January 8: Bravo to Macron, unvaxed threat, EA staff crisis and other letters


EA staff crisis

As a parent of a child with special needs in the public school system, it was heartbreaking to read the EA staff shortage facing Orchard Park School and the escalating violence that accompanies it. The inability to attract, properly compensate and retain educational assistants is a dark stain on the performance of this board. A problem that must be dealt with with more effective measures than a letter from the president of the board of directors, Dawn Danko, to the province pleading for more money.

The first step would be greater transparency on how the board spends its endowment dollars, particularly the amounts allocated to TAs and teachers versus the amount allocated to administration. Other boards are transparent with this information; only the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board keeps it hidden. There is no doubt, however, that the department knows the details, which may be why they are not so open to a bailout.

Bravo for Macron

President Emmanuel Macron is said to have declared that he would do everything to “piss off” the unvaccinated. It will make it more difficult for them to do anything outside of their home because it introduces more stringent regulations requiring that the French have a vaccination passport. He has guts, common sense and conviction. Three cheers.

My wish for 2022

In 2018, the richest 26 people on the planet had a combined net worth equal to the poorest half of the world’s population, or nearly four billion people.

The International Monetary Fund was designed at the United Nations in 1944 to establish a framework for international economic cooperation and avoid repeating the currency devaluations that contributed to the Great Depression of the 1930s. The main mission of the IMF is to facilitate international trade, to promote international financial stability and monetary cooperation, to promote employment and sustainable economic growth and to reduce poverty in the world.

A capital tax / participation tax / wealth tax is a tax on the assets of an entity, including the total value of personal assets, including bank deposits, cash, real estate, assets insurance and pension plans, ownership of unincorporated businesses, securities and trusts. Otherwise, debts are deducted from an individual’s wealth, resulting in a net wealth tax.

Fixing inequalities doesn’t require miracles, just desire. May 2022 be radiant for all!

Walking Dead

Can someone explain to me how they know the average when no one is reporting? Where do these numbers come from? What if we get sick regardless of our vaccination status: A. why were we vaccinated (I know why) and B. if we are vaccinated why are we stopped? I don’t like the life of the living dead.

Karen Filice, Stoney Creek

Virtual learning

I found the article on virtual learning interesting. The son of the interviewed family was, at school, very successful, but once the virtual learning happened his grades dropped, but when the reward of switching to in-person learning was offered, his grades started to climb. This tells me that children are not supervised by their parents when they are “in school” and that they need positive reinforcement, a reward or a goal to work towards, for a good job. We all hope the children can return to class, but only when they are safe. In the meantime, our government must ensure that funding is available for low-income families to upgrade their Internet so that at least children have sufficient service to achieve their goals.

Diana MacKenzie, Hamilton

Unvaxxed a threat

The number of COVID continues to rise dramatically, in large part due to those who refuse to be vaccinated. When anti-vaccines are in public, they are to public health and safety what an arsonist is to firefighters. To date, our political leaders have been too timid to act to support those of us threatened with infection by these selfish and thoughtless individuals. Enough is enough. It’s not rocket science – if you want to be in public then get the vaccine otherwise stay home and don’t endanger the rest of us who have been vaccinated and are taking care of each other. Our governments have the power to act, what is missing is their will.

Gordon Wilson, Port Rowan

Well done St. Joe’s

Recently, I received my COVID vaccination booster in St. Joe’s. Very well organized, entry and exit in 30 minutes. The staff were informative and helpful with no issues throughout the process. A big thank you to all the volunteers.

Harold Turnbull, Ancaster


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