COMMENT

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The condoning of evil in Africa/What bright kids learn in public schools

February 24 1962
COMMENT

MAILBAG

The condoning of evil in Africa/What bright kids learn in public schools

February 24 1962

MAILBAG

The condoning of evil in Africa/What bright kids learn in public schools

John Phillipson is a keen observer and I would like to commend his article (Stop whitewashing black African demagogues, Feb. 10) and also show how the West in the name of the UN did a very dangerous thing in the Congo. Following the mutiny of the army, the Belgians quite rightly flew in a force which could have re-established law and order in this unhappy country. The UN, at the request of Mr. Lumumba, sent a force to the Congo, which drove out the Belgians and treated them as criminals. The Congolese on the other hand were congratulated for having murdered and raped Belgians and for having burned many of their homes and industries. The Congolese army was allowed to keep its arms and as a result, when 1 was in Leopoldville in August, 1960, Canadian officers were beaten up at the airport and there w'ere numerous incidents in Leopoldville and elsewhere in which UN personnel were treated disgracefully. The anti-Belgian feeling which the UN fostered in the Congo in July and August 1960 is now bearing fruit and very rotten fruit it is. The condoning of evil, whether white or black is a dangerous procedure and in the case of the Congo the murderers and rapists were allowed to go unpunished and treated as black-skinned angels. 1 agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Phillipson and am happy that he has been fearless in exposing evil which can and does exist amongst our darkskinned cousins as well as amongst ourselves. - JA. DAVIDSON, M.D., ORMS-

TOWN, QUE.

How to make a snob

In an age when adulation of wealth and social position is being replaced by adulation of intellect, I suppose it is to be expected that the social snob will be replaced by the intellectual snob, (What happens when parents start schools of their own, Nov. 18. 1961). Where Canada's public schools once

weren’t good enough for socially prominent children, now they aren't good enough for intellectually prominent children. I wonder if the children whose ambitious parents are determined to enrich their curriculum along intellectual lines will make any greater contribution to society than those whose parents desired the addition to the curriculum of social graces and equestrian arts. I think of the number of leaders of today who were brought up in rural areas and who must have had a number of inadequately trained, incompetent teachers; but who had such a thirst for

knowledge that they sought it out for themselves. They also had the added immeasurable advantage of daily association with the type pf person they were going to lead in the future. I w'ould suggest that an intelligent child trained under any of Canada’s educational systems, will make of himself whatever his own ability allow's and will go as far as his ambition drives him. - MRS. J. A. KEHR, SASKATOON.

The helpful British

I have just read Leslie Hannon’s article Why Even the Tolerant British Don’t Like Us Any More (Overseas Report, Jan. 6). Britain has always held aloft the flag of freedom and has helped everyone who needed help. Why do we

not always remember to treat her with respect and HONOR?-MRS. NELLIE LIND-

SEY, TILLSONBURG, ONT.

A good-looking bloke

Many of us in the entertainment industry in Toronto are unanimous in awarding a demerit to Maclean’s and photographer Don Newlands for the shocking cover picture of Bob Goulet (The life and times of a hot property, Jan. 27). As we know he is a healthy chap, still under thirty, why in the world preface an excellent article with a picture iniquitously suggesting conditions archaic, malaric and Dracularic. Having served him as conductor, orchestrator, piano-accompanist and friend for some years, I regret that Maclean’s did not represent our well-known Canadian as the good-looking bloke that he is.— LLOYD J. EDWARD, TORONTO.

Time for Confederation

In High Places (Jan. 27) is immensely exciting and enjoyable. However, in the second instalment, we hear that the premier had five days available for a whirlwind speaking tour across the country, beginning in Toronto and ending in Quebec City and Montreal, with Fort William, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary and Regina in between. We understand, of course, that the magazine story is a condensed version of the novel, so we assume that a portion of the expurgated narrative must have described the disappearance of the four Atlantic Provinces into the sea. If not, then it might be a good idea for Premier Howden to suggest that Canada first confederate with the outports of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick as a sort of try-out for the larger union.

—KAY HILL. HALIFAX.

Please allow me to thank you. In High Places is the most absorbing story

I have read in Maclean’s since you published the late Eric Knight’s amusing Flying Yorkshireman (June 15, 1939).

—ERNEST STOTT, EDMONTON.

* It was a mistake to publish In High Places because if the political intrigue, attempted blackmail and judicial slips are a true picture of Canadian government. it is a shame to advertise IT.-J. M. PINE, BONNYVILLE, ALTA.

The new corporate image

I had just rid myself of my picture of the businessman as a hard-bitten, cigarsmoking, somewhat pugnacious individualist and replaced it with a conception of the businessman as an earnest young man working smoothly in his organization and concerned, above all else, with having good human relations all round. Now you tell me (Is it the boss that’s wrong with business? Jan. 27) that I have to imagine him as really a sort of child, rushing frantically about in his shirt sleeves trying to think up imaginary answers to imaginary questions,

playing the business game. I guess Ralph Allen is right, though. If that is what businessmen are really doing, the trouble with business is the bosses.— JOHN S. BROWNLEE, TORONTO.

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Why one man’s cornucopia is another man’s Cuba The two incorrect assumptions of our divorce laws

The second last paragraph of Ian Sclanders’ article. What a Decent Government Can Do in Latin America (Jan. 27). says in part. “Puerto Ricans . . . can pick coconuts, oranges, plantains, breadfruit and coffee from trees in their own rain forest.” A dozen words later your Washington editor continues, “a little island so lacking in natural resources . . .” What man can be on familiar terms with Canada and expect more from nature than the above cornucopia?-ALFRED RANEY. VANCOUVER.

^ As Mr. Schinders traced Puerto Rico's remarkable achievements through land reform, education and church conflicts. he seemed to be retelling the Cuban story. Cuba's developments, however, have been carried out in a far quicker and more efficient manner, due to a better government.—c. KLING, EDMONTON.

* Hey, Ian. can you swing a deal with the Puerto Ricans; three Diefenbakers, one Pearson, two Bennetts and a host of mundane politicians for one Luis Muñoz MARÍN?-JIM RAINES, VICTORIA.

It rhymes with ... ?

It’s fine to tell people how Antigonish got its name (Jan. 27), but think what a public service you would be performing if you told them how to pronounce it,TOO.-WELLS RITCHIE, WHITEVALE, ONT.

The stress is on the last syllable: Antigoni SH.—THE EDITORS.

For fun and profit

I thought the article on hobbies (Form chart on hobbies. Jan. 27) was very timely and interesting. I used to write poetry and stories for a hobby and I published a few books. As a boy I saved stamps and learned more geography as a result. I also had a camera and learned to develop and print my own pictures. Many of my group pictures were used in an Edmonton daily newspaper. Of the many hobbies I have engaged in, perhaps the most profitable and intriguing is inlay work. Recently, 1 bought a lathe and a saw and with this power equipment, which cost me a little over $100, I have done enough in a year or so to almost pay for both machines.— WILLIAM W. PARKER, EDMONTON.

Onward from Florenda Bay

I have just finished reading the second part of Arthur Hailey's In High Places (Jan. 27). I congratulate you on publishing in such interesting lengths what promises to be one of the most entertaining and possibly prophetic novels of our time. Certainly the most entertaining reading you have published since that prize novel Florencia Bay in 1957.

— E. J. BOUGHL1N, VANCOUVER.

Who is responsible for our divorce laws?

It is fine and necessary to bring to the fore the need for reform in divorce laws (The unmarried wives, Jan. 27). These laws date back to the days when two assumptions were wrongly accepted: that Christian morals can be enforced by legislation and that Christendom was

found wherever the rule of law was accepted. But it is hardly correct to accept that “Christianity” is responsible for existing CONDITIONS.-REV. J. A. FILSHIE,

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MAN.

Snowshoer’s snowshoe club

What Ken Johnstone wrote about snowshoeing (The snowless, shoeless revels of the snowshoe clubs. Jan. 6) being all but obsolete as a means of travel, and the sport of snowshoe racing being an ever-dwindling attraction, is all too true. However, we do take good-natured exception to the statement, "with World War I the English clubs disbanded and never reorganized.” Evidently you have never heard of our Sherbrooke Snowshoe Club. This is one club that did not

disband after World War I. In fact, it has been going steadily since it was organized in 1877. We are now in our 84th consecutive year. The Sherbrooke Snowshoe Club is unique in that we do not sell or allow intoxicating liquors in the clubhouse. We think you will have to travel a long way before you will find another men’s club with this distinction. -ERNEST V. KIMMIS, HONORARY SECRETARY, SHERBROOKE SNOWSHOE CLUB, SHERBROOKE, QUE.

A nuclear role for Canada

I very much appreciate the realistic approach to the problem of Canada’s acceptance of nuclear weapons (Editorial, Jan. 27). I believe that the commercially advertised rat holes will not save the millions of innocent residents of the United States in the event of nuclear war. If it ever happens, appreciable numbers may take refuge in this country and Mexico, and survive. I believe that the U. S. as a major nuclear power can dispense with Canada’s military contribution, while we organize the rescue work which is equally vital.—

H. S. GURUNLIAN, MONTREAL.

Centennial education

The finest contribution that could be made to Canadian development would be the establishment of a federal departpient of education ( 1967: the menu so far, Sept 23). Such a federal department could not only subsidize basic wage scales, but could also standardize professional teaching requirements. What an advance it would be if by 1967 we could mark the centennial with the realization that succeeding generations of Canadians would be entitled to equality in that one fundamental aspect of their lives—their public school education.—PAUL M. ROBINSON, TILLEY, ALTA. ★