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Parking the issue

The concern about future parking around the Bombers' Investors Group Field (Bombers tackle parking issue, May 1) is related to people's predictable fear of change. The responses are reminiscent of what was being said when the MTS Centre was in its planning stages and thereafter until it first opened.

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Parking around or near the MTS Centre has not been an issue for the Moose or the Jets, and neither will it be an issue when game day arrives for the Bombers.

Think back to what it was like to park around the old stadium. I recall having to arrive early and then leave early if I wanted to miss the traffic jams getting in and out of parking lots around the stadium.



It is nice to hear the residents near the new football stadium will get one parking pass per household for those few days a year the stadium has an event.

However, residents in the Lord Roberts area have a 365-day-a-year problem finding parking outside their homes because we live within a few blocks of the bus garage, where thousands of city employees on multiple shifts are parking in the so-called public parking on our streets.

How is it city hall can provide resident parking passes for homes around the stadium but not for those of us who have an everyday and constant problem?

Is this another example of how council abuses city-centre residents and kowtows to the suburbanites? Who runs city hall? Sports entrepreneurs?



Courage and integrity

More Conservative MPs say no to taxpayer-paid attacks against Trudeau (May 1). Congratulations to the Conservative members of Parliament who have the courage and integrity to follow their conscience. They stand as proof that good people are found in all political parties.

Sadly, none of them is from Manitoba. In fact, Rod Bruinooge and James Bezan just weeks ago sent identical taxpayer-paid mailings to residents of Winnipeg Centre. The mailing contained an idiotic, misleading survey, which was an insult to voters' intelligence. Were they working in collusion or simply following Harper's marching orders?

I urge our Manitoba Conservative MPs to develop some backbone and follow the example of their exemplary colleagues.



Private business shrinks

Can someone please inform Lynne Fernandez (Don't cut taxes of wealthy Manitobans, April 20) that there is growing "public" understanding about the need to increase tax revenue, not from the public in general, but largely from "public" representatives who are in fact the bureaucratic arms conducting shenanigans within our "public" institutions.

Increasing Manitoba public to private-sector employee ratios are just one of many indicators of this fallout.

The last tax cuts represented little for the private sector. In today's environment of public glut and lack of balanced budget legislations, private business is shrinking or just plain leaving. This cause and effect is why tax revenue is declining.

When the electorate within Winnipeg finally wakes up and realizes that taxation beyond a certain point will decrease available tax revenue, hopefully the pain of socialism will be shown the door.



Increasing transit usage

Re: City council can't decide which bus to ride (April 30). I agree 100 per cent with Brian Kelcey regarding the city's planning for Winnipeg Transit. Many have suggested the goal should be increasing transit usage and one easy way would be increasing the number of buses.

This would be much cheaper than the huge expenditure required for rapid transit. The city indicates it wants to increase transit usage but then will likely discard an opportunity to increase usage by 20 per cent along Pembina Highway because it would have to buy more buses?

This is just another example of our dysfunctional city government. I guess adding more buses doesn't help the developer friends of city hall so it won't be even considered.



Endless atheist chain

In his book review of The God Argument (Feisty entry into contentious field of atheist manifestos, April 27), Morley Walker becomes extremely animated in his praise of its author, A.C. Grayling.

Like a slat on an endless atheist chain, this book seems like another of the dreary efforts by atheists to discredit the very idea of God. One no sooner enters the reality of Ozymandias than another pops into view, mouthing the same tiresome arguments.

At one time, atheists depicted themselves as men and women of noble character.

According to Walker, Grayling has abandoned all that nonsense and has come down solidly on the side of depravity, to which Walker seems to give his approval.

What puzzles me is this: What does an atheist offer me that in any way advantages me? And what is offered when this life has run its course? As far as I can tell, atheists are just people who are indifferent to whatever comes after this life but want to appear more intelligent than their fellows.



Wyatt's credibility suffers

It's interesting that Coun. Russ Wyatt has now come up with ideas to cut costs and improve efficiencies at the city. Should these ideas not have been raised with city council and considered during the budgeting process?

Instead, Wyatt's priorities for the city budget were to increase councillors' allowances and increase our property taxes. Although his latest ideas may have merit, his credibility is at a new low with Winnipeggers who see a never-ending mismanagement of scarce tax dollars.



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

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