MAILBAG

Face it, girls, you’ve muffed it

March 1 1968

MAILBAG

Face it, girls, you’ve muffed it

March 1 1968

MAILBAG

Face it, girls, you’ve muffed it

CONGRATULATIONS to Maclean’s for Alan Edmonds’ article about Anne Francis. I take it as a good token for 1968 that finally there is a woman happy and content — and not frustrated — about being a woman and who does not even want to be anything else! Lots of women are unhappy and frustrated today but. 1 am afraid, it’s partly their own fault. They accept the way things are because it’s the easiest way. - MRS.

WALTER STEIN, SARNIA, ONT.

* Women have only themselves to blame for their status in Canada today. They have had the vote for about 50 years, yet they keep on voting governments into power who treat women as second-class citizens or worse. It is high time women stopped pitying themselves and did something about it — most of all at election time. — CECILIA L. HILL, PARKSVILLE, BC

One crystal ball, clouded '

Thank you for reminding your readers that I reported last February that the prime minister planned to announce his retirement shortly after the closing of Expo 67. As you now know, this report proved accurate. Mr. Pearson’s announcement came six weeks after the closing of Expo. I am therefore returning your Clouded Crystal Ball Award for the political non-scoop of the year (Reports). Your need for a crystal ball, even a clouded ball, seems greater than mine.

ANTHONY WESTELL, BUREAU CHIEF, TORONTO Globe and Mail, OTTAWA

Watch your language

I really must take exception to the inference in your Editorial, Why NOT High-school Courses In Ukrainian? It has been my experience that many Canadians of foreign origin have an appreciation of and feeling for the English language which English Canadians never achieve. Do you suggest that we can build multilingualism on a foundation of indifferent use of the mother tongue? Let us first improve English (and French, if need be). Better to speak one language very well, than two or three indifferently. — .;. BIELY, PROFESSOR AND

CHAIRMAN, DEPT. OF POULTRY SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, VANCOUVER

* The answer to understanding in its broader sense is that language must be an easily conquerable area of difference. This does not have to mean that we all endeavor to learn each other’s language, academic fun though this may be. An easier method would be for all of us to learn a new one. If the established international languages, such as Esperanto, are not sufficiently flexible, then let us create another, or even pick an international language from those we now speak. Once we can speak to each other, we can assess each other’s problems and arrive at an estimation of how we can overcome them. The advantages are overwhelming to consider. Let us drop multilingualism, and strive for one language. — B. SORRELL, DVM, WILLOWDALE, ONT.

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One language—or more? / Help stamp out land speculators

* After years of bi-bi talk, I am delighted to understand from your Editorial that Canadians are encouraged to preserve our society as a multilingual and multicultural one. But to preserve parental languages, elementary, not highschool, courses are needed. If the parental culture shall not become alien to the child, we have to provide this culture during the first school years, while the

regional dominant culture will continue to influence the child simultaneously. VILMA EICHHOLZ, CLARKSON, ONT.

ík Let me congratulate you on a very positive Editorial. Your plan, unfortunately, will not be realized very easily, as any of the people who struggled to establish Ukrainian as a matriculating subject in Alberta and Manitoba will

readily admit. But it definitely is possible and, if other news media would follow your admirable lead, it would not only be possible but most certainly probable. — D. STRUK, DEPT. OF SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

ík In this age of international travel, what is needed is an international lan-

guage. What about Esperanto—or something similar?

W. MARISS, WESTON, ONT.

Shhh !

Jon Ruddy’s article on land speculation is, in my opinion, damaging to our economy. People not aware of this possibility to make money fast will now go out and start buying properties with the intent of reselling at a considerable profit, further spiraling real-estate prices.

P. K. SCHULZE, COOKSVILLE, ONT.

ík Control of urban land development should be exercised by municipal and provincial governments, to the exclusion of the land speculator.

A. C. GOVIER, MONTREAL

ík The article is most objectionable to me because of the negative, nonproductive mentality exhibited by the author. The appeal is to man’s lower instincts — greed and get-rich-quick. Only a naïve sucker will believe the profit is going to far exceed the attached risk. The main criterion of a good land investment (not speculation) ought to be the desire to actually do something with a piece of land. Ruddy just cannot see any other satisfaction to be obtained from land than to buy and sell again for twice the price. A typical apartmentdweller’s view — and nothing to be proud of.

ROBERT DALBY, BURNABY, BC

ík Ruddy’s article does not ask the obvious questions. How on earth can any community organize its growth sensibly if land is regarded as something to be traded, like a bale of cloth? And what ethical or expedient justification is there for letting certain individuals collect enormous windfall gains out of values created not by them, but by the general growth of the community? I’m no Biblethumper, but Leviticus had it exactly right: “And the Lord spake . . . The land shall not be sold forever: for the land is mine.” Which of course is the whole basis of Jewish Agency land policy, to this day — they lease land rather than sell. In mature democracies like the Netherlands and Sweden, the outward growth of cities has been rationally organized for generations past, with large - scale municipal ownership of suburban land as a powerful tool. In other words, what Ontario is haltingly feeling its way toward, in part answer to the current housing crisis, is “old hat” elsewhere. — R. w. G. BRYANT,

SIR GEORGE WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY, MONTREAL

Case of the misplaced author

In Checklistings, you refer to author George Simenon as a “French master story-teller.” Although M. Simenon writes in French, he is Belgian by birth. He was born at Liège and educated at Collège St-Servais, Liège. He now lives in Switzerland. — MARGERY HINDS,

OTTAWA

What “lie,” Lawson?

I’m glad to see that Bruce Lawson, author of Australia, calls himself an exAustralian: I wouldn’t lower myself to calling him a fellow countryman. The entire article reeks with obsession with the so-called “Great Australian Lie.” What else can one expect from one so obviously riddled with insecurity, floundering around in a society which requires a man to prove himself before he is accepted? I feel sorry for him: anyone who has to drag his own country

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The new Australians / Hatchet for Hatch / Protest: prisons

into the gutter to earn a living deserves nothing but PITY.-ADRIAN S. TATARINOFF,

* As a nonprofessional Australian, T feel the “Great Australian Lie” is very much of Lawson’s making. The image as seen by Lawson is outdated. It’s so easy to debunk Australians and even easier to misunderstand them; they are

simple, energetic, slightly fascist and often provincial. Yet they produce writers like Patrick White, critics like Max Harris, newspapers like The Australian, television producers like Bob Raymond and cartoonists like Gary Shead. The old image of “mateship and bcering” is dying hard, but it is dying. You II find the new Australian trying to sell cameras to Japanese, silk garments

to the Thais and spices to the Indonesians. Lawson’s assessment is disappointing. - VAL WAKE, OTTAWA

* This image of the independent frontiersman, etc., is so well criticized by Australians themselves that it is a bit of a bore to bring it up. As Lawson points out, Australia is a wealthy industrialized nation with the greater portion of its

people living in the suburban areas of its great cities (Australia had an urban sprawl before North America knew what the term meant), and with this development has come the disappearance of the Australian bushman on whom the legend was based. This does not mean, however, that the ideals of independence, a sense of adventure and “mateship” that were incorporated into the legend, have vanished also. Moreover, the fact that Australians are represented in the front rank of nearly every field of human endeavor, from opera to motor-car racing, shows that the old spirit is still very much alive.

Let prisoners learn

Re We’re Denying Prisoners the Right to Learn (Argument): Partly as a teacher, but mostly as a citizen, I hope the campaign of authors John Hawes and Norman McCaud sees rapid fruition. Every person needs to believe in his own self-worth, and for this he needs to be economically productive and to have the respect of others. Denied any hope of these through legitimate areas, he is bound to be hostile and, probably, criminal. To attempt correction and I hope this is the purpose of our prisons — through frustration of such basic needs is self-defeating. Must we, after releasing a man from prison walls, then imprison him in hopelessness?

W. GORDON WETMORE, FROBISHER BAY NWT

DAVID MORROW, TORONTO

Raw-ma critic

TV reviewer Douglas Marshall condemns Hatch’s Mill as embarrassing backwoods boisterousness, comparable to Don Messer (Hatch’s Mill: Yuks, Yokels —and Yettchl, Reviews). He also calls Wojeck “raw drama.” From the title of the review, and his profound excitement over the episode with lesbianism, rape and abortion, I would class Marshall more as a dirty old man than a television critic.

D. W. EGERTON, LONDON, ONT.

* As for why Hatch’s Mill bombed, it seemed to me the comedy is why. There are too many characters for situation comedy, even if the stories lent themselves to it. I cringe at every slapstick incident. It will make good camp material 20 years from now. — MRS.

JOY ANN PARKER, TORONTO

* In our opinion, Hatch’s Mill is probably the best CBC serial ever broadcast. Douglas Marshall states that the show is “embarrassing backwoods boisterousness.” Humbug. Hatch’s Mil! depicts the day-to-day life of our Canadian pioneers, and if Marshall believes that this is embarrassing, then his life must be terribly dull. — PATRICIA

RODGER, LORNA BRATVOLD, DUNCAN, BC

Shock talk

Please draw the attention of your readers to the fact that I did not write the remarks which follow the names of the various universities in the ranking of The 20 Best Campuses: How They Rate And What They Offer. I supplied ratings of institutions, not of the students thereof. In particular, I had no knowledge of where students drink, and I did not supply any information on that matter. I do not think it is important in assessing the excellence of universities. On the other hand, I think the shocked reaction of some people to this information is Silly. — C. WELLINGTON WEBB, WILLOW-

DALE, ONT.