Sudbury letters: Scourge of nuclear weapons; reckless spending; federal debt piling up

In this undated video grab provided released by the Russian Defense Ministry, A Russia's Poseidon nuclear-powered underwater drone is seen being test-launched somewhere in Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Poseidon has undergone successful tests and a submarine intended to carry it will be commissioned later this year. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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Don’t invest in nuclear weapons

The climate crisis and nuclear weapons are the two existential questions that face us.  The two are related to each other. The lack of drinking water and food cause social unrest that leads to terrorism and radical leaders who may have access to nuclear weapons.

Think of the Koreas, Pakistan and India over Kashmir, the Middle East and the perennial USA vs Russia.

Spending billions of dollars on modernizing nuclear weapons is taking scientists and money away from addressing the climate crisis.

We each can do our part by eating less meat, using public transportation, reducing, reusing and recycling. But one thing that isn’t talked about is where we put our money.  Pull your money out of mutual funds that are harming the environment and supporting companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, BAE, Honeywell and Northrop Grumman that make nuclear weapons.

One can do socially responsible investing or environmental social governance. One can get your pension fund (school teachers, etc.) to do the same. Google “Don’t Bank on the Bomb”.

We also need to pressure our politicians to act. Will our candidates agree to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons?

Will they reduce spending on the military, the one segment of society that was excluded from the Kyoto and Paris protocols on the environment?

 

Richard Denton

Rotarians4NuclearBan

 

Council headed to financial disaster

It is very unfortunate city council won’t look after the municipality the way we look after our houses.

They seem to have a bottomless pit for funds, which is essentially us. Looking at 3.5 to 4.5 per cent raises in the next few years to cover a shortfall is a prime example for us to live within our means.

Borrowing funds in case we need it seems very foolish. Thank God we all do not think this way: we would lose our properties and council would be on street corners with sunglasses and a coffee can.

In the future, it may make sense to hire city councillors and elect city staff.

It’s time to listen and pay attention to people who definitely do not see this council’s way of thinking. It is definitely not old school, new schools, or the future. I think the new term is bang on — “a (financial) tsunami”. This is going to be the end result.

The way it seems, from Front and Young

 

Frank Mazzuca Jr.

Capreol

 

Debt, debt and more debt

Just checking our monstrous federal debt and while our Liberals and the Trudeau family are largely responsible for it, I noticed (former Conservative prime minister) Stephen Harper added quite a chunk to it.

I never voted for the man because I never saw him as any kind of conservative.

Also, after reading the letters in your paper in the last few days, I really must respond. Well, perhaps our PM is not a racist, but by his actions he is much worse than that because along with his old man (former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau), he put us so much deeper in debt than ever and will continue to do just that if given four more years of the worst governing.

He thinks he is super smart compared to anyone else and can break our laws at will when he feels like it.

Oh, and refusing to allow our RCMP investigations to go on.

Recently, I wrote a note about him getting a long pass with his many hours of talking about his blackface antics and all the while he had to know about a report from the Fraser Institute about his unbelievable spending.

Much worse than any PM ever and he’s racked up the debt with no recession or war at hand.

Folks, a billion dollars is one thousand million, which begs the question: Again, how many billions of dollars has the Trudeau family saddled us with and don’t forget to multiply by a thousand million.

And that’s not mentioning all the lies fed us over four years. That is for another day.

 

John Oattes

Sudbury

 

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