Re­spond­ing to ‘child poverty’ let­ter

The Compass - - OPINION - — Ken Haire writes from Har­bour Grace

I write in re­sponse to the let­ter by Hamid An­sari head­lined “Child poverty in Har­bour Grace,” which was pub­lished in the Sept. 10, 2013 print edi­tion of The Com­pass, and also ap­peared online at www.cb­n­com­pass.ca.

I am so sorry to hear that the pre­vi­ous let­ter from Gene Poole touched you so. Yes, I can un­der­stand that it took you 25 years of liv­ing on and off on our beau­ti­ful is­land to come to this de­ci­sion. Th­ese de­ci­sions are dif­fi­cult and I’m sure you needed 25 years.

Yes, there is poverty and child ne­glect here, but un­for­tu­nately there is al­most ev­ery­where … un­less you come from a per­fect en­vi­ron­ment.

You say you lived in Toronto for 45 years and never came across such poverty. Well, I lived in Toronto for 34 years and un­less you were liv­ing in a bomb shel­ter all that time I find it hard to be­lieve you.

Con­grats on do­nat­ing your un­wanted items to the chil­dren of our town. Saves you from drag­ging them with you. That’s cool.

If you can find true hap­pi­ness and a per­fect world in Toronto or Ajax, On­tario, all the best to you.

In the mean­time, Har­bour Grace will con­tinue on with­out your pres­ence and our chil­dren will be cared for, the best way we can.

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