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Re: Ethical oil argument is ludicrous (Oct. 17). Tom Ford makes claims that he is "no lover of the 500-strong Saudi royal family, but it has made reforms when it thinks it can." Ford thinks it's wrong for us to suggest that Canada is more ethical than Saudi Arabia, stating "my mother used to say, people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."
In Saudi Arabia, women have stones thrown at them until they are dead for so-called crimes like adultery. Women in Saudi Arabia don't have the right to drive or have a job without the permission of her husband, and a woman's testimony in court is worth half that of a man's.
How does the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's treatment of women compare to Canada's? Well, the most powerful politician in Alberta is a woman: newly minted Premier Alison Redford. Women in Canada are leaders, and women in Saudi Arabia are property.
Canada is hands-down one of the best places in the world to be a woman, and women's rights are only one of the many reasons why we should support ethical oil over conflict oil.
In Hike trash fees for rich: Eadie (Oct. 18), Bartley Kives reports that Coun. Ross Eadie wants to amend the user-fee component of the city's garbage and recycling master plan by indexing the garbage collection fee to the assessed value of the household in question.
If the whole point of a waste-minimizing strategy is to divert more material to landfills, then doesn't it make more sense to levy a higher fee on households who produce more trash? Eadie's assumption appears to be that the greater the value of your property, the greater your production of garbage. This doesn't make sense to me.
Recycling rates are higher in communities that provide residents with economic incentives to recycle by charging them according to the amount of trash they throw away. The rates charged vary according to the volume of garbage set out for collection. Linking costs to volume of garbage means residents who reduce garbage will pay less.
To protect our environment, I have no problem paying a higher fee, but I don't want to pay for people who refuse to do their part.
Where were squeegees?
I thank Chris Grieger for the Oct. 18 letter Frightful image criticizing the awful pictures of ghouls and gore in the Oct. 15 Free Press.
On the evening of Oct. 14, my husband and I were taking an out-of-town guest on a short downtown tour to show her our Provencher Bridge and the human-rights museum, when we turned onto Waterfront Drive totally unaware of what was about to face us head on.
Our car with many others had to come to an abrupt halt. Coming toward us were hundreds of grotesquely dressed-up species. We were then subjected to the throngs pushing and shoving our vehicles, smearing them with goop from amputated fake limbs, on which some were even sucking and gnawing.
It was unbelievable and at times frightening, as hundreds thumped on our windows, jumped on our hoods and kicked all parts of the vehicles whose occupants had no recourse or way out of the ordeal.
That our city allows such behaviour to go unmarshalled and unchecked is disgusting. That unsuspecting drivers were held up for 40 minutes and not allowed to go about their business is diabolical to say the least.
I should send city hall my expensive car-wash receipt. I needed this wash immediately, in order to see through my windows and to clear the blood and revolting mess from my car.
I am both amazed and disappointed that there have not been more reactions or comments in reference to your Oct. 7 article Carstairs retiring from Senate. Even though I have never been a admirer of Sharon Carstairs or agreed with her politics, my admiration for her certainly increased after reading that article.
It is very rare to have a politician actually comment on the sorry state of today's political situation -- a situation that certainly adds to the ambivalence about voting.
Re: Help sought to find missing boy (Oct. 15). I was disappointed to see a plea for help from the Winnipeg police on Page B2. A story about a missing child is worthy of the front page, not buried on a page that may be missed by readers.
I find it ironic that one of the first actions of our no-longer-unelected premier (Right back to business: Selinger tackles flooding, Oct. 6) was to go to the prime minister cap-in-hand with the bill for the 2011 flood, a bill that will probably exceed $500 million. This bill is for damage that occurred not because of an act of God, as the NDP claims, but because of the absolute failure of the NDP government during its 12 years in office to develop a strategy for managing water in the Assiniboine watershed.
We can anticipate that the next handout of similar size from the feds will be the federal-provincial transfer payment, even as the province budgets a $500-million annual deficit and forces Hydro to waste more than $1 billion on a far-western Bipole III power transmission line that makes no sense whatsoever.
The federal government has served notice that it plans to downsize the transfer-payment program. With the per-capita debt in Manitoba running in excess of $10,000 and projected to increase each year until at least 2014, many Manitobans question whether this government will be able to maintain its reckless and unsustainable ways for another four years. Or will the chickens come home to roost before then?
Re: Funny and usually right (Letters, Oct. 15). For years, I've meant to write in to thank you for giving me two things I want in a weekend edition: Lots of comics and a full page of Tom Oleson's musings.
Comics I can get anywhere (although the local competition's stink), but Tombits are exclusive (I imagine) to the Free Press.
I love this guy. I'm a younger prairie rat from Altona, but I can only hope that as I get older and crankier, I retain the class, intellect, wit and firepower of your resident curmudgeon.
I'll continue my periodic wanderings of Winnipeg's downtown bars, looking for a chance to "accidentally" run into Oleson. I've been playing Spot the Tom for a few years but never yet settled into a stool next to him. Drinks are on me whenever it finally happens, just so long as he keeps talking (and writing).