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Pits

Pits

I was propped up in bed reading Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls . Chichikov sat in the public house, wining and dining the upper crust of N., hoping to buy their dead souls. Sitting in a dark corner of the bar, was Deep Throat, my contact at City Hall.
Incompetency

Incompetency

When does incompetence become criminal? How far can incompetence go before someone blows the whistle and takes action, either through the courts or by other means? Webster defines incompetence as: (1) without adequate ability, knowledge, fitness; fai
Cuba Libra

Cuba Libra

As hurricane Ivan was approaching the island of Cuba, an American television reporter was interviewing people who had relatives living in Cuba.
Pride of Workmanship

Pride of Workmanship

I recently had occasion to witness a couple of examples of shoddy workmanship. In both cases, it was not tradesmen who did not have the experience or knowledge to do their work, but seemingly a carelessness or lack of pride in their work.
Otter Lake

Otter Lake

Memo to Mayor and Council: Can you hold off on the proposed sale of Otter Lake property until you consider this possible scenario? In my February 29 column, “If I had a Million Dollars” I suggested that developing the Otter Lake property as a residen
Close Encounters

Close Encounters

Brand loyalty, or even political loyalty, has no comparison to a man’s loyalty to his barber. I speak from the old school, those who get hair cuts. I freely profess to know nothing about the loyalty of those men who get their hair styled.
Bar Harbour Run Off

Bar Harbour Run Off

Too many years ago a group of us on motorcycles took a trip to the East coast, a trip on which we planned to use the ferry at Bar Harbour, Maine to take us to Nova Scotia.
In transition

In transition

Mayor Vic’s new way of doing business paid a big dividend last week when he found a way to provide free bus passes for a year to veterans of WWII and the Korean War.
Pea Pea Pea

Pea Pea Pea

Somehow the title ‘PPP’ (Public Private Partnerships) did not work for me. Pee Pee Pee would have the PC thinking this was not in good taste, akin to potty humour.
For Flag and Country

For Flag and Country

North Bay city council took two steps last week that stoked the fires of nationalism. In an unanimous voice they approved the placing of an Italian flag in Lee Park as requested by the Davedi Club.