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I wish to acknowledge the views of the recent experience of Marion Warhaft for the Park Café located within Assiniboine Park (In tale of two restaurants, only one is top Dog, March 30).
Customer input is very important to us as we strive to exceed expectations. It is clear we did not meet these expectations on Warhaft's recent visit.
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Smearing the PM
Surprise, surprise. Frances Russell has spewed out yet another hysterical and bizarre column aimed at smearing Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Harper undoing Canada, April 4).
Typically I ignore her simple-minded left-wing fantasy rants, but this time she wrote something so ridiculous it had to be challenged.
I am referring to her statement that Harper "abhors the 1982 Canadian Constitution and its Charter of Rights and Freedoms."
Really? Perhaps Russell is ignorant of the fact that during his time at the National Citizens Coalition, Harper used the charter on more than one occasion to challenge bad laws.
Yes, that's right. He turned to the court system and to the charter in his battle to protect individual freedoms.
As Harper himself once put it, "Solutions can only be found in the classical theory of liberal democracy -- checks and balances of institutional power under limited government."
This hardly sounds like the actions of a man who "abhors" the charter, does it?
I totally agree with Francis Russell. What Harper is doing to Canada causes me to get an upset stomach.
I have never voted Conservative and never will. If there were an election tomorrow, I doubt Harper would get a majority with his Bill C-30 and C-10, the F-35s and on and on.
I pray to God at the next election that he will not get 40 per cent if the people will remember. I remember him from the Reform party and before.
Frances Russell has made a thorough analysis of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's economic and social policies. Has it occurred to her, I wonder, that he may be a secret Marxist?
Several people have suggested that he has a hidden agenda, and it seems to me that he is expediting the process that Marx said was necessary to prepare the people to accept communism. Using Marx's terms, the haute bourgeoisie are growing richer, the petit bourgeoisie are disappearing and the proletariat are growing poorer.
With their pensions under threat, and interest rates close to zero, the middle class are compelled to invest their savings in order to have a reasonably secure future. Unfortunately, the only place to invest is the stock exchange and there, they are almost certain to lose their savings when the next bubble bursts. Thus, many more middle class will be wiped out.
We have been deliberately misinformed for years and led to believe that socialism leads inevitably to communism. In fact, the opposite is true. A survey published earlier this week shows that the Danes are the people who have the highest level of satisfaction with their social welfare. One person interviewed said, "We are heavily taxed, but we get good value for it."
With a $20-per-hour minimum wage, five weeks of paid holiday per year and a guaranteed pension, they have good reason to be satisfied and are certainly not ready to start a communist revolution.
In his March 31 letter, Cubans are not oppressed, Bill Rolls argues that the Cuban people are quite content. He has touched on the benefits that are enjoyed in the areas of housing, economic conditions and inclusivity.
Since the Castro brothers took over, there never has been a right to direct private home ownership, and the recent minor changes in that corrupt system will do little for the people. The convertible Cuban peso (CUC) is a fraudulent piece of economic voodoo that benefits no one except those in control.
The Cuban people of African heritage are discriminated against not by government decree but rather by the leadership of a society that favours the Spanish influences from its past.
I have enjoyed the privilege of having my views about Cuba and its long-suffering people published in these pages. The freedom to express a point of view openly and without fear is sacred, and the lives of many have been given to maintain that right.
Very soon, the bureaucrats and those most benefiting from the current Cuban system will begin to see the writing on the wall, and there will be among them an acceptance, however reluctant, that a free economy and a free society is their only hope.
This epiphany will take place not out of any heartfelt feeling to improve the lives of the their fellow Cubans but to secure for themselves a place in the new order. The Cuban leaders are aligning themselves with the changes they know are coming whether they like it or not, all the while practising their "We were going to give it to you anyway" speech.
The thin veneer of justice must soon give way to freedom. Rolls and his fellow travellers who see order in Cuba would do well to remember that tyranny is always better organized than freedom.
I was in Cuba recently on a church study tour visiting homes, churches, health centres and schools. People are already experiencing change and greater freedom. Indeed, a significant symbolic change is declaring Good Friday a holiday and working closely with ecumenical churches in humanitarian and social services.
I invite the Pope to "walk the talk" and terminate the male-dominated dictatorship in the Catholic Church. How about admitting that women are equal and deserve to be ordained as priests, as many of them are, for the most part, running Catholic churches? How about confessing the coverup for decades of sexual abuse of children by priests? How about confessing that there are many gay priests who have been serving faithfully?
How about congratulating Cuba on surviving decades of the U.S.'s economic embargo and CIA attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro? How about congratulating Cuba on its universal health care and education and one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world?
I salute the Cuban people, inspired by national heroes Marti, Che and Fidel, for their courage, their hospitality, their pride, their sense of duty and their witness over the years that true wealth is of the heart, not of possessions and bank accounts. Viva Cuba libre, without papal and American control and interference.
REV. JOHN WESLEY OLDHAM
Re: Helmets work (Editorials, March 22). Cyclists should be commended for being green. However, if they are to share the roads with motorists, more safety measures need to be put in place than just helmets.
I suggest flashing lights on the front and back of the bicycle and perhaps a mandatory bright vest such as a construction worker wears on the highway.
Definition of insanity
Re: The mad dash to camp (Letters, April 4). I read somewhere the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result.
Now that's our politicians, and it's not just the camping.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 7, 2012 A15
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