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The land of milk and money

November 12 1979
Frontlines

The land of milk and money

November 12 1979

The land of milk and money

LETTERS

So Big Business has tried to supplant nature by concocting a better infant’s milk, The Mother's Milk Formula for Health (Oct. 15). And thousands of babies are dying as a result. How many more unnecessary deaths from industriai-spawned poison must there be before our legislators demand that a social accounting become part of every business’ balance sheet?

D.J. WELBOURN, CLARESHOLM, ALTA.

What a fantastic advertising gimmick for Nestlé’s infant formula. A new mother receives enough “free” formula so that her own milk dries up, thus making it necessary for her to stay with the artificial product for good. Surely Nestlé knows that supplementing breast-feeding with formula usually results in a complete transfer to the latter because the body is not allowed to naturally compensate for the infant’s increased needs. Given the choice, most babies prefer the bottle because it requires less sucking effort on their part. I think I’ll start a boycott of my own.

RAILI GARTH, WILLOWDALE, ONT.

Kid stuff

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article on upcoming TV programs The New Season (Sept. 24). In our area, the pseudo-psychic nonsense of Beyond Reason and reruns of All in the Family are being shown—neither of which, in my opinion, is suitable for young children. I think that the CBC should have its corporate knuckles firmly rapped for

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dropping children’s programming in the after-school spot this coming season. If the CBC has to cut back, it could at least show some reruns of children’s programs.

BARBARA CANNING, HIGHLANDS, NFLD.

He, she and sympathy

Barbara Amiel’s column Today, Courtesy of the WoMovement, Ovaries Can Get You Special Status (Oct. 8) was so outstanding as to move me to write you this letter. My lifelong experience leads me to the following observations. It has always been, and still is, difficult for women to make their way in the business world, and to achieve positions of higher responsibility they have had to work much harder than their male

counterparts. But, if they really wanted to achieve, they have succeeded. In any enterprise the proportion of men and women with inherent intelligence is about equal. It is nonsense to think about inferiority of intellect in either sex. I have never had any sympathy for stupid, lazy men or women who complained about inherent inferiority. Thus, I do not believe in the necessity for, or effectiveness of, any organized drive to place women into advantageous positions to make a career. Such organizations or institutions are usually brainchildren of smart persons who frequently pursue through them their own interests. Although their ideas might be sensible and even of some use to the society, the organizations serve mostly the organizers and administrators. These grow into self-perpetuating bodies with a main purpose to provide the positions and jobs for the organizers and administrators.

JINDRISKA BRAUN, BATAWA, ONT.

The acid touch

Congratulations on Jane O’Hara’s appointment to your Ottawa bureau. Her terrifying candor, Uneasy Lies the Head That Sells the Crowns (Oct. 8), sharpened with the acid distilled from her experience of observing the Toronto scene, is just what our elected representatives need to keep them on their toes.

KIM KRENZ, LAKEFIELD, ONT.

Editorial essence

As a reader of Maclean's for many years, the first article I turn to is always Peter C. Newman’s editorial

which, for me, sets out in clear logic the essence of what is happening in Canada. The next thing I read is Allan Fotheringham’s column. With keen insight and wit, he lays bare the anatomy of Canada and its people. Some readers may not wish to know what we are really like, but if we are to reach maturity as a country, self-knowledge is the first requirement. Fotheringham’s column on Toronto was superb.

ROY CADWELL, TWEED, ONT.

Rural roots

As much as I appreciated André McNicoll’s insights in his article The Seeds of Discontent (Oct. 1), I am obliged to confess that, contrary to the article’s implication, I am not a full-time farmer. The day your piece came out we were establishing ourselves on 35 acres of Prairie weeds near Brandon and—though we aspire to growing most of our own food and, even, marketing a little extra

through the Brandon Farmers’ Market—this is a far cry from a typical Prairie farm. My only genetic resources are invested in our daughter and my only proprietary genes are blue. Since your researchers inquired specifically about my rural status, I hope the error can be corrected in honor of this country’s real farmers. Maybe someday ...

PAT ROY MOONEY, BRANDON, MAN.

Pressing on

Despite the death of The Montreal Star, ( A Stunned Hush in Paris West, Oct. 8), our city still has three superior dailies: one English, two French. New York City, the media capital of the world, with almost three times Montreal’s population, supports only three daily English newspapers including two mediocre tabloids.

GERARD LA VIOLETTE, MONTREAL

Mind over matter

As a member of Mensa Canada, R.B. Westergaard comments (Letters, Oct. 22) that French speakers should “cease thrusting an unwanted language on others.” This provides further evidence that high-lQ-scorers are not the elite of our country in terms of tolerance or understanding. Would that the pretentious would quit shoving their “superior” insight down our throats.

MARISA AND VANDA ZANINI, TORONTO

The last chord

A coda to Peter C. Newman’s piece The Final Bars of Artistry in Rhythm (Sept. 10) on Stan Kenton could read: That... was an orchestra!

FRANK W. WELCH, TORONTO

Sorry, Charlie

I am a longtime albacore tuna eater and I’ve finally got a handle on why the price is so high ($1.68 for a seven-ounce can, and due to rise, so I’ve heard, another 15 to 20 cents in the next month or two). Instead of arresting U.S. fishermen for catching albacore in Canadian waters (A Poached-Tuna Approach to a Territorial Imperative, Sept. 10), why don’t we fish for them? Your article states: “There are no Canadian processing facilities for the rarely caught tuna . . . .” I’ve searched the grocery shelves in vain for Canadian albacore (it all seems to come from Japan). I would prefer to see a Canadian-caught product but, failing that, wouldn’t it be cheaper to buy from the U.S.? Is this stupid or am I missing something?

JOHN FAIRWEATHER, SASKATOON