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Re: Beautiful game, dirty business (June 10).

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As a person who enjoys the sport of soccer, I found the editorial well documented identifying the beauty of the game but somewhat disturbing where millions live beneath the poverty line. On the other hand, it is said soccer brings Brazilians together, giving hope, joy, a common theme around which they can rally. Soccer in Brazil has become an integral part of the social and political framework of the nation. In Brazilian culture, soccer is first and foremost; it impacts the individual person.

The World Cup defies political, social and economic boundaries and is often the thread linking cultures and nations. The Cup being played in Brazil will become memorable because of the grandeur, global relevance, prestige and popularity of the sport. Hosting the World Cup will become provocative but also unique in its ability to bridge differences and overturn national prejudices, creating tolerance and understanding.

Brazilians often refer to their country as the country of soccer. No country tries as hard or as consistently to host soccer tournaments as Brazil. Fans from all corners of the globe will be following the most popular sporting event in the world. The conflicts, protests and corruption that has victimized Brazilians in preparation for the World Cup for the moment will fade away and a carnival atmosphere fever will grip that nation and it will bridge differences and overturn national prejudices, creating a further love of soccer. Hopefully the World Cup will bring political passion and stability to Brazil.


Peter J. Manastyrsky



When the World Cup games were awarded to Qatar for 2022 the first word that came to my mind was "corruption!" Only money could have bought that decision and Qatar has lots of it.

Of course, I thought Qatar could easily afford to build several vast, air-conditioned, 100,000 seat stadia, ignoring the fact that people in that area could do with small air-conditioner units in their homes besides other basics of living. But who cares about them? The games are a matter of profits and prestige for the few -- forget the peasants and the peons sweating in their homes.

My suggestion to correct this: Do the draw again but have only previous countries with the facilities from the past five world games in the draw, not including Brazil. Qatar can donate the money already allotted for the 2022 games for the updating of any repairs needed. This will demonstrate Qatar really and truly loves the game of soccer for itself and not for any prestige and profits.


Chris Kennedy



The excitement has built up for too long and now it is finally time for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil to begin. The most popular sport in the world will be watched by millions. It will be a month of joy or sorrow for fans who are supporting their countries but all together a month of excitement.

Although Canada does not have a team in the FIFA World Cup, I am still honoured to see that there are some Canadian players participating and will be rooting for them all the way. But I am going to have to support my team, Argentina, in this World Cup.

I hope that this World Cup will be just as thrilling as the previous ones.


Fahd Peerzada

Maple, Ont.


Mailbox roughshod

Re: Super-mailbox plan panned (June 11).

The highly paid mandarins at Canada Post have completely ignored the wishes of Canadian citizens who own and pay for this Crown corporation. Super-mailboxes in older areas were foisted on residents over their objections. How much is it costing to manufacture the boxes, decide where to plant them, door-knock to inform homeowners, ship, install and maintain them?

If Canada Post is really losing money, there were a number of options (for one, delivery three times a week) available to the decision-makers. Certainly, there was little consultation with the shareholders.

If Canadians are averse to the verdicts of these bureaucrats, they must vociferously lobby their MPs.

What kind of democracy is this where our civil servants run roughshod over the populace?


Gloria Johnston



Toxic policy

Hopefully, I am not the only person outraged at the fact that while I am not permitted to spray a federally approved product on my property to kill dandelions, our caring government deems it acceptable to randomly and openly place a product of their choosing in Winnipeg's public parks to kill gophers, a product proven to be highly toxic to children and small animals. I take some small comfort, however, from this perverse anomaly, in the fact that I can vote these pseudo-scientists out of public office in the next provincial election.


Barry Hadfield



Cloverleaf pipe dream

Re: Capital region looking to the future (June 10). Is Selinger looking for votes? The fantasy mentioned in this article will be 100 years to complete, and then only if the province increases the sales tax by another 10 per cent.

Remember the Trans-Canada Highway built back in the 1950s? Well, Manitoba still hasn't completed a dual lane from Falcon Lake to the Ontario border! Also, the first bypass at the intersection of the Perimeter Highway and Pembina Highway took more than two years to build and it still looks like amateurs worked on it.

The Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg are about 40 years behind in road construction and to suggest 15 new cloverleafs is mind-boggling.

It's too bad they didn't consult with the engineers in Saskatchewan 40-50 years ago. Then perhaps our roads would be as efficient as those in Saskatoon or Regina.


Mervin Pollock



New, cleaner economy

Your editorial, Hold the sarcasm, clear the air, (June 12) contains a statement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that I believe falls into the category of the big lie. The assertion that jobs and the economy will take a hit if we do something about climate change is nonsense.

What the prime minister seems to me to be saying is the jobs and the economy of his friends and supporters in the fossil fuel industry will take a hit.

Massive conversion to non-carbon energy use will create huge numbers of jobs throughout Canada. One major example: We would have to convert to electric cars, which have to be built and have infrastructure to charge batteries at many locations. Build the cars here. Build the charging stations. Build hydro dams to produce the energy needed.

All the money we give to the oil industry could stay in Manitoba and circulate here to create more wealth.


Kelly Chartrand


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 13, 2014 A14

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