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Private clinic's message mixed
Ian Rabb is "over the moon" about his new private treatment centre for addicts near Gimli (From scandal to hope: lodge gets new life, Oct. 15).
Yet pretty well the same service for which he will be charging the affluent or their insurance companies $5,000 a month is fundamentally available absolutely free to the public from our safety net of medical and public-health agencies and proven self-help recovery groups (the latter without the cosmetic bells and whistles).
These private programs for the rich can make them think they're special, when their real need as recovering addicts is to realize they are not.
Search for virtue in election
I was at a presentation Wednesday night by Barbara Coloroso called "The Bully, the Bullied and the Not-so-Innocent Bystander."
Usually we think of bullying in the context of schools or social media. But Coloroso described what happens when we dehumanize one another, reducing people to an "it." Once that occurs, it's easy to gang up on others who do not look like us or dress like us or talk like us.
That's a perfect description of what wedge politics does -- separate and denigrate rather than welcome and celebrate.
We should not be voting for bullies, regardless of which political party they belong to. Next time politicians use divisive, dismissive language, think of it as bullying -- it may help you decide which kind of government you want to have after Monday's federal election.
The current federal election focuses on change by all the opposition parties.
Let us remember the 1999 (Manitoba) provincial election, when the common thread among opposition (and special-interest) groups focused on change. We got change, and look what happened in this province.
In past elections, I voted for the political party I liked the most. In this election, I will vote for the political party I dislike the least.
Analysis of NDP slanted, confusing
I was surprised to see the Free Press print a piece that repeated the chattering classes' conventional wisdom of the campaign -- the dubious notion that the NDP has somehow moved to the right of the Liberals (The 'new' New Democratic Party, Oct. 15).
The analysis in Andrew Perez' article comes from an admitted longtime Liberal volunteer. His concern for the NDP's future would be more compelling if it came from someone who had a sincere stake in the matter.
On daycare, pharmacare and climate change (among other issues) the NDP remains the only party calling for real and profound social change to meet the needs of the future. The Liberal campaign has gone to great lengths to make deficit spending synonymous with "progressive" and "left wing," while they have been missing in action on the policy areas mentioned above.
It's hard to see Perez' commentary as anything more than a last-minute attempt confuse which party is offering real social change with the one that's offering mere lip service.
Heed Schreyer's Hydro creed
In his Oct. 14 article Time for a reality check on Hydro's big-project meter, former premier and minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro Ed Schreyer expresses grave concerns about Hydro's current expansion plans.
Schreyer can speak with some authority on the subject, having overseen Manitoba Hydro during a time that resulted in the creation of major policy decisions that influenced significant hydro, gas-fired and coal-generating infrastructure.
In 2015, as Schreyer adroitly states, Manitoba faces the spectre of dramatically different economic, fiscal and competitive realities.
Many hydro experts, including Schreyer, have justifiably expressed concerns regarding the economic viability, timing and the escalating construction cost-to-sale-price ratios of Manitoba Hydro's multibillion-dollar expansion projects in the north. The ill-conceived construction of the increasingly cost-prohibitive Bipole III transmission line is also grounds for sounding the alarm bells.
When a former Manitoba premier -- and a man who has devoted his life to implementation of sustainable energy and resource-development strategies -- suggests it is prudent to do a reality check on the current government's massive expansion plans, it behooves us to listen because of the financial burden and risk that we are imposing on future generations of Manitobans.