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Frozen-pipe victim mistreated

The statement by the city spokeswoman that city waterlines will not thaw on their own as the weather warms is ridiculous (Water's back, but his temper is running hot, March 18).

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The treatment of Todd Kerr by the city, as well as the 311 call operator, is appalling. This is another example of how disconnected the powers that be at city hall are from the people who pay their salaries.

JACK CHRISTIAN

Winnipeg

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As a once-proud but now regretfully embarrassed former city employee with 32 years of experience, mostly working in the local water department, it's tough to come to terms with the conditions to which the city's water department has deteriorated.

Without actually attending Todd Kerr's home and performing a variety of tasks, it wouldn't be possible for the 311 call operator to determine whether Kerr's service was frozen on public or private property.

It's time to restore public confidence in what was once a proud department.

KIM TRETHART

Winnipeg

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Hundreds of Winnipeggers have been without running water for weeks, having to carry their water home and go out of residence to shower and get clean.

The city can't thaw the lines fast enough, and if people keep complaining, someone may listen. If that doesn't work, go to the higher-ups -- maybe they'll listen.

Welcome to the everyday life on a northern reserve.

DARCY KISILOWSKY

Winnipeg


Ukraine must curb corruption

Re: Why did Putin take Crimea? (March 19).

While the events regarding Crimea are serious, focusing on Russia and Vladimir Putin misses the major problems facing Ukraine: poverty and corruption.

These issues have stifled Ukrainian progress, causing economic hardships. Thousands of Ukraine's young and talented have left the country to work elsewhere.

Ukrainians need to look in the mirror. They have had full independence since 1991 and are ostensibly a democracy. Both the Orange Revolution and their more recent government under Viktor Yanukovych failed because of corruption.

Ukrainians need to stop blaming others and start enacting major reforms. The power to do this is in their hands. They must hold the government accountable and ensure that meaningful change takes place.

ROBERT MILAN

Winnipeg


Lessons for kids, dog owners

How tragic that little Gracie Herntier-Clark was mauled by dogs -- my thoughts and prayers are with her (Girl, 7, fatally mauled by dogs, March 18).

How many people need to be bitten or killed by dogs deemed by their owners to be gentle or "giant teddy bears"?

Yes, children should be taught to treat dogs with respect. Owners should also be taught to keep their dogs under control at all times.

No doubt these dogs will (and should) be put down. Their owners should be banned from owning dogs for life.

JUNE SLOBODIAN

Winnipeg


Grateful to humane society

Re: Humane society can't stop all the abuse, March 14.

Thank you to Gordon Sinclair Jr. for taking the time to write on such a worthy matter, as well as to the woman who took the time to report the incident to the Winnipeg Humane Society and who got in touch with Free Press.

However, I believe her expectations of the WHS on handling this matter are a little unrealistic considering their workload and resources. As a supporter of and donor to the WHS, I feel her complaints toward the WHS are unreasonable.

The WHS responds to every incident the best they can. I'm grateful for what they've been able to do with so few resources.

DEBBIE BELCOURT

Winnipeg


Judgment, competence key

Canadian Police Association president Tom Stamatakis recently penned a letter suggesting Vic Toews is a good appointee to the judiciary as he was a man of his convictions, and that having strong convictions is an important characteristic for a judge (A different view on Toews, Letters, March 19).

While having strong convictions is an important asset, it's only of value when accompanied with judgment and competence. We witnessed Toews' strength of convictions first-hand in 2012; while defending Bill C-30, he asserted that anyone with the temerity to oppose his bill would be siding with child pornographers.

Sadly, this demonstrated his complete absence of judgment and competence. This patronage appointment is not good news for Manitoba.

GARY HOOK

Winnipeg

 

A lesson in humanity

I want to thank Bill Redekop for the article on the 11 adopted children (Big heart, big family, March 15).

I wish teachers would read the article in classrooms to teach our children an excellent lesson in humanity.

If only we could all live as Lina and Jacob Dik do, what a wonderful world it would be.

MARGARET DONACHUK

Selkirk

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 20, 2014 A14

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