Tom Bartlett, Dundas
Re: Poverty has nothing to do with treating people fairly/A family is a family, no matter how it is constructed, Sept. 19 and 26.
In refuting the initial entreaty for government to devote more money to anti-poverty initiatives, I didn’t maliciously impugn the letter writer’s motives or agenda — merely their conclusions. I highlighted how more government programs inevitably exacerbate the problem. In return, I was met with vitriolic and snide remarks.
My suggestion that government was usurping the role and responsibility of fathers to take care of their family was odiously twisted to a call for men to dominate women. Really?! Another equated my positions as reminiscent of “some crazy Christian preacher from the Southern states” from the 1940’s before adding the rejoinder that I go back to Texas as my values aren’t welcome here.
I guess this passes for secular-style tolerance in modern-day Canada.