LETTERS: Charity begins at home

There are many of us that realize that the Syrian refugees are in the need of help, but there are many Canadians that also need help.

There are many of us that realize that the Syrian refugees are in the need of help, but there are many Canadians that also need help and are not getting it.

How come there is an almost endless amount of taxpayers’ cash to help foreigners but nothing for those that have contributed by way of taxes to the Canadian economy for decades.

A case in point: I know of a gentleman in his fifties that had a nervous breakdown over two months ago and has been told by the doctors that he would not be well enough to return to work for at least four months, but as of this date he has not received one cent by way of government monetary assistance.

If he finally is accepted for assistance he would receive approximately $620 per month. This amount would have to cover his rent, utilities and food. Perhaps he should pretend that he could not speak English so that he could get the help that he desperately needs.

Charity begins at home and this man needs a short-term lift up, but I guess that he would not be considered a case of opportune political headlines.

Donald Thorsteinson

Penticton