Honouring Bud Grant
Congratulations to Gordon Sinclair Jr. on his wonderful idea (Time to honour Bud Grant with stadium statue, Aug. 20). Bud Grant, as a football player and coach, built the Bombers into a well-managed powerhouse, feared by all.
Note to the current Bomber management: Let's get this done.
There has never been another Bomber coach like Bud Grant. The Minnesota Vikings honoured him by giving him a permanent office at Viking headquarters, although he never won a Super Bowl for them. We can do better.
I agree with Gordon Sinclair's view of a statue at the Investors Group Field. It will give the fans and the players something to look up to as the team strives to repeat his performance as a coach. Let's get it underway soon, so we can still honour him while he is still with us.
WILLIAM D. POOLES
In citizens' best interests
Steven Fletcher's idea of Manitoba Hydro building a new transmission line to Alberta (Tory MP on bandwagon of east-west power grid, Aug.16) sounds like an idea that all parties could consider in the best interests of the citizens they represent.
Perhaps it is now time for politicians of all stripes in this province to get power smart and determine what is in the best interests of Manitobans going forward and to put aside differences that alienate the average citizen.
This is a great country, and the only thing holding it back is the refusal of politicians to park their egos and do what is best for all of us.
Least of the problem
If I lived in the oil-producing area of southwestern Manitoba, I would be far more concerned about having the water table poisoned by fracking than I would be about the roads being bad (Oil's not well with our roads, Aug. 19).
It has also been reported that the chemicals used in fracking result in high levels of hydrogen sulfide in the oil extracted. I believe this had a lot to do with the massive explosion in Quebec.
Enbridge will not carry any fracked oil in their pipelines because it is too dangerous. One would think that it would be just as dangerous on a rail line or on the back of a semi.
As for the roads, they were not built for heavy truck traffic and of course won't sustain it. I suggest that if the oil barons want the roads to be built to their specifications, they pony up and build them themselves rather than seeking taxpayer funding.
The argument that they are creating wealth for the province is disingenuous. Their only concern is for their own wealth or they wouldn't be there in the first place.
The system is faulty
As the stench of the Senate expenses scandal continues to linger in the aftermath of an ongoing RCMP investigation, it brings forth a few questions that need to be answered. These questions will still be there when Parliament resumes (PM prorogues House amid Senate flap, Aug. 20).
Who is at fault? It is the system itself. The taxpayers of Canada deserve better care and recognition for their contributions.
Let's face it. Sober second thoughts have become a drunken disappointing development.
Two signs of being a coward:
You prorogue Parliament and run off to the Yukon, and hide behind your wife.
Extending the circle
Re: Gandhi Way near museum made official (Aug. 16). My favourite Gandhi quote is: "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
He counselled us to extend our circle of compassion beyond our own species and advised that our fate is intimately and irrevocably intertwined with that of our fellow beings.
In his Aug. 17 letter, Misleading comparison, John Langan does not look past the fact that Dr. Stephen Coyle had access to almost unlimited prescription pads whereas the homeless Faron Hall had no income or way to support himself.
Maybe if Coyle was on the streets suffering from agonizing withdrawals he would get desperate as well and do something he would not normally do if he wasn't so privileged. Before anyone passes judgment on Hall, I urge them to consider his situation and how he must have felt. Also remember that unless you have truly experienced the horrors of addiction you cannot fully understand what it's like to go through it.
Squandering tax revenue
Letter writer Anika Terton (Carbon-tax misinformation, Aug. 17) claims that the $700 million B.C. collected in carbon taxes went toward reducing, I assume, income tax for individuals and businesses. Whether her claim is valid or not, I do not know, since I do not have access to that information.
What I do know though, is that if Manitoba's NDP were to get their paws on an extra few hundred million dollars from a carbon tax, the money would not be spent giving Manitobans tax breaks.
That money would simply be thrown into general revenue to be squandered in the usual ways. Carbon taxes are simply another government tax grab that works nicely to appease the vocal environmentalist lobby.