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Airport blame game

So the airline blames the workers and the union blames the airline, but nobody is blaming those who are truly responsible: the passengers (Baggage handlers' drops defended, April 22).

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It's the passengers that pack three weeks of clothing for a one-week trip. Then, deeming themselves too important to "waste" time waiting at the carousel (or to avoid the handling fee), insist on carrying every stitch on-board.

The airlines, meanwhile, are too spineless to enforce the regulations.

It's a safety hazard. I've seen people with oversized luggage so heavy they are unable to lift it into the overhead bins unassisted, and I've seen luggage dropped on unsuspecting passengers.

Furthermore, all this extra oversized luggage winding its way down the narrow cabin aisles and being lifted (slowly) into place creates delays boarding and exiting the plane, raising anxiety levels in the cabin.

And, of course, the bins get filled, so there's no room for proper-sized luggage.

The obvious solution is to enforce the regulations on size, charge extra for multiple or oversized carry-on pieces and remove charges on checked bags.

 

ROBERT BAGAMERY

Winnipeg

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It's interesting Rick Loewen can determine the union is covering up, and that the baggage handlers in question are "stupid and lazy" (No excuse for baggage handlers, Letters, April 23).

Perhaps they were doing exactly what they were told to do. In that case, they would be neither stupid nor lazy. It wouldn't be the first time Air Canada has tried to blame staff for bad outcomes of their own inadequate processes.

The root of the problem is Air Canada: If you limit passengers' checked luggage to 22 kilograms, then expect passengers to try to stuff small trunks in the overhead compartments.

Perhaps the people determining baggage policy are "stupid and lazy." I wouldn't accuse them of that, though -- I don't have all the facts.

 

DAVE FERGUSON

Winnipeg

 

Integrity key at city hall

Re: Valid cause to watch city hall (April 25). David Sanders is upsetting some at the city by holding their feet to the fire for continually not following their own mandated rules, as well as questioning their decisions.

Sanders should run for mayor. He obviously has the credentials, experience, and most of all, the honesty and integrity to do the job.

I would like to hear more on his vision for the city and would like to see him become our next mayor.

 

ROBERT GORDON

Winnipeg

 

Credentials, not beliefs, key

Re: U of M faculty joins fight against Christian law school (April 25). The test for a Trinity Western University law school graduate to practise law in Manitoba should be whether or not the applicant meets the requirements, not his or her religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or where the accredited degree came from.

The Law Society of Manitoba should objectively examine the applicant for admission to the society on the basis of academic credentials, using the same procedures as it does with all other applicants -- otherwise the society is practicing discrimination.

It's more than probable there are Law Society of Manitoba members who hold religious beliefs similar to TWU, and who are doing an excellent job practising law.

 

CHRIS KENNEDY

Winnipeg

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Trinity Western University is accused by the Ontario Law Society of discrimination (Ontario law society votes against accreditation, April 25).

Therefore, the Ontario Law Society votes to discriminate against TWU graduates.

I'm not sure I understand that logic.

 

FRANCIS NEWMAN

Winnipeg

 

NATO membership's dangers

Re: Ukraine awaits real help (Editorial, April 24). The decision of the Harper government to send six CF-18 fighters to bolster NATO's European theatre should be seen for the danger it represents.

The move came at NATO's request in the increasingly tense confrontation with Russia over Ukraine. Rather alarmingly, Canadian MPs have been quick to describe this as positive and fulfilling Canada's NATO obligations.

NATO's Article 5 binds member nations to collective action if a member nation is attacked, thus representing a significant threat that Canada will be drawn into a major confrontation.

As NATO has expanded in the post-Cold-War era, so too has the possibility of war in support of that alliance, or to further a particular objective of the alliance.

As long as Canada remains part of NATO, the risk for involvement in war will be a very real threat. As we have seen with the deployment of the CF-18s, it requires neither consent of Parliament or the Canadian people.

 

GLENN MICHALCHUK

Winnipeg

 

Immigration program works

Re: Hiring must prioritize Canadians (April 24). The recent series of violations of the federal government temporary foreign workers program is bad for our economy.

Columnist Reis Pagtakhan got it right -- the watering down of the Canadian employment wage scale when hiring temporary foreign workers is appalling.

The traditional immigration program has served us well -- it's the way to go.

 

DEREK DABEE

Winnipeg

 

Columnist's 'fractured mind'

Re: Dropping F-bombs requires panache (April 4). Memo to Doug Speirs, Justin Trudeau and their ilk: Profanity is nothing but the crippled conversation of a fractured mind.

 

HELEN MCNAUGHTON

Niverville

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 26, 2014 A16

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