June 14: Former Catholic administrator praises current education director for direction to fly the Pride flag, plus other Niagara letters to the editor

Proud of Pride decision

Re: Niagara Falls’ priest says he has no intention of canceling school mass over Pride flag, June 11

As a retired administrator from the Niagara Catholic District School Board I wish to express how proud I am of director of education Camillo Cipriano in his leadership of directing all Catholic schools within the board to fly the Pride flag during the month of June.

Prior to retirement I struggled for many years witnessing the hypocrisy of many Catholic administrators “talking the talk” of treating gay students as equals but in reality shying away from providing them with the outward signs of support that is required in telling our community that we are indeed inclusive.

Thank you director Cipriano for making this retired Catholic administrator proud of the direction you are taking the Niagara Catholic District School Board by directing the Pride flag to be flown at all schools and for the first time demonstrating the leadership required in “walking the walk” toward securing safety and inclusivity for all our students.

Lack of coverage

I find myself dismayed at the lack of coverage of the very successful return to the annual Pride month celebration kick off in Montebello Park.

It looked like a great turnout and is good-news-worthy in a time when bad news seems to be the focus.

The newspaper should make it a point to support our GLBTQ community!

Make every vote count

Re: Voter turnout meaningless, June 8

Mr. Maraldo is making an assumption the same percentage of voters will result in the same percentage of votes cast for a party regardless of whether the voter turnout is 20, 30 40 or 50 percent.

Unless he is clairvoyant, he can’t know that. With the first-past-the-post electoral system, around 50 per cent of votes are wasted as opposed to the five-plus per cent cast under proportional representation. Anyone who votes and knows their candidate doesn’t stand a chance is wasting their vote and their time, and voters know this.

Political parties know how to play the vote getting game and target swing ridings, where a few extra votes can swing an election. This happens by targeting enough voters in that riding to swing the pendulum. Then there is strategic voting where a voter votes for the lesser of two evils because they know their preferred candidate cannot win.

All of the above leads to voter cynicism and low turnout.

Time for a change of electoral systems from first-past-the-post where everybody gets to vote but only some votes count, to proportional representation where everybody gets to vote and every vote counts.

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