Frustrated Nelson seniors speak about teachers job action

A pair of Kootenay seniors are frustrated with the recent job action from teachers

Well, we are getting frustrated. The teachers want to strike for better wages, the airlines want to strike, other unions want to strike, but what about the seniors? What do we do to get more money to live?

We came from the day when you worked hard to earn your money for very little pay and so there wasn’t a lot to put away. We did extras if it needed to be done and didn’t get paid. We carried lunch kits, didn’t go out to lunch. Our fathers and grandfathers, mothers and grandmothers made this a free country. But we are given hardly enough to live on, especially if you live on OAS and CPP. You don’t live high. When is it our turn to strike?

Many have to do a driver’s test on a computer that they’ve never used before. So they lose their license. What has a computer got to do with driving?

They have to live in small, one-room residences because there is no money to live in decent places. And if you get sick, God help you, you can’t even stay with your partner of 30, 40, 50, or 60 years because some person has decided that’s a different level of care so they ship you off to a home 100 miles away to die alone.

When we hear about all theses strikes we get really frustrated. We pay big taxes to put all these people in political offices to look after our affairs.

What has happened to our free country?

Evelyn and Ted Cartlidge



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