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Dalnavert divisive

As a longtime member of both the Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) and Heritage Winnipeg, I was both thrilled and upset with the Still hope for Dalnavert: friends article (April 24).

Both organizations do an admirable job in preserving the history of our city and province, as well as making that history meaningful, valuable and engaging to today's citizenry.

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While I am thrilled Heritage Winnipeg recognizes the value of Dalnavert and is willing to throw its resources into the fray, I found Cindy Tugwell's comments about the MHS to be uncalled for.

Every organization has its shortcomings and detractors -- Heritage Winnipeg included. Relying almost solely on the work of volunteers, the MHS does remarkable work within the confines of their funding.

There was no need to slam the MHS with insults. It's one thing to declare you are going to ride in on a white horse; it's another to publicly belittle the people you are riding in to assist.




I was saddened to read Mary Steinhoff's letter Destroying Dalnavert (April 22) and her attitude toward its use as a place of healing.

Surely it would be more of a "travesty and a betrayal" if this building was left empty to deteriorate and fall into disrepair from lack of use.

Bravo to the Manitoba Historical Society for recognizing this grand old building can be put to use in such a meaningful manner and for such good works.

May all victims of crime who enter Candace House find healing, peace and comfort within these grand walls. To all who are involved in this wonderful endeavour, take pride in your vision and good works.




Re: Mansion made to serve youths (April 23). The Winnipeg Free Press article on the MacDonald Youth Services' new resource centre on Mayfair Avenue gave me pause.

Is this the fate of Dalnavert House 10 years hence?




As a former student tour guide at Dalnavert, I applaud and endorse every word of Mary Steinhoff's letter (Destroying Dalnavert, April 22).

While the whole concept of Candace House is admirable and worthy of support, surely some other venue for its facilities and services could be found.

Having been personally familiar with the expenditure of time and effort put forth by everyone who worked at Dalnavert to recreate and preserve a most significant part of Winnipeg history, I am appalled at the decision of the Manitoba Historical Society board. The word "betrayal" in Mary Steinhoff's letter is amply justified.

The people responsible have no right to call themselves historians in any sense of the word, notwithstanding academic or other credentials.

The role of the historian is to preserve history, not to jettison it in the course of a very questionable expediency.




D-Day tribute welcome

Re: Tribute to D-Day sacrifices (April 24). My brother and I survived the Second World War, unlike some kids in our often-bombed neighbourhood in Britain.

I am genuinely grateful to the 16 combatants from Winnipeg who died on Juno Beach on D-Day and the city's tasteful manner of acknowledging their sacrifice.

I have never forgotten it is because of them, and people like them, that I am free to say what I want.




People best weed-killers

Re: Pesticides to be legal, restricted (April 23). When I had my own garden, the best weed killer I always found was the sweat of the brow, the use of the Dutch hoes and getting on my knees and pulling out the weeds one by one.

The greatest satisfaction was to survey the weeded row of veggies and the flower bed and know their environment was clean and not poisoned by all these awful chemicals.

Are we real gardeners when we rely on weed killers to do our work?




PC's past, present and future

Re: Principle over politics, Letters, April 24. PC Leader Brian Pallister reconfirms his party will not accept the voter subsidy, reinforcing his previous statement "We're not willing to take money from Manitobans who don't choose to support us" (PCs refuse subsidy, others will take it, April 15). Good.

Pallister should promise if he becomes premier, he will change the Manitoba tax code to cancel any tax deduction or tax credit for political donations. The existing system contradicts his principled stance.

If my neighbour donates $1,000 and I donate nothing, as a taxpayer I subsidize his donation with a $558 tax credit. Hence, I donate to a political party I may not want to.




I read with amusement Brian Pallister's comments about the NDP and his statement "past behaviour is an excellent indicator of future performance."

Does this mean if he is elected, he will lay off thousands of hard-working nurses, re-implement "Filmon Fridays," sell off Manitoba Hydro, gut the Construction Industry Wages Act and take away any power Employment Standards has?




Transit strategy needed

Kudos to the Winnipeg Free Press for Brent Bellamy's piece How to fill potholes (April 21).

The problem is the powers that be seem not to be listening. In spite of unprecedented amounts of tax dollars being invested in Winnipeg Transit, there is still no sign of a much-needed public relations strategy.

Perhaps a regular supply of Bellamy articles is required to make something stick. It works for mud if enough of it is thrown against a wall.




Major-league attitude

Re: Officials scoff at player suspensions (April 23). The latest news of Interlake hockey officials refusing to officiate select games as a result of abuse from players and fans alike has underscored for me once again how we are all missing the real issue here: professional hockey.

While we decry the actions of players and fans who abuse minor-league hockey officials (as we should), we're apparently fine with the abusive behaviour of the ultimate role models -- NHL players and coaches (not to mention the fans).

One need only watch close-up TV shots of irate coaches, players and fans constantly heaping verbal abuse on NHL officials to know where the general population draws its mandate for abuse of officials from.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 25, 2014 A10


Updated on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:45 AM CDT: adds links

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