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Reacting to the shooting at the Eaton Centre (NOW, June 7-13), Toronto police Chief Bill Blair said he was shocked by the shooting of "innocent bystanders."
One expects the Pope to take a moral stance on events like these. That's his job. Police chiefs are better off sticking to the facts, telling us what they will do and refraining from moralizing.
Lamenting the shooting of innocent bystanders won't help solve the crime any more quickly.
Besides, it gives the impression that if the guilty were shot, it would be fine with the chief.
Beer over bacon
Joshua Errett is advocating for "real beer" and his example has "just" 13 ingredients (NOW, June 7-13)?
I might be a little old-fashioned, but I still prefer to enjoy my beer and my dinner separately.
And I'd rather drink beers that are brewed according to German Purity Law. Their ingredients are water, hops and barley.
They might not taste like bacon, but they won't give you a major headache either.
PS: Keep up the good work.
Off on David Marks
Joshua Errett's review of the Beach Boys' That's Why God Made The Radio (NOW, June 7-13) is complete dross.
If Errett doesn't like the music, that's fine, but he shouldn't pretend like he knows anything about the history of the band. It's borderline libel to peg David Marks as the one who first introduced drugs to the Beach Boys, considering the severely negative impact such substances had on the Wilson brothers over the decades.
To quote Jon Stebbins, author of Beach Boys books, when made aware of this review: "Wow, that's impressive. It's hard to get that much wrong in so few words... but this guy managed to show his idiocy in a very concise way."
I simply don't get it. Where are the voices of public outrage over Bill C-38 (NOW, June 7-13)?
Canadians from coast to coast are being attacked with $5 billion in spending cuts under the Harper government's omnibus budget, and hardly a word.
Our complacency must be replaced by a fierce desire to say enough is enough. Our compassion for one another is being tested by a conservative government that aims to divide us. Wake up, Canada, and take a stand before it's too late.
President, CAW Local 112
Unless canadians familiarize themselves with Bill C-38, this assault on our values, and get politically involved, I fear much worse awaits us under the Harper regime.
I just got back from seeing Prometheus and looked for reviews that dump on the movie.
Thank goodness for Norm Wilner's review (NOW, June 7-13). This movie was like running a mile away from something big falling toward you.
Bike award a farce
I read your article on Rob Ford's farcical cycling award (NOW Daily, June 7) and was disappointed by the lack of analysis. The award ignores the lack of safety and the environmental repercussions of our planning over the past two decades.
We have been inundated with contradictions, conflicts and political shenanigans, and to turn around and give credit where no credit is due diminishes any effort made by progressive residents toward a sustainable and healthy city.
I have been an environmentalist and commuter cyclist for more than two decades and have encountered timidity and lack of leadership on the bike file.
Plastic bag whining
Twenty thousand years ago, we were hunter-gatherers and had to find multitudes of ways to survive and adapt on the run.
In the present, some people can't figure out how to go to the store with a recyclable bag (NOW June 7-13). Ireland made bags [cost] 50¢ 10 years ago and reduced that country's use by 99 per cent. Somehow, they managed.
Stop whining, Toronto, and adapt. It's not that hard. Dog poop scoopers can try using milk bags.
I am actually proud of our city council for the first time for banning plastic bags. Next: coffee cups and bottled water.
Resisters not dodgers
In "deport war resisters," letter-writer Alex Banks would have us follow his narrow definition of what constitutes legal, moral and ethical behaviour by U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq (June 7-13).
American soldier Dale Landry served in the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan but refused to serve in Iraq after observing, among other things, the unethical behaviour of the U.S. military toward Afghan civilians.
Corey Glass did serve in Iraq, and the experience tormented him as he came to understand the immorality of the U.S. invasion/occupation of that country.
Both men commented on false claims made by their military recruiters in order to entice them and others to sign up.
Like scores of disenchanted U.S. troops who recently tossed their medals during the Memorial Day weekend in Washington, Glass and Landry had to go to Iraq and Afghanistan to gain firsthand knowledge as to the degree of criminal, illegal and immoral activity.
The real criminals are the instigators of these ruinous wars.
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