Voting doesn’t help predicament, reader says

Voters have little impact on the flawed civil service system

Re: Political raises should have more oversight (Letters, Sept. 14)

The writer made some very interesting remarks and viewpoints on civil servants, local government workers etc., which I too am fed up and angry with.

Ms. Sheridan shares my disillusion with voting. I simply will no longer vote for a system geared to no changes ever, empty promises aimed to collect votes from the poor, needy, homeless – always at election time.

It is appalling, disgusting and way, way beyond humour that there are people voting and collecting copious salaries – and with no job title. Where do I start my application? How about this one: “Help-out guy, can do some stuff, maybe, leave message, does three-day work week, four hours daily – requires $70,000 annually, medical, dental and this year’s BMW for start.”

That’s my job description from here on in. I deserve it, don’t I?

I sincerely doubt that Christy Clark has ever endured a five-week month, existing off margarine and sugar sandwiches, with only ice cubes in the refrigerator. I am on disability, making $950 monthly. No telephone, no cable, no car, no pet. I am 56 and worked 22 years commercial fishing – taxed to death. I pay $750 for a one-room bachelor suite and have nothing to show for my life.

I am finished with voting for good. So please don’t tell me that voting works. I have voted since I was 19 and look where it’s gotten me. If everyone stood together and either refused to vote, or had a national non-voter day, the sheer number of people would have to be addressed with change.

Eddie Kirmzee

Victoria

Just Posted

Greater Victoria teachers experienced more than 30 incidents of violence from students in one month

Shuttered behavioural programs, lack of resources creates challenges for local schools

Canadian alcohol policy gets failing grade from UVic researchers

Canadian provinces and territories collectively achieved less than half of their potential to reduce alcohol related harm

Esquimalt High robotics team heads to international competition

The Esquimalt Atom Smashers will participate in the FIRST Robotics Canada competition

Island playoffs underway at Oak Bay High

Home team vies for fifth straight Island title

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Federal fisheries minister calls for precautionary approach to fish farming

Government still reviewing Federal Court’s decision on PRV – Wilkinson

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

Most Read