Out-mi­gra­tion of youth in North not sur­pris­ing

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - Opinion -

Re: “Ex­o­dus of Northern youths” (The Daily Press, Wed­nes­day, Oct. 10).

With the ad­vent of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, to­day’s youth are more aware of what the world has to of­fer be­yond our Northern bor­ders.

They de­mand more and who’s to blame them?

The North presents many chal­lenges: Short sum­mers, lim­ited recre­ational venues, high taxes, few choices in the job mar­ket, a scarcity of cul­tural events, med­i­cal ser­vices are mostly fur­ther south and as for our re­tail in­dus­try, your choices for cloth­ing, etc., thank God for on­line shop­ping.

Un­less you’re a die-hard out­doors­man or a worker em­ployed in the nat­u­ral re­sources in­dus­try, why stay?

Be­ing a se­nior, I take of­fense at the state­ment that health care and pen­sions de­pend on tax bases.

My gen­er­a­tion has paid more than its fair share of taxes over the years and con­tinue to do so through our pri­vate pen­sions. Gov­ern­ment pen­sions for re­tirees should be guar­an­teed. Our po­lit­i­cal of­fi­cials en­joy that priv­i­lege.

Richard Gravel,


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