I feel that the cover of the Aug. 30 issue (The Economy's Flash of Hope) was in poor taste, especially when one considers the variety of ideas created by such symbolism. The slash in the dollar sign resembles a missile or bullet, neither of which symbolizes anything close to “hope.” This design could have just as easily been used to illustrate defence spending. —B.E. STEWART,
A fashion correction
In the Aug. 2 cover story, The '20s Roar Back into Style, the tuxedo jacket in the photograph on page 34 was incorrectly attributed to Debora Kuchmé. It is unmistakably Alfred Sung.
—HELEN DUMA, Toronto
Dirty boots guaranteed
At last! A writer with the imagination and the daring to spill the beans on Canada’s historic sites (A Failure to Bring History to Life, Podium, Aug. 9). You are right, R.A.J. Phillips. We are just too darned clean to be true. In these times a return to the “way it really was” means a whole new, hitherto undreamed-of area of budget restraint. First, we will close down the public washrooms. Then, we can dispense with the weekly cleaning bills for the woollen uniforms of the Fort Henry Guard. Next, we will stop cutting the grass on our hillsides and allow our mascot, David (a goat), to do the job. I think we are
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really onto something here! I can almost guarantee those dirty boots you wanted on our shiny floors. “Where is the blood?” you cry, Mr. Phillips. “Here at Old Fort Henry,” we will reply. Enough of the expense of dummy rounds of ammunition during the Ceremonial Retreat Ceremonies. Let’s go for the real thing. Think of the benefits on crowd control! —PATRICIA WILSON,
Marketing and Communications, The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, Morrisburg, Ont.
Hope for understanding
In regard to your Aug. 23 issue: I could not help noting two outstanding stories by Marci McDonald (Peace Approaches—and the Terror Spreads, cover box, and An Exercise in Autonomy, World). There is no way to stanch the flow of words that tell of death, terror and misery pouring out from the nations of the world. But there is some small redemption in reading stories written with such precision and elegance. If there is any hope for understanding and compassion among the peoples of the world, much more of our international journalism will have to attain comparable standards of honesty while communicating the immediacy of the moment. —PETER SHOWLER,
Choosing to live on UI
Upon reading The Golden West Loses Rs Lustre (Canada, Aug. 30), I find it particularly abhorrent that Peter Quinn “was not prepared” to work for $18 to $24 an hour, choosing instead to support his wife and two children on unemployment insurance. My brother, who has been out of work since January and is not eligible for UI, would be grateful for half that wage. Mr. Quinn, you disgust me. —HELEN VAN DONGEN,
Driving home from the drive-in
Fluffing Up the Passion Pits (Recreation, Aug. 23) failed to mention why drive-ins may have become so popular. Not having been to a drive-in for several years, we recently decided to take our 13-year-old son to see a movie. Immediately in front of us vans were parked in reverse so that couples could stretch out and watch the movie through their open doors. Very young couples went from car to car openly drinking beer and mixed drinks. Much to my horror, in the car beside us were two young men drinking beer and rolling joints. How many accidents occur when these young people drive home? We will not take our son to a drive-in again.
—DEBORAH BODIAM, Brampton, Ont.
In defence of Milton Friedman
I am normally a devout fan of Allan Fotheringham’s columns. However, I was greatly disturbed by his column of Aug. 9, Little Boys and Their Toys, in which he attacked the economist Milton Friedman “... and his goofy supply-side
philosophy____” Prof. Friedman is not a
supply-sider but a monetarist. His is an economic philosophy that is demandand supply-oriented. I also take exception to calling Friedman’s philosophy “goofy.” The Nobel Prize committee thought otherwise.
— GREGORY REID,
Saint John, N.B.
Equality with the Soviets
In his Podium of Aug. 23, Paul H. Robinson Jr. points out that the Soviet Union spends 12 to 14 per cent of its GNP on defence and seems to exort us to do the same or, at least, to narrow the gap. He fails to point out, however, that the Soviets have never been able to produce enough food to feed themselves. Perhaps we should try to equal their defence spending. Then, at least, we will be equal in one respect: we will all be hungry. —ALAN SEARS,
Setting the record straight
The Ulyssean Society was happy to be included among the projects described in your excellent Aug. 9 cover story on adult education (The Mind Joggers: A Race to Keep Up) and we appreciate the favorable comment on John McLeish’s book The Ulyssean Adult. However, the impression was left with readers that the society is a quasi-religious organization or cult, and it is important that this be corrected. The Ulyssean Society is a wholly secular association of adults
whose only commitment is expressed in its creed: “As a Companion of the Society, I am committed to the noble concept and the provable fact that men and women in the middle and later years can, if they choose to do so, richly maintain the powers to produce, to learn, and to create until the very end of the life journey.” — J.V. O’BRIEN,
Vice-President, The Ulyssean Society, Toronto
In your story on adult education the murder of Father Brébeuf is attributed to the Hurons. Public school teachers used to teach (and many history books confirm) that Saint Jean de Brébeuf suffered martyrdom at the hands of the Iroquois during their war of extermination against the Hurons. Has some new evidence come to light that requires a change in the record?
— H. FRANKLIN ZURBRIGG, Islington, Ont.
There is but one matter that I feel I must comment upon regarding the otherwise excellent article discussing the results of my special investigation into allegations of patient abuse at Alberta Hospital Edmonton (A Chronicle of Fear and Despair, Canada, Aug. 16). You state that I take pride in calling myself a “nuisance” to the government. That remark was, in fact, made by a former senior official of the department of social services and community health some years ago and certainly does not reflect my view of the position of ombudsman. Like my colleagues across the country, I recognize the importance of remaining independent both from government and complainant and of being as objective as is humanly possible whenever I investigate a case.
— RANDALLE. IVANY, Edmonton
Really living in small towns
I do want to congratulate you for the Cities article The Little Towns and Villages That Grew (Aug. 9). My wife and I are small-town people and we thoroughly enjoy it. Anytime I am in a big city I just cannot get out fast enough. In Trail, which has a population of about 10,000, we can walk down the street and say “Hi” to practically every person we meet along the way. These people care about us, and we care about them. To me, that is living.
—H.M. KEYS, Trail, B.C.
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