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OLD SCHOOL

It was back in the early ’70s that we bought our first home on Trainor Ave. in Kitchener. This subdivision consisted of semi-detached and bungalow houses, known as no-frills housing. Here’s the catch: The back and front yards were only covered with topsoil, the driveways were gravel, no eavestroughs, the back and front doors had no screen doors. This made them more affordable, and you upgraded your property as you could afford it. I would dare a developer to take this approach as long as bylaws allow.

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Merle Gingrich Cobourg

(There are some bare-bones houses being sold, but unlikely they are unfinished)

CUT THE TAX

I have been thinking (as everyone) about the drastic increases in gasoline prices. One thing our government could do to help the people would be easy: Just remove the taxes on the gas until prices get back to normal again (if ever). I am probably just dreaming. Knowing the greed of our government, it will probably never happen or be considered.

Lawrence Salvati Mississauga

(If Ford is re-elected, this is what he has committed to do)

FANNING THE FLAMES

Once again, fans and sports media lament over the Leafs’ failure to succeed, like they do every year at this time. But fans are partly to blame. They continue to enable this team, praising their greatness while spending millions on tickets and merchandise. The fans, supported by the media, seem happy with the team’s regular season “accomplishments.” They cry every spring, but will run out and buy the “awesome new jersey” in the fall, and once again fill the seats. Ownership has absolutely no incentive to deliver a Stanley Cup as they continue to rake in the dough. Stop supporting this team for a few years and management will be forced to make a change.

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M. Benson Brampton

(Hope you didn’t hurt yourself jumping off that bandwagon)

SHOULD HAVE STAYED HOME

Possibly (quite possibly), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could have conveyed his continued support to the Ukrainian people without incurring, among other things, the cost to take along our deputy prime minister, Chrystia Freeland, and Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly, along with underlings who went to Ukraine for the ride. It was a surprise trip simply because it had been made public, our nation would have asked (no, insisted) he stay home. He and his coterie of cabinet colleagues were grandstanding at its best, as chronicled by Mark Bonokoski (“Grand old grandstanding,” May 13). Brilliant? Do not!

Stella Mazzacato Mississauga

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(Let’s just be grateful he didn’t have multiple costume changes)

WHERE’S THE LOO?

Whatever happened to all the public washrooms we were promised years ago? Haven’t seen any yet, and with such a local explosion of births (everywhere you look, there are babies and toddlers, many multiples) there surely is a need for such a basic necessity. It’s something everyone needs, and you certainly can’t rely on the TTC washrooms — how many times lately have they been closed, for whatever reason? Telling people that the closest station with washrooms that are actually open is several stops away is not what one wants to hear! As the mayor would say, “It’s ‘unacceptable!”

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Frances SmithToronto

(Don’t hold your breath, they aren’t coming anytime soon)

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