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Readers write about Welland hospital, a suggested pledge of allegiance for Canada and about beer prices.

Welland hospital decision applauded

It was great to read the front page headline, Province backs Welland hospital.

A lot of credit goes to the hard work of Welland Mayor Frank Campion and Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Eric Hoskins. Congratulations are owed to them and to Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati for the preservation of our local hospitals.

I’ve always believed in the need for all three Niagara hospitals in order to maintain health-care services for all residents.

I think it’s cheaper to keep our Welland hospital in place and make changes within the building, such as updating elevators, to ensure the facility meets current needs.

The site won’t live forever but it’s more important to be right rather than wrong when it comes to hospital locations.

Roscoe Reilly

Welland

How about a Canadian pledge of allegiance?

As a member of a veterans’ group, I have often visited our counterparts in the United States. They invariably open their meetings with the “Pledge of Allegiance” to the flag. It is simple: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, and with liberty and justice for all.” Canadian visitors are then invited to render our pledge, and I have to admit that we do not have one.

Have we so little pride in Canada that we are reluctant to declare it? Surely some officially approved short declaration of allegiance should be available. I am not suggesting that it be mandatory (heaven forbid!) but an acceptable short reminder of who we are, and our dedication to our nation. Its voluntary use by veterans, civic or fraternal groups would not be amiss.

Perhaps a challenge should be presented to our young people to compose a “Canadian Loyalty Pledge.”

Les Peate

Ottawa

Bread versus beer

The Competition Bureau has its knickers in a twist over bread price-fixing in grocery stores, a practice said to prevent competition and hold prices at artificial levels. Fines of $10 million! Imprisonment for five years!

Meanwhile, in the next aisle, Ontario regulations state the price of beer must be the same across all retailers (grocery stores, Beer Store, LCBO). Just sayin.’

Bill Merritt

Kanata

 



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