For the record

A letter entitled Christmas Grinch in Wednesday's paper should have read the unique garden stepping stone is 18-inches round and a half-inch thick of solid cement.

A letter entitled Christmas Grinch in Wednesday’s paper should have read the unique garden stepping stone is 18-inches round and a half-inch thick of solid cement.

Questions come to light

I am really confused by the new law, is anyone else?

I’ll be the first to admit that I have not watched all of the news stories or read all newspaper articles, but I must have missed a lot of information. My point being, if we have to use the new type of light bulb are no questions being asked or did I just miss the answers? First, they have mercury in them (even if it is a small amount). Isn’t that supposed to be hazardous to our health?

Sounds to me that we are going backwards in our thinking. Second, if we are to recycle them, do they just go into our biweekly recycling? If so, will they not get broken or crushed in the truck compactors? Will that not be a health risk to the drivers? And then when they get up to recycling to the people sorting the recycling (some intact and other broken)? Does that not contaminate every other piece of recycling?

Third, am I the only person that has ever dropped a light bulb by mistake? Are there cleanup and health warnings on the packaging? What if a child should come in contact with them? Or even worse pick one up and drop it and it breaks?

I also now have to replace lamps that have wire holders that go over top of the light bulb, yes they are old but stylish and nothing wrong with them. And who in government thought that this should be better for us? Was there extensive education and advertising on this mercury filling product?

Or, do we sit back and take Big Brother’s word for it that everything is good for us and we should not worry? I seem to have a lot more questions than answers, but maybe I haven’t been paying enough attention to what the government has to say.

Don’t get me wrong, I do my part every day to recycle, reuse, and not try to leave an impact on the environment, but this I do have questions about. And finally have you ever tried to read by the same wattage bulb? It definitely is not as bright.

L. Sears

RICH AND POOR

The rich are getting richer and the cream is rising to the top faster now than ever before. People are making money through speculation and other means where they do not have to do any work.

Furthermore, the middle class is, and somewhat has, gone down the tube. Furthermore, the poor are getting poorer. Gee, I think a man in the 1800’s predicted this phenomenon.

Now that I have some attention I will say that my main focus is on the poor.

“Charity,” “volunteering,” and “food banks,” are buzz words of the 2000s. Buying turkeys and delivering toys to the poor is the right thing to do at Christmas, and by all means continue to do this seasonal activity. However, being poor is not once a year. It is a reality for many in a province that claims to be a land of haves. Poor people do not eat right, they do not own cars let alone insure them, and most likely they live in draughty homes. They cannot afford haircuts, many basic toiletries, or even detergent. These are things most take for granted and are now part of the norm of our society. They have children who go to school on an empty stomach, and they assume the school is going to provide a breakfast, snack, and lunch for them.

Yes, it is the children who suffer the most. They deserve to go to school in shoes that fit and clean underwear; some things that the well-to-do also take for granted. The poor children deserve to have deodorant and shampoo, and they deserve some dignity

Gifts and extra food are good at Christmas and are appreciated, but more must be done to address the actual poverty. For a start the poor must become more active on their own behalf, so I suggest public demonstrations at our MLA and MP’s offices. Being poor is ugly.

Barb Johnston

Vernon Morning Star

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