Today is the 46th anniversary of Ohio National Guardsman shooting dead four unarmed students at Kent State. Eleven other kids were injured.
Although the President’s Commission on Campus Violence equivocated and blamed both Guardsmen and students, it did finally conclude that “the indiscriminate firing of rifles into a crowd of students and the deaths that followed were unnecessary, unwarranted, and inexcusable.”
It was murder, pure and simple, though the US justice system refused to press charges against the Guardsmen. After all, as Nixon himself said just a few days before the massacre, student protesters were just bums.
Lest we forget.
This weekend looks like being a busy one in the neighbourhood.
On Saturday 7th, the 21st annual Stone Soup Festival takes place in the Napier Greenway, in and around Britannia.
It is always worth the visit to see what our local artisans have been up to.
On Sunday 8th May, the East Van Bazaar is happening at the Wise Hall.
Also on Sunday, starting at 1:00pm at Bump n’Grind coffee at Commercial & Venables, there will be a Jane’s Walk along Commercial Drive. Yours truly will be giving the occasional history/heritage tid-bit to go along with the urbanism.
I hope everyone comes out to support these worthy local events.
in the chair
in a game of
why did you
tend:er is the night
did you watch
no, I was crazy
to have missed it
they make me
I usually write about activities I see in my favourite little park, but today there was a mystery.
When I crossed the park this afternoon, there was — unusually — no-one else there; no kids, no adults, no dogs. However, two of the four benches had large numbers of stuffed toys sitting on them.
I have no idea why they were there. I hope that some benefactor simply left them for kids to find and play with. It will be interesting to see if they are still there in the morning when I pass through.