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This article was published 25/9/2011 (2101 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Off the mark
Letter writer Ron Charach (Gun dialogue needed, Sept. 23) is off the mark if he believes that rounding up firearms to be kept centrally at a "secure" gun club is a positive step, instead of allowing law-abiding citizens to keep them securely in their "too easily burglarized homes," as he puts it.
Gun clubs, by their very loud nature, are almost exclusively isolated, where law enforcement is often an hour or more from the scene. A loosely planned heist of a "secure" gun club would be a relatively easy affair, and the returns to the criminal element would be immense.
Instead of channelling resources and effort into curtailing violent crime, Charach and like-minded individuals would rather have authorities wasting their time focusing on the law-abiding non-participants in said activities.
This can only make sense to a person who would rather blame the "American gun lobby" for violent crime in Alberta and would rather lock up guns than violent offenders.
Power and politics
Gerald Flood's Sept. 17 article, Strung out on bipole line, was awash with truths. The NDP is clinging to the west-side hydro project like a duck drowning in the oilsands.
They risk losing the election over this one point. Why would they give up power in a province they run so conscientiously and equitably just to please Americans who will buy Canadian dirty oil but not our clean hydro? Can Manitoba Hydro and the NDP change their minds before Oct. 4?
Former Manitoba Hydro chairman and CEO Len Bateman made a startling revelation recently (Selinger pledges to keep Hydro, Sept. 8): Hydro cannot be privatized without a referendum.
It's Manitobans who will decide whether Hydro gets privatized, not the premier.
The Hydro Act states, "the government first puts the question of the advisability of the privatization to the voters of Manitoba in a referendum."
The Act was changed in 2001 when Greg Selinger was the minister responsible for Hydro. It effectively blocks any attempt to privatize. Selinger knows this, and yet he persists in deceiving Manitobans by accusing Hugh McFadyen of planning to privatize Hydro.
As a former vice-president of Hydro, I feel that this kind of baseless propaganda is the height of dishonesty. Since the campaign started, there has been a series of deceptions and lies by the NDP, not just on privatization but on many other Hydro issues. These lies and deceptions are intended to confuse the public in order to cover up their reckless decision on Bipole III.
Managing the money
Re: Feds paying $90K a day to cut costs (Sept. 21). Having been in the private consulting field for 30 years, primarily for governments, I can appreciate the expertise that consultants offer in areas that governments lack.
However, the most important message that voters should glean from any election campaign, as subliminal as it may be, is how well that politician or party can manage government finances. In fact, the top of the responsibility pyramid for any government is money management.
Yet here we see the Conservatives, who preach louder than any other political party their expertise in fiscal management, farming out that responsibility.
I feel we are seeing the hiring of a $19.8-million scapegoat.
Results are predictable
Re: Tories table tough-on-crime bill (Sept. 21). If federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson wanted Canadians to feel safer in their homes and communities, he would be repealing drug prohibition laws rather than seeking to punish society's scapegoats with so-called tough-on-crime Safer Streets and Communities legislation.
It was not so long ago that Brian Mulroney promised to win the war on drugs with harsher sentences. The predictable results are the meaner streets Canadians live with today.
Re: Speedy neutrinos smash Einstein's famous theory (Sept. 23). Just as the discovery of subatomic particles made Isaac Newton's math non-applicable, it is possible that neutrinos have done the same with Einstein's.
Given the different types of neutrinos, it is conceivable that some of these "particles" have a negative mass, making Einstein's E = mc� non-applicable.
We have to realize that the very nature of light makes the concepts of particles and waves heuristics at best, and that any constructs scientists create fall short of describing the complex and largely unseen subatomic realm.
I can't believe that my old friend Bill Toews would pen such a lame and unsubstantiated critique (Letters, Sept. 22) of Sid Green's article on the Wheat Board plebiscite (CWB plebiscite less than it seems, Sept. 15).
Toews cites not one error of fact or reasoning in Green's article, and gives no specific reasons of his own why he thinks Green's points "make no sense."
His main grievance seems to be that the article didn't mention that there are plenty other food-source monopolies at the trough, as though several wrongs make a right.
The truth is, as Lawrence Solomon, formerly of Pollution Probe in Ontario, has ably demonstrated in his many pieces on the agricultural economy in Canada, those food-marketing monopolies Toews holds so dear in such products as dairy and poultry cost consumers about 20 per cent more for groceries than they would otherwise pay.
This may be small potatoes for most of us, but it could be a big deal for, say, a single parent of four trying to supply her brood with proper eats.
The only omission in Green's otherwise spot-on article is that he neglected to take into account that the wheat board plebiscite allowed each farmer one vote, rather than allowing each farmer one vote for every potential wheat-growing acre he owns. This flaw alone rendered the plebiscite nonsensical.
September is a very special time at the University of Manitoba. This is the time when we loafed on that triangle of grass between the engineering building and the bus shack.
Exams? What exams? Classes? What classes? All was possible. We would live forever. These were very few, very precious days in September. The girls were all beautiful, every one.
Afternoons were coffee and chess at the Java Shop, just south of Portage Avenue, between Eaton's and the Bay. I don't remember which cross street -- maybe across from the old Free Press building on Carlton.
I played many chess games there. Later was coffee and really bad jazz. But it was beat. Most of your readers today would not have a clue what beat means.