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YOU SAID IT: Economic impact more severe

YOU SAID IT: Economic impact more severe
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Here are today’s Ottawa Sun letters to the editor.

ECONOMIC IMPACT MORE SEVERE

In my 69 years, I have experienced and learned a thing or two along the way. COVID-19 has changed a lot of the things. I realize some of the changes will be permanent. So be it, I’ll adjust.

As of Aug. 4, COVID-19 cases were at 18.3 million and the death toll was 694,850 worldwide. A high number, but let us be brutally blunt, this is nowhere near an extinction-level event. At more than 7.8 billion people, humanity can easily absorb a loss of even a million or two people.

I know many people will get all flustered and upset by my mentioning these simple facts. To those who would condemn me as being heartless, I ask: If you care so much about human life, have you given all of your money away to help fight COVID-19?

We will survive this historical event as we have survived many other historical events. The facts are that the worldwide economic impact is much more severe and devastating to humanity than COVID-19. Many will suffer, starve and die because economic benefits will not trickle down to them.

GILLES BRISSON

OTTAWA

(A good dose of perspective.)

SUPPLIERS PAY FOR UPGRADES?

I’m intrigued by recent news stories about Walmart plans to charge suppliers a 1.25 per cent fee on products it purchases and five per cent on e-commerce sales to help pay for Walmart infrastructure upgrades.

If I were a grocery supplier such as Kraft, Campbell’s or any other, I would tell Walmart to get stuffed. If Walmart wants to upgrade infrastructure, let it pay for it entirely on its own.  If necessary, Walmart can raise its prices.

If all grocery suppliers stand together, what can Walmart do, stop carrying those products?  Hardly conducive to Walmart’s bottom line. And if they do discontinue products, surely Metro,  Loblaws and others will welcome less competition and more exclusive access to sell those products.

MIKE ALAIN

OTTAWA

(Hey, at least they’re not passing along the cost of their upgrades to consumers.)

PRODUCE-BUYING TIPS

Re: Hands off the produce, letter, Aug. 4

Just to clarify for the letter writer who told shoppers, “Don’t touch my food.” It is not your food until you have taken it to the cash and paid for it.

Might I suggest that you look for produce that is already wrapped or bagged (available at most grocery stores); shop at the local markets, where our farmers are grateful for the business, the produce is excellent and only touched by the vendors at this time; do phone-in orders with curbside pickup; and access the public health site, which can guide you on how to properly clean and store your vegetables and fruit so that you feel safe eating it.

MARY BURNS

OTTAWA

(Excellent suggestions.)

BIG BROTHER TRACING APP

Surely they jest when they tell us that the COVID-19 big brother tracing app will not collect any personal data relating to other activities.

Does anyone really believe this utter nonsense, trusting these political misfits who are screwing the country economically and morally with more available personal information is just not in the cards, for me anyway.

I will take my own precautions, thanks.

STEPHEN FLANAGAN

OTTAWA

(Since we’ve all been at home, maybe the land line will make a resurgence.)



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