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MPI rate hikes repugnant

The article MPI driving for higher rates (May 10) made my blood boil.

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In the article it states: "Huge collision-claim costs caused the corporation to sustain another big annual loss..."

But Joe Public knows the annual loss sustained by Manitoba Public Insurance sits squarely on the fact that former MPI CEO Marilyn McLaren received a $50,000 consulting contract, as well as a severance package of nearly half a million dollars.

We're all going have to pay for this.

Monica Smith, Winnipeg


What happened to the millions of dollars MPI wanted to invest in infrastructure in late 2012?

Where did that money go? Why would it want to increase our rates when the money it had should have been refunded to ratepayers?

Something smells fishy.

Kim Gainer, Winnipeg


Two takes on traffic tickets

Re: Judgment calls in the traffic-enforcement biz (May 10). From the headline on, Gordon Sinclair Jr. misses the issue.

Traffic cops aren't the judges -- that's what we have courts for.

I learned early in my traffic-enforcement career that when you witness a violation, you write a ticket without prejudice. The violator can then take responsibility for their actions, or go to court and have a judge determine their fate.

What type of warning do people think they deserve? The signs are there, and if disobeyed, intentionally or not, the motorist is creating a hazard for other road users.

Michael Ward, Winnipeg


Gordon Sinclair's article in Saturday's Free Press was right on the money.

For all of Winnipeg Police Service Chief Devon Clunis's talk about improving relations between the police service and the community, there's an obvious disconnect between what is said publicly and what is done behind the scenes.

The desire to raise revenue by writing tickets in defiance of common sense will undermine relations with the police service.

Robert Collings, Winnipeg


Selling the sizzle

In his May 10 letter Bringing home less bacon, John Beckham incorrectly states that reducing the packaging size of bacon from 500 grams to 375 grams without changing the price increases the price by 25 per cent.

In fact, while the size of packaging has shrunk by 25 per cent, the price increase is actually more. If a 500-gram package and 375-gram package each cost $5, the consumer goes from paying 1 cent per gram to 1.33 cents per gram -- an increase in price of 33 per cent.

How many companies out there could raise the price of their product by 33 per cent and not get flack from the consumer? It's time people understood what they are really paying.

Ken Gordon, Winnipeg


May fails to honour vets

Re: Saluting our Afghanistan vets (May 10). On the Day of Honour, the federal Conservatives, Liberals, and NDP all made statements to thank Afghanistan war veterans for their service.

Federal Green party Leader Elizabeth May made a public statement on the death of Farley Mowat last week. Why didn't she also make a public statement thanking Afghanistan war veterans on the Day of Honour?

Is Mowat more important than the approximately 40,000 Canadian military members who served in Afghanistan, and the 158 Canadian military members who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan?

Ashu Solo, Saskatoon


Stuffing bins a 'me-first' move

The letter Carry-on confession (May 9) speaks volumes for our me-first society.

Rather than wait a few minutes for luggage at his destination, letter-writer Garry Smith admits he would prefer to take up too much space in the overhead bins.

The article New fees cancel out Frontier's fare reductions in Saturday's Free Press Travel section, which details new fees being charged by Frontier Airlines to place carry-on luggage in overhead bins, will hopefully work to deter travellers such as Smith from stuffing the bins with their luggage.

Bob Aldridge, Winnipeg


Dinosaur scan can wait

Re: CT scan to probe mysteries of ancient sea beast's skull (May 10). While the CT scan of a 90-million-year-old dinosaur skull is fascinating stuff, we have a waiting list here of real living humans desperately needing that scan.

The mososaur is dead, and isn't going anywhere soon -- move him to the bottom of the list.

Darcy Kisilowsky, Winnipeg


Give group their privacy

Re: The secret, ultra-strict sect (May 10). I'm disappointed in the Free Press and Bill Redekop for harassing the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, a group that doesn't want to be written about or interviewed.

The article shows no respect for their wishes, while trying to vilify them for being different.

It's discrimination, plain and simple.

Rick Hisco, Winnipeg


Putin having his cake

The answer to Monday's cryptoquote: "All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much," from George Harrison.

Someone should tell that to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The first piece of the cake he snatched was Georgia, the next piece Crimea, and now eastern Ukraine.

What country next will he slice up as his own?

Chris Kennedy, Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 13, 2014 0

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