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Grocer expands on Donald

Re: Core grocer a challenge: expert (May 22). I was disappointed to, once again, read an article in the Free Press that fails to recognize the Family Foods full-service grocery store on Donald Street just north of Broadway. You do give some history with respect to the fact there was once a Safeway store and then Kaufmann Foods at this location, but make no mention of the current tenant.

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Family Foods has expanded greatly since Kaufmann's time in the area. The store features a butcher, delicatessen, fresh fruit and vegetables, etc. I live in the area and do all my grocery shopping at this excellent store, which excels in customer service as well as groceries.

It is too bad that your paper fails to recognize the jewel we already have downtown. I challenge reporter Geoff Kirbyson to visit this store at any time of the day to see the customer activity taking place. Oh, and, by the way, they also deliver.




It would appear that the solution to the downtown grocery store dilemma is right before our eyes.

Why not install a grocery store on the main floor of the Bay building and open up the remaining levels of the property to mixed-use development?

In redefining the mammoth historical space, let the powers that be stipulate that it needs to be used as a grocery space, while also addressing the lack of housing that exists in downtown.

To me, that seems like a reasonable solution to both of these ongoing issues. It is a solution that also seeks to preserve our heritage buildings.




Public knows what's up

In his May 23 story One year later... still no verdict, Mike McIntyre expresses surprise that there has not been a decision by the presiding judge in the case of Harry Bakema.

McIntyre, having a great amount of experience with the justice system, should know that what is happening in this case is what the public expected all along. The public knew there would be no repercussions for Bakema.

The justice system always looks after its own and Bakema, who put his own career on the line for a fellow policeman, will surely be looked after by the justice system.

The big losers in this case are the family of Crystal Taman and the honest officers of the East St. Paul Police Department who had their careers ruined because of decisions made by Bakema.




Field day for satirists

What a field day the great satirists of history, particularly Moli®re and Jonathan Swift, could have had with the current farce in the Canadian Senate.

In the whirlwind of finger-pointing and blame evasion, it is, however, instructive to remember that as far back as the fourth century BC, the Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote separate treatises on politics and ethics, perhaps as a tacit acknowledgment that, even in that distant period of history, the two subjects were, as they remain, hopelessly irreconcilable.




2 wrongs don't make Wright

Dan Lett writes (Blame ad by mayor, deputy for jeopardizing money-saver, May 23) that the inaptly named Responsible Winnipeg campaign cost $90,000 we don't have.

May I suggest that Mayor Sam Katz be advised that there's a guy in Ottawa with a penchant for writing $90,000 cheques. Mr. Katz, meet Mr. Wright. Or perhaps, in this case, Mr. Wrong...




Unnecessarily demeaning

I found Dale Patterson's May 13, letter, Hands on, Mr. Harper, extremely offensive, and I am surprised the Free Press published it.

When is any organization with a good reputation for its journalism, talent and dedicated staff allowed to be demeaned and dehumanized by being described in a public newspaper as "a bloated monolith sucking on the public purse"?

Without the numerous services and programs provided by CBC television and radio, Canadians would be much poorer financially and culturally. The CBC has many kind, hard-working and talented people who dedicate themselves to Canada and its culture.




Like Christmas in May

Re: Vigneault will be man in demand (May 23). The fired Vancouver Canucks coach is a fine man, but our own Jets bench boss, in addition to his many personnel skills, exhibits a refreshing quality that is not universal in the NHL and is music to my ears -- he treats fans as intelligent people.

To me, that alone puts the him at the top of the list and makes him, in more ways than one, our first Noel.




Those darn apostrophe's

Your May 23 editorial cartoon is a gem. While poking fun at the many problems of higher education, the cartoonist manages to incorporate a common grammatical error into the accompanying script: "True, our education system has it's (sic) problems." I'll say.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 25, 2013 A16

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