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Thursday, 15 August 2013 08:58

There’s always time for more K.I.S.S.-ing

Written by  Dale Ferrel
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“What is K.I.S.S.? K.I.S.S.  stands for “keep it simple stupid.”

The last time I checked, only a few visitors from the planet Mars were still in favour of keeping the Canadian Senate. For years, many learned Canadians have been giving us about a dozen reasons why we can't do away with the useless, expensive blemish on our democracy. Even Sask. Premier Brad Wall has declared that the farce has got to go. He should know as provinces do very well without their version of it.
I think I've come up with a simple solution. Every Canadian political party must buy into an agreement to never, ever appoint another senator.
As the ones we must continue to suffer with pass on or retire, attrition will work its magic. Also initiate an offer to buy out any of them at any time for one million each to give up their appointments and all other perks. About five years at their current cost would cover their demise. It would be worth every penny to finally put an end to them without any impeding issues ever having to be overcome.  What are we waiting for?
Then we could take the annual cost of the Senate and use the funds to hire 2,500 more police officers, fireman, paramedics or practical nurses. Anyone having a problem with that should drop a line to the editor giving us a better idea.
• If our economy is doing so well, why is Canada's Human Resources and Skills Development writing off about 44,000 student loans worth about $231million that have now passed the 6 year statute of limitations? A 13 per cent failure rate is too high.
That said, why are debtors allowed to walk after only two years in Saskatchewan? It used to be six years until the NDP government changed it for reasons I could never get a proper answer. I challenge Premier Wall to amend the amendment and change it back to six years to protect our many citizens and businesses who extend credit from the deadbeats who abuse the system.
• Another of my pet peeves, the Olympics, appears to be progressing in the usual fashion. Sochi, Russia, is proceeding as per a long established trend. With less than one year to go President Vladimir Putin has fired the vice president of the Russian planning committee. The ski jump facility is behind schedule and the cost has gone from $40 million to $265 million, a 663 per cent increase. I'd be remiss if I didn't explain that the overall cost of the entire circus is now estimated to jump from $10 billion to $50 billion, a 500 per cent increase. Any bets on the next bunch of terribly misguided politicians in line to bankrupt their country with the Olympics? 
• Any ideas on what the real world might accomplish with $50 billion? Tell us what you really think. I'll put forth one simple example for you. Protein rich chickpeas are grown in 50 countries.
The legume rich crop also produces nitrogen allowing farmers to use less fertilizer. 100 grams of cooked chickpeas yield 164 (kcal) of energy, 8.9 grams of protein and over 7.6 grams of fiber.
Corn comes in at 96/3.4/2.4. Brown rice at 111/2.6/1.8.
While new varieties of chickpeas can already better endure blight and harsh growing conditions,
Consider what $50 billion could do to improve them even more and introduce them to our under-nourhished world.

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