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LETTER: Muhammud cartoon perspective from Denmark

A reader from Denmark thanks the Western Standard for republishing the famous Danish Muhammad cartoons.

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RE: After today’s murder, the Western Standard is republishing the “Muhammad cartoons”

In 2006 I travelled Australia with my vife and three other couples, good friends. In Sydney at the Opera House build by the Danish arcitecht Jørn Utzon we met an American couple and had a chat. At that time Danish embassies were burned down in the Middle East in protest again the cartoons of Muhammed printed in the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten. Again and again we and you could see the Danish flag, Dannebrog, the eldest in the Wworld, in flames from Marokko to Teheran. 

The American gentleman told us that the the night before in his hotel room he was watching TV and called his wife from the bath room. Hurry, come here! Something is totally wrong! They are burning a flag, and it is not Stars and Stripes! 

Still I think about the US and your participation in the two World Wars, giving great help to save Europe from her self.

Then take Afganistan today. Did you know, that Denmark lost more soliders there than US – compared to population? Do you know what most Europeans think about US today with all your big talk about “fake news” and “Don’t believe the press and free journalism”?

I’m a journalist myself. One of the Muhammed cartonists is one of my former coclleges. I know two more of the 12. I have the cartoons on the wall in my office. My favorite Muhammed cartoon is Julius’: Stop-stop – We ran out of virgins.

Dear friens in America and in the rest of the World: The problem is not the free press, freedom of speech, print and drawings. The problem is leaders lying – and getting away with it.

One more thing: In Denmark we have free hospitals and free universities. We even pay our students a fee of about 600 USD a month. That means, that we are sure to get all talents educated to serve society, getting well paid jobs – and able to pays taxes for running universities and hospitals. That’s not socialism. That’s common sense. US economy is partly based on loans from China. The small country of Denmark hos no depth to other countries.  

That’s the result of fredom of speech, print and dawing. So thank you for printing the Muhammed cartoons.

Jørgen Lund Christiansen
Denmark

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LETTER: Alberta should be off Equalization hook

Why would foreign nations be eligible for gratis Canadian money?

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RE: Alberta Equalization referendum a step closer to reality

Alberta should be off the hook for Equalization support to the new Nation of Quebec.

Why would foreign nations be eligible for gratis Canadian money? Unless, of course, Trudeau decides their girls need education.

Then the payments could be construed as being for that. The Quebec template is open for us too. Just hold a couple of referendums on separation and no matter the outcome, eventually, we’ll get our way.

Doug Bullick
Camrose

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LETTER: Minimum wage discussions are often multi-faceted

I would love to see the take-home pay issue receive far more media attention than it does, because it’s our take-home pay that pays the bills, not what we earn.

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RE: A $15 hourly minimum wage actually costs student jobs

Thank you for your article on this perpetually divisive subject, and I appreciate the care you took to present a balanced view from both sides.

An adjunct to this discussion is earned pay vs take-home pay. The spread between the two has steadily increased over the past couple of decades, which is (in large part) why many request higher wages.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s often the government that gets the bigger proportionate raise than the employee, via payroll taxes.

When yearly increasing income tax, CPP, and EI amounts are deducted from the earned pay, any modest pay increase does little to improve a person’s actual paycheque.

From the employer’s perspective, they match CPP contributions 50/50, pay the higher proportion of EI deductions at 60/40, and pay 100% of the workers’ compensation premiums. And since these amounts are based on gross and not net pay, the hit to a company’s payroll budget directly impacts their financial ability to hire.

I would love to see the take-home pay issue receive far more media attention than it does, because it’s our take-home pay that pays the bills, not what we earn.

Rick Morse
Berwick, NS

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LETTER: John Carpay will be dearly missed

“Mr. Carpay’s actions may have been questionable in your eyes but they were not illegal.”

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RE: Carpay steps aside as head of the JCCF

Reinstate John Carpay.

He is the heart and soul of the JCCF and has been an effective and tireless advocate for the freedoms of Canadians.

Don’t give in to the demands of the elite political hypocrites and bullies who demand his head for one minor slip up. Hypocrites who continue to cavalierly and unapologetically break every promise they make and who do NOT have the right to judge and condemn Mr. Carpay for his actions.

“He among you who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.”

Mr. Carpay’s actions may have been questionable in your eyes but they were not illegal. We are at war with our political system and our Rights and Freedoms are literally at stake.

I support Mr. Carpay’s actions and demand he be reinstated in his position at the JCCF. Do not give in to the woke and political bullies!!

Bring back John Carpay.

Kate Chapman
Olds, AB

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