MAILBAG

A fresh breeze from the Ponderosa

July 1 1967

MAILBAG

A fresh breeze from the Ponderosa

July 1 1967

MAILBAG

A fresh breeze from the Ponderosa

JON RUDDY'S ARTICLE about Lorne Greene is a dandy. A welcome departure from the stereotyped, predictable, hero-worshipping muck we have come to expect when one of our boys or girls, having made it in the Big Time, is written up. You have published an article about a Canadian who has made good in Hollywood. and you have done it without once having your subject state or imply that he hates it all. would love to get away from the rat race, and come back to his Own People. A truly splendid accomplishment.

ARCItlt DUFF IE, ST. LAMBERT. QUE.

Sneaky

So the students in the classroom marked ENGLISH are talking about premarital sex and mental illness ( Why Good Teachers Don't "Teach" Any More, by June Callwood). That’s nice. But when do they learn English? There comes a time when one can no longer be sneaky about such things as English and arithmetic, etc. The greatest mind is useless if it lacks discipline — that is. the ability to work at what has to be done, regardless of inclination. The product of Miss Callwood’s ideal classroom would be bright, well-balanced, and superficial.

H. B. JOHNSTON. MON ERI AL

Y Three cheers for Helen Bumphrey! Having taught in the elementary-school system myself, and being frustrated terribly by the existing curriculum and methods, I admire her courage to come forth and prove, if she can. that a classroom should, and can be, a hive of activity, filled with motivated, interested, buzzing CHILDREN.-MRS. NANCY WITHERS,

FORT WILLIAM, ONT.

T A cheer for Bumphreyism. As a teenager, 1 am at least five times more receptive to my own discoveries than what 1 learn from amid those seas of wasted time, sidetracks on the part of the teacher, and endless exercises pinpointing pointless soon-forgotten facts. GORDON NEWFELD. CALGARY

Don’t monkey with the Monkees

Jack Batten claims that “the Monkees’ ultimate style was, and is. a blurred Xerox of very early Beatles music" ( The Monkees'! Man, The Last Trenn Trom Nowhere, Reviews). Let the boys themselves answer this: "We’re not a Xerox copy of anybody. There is a similarity between any rock ’n’ roll singer or group in that we all sing to the same beat and dress to follow the fashion and hair styles of our time . . . Who could imitate the Beatles?” Another thing: Batten says Mike’s green wool hat was cast in bronze. It wasn't. In fact, Mike hated the hat so much that on the last tour he threw the hat into the audience. ELIZABETH METCALFE, CALGARY

* How could you print such a misleading picture of the Monkees? Can’t Jack Batten see that we love them and w'ant the music played to us? He complains that they "played shamelessly to the teeny-boppers." What does he expect? They don’t just condescend to play before US.—CHARLOTTE JOHNSON, WINNIPEG

T 1 was weaned into today's pop-music diet by the Beatles, but their new sound does nothing for me. and apparently does nothing for a lot of others. Because the Monkees music is, I admit, very much like the early Beatles music, that is why I buy it: no other group has that sound and the Beatles' new music is over my

head. The old style, which the Monkees have inherited in their sound, gives some of us teenagers something to feel good and maybe even scream about once again. MARILYN PRESLEY, BARRIE, ONT.

* I think the article is totally correct. But. unfortunately, it will not bring the teeny-boppers to their senses. 1 am 15

years old and. luckily, a Beatles fan. PAMELA STEPHENSON. MONTREAL

Y Jack Batten isn't a true critic, for critics listen and sort the good from the bad in a performance, but he seems to have it stuck in his empty head that the Monkees are awful and nothing can make him see the light. 1 would just like

to see Batten stand up on a put on half as good a perfc the Monkees do — and be a suade a few hundred thousanu that he can. Then 1 would admit his right to run down the Monkees. CHI RVI CONLEY, CHARLESWOOD, MAN.

Sick, sick, sick!

In a recent Mailbag letter a teenager said that adults hail created a "pretty sick society tor them to go into." The youngsters ot today are better off than young people of any generation since history began, f ifteen or 20 years ago, psychiatrists said to parents. "Let your children have free expression. Spare the rod and you will not spoil the child.” What is the result? A bad-mannered, disobedient, ungrateful generation, with strange ideas about right and wrong. If the writings, music and paintings of the young today arc not an indication of sickness, I don’t know what is. Generations of people have been trying to make us other than savages, and now the young are trying to drag us back. The youngsters arc so well versed in saying what they like, that I am beginning to think that many parents are afraid of their children. They are afraid to tell them to cut their hair, or make themselves tidy, or be polite. I can well believe my generation is sick. I know I am — I am sick of hearing about the wonderful teenagers of today, and the wicked adults, and most of all. I am sick of hearing young people refer to my generation as a bunch of phonies!

Are doctors humble? / Our “sleazy” affair / Life in 2067 A.D.

A. I. CRAWFORD, MONTREAL

The GP: “he knows more”

Alan F.dmonds writes about the role of the GP today (Quii k Now: What's Your Doctor's l irst Name';). In Russia. 1 understand, the general practitioner rates higher remuneration than the specialist "because he has to know so much more.” This to my mind is common sense. CECILIA L. HILL, PARKSVILLE, BC

Y F.dmonds charges that “sufficient humility” is "not a notable characteristic among doctors.” But this is a contradiction of his earlier statement that “the new MD often feels inadequately equipped for general practice and takes postgraduate training ...” Humility in the face of fact is a quality fundamental to the personality of every MD. He just wouldn't survive medical school without it. — W. E. PAIGE, ROCK ISLAND, QUE.

* In Fdmonds’ article on nursing (What Nurse Shortage; It's Nursing We Need), he mentions an increasing pressure to have independent schools of nursing which offer two-year courses. Since the Weir report of 1930, the nursing profession has realized the need for nursing courses within general education. In 1964 a diploma course in nursing was initiated at the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto — the first nursing school in Canada to function within the framework of general education. This experiment is sponsored by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, and has roused nationwide interest. The first class of students graduated in May. As of September 1967 this course will cover a period of two years — another development to meet the needs of the community. — MRS. DORIS .1. ROBERTS, INSTRUCTOR. RYERSON NURSING COURSE, TORONTO

The Affair

If the three true-life characters in The Affair, by Ian Adams, will consult Red Headed Woman, by Katharine Brush, they will find approximately the same situation, and if they are still seeking a way out. could ponder — the secretary especially — on the denouement.

MRS. H. M. PRYKE, DAWSON CREEK. BC

4= The frustration and plain lack of goodness in the lives of the three depicted is beyond belief. There are men and women who have been caught up in desires like this and managed to turn their backs. We are dead or terribly saintly if we've not experienced some form of

temptation. The wrong doesn't lie in temptation; it is how we handle it that counts. MRS. A. MCCUTCHEON. VANCOUVER

* That even a tiny fraction o." my honestly earned money should go to promote sleazy, neurotic, masochistic, totally selfish and self-indulgent individuals such as portrayed by Adams, turns my blood white hot in anger.

MRS. AILEEN SIVF.LL, EDMONTON

* He was strong, handsome, gentle, faithful in love-making, romping gaily with his boisterous offspring and hardly aware of lapses from reciprocal faithfulness. I felt sure of him and became careless. So one night he slipped out to find her. She is beautiful, a silky expanse of pure white with jet black lying low on the forehead. They seemed made for each other. I am heartbroken and am moving out of town. I refuse to remain next door to rival kennels whose owners are offering pups at $300 each — pups sired by my dog without payment of fee.

MYRTLE NEWTON, LONDON, ONT.

4« There's nothing new or newsworthy in that grubby little story. This is nothing but Peeping Tom-ishness. Shame on you.

MRS. ANITA MCWILLIAMS, HUDSON’S HOPE, BC

* Surely you are scraping the bottom of the barrel. — SARAH E. BELL, MOOSE JAW

Understanding through song

In Some Records To Throw Away Next January (Reviews), Elmo Ciprictti comments most unflatteringly on the Cen-

tennial album of The Singing Girls. La Chorale de TAmilié, of Sherbrooke. Que. — Voici Mon Fays. The Singing Girls is an amateur group. We do not pretend to be anything else. We undertook a recital, including songs of many of the ethnic groups in Canada, to show the rest of Canada that there are a great many French-speaking citizens who wish to celebrate with joy our Centennial year. The Singing Girls are almost all Frenchspeaking. Naturally, when they sing in Fnglish a slight accent is apparent. If an Fnglish choir sang in French, would not their English accent be equally in evidence? We believe, in our unprofessional, enthusiastic hearts, that by singing each other's songs, in each other's language, we can promote the cause of better understanding in our COUNTRY.-LOIS OLIVIE BLANCHETTE, DIRECTRESS, Till SINGING GIRLS, LA CHORALE DE L’AMITIÉ. SHERBROOKE, QUE.

Why a nightmare future?

Douglas Marshall’s Canada In 2067 appears like a modern version of Dante's Inferno. Just imagine living for 150 years in an apartment tower without privacy or freedom! Why must men always have nightmares whe: dreaming about the future? Were 1 allowed to picture the future, I would see a world in which man has not only tamed his environment, but also himself. A world where man is able to control not only the death rate, but also the birthrate. A world in w'hich man is not ruled by frozen dogmas of religion and politics, but rules himself with a chosen set of ethics. — HEINZ J. WEIGEL, FIELD, BC