IN OUR VIEW — AND YOURS

LETTERS

May 1 1970
IN OUR VIEW — AND YOURS

LETTERS

May 1 1970

LETTERS

Joe, Mariya & The Promised Land

Pamela Andres’s tender, yet rugged, true Canadian love story, Joe And Mariya In The Promised Land, was so vividly portrayed that I could smell the coal oil, taste the fish, shiver in the icy temperatures and feel that empty void they experienced in 40 years of separation. It was an enlightening experience for me to learn that such primitive conditions still remain to be endured in our opulent way of life.

MARCEE HUGHES, LONDON, ONT.

* Thanks for a beautiful portrait of some inspiringly fine and simple people. Writer Pamela Andres has that insight we don’t see too often.

DAVID B. STITT, BARRIE, ONT.

* I do not mind telling you that I shed a few tears.

MRS. ETTA PRESTON, WINCHESTER, ONT.

* It is the most tragic story I have ever read. How can life be so brutal to one poor, meek woman? The fact that love could stay alive through such adversity is wonderful.

ALEX WOODS, SALMON ARM, BC

* It is the best story ever. It provides that fresh Canadian outlook on life. The author at once shows how life can be full of tragedy and yet so full of happiness if only for so short a while. Bravo! DAN KALAWSKY, REDWATER, ALTA.

Vietnam: it’s our war

I was shocked by Walter Stewart’s ironic tirade on Canada’s part in the Vietnam war (Proudly We Stand, The ‘Butcher’s Helper’ In Southeast Asia, In Our View — And Yours). I never read a more vituperative, one-sided, Communist-slanted article. Stewart carefully refrained from mentioning the thousands upon thousands of Viet Cong aggressors, backed by heathen China, who streamed down from the North to overwhelm South Vietnam and its millions of helpless refugees who had fled from the North to escape Communist aggression. -He failed also to mention the horrible atrocities of the Northern invaders. We Canadians should be grateful that we are sheltered behind the strength of the United States and that they are fighting manfully to keep the Communist dgspoilers from our country.

ELBERT PATTERSON, OTTAWA

* There is only one sure way to put an end to war and its horrors and that is to take the profit out of it. As long as it pays better to kill and maim_ people than to make the world a better place to live in, we shall have wars.

CECILIA L. HILL, PARKSVILLE. BC

* This article is surely enough to make every half-baked Left-wing fellow traveler and pseudo-intellectual parlor-pinko in the country stand right up and cheer. So war is hell? True. Women and children get hurt? Right. It is a tragic fact

that thousands of them were killed and maimed in World War II, before Hitler and his mob were stopped. And if they had not been stopped there would be no facetious articles in Maclean’s — indeed, there would be no Maclean’s. The inroad of international Communism must also be stopped before it reaches our doorstep; and that is precisely what the United States is doing in Vietnam right now. Yes, it is our war the U.S. is waging in Vietnam and it is our freedom and the freedom of generations to come the U.S. is defending. - T. JAMIESON

QUIRK, MAJOR (RET.), VERMILION, ALTA.

* There are many groups in Vancouver, protesting and demonstrating in every way they can against Canada sending arms and equipment to the U.S. to fight in the illegal war in Vietnam. The sooner the U.S. decides it cannot win the war in Vietnam, and makes a complete and unconditional withdrawal from that unfortunate country, the better.

C. O. H. PEASE, VANCOUVER

* The Vietnam war has been raging for most of my teenage life, and I have been forced again and again to ponder on the justifications for such a war. I continuously end up with the same conclusion: I am glad the Americans have fought in Vietnam, and I am sorry they are pulling out. Not only were the Americans asked to help in South Vietnam, but they had a moral obligation to help a small country being overrun by Communism. Because of Stewart and others like him, the killing in Asia will continue.

DAVID RAITHBY, BRANTFORD, ONT.

At last — real girls!

I strongly recommend that in future fashion features you keep choosing models from the Finnish-Canadian Gymnastic Club, as you have done in Snow, Saunas And Swimsuits. That was the smartest move you’ve made in years. Even the appleheads out in Moose’s Armpit, Alberta, will be able to appreciate those chicks! Give us more! Down with skinny models!

DAVE SANDERSON, TORONTO

The credit-spy: Big Brother, 1984

Congratulations for bringing to light the activities of our Big Brothers, 1984 style

— the friendly credit bureaus {The Credit-Spy Can Ruin You, Canada Report, March). It is bad enough that our own government has us all computerized, but when these international super-snoopers get their grubby hands into our private lives, that is going too far. We need laws to protect people’s privacy and make these companies liable in a court of law for information they distribute that is false or misleading.

VICTOR W. HAY, KYLE, SASK.

In 1963, an erroneous credit report finished the business career of Bruce McGrath, the writer of the following letter. Now attempting to start a new career, he is studying law at the University of Western Ontario, London. The full story of McGrath’s trial by credit reporting was told in The Credit-Spy Can Ruin You.

What happened to me can happen to you. Help yourselves and your families

— react now. We need laws with teeth in them to prevent such a thing ever happening again. Those responsible for ruining a man’s life can be easily traced, and, if they were dealt with severely, this would certainly deter others so inclined. I will be doing research into this problem during the summer and I would like anyone who knows, or feels, he or she has been similarly harmed, to write to me, in fullest confidence, c/o Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario, LONDON.-BRUCE MCGRATH, LONDON, ONT.

* The message contained in this article is the most disturbing I have ever encountered on life in Canada. The implications leave me stunned! This hideous rape of a person’s right of privacy is both unnatural and totally unacceptable. It is a potentially vicious force that can easily nullify most freedoms, which too many of us take for granted.

JOHN M. HOGGAS, ST. JOHN’S, NFLD.

Pollution: put down the shotgun!

Pollution is a serious matter. Wild blasts of invective by worthy people screaming at each other will get us nowhere. The attack by Dr. Donald Chant on Dr. R. Geddes Large in your March Letters (In Öur,View — And Yours) is unworthy, sad and useless. To quote Chant against himself, he used “the ‘shotgun’ technique of reaction that sprays the entire landscape with hysterical rebuttal, denial and abuse.’’ He reaches his low point in calling Dr. Large V “yahoo” when, in fact, he is a fine doctor, the son of a medical missionary and has livëd his life in useful public service. I lived jn Prince Rupert with my family for a number of years, working at the pulpmill. Pollution of the ocean by the pulpmill and the fish plants was insignificant. This was under constant survey. Simply to cry havoc instead of defining the problem is no help at all. The technical solutions to the problems of eliminating pollution are known and relatively simple: we need more light on the financial and political problems,

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and solutions that we are prepared to accept. Pollution from any source can be dealt with technically, but we must be willing to pay for it. We are in sore need of acceptable means of balancing benefits and costs and of assigning financial responsibility, so that we can solve the genuine economic and political problems that are the real pimple in the path of pollution progress. - MORRIS WAYMAN,

PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Women’s liberation: bondage?

I am always suspicious of those who would liberate me. Somehow I feel they would really substitute one form of bondage for another. Margaret Daly’s article bears this out (How Women In Power Keep Other Women Powerless). She and her fellow “liberationists” would remake me in their own image. To be a success, to really make it in their glossy, brave new world, I would have to fill a big job with a big salary and make the really big decisions. I wouldn’t make it as a wife or a mother or a nurse or an elementary schoolteacher, and I certainly wouldn’t make it as a Barbie doll. Margaret Daly may whine, bitch and explain all she wants, but how dare she say that women exploit other women, when she herself is guilty of the cheapest type of exploitation? She makes a comparison between the “plight” of women and the terrible tragedy inflicted on the American Negro, hoping thereby to gain sympathy by association. In drawing that comparison, she exploits the Negro to add strength to her own shallow arguments. — MRS. HELEN SALLMEN, OTTAWA

New nationalists or puppets?

Congratulations to Maclean’s for having the guts to stand up and be counted, by publishing The Heartening Surge Of A New Canadian Nationalism (Canada Report, February). To “fan this flame,” as you put it, will call for a steady barrage of recrimination and even ridicule hurled against the mountain of inferiority complex and ingrained apathy that is the hallmark of Canadians. When one is , confronted with a nation of willing puppets, content to dance to whatever tune their American masters wish to play, there is nothing much left to work with for the ones who really care. Maclean’s is in a favorable position to carry the torch. The ripple you start may grow into a tidal wave of regeneration. —

DONALD M. MCDONALD, ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, ALTA.

* If you continue to have such hatefilled issues against the United States and Americans in general (your best friends, whether you realize it or not) and against everything from the United States, please cancel my subscription. I don’t care to have this Communistsounding hatred coming into my home. We all here in Texas have always spoken nothing but the highest praise for you Canadians and Canada. I cannot

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understand why you hate us so. Don’t you think it might be well to check into the backgrounds of some of your writers — Courtney Tower, especially? You might find a loyal Communist member.

K. D. BLAIR. SILSBEE, TEXAS

* Well that does it! You can keep your rotten, lousy magazine. Don’t think we can’t see through you. You're promoting socialism and trying to destroy the best leader Canada has. You'll ruin Canada with your bloody nationalism.

MRS. M. CHARBONNEAU, HALIFAX.

T Surely there is more to Canadian nationalism than being anti-American. Your concept, in my opinion, is both narrow and bigoted. I do not subscribe to anti-Americanism or to a return to 19th-century nationalism, which you apparently are advocating as a substitute for a Canadian identity.

F. H. SNYDER, KITCHENER. ONT.

Bramalea: is there a better way?

Walter Stewart’s article on the Bramalea housing development, The Wrong Way To Solve The Housing Crisis, has confirmed my opinion that not since the days of the Family Compact has Ontario had such a fat pork barrel.

FRANCES K. HUFF, WALLACEBURG, ONT.

5k I was somewhat surprised to see a picture of my house (left) at the top of page 24 under the caption, “This Is The House That Built lack.” Walter

Stewart did not

ask my permission to use this picture. I feel that Stewart has done an excellent job.......However, his report also con-

tains an implicit attack on the entire quality of life in Bramalea. I do not feel that he interviewed enough residents to form a valid opinion of the human side of this story. Most residents of the H.O.M.E. (Home Ownership Made Easy) areas of Bramalea did not choose this community as the ideal place to live. The low down payments and moderate monthly payments self-selected the new residents. The H.O.M.E. plan,-’offered home ownership to a group of people formerly excluded from thé housing market. The total down payment, including legal fees, for my four-bedroom house (built in 1968) was $1,943. The present monthly carrying charges, which include principal, interest, taxes and land rental, amount to $192 per month. In the Toronto area it is impossible to purchase a similar house without a much higher down payment and higher monthly carrying charges. My house is about a twominute walk from a shopping plaza. I am sure that very few women in Bramalea trudge a mile to a store with any regularity, as suggested in Stewart’s article.

Stewart implies that Bramalea Construction, the building, arm of Bramalea Consolidated, built all the houses in Bramalea. This is not the case. Houses built by some 12 builders are represented in the H.O.M.E. areas. My particular house was constructed by A. B. Penno Construction Co. Ltd. One of the real criticisms of the H.O.M.E. plan not uncovered by Stewart is that the Ontario government exercised little control over the builders and what they were offering for $15,000. Several of the smaller builders offered a reasonable range of amenities with their houses. Others did, in fact, construct what Stewart describes as a “small, roughly finished house.” In buying in Bramalea, it was very much a caveat emptor situation. 1 would refer Stewart to a book that resulted from a study commissioned by the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, called The Suburban Society, by S. D. Clark. Prof. Clark completed this study in 1965 in and around the Metro Toronto area. He found that the average suburbanite is not unhappy with his lot.

BARRY L. SMITH, BRAMALEA, ONT.

Both sides of The Poverty Wall

In his review of my book. The Poverty Wall (Reviews, March), Philip Sykes raises a point that demands rebuttal. He compares my book unfavorably with The Rich And The Super-Rich, by the American author Ferdinand Lundberg. To make the comparison is clearly ridiculous and to do so reveals in a curious way much of the preciousness and condescending unfairness that mark much of today’s middle-class journalism. Lundberg is without doubt a scholar. His book, which I admire, is a deep and complex study of the rich and powerful in the United States. And it is from this academic perspective that Lundberg has been researching his subject since 1937 — the year in which I was born. He was also able to spend three years, from 1965 to 1968, producing the final draft. To accomplish all this he had the assistance of several universities and academic institutions; but more important, he had considerable financial support for his work. My book usbased on an entirely different perspective. It is the product of direct observation from living and working among the poor. To this I have added information on how the poor have been resolutely ignored in Canada. To accomplish this I have never had much more than my own slender financial resources to rely upon.

IAN ADAMS, LEAKSDALE, ONT.

Philip Sykes replies: “Uh, huh. Adams's complaint merely confirms the point I made in my review: he is not equipped to make general definitions about society, as Lundberg was and is. But Adams was not inhibited by this consideration when he compiled his book. In addition to giving us ‘the product of direct observation from living and working among the poor,’ and doing that superbly, he rambled into some awkard and un-Lundbergian social theorizing. That was my one quarrel with his book.” □

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