Letters: Twaddle and clap trap

Fletcher's comments on teachers brainwashing students doesn't go unnoticed

How tiresome. Again Tom Fletcher parrots conservative “talking points” as if his allegiance might lead to the Red Chamber in Mike Duffy’s and Pamela Wallin’s footsteps.

Again Fletcher is on the attack at the BCTF and all that he finds to his left. Fletcher’s point is simply that the corrupted BCTF is brainwashing our school children. What twaddle! Are scores of kids coming home spouting leftist dogma planted by teachers?

Fletcher suggests this conspiracy is the reason “so many students are lacking in employment skills.” Decades of budget cuts and trashing apprenticeship programs had nothing to do with this?

And Fletcher’s assertion that there’s a myth that poverty is imposed by right wing governments. No myth, Tom. As evidence (we like evidence not ideology, Tom) look at Harper’s cuts to transfer payments, pension plans and EI, or our B.C. government loading hidden taxes through fee increases on the backs of the old, the poor and the now “working poor.” All this to pay for cuts in taxes to corporate backers that never benefitted any but a favoured few. The burden of these cuts are borne by kids in schools, the ill languishing in hospital hallways, and those on disability.

Fletcher needs to avoid Harperesque talking points and look beyond conservative clap trap.

Ted Roberts

Sooke