Thumbs up, Thumbs down - February 23, 2018

Submitted 
Neepawa Banner & Press

Thumbs up to the Town of Neepawa and all the volunteers for the wonderful activities provided on Family Day.  After skating, trying the obstacle course and playing on the snow hill, we enjoyed free hotdogs and hot chocolate. It was a great afternoon. Thank you!

Maggie Mabon
Neepawa, MB

Letters - CPP hike cost could be greater than government projections

Ted Mallett
CFIB Chief Economist

The federal government has likely underestimated the negative impact on jobs of the planned Canada Pension Plan (CPP) increases, according to a new analysis from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Starting in 2019, CPP premiums will rise for five straight years, followed by another two years where the maximum amount of income CPP premiums are levied upon will increase.

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Homebodies - “In a gentle way you can shake the world.” - Gandhi

Rita Friesen
Neepawa Banner & Press

Which one of us has never desired, at times deeply, to shake the world, at least shake our world? Elzeard Bouffier, a humble shepherd, turned a wilderness into a lush forest. In a lifetime spanning two World Wars, while madmen killed each other for world power, this individual quietly and anonymously brought his world back to life, planting one acorn at a time. He not only created natural beauty, but contributed to healing an entire town that had fallen into despair. One man, working gently, living day to day, seeding love wherever he went.

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My perspective - Divided we fall

Kate Jackman - Atkinson
Neepawa Banner & Press

Left versus right, urban versus rural, new immigrants versus established Canadians, we are becoming an increasingly divided society. Along religious lines, political lines, age and gender, we are becoming increasingly polarized. While a relatively small group of publishers and news media used to keep the majority of Canadians on the same track, on the world-wide-web, fringe beliefs are now as easily accessible as ones commonly held. While the internet has put the world at our fingertips, by offering a myriad of viewpoints, it has also helped to divide us.

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Right in the centre - About truth and really exchanging opinions

Ken Waddell
Neepawa Banner & Press

It is becoming more and more important to examine whatever we are told to determine if it is true or not. In all of history, it has been important to dissect information to determine if it is truth or fiction. However today, we are flooded with more information than has ever been available in the history of the world.
Take for example that the government is supposed to protect lives. That is a reasonable assumption and expectation. If that assumption is correct, then why can we not have a proper discussion about abortion. In 2010 there were 64,000 abortions in Canada but that doesn’t get included in the death rate for that year (240,000). Abortion doesn’t statistically qualify as a death. To listen to the pro-choice movement, we are not allowed to even question or discuss this huge loss of life. We must just close our eyes, close our minds and pretend it doesn’t happen and all will be good. Well, all is not good.

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