Who Is Your Greatest Hero?

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    Chaz

    In the past there was a craze about searching for Waldo. Waldo was a cartoon character in a landscape of other faces, background objects, etc.

    We all seem to be searching for a Waldo who is supposed to lead us and fix the world. I can name at least two cartoon characters who got elected but I don’t think either of them is as talented as Waldo.

    Here’s a quickie quiz. You get 20 seconds to name 10 people who are or were heroes. Truly inspiring people. People that you want to emulate. People that you would be proud to call a son or daughter.

    If your list includes even one so-called businessman, then your invite to tea at my kitchen table is herein revoked.

    Start the quiz now.

    skoal,
    Chaz

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    #753512 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Mine is Mayor Jim Watson.

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    #753542 Reply

    The Voter

    Well, if that don’t get you uninvited from kitchen table tea, Ken,, ain’t nuthin will.

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    #753531 Reply

    sisco farraro

    Well, Chaz, I thought you’d never ask. I don’t have 10, I have 3 – Spiderman (working tirelessly to make the world we live in safe, well Gotham anyway), Snoopy (to live is to dance, to dance is to live), and doctor Jonas Salk (an American doctor who developed the vaccine that kept us all safe from polio, and ensured it was made available at an affordable price, free).

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    #753527 Reply

    Chaz

    Ken,
    I know that you said that the emojis take up too much web space but come on – your comment deserves a dozen emojis. Maybe a grin for satire would be most appropriate.
    skoal,
    Chaz
    P.S. – You can still come for tea, but there will not be any cakes. lol ( his lairdship cleaned out the bakery)

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    #753549 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Sisco:

    Good choices but you forgot Jim Watson.

    cheers

    kgray

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    #753570 Reply

    Chaz

    Ken,
    Sisco did not miss his lairdship. Afterall, his nibs could qualify as a Snoopy – he sure can make a snowmobile fly. He definitely qualifies as a Spiderman – he brought one to the 150 parade.
    skoal,
    Chaz

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    #753598 Reply

    sisco farraro

    Ken, Chaz, Voter. I do not possess the same wry wit as all you, or at least the rye I use is somewhat different, but no, Jim Watson is not on my list. He’s the kind of guy Spidey would hang in one of his webs waiting for the police to cart away.

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    #753603 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    And now Sisco, the police have 10 more officers to bring him in.

    cheers

    kgray

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    #753619 Reply

    Chaz

    sisco,
    You do yourself a disservice. His lairdship caught in a web might be closer to the truth than imagined.
    Sub-grade asphalt anyone? Developer donations through employees of the developer? Single source contracts? Keeping or getting information before the rest of council gets a peek?
    skoal,
    Chaz

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    #753654 Reply

    Ron Benn

    Chaz, I took some time to try to focus my thoughts on who are my heroes. The term is used far too loosely these days, and the context can be quite broad. I decided to limit my scope to Canadian politicians.

    Sterling Lyon was a one-term premier of Manitoba. He won a mandate from the people in 1977 after Ed Schreyer took the province to the precipice of bankruptcy. One element of the financial failings of the Schreyer government was the creation of a provincially owned and operated automobile insurance fiasco. It is my recollection that premiums were not a function of driver history or vehicle type. The deductible was a laughable $25. In any event, the story goes, as related to me by a former member of his caucus, that at the first post election caucus meeting he told his MPPs that they would be a one-term government. Why? Because, as a consequence of the mess that they were taking on, the measures that had to be taken were going to be draconian, and the people were not going to be happy. Better off? Yes. Happy? No.

    In addition, Sterling Lyon, a Conservative, threw his support behind Liberal PM Pierre Trudeau and his efforts to repatriate the constitution.

    So why is he my Canadian political hero? He did what was necessary to save his province, knowing that it would cost him his job in the end. Then he crossed party lines for the good of the country. Those two moves were career limiting, he knew it, but he understood that personal sacrifice is far more important than manipulating ones way back into power. I struggle think of any other Canadian politician who has ever demonstrated this quality of character.

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    #753659 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Ron:

    Jim Watson is a bigger something than Sterling Lyon.

    cheers

    kgray

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    #753665 Reply

    Ron Benn

    Ken, I put Jim Watson in the category of politicians who are prepared to say and do anything to hang on to power. He is the antithesis of Stirling Lyon.

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    #753716 Reply

    The Voter

    Chaz,

    I might have, in a more innocent time, nominated one Ken Gray. Regrettably, his proposition of Jim Watson and his persistent championing of said individual in this thread has blotted his copy book and removed him from contention.

    I will now have to review my other contenders to see if any of them also have feet of clay.

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    #753724 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Thank you Voter for the consideration by I’m too modest to accept such an award not on a plaque from my hero Mayor Jim Watson.

    The major reason my hero is Watson is that he gives me tonnes to write about.

    No cock-ups, no Bulldog.

    cheers

    kgray

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