Seniors’ plight heartbreaking
Re: More freedom for Manitobans, especially the fully vaccinated (July 15)
My mom is 96 years old. Every time the government announces changes to COVID-19 restrictions, I wait in anticipation to hear that I can take her out of her seniors’ home, which she and all the seniors have been locked in for 16 months.
If you ask a senior what they want, they will answer: family and respect to make their own choices. They long to have an ice-cream cone, a car ride, a barbecue outside with immediate family. Instead, they still get only one designated visitor, meals in their rooms, very few activities or entertainment, and are unable to visit their grandkids.
Every day of life is a blessing to every senior. Time is running out for most. It is heartbreaking to watch them.
They aren’t in jail and should have rights.
Susan Meissner, Winnipeg
There’s disparity between sporting events that are allowed to be at 100 per cent capacity, while wedding and funerals are at ridiculously low capacities. This is clearly money driven and not based on the science of how gatherings spread the virus.
Ray Reimer, Winnipeg
Clarke’s resignation wise
Re: ‘Gang of One’ cracks Pallister’s iron fist (Opinion, July 15)
Through her years of experience in business and municipal politics, Eileen Clarke had a well-earned reputation as a collaborative figure who worked well with others and listened to their views.
The premonition for her decision to resign her post as Indigenous and northern affairs minister in the Brian Pallister cabinet likely comes from her unique background as a small-business person. As a former funeral home owner, she is perhaps best suited to recognize the signs of a dead man walking.
Don’t walk away, Eileen.
Zach Fleisher, Winnipeg
Finally, Eileen Clarke, one of the saner members of Brian Pallister’s regime, has drawn a line in the sand on his behaviour and quit. The road is now clear for other members who are sick and tired of his reported authoritarian management style to do likewise, or force Brian Pallister’s retirement to the Costa Rican sun resort.
I wonder who’s waiting in the wings? Cameron Friesen, Kelvin Goertzen, Ron Schuler, Heather Stefanson? Or maybe even one from outside the southern region? Oh, never mind, there aren’t any PCs in the other 75 per cent of Manitoba.
Bob Sales, Winnipeg
Time for premier to build
Re: Reconciliation requires leadership, not revisionist history (Opinion, July 15)
Premier Brian Pallister says he’s a "builder." Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action No. 82 calls on the provincial government, in collaboration with survivors and their organizations, and other parties to the settlement agreement, to commission and install a publicly accessible, highly visible, residential-schools monument in Manitoba’s capital city to honour survivors and all the children who were lost to their families and communities.
This call to action is six years old. Premier, when will you start building?
Tom McMahon, Pinawa
Agree with premier on vandalism
Re: Justice minister appeals for calm after queens’ statues toppled (July 5)
Far be it for me, as a long-neglected provincial Liberal, to agree with Premier Brian Pallister, but he’s right in his concern for vandalism on provincial property. Indigenous concerns are largely a federal matter. The province is primarily concerned with health and education and, while Pallister may be too distracted to do a good job there either, the alternative is hardly a palatable option. Manitoba should never succumb to the "orange terror" of NDP leader Wab Kinew’s malarkey.
Chris Hlady, Winnipeg
PC history text feared
Re: Indigenous liaison admits he ‘misspoke’ about ‘good intentions’ of residential schools (July 16)
With this government’s attempt to gain full control of our education system, I wonder what the new history texts will look like?
Randy Clinch, Winnipeg
NDP hypocrisy detected
Re: Anonymity no option for vaccination lottery winners (July 13)
The NDP objects to having the names of winners of the Vax to Win Lottery published due to privacy issues, but wants PC MLAs to release their personal health information to see if they have a valid reason for not getting vaccinated. That is about as hypocritical as you can get.
Jim Ross, Winnipeg
Speed traps in decline
Re: Put lights at 30 km/h zones (Letter, July 15)
Is letter writer David Peters saying that when he drives, he doesn’t look for signs that show the speed limit? Shame!
Has he not noticed the visible decrease in the use of photo-radar enforcement by the police? The police are way too busy looking after more significant issues.
I remember moving into my home more than 20 years ago, and there was often a police car parked in front with an officer holding a radar gun pointed down Grant Avenue. Later there were commissionaires in photo-radar vehicles on Grant, as well as all over the city. Now, between Grant and Kenaston Boulevard, there is only one photo radar. One can hardly find speed traps anywhere in the city.
As drivers, it is our responsibility to mind the rules of the road.
Naomi Finkelstein, Winnipeg
Airships deserve support
Re: Airship research operation decimated, government engagement lacking (July 16)
Having lived and visited in various parts of the world where accessibility by road or rail is next to impossible, I feel airships may be an answer. Barry Prentice has a possible solution that, unfortunately, governments and investors seem to be ignoring.
As the article notes, with global warming a reality, winter roads to remote areas in Canada and around the world are increasingly difficult to build and maintain for significant periods of time. It would seem to now be the time to put significant research into developing transport of goods and people to remote areas of the world by airships.
Ken Reddig, Pinawa
The Free Press has covered Barry Prentice’s idea before and it’s difficult to understand why the Indigenous leaders in the North have not picked up on it. They can get funding from the federal government and build their facility here in CenterPort.
The transportation network would provide lots of work for Indigenous people at every drop-off location and could be a alternative to ice-road transportation that is disappearing.
I believe this has the potential to be a game-changer for the entire North, and Winnipeg could be the base. A word to Prentice: please keep promoting this idea. It is the way to go.
Howard Shearer, Winnipeg
Coping with imperfections
Your newspaper reflects the fact that there is a great deal of anger amongst Manitobans and Canadians in general. There is anger over COVID-19, over Indigenous issues, even over the fact that the new Governor General does not speak French.
The current generation has the belief that people should be perfect and that through a sheer act of will we can create an ideal society. That is incredibly naive, as people are not perfect, never have been and never will be. Maturity is the ability to cope with life, notwithstanding our — and our society’s — imperfections.
Let’s stop venting, and get on with the hard work of living decent lives.
Kurt Clyde, Winnipeg