Letters to the Editor, Nov. 14
DON’T BLAME SENIORS
Re “Difficult balance” (Lorrie Goldstein, Nov. 9): While Goldstein quoted remarks made by Jake Fuss, he obviously agrees with him, otherwise he would not have written his ‘Opinion’ article. My opinion on this whole article is that Goldstein feels that seniors are responsible for their costly existence and if not for them there would be a balanced budget sooner than later and more money for other projects. We, the seniors, worked hard, paid taxes, utilities and other payments relating to government. You need to show more respect and picking on seniors is not the way, after all, seniors are human beings. What we seniors have now may not be there for you when you become a 65-year-old unless the government “makes policy changes and better control spending” for future seniors like yourself. Why pick on seniors, when all you need is to look at some of the wasteful provincial spending that should have been looked at more closely and controlled? I feel that seniors are continuously being blamed as an expenditure rather than a citizen.
(It may surprise you, but Lorrie is a senior citizen. And he’s hardly picking on seniors, merely pointing to some obvious realities)
A FUTILE STUDY
Re “Difficult balance” (Lorrie Goldstein, Nov. 9): Reading this column certainly can make an aging person feel like unwanted baggage. Forgotten is the fact that some of us old farts grew up and then worked and paid taxes all those years. We therefore deserve to collect a dividend. If Trudeau’s cabinet could reign him in for handing out bonuses — which we did not ask for and must pay taxes on — it would save many dollars. Certainly, there are some who didn’t pay taxes for some reason, however those who worked and paid should not let their hand shake when they see the OAS or CPP go into their accounts. I do not think we as seniors abuse the health system any more than anyone younger who asks for trouble abusing drugs or refusing vaccination. That is only my observation. By the way, all these ‘studies’ on so many subjects are proving what? An expensive way to find out percentages that are ignored.