YOU SAID IT: Life-jackets the answer
Here are today’s Ottawa Sun letters to the editor.
LIFE-JACKETS THE ANSWER
Re: 2 more dead on the water; And yet we do nothing? Column, Aug. 5
Kelly Egan’s headline article was sad, especially to hear about the young children who have almost drowned in the fast-flowing Ottawa River over the years.
Kelly hints at more signs, posted and maintained at considerable taxpayer expense. Of course, people will heed the (bilingual?) signs, just like they heed the warnings and the quickly vandalized chain-link fences blocking the Prince of Wales Bridge. Or “discouraging fishing and swimming.” (Come on, really?) Perhaps our deficit-laden federal government could institute a vast new bureaucracy supporting country-wide anti-drowning patrols, with expensive watercraft patrolling the millions of kilometres of Canadian coast, lakes and rivers, equipped with noisemakers, loudhailers and bright searchlights.
My 17-year-old son and I canoe regularly on lakes and rivers in Algonquin Park. We’ve boated and canoed in several provinces and in the United States without incident. We know how to swim, yet we take the precaution of always wearing life jackets. Modern life jackets are light and comfortable and can be put on with great ease using conveniences known as zippers and handy plastic clips.
Our hearts go out to the victims of drownings and other mishaps. It is unthinkable to make the Ottawa River, not to mention the majority of this vast province, off-limits using the iron fist of government. Wearing a life-jacket and watching over your children seem a much simpler solution to this challenge.
(Oh, you and your not-so-common sense.)
RCMP SHELL OF FORMER SELF
Re: Admiral’s probe was sunk; Feds claimed OPP were looking into efforts to hide files, Aug. 5
The RCMP, once the most famous and trusted police organization in the world, is merely a shell of its former self today. The latest revelations unearthed by the Sun that they were supposed to turn over military documents pertaining to the Mark Norman file to the Ontario Provincial Police over a year ago, but instead did so on the weekend are unconscionable. It appears that the Mounties are merely an extension of the PMO and their days of being independent from the government are long gone.
(It appears that many have gone to great lengths to keep the sordid details of this affair under wraps.)
BRING ON A VACCINE
Re: Vaccine concerns spread; About 60% of Canucks worried about side-effects: Poll, Aug. 5
Stop the panic!
So, even well before a vaccine has been developed for COVID-19 and it has been thoroughly scrutinized to determine effectiveness and any potential problems, Canadians are already fretting about side-effects. Give me a break. Do Canadians really want to remain living in fear of contracting this deadly disease or take a vaccine that will help them get back to something that resembles normalcy? I know I sure do, and bring on a vaccine ASAP.
It seems the number of “anti-vaxxers” keeps increasing and fear is stopping them from considering the benefits of such a vaccine. Let’s face it, studies are showing that contracting COVID-19 could mean a lifetime of side-effects.
(You said it!)