COMMENT

Why one three-time surgery patient admires surgeons/The list grows for 1967

October 21 1961
COMMENT

Why one three-time surgery patient admires surgeons/The list grows for 1967

October 21 1961

Why one three-time surgery patient admires surgeons/The list grows for 1967

MAILBAG

I feel must protest Dr. Benge Atlee's attitude toward our fine surgeons (Why surgeons operate. Sept. 23). In large metropolitan hospitals patients may become cases to be used for self-aggrandizement and money. This is not so in smaller hospitals of which there are hundreds in Canada. I have had three major operations in the last IX months which most certainly would not have been performed had they not been absolutely necessary and which my surgeon has faithfully followed up by monthly checks. Furthermore. I was told to pay as I could. My clinic was not primarily interested in the money.

I cannot believe that our dedicated surgeons arc thinking of money when they stand morning after morning in the OR under glaring lights knowing that a slip of the scalpel may cost their patient his LIFE.-JEANNE FOOT, KELOWNA. B.C.

** As a surgeon I am surprised (hat the conditions described should exist in the Dalhousie area. 1 am certain that the comments refer to local conditions and certainly do not apply to the rest of Canada. If accurate. Dr. Allee himself. who has been a teacher and a leader in the community must bear some responsibility for their existence. While glamour and cold cash may have been Dr. At lee’s motivation for surgery, I know he is not speaking for ( anadian surgeons in general.— JOHN LAUGHTON. M.D.. SCARBOROUGH, ONT.

More Centennial suggestions

In addition to the suggestions referred to regarding the celebration of Canada’s centennial (1967: the menu so

far. Sept. 23). I suggest the following between the present time and 1967 inclusive. There should be as many suitable institutions as are needed to care for the aged, the chronically ill and other needy persons ... — ALBERT

KATHAN. EDMONTON.

^ Since the railroad played such a great part in our country’s history. I think we should include in our centennial celebrations a special cross-Canada

train excursion using a steam locomotive similar to the first "iron horse" which crossed ( añada . . .-MISS HERMIT E. MUR. POWELL RIVER. B.C.

^ I note that you stated, "the suggestions have ranged from the Catholic Women's league anti the Independent Order of Foresters who made the proposal about leprosy and drummed up 3.500 letters in support of their idea." As a member of the order that promoted the drive against leprosy as a centennial project, I beg to remind you that this should have read. “The ( anadian Order of Foresters” rather than “The Independent Order of Foresters.”

--FRED W. BIT E. AUX. ALBERTA.

In Tom Dooley’s footsteps

Cathie Breslin’s desperate attempt to glorify Dr. Ron Wintrob (The late Tom

Dooley’s left-hand man. Sept. 23) still leaves him unable to even put both feet in just one of Dooley’s shoes without having ample room to spare.— JAUZUS ANT ANUS, CALGARY.

^ Gee, Wintrob is IMPRESSIVE!-R. CARSIENS, VANCOUVER.

When west meets east

Robert Thomas Allen’s article (The brave, new, transistorized world. Sept. 23). reminded me of an incident with my six-year-old son this summer. I took him to Vancouver's Chinatown, preparing him all the way there by telling him that the sights and sounds would be quite different. The first person we encountered was a very old Chinese gentleman shuffling along clutching a transistor radio which blared out the ubiquitous rock and ROLL.-MRS. M. COOKE, VANCOUVER.

The rewards of canoe paddling

With great pleasure and appreciation 1 read Ted Grant’s excellent photostory. All-Canadian spectacle: Charge of the War Canoes (Sept. 23). For many years. Canadian paddling has been overshadowed by the more professional sports and has consequently lacked the publicity and support that it deserves as a truly amateur sport. A healthful summer of sunshine, water and physical fitness may be accompanied by the honor of participating in the Dominion Championships at Ottawa. From there, the senior winners go to the North American championships and from there they have a chance of reaching the Olympics. — RODERICK

HAMEY, MISSISSAUGA CANOE CLUB, COOKSVILLE. ONT.

How Camp de I.oup got its name

Re: How Kamloops gots its name

(Sept. 23). You say it means “meeting of the waters.” From 181! to 1830 “Fort Kamloops” was a fur trading post on the trail from “Fort St. George” to Fort Astoria. Oregon. John Tod was factor and the only fur brought in locally was from the north Thompson

river country and these were a few wolf pelts. So the fort at the northeast confines of the north and south Thompson rivers was in a derogatory way called “Camp de Loup.” Thence “Camaloop” and then “Kamloops.”—s. B.

BROOKE, KAMLOOPS. B.C.

The Encyclopedia Canadiana agrees with Maclean s that “Kamloops” is a corruption of the Indian word "cumcloups” meaning the “meeting of the waters.”

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For and against Brock Chisholm’s incredible ideas Why it’s an Irishman wanting an all-French Canada

It is incredible that so many people find it difficult to understand Brock Chisholm’s ideas (Another incredible Canadian. Sept. 9). To me. he is perhaps the only Canadian, or only man anywhere, with the courage to voice the truth as he sees it. It is time others wakened up and started using their hearts as well as their minds. Dr. Chisholm is a remarkably advanced thinker.

MRS. DORA CUMMINGS, VANCOUVER.

I have come to the conclusion that Dr. Chisholm is cither suffering from delusions of grandeur and should be under treatment at a mental hospital, or that Dr. Chisholm is a shrewd operator who expresses shocking and unorthodox views C.O.D. People love to be shocked and Dr. Chisholm is well aware that they are prepared to pay for the privilege. — MRS. R. J. WHELAN,

ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND.

* If we had another thousand men like Brock Chisholm, the world would be a much better place to live in. — A. E.

PEARCE, W. LEAKLEY, ONT.

There are scores of thousands of North Americans — to say nothing of others elsewhere — who consciously and explicitly hold views of the same order. There unquestionably are millions who, unconsciously and by implication, live and act according to the philosophy Chisholm exemplifies. Label it “agnosticism” or whatever, its essence is “humanism” ... — R. c. SABIS-

TON, TORONTO, ONT.

Another source of arms

Alan Bedoe is quite correct in his remarks concerning bogus heraldry (Mailbag. August 26). He is incorrect in his comment that the only possible source of authentic arms for Canadians is the College of Arms in London, England. Canadians of Scots families should apply to Her Majesty’s Chief Herald for Scotland, the Lord Lyon King of Arms at the Register House, Edinburgh. This officer has the full authority with respect to the Arms to he borne by Scotsmen and those of Scottish descent. —

L. C. MACPHERSON, AURORA, ONT.

An insoluble Irishman's solution

It is unusual and refreshing to find the opening article (The case [and blueprint] for an all French Canada, Sept. 9) in your estimable publication given over to flights of pure fantasy.

Neither Hans Andersen, t h e Brothers Grimm, nor Mother Goose (may her tribe increase) would ever have had the effrontery to insult the intelligence of a whole nation with such psychopathic farce as has Michael Sheldon. Of

course not! Because, you see, none of these whimsical works were produced by an Irishman! An Irishman who, with the blind, bland prejudice of his tiny race, considers the inebriated ado-

lescence of the normal St. Patrick’s day celebrations as a “picturesque aspect of English-speaking folk life.” However,

Mr. Sheldon must be at least a sixth generation inhabitant of Canada. He is not a Canadian. Irishmen always remain Irishmen, being ever insoluble in the cultural liquid of other nations. If his forebears had lived here for only, say, three generations he would have suggested, very fair-mindedly, that all Canadians should speak not French but Erse. This would have earned him an even louder laugh than he has already received. - H. M. FRANCIS, VICTORIA.

Our overseas sports car set

As the wife of one of these “select four hundred,” a jet fighter pilot, I would like to question Leslie Hannon’s Overseas Report of Sept. 9. (The cold war is still cool for Canada’s NATO forces.) A visit to an actual squadron would,

I am afraid, sadly disillusion Mr. Hannon. Most of the aircrew on squadrons arc married, and the nineteen-year-old is vastly outnumbered by his older brethren. All would be unanimously in favor of the pay raise necessary to reach the handsome $750 to $850 per month reported by Mr. Hannon. Then all could in reality buy the “smart sports cars” and proceed to “cut swathes” wherever they go. After reading a misleading article such as this, I can see why the average Canadian taxpayer begrudges money spent on defense. — LOIS ETHERINGTON, VILLE LEMOYNE, QUE.

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An apology

Maclean’s apologizes to the two girls whose picture appeared on page 23 of the issue of this magazine of September 9th, 1961, as part of a photo story called “A week-end with the Wild Ones.”

Maclean’s photographer. Don Newlands, took many pictures at random at Wasaga Beach and this happened to be among them. There was no intention of casting any reflection on the character of either of them.

Maclean’s now knows that the two young ladies, who are 13 and 15 years of age, were at Wasaga Beach for about an hour on the way to visit a friend whose cottage was further north. They were accompanied by the mother of one of them and by two other children. They stayed only long enough to have lunch and a swim.

Maclean’s also desires to apologize to the three youths whose pictures also accompanied the article. Maclean’s has no reason whatsoever to believe that those youths were at Wasaga Beach for other than quite good and proper reasons and regrets if any other meaning may have been suggested.

Maclean’s regrets very much the anguish and embarrassment which has been caused these young people and their families and Maclean’s photographer. Don Newlands, joins in this apology.

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Roll call of some anti-Ian Sclanders conservatives Why we shouldn’t set concrete goals for UNESCO

fan Sclanders’ article (Roll call of the fast - growing, war - minded American Right, Aug. 26) would probably provoke the average American conservative into a polite yawn. His reference to President Kennedy as a “cautious liberal” would be greeted with derisive hoots and cat-calls from any audience in the U. S. This president has prodded the government into a spending program that leaves even the liberals gawking in amazement. The remainder of the article is devoted to triumphantly exposing Senator Goldwater and American conservatism as part and parcel of every crackpot society in the country. That mouldy theme has been thoroughly overworked down there, but can probably still find some swallowers in Canada. The conservative voice that is being raised in the United States is a natural reaction to that government’s attempt to underwrite the free world, and at the same time pursue a costly domestic program of questionable merit.

—L. HENRY TIMMINS, GEORGETOWN, ONT.

^ The left-wing bias in Ian Sclanders’ article is well exemplified by his description of Alger Hiss as a man "accused by an ex-Communist ... of being a Communist spy.” He should also have mentioned the fact that the charges against Hiss were corroborated by documentary evidence and that the jury in the case convicted Hiss of lying under oath. Another example of bias is to be found in Sclanders’ suggestion that those responsible for maintaining U. S. support of Nationalist China are the same sort of irrational “right-wingers” who have opposed NATO. In fact the backers of the Committee of One Million —the most important organization opposing concessions to Mao Tse-tung— include such moderate and liberal senators as Clifford Case of New Jersey, Paul Douglas of Illinois. Kenneth Keating and Jacob Javits of New York, Stuart Symington of Missouri, Margaret Chase Smith of Maine, and Hubert Humphrey of MINNESOTA.-DR. K. H. W.

HiLBORN, LONDON, ONT.

* It is unfortunate that Sclanders, while exposing the methods of Barry Goldwater and some right-wing societies, makes use of language that seems to earmark him either as a left-wing roll-caller or simply as a Communist.— C. A. POTTER, MONTREAL.

* I have devoured much mystery and science fiction, but nothing in the world of fantasy has ever inspired such chilling horror as did Sclanders’ article. Has arrogance and self-righteousness ever combined with utter childishness to such a degree? These "conservatives” are going to have the world on their own terms or destroy it. This attitude is understandable in small children fighting over the possession of a toy, but for supposed men of education it is catastrophic! Acting upon their theory that since war is inevitable why not begin now, we might go on to the conclusion that since everyone will die sometime, let us all commit suicide and get it over with. I would suggest that an area of the U.S., perhaps the State of Florida, be evacuated of its sane inhabitants and that Senator Goldwater and his followers be confined there. Thus, when Russia quite naturally retaliated after

the American attack upon her, these men may be quickly wiped out by Communist nuclear weapons and the rest of North America will be left reasonably intact for the unenlightened souls who wish to live in PEACE.-M. E. SHADLOCK, PORT CREDIT, ONT.

* He is born into a lot of dough, goes to Yale, wears nothing but grey-flannel suits and joins the Young Americans for Freedom. Upon graduation he marries—a socially correct young lady, of course—moves to the silk stocking district and spends Friday evenings lauding the great goodness of free enterprise. At 31 he joins the John Birch society and revels in suspecting the President and Mrs. Jones-down-thestreet of membership in a Communist plot to subvert the republic. He is a hard - headed, cold - hearted, insularminded anachronism who damns foreign

aid, chuckles at human misery and picnics on “the brink.” He is an American Conservative, a member of the nefarious right. Come off it, Mr. Sclanders! Were it not for lack of reference to the desirability of a 24-hour work week, your article might have been mistaken for the text of a harangue by Walter Reuther before a meeting of the Americans for Democratic ACTION.-M.

BRIAN MULRONEY, BAIE COMEAU, QUE.

UNESCO’s role

The article on UNE.SCO (Sept. 9) has utterly failed to grasp the aims and methods of that organization. This article is filled with unsympathetic personal opinion, petty criticisms, sneering remarks, and glaring gaps. The writer condemns UNESCO’s structure and methods, but never suggests a better way for one international organization to improve education, science, and culture throughout the world. The article’s main criticism is that UNESCO has produced more words than deeds, but surely Canada’s national magazine has a strong faith in the power of words for the good of mankind. It is absurd to suggest that UNESCO should strive only for immediate, practical, concrete results; I suppose the writer would have UNESCO spend its entire 1962 budget of sixteen million dollars on building sixteen gleaming high SCHOOLS!-ALLEN M. TOUGH, TORONTO.

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Do kindergartens do kids more harm than good?

Eileen Morris (Let’s stop wasting our five-year-olds’ minds. For the sake of argument, Aug. 26) says: "What they learn (in kindergarten) is of 1837 vintage.” Even worse is the fact that in Manitoba our children do not learn as much in the primary grades as they did in 1908. The Department of Education Report for that year listed 834 simple words which were learned by phonics in Grade 1 (bad, fed, did. rob. etc.) and stated, "it is found that when the children can spell this list correctly and are drilled upon the irregular words afterwards that the subject of spelling presents little difficulty in the senior grades.” By contrast the Department of Education "Program of Studies” for 1955 stated that children in Grades one to three would master the spelling of 690 words—by SIGHT!-MRS. E. G. JOHNSON, WINNIPEG.

^ Shortly after I arrived here from Scotland. 1 took advantage of the school’s “open house” week to visit the kindergarten of a nearby school, since my son was shortly to receive his initiation into the great world of learning. I was dismayed to find that equipment and the teacher’s approach were all very familiar lo me: 1 had seen them before in a nursery school for three-to-fouryear-olds in Edinburgh, which, as a student teacher, 1 had been required to visit. At the end of his year in kindergarten, my son’s teacher told me she sometimes had to speak to him three times before he even heard her. I asked him why and he said. "Well, we do the same things over and over. 1 listen if it’s something new'.” His “withdrawal ’ defense against boredom was so complete that the habit is apparently a permanent one. After an IQ test in the second grade he was given a month’s trial in an accelerated class to sec if he would wake up. He failed to give up his “continual dreaming” within the given time. This is only one case. It must be repeated many times within the province every year. . . . By treating our five-year-olds like toddlers, we arc denying them the stimuli which encourage mental and emotional development.

-MRS. SHONA ARTHUR, HAMILTON, ONT.

^ Singing and story telling are, of course, still an integral part of kindergarten curriculum everywhere. And why not? Music and literature are not childish toys to be put behind one at the grand old age of five. To treat the two as infantile amusements is, perhaps, to explain why Canada is singularly lacking in both at the present time. Just because Johnny has learned to sing Mary had a Little Lamb at home is no reason why he should not go on to Brahms’ Lullaby the next year — and Brahms’ Lieder when he grows up.—

MRS. T. D. OVERHILL, WINNIPEG, MAN.

* Why, when school accommodation and staff are at such a premium, do kindergartens still exist? I he theory, held by some, that a child is not mature enough at five years of age to begin the "three Rs” is discounted by thousands of British children annually. We feel grateful that our daughter did not attend kindergarten. Because her schooling was begun in Scotland just before her 5th birthday, she is commencing high school this fall at the age of 12 with the possibility of graduating at 17. Much as I favor good education, my

sympathy goes out to young men and women of 18 and 19 who feel, not unnaturally, that it is time they started to augment the family income and so leave school without completing their course and with comparatively little to show' for all the 14 years or so they spent there. — MRS. A. ROBERJSON,

PETERBOROUGH, ONT.

* My wife has taught in New Brunswick and Labrador and we have one child ready to begin school this year. Like the daughter of Mrs. Morris our

little girl is eager to learn. During our three years in Quebec she was beginning to speak French. Counting, coloring and lettering are old stuff to her and 1 would agree with Mrs. Morris that radio. TV and the record player have taught her more than she would ever get in a nineteenth-century-style kindergarten. . . . There is not only the danger of boring our children under the present drawn-out system but there is also a great danger of making them lazy. — REV. E. G. KING, SCARBOROUGH, ONT.

^ Mv six*-ycar-old has just finished kindergarten with a very good school report. She was assessed bright because she could recognize colors, count up to twenty, knows her telephone number, knows her address. In my disgust I remarked that a five-year-old, even a bright four-year-old should know these things. With a frustrating finality the teacher replied, definitely nor. Welcome aboard, Eileen Morris. With luck on our side we may have the good fortune to see a change in our lifetime.—D. CLEMENTS. COOKSVIELE, ONT. if