Letters, August 13


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Cannabis convenient, alcohol not

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Cannabis convenient, alcohol not

Re: Alberta liquor sales superior (Letters, Aug. 5)

As a resident of Osborne Village, a dense and diverse neighbourhood in Winnipeg, I have one choice, within easy walking distance, to purchase a bottle of wine: the provincial government liquor store at River Street and Osborne Avenue. To enter the store, I am required to stand in a line outside, in all kinds of weather, while an employee of the store checks the identification of every customer wanting to make a purchase, one by one. It’s a time-consuming process.

However, if I was a user of cannabis rather than alcohol, I could purchase my drug of choice at as many as a dozen or more privately-owned shops within easy walking distance of my home, and freely walk through their doors, without hindrance.

How does this situation make sense?

Valerie Gilroy


Prison leniency outrageous

Re: Parole board decision traumatizes Phoenix’s devastated godmother (Aug. 11)

I read with total disgust that Samantha Kematch, who tortured and killed her own five-year-old daughter, Phoenix Sinclair, is getting temporary leaves from prison. As outlined in her sentence in 2008, what part of “no parole eligibility for 25 years” is so hard to understand? Considering the heinous nature of her crime, how can the parole board justify any concessions for this person?

Ralph Kutroski


Parenting advice helpful

Re: Mom charged with lying to police (Aug. 10)

This tragic news item about the mother who was reportedly untruthful with police about the alleged drunk driving of her son ought to give all parents and caregivers pause.

It raises questions as to the inherent complexity of parenting, even after the children have become adults. While one cannot ever condone or encourage lying to police, even to protect their children, one should be careful about the speculation that often arises from such events. One of those responses is support for what some might call “tough love.”

The late psychiatrist and widely read author Scott Peck observed that when parents are faced with a difficult decision about their children, there are essentially three options: (1) give in to what the child wants; (2) take a “hard” position and refuse to bend; (3) exercise patience and struggle with the decision.

Not surprisingly, Peck opts for the third, and I have personally found it to be the most helpful parenting advice I have heard. It’s helped me to remember that love is the context in which tough decisions need to be made.

Edwin Buettner


Street parking unavoidable

On Aug. 8 on Watercress Road, an officer gave me a warning regarding my truck “reported as abandoned.” I would like to know who reported my truck to the Winnipeg Parking Authority.

The officer who gave me the warning should have known that nobody will “abandon” an $80,000 vehicle that is licensed with Autopac. It is used frequently and everybody on and around the street knows to whom the truck belongs.

The officer should have used his/her common sense. Many Winnipeggers have no choice but to park their vehicles on the street.

Amarjit Singh


Charest is not the answer

Re: Poilievre hosts supporter event at Victoria Inn (Aug. 6)

The Free Press has been giving Jean Charest a free ride in the current Conservative leadership race. Let’s examine his record.

In October, 1993, the party suffered the greatest defeat in Canadian history, going from a majority government to two seats. Jean Charest became leader of the party from 1993 to 1998. Did he revive the fortunes of the party? He did not.

In 1998 he jumped from the Progressive Conservative party to the Quebec Liberal party, eventually becoming the Liberal premier.

Can you imagine a Quebec Liberal leading a party where the majority of the elected members reside west of the Manitoba/ Ontario border and whose loyalties lie with the Reform movement of Preston Manning?

Also, Charest did not bother running for the leadership in 2017 and 2020 when social conservatives were prominent amongst the candidates. Why did he not fight this battle then?

The simple truth is that Charest is one of Brian Mulroney’s cronies who brought the party into such disrepute in the early 1990s. He is no messiah.

Kurt Clyde


$32,000 for data ridiculous

Re: Raise funds to get data (Letters, Aug. 11)

I am writing about Manitoba Justice demanding $32,000 to release to the Free Press under the Freedom of Information and Personal Privacy Act details of an RCMP investigation into real estate transactions involving Shindico Realty, former mayor Sam Katz and former city chief administrative officer Phil Sheegl.

I completely agree with letter writer Barry Craig that a cost of $32,000 is ridiculous to release information regarding the fiasco. However, we pay the salaries of Manitoba Justice and its staff, the buildings, the heat, the photocopying, etc.

We deserve this stain on Winnipeg caused by Shindico, Katz and Sheegl to be resolved properly and honestly. Stop fooling around, give all the information at a cost of $320. Winnipeg taxpayers deserve co-operation.

Wouldn’t it be something if the Free Press could make inroads into this entire mess?

Monica Smith


Can’t justify LRT

Re: Light rail transit pushed back into city conversation (Aug. 8)

People who want to install light rail transport in Winnipeg should look at cities such as Minneapolis, Calgary and Ottawa that have installed or extended LRT recently. There are always ginormous delays, and a typical cost of a billion dollars per mile. The return on investment would be minimal, at best.

Winnipeg does not have the critical mass of people living in the suburbs and working downtown to justify LRT.

Dick Maguire


Fight factory hog farms

Re: Hog industry embodies problems (Letters, Aug. 8)

Eventually, the people of Manitoba are going to have to stand up and fight for their rights. The injustice being levelled against many communities that are overrun by the factory hog industry with the backing of the government must be addressed.

When people wake up to the realization their rights are being trampled on, they take action. They do care about their communities and do try to save them.

When new factory sites housing tens of thousand of hogs are rarely turned down, people lose hope for a better life in their community. They gather up their families and move to a province that has more respect for human rights.

Denise Trafford


Access road needed off highway

Re: Family demands improved safety after deadly crash (Aug. 6)

As the Manitoba government is urged to make safety improvements to the untwinned stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway just west of the Manitoba-Ontario boundary, it was astounding to read that “the province determined left turns are permitted across the double solid centre line because the access road is not public.”

Maybe provincials officials need reminding that this area is part of the Whiteshell Provincial Park. As well, many private roads in Winnipeg are no longer accessible via left turns from the Perimeter Highway.

Perhaps a Barren Lake cottage access road could be created from Highway 301 after it passes north under Highway 1.

Wayne Manishen


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