LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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