Privileged upbringing clouds our empathy

Dear Editor,

Andre Carrel, in his Terrace Standard Guest Comment (Jan. 18), was very polite in his excellent piece about the soup kitchen. He said that the story is an example of the conflict between selfishness and selflessness. I will call a spade a spade: the conflict is between greed and kindness. The issue might be about money – denying a free-food supplier tax exemption – but it’s really about people, our neighbours, our community.

When from a privileged upbringing, like me, it is difficult to understand. We have questions like: How can they not have a place to live? Why doesn’t he just get a job? Why doesn’t she eat proper food? There are valid reasons for all those situations that the privileged often don’t get. Our city council doesn’t get it. (I commend the councillors who voted against this tax decision.) Council chooses to see the issue as business is business. But the denial of [full] tax exemption is really preventing volunteers from assisting less-privileged people through one basic need – food. Greed is what got Donald Trump elected by voters who don’t want to share what they have. Is that the legacy this council will be proud to hand down?

Ann Kantakis

Terrace, B.C.

Just Posted

Province announces $100-million grant funding for Northwest communities

The Northern Capital and Planning Grant will go to four regional districts and 22 municipalities

Security guard now on patrol at three Terrace banks

Company hired to secure ATM vestibules due to safety concerns

LNG Canada sponsors fast-tracked driver’s license training in Terrace, Kitimat

The $80,000 contribution is part of the company’s commitment to hire locally

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project searches for partners

TransCanada is renewing permits for its natural gas pipeline project to North Coast.

Coastal GasLink stops work to investigate archaeological find

OGC archaeologists are en route to the Houston-area site where Unist’ot’en report finding stone tools

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Wilson-Raybould resignation stokes anger, frustration within veterans community

Liberals have had three veterans-affairs ministers — Kent Hehr, Seamus O’Regan and Wilson-Raybould

Most Read