Here are today’s Ottawa Sun letters to the editor.
MAKE MASKS MANDATORY
I went grocery shopping the other day and to my surprise most people were not wearing face coverings. One person walking by me sneezed, and this made me realize that the City of Ottawa must make wearing face coverings and hand sanitizing mandatory in all stores, shopping malls, public transportation and public events.
Ontario, and particularly Ottawa, is doing so well in controlling this pandemic. While we are opening up services, we don’t need to let down all protective barriers. Let us all do our share to prevent a second wave. I even overheard younger adults at a restaurant terrace saying that they didn’t need to wear masks or sanitize their hands … COVID-19 is an old-people virus.
(Stay tuned. It seems this is going to happen.)
HARD WORK INSTEAD OF HANDOUTS?
Regarding the government handing out cash to students due to a lack of jobs because of COVID-19, if this is the case, then why are migrant workers being brought in by the thousands? When I was a young teen, I worked on a farm, and, even though the work was hard, it gave me a strong work ethic that I carried with me all my life.
(We’d all be better for it if today’s youth earned a strong work ethic.)
Re: Targeting toilet paper; U.S. group aims to scare you with enviro claims, column, June 27
Talk about being full of crap. It seems another hard left environmental group is raising a stink, and this time it is about toilet paper from Canada that is allegedly destroying our forests. This has nothing to do with forestry conservation and everything to do with shutting down the companies that make these products.
Now that these radicals have basically hoodwinked governments and much of the public, virtually killing the oil sands, facial and toilet tissue production are presently in their crosshairs.
All I can say is: Roll on, people.
FLUSHING FUNDS AWAY
Shhh, hear that sound? That’s the City of Ottawa’s finances being flushed down the toilet. Did anyone see it coming? Probably not, but they should have. Did they try to mitigate their losses? Not on your life. It’s a familiar scenario. Want proof? LRT 1, LRT 2, LRT 3 (most certain), Orgaworld. I could go on, but you get the idea.
Getting back to the COVID-19 problem, did the city attempt to, at the very least, lessen the blow? Not on your life. Did it reduce staff by layoffs? No. Did it use its influence to do the same with OC Transpo or Ottawa Hydro or City Living? Again, no.
It did what it does best: spend like a drunken sailor — I apologize to drunken sailors— and then cry for financial assistance from other levels of government. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
NO APOLOGY NEEDED
Re: Better late than never; Bridgehead issues apology nearly 4 years after Abdirahman Abdi’s death, June 23
Two things: First, why in the world should Bridgehead have had to apologize for the unfortunate Abdirahman Abdi incident? Abdi was allegedly sexually assaulting women. What other course of action should Bridgehead have taken but to call the police? Secondly, to the letter writer who suggested, with a hint of bravado, that our police should be unarmed, I could say so much more, but I’ll just say that, in the real world, it might not be a very good idea.