Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Meteorologists, politicians and poverty

We were assured on the Monday evening weather report that we would have light rain overnight, with possibly some cloudy skies on Tuesday morning, clearing to sunshine. We had 23cm or about 9 inches of snow, solid gray skies all day and ice pellets last night for about an hour. Admittedly today it is gloriously sunny, but again this morning they said only the southern half of BC would see sunshine, we were destined for heavy cloud and possibly strong winds. I think weather reporting has to be a very inexact science. Last year almost to the day we were told we would have light rain overnight and we woke up to 92cm or 3ft of snow.

Meteorologist are like the politicians, who make sunny promises, fail to bring them to pass and then give themselves a raise as a reward. Can you believe our Premier in BC had the gall to propose giving himself a 54% raise when there are people living on streets, people earning as little as $8 an hour in our province. Although I must say this government has done some good things for this province, the inequity of it all astounds me.

As any business person knows, if they did not do the job as promised they wouldn't get paid. In good conscience I could not take such a lot of money and not consider my fellow man. As it is, I have trouble planning to spend money for a satellite dish, so I can play on the internet, when there are people who are going without the basics of life. I recently received the World Vision Gift Catalogue where one can purchase some chickens, goats or even a cow, seeds or the starts of a fish farm for families in needy countries. This gives them a start in a new venture, plus the training on how to go about it. All this, that for us in North America, is very little money to invest in people in impoverished countries. It makes such a difference to them and for many gives them a start in small business.

I encourage you to make your own sunshine and bring some of it to a destitute person, or family this year. That is the real sunshine in life isn't it? Regardless that the politicians may be feathering their nests, they like the meteorologists offer empty promises but we ordinary folk can give something that will truly make a difference in the world, one good deed at a time.


Jeni said...

Now Vic, in defense of meteorologists everywhere (after all, I worked with a whole bunch of those folks at the World's Largest Private Weather Forecasting Company) and they only report what they think, based on that particular time's readings on the radar reports, what old Mother Nature might be gonna do - they don't generally "promise" she'll actually follow thru.
Politicians though - now that's a horse of a different color. Sounds to me like your govt. official may have moved west to B.C. from Harrisburg after our legislators tried to pass themselves all huge raises two years ago this past July. Many of those politicians also got the boot the following May and November in the elections too as a result of that infamous raise attempt. The lowest raise was more than a whole lot of people were earning for 40 hours of work, 52 weeks a year - over $11,400 per year -and that was the LOWEST raise! Ridiculous!

Bong (JB) said...

I could relate to what that catalog says 'bout a few dollars making the difference in impoverished families in parts of the world. A hundred dollars could go a long way in providing training and tools for a trade.

I once came across a post by a father who's giving away an xBox intended for a son (to punish him for something). For some $300 is only a carrot or a stick, for others it can offer hope for a better future.

Poverty also contributes to the degradation of the environment. We encourage people to get a cause and choose it carefully as the environmental bandwagon is going full steam and carpetbaggers has hopped on for the ride too.

Bob Johnson said...

Crap, that's a lot of snow, 22c today in Saskatoon. My wife uses the world vision catalog at Christmas every year, because of that someone got a goat last year.