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Missing the point

In his May 16 letter, Mental-illness stigma remains, Ken Reddig misses the main point of the problem with Vince Li. The fact is that a non-treated illness caused him to take a life in a very horrible manner.

Most people with mental illness don't kill anyone. You have to separate the two issues.

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If Li stopped taking his medicine, there is quite the possibility he could kill again.

The public should not have to live with that risk when we know about it.




Pooping on an idea

Re: Dedicate pail to poop (Letters, May 16). Rick Manchur's reaction to "take the poop home" was laughter. My true response to that is unprintable.

For print purposes I will only say, "Not funny."

I am a former "responsible" dog owner. Never would I put my dog's poop in someone else's garbage cart, nor would I have expected anyone else to have to clean up after my dog or supply me with a dedicated poop can.




Rick Manchur is right. It's a garbage can. But it's not his garbage can. Manchur needs to carry his own poop pail and show respect for others' property.




Reducing the percentages

Your reporters keep mentioning a one per cent raise in the PST.

Going from seven to eight per cent is a 14 per cent increase.




Computers are just tools

Your May 6 editorial Quick fix is not the best fix seems to confuse workers' use of a computer with a computer making workers' decisions. It is obvious that child-welfare workers' clinical skill in talking with families to glean critical information, and their clinical judgment in analyzing it, is an inextricable part of using the structured decision-making model. People use SDM assessments; computers don't

Manitoba is a leader in combining family-engagement skills with decision-support assessments. We have partnered intensively with Manitoba child-welfare leaders and workers teach and coach SDM in a way that actively involves family choices and voices and workers' judgment.

The SDM model brings the best of research and evidence together with workers' skill and judgment. When research informs practice, families and communities can be assured that their children's safety and well-being are resting on a very solid foundation.


NCCD Children's Research Center

Madisson, Wis.


Free trade benefits dubious

In his May 14 letter, Trade deal in our interests, Russell Williams writes that the comprehensive and economic trade agreement "will not drive up the cost of medicines. This notion is based on unfounded arguments and faulty assumptions."

Precisely. The notion that CETA will not drive up the cost of medicines is based on unfounded arguments and faulty assumptions. The certainty that it will increase costs is based on experience.

Where are the benefits of free trade? Oh that's right, all those jobs created -- in China, India, Bangladesh.




Obscuring the view

This is for Winnipeg Transit and all the advertisers who force me to look through bus windows obscured by crap.

I ride the bus for two hours every day. I enjoy looking outside, at the people, buildings, rivers and other scenery.

I am starting to make note of the advertisers whose messages obscure my view and I will make a point of trying not to use their product and services. The body of buses offers space enough. You do not need to mess up the windows.




No cure for a hangover

The Manitoba Liquor Control Commission has constructed at the Richmond West Plaza the most uninspired building that Pembina Highway has seen in a long time.

The building is shoehorned onto the northeast corner of the parking lot, obstructing visibility of the rest of the plaza. The building turns its back on both Pembina Highway and Kirkbridge Avenue, providing not a single window on long, stucco, featureless walls, which are begging for a graffiti artist to add some colour and imagination to this busy intersection.

A hopeful explanation is that the building was designed by someone suffering from a pounding hangover. It would be tragic to think that a building this unimaginative could be without a good excuse. In a city brimming with talented architects, it is indeed sad to see a carbuncle such as this clinging onto the side of Pembina Highway.

Perhaps it is no coincidence that the plaza is owned by Ladco, which also owns the Fort Richmond Mall located on the opposite side of Pembina Highway. The mall sits largely vacant and has been a neglected eyesore for this community for the past 15 years.




Ending hockey violence

Al Mackling, in his May 14 letter, Hockey violence unjustifiable, is dead right. There is no place in sport for the brutality we see these days in hockey.

I don't recall this level of violence when the game was played in my youth during the '30s and '40s. Yes, there were some notable exceptions, and we were horrified by them.

This violence should be banned. Anyone who injures another player during an illegal play should be severely punished.

My suggestion is to bar the offender from playing until the player he injured is able to resume playing the game, plus a reasonable extra period of time. All of this would be accompanied with loss of pay, naturally.

In the event a player injures another player with the intent to put him out of the game, he should not only be punished as above but should be banned from the game for a couple of years.

If the injury ends the career of the victim of this unnecessary violence, then the career of the offender should also be ended. Ban him for life.

If the NHL has the guts to implement something of this nature, we might once more have that "good old hockey game."



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 21, 2013 A12

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