Some thoughts that didn’t quite grow up into full-fledged editorials the past few weeks:

• The U.S. presidential election is today and we’ve been trying to organize our thoughts regarding which of the two candidates, President Barack Obama of the Democrats and Gov. Mitt Romney of the Republicans, would govern in a way that would work out best for our district, our province, our country.

In the end, we came to the disappointing realization that in the grande scheme of things, we don’t really register on the radar of either candidate. We believe both would advance their country’s needs and wants — eg. natural resources, pipelines, etc. — regardless of what Canada thinks or says or demands. For better or worse, our American cousins are out for themselves, regardless of political stripe.

Obama seems more Canadian — softer, gentler, more concerned with social policy — than Romney, if that matters.

• Assistant editor Neil Horner did a fantastic job on our special Remembrance Day section in the paper today. Horner did all the writing, photography and layout, with an assist from our talented design department on the cover.

We’re sure Horner would tell you that with such engaging interview subjects who have fascinating material to discuss, the section wrote itself. While it’s true the people he interviewed gave so much, and had much to tell, projects like this do not write themselves. Well done, Neil!

• The Save-on-Foods Oceanside Generals are still playing, still trying, giving all they can to improve, and doing their best to represent their community. That’s more than can be said of the best players in the world who are standing firm in their demands for gazillions of dollars.

We miss NHL hockey in a bad way. At first, we understood it was the owners who locked the players out, and the owners who needed to at the very least honour the contracts they signed with players. As time has passed we are finding it increasingly difficult to support a player who is standing firm in his position that he should be paid, say, $3 million for 10 months of work each year, not $2 million.


— Editorial by John Harding



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