Opting for serfdom out of fear, plus other Hamilton Community News letters

Opinion Jun 11, 2020 Dundas Star News

OPTING FOR SERFDOM OUT OF FEAR

Recently there were two letters that deeply troubled me. One was calling for us to go all in on punishing gas prices to fix “climate change” and the other was to admonish us to stop whining about the lockdown – drawing a specious comparison with Anne Frank to shame us into taking a knee against our personal freedom.

I see common threads in both these arguments and will kill two ideologies with one letter.

Both these premises are based on computer models that have made dire predictions that in no way reflect reality. In fact, “climate change” was adopted when panic over global warming failed to materialize. The projections on COVID-19 death were similarly outrageously off the mark. Therefore, to use this as a rationale for major life-changing interventions is ill-advised.

The Communist China Republic has major complicity in both issues and we have worked hard to cover up their sins. They are also the greatest carbon producers in the world.

Both issues have major economic impacts that particularly harm the poor and risk our food supply. Out of control gas prices don’t bother the wealthy but destroy those struggling to get by. Not only that, but the cost for producing and transporting necessities goes through the roof.

Similarly, the COVID-19 shutdown has already slowed the food chain and elevated the cost of goods. In time, we will face inevitable and dangerous shortages. This is in addition to massive debt and deficit spending to support those not working while many businesses won’t weather this storm. The incremental opening of the country will also mean tepid growth and a long time before the economy is back on track. Also, substance abuse, depression, mental health, domestic violence, suicide, and similar social maladies have ballooned under the lockdown and will continue the longer this goes on.

Frankly, carbon taxes don’t give us cleaner air. Keeping young and healthy people indoors for a virus that is inhibited by heat and sunlight, but spread in climate-controlled settings, is outright irrational. The question isn’t whether or how long we might survive a lockdown, but is it even necessary? Not only are these cures far worse than the diseases they claim to remedy, but we are opting for serfdom out of fear. We should focus on protecting seniors and the vulnerable and otherwise get back to living.

Tom Bartlett,

Dundas

WE SAVED WITH THE OLD ELECTRICITY SYSTEM

The Ford government earned appreciation, once the COVID-19 lockdown had been ordered, by lowering the cost of electricity for those sheltering at home, including many cut off from jobs. To do this they ended time-of-use billing and charged the lowest rate (off-peak) of 10.1 cents per kilowatt hour, 24/7.

That change was extended to run until May 31. In the first week of June, there were no announcements about rates that I heard, so I checked my account. We were still being billed as off-peak 24/7 but the rate had been increased by 26.7 per cent to 12.8 cents per kWh. Wow!

Previously when we had time-of-use billing, I tracked how much power we used at peak, mid-peak and off-peak. In June last year and February this year the percentages were 13.4, 11.6 and 75 per cent respectively. We are seniors and thus home during the day and do laundry, et cetera during the day. So our power consumption has not changed with sheltering at home. Had the previous (from February 2020) rates of 20.8, 14.4 and 10.1 cents per kWh respectively been kept, our overall rate (a weighted average) would have been 12 cents per kWh.

So now the government has quietly implemented a “COVID recovery rate” until Oct. 31 and is charging us more than we would have been paying at the time-of-use rate.

Are the people who needed the assistance no longer in need? I don't think so. Now the real colours of the Ford Government are showing.

John Douglas Vickers,

Hamilton Mountain

LAST BIG FIGHT

Re: Lasalle Park ownership squabble

This is going to be Coun. Sam Merulla’s last big fight as he rides off into retirement. If past history has taught us anything about Mr. Merulla, he will be looking for this last swan song to be an epic, blaze of glory!

Darrell J. Hicks,

Ancaster

Opting for serfdom out of fear, plus other Hamilton Community News letters

Opinion Jun 11, 2020 Dundas Star News

OPTING FOR SERFDOM OUT OF FEAR

Recently there were two letters that deeply troubled me. One was calling for us to go all in on punishing gas prices to fix “climate change” and the other was to admonish us to stop whining about the lockdown – drawing a specious comparison with Anne Frank to shame us into taking a knee against our personal freedom.

I see common threads in both these arguments and will kill two ideologies with one letter.

Both these premises are based on computer models that have made dire predictions that in no way reflect reality. In fact, “climate change” was adopted when panic over global warming failed to materialize. The projections on COVID-19 death were similarly outrageously off the mark. Therefore, to use this as a rationale for major life-changing interventions is ill-advised.

The Communist China Republic has major complicity in both issues and we have worked hard to cover up their sins. They are also the greatest carbon producers in the world.

Both issues have major economic impacts that particularly harm the poor and risk our food supply. Out of control gas prices don’t bother the wealthy but destroy those struggling to get by. Not only that, but the cost for producing and transporting necessities goes through the roof.

Similarly, the COVID-19 shutdown has already slowed the food chain and elevated the cost of goods. In time, we will face inevitable and dangerous shortages. This is in addition to massive debt and deficit spending to support those not working while many businesses won’t weather this storm. The incremental opening of the country will also mean tepid growth and a long time before the economy is back on track. Also, substance abuse, depression, mental health, domestic violence, suicide, and similar social maladies have ballooned under the lockdown and will continue the longer this goes on.

Frankly, carbon taxes don’t give us cleaner air. Keeping young and healthy people indoors for a virus that is inhibited by heat and sunlight, but spread in climate-controlled settings, is outright irrational. The question isn’t whether or how long we might survive a lockdown, but is it even necessary? Not only are these cures far worse than the diseases they claim to remedy, but we are opting for serfdom out of fear. We should focus on protecting seniors and the vulnerable and otherwise get back to living.

Tom Bartlett,

Dundas

WE SAVED WITH THE OLD ELECTRICITY SYSTEM

The Ford government earned appreciation, once the COVID-19 lockdown had been ordered, by lowering the cost of electricity for those sheltering at home, including many cut off from jobs. To do this they ended time-of-use billing and charged the lowest rate (off-peak) of 10.1 cents per kilowatt hour, 24/7.

That change was extended to run until May 31. In the first week of June, there were no announcements about rates that I heard, so I checked my account. We were still being billed as off-peak 24/7 but the rate had been increased by 26.7 per cent to 12.8 cents per kWh. Wow!

Previously when we had time-of-use billing, I tracked how much power we used at peak, mid-peak and off-peak. In June last year and February this year the percentages were 13.4, 11.6 and 75 per cent respectively. We are seniors and thus home during the day and do laundry, et cetera during the day. So our power consumption has not changed with sheltering at home. Had the previous (from February 2020) rates of 20.8, 14.4 and 10.1 cents per kWh respectively been kept, our overall rate (a weighted average) would have been 12 cents per kWh.

So now the government has quietly implemented a “COVID recovery rate” until Oct. 31 and is charging us more than we would have been paying at the time-of-use rate.

Are the people who needed the assistance no longer in need? I don't think so. Now the real colours of the Ford Government are showing.

John Douglas Vickers,

Hamilton Mountain

LAST BIG FIGHT

Re: Lasalle Park ownership squabble

This is going to be Coun. Sam Merulla’s last big fight as he rides off into retirement. If past history has taught us anything about Mr. Merulla, he will be looking for this last swan song to be an epic, blaze of glory!

Darrell J. Hicks,

Ancaster

Opting for serfdom out of fear, plus other Hamilton Community News letters

Opinion Jun 11, 2020 Dundas Star News

OPTING FOR SERFDOM OUT OF FEAR

Recently there were two letters that deeply troubled me. One was calling for us to go all in on punishing gas prices to fix “climate change” and the other was to admonish us to stop whining about the lockdown – drawing a specious comparison with Anne Frank to shame us into taking a knee against our personal freedom.

I see common threads in both these arguments and will kill two ideologies with one letter.

Both these premises are based on computer models that have made dire predictions that in no way reflect reality. In fact, “climate change” was adopted when panic over global warming failed to materialize. The projections on COVID-19 death were similarly outrageously off the mark. Therefore, to use this as a rationale for major life-changing interventions is ill-advised.

The Communist China Republic has major complicity in both issues and we have worked hard to cover up their sins. They are also the greatest carbon producers in the world.

Both issues have major economic impacts that particularly harm the poor and risk our food supply. Out of control gas prices don’t bother the wealthy but destroy those struggling to get by. Not only that, but the cost for producing and transporting necessities goes through the roof.

Similarly, the COVID-19 shutdown has already slowed the food chain and elevated the cost of goods. In time, we will face inevitable and dangerous shortages. This is in addition to massive debt and deficit spending to support those not working while many businesses won’t weather this storm. The incremental opening of the country will also mean tepid growth and a long time before the economy is back on track. Also, substance abuse, depression, mental health, domestic violence, suicide, and similar social maladies have ballooned under the lockdown and will continue the longer this goes on.

Frankly, carbon taxes don’t give us cleaner air. Keeping young and healthy people indoors for a virus that is inhibited by heat and sunlight, but spread in climate-controlled settings, is outright irrational. The question isn’t whether or how long we might survive a lockdown, but is it even necessary? Not only are these cures far worse than the diseases they claim to remedy, but we are opting for serfdom out of fear. We should focus on protecting seniors and the vulnerable and otherwise get back to living.

Tom Bartlett,

Dundas

WE SAVED WITH THE OLD ELECTRICITY SYSTEM

The Ford government earned appreciation, once the COVID-19 lockdown had been ordered, by lowering the cost of electricity for those sheltering at home, including many cut off from jobs. To do this they ended time-of-use billing and charged the lowest rate (off-peak) of 10.1 cents per kilowatt hour, 24/7.

That change was extended to run until May 31. In the first week of June, there were no announcements about rates that I heard, so I checked my account. We were still being billed as off-peak 24/7 but the rate had been increased by 26.7 per cent to 12.8 cents per kWh. Wow!

Previously when we had time-of-use billing, I tracked how much power we used at peak, mid-peak and off-peak. In June last year and February this year the percentages were 13.4, 11.6 and 75 per cent respectively. We are seniors and thus home during the day and do laundry, et cetera during the day. So our power consumption has not changed with sheltering at home. Had the previous (from February 2020) rates of 20.8, 14.4 and 10.1 cents per kWh respectively been kept, our overall rate (a weighted average) would have been 12 cents per kWh.

So now the government has quietly implemented a “COVID recovery rate” until Oct. 31 and is charging us more than we would have been paying at the time-of-use rate.

Are the people who needed the assistance no longer in need? I don't think so. Now the real colours of the Ford Government are showing.

John Douglas Vickers,

Hamilton Mountain

LAST BIG FIGHT

Re: Lasalle Park ownership squabble

This is going to be Coun. Sam Merulla’s last big fight as he rides off into retirement. If past history has taught us anything about Mr. Merulla, he will be looking for this last swan song to be an epic, blaze of glory!

Darrell J. Hicks,

Ancaster