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Skinny on Ford's weight loss
Susan G. Cole shouldn't feel sorry for Rob Ford (NOW, May 31-June 6). His whole weight loss debacle is just another pity card to distract the public from his actions.
Many of us know the hard journey of weight loss; few of us turn it into public spectacle. If he's got the sympathy of a respected journalist like Cole, he's playing the public well indeed.
Deport "war resisters"
In Starting Over, (NOW, may 31-June 6) Joshua Errett refers to former U.S. military recruits Dale Landry and Corey Glass as "war resisters." The correct legal, moral and ethical term is "deserter."
They joined an all-volunteer armed forces, accepted the training and other benefits and then fled when asked to perform their duty.
If they'd truly had the conviction of their beliefs they'd have stayed on U.S. soil and faced the consequences of their actions. Desertion is a crime. These men should be deported, like any other criminals.
Recasting Quebec protests
The Quebec student protests are not about inequality, austerity or accessibility (Follow Quebec's Leaders, NOW, May 31-June 6). Quebec has for a long time had a very generous loans and grants program for those who are less well-to-do. No poor and capable student is turned away because he or she can't afford tuition.
Since around 1970, students have gotten the equivalent of first-year university for free. The proposed tuition increases would only bring tuitions up to about the same level as the very lowest in North America.
Quebec students leave university with less than half the debt of the national average. (Some students who don't need help take interest-free loans anyway.) More money for well-to-do students means less money for other social programs.
DiGiovanni's comic relief
Thank goodness Glenn Sumi actually bothered to interview Debra DiGiovanni ("Sexually unappealing", NOW Daily, May 31). That National Post article made me very cross. Which is a great place to be to write new jokes, but I sure as hell wouldn't want to wake up to that Google alert.
For the record, Miss D, you are one of the reasons I got into comedy in the first place. You are always incredibly generous, friendly and gracious to work with, and your material, delivery and stage presence inspire me. I also think you're totally cute. I wouldn't normally put something like that in an online comment because it sounds vaguely stalky, but for me laughter is the biggest turn-on, and you always make me laugh like a demented gibbon.
Biking all the rules
As an avid cyclist, I was shocked to read Enzo DiMatteo's 10 Ways To Make Toronto A More Bike-Friendly City (NOW, May 24-30).
For DiMatteo to claim that "it doesn't make sense to restrict bikes to all rules of the road" is plain stupidity.
It's that kind of attitude that helps make our roads as hazardous to cyclists as they are, and it also contributes to the friction between motorized and non-motorized road users.
Perhaps he should travel to some of the many European countries where cyclists do obey the rules of the road and are shown the courtesy and respect from motorists that they deserve.
I don't expect the right to change red traffic lights to green and travel against the traffic flow because I'm riding a bike. Nor do I expect to be able to overtake all those cars forced to creep along at 30km/h just because I'm a cyclist.
Seeing beyond the Gardiner
This is definitely not a reason to save it, but I have thought over the years that if not for the elevated section of the Gardiner (Expressway teardown, NOW, May 24-30), most wouldn't see there's a lake to the south.
The city has stopped planning for the future. How many more condos can we jam in? Our waterfront is an incredible asset. Getting the Gardiner right is worth the effort. It may be a little late for that now, but personally I'd prefer the condos south of it be torn down first
J. B. Barrett
Gambling on young people
Thanks for the insightful article on the faces of money behind the proposal for a waterfront casino (NOW, May 17-23).
When Paul Godfrey made his announcement regarding the need for new and increased revenue streams, I was appalled as he rambled on about gambling's "core market" shrinking and OLG's efforts to go after young people! Is this the visionary depth of innovation OLG can come up with?
Glorifying gambling through television programs like the World Poker championships is frightening. With such high unemployment for graduates possessing degrees of all sorts, and their huge student debts, the OLG wants to transform them into gamblers.
Medicated mental health
I totally agree with letter-writer Ilaneet Goren (NOW, May 24-30) when she blasts the continuing waste of government money funding shrinks and neo-con-driven "mental health" agencies.
Yes, much more money should be budgeted and delivered, but for essentials like food, rent, affordable housing, non-medical community programs and life-sustaining grassroots supports that don't medicalize.
Job search comes up empty
The job placement situation in this city is terrible. I have been out of work for 20 months, and every method I use to get work has left me with nothing.
At my age, 50-plus, I have incredible responsibilities. I suggest a ban on emailing resumés to advertised jobs.
Instead, one should have to go in person to drop off a resumé. This would eliminate those applying from out of the region. It would also cut down on people who already have jobs and are just applying casually.