January 24th, 2021

Letter: Politicians aren’t the only ones worthy of criticism

By Letter to the Editor on January 12, 2021.

Dear editor,

Along with the thick criticism thrown at politicians vacationing abroad during COVID-19 constraints, there should also be some apportioned to the most influential – and maybe even the first – voices to have the ear of government since the crisis began, notably large corporations like the airlines.

The result was resistance against an immediate halt in international commerce, including overseas flights, weeks of delay that may have translated into many COVID-19 deaths.

A common yet questionable refrain prevails – especially among capitalist nation governments and corporate circles -that best business practices, including what’s best for the consumers, are best decided by business decision makers.

Frank Sterle Jr.

White Rock, B.C.

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Frank Sterle Jr.
Frank Sterle Jr.
11 days ago

Increased consumerism thus economic stimulation and job growth likely induces euphoria for many who are gratuitously wealthy or ardently theocratic, with former PM Stephen Harper and current Alberta premier Jason Kenney being good examples of the latter.   
And they’ll repeat stupid-sounding catchphrase, like “It’s the economy, stupid”.
(I picture Homer Simpson with his head tilted back, mouth open and tongue hanging aside, as he drools over the thought of an all-you-can-eat barbeque rib buffet.)           
The usual tradeoff, of course, is big business’s destruction and max-exploitation of laborers, resources, and natural environment. (Fossil fuel extraction, including the toxic mess it often leaves behind, is euphemistically referred to as the “energy sector,” even by the corporate news-media.)           
It seems as though to have a regular livable-wage job thus reliable food and shelter in contemporary society is increasingly being considered to be a privilege, especially by the faithfully conservative and superfluously rich.   
To such mega-money-minded people, ‘practical’ (including human and environment friendly) solutions will always be predicated on economic ‘reality,’ the latter which is mostly created and entrenched according to industry interests.    
Indeed, for an elected leader to try reworking this virtual corporate-rule ‘reality’ would seriously risk his/her own governance, however a landslide election victory he/she may have won.

Last edited 11 days ago by Frank Sterle Jr.
yomouse
yomouse
10 days ago

coming from a guy who lives in one of the richest zip codes in the country.

Fedup Conservative
Fedup Conservative
10 days ago
Reply to  yomouse

So what does living in B.C. got to do with it? Where were you when we were trying to stop Ralph Klein from financially destroying us, why weren’t you trying to help us ? Even Klein’s father Phil and daughter Angie were trying to help us.