Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

On September 27, 2013 a number of shingles appeared on my right leg. On September 30, 2013 a doctor prescribed an eight day supply of Blue Pills: Valacyclovir 500mg, two pills taken three times per day. Professional medics state that shingles form along nerve lines in various locations on the human body. The first two or three weeks the itch was nearly unbearable, even with topical applied treatment.

As the itch diminished the pain intensified. I had no appetite and forced myself to eat.  I believe there is a type of neuroses that accompanied my shingles. At times my head would feel hazy, periodically my balance would fail. In the blink of an eye, there was no feeling in my right leg and the leg folded (as my right leg is where the shingles were clustered). I needed a crutch for balance to enable me to walk. When stepping down stairs a bit of phobia was present at times: fear of falling or my right leg folding. I lost two months of my life merely existing, able to do only menial chores.

There was very little publicity about shingles immunization before I developed the affliction but a lot of warning after my shingles appeared. There was also a lot of free-flowing bogus information. Example: 1. If you had Chickenpox you can’t be immunized, or 2. If you had shingles you cannot be immunized, etc.

Avoid this water cooler crowd gossip. Consult competent health care professionals.

Joe Ferdais, Elnora


Dear Editor;

The recent announcement eliminating door-to-door delivery for urban residents and the massive postal rate increases by Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra repeatedly pointed out it was a recommendation by the Conference Board of Canada, a private research organization of which Chopra is a member.

Chopra claims 66 per cent of Canadians currently get mail at community mailboxes, when in reality only 25 per cent do; 33 per cent get door-to-door; 25 per cent by apartment lobby mail boxes; 12 per cent general delivery and 5 per cent at rural mail boxes according to a 2012 Canada Post report.

When questioned by MP’s at a special emergency meeting of the Transport Committee as to how the elderly will be especially hard hit by the loss of home delivery, Chopra had the audacity to state that seniors have told the Corporation they want more exercise and fresh air offered by community mailboxes.

Chopra was placed as CEO of Canada Post by Stephen Harper and draws a salary of between $440,900 and $518,600 with a ‘guesstimated’ bonus of 33 per cent. Apart from Chopra there are 22 presidents and vice-presidents, each with their mouths wide open waiting for bloated handouts.

This small group of top management account for $10 million in salaries alone – not to mention their perks and bonuses.  Many of the 22, along with Chopra, were placed by Harper as a favour to his Conservative buddies who failed to get into their ridings. Nepotism is alive and flourishing under the Harper government.

Joyce Neufeld, Waldeck, Saskatchewan

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