Lest we forget
I always remember the following during Remembrance Day.
We had a very close friend of our family who was a U.S. soldier who fought against the Japanese in the Second World War.
His name was Bob, and he very seldom talked about the war. He also became an alcoholic because of the war. On one occasion, he seemed to want to unburden his conscience and share something horrific that had happened to him during the war.
He was on a patrol where the soldiers were 100 yards away from each other, so that if a bomb went off, only a few would be killed or injured. He heard a buzzing by his ear and fell to the ground to play dead. He prayed that the enemy soldier wouldn’t come out of his cover to check on him. However, his prayers were not answered. He also told us that whenever you could during the war, you would put as many weapons on your person as possible. He luckily had a shoulder pistol under his arm and slowly reached for it as the Japanese soldier approached. When the enemy soldier was close enough, Bob fired and the bullet found its target.
At this point in the story, Bob became very emotional and wept uncontrollably. He kept saying that the Japanese soldier wouldn’t fall down. He kept repeating, “I had to shoot him again! I had to shoot him again!”
I remember this story every Remembrance Day, and think of the pain and suffering all soldiers must experience when facing the horrors of war.
KENNETH MILLER Oakbank
Nov. 11 is not only to remember the end of the First World War. It is a tribute to all victims of both World Wars in the 20th century.
Year after year, I read the commentaries and I notice that they do not give any credit to the enormous sacrifices of the Soviet Union, whose armies crushed the powerful German forces. Historians agree that the defeat of the Nazi empire started when the Russians destroyed the Sixth German Army at Stalingrad. Russia had hundreds of cities in total ruin, plus millions of military and civilian casualties.
The invasion of Normandy in 1944 was not enough to defeat Hitler; it was necessary for the Soviets to advance until they captured Berlin. That was the beginning of the end for the Nazis, and it is important to report this truth to the younger generation.
FRANCISCO VALENZUELA Winnipeg this terrible disease eats away at their body and mind over a prolonged period, not to mention the toll on the family?
Otherwise, he would know that no other health-care institution in this province provides better service, true concern, heightened effectiveness and ongoing support for their patients, than the doctors, nurses, administrative staff at CancerCare. Plus it offers more value for our tax dollar than most other issues or subjects (especially football players).
Pallister is now turning loose the consultants to try to find the millions of dollars the NDP must have squirrelled away in CancerCare, preventing him from achieving his surplus. The goal at CancerCare will likely be the same as Gordon Campbell’s at Manitoba Hydro: to produce a report showing how ineffective the workers are, and only by sticking the austerity label to them will their effectiveness be corrected.
Hopefully, Dr. Sri Navaratnam sticks to her guns and tells Pallister where to go. If he tries a fast one, then all those in Manitoba who have a history at CancerCare should join me in protesting at the legislature.
Cancer does not discriminate on the basis of politics; therefore, even his followers should have enough brains to take a stand in favour of CancerCare.
DON HALLIGAN Winnipeg
The objective of a review of CancerCare Manitoba should be the quality of patient care. It should result in a long-term strategy to provide patient care and support services. According to the Canadian Cancer Society’s statistics for 2017, there were 6,700 new cases of cancer in Manitoba and 2,900 deaths.
With an aging population, cancer rates will continue to grow. The economic burden of cancer will rise accordingly. This strategy must also include ways to reduce the costs of cancer without compromising patient care and supports. Early detection of cancer can save lives and money.
Timely access to diagnostic tests such as mammograms, stool tests, ultrasound and MRIs increases the possibility of early detection. Public education to increase awareness of symptoms of cancer is also necessary. The public needs to be made aware of the ways we can reduce our risk of a cancer diagnosis by choosing healthy lifestyles and avoiding exposure to hazardous chemicals found in the products we use and the food we consume.
Vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women, fetuses, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems due to other diseases or illnesses, are at a higher risk of a cancer diagnosis.
To ensure the level of patient care and support services already provided by CancerCare Manitoba as cancer rates rise will require adequate funding. Strategies to keep people healthy will reduce the incidence of cancer and early detection will reduce treatment costs. The health of Manitobans should be a top priority.
LOUISE SCHOENHERR Winnipeg