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Access to psychologists needed
The Manitoba Liberal Party has adopted a long-needed and bold initiative by emphasizing the need for increased public access to the services of psychologists (Liberals fight for mental-health services, Nov. 20).
With rates of depression and anxiety rising dramatically, it is essential everyone has access to the most effective treatments.
Psychologists in Manitoba do not prescribe psychotropic medication -- rather, psychologists work collaboratively with family physicians and psychiatrists, who prescribe these types of medications. While in some cases medications may be required, research shows treatments delivered by psychologists are at least as effective as medication for the majority of cases of depression and anxiety -- without adverse side-effects and with lower relapse rates.
Psychologists are well-trained and positioned to develop prevention programs, do a thorough assessment, communicate a diagnosis and either provide treatment or refer to another health-care provider who can meet the patient's needs.
Dr. Teresa Sztaba
Executive director, Manitoba Psychological Society
Liquor workers deserve raise
I'm sure the Fraser Institute, taxpayer associations and other conservative institutions are preparing their rhetoric to convince Manitobans government employees are overpaid and are to blame for the province's financial problems (Liquor strike possible for Christmas, Nov. 20).
In 2010, the unions took a two-year wage freeze -- yet during that time annual sales exceeded $620 million. In the 2013-14 fiscal year alone, the amalgamation of the MLCC and Manitoba Lotteries Corporation saved over $60 million -- in addition to the $284.1 million in revenue for that period year.
With no increase in wages since 2010 and significant revenue generated by this Crown corporation, employees are entitled to a two per cent wage hike.
Traffic snarled by untimely trains
It's time for the city to consider banning train travel, at least during peak traffic hours.
I recently sat in rush-hour traffic, a mere half-kilometre from home, for over 15 minutes, watching the train stop and start over and over again. Heaven help anyone who needs emergency services -- there's just no way for them to get anywhere because the trains block all routes.
Once the train finally crosses over, it takes over a half hour for the traffic flow to return to normal. This problem needs to be rectified -- traffic flow is horrible, and trains simply compound the problem.
Western leaders' selective outrage
Three years ago, Islamic State (IS) was unknown -- now it controls an area over Iraq and Syria as large as Great Britain.
How did we get here?
Western leaders, in particular David Cameron of Great Britain, Stephen Harper of Canada and Barack Obama of the U.S., have been extreme in their condemnation of IS, mentioning the gruesome public beheading of the westerners.
The silence displayed by western leaders over the public beheading of 22 people in Saudi Arabia in August, or the death toll of up to five million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past 20 years, is positively deafening.
Why have some western leaders been so vociferous over IS while ignoring the Democratic Republic of Congo, Saudi Arabia and western-friendly dictators in the Middle East such as Bahrain and Egypt, whose governments have been killing hundreds of their own citizens?
It should surprise nobody in the West that so many in this region hate us.
James Rodney Ledwich
Obama's mockery of human rights
Re: Obama seeks exemption to ban on aid to torturers, war criminals (Nov. 14). U.S. President Barack Obama cannot absolve himself of the moral obligation to the protection of human rights by having others act on his behalf.
To engage torturers and war criminals in any discussion concerning the present campaign against Islamic State makes a mockery of any professed concern for human rights.
If Obama finds the law prohibiting assistance to unsavoury states constraining, he should seek its abolition rather than pandering to hypocrisy by requesting exemption.