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Which way for Rhodesia? / Winnie-the-Pooh and Philip, too

June 4 1966

MAILBAG

Which way for Rhodesia? / Winnie-the-Pooh and Philip, too

June 4 1966

MAILBAG

Which way for Rhodesia? / Winnie-the-Pooh and Philip, too

BLAIR FRASER’S hostile report, Rhodesia: Is Brash Defiance The Prelude To Collapse?, underscores Britain’s sterile approach to the events now taking place in that country. We are concerned about African impatience, African passions and emotions, but never about the passions of the white settlers. Is the white man not supposed to have any passions, or are his passions to be brushed under the carpet? It is in the interest of the world that Britain, the UN and the African nations re-examine their presently disastrous approach toward the well-established white communities in southern Africa.

J. II. W. VAN 1)1 WALL, TORONTO

* It may be nrws to many Canadians that during the London talks a mere month before Rhodesia’s unilateral declaration of independence. Smith agreed to extend the vote to every native in employment. This would have enfranchised more than a million natives, or about twelve times the number of white voters. Wilson rejected this offer, holding out for immediate black rule, which is unacceptable to Rhodesians at present because they have nowhere to go. Rhodesians are not temporary occupants, as white settlers were in Kenya.

G. A. STANLEY, TORONTO

>k White Rhodesians will fight for their homeland because, like the British and the citizens of Stalingrad, they have no choice. They will forgo oil and all the other amenities of civilization if necessary. The British cannot defeat the Rhodesian spirit.

MAGGIE ROUX, TORONTO

Boldt at Cornell

In Bus Rider's Holiday, Alan Edmonds states that George Boldt. who built a castle on an island bearing his name, in the Thousand Islands chain, has been long forgotten. This is not true. Boldt’s name is enshrined in two men’s dormitories at Cornell University. Boldt Hall and Boldt Lower. - ITTI R B. KUTNI R. !.. MICHAEL SCHÄCHTER, BOLDE HALL, CORNELL UNIVERSITY, ITHACA, NEW YORK

The Kennedy legend

Re your multipart report on The Kennedy Lenend: with all due respect to the late president. I’m getting a little tired of the Kennedy clan.

ESTHER SMITH, MONCTON, NH

T Your report was marvelous — it had dignity and tact. -— MRS. PATRICIA

COWAN, FORT WILLIAM. ONT.

T Most people are sick and tired of reading about them.

I. THRASHER. MISSION CITY, BC

>k The Kennedy Lenend, by Ian Schinders. reflects vividly the greatness of Jack Kennedy. To try to compare this wonderful, unassuming family is to search in vain — there is no comparison. Jack Kennedy's memory transcends the smallness of nationality, color, creed or religion. There was something about him we all possess, but we to a much lesser degree. Our brightest star has gone out and none but a Kennedy can put it back. E. E. WRIGHT, STANBRIDGE EAST, QUE.

>k The issue is a waste of nice shiny paper. To many, JFK plus Jackie plus the rest of the pushy Kennedys are getting a bit wearing.

A. W. REID, STREETSVILLE, ONT.

Misplaced princess

I am sure the good people of the Netherlands and Belgium will be amazed to notice that Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands has suddenly become a Belgian Princess in your article Cerda And The Press (Reports).

S. A. SHIELDS, HALIBURTON, ONE.

T I think our Immigration Department is much too lax. Why was Gerda Munsinger allowed to enter Canada? The U.S. turned her down: why didn’t Canada? She should be refused entry if she ever tries to return.

IRIS COUSTER. CRAVEN. SASK.

Digs Disney—and doesn’t

Sheila H. Kieran remarks, “The sad fact is that Winnie-the-Pooh is the latest grist for Walt Disney’s relentless, and tasteless, commercial mill” (The Americanization Of Winnie - The - Pooh, Reviews). Mrs. Kieran makes it plain she would like things to be the way they were in the "good oid days.” About the kindest thing I can say for the lady is that she is probably too old to write on the subject. Why? Because a generation has grown up that looks back on Disney films with a certain nostalgia. Mrs. Kieran has no business trying to spoil the fun of little

children — or my fun either, for that matter. Disney does a wonderful job. ELIZABETH KOMADINA, VANCOUVER

* Thanks to Mrs. Kieran. Besides Disney’s ruthless vulgarization of childhood delights, there is another consideration. Have you ever seen a child or adolescent on a Disney program who wasn't noble, virtuous, honest, clean, etc.? Or an adult who wasn't vicious, intolerant or stupid? No wonder our youngsters don’t want to grow up — when they do. they get to be the bad guys. In this world of lowest common denominators, Walt Disney is the new low. — D. W. RIVETT, OTTAWA

Speaking of Philip ...

Re Is Philip Really Necessary?, by Dennis Eisenberg: If occasionally he “explodes,” who can blame him? No one could possibly lead his kind of life without letting off steam occasionally. Prince Philip is holding up his end of a difficult partnership, nobly. He is a great asset to Britain and the Commonwealth.

MRS. D. A. SMITH. VANCOUVER

=k 1 am surprised and angered at this servile and flattering article. Why do people of the Commonwealth tolerate the Prussian arrogance of this penniless seaman, who at best is only a naturalized Englishman who made a very fortuitous marriage to a princess? In his speeches, he shows contempt for the English people and way of life, secure in the knowledge he speaks from a position of privilege. He is very well paid for his polo playing, bird watching, sailing and flying;

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and as he adds nothing to the majesty of the monarchy, he should be told to shut up.

WILLIAM F. SCOLLARD. KINGSTON. ONT.

* It would be of interest to hear his true opinions of the CBC. Oh. that he were allowed to decide whether or not foolish men were making foolish decisions!

IAN U. MACLFNNAN. SWALWF.LL. ALTA.

* Is it fair to present him with the "crusty" adjective, and with such a sour photograph? A forest of microphones, all sticking out offensively, is enough to upset anyone. Philip is justified in resenting it.

RALPH BARS tow. COVINA. CALIFORNIA

* Is Dennis Eisenberg necessary?

E. HOLT. VICTORIA

CBC—sad comedy

Jon Ruddy's expose of CBC bureaucracy was amusing, well written and all too accurate (Will Four Thousand F i y lit Hundred And Seventy-Seven CHC Executives Please Stand Up?). Ruddy has displayed good humor. Unfortunately, the state of broadcasting in Canada is becoming less and ¡css a laughing matter. Improper management and utilization of the broadcast media — limited as they are — is of at least equal concern to Canadians as forestry-fishery conservation or airand water-pollution problems. — M. It. PARSONS. TORONTO

* A real public service. The millions we taxpayers provide are going down the drain! - A. C. CUMMINCS, VICTORIA

* If 1 didn't know that these are sad facts. I would say that Ruddy had written an extremely funny script for a TV show. My congratulations to Ruddy and Maclean's for the intestinal fortitude shown. — J. S. LAVER. HAMILTON. ONT.

Rah for Reagan

I am appalled by your Editorial. The Political Play's The Thin ft. in which you comment on the candidacy of actor Ronald Reagan for governorship of California. Reagan was my CO during World War II. I was never aware at any time he was a "movie star.” aware only of an extraordinarily fine man. whose leadership. character and devotion to duty were exemplary. What better qualifications has a man for governor?

DAVID B. CONOVER, WALLACE ISLAND. BC

Who are we?

Robert Stamp has neatly pinpointed one of the causes of our current “crisis in Confederation” (There's Good Reason Why Canadians Don't Know Who They Are: The Schools And Universities

Haven't Told Them, Argument). Canadians arc indeed taught far too little about our history, our growth as a nation, and the nature of our political institutions. How can we consider les Canadiens as our partners when we are taught only that Wolfe defeated them on the Plains of Abraham? How can we develop a pride in our country when we arc taught virtually nothing of our achievements as a nation and as individuals? It is long past time our educational authorities brought C anadian history up to date in our schools.— R. w. FORD, SARNIA. ONT.

* Stamp's Argument that Canadians don't know who they arc, states "the

exception to this historical isolation is — of all places — the prairies.” "Of all places" — this is par for the course: typical, kindly, unconscious eastern snobbery. so ingrained, so accepted, so saturated that it is inevitable that it will emerge, like garlic in a salad, from the mind and the pen of a professor of history.

MRS. VICTOR SCOTT, WINNIPEG

Love, lust and the law

An Argument by Kenneth Smookler bears the heading. "Don't blame the law for the arts' troubles with censorship — blame the ignorance of ‘expert’ witnesses." Perhaps Smookler would have been better prepared to write on Canada's censorship laws if he had first reread the sections of the Criminal Code

relating to pornography and obscenity — section 150 in particular. He would change the entire meaning of this section. While I am not opposed to improved literary or artistic standards, this is not the intent of the act and I cannot agree that bad writing or painting should be censored, which is the implication of the article. By ignoring the faults of the definition of pornography and obscenity. Smookler has placed the blame on the witnesses, rather than on the laws themselves. How much better things would be if we could rid ourselves of these

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archaic, wordy and vague sections! They arc unenforceable, inconsistent and unnecessary. — I). W. INUUS. SASKATOON

* Smooklcr's Argument seems to be batting heavily on the side of the pornographer and the artist who panders to the lowest common human denominator. He says, "Why avoid the obvious? I here is nothing wrong in law in depicting the act of love ...” But Smookler does not seem to know the difference between love and lust. Sexual intercourse is not necessarily an act of love.

I I ONARD COLE, GODI RICH. ONT.

Why bar Busher?

Re Hockey's Hull Of Fume Keeps A "Hero” On Ice, Reviews: Busher Jackson, a great player of the Maple l eafs and a star over a fifteen-year period, scored 241 goals, and it took another twenty-two years for a player on the same team to beat this record. Yet Conn Smythe, a member of the Hall of Fame Committee, secs fit to bar this player for reasons other than his ability as a hockey player. This holier-than-thou attitude makes me sick. Who is Smythe that he should be allowed to treat this great athlete in this manner? — IAN N. RUSSELL. WINNIPEG

CF-5 outclassed?

Peter Brannan's article. The Fuss Over Our New Jet (Reports), was as confusing as he claimed others to be. He says the CF-5 travels at a thousand mph. In fact, the CF-5 can get close to such speeds only at very high altitudes. He says the CF-5 can whip any other plane below twenty thousand feet. There are at least half a dozen Soviet aircraft that would make it look like a World War I biplane. Even Canada’s present fighters

are superior to it. The CF-5 is ideal as a support fighter, he claims. The F-4 carries nearly three times the bomb load, can fly slower and faster, and can take off from shorter runways.

JAMES PRIEUR. DORVAL, QUE.

Peter Brannan replies: ‘7 suggest that Header Prieur consult Jane’s All The World's Aircraft, the accepted industry authority, for performance and specifications, and then hear in mind that the Canadian version of this plane will have increased power and other improvements to provide even heller performance.”

The other side of “if”

S. F. Parker credits Russian possession of the A-bomb as being the reason for twenty-two years without major war (Mailbag). Further, he claims that had U.S. been the only possessor of the bomb, her foreign policy "would have been insufferable and long ago she would have subjected Russia to the same sort of treatment being handed out in Vietnam.” And what sort of foreign policy does Parker think Russia would have displayed had she been the sole possessor of the bomb? It was. after all. a Russian who said, arrogantly, "We will bury you." and he was not referring only to the U. S.. but to all of the so-called "capitalist imperialists,” which includes Canadians. — F. E. HARRIS. HOUSTON. TEXAS

What’s “good” French?

Re Jeff Holmes’s Argument. They're Speaking A Language All Their Own In Quebec: The "Parisian" French I learned at high school in the outskirts of Toronto was taught to me by English Canadians whose abilities in oral French were generally lamentable. If “legions

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of English-Canadian students” are wasting their time, it is not because they are uselessly perfecting some sort of mythical Parisian accent; instead, it is because the teachtrs who could teach them any kind of French accent are just not available. As far as French grammar is concerned, it is standard throughout the Frenchspeaking world. The basic authority is a Belgien by the name of Grevisse and his weighty manual. Le Bon Usage, is in use in Paris. Geneva, Brussels, Montreal, Leopoldville and anywhere else French is spoken. - RICHARD A. JONES,

UNIVERSITÉ LAVAL, QUEBEC CITY

* Holmes suggests that a French Canadian's feelings are offended by being addressed in good French. What kind of French do Governor General Vanier. Cardinal Leger and millions of other distinguished French Canadians speak? Do they stoop to using slangy, ungrammatical French to avoid offending the feelin?s of those who hear them?

MRS. VILLA MCDONALD. ST. RAPHAEL. ONT.

* Why did he confine his comments to differences in French? The English spoken in Canada is different from that in England, and American English is different again.

P. VICTOR HOBBES. TORONTO

* It is misleading to say the French that French Canadians speak is not the same as that spoken by Parisians. Which Parisians is he referring to. the welleducated ones or others? Which French Canadians is he referring to. the welleducated ones or others? It doesn’t take much looking around to see that welleducated people speak a French that meets the most exacting standards of correct speech as they exist not only in France, but also in other French-speaking areas such as Belgium. Switzerland. Africa, and last but not least. Quebec.

KENNETH II. WILLIAMSON. DOLLARD DES ORMEAUX, QUE.

No cracks, Dexter!

In How This Mary Martin Makes The Scene, Susan Dexter describes the onetime Bay Street clerk this way: "She looks as though she'd be more at home behind the reference desk of the Orillia Public Library. She wears glasses, has a timid-mouse look about her, dresses soberly, and wears little, if any. makeup.” I suggest Miss Dexter visit the Orillia library. The librarian in charge of the reference department does not have a “timid-mouse look,” but is an attractive, well-groomed woman who dresses and wears makeup most tastefully.

MRS. ROSE-MARIE PELLETIER. ORILLIA. ONT.

From Gander to Duncan

In Overland From Signal Hill To Victoria, Edward McCourt says that Gander, Nfld.. is “surely the Siberia of airforce personnel.” a “drab” part of the world. I have found living conditions at Gander to be quite enjoyable, and as a serviceman I do not consider Gander to be my Siberia. During the past four months, seventy-six percent of the airmen stationed here who were due to be posted to other areas, requested an extension of service at this station. — r. M. SWIN-

DELLS, SQUADRON LEADER. RCAE STATION. GANDER, NFLD.

* His criticism of Duncan. Vancouver Island, is out of date. McCourt says. “(Duncan) is reputed to be populated almost entirely by eccentric Englishmen . . . remittance men . . . gentleman farm-

ers.” All this may have been true forty or fifty years ago, and though now, due to the mild climate, it is a mecca for the retired, it is also a centre for commercial activity. The district has many large lumber mills, camps, pulp and paper mills.

MRS. J. S. LANG. DUNCAN. BC

* In Autumn Splendor, Norman Brown referred to “Thomas Richard Haliburton.” when in fact it is Thomas Chandler Haliburton — the judge, and creator of Sam Slick. - MRS. SANDRA HALIBURTON VOGLE, LACHINE. QUE.

Shifty-eyed? Good reason

The “shifty-eyed mechanics” referred to in your article Can Car Clinics Keep Garage Men Honest? (Reports), probably become what they are by constantly shifting their gaze from point to point on automobiles: they are examining. trying to be certain that the automobile is in one hundred percent safe condition before letting the customer drive away. It should be pointed out that a mechanic spends as long as five years learning his trade, just one fewer than a physician and surgeon in Ontario. No certified mechanic in this day of boom business need ever resort to overcharging, doing work not required, or charging for work not done. The writer, for one, would not wish to trust his automobile to a machine for diagnostic service — no more than he would care to change a physical examination by a practising physician to one by a machine alone.

DAVID S. PROWSE, GENERAL MANAGER. GARAGE OPERATORS' ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO, SCARBOROUGH. ONT.

Better late than never

Thanks to your TV critic. Peter Gzowski. for giving the Canadian - made series. Seaway, at least a small amount of credit (Seaway’s Unsinkahle Miss Samuels, Reviews). We get so few Canadian stories on TV. It was a shame everyone kept picking on it, instead of giving it — and its producer, Maxine Samuels — a boost. A. LEWIS, RIVERVIEW, NB

No salt

Despite its title. Ma Murray: The Salty Scourge Of LUlooet, Jackson House’s article was without salt or flavor. Ma Murray is just another old lady, trying to thrust her opinions, political and otherwise, on others when she hasn’t, as your article shows, the education, talent or personal charm to do so. — MRS. H. A.

TANSER, WATSON LAKE, YUKON TERRITORY

One island too many

In Canada ’66 the word “island” is used in connection with Grand Manan. As the word manan is an Indian one meaning “island,” the use of a second “island” in the name is superfluous.

M. I. FARR. LACHINE. QUE.

Conspicuous cords

I was surprised to note in Herbert Irvine — Benevolent Despot Of Decor that this noted designer has not solved the problem of unsightly lamp cords marring the exquisite decor of some of the rooms pictured. Are these dangling cords with us to stay, or does someone, somewhere, have an answer for making them at least less conspicuous?

MRS. B. MURPHY, VICTORIA

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Granny had something

John Belanger claims (Argument) today’s women are unimaginative cooks and should start cooking like Granny used to. 1 cook as Granny used to. However, a new twist in a favorite recipe is greeted with a chorus of, “Why didn’t you cook it in the old way?’’ My jury —five boys and their dad. Further, my husband has no wood to chop, no animals to tend, and only works an eight-hour shift. So let's give the ladies a few time-savers when they arc espe-

cially busy, and remember Granny often had something none of us have — a five-dollar-per-month maid.

MRS. BETTY BAKER. REGINA

* Why stop at cooking? Let’s turn the clock right back. We identity-searching women will gladly be more like grandma if you will be more like grandpa. This means you will: get up at 6 a.m. every morning; revive a coal fire in the furnace, build a kitchen woodand-coal fire; wear flannel underwear; grow a handlebar moustache; part your

hair in the middle; shave in cold water with a straight razor; go to work by horse and buggy; work twelve hours (or more) a day in a frame building with narrow windows, uneven heat and poor lighting; be happy with grandfather’s pay! Just remember: there were all types of “Granny," just as there are all types of the “Modern Woman.” Your prescription: a few years of marriage, several children, a tougher job and much, much less theory. Incidentally, good luck to your wife — looks like she might need it! — ELIZABETH SHF.RBANIUK, WINNIPEG

Bite of death

Any woman planning to follow your suggestion and trap her own fur coat needs more explicit advice than you give (Girls, Catch You Own Fur Coat, Reports). Why not take her on a tour of a trap line? Show her steel teeth holding an animal fast until it thirsts or freezes to death. Teach her to ignore the clawed earth about a dead animal where it spent hours, days, trying to free itself. Show her how to club to death animals found still alive in the traps. Warn her about “gnawing losses"— some animals will stop at nothing and will gnaw through their own legs to escape. If you did this you would convince any woman with the slightest compassion not to wear a fur coat, let alone trap her own. - MRS. DAVID SPRING,

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

The boss doesn’t have to know

Referring to the Economic Council’s “devastating appraisal” of Canadian education, Blair Fraser reports that “Canadian management, not Canadian labor, is the most seriously undereducated group in the labor force” (Who’s Uneducated? The Boss, That’s Who, Reports). It should be pointed out. however, that some kinds of education may unfit their possessor for making the practical decisions required from a good manager. And while the wise manager may not excel at all the kinds of work he manages, he can employ those persons who can produce the best results in the least time. — L. BROWN, VICTORIA

Not a drop to spare

So the U. S. wants our water ( Water Crisis Coming). The American considers it to be his God-given right to exploit anything he sees or learns about to his own use. This he sometimes does with almost regrettable efficiency. Don’t worry, the standard of living of the president of the First National Bank of New York and of his friends will be sustained with or without Canadian water. They will see to that. Right here it takes less than one half of an inch of moisture any day in June to make us all smile. We need every drop.

1. V. MACLF.NNAN, SWALWF.LL. ALTA.

No civilized country . . .

I forwarded your seal-hunting exposé. The Bloody Smear On Our Image Overseas (Reports), to the Rev. Robert A. Russell, president of The National Antivivisection Society, of Chicago. He wrote in part: "Over almost half a century in animal welfare work, I have encountered insensate, hideous and indescribable abuses . . . but nothing had prepared me for this horror and shock ... No civilized country should permit such a monstrous atrocity ...” — ELLEN FOSTER, PROVINCIAL SECRETARY, ALBERTA DIVISION, ANIMAL DEFENCE: LEAGUE: OF CANADA. CALGARY

* There are no words to describe a government that allows this senseless cruelty to continue. There are a few words I should like to use to describe the women who condone this slaughter by wearing the products of sadism. This uncaring attitude can be traced directly to the schools. How many teachers belong to a Humane Society, how many principals encourage teachers to stress the importance of stimulating the pupils to take a humane interest in animals? Very few. KATHLEEN EARLE. GAN'ANOQUE. ONT. ★