Bear in mind Harper

To the gentleman who wrote ‘Seniors vote’ (July): Please don’t overlook that Justin Trudeau lowered the eligibility for Outdated Age Safety to age 65 from 67, reversing his predecessor Stephen Harper’s coverage.

Sherry O’Neill, Hamilton

Catering to youth

Spectator readers are questioning whose thought it’s give seniors over the age of 75 an additional $500, however not these underneath.

The reply is clear, it’s the identical politicians who’re bringing in dental-care to younger folks with excellent tooth from a lifetime use of fluoride, as a substitute of elders who’ve endured lacking tooth, bridges, implants, and fillings made out of gold, silver, and mercury. It goes together with free well being care to these underneath 24 whereas seniors pay a service cost for his or her prescriptions. The one medication younger folks I do know need are the illicit kind. After working 50 years and whose wages have been taxed to pay for all these advantages, I starting to suppose that now that I’m retired and amassing authorities pensions, that politicians are wishing I might drop lifeless and die.

Message of Hitman

It’s unlucky that the reader from Dundas was upset concerning the three episode ‘Hitman’ collection just lately printed, that the reader admits he didn’t even learn.

What resonated with me about this terribly unhappy story was Ken Murdock’s childhood. He had a minimum of three “father” figures residing in the home at anyone time, one among whom beat him and a mom who was imply when drunk and beat him commonly. His mom made him at age 15, drive her to a Kingston penitentiary, unlicensed, to go to one among her boyfriends! As a younger man he was bullied in school and purposely averted entering into fights. That modified when somebody beat him up one night time and he determined he had had sufficient — he began taking martial arts and lifting weights. One of many mom’s boyfriends obtained him a job as a bouncer in a membership the place members of organized crime frolicked and from there he grew to become entrenched with these folks.

He acknowledges that what he did was incorrect and regrets his previous actions deeply. His life now may be very solitary — he fills his days with work with little human connection.

He was damaged by the violence in his residence and slipped by means of the cracks. There’s a lesson right here for all of us: There however for the grace of God go you or I.

Pierre’s purple hats

So Pierre (Donald Jr.) Poilievre has gotten rid of 1 opponent by any means essential. When will Jean Charest be the goal? And when can we anticipate purple PP hats to make Canada nice once more?

Marilyn Gauthier, Burlington

Betraying hockey

As somebody who goes again as a fan to the early ‘50s NHL and extra just lately has spent 30 years voluntarily ‘teaching’ Hamilton docs’ hockey groups and might’t skate, I’m declaring hockey as the best group sport on this planet. Why? As a result of when a lineup is shaped that incorporates six defence, 9 forwards and a goalie there isn’t a second string. And when noncontact is the rule, ability turns into the measure. And when prime physicians don their skates, willingly placing apart their life and loss of life tasks and act like 10-year olds on the bench in an in depth sport the place all gamers depend equally, I’m humbled. Oh, I’ve received medals and championships in swimming, baseball, soccer and basketball so I believe I do know one thing of what I communicate.

In abstract, once I hear speak of the betrayal of hockey, I’m very indignant, saddened and disillusioned.

Douglas L. Martin, Hamilton

Bikes don’t kill

When is the final time you heard of a bike owner killing somebody along with his bike? Oh, by no means? Automotive drivers? Now you realize the distinction.

Guidelines of the highway

Final week simply after darkish I nearly hit a bike owner on the Mountain. He had no mild on the bike, was carrying all black, and he swerved out in entrance of me as a result of he had one hand on his handlebars and with the opposite hand he was utilizing his cellphone. This week I used to be making a left flip off of Barton to go up the Claremont Entry, there was a scooter on the intersection and I waited for him to cross whereas the stroll signal was lit however he by no means moved so I waited till the don’t stroll signal was flashing and proceeded to show and the scooter then decides to cross. I used to be now caught in the midst of the intersection with oncoming site visitors honking away at me. The scooter man gave me the finger once I honked at him. Please cease blaming drivers for each accident, there are lots bicyclists and electrical car drivers on the market that have to be taught the principles of the highway.

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