By Letter to the Editor on September 12, 2020.
Arrogance when you are in charge of an SCS business is not a good trait to have, it tends to get you in trouble. It’s like a doctor coming out of an ebola tent and coughing on you and then saying “He’s saving lives!” Your first thought is OK, but what about me?
When I personally “lost it” is when ARCHES/SCS decided to threaten the owner of Hamilton Carpets. It seemed for a moment in time, the rights of the addict, superseded the rights of Hamilton Carpets to exist, as a “positive contributor to this community.” That “his suffering” was irrelevant, because “we’re saving lives here” you uncaring …! My thought is OK, but what self-appointed god suspended his rights?
As the demise for the SCS became apparent, spokespeople suddenly wanted to be a caring citizen, that would listen to the community? It’s like a person who has just been caught stealing and cries a river, saying it will never happen again! Repentance always seems to come when you are “trapped like a Rat” and when you are, you promise to “work like dog” to mend your arrogant ways! So it’s not surprising, as a last-ditch effort, a “white dove of hope” was tossed out the SCS window in hopes someone/anyone would appreciate the gesture! It was not.
SCS/ARCHES went “the arrogant way” and decided their right to existence superseded the community itself! We are “saving lives here, so get the hell out of the way!” They almost made it, they almost became “too big to fail!”
So now we get the “proclamation from those of self-appointed self-importance.” Addicts will die, people will be pricked, needles will be everywhere and doom is upon us!
This is akin to the speech from the exiled before their departure! “May the pox be upon you, thou darest question me. The wrath of the plague shall be upon you, your village shall surely be destroyed.” Well if the wrath comes, the village will take care of itself! Lethbridge will do just fine, we can deal with it, and your parting proclamation changes nothing.
However, it is a very, very fine piece of drama, as you exit stage left!