Stop parad­ing your ig­no­rance

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Re: How about a tax break for the healthy? (July 14)

When read­ing the above let­ter I couldn’t help but think of a quote by Gus­tave Flaubert who said, “To be stupid, self­ish, and have good health are three re­quire­ments for hap­pi­ness, though if stu­pid­ity is lack­ing, all is lost.” The let­ter writer seems to hap­pily pos­sess all three of the above. Ap­par­ently, she is too self-ab­sorbed to no­tice that there are some peo­ple who fall se­ri­ously ill de­spite lead­ing a healthy life­style. Or peo­ple whose con­di­tions worsen while they wait for med­i­cal pro­ce­dures, re­sult­ing in much higher costs. And how about seniors? How dare they “drain” the sys­tem by get­ting old and in­firm!

And just how would the gov­ern­ment de­ter­mine who can qual­ify for the tax break? Equip all of us with track­ing de­vices to make sure we do 10,000 steps each day?

There are many fac­tors that de­ter­mine a per­son’s health — or lack of it. Not ev­ery­one who gets sick sits on the couch stuff­ing them­selves with junk food. By all means, en­joy the good health while it lasts. Even more im­por­tantly, get off that high horse, take your foot out of your mouth, and stop parad­ing your ig­no­rance and lack of com­pas­sion. Lenka Hlavenka, Cale­do­nia

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