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Monday, January 19, 2009

Think of the children!

The Vancouver Canucks' signing of Mats Sundin to an extravagant contract has not helped them win more games yet (in fact, the team is playing terribly), but that still doesn't mean the 'Nucks "overpaid" Sundin. Read my thoughts on his big contract here, in my latest Face to Face debate in the Tri-City News.  Mary Woo Sims, my reliably equity-minded debating partner, plays to the cheap seats by wondering how many homeless people could be saved through redeployment of Sundin's millions.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on January 19, 2009 | Permalink


I would guess that the more he is paid in a free market, the more children are helped. I say this because the more wealth there is in the world, the better off, on average, we all are.

Sundin is unlikely to not spend his money. When he spends it, even more wealth will be ditributed.

Posted by: TM | 2009-01-19 12:18:54 PM

Hockey players, and other athletes tend to be very generous to children's charities. You might question their motives, but you can't deny they make a difference.

Posted by: dp | 2009-01-19 7:11:16 PM

The woman who burned to death likely could not have been housed for any price; she valued her independence and was not of a mind to give it up. Some people will not accept charity no matter how dire their situation. I can respect that, if not her skill with fire.

If Mary-Woo Sims has trouble with people living in the streets, she's welcome to set a good example by inviting one or two to come live with her. That would get her a lot more respect than the usual activist finger-wagging.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-01-19 11:34:33 PM

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