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Should Theo Parker co-operate to sell his hogs? Would a driver's cubicle make cars safer? “Sure there's a green thumb in growing a garden”

August 31 1957

Mailbag

Should Theo Parker co-operate to sell his hogs? Would a driver's cubicle make cars safer? “Sure there's a green thumb in growing a garden”

August 31 1957

Mailbag

Should Theo Parker co-operate to sell his hogs? Would a driver's cubicle make cars safer? “Sure there's a green thumb in growing a garden”

Your article, Theo Parker’s One-Man War Against the State (Aug. 3) . . . portrays a hero in a struggle for independence . . . However, before breaking our wrists patting him on the back, it might be well to examine Parker’s stand . . .

Economics, transportation and communications have progressed to where man can no longer be an island, even if he is a farmer. Organization ... is essential for the survival of any individual and all but farmers have taken advantage of this to protect their standard of living . . .

Hog marketing in Nova Scotia . . . has paid off in higher prices to farmers, better quality to consumers and greater respect to both GROUPS.-CONNUE M.

LANGILLE, TA I AMAGOUCME, N.S.

. . . Good for Theo Parker! We have the same type of problem in B. C.— people calling themselves B. C. Tree Fruits. Let’s hope Parker is successful and perhaps we’ll get some action too.

-U. A. SMILEY, SALMON ARM, B.C.

Is Mr. K. a scoundrel?

Your editorial of July 20, Let’s Listen to the Khrushchevs Even If They Break Our TV Rules, makes one of the silliest remarks I have ever seen. You say every scoundrel shows up his true colors when interviewed by our fine, clean, upright reporters but, alas, Khrushchev did no such thing. Then, if he be a scoundrel, he must be more clever than our thugs . . . How do you know K. is a scoundrel? . . . We all have to admit the USSR has achieved a wonderful degree of literacy in a generation. We have not done as well with the backward peoples under our care in hundreds of years . . . -ALICIA C. HUMPHRIES, RAT LAKE, ALBERTA.

Are locked-in drivers safer?

In Preview (June 22) you ask: How can wc halt the carnage on our highways?

How about building motor vehicles with a compartment for driver only? Make it soundproof so a driver can put all his attention on driving . . . Trolleys have a sign over the driver’s seat: Please Do Not Talk to the Driver . . .

-T. W. RIDGEWAY, HALIFAX.

CCF “broke but not beaten”

Blair Fraser was talking through his hat when he said “the opposition parties are in hopeless disarray—beaten, bewildered and broke” (Backstage at Ottawa, July 20). We (the CCF) came out of the election stronger than before. Our people are prepared to give it another go at any time . . . We don’t think an-

other election is needed this year, but we’ll be quite ready if Mr. Diefenbaker decides to call one.

Admittedly, we are more or less broke for the moment, but so are the other parties. This gives us a big advantage because we have had years of experience at being broke. You would be surprised at how little money we need to get BY.-KEN BRYDEN, SECRETARY, ONTARIO SECTION, CCF.

B. C.’s cats are big too

In Backstage with B. C.’s Centennial (July 20) you say: “British Columbia has the tallest trees, highest mountains, most beautiful girls, biggest fish and best scenery anywhere (to hear the natives tell it)” . . . You omitted thé

size of our cats. They certainly are much larger than the pint-sized cats of the other PROVINCES.-AIMF.E WILLOUGHBY, VICTORIA.

Fogging kills black flies

Your article on The Bloodthirsty Black Fly (June 22) misses a point important to our tourist trade, namely outdoor fogging for mosquitoes and black flies. These units have given thousands of tourists a pleasant holiday. Paper companies operating in the north also find fogging of value where men work . . .

—ROBERT C. PAUL, TORONTO.

What makes a garden grow?

I simply do not agree with Frank Croft that there is no such thing as a green thumb. Just because a Garden Grew from a Gravel Pit (July 20) where did that first spark come from? . . . You can see a village in weeds and grass and there will be one citizen who will get out and dig, and behold we have a garden! A dozen men can go down that trail in a private wood and perhaps one may see a flower or bird and the rest will see only where they put their foot so they can travel faster ... —

MRS. A. W. MICK, ECHO BAY, ONT.

Delinquency’s on the wane

Backstage with Teen-Agers (Aug. 3) left the idea that juvenile delinquency is on the increase. DBS statistics show that in 1942 there were 11,758 cases of delinquency involving people between the ages of 7 and 15 in Canada; in 1947 there were 7.547, and in 1953 there were 6,377 . . . Specific areas may be facing a delinquency problem but the over-all success with present methods would suggest caution before we change.—w. T. MCGRATH, SECRETARY, CANADIAN CORRECTIONS ASSOCIATION, OTTAWA. ★