BC Apathy Threatens Our
Just had to respond to Teresa Crouse's (Columbia
Journal June edition
) letter saying hospital workers "should
consider themselves lucky” since they put the brakes on privatization
long?) and it only cost them a 15 per cent wage cut.
That's like saying, "we got screwed, but not as badly as it could have
been, so it's okay". How defeatist is that?
I moved to BC from Quebec six years ago and continue to be amazed at
the apathy of the public here. A few months ago in Quebec there were
massive protests simply at the suggestion their provincial government
was looking into privatization in the public sector.
They hadn't even done anything yet and there were literally thousands
in the streets! Come on people, get off your asses and stand up for
your rights and hard earned tax
dollars! Some of you may have voted in the "Liberals" in 2001 (not me),
but that does not mean we have to put up with their draconian
I sincerely hope your newspaper is willing to publish a challenge to
the false allegations made against Israel in the article "Is Criticism of Israel Anti-Semitic?
Mordecai Briemberg. It is curious that Mr. Briemberg blames Israel for
all the problems of the Palestinians and ignores the multiple efforts
that have been made to achieve peace. It is because Israel is a
democracy that a range of opinions are expressed without consequence or
repression. The Palestinian Authority has refused to live up to
agreements or put an end to the killings of innocent civilians by
How is it possible for those who purport to defend and honor human
rights to align themselves with dictators who repress and punish and
deny human rights to their own people? It is a proven fact that Mr.
Arafat has diverted mullions of dollars intended for his people into
his own bank accounts. Why has there been so little improvement for the
Palestinian people under Arafat’s leadership. Millions of dollars have
been donated for that purpose.
To blame Israel or the United States for the conditions facing the
Palestinian people is to ignore documented facts. Why is no attention
being paid to the cruel persecution of Christians under Arafat’s
leadership? It is too easy to blame the United States, Israel, Western
Civilization, on anyone and anything, except themselves. People in the
Sudan are suffering misery and starvation. They do not resolve their
problems with suicide bombing.
Economy. Buy Back Our Debt
I wouldn’t mind public debt so much if the interest payments were put
to real progressive use (Civilizing the
For example, what our government can do, with the encouragement of the
likes of the Fraser Institute, is to improve our economy by producing a
greater incentive for mostly-average-income Canadians to buy-up, at
least, the lion’s share of our nation’s debt.
Those Canadians, needing to spend the interest payments they receive
from their government bonds on life’s necessities, would circulate that
money within our nation’s economy.
The only unfortunate alternative is for foreign lenders to spend in
foreign nations the considerable funds (i.e., billions of dollars) they
receive from our tax-dollar interest payments.
Frank G. Sterle, Jr.
Olympic Woes not About
As a Canadian who cares about this country, I was offended at seeing
our coaches lamenting on how poorly our athletes did at this summer’s
Olympic Games and then whining about needing more money from the
federal government in order to do better.
I just learned that Cuba, with a shoestring budget for its Olympic
athletes, won almost as many medals as we did.
Obviously, it’s not about money. Maybe it’s just that people in other
countries are more patriotic and respectful of their heritage than we
are in Canada. Maybe Canadians, including the coaches and the team
managers, should put more pride and effort into showing the world the
great potential Canadians have, instead of crying for more hand-outs.