I sent the following letter to the Standard Freeholder but, of course, they did not print it. It seems to me the worst critics of politicians are often those who have never stood for public office themselves.
Claude McIntosh, of the Standard Freeholder, often refers to our Premier as the Hon. D. McFibber to which I object. In his 18th June, 2010, column Claude McNonsense belittles, in a very mocking manner, the HST explanation given by our MPP Jim Brownell, to whom he insolently refers as Jimbo. Mr. Brownell’s explanation of the benefits of the HST were, indeed, excellent and showed the public just what the values might be – this has not been undertaken before and reputable journalists have avoided providing a good balanced point of view. We, the public, need to know when changes in our tax structure occur, as they occasionally must. We need to be informed correctly and not be misled by the uninformed.
Any knowlegable journalist will recognize that taxes, whether we like them or not, are the basis upon which a sound society functions. Perhaps Claude McNonsense would rather we followed the Conservative mode and make us all pay through the nose by making everything privately operated. His good buddy Micheal Den Tandt would obviously prefer this because, in the same newspaper, same date, he advocates we consider some privatization of our health plan. Now that is nonsense.
There is no way that any private medical facility will undertake to provide a service to the people of Ontario unless they make a profit. That profit is the same as a tax except for one mere detail – the profit goes into someone’s pocket and does not get used for the common good of all people. Perhaps Claude McNonsence and his good buddy could set out a plan they have devised whereby taxes would not be necessary and no one would make a profit.
Again, on the subject of Micheal Den Tandt, he sounds like a desk wimp who has never kicked a soccer ball, even in anger. That he commits an entire column trying to discredit soccer players is quite foolish. Anyone who has played the game will know that the injuries received on the pitch can be excruciatingly painful for a short time – I know for I have played the ‘beautiful game’.
John E. Milnes, South Stormont Ontario
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