The perils of becoming too insulated

I have worked at the same company now for 15+ years. Have driven to it using cars I bought and paid for, with every single Petro point and Esso extra dollar earned on my own many many dimes. For years I have been bringing in “treats” for staff, and now with my garden in full warped bloom add to it tomatoes and such (see below), staff and neighbours all get a taste.

I do this because I care. I do this because I can.

Other than being having required hardware and software upgrades reimbursed to the exact dollar and cents (could not wait for purchasing) I have never had an expense account, never been privy to a slush fund.

If I am elected Ward 5 councilor that will not change.

I cannot understand how current council can actually justify such.

It’s the sense of entitlement, becoming insulated behind the library-quiet walls of Town Hall. Being already paid a more than fair wage and then to take a little more by simply asking/making everyone ante up more taxes every year that makes me see red.

Knowing that during an election “promise(s)” and “honesty” are big words that eventually peter out and ring hollow, I can honestly say that if I am Ward 5 councilor and would even for a moment think to expense a lunch, or even less, I would actually feel sick to my stomach.

Expense accounts (those that have them I salute you) have their place in this world: its called the private sector.

I am surrounded everyday by people working more for less and less return – that is reality. Being their voice on council, being paid with their continually harder earned tax dollars and then grabbing that little bit more, knowing they cannot, is just not right.

the tomatoes 1
I grow them and share them because I can. From my own pocket.


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