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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 20, 2022


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ROYAL SENDOFF

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While the world watched in wonder, the people of Britain did Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II proud. God save the King.

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Ed Wakefield                                                                                                                                             Paris, Ont.

(It was a tribute befitting the Queen’s extraordinary reign)

SEND IN THE BOTS

Your comment “Robot calls belong on video games” has been disproven in tennis (“Strikeout,” Letters to the Editor, Sept. 2). Using technology to get line calls correct has improved tennis immensely. The ability to review bad base calls in baseball has also been an improvement. No matter how it’s done, correct officiating calls always improve a sport. One of the results of bad strike calls is it gets batters swinging at bad pitches because a similar pitch was called a strike in error. Baseballs fans don’t want to see players striking out because of umpire errors. You may long for the nostalgia of blown strike calls, but most fans prefer getting the officiating right. Getting a hit in baseball is hard enough without having balls called strikes.

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Steen Petersen                                                                                                                                           Nanaimo, B.C.

(We cannot concede all areas of life to robots in the future)

FOUL BALL

I am in complete agreement with the letter writer about the terrible ball and strike calls of many umpires (“Strikeout,” Sept. 2). Correct robot calls do belong in baseball, especially if they make the game fairer for both pitchers and batters, not to mention fans. I appreciate how you (occasionally) admit the error of your thinking. It’s now time to show your honourable side again!

Donald Anderson                                                                                                                                   Toronto

(And how does it work to challenge the robot? What if they get hacked? So many issues)

LET THERE BE LAUGHTER

Re “Break it up” (Letters to the Editor, Sept. 8): With a 162-game season that seems to drag on forever, the young men need to have fun and enjoy themselves. I know a light atmosphere in the locker room/clubhouse helps build the team, even in the beer leagues. Lighten up and laugh along with these young men because they are going to win Toronto another championship real soon.

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Thomas Kehoe                                                                                                                                             Niagara Falls

(We agree, it is good for the team to have fun)

MOVE THE TABLE

Re “Science table set for new home at Public Health Ontario” (Antonella Artuso, Sept. 2): In the midst of a dangerous pandemic, the Ford government made the right move in 2021 to set up a smaller, more focused group of health-care experts. The group’s work reflected the dedication of hundreds of volunteers, scientists and physicians in their struggle to keep the government and the public informed. Yet the government decided to disband — oops — move the science table over to Public Health Ontario. Concerns have been raised that this group’s independent voice will be restrained as it becomes part of a larger bureaucracy. Pundits point out that when the government won a majority government, it was praised for managing the pandemic. Perhaps this was in part due to the science table’s open and transparent feedback. As part of the move, the science table has been renamed the Ontario public health emergencies science advisory committee. Given the awkward name, the public will have trouble making the connection.

Robert Ariano                                                                                                                                      Scarborough

(The Science Table was inflicted with some being far too political, as well)

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