A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE – Dec. 24 — Out of the mouths of babes

One reason that municipal councils have an agenda is so they know when the meeting is over and they can go home.

This list came to my email this morning from a friend and since I have been tasked with writing my second newspaper this week I am going to take a shortcut to getting to the bottom of the page by reprinting it.

An elementary school teacher had twenty-six students in her class. She presented each child in her classroom the first half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It’s hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you.

While reading, keep in mind that these are first-graders, 6-year olds.

1. Don’t change horses …… until they stop running.

2. Strike while the …… bug is close.

3. It’s always darkest before …… Daylight Saving Time.

4. Never underestimate the power of …… termites.

5. You can lead a horse to water but …… how?

6. Don’t bite the hand that …… looks dirty.

7. No news is …… impossible.

8. A miss is as good as a …… Mr.

9. You can’t teach an old dog new …… math.

10. If you lie down with dogs you’ll …… stink in the morning.

11. Love all, trust …… me.

12. The pen is mightier than the …… pigs.

13. An idle mind is …… the best way to relax.

14. Where there’s smoke there’s …… pollution.

15. Happy is the bride who …… gets all the presents.

16. A penny saved is …… not much.

17. Two’s company, three’s …… The Musketeers.

18. Don’t put off till tomorrow what …… you put on to go to bed.

19. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and …… you have to blow your nose.

20. There are none so blind as …… Stevie Wonder.

21. Children should be seen and not …… spanked or grounded.

22. If at first you don’t succeed …… get new batteries.

23. You get out of something only what you …… see in the picture on the box.

24. When the blind lead the blind …… get out of the way.

25. A bird in the hand …… will poop on you.


26. Better late than …… pregnant.


Midway council is going to allow more time for questions from the gallery after they adopt changes to their Procedures Bylaw.

This bylaw governs how a council will run their meetings – it sort of provides some clarity so folks know what to expect next.

Under the current Procedures Bylaw there are 19 items on the agenda – with the last being the only opportunity for questions from the public.

In-camera meetings will now be held prior to council meetings too.

By allowing questions earlier in the meeting they hope to have more citizens participate in the meetings – they can come and raise a concern without having to sit for an hour and a half or more before the floor is open for questions.

That makes sense – but I’m wondering how adding three more bullet points to the agenda is just going to drag things out even longer.

I think they should have moved adjournment up higher in the list.


We at the Times wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the very best in the New Year!

Take care of someone who loves you …


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