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Nasty and presumptuous

Lindor Reynolds' May 15 column, Jolie's mastectomy choice a game-changer, is commendable, other than the one line after she quotes Angelina Jolie saying how loving and supportive her husband Brad Pitt was during her procedure. Reynolds writes: "Let's hope he was."

I find a comment like that unnecessary. What is between two people in a relationship is private and their business. When someone crosses that boundary, thinking they can make judgments regarding another's relationship, they are being nasty and presumptuous.

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Re: Jolie situation unique, MDs say (May 15). If women want to cut out flesh to reduce their risk of breast cancer, they should go vegetarian.

There is a correlation between many diseases, breast cancer included, and the consumption of animal protein.




Going mentally bankrupt

Larry Kusch's May 14 story Province to roll over 500 new VLTs for $18 M in new revenue identifies the fact that the NDP is on the verge of mental bankruptcy. What they should be doing is finding other sophisticated avenues to create financial growth for our province; instead they are gambling with our lives.

Instead of controlling and limiting the number of VLTs, they are expanding the numbers to generate more income and, in the process, addicting additional Manitobans. What a wonderful way of offsetting the uproar over the PST and other tax increases that have been imposed.




Double the ineptitude

Re: Store owner slams planned PST hike (May 16). Does the owner of Peppertree Fashions really believe that a one penny increase in the sales tax will drive her well-heeled customers to the U.S. discount malls if they're not already determined to go there?

Brian Pallister's inept opposition to the tax increase is only exceeded by the NDP's inept announcement of its implementation. Let's get real: the current price increases consumers are experiencing are affecting governments, too.




Unappreciated comments

In the story Tory MP urges board to reject unescorted walks by Li (May 15), MP James Bezan is quoted as saying "Our Conservative government has always put victims first, and always will."

I hope Bezan remembers that Vince Li is also a victim -- a victim of his mental illness.




When MP James Bezan becomes board certified in psychiatry, he might comment on this issue. Otherwise, he shows his ignorance of mental illness and medical treatment.




Solving pension problems

In response to the May 13 letter A better pension idea, I say that we have paid and paid and paid for years for this pension.

We should not have to pay more. Here is an even better idea. The pension should go to those who have supported it for 25 years plus, and to no one else. It is a very simple solution.




Destroying a program

I totally agree with Dougald Lamont's May 13 column, Making NRC tool of industry bad for science. One of the major areas carried out at the Winnipeg National Research Council was developing new and sophisticated methods for the early detection of chronic diseases including cancer.

This work led to researchers from major centres throughout the world eager to collaborate with scientists at the NRC in Winnipeg. In fact, this work led to the NRC in Winnipeg being praised as an example of how science can interact with medicine and ultimately with industry.

What the Harper government did was to give these scientists the pink slip and essentially destroy this program. The results from this program could have saved lives by early detection and reducing the enormous medical costs associated with the development of these chronic conditions.

As a scientist who had the privilege of collaborating with scientists at the NRC, I can say that what has been done is not only tragic and short-sighted but poor public policy.


Faculty of human ecology

University of Manitoba


Compromising fans' privacy

While you're watching the Bombers, they're watching you, the May 9 Page 1 Free Press headline says. The headline should also state, "And we're watching you too, and publishing it."

Why does the Free Press have to publish large, magnified pictures of the fans at the game on its front page? This seriously compromises the privacy of those attending the game.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 17, 2013 A12

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