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Vince Li incites fear

So Vince Li is "sane" as long as he is taking his meds (Greater freedom for Li urged, May 14)?

Now lock him up in Stony Mountain prison, where he belongs.

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I live in Lockport and I don't want him wandering around here.




Covering councillors' cost

Re: City eyes selling Blumberg (May 14). Handing over four popular golf courses to private enterprise could save $759,000 per year.

This nicely covers the $600,000 raise to councillors' ward representation allowances (at $40,000 each).




Charleswood has history

Re: Growing pains (May 11). Charleswood in not an example of "urban sprawl." History determined the land use. The district was incorporated as "the Rural Municipality of Charleswood" in 1913. (Yes, we are celebrating our 100th anniversary this year.)

It remained largely rural until the Second World War. Then development was influenced by the Veterans' Land Act. Returning servicemen could qualify for grants and reduced mortgages by purchasing a small holding of at least one-half acre.

In addition to providing rehabilitation, the land made it easier for the veterans to stretch or supplement their incomes with a large vegetable garden. The Roblin Park area was actually built as a Veterans' Land Act Project.

The rural municipality joined Unicity in 1972. Many of the large lots remain, but much of the newer development in Charleswood is of a higher density. Fortunately, the "country in the city" ambiance remains.




Political ads are wrong

Re: Good or good for nothing? (May 8). The Harper government cannot justify spending $100 million on economic advertising, which is essentially using taxpayer money to blow its own horn.

This falls into the same category as directing taxpayer money to help fund political parties. Their objectives are the same -- to benefit the party at the next election. Funding for these schemes should be moved to programs that serve Canadians, not politicians, and the legislation should be repealed.




Tired theist argument

Andrew Winker (Atheism makes no sense, Letters, May 10) trots out the tired presuppositional argument of such Christian apologists as Eric Hovind and Sye ten Bruggencate that all knowledge comes from God.

To be an atheist is not to say, "I know there is no God." It is to say, "I do not believe there is a God," which is not the same. Atheists feel that, based on the evidence available, there is insufficient evidence to support the belief in a god. Nothing more.




As Carl Sagan famously said, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."




Could be worse than CBC

Allow me to congratulate Mark S. Rash on his extremely well-written letter, CBC does a lot of damage (May 10). But he fails to provide even one example of imbalanced journalism.

It may be that he does not watch CTV, CNN, ABC or CBS and the poorly researched, biased reporting (it can't be called journalism) done by Fox News.

It may also be that his Conservative heart wrenches when almost daily there is another report of the misadventures of Stephen Harper and his Conservative pals, either MPs or senators.

However, the point of the original article is that Harper's intrusion into the actions of the CBC board will most certainly colour what we are told and add to the hiding of the Harper government's misdeeds and the squandering of our tax dollars.




A world unto itself

I had to stifle a laugh reading Liberal Senator Percy Downe's quote in your May 10 story, Privacy rules prevent naming tax evaders: "I'm not aware of a world where people pay $8 million and they have not done anything wrong, not one person in that file has been charged with any offence. How does that work? And who are they?"

I would suggest that Downe look around the esteemed upper chamber. In that world, it seems all senators know how the system works.

The recent audit of the Senate names senators Harb, Wallin, Brazeau and Duffy as offenders. Even if they repay the amounts they improperly claimed as expenses, it is highly unlikely that any of them will go to jail. In summary, that world is his world.




Good deed pays off

We were fortunate enough to be able to attend the Fleetwood Mac concert Sunday night. There were six of us, and we had an extra ticket. As we approached the MTS Centre, there was a man sitting on a bench on Graham Avenue.

He appeared to be poor, but you couldn't tell for sure. As we walked by, my son in-law stopped and returned to talk to the man on the bench.

The next thing we knew, my son-in-law had this guy in tow and announced that the man was going to attend the concert with us.

We all accepted this unknown man into our little group, and he spent the entire evening with us. He was very polite and cordial and expressed his gratitude numerous times.

The best part was when he said, "My girlfriend is never going to believe this!"

Hats of to my son in-law for taking the initiative. Also, hats off to the man who accepted his generosity to join us for an evening of fun.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 15, 2013 A8

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