Some letters to the editor…

I haven’t posted much lately, the hot weather seems to have greater effect on me as I get older…
Below are some of the letters I have had published so far this year, and I am reproducing them in hopes of encouraging like-minded individuals to publicly express their opinions also.
I am somewhat limited in what I can do these days, but working at my computer is still possible, especially in the winter.
The letters below are copy-and-paste with the exception of those in the National Post. The Post doesn’t publish their letters on-line, so I have relied on the “Pressreader” versions.

National Post, June 27th.

Controversial court.
Re: A New Light on Canada’s Institutions, John Ivison, June 23.
I take this as a warning that we are to be subjected to more and more judicial activism of the progressive variety, and that this article is intended to ease us into that by lulling us with promises of openness and “modern, accessible” reports.
“I think we have an obligation to speak to the people and to make sure the people of Canada keep their faith in the judicial system,” Richard Wagner, the new chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, said. Familiarity breeds contempt, and I don’t want the Supreme Court getting too close to “the people”. And why on earth would our new chief justice say something like that, other than to prepare us for a planned outburst of controversial rulings?
After the appalling Trinity Western decision, I want the court to keep its progressive, multicultural paws well away from our moral values. Interpretation of the meaning of our laws on moral grounds will permit an unelected body to trash or change laws as it sees fit, and the powers possessed by our elected representatives cannot be subordinated to those of the Supreme Court.
As for Wagner’s comment, “I like dissent… It’s normal in an open society,” is this intended to downplay anticipated negative reactions by the more conservative members of the court towards planned future adventures in legal interpretation?
Perhaps these revelations indicate the fruition of the decades-old activism of groups such as the Law Union of Ontario and its provincial counterparts.
Jeff Goodall, Oshawa.

See it here.

Toronto Star, May 17th.

Amber Alert warning should be silent.
I agree entirely with Wallace Rendell that Amber Alerts are “a significant, negative intrusion that must be changed immediately.” In March 2016, the television alert system repeatedly interrupted my show with blaring sirens. Why blast my ears off in Oshawa over something that was happening in Orillia? These uncalled-for assaults on citizens, in our own homes, are unacceptable and must not be tolerated.
Jeff Goodall, Oshawa.

See it here.

Toronto Sun, May 5th.

Blame It On The Feds
Re “Ford backs away from Greenbelt development scheme” (The Canadian Press, May 2): I was greatly disturbed by Doug Ford’s plan to use the Greenbelt for housing, and I am very thankful that he has had the courage and good sense to back off. I do believe, however, that the main point is being missed: The housing shortage is a federal matter involving the huge numbers of immigrants and “refugees” which have been allowed into Canada by both the Liberals and Conservatives over the last 50 or so years. Because of this, countless thousands of acres of our Grade-A farmland have been paved over to build housing, and Ontario is now a net importer of food rather than a net exporter. Ford’s best plan of action on the housing issue is to put the blame squarely where it belongs, and once he becomes premier he should exert constant, unrelenting pressure on the federal government to cease all immigration until we can evaluate our situation and decide what will be best for us in the future.
Jeff Goodall, Oshawa.
(You’re correct about the shortage for housing, but no premier will ever make the case to halt immigration)

See it here.

National Post, March 27th.

Don’t trust the under 30s
Re “Lower the voting age to 16? Sure, but why stop there?” Andrew Coyne, March 21
Younger people are more emotional, easily led and manipulated than older people, and lowering the voting age would overwhelmingly benefit the left and farleft.
I don’t believe that people mature earlier today than they did the last time this was an issue, and what with decades of garbage on television and the continual stressing of rights over responsibilities by our education system, I reckon we should raise the voting age to 25. Wikipedia tells us that “In the United States, a person must be at least 35 to be President or Vice President, 30 to be a Senator, and 25 to be a Representative, as specified in the U.S. Constitution.”
I agree with that entirely, and Canada should enact similar provisions – plus increase the voting age, not lower it.
Jeff Goodall, Oshawa.

See it here.

Toronto Sun, July 3rd.

It Was Hardly Deliberate
Re: “Pride goers take a rain check this year” (Sue-Ann Levy, June 24): In my opinion, the alleged police failure to warn of a predator in the “LGBTQ community” was more a tactical failure than a deliberate effort to harm “gays.” Exactly the same thing happened in the notorious “Balcony Rapist” case some 30 years ago, as a result of which “Jane Doe” won a lawsuit against the Toronto Police in which she claimed they used her as “bait” to catch the perpetrator. Justice Jean MacFarland ruled that Doe and other women were being used without their knowledge or consent to attract a predator. This “Jane Doe” case was at least as blatant as anything the police can be accused of in their efforts to identify serial killer Bruce McArthur. Methinks our “LGBTQ community” needs to gear down and stop propagandising at every available opportunity: The police are no more perfect than they or anybody else.
Jeff Goodall, Oshawa.
(We would agree)

See it here.

Jeff Goodall.

See my post “Some thoughts on writing letters to the editor” here.