COMMENT

EDITORIAL

April 8 1961
COMMENT

EDITORIAL

April 8 1961

MAILBAG

How to take the slide out of curling / Advice for southern segregationists

The slide (Let’s kick the athletes out of curling, by Ralph Allen, March 11) was developed for two reasons: to impress the girl friend in the gallery (and also the sports editor) and to grab an advantage over old-fashioned honest players by filching thirty feet or so from the effective distance between hack and _rings. Why not get back to the original

idea of the game simply by protecting that ancient and honorable rink dimension of 126 feet from hack to tee? 1 quote rule 61 from an old 1945-46 Royal Caledonia Curling Club Annual, “Each player must play from the Hack or Crampit and must release the handle of the Stone before the Stone has passed the Sweeping Score.” What rule could be simpler or more in accordance with the original game? With it. the slide would no longer be controversial.—w.

P. BICKLE, BRIDGEWATER. N.S.

Time runs out for the South

I have just read Aileen Smith's A Southerner in Canada makes a frightening journey home (March 11) three times. The article is filled with prejudice and a blindness to things as they are and as they have been. The Negro . . . cannot wait any longer to be treated like a human being. Now is the time for the white to wake up to changing times and look at his world with open

eyes and open mind. Whatever his problems, they are of his own making. As a Canadian I am not interfering in the affairs of the southern United Slates. But as a human being I must speak out in defense of other human beings when they are wrongfully MALIGNED.-MRS. ALFRED ALKSNIS, WINNIPEG.

^ We are fortunate enough to have in our family of children, all of whom are adopted, a mixture of white, oriental and colored. They arc all equally rewarding and frustrating to us, their parents. Time alone will tell w-hether or not they will have equality of opportunity outside the home and what they will make of their OPPORTUNITIES.-MRS.

FRANK EDGAR, FORI CHAMBLY, QUE.

^ My husband taught for four years at Atlanta University, a Negro university in Atlanta. Georgia. Eor two of those years we lived in a Negro community. 1 did see filth and ignorance, in both races, as 1 always have. I also saw cleanliness practised to the point of neuroticism because people like Mrs. Smith continue to emphasize the worst in generalizing about the whole race.— MRS. K. T. WALDOCK, THOROLD. ONT.

Europeans will tour Canada, too

Although special emphasis is quite naturally placed on “Visit U. S. A.” (Preview, March 11), we have not by a long shot overlooked the possibility of having Europeans visit Canada as well. Eor obvious reasons, the program is knowm as “Visit U. S. A.” in the United States, but the staff handling the project in Europe more often refer to it as “Visit North America.” In cooperation with the other companies

mentioned, SAS has sent over a team of travel and transportation specialists to conduct workshops, and Western Airlines included their Vancouver manager, David Holt, as their representative. Furthermore, w'e have produced a special Travel Planner for Europeans,

which offers arrangements at bargain rates, and four Canadian points are listed in this pamphlet — Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto and Niagara Falls.—

HANS J. DEDEKAM, REGIONAL SALES MANAGER, SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES SYSTEM, MONTREAL.

Cheerful views of Red China

I was delighted with Dr. Lazure’s report, The cheerful children of Red China's communes (March II). We hear the truth from many sources and we, of good will, know it when we hear it. On the other hand we resent, and even become enraged at, the lies and false insinuations that are often given us. These falsehoods only harm the cause of the WEST.-A. C. HUMPHRIES,

ARDMORE, ALTA.

^ There is much to be admired in Red China’s purposeful discipline balanced

with warm relaxed family relations— as presented in Dr. Lazure’s article. What he calls “sublimation” for the young seems much preferable to our perverted pin-up girl society, and would seem natural to those whose minds arc full of progress and purpose. How can he say this is “disregarding their own needs”? Is “concern” for achievement necessarily “fear”? It seems to me that ours is the more frustrated society.—

MRS. R. S. CRAIGIE, OLIVI R, B.C.

How to stop teenage smokers

I was amazed on reading The deadly mystery of teenage smoking (March 1 I ) to note that the writer had overlooked the most obvious, and probably the most effective, means of reducing the amount of smoking—that is, to ban all public advertising of cigarettes and tobacco. As long as we accept publicity which uses the powerful appeal that smoking implies maturity, sophistication and adventure, all other attempts to discourage the habit will be largely futile. -VERDA L. RETRY, MELFORT. SASK.

This queen should abdicate

It is heartbreaking and disappointing to have read The short reign of a film queen (Jan. 28). In my opinion, a firstclass piece of trash. If Miss d’Hondt desires so much to become a movie or TV star, aren't there more honorable ways than her mention of being taken by the $350-per-week come-on, her swearing routine for retakes, and her ridiculous modesty act with the toga?— REG HOLLETT, HALIFAX, N.S.

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A scheme to help the unemployed to help themselves Who takes the bigger bite, dentists or denturists?

McKenzie Porter does not arouse one spark of sympathy for these people (How the poor stay alive, March 11) mainly because they do not seem to be cases of genuine need. A glance at the open refrigerator pictured in the article shows several messy jam jars—some without lids—and an uncovered slice of cake. The family is overweight and undernourished, it is said, but if these are their eating habits, it is little to be wondered at. In times of crisis and emergency efforts should be made to train these people to make more practical purchases. If this is impossible, an economical scheme of bulk purchases on the part of the welfare agencies, with redistribution to the needy, would at least ensure children of basic NECESSITIES.-MRS.

JEANNETTE L. M. THOMPSON, TORONTO.

^ Give the poor some of the surplus we are hearing so much about. Canada is a wonderful country. After all, if we have a surplus it must BE.-M. E. G. CARTER,

DRAYTON VALLEY, ALTA.

The failure of which churches?

Mr. Allen’s article (The hidden failure of our churches, Feb. 25) seems to imply that the “Roman” is the one and only “Catholic” communion. There are a number of “Catholic” churches—Greek, Roman and Anglican, to mention only three of the best known. The word “Catholic” meaning “universal” is equally applicable to many other RELIGIONS.-ARTHUR C. NORWICH, WHITE ROCK, B.C.

* It must always be remembered that Christianity cannot be proved like a mathematical proposition. Nor is the Christian faith a cheap debating point for atheists. To understand Christianity we have to find the “door of faith” of which Jesus spoke, and leave our bundle of scientific knowledge and desires for proofs of Christianity beside that door. From our personal experience of God in Christ we have all the demonstrable evidence we want as to the validity of our faith. The weakness of the university atheists is that they will not jettison “the loads of learned lumber in their heads” and become as little children, receiving the Lord Jesus in trust and humility. No one ever argued himself into the Christian religion.— PHYLLIS EVANS, VANCOUVER.

^ Ralph Allen has with great but perverted industry gathered together a mass of self-criticism of the Church by some of its leaders but his article entirely ignores the tremendous moral and spiritual influence exercised by the Christian churches in Canada.—c. n. HALE, ORILLIA, ONT.

Indians aren't squaws

A recent issue stated that since the Indian Act was amended “eleven squaws” have been elected to band councils (Footnote, Dec. 3). The Coqualeetza Fellowship, a service organization composed of the native Indian peoples of British Columbia, objects to the use of the word “squaw.” We realize that this word and others such as “papoose” have been used throughout the long history of Indianwhite relations on this continent. We object to the derogatory implications the word has assumed. We ask that in future reports of the Canadian Indian, a more dignified approach be used. — MRS. R. W. CANTRYN, PRESIDENT, THE COQUALEETZA FELLOWSHIP, VANCOUVER.

The academic track race

Is it so surprising that some Harvard staff and alumni wanted to discuss running with Bruce Kidd (Feb. 25, Preview)? As the University of Toronto is probably able to provide as good an education as the best universities in the United States, is it so surprising that U. S. universities stressed the athletic facilities which Toronto could not possibly match? A large American university can be an exciting experience for a student with athletic ability. He can enjoy the companionship and competitive spirit of other dedicated and

equally distinguished athletes, and it is only in this kind of environment that Kidd will be able to find sufficient incentive to continue his running career. Practically all the athletes chosen to represent Canada in international competition during the past twenty years attended universities in the United States. Bruce Kidd would do well to follow their example. At the University of Toronto he would have virtually no competition, unsatisfactory coaching, inadequate facilities and almost complete indifference on all sides. —DONALD MATHESON, WILLOWDALE, ONT.

The not-so-high cost of teeth

We as a profession take great exception to the word “soak” in your statement “Dentists soak $150 for two hours’ chair time and a pair of plates costing $52” (Preview, March 11). The average fee of an Alberta dentist for a set of dentures is $110 to $120 and the average chair time for impressions and fittings is 4-6 hours and time for adjustments after fittings will run another 4-6 hours, depending on how the patient develops sore spots, etc. I would also like to point out that Mr. Katz (president of the Alberta Denturists’ Society) errs when he says denturists are making dentures for $65 to $85. They have no set fee but charge what the traffic will bear and go up to $120 or better if they think they can get it. — DR. R. L. COSTIGAN, EDMONTON.

For better streets

Hurrah for John Pratt (Let’s make ugly streets illegal, Feb. 25). Every winter, when the trees can no longer attempt to hide the ugliness of this town’s streets, 1 feel like setting fire to IT.-MRS. VERENA BALICKI, OTTAWA.

* I would like to abolish all moving, blinking, or whirling electric advertising signs. There are several corners here in Montreal at which the traffic light itself is quite lost amid the advertising signs as you draw near the CORNER.-DOROTHY G.

STANLEY, WESTMOUNT, QUE. if