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Letters for today: chasing coyotes; violence near our schools

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Does it work against coyotes or bears?

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Re: ‘We feel terrified’: Riverside Park South on alert after daring coyote snatches pets, September 13.

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The article advises, in the event of encountering a coyote, “Don’t turn your back and run away. Step back while remaining calm. Stand up straight, wave your hands and make lots of noise. Once in Whistler, I saw a sign with the exact same advice, but that was in case you ran into a grizzly bear.

The Citizen and other media carry out numerous investigations. Is there a survey of people who have used this technique, whether on grizzly bears or coyotes?

Murray Lemon, Ottawa

Subject: Parents are launching a petition calling for action after a teenager was beaten near Gloucester High School on September 12.

The violent attack on a student at Gloucester High School is outrageous and out of place. This resonates with us, as two of our children are GHS graduates.

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We can sign all the petitions we want but unfortunately it won’t change much. Those who have called for reduced or no police presence in our schools may want to rethink that position. The way forward, I believe, is for community resource workers to be available and an increase in basic educational supports to try and stop such occurrences in the future.

Ron Grossman, Ottawa

Some encourage and allow violence

Re: “Shy, heart of gold” homicide victim; A 33-year-old man charged with second-degree murder on September 11.

A 22-year-old mother is murdered in Ottawa. A group of bullies violently attack a young man near a school in Ottawa. A police officer is murdered, along with others, in Toronto. The perpetrators obviously know that these acts are illegal, immoral and reprehensible.

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Some blame the educators, others blame the drugs and traffickers associated with human trafficking. Men (mainly) involved in such criminal activities in our society are labeled as narcissists with one common denominator: they were raised without proper social skills and supported by family and friends who refused to hold them accountable for their behaviors.

The perpetrators of illegal and repugnant acts are supported by elected politicians, who encourage the violation of the laws they are supposed to support, in order to gain personal power. Woe to us who suffer the consequences of hurtful and heinous crimes in a society that resorts to vicious actions.

Patrick Mason, Stittsville

I made my choice on Poilievre

“I am who I am.” The essence of Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre’s self-analysis is “take me or leave me”, exercise your freedom of choice. I tend to agree with that in a country that offers great freedoms and opportunities and, therefore, responsibilities. I choose leave.

Peter Haley, Ottawa

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