Opinion

Letters to the editor

Our readers write about the colleges strike and negative campaign advertising.

Still waiting for 2006 college strike refund

I was a student during the last Niagara College strike in 2006. The solution to the current strike situation (and the last one) is to not pay the administration.

If Dan Patterson, president of Niagara College, was not receiving his $335,151 salary (2016 figure), you can be well assured the situation would be resolved. Niagara College had 236 employees receiving more than $27 million in salaries in 2016. Many are likely administrative, such as deans and department heads.

The provincial government allows the administrative staff to be paid as long as the school remains “open.” This means running an empty school.

Taxpayers help provide the funding. They should be outraged. However, janitorial or building maintenance staff should be paid to keep the school operational.

The administration has no plan to save the school year. They will put this on the faculty to cut course content. I am still waiting for my refund because I did not receive my full education.

I truly wonder if this school exists to serve the students.

Sean Perry

Niagara Falls

Negative campaign ads backfire

In my opinion when a party resorts to negative advertising it means it does not have a good, positive platform itself.

I believe I am a reasonably informed voter. I know the Liberals have reduced this once prosperous province to a shell of what it used to be.

We are only beginning to suffer the consequences of their total mismanagement of our tax dollars. Our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will ultimately be paying a much bigger price.

For me the negative advertising means the Conservatives don’t know how to fix the problems facing this province going forward any more than the Liberals do.

So unless the Conservatives do come up with some policies that resonate with the voters, I suspect they will go with the devil they know rather than the devil they don’t know.

Right now I have no idea what I will do when I pick up my ballot but I certainly won’t vote Liberal or Conservative. Maybe there will be an Independent candidate running.

David Rosier

Niagara Falls

 



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