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CBC does a lot of damage

Re: Hands off CBC, Mr. Harper (May 8). Sometimes those who have lost their way require a little hand-holding to help them get back on track.

The CBC's wayward pursuit of the seemingly limitless lamentations of those interviewed makes the world appear populated almost entirely by innocent victims and their unconscionable abusers. Whether it's the municipal, provincial or federal governments, the police or armed services, or the perceived amalgam of unholy and conspiratorial private corporations, those who are judged insufficiently progressive by the national broadcaster are consistently portrayed as pernicious purveyors of misconduct, corruption, and injustice.

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This demonstrates not only biased reporting, but, on occasion, profoundly lazy journalism. It is far easier to hold out a mike and ask rhetorical questions meant to solicit personal outrage, contempt or pity than it is to require the comprehensive research and unbiased reporting demanded by the complexity of every story run.

Whether by accident or design, the unremitting emphasis on abuse is promoting a national culture of victimization and encouraging an ethos of helplessness. The CBC's remedy for this problem (of their own making) is to advocate for those portrayed as disenfranchised, bullied, and dispossessed. Balanced reporting, not directed advocacy, ought to be the sole mandate of a publicly funded news gathering and reporting organization.

Perhaps a firmer grasp of the costs of imbalanced journalism may help persuade the corporation to find a better way.

Mark S. Rash

Winnipeg

 

Atheism makes no sense

Re: It's about the truth (May 7). Diana Goods, you say you are an atheist. It is philosophically impossible to be an atheist, since to be an atheist you must have infinite knowledge in order to know absolutely that there is no God

But to have this knowledge you would have to be God yourself.

It's a little hard to be God and an atheist at the same time.

As the Bible says in Psalm 14:1 "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.' "

Andrew Winker

Winnipeg

 

Can the litterbugs

Re: City plans new fines to squash litterbugs (May 3).

At long last those ugly piles of garbage tossed over the fence or into a ditch can be subject to fines.

This littering qualifies as the most egregious assault on the pride of community and tougher enforcement is needed to punish this habit of mindless excess.

E. Hailley

Winnipeg

 

A double standard?

Re: Living or dying (May 3).

Russ Tychonick hit the nail on the head when it comes to the right to die. All those who want that choice don't want to impose their views on others, they just want to be allowed to choose for themselves without being condemned.

I've always found it a little ironic that when a pet owner chooses to euthanize their suffering animal, society says that's being a caring, loving human being.

However, if a family amongst themselves decides to gather to end a loved one's life out of compassion, society calls it murder. It would appear there exists a double standard here.

HAROLD MURDOCH

Pilot Mound

 

MTS union out of touch

Paul Olson, president of the Manitoba Teachers' Society, states the absurd in Boost same-sex curricula (May 2). First, what he and his provincial executive are proposing has already been done.

Deputy education minister Gerald Farthing stated in the same article "sexual-orientation issues are already covered in the health curriculum under family life, and in human rights units in the social studies curriculum."

To expand this to reflect sexual orientation and gender issues in all subject areas as the MTS provincial executive is proposing would be redundant and would waste thousands of taxpayer dollars in producing new curricula, which aren't necessary.

Second, if you think Bill 18 is controversial this resolution would violate freedom of religion even more since all Manitoba curricula have to be followed by both public and private schools.

These new curricula would probably be challenged by private schools in the Supreme Court of Canada. As a retired teacher of 33 years, in my opinion, MTS is not in touch with its membership.

Teachers are presently stressed and stretched to the maximum; one would think the MTS would be working to improve their working conditions not stressing them out more with unnecessary curricula.

They say teachers want this but have they ever polled their membership for their feeling about this proposal? Hopefully common sense will prevail.

Ed Hume

Winnipeg

 

NDP propaganda

Not only does Manitoba's NDP government have the gall to raise our taxes to unprecedented levels, now they are running advertisements ("Focused on what matters most to families") telling us how wonderful it's all going to be -- advertisements paid with the taxpayers' dime.

Phil McBurney

Winnipeg

 

Comparisons are odious

Re: Taxes rise three times CPI rate (May 8). Columnist Mark Milke continues to make a living out of feeding the anti-tax and anti-government crowd. His latest serving: From 1961-2012, Canada's Consumer Price Index jumped 675 per cent, while in the same period, taxes went up 1,787 per cent.

On the surface, that looks bad for government, but Milke should not be let off that easily. He doesn't tell us what is included in the basket of government services for which taxes have increased 1,787 per cent.

For example, and I will leave it to readers to think of others, does it include the cost of universal health-care? How about contributions to the Canada Pension Plan? Unless we know what is in that basket and how he made his determination, Milke's figures are meaningless; they tell us nothing!

In 1960, I purchased my first TV set. I don't remember the cost but what ever it was, it would not be fair to compare it with the price of a new TV set today.

I close with an old proverb: Comparisons are odious.

John Harvard

winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 10, 2013 A12

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