I have contributed more than our fair share, how about you?

Editor: Unfortunately some of us can never be idle, our lives are spent paying for the ones that are.

Editor:

I’m so done with: university students who disrupt and threaten the very system that they think should provide them with free education when they haven’t contributed a nickel into the system.  Meanwhile our seniors who have worked and paid taxes their entire lives so we can enjoy the amenities we take for granted today (including the education system) are left to retire and rely on a pension plan  that is a disgrace and an insult to their life long labor.  Free is not free kiddies.

People that move into our beautiful valley from places they weren’t happy with, then with their air of superiority, all the crap they left behind they drag here and attempt to turn our valley into the warped utopia they think it should be. Do not tread on us.  If you don’t like what’s here, leave. Motorcycles,  ATVs, snowmobiles, guns are all a fact of life around here, we do all of the above, get used to it or get lost.  My grandchildren love racing their motorcycles at the local track and we will do all we can to ensure that these kids will not be hindered by the likes of people like you.  That track became a reality because of honest, hardworking, caring, long-time residents like the owner of the property and many generous locals who have provided their machinery, money and labor.

Foreigners who come to our country and set-up shop operating ski-tours and think that they should have exclusive use of whole mountain ranges to the exclusion of all others.  That motorized sports such as snowmobiles should not be permitted into these vast tracts of crown land, yet they themselves should be allowed and are in fact using motorized equipment in these same areas. Are you kidding me.  Do not tread on us.

Idle no More –  really? What exactly is the problem here? The problem is that there is no equality in this fake made in Canada democracy and never will be until all able bodied people work and contribute to society, until the laws of the land apply to everyone equally.  The career I chose years ago cost over $35,000.  A Fistr Nations fellow I was in training with at that time never paid a cent toward the same training program.  All his courses, travel, accommodations, meals were all paid for by our tax dollars.  He later decided that it wasn’t his cup of tea and went on to a different career, and yes, it was also paid for by our taxes.  Any perceived wrongs that were done years ago are in the past, we learn from them but we must move on.  Penalizing me and all my descendants forever more for someone else’s perceived mistakes is not just or democratic.

I have contributed more than our fair share, how about you?  Forty one years of paying taxes, idle? Unfortunately some of us can never be idle, our lives are spent paying for the ones that are.

Mark Holenstein

Smithers, B.C.