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Tackling school tax rebate
Re: Losing school-tax rebate angers Tory supporter (June 3)
I empathize with Charlie Levasseur with respect to his frustration the government he helped elect has announced only seniors who fit a specific income level will receive the school-tax rebate.
Given Brian Pallister’s persistent vagueness during the recent election campaign, Levasseur will likely feel the same frustration often throughout the current government’s mandate.
I did not vote for the current government and won’t qualify for the rebate. However, if Charlie Levasseur’s largest concern is a bicycle, he’s a very lucky man. I am more concerned about Manitoba’s health and education programs.
If Levasseur’s income excludes him from the rebate and if his spouse is a principal, perhaps funds for a bicycle can be found elsewhere in the family budget.
I can’t believe how self-centred some people are. We have a province that is deeply in debt, and Charlie Levasseur has the audacity to complain the government is not going giving him a school tax rebate.
I am in the same situation as the Levasseur household — I make more than $63,500 — but do not have a problem losing this little stipend. Levasseur’s wife is a school principal and should know what education costs are. If we’re not prepared to pay to have our future leaders educated, who will?
Anyone making more than $60,000 should not be complaining about this small loss.
If Charlie Levasseur can’t buy his wife a new bike on his wife’s school principal salary combined with his fixed pension income, he’s got a bigger problem than our current Conservative government.
Coach has the answers
Re: Fingers on the buzzers (May 28)
The Reach for the Top national championship was last won by Kelvin High School in 1970 — 46 years ago. Aside from winning the usual awards, the team was flown to Japan with the producer, the late Sandy Stewart.
As the former coach, I am pleased to have the opportunity to identify the members of that team: Lawrence Sokoloff, Duncan Snidal, Elinor Lawson and David Martin.
In the meantime, let’s hope the present Kelvin team succeeds in winning the championship once more.
C. James Alward
The prospect of Mideast peace
Re: Get facts straight on Mideast (Letters, June 2)
Contrary to letter-writer Christopher Petty’s claims, neither current or past Palestinian leaders have ever recognized the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once challenged the Palestinian Authority that if they would say they recognize Israel as a Jewish state, it would be sufficient to end the conflict. Israel, according to Netanyahu, would even go as far as to be the first to vote for Palestinian statehood in the United Nations.
Palestinian Arabs have long hoped to bypass negotiations and avoid recognition of the Jewish state. International law stipulates negotiations — as opposed to one-sided proclamations, terrorism and war — are the only way to secure a peaceful negotiated settlement to resolve outstanding grievances between Israelis and Palestinians.
Israel has consistently called for such talks without preconditions, whereas the Palestinian Authority has replied with rejectionism in the manner of the infamous "three no’s" declared at the Arab Summit’s Khartoum Resolution of 1967: no peace with Israel, no negotiations with Israel and no recognition of Israel.
Israeli offers to create a Palestinian state have been rejected more than half a dozen times. In 2000, at the Camp David Accords, Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak offered the Palestinians 97 per cent of the West Bank, 100 per cent of Gaza, and even the surrender of precious Israeli land to increase the size of Gaza by 33 per cent. Yasser Arafat walked away and didn’t even make a counter-offer.
A chance for peace lies among the Palestinians — they must halt the terrorist attacks and hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. If they can do those things, then long-lasting peace can be successfully established.
Tragic ticket troubles
Re: Hip fans face ‘fixed game’ with scalpers (June 3)
It is a shame outfits such as StubHub and Vivid seem to have all the seats available for almost any concert or event at inflated prices before the actual seats go on sale.
Some artists take control of the pricing and availability of their tickets to thwart these crooks and their antics — Bruce Springsteen is a good example.
I was hoping to see the Tragically Hip one more time, but not at their prices.
I know it was a circus when we lined up for tickets at the old Eatons, but at least you had a good chance at a ticket without getting ripped of. I’m glad the media is getting on board with this issue.
Trudeau talk a nice surprise
I headed downtown Thursday to attend the free workshop delivered by Dan Lett at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café. I was impressed and pleasantly surprised to discover Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was to be there for an interview ahead of our workshop.
He simply strolled in with his sleeves rolled up and proceeded to connect with those in the café. It was a very casual, informal setting, which speaks volumes about the Canadian way.
Goldeyes’ diversity not evident
Re: A call to action (June 3)
The Goldeyes marketing department’s diversity initiative would be laudable if it weren’t so obvious diversity is not evident in the customer service crew featured in the photograph accompanying the story.
To be fair, there may be diversities in the group that are not visible, but there is certainly no representation of our city’s cultural diversity in the photo. Hopefully the Goldeyes will take the next step: instituting recruitment and hiring practices that ensure their staff is truly diverse.
Postal promise problematic
Re: The problem of silly promises (Editorial, June 3)
They should have heeded the reality of the facts. If two-thirds of the country’s population is already on community boxes, it was a silly idea to promise to reactivate home delivery.
Canada Post is losing out to e-commerce. It cannot afford to provide full home delivery any more.
— Rodney 2
I check my mail once a week. Most days the only mail there is government mailings or addressed admail. If nothing ever arrived by snail mail, l’d be just fine.
I’ve had the same email address for about 10 years now. If only I could convince the deep thinkers in government to use email, I might only receive real mail once a month or less.
— Jeff Bingham