$5 gas will force us to change, plus other letters to the editor

Opinion May 19, 2020 hamiltonnews.com

$5 GAS WILL FORCE US TO CHANGE

We should gradually increase the cost, through taxes, of carbon-based fuels, while reducing income taxes.

Gradually increased costs to $5 per litre for gasoline and diesel and quadrupled natural gas costs will incentivize us to change. It will lead to smaller cars, increased self-propelled transportation and might even overhaul our highway system by allowing more small cars on the road. It will lead to reduced air pollution, increased exercise and more logical health decision-making. It will transform how buildings are built and eliminate complicated and ineffective government incentives. It should also simplify our tax system. This is an unpopular proposal, but if we take climate change seriously – if we realize that burning these fuels adds carcinogens into our air – we should easily be able to change our paradigm. Perhaps the logic of cruise ships and motorhomes and practices where we (including the military) burn more and more fuel should be reconsidered.

Timothy Carr,

Hamilton Mountain

RESTORING MY FAITH IN HUMANITY

I had my faith in humanity restored today. Last evening I went to the Royal Bank and took $300 out at the ATM, put the money in my change purse, and put the purse in my coat pocket. This morning, just before 7:00 there was a nice young policeman at my front door. He asked me if I was Lynne, yes, and was I missing anything. I obviously looked confused because he held up my change purse. I must have missed my pocket and dropped it. Some very honest soul found it and turned it over to the police. My Scene points card was in it so they had my name. I got it back before I even knew it was missing! I wish I could thank whoever it was that found it. Maybe he or she will see this and know I am grateful for their honesty. With all the sad and bad news these days, it is nice to share good news.

Lynne Graham,

Ancaster

CHEESECAKE VS. "SLEAZECAKE"

Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca was seen in a video criticizing Premier Ford for making cheesecake, while Del Duca stood in his own kitchen pretending to make "sleazecake" from scratch. He had the gall to criticize Ford’s government for long-term care deficiencies while slyly sidestepping the very obvious point that his government stood around for 15 years and did nothing to improve their condition. It is little wonder that voters are turned off by crass politicians. Let’s hope that Del Duca continues to serve his "sleazecake" come the next election, because nausea among the electorate will become rampant. Right now, Premier Ford is doing a fine job of leading Ontario, even if he does take time off to make cheesecake.

Jim McDonald,

Dundas

HAVE POLITICIANS FORGOTTEN ABOUT SENIORS?

As a disabled senior who is only trying his best to exist safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, while seeking financial assistance from the elected politicians in our government, I generally find that most politicians have no use for us as seniors – but that is only true until the next scheduled or even unscheduled election.

Now I ask those duly elected politicians, "Why don't you take as much time to show as much interest in us, when we need your and our governments' support the most?"

For the life of me, I cannot ascertain or figure out if these same politicians (Mr. Trudeau included) have forgotten, overlooked or ignored their own mothers, fathers or other elders in their own family circles, or are concerned about their continued safety and their health.

How does the leadership of our country purport to be looking after the "most vulnerable" members of society when they spend time looking everywhere but directly at us, even though it is plain to see quite clearly that we do actually exist?

Did the leadership of our country take math in school and have they recognized that the cost of living has risen for everyone, not just the few who have been favoured by our government?

Do they realize that the standard pension, old age security and benefits received by seniors do not make us privileged in any way, and that in fact it makes us even more vulnerable to abnormal amounts of stress as well as suffering due to the fact that we attempt to live safely on marginal, fixed incomes?

So will a one-time benefit of $300 or $500 keep me from voicing my disgust at this feeble attempt by our PM to make us (seniors) actually feel human and cared for?

My answer is a definite NO.

While my point in writing this letter is to suggest that we, as seniors, are not given our due when we desperately need assistance, there are many others who are also routinely ignored. I am speaking of the disabled, the veterans, Indigenous people and the 230,000-plus homeless that are living on the streets of Canada.

What is happening beyond lip service – what is being done for those groups to help them exist safely and in relatively good health during this very extraordinarily dangerous time?

I am from a family of both military and first response service and I would like to gratefully thank and recognize all those in all services who put their lives on the line for us, as well as a genuine thank you to all those front-line workers who practice their careers selflessly in very perilous circumstances.

A special thank you to MPP Paul Miller and Ryan Ladner in his office in Stoney Creek, who have gone out of their way to both assist and inform seniors about the help that is available to us during this emergency.

Carl Williams,

Stoney Creek

WE WILL PAY FOR ALL THIS SPENDING

Will someone please tell Justin Trudeau to stop spending before he drives us all into permanent bankruptcy? Every day he comes up with a new list of people and organizations to throw money at. He's behaving like a crazy kid in a candy store.

What's the betting he calls an early election? If he does, it will be the biggest con ever perpetrated by a politician.

Les Farrington,

Ancaster

$5 gas will force us to change, plus other letters to the editor

Opinion May 19, 2020 hamiltonnews.com

$5 GAS WILL FORCE US TO CHANGE

We should gradually increase the cost, through taxes, of carbon-based fuels, while reducing income taxes.

Gradually increased costs to $5 per litre for gasoline and diesel and quadrupled natural gas costs will incentivize us to change. It will lead to smaller cars, increased self-propelled transportation and might even overhaul our highway system by allowing more small cars on the road. It will lead to reduced air pollution, increased exercise and more logical health decision-making. It will transform how buildings are built and eliminate complicated and ineffective government incentives. It should also simplify our tax system. This is an unpopular proposal, but if we take climate change seriously – if we realize that burning these fuels adds carcinogens into our air – we should easily be able to change our paradigm. Perhaps the logic of cruise ships and motorhomes and practices where we (including the military) burn more and more fuel should be reconsidered.

Timothy Carr,

Hamilton Mountain

RESTORING MY FAITH IN HUMANITY

I had my faith in humanity restored today. Last evening I went to the Royal Bank and took $300 out at the ATM, put the money in my change purse, and put the purse in my coat pocket. This morning, just before 7:00 there was a nice young policeman at my front door. He asked me if I was Lynne, yes, and was I missing anything. I obviously looked confused because he held up my change purse. I must have missed my pocket and dropped it. Some very honest soul found it and turned it over to the police. My Scene points card was in it so they had my name. I got it back before I even knew it was missing! I wish I could thank whoever it was that found it. Maybe he or she will see this and know I am grateful for their honesty. With all the sad and bad news these days, it is nice to share good news.

Lynne Graham,

Ancaster

CHEESECAKE VS. "SLEAZECAKE"

Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca was seen in a video criticizing Premier Ford for making cheesecake, while Del Duca stood in his own kitchen pretending to make "sleazecake" from scratch. He had the gall to criticize Ford’s government for long-term care deficiencies while slyly sidestepping the very obvious point that his government stood around for 15 years and did nothing to improve their condition. It is little wonder that voters are turned off by crass politicians. Let’s hope that Del Duca continues to serve his "sleazecake" come the next election, because nausea among the electorate will become rampant. Right now, Premier Ford is doing a fine job of leading Ontario, even if he does take time off to make cheesecake.

Jim McDonald,

Dundas

HAVE POLITICIANS FORGOTTEN ABOUT SENIORS?

As a disabled senior who is only trying his best to exist safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, while seeking financial assistance from the elected politicians in our government, I generally find that most politicians have no use for us as seniors – but that is only true until the next scheduled or even unscheduled election.

Now I ask those duly elected politicians, "Why don't you take as much time to show as much interest in us, when we need your and our governments' support the most?"

For the life of me, I cannot ascertain or figure out if these same politicians (Mr. Trudeau included) have forgotten, overlooked or ignored their own mothers, fathers or other elders in their own family circles, or are concerned about their continued safety and their health.

How does the leadership of our country purport to be looking after the "most vulnerable" members of society when they spend time looking everywhere but directly at us, even though it is plain to see quite clearly that we do actually exist?

Did the leadership of our country take math in school and have they recognized that the cost of living has risen for everyone, not just the few who have been favoured by our government?

Do they realize that the standard pension, old age security and benefits received by seniors do not make us privileged in any way, and that in fact it makes us even more vulnerable to abnormal amounts of stress as well as suffering due to the fact that we attempt to live safely on marginal, fixed incomes?

So will a one-time benefit of $300 or $500 keep me from voicing my disgust at this feeble attempt by our PM to make us (seniors) actually feel human and cared for?

My answer is a definite NO.

While my point in writing this letter is to suggest that we, as seniors, are not given our due when we desperately need assistance, there are many others who are also routinely ignored. I am speaking of the disabled, the veterans, Indigenous people and the 230,000-plus homeless that are living on the streets of Canada.

What is happening beyond lip service – what is being done for those groups to help them exist safely and in relatively good health during this very extraordinarily dangerous time?

I am from a family of both military and first response service and I would like to gratefully thank and recognize all those in all services who put their lives on the line for us, as well as a genuine thank you to all those front-line workers who practice their careers selflessly in very perilous circumstances.

A special thank you to MPP Paul Miller and Ryan Ladner in his office in Stoney Creek, who have gone out of their way to both assist and inform seniors about the help that is available to us during this emergency.

Carl Williams,

Stoney Creek

WE WILL PAY FOR ALL THIS SPENDING

Will someone please tell Justin Trudeau to stop spending before he drives us all into permanent bankruptcy? Every day he comes up with a new list of people and organizations to throw money at. He's behaving like a crazy kid in a candy store.

What's the betting he calls an early election? If he does, it will be the biggest con ever perpetrated by a politician.

Les Farrington,

Ancaster

$5 gas will force us to change, plus other letters to the editor

Opinion May 19, 2020 hamiltonnews.com

$5 GAS WILL FORCE US TO CHANGE

We should gradually increase the cost, through taxes, of carbon-based fuels, while reducing income taxes.

Gradually increased costs to $5 per litre for gasoline and diesel and quadrupled natural gas costs will incentivize us to change. It will lead to smaller cars, increased self-propelled transportation and might even overhaul our highway system by allowing more small cars on the road. It will lead to reduced air pollution, increased exercise and more logical health decision-making. It will transform how buildings are built and eliminate complicated and ineffective government incentives. It should also simplify our tax system. This is an unpopular proposal, but if we take climate change seriously – if we realize that burning these fuels adds carcinogens into our air – we should easily be able to change our paradigm. Perhaps the logic of cruise ships and motorhomes and practices where we (including the military) burn more and more fuel should be reconsidered.

Timothy Carr,

Hamilton Mountain

RESTORING MY FAITH IN HUMANITY

I had my faith in humanity restored today. Last evening I went to the Royal Bank and took $300 out at the ATM, put the money in my change purse, and put the purse in my coat pocket. This morning, just before 7:00 there was a nice young policeman at my front door. He asked me if I was Lynne, yes, and was I missing anything. I obviously looked confused because he held up my change purse. I must have missed my pocket and dropped it. Some very honest soul found it and turned it over to the police. My Scene points card was in it so they had my name. I got it back before I even knew it was missing! I wish I could thank whoever it was that found it. Maybe he or she will see this and know I am grateful for their honesty. With all the sad and bad news these days, it is nice to share good news.

Lynne Graham,

Ancaster

CHEESECAKE VS. "SLEAZECAKE"

Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca was seen in a video criticizing Premier Ford for making cheesecake, while Del Duca stood in his own kitchen pretending to make "sleazecake" from scratch. He had the gall to criticize Ford’s government for long-term care deficiencies while slyly sidestepping the very obvious point that his government stood around for 15 years and did nothing to improve their condition. It is little wonder that voters are turned off by crass politicians. Let’s hope that Del Duca continues to serve his "sleazecake" come the next election, because nausea among the electorate will become rampant. Right now, Premier Ford is doing a fine job of leading Ontario, even if he does take time off to make cheesecake.

Jim McDonald,

Dundas

HAVE POLITICIANS FORGOTTEN ABOUT SENIORS?

As a disabled senior who is only trying his best to exist safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, while seeking financial assistance from the elected politicians in our government, I generally find that most politicians have no use for us as seniors – but that is only true until the next scheduled or even unscheduled election.

Now I ask those duly elected politicians, "Why don't you take as much time to show as much interest in us, when we need your and our governments' support the most?"

For the life of me, I cannot ascertain or figure out if these same politicians (Mr. Trudeau included) have forgotten, overlooked or ignored their own mothers, fathers or other elders in their own family circles, or are concerned about their continued safety and their health.

How does the leadership of our country purport to be looking after the "most vulnerable" members of society when they spend time looking everywhere but directly at us, even though it is plain to see quite clearly that we do actually exist?

Did the leadership of our country take math in school and have they recognized that the cost of living has risen for everyone, not just the few who have been favoured by our government?

Do they realize that the standard pension, old age security and benefits received by seniors do not make us privileged in any way, and that in fact it makes us even more vulnerable to abnormal amounts of stress as well as suffering due to the fact that we attempt to live safely on marginal, fixed incomes?

So will a one-time benefit of $300 or $500 keep me from voicing my disgust at this feeble attempt by our PM to make us (seniors) actually feel human and cared for?

My answer is a definite NO.

While my point in writing this letter is to suggest that we, as seniors, are not given our due when we desperately need assistance, there are many others who are also routinely ignored. I am speaking of the disabled, the veterans, Indigenous people and the 230,000-plus homeless that are living on the streets of Canada.

What is happening beyond lip service – what is being done for those groups to help them exist safely and in relatively good health during this very extraordinarily dangerous time?

I am from a family of both military and first response service and I would like to gratefully thank and recognize all those in all services who put their lives on the line for us, as well as a genuine thank you to all those front-line workers who practice their careers selflessly in very perilous circumstances.

A special thank you to MPP Paul Miller and Ryan Ladner in his office in Stoney Creek, who have gone out of their way to both assist and inform seniors about the help that is available to us during this emergency.

Carl Williams,

Stoney Creek

WE WILL PAY FOR ALL THIS SPENDING

Will someone please tell Justin Trudeau to stop spending before he drives us all into permanent bankruptcy? Every day he comes up with a new list of people and organizations to throw money at. He's behaving like a crazy kid in a candy store.

What's the betting he calls an early election? If he does, it will be the biggest con ever perpetrated by a politician.

Les Farrington,

Ancaster