COMMENT

EDITORIAL

January 6 1962
COMMENT

EDITORIAL

January 6 1962

MAILBAG:

What the new epidemics mean to chiropractors / Life outside fallout shelters

COMMENT

Thank goodness — at last an honest article [The new epidemics, Dec. 2]. Nothing could have spoken better for chiropractic principle and helped make "people understend that “there are no specific diseases, only specific disease conditions.” There is indeed more to disease than the germ theory of medicine which, to quote again, is “oversimplification” as an answer to any imbalance of nature’s forces. It is to be appreciated that medicine is working hard for the betterment of mankind but there seems to be a trend, and it is to be hoped that today’s chiropractic principles, so hard fought for. are not accepted by an uninformed public as tomorrow’s medical discoveries. — F. E.

ROBERTS, LONDON, ONT.

If all the people who are building or contemplating building bomb shelters would use the money to help make cleaner hospitals, cleaner restaurants, cleaner hotels and motels, and yes, cleaner homes, a lot of these microbes and virus infections could be checked. — S. JACKSON. WINDSOR. ONT.

After the bombs have fallen

Has the Toronto writer who has built

a fallout shelter ( Background. Dec.

2) plus shotgun, considered that his money might have been better spent on space research to benefit mankind?

Is he aware that the ostrich with his head in the fallout shelter is in for a w hopping lot more than just radioa.tive tail feathers? NICKEL, OTTAWA.

Another Frank Pickersgill story

Following their escape from the St. Denis internment camp for British civilians in Paris in 1940, Frank Pickersgill (The scholar Buchenwald couldn't break, i 2) and J. W. Flicks were

traveling on a bus through France, when the bus stopped for examination of papers, which, of course, the two men did not have. The French policeman deliberately turned his back, allowing them to step down from the bus and continue on foot along the road. Some 20 minutes later, Pickersgill and Hicks heard a loud honking of the bus horn behind them, and turned around to see the bus coming toward them, the passengers waving and cheering from the WINDOWS.-MISS B. CLARKE, EDMONTON.

Food for prejudice

The attitude expressed in the pithy title of Jane Becker’s story (A discriminatory report on the undeserving poor. Nov. 4) is an example of what many people arc faced with once they have been obliged to seek public assistance. That their only means of self-defense is antisocial behavior or complete retreat from competition, should not be beyond our comprehension. We cannot write them off because they are no longer attractive. The other disturbing aspect of this handy tag you have hung on your fellow' citizens is that it is sufficiently short and rhythmic to stay in the memory of the already prejudiced. One reason so little has been done to get these people back on their feet is the very prejudice you are FEEDING.-MRS. LILLIAN BURKE. INFORMATION OFFICER, ONTARIO WELFARE COUNCIL.

The disciplined sailor

You had obviously read my official reports carefully because the sequence of events was exactly as you described [The most agonizing hour of the war at sea. Nov. 18]. What was particularly interesting to me was the sequence of events as far as Jim Goad was concerned. I hail no idea he was conscious while trapped below decks. Possibly he didn't know that when the water pushed him up through three hatches (which were not vertically above one another) he was pulled out of the flooded compartment by his hair — the only part of him which could be reached. He

apparently came to immediately and went, without any orders, to his correct damage control station. This shows what training and discipline will do. because I understand Jim was really in a state of shock the whole time and subsequently did not remember any of his actions. — n. NELSON LAY. REAR

ADMIRAL RUN. RET,, OTTAWA.

When the Scots were beaten

People in high places are always shining marks for scandal mongers [Julie: portrait of a royal mi>tress. Sept. 9). I am not surprised that the author is a Scot, and that the article is published

in a Scottish magazine. The Scots have never got over the chagrin they felt that their presumptuous bid to rule England w ith the Stuarts was frustrated at Culloden Moor. This battle was final, but the Scots will not accept the verdict. The best they can do is to call the Hanoverians foreign kings, or to claim that they were partially Stuarts. Old England has generally found a champion in time of need, as Oliver Cromwell proved to be.

-H. Ti l VAN. TORONJO.

The tools of survival

Ken Johnstone’s amusing article (How I came through the great ice storm of ’61. Dec. 2) illustrates perfectly how helpless, soft and useless many Canadians are fast becoming. After having lived four years in a log cabin on a mining claim in northwestern Ontario, I suggest he purchase a saw, axe and either an Aladdin lamp or a gas lantern. In an emergencytYie would then be pre-

pared to keep warm by an *fcjJ¿tyto cut his own wood and also be able tt spend his evenings in good reading am writing by excellent light with no dis TRACTIONS.-MRS. A. T. OLIVER, FORT

WILLIAM, ONT.

In another man's moccasins

The Indian in most cases is well awa. of the degrading impressions many v. the non-Indians have of him ( Barsground, Dec. 2). We know the poor conditions in which we must live and what is necessary to improve them. What we can do without is tlc sympathy offered, especially since i» has the unpleasant odor of insincerityAs a possible solution for a bett*‘r understanding between white '-n(J Indian people we might all heed this old Indian proverb: Never let me judge of criticize a man until 1 hvaW walked in his moccasins for two WEEKS.4-R\Y WILLIAMS. VANCOUVER. N* "»

The code of Quebec

Unless the ladies referred to [Quebec', working widows, Dec. 2] were married in France, they were not “brought up and married under the Code Napoleon.” This frequent misnomer for the Civil Code of the Province of Quebec is understandable in view of our codifiers having drawn so heavily on the Code Napoleon. However. Quebec has had its own Code since 1866 and it does incorporate much of what was formerly the droit commun of our province. I am happy to admit that this is a minor cavil with respect to one of the many excellently written and informative articles that have made Maclean’s a must at oi'k house. — R. ROBERT BENSON,

MON1* AL.

Thewbverted artist

Wr'i^all your excitement about économes you seem to have neglected aeihetics and reproduced my painting urfide down [The overnight bull market in modern painting, Dec. 2). — TONY

URQUHART, LONDON, ONT.

MORE MAILBAG ON PAGE 6

IVI A I L B A G continued from page 2

Wanted: $500,000,000 worth of public shelters The wide open door: does it really make jobs?

Your editorial (Two ways to get more fallout shelters without more hysteria, Nov. 18) is more than misguided—it is a complete misfire. Let our government spend $500,000,000 a year (one third of our present defense budget) on communal shelters; they will find not mass panic but a growing assurance, a new feeling of direction, a sense of national purpose. Within two or three years we would have shelters for the six million people in our most populated areas. The choice is not. as you suggest, between moderation and hysteria but between hesitation and direction. Nothing breeds hysteria more effectively than lack of direction; nothing dispels it faster than positive ACTION.-NORMAN R.

PATERSON, TORONTO.

Immigrants and jobs

It is always puzzling to me when an economist states that one way to lift the country’s economy is to open the gates allowing a flood of foreigners into Can ada to create an expanded consumer market for our industry. In the Nov. 18 issue of Maclean’s W. Allan Beckett puts forth this “gate opening” theory, in Jobless Outlook: Why Numbers Will Fall, Hardship Rise. In the same article Mr. Beckett also says that the present large number of unemployed Canadians is a drag on the economy. These two statements seem completely contradictory to me. Most immigrants coming into the country have very little money they can add to the consumer market. In the meantime, the immigrant is competing with Canadian unemployed in the employment market. By the way, since when did the size of a country’s population save it from a depression or recession? Just look to the south. The idea of drying up the flood by adding more water needs a little more explaining, don’t you THINK?-R. MATHESON,

LONDON.

Mr. Beckett replies: "An immigrant usually arrives in this country with two things—first, a little money, so that for a while he is a consumer hut not a producer, and so boosts employment: second, a level of skill that is higher than that usually found among unemployed Canadians. As a result he fills a job where his skill is needed, even in periods of unemployment. It is likely to be the kind of job that produces other jobs, and eventually he puts some unskilled worker back to work."

Who knows right from wrong?

Mr. John J. Gabriel says [Mailbag, Nov. 4j that ‘any man who really sees no distinction between right and wrong, good and bad, is obviously unbalanced.’ Mr. Gabriel seems to imply that he knows. If he does, he is hiding his light in not telling the rest of the world. It would be interesting to hear an exact and verifiable definition of a relative thing which exists only in the mind of Mr. Gabriel. — s. A. THOMSON, SORRY, MAINE.

Counting the listeners

W'e were more than a little surprised to read [Four ways to make a million. Oct. 21] that Geoffrey Stirling had managed to attract to his radio station a larger share of audience than any of the competitors in Montreal. If Mr.

Porter had checked BBM listener surveys he would have found that the latest figures place Mr. Stirling’s station third in this important market. Just for the record, here are the audience figures: CJAD — 192.000 radio homes; CFCF — 170,000 radio homes; CKGM — 131,600 radio homes (Stirling). Hardly the success story Mr. Porter’s article indicates. - H. T. MCCURDY, CJAD,

MONTREAL.

—The statement in the article was based on a personal-interview circulation survey by the market research firm of Elliott-Haynes Ltd. In the broadcasting, industry, one survey is considered as competent as the other. — THE EDITORS

The Rat Portage flour mill

In reference to your feature item [How Kenora got its name, Nov. 4[ about the change of name from Rat Portage to Kenora, may I add the real reason. The Maple Leaf Milling Co. were interested in erecting a flour mill in Rat Portage, but said they could not sell flour over-

seas coming from a place with a name like that. A vote was taken and the name was changed. Incidentally, the4 name Kenora was not completely unfamiliar because a steamer “Kenora” ran from Rat Portage to Rainy River for a number of years. Subsequently it was cut in half, transported to Lake Winnipeg and sailed on that lake for many years. For that matter, it may be still there. — A. C. L. ADAMS, WHITEHORSE, YUKON.

The Montreal branch

The story on Associated Senior Executives of Canada [The case for retiring (but not quitting) at 50. Nov. I8| omitted any reference to the Montreal division. Since October 2 more than 40 retired executives have been listed and some of them have been assigned to work with clients of our group — all in a period of less than four weeks.

— w. A. LAWRENCE, MONTREAL

Yadsie and the travelers

There appeared a statement [Mailbag, Dec. 2] to the effect that Miss Yadsie Urbanowitz. subject of your write-up Yadsie Meets All Trains, July 15. 1951, was resigning in December. As Executive Director of the Travellers’ Aid Society of Montreal Inc. I am happy to state that she has not resigned. She is and, we trust, may elect to continue as director of Travellers’ Aid services at the Port of Montreal. — M. JEA*

HENSHAW, MONTREAL.