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Economic divide's big picture
Michael Grignon's analysis of the Canadian health-care system raises some important public-policy issues (Health regions are not created equal, May 15).
However, I have some concerns as to his categorical targeting of specific populations for differentiated funding (i.e., "immigrants," "aboriginals," "highly educated"). Such thinking carries the potential of widening rifts along racial and cultural lines.
It may be more productive to think in terms of the degree of economic inequality within society as a whole.
Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, in a 2009 study entitled The Spirit Level, present compelling international data which indicate it is the gap between rich and poor -- rather than absolute economic indicators -- that best predicts the health of any population.
Plenty of room for New Yorkers
It's difficult to imagine how "900 or so" Winnipeggers could have prevented New Yorkers from hearing the May 8 WSO concert in Carnegie Hall (NYC ears crowded out, Letters, May 15th).
The Isaac Stern Auditorium, the section of Carnegie Hall in which the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra performed, seats approximately 2,800 people, leaving some 1,900 seats available for locals.
New Yorkers also had the benefit of listening to the concert live on a local radio station -- the same station streamed to Winnipeggers via the WSO website.
No ears were crowded out. Anywhere.
Richardson a great servant
Re: Icon remembered for impact on city (May 15). I never met George Richardson, but from what I have seen and read in the media since his death, the following quotation I recently came across might well apply:
"It is a law of life that service leads to greatness; and the higher man rises the greater a servant he must be."
I would think Richardson more than met that requirement as a great servant to his city, his province and his business. Seems like he gave as much or more than he got.
Hydro ripe for privatization
Re: Once bitten, twice shy (Letters, May 15). I find Tim Sayeau's comments on Brian Pallister and the Tories not being trustworthy on the issue of privatizing Manitoba Hydro amusing.
If Sayeau has read the numerous articles printed in this paper by the people opposed to Hydro's plans, he would come to the conclusion I have -- that Premier Selinger and his government are the ones not to be trusted.
The Premier has thrown the taxpayer under the bus so his government can enjoy millions of dollars in licensing-fee revenues these new dams will bring in.
With the increased debt load Hydro is taking on with these projects, it will be on shaky ground, thus making it ripe for privatization.
Manitobans lose on hydro plan
Re: Not too late to stop costly projects: opponents (May 9). In response to details of the documents leaked to Karen Friesen of the Bipole III Coalition, Caedmon William Malowany, a spokesman for Hydro Minister Stan Struthers, and Hydro spokesman Scott Powell were dismissive, saying the reports were reviewed years ago by the Public Utilities Board.
In putting forward this spin, it still leaves bare the very real fact that knowledgeable hydro engineers and staff are shackled and have no other option but do the bidding of the NDP government.
A need for or alternatives to investigation of Bipole III and reliability options are not allowed. Big brother knows best and we Manitobans are the losers -- big time.
Sect article enlightening
Re: Give group their privacy (Letters, May 13). I was surprised to read Rick Hisco's thoughts that Bill Redekop's coverage of the Plymouth Brethren was "harassment" (The secret, ultra-strict sect, May 10).
Readers don't have to agree with what is in print (and often don't). However, if you've never been in like circumstances relating to the article's contents, perhaps it's not your call to judge Redekop's article.
Readers are definitely interested in what's going on, especially in the small, out-of-the-way communities, where people's voices aren't always heard.
Redekop's article was indeed enlightening, interesting and heart-wrenching.
UN report misguided
Re: UN report raps Canada over aboriginal issues (May 13). Canada doesn't need the United Nations to preach to Canadians on the horrible housing conditions, health issues and unemployment that plague First Nations communities.
What they should be investigating is where the blame lays after billions of dollars of financial aid has resulted in no improvements to their standard of living.
It's past time that native leaders accepted their share of responsibility for the financial unaccountability on most reserves. Once that happens, there needs to be a willingness from both Native leaders and the government to sit down and solve the problems.
Chief judge will be missed
Re: Judge eyes Ethiopia reforms (May 10). As a court observer for over 50 years, it has been my pleasure to have sat in Chief Judge Ray Wyant's courtroom to listen and enjoy his wisdom on many criminal cases.
He is a great judge and a true gentleman. I wish him the best in the future.