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Labouring against a bias

The blatant conservative bias of the Free Press has been put on clear display once again. It is rare that a rally of a couple hundred citizens gets front-page coverage, as does the May 2 anti-PST rally, which also earns a half-page story (Hundreds jeer NDP's PST hike, May 3). Compare this to the complete lack of coverage when hundreds gathered at city hall on May 1 to celebrate May Day, an international day of celebration for labour, recognized as an official holiday in roughly 80 countries around the world.

Labour, of course, is only that special-interest group that brought us the eight-hour workday, weekends and workplace health and safety regulations so the recent incident in Bangladesh isn't happening here.

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Surely even the hard-nosed conservatives in your editorial boardroom could have found a few column inches as a begrudging nod to the hard-working men and women who put your paper on the streets.

HAROLD SHUSTER

Winnipeg

 

Educational upgrade

What a commendable example Premier Greg Selinger sets for his cabinet and government colleagues as he obviously enjoys his experience at the Morrow Avenue Daycare Centre (A daycare baby step, May 2).

One can only hope that he was not simply enjoying a photo op on this occasion, but that he was actually filling one of the 1,000 newly advertised child-care spots, commencing, hopefully, with a further education program in basic economics and good provincial governance.

BARRY HADFIELD

Winnipeg

 

Israeli measures necessary

Of the three letters on April 25 under the headline Obfuscating the truth, relating to the expulsion of the group Students Against Israeli Apartheid from the University of Manitoba, only the one from Steven Raber is honest and accurate. This group is not unique to our campus but is one of a multitude of similar groups that have invaded university and college campuses throughout North America and Europe.

Lawrence Sutherland and Henry Shorr should know that UMSU guidelines do not permit its members to discriminate against each other on the basis of race, religion or any other reason that a just and democratic society would deem egregious.

Sutherland implies that security checkpoints and the security wall have arisen to isolate Palestinians. But I'm sure he knows full well that they were necessary as defensive measures to protect Israel from repeated terrorist attacks by Arab groups. These safety measures have indeed led to a reduction in such attacks on civilian targets. Aerial bombardment by missiles, however, continues unabated.

BARRY CAPLAN

Winnipeg

 

Confidence beats negativity

I can certainly relate to Eli Airvent's comments in his May 1 letter, He'll start tomorrow, regarding sports columnist Gary Lawless and his know-it-all attitude about the Jets and the Bombers.

It seems that Lawless's answer to everything is to fire somebody. The Winnipeg Jets are building for the future and that doesn't happen overnight.

The same case can be taken for the Blue Bombers, whom I have supported since the Jack Jacob days. I am confident Joe Mack will get the organization turned around and that it won't take much longer.

Every few years we are firing our coaches and management and getting nowhere, so placing confidence in the Bomber organization is what we should be doing now as we have with the Jets. Let's quit with the negatives.

REGINALD KEHLER

Winnipeg

 

A captive workforce

Every year, we get the same problem finding volunteers for our sandbagging campaign. So why are the residents of the Headingley Correctional Institution, who are eating food that was probably made by a person in need of sandbags, not able to help out?

Is it too much asked to invite those people to help make bags for the rest of society?

PETER H. GSOLS

Winnipeg

 

Farmers are desperate

Maybe the April 30 headline Injunction against defiant farmers should have been "Injunction against desperate farmers."

These farmers have lost at least one year of production because of the actions of the provincial government and have yet to receive any kind of compensation. How would you like the government to tell you that you should take a couple of years with no income so that someone else could benefit, and then add that your chances of compensation are slim to nil?

You would, of course, still have to make the payments on your car and pay your property taxes.

All this is made worse by a cabinet minister who refuses to promise to fix the problem. This could be done by constructing an outlet from Lake Manitoba to match the capacity of the artificial inlet the farmers were blocking at Portage la Prairie. I hope you can find fairness in this because it isn't obvious to me.

BRUCE SLOANE

Winnipeg

 

Depends who you ask

Re: 'Impolite, disgusting' snub has Garneau hot (May 3). There are only two words that can adequately describe Marc Garneau being snubbed by whomever organized the Canadarm ceremony: "very childish."

Are we not supposed to be governed by adults in Ottawa instead of children?

ANDY CHIASSON

Winnipeg

 

Considering all the angles

Re: Esthetic puzzler (Letters, May 2). What to do with Old Market Square's dysfunctional sound stage, the Cube? It could be sold to a carmaker (at 0 per cent financing, naturally) for a sales-promotion gimmick. Or maybe given to a museum to highlight the history of flash photography.

Better yet, short of recycling the metal (to an ice-tray manufacturer), the city could allow free public access to the quirky-looking structure, so that it might provide a quiet, private enclosure for people to meditate, reflect and think inside the box.

DON WARKENTIN

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 6, 2013 A8

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