Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

letters march 12

  • Print
Paying for faith

Nick Martin's article A degree of faith (March 6) was frustrating to read. Like so many similar articles, it does not mention the potential fallout if government funding were taken away from independent institutions. The government funds these institutions at the rate of 50 per cent, give or take. The rate for a public institution is 100 per cent. It is cheaper for the government to have independent institutions than to not have them.

I attended an independent school from K-12 and two years of university at considerable cost to my parents and then to me. My wife and I send our children to the same independent school we attended at considerable cost. We are not an elitist bunch. Some families can afford their tuition easily but many are sacrificing much and would not be able to absorb a tuition that would be doubled. The result would be to pull their kids from independent schooling and enrol them in the public system. The money that the Canadian Association of University Teachers' Jim Turk says the public system would love to have would be inadequate by 50 per cent.

Every controversial issue tackled at the university level is tackled in a school like Trinity Western or Canadian Mennonite University as well, with all viewpoints considered, which is also a good approach to writing an article.

ALLAN TIEL

Winnipeg

�ñº

The CAUT's effort to find problems with CMU and other universities that require faith adherence by faculty raises serious questions about the rights of faith-based universities that serve people of all religious persuasions.

Canada's universities and their faculties owe no small debt to the churches and religious orders that founded most of those institutions, often as seminaries that included liberal arts education open to non-clergy. Though many would now be better described as having a religious history than as actively affiliated, theology schools are still part of most universities, especially the older ones. There is room in the academic landscape for all shades of religious affiliation.

That is what is so troubling about an effort to identify a religious requirement as an infringement upon academic freedom. In a very real way, the spirit of academic inquiry is part of the Judeo-Christian heritage. In any event, if the policy were causing problems for students or other faculty, they would be well-known. In general, the graduates of these schools are academically strong, and contribute valuable service to their employers and society at large.

Francine Lee

Catholic Civil Rights League

Carman

Ludicrous vote

Re: Iraq vote advances democracy (March 9). Actually, the Iraq vote is quite ludicrous as the country is in the vortex of a civil war as well as being occupied by American and NATO participants. There is absolutely no possibility of having a fair election at this time without a lot of death involved. To suggest that George W. Bush had a vision of democracy in Iraq shows a clear attitude of seeing what one wants to see rather than the truth.

I would suggest anyone researching Iraq and other countries affected by American-style imperialism would know the truth of these matters.

RUSSEL C. Johnsen

Winnipeg

Preserve Omand's

As part of the active transport plan, the city wants to replace the bike/pedestrian bridge over Omand's Creek at Wolseley with a street-level bridge that spans the creek and valley without dipping to creek level. This design has some appeal -- it is marginally faster and won't flood in the spring -- its negative impact on the park and the natural area outweighs anything gained. Part of the allure of the existing pathway and bridge is the connection it provides to the creek and natural areas along its banks. The freeway-like design of the proposed structure will only encourage people to speed through.

With no connection to the landscape below, it risks becoming a trash heap as people feel less inhibited about throwing their garbage over the edge of the bridge. In winter, the area is a major draw for tobogganing. The support piles as shown in drawings posted online look perfectly placed to act as slalom gates, except slalom gates are supposed to bend when you hit them.

If the goal is to address the flooding, building a bridge at roughly the height of the existing bridge's handrail would accomplish that. Savings from the less expensive option at Omand's Creek could be used for more necessary cycling projects.

Ian Hughes

Wolseley

Preserve cyclists

On the topic of stop signs and cyclists, another traffic issue that needs to be reviewed is traffic signals. Currently, lights are timed in such a way that there is no delay between a red light in one direction and a green light in the other. It is crucial for cyclists, especially in larger intersections, to have a few seconds of delay before the other direction gets a green light as it takes longer to get through the intersection than a vehicle. It's only a matter of time before there is a major accident.

DON REIMER

Winnipeg

Matas wrong on Israel

Re: B'nai Brith opposes Israeli Apartheid Week on campus (March 5). David Matas is being disingenuous in asserting that when comparing apartheid in South Africa with Israel for its treatment of Palestinians "there is no familiarity whatsoever." He further claims that "I'm very familiar with apartheid," Really, Mr. Matas? Then you must also be familiar with the fact that former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu all have described the nature of Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza as apartheid.

Matas' willful blindness is disgraceful when he arrogantly states that the security measures in place "are not that much different than the airport." Checkpoints every half-kilometre, bulldozing of family dwellings, confiscating of land and property, use of phosphorus gas, disregard of international treaties and laws, discrimination and oppression as modus operandi is just another day at the airport. Really?

Shahina Siddiqui

Winnipeg

�ñº

David Matas' well-deserved reputation as a human rights activist would not be tarnished if he acknowledged the Palestinians suffer economic, social and political deprivation and discrimination in their own land. To excuse the actions of the Israeli government (including unjustified attacks on civilians, destruction of Palestinian homes and livelihood, and forced relocation to make way for Jewish settlements) as mere "security" measures is, to use his own word, "disingenuous."

John T. Wiens

La Salle

Yank Kenney's guide

The Free Press is to be commended for criticizing Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's deliberate attempt to misinform newcomers to Canada about equality rights in our country (Homosexual rights are part of Canada, March 4). The Canadian Press should also be thanked for uncovering clear evidence that Kenney imposed his personal political views over the advice of his professional staff. Every copy of this erroneous study guide must be withdrawn and replaced with a factual version. And lest we think Kenney is a lone "rogue," we should remember this is the same government that removed 'women's equality' from the mandate of Status of Women Canada in 2006.

SUSAN WHITE

Winnipeg

�ñº

This is a blatant abuse of power. Regardless of Kenney's personal opinion, he has an obligation to include relevant information to the immigrants of Canada. Canada is proud of its achievements of implementing universal human rights in our charter as we are known to be a fair, benevolent, equality-based country. When we gave gay individuals the right to marry we made a monumental step that reaffirmed our national identity. Beside the fact that Canadian immigrants are given a skewed perception of what to expect in Canadian society, it also shakes my confidence in our government's reliability.

NATALIE HICKS

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 12, 2010 A15

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Winnipeg Cheapskate: Your cheapskate questions

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JJOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-Postcard  Day-Horror frost and fog created a most beautiful setting at Assiniboine Park Thursday morning in WInnipeg- Enviroent Canada says the fog will lifet this morning and will see a high of -7C-  JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Feb 18, 2010
  • MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS 060711 Chris Pedersen breeds Monarch butterflies in his back yard in East Selkirk watching as it transforms from the Larva or caterpillar through the Chrysalis stage to an adult Monarch. Here an adult Monarch within an hour of it emerging from the Chrysalis which can be seen underneath it.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you think the Jets' three pre-season losses in a row are a sign of things to come?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google