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Like cold-blooded reptiles

With no imminent relief in the forecast, Manitobans need not be told how bitterly cold it's been this winter (Sunny but cold days lie ahead, Dec. 30). It's not surprising then that David Suzuki and his global warming crew have been noticeably absent from current national environmental science reports.

It occurs to me that they're much like the cold-blooded reptiles who slow... right... down or hibernate when temperatures drop, and scurry about in search of energy extracting political prey when their purposes are seasonally re-heated.

Perhaps they all board that giant carbon-burning bird and fly south to warm their empirically undercooked bones while the rest of us poor uniformed troglodytes (who now include Toronto's powerless "progressives") are left to freeze in the dark.

As a Winnipegger who can escape the outside chill in a local hockey arena -- or commercial food freezer -- I just can't wait until their brilliance returns to re-heat our world.




Revealing true colours

In his year-end interview with the Free Press (Katz turns the page, Dec. 30) our mayor reveals his true colours. He brags about what a wonderful job the council is doing by finally addressing the city's infrastructure mess. But he has been ignoring the infrastructure issue for the last nine years.

Sam Katz's persistent lack of vision and short-sighted political posturing are key reasons the city has not been proactive when it comes to addressing the crumbling infrastructure. Moreover, his inability to be accountable for his actions (or lack thereof) have finally come home to roost. Recent polls reflect that reality.




Diabetes strategy dated

Dr. Jon Gerrard is right to question Manitoba's health strategy on diabetes (Jump in diabetes rate raises alarm, Dec. 28).

Manitoba Health's approach hasn't changed in 30 years and should be obsolete. My recent experience at a diabetic class reflected this outdated approach; we were simply told to cut down on the consumption of sugar.

I agree with Gerrard that the Canadian Diabetes Association and Manitoba Centre for Health Policy have been heading in the wrong direction on prevention.

All Manitobans are paying the price one way or the other.




Wanting it both ways

Re: No regrets: Canadian jailed in Russia (Dec. 28). Greenpeace activist Alexandre Paul is another example of a Canadian citizen who makes the decision to go abroad to protest petroleum development (or whale hunting, the seal hunt, or whatever else is activism's flavour of the day) and then complains the Canadian government is at fault when he gets himself into a predicament.

I don't deny Paul's right to protest, but my advice to him and others like him is if you don't want trouble, don't go looking for it by sticking your nose into other people's business.

I'm quite sure someone with Paul's view of the world can find lots of things to protest right here at home.




Who really cares whether Alexandre Paul thinks the Canadian government did anything? Why should any Canadian taxpayer dollars be spent on him?

He is a criminal partaking in a criminal act. He may call himself an activist, but why should the rest of us pay for his criminal activity? He should put his money where his mouth is.




Resorting to statistics

David Mackinnon, in his anxiety to find a reason to criticize the Manitoba government, has resorted to statistics (It's not population count limiting growth, Dec. 23). He points out accurately that Manitoba has a higher ratio of civil servants to population than those of Ontario and Quebec. Manitoba has an almost equal number of miles of highway to the other provinces, so it has a highways department employing almost the same number of civil servants.

The ratio of civil servants to miles of highway is more or less identical, but the ratio of civil servants to population is vastly different, because we just don't have the people.

When Manitoba Hydro decided to close some offices to cut down on the ratio of civil servants to population, these same critics were quick to jump on the bandwagon and complain about the reduction in service.

As to over-regulation, the Swedes are probably the most closely regulated people in the world, but they out-perform Canadians on every important measure.




Timeless sports records

The Dec. 26 feature Unbreakable, on all-time sports records fails to mention that on March 23, 1952, Billy Mosienko, a Winnipegger, scored three goals in 21 seconds in a regular-season NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the New York Rangers.

Before he accomplished this extraordinary feat, any hockey expert would have said it was impossible. Seventy years later it has not been duplicated. Mosienko had indeed accomplished the impossible.




The Free Press has insulted the CFL by leaving Anthony Calvillo off this exclusive list. Calvillo's professional passing yards record stands right up there with all the other records that were listed in the article.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 2, 2014 A12

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