6 Thorold Niagara News * Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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our editorial

If you have something you don't use, give it to a good cause

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should be a general code to possession - if you possess something that has not been used in over a year, it is time to get rid of it. That size four dress that has been hanging in the closet for two years, that you will get into once you just lose another ten pounds - okay, maybe 20 - should be passed along. If it is still stylish, someone else can enjoy it. That long wool coat that just won't button anymore doesn't need to take space in your closet, but it might be a perfect fit on someone else's hook.s Donating clothing and house- hold accessories to your local thrift shop not only helps someone in need but it is a great way to recycle. Household clutter can be cut in half and others can benefit from budget shopping. It is easy to forget that not everyone can pay the ticketed price on new items. Winter will soon be upon us, so if you have an old coat in good condition, please donate it and help keep your community warm this season. Don't forget about hats, mittens and scarves, especially for the smaller members of our community. Daniela Piteo

Shipwrecks

by Skip Gillham The tug MISEFORD sank 45 years ago today after being caught in a storm.

Welland built MISEFORD Still Sailing

The tug MISEFORD, built at Welland in 1915, has had numerous owners but only one name over 95 years. The ship has worked all over the Great Lakes but sank 45 years ago today. MISEFORD was towing the barge CHARLES W. JOHNSON on the St. Mary's River when they were caught in a storm. The force of the wind on the barge resulted in the tug being

How would you feel if it was your child onscreen?

The case of actor Laurence Fishburne and his daughter Montana is a sad reminder of the dangers of pornography. Earlier this year, the Matrix star's daughter announced she had shot a porn film shortly after turning 18 and wanted to make a big name for herself in the porn industry. Her father, of course, was horrified. His friends tried to buy all the copies of the film, but it was too late. Too late to close the barn doors. The horse was out, and galloping. In general, I am not in favour of censorship. I would much rather use good taste. Of course, there are

Tom Wilkinson

Write Here always people willing to push the bounds of good taste. They push ... someone else pushes harder ... a third pushes even harder, and all of a sudden, the fences of good taste have been knocked down and cannot be put back up. I'm not going to tell you I've never watched pornography. I think the vast majority of young men likely have. But I will tell you that, as I've aged and matured, there are many moments even in mainstream movies that I'm uncomfortable watching with my daughters around. I turn my head or cover my face, just as one might do during the most awful horror movie. Of course, my kids take delight in my embarrassment. What the plight of the Fishburnes illustrates is that, if you're watching porn, you're watching someone's children. In the case of Montana Fishburne, you're watching the daughter of a famous actor. But it doesn't matter that Laurence is famous. It just matters that people watching her movie and other hard- or soft-core porn movies are watching people's children. These are children who've somehow made some very bad choices. You can argue that Montana is 18 and an adult. I'm not buying it. I don't believe people make adult decisions to enter the sex trade. Something has happened to cause this lapse of judgment. What do I think should happen? Good question. There might be a case to be made that nudity in film is art, or that some sex scenes could be tasteful or artistic. But, for a start, ban hard-core pornography. There's no art there. That's not a freedom of expression issue. Who are we kidding? Failing that, I would like to see the age raised for how old people can be to do sexual films - maybe to 25. Get the children off the screen. Eighteen-year-olds are children. Yes, they may have grown-up bodies but they are kids. People become addicted to porn, just like they become addicted to drugs or alcohol. It's really time to realize this. People in the porn industry usually have something in their background that pushes them into it. I do not know what the situation is with pulled over and sinking on its side. MIS- EFORD was not salvaged until 1966 and, after an extensive rebuild, was able to return to service. The vessel now operates as a harbour tug at Thunder Bay. Photo: Below Lock 1 on August 20, 2002 - Skip Gillham Montana Fishburne, but she, like other young men and women, needs to be protected from herself so she doesn't make choices now that she regrets for the rest of her life. I feel sorry for her, her parents, and the parents of every other child who has walked, run or been pushed down this road. If you watch the hardcore stuff, I hope you realize these are just young children, whatever their actual age, lured by money or the chance of stardom. How would you feel if it was your child that people were watching? You can leave feedback for Tom at: twilkinson@westniagaranews.com

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