Sour Gripes


I cannot claim to be a fan of provincial Liberal stewardship through the past few years (is it a dozen yet?). I was however ready to give credit to Katherine Wynne or her finance minister Charles Sousa for listening to seniors and reversing part of their budget that would take the $100 yearly fee to $170. (A virtual “Pat on the back”)

I was also intrigued by tuition grants. The grants are based on family income. What about mature students upgrading their education? (might require more reading on my part) When it comes into force, students from a family with income of $50,000 will end up with no student debt (tuition only?) If the family income is $83,000 or less will receive grants exceeding average tuition.

Being over 65 I was not happy with facing an increase in my yearly drug deductable. However since it was part of the budget income plan, a shortfall of $100 million has to be either found elsewhere or added to the deficit. It seems that we can’t win there. I suppose if I had any children attending College or University in a couple of years the tuition grants might be welcome. It will be a long time till grandchildren reach that stage. I assume that my taxes will help pay for those coming up. Since I don’t make much money and don’t pay huge tax and believe in education as well as such important things as health care I don’t mind helping others: If I’m left enough to get by.

I was just running things through my mind and begrudgingly accepting that no amount of “Griping” would alter government decisions at this time.

Just about that time I caught another snippet on talk radio from Tom Adams Ontario Energy Watchdog. I’m not sure if anyone appointed him or if he was anointed to the position. However he digs out facts. The general gist was that the more we conserve the less income the government makes (units drop margins must increase). Our consumption has dropped quite consistently for the past ten years. To cover dollars shortfall from usage, rates have and will rise substantially. If you want to know anything about Hydro, just Google Tom. I was trying to mellow out a little so I changed the station!

REMINISCING: In the early to mid 60’s the Honda invasion started. I can’t find a picture of a Honda I recognized till the 300 sedan that came on the scene at the end of the 60’s. The profusion of Civics I found hit the market in 72 and the square back model that became so popular was in September of that year. I seem to remember my sister-in-law driving one that developed a bad miss from a split valve. The invasion I think of was motorcycles. The “step through” 50’s became an instant hit. Doug Betteridge a while ago informed me that “Bob’s Appliances” (Bob and Irma Weeks) was an unlikely distributor. Was the fellows name (Gerald?) Muma who upped the ante and purchased a 90? Soon larger bikes hit the streets. Although a few in the 250 cc. size were seen the next wave was the 350 and then 360 cc. models. All of these bikes were super reliable. The abuse a rental fleet took at Grand Bend was unbelievable! Wayne Mason and Brian Scheuerman (if memory serves) were the first to order the new 450 cc bike that put the larger size bikes on notice. They were not only reliable but “Fast!” This led to the smooth powerful CB series. Brother Bob had a new 750 a few years later and it was a beauty. Some days I’d like to park a step through beside my 1800 VTX. Those were fun days on the Honda and Allstate scooters: Apologize to non Motor heads.


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