Letter: Poor wages lead to homelessness

Either you buy medicine or food because everything is so high in B.C.

To the editor:

1. Why are there so many homeless people in Kelowna?

—No pay.

—Seniors can’t make it on their pension.

2. Young people can’t live on minimum wage.

3. Employers work you like slaves and we will be a Third World country in due time.

4. A person has no more rights. Either you buy medicine or food because everything is so high in B.C. The rent and food plus all your bills—no wonder so many people are on the streets.

Here is a quote from a girl making minimum wage in Kelowna: “I wonder how long you give 110 per cent while being nothing but nice to people but no one notices and says, ‘damn girl, you are doing a good job.’ Why do so much and get nothing back? Everyone is so fast to criticize but it’s impossible for them to notice that you have given it all your being and all you are. Doing the best you can do. Is it worth it?”

I wish I knew the answer. Real life struggles—just a reminder for people to show others kindness and know such small, positive remarks will go a long way.

Christy Clark, you should live on minimum wage and see how far your money goes.

Judy Meier, Kelowna