Is it Time to Push the Self-Destruct Button?



My writer friend Dennis from ‘south of the border’ just said that what I wrote was an  expression of frustration with governmental officials. The same scenario is played out in small towns, villages, school boards, and big government not only in Ontario but south of the border, as well. Thank you Dennis..


People do not like advice, plain and simple. I don’t like it either, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t take it.  It seems as if a lot of people in power pick and choose what already fits their preconceived ideas in our fair  town. Ultimately, people see the world through the lenses that they’re wearing, and changing lenses is no easy thing for most of us.

I have seen many dualistic positions in Carleton Place lately and it’s getting worse. This morning I have realized that the “we are right and everyone else is wrong” attitude might never change here. Few in power or on local boards want to ‘hear anything’ when someone shares anything negative or unacceptable. Instead of listening and evaluating the perceptions of an individual,  the powers to be prefer to defend themselves and place the negativity label on those that complain.

Ego also plays a big role in whether someone will take and implement advice or not. It seems to be the “you want what you want when you want it”, and most become confrontational or defiant  when they don’t get it. Any absence of an interest in what others are probably thinking and feeling is called a barrier to listening. The Great Barrier Reef now officially exists in this town.

Back in the summer of 2011, Netflix ignored their customers and didn’t listen to them. By splitting its DVD and streaming businesses and effectively increasing prices by 40%  they lost a whopping 800,000 subscribers. Their stock price fell to less than half its previous value, and the company became one of the 10 most hated companies in America. Carleton Place may not be a Forbes 100 company but animosity is growing each day and can animosity ever be a policy for success?


Author’s Note– if I sound sad in this essay I am.  I truly care about this town –make no mistakes about it.


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

4 responses »

  1. This is a fabulous expression of frustration with governmental officials. The same scenario is played out in small towns, villages, school boards, and big government not only in Ontario but south of the border, as well.

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