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Sixty thousand trials

Maybe the alleged speeding through construction zones should be dealt with by everyone exercising their constitutional right to the presumption of innocence and pleading not guilty. Sixty thousand trial dates would be an interesting dilemma.

woody langford

Birtle

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Last year I was ticketed when no workers were present. I lost the court case when obviously I should not have. I would like Attorney General Dave Chomiak to explain to me how I do not deserve my money back. How do I keep my faith in the justice system when your reaction to this matter seems to be indifferent to those that ended up paying their tickets like the good citizens you all want them to be? It's blatantly unfair and everyone knows it.

This photo radar endeavour will end up being a real albatross hanging on the government's neck. I have voted for the NDP for many years now and I can see the PC clan will be jumping all over this one.

Paul Bilodeau

St. Norbert

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In regards to everyone wanting a refund for speeding past construction zones with no workers present -- wake up! How can you honestly tell if there were or were not workers present when you are supposed to be concentrating on the road in front of you?

Besides if the speed limit posted was 60 kilometres per hour and you were going faster, then you were speeding. Shut up and pay up, you don't deserve a refund.

Gary Turchyn

Winnipeg

Double standard

Re: Nurses demand anonymity (May 10). What's the difference between someone who has a few drinks and gets behind the wheel of a car and a nurse who drinks on the job? Driving under the influence is a criminal offence and can result in public exposure and a ruined reputation. Why isn't nursing under the influence a criminal offence and why should nurses who abuse their public trust be shielded from public exposure?

The Manitoba Nurses Union seeks to promote a double standard for union members as opposed to the public at large -- something like the Canadian Auto Workers and its pensioners whose retirement benefits are to be protected at public expense while other Canadians see their pension incomes drop.

Gerry Kendall

St. Andrews

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Maybe we shouldn't publish the names of corrupt politicians, police that break the law, doctors that take advantage of patients, restaurants that regularly ignore health codes or anybody else that can cause harm to the public if they don't do their job to the standards we expect them to. Isn't it just like a union to say their people, especially those that have people's lives in their hands, shouldn't be responsible or held accountable for their actions? That's probably the biggest cause of so many problems in this world -- nobody needs to be responsible for their actions anymore!

The fact that they are disciplined for substance abuse after repeatedly failing to get proper treatment or are unwilling to do so says they don't care enough.

GEORGE ANDREWS

Winnipeg

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It would appear that the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba follows the Nathaniel Hawthorne school of behavioral management. In Hawthorne's 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter, the protagonist is forced to wear the scarlet letter "A" around her puritanical village in order that she be publicly shamed for committing the sin of adultery. Some Manitoba nurses are being forced to wear a virtual letter "A", only in this case the "A" might stand for "addictions," as these nurses are being publicly named and shamed for having mental health problems involving substance abuse or addictions.

Perhaps we could focus more on how to understand and treat mental illnesses instead of stigmatizing individuals in the hope that the problems will just go away.

Dr. Peter Ingram,

Psychiatrist

Winnipeg

Free ride for Faron

In regards to the ongoing story about Faron Hall's selfless act of rescue of a drowning boy in the Red River. I think a most appropriate reward from the city for him would be a lifetime pass on Winnipeg Transit.

Helen Sterzer

Winnipeg

Nuclear facts

Re: Vincent Tume's letter Outdated NDP dogma warps nuclear facts (May 7). Tume claims that studies have shown there aren't any health effects associated with living close to nuclear plants. Clearly, he hasn't read the 2007 University of Mainz study that found children under five living near German nuclear plants had twice the risk of leukemia and a higher than average risk of other cancers. Studies by the University of Newcastle and Comte University, amongst others, reinforce these findings. Further, a 2005 fifteen-country study, including Canada, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer found an increase in deaths from cancer amongst nuclear workers.

Further, large quantities of greenhouse gases are released throughout the nuclear power cycle -- from mining and milling uranium to transportation activities to plant construction and decommissioning.

In addition, one must not forget the other dangerous emissions that come from nuclear plants. For instance, last December, trillions of becquerels of radioactive tritium were vented into the atmosphere at Chalk River Laboratories -- a facility operated, incidentally, by Tume's employer, the Atomic Energy Commission of Canada.

Toxic and deadly spent fuel from reactors is temporarily stored in and around nuclear sites. This method of storage poses serious health, environmental, and security risks. To his credit, Tume does admit there remains no viable long-term disposal solution for nuclear.

We need to shift our energy focus away from fossil fuels to address climate change. We need to be careful not to trade one set of environmental problems for another.

SEAN PETTY

Sierra Club of Canada's Winnipeg Group

Mexico and H1N1

I spend much of the year in Mexico. Through friends I have in Winnipeg it has come to my attention that an article recently appeared in the Free Press detailing the fears associated with the "swine flu" fear. I can assure you that the issue is based mostly on media hype. And that hype, along with the "spring break" warning, are so out of proportion that it would be laughable had it not had the devastating effect on the Mexican economy.

Masks are a public relations tool to assure the upper part of North America that Mexico is reacting to a straw man. Friends who left here, including my daughter, experienced none of the trials described in the article. The only regret was leaving an island paradise.

JACK HAMULKA

Cozumel

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 13, 2009 A13

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