Take the poop home
I live in an area where people walk their dogs -- and for some strange reason use the back lanes on a regular basis. I do not have a pet because I don't want the work, but can see how a pet can make your life richer.
My question is why do dog owners -- or perhaps only dog owners in my area -- leave their dog feces in other people's garbage cans? It sticks to the bottom and doesn't get picked up making the non-dog owner take on the cleaning or the smell becomes unbearable.
I hope people enjoy their dogs, but I don't want to help you clean up after them. So do it yourself and take your dog feces home.
A better pension idea
I think a better alternative to help resolve the pension crisis in Canada is to force people to save for their retirement because most people do not save enough for their retirement years.
I propose a new plan be developed called a Personal Pension Plan. It would work something like this. Everyone would be required to contribute a minimum of their gross earnings to a PPP, say three per cent, each year. The PPP could only be invested in low-risk investments, with moderate volatility
A tax credit could be provided up to say 1/3 or 1/2 of the tax liability that would have been payable on the invested funds. The funds cannot be withdrawn before age 60, except under special circumstances such as severe disability, terminal illness, etc.
At age 60 a person could start to withdraw funds from their PPP limited to a maximum of five per cent of the total funds each year. The funds would be totally tax free or not taxed until the person has withdrawn their original investment in total.
There you have it... a simple plan that forces people to supplement whatever other plans they have and that provides a guaranteed income to them in later life.
Remember to smile
I want to commend the Free Press, and specifically Carolyn Shimmin-Bazak, for her piece, (A few smiles a day keeps depression away, April 29).
Relatively speaking, our society has a good public knowledge base for physical health, but not so much for our psychological and mental health. We have a better knowledge of things that promote good physical health, but less on what would promote good mental health and prevent mental illness.
The Canadian Mental Health Association's Be Well campaign, works to improve that public-knowledge base to help us understand the small things we can do to keep our psychological and mental health in good shape.
Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman
Manitoba Psychological Society
Why the secrecy?
Re: Speeding fine only half of it (May 6). The article by Barry Craig is very revealing and at the same time very disturbing. He has obviously completed significant research on the topic of what are the various costs that make up the total fine for speeding, yet he was not able to identify what constitutes the so-called surcharge that is added to the speeding ticket fine.
Why is our government secretive about what makes up the total dollar figure of a speeding ticket? Are we to simply accept this method of gouging to fill the coffers of the government? Is there a way we can get some answers? Craig is a retired journalist and has stirred the pot, so now perhaps an active journalist can pick up the gauntlet and further examine this mystery.
A pitcher's helmet needed
After the very unfortunate incident in which a major league pitcher was hit in the head by a line drive, the powers that be in the baseball world are going to move forward with extensive and probably expensive research to produce a baseball cap that will provide more protection for vulnerable pitchers.
Wait a minute. Hold onto those research dollars. We already have the solution. It's called a batter's helmet. Case solved.
Fish being thrown away
I have been fishing for the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corp. since 1969 and I have not made any money, but break even every season. In 1968, my dad, brother and I made $30,000 selling to the private fish buyers at Sissipuk Lake, Man.
We always made money and we enjoyed fishing. Since then, we are throwing away most of our fish due to transportation default. Last summer in Sissipuk Lake, we bushed over 900,000 pounds of high-grade white fish, a million pounds of jack fish and another 500,000 pounds of tullibee, and over a million pounds of sucker fish, which we used to sell to the private market.
We also bush trout and goldeye, which are marketable fish with the private sector. I am not a communist fisherman and I want Canada to get out of the commercial fishery. It is costing us more than $20 million per year to operate FFMC in Transcona.
We could use an extra $20 million under the private sector. The government must emancipate our commercial fishermen from government control. We have people starving around the world. There should be a penalty imposed on FFMC for damaging our fish stocks.
We cannot continue to throw away food. I urge the provincial and Canadian governments to bush the FFMC.
Puk fishermen will be advertising for anyone who would like to buy all fish species at Pawistik. Call Puk Fishermen Association in Pukatawagan if you want to come and buy fish in Pawistik this summer and fall fishery.
Pukatawagan Commercial Fishers Association
Hands on, Mr. Harper
Re: Hands off CBC, Mr. Harper (May 9). The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is in reality a bloated monolith sucking on the public purse for a very significant portion of its annual revenue.
It has shown little or no interest or ability to manage the business in today's competitive and realistic environment without government support.
I welcome the Harper governments efforts to attempt to introduce some reality into the CBC.