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Letters from Sept. 16

Do you trust the devil you know, and go with Ernie Eves?

As far as I can tell, Dalton McGuinty has got nothing substantially different to offer voters, and I can't believe the Liberals haven't got a new leader by now. The only real opposition choice is Howard Hampton and the NDP. But I guess everyone is afraid of more government, and think the NDP will deliver that.

Ernie Eves keeps talking about moving forward, but I don't understand. Forward looks like more of the same, with a little less fat. Big Deal.

The election should be a huge concern with all that is going on, yet it would seem that this system we call politics is just a big show, and people are feeling it is futile.

Big Election? Yes. Important issues? Yes.

Looks as if Ontario is going to stay the course.

- Edward Kent

As a "reptilian kitten-eater from another planet in need of professional help," I resent the Eves campaign's lumping of inferior beings—politicians—into our socio-ethnic group.

- Derek Chick

To my NDP friends,
Time to give your head a shake. You can have a government that gives you some of what you want (Liberal), or none of what you want (Conservative). The choice is yours. But before you vote, look at results in your area from the last election. The NDP candidate was the spoiler in many ridings, allowing the Tories to waltz back into power for a second term.

- Bradley Dorrance

Good and bad. These are the two words that have been running through my head since this election started.

How do we weigh the credibility of the three top parties in this province?

We have seen this province elect the Conservatives more often than not, and they win in stints, historically. Thus you would have to assume that the province itself, at its core, supports conservative values.

We have seen the Liberals and the NDP in power. They tend to exit to a drastic death on the next election.

The bashing we have seen is simply comical. We know that it would be impossible for government to achieve perfection throughout its term, simply because humans err.

It is impossible to form policy without having negative effects on the public, whether it's a large or small pocket of people. Government simply must take responsibility to pass what it sees as the best route for people, and hope that minimal damage will come from its actions.

Who is seen as being capable of recovering from error, and listening to the people of Ontario?

I was quite proud to see the Conservatives of Ontario recover from the hydro privatization. They listened to the people, and took actions to maintain stability in this province. There are countless other stories to tell.

The only parties that should be seen as being negative campaigners (prior to the election and after) are the Liberals and the NDP. We have seen them throw a barrage of acorns at the Conservatives over the past four years. Yet how often did they ever come out with some form of tangible policy that would assist in the problems they see.

The undecided may take the "High Road" or the "Road Ahead." But what has been coming down the road for the past four years has led to a provincial government that has gained a wealth of experience, and is willing to pass that on to the people of this province. My vote will stay with the Conservatives.

- Mark Nyman

Is it just a coincidence that Ernie Eves and Al Lewis (who played Grandpa on The Munsters) have never been seen together?

- Dave Simms

I have had it with the Tory lies about taxes.

In 2003, they are running at least a $2-billion deficit. They claim it's not a deficit, because they will sell assets to balance the budget.

But these assets belong to Ontarians.

With a population around 12 million, this represents over $160 per person. That would be the equivalent of a TV or a fridge per family.

If the PCs had said, "We won't raise your taxes, but we are taking your fridge away," would people not say it's an additional tax?

And the Tories would probably add, "Don't worry about keeping your food cold. We sold all these fridges to a good company that will rent them back to you at a reasonable rate."

Gilles Fecteau

Editor's Note: The 2001 Census counted 11,410,046 people living in Ontario, which would make the figure $175 per person.

It saddens me to think that our 'leaders' are acting no better than children in a sandbox flinging sand at each other.

There is no sparkle from any of these 'leaders' that is convincing me to relinquish my valued vote to any of them. Please convince me otherwise.

Keep with the facts:

  • A 'flashlight' deed in handling the blackout does not negate all the other antics of Ernie Eves,
  • Put the jacket back on Dalton McGuinty. You are not fooling anyone with your pitch-in appearance.
  • Howard Hampton, I have lost your message amongst the other dribble of attacks.

    So far the only party I wish to choose is either 'none of the above' or 'next set of names.'

    Please make my vote count for someone and something worthwhile.

    - Carole Hickinbotham
     Wasaga Beach

    An important issue in electrical energy:
    I think the Liberals should put forward a platform saying they will implement a time-of-day metering program for anyone who wants this. As well, they could install a system to shut off electrical hot-water tanks based on an electronic signal sent over the electrical lines. Both of these programs should be put forward as a means of updating the system.

    Most people know that the current rate for electricity is too low to keep Ontario's hydro system viable. Using time-of-day metering would allow everyone to benefit.

    - Norman Dorff

    Editor's Note: The Liberals and the Greens are proposing "smart" meters that charge according to when the electricity is used.

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