Opinion: Letters to The Province, April 20, 2021.

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Is it that important for anyone to fly somewhere or anywhere for that matter these days? This is 2021. We have phones, computers, Zoom and the internet for communication and business. Why do people still insist on travelling during these COVID-19 times? These air travellers should consider themselves lucky that they’re not confined in prison or quarantined because it would render them catatonic, not being able to travel.

The dangerous Brazilian, British and South African variants of COVID-19 didn’t walk to Canada. Be smart, be patient and restrict all travel plans until everyone is vaccinated and it’s actually safe to travel.

Robert J. Moskal, Winnipeg

Crime stats headlines sensationalized

I read and hear on the news often about crimes that saw an increase of 200, 400 or 700, or whatever per cent. Well, that may seem startling to most readers and people would think, “Oh my gosh, what’s happening?”


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But the reality is if only two crimes were reported last year and now there’s 10, that seems like a huge jump but in fact its still a very small number (not to diminish the fact that it’s a crime and people may have been hurt), but it does make for headlines and tends to sensationalize things.

So why not give us the real numbers so we can see how many incidents actually occurred? Rather than make alarming announcements.

Peter Lovegrove, North Vancouver

Re: Younger generation’ needs to move on

I couldn’t agree more that the younger generation needs to get over themselves. As someone who is only a year removed from the age group Premier Horgan was addressing in his comments, I find all the outrage ridiculous and embarrassing. Calm down.

Instead of getting angry at John Horgan for his words (which, in case you haven’t watched all the coverage of illegal parties and young scofflaws, were correct), get angry at the violators giving your generation a bad rep, and maybe try to get them to follow the COVID-19 rules.

After all, maybe they’ll listen to you, rather than to us old farts who they seem to think don’t know what we’re talking about.

Sean Keogh, Surrey

Re: Industry groups call on Freeland to abandon $100B stimulus plan in light of improved jobs market

Canada may soon return to pre-pandemic levels of employment but that means well over one million Canadians will still be actively seeking work. Clearly the economy can’t be grossly overheated if so much of our human capital is available for hire but left to suffer without income.


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However, business elites are happy to normalize a substantial buffer of unemployed people. When labour remains weak, then high business profits can be maintained or even increased. And, in a slightly subdued economy, inflation is unlikely to arise and depreciate wealth.

As economist John Kenneth Galbraith once noted: “What is called sound economics is very often what mirrors the needs of the respectably affluent.”

Larry Kazdan, Vancouver

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