Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 24, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Monday, June 24, 2002Opinion
121st Year — No. 154
•-Barring booze on flights key to curbing air rage
Another day, another air rage story. We hear how some normally quiet individual has turned into a monster in the sky, assaulting flight crews and endangering passengers flying miles overheard.
denominator in almost every single case is alcohol.
This week, a woman on a flight between Los Angeles and London was offloaded in Winnipeg after the crew decided she was a danger.
They said she was extremely intoxicated.
Are we missing something here, or is there a quick and simple solution to this?
Stop serving alcohol on flights.
Security is tight enough to make sure passengers don’t bring their own supply with them on board.
We expect bartenders on the ground to cut off drunk patrons so they won’t go out and drive their vehicles and kill innocent victims.
Why should airlines not follow the
Whose fault is air rage? The blame for ones actions clearly lies with the individual. However,; the airlines cannot escape culpability here. It is like giving a kid a loaded gun at a target range and expecting him not to shoot.
Obviously, dealing with a passenger becomes dangerous if that passenger becomes combative.
That means in order to avoid it, you can’t serve any booze in the first place.
Booze has a different effect on the human body at high altitudes.
A person who may become intoxicated after three drinks at sea level is going to be way over the edge at 35,000 feet.
Whose fault is air rage?
The blame for one’s actions clearly lies with the individual.
However, the airlines cannot escape culpability here.
It is like giving a kid a loaded gun at a target range and expecting him not to shoot.
Perhaps it will take the lawsuits that would result from a crash directly related to an air rage incident before the airlines will take some action.
We hope it doesn’t come to that.
Sentencing of John Gotti ends reign of mob terror
SIXTY YEARS AGO
A violent all-night bombardment by Axis artillery mdicated the Battle of Egypt may have started today as British headquarters reported very strong enemy columns of tanks and motorized infantry were racing along the coast toward the Egyptian-Libyan frontier.
Dr. T. A. Pincock, medical superintendent at Brandon hospital for mental diseases since 1930 and former deputy minister of health and public welfare, has been appointed provincial psychiatrist.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
A garage, owned and operated by John Eliuk, burned to the ground in Wawanesa yesterday morning. Damage is estimated at $7,000 and the loss is only partly covered by insurance.
Bill Stothard and Lawrence Bird won the 650 and 500 classes respectively yesterday at the hill-climb held near Carberry by the Brandon Motorcycle Club.
The Commons voted 170-3 today to give approval in principle to legislation providing pensions up to a $3,000 annual maximum for long-service members of the house.
FORTY YEARS AGO
The federal government’s $42-mil-lion-a-year consumer subsidy on butter has yet to dent the butter surplus. Production has pushed the surplus to approximately 200 million pounds, about where it was Dec. 31, 1961.
A belt-tightening program of widespread tariff increases, government economy and higher interest rates has been dec reed to overcome Canada’s financial emergency and save the devalued Canadian dollar.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
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Indian high school students to their northern Manitoba homes for a summer vacation crashed yesterday in the St. James district of Winnipeg, killing the pilot and all eight passengers.
The Imperial Hell Drivers, proficient masters of high-speed close-order careening car capers, were in Brandon last night performing at the Exhibition grounds.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
Israeli jet planes dive-bombed Palestinian guerrilla strongholds rn residential areas of West Beirut today and the Lebanese state radio said gunboats joined in the bombardment.
Safeway prices; frying chickens, 98 cents/pound; beef roast, $ 1.66/pound; ground beef, $ 1.49/pound; Edwards instant coffee, IO oz. jar, $5.33; Kraft Parkay margarine, 3 pounds/$2.66; Cheez Whiz, 500 g jar, $2.98; Manitoba grown lettuce, 48 cent a head; white California potatoes, IO pound bag, $2.49; Empress peanut butter, 1.5 lg. tin, $4.88.
A local Carman resident, Bob Leslie, who saved a 16-year-old boy, Paul Stowe, from chokmg to death has been awarded a citation from the order of St. John Ambulance.
TEN YEARS AGO
A smirking John Gotti was sentenced to life in prison in New York for his bloody reign as America’s most powerful mobster, and hundreds of supporters stormed the courthouse and battled police.
The General Hospital is phasing out its Lifeline program for seniors. The emergency responder system has been operated out of the hospital’s emergency department since 1987. It is being replaced by a new Apello system offered by the Seniors for Seniors Coop.
By Jim Travers
For The Sun
OTTAWA — A wandering son working in Africa stumbled across unusual evidence of what happens when the world shrinks. In Zambia’s southern province, a region on the brink of famine, the fortunate few who have both a television set and a car battery are lugging them to hilltops to catch the weak local broadcast of World Cup soccer matches.
Observing the same phenomenon from a different perspective, the New York Times considered the impact of globalization on the planet’s most consuming sports passion. It concluded that at the cost of homogenizing the game, the reward for local players honing their skills in the world’s premier leagues is that even small countries can dream of international success.
That dream is the grand hope of globalization. By breaking down trade barriers, gaining access to world markets and competing with the best, both rich and poor will get richer.
It’s a noble goal, but one that becomes more elusive as theory trips over practice.
The considerable challenges of that transition will be between every line of the agenda when the leaders, the barons, of the industrialized north meet in Alberta for the G-8 summit.
At least officially, the top item is a $60-billion made-in-Africa plan that would commit the most troubled continent to radically reforming its governance.
In return, the developed countries would open their purse for aid and investment and lower their borders for trade.
That new deal, championed by Prime Minister Jean Chretien, will be trumpeted as a victory after a few hours of formal talks with four African heads of state attending the Kananaskis sessions. Lasting success is certain to be more ephemeral, more demanding.
Globalization, its promise and its practice, now stands, appropriately enough, at the cliche of a crossroads.
After years of proselytizing the potential of market economics, free trade and international institutions to enhance peace and prosperity, the developed world must finally sacrifice some of its interests to advance those of the global village.
That test is neatly captured in Washington’s priorities and summit expectations. U.S. ambassador Paul Cellucci says security, particularly keeping weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists, is the most pressing international concern. Important as they are, trade and rescuing Africa slip a little below the horizon.
What the United States wants is a local response to what it sees as a global security problem. As it did with Pakistan, it is exerting relentless pressure on governments everywhere
to control anti-U.S. factions even at the risk of local political stability. What the world wants is reciprocity.
Even critics as benign as Canada point out that the rising tide of U.S. trade protectionism threatens to swamp prospects for finding international solutions to international problems.
In effect, Washington is being accused of demanding the world’s help in fixing a problem that most threatens the United States while its politicians protect themselves by defending domestic interests.
Cellucci doesn’t agree. “There is no country that is more involved in the world than the United States,” he says. “There is no bigger trader than the United States.”
Seen from the dirt-poor south, trade barriers against low-tech exports, particularly agricultural products, make a mockery of the free-market philosophy and the promises to help the world’s have-nots escape poverty.
Remarkably, farm subsidies that keep developing world produce off European, and North American supermarket shelves now exceed in value the total income of sub-Saharan Africa.
To be credible, leaders meeting in Kananaskis must offer more than carefully qualified aid to Africa. Led by President George W. Bush, they must prove that globalization is an equation, not a formula for filling the pockets of the already affluent.
That will require sacrifices as well as a reappraisal of the guiding dogma that all politics are local. Industrialized governments will have to adjust to competition from lower-cost economies.
They will have to extend to hopelessly indebted developing countries the same financial forgiveness as bankruptcy protection provides here.
The opportunity to do that and more is extraordinary.
The anti-globalization movement, torn by its inner contradictions and undermined by the growing aversion to violent protest, is searching for traction and purpose.
More quiescent citizens are ready to be convinced that democratically elected governments can co-exist with overarching international institutions and that the interests of the many can be protected from the avarice of the few.
But all of that turns on demonstrating conclusively that globalization works in practice as well as in theory. It requires the reassurance that a new world order offers more than power, wealth and influence to multinational corporations.
What is needed, and what the G-8 leaders must ultimately provide, is proof that sharing the world offers more benefits, more hope, than dragging a television and a car battery up a hill in Zambia.
Jim Travers is a national affairs writer.
Tax holiday pays in long run
A tax holiday for Atlantic Canada avoids pitfalls of current assistance programs. Former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna is right when he calls on Ottawa to provide a 10-year tax holiday for businesses in Atlantic Canada.
The move would cost the federal treasury about $3.5 billion over that period, a tremendous amount of money in itself, but a pittance when compared to the billions pumped into the region over the past four decades through various federal assistance programs and agencies, including the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
The idea McKenna is promoting has worked economic miracles in Ireland. It’s a proven route to success.
Not only that, it has several other advantages that none of the programs or agencies previously tried has enjoyed.
A tax holiday is simple to administer, treats everyone exactly the same and equitably, eliminates the need for a new bureaucracy, eliminates the political interference in the decision-maxing process of who gets a grant and how much,
and eliminates competition among businesses to see who can obtain the largest grant for this or that. Instead, every business simply enjoys a tax-free period, thus allowing them to invest in new ventures, and attracting new businesses and giving them a break while they establish themselves.
A limited-time tax holiday provides benefits of assistance while removing the negatives, leaving the decisions on how best to invest the windfall to those who best know what will work, and removing the negatives of the old style grants and subsidies which can foster reliance on government handouts.
The old way has not worked as intended, with the region still heavily reliant on transfer payments and other assistance. A tax holiday is a promising route to seeing the region achieve self-reliance. That is how it will win acceptance from the rest of Canada, which in the long run will benefit as much as the Atlantic region via reduced transfer payments.
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