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Posted: 07/22/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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Supporting the circus

It has come to our attention that the City of Winnipeg is considering an ordinance containing language that would, in effect, ban circus animals. Such legislation is a solution in search of a problem.

No doubt this has been instigated by animal-rights enthusiasts and well-meaning people who have seen one propaganda video too many.

Our members call circus a hobby. We have witnessed that most performing animals are loved and well cared for.

Make no mistake, we are against animal abuse. But to abuse the star of the show isn't a logical conclusion. But animal wrongists don't use logic.

The care and handling of circus animals is an evolving science that has made great strides. We're excited about the circus having involved itself in the conservation of animals such as the Asian elephant.

What a crime it would be if the circus were eliminated and along with it these wonderful animal ambassadors. This ordinance does nothing for animals except to move them closer to extinction.

Animal-rights fundraising businesses are long on allegations and short on empirical evidence. They have cried wolf a few times too many.

The decision -- to attend a circus or not -- should be that of the people. Do not be influenced by a tiny minority who would bully the circus out of town.

GARY PAYNE

Circus Fans Association

Hamden, Conn.

 

Expecting consideration

As I have been a loyal, longtime supporter of the Conservative party, I do not expect my name to appear on the "enemy" list, which accompanied the briefing notes which the new federal cabinet ministers received.

Since my MP has received a cabinet appointment, in exchange for my support I expect to be given favourable consideration for the next round of Senate appointments. I anxiously await a phone call from Ottawa to confirm my appointment to this elite group of parliamentarians who represent the epitome of fiscal management.

ELMER PAWLIUK

Winnipeg

 

Same failed philosophy

Brenda Norquay's July 17 letter, Discourage teen pregnancy, expounds the same old failed philosophy: In a nutshell, make contraception more readily available as a means to terminate pregnancy.

Children are a joy and a gift. Granted, their rearing requires work, and they can be a pain. Without children, we will be cultivating robots.

The best time for a woman to have a child is when she is at her physical peak, in her late teens or early 20s. Women postpone pregnancy for their careers. This suits the corporations and government employers because it increases the pool of single workers.

This is not to the advantage of women. Large corporations and governments have to redesign the workplace. Feminism missed the mark. Society cannot diverge from basic human biology. Teen pregnancy reflects this conceptual failure.

ERNEST DIAS

Winnipeg

 

Cyclists have right to road

David Osborne (Letters, July 13) recounts how he shouted at a cyclist for riding on the street and not using the separated bike lane that winds up and down the curb for four blocks of Pembina Highway.

Osborne's concern for safety is admirable, but in this case, the driver's education falls short. He should understand that the Highway Traffic Act of Manitoba gives cyclists the right to use the road and to travel at any speed below the posted limit.

Everyone's safety will be improved by Winnipeg drivers accepting the rules of the road instead of finding imaginary faults in the cyclists.

MICHAEL ZAJAC

Winnipeg

 

Time better spent

I have had no issues with the recycling and garbage bins up until our last pickup. I found a message on the handle of our recycling bin that said we did not leave enough room between the bins.

Maybe we didn't, but what I find so funny is that in the time the worker spent winding the wire around the handle several times with the message attached, he could have just moved the bin over instead and my recycling would have been taken.

SANDRA DESAULTELS

Winnipeg

 

A record to top

While past regional ministers have brought institutions and jobs to Manitoba, Vic Toews seems to have concentrated on getting rid of them.

Under Toews' watchful eye:

  • The Winnipeg-based Canadian Wheat Board was abolished against the clear wishes of a majority of western Canadian farmers.
  • A majority of Parks Canada employees in Manitoba were fired or put on notice and its large collection of western Canadian artifacts were shipped from Winnipeg to the Ottawa area.
  • The National Research Council facility on Ellice Avenue was closed.
  • The Freshwater Research Institute in Fort Garry was greatly downsized.
  • The Experimental Lakes research facility in nearby Ontario was abruptly cancelled at a time when Lake Winnipeg was named the most endangered lake in the world.

What will the next Conservative regional minister do for Manitoba?

DANIEL STONE

Winnipeg

 

Spin doctor's orders

Re: Attack of consultanitis (Letters, July 17). For recurring infection, when taking "Citihalas," you may experience headaches, upset stomach, anger and thinning of the wallet.

Side-effects may include extra fees. Do not drive when taking Citihalas. Avoid media and public interactions. If symptoms persist longer than four years, consult the electorate.

DON WARKENTIN

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 22, 2013 A8

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