LETTER: Mayor Helps doesn’t get it

Helps fails to grasp that government does not create the economy

Re: Sewage, Blue Bridge on mayor’s must-do list (News, Jan. 2)

Your article quoting Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps on city priorities is missing whether she will get out of the way of honest people building and earning.

And whether or not she will improve policing so that poor people do not lose income from being assaulted, or have affordability reduced by stealing of their property that enables earning (such as cars and mobility aids).

Nor that she will lobby the provincial government to curb dishonest tenants – that motivates landlords to not give someone a chance – and dishonest landlords. And to improve courts so people can get redress quickly, but dishonest people are not just put back on the street without re-education on ethics.

Ms. Helps fails to grasp that government does not create the economy – good people do, people working hard, people risking their savings to start a business, people creating and working together. She talks maxims that reflect a negative view of humans that is behind the statist mentality.

Affordability comes from people producing, including enough for charity (which government force is not). Government interferes with a myriad of laws including ones limiting mobility and stopping building, yet does not protect against the dishonest.

No surprise that Helps fails to get it, I guess, but very disappointing for someone with talent and drive.

Keith Sketchley, Saanich