I would like to thank you for your article on comics and superheroes, Heroes of Our Time (May 15). I, myself, am a comic collector and not such a bad one, if I may add.
TED MIZUHARA, LACHINE, QUE.
Death, where is thy sting?
In the article, The Shadow of the Noose (May 15), Robert Lewis repeatedly speaks of “hanging” and the “noose” when he should be speaking of the “death penalty.” One of the current arguments against the death penalty says that hanging is barbaric. I agree. But while I hate the idea of hang-
ing, I can see a lot of merit in doing away with a habitual criminal who cannot be expected to be rehabilitated or to ever become a useful member of society.
ALFRED E. HERZ. NEW WESTMINSTER. B.C.
Profiles in chutzpah
I enjoyed Barbara Amiel’s article, Swinging on a Star (April 3), where she speaks of Margaret Trudeau’s chutzpah. Don’t you think lots of money in the bank account makes for a hell of a lot more courage ? Most of us are wondering where our first Halston is coming from, let alone our next. NORMA FRANKE, MISSION CITY, B.C.
Alden Nowlan’s Referendum Debate column, Of Course It’s Impossible To Define “Canadian. ” But Does It Really Matter? (May 29), hits the nail on the head.
MARJORIE ALLEN, VANCOUVER
Don’t walk on the grassroots
I thank Allan Fotheringham for his coverage of the Social Credit convention in his column, The Crowning of a New Messiah (May 29). He is correct in implying that Social Crediters are farmers and backwoodsmen. They are the very people who built this country. I think he would also find that most Canadians call dinner, “dinner,” and supper, “supper.”
WALTON EDDY, ESTEVAN, SASK.
Let there be Lightfoot
For Tom Hopkins to say in Gordon ’s Song (May 1) that Gordon Lightfoot hollered “like a worried pig farmer at his first auction” is an abomination. Lightfoot made it
in Canada, and I feel that that in itself speaks for his quality as an artist.
MRS. BRIAN GEE, WINDSOR. N.S.
Your article on Gordon Lightfoot was enlightening, and at times exciting. It was filled with both the customary praise and the cutting comments that an artist of his stature must come to expect. There is little doubt, for those who have followed his career, that both of these elements have been warranted. All one must do is examine his list of credits to be not only convinced but astonished at his achievements. There will come a time when his talent will be truly recognized—not as a momentary thing, but as a talent which dwarfs so many who are considered giants.
BRIAN CURTIS. NEEPAWA. MAN.
I have been a fan of Gordon Lightfoot for as long as I have been listening to Canadian musicians. I feel that Lightfoot reflects his deep awareness of the history of his country in his songs. He would like to express his passion for Canada to the rest of us.
WAYNE P. KERR. SALMON RIVER, N.S. Stand up and shout
Barbara Amiel’s anecdotal reflections on free speech in her column, From Hyde Park Corner to Control Rooms . . . (May 29), were disturbing in their accuracy. The threat to free expression of ideas in our society is not coming from would-be dictators or kooky extremists. Rather, the danger is centred in liberal quarters where free speech is beginning to be considered, well, awkward.
JAMES P. HULL, TORONTO
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Beware of crying ‘bear’
In William Lowther’s article. The Gathering Storm (May 29), about the balance of power between the Soviet Union and the United States, we are left to conclude that the sinister, unscrupulous Soviets are once again preparing to conquer the world. Why is it always assumed that the Soviet arsenal is developed for destructive purposes, whereas the West’s arsenal is amassed for purely defensive purposes? It is alarmist articles such as this which provide justification for vulgar arms races.
ALAN BENSON, VANCOUVER
Too silly to be a soap
In his column, Everything You Wanted To Ask About Canada But Were Afraid To Ä>i0w(May 15), Allan Fotheringham asks us if the televising of the Commons question period is reminiscent of The Edge of Night, my favorite soap opera. I find no resemblance whatsoever. In The Edge of Night the characters are clearly defined and consistent, events of plot happen rather quickly, and no one—absolutely no one—ever grins and pounds on a desk!
E. JANE BOCK, TORONTO
Playing for big stakes
I can only say hurrah to Andy Snaddon’s Referendum Debate column, Something Is Happening, Central Canada . . . (May 15). I say this not only as an Albertan, but as a westerner who has watched with great anticipation the rise of power and clout in the West. It is true that “we kind of like being able to sit in on the game,” and I feel that the time has come for the East to realize that the West is playing for keeps.
JOHN DEA, EDMONTON
Andy Snaddon tells it as it really is and I hope the people in Central Canada are starting to get the picture. His suggestion that a new system of representation is needed says it all in a nutshell.
G. EARL STOREY, PROVOST, ALTA.
The dog-eat-dog world
It is with mixed feelings that I thank you for bringing the depravity of dogfighting to the attention of your readers in Dying Like A Dog (May 1). I promptly contacted the B.C. SPCA and was assured that there is no such thing happening in British Columbia just now, and that it would be promptly attended to if it should happen.
NONIE WILDMAN, VANCOUVER
In the article on dogfighting, William Lowther quotes Ranger Stewart Dowell who says: “If anyone ever did anything like that fighting to one of my animals ... I’d just have to go right out and kill him.” How is it that we can condemn and condone violence in the same breath? Is it possible to control the violence of one group of people by using violence on them?
ARUN K. MISHRA,
RED DEER, ALTA.
National unity starts at home
After reading your interview with Gordon Pinsent (May 15) I feel that I must agree that we are late in solving our problems of national unity. We need to make a con-
certed effort at the grassroots level and to cease depending on government leaders to do it all for us.
JANET E. TAYLOR, SCARBOROUGH, ONT.
Oasis in a vast wasteland
I disagree with your comments on Gilligan’s Island (Preview, May 15) which you call “a metaphor for everything mindless about television.” Considering the absolute garbage that is seen on TV in prime time these days, we should be grateful that at least some half-decent, amusing programs remain with us. After watching mindless females, giddy families and macho policemen, it’s a relief to get away from so-called realistic programs and be entertained.
CATHERINE MARSHALL, BURLINGTON, ONT.
Heck, even the peewees look good
Roy MacGregor’s article, Class Struggle (May 15), about the Toronto Maple Leafs and playoff hockey struck a responsive chord. I suggest that the boring style of the Leafs and of many other NHL teams is not from choice but necessity. You can’t play an exciting brand of hockey with too many teams dividing up the talent pool. The quality players are spread too thin. In New England the decline in the quality of the NHL product, and the escalation in ticket prices has aided in a rebirth of college hockey interest. The play is more consistently entertaining and the ticket prices are within the reach of families with children.
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