In your recent editorial on the HST referendum, you seem to be saying that it is better for the government to have our money to spend than the people who own it (A Costly Victory, Aug. 28, North Shore News).
Your evidence for this assumption is the fact referendums in California have hampered that state's ability to take money from its citizens and spend it as it sees fit, leading in turn to budget problems. That is complete nonsense.
California has such huge budget deficits because of overspending. If the state would match its outflows to its inflows, it would not have to attempt to take more and more money from the people.
My taxes in the City of North Vancouver go up every year. Why can't the city balance its budget without raising taxes? Who stands up for the taxpayers around here? It is certainly not the North Shore News and it is definitely not city council.