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Union with U.S.: The Battle’s On

August 1 1948
MAILBAG

Union with U.S.: The Battle’s On

August 1 1948

Union with U.S.: The Battle’s On

MAILBAG

Canada and the U. S.

Many many thanks to Mr. Arthur Lower for “If We Joined the U. S. A.” (June 15). I believe that if every Canadian citizen could have the opportunity to read your article they would certainly be in favor of uniting the two nations; united in arms in wartime and why not in peace . . .?—George Hamel, Hearst, Ont.

I believe all the American nations would favor a continental or hemispheric customs union. Already Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela are pooling certain economic and industrial resources to a greater extent than Canada and the U. S. A. have done in peacetime. However, there is no thought of political “annexations.” Why cannot two North American nations do what these three South American nations are doing?—Marvin A. Park, Canfield, Ont.

• I think that both nations should explore the possibility of establishing a North American nation.—Albert Q. Perry, Harrisville, R.I.

• . . . Americans have a different set of values to Canada and the union with (J. S. A. would be a murder of a nation’s soul.—C. W. Holman, Peterborough, Ont.

Call of the Wild

Hey! for Pete’s sake take the number 15 off your cover page, or print it in small type. “How much is that?” I isked, pointing to your magazine. ‘Fifteen cents,” said the salesclerk, orobably looking at the date, June 15, )r Wabibi Beach, 9.15. Me, I thought

'fall this inflation and paid up with a oyful smile. Then when I got home, nd after a struggle took my eyes off he swell dame with the call of the wild n her eyes, I saw the words Ten Cents hove the Barbara Ann Scott hat. I aven’t been able yet, the next day, to sad the inside because of the tears in )y eyes at losin’ a near worthless ickel.-—Charles P. Stokes, Ottawa.

rom an Optometrist

After reading your biased smear ïainst optometry in the June 15 laclean’s, I am prompted to suggest 131 your “Man With a Notebook” lrry his cursory research a little rther and then publish a true picture

the profession. If you are going to aore the professional services sup*ed by optometry, why not a specular expose of the price an M.D. •arges for an eight-cent bottle of medicine, or the terrific markup on the wooden splint he uses to set a broken leg?—Douglas B. Freeman, Optometrist, Burlington, Ont.

Dogs Vs. Cats: Round Two

So dogs are cowards are they? I would like to see a dog and cat in a fight. Nine out of 10 times the cat would be up a tree howling for its master to come and rescue it. Is this the proud freedom of the jungle?

If you had an article published in your magazine by a dog lover you

would find it and the article by Dorothy Sangster (Cats Are Better Than Dogs, Maclean’s, May 15) definitely contrasted.

It is a hundred times better to have a dog who obeys than to have a cat who does as he pleases.— Irate Reader, Edmonton.

The “Truth” Drug

Recently I have read in two editions of your magazine two very interesting and instructive articles “The Cut That Makes Men Sane” and “Benzy Craze.” Certainly I hope to see an article someday on the drug sodium amytala drug I believe widely used these days for nervous and mental conditions.— Frank W. G. Banger, Toronto.

Sodium amytal is one of the barbituricacid derivatives covered in the article “Nightmare Pills” (Maclean's, May 1). —The Editors.

Tourists

May I extend my sincere hearty congratulations ... to James H. Gray for his interesting and well-written story “A Tourist Talks Back,” (June 1). Mr. Gray spoke very frankly and indeed very true. That’s the special kind of a story I’ve been longing to relax and read with pleasure for some time.—P. S. Parker, Elmsdale, N.S.

• One gets very tired of reading articles in your magazine running down Canada.— N. C. Taylor, Toronto.

Sisters of the Service

In an article entitled “We Can’t Go Back,” by Eva-Lis Wuorio (Maclean’s, June 1), appeared the following statement: “Not once during the couple of days I kept an eye on the place while ships were coming in, was there a priest, rabbi, minister or any church representative in evidence.” Insofar as the Roman Catholic denomination is concerned, the Sisters of Service, who speak European languages, meet all the boats and remain in attendance until all the DP’s and other immigrants board their trains. In addition, there is also in attendance a Roman Catholic priest who speaks several languages. •—Josephine Han way, Halifax.

• That was a poignant DP feature. I think these are classic sent iments from the potential young “Canadian,” Georges Lukk: “1 don’t worry at all,” he said. “I have a feeling I can do anything here. Anything can happen. It is a lit t ie like being a child, with faith again. 1 think here it is a question of work and of being honest. If 1 work, 1 can reach my place.” Welcome to Canada, Georges!—Immigrant (1911), Toronto.

Barbara’s Taxes

Your editorial on Barbara Ann and taxes (Maclean’s, June 1) sounds pretty silly to us. The salary left after tax deductions was a princely one (or perhaps we should say princessly) and one that any Canadian gal, earning her own living, would snap up with nary a thought for what the Government had already hacked off.— G. A. Morgan, Vancouver.

• I notice . . . you suggest that Miss Scott’s objection to paying income tax is not an unwholesome declaration against the staggering cost, of government.

The reports 1 read did not indicate that Miss Scott objected to the cost of government. As 1 read it, she objected to paying income tax which is used largely for paying pensions for crippled ex-servicemen, their hospitalization, family allowances, pensions for the blir. . and other social services.

Do 1 understand that Maclean’s endorses Miss Scott’s stand against paying income tax which is largely used for this purpose? G. N. Gordon, K.C., Peterborough, Ont.

A subsequent editori cd (duly 1,) approving Mr. Abbott's latest budget, agreed with today's need for high taxes for necessary expenditures. We still think that an occasional beef from worthy citizens and taxpayers, like Barbara Ann, is a healthy reminder to tax spenders that unnecessary excesses can never be tolerated.— The Editors.

• I read your editorial “Wasn’t Mr. Abbott Right?” and I am very much of the opinion that Mr. Abbott wasn’t right, neither have I any faith in anything he says in support of his actions • • •—V. E. Thompson, Toronto.

Bouquet

May 1 take this opportunity of telling you how much I enjoyed “Why Do We Help Those Germans?” (July 1) and its picture of the monetary madhouse. Liked especially the concluding paragraph.—Wm. D. White, Laurel, Que.

Something Fishy Here

We like your magazine very much but I cannot make anything of your cartoons. 1 enclose latest and if you feel like it . . . tell me what it means. It may be my age (78).—James Friel, Moncton, N.B.

The Readers Did It

As the reporter who broke the “Little Mr. Big-1 leart” story in t he Vancouver Sun and later was assigned by that paper to accompany the boy to Los Angeles for examination by a specialist, I would likt* to correct one statement made in Pierre Horton’s excellent article “Vancouver’s Rising Sun” (Maclean’s, July I). Mr. Herton reporter! that the Sun sent the hoy to California. Actually, the Sun acted only as agent for hundreds of readers who donated amounts ranging from 25 cents to hundreds of dollars . . . The Sun assigned me to go along for staff coverage and paid all my expenses from its own coffers. I am sure Don Cromie, publisher of the Sun, would be the first one to want to give readers of his paper full credit for quick and generous response to a good cause. — Robert Noble, Oshawa Times(îazette.

Silicosis

Sincere congratulations to the Man With A Notebook for his splendid article on silicosis (July 1) and to your magazine for its attempt to spread the truth, regardless of politics. It is refreshing to read a straight-from-theshoulder article, so accurately compiled and right to the point. The only exception I could take was the reference to my being a company doctor for a brief period. To be classed as a company doctor a physician has to be on the company payroll, either full or part time. I am a private physician and was never on either company payroll but worked only on a fee basis . . . At the present time compensation is only granted to those suffering from the more advanced stages of the disease and, as is usually the case, it is too late to do them any good, because without some sort of income these men are doomed. The Quebec Workmen’s Compensation Commission have an opportunity, with all the information they now have, to help the remaining workers still alive and to relieve the suffering and needy widows and children of those who have died.— R. B. Henry, M.D. Arundel, Que.