Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Have your say

  • Print

Diligence was missing

Re: No room for racism (Nov. 30). It is extremely difficult for an entrepreneur to admit that he or she has made a mistake. It's far easier, as Morris Mayor Gavin van der Linde said, to garner the sympathy vote by playing the race card than admit to anyone you failed to do your own due diligence prior to opening your doors.

Send a Letter to the Editor

  • The Free Press welcomes letters from readers

    To send a letter for consideration on our Letters page: Fill out our online form at the link above, or Email letters@freepress.mb.ca, or Fax (204) 697-7412, or Mail Letters to the Editor, 1355 Mountain Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2X 3B6.

Gordon Sinclair Jr. needs to dig deeper and find the true facts before publishing his opinions. Where was he when people lined up for tables at the Pots N' Hands restaurant to show their support? Where was the homophobia the Free Press reported? Not here in Morris.

Before he writes about the people's lack of support for ethnic business owners, he needs to talk to the four other immigrant restaurant owners in Morris. Ask them if they've experienced any racial slurs while they established and are operating successful businesses.

Before he demands the mayor, councillors or the people of Morris hold a rally to denounce racism, he should do his due diligence. He would realize 99 per cent of people in Morris are not, never have been, and never will be racist or homophobic.

JOYCE COMEAULT

Morris

ñº

Gordon Sinclair states that racism is not always obvious as black and white. That is precisely why a complaint of this nature should be thoroughly and impartially investigated before locally and nationally embarrassing and lecturing the whole town of Morris.

In light of this, Mayor Gavin van der Linde has an obligation to defend his town's reputation. Also blanket statements such as "white people abruptly cross the street when they see a black person coming" just stoke the ugly fire of racism. It is hard to imagine a person of any race doing this. Unfortunately, there are a few misfit crackpots in all races.

ELIZABETH PLACE

Winnipeg

ñº

It's OK for the media to occasionally admit when they did not do their homework and then get played like a violin.

Gordon Sinclair is an otherwise skilled writer, and I've appreciated his perspectives in the past. But this piece misses the mark.

WARD PARKINSON

Morris

Derisive attitude

As a spiritual person, I find Brian Pallister's Christmas greeting to be offensive (Pallister defends word choice, Dec. 3). Aside from his provocative use of the term "infidel," it is his sanctimonious and derisive attitude to all of those who do not believe in the metaphysics of a supernatural birth that is most disturbing.

The derision in Pallister's comments can be seen in his blessing to the rest of us to get together with friends to "celebrate nothing." Over the past 60 years, I have celebrated Christmas by gathering with my friends and family (believers and non-believers alike) to celebrate the gifts of love, friendship and belonging.

It is deeply offensive to me, and I'm sure to many others, that Pallister considers this a celebration of "nothing."

WAYNE ASHLEY

Winnipeg

ñº

If Brian Pallister had truly wanted to send an inclusive message to Manitobans, he would have extended his greeting to godless heathens, zealots, idolaters, agnostics, fundamentalists, creationists, and those who place their faith in the flying spaghetti monster.

Or perhaps he could simply have wished everyone a season full of peace and joy, with goodwill to all.

LES HANSON

Winnipeg

ñº

Since 9/11, scornful declamations by unbridled Middle Eastern clerics have given the word "infidel" a bad rap.

In this seasonal dustup, the worst lexicological slip Pallister can be accused of making is his tautological gaffe in doubling up on the phrase "infidel atheists." As he is undoubtedly aware, this is an unnecessary repetition.

I wonder what's next for the politically correct language police? Perhaps a crackdown on unsuspecting carollers who sing "don we now our gay apparel." Surely someone out there will take offence.

ARTHUR ELLIS

Winnipeg

Getting to the heart

Re: Public Utilities Board needs an overhaul (Nov. 27). Graham Lane's recommendation that "appointments to the PUB should follow a public competition, one based on the independence and qualifications of the applicants" goes to the heart of the problem. And it applies to the Clean Environment Commission, too.

Manitobans deserve true watchdogs, not politically pampered lapdogs. Members of Parliament giving their caucuses power to oust their leader (MP's bill would give caucuses power to out leader) would help, too, if applied provincially.

DAVE ENNIS

Winnipeg

ñº

I believe the role of the Public Utilities Board is primarily to ensure private monopolies that benefit from protection from unfair or harmful competition operate in a fair and reasonable manner.

Graham Lane seeks a much more aggressive role, one that would erode the duty and responsibility of government to protect publicly owned investments deemed essential for the common good.

AL MACKLING

Winnipeg

Competing for spots

Like Linda Leblanc (Paying for city amenities, Letters, Dec. 2), I am a recently relocated city dweller, but I take the opposite opinion.

I had always thought that during my 60 years in the city I only had to compete with other city folk for limited recreational spaces. I was gobsmacked to find out I could have been behind out-of-towners for these spots.

People usually claim they have moved out of the city to avoid what they feel are high taxes and poor services. Why, then, while avoiding these taxes, would one feel one is deserving of these services?

BOB HAEGEMAN

St. Pierre Jolys

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 4, 2013 A8

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Weekend springtime weather with Doug Speirs - Apr 19

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A  young goose stuffed with bread from  St Vital park passers-by takes a nap in the shade Thursday near lunch  –see Bryksa’s 30 day goose challenge Day 29-June 28, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A goose flys defensively to protect their young Wednesday near Kenaston Blvd and Waverley -See Bryksa 30 Day goose challenge- Day 16 - May 23, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Now that the snow is mostly gone, what are your plans?

View Results

Ads by Google