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I am astounded at the claims by Ernie Eves that McGuinty is mudslinging by proxy. Tell me Mr. Eves, who wrote the "kitten-eater" letter? And why is it that you are focusing so much on federal issues, such as immigration and gun control? Is it because you have utterly wrecked what you do actually have control over? Obfuscation is the Tory party strength, not governance.

Mr. Eves, I sincerely hope that when you and your cronies are thrown out, you are forced into the same financial hardship you have forced on so many Ontarians. You, sir, should be forced to live on welfare in downtown Toronto.

- Andre Mair
 Toronto


I don't think that the private school tax break is a bad thing. I think Ontario should keep it.

After all, it does make private schools more affordable. It does give parents more options to choose from. It does offer parents an opportunity to express their protest against certain school policies (even if they can't just send their child to a private school, they can always remind the school officials that the private alternative is always there). I think that's how it should be. Even a small amount of competition between the public and private school systems will be beneficial to all.

So, I welcome any tax break that gives parents more choice about where to send their children. I hope this tax break stays, even if the Conservatives lose the election. I also hope that one day we'll see it extended to the federal level.

- Leonid Elbert
 Ottawa

I am disappointed that the Green Party will not be represented in the Ontario debates. I have always voted PC or Alliance, but am switching my support to the Greens, because their vision of the future makes the most sense to me.

- Rick Lorenz
 Manotick


I laughed when I read the Dave Simms' letter (from this site on Sept. 16) asking whether it's just a coincidence that Ernie Eves and Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster) have never been seen together.

In fact Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster) ran for governor of New York in the last U.S. election as the U.S. Green Party candidate. He got 33,010 names on his nomination papers, and he travels in very different circles than Ernie Eves. So, they are unlikely to be seen together.

Lewis protested for the release of Black Panther activists. He was a protester at Kent State when the authorities got out of control, and he has been in countless peace marches.

Unlike Ernie Eves, Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster) is a "sharp nail in the coffin" of corporate globalization. He started as a youth working for economic justice for the Jewish ghetto he lived in called Brownsville. Not just some old TV Schwarzenegger candidate, he has a PhD in Child Psychology from Columbia University, and a long record of working for change within the political system. Right now he is working to free Leonard Pelletier. He has spoken out against the privatization of hospitals, antiquated drug laws, and coal use. He is one of the foremost advocates for universal health care in the United States.

The two are not seen together because they cover very different ground. Al is in the jails, the courts, and in the ghetto schools. Ernie is in the business place making budget announcements, at hearings about his role in Walkerton, and in his air-conditioned, fossil-fuel bus.

And, Ernie's hair is a thin imitation of the crypt-kickin' look of Al Lewis.

- Keith Robert Watson-Barber
 Winnipeg


How come the privatization of Ontario's electricity system is not on the forefront of election issues? This issue is costing every Ontario resident.

The pre-election price cap the Conservative government placed on our hydro rates is a sham. If you want to see how much we are paying for electricity, go to www.theimo.com (the Web site of the Independent Electricity Market Operator) and look at the average price during daytime hours. That's the price the private power generation companies are getting. So who's paying the difference? You and I are. All Ontario taxpayers are.

Recently, during the week, electricity prices posted at www.theimo.com were approximately $75/MWh. With a consumption of 20,000 MW during daytime hours, this translates to over $600,000 per hour of government subsidization of our hydro bills, which we have to pay for in taxes, or hospital cuts.

(Editor's note: The Conservatives argue that when the price dips below the cap, the government makes money, eventually offsetting the money paid for energy costing more than the price cap.)

It is hard to accept the popular Conservative philosophy that private corporations could run our power system more efficiently than when it was in public ownership. While this is conceivable, by the time these corporations running our multi-billion dollar power generating stations take their profit, we end up paying considerably more money than we did when it was publicly owned and run.

It astounds me that the Ontario public could consider electing a government that will allow large corporations to reap profit from our multi-billion dollar power stations, while we still have to pay the debt incurred to build those stations. The Conservative government has handed over our assets, and not our incurred cost to build those assets. Whose side are they on?

The Ontario public should elect someone who will put a stop to the lunacy of privatization. It's putting a serious dent in every citizen's pocketbook.

- Emmet Raftery
 London


I don't know much about politics, nor do I really want to. However, I still remember my horror days in high school about three years ago. You can't do this. You can't stay here. You can't practice music or sports after school. You can't go to competitions any more. No this. No that. And the list goes on.

I promised myself that I had to fight for something in the upcoming election. I'm not just fighting for myself, but everyone who cares about education.

I'm not sure whether the Liberals or NDP can do a better job, but I'm certain they won't be any worse than the current PC government.

- Jay Xie
 Toronto

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