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Ed Z.

james hörner

ed calls himself "just a regular guy."

cancon
so what's new with you, ed?

Ed Z.
Not a whole hell of a lot. I can say I'm pretty tired of reading about strikes across Canada, and B.C. politics in general.

cancon
how do you feel about all the striking?

Ed Z.
Well, I support the workers, of course! Thing I get a kick out of is how the government always drags its ass when it comes time to negotiate with unions. They want to push the workers into the corner and give them bad public opinion by forcing them into strike position. Everyone gets annoyed when workers strike, and that is good for bargaining from the government's point of view.

It's also really funny to see how people just don't have any respect for the working man, or woman, these days. You see how many people go to the Cineplex Odeon even though the projectionists are still on strike? It's a damn disgrace that we don't support the plight of the workers. Most people probably aren't even aware of what is going on when there is a labour dispute these days, except the fact that it pisses them off when they don't get the services they are looking for.

cancon
ok, ed, let's change gears- where do you stand on the death penalty?

Ed Z.
Where do you think I stand? Opposed, of course! I'm not one of those fools that just says "fry 'em" because it sounds cool!

Who can be so audacious as to think they have the right to determine whether another person should live or die? Just because the criminal murdered does not give us the right to commit the same crime.

One of the big problems with this issue is that people don't really want to look at the problem. We want to sweep it under the rug. What we really need to do is ask why so many crimes are going on. Why do people enter into criminal activity in the first place? Usually it's not because they like the lifestyle. I think a large percentage of criminals are there due to a bad deal. Many are either products of abusive homes or the social services system. I wonder how many criminals come from being forced through social services and planted in home after home. No wonder kids go and do B&Es.

cancon
how about those kids in littleton?

Ed Z.
That's a damn sad case. Everyone is jumping the bandwagon and placing all the blame on violent movies like The Basketball Diaries or one violent music or whatever else they can use as a scape-goat.

Parents and other people need to put the blame somewhere, and nobody wants to look in the mirror.

Maybe movies, TV, and the internet give kids ideas, but they are not necessarily the cause of the problems. These violent tendencies come from somewhere much deeper. I think the problem lies in the fact that in many households both parents are working, and then come home to kick their feet up and watch the tube. How much time does the average parent spend with their children per day? Not very much, I'm sure.

So where are kids learning their values these days? From wherever they can get them, be it other kids or movies, TV, internet, etc. Who is to blame to begin with? Parents, for not instilling values into their kids and for not having an active role in their life.

cancon
one thing to look at is where the kids got their weapons. how about the issue of gun control?

Ed Z.
Charlton Heston comes out and stands tall behind his pro-gun stance. It would seem society can go one of two ways on this issue. Either we can all arm ourselves to the teeth or we can ban guns period. In the first instance the killers in Littleton would have been taken out by teachers packing heat. In the second scenario those kids would have had a damn hard time getting their hands on firearms. The explosives on the other hand...

cancon
do you think this kind of behavior is isolated to the u.s.?

Ed Z.
No, no. There is just as high a probability of some kid in Canada snapping from all the social stresses and what have you and coming into school with weapons. [note: Taber, Alberta, happened a few days after these comments]

That's another thing we need to work on is eliminating things like social stresses in the school system. Maybe things like uniforms wouldn't be such a bad idea, shoes and all, that way everyone sits at the same class level. Part of the problem is class warfare, with the poor kids stressed out because they can't be cool, and the cool kids stressed out trying to maintain their status. This has always caused a lot of tension and stress on kids.

President Clinton should be shitting bricks about where his country is headed, and Chretien better take note. Before long he's going to have these sorts of events happening up here. Hell, it's not even a matter of prevention, considering how much school violence already goes on! It is vital that politicians take off the global politics glasses for a second and take a look at what's going on in their back yards.


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