Spend­ing like drunken sailors


Dear edi­tor,

The au­di­tor’s re­port is out and it should be a wakeup call for the peo­ple of this fair prov­ince. We have fi­nally be­come a “have” prov­ince be­cause of the oil off­shore and we are spend­ing money like drunken sailors, all for one rea­son, in my opin­ion, to make the gov­ern­ment pop­u­lar.

While we are re­ceiv­ing a lot of money from the oil, this is only a tem­po­rary thing. This last few years I have pleaded with the fi­nance min­is­ter to use some of our new­found wealth to pay down the debt, so that my chil­dren and their chil­dren will not be strad­dled with this debt, which is I un­der­stand the high­est in Canada. My grand­chil­dren should not have to pay for the ben­e­fits that I am en­joy­ing now.

But alas, the fi­nance min­is­ter did not lis­ten to me, but has come up with bud­gets the last cou­ple of years that would show a deficit and pre­dicted last year would con­tinue for the next three years to con­tinue run a deficit.

When are we go­ing to get our house in or­der? Our two main re­new­able in­dus­tries — forestry and fish­ery — are at an all-time low and very lit­tle ef­fort is be­ing made to re­vi­tal­ize them.

We had some po­lit­i­cans who went to jail for steal­ing our taxes, but no cabi­net min­is­ter is held re­spon­si­ble for the mis­man­age­ment of the de­part­ments they are re­spon­si­ble for, in­stead they get shuf­fled and a good pen­sion when laid off by the peo­ple.

It seems our politi­cians are quite con­tent to sit back be­cause they see the Avalon Penin­sula boom­ing and they think ev­ery­thing is fine, but ev­ery­thing is not OK in ru­ral ar­eas.

I am one of the lucky New­found­lan­ders. I have most of my fam­ily liv­ing around me, not be­cause they are en­joy­ing our new­found wealth, but be­cause they, like most peo­ple in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, are com­mut­ing back and forth to jobs in Al­berta and other places in North­ern Canada.

But what’s go­ing to hap­pen if these jobs dry up and our oil is gone? We have to get our house in or­der NOW! (Re­tired) Capt Wil­fred Bartlett


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