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Stab at wit falls flat

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My good friend Bert Beishuizen made a special effort to write a letter expressing his heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful citizens of Winnipeg for their hospitality during a recent trip for medical attention (Come back in January, Aug. 30). He took this special effort, usually reserved for people who want to complain, in spite of the fact his cancer procedure was unsuccessful, only to have your editorial staff mock his sincerity in the headline.

Would it not be more constructive to use this special effort to promote our city and its services regardless of the season? While your readers do not know Bert, I do, and his testimonial has credibility as he is a frequent world traveller.

The headline should have said, "We live up to our licence plates -- friendly Manitoba."

DON MARR

Winnipeg

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Bert Beishuizen from Alberta sends us a beautiful letter praising our city and especially its warm welcoming ways and all you can do is tell him to come back in January?

You clearly missed the central point of his letter that states the quality of a city is not only dependent on its physical attributes but also on how it welcomes and cares for its tourists.

And while we're on the subject of January in Winnipeg, many people enjoy that aspect of our city, which is an important part of our cultural heritage.

MICHELINE CHAPUT

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 4, 2012 A11

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