Critic misses the point

Winnipeg Free Press - - YOUR SAY -

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.



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