Thursday April 24, 2014

EDITORIAL - A season of sharing


This is an editorial which should not need to be written, yet every year at this time it seems, as part of a newspaper’s responsibility to lead community discourse on important local issues, it is a topic which one must once again be brought to the forefront.

The issue is one of remembering those less fortunate at this time of year.

If you listen to the provincial government these days they will happily relate how the provincial population is at an historic high, and that Saskatchewan is one of the leaders in most economic indicators among Canadian provinces.

Locally we can drive around and see new homes and businesses in the build phase, and we look forward to the positive impact a new Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre will have on Yorkton.

Further down the road we foresee a new hospital and the good things that will bring.

And one day a new potash mine in the area will happen, although that may be farther forward than it was thought to be only a couple of years ago.

We appear in a time of readily available jobs and the resulting prosperity that brings.

But, in December amid the tinsel and wrapping paper we are given a reminder not all share in the prosperity in equal fashion.

With the vibrant economy home costs and rental prices have climbed far faster than the basic entry level wages, for many still pegged at minimum wage.

As home costs climb budgets for low wage earners get squeezed.

Other costs are ever-moving upwards as well.

It was in this space only a couple of weeks ago the annual hike in local property taxes, water bills, environmental fees, SaskPower rates and other ‘must pay’ costs, were seeing near annual hikes.

Budgets get squeezed ever harder.

And that means the food budget may not stretch through the entire month, let alone allow for a turkey and trimmings on whatever holiday of the season you choose to feast.

There may not be the money for a son’s hockey stick, or a daughter’s new doll.

Which brings us to the crux of the matter, the need at this time of year to remember our ‘fellow man’ and to make an effort to bring goodwill to all.

This year the need seems ever larger. As evidence, the Salvation Army, one of the most noticeable organization collecting to help those in need has a goal of $100,000.

Food banks across the province grow busier in spite of the vibrant community.

Simply put, many are feeling the hurt that comes with the costs of a growing economy and the reality of remaining at a low paying job.

So remember, being part of a community is helping our neighbours. While out enjoying the season, if able, put a few dollars into programs which work to bring the smiles of the season to all, for regardless of what holiday you follow, that is what is the essence of them all — peace on earth and good will to all.



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