Opinion Letters

Letters to the editor, Oct. 31

Tired of Postmedia's right-wing slant

Your Postmedia editorials and articles keep pounding away at the wickedness of (Liberal) governments which have the effrontery to run up deficits in order to spend (albeit inadequately) on public necessities like health and education.

This is hypocritical. It is Conservative policies which make sure that our treasuries are missing billions of dollars that ought to be there, because of unfair and missing tax laws and because of the federal government's persistence in borrowing from private banks at high interest rates, when it has no need to do so. Government deficits are in any case a lesser evil than government failure to spend where needed.

Not only are you and I paying more than our fair share of taxes, but we are being increasingly penalised by creeping privatisation, which means we are paying a kind of unofficial tax to make certain people rich.

Premier Wynne should not have sold off Hydro. But maybe her government was so financially squeezed that she had to mortgage the future in order to survive in the present.

Why should Canadians need to take out private health care insurance? Our taxes were supposed to pay for health care, although we have never had the pharmacare and dental coverage that we need. Fees are being added here and there and now people are being allowed to queue-jump, for example to receive physiotherapy by paying fees and giving somebody a profit. I believe this is actually illegal under the Canada Health Act.

I have lived long enough to know that most people suffer when right-wing governments are elected, while a few grow fat. You have many good locally based articles, but I am tired of the convoluted right-wing lies that come from "above."

Jenny Carter, Hillcrest Ave.

No real savings as our electricity rates rise

It seems as everyone in the government likes to tell us all the positive points of the so-called "rate reductions" that they have given us.

Yet winter is not even here to evaluate any so-called savings.

And more to the point, we will have to put any savings under the mattress to pay for the increases coming in two years.

With the government spending $5 million over the next two years to tell us about the savings, I wonder if the government has allocated the same amount to tell us our rates are going up when the two years are up.

Murray Cooke, Sunset Blvd.