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Bombers a laughingstock

Gary Lawless's Aug. 2 column, Alouettes are pros; Bombers are not, is spot on. He pretty much summarizes what I and thousands of fans have been saying for years about our beloved Blue Bombers. We are the laughingstock of the CFL.

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It is not so much the decisions they make or fail to make, it is the timing of those decisions. Most fans probably believe by now Buck Pierce is not our man and hasn't been for some time -- but the decision to demote/trade/cut him should have been made last November, not five games into the new season.

And do we even have a recruiting group? Quarterbacks like Bo Levi Mitchell, Zach Collaros and Drew Willy have been out there for the past few years, yet we have had a revolving door at that position since Joe Mack has been here (and don't even get me going on that one), and there has been nobody in our No. 1 QB position who could even start on another CFL team.

And, heavens, do not even consider a trade for Glenn (whom we should never have got rid of in the first place), Riley or Porter.

So, the Gong Show continues and will do so while the current board is in place and while Mack is still around. Maybe when they miss a loan payment due to a lack of fans in the stands, they will get the hint.




In an extraordinary turn of events, four rookie quarterbacks started games in the CFL last week. Three of them shredded their opponents for wins. The loser was the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Justin Goltz, and he has now been declared the starter?

The Bombers will be horrendous for years to come if there are no changes made at the top first and on the field second.




The Bombers are in crisis. The club is riddled with substandard management and it's evident internal communication is lacking.

It is time for the board of directors to step up and empower new management personnel to set a new course for the club.



Horse apples, indeed

I cannot believe letter writer Tim Brandt has the gall to call car drivers "fat, lazy and stupid" (Bicycles came before cars, July 31) and expects drivers to have more respect for him and other bicyclists.

I doubt Bill Gates or Warren Buffet ride bikes to work and I am pretty sure they are not fat, lazy, or stupid.

I drive at rush hour and every day I see bicyclist disobeying the laws. They use pedestrian crossings when it suits them and, my pet peeve, they pass cars between the curb and the car at a red light. Why do I have to give them a lane when I pass but they need only two feet when passing me?




Before cars, people drove horses. Sitting on a two-furrow plough behind four horses going against the wind, one did not find the air always clean.

Nor was it so sanitary for the ladies in the city skipping over horse apples as they crossed the street in their long dresses.





Cyclists are by far the most dangerous people on the road. On average, I encounter 35 cyclists each day, all along designated bike paths that in all honesty were and are a waste of money, and where are those cyclists riding? The middle of my lane of traffic.

On Main Street, close to the train station, if I so much as drive in the diamond lane -- meant for cyclists and buses -- I get a ticket. Yet cyclists feel it is fair to not use the lane given to them?




Comments unbecoming

Whatever happened to the concept of the modest Canadian? Gone out the window apparently.

I was offended by Joni Mitchell's comments about Saskatoon reported in John Einarson's Aug. 1 column, Cranky Joni Mitchell a reminder of Winnipeg shortcoming, and I don't even live there.

Those are the sort of statements I would expect coming from Justin Bieber or some other member of the entitled generation, not somebody 70 years old.




Nailing an irony

Bravo to Dan Lett for nailing the irony that Lisa Gibson's tragic death has brought to the forefront of the discussion about help for mentally ill (Mercy for mentally ill begins at the grave, Aug. 1).

There is still a huge stigma placed on anyone who deals with a mental illness. I, too, thought this week how differently someone like Vince Li would have been seen had he turned his knife on himself after taking Tim McLean's life. Instead of yearly cries for keeping him locked up for life, would we instead remembering him as a tortured soul, a victim himself of a debilitating mental illness?

Lett does a good job of flipping the tragedy of Gibson's death around for us, holding a mirror up to our fickle attitudes toward the mystery mental illness often is.




Following power logic

Re: Fuel for thought (July 27). Let's get this straight. We need more power generation.

We need the power to be green, so it can be sold at cut-rate prices to the U.S.

If we save money by building gas generation, producing demand power and improving the security of supply, it will no longer be green.

If it is no longer green, the U.S. might cancel their contracts.

If they cancel their contracts, we could have a power surplus.

If we have a power surplus, we will not need any more generation, transmission lines or huge expenditures in our lifetimes.

For this to happen the NDP will have to fess up and admit they are wrong.

It will never happen.




Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 3, 2013 A14

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