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Letters from Sept. 20-21

I would like to know where Mr. McGuinty plans to find 8000 nurses to hire? Does he not realize there is a shortage, which will only get worse as the boomers get older??

- Yvonne Davies

The only way our democratic system will really work is if people vote for what they believe in. While it may take time for the Green Party to come to real power, I think that they offer the only workable plan for the future. The three 'main' political parties are so bogged down in partisan politics, catering to special segments of society, and band-aid knee-jerk solutions that they have no real credibility or vision.

The Greens are a growing international force. They have a principled approach and are not beholden to anyone. They are not anti-business, but on the contrary will invigorate the economy with new businesses that do not contribute to harming our health and environment, but make them better.

Do not vote strategically. Vote with your heart. The greater percentage of votes the Greens get, the more the power brokers will have to take note. We have to know where people stand. And the Greens are all about issues, not about mudslinging.

- Albert Kaprielian  Kingston

It's unfortunate the Liberals couldn't adopt the NDP's election platform. It seems to be the best one of all of the parties.

Being a member of the PC party (federally) it will be a cold day in hell when I vote for the provincial PCs again. My provincial tax burden has gone up tremendously (massive property tax increase, various user fees, less the pittance of an income-tax reduction). Every time the Tories claim to have reduced taxes, my blood boils.

It'll be a great day when Ernie Eves has to line up to get his pogey cheque.

Stephen Kerr

With the constant bickering between the PCs and the Liberals, and with the media seeming to focus on that part of the battle, little attention seems to have been given to the NDP, which seems to have stuck to the issues. It may be terribly boring for the media, but is absolutely crucial for us, the voters.

Although I have traditionally been a PC voter (although I disliked Mike Harris during his second campaign), this time my tendency is to vote NDP.

There is also one huge issue the leaders are not touching that the general public, if asked, would demand be fully debated. The issue is funding for separate school boards.

How much has it really cost us for such things as capital spending for new buildings? At no time has this issue ever been clearly debated in the public.

With a full airing we could then really weigh its cost against the demands for extra funding needed by our health-care system, and for road repair, etc.

- Bill Grubb

I have been following the election coverage closely, trying to decide whom to vote for. This being my first opportunity to vote, and with my being a university student facing tuition hikes of 15 per cent a year, I want to be particularly careful.

My dilemma is this: There are three parties that have a serious chance of winning. The top two are doing nothing but smearing each other. The third party is actually, in my opinion, doing a decent job campaigning, but its numbers don't look good.

When did the electoral process turn into nothing more than parties telling us not to vote for someone else? I wish they would tell my why I should vote for them. Of course, if they don't do that, the decision for most people likely comes down to whom they don't want.

Maybe we should have a system of anti-votes, where an anti-vote cast would subtract one from the total of that party. Maybe then we would have parties telling us why we should elect them.

- Philip Mitchell

Knowing today that Ernie Eves will most likely not win this election makes me feel great.

I would like to see Mr. Hampton come to power here, but I realize it won't happen. Perhaps it will in the next election. He is clearly the only leader who really wants to fight for the public. He is the one who warned about privatization of power having dire consequences over a year before the blackout and rising costs. He is the one who brought it to issue that some Ontarians pay far more in auto insurance than Canadians living in provinces with public insurance. He was the first to promise a raise to the minimum wage, and is the only one saying he will only raise taxes for those making more than $100,000 a year.

Howard won't win, but at the very least, let's get the NDP back to official party status in the legislature. Howard is no Bob Rae. He is the only leader who instils any confidence in me whatsoever.

Although I don't have complete confidence in McGuinty, it will be a great day in Ontario when Eves is banished from his office, when he can no longer give tax breaks to his rich friends, and when he can no longer ignore warnings about water contamination or bad meat.

- Charles Fisher

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