I write in response to the letter by Hamid Ansari headlined "Child poverty in Harbour Grace," which was published in the Sept. 10, 2013 print edition of The Compass, and also appeared online at www.cbncompass.ca.
I am so sorry to hear that the previous letter from Gene Poole touched you so. Yes, I can understand that it took you 25 years of living on and off on our beautiful island to come to this decision. These decisions are difficult and I’m sure you needed 25 years.
Yes, there is poverty and child neglect here, but unfortunately there is almost everywhere … unless you come from a perfect environment.
You say you lived in Toronto for 45 years and never came across such poverty. Well, I lived in Toronto for 34 years and unless you were living in a bomb shelter all that time I find it hard to believe you.
Congrats on donating your unwanted items to the children of our town. Saves you from dragging them with you. That’s cool.
If you can find true happiness and a perfect world in Toronto or Ajax, Ontario, all the best to you.
In the meantime, Harbour Grace will continue on without your presence and our children will be cared for, the best way we can.
— Ken Haire writes from Harbour Grace