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Hydro needs succession plan
Manitoba Hydro has placed advertisements in national newspapers for a president and chief executive officer to replace Scott Thompson (Hydro's man with the power stepping down, June 26).
In the last 35 years, all three appointments made by Hydro from outside the corporation have turned out to be short-term. What about promoting from within?
When Bob Brennan retired in 2011 after 22 years as CEO, there was deemed to be no suitable internal candidate. Why? There had been no succession planning.
A company with 6,000 employees should have someone competent enough to take the reins of being CEO. If a succession plan was in place, we could have expected stability in the position instead of a resumé-building exercise by outsiders.
Benefit a vote-buying scheme
Just how stupid and ignorant does Stephen Harper and the Conservatives think all Canadians who will be voting in this year's election cycle are (Christmas in July just more Tory PR, July 21)?
The purely political universal child-care benefit expansion doesn't pass the smell test; it's buying votes from the electorate months before the election.
This is taxpayer money being returned -- and to add insult to injury, these so-called credits are also taxable. It's essentially taxing tax revenue.
Most families would be better off with their "credit" at the end of the year on their tax forms instead of this obvious pandering right before an election.
If Prime Minister Harper is so intent on buying my vote, I could really use a new barbecue.
City dysfunction a bumper crop
Re: Seeds of city dysfunction sown (July 20). Seeds sown? Dysfunction? Surely most at the Free Press are aware the operations of this city have been dysfunctional for decades.
We are now harvesting the results of both politically poisonous seeds and an obsequious, inattentive media; and Mayor Brian Bowman, despite any hopes we may have had for him to be different, is a product of the dysfunctional politics this city has endured for so long.
Bombers need brains to win
It isn't character the Bombers are lacking -- it's brains (Next test of character awaits Blue Bombers, July 19).
After every loss the Bombers say they will learn from it and move on; with all their losses in recent years, they should be geniuses by now.
The first job of a kick returner is to secure the ball -- knowing which direction to run is the second. Managing the clock is another recurring problem -- they don't seem to learn.
Then their coach stubbornly sticks with what doesn't work, such as playing the backup quarterback or kicking for a touchdown conversion.
Running with character won't win games if they run in the wrong direction.
Licence money doesn't fix roads
Letter-writer Paul Najda seems confused by more than road barriers (Wheel talk on transportation, Letters, July 21).
Licensing doesn't fund construction. If bikes were licensed it would have no impact on any infrastructure -- neither do my driver's licence or car insurance.
The taxes I pay, however, do fund construction.
The language of business
Olga Lovick is missing the pragmatic point that the language of North American economic transactions is English, unless the population numbers warrant the use of an additional tongue, such as French in Canada and Spanish in the United States (Aboriginal languages should be official, July 20).
Groups can comfort themselves with the "official" status of their languages and create various immersion programs to their heart's delight, but if they want to buy or sell something, they'll need to be able to communicate in the vernacular of business.