Letters and tweets — November 2014

Readers respond to the August and September issues of CPA Magazine via mail and Twitter.

A sense of balance

I read CPA Magazine’s August issue cover to cover. I found it interesting, with something for everyone. However, I deplore articles such as On the move. While they may inspire students or young adults practising the profession, given our performance-driven society, such articles put added pressure on the profession as a whole.

Everyone wants to stand out and excel. However, there are few profiles on people who don’t excel but who are satisfied with their profession, job or business, having found a balance between a fulfilling career and family life.

Throughout the magazine, you promote tools to foster that all-important work/life balance — which means there must be a need for it. Why not feature someone who has worked hard, not by having 60-hour workweeks but by establishing a self-identity, finding motivation and fulfillment, or striking that elusive balance between personal and professional obligations. The idea is to profile an average professional (regardless of sex, religion, region, etc.) who works to live, not lives to work, while being content with his or her home life. In other words, not someone with a global career spent on airplanes or in hotels between quick phone calls to the kids he or she only sees Saturday mornings.

Every person is unique, with a unique sense of balance, depending on their style, personality, aspirations and life choices.

But there are people who are happy with their careers, who are no longer interested in reading about motivated and ambitious individuals constantly seeking new challenges. And while challenges provide growth opportunities, they don’t necessarily have to be extravagant or demanding, or require a job change.

Josée-Lise Massé, Drummondville, Que.

Less tax, fewer leeches

David Descôteaux uses unfair language describing subsidies as welfare (The Corporate Welfare Challenge, September).

The problem is not subsidies, it is high taxation. When governments burden us with high taxes, corporations leave or stop hiring and innovating. Every government action has perverse consequences. When they subsidize, it is not welfare. It is money taken by usurious taxation being given back to keep corporations alive or stop from leaving.

The solution is not for the World Trade Organization to intervene. The solution is less taxation, fewer leeches depending on the governments and greater involvement to keep governments accountable.

Look at Ireland. Its tax levels are so attractive that the EU is pressuring it to raise them so the rest of the EU will not see erosion of investment.

Noordine Teja, Woodbridge, Ont.