Despite living in an alleged parasitic community, I follow the local political affairs concerning nearby Hantsport and while I have absolutely no vote or opinion as to what the town should do regarding dissolution, I attend most of the local meetings mainly because there is usually nothing better worth watching on the television.
To be fair, I am mainly interested as to what is to become of the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre.
The striking observation I have made when attending these various town hall meetings is the age demographics. When I look around at the attendees, I ask myself “Where are all the young people of the town?”.
Hantsport has 921 registered voters and 40 per cent of which are seniors.
If my sums are right that equates to around 360 seniors and at most recent meetings the crowd is 90 per cent, plus, seniors.
I think I can count on one hand the number of the younger generations at any one of these meetings.
Are these younger folks so disinterested in Hantsport that they can’t be bothered to attend? I dunno.
Are these younger folks bothered with all this dissolution stuff regarding Hantsport? Obviously not.
Maybe they have better things to do where as for the seniors, and I include myself in that category, have lived in the past and many remain there. To those folks, it is vital that Hantsport remain stuck in its past history. Oh, ”the good old days!”
The younger generation is obviously living in the now and probably take the view that Hantsport will always be Hantsport, and no matter if the town remains a town, becomes a village, or it becomes a part of another municipality, they will still
be over taxed while striving to simply survive in an overtaxed province with a $15 billion debt.
Here’s an interesting quote to leave you with: “History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today. (Henry Ford)