Ticket the talk of the town
My family and I recently attended the national ball hockey championships in Winnipeg. Coming from Victoria, this was our first visit to the city.
The people were friendly and helpful, and the city was beautiful. When we left after six days, all we could talk about was how nice of a place Winnipeg is.
A week after our visit, I got an email from the car rental company telling me I had received a speeding ticket by photo radar. To my disbelief, it was for $750.
As a tourist, I had to concentrate not only on finding my way in a strange city, but also on navigating all the construction during rush hour; I was simply staying with the flow of traffic.
It's not an excuse, and I wouldn't have sent this letter if the fine was reasonable. But the fine is more than I paid for six nights' accommodation, car rental and meals.
This ticket did not educate me or make me obey all posted speed limits, nor did it protect construction workers. It's simply a money grab; as a tourist, I have no way of contesting the amount of this ticket.
Well done, Winnipeg police -- guess what we're talking about now.
Cuts cause for success
In the Aug. 15 letter Success in spite of cutbacks, letter writer Ted Cunningham makes unsupported statements regarding slashing of research funding, shutting down of (government) programs, closing world-class facilities and laying off many of our best and brightest scientists -- a wonderful example of the confusion, contradictions and inconsistencies provided by the left.
The other side of this specific discussion is that the conditions cited by the writer are the very reasons for the success. Moreover, the heading provided with the letter, more appropriately, should have been Success because of cutbacks.
As is the case in many efficient and effective programs and operations, it is not until the fluff and excesses are blown away that core objectives can be achieved.
Civic pay cut notion naive
Re: Trimming salaries tough task (Aug. 14). While I would love to see Robert-Falcon Ouellette's pay cuts implemented, he's naive to think civic employees, police officers and firefighters would take a five per cent drop in wages to make our city safer and more livable.
Oath no relic of the past
Re: Court tosses case fighting oath to Queen (Aug. 14). If the three permanent residents feel swearing allegiance to the Queen is part of a relic of the past, then they don't understand what it means to be a citizen of Canada.
Canada is a constitutional monarchy, and to refuse to swear an oath is a refusal to accept the laws of Canada.
If they don't like what they find in Canada, then they can always go back to their countries of origin.
Pondering presidential legacies
Francisco Valenzuela's letter Nixon's poor image deserved (Aug. 14) points out the Nixon administration was guilty of more than Watergate. Nixon should also be remembered for opening up U.S. relations with China and changing the armed forces to an all-volunteer force.
Nixon was not alone when it comes to U.S. administrations meddling in other countries. One only has to look at the Obama administration -- Syria, Libya and Egypt all come to mind.
When it comes to lousy U.S. presidents, none holds a candle to Lyndon Johnson. Using a trumped-up Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, Johnson sought the approval of Congress to greatly escalate U.S. involvement in Vietnam. While presidents Kennedy and Eisenhower had previously sent mostly military advisers to assist the Vietnamese government, this resolution allowed Johnson to open the flood gates.
Before it was over, he had reactivated the draft and sent 500,000 soldiers to fight a worthless cause that left over 58,000 dead.
I hope history will treat these two presidents appropriately.
Still a brilliant talent
Re: Thanks for letting me into your lives (Aug. 16). Soon after Lindor Reynolds started writing for the Free Press, you printed a letter to the editor I wrote praising the quality work of Winnipeg's new star.
Lindor's honest and courageous thank-you to readers shows she has not lost her talent.