Letters: Taxes hurt; Misleading message

Taxes hurt

It seems nothing much has changed since medieval times of castles and moats when it comes to taxes [City council renews major-industry tax program,” October 25]. Peasants were taxed to survive just to keep the lords and kings in their comfortable living style.

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In our society, the wealthy and comfortable run in fear to their accountants, doing their best to hide wealth and fight to receive tax receipts and breaks. The steady increase of tax in Powell River has been on the backs of homeowners who least can afford this.

I am sure this has caused financial stress for family relations, time with family and loss of fair quality of life. This has contributed to homelessness in some cases. How can our young people or those on fixed incomes keep property with their taxes climbing higher every year?

This steady tax increase to local and new businesses has hurt us all in this community, including our economy.

At one of the flat-tax open houses back in 2015, I was taken aback by the outrage of the crowd regarding a fair tax for all.

I know how difficult it must be to engage in fair tax discussions with Catalyst Paper Corporation’s CEO and public relations managers, who are well trained and very adept at their jobs.

We all want to see good paying jobs in our community but, really, are we to feel sorry for a New York hedge fund corporation?

Esther Dyck
Vananda Avenue

Misleading message

I read the November 1 issue of the Peak with some puzzlement. Page one has an article on segregating hungry aboriginal teens from the rest of the students [“Lunch programs support students,” November 1] and then on page three there is an article on changing Powell River Regional District’s name to qathet Regional District [“Board approves regional district name change,” November 1].

Apparently qathet is a name gifted to us by Tla’amin Nation and means working together. It doesn’t appear we’re working together when we are splitting the kids apart.

Linda Wallace
Highway 101

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