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Gerald Machnee states in his Oct. 28 letter, More diversion, that "carbon dioxide is not a pollutant." That depends on how you define pollutant.
I agree that there are no problems with "normal" levels. But what is normal? Today's level is higher than 50 years ago. How high can it go? Carbon dioxide at eight per cent of atmosphere causes unconsciousness within five to 10 minutes, and is one of the key problems in blackdamp, which killed hundreds of miners prior to Humphry Davy's development of the safety lamp in 1815.
In the same vein 2,4-D is a herbicide. However, it is technically a synthetic auxin or plant hormone, and in low concentrations can help in such activities as the rooting of young plants. But it is also one of the main elements in Agent Orange.
Stating that carbon dioxide in not a pollutant is not the same as saying that it is always safe in all conditions.
I smile whenever I read the argument that human-caused climate change must be real because "97 per cent (or pick any random number constituting a majority) of climate scientists" agree that it is.
That argument is as about as specious and scientific as proving the existence of God because 99.9 per cent of priests say he is real.
Bit of a stretch
Re: Tears flow from U of M apology (Oct. 28).
University of Manitoba President David Barnard is certainly correct in apologizing, because the university failed to recognize and intervene in the unjust residential school system.
To apologize, however, for educating former students and graduates who were involved within the troubled system is somewhat of a stretch and borders on sensationalism. Post-secondary institutions are not responsible for professionals who ultimately end up being lawbreakers, abusive or of immoral character.
Matter of choice
The Oct. 24 letter Abstinence ineffective seems to misinterpret the major point of the Oct. 21 letter of the day, Just say no to WRHA. In that letter, abstinence is encouraged as an option to be presented along with the availability of condoms in order that youth may make an informed choice with the same information approved by the Manitoba Department of Education.
This is in contrast to their using only the single-point message expressed in the Oct. 12 article covering the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority program launch.
Re: Hydro boosting incentives under ecoEnergy program (Oct. 22). Conserving energy is indeed a laudable idea. This program, however, should be put in context.
Hydro says that the west-side route for Bipole III will consume in line losses an extra 40 megawatts over the eastern route. Consumer inefficiencies could never approach this legislated waste.
Calling wasted energy "clean energy" is a serious misnomer. A good program loses credibility when the advocates talk the talk but don't walk the walk.
On Oct. 25, a press conference was arranged by the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame to announce its inductees for June 2, 2012, in Morden. The coverage in the Free Press was a short paragraph in one small column, while in the same edition professional sports again dominated the pages.
My husband, Iggy Scaletta, was one of the people mentioned, by his name only. His story and those of many other amateur athletes, if they were told, could be the catalyst for promoting proper attitudes and actions for young athletes and their families in Manitoba.
All children in Manitoba and elsewhere deserve to be involved in the sport of their choice without fear of being victimized.
Voting with their feet
Re: CWB takes Ottawa to court over its demise (Oct. 27). The Canadian Wheat Board, we are told, is suing the federal government. A group of farmers is suing the CWB.
The CWB wants a vote on the matter over and above all the votes over the past few years.
Why not take away the monopoly and let the farmers vote with their feet?
The CWB says it does a wonderful job for the farmers. If this is true, it has nothing to fear.
Squirrels are brighter
Letter writer Clarence Davis (Not even a side dish, Oct. 3) has an interesting view on the order of nature. He seems to be unaware of the extreme level of personification he is applying to dogs. Contrary to Davis's statement, dogs are not even considered to be in the top 10 of smartest animals.
A list on TV's Animal Planet has chimpanzee, dolphin, orangutan, elephant, crow, pig, squirrel, pigeon, octopus and rat as the top 10, in that order.
I don't think Davis would say that eating a rat is akin to eating a human child, and the reason for that is because he is not emotionally attached to rats.
If Davis wants to tell me it is wrong to eat dog because he has decades of anecdotal evidence that people can have meaningful relationships with them, that is one thing. But do not try to tell me that it is wrong to eat dogs because they are only one step from being human.
Re: Gore, former PM in We Day lineup (Oct. 27). Looking down the list of speakers for the Nov. 23 We Day event to be held at the MTS Centre, it becomes clear that only one point of view will be presented to the 16,000 youngsters attending this event.
It is a pity that Al Gore, Mia Farrow and Paul Martin will get to indoctrinate with impunity the youth with their left-wing nonsense.
Re: Airline faces economic crash landing (Oct. 21). Michael Madigan is wrong about Qantas not having ever crashed. There have been several between 1927 and the last one in 1951.
In 12 crashes, there have been 106 lives lost. This includes 20 lost when an aircraft operated by Qantas was shot down by enemy action during the Second World War.
Qantas has never had loss of life since the introduction of jet aircraft.
Too many elites
In his Oct. 22 letter, Callous attitude, Al Yakimchuk writes about Sun Life CEO receiving a 115 per cent income raise.
In his study of the decline of Mayan civilization, Vanderbilt University's Arthur Demarest wrote, "Society had evolved too many elites, all demanding exotic baubles."