Letters

May 12 1980

Letters

May 12 1980

Letters

No wave is good news

While reading your cover article on new wave music (New Wave: No-Star Rock, April 7), I was amused when I came across David Livingstone’s deduction of its byword, “think, think, think.” In my opinion, if there is indeed any true thought in the music it certainly exists on a very shallow level, and one of the characteristic faults of new wave is that it thinks “for” the people instead of inspiring any original audience thought perception. Furthermore, from a musical and cultural level, the new wave music is no more important than disco, and indeed plays a similar role to its hyped-up predecessor in providing a release and filling a void, only in a different type of audience.

KEVIN TREMBLAY, DALHOUSIE, N.B.

Royal prerogatives

Your article God Save Us From Our Gracious Queen (April 14) by Allan Fotheringham was, in my opinion, in extreme bad taste. The title is blasphemous and the material is typical of this author’s misuse of talent.

M. MORTLOCK, OTTAWA

Of course the foolish Fotheringham knew what he was doing when he mocked the “Royals” and zeroed in on Prince Charles. No easier way to generate letters and increase flagging readership. Certainly he is well aware that

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It is extremely difficult to imagine an article on new wave music that makes no mention of Carole Pope, who was there before anyone—anywhere.

the Royals can never, by protocol, answer back. Charles is a man of infinite talent, tenacity and skills, dedicated by birth and background to public service. At 31, he can command a naval vessel, fly a jet (faster than sound) and is colonel-in-chief of the Parachute Regiment with some 100 parachute descents behind him. If you don’t think that calls for skill and guts, you try it. Always impeccably turned out, tailored by the masterly ex-chief petty officer Teddy Watson of Hawes & Curtis, Prince Charles is committedly slim, charming, witty and with it.

DAVID SCOTT-ATKINSON, TORONTO

Congratulations to Allan Fotheringham for the sentiments expressed in his recent column on the Royal Family. It is long overdue for Canada to cease its role as a Royal Holiday Camp. Surely there is more than enough work for the Windsors to do in class-ridden Britain. The sooner the rest of the media, as well as our governments, realize the irrelevance of Royal visits, the better.

F. CHISLETT, SCARBOROUGH, ONT.

It seems to me that Canada’s weekly newsmagazine might have given its readers some information on Prince Charles’s visit to the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific. You might, for instance, have noted that it is one of the United World Colleges (which include the College of the Atlantic in Wales and the College of Southeast Asia in Singapore) and that H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, as president of the International Council of the United World Colleges, is involved in organizational planning, development and co-ordination. Your article should, in my opinion, have explored the possibility that in today’s fragmented and alienated world an international force such as the United World Colleges is one of our brightest hopes for promoting international understanding and unity among races and nations.

WARREN U. OBER, KITCHENER, ONT.

Allan Fotheringham has again missed the boat by criticizing Britain’s Royal Family purely for the fun of doing so. It became passé to bring down Britain’s Royals in the early 1970s.

KEITH L. PAGE, OTTAWA

All in the family

What caught me the most in your article on Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Shares the Wealth (Canada, March 31), were the potshots taken at Alberta in the process. It makes me wonder about this special guilt we are supposed to feel for being optimistic and recently successful. It seems we have fallen prey to the same kind of righteous clucking you might associate with an old church dance. Alberta, like the pretty girl, has an exciting dance card, while the sullen maids agree they’d never flaunt themselves like that. The idea that the man or woman working underground or on an oil rig, in an office tower or on a tractor in Alberta, is somehow more selfish than men and women in other parts of Canada is disgusting. To pit one region against another is selfish negligence based on selling more products no matter how destructive the angle. To suggest that we in Alberta care less about our families, our friends, our communities and our country is an ignorant contribution to bigotry.

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MICHAEL DOUGLAS, EDMONTON

Teen sex revisited

I am a female, 19 years of age, and I found your cover article Teen Sex (March 31) interesting. However, I feel

that the main message of the article was that premarital sex for teen-agers was all right as long as the use of birth control was in existence. What is happening to today’s morals (if any) if everyone says, “Go ahead. Just be protected.” As far as preteens are concerned, they are influenced greatly by their peers and society. If society didn’t publicize sex and easy-to-get birth control so much, perhaps preteens and teen-agers wouldn’t be so active in sexual relationships. I think we, as a society, should put more stress on the

nature of commitment between a male and a female than on the mechanical functions of sex.

L. E. HALL, NEPEAN, ONT.

My family has been a subscriber to your magazine for many years. I am a Grade 12 student and I find the factual,though controversial,issues you publish enjoyable. Your article on teen-age sexuality was informative and to the point. The writer seemed informed and aware of the present feelings among teen-agers and between teen-agers and their parents. I feel, however, that the writer has possibly added to the problem by showing the ease of obtaining the pill or any other birth control method and by discussing only the side of those who have been sexually active and neglecting the views of those who haven’t.

GEOFF BROWNRIGG, NEPEAN, ONT.

I thought your article on teen sex was long overdue. As a high-school student I agree with you wholeheartedly; merely quoting facts and figures on birth control and male and female anatomy for sex education is not enough. The human aspect must be stressed.

ELIZABETH DUNDAS, FORT ERIE, ONT.

Most of us oldtimers would agree that in this permissive age young people need advice about sex. For that matter youngsters have always needed guidance but did not always receive it. Morality is not something dreamed up by the present older generation. It was developed centuries ago by men who were interested in the survival of their own race. They realized that for healthy procreation there must be some basic rules regarding the use and abuse of the means of procreation.

G. A. ROSE, SALMON ARM, B.C.

I thought that your article on teen sex was honest writing revealing the epidemic proportions of problems derived from teen sex. I cannot believe the number of teen-agers that would risk the chance of having a baby while they are still at school, and with no job to support themselves.

BOB WRIGHT, FORT ERIE, ONT.

No wonder teen-age boys and girls are into sex. They would have to be robots to resist experimenting after being bombarded by sex instruction without moral training, explicit sexual pictures in magazines, blatant sex movies and kinky sex shops. They have been shortchanged. They are led to believe that all their troubles and problems will be solved in bed.

JEANETTE MCKINNON, SURREY, B.C.