July 20: Missing Mayor Paul, Thanks Rogers, Blames Capitalism and Other Letters

Thank you Rogers

I was amused by the letter I received from Rogers CEO Tony Staffieri. Perhaps he also wrote to some of you. Besides not skillfully explaining to me why my phone wasn’t working on Friday, he told me I was going to get some money back. I have to share its exact wording in order to convey the complete adequacy of this message: “We will proactively credit your account for Friday’s outage. This credit will be applied automatically and no action is required on your part. The net meaning of this gesture is “We’ll give you $1.67; you don’t even have to ask. He generously left it up to me to decide how to use these funds to help offset the once insurmountable hardship I was facing in course of the day What I found most intriguing was that Tony thinks this is a “proactive” activity. I can only assume that this other event could be me asking for money. My interpretation of this is that Tony feels that his provision of these unrequested funds should be interpreted as a benevolent act of kindness. Thank you i Tony! It is reassuring to know that your thoughts are with me, and others like me.

Blame capitalism

Regarding “Intrigued by Inflation” (July 16): Yes, we are all intrigued by this bizarre explanation that raising interest rates will somehow solve inflation. Convoluted thinking has always plagued capitalist (economic) thinking. There will be no cure for this convoluted thinking if the purpose of economic production remains the pursuit of profit rather than the satisfaction of human needs. Certainly, a more equitable distribution of the goods produced and a limitation of price increases would be welcomed by the majority. But then again, so many people hate limits.

Slowdown in inflation

It’s not rocket science why higher interest rates slow inflation. They reduce economic activity at a time when the economy is overheating – too much demand, not enough supply. Interest rate hikes are key to cooling the economy, which will eventually stop inflationary growth. Remember that inflation is global and not made in Canada. So the government can’t do much more.

Susan Hargrove, Burlington

Literacy Priorities

With respect to “summer learning, literacy and poverty”: This article makes me wonder how the Hamilton Public Library and the City of Hamilton saw fit to close the James Street North branch and to build a multi-million dollar branch on Highway 53 (Rymal) where the well-heeled live.

Empty NATO

Regarding “Confronting the Long War in Ukraine” (July 14): Yes, it will be a long war in Ukraine if NATO member states like Canada continue to supply it with billions in cash and weapons without end.

What did Chrystia Freeland say she wanted to achieve with her latest budget? To “defeat Russia”. And Biden? He has repeatedly indicated that he wants Putin removed from power.

Health care is in crisis and we are facing climate chaos. So why are we spending taxpayer resources to induce Ukraine to fight another US proxy war? It’s time for Canada to get out of NATO!

Ken Stone, Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War

sad comment

As a woman, I know I need to be aware of my surroundings when walking alone at night.

However, the sexual assault and two indecent assaults on three women in Hamilton over the past few days, including two during the morning hours on the trails, have forced me to rethink my morning walk on the trails in my neighborhood. For my own safety and peace of mind, I will no longer walk my neighborhood trails alone.

This is a sad commentary on our position as a society.

Mary Elizabeth Toth, Ancaster

Mayor Paul missing

Congratulations on Jeff Mahoney’s article on “Mayor” Paul Hanover. Paul was Hamilton. As a kid growing up in Burlington, I remember like it was yesterday every morning during my summer job driving to work on the Burlington Skyway with my dad and Paul. It was as if he was in the car with us, shaking off the cobwebs of sleep deprivation. Leaving Hamilton/Burlington to begin my studies, the only void that could not be replaced was Paul’s enthusiastic greetings.

Years later, I had the privilege of starting my early morning workouts with Paul at the local Y. He has become the same warm and welcoming friend I shared my dad’s car with every morning many years ago. I missed him the day he announced he was leaving the Y and your wonderful story brought back fond memories.

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