LET­TER TO ED­I­TOR The im­por­tance of po­lit­i­cal rhetoric

Seaway News - - Opinion -

Dear Ed­i­tor and neigh­bours, The rea­son for my let­ter to­day is be­cause I re­ceived Mr. Guy Lau­zon’s re­cent cam­paign news­let­ter. It would be thor­oughly ap­pre­ci­ated by my­self, as well as many oth­ers I am sure, if the type of name call­ing and gos­sipy rhetoric used to slan­der other par­ties was kept to a taste­ful min­i­mum. While I ap­pre­ci­ate re­ceiv­ing these news­let­ters, and would like to hear what Mr. Lau­zon is ac­tu­ally do­ing, I am un­in­ter­ested in be­com­ing in­fu­ri­ated with the lack of re­spon­si­bil­ity taken for the ac­tions of all par­ties within the gov­ern­ment.

To as­sume that any party would not in­cur debt, is to as­sume that one is God. Debt is a com­mon fac­tor in ev­ery elec­tion, for ev­ery lead­ing party, and in some ways can be used to al­le­vi­ate fu­ture debts. Con­sider the debt stu­dents get into so that they can po­ten­tially get a job that would pay well, so that they can en­sure a fu­ture good stan­dard of liv­ing.

Con­trary to pop­u­lar belief, I rather en­joy pay­ing my taxes. I like hav­ing so­cial ser­vices avail­able to those who need it. I like hav­ing po­lice, paramedics, doc­tors and nurses who are able to live good home lives. I like to drive down my gravel road know­ing that while I’d pre­fer a paved road other peo­ple who live on busier streets get to en­joy that in­stead. I do believe that in­comes should in­flate along­side the cost of goods. In­vest­ing in so­cial ser­vices like OSAP, child­care, and pro­vid­ing free med­i­ca­tion to the pub­lic so they can be in a po­si­tion to pay more taxes in the fu­ture is a good thing. I fear that a rhetoric of dis­like to­wards taxes is brandished about with­out proper con­sid­er­a­tion of the great ben­e­fits.

As for the use of a quo­ta­tion by Justin Trudeau, “ris­ing gas prices are “ex­actly what he wants” - ris­ing gas prices sug­gests a greater de­mand than is avail­able, and con­sid­er­ing cli­mate change and in­vest­ments in bio-fu­els, as well as the rise in avail­abil­ity of elec­tric cars, is it not a good thing to dis­cour­age a nec­es­sar­ily bad thing?

Change can­not hap­pen over night, it must be grad­ual, it must be planned and it must be en­cour­aged. Rather than en­ergy spent point­ing fin­gers at each other, I’d like to see my mu­nic­i­pal, pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments come to­gether to use their po­lit­i­cal ide­olo­gies and in­di­vid­ual abil­i­ties such that good, pro­gres­sive, and pro­duc­tive de­ci­sions are made in such a way that they re­flect democ­racy.

To con­clude, I am very grate­ful, Mr. Lau­zon, for the hard work you do and the per­sonal sac­ri­fices you make ev­ery day to lead our dis­trict.

Thank you for your time.

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