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Just plain wrong
Editorial Comment - Deh Cho Drum

The world is a chaotic place filled with love, good, violence and evil, with ambiguity thrown in the mix.

While still young, just 21 years old, even I can see the world is made of grey.

Was that person really cruel to pump shoulders with you on the way to work or was he just distracted and having a bad day?

Was that person wrong to steal bread or was he trying to feed his family?

In most cases, I would say some things are too big to judge.

It's not for me to pass judgement about somebody's goodness or evilness. I'm sure I'm guilty of a few things myself.

However, after hearing about the break in at the volunteer fire department, I was transported back to my Grade 10 high school English class and remembered a long forgotten quote from Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

It's a quote about why kids shouldn't shoot mockingbirds and is where the book got its name.

"Mockingbirds don't do one thing except make music for us to enjoy," the quote goes.

Now, I don't want to be overly dramatic and I realize quoting a book about racial relations in the 1930s United States might be a bit too far but I still think there is a lesson we can take from it.

To hurt someone, or in this case an organization, which tries to better the community and save lives is a pretty gutless thing to do and I think it makes it easier to sort out what's right and wrong by comparison.

I mean, as Pat Rowe said in the article, if the volunteer fire department had been called in for an ambulance call that morning somebody could have gotten seriously injured or worse.

Too be fair, perhaps there is more to this story. Maybe I'm too quick to judge.

I doubt it.

This seems, in my opinion, to be an act of senseless destruction.

Nowhere in our discussion did Pat Rowe say money was taken or something like that. His golf cart was smashed, not stolen and sold for parts.

I think the people of Fort Simpson should look hard at what happened that night, decided whether they have the whole story and then throw the book at whoever committed this senseless destruction.

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