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Global warming denial dangerous

Robert Alison's article Think the past winter was bad? Get ready for mini-Ice Age (April 11) was an obvious attempt at global-warming denial that shouldn't be given a public forum.

The evidence he cites for his Ice Age is due to energy changes caused by global warming. The massive loss of Arctic ice is proof positive the problem is heating -- not cooling.

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The worst case for global warming is the extinction of all higher life forms, including us humans. This could happen within the lifespan of my young grandson.

Carbon dioxide is not the only greenhouse gas, or even the most dangerous. Methane released from the oceans and the melting permafrost is increasing and will only get much worse. This gas is many times more potent in retaining heat globally.




Tories' voting fix unfair

Re: Former AG Fraser's integrity questioned (April 5). Minister for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre and Finance Minister Tony Clement should be embarrassed and ashamed of their unfounded comments about former auditor general Sheila Fraser and chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand.

The Harper Conservatives' repeated talking points fail to address the legitimate concerns of everyday Canadians and democratic experts alike as they push forward the Orwellian "Fair" Elections Act to fix democracy in their favour.

This strategy didn't work for the Republicans in the U.S. Let's hope this assault on Canadian democracy and muzzling/badmouthing of those who don't agree with Harper's Conservatives fails in our country, too.




Safer siding with life

Thank you to Mary Shariff for presenting the hard facts and well-documented research on assisted death (Canadians are coming to fork in road to assisted death, April 10).

I don't believe the majority of people who voted for assisted death understand this is about active euthanasia: the taking of a life, deemed a burden, by lethal injection.

Doctors should not be subjected to this. When in doubt, you can't go wrong when siding with life.




Sports teach life lessons

Re: Banned puck parents' appeal set for April 16 (April 5). Sports of any kind should, in part, be geared toward teaching our kids life lessons that can be utilized later on as an adult. The behaviour of these parents falls short of that goal.

The odds of a child making the NHL are as good as winning a lottery -- and placing unrealistic expectations on kids is ludicrous. Important priorities in life, such as a good education and social skills, have become obscured by unrealistic dreams that, in most cases, are not the child's but the parents'.

I hope these parents realize sports are meant to be fun as well as an educational experience for children, and the type of behaviour exhibited by them, no matter what the circumstances, was wrong.




In NHL linesman offers support (April 9), it is noted teen Scott Miskiewicz "had become accustomed to verbal abuse during his five years of officiating."

When is it ever acceptable to accept any kind of verbal abuse?

One can use the excuse that hockey is a very emotional and physical sport, and therefore emotions often run high.

I reject this argument for allowing swearing and verbal abuse to be allowed and ignored in hockey. I played football in my youth, and any verbal abuse and disrespect would result in an immediate ejection from the game.

It's time hockey cleaned up its reputation and instituted guidelines to eliminate this embarrassing aspect of the game.


East St. Paul


Lower postage prices

As one who still uses "snail" mail, I agree with Gloria Johnston's letter (Complacent on mail changes, Letters, April 3).

Instead of raising the price of stamps, Canada Post should lower them. While they claim the increase is because so few of us still send letters, price increases won't gain them many new clients. Besides, Canada Post is supposed to serve the public -- making a profit should not be their No. 1 priority.

Even after more than 80 years, it still gives me a warm feeling when someone takes the time to mail me a card or letter. An email just doesn't cut it.

It has often been suggested lowering bus fares will improve ridership -- why not pursue the same idea with postage?

Lower the price of first-class mail and increase the number of users.




A tale of two polls

In the April 7 Free Press, much prominence is given to the results of a new Probe Research poll showing the Tories ahead of the NDP in popularity (Tories keep top spot in survey). The poll was based on a small sample survey throughout the province of 1,010 Manitobans.

In contrast, the results of the Winnipeg Free Press online poll, which asked about the performance of Premier Greg Selinger, noted in the April 5 paper, show 53 per cent approval, with the disapproval level at 42 per cent -- based on a significantly larger opinion survey of 10,337 responses.

Can we conclude the NDP government is not as unpopular as some might think?




Lilies dangerous for cats

With Easter approaching, many people will be purchasing lilies, which are toxic to cats. Even ingesting a small part of a lily plant can cause renal failure and death within several days if untreated.

I'm fortunate my cats received treatment within 30 minutes after ingestion. They had to go through a lot of unpleasant procedures, including dialysis, and spent overnights in the veterinary hospital.

Thanks to our wonderful vet and early intervention, we hope they will make a full recovery.

Retailers who sell lilies should post a sign letting everyone know they are fatal to cats.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 14, 2014 A8

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