Letters to the editor, April 30, 2015

These are the letters and comments from the print edition

Lifelong poverty

I am one of the poor who will never be able to afford a computer/laptop/internet service. I was born into poverty during a majority federal Conservative government in power, who made my single mother and me live on a monthly cheque which they would not increase with the cost of living, the price of groceries going up. Things in life did not improve until the federal Trudeau government came into power.

So I have had decades of life experience as one of the poor versus a social worker—with the four years of college they need to become a worker—who make decisions over the poor. I sometimes wish social workers were made to live a couple of months as the poor.

I have lived half my life in poverty and have accepted the fact that I will be living my life in poverty—it is my destiny to live a hard life. I also do not like the provincial government bullshit that I pay no taxes! I have to pay a 10-cent deposit on everything I drink except milk! This deposit is something social assistance says I do not pay! And therefore is not included in the budget allowance amounts of money they allow me to have! I have to pay a 15 percent sales tax on used clothing I have to wear so I will not freeze. The kind-hearted provincial taxpayers who do not want to see me starve have to take extra money out of their pockets to provide food to food banks and soup kitchens. Once a poor person is over by one penny, nickel, dime or quarter it gets deducted to save provincial government money! The penny, which is now round up /down by the federal government! The nickels, dimes or quarters the poor need to pay an uneven 15 percent sales tax! While the provincial gold-plated government officials overspend on items like orange juice and steak. —Born Into Poverty For Decades

Stadium, still

I completely agree with this. We can't afford anything in this region because tax dollars are drying up from population leaving for greener pastures and our aging residents ("A stadium is necessary for Halifax growth," Voice of the City online by Christopher McGarry, April 24). How about we build something to draw people here, to give them another possible reason why they would choose Halifax instead of another location to move. The whole concept of not moving forward for fear of something not working is obviously not working. —posted by Topshelves at thecoast.ca

If this is such a great idea, why isn't the private sector all over it? If there were money to be made, other than taxpayer money, don't you think we'd already have this stadium? Why wouldn't Scotiabank or RBC wanna get their names all over the walls in giant letters? They must know something you don't.

Most notably, hopes and dreams don't fill stadiums at $60-plus a ticket. The history of the AHL and the Moosheheads have more than proved it: Haligonians wold much rather pay $7/ticket and be able to afford to go to every game in the season than to hope to see a farm or NHL team play a single game here for up to $100. —posted by downtownleroybrown

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