Maybe another coun­try is a bet­ter fit

RE: Don’t ex­pect me to pay for your prob­lems (Jan. 24)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

One of the ben­e­fits of be­ing a Cana­dian is our fair and avail­able so­cial pro­grams. They have been a fea­ture of our coun­try for well over 50 years now. And while they are not per­fect, they are slowly im­prov­ing. I ap­plaud our city’s on­go­ing ef­forts to elim­i­nate ghet­tos of poor and dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple. And they do so in spite of the lim­ited re­sources that mu­nic­i­pal and pro­vin­cial so­cial ser­vice agen­cies have in or­der to pro­vide ser­vices so peo­ple can live with some de­gree of dig­nity. Af­ford­able hous­ing is a must in all com­mu­ni­ties, rich and poor. With­out it, all other prob­lems can­not be ad­e­quately ad­dressed.

I read this let­ter and shocked to read such a bla­tant “not in my back­yard” opin­ion!

If this writer is dis­tressed at the fact that poor and dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple are liv­ing in Burling­ton, per­haps he should con­sider mov­ing to a “gated com­mu­nity” in some other coun­try where his taxes won’t be used to pro­vide for those less for­tu­nate in his com­mu­nity. Mary Mar­garet Kachurowski, Hamilton

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