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Catering to minority

Re: Anti-malathion contingent feeling stung (July 8). Why every year do we have to put up with the anti-mosquito foggers? One in 10 people doesn't want fogging. But what about the other 90 per cent?

Again, it's the small minority that spoils it for the rest of us. Why does the Free Press give front-page coverage to these zealots?

The solution is for these anti-everything types to move to their own part of the city or, better still, move outside the city. There they won't have to worry about fogging, pesticides or anything else.

GEORGE STRUCK

Winnipeg

 

Qualifying for honours

Thank you to Margo Goodhand for bringing attention to the lack of acknowledgment for our city's 40th mayor (Thompson moving on unheralded, July 6).

When I see the list of her accomplishments and the names of those who have been acknowledged in our city or province, I think that Susan Thompson, indeed, qualifies for acknowledgement.

LESLIE ANN FORGIE

Winnipeg

 

Goodhand wonders why there are no honours for Susan Thompson, first female mayor of Winnipeg.

Why would there be?

All "Susie Scissorhands" did in office was prove a woman could be as incompetent, arrogant and callous as any man.

For that she should have a park named after her or receive an Order of Canada? Might as well. It's not as though the Order of Canada hasn't already been awarded to so many yahoos as to be anything other than a dollar-store decoration.

TIM SAYEAU

Winnipeg

 

Brutal and excessive

My wife and I read your July 8 story 'Our hearts are bleeding' with ever-increasing horror. As former foster parents and respite workers at present, we are not unfamiliar with family situations that require intervention.

However, it would seem to us that the sweeping action or, perhaps more accurately, the abduction of children from an entire community by Child and Family Services can only be described as brutal, excessive and arbitrary.

We are assuming the case against the community must be air-tight, overwhelming and independently verified by numerous sources. Otherwise this Gestapo-like invasion of the community will haunt the agency, eventually rendering it ineffective, morally bankrupt and entirely discredited.

KEN PENNER

Winnipeg

 

Balanced and thoughtful

I have been meaning for some time to write and thank you for occasionally including articles from The Economist on your editorial pages.

They always present a well-written, balanced and thoughtful take on a current issue, and the July 6 piece CEO to take home $52 million with shareholder blessing is no exception. Keep 'em coming.

JARED CARLBERG

Winnipeg

 

Separating mosque and state

Having visited Egypt four times, my heart bleeds for the good people of this absolutely fascinating country. Although Mohamed Morsi was democratically elected with few allegations of corruption, it took just one year for the majority of the population to realize what western governments have been wrestling with for years, which is the absolute necessity to separate religion from state.

This must be incorporated into future Egyptian constitutions in order for any religious minority, and in particular Coptic Christians, to feel safe. Although Morsi was duly elected, the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood to dictate the mantra of Islamic extremism obviously does not sit well with the majority of Egyptians.

Religion does not put food on the table or a roof over your head. And with one of the most important industries of Egypt, tourism, declining to an all-time low, Egyptians realize that an Islamic republic of the likes of Iran is not the way to go.

KIM TRETHART

Winnipeg

 

Garbage pickup improving

In my opinion, there has been a lot of improvement in our recycling and garbage pickup. It's not an easy task to do both services in one day in our climate. But I'm also curious as to why some people put out their recycling less than a third full. I have picked up these bins blown over on my street while I'm out for a walk.

Maybe there would be fewer complaints and delays if bins were put out at least half full?

KELLY OLSON

Winnipeg

 

Fed up with scandals

I have had my fill of the Senate scandals in our government. What would happen to an ordinary Canadian citizen who knowingly defrauded the government of a few hundred dollars? They would end up in court or have their bank accounts frozen or property seized. As for the senators' claims that the rules are too confusing, do they mean they don't know where they live or where they were travelling? This is hardly a good recommendation for a position in "the chamber of sober second thought." What a cruel joke. The NDP has it right. Get rid of this useless, nay, harmful bunch.

LEN ERNST

Carberry

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 9, 2013 A6

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