Mailbag

May 7 1960

Mailbag

May 7 1960

Mailbag

Gisele MacKenzie wins some new critics Psychologists get the last word on child-love Athletes are warned against pep pills

GISELE MacKENZIE (What it’s like to be at the top, March 26) quotes Mario Lanza as saying: "I’ve paid millions of dollars just to keep idiots in power.” In Canada (and I'm sure it's the same in the U. S.) we would very much resent this attitude, especially if immigrants came here and made as much money as Gisele is making in the U. S. Sticking the dead man's name to the quote doesn’t fool ANYONE.-MARTH BLACK, BURLINGTON, ONT.

^ She has been allowed to portray herself as a selfish, egotistical shrew. 1 shall never want to hear her again. I can't recall one instance in Canada or across the border where a performer’s star has ascended after revealing all. If we have no pride, what about using a little discretion or faking a bit of good old-fashioned reserve?

-MRS. H. ATTRIDGE, CALGARY, ALTA.

A doctor’s dilemma

I greatly wish I might have done the work on Eskimo nutrition attributed to me in Preview ( March 26). Even publication in your esteemed journal cannot make that a fact. The suggestion that the fat content of the Eskimo diet was not as great as traditionally considered was based on material taken from a scientific reference to previously published studies in Greenland and Alaska. The Canadian studies were on clinical findings, body build and blood chemistry, and were carried out by Dr. L. B. Peu and Dr. J. H. Wiebe of the Department of National Health and Welfare, and Dr. J. A. Hildes of the University of Manitoba. Myself? 1 reviewed the manuscripts after the work was completed.— J. E. MONAGLE, M.D., DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELFARE, OTTAWA.

Rosenberg’s straw man

About We’re wrecking our children with too much love, Feb. 27: The tragic absurdity of the situation is that experts in the field of child-rearing profess no such thing as the "cult of love" but rather insist on love with limits.

Rabbi Rosenberg quotes Dr. Benjamin Spock. I would like to do likewise: “Moderate strictness —in the sense of requiring good manners, prompt obedience, orderliness—is not harmful to children so long as the parents are basically kind and so long as the children are growing up happy and friendly. But strictness is harmful when parents are overbearing, harsh, chronically disapproving and make no allowances for a child's age and individuality." Now hear Dr. Frederick Allen, for many years Director of the Child Guidance Clinic at Philadelphia writing in his book, Psychotherapy with Children: “In everyday life and particularly in clinical work, we see the confusion that ensues when . . . both parents have too great zeal to give a child ‘freedom’ on the theory that repression is bad.” Actually, Spock anticipated the good rabbi, and the hosts of parents who will agree self-righteously with him, when he wrote “They (i.e. the parents) have often read meanings into (the theories on child-raising) that w;ent beyond what the scientists intended—for instance, that all children need is love . . .”-C. G. MACKENZIE, M.D., CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST, WATERLOO, ONT.

Proud poet’s retort

Don Peacock in Backstage At Hansard ( March 26) mentions my friend Charles Fisher, one of the few remaining men in this civilservice city able to combine strong individuality with above-average earning power. Although pleased to see Charles paid some tribute for this undoubted virtuosity, I must protest against the words "one-time poet." Either a man is a poet, for all time, or he never has been one at all . . . Peacock has probably seen little of Fisher’s work in print because of Charles’ intense dislike for publishers. I recall one occasion in London when the female editor of a new anthology had the temerity to ask him for a wider selection than the three poems he had sent her on request, so that she might make a choice. His reply was to the point but quite politely put. “Madam,” he said coldly, “poems, unlike tomatoes on a huckster’s barrow, are not for housewives to pinch and squeeze and finger. Please return those I have already given you, for now you shall have none of them.”-MICHAEL PECHELL, OTTAWA. A doctor’s objection

In Backstage In Sports (March 12), two statements were made to the effect that I ) warm-ups are of no value in sports, 2) pep pills do not impair athletic performances. As an ardent sports fan and a medical doctor, I take strong objection to what I feel are untrue, irresponsible and unsupported statements. The former contradicts a time-proven and generally accepted basic tenet of physical education and athletics. I feel that many serious injuries are constantly being prevented in sports by warm-up exercises properly carried out, particularly at the extremes of the age groups. The latter is at best a partial thread of truth and at worst a dangerous, irresponsible statement most serious in its potential to deceive and mislead children and youth. Besides the fact that use of drugs is alien to the spirit of athletic competition, it may certainly impair any performance of mind and body in varying degrees, depending on the many variable factors involved.— FRANK A. PHILBROOK, M.D., OAKVILLE, ONT.

What hockey players drink

In Backstage With Hot Drinks (March 26), you state that last year the Detroit Red Wings won a Tea Council award for drinking tea. Last year was also the only recent year I can recall when the Red Wings failed to make the play-offs. Could there be any connection? Have they reverted to coffee this year?—.). c. SINCLAIR, MARKHAM, ONT.

No; since the recent semi-finals— hitters.

Homares and anchors

Your editorial (March 12) on General Pearkes and his Bomarc reminds me of the story of the Nova Scotia fisherman: Angus,

having failed to shut off his motor in time, was approaching the jetty (and disaster) at more than half speed when he ordered his mate to “throw over the stern anchor.”

“There’s no rope on the stern anchor,” the mate replied.

“Well, throw it over anyway,” yelled the skipper. “It will stop her some.”-H. L. LIVINGSTONE, HALI-

FAX.

Christchurch’s planner

One statement by A. R. M. Lower (Some angry home thoughts from abroad, For the Sake of Argument, Feb. 13) was incorrect. The plans for Christchurch were not made in England. Both Christchurch and its port. Lyttelton, were planned, surveyed and laid out by my grandfather, Edward Jollie, to whom there is a memorial in the cathedral. In his original plans for Christchurch he made the roads wider than usual at that time so that trees could be planted and to prevent the spread of fire. This was turned down but he says: “I managed to leave two good wide streets on each side of the Avon which would act as a lung to the city and also prevent private drainage from being run into the river.” Not only the Don River suffers from the latter but also our beautiful North West Arm here in Halifax.—MRS. S. O. MONIES, JOLLIMORE, N.S.

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How one man rebelled against the “slavery” of wartime taxes Canadian TV stars have look-alikes in Lethbridge?

THE PICTURE of the CBC people in your story (Ross McLean—the TV star you never see, Jan. 16) pointed up an amazing resemblance to some of our staff members. We staged a similar picture, just for fun. Our staff members taking the places of the CBC crew are: Eric Neville, announcer (“Ross McLean”); Bill Matheson, weatherman (“Percy Saltzman”); Barry ZeVan, announcer (“Max Ferguson’'); Tom McLaren, director (“Frank Willis”); Marg Neilsen, receptionist ("Joyce Davidson”); Bill Bagshaw, local sales manager ("Peter Whittal’’); Sharon Belliveau, film editor (“Olga Kwasniak’’); Howie Stevenson, photographer (“Ed McCurdy’’); Sam Pitt, production manager ("Gil Christy’’); Norman Botterill, manager (“Pierre BERTON").-MRS. BABS PITT,

CJLH-TV, LETHBRIDGE, ALTA.

Biggest paper mills

It was not correct to describe Bowater’s mill at Corner Brook, Nfld., as the world’s largest (How Sir Eric conquered the New World, March 12). Our mill at Powell River, B.C., is the largest in the world, although this company, with only two mills, is by no means the biggest producer.-R. TOUCHE, MACMILLAN, BLOEDEL

AND POWELL RIVER LIMITED, VANCOUVER.

Maclean's should have said “largest integrated newsprint mill.” Newsprint mills, in order of size, are: Powell River; Bowater Kemsley, England; Bowater Southern, U.S.A.; Great Lakes Paper, Fort William, Ont.: Canadian International Paper, Three Rivers, Que.; Bowater, Corner Brook.

Niobe’s riotless party

Re the article on V-E Day in Halifax (The $3 million "party” that wrecked Halifax, March 26): On V-E Day, I was in HMCS Niobe, the Canadian naval base in Greenoek-Gourock, Scotland. In Niobe, V-E Day was handled as it should have been, and the contrast with Halifax is striking. Plans were made well ahead. Leave for all officers was stopped — their job was to see that the men were looked after (the officers had their party on V-Eplus-one). On V-E Day the captain announced leave for all hands at 1300. All were free to go ashore hat there would be entertainment for them in the ship if they wished to avail themselves of it (for their girls, too). Entertainment consisted of free beer (nineteen 32-gallon kegs), a bonfire (burning effigies of Mussolini and Hitler), free food, dancing.

At 1300, the largest “liberty boat” I have ever seen went ashore. Ashore, the men found the pubs full, all the beer, liquor and food gone. In twos and threes, with girls, they returned to Niobe during the afternoon. The beer was served in mess dish pans, fire buckets, anything that would hold liquid. Beer barrels were set up on the playing field. Seamen and girls were quietly celebrating all over the grounds, each party with a container of beer (I saw no misbehavior at any time). The bonfire was a success. The only vandalism at any time occurred when a mess table was added to the bonfire for good MEASURE.-N. B. G. TAYLOR, CONCORD, ONT.

The picture showing a tram car partially in a store never did occur on Barrington Street and neither was it a riot incident. The location is the steep intersection of Brunswick and Cogwell Streets. The mishap took place a week or two after the riots, when a streetcar loaded with shoppers jumped the tracks and plowed into a restaurant. The conductordriver of this tram was widely praised . . . for his heroic efforts in preventing any serious injury to the occupants of his vehicle.—s. G. BOWLES, CHARLOTTETOWN.

** I hasten to protest the caption under the picture of the airman and the cavorting civilian which identifies her as a naval nursing sister. There were no nurs-

ing sisters that old, and if you will look over the many pictures taken at that time, you will notice Wrens and nursing sisters are conspicuous by their absence. As for the "naked Wren walking down the street,” just how does one identify a naked woman as a service woman or a civilian? — GERTRUDE BOWNESS, DORCHESTER CROSSING, N.B.

Slavery — Canadian style

Reading Raymond Hull’s depressingly true article. Let’s Legalize Slavery (March 26). I was reminded of the case of the Pembroke jeweller who unsuccessfully bucked the government on a matter of principle during the war. As 1 remember

it, this man refused to collect and remit the luxury excise tax, maintaining quite justifiably that the government had no right to appoint him arbitrarily as their unpaid tax collector. He was slowly hounded into bankruptcy and a nervous breakdown and finally committed suicide. As far as I know, no one backed him up or followed his lead. — p. LOCKWOOD,

REXDALE, ONT.

* . . . plain, timely and true. — A. LIND-

HORST, PALMERSTON, ONT.

* As Hull sits typing by the meagre light of a coal-oil lamp (like his grandfather used) I am wondering if the object that

looks like an electric meter on the outside of the barn would not flood its interior with much more radiance. I also wonder if he plods the odd mile to town to purchase his tea, sugar and flour — or do I see a car in the background? — w. A. PARKER, HALIFAX.

Immigrants pampered?

As a subscriber to your magazine and as a veteran of the Canadian Army (World War II), I have read with interest the controversy concerning one. Giorgio Cappellozzo. (Editorial, Jan. 30.) I would like to shake the hand of the judge who denied him citizenship. No person should be granted that precious privilege unless he or she is willing to give their undivided loyalty to that country. There has been, and still is too much leniency, too much pampering of immigrants, in Canada’s mad scramble to populate its land. She will pay dearly for it in the days to come ... I took the January 30 issue to a Canadian Legion meeting, and of the numerous comrades present, not one defended the attitude of Cappellozzo. Any Canadian who has any knowledge of the American Civil War should realize that the Union could not have been preserved if brother had hesitated to fight brother, and son against father. Of the thousands of Italian-born G.I.s in the U. S. Army I never heard of any refusing to invade Sicily or Italy . . .-HAROLD JOHN SEARLE, WESTFIELD, MASS.