Suicide a tough topic
Re: Take suicide out of the closet (Aug. 13). On the one hand, we are encouraged to take suicide out of the closet; on the other, we are not to speak with admiration of those who have taken that final step.
Good people, with loving families and meaningful lives and careers, commit suicide. And it often confuses the hell out of those of us who are left behind.
Does suicide change our views of the person? Do we really want to "take it out of the closet" and ultimately acknowledge how vulnerable we all are?
Taking it out of the closet means acknowledging that shared vulnerability.
Hold each other close, people, and keep the demons at bay.
Steeves' promise not overlooked
Re: My wife is not racist: Steeves (Aug. 13). "Steeves promised to reduce by 70 per cent the number of variances taken out by eliminating the zoning bylaw regulations that automatically lead to public hearings, increase the number of front-line staff taking applications while eliminating the same number of mid-managers, and use the city's website to notify the public about applications."
I wonder if reporters could ask if Mr. Steeves has a perspective on the ongoing elimination of "red tape" (including his suggestions for "streamlining") and what relationship he feels this might have to our real estate audit issues. Which developers is he hoping this will help? Any specifically?
I think some developers need more red tape. These handshake deals in the background have been a bit of a problem.
Bomber fans blue after loss
Re: Big Blue beatdown in T.O. (Aug. 13). The Bombers can't rely on their drives being extended by the other team taking a penalty, and if they let Drew Willy get pounded every game, it won't be long before he's sitting beside Buck discussing what could have been.
I'll be surprised if there isn't a change to the O-line during this break; a couple of these guys are no more than traffic cones. Then they take costly penalties on top of it.