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Dear Mountain Mama,Last weekend I watched a couple with their dog getting into a flat-bottom canoe without air bags. I wondered whether they mostly paddled flatter sections of the river upstream. I debated whether to say something about the danger posed by paddling without float bags. I decided against it.Later that day we came across the same group after their boat had capsized. We helped them get their canoe and gear to shore. They told us that their dog was probably already on the bank, waiting for them.When we righted their boat, we discovered that the dog hadn’t swum to shore. She had gotten trapped underneath the canoe. Despite our best efforts to resuscitate her, she was gone.I feel partially to blame. Am I?Yours,Didn’t Dare to Speak——————————————————————————Dear Didn’t Dare to Speak,What a tremendous weight to carry around. The blame game is dangerous to play. The what-ifs and could-have-beens are too many to speculate. And no matter how long you linger in the feeling-guilty-space, you will never know if events might have unfolded differently had you said something.Didn’t Dare to Speak, all we can do is learn from the past. And we can all learn to do better the next time around.Once I too was at a put-in and saw something that made me want to say something. There was a father and his two children, both under ten. Nobody was wearing a helmet as they started rafting down the Class III stretch of whitewater. A feeling welled up deep in side of me, a truth that begged to be voice. But instead, I told myself, don’t meddle, you’re just starting to paddle. What do you know about rafting anyway?Not an hour I looked into that father’s eyes as he held the body of his nine-year old daughter. The raft had rapped on a rock, she alone had fallen out, and hit her head. His eyes met mine with a bewildered, hollow look. I would have traded a million times over the mind-your-own-business glare that he might have given me at the put-in, had I said his children should wear helmets.We are all connected, more than we even imagine. Loss ripples through us, and all of us grieve. Because of our humanity, we have a right to share our concerns for one another. That kind of caring is at the very essence of our humanity. Be part of what makes the river community so strong by daring to speak when you see danger on the river.Best,Mountain Mama read more
With a compensation package for Roberto Martinez agreed with Everton the Latics owner can get on with the task of finding a replacement for the Spaniard. He has already received around 30 applications since he revealed last week he had given the Toffees permission to speak to Martinez. “Roberto will be Everton manager in the next couple of days and that means we can start to interview for the position of manager of Wigan Athletic,” Whelan told Press Association Sport. “We have had a lot of applications and I think we will be choosing from the people who have applied.” Press Association He added: “There are some very good candidates among them and with the quality that is there it is going to be difficult. “It has got to be sorted out over the next nine or 10 days. We have got to get on. The Championship starts sooner than the Premier League and we have got a lot of games.” Although Wigan will be playing in Europe for the first time in their history, courtesy of last month’s FA Cup final win over Manchester City, Whelan has set his new manager just one priority: bouncing back from top-flight relegation immediately. “We have got to get over it and get back in the Premier League as soon as possible,” he added. Names already linked with the vacancy include Brighton’s Gus Poyet, Mike Phelan and Rene Meulensteen – both assistants to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United – MK Dons’ Karl Robinson and ex-Bolton boss Owen Coyle. Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is starting the search for a new manager and hopes to have the right man in place by the end of next week. read more