On September 4th I attended the Aaron Coates play The End of the Rope at the Bashaw Majestic Theatre about Robert Cook, the last man hung in Alberta, and his lawyer David MacNaughton. Even 50 years later, reactions to the case are very mixed.
Personally, I don’t know if Robert Cook murdered his family, however I don’t think he should have hung as there were too many details that don’t really add up to the obvious conclusion that Cook’s juries arrived at.
Have you ever seen the movie “12 Angry Men” (1957) with Henry Fonda? If not, I recommend it. The movie follows the deliberations of 12 jurors who must decide whether to send an 18 year old to the electric chair for killing his father. It also highlights how blind people can be to the obvious when emotions run high and the facts of a situation presented are too cut and dried.
Sometimes it only takes one person, with one question, to change the course of events.
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It is back to school time. Time to return to our usual routines. Time for many clubs and organizations to resume their regular activities. Time for meetings to start up again.
September is also when we tend to join new clubs or sign up for extracurricular activities or life-long learning classes.
Every year there seems to be more and more choices of activities to involve ourselves in, with each choice appearing more exciting than the others.
After the summer break why do we suddenly over-schedule our lives? This fall, before you automatically sign yourself and your family up for various activities, ask yourself if you are signing up because you are really interested in the activity, or are you signing up because you think you should. A sense of obligation is not a real reason to join as that means you will not give the group/activity your very best. If you are not excited about the activity/group, why are you joining?
Beth Click here to read the complete issue of The Chautauqua.