An honest letter to the editor... of course "name withheld"...
But all the same, a rare look into what funding provides for some.
September 5, 2008
Free money doesn’t build better society
This letter is in response to the article "Mining windfall sparks spending spree in two Nunavik towns." As a resident of Kangiqsujuaq, I want to take this opportunity to thank our leaders in Nunavik with some of my suggestions.
I am 20-something years old, an unemployed father of two who keeps getting paid for being a beneficiary, keeps going to a free school, and receives free health care, free food coupons, and who keeps receiving free money from the mine. You all work for me. Thank you.
And every time I look for a job, I can find one very easily because of the fact that a high school diploma is not required.
We are a very lazy people sometimes, because we don't even finish high school. We don't even "need." We are rich, but poorly educated. Thank you.
I feel bad for the people who have to work hard to make a living. Every time I look out the window, I feel that something is not right.
Too much funding may be the reason why. Every time I see uneducated Inuit, who's to blame? Should I tell them myself that education will bring them somewhere? Should I be the one to discuss the problems that money brings?
Otherwise, I got a brand new flat-screen TV. Thank you.
Wake up leaders. It is your responsibility to teach us about our economy, with education being the main idea. Sure, the economy looks good here. Our standard of living has skyrocketed.
All the advantages are to be appreciated. But what about the disadvantages? What can we do to gain more knowledge of this world?
If I had a choice, I would not give away too much money. I would instead use it towards creating a better society - with better education.
Please don't show my name. Thank you.
(Name withheld by request)