Letters: Mistakes, Bear Encounters & Fires

It's mail day. We find out what you've had to say about embracing failure, facing down bears, killing Osama bin Laden and fighting floods and fires. Plus... Two years ago, the township of Marysville, Australia had been devastated by wildfires. And the people there faced a challenge similar to the one confronting the people of Slave Lake, Alberta today. We find out if there are any lessons to be learned.

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It's time for our weekly look at the mail and The Current's Jennifer Moroz joined our guest host, Tom Harrington in studio to lend a hand.

Mistakes: We tell our children all the time that it's okay not to be first in a race or the best at math ... but the world is full of examples that tell them it's not okay to fail. And yesterday on The Current, we heard a persuasive argument to change that ingrained view on mistakes and failure. And our listeners had some additional comments to make on the topic.

Manitoba Floods: It's estimated that flooding in Manitoba has displaced about 3,600 people and cost more than 200 million dollars. Monday on The Current, Anna Maria was in Winnipeg and among her guests, were two mayors who have dealt with the toll of Manitoba's floodwaters. After we aired this special edition on Manitoba Floods, we heard from you.

Slave Lake Fires: The flood in Manitoba is not the only disaster hitting Canada. Yesterday we took a look at the fire that has scorched Slave Lake, Alberta. Coreen Attilon had to flee her home as the flames moved in.

The small township of Marysville, Australia knows first hand the devastation caused by fire. In February, 2009 fires destroyed much of the area, killing nearly 200 people. Tony Thompson was there during the inferno. He's the head of the Community Recovery Committee in Marysville and he was in Paynesville, Australia.

Osama bin Laden: The killing of Osama bin Laden required little justification according to U.S. President Barack Obama. But last week on The Current, Benjamin Ferencz argued the killing was unjustifiable and possibly illegal. Benjamin Ferencz was an American prosecutor at the Nazi war crime trials in Nuremberg after World War Two. And Michael Newton is an international law advisor to the Iraqi High Tribunal for the prosecution of Saddam Hussein. This segment prompted more thoughts on this issue from our listeners.

Matthew Alexander knows what it is like to be in on the decision to kill or capture a high level al Qaeda operative. He was a senior military interrogator in Iraq and has been involved in over one thousand interrogations. His new book is called Kill or Capture: How a Special Operations Task Force Took Down a Notorious al Qaeda Terrorist. He was in Los Angeles.

Bear Stories: And one final story. And what a story it is. We've been asking you to share tales of bear encounters with us ... bear as in beast of the wild. On our holiday Monday program, we'll relay back to you some of what we've heard. But just to wet your appetite we aired a few bear encounters.

On Monday, you'll meet three people who have survived bear attacks and more stories from listeners about their close encounters of the bear kind. And if you have a story .... get it to us now. Contact us through email or call in your stories toll free at 1 877 287 7366.

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And we ended the program today with a preview of a story The Current's Liz Hoath is working on for tomorrow's program. She got the last word this morning.

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