Max Haiven asks us to "Cut the crap about 'young professionals' and start getting real " (Voice of the City, February 27). I would suggest that anyone who shares his views is in dire need of a reality check themselves.
I have seldom read such a whining article full of self-pity and excuses for failure to address the personal challenges most of us face every day. As an educated, healthy, young man I would urge Mr. Haiven to study and apply the principals of self reliance and to stop bleating about being so hard done by.
Asking for the elimination of student loans, more public housing, guaranteed incomes, universal child care and free public transit is no different than corporations crying for support from the government in the form of subsidies and handouts. Where does this "me me" generation think that the money for such services come from?
Those who ask why our government is so poor surely have little sense of economics---it is simply that the very limited income they obtain through taxes provided by those who perform meaningful work cannot be expected to support the unlimited provision of services and never-ending wage demands of the public sector.
While there will always be an element of society that really does need support and assistance from government, it is clear Mr. Haiven does not fall into that category.
I suggest he change his attitude, start to take full responsibility for his own circumstances and stop blaming others for his perceived inadequacies. —Nicholas Carson, Halifax
When does the revolution start? Another part of the major problem is that the older generations aren't retiring, because of lack of retirement savings, supporting "kids" and those who cannot afford to. Wait till the housing bubble pops, will only compound the problem of debt. —posted by Christov at thecoast.ca
While we're on the topic of radical suggestions: split Halifax up into proper rural and urban regions so Hendsbee et al can pay for the infrastructure required for "rural growth" (more shitty cookie-cutter houses with plasterboard cabinets and balconies attached to siding) instead of us in the city. There are mines and farms in the Halifax Regional "Municipality"---shouldn't that be a sign something's gone horribly wrong? —posted by M2A
Older generations won't be retiring because they're in too much financial shit for having lifestyles they can't afford. Thankfully, I wasn't one of them. I retired at 59 and a 24-year-old lady was my replacement. I was overjoyed because that meant one less young person would leave this province. —posted by TT Fonebone
Reading this article reminded me of my pre-school son leafing through the Sears Wish Book: "I want that, and that, and that and that." —posted by Nizlemia
I was with him until he said raise minimum wage and build more public housing. Those will do nothing except continue the cycle of poverty. A few more people would have a place to live, a small step in the right direction, but nowhere near a be-all-end-all solution. A maximum wage on paper seems like a great idea until you realize it will likely be set at $10,000/hr by those who control such things. —posted by curnhalio
The first two paragraphs accurately diagnose a major problem facing young and youngish people in Canada today. But then the rest of the piece dissolves into a bunch of Marxist blather, like building loads more subsidized housing.
Look, the government has to enact smart housing policy to keep developers on track and ensure continued housing affordability, but the answer to housing expenses is not to make the government everyone's landlord. THE REVOLUTION(S) FAILED, MY FRIEND. New ideas, please.
As an aside: Please, enough condo-demonizing--what a ridiculous strawman. They're not even for rich people. (Rich people buy houses.) —posted by pigeon