Letters to the Editor, July 6

I watched the speech Trump gave for the U.S. Fourth of July celebration just to see if there were any words of wisdom. The one topic that he actually impressed me on was about monuments. In Canada, we share some of the problems the Americans seem to be experiencing: A small vocal minority demanding we take down monuments and statues. As a society, we don’t lower our heads to statues or stop and pray for their intervention as if they were deities. They are raised to remind us of some good that person did in the creation or growth of our country. I have never met a perfect person. We should not judge a person by any one or two actions but in the totality of their contributions. We are a country of laws (someone remind Justin, please) and if there is a consensus that a monument should be removed or the name of a building changed, by all means we have democratic systems in place to achieve that goal. To destroy or remove a monument should be dealt with harshly, no matter the intent behind the action. If you want a building renamed, take it to the government and make your case and allow it to happen legally. I am proud of our history, both good and bad. Learning our history hopefully prevents us from repeating the mistakes of our forefathers and teaches us to revere those who improve our country.

Gordon Skinner


(It would seem it’s much easier to destroy something than it is to have a reasonable conversation about its validity in this day and age)


Oh, the sheer hypocrisy. Tory still beating his gums about how he has the foresight and ability to save us from the COVID virus. Maybe, just maybe, if he had used due diligence in the first place, not resorting to using the race card, ensured our seniors were being properly cared for, checked to see if Toronto had adequate PPE to weather another pandemic, we wouldn’t be in such a precarious position. Jenny Yuen’s story Questions? We’ve got you covered July 2? Don’t use N95 surgical masks as they are needed on the front line? You’re greening me, right? Want me to wrap something around my face that doesn’t stop a virus — if it did, front-line workers would use them. Governments of all levels failed us terribly on not ensuring adequate protections. Masks, gloves, since we assume can be virus-contaminated, should be disposed of as toxic waste and definitely not washed and reused. Now is definitely the time for finger-pointing because, as we know, the MSM will sweep all of this under that bulging Liberal carpet once Trudeau seeks a majority mandate.

Bill Vernon

(There will be plenty of blame to go around, and no, Trudeau will not be able to escape the scrutiny)


The answer to Lorrie Goldstein’s question on all the student grants by Trudeau’s government: Trudeau wants their votes (“Bungled grant no help for students,” July 4).

Merle Gingrich


(Likely, yes)

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