Letters: Svend Outrage

To the editor:
To quote Linda Blanke: "I am sure that it was out of stress. We have all been there!" makes me sick to my stomach. Why should we find an excuse for such a pitiful action from one of our elected officials. This is one more to be added to the email list send to me below. Can you guess which organization this is?

30 have been accused of spousal abuse.
9 have been arrested for fraud.
14 have been accused of writing bad cheques.
95 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses.
4 have done time for assault.
55 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit.
12 have been arrested for shoplifting.
16 are currently defendants in lawsuits.
62 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year.

You guessed it! It's the 301 "honourable" MP's in the Canadian Parliament. The same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws designed to keep the rest of us in line.

And additional scandals are being publicized on a daily basis.

-Chris Jaegli

To the editor:
Unlike Linda Blanke's letter posted April 15, 2004 on Castanet about poor Svend Robinson, I am NOT surprised at what he did. That whack-job in a 3 piece suite has been in one horrendous episode after another. I'm glad he's finally seeking counseling. It's the first smart thing he's ever done!

By the way, the new campaing slogan for all Svend Robinson fans out there: "Vote for Svend Robinson! If I can't earn your trust, I'll steal it!"

-Todd Cormier

To the editor:
"Poor Svend, he must have been under a lot of pressure", what a crock. Many people face much greater pressures than an over-payed M.P., and don't commit "a little discretion". Since when is the theft of a $50,000.00 ring a little discretion. The crocodile tears are only flowing because you were caught, try to be a man and step out of politics. The average person would be facing a possible jail term for this offence.

-Les Eaton

To the editor:
Wake up people, if you or I ever got caught stealing something of that magnitude, we would probably face a jail term or maybe a huge fine on a first offense and would probably never find a half decent job. What is it with the Canadian public nowadays?,they seen to like crooks running our society.Why don't we just forgive all the crooks in our jails and set them free, that would really benefit our society. Give me a break, stress caused Mr.Robinson to steal, my eye. Sure he made a mistake and he should pay for it just like the rest of us who make mistakes.Why don't most of us steal, don't tell me were are not stressed, we don't steal because it is wrong.
Wake up people...


To the editor:
I have just given my head a shake! Am I hearing things right? Does it sound like Svend Robinson is going to get excused for his actions? I'm sure there are countless people who are doing time for lesser crimes who have even more valid reasons (excuses) for their actions. I'll bet Martha Stewart would have preferred being tried here! Justice needs to be seen to be done or it becomes a mockery!, and an injustice to all those who don't have friends in high places to say 'there there you poor thing'!


To the editor:
What happens if a 20 year guy steals someone's car, drives it around for 4 days, gets scared, and then decides to return it to the owner? Would he not likely be charged with theft? What's the difference with Svend Robinson? Because he's a public figure is he under more stress than the rest of us and can be excused for stealing a $50,000 ring? I think not. A tear filled apology and vague references to a not so life threatening accident several years ago do not cut it. Svend has had a holier than thou attitude for his entire career as a politician and now it's time for him to put his money where his mouth is. He needs to step down, retire quietly, and leave the public eye.

-Eric Wolf

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