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“Open letter” to the President, or one pensioner to another

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An author of several feuilletons and pamphlets going under the name of TRNotars has compiled an interesting letter, addressed to the President of Latvia Andris Berzins. By compiling different events and colourful phrases related to the President, he conveyed his “joyful” life to the President on behalf of pensioner Alfred Vitols-Stiprais.

“Greetings, colleague!” – the pensioner addresses the President, hoping to support his wise deeds, words and thoughts.

Truly there is no poverty around, only whiners, the author of the letter agrees with the President, noting that no one stopped them from privatizing a bank, building a guest house, offending a journalist and receiving a good pension.

“Maybe I don’t have a five thousand LVL pension, but no one sees me complaining. I’m not poor. There, see? I have a dirty bowl – that means I ate. My bowl was dirty three times last week, so I’m not complaining. Then I broke that bowl. Why the hell would I need a dirty bowl? I’m not planning to eat until pension, not unless I find something to chew on near a supermarket.”

When speaking about complaints in regard to the lack of work, the pensioner notes that there is a saw mill near his home, but the owner cannot find workers because, after working a few months, people start banging about rights, demanding salaries and being humane to them. “Wait, wait! We were talking about a job, not money. You need to earn them. Go work for six months, then we’ll see what you’re worth!” – Vitols-Stiprais explains. Well, yes. The owner of the saw mill drives a Porsche, but it’s not like it’s illegal to open a saw mill and drive a Rolls Royce, he writes.

The pensioner notes that the current generation does not know what difficulties mean. He admits that he worked as a prison guard for most of his life, where such whiners were easily brought back to good health. “Don’t like the food served in our sanatorium? The leave! One, two – order ready and you’re on your way… to Magadan. You don’t complain to the prosecutor there. There is only one prosecutor there – the bear. Taiga is the law. Your bed – your coffin,” – the average Latvian pensioner notes.

According to him, such people understand only one language – dictatorship and terror.

“No one forces a man to go work as a regular employee or a doctor. Open a bank! Become a deputy! Become a Finance Minister!” – calls the author of the letter.

In the ‘90s, Vitols-Stiprais would have told his son to go work as an extortionist. He would have served his time by now, would have come back from prison and organized a profitable business. Good people would have helped to “erase” his criminal record; that would have allowed him to get into politics – he would have lived like a man. But his son decided to save lives instead, and became a fire fighter.

“What good is there to save drunkards from the fire? They pay you enough? Fat chance! Listen, Berzins. You think my son is in need? Not a chance! He eats every day. Last Christmas he had meat with sauerkraut. I didn’t see it personally, my granddaughter told me. But that’s his wife’s achievement. Yes, my moron got lucky with his wife, she’s a chef at a hospital. Always well fed, and always brings something home.” The pensioner notes that, this one time in summer, she brought some vegetables, went to the farmers’ market, sold some things and made some money. Bought his son a pair of almost new trousers. They’ll serve him a hundred years at the least. “Long-term investment – five generations will have something to wear,” – the pensioner is happy.

The letter’s full text is available here


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