Maybe it's not much to latch on to, but a couple of moral tales worth repeating are emerging from the mess which is federal politics.
Ralph Surette is a veteran freelance journalist living in Yarmouth County.
The industrial agriculture that has fed increasing numbers of people for 60 years, thanks to more and more chemical fertilizers and advances in technology, is hitting several brick walls.
Grumbling to the contrary, Michael Ignatieff has done the right thing -- or at the very least, the necessary thing -- by threatening to pull the plug on the Conservative minority government.
With youth gangs and the drug trade generally, a will to face it must be found in the realization that whatever we've been doing -- despite some good work at the street level -- is not enough.
I accuse the criminology profession and the whole "liberal" side of the argument of stifling a proper debate on youth crime, in particular, by swallowing flawed statistics.
How we count things up says a great deal about us. The GDP is like a household that counts only its income and ignores expenses, debts, what the kids need and myriad other things.
What the NDP can do, if it works out right, is unlock the public energies that have been screaming to be heard over our political muddles for 30 years on any number of issues.