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Debate goes on
In response to the January/
February Debate, “Are Canadians
paying too much in taxes?”
YES. We get services, but as Iglika Ivanova
points out, the level of essential services is
declining. Further, [as a small-business own-er,] I would like to address her comments
regarding the need to tax businesses more.
This is a common misconception that comes
from not understanding businesses and cash
flow. ... Being taxed creates added hardship on
the business that reduces the ability to invest
in the business and help it grow.
NO. I agree with Iglika Ivanova that we are not
paying too much in taxes. Her arguments are
valid, considering the services we receive.
There is a simple solution to Aaron Wudrick’s
argument that both the federal and provincial
debts are too high. We can do what the Americans do: quantitative easing.
Richmond, British Columbia
YES. I think that government has become responsible for many programs that should be
“user paid” or community sponsored. Essentials such as employment, housing, education,
transportation and health care should be what
we collectively fund. Religion-, social- and
ethnic-based programs should be self-supporting by those who benefit from their offerings. Community social assistance programs
need to become better at cutting off abusers
and/or perpetual users.
NO. Over the past three decades, those who
have the highest incomes have seen their tax
burden decrease. Governments have in turn
been forced to borrow and to cut government
services, leading to the comments made by
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Canadians do indeed receive many valuable services that would take up a good
portion of their income if paid for out-of-pocket—health care, education, security and
infrastructure. Canadians need to see taxes as
the bargain they are, while continuing to hold
Red Deer, Alberta
Better boiling for Brussels sprouts
Just read [“Sprout shout out,” January/
February] and was surprised that Katie
Harreld felt that boiling Brussels sprouts spoils
them. Once you’ve trimmed and washed your
sprouts, you just have to cut an “X” on the bottom (base) of the sprout—not too deeply, just
1 centimetre or so—cover with water and turn
the burner on high. Once the water boils, turn
down [the heat] and continue to simmer for 5
to 7 minutes, depending on the size of the
sprouts, and they come out a beautiful green
colour and cooked evenly.
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raw chicken at [the] local grocery store?
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