Many is­sues in to­day’s so­ci­ety?

Penticton Herald - - LETTERS -

Dear Ed­i­tor: What is hap­pen­ing to our so­ci­ety? First, the drug prob­lem. It’s pretty clear that the politi­cians, lead­ers and ju­di­cial sys­tem are un­able to solve the drug epi­demic and deaths from drugs.

Why can’t they go af­ter the deal­ers and push­ers? In lots of coun­tries, the pun­ish­ment is the death penalty or a very long prison sen­tence for any­one caught with more than enough drugs for per­sonal use. We don’t have the death penalty here, but what about bring­ing back hard labour?

This is cruel and un­usual pun­ish­ment the “do good­ers” will say. What about all the deaths they have caused? Our so­ci­ety (the ju­di­cial sys­tem) pun­ishes the vic­tims more than the crim­i­nals.

The crim­i­nals go to jail and get treated bet­ter than most se­niors and vet­er­ans. That is a bloody shame. The deal­ers get a slap on the wrist and the vic­tims are dead for­ever. The po­lice ar­rest the deal­ers, they go be­fore a judge, re­leased on a prom­ise to ap­pear and are selling drugs the same day.

It’s frus­trat­ing as hell for the cops, I’ll bet. It’s time our law mak­ers got some spine and back­bone and make laws that will de­ter the deal­ers.

Se­condly, the nee­dle ex­change is a joke. Give the ad­dicts nee­dles to in­ject the drugs that they use funded by money stolen from good law-abid­ing cit­i­zens. Doesn’t make sense to me.

If things do not change, the car­nage will con­tinue. Will this fall on deaf ears?

Third, the home­less. I do feel sorry for most of the home­less, es­pe­cially those with men­tal ill­ness. Sadly, ev­ery­where they stay, they leave those places in a sham­bles with nee­dles ev­ery­where. Will that sud­denly change if hous­ing was built for them? Any place that would be pro­vided would have to be su­per­vised or it would be in sham­bles be­fore not too long.

Fourth, and prob­a­bly the touch­i­est is­sue, I be­lieve ev­ery­one — and I mean ev­ery­one — in our so­ci­ety should pay their fair share of taxes. The money just keeps pour­ing out, but then again, the tax­pay­ers have an un­lim­ited sup­ply. Or, our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers could just con­jure up an­other tax.

The many pas­sive Cana­di­ans will never com­plain.

And lastly, one I’ve writ­ten in about be­fore. We are pay­ing the high­est gas prices in North Amer­ica be­cause of the taxes our politi­cians have im­posed on us. I have never seen one of our so-called elected MLAs re­spond to any let­ters that read­ers have sent in in the past.

Politi­cians can af­ford the high cost of gas be­cause we pay them well, too damn well, and with a gold-plate pen­sion.

Bob Har­ris Kelowna

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