Evils at root
In his letter, Religion at root (Jan. 14), Pat Morrow seems to think religion is the cause for the wars and injustices in the world. He claims those who believe in something other than religion or a God, like atheists for example, have never been guilty of any such injustices.
It is startling that somehow Morrow has forgotten the millions upon millions of innocent people who were killed by the Hitler, Stalin and Mao regimes in the name of atheism and non-religion.
So there must be a better response than Morrow's anti-religious answer.
Perhaps we should look at human greed and our longing for power. Perhaps we should look at the life of affluence we North Americans live while exploiting others. Perhaps we should look at the business practices of many companies we support who make their products overseas in order to treat their workers like trash. Perhaps we should look at the wars our government joins, especially the ones where we kill innocent people for oil.
When we start to wrestle through some of these issues together we will be moving closer to a productive answer that can actually make a difference.
No guarantee of safety
Re: The editorial Overseeing mentally ill patients and the letter Is it about safety? (Feb. 13). Your editorial and Wilma Schroeder are ignoring, or at least make no mention of, the fact that a large number of criminal acts related to mental patients are due to the fact the perpetuators of these crimes, purportedly being treated with drugs, fail to take their medication and become dangerous. This is often used as a defence of the mentally ill person after committing a serious crime.
Until our justice or medical system can guarantee these high-risk mentally ill people always take their medication, I feel a lot safer having these people behind lock and key. Treatment may work, but if you cannot treat the patient, we have a huge problem.
This is a very real challenge that needs addressing and I see the issue as central to both rehabilitation and safety for the public.
The description Overseeing mentally ill patients is ill-advised. It gives one the impression that all who suffer from mental illness are criminal offenders. This is far from the case.
Our society would be far better off if we were to dedicate more resources which educate Canadians about the circumstances and needs of the mentally ill, as well as choosing to provide the necessary support that will assist those affected to manage their illness.
This Pope did a lot
If I get my car stuck in the snow or lose my keys, that might be finding myself "in a pickle." The rampant sexual abuse of children committed by religious authority figures leaves the Catholic Church in so much more than that, as your editorial (One pope can do only so much, Feb. 12) labelled it. It is criminal abuse of the worst kind.
Your frankly vile apologia is wrong even in its title: this Pope has done more than enough. He and his church are responsible for the sexual abuse and torture of countless children here and around the world and then covering it up and absolving those involved. The Pope was in the best position to address this problem when he was cardinal and acted only to protect the Church.
When one considers the continuing subjugation of women, demonization of the LGBT community, the millions of Africans subjected to HIV/AIDS because of the Church's teachings and other evils the Church continues to peddle, it is time for Roman Catholics to question their own moral culpability in supporting this institution if not theism in general.
Protect Internet access
I was delighted to read that Bill C-30 has been axed. Governments nowadays seem to have lost any sense of balance between security and civil rights.
The Harper government is trying to push through the TransPacific Partnership agreement. Unlike C-30, what is disturbing is that the TPP talks are being held in secret, with no public consultation, and if Canada becomes a signatory to it, the results would be very bad news for the casual Internet user.
Not only will joining TPP radically change the everyday use of the Internet, it will also be irrevocable: if Canada tries to withdraw, TPP members would respond with trade sanctions. More information can be found at the openmedia.ca website.
Only skin deep
This article really has the power to put certain people down, even if they're not at a bar. I think that people should be attracted to different people based on their personalities, and not so much on their outward appearance. When you marry someone, or even date someone, I believe that you should be doing so with a person you would be happy to spend the rest of your life with.
Outward appearances fade over time, but a beautiful heart lasts forever.
COLIN VAN den AKKER
No petty infraction
I drive the stretch behind Kelvin School on an irregular basis. I can certainly sympathize with Leanne Fournier's letter (Pay attention drivers! Feb. 13). There are a number of concerns on that stretch of road.
High school kids being high school kids are not always restricting themselves to the appropriate places to cross and walk along the roadway. The large volume of them exiting the school all at the same time also can create traffic issues. Parents stop to drop off and pick up their children at any place they can along that road, even in, at, and on, the crosswalk, creating more congestion. One should not pass a car stopped at a cross walk but stopping there to drop off a child creates another traffic issue.
Maybe take some of your anger and direct it at a provincial government that refuses to give demerits for ticketed cellphone use! Ask them why they still regard this infraction as simply petty, while people are literally being killed by those who consider themselves a bit above the rules of the road.