Re: Steeves wants to make panhandling at intersections illegal (Aug. 29). "Perceived" threats to public safety... bingo.
I've worked almost 30 years downtown and lived downtown for several years in my younger days. In all that time, I have been "threatened" by homeless people (meaning I was called a name -- but I'm a big girl, I can handle it) twice.
Once from a "white" male in his early 20s with purple hair who, I think it is safe to say, suffered from mental-health issues based on the experience. The second was a 40-something sober man, "aboriginal in appearance," who I surmised had anger issues, again, based on the experience.
Twice, in 30 years. Neither incident "traumatized" me. Sticks and stones.
In my experience, I find if you look people in the eye and treat them with respect, they treat you the same way, whether you give them money or not.
Don't make assumptions as to why they are there. You know nothing.
Just when you thought Gord couldn't come up with any more silly announcements, he surprises yet again. Didn't we try this before?
I will say, that although I never agree with Steeves, these people who wander the intersections looking for spare change are a real hazard. Not only do they put themselves in danger, but should one get run over, it would be some poor motorist's fault.
There's no good reason to hang out in the middle of the street.
-- X-Ray Cat
Labour Day Classic loss
Re: Another Labour Day loss (Aug. 31). This wasn't just a rookie team making mistakes. It was a rookie coach not going for less than a yard to keep a drive alive... very disappointing. Go big or go home; so we just went home. If you keep the drive alive you accomplish two things: You take time off the clock, and you can still kick a field goal after the first down. Time management was poor, and why this club has not looked for a better middle linebacker, God only knows. With all those NFL cuts, it should not be difficult to find anything better than what we have.
Yes, we have better-quality players, but the offensive schemes are so predictable.
I love the Bombers and always will, but please, everyone is running all over us. Find some big boys for the middle.
Believe it or not, the Bombers are going to be hard-pressed to even make the playoffs this year. They will have to better the BC Lions on the season if they want to cross over (probably the easier route) and have a shot at the Grey Cup. Here's hoping.