Goldeyes make history
The Winnipeg Goldeyes have made history. For the first time in 18 years the Goldeyes were the last team standing in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. A phenomenal season for the Goldeyes, especially phenomenal playoffs going undefeated sweeping two of the best teams in the league (but of course not the best).
That is a hard thing to do especially in the playoffs, and especially when half of the six games were not even in your own ballpark.
I definitely had my doubts when I learned that it was almost a brand new team this year, but I was definitely proven wrong. All of the Goldeyes should be very proud of what they've done over the last four months.
I want to make a point to everyone that Josh Drews didn't play in games and doesn't get as much credit as the other players, but without him, there would be no relief for our starting pitchers. Josh does an unbelievable job warming up pitchers. That is a hard job and I wanted to make sure he gets as much credit as everyone else on the team.
Paul Edmonds: I enjoy how you don't just do the play by play, but you also share interesting stories about each player. You make games more enjoyable to listen to.
Jake Erlanger, age 12
Drug laws a problem
Re: Officers cleared of fabrication (Sept. 13). The end justifies the means occurs too often in the unending war on drugs. This case is not unusual in my experience as a police officer.
Officers stopping known or suspected drug dealers on their own good initiative, particularly in high drug use and enforcement neighbourhoods, often have difficulty in articulating reasonable, probable grounds in making arrests and justifying their actions in court.
There is no complainant or victim of a crime to whom they are accountable and who supports an arrest.
In this case, the two officers not only risked their lives to secure drugs and the dealer but risked their jobs. The problem is, for every drug dealer you take off the street, there are hundreds ready and willing to take up the vacancy. The police are as much a victim of prohibition laws, as offenders and the non-drug-using public who have to put with all the turf violence. Prohibition continues to put the administration of justice into disrepute. It is time for change.
The Free Press printed an illustration to go with the article Secular, inclusive, education (Sept. 14). The cartoon showed a man with a big mouth in the shape of a cross and holding a Bible. That cartoon was totally unacceptable. You are creating hatred of Christians. That was visual hatred. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Your newspaper says it stands for "freedom of religion" as written on your editorial page. Please practise what you preach.
Women as objects
Re: Former cop sentenced for assaulting women (Sept. 14).
The objectification of women, in part, explains the attitude of Richard Dow towards the women he victimized. When a woman's body is nothing more than a collection of parts to be used and abused then sexual assault happens. Justice Chris Martin sadly supports the objectification of women by assigning value to the various parts of the victims' bodies in determining sentence.
When all men, judges included, recognize the value of women then maybe we (men and women) can really begin to address the crime of sexual assault.
The posters found in Winnipeg's downtown area on Friday are extremely disturbing and reflect a mindset that is deeply anti-Semitic. The posters target and therefore threaten specific individuals by name by placing them on a kind of Jewish hit list.
They make explicit reference to Adolf Hitler and employ classic anti-Semitic phrases and imagery as cues to the reader, such as 'shady deals,' 'dirty money,' 'cabal of cockroaches.' Anti-Semitism is a deeply embedded cultural code in western society. One can clearly communicate a hateful, conspiratorial, anti-Semitic message without using the word "Jew" directly and that is precisely what these posters are designed to accomplish. They are also used to publicly demonize and humiliate these individuals as Jews (whether or not they are actually Jewish) and that is an outrageous and despicable act.
The poster and its hateful message should be condemned in public by all principled people.
It saddens me to read about the ugly, anti-Semitic posters that appeared around the city this weekend targeting prominent members of the Jewish community. I know many of these individuals and know the tireless work they do to make this a better city, one in which all people live respectfully together. A few years ago, I was the target of this kind of hate-filled anti-Semitic action.
What was the reason for targeting me? I led several human rights groups and happened to be Jewish; this led to me receiving death threats, and much like the posters appearing this weekend, referencing Hitler and that he knew what he was doing. It is so very sad when small minds are jealous of those who try to make this a better world and resort to anonymous, ugly, hate-filled actions. I am proud to say I am Jewish and support not only those who were targeted this weekend, but all the citizens of Winnipeg who try to make this a better world to live in. What a disgrace and embarrassment to our city.
Re: What exactly was Assange's crime? (Sept. 1). It is about the Wikileaks scandal that so embarrassed the government of the United States after Julian Assange exposed military and diplomatic data such as the massacre of civilians by U.S. helicopters in the streets of Baghdad, corruption in Kenya, etc. The U.S. is pressing for extradition of Assange, who is fortunately under the protection of the Ecuadorean government.
It is very dangerous to know too much concerning public affairs. I know because I was a police chief in Chile. I detected the illegal terrorist activities of the CIA against the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende. I was arrested, tortured, and jailed for two years by the dictatorship of Pinochet, who was supported by the U.S. It is a miracle that I am alive today to tell the story now.
Why is the U.S. government so afraid to show its dirty laundry to the world? Wouldn't it be better to admit past mistakes and change?