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A stand-alone production

I found the review of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre production of Gone With the Wind understates the production's genius and messages (Harried RMTC adaptation throws caution to the Wind, Jan. 12). Before attending, I was only vaguely familiar with the storyline, having seen the movie many years ago. I have never read the novel.

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For me, this production, the tickets to which were a Christmas gift from my daughter and her husband, was a stand-alone story. I found it to be a work of skill and even genius -- from the story adaptation to the live stage, to the characterization, to the costumes, to the sets, to the direction, to the thousands of details that create excellent art.

For me, the production provided windows to the chaos around us today, and that seems enduring in human history. One such window gives insight into what we support and do not support, why and how. Even the Ovation program provides insight and a lesson for us. Margaret Mitchell, who wrote the novel, was killed by a speeding drunk driver.

Well done, RMTC. Good choice of production. Bravo!



Missing valuable resource

Your Jan. 12 article Mental health key to work productivity was exceptionally comprehensive and made many valuable points germane to both employers and employees. The resources cited at the end of the article are similarly valuable. The writer, however, failed to mention as a resource a large, well-trained group of mental-health specialists, namely doctoral-level clinical psychologists.

They are the only mental-health practitioners who spend their entire training (nine to 11 years) on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental-health problems by psychological methods. Clinical psychologists constitute the largest group of regulated mental-health practitioners in Canada and have the expertise to contribute in all the areas discussed in the article, including designing healthy workplaces to help prevent problems from developing in the first place.



Another two cents' worth

Re: Solution makes 'cents' (Letters, Jan.11). Joe Newman makes an excellent suggestion regarding elimination of the need for pennies, namely to just include the tax (or taxes) within the advertised price and round off all advertised prices to the nearest nickel.

In response to an Internet request from the Government of Canada for ideas from the general public, I made the same suggestion to them a few years ago. They did not respond.

Incidentally, Australia and New Zealand implemented this idea years ago and no one uses pennies there anymore.



Lives come first

I read with interest your Jan. 11 editorial No meter on rides to rescue and feel I should correct some of the erroneous assumptions made by the writer.

First, there has been no change to the Department of National Defence's policy for cost recovery. Nor does the federal government intend to bill provinces or municipalities for Armed Forces assistance during natural emergencies.

Furthermore, when lives are at stake, our government will provide the Armed Forces and any other necessary federal government asset, should they be requested by a provincial government.

Any decision to seek the recovery of costs from one federal department by another federal department is made on a case-by-case basis. But let me be clear: Under no circumstances will disaster-relief assistance be denied or delayed because of any discussions between federal departments about the recovery of those costs.


Regional Minister for Manitoba


Inexplicable attack

Jack Granatstein, in his Jan. 12 piece, Has the U.S. gone mad?, inexplicably attacks Christianity before launching into his thoughts on guns in the U.S.

Does he see some connection between the practice of religion and gun madness? From my observation, gun freaks may be religious or not.

I suspect, if Granatstein were quizzed, he would show himself to be as ignorant of what the Bible actually teaches as the people he mocks.



Already a nation

It should be pointed out to letter-writer Kelly Chartrand (Métis are more than Schmoes, Jan. 11) that there is no need for a Métis nation. The Métis are already part of one of the greatest nations in the world, Canada.

Kelly Chartrand and David Chartrand believe that because different races married and had children in the 1800s that their descendants today are entitled to their own nation within Canada's borders. What an absurd line of thinking.

Kelly Chartrand says the Métis nation needs a tax base to "pay for the services we need." I wonder what services those could be?

Métis schools? Métis hospitals? Métis roads? Métis casinos? Métis currency for the new nation?

As a proud Canadian, I insist that all levels of government cease pandering to the ridiculous demands of both aboriginal and Métis leaders. The incessant demands for more money, more power and more rights and the refusal to be a part of a great country must be dealt with, and firmly.

You are either part of the solution or you are part of the problem. I know that David Chartrand, Kelly Chartrand, Theresa Spence and Derek Nepinak are not solution-oriented.



Wall-to-wall hockey

It was so nice during the NHL lockout to read the Sports section. There were local sports stories and other sports-related stories.

Now that the NHL will be starting -- hasn't even started yet -- there are at least five pages of NHL articles in your Jan. 14 edition and other stories are squished in at the end.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 15, 2013 A6

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