‘Agitator’ a fine calling


by admin on October 14, 2009

The Editor,

As my grandfather used to say, define your terms, young man, before you start lying to me.  People from the north who were involved in the civil rights movement in the American south in the 1960s were labeled “outside agitators”.  In the 70s, outside agitators were falsely accused of escalating anti-war protests – most infamously at Kent State.  
Personally, I think to be an agitator, be it of the outside, or inside (within a person’s community) variety, is a rather fine calling.  I’d take it as a compliment to be called an “agitator”, “gadfly”, or “shit-disturber”, for that matter… while living. And a disappointment not to be remembered fondly by friends and exasperatingly by my enemies as one, in death.
Keep calling them as you see them, you weekly Low Down to Hull and Back agitators.

P.s.:  I only knew Huguette Poulin as an accomplished photographer and personable individual.  Wasn’t aware that she worked as an agitator for what she felt were the best interests of Meech Creek and Gatineau Park.  To learn that she was also person of conviction and spirit simply adds another dimension to her character.

Grant Boyd
Val-Des-Monts, Quebec