Time For Everyone In Valley East To Pull Together and Build The Foundation
For A Successful Future
by Robert Kirwan
Valley East Today!
As I stood beside the pond in my back yard admiring the
new waterfall that my wife had recently constructed, I was reminded of a song
released a long time ago by the famous singer, Harry Belafonte.
The main feature of the pond was a bucket turned over on its side,
allowing the water to flow freely out and down the hill in a stream.
The song by Belafonte, a banter between a husband
and wife about fixing a hole in the bucket, suddenly hit me that the
lyrics were symbolic of what is happening in the Greater Sudbury Area, and
in particular in Valley East.
The song begins with Lisa, the wife, asking her husband
to go fetch some water from the well. It goes something like this:
"There’s a hole in the bucket, Dear Lisa,
Dear Lisa. There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Lisa, a hole.
Well fix it, dear Henry, dear Henry. Well fix it,
dear Henry. Fix it!
With what shall I fix it, dear Lisa, dear Lisa.
With what shall I fix it, dear Lisa. With what?
With straw, dear Henry, dear Henry. With straw,
dear Henry. With straw.
The straw is too long, dear Lisa, dear Lisa. The
straw is too long, dear Lisa, too long."
And so the song goes on and on with Henry stating that
the ax is too dull to cut the straw, and Lisa eventually telling him to
wet the stone to sharpen the ax. Henry finally comes to the point where he
asks with what he should carry the water to wet the stone and is told to
fetch it with a bucket, to which he replies, "There’s a hole in the
bucket, dear Lisa, dear Lisa. There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Lisa. A
The song is a rather silly rendition, except that it
says a lot about what is going on in our community today.
Our population is declining; our unemployment rate is
one of the highest in the country; our children are moving away to find
jobs; our small businesses are having a hard time surviving; restructuring
of our municipality is not going the way it was planned; our hospital is
in financial trouble; the list goes on and on.
The fact is: we have a hole in our bucket and until we
fix it, we will have a great deal of difficulty generating any kind of
economic stability in this area.