Dedicate a bus lane
Re: Officials vow to get it together (June 14). A better solution to Pembina Highway's traffic woes is to take more space from the very generous boulevard width, and add a full lane in both directions, then make the curb lane a dedicated diamond bus lane, but also for bicycles.
Articles and letters on June 14 insist that transit travel to the Bomber game was a nightmare. Maybe if all of Pembina had a dedicated bus lane, the traffic would not have been as bad.
The only partial fix I see would be for the large green space to the south and west of the stadium to be converted to additional parking for cars and buses. Vehicles proceeding North from the Perimeter Highway and south Pembina area could enter off Pembina prior to reaching Bison Drive.
This conversion could be done quickly, but would likely encounter the usual red tape and objections from all so-called interested parties. I have no idea how I am going to get my friend, who has a disability, into the Paul McCartney concert.
So the NDP government fronts most of the $200 million of taxpayer money for a new stadium for some 15 events a year, not worrying about hospitals and health care.
But they are really concerned about the $5 million of self-generated funds, which they often refer to as a taxpayer subsidy, taken from Assiniboine Downs to be put toward hospitals and health care.
It is time to move on from vilifying the planning incompetence and lack of execution we witnessed at Wednesday's pre-season game and focus on football.
The real talk should be around the Blue Bombers' on-field performance or, in this case, the lack thereof.
I get very concerned when I keep reading the offence is designed to "keep Pierce upright," (Buck's rusty, but healthy, June 14). Call me old fashioned, but I thought an offence was supposed to keep the opposing defence off-balance and score more points.
Review 'just plain trite'
This is what happens when the Free Press cuts staff to the bone. You send a film critic to review live theatre. Randall King's 21/2-star review of Rainbow Stage's production of Buddy -- The Buddy Holly Story (Whoa, Buddy, June 13) was just plain trite.
The full-house audience and standing ovation contradicts King's diatribe. The show was the best I've seen at the open-air theatre, and the multi-talented cast deserves kudos for their terrifically high-spirited performance.
I urge anyone planning to attend this show to ignore King's petty criticisms and have yourself a rockin' good time. Your feet won't keep still.
Factory food fundamentalism
I write in response to Ryan Cardwell's unfair June 8 review, There's food for thought, but facts are ignored, of my book, Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet.
Assigning this book review to Cardwell, an agro-economist whose academic work focuses on the very global industrial food system that my book fundamentally challenges, is like giving a book about atheism to a Christian fundamentalist.
My research relies on peer-reviewed studies, mainstream science and economics, as well as interviews with some of the top thinkers on the issues of agriculture and climate change. When I review books I put my ideological biases on the shelf. He should have too.
A theatrical treasure
Re: Award a tribute to actor's 50-plus years on stage (June 7). Yes, Doreen Brownstone is a true treasure of whom we can be very proud. Her received the Winnipeg Arts Council's lifetime achievment award is justly deserved.
I had the pleasure to meet and work with Doreen in a Woody Allen play, Don't Drink the Water, many years ago. My admiration for her and her talent and spunk continues to this day.
Doreen, the theatrical and greater community loves and admires you, and we are that much richer to have you among us.
A troubling parallel
Re: Marois defends turban ban, June 12): Quebec's ongoing chauvinism is to Aryan purity as the province's Ministry of Democratic Institutions and Active Citizenship is to Nazi Germany's Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda).
First come the saccharine appeals to ethnic nationalism. Then come the inevitable restrictions on civic rights. Don't look away. It can and is happening -- right here, right now.
MARK S. RASH
Reputation for compassion
To respond to letter writers Thomas Spence (Treat immigrants fairly, June 4) and Paul Perrault (Put something back in, June 12) and their opinions of immigrants' fair treatment, aside from dollars and cents, I say we should remember that Canada has a worldwide reputation of being a compassionate country.
We have the room and the need for immigrants without tearing apart what really matters in life, to share a safe and prosperous land with one's loved ones. Immigrants pay their taxes and it is their human right.
Ashamed of city streets
We have had visitors for the last week from Alberta. I was ashamed to drive the city streets with them.
All our streets are disgusting. Who would want to visit here and bottom out their cars?