|Another Pandora's Box!|
Extract from my talk of August 3rd, 1999.
"I'd like to take a few moments of your time to talk on a very different subject and period. It has good news and bad news, but it's hard to say where the good news ends and the bad news begins. There are definitely more bad news than good. The period is now, the place local and the subject is our graveyard at Leggatt's Point. "
"You've noticed the new fence recently painted, the grass nicely clipped and cut in the graveyard. A five star job! You probably saw the two gates, one at the northeast end and one at the west end. Have you noticed the numerous unknown visitors, from I don't know where, who have "discovered" the northeast gate, and use the graveyard as their principal access to the beach, even before the paint was barely dry. Unfortuately, the money you contributed, to fix the fence and other improvements, has changed the once discrete, calm and peaceful resting ground our ancestors chose as their final retirement, into an open, public thorough-fare, rapidly become a popular beach-comers paradise to outsiders. Would you appreciate your remains being trampled over by the hundreds, each summer, as an ever increase croud goes on their merry way to the beach? But that's not all.
You all know about our daily visitor who parks, sometimes at the Church, sometimes at the graveyard, and baths in the nude. It was suggested that the nude bather subject was a dead horse and should be forgotten. We will certainly have deaths, but probably not horses. This week, I was nearly ran over by our nude visitor, who drove off Leggatt Road, barely slowing, and barrelled down the graveyard path as if it was a race track. Luckily, being nimble for my age, I jumped about three feet off the road. Why is our Church managers and graveyard committee opening Pandora's boxes faster than you can wink. In the last 15 years, I never saw any of them coming to clean up the beach after picnics or putting out unextinguished bonfires at 1 and 2 o'clock in the morning, or, for that matter, at any time. Friends, we have a problem. And we have an even bigger problem! Our Church managers and graveyard committee are blisfully unaware of the situation."
"Remember, their irresponsible inaction, could, from numerous causes, lead to civil or criminal litigation, putting your Church in peril, leaving the congregation without a charter or a church. Now, before you throw up a barrier of protests and objections, think about what I said. Protestants fought for over thirty five years to gain recognition here in Quebec, and I'm not talking through my hat, I'm talking about the minutes of the Legislative Assembly and House of Commons between 1795 to 1830. Since then, protestants have enjoyed considerable religious tolerance. Don't screw up something that's works tolerably well, even if it's groaning, creaking and weasing."
By G. R. Bossť
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