Letters for July 12, 2012

ATTACK ON LABOUR

To the Editor:

(Prime Minister Stephen) Harper has started his second attack on labour. The first was legislated back to work and pensions. Now the second phase is to convince the general public that all government workers are slothful, lazy freeloaders who only use sick days to take a holiday.

Government workers are the easiest to attack because they are paid with taxpayers’ dollars, therefore the general public feels a proprietary interest.

It is easy to misrepresent statistics, to read what you want them to read, and the fact that there are sick days worked into a contract is because once as long as a worker was still breathing, they were expected to be at work.

These gains were made at great expense by our forefathers and foremothers and must be safeguarded at all costs.

Remember, all organized labour and marketing boards must be eliminated to comply with the new Pacific free trade agreement Harper wants so desperately to sign. People must be reminded there is always a method to his madness.

 

OPEN OR CLOSED?

To the Editor:

What counts when it comes to sow stalls? (WP online June 12).

So what is the truth of the matter? No, I am no expert in that either, but I would ask Ed White, the author, this one question.

If he were to imagine putting himself in the same scene as the open or closed stalls, which stall feature would he prefer to spend a lifetime in? Would it be No. 1 or No. 2?

Personally, I will place my vote on the Hutterite Eagle Creek Colony method and their experience of raising hogs. And they have accredited that the animals are healthier (re: WP Feb. 9). That result alone is good enough for me.

And if that is not convincing enough, “a righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel” (Proverbs 12:10).

 

POSITIVE CHANGE

To the Editor:

In 1950, my husband and I started getting The Western Producer newspaper, which we enjoyed very much. My husband passed away over 26 years ago, but I am still getting The Western Producer. It is a very interesting paper.

I was very surprised to see that everything is in colour now, which makes it more exciting. What a change in 62 years. I just love it.

Thank you very much for a very nice paper.

 

MISLEADING INFORMATION

To the Editor:

Re: WP story June 21, Supply management ‘a problem,’ says former Liberal MP (Martha Hall Findlay, former Liberal MP, trade critic and leadership candidate).

It is quite obvious, after her defeat in her own riding in the 2011 election, which must have been very humiliating, Martha Hall Findlay is seeking recognition by making noise or waves regarding supply management.

When she stated that four litres of milk costs $9.60 in Canada ($2.40 per litre), she is misleading the consumer. It makes one wonder where she is really getting her data.

If all her research and publications are as misleading, she would make a poor candidate for leadership in any party.

The facts are milk in Canada is $1.45 per litre, cheaper than $1.65 per litre in New Zealand and $1.55 per litre in Australia.

She is asking the politicians and bureaucrats to step up to the plate to help her bat.

Maybe other politicians have a better knowledge of how important it is to keep supply management in place to protect our ongoing supply of fresh food.

Before publishing these misleading facts, Martha should have contacted Statistics Canada on what the average Canadian spends his or her money. Very little goes toward their grocery bill (see July 9 Maclean’s).

Going back not too many years, every farmer had a cow, some chickens, turkeys, etc., to feed the family. How much of this do we see now? It is cheaper to get it off the shelves.

If Martha would have any knowledge of agriculture, she would recognize the importance of the people who supply our food.

If she would have done research on what it costs in capital investment to build an operation to keep supplying us with fresh food, she would not have been so eager to get recognition at the expense of supply management.

Last, but not least, hoping it will never happen, but should we ever experience what is happening to other parts of the world where the grocery shelves are empty and no restocking supply to be had, then the importance of the people who supply our food chain would be recognized.

 

NEXT DEPRESSION?

To the Editor:

Should we be getting ready for the next depression?

Around the last part of June in 1946 at a Regina Board of Trade noon meeting, held at the Hotel Saskatchewan, a gentleman (I wish that I could remember his name) came from New York City and gave a speech (about) what it was like in the Great Depression from 1929 to 1939 in New York City, as well as his prediction for the future.

He started off by saying that in the early 1920s, he got interested in gold and when the depression hit he had some gold bricks in a safety deposit box in the bank and over 580 $20 gold pieces at home in his safe. Then the banks were closed because the government did not want to have a run on the banks.

While the banks were closed, he and his family ran short on some food items. He went to his safe and took out 22 $20 gold pieces. Nobody would take his $20 gold piece for what he had purchased. They all wanted to know what he could do for them to pay for the groceries. Experiencing that, he soon realized that having so much gold was not the best thing to have.

He went on to say that the next depression will be a lot longer and far worse, because it will involve all the countries in the world and it is going to start out with three countries bordering the north shores of the Mediterranean (what about right now with Spain, Italy and Greece) and that this depression shall last for 50 years starting sometime in 60 to 65 years from now (1946), which brings us to sometime between 2010 and 2015.

Are we on the brink of this longer depression? Should we be taking heed of what was forecasted in June of 1946?

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