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Williams will be missed

Re: He made the world laugh (Aug. 12). Robin Williams has given us a mammoth task -- address the perennial problem of depression that strikes a substantial number of people globally.

He has thrown us a challenge: arrest this ugly problem as soon as it takes root, and establish and institute measures to nip it in the bud, preventing the spread of the disease in its tracks.

Sorry, Robin, that nobody could come to your rescue. The rest of us need to take a solemn pledge to start a real campaign to eradicate depression-related casualties -- tomorrow might be too late.

Krishna Ballabh



With the rest of the world I mourn the death of the great Robin Williams. With his wonderfully creative, manic brain came equally extreme lows.

Williams and others who are depressed can't just "snap out of it." Depression is an illness. Canadian cyclist Clara Hughes is to be commended for her efforts in raising awareness on this illness.

June Slobodian



The power of polls

Polls -- Canadians participate in them, the media analyse them, as Deveryn Ross does, and politicians use them when it suits them (Harper's strategy: Who you gonna trust?, Aug. 9).

The problem with polls is that human nature, common sense and an informed citizenry get in the way.

It was nice of Ross to provide free advice to the Harper Conservatives for their future ads, but something tells me they don't need it, and that Canadians don't heed them anyway.

Informing one's self and good sense is what voters use when thinking of how we want our Canada to look in the years to come.

I trust many of us will do just that when we get a chance in 2015.

Janice Isopp



On the weekend, the Winnipeg Free Press online poll asked if Gord Steeves should be held accountable for his wife's comments four year ago. About 73 per cent said no, and I agree.

Should the Free Press be held accountable for flaming up this issue negatively and irresponsibly to start a controversy? I would answer yes.

Although Lorrie Steeves worded it wrongly, I think that this problem of drunk people and panhandlers downtown, aboriginal or not, should be one of the prime issues of the election.

Involving more social services, mental-health services, housing, rehabilitation and substance-abuse programming, as well as policing and involving the police to send these people to an appropriate program and housing is the answer -- not jail.

Bruce Hutchison



Plenty of shame, blame to share

Andrew Baryluk was under a court order to vacate his life-long home and showed no intention of doing so willingly or peacefully (Police may learn a lot in the fallout from Andrew Baryluk's death, Aug. 9).

Transference of guilt to the Winnipeg Police Service for a bad ending to a family dispute is sad. Handing off responsibility for evicting Baryluk to the courts and law-enforcement officials does not empower the family to hand off responsibility for an unwanted outcome.

Insinuations that our police service is not transparent are not supported by fact. Determining exactly what happened and whether officers on the scene acted appropriately within police service policy takes time.

There is ample blame, guilt and shame to share in this incident. Finger-pointing and accusations cannot resolve anything or make the story any less distressing for the family, police and public.

John Feldsted



Winnipeg's easy targets

I give it less than two weeks before the amateur archers, gang initiates and bored school boys appropriate the tantalizing new High Five art installation for themselves (Eye-catching design, Aug. 12).

This is Winnipeg, folks -- you don't set up easy targets here unless you want them fired at. Just ask the mayor.

Arthur Ellis


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 13, 2014 A8

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