Mailbag

Mailbag

July 5 1958
Mailbag

Mailbag

July 5 1958

Mailbag

^ Hate the U.S.? Yes and no ^ “Fed to the eyes with B.C.”

YOU PROUDLY NOMINATE Farley Mowat (the “bearded, stubby ... famous and hot-tempered novelist”) as one of the "towering figures in Canadian literature.” Surely this is going beyond reason? Seldom can you have published such arrogant, pretentious, downright silly writing as his essay, Let’s Get Tough with the U. S. (June 7) . . . Bearded Mowat seems to delight in the stringing together of verbalistic images . . . gauche, meaningless, ridiculous and just plain FUNNY.-WELLS

COATES, VANCOUVER.

** What an interesting article: let us hate the Americans! May I be the first, please? I challenge this strange idea that everybody who throws rocks at American vice-presidents must live thousands of miles away, and must be Communist. I live 42 miles from the border, and would like to heave a brick or two at all of ’EM.-R. DAVID, TORONTO.

Let us begin with stopping trade between our countries. Let us store 80% of our newsprint now moving to the U. S. Close all U. S. business firms in Canada. Embargo all imports. Enact laws which will make it a criminal offense to watch U. S. TV programs. Such a program will bring our best friends to their KNEES.-.IOHN B. ELBON, MONTREAL.

*" ... \ am sure Mowat expressed the opinion of at least 90% of all the people who would like to be called Canadians . . .-A. O. GILLESPIE, MARKDALE, ONT.

... As an American I like to think of Canadians being happy, so if hating Americans makes them happy, I’m all

for it . . .-MRS. A. J. TOMAS, SAINT

JOHN.

* Only a man living alone in a log hut could write an article like Farley Mowat’s. He must have been feeling tough, poor man! . . .-ELEANOR HOPKINS, TORONJO.

British Columbia, phooey!

... I am fed up to the eyeballs with dynamic British Columbians, .Social Credit, mountains. Kitimat, totem poles, and the romantic tug of the west, Russ Baker and the fact that Victoria rather than Vancouver is the capital of the province (B. C. issue, May 10). All these things are very nice but please quit hitting us over the head with them.— DR. J. E. AUSTIN, WINDSOR.

‘•Brave” to go back to school

I much enjoyed reading Florence Smith’s story, I Went Back to School at Forty-two (June 7). It illustrates . . . the enormous social gap between a 42year-old mother and her teen-age children. She must be a very brave woman. — MRS. HILDA WOOD, NORJH BATTLEFORD, SASK. if