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  • Turry from town
    October 15, 2012 - 18:17

    Does John Smith know how to read? Nobody is saying they want something for nothing.I have been working all my life and still am.It is just the greed from one or two industries that are making it hard on everyone.Atleast John Smith,I have an opinion,you have a criticism.But then again,this is a free country,and a wise man has something to say,and an idiot has to say something.And you said something John.

  • John Smith
    October 15, 2012 - 15:13

    Read the comments below...these are the same dupes who would be whining and complaining if the oil had never been discovered. Then it would be something else to complain about...it never ends...one wants free housing, and the other wants free something or other. You think St. John's is expensive lol go to any other city in NA, it only goes up from here...

    • david
      October 15, 2012 - 19:51

      Dear John: Government should try paying some attention to the predictable, widespread social injustices, inequities and societal problems spawned by an oil boom economy ---- the same, predictable things that have occurred in every other previous place ---- and they should spend much less time taking our province's entire oil legacy fund and rolling the dice on its one, ludicrously unjustifed casino bet called Muskrat Falls. Seriously, just shut your obsequious, ginormously ignorant pie hole.

  • Turry from town
    October 15, 2012 - 11:19

    The oil industry is the cause of rising costs in the city.Oil companies and companies that service them pay well,but if your not in that industry you do not benifit.Also,real estate agents and developers are cashing in on that money by overinflating the value and cost of houses.The demographics of our population has changed.We have an aging population that means more retirees on fixed incomes,and more single parent families who are below or at the poverty line. Good place to live sure,if you can afford it.

  • Virginia Waters
    October 15, 2012 - 10:32

    Sure, St. John's is a great place to live - if you have money. The average couple in St. John's earns about a hundred grand. There are many of course who earn double that. And then there are the thousands who earn little more than minimum wage or are seniors trying to survive on a fixed pension income that hasn't changed in decades. The latter group have benefited little from this province's new found 'have' status. Indeed many of them have been forced out of the City - unable to keep up with rapidly rising rents, home prices, municipal taxes and utility charges. The city has not been very friendly to these families. It isn't as though there haven't been warnings that this would happen as a result of offshore oil and gas. Governments pledged at the outset to take steps to prevent it. But of course it has consistently failed to honour that pledge. How the benefits of oil and gas are distributed within the economy is an issue that has been given short shrift by politicians of all stripes and all three levels of government. The academics at Memorial University have barely scratched the surface. Adding to the dilemma is the fact that government has continued to run large deficits - despite these unprecedented government revenues. A close examination of those deficits would probably demonstrate that, again, higher income earners are benefiting more from that deficit spending than the lower income strata. This is particularly true in St. John's where the City is spending enormous monies on infrastructure for high priced new homes at a huge cost in higher taxes to existing home owners. The lack of affordable housing/senior care facilities and the soaring rate of violent crime should tell us that these glowing portrayals of contented citizens amount to statistical fraud. They just aren't asking the right people.