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YOU SAID IT: Rising grocery costs


Here are today’s Ottawa Sun letters to the editor.

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RISING GROCERY COSTS

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Explain this to me: How is constantly raising interest rates going to magically lower the cost of food? It will not. Every time I enter a store, I feel like I am picked up by my heels and every last bit of money is shaken loose from my pockets or my credit card is worn smooth.

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It is a sad day when the brand of coffee we enjoy sold for $8.99, but is now selling for $25.99. Really? And it is not like there are any food shortages driving up the costs, for the store shelves are jam-packed in big-city and small-town Ontario.

One day grocery stores may end up as museums, where customers just walk up and down the aisles looking at the food on the shelves and saying, “Remember when …” There is nothing personal or enjoyable about a grocery shopping experience anymore. That is over. Can you say, ‘Bah, humbug.’

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DON RUTTAN

COBOURG, ONT.

(The cost of everything is going up and incomes are not keeping pace. Just wait till we get hit with a whole raft of Trudeau’s tax increases in the new year)

WHERE ARE THE PARENTS?

Re: EDITORIAL: Kids need to learn violence isn’t the norm, editorial, online edition, Dec. 21

Your editorial, along with columnists Strobel, Mandel, Hunter, Lilley and Warmington, have all missed the point. The problem that should be addressed is parents (not all) abdicating their role and responsibility of teaching and nurturing the human values of love, peace, truth, right conduct and nonviolence.

Your editorial blamed everyone else for the lack of discipline and moral guidance of our young people, except the prime educator of their child — the parents.

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Little will be accomplished until parents are held accountable for the actions of their child. Identify the root cause and what needs to be addressed for a change where it belongs — “Where are the parents?”

B. SOROKO

(Yes, they are a significant part of this and must take responsibility. But we can’t control how parents raise their kids, what we can do is push governments to make policy changes that improve the situation)

WAY OF THE BOARD

Fake breasts, fake hair. Does anyone remember Klinger from M*A*S*H? This teacher is waiting to be fired and then get a big payout. The school board is hosed either way.

MICK STONE

LONDON, ONT.

(The school board is well within its jurisdiction to implement a dress code)

LACKING WORD POWER

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Addressing delays at Pearson Airport last June, Toronto Mayor John Tory said, “The situation at the airport is not acceptable.”

On Sunday, three 13-year-olds, three 14-year-olds and two 16-year-olds allegedly stabbed a man to death in Toronto. Mayor Tory released a statement calling it “unacceptable”.

Delays at the airport have absolutely nothing in common with teenage girls allegedly stabbing a man to death and, to my knowledge, not acceptable and unacceptable mean the same thing.

As I see it, if Mayor Tory couldn’t come up with a stronger word to describe what happened in Toronto on Sunday, at the very least he should have preceded unacceptable with an adjective.

JILL YOUNG

OTTAWA

(Words start to lose their weight eventually)

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