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Fight, or go home
Re: Is it combat or not? (Feb. 20).
If Morris Karp or others of his ilk think that some how you can eradicate an organization like IS through some sterile application of force where only the bad guys and girls buy the farm, let’s see it. Bring it on.
The people who hide ammunition dumps, weapons, missile systems and other supplies to maintain aggression in residential neighbourhoods, hospitals, municipal buildings are playing the card that the western powers are going to be too squeamish to take out those assets simply because of the backlash over civilian casualties.
If you truly want to limit civilian casualties — not eliminate, but limit — then put boots on the ground. Get in there and root out IS with combat troops dedicated to toppling the organization. This means getting your hands dirty.
The Canadian government and the public must make the decision to actively support a combat mission to destroy IS with all the means at its disposal, however limited in certain areas it may be. The real truth is this: war is a dirty business and people, combatants and non-combatants, are going to get hurt. If this simple fact cannot be understood, the Canadian government should withdraw all its assets and go home.
No harm, no foul. Just have enough guts to say it and do it.
Jails filling up
Re: Trudeau government studies options to fix ‘broken bail’ system (Feb. 22).
No mention of offenders choosing to stay in remand to collect double-time. I don’t see remand being abused here. There are a few things that could improve the system:
1. Get to trials quicker. The delays are outrageous. Lawyers are making a mint by dragging it out.
2. Make bail breaches a serious offence instead of a throwaway. If the courts took that seriously, then maybe those subjected to bail would, too.
3. Fund law enforcement to actively monitor those on bail. It’s still cheaper than keeping offenders in jail. If those on bail were more likely to be caught, they might adhere to their conditions.
Sunny days coming to a jail near you. Justin, just not ready.
This was completed in June. Wrong PM bud.
Porter leaves a legacy
Re: Longtime porter became labour leader, pillar of black community (Feb. 21).
As members of a railway family (my dad was an engineer for CN for 35 years during the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s), we always knew the black porters were not treated as well as they should have been and it was, indeed, disgraceful. They were always so kind and polite to us whenever we travelled by train.
Just look at George Hutchinson Beckford’s photo — how distinguished he was! If only train travel could be as pleasant once again, with the addition of the black porters being treated as well as the passengers.
A very impressive man.
Great article! The working conditions for the railway porters who were mostly black was downright disgraceful.
Boiling over at Waverley
Re: Waverley underpass needed now (Editorial, Feb. 22).
Truer words were never written, and I speak from experience since we live on the south side of the tracks. We live on Wilkes Avenue and are up close and personal with this set of tracks. When we first moved here, there were approximately 30 trains per day on this line. Today there are more than 40.
In the warm weather, I have watched the trains go by and counted the cars. The trains now average 200 to 250 cars per train and they frequently travel east and west at roughly the same time. Just when you think the gate should be rising after the east-bound train has passed, the west-bound train arrives at the crossing.
To say the people who have to cross these tracks are frustrated is an understatement.
The Waverley underpass was needed about 15 years ago, before the owners of the land south of Bishop Grandin Boulevard were allowed to create a massive new subdivision. One of those owners was the provincial government. Two ministers responsible for promoting the project have been honoured with streets named after them. The response to such proposals from the land developers should be, "You build the infrastructure, then we can talk."
It’s called urban sprawl, and we didn’t need it.
Managing the kitchen waste
I’m quite surprised so many homeowners can object to cleaning up the environment for a buck or two a week. That’s cheap! Consider the alternative: how much does it cost to remove the methane generated by simply dumping the organics?
Like many of your letter-writers, I compost at home. But I’d be happy to pay a couple bucks a week to have a curbside program for two reasons. First, backyard composting doesn’t handle everything (e.g. no fats or oils). Second, not too many people compost, but would be likely to use a curbside program so there will be a real reduction of methane emissions. We owe it to our children to pay the cost now and not foist it on them.
Winnipeg city council needs to give leadership in protecting our environment. The record to date is discouraging: regular sewage leaks into our rivers; no recycling of plastic bags; planned destruction of the Parker lands; a future bus corridor through green lands rather than along Pembina Highway.
Now council members are hoping to scuttle the pickup and composting of vegetable matter from households. We are left wondering why other Canadian cities can take action while we waste opportunities to protect our natural inheritance?
Jets’ playoff prospects dim
Re: Reality of situation sinking in (Feb. 22).
Easy to get tickets now. Fourteen home games remaining that basically mean very little. Not a good time to be a season-ticket fan at the Man This Sucks Centre.
Turn out the lights, the party’s over. The great thing is that pitchers and catchers reported, so baseball is weeks away. Go Red Sox!
Sorry, not good enough
Regarding Premier Greg Selinger’s open letter to Manitobans, I hope voters will look back further than just the last year when reviewing his government’s track record.
We all know that in 2013 he unilaterally rammed through a PST increase to eight per cent without any regard to "due process." Is that what he is apologizing for?
Or is it the "waiver of notice" Order in Council he issued in 2014 that cleared the way for Manitoba Hydro to expropriate more than 200 landowners in the path of the Bipole III route with absolutely no regard for due process and property rights?
For the past 26 months, we have been pressing the government for an opportunity to be able to bargain collectively with Manitoba Hydro. Yet, still, it is refusing to extend the very right to us that your government so cherishes.
Selinger says he is committed to moving Manitoba forward because everyone matters. April 19 is less than two months away. It is not too late to show us that we matter, too.
Manitoba Bipole III Landowner Committee
MLA steps out of race
Re: NDP Daryl Reid not running for re-election (Feb. 22).
He was a decent guy. Another blow for Team Orange.
— comments my own
Decent guy. That’s why he’s leaving.