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Letters: Aug. 14

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Nixon's poor image deserved

Re: Nixon legacy not all bad (Letters, Aug. 12). In attempting to improve the image of ex-president Richard Nixon, letter-writer Larry Wiebe forgot to mention the terror campaign Nixon, with his political adviser Henry Kissinger, imposed in order to destroy the government of the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, in 1973.

The result included many thousands dead or disappeared and half a million in exile after the brutal dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet took over. More than 15,000 Chileans came to Canada as political refugees.

How can all of this be overlooked in an effort to rescue a tarnished reputation?

Francisco Valenzuela



Leave Portage and Main alone

Brian Bowman should leave Portage and Main alone (A vow to open marquee corner, Aug. 12).

Traffic is bad enough in this city already, what with the un-timed traffic lights.

Nobody in Winnipeg or anywhere else wants to walk across Canada's windiest intersection in the dead of winter, day or night.

Bowman is bright -- he should find some relevant issue to campaign on. There are plenty to choose from.

Chuck Lange



With his commitment to reopening Portage and Main to pedestrians, Brian Bowman has shot himself in the foot.

What fool would stand outside shivering from the cold waiting for the traffic signal to change so they can cross the street when they have the option of going a few steps further into a warm, heated underground crossing?

Whoever advised him to make hay on this should be made to stand at that intersection in January.

Don Eppler



Divide on downtown dangers

Re: My wife is not racist: Steeves (Aug. 13). There is a huge problem with Gord Steeves' response.

He says his wife was afraid in 2010 when she wrote "(I am) tired of getting harrassed (sic) by the drunken native guys... " and "they can go make their own damn money instead of hanging out and harrassing (sic) the honest people..."

The Facebook post doesn't express even a hint of fear, just anger and frustration. Where's the fear?

David Letkemann



I'm so sick of hearing about the comments made by Lorrie Steeves four years ago regarding the panhandlers and drunks in downtown Winnipeg.

Anyone who has worked downtown and tried to go for a walk during a lunch break understands her comments and the frustration of being approached every day by panhandlers and drunks.

I worked downtown for many years and was approached almost daily -- you bet it was frustrating. Since retiring, I don't go downtown to shop or visit local attractions. It is simply not safe and hasn't been for years.

This should not make or break Gord Steeves' run for mayor. Winnipeggers have a lot more to be worried about.

My answer is to not go downtown until the problem is solved.

Ruth Brown



I live downtown and have never had any problems with panhandlers. If you mind your business and politely say no to them, they will leave you alone.

We must all learn to live together.

Dorothy Clark



Clarifying cottage rent

Bill Redekop's article Clear Lake cottage country with a twist (Aug. 11) disputes information provided by Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship about the amount lakefront cottagers pay at Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park, claiming no cottager pays $4,500 in rent.

All the information regarding Clear Lake cottage properties, including the example of the $300,000 assessed cottage that paid $4,500 per year in rent, was based solely on written information provided by a federal government official.

Mike Gilbertson

Director, parks and protected spaces

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship


CFL penalties painful

Re: Big Blue beatdown in T.O. (Aug. 13). The average number of penalties per game in the CFL is alarming. In fact, the total is starting to encroach on the average number of fouls in NBA basketball games -- approximately 40.

Each penalty in football has a greater impact on the eventual outcome of the game than an individual foul in basketball.

It's time for CFL officials to use more and better judgment before deciding whether or not to throw their flags.

Rick Lambert


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 14, 2014 0

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