Diversion's impact lingers
This week, the Portage Diversion finally stopped flowing, but not before it again placed Lake Manitoba farmers, businesses and residents into a personal, economic and ecological disaster for the second time in three years.
When an inland ocean the size of Lake Manitoba is used as a reservoir and put into a flood stage, it takes months or even years for the waters to subside. Unlike a river flood, all it takes is a simple windstorm and devastation ensues. Large inland oceans are capable of creating large waves and tides, which at flood stage are truly destructive.
Quick action by the government to erect wave mitigation can save communities -- if done now. But the damage to farms and businesses can only be repaired by a long-term economic plan that truly seeks to restore things to a viable state.
Short-term action to place a moratorium on any further use of the Portage Diversion, unless a true emergency occurs, could help offset future economic and ecological costs. Wave mitigation for all communities would provide protection from massive waves.
The drainage channel must be constructed and should be started with the urgency of assuming 2015 could bring more flood waters.
Director, Association of Lake Manitoba Stakeholders
Pedestrians need traffic lights
A roundabout would certainly make a lot of sense at Portage and Main from a motor-vehicle traffic point of view (Navigating downtown roundabout, Letters, Aug. 20).
However, there would still be need of traffic lights to stop motor-vehicle traffic in all directions to facilitate pedestrian traffic. So in many ways it would defeat the purpose -- that being to keep vehicular traffic moving.
New jerseys no cash grab
Hats off to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and their third jersey (Gold vanishes, Aug. 20).
In this day and age, we constantly see professional sports teams trying to grab every dollar they can from their fans, and the third jersey is a staple tactic of this goal.
But not our Bombers -- this is their way of saying to their fans "under no circumstances should you feel pressure to buy our third jersey."
The new Winnipeg Blue Bombers uniforms look as if they were pieced together from my mother's 1940s house dresses.
Keep nonsense out of schools
Re: No science in creationism (Letters, Aug. 19). Creationists like to appear reasonable by saying things like "teach the controversy."
There is no controversy. Evolution by natural selection is a fact -- those who say it's only a theory don't understand what a scientific theory is.
Teaching the controversy would mean teaching astrology along with astronomy and letting students decide which best explains the workings of the cosmos. We could teach that our planet is a sphere, then let the flat-earth proponents make their case; sex education could teach about how storks bring babies.
Creationists have been attempting to dumb down the American education system for some time now, but so far have been thwarted by constitutional challenges. Now Canada is threatened -- do we really want this nonsense taught in our public schools?
No unity on Ukraine tragedy
The Free Press may wish to consider whether it runs a reputational risk by continuing to publish such embarrassingly transparent propaganda puff pieces such as those of Oksana Bashuk Hepburn (Ukrainian love story comes to an end, Aug. 20) and Denys Volkov (The Russian menace, Aug. 8).
The Ukrainian community is by no means united and of one voice on the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine and, perhaps more importantly, mainstream western consensus has begun to break down as to the wisdom of the adventure.
I am in full agreement with Oksana Bashuk Hepburn, in particular with her statement about throwing Russia out of the UN Security Council "for making a mockery of its mandate, and bring Ukraine into NATO immediately."
She then correctly adds, "Keep it there until Russia's aggression is stopped completely."