Appearing In The Vision Paper - July 9, 2003

"Residents of Valley East Are Indeed Fortunate When It Comes To Being Informed. However, This Good Fortune Should Not Be Taken For Granted."

Robert Kirwan - Executive Director
Valley East Centennial Committee

When it comes to being informed about community events and the accomplishments and achievements of local residents, Valley East surely must count its blessings. The Vision Paper has been delivered to each home in Valley East and Capreol for almost ten years. Each week it contains a wealth of information about things that are most important to people living in this part of the City of Greater Sudbury. Each week it provides a venue through which businesses and individuals may communicate to more than 25,000 people. Pierre Charette, owner of The Vision Paper, along with Jean Guy Charette and the entire staff of the company are to be commended for their years of hard work to create and maintain this excellent publication.

For the past several months, another communication vehicle has been established to provide additional information to local residents. The community web site, has been created to assist the Valley East Centennial Committee in generating interest and awareness of our Centennial 2004 celebrations. Valley East will turn 100 years old during 2004 and we feel this is an excellent time to let everyone in Valley East, and indeed, the rest of the world, know what this great community is made of.

Both publications: The Vision Paper, which uses traditional print and the postal service, and, which uses the modern information technology of the internet, are designed to do one main thing - to provide a "Window To The Community" through which information can be "seen and acknowledged".

And yet, despite the fact that local residents of Valley East and Capreol have such a golden opportunity to keep up to date with what is happening in their community, and also a golden opportunity to tell others what they are doing, I am sad to say that there are many who seem oblivious to their good fortune and have failed to seize the opportunity.

Perhaps the best way to introduce the main message of this editorial is to use one of my favourite stories. I simply call it "The Little Red Hen".

One day a little red hen was scratching around in the barnyard when she discovered some grains of wheat. She had a great idea and called all of her barnyard neigbours together.

"If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?"

"Not I," said the cow. "Not I," said the duck. "Not I," said the pig.

"Not I," said the goose. "Then I will," said the little red hen. And she did.

The wheat grew tall and ripened into golden grain. "Who will help me reap my wheat?" asked the little red hen. "Not I," said the duck. "Out of my classification," said the pig. "Iíd lose my seniority," said the cow. "Iíd lose my unemployment compensation," said the goose.

"Then I will," said the little red hen, and she did.

At last it came time to bake the bread. "Who will help me bake the bread?" asked the little red hen. "That would be overtime for me," said the cow. "Iíd lose my welfare benefits," said the duck. "Iím a dropout and never learned how," said the pig. "If Iím the only helper, thatís discrimination," said the goose.

"Then I will," said the little red hen.

She baked five loaves and held them up for her neighbours to see. They all wanted some and, in fact, demanded a share. But the little red hen said, "No, I can eat the five loaves myself."

"Excess profits," said the cow. "Capitalist leech," screamed the duck.

"I demand equal rights," yelled the goose. And the pig just grunted. And they painted "unfair" picket signs and marched around and around the little red hen, shouting obscenities.

When the government agent came, he said to the little red hen, "You mustnít be greedy."

"But I earned the bread," said the little red hen.

"Exactly," said the agent. "Thatís the wonderful free enterprise system. Anyone in the barnyard can earn as much as he wants. But under our modern government regulations, the productive workers must divide their product with the idle."

And they lived happily ever after, including the little red hen, who smiled and chuckled. "I am grateful. I am grateful"

But her neighbours wondered why she never again baked any more bread.


The Vision Paper is the window to the community. But it takes the support and cooperation of individuals, organizations and businesses to keep the window clean. Businesses must use the publication to advertise and promote their goods and services so that the Vision has enough funds to provide space to report on all of the activities.

For weeks we have been encouraging people to send us information that can be posted on the web site at . Unless people take advantage of this opportunity, the window will be useless.

Letís not be like the barnyard animals who were quick to run away when the little red hen needed help and were equally quick to criticize the success of the little red hen. We will all benefit from The Vision Paper and from the web site at

It takes a lot of hard work to bring you publications like The Vision Paper and This hard work must be supported by local businesses and local organizations. Individuals must contribute stories and let us know about events that are going on so that they can be covered. Take pride in your community and make a sincere effort to "look through the windows"

Letís all do our part and we can all share the bread!


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