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The CB Post Will Edit Your Letter for Free!

The CB Post Will Edit Your Letter for Free!

September 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Sometimes, terrible people like me are given wonderful, unexpected gifts from the blue. Like yesterday, when I received the original version of a letter to the editor that appeared in the 12 September 2016 edition of the Cape Breton Post. We’ll compare and contrast the two versions in a moment,Read More

Payday Loans Revisited

Payday Loans Revisited

September 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm

I had intended to update my payday loans story when I heard back from the provincial government and the local Sydney credit union on the subject. If you read the original piece, you’ll know much of it was devoted to a consideration of pilot projects being tested by credit unionsRead More

Dr. StrangeJob Makes Random Promises

Dr. StrangeJob Makes Random Promises

September 6, 2016 at 7:12 pm

Sadly, I had a bit of a slip and my final pledge went down the crapper, so I am changing strategy to tackle my 1000 More Implausible Elect-Me Promises. In retrospect, 1000 promises may be a bit ambitious. Rather than publish a rambling list of irrelevant promises, I will critiqueRead More

I Now Pronounce You: Political Allies

I Now Pronounce You: Political Allies

September 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Love is in the air, folks! And all over the front page of the Saturday Cape Breton Post. If you turned off your critical brain and simply let it wash over you, you could respond with a doting smile and best wishes for the bride and…mayor. Yeah, my critical brainRead More

Albert Barbusci signing papers.

Albert Barbusci Likes to Sign Things

September 5, 2016 at 11:28 pm

Albert Barbusci of Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP) likes to write his name. More specifically, he likes to write his name on documents, preferably with some attendant ceremony. That those documents should be meaningful or open to public scrutiny or of some use in court would be nice, but notRead More

NATO expansion.

Sacred Honor & Lizard Brains: Let’s Talk NATO

September 2, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Since the end of the Cold War, discussion of nuclear disarmament has been conspicuous by its absence from US politics—and, indeed, from debate and coverage in most countries. While the dangers of nuclear proliferation receive more attention, the intimate link between banning the Bomb and preventing its spread is rarelyRead More

Brought to You by the Campaign to Re-Elect Cecil Clarke?

Brought to You by the Campaign to Re-Elect Cecil Clarke?

August 31, 2016 at 2:08 pm

Did anyone else search Page 3 of the Saturday 27 August edition of the Cape Breton Post for the notice, “This message has been approved by the campaign to re-elect Cecil Clarke?” I searched in vain, assuming there could be no other explanation for the non-story that occupied most ofRead More

Walden, Colorado, photo by Shay Carlstrom

US Election 2016: The View from a Square State

August 31, 2016 at 1:24 pm

Explaining to folks abroad from whence I come, I often had to resort to “One of the square states.” In recent years, though, a law known as Amendment 64 has put Colorado on the international map as the vanguard of full legalization and regulation of both medical and recreational marijuana.Read More

Grant Haverstock, Firehouse Ironworks.

Destination Cape Breton, the Travel Writers & the Blacksmith

August 31, 2016 at 1:30 am

Blacksmith Grant Haverstock founded the FireHouse Ironworks in Whycocomagh, Cape Breton in 2011. FireHouse produces custom ironwork but from the beginning, the company has been more than just a working forge, as its web site explains: The forge at FireHouse Ironworks is a place for community members to gather andRead More

Dr. StrangeJob: Incompetents Destined for Cape Breton

Dr. StrangeJob: Incompetents Destined for Cape Breton

August 30, 2016 at 11:32 am

Thousands upon thousands of taxpayer dollars are spent annually promoting Cape Breton Island as a tourist haven with varying success. Yet it only took a few hours for a local DJ to create a website that resulted in an overwhelming number of tourist inquiries, a major spike in tourism, andRead More