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Letter to the Editor

‘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.

Be supportive

Dear editor:

With talk of a possible teachers’ strike, I thought I would write this letter to offer my support.

I know that many people feel that a teacher’s job is an easy one. This is not true. I know. I have spent many hours being involved with volunteer work at my daughter’s school.

Creating a crisis

Dear sir:

People need to be made award of the crisis which is rapidly approaching in education due to the actions of the Mike Harris government.

The minister of education and training, John Snobelen, is notorious for his remark that he intended to create a crisis in education in this province. Well, that crisis is weeks—or perhaps only days—away.

Works for me

Dear editor:

The “Dial a Ride” is working. I’m picked up at my residence and let off at my destination, or visa versa, on the hour in the east end and after the hour in the west end.

And the price is right.

All you need to give is 15 minutes’ notice, just time to get your hat and coat. It also runs on Saturdays and Sundays, that’s better than the bus.