Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Dear Editor of The Victoria Beach Herald
Dear Editor of The Victoria Beach Herald;
Before we know it we’ll all be back at the beach.
We’ll be lining up in the bakery to buy white Irish unsliced bread, Happy Face cookies and pecan loaves, the stickier the better. Or at least I will.
On Saturday nights we’ll jump on our bikes to head down to the Moonlight Inn for an ice cream cone.
And on Friday night we’ll pick up a copy of the Herald at the parking lot.
On behalf of my family, I don’t want to read one word about erosion, revetments, groynes, gabions or anything else that happened over the winter on King Edward-Alexandra and Arthur-Patricia.
Maybe my family – sorry for the pun, but here it comes – is sticking our heads in the sand, but so be it.
The Victoria Beach Herald is not the place for this stuff.
No, I’d rather read what Chief Police Const. Stewart MacPherson has to say about birdfeeders and bears and what kid caught the biggest fish at the fishing derby.
I know, as a reporter, it’ll be a tough call to kibosh this topic in your pages, but the fact is as a tiny, weekly publication you haven’t got enough space to cover everyone’s opinion. Think of the work involved, too. There wouldn’t be enough hours in the day to handle all the letters and email. You’d go bonkers.
And you wouldn’t advance the issue one bit.
So, don’t do it all.
The only thing I’d be interested in reading is if there will be a public meeting hosted by the municipality on the issue at the clubhouse, and if there’s any room for volunteers to sit on a committee to examine the issue.
The focus should be on moving forward to improve our beaches and the entire community, not continue the sniping that’s gone on over the past few months.
See you on Connaught,
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About Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen
Larry Kusch has been a journalist for 30 years, the last 20 with the Winnipeg Free Press. His is one of the newspaper's two legislative bureau reporters.
Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, he received an honours journalism degree from Carleton University in 1975.
At the Free Press, Larry has also worked as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor.
Bruce Owen joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1990 after four years working in other media.
He's worked in a number of positions at the Freep, including pet columnist, assistant city editor and police reporter. Right now he takes up space at the Manitoba legislature.
Bruce is one of five reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for the paper’s coverage of the 1997 Flood of the Century. He's also the recipient of the 1996 Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Media Golden Hand Award and the 1995 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Media Commendation Award.
In a past life Bruce worked at YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens. He has a blog where he and others write about camp and the people who worked and played there.
You can also find Bruce on Twitter where he posts and retweets all sorts of stuff.
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