Stuck in a pit of despair
TheStar.com – comment/letters – Stuck in a pit of despair
December 07, 2007
The treadmill of poverty – Dec. 6
This letter is to congratulate you on such in-depth reporting on poverty.
I have been in an accounting practice for the last 17 years in a low socio-economic area and have been seeing all of this on a regular basis. It is indeed a shame that a country that has declared a surplus of more than $9 billion for the first half of the fiscal year is so insensitive to its people in such great need.
Most of the clients I meet who are on social benefits or minimum wages are socially responsible, self-respecting people who have been stuck in this pit of despair from which they can never climb out. At times their situation is so desperate that I cannot even charge them for my services.
I just want to know, who are the people responsible for making these cruel and insensitive policies? The think-tanks should come out of their respective Utopias to the street level before they make policy decisions.
Najma Qayyum, Mississauga