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Around-the-clock complaints

Re: Hospital eateries losing millions (Aug. 14). Health Minister Theresa Oswald shouldn't speak without knowing the facts. Hospital cafeterias are nowhere near being open 24/7. Also, those prices she is afraid of already exist.

Slow service at higher prices than many nice restaurants is why, as a nurse, I don't eat at St. Boniface Hospital unless I stay overtime and get a coupon to pay for part of it.

It is hardly a place that appears to be subsidized for the benefit of family members but rather an opportunity to take advantage of them. In my work, I hear plenty of complaints about the price of the food, as well as the price of the parking.

JOANNE SMITH

Winnipeg

 

Calling the kettle black

As a long-time Thompson resident, business owner and community volunteer, I really had to think after reading your July 27 feature, Thompson: Violence in a northern town.

Why would anyone want to live in Thompson? My wife and I should leave town and move somewhere safe immediately. Winnipeg, perhaps?

But wait, isn't Winnipeg the murder capital of Canada? Car-theft capital? Mosquito and wasp capital, also known as Winterpeg? The place that gets annual floods, where people get killed at night clubs, and where the same 38 people in downtown Winnipeg use up $1 million in social, justice and health services? Where I can't leave anything visible in my car downtown where it will be broken into? Where $1 million of cocaine moves through the city every month? Are you getting annoyed with my accusations against your great city?

Yet I have many friends in Winnipeg who would live nowhere else. Would the real Winnipeg please stand up? If I rode along in a Winnipeg police car and did a story of the city's low life and crime that comes out after dark, would that provide a true picture of your community?

Thompson is a small city of 15,000. Do you realize the negative impact such an article will cause for years to come? Negative brand perceptions may linger and hurt recruitment and investment. I don't understand your editorial staff being encouraged to write a multi-page, multi-article feature that beats up a small northern city. There is no denying the issues. Yet most of these sad people represent a fraction of one per cent of the population.

VOLKER BECKMANN

Thompson

 

Trial by media unfair

Gordon Sinclair's Aug. 13 column, No place for laziness to hide, features a great photograph: two tired dudes asleep astride their Kubotas, caught on camera by a Neighbourhood Watch lady, in between her favourite TV soaps, and a Free Press journalist incited to investigate and demand accountability. What a story!

Let's put Sinclair on a Kubota for a four-hour stint and then let him re-write the column. He might have to do that from a horizontal position.

I sincerely hope the city gives these dudes a fair trial, not influenced by this kind of media coverage.

ROBERT K. FROESE

Winnipeg

 

I don't work for the city, but I'm tired of people trying to make the city workers look bad. How does Darlene Beaumont know these men weren't on their lunch break?

Maybe this world would be a better place if we stopped jumping to conclusions and minded our own business.

ANDREA CECCHINI

Winnipeg

 

More consistent than Raonic

At least city council can get credit for being consistent (Tennis anyone? City courts too decrepit: group, Aug. 9). It appears they are equally derelict in their responsibility for infrastructure maintenance, be it tennis courts, roads, community centres or parking lots.

I wonder if they would offer me a $10,000 gratuity if I were to buy a tennis court and fix it up? Maybe even throw in free parking for a year or an extra $44,000 to fund my PR campaign?

GARY HOOK

Winnipeg

 

Missing spiritual connection

Wow. Patricia Medgyes thinks solvent and alcohol abuse are a mockery of aboriginal culture (Give headdress a shake?, Letters, Aug. 13)? I call it the negative after-effects of colonization and residential schools.

This side trip into racial stereotypes had nothing to do with the topic of why appropriating feather headdresses in the name of fashion is offensive. The headdresses have spiritual significance.

If a nun's habit or a Jew's yarmulke were similarly exploited by the fashion industry, I wonder how Medgyes would dismiss the inevitable outcry over that.

HEATHER JONES

Winnipeg

 

As a young indigenous person, I am offended by Patricia Medgyes' letter. First, she has no right to determine what should be offensive to indigenous people.

Second, her negative stereotypes are unacceptable. I respected the Free Press before reading this racist material in your publication. I expected a large newspaper like yours to be more sensitive to a population that is widespread throughout this country, let alone in Winnipeg.

DARLA CONTOIS

Toronto

 

Defining the impossible

Re: Art? Who's to say (Letters, Aug. 7). Art is difficult to define. A lot of trash passes of for art.

The best way to screen the works is to cut off all public funding. Let the work stand on its merit.

ERNEST DIAS

Winnipeg

 

Assisted suicide

Re: Province weighs funeral fee (Aug. 14). Seems to me the NDP has a death wish.

BARRY CRAIG

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 15, 2013 A12

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