LET­TERS TO THE EDI­TOR

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - OPINION -

Canada Post mak­ing money

It’s that time of the year again, the time for the an­nual Canada Post “sky is fall­ing ” se­ries of ar­ti­cles and ed­i­to­ri­als. Most leave out some rather im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion about Canada Post.

Canada Post has turned a profit 20 out of the last 22 years. Canada Post turned a net profit of $63 mil­lion in 2015 and $81 mil­lion in 2016, and 2017 is pro­jected to be higher than 2016.

Canada Post does not cost tax­pay­ers a sin­gle cent. Get­ting your mail de­liv­ered to your house or apart­ment lobby or com­mu­nity mail­box is a free ser­vice. Your tax dol­lars do not go to your mail de­liv­ery ser­vice.

Are there chal­lenges in the years ahead for Canada Post? Of course. The com­pany will have to con­tinue to evolve. But they have done so suc­cess­fully over the past num­ber of decades, and there is no rea­son to be­lieve they will be un­able to do so in the future. Rob King, Canada Post em­ployee, Saska­toon

Priv­i­lege comes in many forms

There are an in­fi­nite num­ber of ways in which peo­ple are priv­i­leged. Some of them are: wealth priv­i­lege, class priv­i­lege, height priv­i­lege, weight priv­i­lege, at­trac­tive priv­i­lege, ma­jor­ity pop­u­la­tion priv­i­lege, his­tor­i­cal longevity priv­i­lege, tech­no­log­i­cal priv­i­lege, cul­tural in­flu­ence priv­i­lege, etc.

One can also see how there are an in­fi­nite num­ber of ways in which one can iden­tify as be­ing op­pressed. It is racist to gen­er­al­ize peo­ple’s priv­i­lege/op­pres­sion based on skin colour.

It is racist to think that white peo­ple are smarter and some­how better equipped to run things sim­ply be­cause of who they are. It is those racist in­di­vid­u­als’ fault for not see­ing some white peo­ple’s ac­com­plish­ments as just peo­ple’s ac­com­plish­ments.

If you “feel” that ev­ery­thing re­volves around white points of view, maybe you should no­tice your own racist view. A “white” point of view is in­her­ently racist; it is racist to as­so­ciate per­sons’ view­points based on colour and “white peo­ple” are not a ho­mo­ge­neous group.

Rather than preach­ing this new racism, maybe re­flect on your own ig­no­rance, racism and priv­i­lege. Then try to ac­com­plish some­thing of mean­ing and if others are dis­mis­sive of it, re­mem­ber these words. Ev­ery in­di­vid­ual is re­spon­si­ble to main­tain his or her own dig­nity, hon­our and in­tegrity or “el­e­vated sta­tus” in any sit­u­a­tion. Ken­neth El­liott, Saska­toon

Mandryk dis­misses Eyre too eas­ily

Re: “More to Cabi­net than meets the eye,” (SP, Feb. 3) An­other Mur­ray Mandryk col­umn, an­other drive-by smear on Bron­wyn Eyre by the StarPhoenix/Lead­erPost’s reg­u­lar ci­pher for the NDP.

De­pend­ing on the day, Mandryk’s ram­bling com­men­taries gen­er­ally de­fault to char­ac­ter­iz­ing Eyre’s com­ments as ei­ther “bizarre,” “bizarre,” or — on a good day — “bizarre.” That’s what passes for opin­ion writ­ing these days.

He cav­a­lierly dis­misses her record in ed­u­ca­tion, but pre­dictably fails to men­tion her bold ini­tia­tives in math and cod­ing, as well as her ef­forts to at­tract and train more French teach­ers — to say noth­ing of her author­ity and sparkle in ques­tion pe­riod.

In these days of height­ened aware­ness over sex­ist bul­ly­ing, what are we to make of Mandryk’s char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of Eyre as “un­qual­i­fied” when she has a law de­gree and speaks three lan­guages? It’s time for his troll-like rants to be pulled from the SP/LP for good. Ross Huckle, Saska­toon

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