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A lawless city
Ken Brown was involved with four productions at the Fringe Festival that just ended on Sunday.
The day before the opening of the Fest, his car was stolen right here in the wonderful 'Peg.
Here is my take on this story. First you have to wonder what motivates a person to steal someone else's hard-earned property, and carelessly smash it. Where are the parents of these kids who did that?
Should we have vasectomies on all males who forfeit their duty as fathers and fail to discipline their own kids? Mothers are off the hook, because they invariably carry the excess load left by derelict fathers.
Should all cars have a GPS locator, so that the moment a car leaves its parking spot without the owner's specially coded key, a signal is sent to a central station that puts out an alert to follow that car, and catch the thieves?
Should we implement laws that punish car thieves with hard labour in a remote northern community? I am sorry, but the fact that a visitor (never mind we locals) cannot park his car and expect to find it when he gets back, tells us that our society in Winnipeg has no backbone.
It has allowed the car thieves to get the better of us, and that is a crying shame. Bring back some of the old values, like respect for elders, modesty, politeness, love of learning and the rule of law. Otherwise, we are no better than Afghanistan and we are trying to teach them about democracy -- what a farce!
Look around you
Yes, I totally agree with the argument that the Parker Avenue area should not be developed. I too reside in a country setting. We have lots of wildlife, large lots and we all back onto the Fort Whyte Alive Centre.
Anyone who visits the centre can appreciate the tranquil and soothing atmosphere there. We purchased an acreage with that in mind. We love the area and are working very hard to include wildlife in our landscaping program.
The city is currently in the process of having our road re-surfaced. It is going to be much wider, which has affected some of my neighbours' property. Yes, the road needed work desperately, but we had no idea they were making it wider for those who feel they need to pass me on a country road at speeds far over the limit.
We have police radar when available (very profitable location -- before 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.).
But the street remains very dangerous. I know cycling on the road is pretty much suicidal, which is too bad, because without the speeding traffic it is a beautiful rural setting.
The new roadway will be more smooth and, therefore, other than the residents of our street, it will be used as a new speedway for those individuals who need to get to wherever it is they are in such a great hurry to get to.
I feel city officials need to think and consult and visit the areas they are slowly ( in our case, speedily) destroying.
It is time to slow down and look around this city and see just how beautiful it really is, and how much green space we have and appreciate that beauty. Anyone who travels would agree, Winnipeg is a green city, full of trees, parks and neighborhoods with wildlife.
Lets embrace it.
Pan Am memories
Re: Pan Am Payoff (July 26). Paul Wiecek's article on the Pan Am Games 10-year anniversary holds fond memories for me.
I was fortunate to chair the Pan Am Home Stay Program for the Winnipeg Real Estate Board in conjunction with the games committee. My job was to co-ordinate realtor volunteers to inspect, grade and judge the suitability of rental accommodation for visitors and athletes in respect to the upcoming games in 1999.
This daunting yet exciting task began in 1997.
Homeowners would submit their properties for consideration. We adhered to strict guidelines as set out by Pan Am Games to ensure the quality and safety of accommodation. At the start of the games in 1999, we had inspected over 1,700 homes with 70 realtor volunteers. I personally inspected over 70 homes.
I am indebted to the volunteers, all the homeowners we met throughout the course of this project, the helpfulness of the Pan Am Games committee and, of course, the friends we made.
The legacy of the Pan Am Games is evident in the venues we have today, the many interesting experiences we shared as a community and that this was the second time Winnipeg was awarded the Games. Hola!
Schools and taxes
Carolyn Duhamel ( Facts on taxes, July 13) has had her rant and indicated a number of facts. She also mentioned the fact that is really important. It is governments that levy property taxes in all but Manitoba and Saskatchewan, not the school boards. Duhamel did not mention that a huge amount of that power has been removed in Saskatchewan, and it is that province's goal to reduce it further. That is what many of us, such as Letspayfair.com and the Manitoba Association of Cottage Owners Inc. are trying to get across to Manitobans.
It is only fair when the province assesses taxes based on income and ability to pay. This also puts the responsibility on elected officials, for whom all Manitobans can vote. This is not true at present, as a few property owners pay half the education funding in Manitoba, as well as their portion under general revenue, and cannot vote for school trustees on more than one property.
School boards should worry about education, and governments should be taxing. Let's focus on our real responsibilities, and get the school boards out of politics.
President, MACO Inc. Winnipeg
A great idea
I think a provincial park in the Point Douglas area is a fantastic idea. It would be such a boon for the population that currently lives in and around the area as it would provide wilderness and recreational opportunities easily accessible and affordable to them. In turn, those experiences would foster health and wellness on so many levels.
Continuing to throw money into the health-care system without attempting to provide ways to prevent health problems in the first place is not a working solution. Providing recreational and wilderness opportunities that stimulate creativity, spiritual, emotional and physical health and well-being is much more prudent.
The popularity of Bird's Hill Park is evidence that society needs these green spaces. Let's have a space that is accessible to everyone in Winnipeg and let it be in an area of the city where the majority of residents do not own cars and are unable to experience what many cottagers take for granted. I hope Premier Gary Doer will carry through with this wonderful idea and I hope the citizens of Winnipeg will get on board and support Doer's dream.
The real addiction
Re: Problem gambler suing Manitoba lotteries
(July 29) To say than addictions are hard to overcome alone is an understatement. Anyone with a friend or family member who has suffered with addiction of any kind knows that.
That's why it's critical when people like Georgina Bauer take the first step to try to help themselves (she enrolled in a self-exclusion program to bar her from casinos), the system is there, prepared and ready to hold up its end of the bargain.
But statistics released recently showing Manitobans have the highest percentage of people partaking in gambling in the country are an indication of where the real addiction lies: the NDP government's addiction to gambling as a revenue stream.
Case in point; last year the province took in a whopping $358 million from VLTs, lottery tickets and casinos -- and that amount has been climbing steadily since the NDP took office.
It's clear Manitobans need more support when it comes to gambling prevention and rehabilitation. So rather than installing more ATMs in casinos to make it easier for addicts to feed their habit and introducing reward cards to allow gamblers to collect points based on the amount of money they spend at slot machines, the government needs to focus on programs to help people like Georgina.
CLIFF GRAYDON, MLA
Conservative lotteries critic Winnipeg