Letters to the Editor: March 9

Acts of Kindness; Tax cuts kick debt down the road

Acts of Kindness

I would like to tell you a story about lunch on Wednesday.

My group and I — about 15 of us — went into Burger King in Cranbrook. After we got all of our food the Manager came over to us and was very upset about a homeless person in the restaurant. She wasn’t upset about this person being there;  she was trying to get help for this person. She seemed to have reached a dead end with all of her phone calls till a wonderful lady showed up to take the homeless person and get them the help that they needed.

The owner came over to us and was talking with us about her growing up in India and how her parents had always instilled in her to help people.  We as a group listened to her and we saw a woman who is truly compassionate and caring. Unfortunately we didn’t get her name but we all wanted to say thank you for being the person you are and our wish is there were more people like you in this world.

I am sure if there were this world would be a better and more caring place.

Lynn Fitzpatrick/Kimberley

Tax cuts kick debt down the road

Re: Why cut taxes for the rich? (Tom Fletcher, B.C. Views, Feb. 25).

I’m a senior with a defined-benefit pension plan and income splitting. I’m using the tax free saving accounts. I get a seniors’ discount on my property tax. I can defer my property tax if I want and some point I may. I’m not wealthy, but comfortable.

Both the federal Conservatives and B.C. Liberals have reduced income taxes for me. Why would I disagree with their policies? We are the privileged generation – you may enjoy the same privileges, in retirement, while they last.

Why the concern? Only because we have grandchildren who will paying for the privileges and lifestyle that the B.C. Liberals and Conservatives think we deserve (for votes), with borrowed government money. It’s called debt, and the B.C. Liberals have doubled it in the last decade or so.

Bring back Premier Ralph Klein from Alberta, in 20 years. By then I may be gone, and the grandchildren will be working to pay the interest on the debts. There will likely be riots, as there were in Greece. Greece – still at 173 per cent debt to GDP after four years of austerity – too late for them to get out their own mess. My TFSA will suffer a bit when they default.

As my Grade 11 math teacher said, “you can pay me now, or pay me later.” “Pay me later” sounds pretty good to the privileged generation. Hope you can join up soon – while it lasts.

Phil Harrison/Comox

Bread and Roses for IWD

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8th.  Despite the improvements in the status of women, there is still much work to be done to create a safe and equitable society for women and girls.  The Conference Board of Canada, using the Statscan data that were then available (our federal government has ruined Statscan’s ability to gather data now) showed that in 2010,women aged 25 to 34 earned 78.3 cents on the male dollar; women aged 45 to 43 earned 75.7 cents.  These numbers haven’t changed much in the last 40 years. They translate into more female poverty, which is most pronounced for young women in their childbearing years and old women who get lousy pensions.  (Source:  Conference Board of Canada, Gender Income Gap, online at http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/details/society/gender-income-gap.aspx).

Women still make a lousy 70 cents for every dollar men make.  Women in the same professions, in the same kinds of work, make less than men.  Our university campuses are not safe places for women.  We don’t have a decent affordable childcare program – and women are still the primary caregivers for children and for the elderly.  Male violence against women mars many of our lives in our homes and in our communities.  This is most shockingly evident in the horrific numbers of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, whose lives are constrained by racism as well as by male violence.  Too many in the media downplay the very real social, economic and political struggles for women’s equality.  There is little public education on these matters.  Thus, women’s inequality is erased as a subject of political discourse, and women who suffer are discouraged from speaking about their experiences.

The slogan of International Women’s Day is bread and roses, representing the need for the necessaries of life, and for beauty.  Let’s work to see that all women have bread and roses in their lives.

Joyce Green/Cranbrook