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Privatizing Crown corps

The StarPhoenix’s front page story “SGI has high level preliminary talks … over partial sale” cries out for comment.

Let’s be clear about what’s happening here. Premier Wall’s pro-business government is using a budget deficit (caused by its own mismanagement and lack of vision) to justify the privatization of our Crown corporations. These Crowns have been well run and have consistently generated funds that are used for our public services.

Privatizing SGI and SaskTel in whole or in part will cost our province money in the long term, it will result in increased costs for us consumers (corporations are in business to make profit, not for the common good), and it will inevitably mean the replacement of a fairly paid and experienced workforce with poorly paid part-time workers, on contract and without benefits.

What’s next for privatization? Education? Medicare? Social Services?

The government has lost touch with the people of this province. It’s time to move on, Mr. Wall. The Sask. Party’s over.

Michael Murphy

Saskatoon

Helpful citizens of Saskatoon

On July 9, I was in Saskatoon visiting my family. In front of the Petland store in the Stonebridge community, I was walking with my niece and great niece and nephew. The kids were playing tag as we walked to the car. Unfortunately, my nephew tagged my niece, turned around to run quickly but didn’t realize I was right behind him. I fell flat on my face on the pavement causing my nose to bleed and created several cuts on my face.

A wonderful manager from Petland came out with a cold compress and towel. A wonderful teacher (who happened to have a broken leg) sat down on the sidewalk and talked with the kids for about 25 minutes to keep them calm. Numerous other people came over to see if they could do anything or help in any way.

I wasn’t hurt badly and my sister and brother-in-law came quickly to help get me home. But I do wish I had the names of the people who helped me. Everyone was so kind and willing to give of their time to make sure I was OK. I was born and raised in Saskatoon and this incident just brought back my knowledge of how giving the people of Saskatoon are.

Thank you to everyone who helped that day.

Kathy Morrison

Scottsdale, AZ

Khadr was not protected by his country

John Gormley’s column “Paying Khadr betrayed Canadian values” (SP, July 14) requires close scrutiny.

Firstly, we live in a land governed by the rule of law. The following are some basic laws that allow us to have the rights, values, and freedoms that are so important to us:

The right to:

(a) not be detained unless legally charged. (We also have the right to apply for bail.)

(b) have a fair trail with legal counsel.

(c) be considered innocent until proven guilty.

(d) be protected from abuse such as torture.

Stephen Harper’s government did not use a single one of those basic laws to protect a Canadian born child, Omar Khadr.

Taken to Afghanistan at the age of eight by his vicious, ideological father, he was turned into a 15-year-old child soldier and was placed in a war zone. Accused of killing American Sgt. Andrew Speer, he was transferred to the American prison at Guantanamo Bay. There he was tortured in an attempt to force him to confess to killing Stg. Speer. Rather than trying to protect a Canadian child, or at least try to assure his basic rights before the law, Harper sent CSIS agents to interview him and refused to make any attempt to have him transferred to Canada.

As I see it, Harper and Gormley are the ones who are betraying Canadian values by their blatant disregard of the laws that make our rights, values, and freedoms possible.

Randy Nelson

Saskatoon

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