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Stan Butterworth (left) receives a medal at the Juno Beach Centre near Caen, Normandy,  in France as Premier Greg Selinger (second from right) looks on.

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Stan Butterworth (left) receives a medal at the Juno Beach Centre near Caen, Normandy, in France as Premier Greg Selinger (second from right) looks on.

A forest for The Forks

Re: Finishing touch for The Forks (Editorial June 9). Having volunteered at the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission under the canopies at The Forks, under the direction of Commissioner Murray Sinclair, it is only fitting that we honour this extraordinary process.

The Parcel 4 and Railside spaces, the last vestiges of green space at The Forks, do not require a "finishing touch" of more residential and commercial development.

What this space cries out for is a reclamation of Treaty One land. A forest of reconciliation on this sacred land would indicate to the world that the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has room to breathe under its wings of peace.

The space could be the place for meditation, outdoor picnics, public music and art, small gardens, walkways, and waterways -- a forest from which to admire the museum.

We have the landscape architects, and we have the historic land -- now we need our municipal government to make this vision happen.

WILMA SOTAS

Winnipeg

 

Morality and BRT

As a taxpayer and resident, I'm beyond angry in the committee endorsement of Phase 2 of BRT through Parker Wetlands (Protecting Parker Lands, Letters, June 6).

I'm bewildered by the "get-'er-done" attitude of city council and Winnipeggers who must be, as Coun. Scott Fielding states, "drunk on Rapid Transit." It is as if building any rapid transit route is an end in its own right, without regard to cost or utility.

Coun. Jenny Gerbasi tells us it's "morally wrong" not to proceed.

What is morally and environmentally wrong is to destroy one of Fort Garry's last green spaces.

What is morally and ethically wrong is the unholy relationship between city hall and developers who take from this city without putting anything back.

What is morally and legally wrong is the way Sam Katz's friend Phil Sheegl transferred the wetlands without so much as a slap on the wrist.

What is morally and financially wrong is to rush into this deal and saddle Winnipeggers (and Manitobans) with long-term debt to obtain an uncertain grant from the federal government which, given their record, may or may not come through.

You want morality? You want ethics? You want justice? Don't bother trying to find it at city hall.

ROBERT BAGAMERY

Winnipeg

 

The many benefits of MDC

Re: MDC closure overdue (Letters, June 9). My sister lives at MDC -- she is in one of many lovely cottages on the grounds across from the recreation area, where she attends church and enjoys activities such as dancing, singing, and enjoying her favourite treats at the canteen.

My sister also needs 24-hour supervision, and is very happy at MDC -- when we take her out, she always wants to go back. She has been there for many years, and has come a long way in speech therapy and personal conduct when attending functions. She attends a work program on the grounds of MDC -- something she wouldn't be able to do so in a group home.

She is happy and well cared-for, and gets immediate health care when needed; as her biological family, we are informed of any medical attention she needs. There is a caring medical staff employed at MDC, and an infirmary where those who have problems are attended to. When she was in the hospital for a time, someone from MDC was at her bedside every day to make sure her needs were met.

Yes, there are some who can make it in the community, but others who have tried return to MDC because they weren't happy.

SHARON MCDONALD

Winnipeg

 

Netminder nonsense

Re: Bad taste in Big Apple (June 9). New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault's protestations of Los Angeles Kings forward Dwight King's perceived goalie interference on Henrik Lundqvist in Saturday's Stanley Cup playoff were nothing compared to the Rangers' own "bowling ball" knockout of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price by Rangers forward Chris Krieder in the previous series.

It's always different when the shoe (er, skate) is on the other foot -- which is why the Los Angeles Kings' victory and subsequent 3-0 series lead is more than priceless.

DON WARKENTIN

Winnipeg

 

No solution in gun registry

Ron Charach's letter Tracking guns tough for the RCMP (June 9) makes the preposterous supposition that the long-gun registry could have prevented the ambush and murders in Moncton, N.B.

Charach's proposal to restrict or ban even more guns is inane. People commit murder. Recent multiple murders in Calgary were committed with a knife. Handguns are severely restricted, yet are the weapon of choice for criminal gangs who seem to have no difficulty in obtaining restricted weapons.

Continuing the failed firearms program and expecting different results is defined as insanity.

JOHN FELDSTED

Winnipeg

 

'Wrong place,' wrong message

Joseph Lalonde, who was attacked, severely beaten outside his own home and died in hospital five days later, was described as "being in the wrong place at the wrong time" (Fatal attack described to jury, June 10).

I would think this common phrase would describe every victim of crime, and blames the victim.

GERRI THORSTEINSON

Winnipeg

 

Midway a crucial victory

Although Gwynne Dyer does a good job emphasizing that it was the Soviet Union that bore the brunt of the Germany's onslaught in Europe and was most responsible for the Allied victory there, he focused on only one half of the Second World War (A date at Normandy, June 6).

If Stalingrad was the turning point of the war against Germany, Midway achieved the same in the Pacific campaign. Dyer also should have mentioned that it was the United States that repulsed the advance of Japan at Midway, bringing about its final defeat.

EDWARD KATZ

Winnipeg

 

Roma still persecuted

Re: A day to reflect (June 7). The Roma, who lost 500,000 of its small population under the Nazis, are still being being badly persecuted in Europe, particularly in Romania.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's eloquent commemorative words sound hollow when contrasted with the family of Roma refugees cowering in a church in Canada to avoid extradition back to Romania by the the government's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, which is apparently unaware of the international definition of a refugee.

What were the brave Canadian soldiers fighting for on D-Day?

JAMES R. LEDWICH

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 11, 2014 A6

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Updated on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7:48 AM CDT: Adds links

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