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Stadium situation a mess

With leadership comes responsibility (The game plan: Don't take blame for anything, April 11). If you're going to stand in front of the new stadium, smile and have your picture taken in a "look what I did" shot, then you'd better be prepared for the mea culpa. It's a two-way street and comes with the territory.

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Once again the mayor has brushed aside taking on true leadership by feigning ignorance. Yes, it was "poor planning" -- poor planning on his part in not knowing or caring enough to know about "the plan," and it applies to all the smiling faces in that shot.

If you're not going to take responsibility, don't stand in front of the camera then try to cover your butt when thing go awry.






The ghost of Winnipeg's disgraced former CAO continues to haunt this city well past Phil Sheegl's celebrated and costly departure (Passing blame for the stadium, April 11).

His current bluster and finger-pointing concerning the Investors Group Field construction debacle reminds us that this man's lasting legacy will be the eponymous "pulling a Phil Sheegl," the much-needed term for documented bureaucratic incompetence and buck-passing at the highest level.

Leaky baggage well-shed, I say.






I support a better press box at the stadium -- after all, those guys work for the fans.

I also support access to the field for patrons who pay their way to every event. And surely we should treat the visiting team with respect.

But, fixing luxury suites -- the places in which the premier, mayor, David Asper and other wheelers and dealers in our political swamp will watch the games -- no.

Leave the leaks -- let those fine upstanding "leaders" of our community wear raincoats.





MPI fixes overdue

Re: Government introduces changes to MPI (April 11). Have MPI's "mucky-mucks" been asleep at their ivory desks since the corporation was originally organized in 1971?

After 43 years, they have finally drafted legislation that denies coverage to those racing cars on a track or driving unlicensed golf carts.

So in other words, I've been paying inflated premiums since then because of bureaucrats that couldn't recognize common sense.






Re: Tories miffed MPI ex-CEO gets work (April 10). When will it stop? Marilyn McLaren, former CEO of Manitoba Public Insurance, retires with an undisclosed severance package, and now returns with an untendered contract for $50,000?

Now MPI is submitting for a rate increase to the PUB -- talk about another example of patronage.





Pallister oversells Bauer

Re: Tories tap Bauer as their CEO (April 10). Brian Pallister is incorrect in his comment, "You don't get three Grey Cup rings without understanding how to build a team."

Granted, under Lyle Bauer's leadership as president and chief executive officer, the Blue Bomber football club went from financial uncertainty to a solid financial position.

But let's be clear -- Lyle Bauer never built or led the Blue Bombers to any Grey Cups in an executive position.

Bauer was indeed an integral part of three Blue Bomber championship Grey Cup teams and owns three Grey Cup rings as a former Outstanding Canadian Offensive Lineman (1984, 1988, 1990). But he never built a championship team via a leadership position here or in his recent tenure with the Calgary Stampeders.





Village icon will be missed

It was with deep sadness that I read about the passing of Rowan William Horrick in the April 10 obituaries.

Horrick was an Osborne Village icon, and is famous for his Second World War-era motorcycle and sidecar, along with his canine passenger, Doog.

I never knew Horrick, aside from seeing him at breakfast every Sunday at the Osborne Village Motor Hotel restaurant, which I frequent with my father. But Horrick's presence in the community helped give Osborne Village the celebrated vibe and culture that have made the area one of the best places to live in Canada.

I want to thank Horrick for his spirit, his creativity and his contributions to the community and give my deepest condolences to his friends and family. He was truly an icon in our community, and while many of us never knew him, we should all consider him as a friend.





The government we deserve

There's a flaw in Leo Pettipas' argument (Problematic power grab, Letters, April 11).

The NDP didn't raise the PST and change the legislation until after they won the provincial election. In fact, Premier Greg Selinger stated it was ridiculous to think he would raise the PST.

The NDP will do anything to stay in power, including lying to the electorate. And they hope voters have short memories.

Do we really get the government we deserve?



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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 12, 2014 A16

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