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HELP OUR VETS

I find it noth­ing less than dis­gust­ing to think that an es­ti­mated 750 veter­ans are home­less in this great coun­try. We ap­pear to have the re­sources to help ev­ery il­le­gal im­mi­grant and pro­vide for their needs, some­times more gen­er­ously than even our el­derly peo­ple, yet we can’t pro­vide a warm bed and mean­ing­ful sup­port to our veter­ans? Dis­gust­ing! MIKE VINNINS SMITHS FALLS (Well said.)

IG­NO­RANCE

I have no is­sue with the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral hav­ing made neg­a­tive com­ments about will­fully ig­no­rant peo­ple.

Some­times, the best thing to do is to make the will­fully ig­no­rant aware that they are be­ing will­fully ig­no­rant.

Af­ter all, it is will­fully ig­no­rant peo­ple, the type who fever­ishly turn to read their horo­scopes ev­ery day, who are largely re­spon­si­ble for putting Justin Trudeau into power, by vot­ing for some­one who catered to their will­ful ig­no­rance. LES GRIS­WOLD

OT­TAWA (Ei­ther way, it’s not very nice! Not to men­tion in­sult­ing to those with re­li­gious faith.)

STRIKE HURTS

The stu­dents are the losers in this pro­longed strike at On­tario’s com­mu­nity colleges. The fall term should be can­celled and the stu­dents re­funded their money. Many of these kids worked hard in high school to ob­tain the marks to get into a spe­cific pro­gram and of course had sum­mer jobs and part-time ones be­tween classes and on week­ends.

The prov­ince should leg­is­late and end to the strike im­me­di­ately or be pre­pared to have a lot of stu­dents drop out and not re­turn which will cause a rise in the un­em­ploy­ment ranks down the road. STEPHEN FLANAGAN OT­TAWA (It’s im­pos­si­ble not to feel bad for these kids. Such a shame that they’re los­ing the op­por­tu­nity to learn.)

UN­COV­ERED FACES

Most Cana­di­ans, whether we are fifth gen­er­a­tion or re­cently ar­rived, are aware of how se­vere our win­ters can be. As a con­se­quence, for both com­fort and safety rea­sons, we bun­dle in lay­ers and on es­pe­cially bit­ter days, that in­cludes face coverings.

How­ever, as soon as we are ex­posed to the wel­com­ing warmth of a bus, pub­lic build­ing or home, the first ar­ti­cles of cloth­ing to be re­moved are mitts fol­lowed by the face coverings. We want to thaw out and for these ar­ti­cles of cloth­ing to dry a bit.

If we re­main cov­ered in a pub­lic en­vi­ron­ment, no one is of­fended if asked to show photo ID, thus ex­pos­ing the face. The niqab is nei­ther a re­li­gious or cul­tural, but it has be­come a po­lit­i­cal ral­ly­ing cry.

I wel­come and re­spect new­com­ers to this coun­try, but I do not be­lieve that ask­ing them to ac­cept Cana­dian tra­di­tions or mores is such a tragic re­quest. Why such op­po­si­tion to show­ing one’s face? It has been my ex­pe­ri­ence, that when there is a lan­guage bar­rier, a smile is an in­ter­na­tional form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion – warmly of­fered and grate­fully re­ceived. MARY BURNS NE­PEAN (Noth­ing like a warm smile on a cold day.)

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