Dear Editor: When I read this editorial in Wednesday’s paper I was completely blown away that some people can be so scared of a term which has been used for almost as long as there have been people in this province.
The article spoke about the term “Newfie” to describe Newfoundlanders as uneducated and second-rate citizens.
One quote from this article was as follows: “our collective nickname meant to brand us all as dull-witted or second class.” This quote could actually be viewed on the front page of the paper. To anybody reading this, I am proud to be a “Newfie.” I was born and raised in a small fishing/ logging community, surrounded by people of all classes, education levels and income brackets.
My father never finished high school but could build a house from the ground up.
As for myself, I graduated as valedictorian in high school, went on to university and remain working in Newfoundland with my bachelor’s degree at the age of 22. And once again, I’m a “Newfie.”
This term does not insult me; it gives me great pride.
Newfoundlanders, yes, are sometimes looked at in the way described by the article on Wednesday, but more often I hear people speaking of Newfies as hard-working, funny and the friendliest people you will ever meet. We are known for our hardiness and work ethic. We are no worse off than anybody else in Canada, and it worries me that some people in this province are so easily perturbed by such nicknames and make a fuss about it (it makes us look bad). I would like to challenge everyone who does not like to be termed a “stupid Newfie” to prove people wrong and celebrate our heritage.
Renée Regular, Hampden