LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Finding a new place ‘overwhelming’
Where does a pensioner and her unemployed son find an apartment in Kingston at this time of year or where do you find a job when the students are still in town? How do you fight it when your landlord decides to evict you after two and half years of no problems and uses the excuse that he wants your apartment for family? We have always paid our rent and been respectful tenants. Now at 66 I am facing the possibility of homelessness and have nowhere to turn, that I can see. The whole situation is overwhelming.
Is there anyone out there that cares what happens to the poor of this city? This story is unfortunately not unusual in this city, and there are some people who feel they are being treated as though we are insignificant. Personally, I wouldn’t treat any living creature this way and actually try to help people. Judy Simpson Kingston
Managing items a personal choice
Re: “Personal treasures worth hanging on to,” Dec. 6.
In response to two recent articles on this important subject, we see two of many potential perspectives. One suggests decluttering now so our adult children don’t have to. The other view is we should keep the things that are important to us and not sweat the task we leave behind for our heirs.
As someone who has spent a lifetime in downsizing and estate settlement, we see both approaches taken regularly. Roy Kenny expresses the key view that the owner of the goods, who has earned the right to choose what they keep and where and how they live, should do so. After all, it’s their stuff, their living environment, and in a world where time is finite, we should all make choices that keep us as happy and content as we can be. It won’t last forever.
The declutter-now idea may be right for some, but not at the cost of simply making it easier for the next generation. Older adults have an evolving array of choices regarding their changing health, lifestyle, finances, and that of those close to them.
Many choices are not easily made, but in my experience the job of managing what to do with what we leave behind, or managing a declutter now ,are both certainly doable. Barry Gordon Kingston