I wholeheartedly agree with Derek Holtom's assessment of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' predicament over these many years (Letters, July 23).
The Bomber organization is a complete mess and, as Holtom so aptly puts it, the problem starts at the very top, with the incompetent board, and then works its way down.
I am a Blue Bomber season ticket holder since 1969 and I will always support the team. But will a lot of other people? The last game against Toronto in Winnipeg was not a sellout. Is this a portent of things to come?
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have been floundering in the swamp for 23 years. Enough already.
It's time to say goodbye to Garth Buchko and the entire Bomber executive. It's time to say goodbye to Joe Mack, Gary Crowton, Buck Pierce and others from the offence.
Return Tim Burke to defence, which is his specialty. Burke and Casey Creehan know how to build a defence.
Use the rest of the season as a gigantic training camp to prepare for 2014.
Chad Simpson is the only real star on offence. Terrence Edwards and Cory Watson also can be stars in this league, but this trio needs help.
One thing is certain. The Bombers will not be 0-18. However, 1-17 is very possible based on their performance four games into the schedule.
It will take more than a new stadium to get me to drive 650 kilometres (round trip) to watch a team short on talent. Bomber fans deserve a team that can compete and contend.
My wife and I have been season-ticket holders for the Blue Bombers for a very long time. We have all been told that we have the best fans in the CFL, and I have often wondered about that.
However, I need not worry about that any longer. The powers that be saw fit to erect our new stadium in the worst possible location I can think of, and the fans are filling the place.
They go by car, bicycle, bus and foot. Now, they are even starting to go by boat and canoe. And this with all the inconveniences involved. Someone should do a story about this for every news agency in Canada.
With this kind of dedication, I can't think of a better incentive to put a winning product on the field. The people of Winnipeg have always loved their Bombers, but I had no idea how much.
The concessions at Investors Group Field have attained NFL parity. Food and beverage prices at IGF equal and in some cases even exceed what is being charged at NFL stadiums.
Thanks to those responsible for this dubious achievement.
As tempted as I am to list the dozen or so misconceptions, misperceptions and outright logical fallacies that populate Gary Payne's July 22 letter, Supporting the circus, I sadly realize that those who look at the world this way just don't get it.
I know this might be impossible for them to understand, but I'm going to say it anyway: animals do not exist for our entertainment. The fact that we are of a higher form of intelligence or more evolved (both doubtful, as Payne demonstrates) than our animal brethren does not give us the right to use and abuse them as we please.
Animals do not belong in aquariums or zoos, and least of all should they be forced to perform in circuses. Payne calls circuses a "hobby" and says that the decision to attend them "should be that of the people."
But what of the animals? It isn't a hobby for them, and I'm pretty sure they wouldn't choose to be removed from their natural environments and forced to "perform" for our enjoyment.
As for the claim that he's "against animal abuse," that's just downright laughable. Anyone truly against harming animals would never support any of these things. How much the animals are loved and well cared for doesn't matter one iota when it is us making them do what we want.
Gary Payne is himself a victim of propaganda, but it is from the circuses themselves. Do not tell me that animals in the circuses are not abused and neglected. I have seen it first-hand.
I had the opportunity to get up-close to a performing elephant. There were bleeding wounds behind its ears from the bull-hook they use to help train the elephant.
When I pointed that out to the handler, he told me, "That doesn't hurt them. They have tough skin." But the reason they use the hook in that area in the first place is because the skin is extra thin and sensitive there.
Regarding the recent implementation of the City of Winnipeg ordinance that results in the ban of the use of exotic animals, I say bravo!
Winnipeg joins 27 other Canadian cities and municipalities that have had such a ban in place for a number of years; similar bans are taking place in countries all over the world.
Corking royal vitriol
Until Wayne Ashley (Breeding the royal heir, Letters, July 24) personally meets a member of the British royal family and discovers whether or not the official protocol requires him to grovel, I cordially suggest that he put a stopper in his vitriol bottle.
I suggest that Wayne Ashley emulate Max Aitken, Roy Thomson and Conrad Black. Make a few million dollars, buy some newspapers and then buy a peerage.
As one of Her Majesty's peers, he will be totally absolved of any need to grovel.