Re Frank Wirth letter, April 1, on Canadian policial problems:
I was ticked by Mr. Wirth’s visions of what’s happening in Canada. I suggest that he investigate articles before commenting on them.
I begin with the issue of our not being able to attract tourists because of the 15 percent tax on goods. I agree that the tax is not good for us, but tourists simply have to ask for a form, which is provided at any tourist information site, submit it and have all their taxes returned to them. And on the other hand, with the Canadian dollar so low versus the U.S. dollar, Americans get $1.45 for every dollar they spend. Now if that is not incentive, I don't know what is.
He mentioned our health system and how we have to wait a year or more to get service and we are dying in the waiting room. I will inform him it is good for us and we don't always have to wait long periods for action, and I speak as a person who knows how the system works. Two years ago I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and operated on for it the next day.
Never miss a local story.
He speaks only of the school system in one province, all other provinces have the same system as the U.S. and probably in many cases, better.
I would suggest also that Mr Wirth knows absolutely nothing about our Prime Minister and should not hold it against him because his father happened to be a former leader of Canadian politics, who I might add was one of the best in the world and just maybe young Trudeau has the same genes to be the same kind of leader, after all he has been leader for a very few months and should be given a chance.
I will say that the south has better weather than the frozen north, (including the northern United States) and that is the reason we flock here in the winter months and support the area economy for many months sometimes. As I stated in an article here last year, Canadians and Northern U.S. snowbirds contribute greatly during the months from December to May, enabling so many people to continue working. The one resort where I stay has hundreds of snowbirds here all winter and that is just one out of hundreds.
I will agree only with one statement made by Mr. Wirth, “Canadians are good people,” who are free to roam and are highly respected in our own country.
Now, my big beef. We are not allowed to own handguns and pepper spray, etc. says Mr. Wirth, and we are so proud to be able to agree with that statement and say that maybe if the same law was here, the thousands that are being shot to death here in any given year, might just still be alive.
A handgun can be purchased on nearly every corner, is that something to be proud of? The poor lady that was shot to death at the mall at North Myrtle Beach just before Easter, while sitting in her vehicle waiting for her daughter, would still be alive.and I feel sure her family members would agree with me.
In closing, I will say that our recycling program in Canada is the best, certainly better than here in MB, where it appears to be non-existent, at least in the area where we stay. And also in closing I am proud to be able to say that I am so pleased to see nearly all the churches so well attended every Sunday and the respect they all have for us, their visitors, we are made welcome and not disrespected. Some have it and some don't.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.