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What's Trending: Free services for the middle class

Looka Lew, lookalew@nationenws.com

Added 11 November 2013

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The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados. Online readers are up in arms about comments made by Walter Maloney, president of the National Union of Public Workers. In an article printed in today’s edition of the Daily Nation, Maloney said it was time for the middle class to be excluded from the free services now offered by the state and find their own way after “decades of accessing taxpayer-funded services”. However, readers wanted to know how the middle class was defined and if Maloney was aware that the “free services” were paid for by the taxes of the same middle class. Prince Nick: What middle class is this guy talking about? And most of the “free” stuff you [are] talking about isn’t free. We pay taxes for them. Sammy Wallerson: I’m struggling to find out exactly what “free service” I am currently receiving. Valerie Gooding: I find this statement to be very tragic, irresponsible and not very well thought out. This gentleman should apologize to all – as he terms it – ‘middle-class citizens of Barbados’. Any person who has worked hard and paid his contributions should not be ‘side lined’ or rejected. He should be the first one to reap the benefits. This is such a ‘sad’ comment Mr Trade Unionist! Rommel Parris: I guess he’s living in the past because Barbados doesn’t have a middle class Donald Yearwood: I would like for him to expand [on] what are the free services he is referring too. DeAmour Murrell: It would be interesting to know exactly what he considers middle class. Russ Orford: I guess this gentleman should understand that all the “free benefits” (I use the word loosely) are paid for by the middle class and not by the so-called working class. Monique Kashia: Wow! Some people never cease to amaze me. These same people who are calling for an end to the “free services” – the few that are le, mind you – are the same ones that would have benefited from the same “free services” over the years. Now, because they can do better, they want to end them.

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