Letter: Taxes just keep going up: What’s next?

The majority of the people that are overdosing do not pay any taxes … but they get the same ambulance service that we have to pay for.

To the editor:

I know I’m not alone on this topic, but I don’t see the drug overdose problem and people dying as a crisis. I see it as a solution. I have worked for 50+ years being a contributing citizen hoping that sometime before I die, that I will be able to actually retire and enjoy what I have worked and saved for all my life.

However, I’m going to have to keep on working until they carry me out feet first from the job site (which my estate will have to pay for). Our taxes keep on going up and up and now our BC Health Premiums are also due to rise. Although I pay taxes and health care recently I got a bill from BC Ambulance Service because, heaven forbid, I had to utilize it for another tax paying citizen who had a severe medical situation. The majority of the people that are overdosing do not pay any taxes, BC Health Care, but they get the same ambulance service that we have to pay for.

What’s next for us taxpayers? Supplying safe drugs? We already supply safe needles and places to use. I spent 20 years in the military, went overseas saw and did some pretty ugly things. I didn’t turn to drugs or alcohol, I got another job and soldiered on. It’s a pretty sad situation when senior citizens who have worked their whole life contributing to the country now have to turn to food banks as they can no longer afford to purchase groceries while others who contribute nothing get the same services, (actually more, their ambulance ride and needles is paid for by taxpayers).

Duane G. Long, Kelowna

 

Just Posted

Out to pasture at the Freak’n Farmer

The annual “fun” event at Covert Farms put on by the Covert family and HooDoo Adventures

West Kelowna Warriors dominate the Nanaimo Clippers

Three goals were scored during power plays

Fundraiser with wine to raise money for JoeAnna’s House

The Sovereign Order of St. John has committed to raise and donate $50,000

Okanagan artist donates painting to Okanagan College

Bryan Ryley, former instructor at the college donated an acrylic painting

Kiwanis Club donates money to Okanagan College

This establishes the Kiwanis Kelowna 2018 Legacy Education Endowment

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

B.C. VIEWS: Looking under the hood of ICBC’s war on crashes

Is our accident rate really soaring, or is it inefficiency?

B.C. tent city residents have three weeks to clear out: Supreme Court

Fire risk, criminal activity in neighbourhood cited as reasons for judgment

Coaches, players on Alberta university rugby team buckle up for the Broncos

16 people died when Humboldt Broncos bus collided with a semi-truck in rural Saskatchewan

The Vatican ‘owes God an apology,’ activist says in letter to Pope Francis

Letter came after a report on sexual abuse of more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

Most Read