Letters to the Editor: Feb. 23

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Feb 22, 2021  •  7 minutes ago  •  3 minute read

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More controls likely

Regarding the column Vaccine passports are inevitable (Feb. 18)

When author Arnold Toynbee, in his book, A Study of History, analyzed the rise and fall of civilizations, the main determinant was the kind of leadership in place during times of trouble. If a creative minority was in charge, society would transcend itself and its difficulties. A decline generally happened when a dominant minority ruled and tried to tackle problems by imposing controls on its citizens.

Considering the many controls imposed by our leaders during the pandemic, I’m inclined to say a dominant minority is at the helm.

Limiting travel to those with vaccine records is almost certainly a feature a dominant minority will see as desirable.

Michael van Holst, London

Windfall dilemma

I have noticed my Old Age Security payment has increased by $1.23 a month. This has created a problem for me in deciding how to spend this windfall.


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Right now, I am being approached by City Hall, the electrical utility, Union Gas and grocery stores for ever-increasing money.

My problem is in deciding which of these causes deserve my $1.23.

Sometimes having too much money is almost as problematic as not having enough.

I have decided to show no favouritism and once a month, visit MacDonalds for a seniors’ coffee.

Problem solved.

G. Phillips, London

Common practice

Regarding the article Bar owner unrepentant (Feb. 20)

Good for Alex Petro, of the London Ale House, for refusing to apologize for referring to the COVID-19 virus as the China virus.

Scientists have been naming diseases after where they originated for as long as memory serves: the Zika virus is named for the Zika Forest in Uganda, Ebola from the Ebola river in The Congo, the Hanta virus after the Hantan river in South Korea, Lyme disease after the town of Old Lyme in Connecticut, MERS stands for Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome.

We can guess who Legionnaire’s disease is named after.

Are we, like many of our politicians, so in thrall of the same Chinese police state that lied about the pandemic from the beginning and has actively blocked any unencumbered investigation into its origin that we dare not offend?

Bob Graham, Sarnia

Drink at home

Regarding the article 7-Eleven stores looking to serve alcohol in Ontario (Feb. 17)

This is offering me a chance to go to a 7-Eleven store purchase a cold beer, eat some fine, gas bar variety store food, drink my beer while there, then, jump in my car and drive home.


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We have beer stores, LCBO stores, agency liquor stores in under-serviced areas and beer and wine in grocery stores.

I think we are all capable of making a beer or wine purchase without going to the local 7-Eleven.

Chuck Robbins, London

Editorial off base

Regarding the editorial Outlook improving (Feb 20)

The editorial suggests lockdowns are not responsible for the decline of COVID cases nearly everywhere.

It states “while Canadian public health officials would like to claim that lockdowns are almost exclusively to thank for these massive improvements, a survey of the evidence suggests that is not the case.”

The “evidence” given is that Florida and South Dakota, without lockdowns, have seen “similar declines” compared to Canada in “active cases, hospitalizations and deaths.”

The facts show otherwise.

On Feb. 18, Florida, with just more than half of Canada’s population had 791,700 active cases and 164 deaths; Canada had 32,600 active cases and 63 deaths on that date.

These are “similar?”

South Dakota has almost four times as many deaths per capita as Canada.

We have to thank our public health officials for preventing the carnage that has occurred in the U.S.

Mike Bancroft, London

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