Posted June 2, 2012
There but I go but for the grace of God category.
Mercury Managing editor Phil Andrews, in his weekly homespun column regaled about the demanding calendar of events the paper covered this week. Only problem was he credited Toshiba with bringing new jobs to Guelph. Slight problem but it was Hitachi that made that announcement. It is great news but no doubt he will be hearing from Mr. Hitachi.
On a more somber note, the Mercury ran a front-page blow-up of a button produced by the Planned Parent organization. The majority copy on the button stated “Homophobia Sucks”. It was inappropriate and a serious mistake in editorial judgment.
The Mercurygot this right
In an editorial May 30th the Mercury pointed out that it was ironic that the University of Guelph’s Central Student Association would voice support and attendance at the three-month old Quebec student’s protests. At the same time they remain mute on the university’s plan to increase tuition to the maximum in the coming year.
Have we come to partially educated students protesting at whim?
It is noted that the Quebec students in the sciences and engineering are not taking part in smoke-bombing the Montreal subway etcetera. They are smart enough to realize that graduating is the target, not trying to force political change in the province. Why in hell do we care?
Why is the city buying non-legal ads in the Tribune?
Legal advertisements must be published in the local media. But the city administration buys pages of ads admonishing dog owners, gardeners and road construction. These are comingled with the required legal ads such as planning changes, requests for re-zoning, bylaw announcements.
The interesting part is why these ads do not appear in the daily Mercury?
The estimated bill for this is $500,000 a year.
Excuse me while I shut off my lawn sprinkler.