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Gun registry would be no help

Re: Tracking guns tough for RCMP (Letters, June 9). All the long-gun registry did was record a serial number and several other pieces of information about a firearm and store it in a database in New Brunswick. That was the extent of its ability -- simply a database.

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It couldn't tell where the firearm was at any point, only the home address of the owner.

Even if Justin Bourque's firearms were restricted to being used only at an approved range, I'm pretty sure he wouldn't have bothered to obtain an authorization to transport permit from the provincial chief firearms officer before he shot five police officers.




Putin should heed his words

Russian President Vladimir Putin says when "people overstep certain barriers of propriety that doesn't show their strength but their weakness" (A tale of two unfriendly presidents, June 7).

I guess Putin's sense of propriety is to show his strength by overstepping barriers such as the Ukraine border, when he illegally annexed Crimea. I prefer Hillary Rodham Clinton's so-called weakness, what Putin calls her "never very subtle statements," to his direct use of military force.

Putin could show his true strength by returning Crimea to Ukraine and, better, a genuine strength of humility by apologizing to Ukraine for the turmoil and terror he has caused in the last few months.




New anti-spam law flawed

I find it disturbing that, unlike the equivalent U.S. legislation, there is no warning provision in the new Canadian anti-spam law (New anti-spam law tough business, April 28).

In the U.S., if I get a spam email I can reply asking not to be contacted again. If the spammer persists, there's the possibility of prosecution for doing so.

In Canada, the first time I get an email from someone (without my prior consent) trying to sell me something, the boom is lowered.

I also find it odd that in the 21st century, I can't email my consent -- it has to be given by phone, face to face, or via snail mail.

This law is typical of the ham-fisted way this government creates and pushes through extreme legislation. I predict someone will mount a charter challenge in court, protesting the law's infringement of free speech.




The cost of selling hydro

In his letter Green economy benefits Hydro (June 7), letter-writer Dan Cecchini states America needs clean electric energy and he wants to reap the benefit of a clean green economy.

I agree completely, but am concerned about how much we as Manitoba Hydro shareholders are subsidizing Americans to do this. Are we so honourable as to pay higher-than-necessary rate increases for the benefit of our neighbours to the south?

We know the NDP government is happy, as our higher rate increases provide a revenue stream into the depleted provincial treasury. Meanwhile, the Americans are happy, as they get a good deal on green hydro.




Arts fans pay their own way

Re: Down, set... pay up (June 6). I'm not a hockey or football fan. I am, however, a fan of the arts: theatre, symphony, ballet, and so on.

No one gives supporters of these organizations a subsidy to get to venues -- we pay our own transportation costs.

Why should all Winnipeggers pay for the transportation of football fans to games? If football fans can pay the exorbitant ticket prices to attend these games, they can pay the extra bus fare as well.




Poor leaders damaging

Barbara Bowes's article Leaders lacking (June 7) is a sad but true account of the state of affairs of many of today's workforce leaders.

I have experienced first-hand the damage poor leadership can cause. It's frustrating to see a leader not implement best-practice policies, or lack interpersonal skills.

These so-called leaders are often self-aware enough of their lack of leadership skills; rather than take a seminar to improve matters, they mask it through other tactics such as intimidation, bullying, emotional outbursts and the hiring of other managers who will comply with their every whim.

The result leaves an organization in chaos, full of gossip, disharmony and lacking in productivity due to an ineffective leader concerned more about their own shortcomings than the well-being of the organization they are serving.




Background check necessary

Signing and approving a contract involving the sensitive issue of residential schools, without a background check, is a basic failure of human resources 101 (Sex offender handed contract, June 6).

Métis National Council vice-president David Chartrand saying he was not aware of Norman Hansen's criminal record is a cop-out. Closing the barn door after the fact is a disservice to the stellar reputation of the Métis people.




Fixing ER off-load times

Re: Emergency room off-load times soar (June 4). The WRHA self-servingly blames soaring off-load times on various causes except the one that probably matters most: poor management by the government, the WRHA and the hospitals involved.

A major shakeup of all three would be a step in the right direction.




Ford's antics now the norm

Re: Ford appeared intoxicated at office (June 7). It would probably be more newsworthy to report those rare occasions when Toronto Mayor Rob Ford shows up at his office sober.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 10, 2014 A8


Updated on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 6:53 AM CDT: Adds links

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