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Split in ice-age debate

Robert Alison's article Think the past winter was bad? Get ready for mini-ice age (April 11) is absolute rubbish.

The article takes a localized, one-year event and makes outlandish predictions that have no scientific foundation.

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We have just endured a brutal winter in parts of North America, but this has not been the case globally.

The combined average global temperature for November 2013 was the highest ever on record in 134 years, December 2013 was the third-highest for December since records began in 1880, and January 2014 was the fourth-warmest January on record.

Man-made greenhouse-gas emissions are changing the Earth's climate.

The sooner we stop being distracted by nonsense like this article, the sooner we can take the serious action needed to protect our children from the dead-end path we are currently on.




Not only is Kelly Chartrand's mind made up concerning global warming (Global warming denial dangerous, Letters, April 14), but it appears that if she could control the media she would deny Robert Alison a right to his own researched opinion.

Are Alison's logic and science so flawed his arguments do not even deserve to be expressed?

To Kelly Chartrand the case is closed, and there is no other side worth hearing -- Alison should simply acquiesce to the accepted ideology of global warming.

We will no longer have a "free press" if controversial issues cannot be respectfully discussed and debated.




A tale of two roadways

I see Manitoba Heavy Construction Association president Chris Lorenc chose to use movie references to describe the public's anger about potholes ('Mad as hell' about potholes, April 14).

Here's one for him: How about the scene in The Untouchables where the judge orders the bailiff to switch the jury out for the one in the courtroom next door?

How about we switch out the road construction engineers/managers in Winnipeg with the ones in Grand Forks, N.D.?

It's the same Red River Valley, the same climate, similar soil conditions, yet very different results in road quality.

Don't get me wrong: I'm not saying there's corruption in the heavy construction industry like there was in the movie.

But anyone who has travelled across the border over the years can tell you the roads could be built better here.




Coalition governments prosper

In his letter, Graham Padgett sees the coalition governments that result from proportional representation as a bad thing (No electoral system perfect, Letters, April 16).

I implore him to study the recent history of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands. He will find the fragile coalitions that have governed these countries for the past 100 years have all resulted in economies that have higher per-capita GDPs than Canada.




Some parks info overlooked

As a Whiteshell cottager, I've read plenty about the changes the province is making to the amount I pay annually to the Crown lands provincial agency that administers the provincial parks (Reeve's writing reckless, Letters, April 17).

Having recently been involved in estate issues regarding my cottage, I've become very much aware of what has been totally ignored in these articles and letters.

For starters, it would be informative for everyone involved to read an article written by a legal expert on the differences between a Manitoba municipality and a provincial park located in Manitoba.




Re: Cottagers must pay their share (April 15). As a provincial park cottager, I agree we ought to pay our share of the costs attributable to cottage properties -- but not someone else's share, too (I'm thinking of campers, day-trippers and fishers).

In the absence of an appropriate degree of transparency in costing, accounting and revenue generation on a per-park basis, one can't properly assess fairness.




Letterman good for a laugh

Re: CBS names Colbert successor to Letterman on Late Show, (April 11). With David Letterman's retirement in 2015, I'll also be retiring each night much earlier.

For the past many years, Letterman has often sent me to bed with a smile on my face, a chuckle in my heart and a lift from out of the doldrums.

Perhaps going to bed a half-hour earlier will be a good thing for me at my age, but if laughter is the best medicine -- and Letterman's good at dosing it out -- perhaps he has been keeping me a little younger in spirit than I am in years.

Letterman has had his off-colour moments, but for the most part was respectable and decent and kind to his audience.

The measure of my esteem for him has been that he is on my bucket list: To attend his show before I permanently retire.




Time for action on Kapyong

Re: Residential school hearings wind up (March 31). Now that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has concluded its heart-wrenching public hearings about the horrific abuse of First Nations people in residential schools, it's high time the Manitoba government, as well as south-end residents of Winnipeg, make a positive gesture and put pressure on the Harper government to end Ottawa's procrastination regarding the future of the Kapyong Barracks on Kenaston Boulevard.

This will create Winnipeg's first urban reserve, fostering empowerment and economic well-being of our aboriginal brothers and sisters.

The deserted Kapyong Barracks have cost taxpayers approximately $2 million per year since having been abandoned in 2004.

Let's get it done.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 21, 2014 A8

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