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Reactionary rhetoric

Re: Floodwaters continue perilous rise (July 4). Academics and locals have long been reporting the natural and human-made watershed system in use in Manitoba is putting taxpayers' land and resources in jeopardy on an annual basis.

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The thousands of citizens in Brandon and along the shores of Lake Manitoba are tired of the reactionary rhetoric being used by those who are ultimately in control of the floodgates and dike construction.

Proactive measures would prevent government representatives from having to shrug their shoulders in response to how to deal with these so-called "unique" situations.

One "unique" aspect of this situation I see is the grand re-opening party of the St. Ambroise community store from the 2011 flood may turn into a sandbagging party for the 2014 flood.

Indeed, how "unique."




Flood protection takes time

It's with great chagrin that I read another Deveryn Ross column in which his bitter hyper-partisanship and hatred of the NDP shows in full (Broken promises, rising waters, July 4).

Ross mostly blames the NDP for failing to come to Brandon's rescue by building a flood-protection mechanism after the 2011 flood. His blind partisanship seems to prevent him from realizing that it takes time for these flood-protection mechanisms to be constructed.

Under Duff Roblin, Manitoba built the Red River Floodway, which has protected Winnipeg dozens of times. Construction took approximately five-and-a-half years.

The question I have for Deveryn Ross: How on earth could the planning and construction of a similar floodway have been completed within two-and-a-half years, not including the planning and tendering process, given it took more than double that time to put together the Red River Floodway?


Stephen Berg


Voters skilfully duped

Re: Katz's masterful manipulation, (July 3). It's said we get the government we deserve. As we read about the damning audit by the EY consulting firm, the question must be asked: How did Winnipeggers vote for this mayor time and time again?

In his article, Dan Lett says "observers at city hall were treated to a masterful symphony of misdirection and obfuscation with Katz at the baton the whole time."

As we taxpayers get hit with the infamous frontage levy, an increase on our water bill, a tax on home alarm systems and so forth, the mayor's good friend Phil Sheegl walks away with a severance payment reportedly worth $240,000, "payment he should never have received" (Wheeling, dealing at city hall, Editorial, July 3).

Facing this "train wreck" at city hall, Katz decided not to seek another term. Hallelujah.






These people at city hall are masters of manipulation who try to turn situations back around to make it appear they're not at fault. They got away with it for as long as they could; now it's time to go to Phoenix and laugh about it over a golf game.

The audit is being called a witch hunt by some; at least alleged witches, when caught, would be gathered and punished. Instead, the guilty parties will walk.

If Mayor Sam Katz wants an audit and not a report, let's go for it, but it must include the condition that charges can be laid.

Winnipeg has suffered at the hands of these people, and it will take us a long time to recover.

Let it be a lesson to all those who think they see something good in a name, and don't bother to really dig deep into who the person is: Be very careful who you vote for.


Louise Hedman



City manager deserves thanks

Re: Emails shed light on city deals (July 4). Somewhere in all this unsavoury mess over Phil Sheegl, Shindico Realty and the city's purchase of the old post office building as its new cop shop, there's a city property manager unknown to the public who had the guts to question what was going on.

All we know from the paper trail is that Sheegl wanted him or her to butt out. This bold employee deserves to be identified publicly and thanked as one of the few people in this scandal who has taken serious the main principle of public service -- integrity.

What, if anything, did senior city official Deepak Joshi do when told by Sheegl this manager wouldn't be allowed to meddle? The question seems imperative, since Joshi now has Sheegl's job.




Judge no rocket scientist

Judge Ted Lismer should take a good hard look at our justice system -- it seems like it's run by a bunch of "rocket scientists."

The same thing goes for our city's "rocket scientists," which is why Winnipeg is in such a deplorable condition -- just like our justice system.

It's deplorable that Lismer would pick on a child like that after what has happened to him.




Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 5, 2014 A12

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