Butle rebuttal: Tax cuts mean service cuts

Dear editor,

Re. John Butle’s letter titled “Time for teachers to accept generous deal being offered”:

I am a senior citizen too, living on a pension. As a senior, I think I have a responsibility to be well-informed about the issues of the day and not shoot from the lip as I suggest you did in the May 8 Comox Valley Record. Someone has fed you a bunch of information about government negotiations with teachers that is downright inaccurate and inflammatory to boot.

I would recommend that you sit down with the local teacher’s union, listen to what they have to say and express your concerns so they can be addressed.

Might not change your mind, but at least you will have the benefit of more information than you had when you wrote your letter to the editor.

If you can’t make that kind of meeting, I’d suggest you look at the tax cuts you have received from Ottawa and Victoria over the last dozen years or so then check out the cuts in health care, education, grants to municipalities, streets, roads, highways, BC Ferries to name a few government services.  You will confirm that there is a 1:1 ratio between the tax cuts and service cuts.  Oh, and increased fees like your medical services premium.

Cliff Boldt



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