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Send police to arena

Call it what it is... assault, a criminal offence.

As a civil society, it's time to take some real concrete steps to control violence in hockey.

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We should have police waiting outside the arena to arrest the "instigator" of the violence, and lay an assault charge. Maybe when this big showdown between civil law and hockey happens a few times, the league, the fans and, most importantly, the players would finally get the picture.

They are breaking the law.

It is ridiculous that a sports arena has immunity from the law because the players tacitly, or by written contracts, are waving their rights to be protected from violent attack.

John Prentice



I hope that Gary Lawless is right when he says that "Fighting days are numbered in the NHL." Proponents of fighting talk about keeping players honest and protecting star players, and there is no doubt that a fight raises the energy level in the building. As a season ticket holder I've seen and felt it myself. But the price for such a cheap thrill is too high. To be an NHL player, a young man must be the best of the best all throughout his career. What a waste when he gets a concussion or, if he becomes the designated thug on a team, ends up depressed and mentally damaged as many of them do.

As a young man my sport was rugby. Most people consider it to be an extremely violent game, and I suppose it is. Fighting, however, is not tolerated. A quick, violent reaction to a perceived wrongdoing on the part of an opponent results in a warning and a penalty kick -- a pretty minor consequence. A deliberate protracted fight means you are lost to your team, without replacement, for the balance of the game. That's why you see teammates stopping fights. To me, that's accountability.

Let the fans who want to see a fight go to a UFC event. I prefer hockey -- clean, fast and hard.

Terry Dann



Are bears smarter than hockey players? A 2011 National Geographic article on Kermode bears in B.C. shows a photo of two bears in a tussle. The caption under the photo reads: "Bear scraps are rare events. There's a high potential for injury, so they avoid conflict if they can."




Stop mismanagement

Re: Deeper in debt (Oct.2). While it is difficult to understand the priorities in news reports to the readers, it seems that today's three full-page report on how the Winnipeg Jets beat the Edmonton Oilers by one point was obviously better news than the fact the Selinger government's projected deficit of $504 million will grow by another $186 million this year because of additional overspending. It is time, now, that Manitobans demand a stop to such bad mismanagement and the government seek ways to curb unnecessary spending, even beginning with Biopole III as a starter.

Issie Oiring



Questions about flu shots

Dr. Bunmi Fatoye's Oct. 4 column There is no excuse for not getting the flu shot does not convince me. Rather than repeating the same reasons given annually, I would appreciate if Dr. Fatoye would respond to some explicit questions.

  • Nurses are a powerful advertiser yet why do so many nurses refuse to get the flu shot and are convinced the risks outweigh the benefits?
  • Why can seasonal flu vaccine weaken children's immunity system and increase their chances of getting sick from other influenza viruses?
  • Why was it that during the H1N1 epidemic, people who had received the annual flu vaccine were at greater risk of contracting the virus?
  • Older people with weakened immune systems often have a lower protective immune system after flu vaccination. So what are the benefits here?

I will waive my option for a flu shot until I find more convincing arguments.

Ron Bolley



Well played, mes amis

I would like to be first to congratulate the Parti Québécois on their brilliant strategic manoeuvre in introducing the Charter of Values. Clearly, their plan is to pass this bill. Then continue to introduce legislation which is ever more offensive to Canadian sensibilities, until Canada asks them, politely, to leave the federation.

Separatism fait accompli!

Well played, mes amis.

Bob Hatch



Transit falls behind

An open response to Dave Wardrop, administrator of Winnipeg Transit: Winnipeg again falls behind on transit technology. Again delaying the smart card system shows that city council has no real ambitions for public transit. (The entire rapid transit debacle under this administration shows us this as well.)

What boggles my mind is his proposal of a transit fare increase on the backs of its users. Wardrop puts this forward with no stated reason, other than the unmentioned fact that the system is chronically underfunded by the city and its low percentage of riders. Improve the quality of the system, run a regular schedule on Sundays and finish rapid transit and institute a universal bus pass for post secondary students in the city. Those changes will warrant a fare increase and will create conditions for ridership to flourish in our fair city.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 7, 2013 A8

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