Letters to the Editor, Aug. 13

TOO CALLOUS

The Aug. 9 cartoon depicting two people in a cottage setting stating that the upside to the forest fires is they “got rid of the mosquitoes” is incredibly offensive. How could your paper and Sue Dewar in particular diminish this tragedy in such a callous manner?
Robert Laing
Toronto
(It wasn’t meant to cause offence)
WE LEARN FROM OUR HISTORY
I understand that there are negative feelings against Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Sure, things done in the past by people in power (kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers, etc.) may not be politically correct today, but that is no reason to remove statues, take the person’s image off today’s currency, or change the name of schools, streets or parks. There is a subject in our education system that is called history. Everyone has studied it at some point in their life. We learn things from history that are good and bad, and because of history we can effect real change now and in the future by not repeating past mistakes. Sterilizing our present society and the history books of some people because of wrongs they did according to today’s societal views does not help future generations from repeating the same wrongs.
Robert J. Moskal
Winnipeg
(And what is truly gained by tearing down the statue and putting it in storage? Nothing. It just makes some people feel better about themselves when the majority understand that we cannot erase our history)
MANUFACTURED OUTRAGE
Anthony Furey is totally correct about the Saudi-Canadian “controversy” — it is indeed manufactured (Aug. 10). Nevertheless, the acting is just as much by Justin Trudeau as by the Saudi government in Riyadh. He wants to pretend he seriously challenges the deplorable human rights records of places like Saudi Arabia. What a laugh! For years, critics of Trudeau have rightfully pointed out his lightweight feminism and LGBTQ advocacy. This virtue-signalling media style lambastes (or prosecutes) Canadians who do not use made-up gender pronouns, but ignores institutional hatred and brutality against women and gay people according to certain interpretations of Islam, both within Canada and throughout the Middle East. Trudeau’s parlay with Riyadh is a case of pathetic style over real substance. Give the Liberals two weeks and they will be back to their usual human rights and women’s rights fare, like complaining about manspreading and mansplaining on the subway systems of Toronto and Montreal.
Kristopher Evans
Canberra, Australia
(Furey certainly puts this controversy into perspective. But as you rightly point out, it is next to impossible to take anything this prime minister says or does seriously)
BULLET CONTROL BOARD
Illegally owned guns are here in the city in alarming numbers. But they require bullets. How about controlling the sales of ammunition?! Ontario (or Canada) could create an ammunition control board. It could be configured any number of ways, but basically it could work like this: When someone wants to buy more ammunition, they would have to prove legal ownership of the gun. Ammunition sellers would be required by law to keep a list of names, addresses, proof of ownership, what type of bullets and how many purchased, date of purchase, etc. Yes, bullets can be smuggled into Canada as well as guns, but it would certainly slow a lot of shootings down.
Gayle Rickard
Whitby
(So a bullets registry of sorts. Didn’t work out so well when we had the failed gun registry and it wouldn’t in this instance either. Bottom line is there remains a massive market that will continue to illegally obtain weapons and bullets. Law enforcement needs to be able to do their jobs to deter this)

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies

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