Millroy: Just a few simple observations this week

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Just a few simple observations this week.

With the possibility of a new twin-pad arena to replace the failing McMeeken Centre on the horizon, I would hope that those designing the seating areas would take two things into account:
Railings to aid the elderly manage the stairs;
A neutral colour rather than the yellow that is on the steps in The Rhodes Centre.

These two things, of course, are of direct concern to me as I, at 87, am among the elderly.

A railing naturally helps at all times but I would find it necessary to climb unaided the bright yellow stairs in the rinks in the Rhodes Centre and also in the Peewee and Rankin arenas.

As it stands, I will take someone’s arm to go up and place a hand on a shoulder to go down.

I don’t know what it is about the colour yellow that makes navigating stairs so troubling, but it is there.

I don’t have the same trouble when ascending or descending neutral-coloured stairs.
It is just a thought I felt was worth passing on as I can’t believe I am the only person who has trouble with the yellow in the arenas I mentioned.

STILL ON HOCKEY, or at least on something connected to it, I am beginning to get the idea that the management types of the Soo Greyhounds try to outdo themselves each year on the kind of season tickets they give us.

The one this year is huge and just as tough to dig out of the book as the one the team gave us last year.

I liked it when I could tuck a ticket into my wallet long before game night. Actually, I can recall being able at one time to put tickets for Wednesday, Friday and Sunday games into my wallet all at once.

I am bringing this up because I forgot a ticket recently, something I had never done in about 25 years or so of being a season-ticket holder.

I guess that is another part of the age thing.

I WONDER IF ANYONE from Memorial Gardens management ever listens to what comes out of the sound system during the break between periods of Greyhound games.
If anyone does, wouldn’t you think that some changes to the system would be made or even a new one put in.

Announcements are unintelligible, as is the commentary for what passes as entertainment, two people attempting to propel sleds in competition, during the period breaks.
However, considering the guy who belted out the American national anthem on Wednesday could be heard as clear as anything, maybe just some training for those using the microphones would be a start.

It should be said that this is not a thing that has just happened. We have lived with this for years.
Fix it, please..

JUST BEFORE HE resigned as the acting secretary of homeland security, Kevin K. McAleenan was forced offstage at Georgetown University’s law school by demonstrators who shut down his planned keynote address as they protested the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

“The First Amendment guarantees all Americans the right to free speech and assembly,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. “Unfortunately that right was robbed from many who were scheduled to speak and attend today’s event at Georgetown.”

I have no time for President Donald Trump or for any of his policies, let alone just on immigration, but I believe the Homeland Security people were right on this one.

We may not like what people have to say but, as long as it does not involve hate, we have to defend their right to say it.

12 COMMENTS

  1. I agree with Doug about the poor sound at the GLC Memorial Gardens—not only is in unintelligible but it is far too loud—that loudness contributes to it being unintelligible. The sound has been proven to be more than 82 decibels which is considered to be damaging to the ears.

  2. I disagree: Georgetown University law students exercised their right to not listen to Homeland security justify putting kids in cages. What qualifies as hate speech in your eyes Mr. Millroy? I choose to believe in the law students and support those who protested rather than enablets of Trump’s racist and immoral immigration policies.

    • So they knew what he was going to talk about? So how could it be hate speech. Do you even know what hate speech is? What it isn’t is someone you disagree with speaking. Screaming over someone speaking is actually hateful beside being ignorant and rude. You are just as ignorant as the young children having a tantrum about something they didn’t like.
      By the way, Barak Obama’s government also put children in “cages”.
      Do you know that every country does not allow unfettered immigration? If you can’t educate yourself then stop commenting.

    • So they knew what he was going to talk about? So how could it be hate speech? Do you even know what hate speech is? What it isn’t is someone you disagree with speaking. Screaming over someone speaking is actually hateful beside being ignorant and rude. You are just as ignorant as the young children having a tantrum about something they didn’t like.
      By the way, Barak Obama’s government also put children in “cages”.
      Do you know that every country does not allow unfettered immigration? If you can’t educate yourself then stop commenting.

  3. MANY are hoping that Trump will soon be in a jumpsuit that matches his hair. It is still amazing to me that Americans are not out in the streets demanding this buffoon be removed from office NOW. The Republicans need to put their own political futures aside and do the right thing.

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