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Spinning for the NDP

It has always been evident to me that Dan Lett's views are somewhat left of centre. That's his right. However, a little commitment to journalistic integrity would be appreciated. His April 22 column, NDP messaging misses mark, is unbalanced. He does the NDP spin team proud.

Lett talks in terms of this increase in the PST being manageable but makes no mention of the other increases in taxes and fees. This is a regressive tax hitting those least able to absorb the punch.

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Then he describes the budget as "dynamic." That's up there with the new IKEA store being worthy of a highlight in a throne speech.

IKEA came here not because they saw Manitoba as a dynamic place to do business. They came because we bought them with money borrowed from taxpayers.

I would like to think that tomorrow Lett will flip a coin and present the other side of the story, but I'm not holding my breath.




Par for the course

No one should be surprised that Stephen Harper and Vic Toews had planned on producing a video of Conservative MPs dancing on a grave containing the gun registry and its documents (Tories 'gun shy' when records killed, April 22).

Nor should we be surprised that Harper had a few million of taxpayer dollars to spend on a photo-op of Peter MacKay and other Conservative MPs taking turns sitting in the cockpit of an F-35, but not a few million for a gun registry to protect the lives of our police officers trying to prevent a crazed gunman from shooting his wife, girlfriend or kids.




Time for accountability

Re: Duffy reimburses taxpayers $90K (April 20). In my opinion, Sen. Mike Duffy should be held to a higher standard than just repaying the money. He should be punished by being dismissed from the Senate and losing his pension.

What has happened to this country when a person of his stature is not held accountable for misuse of his position and taxpayers' money?

I am appalled that he is not held morally accountable. I don't believe that he was ignorant of the law, and if he was, then all the more reason to fire him from the Senate.


East St. Paul


The senator may be a "man of his word," but he repaid his $90,000 living allowance only because he got caught.

This is a terrible example of ethical standards.




Individual actions matter

Lindor Reynolds is to be commended for pointing out that the failure of the system that led to Phoenix Sinclair's death must be laid not only at the door of Child and Family Services and other governmental agencies (Alison, you let fear rule instincts, April 19). Individuals also share a great deal of the blame.

Winnipeg prides itself on being the home of the impressive Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which wouldn't exist if it wasn't for those who, in the past, spoke out on behalf of the vulnerable. The museum celebrates those who knew that it's very easy to be a silent follower but an awful lot harder, sometimes dangerous, to take a stand.

I have no doubt that many readers are up in arms over what Reynolds wrote, but those same people should take a long, hard look at their own actions before condemning her. How many of those criticizing her have seen an injustice being done and just said nothing? How can we end child abuse and bullying if people keep silent?

How many children have to die and be buried in a garbage dump before the other silent witnesses of the world gather enough courage to speak out early on, instead of when a child is dead?

How many readers out there can actually say, "I made a difference in my corner of the world. I spoke up even though I was afraid"?


Sandy Lake


Enough already. Please let this poor child and her name rest in peace. Isn't it obvious enough by now that Manitoba's child safety network has failed miserably in handling this case regarding Phoenix Sinclair?

How many more weeks will this inquiry continue? How many more tax dollars will be spent? Isn't it typical of our government and our court system to prolong these types of issues at our expense? And the results are... what?




That was then, this is now

In the April 19 story Pallister budget averts PST hike, Brian Pallister is quoted as saying that if he had been premier, he would not have increased the PST.

Sam Katz said, if elected mayor, he would not increase property taxes.




Zoo funds misplaced

Imagine what $3.1 million could do to enrich and improve the lives of caged animals at the Assiniboine Park Zoo (City considers giving $3M to zoo for new gate, Online, April 19). Instead, the money is going for a new entrance. What a colossal waste of money.

Animals in zoos are at the mercy of what their keepers provide. The money should be used to expand the cages and enclosures and provide increased enrichment opportunities. Providing a pretty gate for visitors doesn't enhance the lives of animals one bit.


Fort Erie, Ont.


Must have misfiled it

The lake pictured in the April 20 article Watershed down is Lake Manitoba.

Lake Winnipeg is the one to the east with the north part covered with ice. Surely you could have found a picture that actually featured Lake Winnipeg.


Fort Francis, Ont.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 23, 2013 A8

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