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What a vile, disgusting term from Keith Young in Saturday's “Letters To The Editor.”

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Mr. Young opined about the value of “looking back” to learn from our mistakes. Great idea.

Having lauded the rejected premier Paul Davis for having “the guts” to lead the province after a Progressive Conservative spending spree (surely Mr. Young knew there wasn't a Tory with a grain of sense who would  touch the job), he likened that era to “a welfare person who had just won a few million on the lotto.”

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Let me be clear, Mr. Young: there are no “welfare person(s).”

There are poor people.

There are people who have been battered in every imaginable way by governments, by social policies, by the media, society and — perhaps even more so — by everyday working stiffs.

Perhaps, Mr. Young, you should speak with a woman I know.  She'll tell you of the tears she wept when she had to go look for help. For weeks, she put it off.  She'll tell you of her sense of shame, embarrassment and humiliation when she had to turn to welfare.  

You see, Mr. Young, her husband was beating her black and blue; and she'd had enough.  She threw him out of their middle-class home.  

But he wasn't going easy.  

Unknown to her, he had remortgaged the house, spent every cent they had, then he up and left for the mainland.

The woman and her two little girls were out on the street.

They were now — in your words — “welfare persons.”

I'm reasonably sure, Mr. Young, that you would never us the “N” word in describing people of colour.  Please follow your own injunction and “look back” on your view of poor people.


Bob Woolridge

St. John's



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  • Bill W
    January 08, 2016 - 10:11

    Lighten up everyone! I know Keith Young and I assure you there is not a vendictive bone in his body and he certainly did not mean anything by the comment. He was just making a point. Let's face it, there are all kinds of labels one could take offence with, i.e. Newfies, Baymen, Townies, Mickies, Sally Annes, Mainlanders, Yanks , Herring chokers,etc. etc. the list is long. I doubt it very much if Bob Woolridge is not guilty of using some of them one time or another? It is all a matter of "open minds". So, slack off on Keith, he is not guilty of anything. He is a first class fellow who would not insult a fly.

  • leonard
    January 07, 2016 - 13:43

    Respect poor people? Cowards and bullies only go after those least able to defend themselves to give themselves an undeserved sense of self-esteem . We have no shortage of those here.

  • james
    January 07, 2016 - 10:52

    I believe we have a lot of people who are still living in the past, They want the government to look after them

    • I'm alright, Jack
      January 07, 2016 - 11:48

      School yourself, did you?

  • Thomas
    January 07, 2016 - 09:25

    I agree with some of your points. With approximately 10% of our population on some form of assistance I wager to guess what percentage of these folks are able bodied, of sound mind who could work however choose to sit at home idle living off the working taxpayer. Sadly the folks who blatantly abuse the system malign those who are truly in need.

    • Donna J.
      January 07, 2016 - 11:06

      Evidence? No? Other people on assistance include people in hospital, people who have access to fire and police services, people who use the roads, businesses that rely on bail-outs, people who rely on health and safety inspections... Do you care to wager what the percentage of welfare fraud is compared to tax evasion?

  • Joe
    January 07, 2016 - 08:02

    Who is Keith Young and what is his work ?

  • Steve
    January 07, 2016 - 07:29

    What an awesome letter!