LETTERS: Can we trust the buffet? and other opinions from PEI readers.

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Can buffets be trusted?

I have to say that I loved dinner buffets in a restaurant. A little of this, a little of that – maybe come back for a few seconds on a tasty dish. Now, with “the new normaI”, I see that buffets will be allowed in restaurants again. There are major possible problems with this. First, how many times have we heard “wash your hands, wash your hands”. This does not mean the same for everyone. Small splash – big wipe? Apparently not. There will, of course, be customers who will say to themselves, “I already washed my hands when I walked in.” Not good enough. Will the ladle be cleaned after each use? Apparently not. And, somehow, there are still people who haven’t learned how to wear a mask properly. “Please, please – cover your nose as well as your mouth.” For your good as well as ours.

Well, that’s all I have to say. For those of you with internet access and a strong stomach, watch this on Youtube:

Yes, this was pre-COVID, but it shows how much some people care about others.

Speaking only for myself, I think a few more employees will catch up with lost customers.

Buffet? No thanks – I’ll pass for now.

Gary Walker,

North Rustico, PEI


In defense of frontline workers

My critique is for people in boardrooms and finance committees making decisions for frontline workers in seniors housing. I recently came home to a toilet and bathtub polluted with feces and water. The back-up affected four apartments. The accommodation had been called. The plumber worked in all four apartments trying to find the clog. I felt very sorry for him because he needed a longer snake to cross the main drain. Someone at the top refused to buy this important piece of equipment. The plumber had to hire a private company that had a 200 foot snake.

The long snake was inserted and a barrage of rags was set up in the hall. The tarry mess covered the entrance hall and about six feet of the hall floor and utility closet. Finally, late afternoon, the snake broke, the drain was cleared, the wet vac cleaned up the liquid, the spraying was done, and the floors mopped.

The pipe cleared for an hour and resealed. Private enterprise was back after supper time. Fans are still running 24 hours a day to suck up excess water.

The toilets in the common room were available. We had no water in the kitchen, no showers, no tubs and absolutely no use of the toilets. There were hours of work rewiring things, putting back downstairs cabinets, sterilizing tubs, wiping down anything touched, cleaning toilets, and scrubbing floors. We were exhausted.

Policy makers must forego a wine and cheese party and buy the snake that frontline workers need.

Flora Thompson,

Charlottetown, PEI


Lifting families out of poverty

We are writing to support the implementation of the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) for our province of PEI, providing universal access to Islanders living below the poverty line. We believe that approximately 40% of our population is struggling below or close to the subsistence income at any given time. Many grassroots people have told us these facts over the past few years. We believe that our politicians are aware of what poverty does to people and to the country. Such a BIG model will lift all low-income individuals and families out of poverty.

We urge our MPs from Prince Edward Island to do whatever it takes to sit together with federal representatives to meet with our provincial leaders to develop a plan and include the voices of the people as active participants. We support the work of the PEI Task Force. for subsistence income.

Sister Gemma Dunn, CSM,

for the leadership team of the Sisters of Saint Martha,

Charlottetown, PEI


New budget more on past failures

The recent federal budget may not have been the blockbuster of its predecessor, but it served to highlight some of our past shortcomings.

There is money for affordable housing, Indigenous care and repairs, climate change, and even for an additional soil survey for PEI potatoes. The origins of these problems lie in lack of foresight, inadmissible errors and disinterest.

For too long we have acted like four or five year olds sitting on a park bench swinging our legs. Our grace period is over.

Don Humphrey,

Souris, PEI

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