Today's letters: Don't gloat over Montreal's LRT problems, Ottawa


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Never mind Montreal’s LRT woes

A front-page teaser and a full story on page 3 stating that Montreal was forced to shut down its new rapid transit rail service between Central Station and south shore Brossard via the Champlain Bridge. Wow.

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There was a problem with a switch. The story goes on to explain that the problem was fixed and service restored in just under 90 minutes.

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Ottawa has been without LRT service for more than two weeks and nobody has any idea how long it’s going to be before service is restored. So, methinks no gloating is warranted.

Richard Inwood, Nepean

We owe a debt to Julian Armour

Re: Today’s letters: Music and Beyond’s extraordinary achievement, Aug. 1.

What Floralove Katz’s otherwise excellent letter doesn’t mention is that Julian Armour is also the visionary, founder and first artistic director of Ottawa Chamberfest which, under its current artistic director, is about to enter its 30th season.

This region owes Armour a huge debt for enriching our cultural life and for having the courage, determination and artistic vision to make the impossible possible.

Judith Huska, Gatineau

Shouldn’t we learn from the past?

Re: Laurier’s legacy blends progress with prejudice, July 25.

Dragging past prime ministers through the historical ringer, then leaving their memory shamelessly in the muck, is simply going to produce a domino effect that will not only ruin the past but may even jeopardize the future. No matter whose closet you open, you’re going to find embarrassing skeletons.

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Many historical figures weren’t perfect, but surely you have to look at their accomplishments. If it weren’t for Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir George-Étienne Cartier, we’d all be American right now. People immigrate to this country because they think it’s great.

You can remove any evidence of historical existence and rename the Château Laurier and Laurier Avenue if you like, but is that going to right past wrongs? Erasing history won’t leave future and even present generations with the truth, because there will be nothing there to speak about.

Isn’t the point of historical reflection to learn from the past for a better future? Insert an explanatory footnote, but don’t throw out the complete story. By destroying the past we are also dismantling our country, which is more and more evident in the low esteem that many Canadians seem to have in their country today.

History at best is a valuable teacher; at worst, though, it can become a cancer that can incinerate the very soul of a country.

Douglas Cornish, Ottawa

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