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An absolute cop-out

Your April 3 letter of the day, Signs of systemic hatred, has prompted me to respond. I'm originally from Emerson, and my brother owned a restaurant in Letellier. The restaurant business is without a doubt a difficult endeavour. It is based solely on good food and good service.

You must also do your due diligence to understand the market you are going into -- location, competition, etc. These towns will give you a chance but you had better be good. To blame your demise on a handful of idiots is an absolute cop-out.

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I guess Bill 18 will be the start of groups flinging around accusations and blame. People I talk to all seem to think things were headed in the right direction, but I feel this bill will open up a can of worms.

It's unfortunate the NDP is playing politics and getting involved with all aspects of our lives.

GARY CHEREWAYKO

Winnipeg

 

Morris restaurant owner George Ifantis says he understands why people are uncomfortable eating at Pots N Hands because "you don't know what they're doing in the kitchen" (Gay couple gets lots of support, April 3). We all know what he means by that.

Why would professional chefs be having sex on the job in a restaurant kitchen? Oh, right, because they are gay, and gays are all sex addicts. The fact that people still spew this sort of nonsense is almost as disgusting as Ifantis hiding behind his statement that "I understand why some people would be uncomfortable."

He wouldn't say that if it were a straight couple back there. The only difference is hateful stereotypes.

NATHAN BRETECHER

Winnipeg

 

Gay men in a restaurant are nothing new or different, so why all the fuss? It makes me think that those responsible for the hate directed towards the proprietors of the business are deeply closeted homosexuals.

These are people who can't live a free life or accept themselves. So why not tear down and destroy those openly gay individuals who can accept themselves?

Closets in Morris must be full of confused men who secretly fantasize and fear at the same time. Internalized homophobia is a terribly destructive thing. I have met many married men who despise being gay and will hurt anyone who threatens their identity.

STEVEN GLAZE

Regina

 

I am originally from Manitoba. I grew up in small towns like Gilbert Plains and Dauphin. In fact, cousins of mine lived in Morris for some time in the early '90s.

I have to admit I am embarrassed to say I come from small-town Manitoba when I hear about the vileness that is evident in Morris.

I have tried for years to overcome the "hick" mentality that is evident in small towns. It is now 2013, and Morris is still a searing embarrassment, not only for Manitoba but for Canada as a whole.

BARRY BEDFORD

Whitby, Ont.

 

We stopped at Pots N Hands on our way home from the United States in February. The atmosphere was bright and warm. The waitress made us feel so welcome and she introduced us to the owner.

We congratulated him on his new venture. The food was excellent. We cannot believe that in the year 2013 there still exist people who would exhibit such overt bigotry.

DONNA HORVATH

Dryden, Ont.

 

Do some people in Morris not realize that a lot of great chefs are gay? When you go out to a good restaurant in your town or when you travel around the world, are you going into the kitchen to ask if the chef is gay before you order?

Attacking Dave Claringbould and his partner is called bullying. I do believe there is a law against this behaviour, and the police should be taking care of it.

DOROTHY HENDERSON

Red Rock, Ont.

 

Wow! Morris is really clamping down. First declaring that the natives are terrorists, and now driving out gays. Anyone dare to go to the Morris Stampede?

DIANA FRANTZ

Winnipeg

 

Inaccurate and misleading

Lindor Reynolds' March 30 column, Suicide program dangerous: professor, inaccurately portrays the findings of our study and could have a damaging effect on suicide prevention programs.

The headline is inaccurate and misleading. The study does not conclude that the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program is dangerous. The main conclusion is that more evaluation of the program in First Nations communities is required. This pilot study included a small sample size, and far-reaching conclusions cannot be made based on these findings.

As reported, the study found that First Nations people who received the two-day ASIST training did not have an increase in capacity to identify other community members at risk for suicide compared with those who participated in a two-day resilience retreat. However, the people in ASIST had a slightly higher likelihood of reporting suicidal ideation than those in the resilience retreat.

There are possible explanations for this finding that do not involve the training creating distress. People undergoing ASIST training, which promotes an open discussion of suicidal ideation, may be more willing to disclose suicidal ideation than those not receiving training.

This willingness may have a positive benefit, since it may be associated with a greater willingness to get help.

Dr. JITENDER SAREEN

Swampy Cree Suicide Prevention Team

University of Manitoba

 

Zoo might be next

I am astonished that so many groups are championing the cause of animals (Thrilled by plan to ban, Letters, April 1). Most wild animals in circuses are better cared for than many of our citizens. I guess the Assiniboine Park Zoo is next, since it is exactly what these people do not want.

And now we are flying dogs down from northern reserves. How can anyone in their right mind go to a reserve to save a wild dog and miss the conditions for children?

JACK MCLAUGHLIN

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 4, 2013 A14

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