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Mourning Christian victims of terror
Re: Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka (April 21)
On behalf of the Manitoba Multifaith Council, we offer our deepest condolences and condemnation of the Easter Sunday attack, which left more than 200 dead and at least 450 injured.
Striking both places of worship and hotels where families and tourists gathered to celebrate, this was an attack on the multi-ethnic and multicultural character of that country.
As Canadians who celebrate the diversity of our citizens, we must guard against the global explosion of hate. We call on faith leaders as well as political leadership worldwide to work together on solutions.
President, Manitoba Multifaith Council
To our Christian sisters and brothers here and around the world: peace be with you.
On this Easter Sunday, we were deeply anguished to hear about the terrorist attacks on churches in Sri Lanka. The numerous deaths and injuries are devastating. I am sure your community is in shock and pain, as are we.
Please know that the Muslim community holds you in our prayers. May the Merciful Creator give courage to the families of the victims to face this loss and may the injured recover to their full health.
This cowardly act of violence is inhumane and cannot go unpunished. Hate is consuming our world and it is imperative that all our faith leaders and communities stand against such hate without fear, and speak up even if it comes from within.
Please convey our deepest condolences to your congregations here and in Sri Lanka. May the services of Easter bring you solace.
Islamic Social Services Association board
Good fortune for Trudeau
With the release of the (redacted) Mueller report in the United States, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must be overjoyed with the focus of media attention on U.S. President Donald Trump’s truthfulness, integrity and motivations. Such a wonderful distraction from Trudeau’s truthfulness, integrity and motivations.
Fortunately for Trudeau, he has two huge advantages as the coming election approaches: Trump as distraction, and Conservative party Leader Andrew Scheer as foolish panderer to the alt-right.
Re: Comedian headed for landslide victory in Ukraine (April 21)
The concept of "sadopopulism" was proposed in 2017 by the historian Timothy Snyder to explain how oligarchs stay in power. I think "masochistic populism" better defines what just happened in Ukraine, where a joker who does not even speak the native language was elected president.
Tellingly, Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch was in Ukraine when he wrote about deriving gratification from being subjected to pain and humiliation.
I wonder who’ll get the last laugh in Ukraine.
Jets need to cut losses
The playoff loss in the first round is embarrassing with the talent available.
The first and most important fix is: the coach needs to go. Paul Maurice made too many poor decisions tactically and did not react properly when things started to go bad, around the all-star break. He overused the Scheifele line regularly, and you could see the fatigue — they never need to kill penalties. He failed to bring in fresh legs in the playoffs when they were available and in a series this physical, I think Matt Hendricks could have played a role to shut Maroon up.
His worst mistakes were coaching by hope and being stubborn (that never works) — hope that Connor Hellebuyck would play better, not give up soft goals, the ones "through" him and over his shoulders because he refused to stand up and cut the angle. He continually let his team down.
If I am a team member and I see the coach keep going to the goalie playing poorly, how do I react? I saw heads sag and many mumbles on the bench as the year went on. The coach must know that when morale is hurting, players make poor decisions by trying too hard. Maurice was stubborn in that he would not change his approach of anointing a No. 1 goalie, regardless of results.
Maybe Laurent Brossoit would have made the difference — we will never know, but the Jets should have had 20 more points at year end.
The goalie coach also needs to go, as the past four goaltenders all have had the same style issues.
So to help, here are those who should follow Maurice. Hellebuyck: trade him for a real goaltender or sign a free agent. Defencemen: Trouba, Myers and Kulikov (the panic squad) need to go. Would not Niku, Morrow and/or Beaulieu have looked good in their place ?
Up front, the biggest disappointment was Ehlers, who is wasting physical skills. He needs to be joined by Hayes, who was likely on his way; Lindholm; and as much as he tries hard, Little — he takes in too much money for the return.
If there are cap issues and you have to choose between Laine and Connor, the choice is easy. Connor is by far the better player and is capable of scoring as much as Laine. Laine may become a player when he grows up, but I do not see his puck-handling skills getting better. He fumbles so many easy plays, he looks like a golfer lifting his head. He also does not have the necessary speed, or if he does, is lazy.
So Kevin Cheveldayoff, you likely will never see this, but maybe people will talk and someone will get to you, and I will feel better for trying to help.
I am not alone with my views.
Have a good summer.
Economy must be top priority
Re: Notley exit means no female premiers (April 18)
I don’t believe society is unwilling to accept true equality for women in politics. The bottom line is bad decisions aren’t rewarded or shouldn’t be.
Rachel Notley and Kathleen Wynne lost their positions because of bad decisions made, not because they were women. Notley, along with Trudeau’s influence, decimated Alberta’s natural resource industry. Wynne sent Ontario Hydro prices skyrocketing to the point of bankrupting many farmers.
Making the wrong decision for the economy affects every citizen. Trudeau may face the same fate. The economy has to be the first priority in order to provide services without creating a massive debt for the future. A politician who makes it their focus will be re-elected regardless of gender or party if the election is fair.
Trudeau wrong on community mailboxes
Re: Canada Post forecasts more losses despite parcel-delivery growth (April 17)
This article alone should give sufficient reason to vote Trudeau’s Liberals out of office: "$4.7 million since this past summer to dismantle 2,280 community mailbox sites..."
What needs to be done is implement community mailboxes for all residential delivery and deliver to them only two or three days per week. Yes, this would have the potential to adversely affect some elderly or physically disadvantaged people, but surely communities could find a way to accommodate special cases.
Maybe this could make residential mail delivery at least a break-even proposition. Really, what difference would it make to your life if you received your mail only every other day? It’s already snail mail.