• Bill, one gets respect the old fashion way – they earn it. In the case of politiians, one way to earn it is to be honest and forthright with taxpayers. One does not need multiple layers of spin doctors to tell the truth. Are you suggesting politicians respect taxpayers and taxpayers money?
    I suggest that it is the taxpayers who deserve more respect and once politicians start to do that maybe they will earn the respect you think they automatically deserve.
    Yes their jobs are difficult. In return they are well paid with above average benefits. What do taxpayers get in return, disrespect and poor results.
    Unfortunately party politics contribute greatly to who gets nominated. As a result we get individuals who are not capable of doing these difficult jobs. Parties bring forward their loyalists as opposed to the best candidate. I think you have personally seen that dynamic at play.
    The only question is which of the oldest professions is the most disrepected- prostitution or politics.

    Barry H | December 20, 2014 | Reply

  • Hi Bill,
    An eloquent and well constructed insight into the correspondence you receive. As someone who often comments in the media, I am also subjected to a combination of thoughtful and not so thoughtful responses. I may not always be in total agreement with your positions (although more often than not I am) but I always appreciate your efforts to provide well researched commentary balanced with thoughtful opinion. Thanks for your contribution to the public dialogue…and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Jordi Morgan | December 19, 2014 | Reply

  • Merry Christmas and the very best in the New Year.
    Keep up the good work and shine the light on all the foibles the government seems dedicated to foist on us.
    As you have intimated many politicians are dedicated, conscientious and well intentioned–but those that are not should be exposed and castigated.
    Sometimes the difficulty is in separating “the gin from the martini”

    Bill F | December 19, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks

      Bill | December 19, 2014 | Reply

  • well stated sir and for this occasion at least,nothing I can take issue with or expand upon.Have a Merry Christmas season and I look forward to your stimulating commentary in the upcoming year.

    bob mackenzie | December 19, 2014 | Reply