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Letter to the Editor

The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

Editor: I am a 41-year-old single man who at this time is on assistance. I suffer from extreme anxiety attacks in public. I also have C.O.P.D., degenerative discs in the neck and spine, osteoporosis of the spine, and arthritis in my hands, wrists and one knee. For whatever reason, I have not been given a full disability and am forced to live on $206 a month and I'm given $330 to cover my $350 rent. As sick as I am, I still go out and try to work, and I do work for cash to try to make ends meet. After I earn $100 I get deducted dollar for dollar for everything else I make. I would like to thank the ministers in Flin Flon who have helped me to get set up in the community, including the minister who gave me a roll of paper towels and bottle of Windex so I could wash windows. Thank you also to the pastor and his wife who brought me some groceries, and to the pastor who helped me with a $25 loan (which I paid back) and let me clean the church windows. And thank you to the pastor who helped me with household supplies and allowed me to paint the church library. In return for that kindness, thank you. And to the person/s who wrote in The Reminder that people go around asking for help and don't pay it back? I would like to say that I work very hard for people who help me and I pay back what I borrow. I claim what I make, which after $100 gets deducted from my pathetic $206. I live off of this for a whole month. I would like to try to start to work a little more as my health permits. I am a good painter, I can wash windows, shovel snow and clean houses or apartments! I cannot get a business license because I can't afford one, I can't print business cards because I can't afford them. I am in need of tools and supplies to help me get started. I will accept donations of Canadian Tire money provided I can work for it, and I would accept donations of the tools listed below, provided I can work for them. I will accept nothing if I can't earn it. God forbid, I'd hate for anyone to think I was lining my pockets and not paying it back. I work as hard as I can and as long as my back and lungs hold out. - Dale G. (204) 271-1635 Tools / needs: cordless drill, paint rollers, trays, painter's tape, paint brushes, orbital sander, snow shovel and snow float, window squeegee and extension pole, anti-freeze and window cleaner.