Letters to the Editor
Re: Going Gaga over smart meters (B.C. Views, March 16).
Re: Time to enrich poverty debate (B.C. Views, March 9). Tom Fletcher raises a number of points in his article that require a critical look.
As a balance to the Ralph Sultan study he refers to, may I suggest “The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better”. Regardless of quibbles over definitions of poverty line (and by Mr. Fletcher's own admission, the extreme cost of housing in areas such as Victoria certainly pushes Statistics Canada's low income cutoff closer to such a line), societies with large inequalities in wealth are much more prone to social problems of all kinds.
Re: Time to enrich the poverty debate ( B.C. Views, March 9 ).
I am always astonished how the quote "The poor shall always be with us" is used by people who show very little understanding of theology or compassion for the poor.
This particular quote was used by Jesus to remind his followers about their priorities. The complete quote is: "The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me." (Matthew 26:11)
Re: NDP’s problems go deeper (BC Views, Jan. 26). Tom Fletcher informs us that “if it weren’t for private capital, competition and rewards for efficiency and innovation there wouldn’t be much of a developed world to analyze.”