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Re: A healthier health-care system (Jan. 29). Bryan Schwartz states that the province should insist on transparency regarding the affiliations of those who provide medical services. Could we apply the same need for transparency to those who analyze and make recommendations regarding health-care reforms?
He writes that academics should always be a "reliable source of independent and expert insights, forthrightly expressed." It is quite clear that Schwartz is not speaking independently when the preamble clearly states that he is writing for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, a well-known right-wing think-tank.
Nor is he writing as an expert, as he did on constitutional matters. It seems he is using his professorial status to serve the interests of an ideological pressure group.
I applaud efforts attributed to Coun. Gord Steeves to reduce or eliminate the problem of resident geese (Builders snap up downtown housing incentives, Jan. 29). Placing netting around the retention ponds to deter geese from nesting seems like a very plausible solution. There is evidence from other jurisdictions that it actually works.
We live beside a retention pond in Bridgwater Forest, where these geese are more than a small nuisance. Their droppings ruin walkways and every bit of green space we wish our kids could play on, and their noise at night in the spring and summer forces us to close our windows and turn on the air conditioner. We still often require earplugs.
Further, motorists think they are doing the right thing by slamming on the brakes on Route 90 and Bishop Grandin as geese regularly cross the road. It is only a matter of time before someone is rear-ended and seriously hurt or killed.
I completely agree with letter writer Barry Craig (Eat this, girly-man!, Jan. 27), in that Arnold Schwarzenegger's comments were unnecessary and demeaning to both women and men.
The implication that nothing could be worse than a "girly-man" who is afraid of failure underscores the stereotype of women as powerless, emotionally fragile and lacking in fortitude.
As a counsellor who has worked with abused women, I have observed how societal attitudes such as these have damaged women's self-esteem and sense of their own power.
Schwarzenegger seems intoxicated by his own narcissism and sense of self-entitlement at the expense of tact, grace and dignity. In perpetrating these hateful attitudes, he does us all a disservice.
Re: Career criminal guilty in six-year-old girl's rape (Jan. 28). If the headline does not sicken you, the failure of our so-called justice system in dealing with this detestable animal should. Moreover, to even suggest that Greg Hope's behaviour is somehow related to his aboriginal upbringing should have every decent, law-abiding aboriginal up in arms.
Many people have lived under horrendous conditions of abuse, whether they are aboriginal, white, Jewish, Asian, and no matter what, there is no excuse for stalking and raping a six-year-old child.
This unfit piece of humanity knows exactly how to manipulate his way through the system, a system so deficient of any actual justice, that we should all ask ourselves, is there any justice at all for this child? If our justice system worked, would we have "career criminals" and sexual predators walking freely among us?
Re: Never (fully) on a Sunday (Jan. 29). Should the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce be successful in pressuring the province to allow regular hours for Sunday shopping, many employees who worship on Sunday could be faced with an ugly dilemma.
They would be forced to choose between keeping their jobs and gathering for worship. Unlike Friday night or Saturday, there is not a large enough labour force available to compensate for the absence of all of Manitoba's Sunday worshippers.
It is fine if Manitobans want retail and commercial laws similar to those which govern Remembrance Day, which allow restaurants to open at noon and retailers to open at 1 p.m.
But, please, allow churches to be separate from state-sanctioned commerce. To do otherwise would be to engage in religious persecution.
Thanks, snow clearers
After this most recent snowfall, I felt I truly have to salute some Winnipeg heroes. I want to thank all of the men and women who have operated the snow-clearing equipment.
We in Winnipeg are extremely lucky to have our streets and sidewalks cleared in such an efficient and timely manner. Having to work overnight hours so that we wake up to cleared roads demands a big thank you both to these workers and their families.
Re: Hydro line could run under lake (Jan. 20). If the east-side legislation passed in 2009 "allows the province to override those (First Nations') land-use plans and mandate the construction of a power line," how does doing so "completely neuter the legislation"?
Furthermore, why was such restrictive legislation passed long after the east-side/west-side dispute had started, unless it was intended to create an obstacle for east-side advocates?
Predictions of "a years-long battle with several First Nations and environmental groups" and "very healthy compensation to the many bands on the east side" appear to be simply scare tactics meant to discourage supporters of the east-side route.
It is evident from recent Free Press stories that First Nations and environmental groups alike should be focusing their attention on the abysmal living conditions and many other problems afflicting the 30,000 aboriginal inhabitants of Manitoba's east-side region, rather than promoting the nebulous benefits expected to flow from World Heritage designation.
ALAN L. CROSSIN
What price fashion?
I have seen some women struggling to maintain their balance on those outlandishly high heels.
Why do women agree to follow these fashion trends? Surely they are going to pay a price.
Ask any doctor. These heels are accidents waiting to happen.