Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Letters to the editor...MPPs not deserving of pay hike
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 24 Jan 2007, p. 6

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Dear editor, I don't normally respond to readers letters, but the one from Benjamin Atkinson really got me going (Jan. 3 MPPs deserve `reward' of pay hike). I can agree with Benjamin on one point: I too, am not crazy about politicians. I do have a certain degree of respect for people who choose to run for political office, but "opening up their lives to public scrutiny"-- only if they do something WRONG. As for doing what they feel best for `their little part of the world'... that is true it is THEIR little part of the world which seldom resembles the real world we live in. I know that every decision I make while doing my job is very much under the microscope of my boss, who, should I perform below the standards expected of me, has the right to fire me. Do politicians, voted into office, face that? I think not. As for not being able to go home to families at night, what about the millions of commuters who choose to live and work where they do, but can't afford the luxury of a second residence close to the workplace? Politicians choose to be voted into office, wherever that may be. What about the millions of people in industries who have no choice but to work nights and weekends? Police officers come to mind, nurses, retailers, the list is endless... and let's be honest, these people do more directly for our community than any politician has ever done or will everdo. Politicians could easily choose to work for large companies and make well in excess of $100,000 per year. Why don't they? Simple, political office is guaranteed income, from my hard-earned tax dollars, with possibilities of giving themselves raises well in excess of what some people earn in a year. I can't even give myself a raise. Perhaps Benjamin's dad is an MPP. Hans Tunney, Acton

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Letters to the editor...MPPs not deserving of pay hike