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Posted: 08/19/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0


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We could try scrambling

Re: Winnipeg's soul got buried (Aug. 14). Regarding the dilemma of the Portage and Main intersection and pedestrian access, one possible solution to consider is to create a "scramble" crossing. This would involve having one signal solely for pedestrians to cross from one point to any other point, including diagonally.

The solution has been instituted in cities around the world and is relatively cheap to create. Some cities have found that scramble crossings work at some intersections but not at others; some cities also have had to tinker with the system to make it work more effectively.

This would seem to be something to look into, as it could be adapted in consideration of the unique needs of the crossing.



NDP idea from the start

Re: Bipole III gets strict conditions for licence (Aug. 15). I bet the folks at Manitoba Hydro have been holding their collective breaths waiting to see whether or not they'd get the NDP's blessing to build Bipole III.

Please don't insult Manitoba citizens' intelligence by trying to make it look as if the Bipole III horror story was a Hydro management decision and not an NDP-conceived project from the start.

The only reason Hydro has no option now but to build the line is because they have already spent hundreds of millions of dollars (which they have borrowed) to pay consulting fees and appease aboriginal and environmental groups.



Counterproductive clich©s

In her Aug. 15 letter, Missing spiritual connection, Heather Jones uses tired and counterproductive clich©s. And she is wrong in her assertion that headdresses have spiritual significance. They have historic and social significance.

Headdresses are not worn by medicine men but by chiefs. Unlike the Catholic nuns' habits and Jews' yarmulkes, feathered headdresses are not worn to denote a religious commitment. They are worn when chiefs go to battle. They are referred to as "war bonnets." What is sacred about that?



Simplistic solution

Re: Solving the doctor problem (Letters, Aug. 12). It is a good thing that Bill Rolls is not the provincial health minister because his simplistic solution shows a complete lack of understanding regarding physician remuneration. His calculation of 2.4 doctors per 1,000 population resulting in a distribution of 415 patients per doctor is simplistic nonsense. While it is true that there are about 2,500 doctors in Manitoba, this includes administrators or specialists. Does he really intend that 415 patients will have their health-care needs met, for example, by a pathologist?

Based on recent Manitoba Health data, average physician payments are about $310,000 per year. His proposal would result in a 60 per cent increase.

Discussing issues such as weight loss, physical activity and smoking cessation in promotion of wellness will undoubtedly require much more time for each visit and more frequent visits to monitor progress of such a program. With Rolls assigned to have his care provided by a specific physician, he may in fact find it much more difficult to get an appointment when he is sick. After all, if the doctor is now salaried, will he or she be willing to work overtime once the daily quota of patients has been met?



Use money to help

I do agree with Grand Chief Murray Clearsky that our health system needs improvement (Death wasn't self-inflicted, Letters, Aug. 12). But we can help with that by not filling hospital emergency wards for every little problem.

Every day, news articles appear that blame society for the ills of all aboriginal problems. An enormous amount of money is allocated to the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. This money should be used to help the people with their education, housing, addictions, parenting skills, etc.

Give them a life that would allow them to have pride in themselves. Instead, we hear of the elaborate lifestyles of the chiefs and their families supported by this money.

It is definitely time all First Nations people stop blaming their problems on me because of what my ancestors did. Many aboriginal people have good jobs and take pride in being self-sufficient and productive members of society.

The ones making all the noise are those who have not been taught the skills needed for self-sufficiency. It is time the chiefs act like leaders.



Stop asking at the till

It seems everywhere I shop I'm asked at the cashier's till to donate to some charity. The cashiers are embarrassed when I say no. It's getting out of hand and if I want to donate I will and get a tax receipt.

Please someone put a stop to being asked for money at every till these days.

Meanwhile, I had some Campbell's soup that was just over the expiry date, and we all know that tin products will last for a few years over that date. I wanted to drop it off for Winnipeg Harvest. I was told, no, they would not take it because they needed it to be fresh. For gosh sake, I eat soup past the expiry date. If they really need these donations, get with it.

Kim Gainer


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 19, 2013 A8

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