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Report fallout doesn’t bode well
Re: Pallister says Tories cleaning up after NDP ‘social’ (April 19)
If the KPMG report was commissioned for the people of Manitoba, then the taxpayer should pay for it. If the report was commissioned for the Progressive Conservative party, then the PC party should pay for it. And if the report was for commissioned for KPMG’s eyes only, then KPMG can pay for it. The bottom line is, we are all left feeling there is something in the report the Pallister government doesn’t want us to see or know. Or that whatever they hoped would be there wasn’t.
But in the absence of a report Manitobans can read, this government just wasted $740,000 of our money or isn’t suave enough to read a contract before signing or they are hiding something from us. None of those options bode well for our province.
Costs of chiropractic care
Re: Province’s chiropractic subsidy requires adjustment, health minister says (April 20)
Chiropractors should not be able to bill the province and the patient as they do presently.
Forget the story that they are billing for different services.
I believe I heard on the news that Manitoba is the only province that pays chiropractors.
Ads don’t add up
It would seem incomprehensible our provincial government, professing its desire to cut our provincial deficit, would be spending provincial taxpayers’ money on multiple advertisements both on television and in newsprint promoting how much better off we will be with "Shorter Wait Times, Better Patient Care."
Regardless whether it is the provincial government funding these ads or the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, also faced with extreme funding cutbacks, we do not need to spend money on ads trying to convince us they are doing the right thing. Why are they trying to convince the general public at our own expense? Are they simply trying to sell us a bill of goods?
A worthy cause
Re: Charitable junk mail (Letters, April 19)
Frustrated by junk mail from charities? Give to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. They provide worldwide help to all, regardless of religion, and they do not accept money with strings attached.
In return, you know care has been provided where the need is most urgent and they give you very useful world maps to follow the chaos. The best help in the world to those in dire need.
I, too, was overwhelmed with envelopes and items from charities a few years ago, but found a way to stop it all; it took time and determination. Over probably a year-and-a-half, I handled every piece as follows: 1) Definitely do not open. 2) Draw an arrow pointed at the meter number of the Canada Post stamp and write "Please return to sender." 3) Put a big X through your name and address and mark "Please remove from list." 4) Place in the mailbox, and feel good.
Hog opposition growing
Manitoba Pork chairman George Matheson is heard on a recent video complaining that new hog-barn proposals often get turned down at the municipal level as a result of the intervention of "a few poorly informed rural residents." It’s the reason they have decided to create a "Swine Development Corporation" to assist new barn applications through the bureaucracy. Heavy-duty public relations, in other words.
New barns can bring economic development and jobs, so why turn them down? A rural municipality, of course, has a duty to safeguard the interests of its residents and ratepayers first and foremost. There is a lot not to love about modern factory hog farming.
Some of the issues raised by concerned residents include: risk to surface waters as result of storing and applying large volumes of liquid manure; risk to ground water as result of seepage from manure lagoons; negative impact on quality of life and property values; large water requirement potentially affecting the water supply of others; wear and tear on municipal road network; non-resident corporate ownership where the profits are siphoned out of the local area; and animal-welfare issues around large numbers of pigs kept in confinement.
And, of course, there is the stink. Above all else, this is probably the biggest single reason why rural residents get upset at the prospect of a hog barn for a neighbour. Hog producers are in denial that this is a problem and refuse to adopt lagoon covers, barn scrubbers and bio-filters that can dramatically reduce that problem.
So until the industry changes its ways the prospects for expansion in the hog business are likely pretty dismal. And those "few poorly informed rural residents" will continue to grow in number, and make their voices heard.
Asylum seekers not in danger
Re: Border should be fortified (Letters, April 19)
If any of these families’ or persons’ lives were currently at risk I would wholeheartedly say we must take them in, but such is not the case. The refugees walking across our borders are not in any danger for their lives and are presently very safe in the United States. If that changes, we need to allow them to come.
However, there are many souls whose lives are in danger who have been waiting for years to come here and will continue to wait, likely for years. I spoke to a few this past weekend who waited years in refugee camps to come here properly and legally. This makes no sense, and although people are hesitant to say this for fear they will be misunderstood, I’m starting to hear this same sentiment arising.
It’s also not making sense that our health-care system is taking large cuts, which is evidence we aren’t even managing properly for the existing population, but all the newcomers will also need health care.
I emphasize here: if a person’s life is endangered in the U.S., then clearly, we need to keep them safe. That is not the current situation.
Take action on environment
You cannot walk on this earth without leaving an imprint on nature. Everything that you do or do not do is accountable.
Tread softly, then, and with a gentle and tender step, for our grandchildren will inherit what we leave; and Mother Earth will continue to enrich all generations that will follow us.
Nobody made a greater mistake then those who did nothing because they could do only a little.
We can all do something to help change the ongoing degradation of our planet.
Pray. Sow seeds of peace around. Get involved to change politics: get informed, make our voices heard, participate, go and vote, help the less fortunate and show respect. Respect for the earth that we live on.
Have respect for all of natural wonders, our waters which sustain all living things and respect for our environment.
Respect the people and especially those who work so tirelessly in their vision of caring and protecting for those future generations, who will become heirs to what we leave. Let us all be truly grateful and worthy stewards during our time on this world, called Earth.