MAILBAG

Better cooks—men or women? / Our news is as good as their news / Speak up, friends

April 2 1966

MAILBAG

Better cooks—men or women? / Our news is as good as their news / Speak up, friends

April 2 1966

MAILBAG

Better cooks—men or women? / Our news is as good as their news / Speak up, friends

RE YOUR ARTICLE by John Belanger about the present national situation regarding women and cooking (It’s High Time Women Stopped Searching For Meaning And Started Cooking Like Granny Used To, Argument): There is no doubt he is right. It would seem that men are just naturally better cooks than women. On the other hand, it is probable that women are brainier. It would therefore seem logical that a reallocation of function be recognized: women should take over such jobs as lawyers, mathematicians, etc., and men should do the things they are best at — making war, construction work, and cooking. (PS: Women are better at washing up.) -JOHN DAVIS, VANCOUVER

* How unfortunate that Belanger’s redoubtable talents do not include the supposedly masculine one of logical deduction! Otherwise, he might have seen the obvious solution to the Modern Cooking Dilemma — let dad do it!

MRS. T. N. ROMAN, MONTREAL

* Cooking as an art has not left the home, nor has the housewife lost her touch in good plain cooking. What has been lost is the good old-fashioned flavor in a lot of our basic ingredients. Take meat for an example. It has been years since meat has had any real flavor. It’s not much wonder that housewives these days are happy to buy the “thaw-andheat” variety of food, because lack of flavor in the raw ingredients dampens any incentive toward the culinary arts. MRS. G. GARGETT, GUELPH, ONT.

* Kidding he must be — he can’t possibly be serious!

A. M. MULLINEUX, INGLESIDE, ONT.

Leave the CBC alone

Tell your television critic, Peter Gzowski, to get back to his go-go girls and leave the CBC news alone. (The Sheer Boredom Of CBC’s News, Reviews.) I have traveled extensively and I can assure you the CBC news compares favorably with any other TV news broadcast in the world. His “too many fires” complaint was out of date ten years ago. How many fires has he seen on the national news in the past six months?

P. F. JOHNSTONE, WESTMOUNT, QUE.

* I have made a silencer on my TV set for the main purpose of being able to silence the monotone, robotlike presentation of the news by Norman Depoe. I. KLEES, NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONT.

In praise of younger women

Your Editorial Get The Babies To Those Who Want Them makes a healthy and valuable plea to the community on behalf of illegitimate babies, but it suggests the public can blame teenagers for a drastic change in their behavior. It points out that there has been “a fifty percent increase in illegitimate births during the last decade.” It adds, “The increase is attributed to changed sex attitudes and conduct among teenagers.” But according to government statistics there has only been an increase of .18 percent in illegitimate births for teenagers in the last decade. A change of less than .2 percent in ten years is not cause for saying that there is a changing sex mores among our younger women. The increase in illegiti-

mate births ought to be seen within the context of a rapidly expanding population — particularly in the fact that there has been an unusually large gain in the proportion of teenagers to the total population. Some of the increase in illegitimate births comes from girls in their twenties and thirties. In these age groups there has been a significant percentage increase. It is easy and popular to deride our younger folk in sermons and articles as well as in editorials. But statistically the increase from 1.12 percent in 1956 to 1.30 percent in 1964 does not in itself represent a radical change in teenager attitude or conduct. One ought to praise our younger women, in the light of the significant increase in freedom of behavior, that the increase has only been .18 percent. — REV. GORDON WINCH, DIRECTOR, UNITED CHURCH CENTRE, ALCOHOL INFORMATION, TORONTO.

What’s dividing NATO

Re Blair Fraser’s NATO: Divided It Stands: It’s understandable that Europeans who were Germany’s enemies are resentful of any German domination of their common alliance. But the fact remains that the Germans are a main contributor to Europe’s present-day economic boom and military strength. The fact is that West Germany’s military might will be the least dangerous the more it’s integration with its partners can be achieved. It is not that the Americans are interfering in Europe’s international affairs and causing NATO’s weakness, but it is De Gaulle’s insistence on France’s special rights that prevents genuine partnership. Some of his suspicions of American interests might be justified, but the fact is, he is unwilling to co-operate with anybody stronger than himself—except on his own TERMS.-G. OTTO, STOUFFVILLE, ONT.

Say what you mean

Congratulations on a thought-provoking Editorial, The Leprosy (Pardon Us) In Our Language. It’s time for us to shed our ill-fitting Victorian verbal gowns and reveal what we really mean when the word trimmings are removed. If we continue with our policy of merely covering up “dirty words” with cleaner, more sophisticated expressions, we will lose our perspective of what the purpose of language is—mainly communication with our fellow men, not verbal diplomacy, which is too often saying nothing in too many words. Let’s not be afraid to say what we feel, and say it strongly. We may be arguing about the wording of our policy on a war while the bombs that will annihilate us are already falling.

DONNA GAREN, WINDSOR, ONT.

Business education: a disgrace

Blair Fraser’s comment on the “uneducated boss” is most appropriate (Who's Uneducated? The Boss, That’s Who, Reports). With one or two possible exceptions, universities in Canada have certainly failed to recognize their responsibility for business-management training. On the other hand, Canadian educators rightly may have been dismayed by the hodgepodge that exists in this field south of the border. The equivalent of PhDs in deep breathing are not unknown. Can-

What’s a school for, anyway? / Vietnam—what should Canada’s attitude be?

ada’s failure to perceive the importance of management education is paralleled by our continuing failure to understand the importance of fundamental and applied research. The proportion of our national effort that we devote to this important field is a disgrace. This may be one of the real but hidden penalties of the "branch plant"’ mentality. It should not take the observations of a group of Ottawa's “wise men"’ to acquaint Canadians with the obvious and startling deficiencies in business education, because they are apparent every day in the practical world. Until university boards of governors and presidents can be shown that you can’t turn out business leadership as an incidental result of a gradeschool education, or even an education in medieval history, we will continue to suffer as a nation because we have too much poor business leadership.—ttu HARRIES, 1)1 AN. FACULTY OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND COMMERCE, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, EDMONTON

What’s wrong with “sir”?

The appearance of your article on St. John’s Cathedral Boys’ School (Tom Brown's Prairie Schooldays, Reports) coincided with a visit I made to that unique seat of learning north of Winnipeg. Never did I get the impression that the boys were an overdisciplined, frightened group, such as might be imagined from reading your article. The relationship between boy and master was a particularly easy one, with mutual respect and admiration apparent on both sides. Certainly the boys called their masters “sir.” What is wrong with that?

The current disregard for good manners and respect is at the root of much of the troubled relationship existing between adult and adolescent. I found that the much overpublicized toughness legend has been grossly exaggerated by the press and that, indeed, there was a wealth of understanding between staff and student. as well as between student and student. Your correspondent’s remarks that the school "hammers little boys into men” I would refute. It is a foolish misguided remark. What is the mission of any school, if it is not to prepare its students for adulthood?

T. S. R. PEACOCK. QUEBEC CITY

Warrendale: for and against

Congratulations to Sheila Rieran on her article Where Disturbed Children Learn To Live Attain. It’s about time someone had the courage to defy "Mrs. Grundy" and to use the common-sense methods of rehabilitation that would not have been necessary if the parents had used the same common sense. Let’s thank God for Warrendale and for the wonderful people who are putting to use their "natural resources" to restore these handicapped children. - DOROTHY MACDONAI.D. REGINA

* In my opinion Warrendale is overrated. Centres of this type certainly have a place in our society. But for the autistic, schizophrenic or psychotic child, much more research is needed before the answers will be found to this serious problem. Other people besides John Brown. Warrendale's director, have been able to “reach" some of these children, but this does not mean that they have cured them.

Brown has taken a backward step in the area of research, when he does not recognize the proven biochemical abnormalities that have been discovered in the schizophrenic.

MRS. ELEANOR RUTHI RFORD, ARDEN. ONT.

* Maclean's should be commended on the article. Although some of the treatment described may seem unorthodox to the lay person, it is founded on the principles of personality development.

MISS MARVEL MILLER. CALGARY

Nothing for Shack

Your article on Eddie Shack (The New Shack: A Windmill Who — Sometimes — Plays Like A Star) was as low and underhanded as I have seen on a sports personality in quite some time. You did nothing for Shack, a guy who knows he was wrong and is trying to do better. BARRIE E. DUNCAN, DARTMOUTH. NS

The American agony

Ian Schinders' article, Vietnam: The

American Attony, is the best one I have read since the American intervention. It is gratifying to know that there are honest writers who will admit the wrong-doings of the Americans. I sincerely hope that Canada, as a member of the ICC, fulfills her obligations to the Vietnamese people by denouncing the U.S. as violator of the Geneva Agreement.

MRS. A. BOND. WINNIPEG

* The official attitude of our government regarding the tragedy in Vietnam

must surely cause shame in the hearts of many Canadians. The Americans are our allies. We will find none better. In two wars we have stood with them against forces which would destroy human freedom. Now they are fighting a similar war for the defense of that same freedom. They are fighting our battles for us. and our government is hiding behind silly excuses about belonging to a peace commission, which has no existence. If the Red tide finally engulfs our Western world (and it is a distinct possibility), we will have richly deserved our fate. For we have watched the take-over and have done nothing. — REV. H. .). NI ARY. SAINT PAUL’S CHURCH, HERRING COVE, NS

Balm to bane

Decorator Irvine may know his chintz and antiques, but he certainly doesn't know Antigua weather (Herbert Irvine: Benevolent Despot of Decor). He says it reaches a hundred and twenty degrees down there in August. Actually, in the summer season it’s likely to be cooler in Antigua than in Canada. While the thermometer never drops below seventy, it's seldom above eighty-five, and thanks to the Trade Winds, there’s always a sea breeze. — FRANK DUCKWORTII. TORONTO

Call for Coleman

I'm very glad you brought attention to the Toronto poet Victor Coleman in your Who They? column (Reports). I would be interested in seeing an article about the sometimes remarkable things that have been happening in poetr> in this country in the past five to eight years. You could start by asking Victor Coleman—and forget that he is a school dropout.—GEORGE BOWFR1NG. CALGARY if