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Sensible strategy

Re: Deficit funding growth (Oct. 4). I was confused by the headline of this editorial. I thought the provincial government had decided to use a different strategy to help the economy, like the novel approach in France to stimulate rather than choke the economy into growth.

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But then I realized it was just a mirage and the editorial was trying to make a case that somehow the government should not have hired a few extra people in our justice, corrections and health departments.

Really? What's the alternative? To not hire extra police or jail guards when our jails are over capacity? To not hire doctors, nurses or orderlies to treat patients and keep hospitals clean?

To most people, the hiring of 422 public-service workers in justice, jails and hospitals makes a lot of sense.



Missed opportunities

Re: Romney the aggressor in showdown (Oct 4). U.S. President Barack Obama missed several golden opportunities in the first debate to challenge Republican contender Mitt Romney on his falsehoods and turnabouts.

In the next two debates, Obama should expose Romney aggressively, since Romney has misrepresented the platform on which he and Paul Ryan are actually running.



Avoiding normal rules

Sam Katz came to power on the theme of not being a politician. He clearly thinks that the normal rules of political behaviour, conflict of interest and disclosure do not apply to him because, as he put it, he is not a politician.

There are rules governing politicians' behaviour, and then there are commonly held beliefs that fair-minded, thinking politicians instinctively know they need to follow -- things like not taking your staff to expensive dinners at your brother's restaurant.

We need to stop trying to find rules to moderate our mayor's behaviour and we need to start thinking about finding someone else to rule us.




Those ancient Chinese philosophers were right -- there's nothing new under the sun, especially concerning human nature.

Forty years ago, two intrepid journalists at the Washington Post were dogging U.S. president Richard Nixon. Their actions forced the president to resign before impeachment proceedings, and most people applauded.

Today, two similarly intrepid journalists at the Winnipeg Free Press are dogging Winnipeg's mayor, Sam Katz.

Let's hold our applause, but Dan Lett and Bartley Kives may yet achieve some measure of Woodward and Bernstein's fame.



A toxic substance

Re: Fluoride a hazard to physical, mental health (Sept. 28), I agree with Dr. W. Gifford-Jones. We mass-medicate with a toxic substance regardless of need while assuming everyone drinks the same amount of water. And they don't.

For instance, athletes and diabetics drink much more than everyone else, putting them at risk.

Too many studies are out there now and they simply cannot be ignored. Let's get fluoride out of the water before lawsuits start rolling in for negligence. Personally, I prefer putting sunscreen on my skin over being required to drink it.



Frighteningly revealing

Re: Vote was democracy in action (Oct. 1). Reaction by New Democrat MPs Niki Ashton and Franßoise Boivin to Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth's private member's motion M-312 is frighteningly revealing.

Could it be that Ashton, Boivin and the NDP, who voted unanimously to defeat the motion, are fearful of a debate regarding abortion lest the Canadian people receive the information that the NDP has worked so hard to conceal?




In response to letter-writer Jerzy Bibik (Thinking for herself, Oct. 1), if Rona Ambrose wants to talk about abortion or any other women's issue, then she should. She's the minister for the status of women after all; her say should be taken seriously.

The rest of the 91 members that voted in favour of this motion (only 12 of whom are women) should be the ones getting the scolding. I personally don't want a bunch of old, conservative white men making personal decisions for the women of Canada.




Stephen Harper repeatedly states he will not reopen the debate on abortion. Stephen Woodworth claims that the "beginning of life" motion that was recently defeated in the House is not about abortion.

What isn't being said is that if it is decided that life begins at conception, then at that point the fertilized egg becomes, in essence, a person. Thus, abortion at any stage becomes murder as defined by the law, and therefore illegal.

Kevin Lamoureux claims this motion is not about a woman's right to choose. Make no mistake; that's exactly what it is about.




We found Mia Rabson's article Vote was democracy in action, regarding the motion that Parliament should study whether medical evidence supports the definition that human life begins at birth, a sad reflection on our democracy. With the defeat of Stephen Woodworth's motion, Canadians can continue to declare to the world the odd notion that children at one month, two months, three months, four months, five months, six months, seven months, eight months and nine months gestation have no right to any protection whatsoever under Canadian law.

It would be funny if it weren't so incredibly sad. Oops, sorry, Niki Ashton and Franßoise Boivin -- are Canadians still allowed to speak about this?


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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 5, 2012 A15

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