New Finland cracks getting old

Nathan Carter

Several people have noticed that I made an error in my story about Great Big Sea in the last issue of The Chart.

First off, I want to apologize to anyone I may have offended. I know that some people take great pride in their home and heritage and I do not wish to offend anyone. My error is on me and I appreciate those people who were diligent enough to find it and point it out to me.

I would also like to mention that this is a college publication. I am still learning. This is not an excuse, just a statement of fact. I actually enjoy it when people point out any mistakes I made. It just drives me to not make them again, but there is a limit. Do you know what I hate? When several people point out the same error, despite the fact that the error has already been pointed out by other people.

There are, as of the time this is written, four comments on our Web site stating the same thing. I made the error of placing New Finland in the story instead of Newfoundland. I thank the first person that pointed it out to me.

The rest of you are just as dumb as you believe I am.

Have you ever heard of beating a dead horse? Stop doing it. There is no point in making the same point. Repetition is unnecessary. When the point has been made in a public manner, everyone can see it. This means that if the first person made the point, the rest of you don’t need to. I do appreciate the concern, but quit it. (There was no repetition in that last paragraph to drive the point home at all.)

I would also like to point out that a lady wrote a letter stating that I make all of America look ignorant. I would like to thank you for stereotyping all Americans based on one mistake from one person.

You think Americans look stupid for one mistake one person made. I represent myself and The Chart, not America. If I said you made all of Canada look stupid for stereotyping all of America based on your remark to my error, I would be just as much at fault as you are. But I won’t, so that you can be in error all alone – by yourself. Where my error was factual, yours is ignorance. Thank you for making me feel better about my mistake. Please write again.

In essence, I did make a mistake and would like to thank people for pointing it out, but lay down the stick. Carrots work better. Your point was made and I will make sure to look up cities and provinces in question in the future.

For foreigners, don’t think I represent the average American. I am far from it, and this assumption could cause an international incident, a severe misunderstanding of cultures, and at least a war of the words. You have been warned.