Are we now living next door to a banana republic?

Opinion In an article in the New Yorker of March 14th 2019 titled “Is America becoming Trump’s banana republic,” George Conway, the outspoken Trump critic married to White House counsellor Kelly Anne Conway, said, “If it were not for the inherent checks and balances of the US constitution, we would …

Porch Views: the “auf Wiedersehen” piece

Perhaps you have noticed that views from my porch are not appearing as regularly in the online and print versions of The Madawaska Valley Current these days. The publishers tell me that a number of readers have been inquiring, and I am well aware of folks’ proclivity to, in the …

The Current as watchdog – a look back at 2019

In my review of The Current’s 2019 contribution to local news coverage, two events stand out as being especially revealing. I refer to the bland response by members of council to one of their own swearing at and threatening me during a Madawaska Valley council meeting, followed by the manufactured …

A walk to the pond

Do you remember the smells of your childhood? Yeah, me too. Specifically, my sense of recall for the fragrances of the cottage in Quebec where my family visited as a child is instant. It’s also intoxicating. It’s a mix between general cottage mustiness, the lingering aroma of my grandmother’s cooking, …

It’s all about the judges

OPINION Even as President Trump was being impeached yesterday, his enabler-in-chief, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was providing yet more evidence that reveals why the Republican Party has sold its soul to the Devil. On Wednesday afternoon while Republicans in the House of Representatives were collectively scraping the bottom of …

Time to get back on The Path

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: The Current believes that the issues raised in this editorial originally published just over a year ago remain relevant, particularly given the apparent lack of activity and progress on economic development during the new Council’s first year. We re-publish it now ahead of tomorrow evening’s public meeting at …

In an Orwellian world, only comedians can save us

“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” — George Orwell. These performers remind us of something paramount; comedians don’t provide the example of what they can get away with saying, they provide us with the blueprint of what everyone can say.

Porch Views: Three forbidden topics

OPINION   What’s the adage? Polite people should never talk about sex, politics or religion. Well, in the Valley if we couldn’t talk about who’s new to Splitsville, who’s running around, what’s going on at the town hall, our MP’s latest outburst, who’s become a holy roller, or the bishop’s …

Porch Views: Goodbye Joan

Joan Kitts was buried on a rainy afternoon in the St. Lawrence O’Toole graveyard in Barry’s Bay beside her beloved husband Charlie. Her nine children and many members of their families, some cousins and friends accompanied her on that final journey. Her daughter Julie said that when they drove into …

Sowing seeds of division – déja vu at MV Council

EDITORIAL Following the Council meeting of June 18, The Current wrote to Councillor Ernie Peplinski seeking clarification of comments he made during the meeting in relation to the distribution of Canada Day grant funding. Those statements seemed calculated to leave the impression that Combermere had been unfairly bypassed. His statements …