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Posted: 02/9/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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Morgan's convenience

I find it highly hypocritical that Gwyn Morgan cites the statements by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society, and other national science academies, which call genetically modified crops safe and worth exploring (Anti-GM foods activist sees the science -- and the light, Feb. 7), yet Morgan refuses to accept the conclusions of the same scientific organizations about the science of anthropogenic climate change and the dangers it poses to all of us. Only when it is convenient for him, he will accept the conclusions of these scientists.

Morgan has repeatedly demonized some of the same scientists within these organizations who have stated climate change is caused primarily by human activities and will endanger life on this planet.

This endangerment is due to the inconvenient truth that the industries in which Morgan has participated have increased atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations which have raised global temperatures, leading to an increased likelihood of extreme weather and climate events, such as drought and flooding, which will make it more difficult to grow crops and feed this planet, something about which Morgan claims he is concerned.

STEPHEN BERG

Winnipeg

 

Constructive change

Re: Ex looks to take over the Downs (Jan. 30). I am skeptical and question Garth Rogerson and Stan Struthers' intentions and support for the Assiniboia Downs.

For years in North America the entire horse racing industry has faced numerous challenges to remain a vibrant entertainment and gaming entity. Harvey Warner and others have done an outstanding job keeping horse racing alive in Winnipeg. I applaud their efforts.

So, Mr. Struthers, if financial changes need to be made then make them in a positive way and include the people who have publicly expressed their true colours.

LES A. JONES

Winnipeg

 

The oil will flow

Bogdan Kipling (Odds are that Keystone XL will win approval, Feb. 4) presented a variety of logical reasons that the pipeline project is likely to win approval in the U.S. during the next few months. He could have added a few more.

Nebraska claims it's satisfied that the revised route now avoids the environmentally sensitive Sandhills area, and the governors of the six states along the pipeline's proposed path are all in favour of it. It's also backed by a bi-partisan coalition in Congress, while polls show the majority of Americans support it.

Besides creating upwards of 20,000 new jobs in the U.S. and increasing American energy self-sufficiency, builders of Keystone intend to install 57 special safety devices at critical stress points along the line to warn of and guard against fractures and oil spills. The company has taken out $200 million in third-party liability insurance in case of any pollution problems.

Regardless of environmental opposition, the crude would flow southward even if Keystone were to be cancelled since both CN and CP report nearly a sixfold jump in petroleum tank car traffic from 2011 and 2012, and U.S. carriers claim similar increases.

EDWARD KATZ

Winnipeg

 

Baby Phoenix

Properly trained? What training does a person need? When you cannot find a child you have been told is being abused you kick every door down till you do. Not seeing that child was a red flag in itself. Why did "they" walk away assuming everything was alright?

The number of adults who failed this child, and the months it took to find her are inexcusable. No one who was involved with this case deserves the cheque they are still cashing. I wonder how they sleep at night?

DALE WILLIS

Teulon

 

Check-out charities

I agree with Marilyn Baker's take on charity solicitations (Charity should not begin at the checkout, Feb. 6). I was asked if I wanted to make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation at the MLCC when checking out. I make a point to tell the clerk I will donate online to the charities I habitually give to. That way, I get a receipt for tax purposes.

I really resent people banging on my front door looking for donations. In many cases, they show up at the most inconvenient times, and I don't like to be pressured to give to charities I know nothing about.

MICHAEL DOWLING

Winnipeg

 

My congrats to Marilyn Baker. Finally, someone is saying what a great number of us are thinking. I have no problem in saying "no" at the checkout at my supermarket or liquor store.

I am fed up with returning home after being away for some time to find that the bulk of my mail is from charities. Instead of being satisfied with a once-yearly contribution, I am hounded almost quarterly for further donations.

End of donations! In fact, as the old saying goes "Charity begins at home." So, local charities will be the sole recipients of my money from now on. This way I can also see exactly where my money is doing the most good.

EDITH CARSON

Winnipeg

 

Killing ourselves

The recent major distractive "fuss", over the request by three MPs, to have the RCMP investigate 491 cases of infanticide between 2000-2009 has been a very sad indicator of the irrational, corrupt, spiritual, moral, intellectual, legal, and political state of this country. These babies survived abortions, and thus became citizens, under our current absurd, anti-scientific, legal definition of the human person, and yet were left to die a cruel, miserable, lonely death, as if they were just garbage!

Canada has the unique infamy among modern lands of having no legal protection for its new citizens before their birth, under the farcical Charter of Rights. As a result, more than 3.5 million of them have been barbarously sacrificed since 1969. Is it any wonder, that the human person, is now in such wide, practical, deadly contempt, in suiciding societies like ours!

REG GALLOP

Winnipeg

 

Cut waste, raise value

Re: Food deserts complex, hard-to-solve problems (Feb. 5). A good, informative article from Dan Lett. It's a surprise that supermarkets have such a low profit margin (about two per cent), yet I can't feel sorry for them. As Lett says, supermarkets close stores but don't let others use their premises.

Is food too cheap? We spend a lower proportion of our earnings on food than we spent many decades ago. Also, the amount of waste is telling. Stores encourage this. Nobody should be forced to buy two pounds of carrots, or a bunch of parsley (cheap enough, granted) as big as a head of broccoli.

HILDA WAGSTAFFE

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 9, 2013 A14

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