Column ‘right on target’
Re: Fear of aging and the elderly still runs strong (July 20)
I very much appreciated the column by L.D. Cross.
So many truths were spoken but, as we read, so little is done to protect our most vulnerable population — the population you and I will be one day.
Privately funded retirement homes are a business. Many find it morally and ethically OK to charge residents additional charges on top of the already outrageous monthly rents they pay. For example, there may be charges to toilet a resident in the middle of the night or console them if the client is in distress. This is management out to make a quick buck at the expense of the elderly .
Government-funded nursing homes don’t receive enough funding to provide the care and services many seniors require. This is not fault of the staff, who show up day in and day out and provide the best care they can with the resources provided.
We all age and, yes, we do need retirement and nursing homes.
We must, however, provide funding and support so our most vulnerable receive a high level of care and respect to be able to live with dignity and grace.
L.D. Cross, great article and right on target!
While the July 21 Dilbert comic by Scott Adams regarding aliens and pronouns may give comfort to the decidedly unprogressive sector of society, the comic riff is unbelievably inappropriate. We are to read: “Transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people, by simply requesting they be treated like human beings, have destroyed civilization.” Substitute Black, Indigenous, South Asian, East Asian, Jewish or gay before the word people, or persons with disabilities, and the intent may become a little clearer.
This isn’t to say that bigotry regarding the first group is less important than bigotry regarding the second group, just that it is less known and recognized and often still flies under the radar. It’s time for that to stop. Which is why it is time for strips like Adams’ to go.
Flying at fault
Those allowed to travel on airplanes spread the COVID-19 virus and now have brought the more contagious variant from India to Canada and other parts of the world.
Why was air travel not restricted from the start? This is the question the world, leaders of countries and all of those in charge of fighting this virus have to ask.
Airlines, in my opinion, seemed to be the main source of spreading this virus around the world. To this day, they still are and yet they are allowed to continue to fly.
Stay-at-home orders were accepted by many doing their part while others continued to not stay at home or stay in their country. This is why this virus produced a pandemic.
With millions dead as a result, the world has learned much, but have world leaders learned anything?
St. Marys, Ont.
Re: Mohawk Institute survivors call for criminal investigation (July 22)
One can only agree with Six Nations elected Chief Mark Hill that a thorough investigation must be conducted into the whereabouts of the graves of those 54 deceased children from the Mohawk Institute.
Start with the evidence uncovered by the ground penetrating radar investigation of the grounds in October 2011. It was claimed that a mass grave of children had been found, then the investigation dropped out of sight. What was discovered? Why was this claim not pursued? Only a new fully transparent investigation will give us answers to these questions.
Furthermore, if a search of the grounds themselves is inconclusive the investigation should be extended to other cemeteries, the one around the Chapel of the Mohawks and family plots of relatives of the children.
This second suggestion comes from the story of Charlie, or Chenie, Wenjack made famous by Gord Downie. In the original story by Ian Adams which appeared in Maclean’s February 1967, this youngster’s remains were returned to his father, his mother being picked up along the way at Sioux Lookout where she was undergoing medical tests, and accompanied by Colin Wasacase, principal of Cecilia Jeffery School, and Charlie’s three sisters, who were also attending it.
Given this account and the proximity of Six Nations to the Mohawk Institute, it cannot be ruled out that at least some of the children may have been returned to their relatives.
Robert J. MacMillan