Stop the madness

Editor, The News:

Re: Cheap politics behind opposition to raise, (The News, Aug. 5.)

Coun. Craig Speirs, NDPer and supposed defender of the people, never ceases to amaze me, although I should be used to it by now. He takes shots again at fellow councillors, this time at those who have really stood up and considered the taxpayers.

Around the world, countries are going broke as they find they are short the exorbitant finances that are needed to pay pensions, wages, and atrocious demands of the workers, a niche that Mr. Speirs fits into. Couns. Mike Morden and Cheryl Ashlie have taken the stance to stem the flow out of taxpayers’ pockets in Maple Ridge by saying pay raises aren’t needed.

Someone has got to stop this ongoing madness, an overbearing stress on my wallet. My sincere appreciation to Ashlie and Morden for saying no.

I once lived quite well on $10/hr. Then my kid’s teachers wanted more wages, more pension. My phone repair man wanted more of the same. My cable person said he needed more. The postal person demanded more, and the grocer needed more to pay his staff … and on, and on. Then, my political elects, who told me they were running to help their fellow man, demand more pay. Now, I found I needed more to exist, and still pay into the three branches of public purses to pay all of the above.

Someone has got to stop this ongoing madness, an overbearing stress on my wallet.

Cheap politics my foot. My sincere appreciation to Ashlie and Morden for saying no. Too bad your other decision makers wouldn’t consider us, nor, by the way, the top guns in municipal hall. Don’t give me the ‘comparison’ tale. That’s how we got here in the first place. Have some of your own thoughts!!

Good thing an election is coming and  taxpayers become voters. Maybe I can help to stop the bleeding.

Lorne Riding

Maple Ridge