COMMENT

MAILBAG

Canadians selling out? Sure —to anxious buyers / Perils of a phone number

May 20 1961
COMMENT

MAILBAG

Canadians selling out? Sure —to anxious buyers / Perils of a phone number

May 20 1961

MAILBAG

Canadians selling out? Sure —to anxious buyers / Perils of a phone number

F. J. McDiarmid (For the Sake of Argument, April 8) is certainly correct when he claims that Canadians are selling out their country to the Americans . . . But I can only laugh at Mr. McDiarmid’s contention that the U. S. has no conscious desire to dominate or remold other nations in their own image. Spreading the gospel about the “American Way of Life” is almost a national obsession. As for Cuba, United States non-intervention in the recent revolution sets something of a precedent. The United States intervened in Cuba in at least two previous instances. Neither has she been loath to bully and intimidate her neighbors both north and south, when there was a chance to grab some extra LAND.-VICTOR T. REYNOLDS, MILLBOURNE, PA.

Pad, sweet pad

The Last Bohemia (April 22) has inspired me to write:

1 am a beatnik, dressed in black Upon my head my hair 1 stack Around my neck a chain does dangle On my wrist there is a bangle.

On the floor there is a candle,

And a pot without a handle,

Our darling baby lies asleep

While roaches round his feet do creep.

I sit and stare with lined-eyed gaze At the pictures — riotous blaze.

My soul returns their message, crying, While my leotards are drying.

The dawn is coming, grey, then light. We’ve almost finished for the night I fall inert across the pad —

I'm going back to mother, Dad.

—MRS. P. BENNETT, SCARBOROUGH, ONT.

The evangelical CCF

Ralph Allen’s article, What the new party wants that Tommy Douglas has (April 8), has been read and enjoyed by many of our Saskatchewan readers. There is an error, however, when you state: “With no provincial election due until 1964, the Saskatchewan CCF is beginning ... to show distinct signs of losing its evangelical zeal. Recently the party had to close its Regina headquarters for lack of funds, even after making a desperate last-minute appeal to the thousands of families who used to pay its overhead with their twoand five-dollar bills.” Following our appeal to our rank and file supporters throughout the province there was a tremendous response as is indicated by the fact that [whereas] at the end of December 1960 we had only received something over $6,000 toward our annual quota, at the end of February 1961 approximately $45,000 had been contributed and the constituency organizations are still very active. We do not feel that this is an indication of the party losing its “evangelical zeal.”—PERCY BROWN, PROVINCIAL SECRETARY, CCF, REGINA.

Suicide can be prevented

As a psychiatric case worker, I was especially interested in the article, Suicide, a disease that can be treated (April 8). This is a high form of journalism and your writer did a real job of bringing out into the open a subject too long tabooed and ignored by the head-in-thesand general public. Depression is a

disease I see all the time in my work. It can be treated effectively; it must never be ignored. In by far the large majority of cases, suicide should be anticipated and PREVENTED.-DR. MURRAY

KAUFMAN, NEW YORK, N.Y.

Why one phone is unlisted

Regarding your Preview item, New status symbol: an unlisted phone (April 22): According to you and the Bell Telephone Company, I am some kind

of a snob. Let me give you my reasons for an unlisted phone. First, I pay for the phone and surely it is my privilege to say if it be listed or not. Secondly, I work hard for a living and when I get home I do not want to be annoyed by: radio and TV surveys (I could not care less how they stand); male and female salespeople hounding me to buy something I neither want nor can afford; sex fiends making indecent proposals (and don’t tell me it doesn’t happen). Until the Bell can cut out these annoyances, my phone remains unlisted or the phone company has lost a CUSTOMER.-MRS.

WILLIAM WARREN, KINGSTON, ONT.

The Sons will survive

In her April article (The man who was too native for the native sons, April 22), Shirley Mair in effect glamorized Bernard Glaum, an ex-member of the Native Sons of Canada. But this 1957 entrant into the Toronto Assembly was not expelled because he was “too na-

tive,” but because he was “too immoderate” for the Native Sons. This fraternal, non-political, non-sectarian society of Canadian-born men for 40 years has officially cultivated a true and reasonable national spirit in our country without disloyalty to our institutions or discourtesy to those who differ. They have been, and intend to remain, 100% Canadian in their appeal to those who love their native land or the land in which they have chosen to live. But they have not, and will not, condone insults to the Crown or to those who have not learned to love Canada for itself alone. In a word, they are pro-Canadian but not anti-British. Publicity and members obtained on any other basis will be rejected ... . Bernard Glaum appears to have thought the Native Sons of Canada were not Canadian enough. He was given credit for good intentions and allowed ample leeway. But when, in his public actions and utterances, he went beyond what was approved by the Society’s national executive, he was, for this and other reasons, expelled. The Native Sons will survive . . . .-E. A. CARROLL, NATIONAL PRESIDENT, TORONTO.

* I realize that you must keep the contents of your magazine as colorful as possible, but to try to achieve this by printing articles on the exploits of every rabble-rousing, street-corner crackpot is really below your usual standard.—

HELEN W1NLAND, TORONTO.

The unsinkable Rough Riders

I read Ralph Allen’s article, The Unsinkable Charlotte Whitton (April 22) with interest and the only fault I have to find with it is in the name of the football team you called the Roughriders. They are actually the Rough Riders. The former version belongs in Regina.

—FRANK SWANSON, OTTAWA.

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The real "danger” of the New Party: a coalition Both sign language and lip-reading for the deaf

Ralph Allen’s article (What Tommy Douglas has that the New Party wants, April 8) is frightening, not due to any likelihood that the party will form a government in the near future, but because, as Douglas predicts, they could hold the balance of power, with twenty or thirty seats. Canada can get along nicely without a repeat performance of what happened in 1921-30 when Mackenzie King was kept in power with a minority of seats in the house. — w. L. WATSON,

NARAMATA, B.C.

* Ralph Allen writes of “the memorable House of Commons debate in September 1939 in which Woodsworth alone spoke against and voted against Canada’s declaration of war.” On the 9th of September, 1939, Mr. Maxime Raymond, MP for Beauharnois-Laprairie, made a speech against Canada’s participation in the war. Mr. Raymond did not vote against the declaration of war, since the vote was called while he was at the translator’s office, in order to ensure that no misinterpretation could follow from his speech’s TRANSLATION.-PHILIPPE GÉLINAS, MONTREAL.

The case against Fulford

Robert Fulford is carping about National Library Week. (The case against Library Week, March 25). What a golden age we would enter if the best literature were read by a majority, which is exactly what libraries hope to accomplish by publicizing their RESOURCES.-MRS. KENNETH F.

MCPHERSON, BLOOMFIELD, N.J.

The problems of the deaf

Just to set the record straight (Preview, Sign language vs. lip-reading: an old war renewed, March 25) and on behalf of the deaf whom I so often represent, I would like to make these points:

1) Neither the deaf nor I are against the benefits of the oral approach to the education of the deaf. Because we endorse and recognize the value of the sign language does not mean to say we are blind to the importance and value of lipreading and speech. I do not know of anyone who would want a completely manual method of instruction.

2) There is spelling in sign language, and the grammar is as good as the personal knowledge of the grammar of the user. Sign language is the simplest, most accurate, easiest and best method of communication with a deaf person, but the deaf person lives in a hearing world. This is why both are important and needed.

3) The sentence, “A deaf person . . . cannot communicate, ...” is unreliable. The older deaf who attended school when they used deaf teachers and any sensible method are more capable of communicating with the hearing world because they are better educated. Their speech and lipreading ability is on a par with the products of today as far as the stranger is concerned. The deaf and I are in favor of all students beginning their formal education in the oral environment, as the combined approach would make it possible for the lazy student to take the easy way.

4) “Other ways to promote ... the stunt won him newspaper space.” I have never sought any publicity and the BenHur movie was not my idea. I was there as an interpreter. If anyone wants to know if the deaf need an interpreter, better ask the deaf. I have interpreted for the deaf even between the teacher and

the deaf. The courts recognize the need for an interpreter. The social agencies recognize the need. The deaf request it.

—REV. R. L. RUM BALL, TORONTO.

Too many antiques are leaving London

Leslie F. Hannon rather overstates the facts. (Put a big price on anything—Britons will buy it, Overseas Report, Feb. 11.) London is the centre where the largest turnover of antiques in the world takes place. While in some cases the prices obtained are absurdly high, it is possible to buy pieces at reasonable prices and many people buy these as an investment and a hedge against inflation. Some are bought by residents, but a large number

are bought by foreigners. In fact, there is a considerable body of opinion here which deplores the rate of exportation of ANTIQUES.-J. A. CRAIC, EAST MOLESEY,

SURREY, ENGLAND.

Canada isn’t anti-American

F. J. McDiarmid seems to suggest (For the Sake of Argument, April 8) that government legislation to control the influx into Canada of U. S. money is solely because Canada is anti-U. S. A. Canada, from Canada’s point of view, owes the U. S. A. a great deal of money. It is not just the size of the debt that causes concern, but the rapid rate at which it is increasing. For that reason, the need arose to curb — not stop — the influx of U.S. money into Canada. How can this be construed as ANTI-AMERICAN?-M. L. ROBERTSON, KITCHENER, ONT.

“Set standards for continued life”

A short comment on The crime of keeping worn-out bodies alive (N. J. Berrill, Feb. II): While I was in hospital recently, a 92-year-old man was brought into our ward. Lying in bed with a broken leg, this man required attention at all times. He was as helpless as a baby. Here was a man, unable to do anything for himself and with no possible reason at all for living, who was taking up valuable bed space, wasting money on special nurses, wasting a doctor’s valuable time—and for what? The time is coming when we will have to set standards for continued life.

—WILLIAM J. DEL GRANDE, BANFF, ALTA.

Young Canadians and the world

It is encouraging to know other young Canadians are discontented with our present character and objectives. (The Young Canadians, March 25.) However, the predominance of national interest in the “big ideas” of the young politicians doesn’t indicate a full awareness of the major problems facing us as a nation. Canada’s future will be almost exclusively determined by international, not national, events and we must be prepared to divert more and more of our energy and resources to the development of the world as a WHOLE.-THOMAS A. CROIL, CHESTER,

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