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Pedestrians slow traffic

Re: Traffic flows swift and smooth for concert (SundayXtra, June 23). I took my daughter to the Taylor Swift concert Saturday night. I had no issue with the dropping off. My problem is with the pickup.

I waited in U lot right across from Gate 2. I found her easy enough and got out of the lot pretty quick. But I have a concern about all the pedestrian traffic.

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There were thousands of people walking across the road while all the cars are trying to leave. There seemed to be little crowd control of the pedestrians. People were crossing the road wherever they had a chance, which of course slowed traffic down more. Near to Pembina Highway, people were walking on the median, the shoulder and even the road.

They need to do a better job of separating the cars from the pedestrians before someone gets hit. It'll also speed up the flow of cars. I'd suggest a pedestrian overpass. Or perhaps use some barriers to let people cross the road closer to Gate 2 and not so close to where the cars are trying to exit. Or keep the people on the sidewalks on the north side of Chancellor and Matheson and let the traffic flow out more quickly.




Appalled by behaviour

My husband and I attended the June 22 Goldeyes game and we were appalled by the behaviour of some of the fans.

There was a group of men in Section S, Row 2, one of whom was yelling constantly at two players on the opposing team. It was not good-natured ribbing: It was a constant stream of nasty personal comments to these ball players in a very loud voice.

This bully was encouraged by the laughter not only of the fools with him but of another group of fans seated a few rows back. A father in Section T with two young girls was also laughing at the nasty remarks this lout was making, and encouraging his very young daughters to do the same.

I was disheartened by the fact that even after all the anti-bullying messages the schools are trying to promote, parents are showing their children it is alright to disrespect others, especially when those others are not in a position to fight back.

Kudos to the players who tried to ignore the nastiness and continued to play their best.




I was at Taylor Swift with my son. The concert was fantastic, and everyone enjoyed it, including the two older gentlemen sitting beside me in Section 228.

Can you please explain to me and the other people sitting in our section, including the four 10-year-olds, why it was necessary to consume eight beer each and get blitheringly drunk? It was a Taylor Swift concert full of families and little kids.

The four extremely well-behaved young women sitting in front of us who were very moderately enjoying cool beverages might like an explanation, too, especially since one of the men graciously fell over the seats into the next row and practically landed on top of them. Maturity rocks.




Passing the smell test

I commend the Winnipeg School Division for having a scent-free administration building (Schools tackle a smell of a problem, June 21). This is obviously a division that cares for the health of its employees.

I have a lot of respect for the Brandon School Division for taking the initiative in drawing up rules to limit use of scented products. Why wait until a person starts choking before action is taken? What's wrong with being proactive? The health of our students should come first.


West St. Paul


Smearing a good name

Re: Archbishop's sex-assault trial adjourned (June 20). Several times your headline writers have manipulated our attention to a sad legal matter by using the generic title "archbishop."

The individual who is at the centre of this case has spiritual jurisdiction over only a few local citizens. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of folks who appropriately respect their bishops and archbishops in other traditions will find the vague reference in your headlines to be unsettling until they read the fine print.

That may indeed be your intent. Nonetheless, in my view, your choice of headline is mean-spirited and entirely disrespectful.




Teaching intelligence

Paul Sutherland is correct (Letters, June 20) in saying there is more time needed in the school day. This is why the education arena must change to teach less knowledge and more intelligence. And, yes, there is a difference.

Knowledge is basically information, data, that can be retrieved from books or a computer memory bank. I recall my college professor saying: you don't have to know this stuff, just know where to find it.

Intelligence, however, is far more important, because it defines the ability to learn, understand and deal with situations that arise. Basically, it is the thinking process. Using a computer analogy, it is the software program that uses the data in the memory bank for an application. Knowledge is useless without intelligence, but intelligence can always gain knowledge through analytical discovery.

Considering today's social and environmental challenges, teaching critical thinking and problem solving in schools is crucial.




What's good for goose...

Re: Unpaid days off set off union boss (June 21). I assume that Russ Wyatt, and any of the city council members who vote for his Wyatt weekends, will take a 20 per cent cut in salary as well.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 25, 2013 A8

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