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Katz must know ethics
Regarding Bartley Kives' April 4 column, Mayor, you must do better, I think Sam Katz is incapable of doing better. He has had nine years in office to prove his mettle. He has shown himself, instead, to be continually questionable and contentious in his professional behaviour and ethics.
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His third term comes to an end in October 2014. Are the people of Winnipeg going to vote him in, again, knowing how he has behaved? Based on his background as an entertainment producer and real estate developer, Katz has to know what ethical behaviour is, just as he must know what self-serving behaviour is.
But he doesn't put the knowledge into action. His self-serving behaviour is definitely not part of acceptable political or public behaviour. In spite of feedback to him, he does what he wants to do. It's not because he's unaware of the rules. Perhaps it's because he thinks no one will see or care and, perhaps, because he has no goals beyond immediate self-gain.
He shows no evidence of long-term goals. If he had them, he wouldn't be so consistently shooting himself in the foot. It is all too clear that he has not and cannot run the city effectively. He has no public vision.
Reasons to vacate
Re: City turns its back on 'food deserts' (April 4). Instead of a new pair of shoes for the last city budget review, the mayor should have been given a new set of bifocals. He isn't seeing the lay of the land very well. Neither far-reaching, nor short-term issues are being addressed. He recently was asked by a reporter if he would run again in the next election. He replied, "Can you think of any reason for me not to."
Here is a reason. In the downtown area there are 70,000 workers, thousands of students, 16,000 residents and a surrounding city market of 50,000 residents. Two-thirds of downtown residents purchase their grocery items downtown. Many do not own cars or choose not to drive cars -- students, environmentalists and seniors in particular.
If Katz is unable to comprehend the need for a full-service grocery store in the downtown area, he needs to realign his thinking cap and get out those bifocals.
While he is at it, he needs to change hats from his business-management fedora to his humanitarian-sustainability one. It is just common sense to feed the market that will bring about the revitalization of the downtown.
Five years ago, I moved to Fred Douglas Place downtown. It was great being able to walk through the skywalk to pick up my groceries. This has been taken away from us.
It seems the powers-that-be are interested only in providing entertainment, restaurants and parking for the downtown. What we really need is a good grocery store. Many people depend on this.
Law predates Moses
Re: Commandment came later (Letters, April 1) The prohibition against murder is, in fact, presented in the Book of Genesis in the story of Cain and Abel.
The Noahide laws, therefore, predate Moses and the Ten Commandments by many centuries of biblical time. Moses in his youth was as surely subject to that law as we are today.
Amused by comment
Re: Downs, province exchange barbs (April 4). As a former owner of racehorses, I, out of curiosity, have been loosely following the recent developments involving the Manitoba Jockey Club and our provincial government. I was greatly amused by a comment purportedly uttered by a spokeswoman on behalf of the government, specifically, "We understand that the MJC is disappointed with the government's intentions, but we have a duty to spend public funds responsibly."
This "duty" to act responsibly has clearly not prevented this government from amassing the worst deficit in this province's history. I would suggest that the statement in question is defensive in nature and, based on experience, not reflective of actual performance.
Double standard in court
I agree with Bev Hindle in her April 2 letter, Uncalled for by law. The incident is an example of the double standard that at times occurs within the court system in Manitoba.
I recall the matter of Provincial Court Judge Brian Corrin, who failed to return to a trial he was presiding over and claimed he had to wait for his automobile repairs to be completed. In essence, he walked out on the trial.
I do not remember any warrant being issued for the judge or his being brought into court in handcuffs or other restraints.
Bad memories resurface
The April 2 Economist piece, Germans grab 'last chance' to quiz war veterans, brings back bad memories. I was born in Germany in 1933 and I grew up during the Second World War. I remember on every street and corner there were large pictures of a man, coat collar high up and a hat pulled deep over his face, with the message underneath, "The enemy listens in."
We were instructed at home not ever to talk outside about the war and how you felt about it. Somebody could listen in and our father would be picked up. We lived in an apartment block in which the glass windows in the hallways were painted blue or black. We had to put blankets or cardboard over our windows as soon as the sun went down.
The April 2 article Complaint alleges scientists muzzled also reminds me about the Nazi years in Germany. To be warned not to talk about certain subjects brings it all back. That's not democratic. And that's why we left Germany in 1958 -- too many bad memories.
Here's an idea ....
Ho hum, another letter from Mr. Know-it-All Cal Paul (Lacking expertise, April 2). Doesn't this guy have anything better to do than complain about the provincial government?
Why doesn't he run for office or, better yet, just move away?
... and another one
Re: Premier to lunch at eatery hit by taunts (April 5). There is a simple solution to the Pots N Hands restaurant dilemma.
All Greg Selinger and his NDP gang have to do is pass a bill making it mandatory for all Morris residents to dine there at least once a month.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 6, 2013 A17
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