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Letter to the Editor

No experience necessary?

Dear editor:

Not too long ago, I awoke to find a trickle of water coming from a broken shower head in my bathroom. I immediately decided that I needed a plumber.

When the hail storm damaged my roof, I called a carpenter with the skills to solve that problem. When my car starts making strange noises, I take it to a mechanic.

Gain or lose?

Dear editor:

I am writing to voice my concern about the impending government legislation on education in Ontario. There are many aspects of this legislation that I disagree with but I would like to focus on one aspect of it here.


Dear editor:

I feel compelled to write on behalf of the students I represent because many of them cannot communicate in conventional manners of speech or print. I am speaking of the many children in our district who are identified as exceptional students. Please listen carefully so their silent voices can be heard.

‘Yes, Minister’

Dear sir:

When bureaucrats wish to do something stupid, they first make, and then quote, a stupid regulation to justify it.

I enclose a letter from a Mrs. Mahoud replying on behalf of Mr. Wilson, the minister of health, to letters of mine concerning Northern Health Travel Grants. Patients’ names have been blacked out; the letter is otherwise unaltered.

Gone too far

Dear sir:

As I watch the TV show “Spin City,” I take delight in how the backroom boys teach the politician to avoid answering questions, give misleading and inaccurate information, and even lie so convincingly that he still manages to hold onto power.

However, the tactics in the fictional political arena pale in comparison to those used by our provincial government.

‘Scary’ times

Dear editor:

There has been much discussion lately in the media about the government’s Bill 136. Some of it is downright scary to those of us who work in the public sector. There are those in the general population who may agree with the government but please consider our position.

Reducing costs!

Dear sir:

Re: Removing teachers from the roles of Computer Resource/Site Administrators.

Great! An outstanding idea! Please, John Snobelen, is there anything I can do to help you speed up the implementation of your (obviously) well thought-out concept?

Oh yeah, by the way, your idea of mandating an eight-hour workday . . . thank you, it’s about time!

Sound advice

To the editor:

If it wasn’t so sad, it would be a joke. The Mike Harris government has just announced that they are going to spend $1 million on a publicity campaign aimed at explaining how they are going to take $1 billion out of education in Ontario but not negatively effect classroom education.