NOW IT’S IN THEIR BACKYARD
Re: Protests erupt over Russian conscription, Sept. 26
It wasn’t until Russian men began being drafted to fight an apparently losing violent invasion that these major protests fired up. Very few Russians, likely humane progressives, protested when it was just Ukrainian lives being threatened or obliterated.
The “Only If It’s In My Own Back Yard” mindset basically follows: “Why should I care about other people’s troubles and turmoil — my family and I are all right.”
While some people will justify it as a normal, thus moral human evolutionary function, the self-serving OIIIMOBY mentality can and does debilitate progress, even when it is most needed. And it seems this distinct form of societal penny wisdom, but pound foolishness is a very unfortunate human characteristic that’s likely with us to stay.
FRANK STERLE JR.
WHITE ROCK, B.C.
DEAD BATTERIES IN EMERGENCY
Imagine electric cars trying to get around before and especially after the huge tropical storm that hit the Atlantic provinces or as Hurricane Ian approached Florida’s Gulf Coast. There were already lines at the gas pumps, but people could in fact tank up.
The aftermath of a hurricane would have electric vehicles stalled for days or weeks on end. One just has to look at the effects of the major storm in May that kept some areas in Ottawa off the grid for weeks. People had to drive to buy food and other essential items. Good luck doing that with a dead battery.
(Well, that’s as good a reason as any to ignore climate change.)
THANKS FOR EXPLAINING IT, TIFF
Well, it’s certainly reassuring to see that Tiff (Macklem) is back on Twitter. The Bank of Canada governor has again taken to the social media platform to explain basic economics to a frustrated general public. I miss the good old days, when the BoC worked in the background in relative anonymity and the prime minister would explain his lack of thought on monetary policy in person. Those were the days.
(We can only imagine the questions he’s getting.)
STOP WHINING, PROVIDE SOLUTIONS
Re: We need family physicians, letter, Sept. 20
Hey, people, stop whining that our primary care system is in crisis. Start providing solutions. How about:
All primary care/family physicians return to their in-person offices, otherwise they get paid only 50 per cent of their provincial fee;
Supplement the fee-for-service model with a guaranteed base income;
All so-called walk-in clinics that accept only their registered patients be defunded until they do accept walk-ins;
Medical schools double the number of seats for students training in family medicine and those who will practise 10 years post-residency;
Medical schools reduce tuition for those declaring their intent to become family doctors. Renege and you pay up.
And, for all of you with better ideas, go to www.ourcare.ca/survey and input to the national research survey. These people obviously need your help.
(Do they enter you in a draw for an Amazon gift card?)