Opinion Letters

Letters to the editor, Oct. 27, 2017

Article highlighted new business

Hello, it's Kerin Valcourt of Moonlit Pines Guest House, and I would like to thank Valerie MacDonald for doing a great job on the article, about the business This is a brand new endeavour for us and her article has helped boost awareness of our unique guest house.

Her story has helped to spread the word and Chris and I just wanted to let you know how happy we are that Valerie took the time to put this into print and thought that the people of our community would enjoy the story. We are so happy about the response and pleased with the words she wrote.

Thank you again.

Kerin Valcourt

Rice Lake

Treat employees with humanity

Morality. What has happened to it?

In the wake of the Sears liquidation, employees are being left without severance or benefits whilst management continues bestowing themselves bonuses. Caterpillar did the same when they closed London's locomotive plant and many others do so as well.

When you see the scale of the one per cent's income compared to working people, it is obscene. Too much at the top and not enough at the bottom. Wake up fat cats! You are tanking the economy by not sharing the wealth.

There was a time when corporations understood that paying a fair wage with decent benefits earned respect; a respect that would reap rewards tenfold from what they were giving. Henry Ford knew that paying his workers a fair wage would enable them to afford not only his automobile, but many other items as well.

Is it so hard to treat people humanely?

This era of the Donald Trump mentality is to pay minimum wage while sloughing all monies to top executives. This is what causes recessions. When the lower class can but afford their utilities, there is nothing left for purchasing items that would keep others working and stimulating the economy.

If the greedy Sears bosses of the world cannot understand that people working and paying taxes allow hospitals, schools, Meals on Wheels and many social programs to be subsidized by the taxes paid from good wages, then what hope is there?

The direction corporations are taking is opposite to the betterment of society. Paying slave wages and closing plants wherein people are now drawing off the system instead of paying into it, is where the government should be stepping in to appeal to big business in treating low income workers justly to better the economy and their own businesses.

Robert Vaillancourt