Mayor’s Column – February 1, 2017

January 31, 2017

 

Somebody out there must know. Chetwynd is a little town with a big heart and when armed robberies occur we people on the street are truly surprised, more than mildly annoyed, and justifiably, if not exactly righteously, angry. (Righteous anger requires a righteous person to be angry and who can claim to be righteous? Of course, one can be angry without sinning but that means that the anger must be resolved before the sun goes down. In the case of these robberies, several suns have gone down and I am still angry. We need a resolution.)

Still, someone must know, and to think that someone would allow these crimes to go unresolved is bordering on being an accessory to the crimes. Do you really want to go down that road? What kind of friend, spouse, parent, or kin are you to allow your friend, spouse, kid, or kin to go down that dark road to the abyss unchecked?

Think about it, my fellow travellers, your dark road leads to no good. What twist of mind permits you to believe that you can get away with your criminality? You can’t and you won’t. Even if the law of the land does not land you in jail (and it will, you can be sure), the law of life will hound you to the day of your death. There is no escaping.  Your own mind will meet out so much punishing that you will wish the law of the land had caught you first.

Indeed, your sin will certainly find you out, if not sooner, then certainly later, if not openly in all its goo and grime, then certainly in the dark of the night when sleep eludes and conscience intrudes. That law cannot be broken. You will pay one penalty or the other. Your choice.

Somebody out there must know something. Do your friend, spouse, kid, or kin a favor; show your friend, spouse, kid, or kin that you care. Consider bringing him face to face with those who can give him time to reflect on his direction and, perhaps, introduce a change of course.

We are happy in Canada to live under the rule of law. It is when citizens start to think they are beyond law (as long as they can elude the posse) that we edge our society a little closer to that unblessed state of anarchy where Chaos rules. We need to let the law do its job of maintaining order. Generally, I think we do. It is those unbridled characters who seem to think they have rights to other people’s property, lives, or bodies who jeopardise the security of all of us – including the perpetrators of the crimes.

Yes, my fellow traveller on this earth. You will be caught either in the trap of your wounded conscience or by the officers whose job it is to put the skids under such as you and give you time to reconsider the direction you are taking. Because the choice is yours. The road you have started leads to the abyss and it only gets steeper and darker the deeper you go.

Someone out there knows. Someone should do something to help you.

 

Merlin Nichols, Mayor