TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 09 MAY 2013
The term “entitlement” has cropped up in the local paper. It has multiple definitions, but the main one is that an entitlement is a “legally earned” right.
For example, when I did scaffolding, I received my earned “entitlement” called a weekly paycheck; Irving Oil is “entitled” to a city tax break. They earned it through building an LNG plant.
Teachers, NB Power workers and civil servants earned their pensions. They were paid less money while educating, distributing power for homes and businesses, or conducting provincial business on a contract promising an earned pension. Not everyone represented in a democracy is happy with the earnings of other people.
For example, Canada is enormously wealthy, but the wealth goes to foreign firms, bonuses and some is hidden through offshore companies in tax havens.
Bank heads get enough to solve the city road problems, but, of course, the focus is on the citizens of the city. Although, it is just pocket change, the wealthy are happy when the focus is not on them.
I urge those who want very low taxes to move to Albania, Bulgaria, or somewhere else and see what they and their kids get. They will learn a few lessons.
Civilized societies are built on trust. Trust is complicated and, surprise, part of fulfilling trust costs money.
Workers who helped build this province are entitled to trust that they will get the money they deferred.
MICHAEL T. BRADLEY Saint John