Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 10/1/2020 (257 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Pot, meet kettle
Re: Trump creates foreign policy crisis (Jan. 8)
Leaving out the legalities of what U.S. President Donald Trump has done, the killing of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani means the U.S. has lost all chance of ever winning over the people of Iran.
The general’s funeral has shown he was a revered figure, the consequence of which is that the U.S. has likely become irredeemably criminal in the eyes of most Iranians. How would it be if a beloved figure here was murdered on the orders of a leader of another country?
Those who proclaim that the general got what he deserved and that Iran should not respond are foolish. That line of talk will only anger the Iranians even more, and they already look angry enough. Consider also that the U.S. reneged on the nuclear deal signed in 2015, and followed up by applying brutal sanctions on Iran. To demand then that Iran de-escalate is a vain hope.
Iran has made its response for now; it have shown that it can hit U.S. military targets, and boast of the deed. Iranians don’t want war, but are not a people who will accept defeat. Iran will go down fighting if necessary.
The late general’s hands were bloody, but so are the Americans’. All their great generals have blood on their hands. It was the Americans who falsely included Iran in the "Axis of Evil" after 9-11.
The U.S., the U.K., and the rest of the West are in no position to lecture anybody on human rights.
There is a lot of hypocrisy in this world.
Re: Is it time for change on time change? (Jan. 9)
I love daylight saving time for the joy of sunlight until 9:30 p.m. during our very short summers.
My family lived in Regina for seven years, with no daylight saving time. The sun would come up at 4 to 4:30 a.m., which only true early morning golfers can appreciate. The sun would set by 8 p.m. and earlier in the fall.
Who in their right mind wants to destroy the beauty of our Manitoba summer evenings by taking away daylight saving time? It’s a real non-starter for me and, I daresay, for most summer-loving campers, cottagers, festival audiences and outdoor-lounge lovers, to name a few.
A classic social media debate that ignores the advantages of the time change. Go figure!
Traffic and transport
Re: Discussing Wolseley, Part 1 (Letters, Jan. 9)
While I never like to disagree with a neighbour, I must. An entire continent is on fire, and some are still at pains to privilege the private automobile over other modes of transport (cycling, public transit, walking). Functional transit and safe options for active transportation have been proven to work in many cities, even winter cities like Minneapolis. It is past time that Winnipeg gets on board and makes changes.
Judith Doctoroff notes that when she walks, she sees cars parked on the street in front of homes, and assumes the cars belong to those who live in those homes. Why do we assume that a public road is a place to park a private vehicle? Why not use your own parking pad/garage?
She goes on to say she hardly sees more than one or two cyclists on the road — she might look at other times. Further, the point is to make the roads safer so more people can cycle.
As she notes, there are cyclists who are scofflaws. Likewise, many vehicle drivers follow too closely, see a yellow light as a signal to floor it, run red lights, endanger children in school zones, and yes, endanger cyclists.
Agreed, Wolseley is a lovely neighbourhood. But it is not at all lovely at 5 p.m. when pedestrians cannot cross Westminster or Wolseley avenues due to cut-through traffic — drivers who imagine they are saving time when it is actually more efficient to take Portage Avenue or Maryland Street.
This Wolseleyite (who walks, buses, cycles and, yes, drives) is in favour of the proposed changes.
Let’s make Winnipeg a can-do city and begin these necessary changes before the Prairies start to burn as well.
Re: City unveils Wolseley-to-downtown bike project (Jan. 7)
I have lived in Wolseley for 39 years. I filled out the city’s downtown-walk-bike survey. The proposed changes will make it difficult for me to get out of my neighbourhood and also to get back into it. Proponents of these changes call it "traffic calming." I call it "traffic choking."
Car/truck/van drivers and passengers make up 77.4 per cent of the traffic citywide. Public transit moves 14.9 per cent of the population, while 4.9 per cent walk and 1.8 per cent ride bicycles. Vehicles are here, have been for a long time, and are not leaving anytime soon.
The city is proposing to spend a lot of money to make life easier for 1.8 per cent of the population who cycle while making it more difficult and time-consuming for car and bus users. This makes no sense to me. The vast majority of commuters will spend more time sitting in traffic and wasting more gas in the process.
If the proposals are enacted, the eastbound traffic on Wolseley and Westminster avenues will have to go somewhere else — probably Broadway, already jammed and slow, and probably Portage Avenue, and who knows where else. There are not many options. The eastbound Wolseley No. 10 bus will have to be re-routed and that will be an inconvenience for many people who live in apartments on Balmoral and Westminster.
The proposal on Westminster westbound between Sherbrook and Maryland streets will really snarl traffic. Some of the other proposals are less bad, but still worse than the status quo, in my opinion.
I will go to the open house to voice my opinion, but I’m not sure many people are prepared to listen. It appears to me there is a very small group of people who are very vocal and waging a war on motor vehicles. Cars are here; we need them. Let’s find a way to move them as efficiently as possible.
Maybe that is what we already have, as imperfect as it may be.
Re: We need to redesign life (Jan. 3)
At age 26, I thought I was "really old," but I decided to return to university to become a teacher.
With recent Statistics Canada population reports indicating that life expectancy, and the number of centenarians, continue to increase, some thoughts come to mind: Get used to change. It is a fact of life. Plan to be a lifelong learner. Start saving at a young age. Strive to attain a healthy lifestyle and to be as fit as possible.
And — if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. You may have time on your hands.