there is. Ask yourself how you would tackle it. Then ask yourself how much it's going to cost.
Government doesn't have a bottomless purse - in fact, there's actually a pretty shaky bottom in it when you think about the debt ratio we're dealing with. And no, the fact that Muskrat Falls is going ahead has nothing to do with the brush on the sides of the road - if you think that, then you should just stop talking for a few weeks, and read a newspaper instead.
The fact of the matter is, people complain because Government is spending 'our money' when most of the time, they call for such outrageous spending, I'm shouting in the background 'hey, save some for the light bill!' To me, that kind of rhetoric just isn't smart.
I'm all for calling to get something done, and wanting to see action on issues we find important.
But if you're going to shout, yell, complain and go off your head about something you want to see done, at least be smart about it.