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New faces needed for change

Zachary Fleisher brings up an interesting point regarding Brian Bowman's perceived status as a "political outsider" (Bowman off to bad start, Letters, May 8).

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Judy Wasylycia-Leis has been a politician for the bulk of her professional life: she has served in the provincial cabinet, and has served in Ottawa. The mayoralty seems to be the next notch in her political belt -- another chance for a public salary, on top of the two substantial pensions she is already earning.

Bowman has never held political office in his life, and though he has held political party memberships in the past, is not indebted to one political party like Wasylycia-Leis.

It's fine to call for a fundamental shift in municipal politics. But it's unfair to believe a career politician represents the change this city needs, particularly if the Wasylycia-Leis campaign isn't willing to build a coalition across the spectrum.

JOEY DEARBORN

Winnipeg

 

Trudeau's not-so-Liberal Party

It seems like the Liberal Party isn't so liberal after all (Candidates must be pro-choice: Trudeau, May 8).

Whatever happened to defining liberal as broad-minded, as tolerant of different views and standards of behaviour in others?

Trudeau's narrow-minded, less-tolerant Liberals won't accept candidates who have different views and standards of behaviour regarding abortion.

Perhaps it's time the Liberal Party apply to Elections Canada for an official name change.

CHRIS KENNEDY

Winnipeg

 

Explaining hydro hike

In two May 7 articles on Manitoba Hydro, a quote appears in each article (on the same page) that poses a confusing contrast:

"Manitoba Hydro wants to start construction on the dam this summer to take advantage of lucrative export power sales to the U.S. Midwest" (CEC OKs licence for Keeyask, May 7); and

"The PUB said it based its decision [to raise hydro rates] on reduced Hydro revenues from export sales..." (Board gives green light to hydro rate increase, May 7).

Which is it? In one article Manitobans have to pay more because we aren't selling as much hydro to the U.S., and in the other article Manitobans have to pay more to get a new dam to provide the U.S. with more hydro.

BRIAN SHORT

Stonewall

 

Putin still playing games

Why do we still believe anything Russian President Vladimir Putin says (Troops pulled from border: Putin, May 8)?

Putin will never withdraw his troops along the Ukrainian border, even after the May 25 Ukrainian elections. He has stated time after time he is defending the rights of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.

He believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness by regain control of what used to be countries under the former Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. He sees Ukraine not as a sovereign country but part of a territory in eastern Europe belonging to Mother Russia.

Putin will not be dissuaded by economic sanctions, visa restrictions, condemnation by political leaders or threats of "consequences." He has an agenda: to bring back the power and glory of Russia and to control and dominate as much as possible.

Putin is simply playing games with the West. He must be stopped, and that can only be accomplished with resolute action.

PETER MANASTYRSKY

Winnipeg


The value of a life

I'm saddened by the lack of logic in the explanation surrounding the recent shooting death outside Opera nightclub (911 under fire again, May 7).

While I'm glad Winnipeg Police Service Chief Devon Clunis is calling for an investigation into how the initial 911 call was dropped, I can't help but think the WPS can't see the forest for the trees.

Clunis stated the second call came in about half an hour before a shift change at 2:30 a.m.

Why is there a shift change at 2:30 a.m. when clubs close at 2 a.m.?

If the concern is saving money on overtime costs, why doesn't the WPS move the shift change to a later morning hour -- 4 a.m. or 5 a.m., for example?

To place partial blame for the lack of police response on an unwillingness to pay officers overtime minimizes the value of this man's life.

I'm sure the family and loved ones of this young man feel his life was worth it.

NATALIA COGGINS

Winnipeg

 

Carry-on confession

Re: Airport blame game, Letters, April 26). Further to the carry-on luggage conundrum: I used to be a check-in luggage guy, no matter the length of the stay of my trip. But after two or three luggage-delay incidents per year, I've now converted to a carry-on luggage guy.

The worst feeling in the world, aside from wearing yesterday's clothing again, is watching the last bag enter the luggage carousel from your flight and it's not yours. With some airlines, you get to pay $25 for this worst feeling.

Until airlines can guarantee me my luggage at the other end of my flight, it's a full-out race to see who can get to the overhead luggage bin first.

GARRY SMITH

Winnipeg

 

Public appetite for scandal

Re: Ex-Jet Steen facing assault charge (May 7). In civilized societies (such as my native Netherlands), the full name of an accused person cannot be published before conviction has taken place.

The media's inquisition approach is regrettable and only serves the public's appetite for scandals.

J.I. VORST

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 9, 2014 A10

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