Three things spark our pride

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Editor: There are three things Canadians seemingly take great pride in — hockey, our Medicare and our vast supply of fresh water. With that being said it appears the only thing that’s thriving is our hockey after another gold performance at the Olympics.

Prince Edward Island has seen a disintegration of our health care and our fresh water supply. With wait times increasing and residents having to incur expensive trips or even hitchhike to Halifax for health services it’s hard to believe we live in Canada.

Our health-care system is falling fast as well. The download of health- care costs from the feds to the provinces makes it hard for any health care to function. It’s made even worse by a provincial government that doesn’t seem to understand spending wisely versus spending foolishly.

When thinking of fresh water, many will remember another summer of water problems for the city of Charlottetown as well as continuous river closures due to runoff in the summer and fall over the last few years. It’s hard to believe P.E.I. with all its fresh water faces these problems.

Recent calls for deep-water wells set a dangerous precedent as it opens up the already fragile Island water table to more pressure. It’s time we as Islanders take a stand against this and work to protect and preserve our Island water for future generations. Problems in Charlottetown over the last two summers with the Winter River Watershed should serve as a wake-up call and remind us that without proper care and protection of our water resources — we will run out. There was a time when I was growing up that buying bottled water was unheard of but nowadays this has become the norm.

I love P.E.I. with all my heart but it’s becoming hard to live here. It’s time for accountability and transparency, wise spending not wasteful spending and care for the citizens of the province. Perhaps then even our politicians will be worthy of a gold.

Melvin Reeves,

Kensington

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Halifax, Canada.Our Kensington

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