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No science in creationism

Potential school trustee Candace Maxymowich is precisely the type of candidate we don't want (Candidate slams Bill 18, Aug. 18).

Her support for creationism being taught in science classrooms demonstrates she knows very little of what science is and how it works.

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I would guess intelligent-design (ID) creationism is what she would like to see taught in science classes. ID is not science; its promoters do not engage in the scientific method -- they engage in rhetoric. Quite often ID proponents are found misrepresenting the scientific method and principles.

ID has no predictive capability and can't even form a logical hypothesis. It is wholly dishonest and teaching it will leave students less informed about the natural world.

There is a place for intelligent design to be taught: it's called church.

Hopefully reasonable voters will see this and vote accordingly come October.

Patrick Morrow



Reynolds' words inspire readers

Lindor, your article regarding your health was a tough piece to read (Thanks for letting me into your lives, Aug. 16).

For many, your writing has been the class of Free Press columnists for so long, your insights, honesty and empathy the standard. I have been so grateful to have had your writing to entertain, educate and guide me.

Your work has been so very important, and you have made a positive difference. Your courage and honesty bring tears. Thank you.

Brian Curtis



Lindor Reynolds' columns always made me chuckle -- she was able to tell her life stories and make them relatable to her readers.

But on Saturday, Lindor Reynolds made me weep -- what an honest and open person she is. Bless her for yet again bravely sharing another life story.

Linda Hartgrove



It is with sadness that I read about what has happened to Lindor Reynolds. I looked forward to her columns in the Free Press because of the clarity and compassion she put into her writing.

Thank you to the Free Press for allowing us to have a columnist such as Lindor to share her thoughts with us.

Rosalie Sigurdson



Pitch political polls

Winnipeggers don't need opinion polls in order to decide who to vote for (Who'll pay for a poll?, Aug. 16).

Opinion polls have had far too much impact on election results in Western democracies, particularly in North America, in the last 20-30 years.

Let's all cast our vote for mayor based on what we think of a candidate -- not what everyone else thinks.

Bob Aldridge



Questioning city-hall cuts

Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette seemed to be making sense and some progress with his various campaign pronouncements, but blew it when he proposed cutting certain salaries at city hall (Wage cuts won't resolve city's woes, Editorial, Aug. 18).

Either he was given bad advice by his aides, or he didn't first consult the experts, but he definitely did not "measure twice before he cut once," so to speak.

While it has merit in theory, the proposal's practical complications were not well-researched. One wonders (and worries) what he would say and do were he to become mayor.

Perhaps it was nothing more than an attention-getter like some of the other candidates' announcements seem to be.

Chris Kennedy



A refreshing read

Shannon Sampert's article on the federal leadership campaign was refreshing (Trudeau's will to power, Aug. 16).

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's remarks on national television regarding Liberal leader Justin Trudeau have been really embarrassing.

I look forward to Sampert's insight in the coming year.

Janice Isopp



Pip an ethics ambassador

A champion of Mother Nature has been injured (Environmental enclave, Aug. 17).

I was deeply saddened by the news of this accident, and can only hope and pray that Eva Pip, a true ambassador of stewardship and ethics, will find the courage within herself to face the challenges ahead.

John Fefchak


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 19, 2014 A6

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