Letter proves that demonizing the poor is real

I have read Julian Hudson’s recent letter to the editor three times this evening and suggest that Priscilla Ristau has reason to be offended, as it is attitudes like Hudson’s that continue to create the discrimination that Ristau and others face each day.

I have read Julian Hudson’s recent letter to the editor three times this evening and suggest that Priscilla Ristau has reason to be offended, as it is attitudes like Hudson’s that continue to create the discrimination that Ristau and others face each day.

I know nothing of the circumstances that led Ristau to her current situation. I do know that I was in a position to have to raise my child on my own and faced many financial struggles.

With help and support from family, friends, and yes, government ‘hand-outs’, I was able to change that. I could be there again in a short time, and so could Mr. Hudson.

How can he justify his right to publicly denounce her and suggest she should work two jobs or reunite with her husband?

Is his justification based on his image of himself as “productive enough to be able to pay taxes?”

Did he skip the section in the original article that states Ristau is a full-time student?

Does he think perhaps she is in school so she can “get a job or two?”

I read nothing in the original article that suggested Ristau is making bad choices nor not accepting the consequences of her choices, good or bad.

The signs are as ridiculous as Hudson’s judgment, and do nothing to promote acceptance of all in our community.

I would imagine Hudson will be as outraged at my judgment of him as I am at his judgment of Ristau.

I can live with that consequence of making a choice to write this letter.

Kelly Fairholm

Red Deer