Critic misses the point
Re: Athletes’ protest disrespectful (Letters, Oct. 12)
Letter writer Larry Roberts misses the point of the NFL players’ protest at games. Fair-minded people can see that the players protesting intend no disrespect to their country.
One player in an interview the other night said his mother served two tours in the first Iraq War and would have gone back for a third if she had not been pregnant with him. The U.S. constitution guarantees the right to protest any time and anywhere.
And the letter writer’s point that “overpaid prima donnas who couldn’t compose a proper English sentence if their life depended on it” is not veiled at all as to who he means. May I remind him that times are changing and no longer will gifted black athletes be used as gladiators to entertain and enrich the domineering in society. Addressing the real issues the athletes are drawing attention to would be a good place to start.
The problem is that Denton chooses to ignore that, without the resources of oil and natural gas, Canada would be in dire straits.
We can accept the reality of what is now and we can work towards clean energy solutions in an orderly fashion. Shuttering a pipeline to prevent $50 million a day of Canadian oil to replace Saudi oil that arrives daily by tankers is hardly a victory.
The future will crumble by inaction of governments; our way of life, subsidized health-care, elementary and high school education, university tuitions that are 80 per cent subsidized, will all be affected by government inaction.
We must be mindful of the economy and our regional differences. We all know that if the oil and gas were in Quebec and Ontario, we would not be having this discussion. The pipeline would have been built years ago.
We can sacrifice our economic well-being while China builds a few more coal plants so they can steal the remaining 50 per cent of our manufacturing jobs. If Denton is totally on target, we can all stop driving our cars and jump on the bus.
We have to think about the consequences. Forcing the next generations to pay for our debts will crumble their future. We will get to where we need to go, we don’t need to throw two generations under the bus to get there.
Winnipeg system and cost-sharing with the provinces for higher education and welfare. The federal government did not go cap in hand to global asset managers then.
However, an infrastructure bank today will indeed serve its purpose. It will reward the financial advisers and their related corporations who support the Liberal party and who advised the government to set up this opaque and self-serving body in the first place. Projects will be specially selected and designed to generate steady, reliable returns for investors through revenue streams such as user fees.
No wonder the government has a problem communicating its message. The users aren’t particularly receptive.