Conservatives not the same as in 1939

Conservatives not the same as in 1939

The causes of homelessness can’t be completely laid at the feet of jobs being shipped overseas.

Conservatives not the same as in 1939

Re: “Conservative values anti-science, anti-intellectual” (online letters, June 29)

Conservatism doesn’t mean the same thing it did in 1939. Many of those labelled “conservative” today that have more of a libertarian bent are actually closer to “classical liberal”. Those who are “classical liberal” of course accept science and logical, rational thought. Conversely, there are left-wing faith practitioners, within the United Church, for instance. Non-conservative doesn’t guarantee that whatever a government does is going to be rational or good. And dude, if you want to beat back “cancel culture” you’re going to have to make common cause at least temporarily with conservatives or it’s not going to get better.

But be all that as it may, the causes of homelessness can’t be completely laid at the feet of jobs being shipped overseas. There’s plenty of blame to go around for homelessness, especially those among policymakers on both sides of the border who believed it was more humane (and/or cost-effective) to close down mental institutions, with the excuse that they’ll treat patients in the community instead, but never did. I’ll guarantee you those that thought that large-scale institutional commitment is a bad thing that violates people’s rights aren’t conservative.

Don’t even get me started on people being on the street because their parents are toxic narcissists or some other flavor of abusive. But, if you notice where the biggest homeless problems exist, it’s in cities run by people to the left of centre. This is not a fluke, it’s failed policy after failed policy — not necessarily all involving homelessness or how to ‘fix’ it — making things gradually worse in spite of good intentions. Exorbitant tax rates in some such jurisdictions certainly don’t help matters. Seattle has been wrestling with this problem for decades with no end or hope of solution in sight, despite spending millions on it, and should be a cautionary tale rather than an instruction manual. Last I checked, that city hasn’t seen conservatives running it for many years.

Oh, and the state with the most COVID-19 deaths is New York, which also has been run by left-wingers for decades on end.

April J. Gibson

Duncan

Letters

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dr. Bernhardt’s freshly planted strawberries. (Mary Lowther photo)
Mary Lowther column: Hoping for a bumper crop of strawberries

Because our new plot gets a lot of sun, maybe strawberries won’t become consumed by wood bugs

Sarah Simpson
Sarah Simpson Column: Newton’s first law of motion

I could have sworn I told them to help each other get unbuckled and to come inside.

Commercial property owners in Duncan will have an opportunity to beef up their security in 2021 with matching grants from the municipality. (File photo)
City of Duncan to help commercial properties increase security

Municipality to set up matching grant opportunities

John and Jeri Wyatt hope the upcoming North Cowichan public hearing will move things along toward exclusion of the Chemainus River Campground from the Agricultural Land Reserve. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Input sought on Chemainus campground ALR exclusion at public hearing

Matter back on the agenda after a late reprieve in 2019 for Chemainus River Campground owners

Paper Excellence took over Catalyst Paper operations in B.C. in 2018. (Paper Excellence photo)
Vancouver resident Beryl Pye was witness to a “concerning,” spontaneous dance party that spread throughout social groups at Kitsilano Beach on April 16. (Screen grab/Beryl Pye)
VIDEO: Dance party erupts at Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach to the dismay of onlookers

‘It was a complete disregard for current COVID-19 public health orders,’ says Vancouver resident Beryl Pye

Russ Ball (left) and some of the team show off the specimen after they were able to remove it Friday. Photo supplied
Courtenay fossil hunter finds ancient turtle on local river

The specimen will now make its home at the Royal BC Museum

Pall Bearers carrying the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh, followed by the Prince of Wales, left and Princess Anne, right, into St George’s Chapel for his funeral, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021. (Danny Lawson/Pool via AP)
Trudeau announces $200K donation to Duke of Edinburgh award as Prince Philip laid to rest

A tribute to the late prince’s ‘remarkable life and his selfless service,’ the Prime Minister said Saturday

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. homeowners are being urged to take steps to prepare for the possibility of a flood by moving equipment and other assets to higher ground. (J.R. Rardon)
‘Entire province faces risk’: B.C. citizens urged to prepare for above-average spring flooding

Larger-than-normal melting snowpack poses a threat to the province as warmer weather touches down

Vancouver-based Doubleview Gold Corp. is developing claims in an area north of Telegraph Creek that occupies an important place in Tahltan oral histories, said Chad Norman Day, president of the Tahltan Central Government. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)
B.C. Indigenous nation opposes mineral exploration in culturally sensitive area

There’s “no way” the Tahltan would ever support a mine there, says Chad Norman Day, president of its central government

Stz’uminus Elder George Harris, Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone, and Stz’uminus Chief Roxanne Harris opened the ceremony. (Cole Schisler photo)
Symbolic red dresses rehung along B.C. highway after vandals tore them down

Leaders from Stz’uminus First Nation and the Town of Ladysmith hung new dresses on Sat. April 17

A Western toadlet crosses the centre line of Elk View Road in Chilliwack on Aug. 26, 2010. A tunnel underneath the road has since been installed to help them migrate cross the road. Saturday, April 24 is Save the Frogs Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of April 18 to 24

Save the Frogs Day, Love Your Thighs Day and Scream Day are all coming up this week

Local carpenter Tyler Bohn embarked on a quest to create the East Sooke Treehouse, after seeing people build similar structures on a Discovery Channel show. (East Sooke Treehouse Facebook photo)
PHOTOS: B.C. carpenter builds fort inspired by TV’s ‘Treehouse Masters’

The whimsical structure features a wooden walking path, a loft, kitchen – and is now listed on Airbnb

Most Read