Page 3 - The Mirror - Fall 2014
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3 Enough is Enough Under the banner suggesting ‘News’ - June 17, 2014 Standard readers are treated to seven articles on poverty ad nauseam. If the continual repetition is not enough, the fact that there is an inordinate amount of blame for the problem of poverty aimed squarely at the public in general. The Standard’s opinion writer Cheryl Clock even suggests the we the people ‘vilify the poor’. To punch home her point Author Cheryl Clock stands before a video camera and recites selected comments from the Standard’s disgusting stable of pseudonym ridden cowards as if these are proper examples of our society. To be fair, perhaps Cheryl Clock derives her sentiment from the citizens that decry waste and abuse abundantly found in our social system. The general public is not passing judgment on the poor! The general public is concerned the system may fail if not properly husbanded. Yes thinking citizens are concerned about resources going to those who are able but not willing. And yes there is growing concern regarding the cost and character of administering our poverty co- nundrum. Thinking people worry about the cause and effect of unchecked cost of living increases, of unbri- dled compensation in the public sector, captains of industry shipping our jobs offshore for an al- mighty buck and governments use of its citizens as mere tax fodder. And through all their burdens our people have never turned their back and never will turn their back on their fellow citizens languishing in poverty. There is a lot of blame to go around but none of it is attributable to the average Canadian citizen. Where do those in the poverty business think the resources that fund their poverty business come from? Answer: The funds, household goods, clothing and food stuffs all come from fellow citizens that are very concerned about their fellow citizens caught in poverty. ‘Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.’ -Ronald Reagan CLOCK: Why do we vilify the poor? Faces of Poverty: 18 Niagara residents share their stories Faces of Poverty: passing judgment on the poor POVERTY: At 52, Annie Ricica is learning to read POVERTY: When rent eats away at grocery money POVERTY TALK: Readers respond to Kory's story POVERTY TALK: The voices of our readers Of all the stories that the St. Catharines Standard could and should cover, blaming the citizen for not caring about poverty is not one of them.
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