Letters to the Editor: Nov. 11
After reading Mark Bonokoski, I was deeply dismayed to learn that the prime minister of Canada will not only be absent from Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa, but that he will be out of the country entirely (“PM forgets Remembrance,” Nov. 7). This is offensive and disrespectful to all Canadians, but especially to our veterans and military who deserve so much better. What a slap in the face! My utmost respect and gratitude goes out to all our veterans, military personnel and their families. We will wear our poppies and be there for you on Nov. 11 (and always).
(Apparently the PM is too busy abroad missing meetings to pay proper respect to our veterans)
Your pic of Trudeau on page 6 of the Nov. 9 issue shows Trudeau as he really is — no sense of priorities and all too willing to party and hobnob in Vietnam than to be here, in Canada, to pay honour to the thousands of brave men and women who gave their lives to keep our country safe and free.
(Lest We Forget. Some already have)
I read Joe Warmington’s article about the lack of people wearing poppies this year so I decided to do my own research (“Searching for poppies,” Nov. 7). I stood on the corner of St. Clair and Yonge around noon Nov. 8 for an hour to observe what percentage of people were wearing poppies. To my disappointment, less than 5% of all the people that passed me by had a poppy on their coat. I am born and raised in Canada for almost 70 years, had two uncles who served in the Second World War, one being badly wounded, and my father served in the First World War in 1917, lying about his age to enlist. In an era where political correctness saturates both social media and print, I would think it’s time that Canadian citizens and those who live in our country and aspire to be citizens pay some political correctness to Canada’s traditions and not just their own. Our Armed Services both current and past deserve the respect that the poppy represents.
(Technically, one can wear the poppy only on Nov. 11 and still show proper respect to our fallen vets, but why not wear it with pride for the entire week before? It’s sad not enough do, but let’s also praise those who do honour our vets year in and year out)
CHINA AND NORTH KOREA
Why does North Korea need nukes? Defence or offence? Canada, as well as Japan, South Korea, and many other countries don’t have nukes but are protected by the U.S. through agreements. Could North Korea not make an agreement with China to be protected under their umbrella?
NIAGARA FALLS, ONT.
(Somehow, that wouldn’t make us feel any better)
I have a solution to the bike lane problem. All cities in North America have sidewalks. Most of them have ramps at the corner for wheelchairs. Simply designate one sidewalk, for instance the north and west, as a bike lane and the other side of the street — south and east — for pedestrians. They are already there and pedestrians do not need both sides. No restriction of vehicular traffic. Problem solved. But it is too easy so it likely won’t happen.
(Toronto council is far too busy dealing with really important stuff like legalizing backyard chicken coops)