Hitting the streets

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After the latest budget and being a child of the ’60s, I’m ready to hit the streets, protest sign in hand.

These cuts to education, justice, arts and heritage, tourism, wildlife, environment — basically everything — are devastating to so many people and will affect the health-care system that is trying to trim to the bone.

Save money now, but the government will end up spending money to undo the damage.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale says she is “determined to leave our children a legacy more sustainable and secure.” Is this an April Fool’s joke? What children?

There aren’t going to be any remaining on the island.

They will be born away, wherever their parents can find work.

I am baffled at the priorities of this government and most of my circle feel the same way.

I stood up for Dunderdale initially, especially when I heard her compared to Danny Williams, who I feel got the ball rolling on this current mess.

But the years of spending recklessly have come home to roost. And it still goes on; $16,000 to throw a photo-op, new furniture, political polling, the list goes on, money that could be paying salaries.

Premier Dunderdale appears to have lost her way on the trek to Muskrat Falls. Maybe she feels that its eventual development will be a part of her legacy.

I’m afraid that it will be the mass exodus of our best and brightest. The last to leave can turn off the switch to Muskrat as you board the ferry.

Politics is not my forte, but I’ve been trying to figure out what this government is about.

I thought the ultimate aim for any politician is to get re-elected. There is talk that just before the next election, many of these draconian measures will be reversed.

Surely we aren’t gullible enough to fall for that ruse. If so, we deserve what we get. When I think of the people, including my own, who are now going through the stress and sadness of being bumped out of their positions, having to bump a coworker or losing their job without that option, I’m wondering where is compassion, where is humanity?

I was moved by Juanita Somerton’s story in The Telegram this week. What will happen to people like her, who are trying to cope against overwhelming odds?

They need help and I feel — naively, I suppose — that is why we have a democratic government, to work for the people, not bring them down.

This current bunch of Conservative MHAs do not deserve one single vote in the next election, simply because they are going along with this budget that is going to impact us all so negatively.

 

Linda Whalen

Mount Pearl

Geographic location: Muskrat Falls

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  • Pensioner
    April 12, 2013 - 20:29

    Well said! My circle is saying the same, everyone is sad and upset. I'll join any protest against these cuts and this government. Let's hope that no one will forget this.

  • Corporate Psycho
    April 12, 2013 - 17:15

    You go girl!