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Hockey tickets, charities coexist

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DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: This is for the person who is disgusted with people buying season tickets to the new hockey team in Winnipeg: I want to tell her that I bought two season tickets at a cost of $10,000 per year. I spend more than that on charity in a year, especially supporting the Health Sciences Centre and the great people who do work there, as well as too many other organizations to count. In addition to that I intend on giving seats at 10 games per year to kids at the Children's Hospital who are able to attend. Perhaps the self-righteous attitude is not really warranted. -- Please Think Again, Winnipeg

Dear Think Again: People who are carping about others buying NHL tickets, especially season tickets, don't understand how company money works, how wealthy (and not-so-wealthy) people think about charity, or how creative people often share sports tickets. Buying tickets doesn't make a dent in the generosity of a person's character even if it makes a temporary dent in the pocketbooks. If those people want a whack of money to give to charity, they'll get together and raise it. Buying hockey tickets will not get in their way of helping others in this city. Either/or is not the Winnipeg way of thinking. "Frivolous" spending on tickets to events puts people in a happy place before, during and after the event. Happy people are expansive people who spend and give more away.

Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: This is for the person who's against people spending money on tickets for the new NHL Winnipeg team. If 13,000 out of 750,000 population in Winnipeg and immediately surrounding area, buy tickets -- big deal! The other 737,000 can give to charity without it making any difference and many of the 13,000 who bought tickets will give to charity, too. Winnipeg is a generous city -- we're renowned for it. What in the heck is wrong with these people who carp about 13,000 tickets? Is it jealousy, short-sightedness, or the habit of thinking Winnipeg is a poor excuse for a city? -- Shaking My Head, River Heights

Dear Shaking: The people who are whining and sniffing about hockey causing charity loss are not those who love hockey. They certainly don't like it enough get groups together to enjoy part of the season in person, inexpensively. It may be a human nature thing. They're not feeling part of the fun and are annoyed with the noisy, happy people who are. Yes, they may have some worries about charities in town, but my guess is they're just using the righteous path to discredit the purchase of these tickets. Hockey fan or not, one should appreciate the increased self-esteem being felt in this wonderful prairie city of ours.

lovecoach@hotmail.com

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 9, 2011 D8

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