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Praying for Burton Cummings

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I could not believe what Burton Cummings did to our national anthem. What right does he have in leaving God out of it? Does he think that he is so powerful that Canadians will forgive him for this insult? I will be praying that God will take everything that He gave this idiot away.

 

DONNA MOORE

Winnipeg

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I am disappointed and feel it a great shame that Burton Cummings deliberately left out the words "God keep our land" when he sang our national anthem at the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto on Sunday. It's hard to believe the Grey Cup organizers allowed him to do this. Perhaps it was their intention, in honour of the 100th Grey Cup, to make a point of omitting God from our lives and collective conscience. If Cummings feels that the traditional words expressing Canada's Christian heritage don't suit him, he shouldn't be singing our national anthem in a public venue. In doing so he offends all Canadians who still believe in God and who hold fast to our nation's founding principles.

 

MARK KOKOSKI

Hamilton, Ont.

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Why did people boo and jeer Justin Bieber? Why the hate? Many people could not understand why Bieber's fellow Canadians would boo him even though he is a class act and "the biggest act in the world." I for one congratulate him on his success and respect the marketing machine that brought him to prominence. I also respect the young lad's vocal talent. Unfortunately I, and many Canadians, do not respect the fact that Bieber has chosen to use his talents to create shallow, insipid, unoriginal, auto-tuned, lowest-common-denominator, teenage-girl-friendly pop music. For artists like him, the bottom line is not the crafting of original, personal and resonating art.

I booed the television on Sunday because I was angry at how artists like Bieber have contributed to the overall decline of popular music. I may not be a smart man, but whichever executive at the CFL decided that booking Bieber in the same show as Gordon Lightfoot must have done so in a moment of extreme stupidity or brilliance. I still haven't decided which.

 

ANDRIY MICHALCHYSHYN

Winnipeg

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I think the fans were disgusting booing the Biebs. He may not be your pick of entertainer but he was an invited guest. What happened to the polite Canadian?

 

MARILYN STADNYK

Winnipeg

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So the Toronto Argonauts take the Grey Cup. Two of their players were formerly with the Blue Bombers at one time. Sixteen of the Calgary Stampeders players and personnel were once with the Bombers. Need we say more!?

 

AL WOLFE

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 27, 2012 A11

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