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Cracks might let light in

Re: 'Blasted' is putting it mildly (June 21). What a sad and pathetic team are the Blue Bombers, from the top down. Here you have a coach who sends in a bunch of rookies against regulars to get slaughtered. That will help their confidence, won't it?

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And how do you evaluate a quarterback playing against regulars but being protected by rookies? I thought for many years that we had hit rock bottom, but now I wonder. The stadium is not the only thing with cracks in it. You should check the heads of the management, coach and board of this team.


Airdrie, Alta.


Minus traffic congestion (and a few cracks), Winnipeg has a new football stadium it should be proud of. The question remains, will Winnipeg ever have a football team it can be proud of?




An ancient theology

I was surprised and offended that a spokeswoman for the federal immigration minister would dismiss doctors and other medical personnel as "shameful and irresponsible" because they organized a rally asking for reinstatement of basic health care for refugees (Refugees ask feds to restore benefits, June 17).

This is all the more distressing because her bosses, Jason Kenney and Stephen Harper, are men of faith. Evidently, the passages "Whatever you do to the least of these little ones, you do to me" and "Remember that you too were once a stranger in the land of Egypt" are not found in their scriptures.

Yet they do have a theology. It is an ancient view that divides the world into "us, the good people" and "them, the bad people."

One hundred years ago, my grandparents arrived in Canada, economic refugees from the poverty of Eastern European serfdom. Shortly after their arrival, my grandmother's husband died, leaving her with four small children.

One reason for their unlikely survival was that Ojibwe people who lived nearby came to help her out. I don't recall if they checked out with her if she were "illegal" or "bogus."




I totally disagree with giving free dental and vision care to new people to this country. Why should a new person get better care than a Canadian citizen?

Senior citizens who have lived in this country their whole lives don't have dental or vision coverage and they have paid taxes their whole lives. They still have to support this country and now they are expected to foot the bill for someone else's health care?

I know of a lot of Canadian seniors who don't have the proper glasses and need dental care but can't afford it. If these doctors and health care workers feel so strongly about this issue why don't they use their energy to co-ordinate a free service from their peers? Don't expect me to pay for someone to have a better life than mine.




Steer clear of sewers

Re: No story too big for us (Letters, June 15). Apparently, Andriy Michalchyshyn is not an animal lover, otherwise a feel-good story like the one about the kind-hearted lady who actually showed some compassion for this poor, petrified little squirrel would have pleased him.

I hope for his sake that he never falls into a filthy sewer and needs rescuing, because surely those "feces-encrusted" photos of his rescue would have to wait until April Fools' Day to be published.

I for one felt some joy in my heart with this Page 1 story. It actually brought tears to my eyes. It is because of stories like this that we have been seven-day subscribers since 2003.




It seems this story isn't quite finished yet. Readers should make sure they have rain caps installed on their roof sewer vent pipes. We learned this the hard way after finding a drowned squirrel in our toilet.

The caps have half-inch wire mesh screens. They come in four- and five-inch diameters.




Value for investment

Re: Copter was analyzing traffic (Letters, June 20). Please wait until I get up off the floor where I am convulsed in hysterical laughter. We need a helicopter to analyze the traffic situation near the new stadium?

There are no maps that indicate how few (three) ways there are to approach the university? Nobody is familiar with the roads and traffic patterns around the university?

I realize Insp. Scot Halley is a good person doing the best he can in a poorly run city. But what needs to be analyzed is the mental and intellectual capabilities of the political leaders and professional planners in this city. A psychiatrist is a lot less expensive than a helicopter, too.

On the positive side, perhaps the police video could be sold to the comedy festival, where taxpayers might finally get some value for their investment in this helicopter.



Dependent on digital

In his June 20 letter, Bill Rolls writes he had to change his response from "10 to 10" to "9:50" for a young boy who asked him the time. This is in line with my observation many people in their late 20s and younger cannot tell the time from the hands on a traditional analogue clock.

They are dependent on digital clocks (that never say "10 to 10"). This is an unanticipated fallout from the tech age that has so many implications in everyday life.

Parents and schools should start teaching this again. There is a standard clock in every classroom, and the odds are only the teacher knows how to use it.




Humanity's magical hierarchy

Gregory Unger has it all wrong (More on men and beasts, Letters, June 17). We do not have a "God-given hegemony over the natural world." If you want to get biblical, then I will tell you that it is exactly this type of thinking that is leading us towards an impending environmental apocalypse.

Suggesting we are on the top of some magical hierarchy and the Earth is ours to exploit at will is a theory better suited to the 19th century. In the 21st, we better realize we must be stewards, not masters, because all species are tied to the same fate.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 22, 2013 A16

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