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  • Mindy
    March 19, 2012 - 14:52

    Cory, You speak to me as if I have no clue what a 3rd world country is or what happens there. I am well aware of the horrible situations people go through there. And yeah, at the moment, we have it pretty good in our countries in comparison. But you know what? people always exploit the workers in 3rd world countries, making them work for nothing. Look at elance.com and stuff like that, it is atrocious. There are lots of people who now have to compete with that and everyone is so greedy they will pay the least they can. But I tend to be a realistic about things not completely positive or negative. I go by facts. The fact is if we continue on the current path we are on and the greediness continues (unemployment, bad treatment of people in the workplace, cost of rent skyrocketing, etc) to become worse and worse the people who do have the money will turn their country into a 3rd world country and we will all have less than minimum wage. We are in for a dystopian future if people continue to take a greedy view on everything they do and only see money all of the time. It also seems like you assume that if I had 600mil say, that I would just spend it on luxury. I wouldn't. I would help people out a bit because that is what people should be doing. People are turning into what they supposely hate. Funny huh?

  • One thing leads to another
    March 18, 2012 - 18:24

    One thing leads to another leads to another. Patronage takes a turn for the worse when it develops into nepotism and/or cronyism. The great convenience of patronage systems is the assurance of loyalty to the person(s) in power but patronage systems are also very highly susceptible to inefficiency and corruption. Ruling with absolute power makes it difficult to detect any diversion of public monies. It is common knowledge that our government is rife with nepotism. It is also obvious that privacy laws are being used more or less schizophrenically rather than to the letter of the law. A more ethical arrangement would have been to govern with a professional, nonpartisan staff but it would take an eternity to make corrections when we are only allowed a vote once in four years. We had great hopes for Nfld/Lab but in retrospect, there are enormous costs associated with the hand-picked “team” and the Muskrat legacy is a lifetime of liabilities. The one and only sure thing that beneficiaries of the patronage system can always unfailingly be certain of is in the old adage “to the victors go the spoils”.

  • mindy
    March 18, 2012 - 14:09

    Peter, everything cannot always be positive, and there is nothing really to be positive about considering how the government are turning this place into a 3rd world country. People should be protesting. Freedoms are being taken away constantly. Bill C-11 is terrible and breaches many freedoms (I am an artist and I think we should be paid properly, but this bill is an outrage for the internet) Prices are skyrocketing (food,apartments, etc.) while wages are remaining very low and unemployment is high. The robocalls are so obviously a rigging of the elections and really should not be used at all. If the government are willing to take away internet freedom than they quite obviously would have no problem with taking away other freedoms and breaching privacy left and right. The same thing is going on in the US and a lot of places in the rest of the world. I believe it was in Greece, but they even needed to PAY to work. Look around you people! Wake up like people have in the past and do something about this nonsense, or we will be a 3rd world country and once it happens, it will be very hard to reverse.

    • Cory
      March 18, 2012 - 15:38

      Obviously Mindy you have not spent any time in a 3rd world country. I spent a couple of years over there and let me tell you we have it pretty good here. We can always hope for more but we certainly should be more appreciative of what we have. We need to be more independent as a people...we have come to rely too much on the government to do things for us. And as for our wages being low...ask the people from the Phillipines who are coming over here what our wages are like? We have Engineers from the Phillipines working at Tim Hortons, and making more money than they would back home working in their profession. Its like the old saying goes...'the more you make, the more you spend'. No amount will ever be enough for some. We need to stop trying to keep up with our neighbors...be happy with what we have. Mindy...what was the minimum wage 5 years ago? Alot lower than it is today! Think more positive...it feels great!

    • Townie
      March 19, 2012 - 09:08

      Cory welcome to our future!!!

  • Sheldon Walsh
    March 18, 2012 - 09:39

    Lol. If the column takes a strip off of some people's chosen political party then you're "too negative" or a partisan. But if this had been an article criticizing one of the other two parties the same people would be patting you on the back and adding their two cents in support of your views. You can't win Russell. Give it up b'y.

  • Brian
    March 17, 2012 - 20:14

    Do we have to read another negative story? Try writing something a little more positive Russell. I guess the positive stories don't get you the awards though. Oh well...

  • Terry
    March 17, 2012 - 09:09

    I do believe that this government has their own rules. They do what they want. It is clear that Kathy Dunderdale and her team of ministers are nothing more then scared cats trying to muster their way through. While I have supported them in the past I can see now that they are incompentent. Unfortunately they have little competition!!

  • Peter
    March 17, 2012 - 09:02

    No trouble to tell Wangersky's political stripes! Thanks for giving us your 'unbiased' opinions here in the paper. I see nothing wrong with occassional critisizm but Russell you need to get over being negative all the time. To read your pieces people would think we live in a 3rd world country, when we live in one of the best places in the world. Come on Russell...take off your negative glasses and write something a little more positive. You won't believe how good you will feel.

  • Cyril Rogers
    March 17, 2012 - 08:41

    It has always been this way with this PC administration, going back to 2003. Nobody seemed to be concerned when Danny issued what could be construed as a threat against the people against the people at Eastern Health or used a few other veiled threats on other individuals or organizations. His offspring in the latest Tory regime don't have any qualms about using the threat of funding cuts(to the FFAW) or, in the case of the Minister, threats against the MP in his own riding. They are very insecure in their dealings with the public and it all stems from a total lack of direction in areas like the fishery or in developing an energy policy that won't bankrupt us. Their insecurity leads them to distrust their own poeple and so those of us who criticize are written off as naysayers and not worth listening to. Isn't that the way of tin pot dictators in countries like North Korea?

    • paddyjoe
      March 17, 2012 - 09:43

      Peter, instead of dealing with the issues raised here, you shoot the messenger!