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This article was published 23/9/2015 (642 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
F-35 a costly lemon
Anyone following the progress on F-35 jets knows it has had 15 years of delays and significant cost increases (F-35 purchase worth $2B, jobs to local Bristol Aerospace plant, Sept. 22).
A recent Pentagon report calls the F-35 operationally ineffective, unable to perform many missions in the real world due to mistakes in the development process. So should we go ahead and purchase it anyway so we can get a portion of it helping Manitoba's aerospace industry?
Why is it that governments -- in this case the Conservatives -- can't admit when they're wrong?
Martin's actions inexcusable
Pat Martin's use of misogynist vernacular is inexcusable (Martin drops online blast, Sept. 21).
The blind partisanship of his NDP supporters who refuse to condemn his verbal assaults is embarrassing and lessens a cause many claim to support. If a Liberal or Conservative had called anyone a "slut" or a "whore," they would be removed as candidates immediately.
The vitriol that spews from Martin when questioned about his record is understandable, I guess: while the vulnerable in Winnipeg Centre have been murdered and gone missing, he managed to get rid of the penny. He gets testy when questioned about his performance, or lack thereof, in Winnipeg Centre.
Martin should be removed as the Winnipeg Centre NDP candidate for using such hurtful words.
Taxi service striving to improve
Re: Taken for a ride (Sept. 21). Winnipeg's taxi industry is always looking for ways to improve service and create greater opportunities for those employed in the industry. We have safety measures in place for both riders and drivers, and all taxis carry insurance to protect consumers.
We strive to pick up passengers in a timely manner. However, weather, traffic and city infrastructure issues can at times cause delays.
Improvements are an ongoing process with any industry, and taxis are no different. We will continue to ensure reliability and safety are paramount, while working with industry partners and government to continue to serve Winnipeg.
President, Duffy's Taxi
Issue of veils proves divisive
It's not often I agree with Stephen Harper, but I feel when taking the oath of citizenship having the face visible is a minimal requirement to become a Canadian citizen (Hopeless charter cases hurt Canada, Editorial, Sept. 22).
Surely any would-be citizen can adjust their beliefs for this most important action in their life and accept this small requirement of becoming a Canadian citizen. Allah is known as a loving God; surely he wouldn't be offended if the face were unveiled when taking the citizenship oath.
When I took the oath to become a Canadian citizen in 1967, I would have stood on my head if required. Perhaps I'm missing something at a deeper level -- I wish I knew what it is.
The Sept. 22 Free Press editorial should strike a chord with all Canadians.
We're a country of immigrants and have a charter that protects individual rights that we should take pride in.
We have a prime minister who apparently has a far narrower view of inclusiveness and uses his perspective to appeal to our basest instincts in a costly game of divide and conquer.
No reason for current Bipole route
As president of the Bipole III Coalition, I wholeheartedly support the position outlined in Pallister says party would re-evaluate Bipole III if elected (Sep 16).
Our organization, composed of retired engineers and Hydro executives as well as landowners, has consistently condemned the Bipole III route selected.
The original reason for rerouting the line to the west side of the province near the Saskatchewan border no longer exists, as the application for the UNESCO World Heritage Site designation of the east-side boreal forest has been denied pending submission of further information. The rejection of the application had nothing to do with the presence of structures, but with a failure to prove aboriginal connectivity to the land.
The road now being built through the area, while sorely needed, will be far more disruptive to the natural environment than any transmission line.
This line will exist for more than 200 years -- we must get it right. It's foolish to proceed with building a line in a location condemned by all the experts and with a strong chance of being stopped.