Letters to the Editor

Balanced budget, who’s the fool?

Editor, The News:

Re: Name calling uncalled for (Letters, Jan. 18).

Cherryl Katnich seems to have a selective reading ability.

The article that I wrote was about the B.C. government deficit growing by $323,000,000 more to add to the already out of control deficit.

Also, there is another $11 million-plus for the TV and radio ads running 24-7. I never hear anything in these ads about increasing user fees.

I was hoping to have a conversation with Ms. Katnich about how we could reduce this enormous B.C. government  debt. Perhaps more user fees?  Especially on the B.C. medical plan premiums to make sure us seniors are paying our fair share.

How about tolling a portion of the Trans-Canada Highway (the Port Mann Bridge)? Welcome, visitors, to Vancouver. Please report to the nearest Treo office to pay your toll fee.

Perhaps the government of B.C. could ask the people they sold B.C. Rail to for another dollar.

Worry not, the B.C. government budget will be balanced by April Fool’s Day 2013. Really?

So, Ms. Katnich, now is the time to reflect on reality before you slip back into your imaginary world of blissful ignorance. I am sure we will hear from you and Tom Fletcher May 2013.

J. Johnson

Maple Ridge

 

Forego pension?

Editor, The News:

Re: Idle, as if there is nothing to do (Along the Fraser, Jan. 18).

I agree with some of Jack Emberly’s concerns regarding pipelines and oil sands, but I must ask, is he as a retired teacher willing to forego the part of his pension that is invested in the oil sands and big oil companies in protest?

Cherryl Katnich

Maple Ridge

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