MAILBAG

March 1 1969

MAILBAG

March 1 1969

MAILBAG

Hey, look us over

Pot: some smoke it, but not the “best”

Who is Trudeau?

The Glenn Miller band

THANK YOU for the new-size Maclean’s. At last I can read in bed without the damn thing flapping in my face.

BEVERLY JOHNSON, CAMPBELL RIVER, BC

* Less bulky, portable enough to slip into a pocket or a briefcase, it confines the contents to more meat and less extraneous paper which, in these days of 100-page daily newspapers, is a relief beyond description.

R. C. BARNARD, COURTENAY, BC

* Your publication now is easier to read, handle and store. Most important, the good stuff between the covers is still there. - L. D. MCCANN, EDMONTON

A vast improvement — easier to read in bed, and the no-turn articles save a lot of thumbing. - DOUG BRENT, VANCOUVER

* It’s the greatest. No more soggy pages, because of edges dropping into the bath water while I lounge in the tub, no more ink stains on my bedroom wall where I used to prop up pages while reading in bed. - PEGGI MACE, DAUPHIN, MAN.

* I do not like the new format. There is less of it than there used to be.

HOMER C. TILLENIUS, WINNIPEG

* Your prejudiced publication is becoming more so. “Toronto” is your theme and/or your typical example of average Canadianism. Stop trying to inflate Toronto’s ego. You are developing a Torontonian identity at the expense of Canada. — P. BOWEN, OTTAWA

* Easier to handle, easier to store. And I welcome your finishing each article before starting a new one. A thoroughly enjoyable reading experience.

IAN G. COOK, MONTREAL

* Terrific. Each time I read your magazine, I get the feeling you have been reading my mind, but after a little crosschecking with dates I decide that I’m reading yours. Keep up the good work. You really have something to say.

J. H. HOPPS, DELBURNE, ALTA.

* I must congratulate you on the new, attractive size without sacrificing the many interesting regular features.

MRS. EMMA PARIZEAU, MONTREAL

I used to enjoy reading Maclean’s. This new issue is the pay-off — and I am returning it in protest.

MRS. GEORGE HUNT, WESTLOCK, ALTA.

* As one of those who do most of their reading in bed, I was thrilled to find the new look.

MRS. O. V. MCKILLOP, PORT ARTHUR, ONT.

* An excellent format, a refreshing “soul” approach. Maclean’s has the unique ability to bridge the generation gap while remaining neutral.

W. H. WALKER II, MONTREAL

* The cover picture of Prime Minister Trudeau made me furious. Caricatures and cartoons have their place —■ but not on the front cover of “Canada’s National Magazine.”

MONA HOUGHTON, SUMMERLAND, BC

* You certainly have deteriorated. Your cover is a disgrace to the country.

FRED C. BICKNELL, PETROLIA, ONT.

* Simply disgusting. One wonders how any intelligent person could make a clown out of such a brilliant man as Mr. Trudeau, and how any editor could agree to such an obnoxious cover.

MRS. GEORGE C. JERRETT, FREDERICTON, NB

The January cover was a photo of a sculpture by Cathy Senitt-Harbison, who says: “But I admire Mr. Trudeau.”

Bill Nemtin’s Newfoundland

In Don Bell’s article, A New Way To Solve Some Of Your Town’s Old Problems . . . (Reviews), concerning the process of using film in Newfoundland as a tool in effecting social change, the statements mac}e relat-

ed to the Newfoundland film experiment and to the Canadian involvement with the American War on Poverty program are half-truths and distortions and reveal a lack of understanding of what the process is that is being developed in Newfoundland and of the essential ingredients in it. In leaving the impression that Bill Nemtin of the National Film Board was one of the architects of the Newfoundland experiment, you do a disservice to the important and sincere efforts of those at the Board and in Newfoundland who are more concerned with continuing to develop the process started here than they are with making extravagant claims about their own involvement in it. — DONALD

SNOWDEN, DIRECTOR OF EXTENSION SERVICE, MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY OF NEWFOUNDLAND, ST. JOHN’S

Don Bell replies: “I wrote: ‘As a coordinator of the NFB’s Challenge for Change program. Nemtin is one of the architects of what could be dubbed the Feedback Revolution . . .’ That does not imply that Nemtin is the only archi-

tect specifically of the Fogo Island experiment. Admittedly, it was an oversight to leave out Mr. Snowden’s name, but I stated emphatically that the project was undertaken ‘in co-operation with Memorial University in St. John’s.’ ”

Dogs or doctors

As an animal lover, I resent the statement by Dr. Daniel Klein: “There is no such thing as a completely friendly or safe dog” (What’s Happening In Medicine). I have been in contact with many dogs and many doctors and I would say there is no such thing as a completely safe doctor.

ANNA M. ANGEN, WHITE ROCK, BC

LBJ: Who’s perfect?

Your Editorial of farewell to LBJ (And A Happy New Year To You Too, LBJ) has to be the funniest thing since the eulogy for John Dillinger. As you say, we should not allow a few trifling defects to obscure his virtues. To be sure, there are, in Asia, several hundred thousand Vietnamese dead, or better dead, and a devastated, blasted, defoliated country. At home, 30,000 dead conscript sons, a desperate and alienated youth, a revolutionary Negro minority, a racist riotous police, and a stifling, all-pervasive military establishment. Well, nobody’s perfect. To balance these peccadilloes, he prays regularly, and he’s a good speller, too.

ANDREW GIBSON, WHITE ROCK, BC

Gone to pot

As a nonsmoker with a low tolerance for smoldering fag butts around my home, I take a dim view of your article on pot smoking (Some Of The Best People Smoke Pot). I am 70 and have never felt the need of social crutches to enable me to face reality, They create more problems than they solve.

BILL CARTER, TORONTO

>k It makes one wonder where the Narcotics Squad is hiding when such flagrant statements can be published unchallenged.

A. J. THUT, GUELPH. ONT.

* Your title might better have read: Some Irresponsible People Smoke Pot. They are irresponsible because we live in a democracy and their actions are criminal in the eyes of the law. It is their right and privilege to agitate for a change in the law, but not to flout it. They are largely responsible for young people being imprisoned, which to my mind is a very serious offense. Marijuana Smoking in the United States, by Dr. Donald D. Pety, MD, and Dr. John C. Ball, PhD, of the National Institute of Mental Health Clinical Research Center at Lexington, Kentucky, states: “We do

know that 70 percent of 3,213 opiate addicts admitted to the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital at Lexington and Fort Worth during 1965 reported a history of marijuana use .. . While marijuana may be less harmful than alcohol, we believe sufficient data for such a decision is lacking.” — E. L. ELLIOTT, MAGISTRATE’S OFFICE, PROVINCE OF SASKATCHEWAN, REGINA

>k How dare Maclean’s judge these pot smokers as “some of the best people”? A college degree doesn’t automatically make one nice.

M. MACKENZIE, SHAWVILLE, QUE.

Trudeau: mystery man

Re Why They Can’t Burst The Trudeau Balloon: The more I read of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the less I know about him. No man was ever elected to public office about whom so little is known. But no Canadian of military age and physically fit during the years 1939-1945, who did not see fit to serve his country in that conflict, has a mandate to speak for me anywhere, or ever shall.

ALLEN M. WILLIAMS, WINNIPEG

Glenn Miller

Hal Tennant’s The Long And Ludicrous Life Of The “Glenn Miller” Band (Reviews) is crude, insulting and unfunny. He sounds like one of the ersatz militants criticizing the Establishment. To refer to Tex Beneke as a musician with meagre talents is simply untrue. To say Ray McKinley made the band sound like Miller always wished it would sound is pure poppycock. Tennant speaks of “better electronics.” Miller did not use amplified instruments. The original Glenn Miller Band was, without question, one of the finest bands of the 1940s.

FRANK M. WOOLLEY, HEMET, CALIFORNIA

Hal Tennant replies: “By ‘better electronics’ 1 didn’t mean amplified instruments but studio recording equipment of a quality scarcely dreamed of in Miller’s day.”

Take a farmer to dinner

Re Norman DePoe’s A Little Off-TheRecord Feedback About Pierre’s HushHush Soirées... (Reports): I suggest the Prime Minister invite some western wheat farmers to dinner some evening. The conversation would be kept lively with such questions as: why did the price of bread go up two cents and the farmer receive none of this; why has Ottawa allowed the military establishment a $42-million increase when farmers have never been allowed a two-price system for wheat, which they have been requesting for some 20-odd years?

MRS. WILBERT SUDOM, PENSE, SASK.

Red People Power?

The Happy Emergence Of People Power is both welcome and praiseworthy. It is revolutionary in the best sense of that term. Driving tanks into Prague is a clear sign of fear and weakness rather than strength. Far from stopping the development of People Power in Czechoslovakia,

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it is certain to generate more People Power in the Soviet Union. Keep up the good work.

CHARLES H. MILLARD, REXDALE, ONT.

* I agree with you that our younger generation practises democracy in every sense of the word. They do not and will never accept handed-down rules, regulations or fashions. They shall overcome because they’re better informed and wiser in the ways of the world than their forefathers were at 90.

MRS. CORA CAVE, WINDSOR, NFLD.

The Kippley case

Your Reports article, Why Do They Want To Drive John Kippley Out Of Saskatchewan?, does a great injustice to Christ the King parish, Regina, and to their wonderful (indeed, amazing) parish priest, Father Emmett Mooney. Despite the fact that he has never had an assistant, and now cares for more than 625 families, Father Mooney still finds time to visit all their homes, and he makes it his business to know everyone by their first names. Why should this parish be forced to continue employing someone who proved to be unsatisfactory?

T. J. MOYNIHAN, DON MILLS, ONT.

* I commend you for your bold article. I regret that we were not informed by a local paper. This simply attests to the vital need for conscientious news sources like yourselves. It also points to the helplessness of the individual when pitted against local authority and having no access to a fairer hearing by an impartial audience. - B. WRIGHT, SASKATOON

Tremblant’s trailblazer

The very excellent article by Jack Batten on Mont Tremblant, Take To The Hills With The Ski Set, attributes the remarkable development of ski trails on the mountain to Ernie McCulloch. Ernie is a great skier and a great ski teacher, but he has absolutely nothing to do with the development of the ski trails. The trails, as well as the whole new expansion at Tremblant, are part of a program developed by the owners, among whom President André Charron and Vice-President Roger Beauchemin have skied Tremblant since their youth.

KENNETH JOHNSTONE, MONTREAL

Jack Batten replies: “While the gentlemen referred to by Mr. Johnstone are ski enthusiasts, they are principally businessmen, and it has been ski pro Ernie McCulloch who has been primarily responsible for designing and laying out the new trails.”

A good man, Bennett

Jan Gould’s article on W. A. C. Bennett was in bad taste (The Ups And Downs Of The Prime Minister Of (Pardon The Expression) BC, Reports). BC is a great province and our Premier sets a good example: he neither drinks nor smokes. B. TAYLOR, VANCOUVER □