The way Lindor Reynolds writes about Sunday shopping (From church to KA-CHING, Aug. 4), you would think it was responsible for the downfall of Western civilization. It's a ridiculous amount of histrionics when you consider that Sunday shopping has already existed for years and all that we're really talking about is expanding the existing policy by a few hours.
As someone who worked in retail for 20 years, I will tell you that it doesn't make one bit of difference what day you work. You're just glad that your genius manager was finally smart enough to give you enough shifts so you can pay your rent on time.
According to Lindor Reynolds, shopping has finally achieved its much-deserved status as a right. As with free education, access to food, clothing and housing, we will no longer have to fear the deprivation and hardship that result from not being able to go shopping any time we want. We will no longer have to face the sad, forlorn look in our children's eyes as we explain that the mall is not open and they will just have to do without.
At long last, our government has reached the enlightened position where, to paraphrase the late Pierre Trudeau, there is no room for the state in the shopping malls of the nation. Let consumerism reign supreme and the cash register bells ring.
I beg to differ with Lindor Reynolds that Sunday is the Sabbath. It is Saturday, as the Jews and Seventh-Day Adventists have it.
In 321 AD, the Roman Emperor Constantine convinced the Roman Catholic Church to appease the pagan sun worshippers (who met on Sundays) and change the Christian meeting day to Sunday to try to convert the pagans to Catholics.
Over the next 300 years or so, Sunday worship in Christian churches became the norm. But careful study of the Bible reveals that Mary and the disciples rested on the day after Jesus' death, which was the Sabbath (Saturday).
It's because most Christian churches do not follow the commandment to "remember the Sabbath and keep it holy" that we have such a mess in our society today.
At age 65, I've never had any need to visit a store on Sunday. In Ontario, Sunday retail deprives many from enjoying their weekend with a day of relaxing with family and loved ones.
Where's the benefit of depriving oneself or the worker of a day of rest for the sake of people who don't organize their shopping hours? Stores should be open fewer hours, which I'm sure would increase their efficiency and decrease overhead cost.
Hunting with Glocks
Re: Discomfiting sensibility (Letters, Aug. 7). In countries where it is legal, Glocks most certainly are used to hunt. Regarding the similarly maligned AK, even the Canadian government recognized the hunting potential of this design many years ago when it exempted the mechanically identical Valmet rifle from prohibition.
Technology marches on. We don't use quill and ink to write anymore either.
Re: Crosswalk system 'archaic' (Letters, Aug. 4). Once again, all the attention being paid to crosswalks, more correctly called pedestrian corridors, continues to distract us from the rights of pedestrians in ordinary marked and unmarked crosswalks, the ones that occur wherever a sidewalk meets the street.
Pedestrians literally risk their lives should they be foolish enough to try asserting their right of way, say, crossing Portage Avenue or Main Street. Even on a street with a 60-kilometre-an-hour speed limit, the moment a pedestrian steps off the sidewalk and onto the street, traffic is obligated to stop.
Reflecting on the past
Re: Waterfront historical sites lost? (Aug. 1). As I walked along the waterfront near the Exchange District recently, I came across the Selkirk settlers monument, which captured my attention.
I believe that reflection on the past and preserving the stories of our heritage enrich the present. As we recount these stories and events, it helps us to live better. Thank you, Winnipeg, for this beautiful monument. I heartily agree that we need to continue to invest in preserving, honouring and drawing attention to what has gone before.
Chochinov an 'artist'
Re: Suggestions for slipping a mortal coil (Aug. 4). Gordon Sinclair Jr. describes Harvey Max Chochinov as a psychiatrist. But that's just his day job, his Clark Kent persona.
At his core he is an artist. And a bringer of light through the trees and into the darkness.
SUSAN ELAINE GRAY
Too easily convinced
I'm afraid Sylvain Charlebois appears easily convinced in his Aug. 2 piece, Clarity coming to food labelling in Canada. Various studies have found that up to 90 per cent of Canadians want mandatory labelling of genetically modified food.
The continuing sale of food not labelled as genetically modified is an experiment with unknown long-term effects on the health of Canadians and is being undertaken with their unwitting participation. Charlebois's claim that "at least government is providing (Canadians consumers) with the information they need and understand to protect themselves and their loved ones" appears naïve at best.
If Europeans can walk into a supermarket and tell which foods have been genetically modified, why aren't Canadians able to do the same?