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Feed the kids
Re: Premier shouldn’t play politics with hungry kids (March 6)
I am beyond annoyed by Brian Pallister’s thoughts about breakfast programs for children.
Former U.S. vice-president Hubert Humphrey spoke about the treatment of the weakest members of society as a reflection of a government. The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children, those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly, and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
Pallister’s appalling statement about parents not meeting their responsibilities to feed their children is either ignorant, amoral, an attempt to deflect, rhetorical, hypocritical or psychopathological.
As a retired teacher, principal and civil servant (Education Department), I have known many hungry children and families struggling to meet the basic needs of their children. I challenge the premier to work with these hungry children. Unfortunately, he would probably blame them for not having the work ethic, rather than the energy provided by proper nutrition, to learn.
Leave the PST at seven per cent and feed these kids!
There’s only one taxpayer
Re: Pallister won’t wait for Ottawa; Manitoba carbon tax, PST drop to 6% in effect July 1 (March 5)
I’m always confused by conservative politicians cutting sales taxes, which are easy to avoid by not buying things you don’t need. If they were sincere about reducing my tax burden, they would cut my income tax, which I cannot legally avoid by choice or action.
The Stephen Harper government cut the GST and raised my income taxes. Brian Pallister’s government may not be raising my income tax, but is cutting a tax I seldom pay.
Hey, you guys...
There is a word that seems so overused these days: "guys." What happened in society that brought this word into more general use, compared to in previous generations? Was there a notice in the media announcing that this change would be coming?
We from the older generation knew that "guy" or "guys" always meant a male person or persons. Now even women are called "guys"!
With respect, I will add some thoughts for consideration. Students, servers in restaurants, grocery store clerks, etc., need to be more aware of how to properly address people in a dignified manner. To a mixed group, instead of "Hi guys, can I take your order?" it could be "Hello folks, are you ready to place your order," or "Hello, Mr. and Mrs. Thimble, would you like a seat in the upper lounge today?"
The intent of this message is not to cause division or insult to readers. The intent is to help all of us to reflect, and to be a more considerate society.
Scant chance of justice
Re: First Nations must have seat at the table (March 7)
Arlen Dumas was absolutely right in his article in Think Tank on Saturday. If the provincial government is changing the Manitoba Legal Aid system, the stakeholders should be included in the discussions about the implementation of these changes. After 200-odd years of changing the way of life for Indigenous peoples (for their own good, of course) without consultation, have we learned nothing?
Dumas did, however, get one thing wrong. Here in Manitoba we do not have a justice system. I was corrected on this several years ago by Manitoba’s chief Crown attorney.
"No Dave," he said, "we do not have a justice system in Manitoba. We have a legal system."
Herd stupidity abounds
Re: Coronavirus, how novel (March 9)
The epidemic level of ridiculousness surrounding the coronavirus is a sight to behold. You’ve heard of herd immunity? Well, get ready for herd stupidity.
I’ve been reading and reporting posts on my social sites from acquaintances who are perpetuating incredibly offensive myths. One person posted coronavirus prevention kits, which contain things we know don’t actually work to prevent the virus, selling from $599 to upwards of $2,000. This is known as profiteering.
This individual went further though, sending me a private message with a photo of an unattributed piece of text in broken English offering a "cure" that is as simple as boiling and eating/drinking garlic and its broth. I’m certain I’d have heard something about this in the responsible media if it were even the slightest bit plausible.
Finally, another acquaintance has been arguing relentlessly in the comment sections of a West Coast Canadian newspaper, insulting public-health officials as stupid and accusing the government of corruption and incompetence over the refusal to close the airports to countries with high infection rates — a purely racist point of view.
Herd stupidity, when people are infected by fake news, is an epidemic even worse than the coronavirus.
Up with the Uptown
Re: Theatre turned bowling alley in River Heights (March 9)
The story brought back nice memories. Back in the early 1950s, serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force at Station Winnipeg, many of us looked forward to the movies presented at the Uptown Theatre.
There were movies about every two or three weeks that were special, as they were sneak previews. It was more costly, at 75 cents, to see these special movies, compared to 25 cents for regular movies.
It was an elegant and grand movie house, for as you looked up, the ceiling was your open sky, dotted with tiny lights that resembled stars.
Years later, I returned, but the grandeur was gone. It had been turned into a bowling alley.
Dairy cows distressed
Re: Dairy industry aims for sustainability (March 9)
In his letter to the editor, Pierre Lampron, president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, may claim to have "extremely high standards of animal welfare" but the way cows are treated on modern dairy farms makes that claim impossible.
On today’s dairy farm, a cow is kept continually pregnant by artificial insemination and forced to pump milk her entire adult life. Her newborn calf, an unnecessary byproduct of dairy production, is taken from her at birth — a cruel act causing her great distress — so as not to squander her milk destined for human consumption.
The pace of production on today’s dairy farm is so relentless, it literally sucks the life out of a cow after just a few years, at which point her milk production wanes and she is shipped off to slaughter, long before her natural life span would have ended.
Some cows end up so physically drained they "go down" on the farm, unable to stand or walk. While it is technically illegal to transport these "downers" to slaughter, some still end up being transported to slaughterhouses every year in Canada, requiring them to literally be dragged alive on and off the trucks by chains or front-end loaders. Canada’s dairy industry has a long way to go before it can claim to have high standards of animal welfare.