COMMENT

MAILBAG

Did Catherine Jones overlook the smart spies? / Elliot Lake “no ghost town”

September 24 1960
COMMENT

MAILBAG

Did Catherine Jones overlook the smart spies? / Elliot Lake “no ghost town”

September 24 1960

MAILBAG

Did Catherine Jones overlook the smart spies? / Elliot Lake “no ghost town”

Catherine Jones’ comment, “The experts estimate that little of the information gained by spies in the field is accurate enough to send home” is absurd (Spies were always stupid, Aug. 13). She should carefully read the June 27, 1946, Report of the Canadian Royal Commission (following the Gouzenko case). Has she forgotten about the secrets transmitted by Fuchs and the ROSENBERGS?-NORMAN J. RUSTIGIAN, MONTREAL.

*" I heartily agree that w'hat this country needs is less dubious espionage and more Good Works. Creation of a department of good w'orks would fill a long-felt

need, and I hereby nominate the obvious, indeed the only, person for the post of minister, Rawhide’s Granny. — t>. f. BENOIT, WRIGHI VILLE, I>.Q.

Elliot Lake growing—in stature

Elliot Lake's Glamorous Rise and Bitter Fall (July 16) was not only pessimistically prejudicial but grossly unfair to the community and citizens of the town. A few closed businesses and hoarded-up houses do not make a ghost town. During the past year, HI I iot Lake has grown in stature from an expensive government-subsidized group of buildings, peopled by get-rich-quick opportunists, to a community united in heart, conscience and fighting spirit.

Is it so unreasonable to expect the provincial and dominion governments, after having taken a risky gamble with millions of tax dollars in 1955, to make every effort to salvage as many of those millions as possible by a large-scale salvage operation in I960?

This is not a case of saving one man’s home or another man’s business; this is taxpayers’ money, and a great deal of it, which will soon he wasted if the gigantic physical plant already established at Llliot Fake is not utilized by new industries brought into the TOWN.-B. A. KING, LLLIOT LAKE, ONT.

“Let’s teach pride in ancestry”

As I read Marika Robert’s reportage about the Hungarian aristocrats in Canada (The titled handymen from Hungary, July 30) I was astonished by the following passage: “It seems that children are more often ashamed than proud of their ancestry. They find it sometimes uncomfortable to have immigrants —even noble ones—for parents.” Of course, if the child is ashamed of his origin, this is the fault of the parents. Each nation has a glorious history and each nation has its heroes. My children know the history of my nation. They always ask me to tell the story and they are proud to be Hungarian-born, even though they are studying in French-Canadian schools.

-DR. THOMAS I. EEGRADY, MONTREAL.

Our“Red propaganda”on hot war

I was deeply disturbed to read Ian Sclanders’ article, Is the U. S. talking itself into hot war? (July 30). That "Canada's National Magazine” should publish such rubbish is sad and dangerous. It is easy for Canadians to criticize the U. S. when we do not have the same awful responsibility. We may not agree with . . . the wisdom of certain American policies, but. like Allen R Waterforden (Mailbag, Aug. 27). I say, “Thank God for the United States" and let us hope that our American friends realize that Sclanders does not speak for all—-or even a majority of—Canadians.-JOHN W. H. DOHERTY, OTTAWA.

*" Thank God for the sanity of Sclanders’ view . . .—

JAMES ». CUMMINGS, ROCHESTER, N.Y.

* Thank God (and men who know we need it) for the Polaris missile and other similar additions to our

deterrent force. Your article states U. S. defense spending is $231 per capita, while Canada’s is $89

per capita. If you equipped the Canadian Army with bows and arrows, you could cut that $89 to .89 per

capita.—ALAN TARBOLTON, PANORAMA CITY, CALIF.

^ I am a Canadian living in the United States for the past six years. My work takes me into all parts of the country ... I personally have come across very few' Americans (one, to be exact) who are as hysterical about the “hot war” as those interviewed by Mr. Sclanders. Possibly if he fished for information among others than TV writers, off-beat politicos and Washington lobbyists, his viewpoint might be more reasonable.—p. LKCKIE-EWING, LIGONIER, PA.

* . . . absolute Communist propaganda . . .-JEAN

HAMILTON, CORNWALL, ONT.

^ . . . timely, and appreciated by many people who have known what war MEANS.-NORMAN PRITCHARD,

COURTENAY, B.C.

^ Ian Sclanders’ article should be taken to heart by all who have respect for humanity and especially the younger generations. Joe McCarthy laid the foundation for the scare propaganda in the U. S. A. and the militarists are making hay while the sun shines.— W. CHARLES WEBSTER. OLIVER, B.C.

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Why some youngsters can’t become apprentices u* How state medicine disillusioned one doctor

How right she is — Mrs. Hileen Morris (Let's bring back child labor, Aug. 27). Our eldest son has left school and is now employed as a laborer in a garage. He realizes now he made a mistake and does not miss an opportunity to tel I his younger brother to remain in school and work hard.

Laborer? Why not apprentice? He qualifies. I he garage does not. Here is why: Under the apprenticeship scheme in Ontario, garages must employ five licensed mechanics before they may hire a lad to train as an apprentice. In the city of Ottawa there may be as many as eight establishments employing five licensed mechanics. This means that in the whole city only eight apprentices may he trained.

Why is there such a regulation? It may protect the customer from paying top prices for work done by untrained mechanics but it also makes it impossible to train and replace mechanics. Further, what is to happen to an apprentice who lias partly completed his training [when] his employer is obliged to release one of his live licensed mechanics or is unable to replace one who has left?

-—CHAS. .1. A. KI I 1 Y, (IT I AVVA.

^ As an educator in the elementary and secondary schools of Ontario for the past 44 years, I heartily agree. - ARCHIE

STOUFFER. MINDEN, ONT.

Mrs. Morris may send her children out to work, but I will keep mine home until they are old enough to work steadily. As one Canadian husband, I am becoming increasingly annoyed by some women who delight in imposing their untried theories on the Canadian public.

-( I ( II GUMMI SON, OUI I.IWACK, li.C.

Art fit for the furnace?

I wish to draw your attention to an apparent mistake in my copy of the August 13 issue. On page 17 of your article The Surprising Red, I note the in-

formation, "Paintings by Robert Bruce.” However, there arc no paintings—only a number of inept daubs probably salvaged from the wastebasket of some untalented kindergarten class. The same thing has happened with increasing frequency during the past year or so. I

particularly remember the ugly caricatures that accompanied The Fraser, and the acute embarrassment caused by most of the selection^ from What B. C. Means to Nine of Its Best Artists in a 1958 issue, which I had to burn hastily, before anyone else saw IT.-NORMAN FOWLER, CLINTON, ICC.

I know a young lady whose style is very similar to the illustrations to The Surprising Red and she might be useful to your art editor. She is six years old.-It. .1. STREATER, OMEMEE., ONI.

Doctors and state medicine

Congratulations to Dr. Harry Paikin (A doctor's case for state medicine. Aug. 27). As an ex-panel patient under the British system I am in a position to debunk the theory that a doctor loses the all-important personal relationship with his or her patient under a state-run medical SCHEME.-MRS. IM.GGY HARKI S, HAMILTON, ON I .

^ I heard all of Dr. Paikins arguments before, in 1946, in England. Then, as a younger man. I enthusiastically welcomed them, publicly sponsored them. Five years ago. sick to death of the drudgery of socialized medicine, unable to cope decently with the floods of office and house calls that daily overwhelmed me,

I moved to Canada. No better off financially. but free. I am once again a doctor. not a semi-civil SERVANT.-DR. WILLIAM M. GIBSON, OKOTOKS, ALTA.

^ Surely the present system for taking care of the health of the public cannot be too bad when life expectancy has doubled in a few years? One does not have to give detailed statistics regarding

typhoid fever, diphtheria, polio and many other diseases which were rampant a few years ago but now have disappeared entirely or been reduced in morbidity. —

DR. F. B. BOWMAN. HAMILTON, ONI.

^ It is exhilarating to know that at least one medical man is in tune with the twentieth century and not a social dinosaur like so many official spokesmen of MEDICINE.-KENNETH GRIEVE, VANCOUVER.

Censorship and the courts

In your Backtalk column of July 16 re censorship. Arthur Hammond mentioned that a book banned in Montreal cannot be imported into any part of Canada. This seems a very unhealthy state of affairs when, in effect. French law is able to supersede British for the whole of Canada, it would seem that your magazine could do a public service by clarifying just what our censorship arrangements are in Canada at the present time and. in particular, how any one province can wield so much influence.—

MRS. E. H. WINCH. SI. CATHARINES, ONI.

French law lias nothing to do with it. When a hook is found obscene in any Canadian court, it is barred at the border by customs authorities.

Canadian-German clash

I was interested to read The World War

II Battle They Fought In Canada (Aug. 13) as I had heard quite a bit about it from Germans. When, however, I asked Ottawa for information, in response to a request from a German periodical not unlike Maclean's in its function, the reply was that none of the likely departments had tiny record of such a battle!

TEe German article appeared without our help, and completely allayed our misapprehensions. The battle was described as a classic example of sportsmanship in war. Great stress was laid on Canadian fairness in not taking advantage of our superior weapons. I met half a dozen Germans who had participated, and each was proud to retell the talc. I doubt if any incident has done more to give Canada a good reputation in Germany.— PEYTON LYON, LONDON, ONT.

^ Terence Robertson's article was very interesting but I found that there was an error in geography when he placed Grizedale Hall in Northumberland. Grizedale Hall no longer exists but was located near Hawkshead in Lancashire.

—V. I . THOMPSON, TORONTO.

The not-so-hot war

Ian Schinders has obviously jumped to conclusions (Is the U. S. talking itself into hot war? July 30). We are not, as a people, assuming that a nuclear war is likely. We are not so brainwashed that we watch a succession of TV Communist villains. We spend most of our TV time fighting Indians, the bad guys of the Old West, and endless varieties of criminals, with relatively few Communists.

Here in Minneapolis the air-raid sirens are tested once each month and now are tied into our area tornado warning system. These tests are not alerts, and no one has become more familiar with bomb shelters than fire hydrants — I've never seen one.

Your writer seems to forget the peril in which England found herself before World War II—unprepared and relatively unarmed and ready to settle for "peace in our time.” We maintain that that experience should have taught us a lesson. We know that bullies cannot be appealed to in terms of honor, justice, or human rights. We don't want war but arc we to forget the lessons of HISTORY?---MRS.

(I ARK I. DWLLLL, MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.

Schinders would abridge Article I of the U. S. Bill of Rights which guarantees the rights of free speech and free press to U. S. citizens. He would deny to Americans the right to reply to the psychological warfare waged against them by the Soviet GOONS.-FRANK CUSAK, OOI 1)1 N LAKE, ONT.

Quebec election morals

I Sold My Vote — Twenty Times by Cathie Breslin (Preview, Aug. 13) is shocking, not in the political facts reported, but in the way the article was made. Have writers, journalists and reporters a code of honor and ethics? Has Maclean's one too? What the author did is not honorable for us, editors and leaders. What she deserves is the punishment of the law or the vengeance of the pèpre. —-.11.AN LABRECQUE, Cl I ARl.i SBOURU, QUE.

**” Congratulations to Maclean's for having the courage to print such articles. It is like a breath of fresh air among a lot of tripe.—II. I . MLIKE, KI.LOWNA, II.C.

** ■ ■ . a sad indictment of our election morals. The subject needed airing and she has done it in a manner which show's her to be a competent reporter and a courageous young woman. However, she states that for her help in ballot stuffing she received $25 "with which I bought a new dress and had my hair done.” If she had said, “which I subsequently remitted to the provincial treasurer,” I, for

one, should have been more impressed with her INTEGRITY.-MRS. H. C. WINCH,

COWANSVILLE, QUE.

Dogs: high life — or low life?

Re McKenzie Porter on purebred dogs in Canada (Dogs: their new, high life. Aug. 13), may I as a breeder and exhibitor this past ten or eleven years protest. I have never, and 1 mean never, soft-soaped a judge to place my dogs in the winners' circle. Also, if this dog business is such a fabulous paying prop-

osition may 1 please enter my name for Share the Wealth? As one who spends long hours working in the kennel, many nights sitting with whelping bitches, and attending numerous dog shows. I can assure you it is not all beer and skittles but hard work, and very often dirty work that a good many people would not attempt. 1 do not feel you have helped the progress of purebred dogs in Canada one little bit but rather made us all look a little foolish to the unknowing public.—

MRS. SIDNEY R. TAYLOR. RICHMOND Illi I , ONT.

After reading the article one must conclude that the owners of the dogs are just as much social snobs as they were sixty years ago when Thorstein Veblen wrote The Theory of the Leisure Class. According to Veblen. dogs were “items of conspicuous consumption." Apparently Veblen was not a maudlin lover of dogs for he wrote. "The dog has advantages in the way of uselessness . . . he is the filthiest of the domestic animals in his person and the nastiest in his HABITS."-LINN A. UAI.E, VICTORIA, B.C. ★