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Hydro pay hike inexcusable
Re: Hydro defends proposed pay bumps (June 2). Manitoba Hydro CEO Scott Thomson told the Public Utilities Board his management team needs salary increases -- the same management team that didn't budget for replacing older equipment or future expansion.
It's also the same management team that's proceeding with Bipole III down the west side of Lake Manitoba at a cost of $1 billion more than the route on the east side of Lake Winnipeg, where an all-weather road is now being constructed to our northern communities and would certainly make building the line in conjunction with the road a better idea.
This management team now wants to go to the PUB for increases to hydro rates.
Let them go elsewhere -- Manitobans do not want them getting raises.
I find it inconceivable that Manitoba Hydro expects us to accept their proposed executive salary raises of up to seven per cent. This is a Crown corporation that refuses to listen to the growing opposition to the west-side Bipole III transmission route and to the construction of the Keeyask generating station, yet lobbies for customer hydro rate increases for the next 10 years.
At the same time executives lobby for a raise, Manitoba Hydro is making efforts to reduce their staff by "about 300 positions by 2017." To many Hydro employees, this amounts to contracting out their jobs to non-unionized workers.
All this from a so-called pro-union, "regular guy" government.
Tobacco ban not the answer
Far from the tobacco-free utopia letter-writer James Smith envisions, a massive underground would arise overnight to serve smokers if the federal and provincial governments were to foolishly ban tobacco use and sales (Ban all tobacco products, Letters, June 3).
The government should not be telling citizens who are only harming themselves what substances they can and cannot use -- no matter how disgusting, filthy or deadly.
Would we really send smokers and their suppliers to jail? Could we afford hospitals if we did?
Distracted driving's dangers
Re: Stiffer penalties loom for texting, drunk driving (June 5). While I agree the penalties for texting/distracted driving should be more severe, increasing demerits is the wrong way to penalize.
Increasing the fines instead ensures every driver is penalized the same -- as they should be. Just because you have merits doesn't mean you should pay less than someone with demerits.
Adding demerits is simply a method for increasing the coffers of Manitoba Public Insurance.
Not only should drivers be penalized, but car manufacturers should be taken to task for putting touchscreens in the dashes of their vehicles. They make you take your eyes off the road in order to perform certain functions.
It's a dangerous sales gimmick.
Atheism more philosophy than religion
I would like to augment letter-writer Dave Ferguson's explanation of what atheism isn't (Atheism not a religion, Letters, June 4).
A defining aspect of religion is a belief in the existence of ephemeral beings -- gods, spirits, non-natural forces and other supernatural phenomena.
If your point of view doesn't incorporate such entities, it isn't a religion; it's a philosophy of life, or a world view, or a mentality or some such -- but not a religion.
Atheists don't believe in the actual independent existence of gods and spirit beings. Therefore, atheists cannot by definition be called religious or be considered adherents of a religion, and atheism cannot be a religion.
Gratification often delayed
So Neil Dempsey hated math as a kid, and now he enjoys it (Math is more than one plus one, June 1).
It's like saying he hated doing scales on the piano as a kid but now really enjoys playing.
Perhaps one day the coin will drop; the work you did as a kid enabled your later enjoyment. It's called delayed gratification.