Church helps refugees
In the light of your Aug. 24 story Catholic Church upsets group, which seemed to implicate the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Winnipeg in the controversial use of St. Joseph's church by elements of the Eritrean community, I think it is important to note that this archdiocese last year initiated sponsorships for a total of 497 Eritrean refugees.
This is a major contribution to the well-being of the world's Eritrean refugee population. The archdiocese sponsored 352 refugees from other countries as well in 2011, placing it among the three or four largest refugee-sponsoring dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church in Canada.
Hospitality House Refugee Ministry
Squeeze hockey lifeline
In his Aug. 22 column, Time for NHL fans to tune in for the sounds of bargaining, Gary Lawless states that despite all the rhetoric you hear about a new NHL collective bargaining agreement, "owners and players will continue making more money as time moves forward."
There is no CBA between fans and the league. The fans will continue to be (reluctantly) screwed. The players and owners stickhandle with one hand on the CBA and the other in the fans' pockets.
The solution? Fans boycott hockey games to put a squeeze on the lifeline of the CBA -- money. Can this happen? It could but it won't because hockey fans are too gullible, and both sides of the NHL know it.
Entitled to privacy
Re: Tory leader keeps address private (Aug. 22). Brian Pallister has every right not to release his home address publicly. Indeed, it is somewhat shocking that we require provincial candidates to do so. We don't ask people in other jobs to tell us exactly where they live and even public figures deserve a measure of privacy.
At the same time, the public should know whether a candidate lives in the riding in which he or she is running. After all, for many voters, the fact that a candidate lives in their riding is a sign of commitment to the area and may mean they're in a better position to understand local issues.
A simple solution exists that would allow us to balance the legitimate interests of both candidates and voters. The Manitoba Election Act should be amended so that Elections Manitoba need only publish whether the candidate lives in a riding or not.
Medical anecdotes useless
Dr. Henry P. Krahn, a physician in Mesa, Ariz. (Indulging in politics, Letters, Aug. 21), states that in his U.S. medical experience he has never seen "anyone without insurance wait longer than two weeks to be fully insured with Medicaid."
As someone with scientific training, Krahn should understand that anecdotal statements of this kind do not have much merit. Perhaps he should also have mentioned that, according to a recent study conducted at Harvard University, approximately 62 per cent of all American bankruptcies are caused by overwhelming medical expenses. …