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Letters from Sept. 27 and 28

The Howard Hampton team is the only party is talking about the bread and butter issues that affect the folks in Ontario.

- Genesio Paciocco
 Sault Sainte Marie

This Tory Government deserves defeat. They have forgotten just whom they work for. Under their watch a so-called welfare cheat died alone in an overheated house, and Tory MPPs were feasting on expensive steak dinners, washed down with fine wine. Other members indulged in expensive hotel rooms, when they could have just as easily driven home. All this at the taxpayer's expense!

- Harvey Kirsch

After listening to all the promises the leaders are making about how their policies are good for the economy, I'm left with one nagging concern that might help clear things up.

What is the provincial credit rating now, compared to when the Liberals or the NDP were in power? Is the provincial credit rating on an upward or downward curve under the Tory policies?

It would certainly help me decide whom I'm going to vote for. As this point, even though I really like our local MPP, my vote is still up in the air. I'm tired of all the politicking, I'd just like an answer to my question.

- Kirk Sorley
 Niagara Falls

Editor's Note:
Here are Ontario's credit ratings with Standard and Poor's, on key electoral dates over the last 20 years:
Sept. 2, 2003 (election called): AA
June 3, 1999 (PCs win second majority under Harris): AA-  June 8, 1995 (PCs win majority with Common Sense Revolution): AA-
Sept. 6, 1990 (NDP wins its first majority in Ontario): AAA
May 2, 1985 (Liberals end more than four decades of Conservative rule): AAA (though it dropped to AA+ in November 1985)
Source: Ontario Financing Authority

Tory rule since 1995 has caused chaos and crisis in our education system. The PCs have successfully taken us back to the one-room schoolhouse—the portable. My granddaughter has spent the last three years in a portable, and must trek, even in winter, to the main school to go to the washroom. I understand there are five portables at this school alone, yet schools stand empty in this city and the surrounding area.

- Gary G. Graham

Our society cannot live on tax cuts and tax credits alone.

In order for an economy to remain viable, we must maintain our education system at the level that meets tomorrow's, as well as today's, challenges. A strong education system requires fair and equitable funding. We cannot leave one special needs child in a corner without the extra help he or she may need. Every child deserves an equal learning opportunity.

The late, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau declared, "Canada must be a just society," which means believing in and practising equality. Funding for schools must not be compromised. Tax cuts and tax credits cannot be implemented at the expense of our education system.

Supporting our society and those young children in Ontario is a privilege. Every generation owes its success to the previous generations. When our children grow up, they will contribute to our society. They too will ensure future generations are assured a good, solid education. Success is passed on and everybody wins.

Make your vote work for you, and the future on Ontario's children.

- Hayley Szeto

If Dalton wins the election, what will really happen to Ontario's education system? Will he really put millions into building new schools, ordering textbooks, training, mentoring, and hiring new teachers to cap class sizes? Where is the money for all of this quality expansion going to come from?

As a supporter of private schools, I laugh at his fantasy. By educating 350 children, our private school saves taxpayers millions of dollars a year in money not needed in the public system. If we shut down our school tomorrow, that would mean a rise in education taxes for everyone, wouldn't it?

When Premier McGuinty scraps the private-school tuition tax credit, he will be adding to his own government's financial burden, because parents struggling with private school tuition fees will end up having to send their children to his "ideal" public schools. Well, at least they will be in capped classes, right?

By funding the private-school tax credit for up to half of each private school student's tuition, Mr. McGuinty could make it possible for more parents to enrol their children in a school of their choice, thus lessening the burden on the public schools. Wouldn't that appeal to everyone? By supporting our freedom to educate our children as we see fit, he could actually lower education taxes, in the long run.

Or maybe he should just cut funding to the Catholic schools first. Yeah, that's a good idea! I find it bizarre that public tax money supports schools for one religion, but no others.

- Shirley Huinink

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