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I grew up in a small Town in Ontario during a time when everyone treated each other like Family. We went outside to play, we got dirty and we ate whatever Mom cooked….we ate sandwiches, got Ice Cream from the ice cream truck. We played “Simon Says” “Mother May I”, “Red Light, Green Light”, “Hide and Go Seek” , dodgeball,waffle ball, kick ball, softball and, “raced against each other in the street”, “jacks”, and “hopscotch”. When it snowed we had the best hill to go sledding on. There was no bottled water, we drank from the water hose or a cup at the well. We weren’t AFRAID OF ANYTHING BUT STRAY DOGS (and most of them knew us, and left us alone). If someone had a fight, that’s what it was…a fist fight. Kids didn’t have guns when I grew up. The street lights were our reminder to get your butt to the front of the house you lived in so you can hear your mama when she yells your name to come in for the night. School was mandatory. We watched our mouths around our elders because we knew If you DISRESPECTED any grown up you’re gonna get in trouble

How does this compare today’s growing up!

Gary Price, Midland

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  1. Thank you Gary for your insightful comments and some worthwhile history. It is sad, however, that many of those who are in charge of what is happening here in Midland either don’t remember or do not wish to. We had a town which valued its employees, didn’t intimidate them and kept hard working personnel who contributed to the value and well being of our town. I just finished watching Michael Moore’s most recent documentary for the fifth time. It jogged my memory on how progressive people in other countries are making positive differences by putting in place what we used to have and they are making them work. This is happening as we dismantle many of these. A council and boards working toward selling a valuable asset (PUC), intimidation and dismissing valuable hard working staff at town hall and library. Austerity is not the answer. Creative and common sense thinking is needed, not a corporate agenda that has not worked. An agenda that is bring us down. This is pervasive not only locally but at the Provincial and Federal levels. If Scandinavian countries can have free education at all levels and free medical for all, what is wrong with us? Watch the documentary. It is worth it. (Where to Invade Next) Yes it is focusing on USA stupidity but unfortunately we are not far behind.

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