September 3 1979


September 3 1979


Street cleaning

I realize that this will be considered heretical in this democracy-loving, allforgiving, ever-hoping Canada of ours, but I wish we could dispose ourselves of such types as those in Six Nights on Mean Street (July 23) who recently ravaged the streets of Bathurst, New Brunswick. I would gladly exchange one of these irresponsible characters for each of the Vietnamese boat people available, confident that Canada would benefit hugely thereby.


The old runaround

Having heard that jogging results in everything from crushed cartilages to fallen uteruses, I wasn’t at all surprised to learn from your article Marriage Running Down (Aug. 6) that cruising the concrete is an up-and-coming factor in causing divorce as well. I, too, am a fitness flagellant, and being already inclined to self-scourge can no doubt look forward to revelling in future lashes from the media whip: correlations between jogging and cancer are no doubt just around the next bend in the track.


In black and white

The Commonwealth's Burden (Aug. 6) draws attention to the conflict between “black pride” and Africa’s need for productivity based on white skills. If countries like Zambia and Tanzania choose to give priority to pride, that is their privilege. But they should not try to impose the same irrational priority on the black population and elected black leadership of Zimbabwe Rhodesia. To be genuine, self-determination for the

blacks of Zimbabwe Rhodesia must include the right to make choices different from those of black leaders in neighboring countries—even if the different choices include respect for the special constitutional position of a productive white minority.


Imports, experts

While I agree that the CFL’s designated import rule has the effect of discriminating against Canadian quarterbacks,

Derm Dunwoody’s Passing the Buck on Canadian Content (Aug. 13) failed to mention two points that I feel are crucial. All Americans are even more discriminated against in the CFL than Canadian quarterbacks. If the limit of 15 Americans per team was lifted there would probably be only five or so Canadians on a typical 33-man squad, seeing as American players are generally considered superior. Wiping out the designated import rule would also have the effect of raising the number of American starters to 15 from 14 if a Canadian was used as backup quarterback. And when the American quarterback was injured one of the numerous American free agents could be signed to fill his place.


Progress report

William Lowther’s article At It Again: Adam vs. the Apes (July 23) got me to my typewriter in record time. First of all, evolution is not a “silly theory” as creationist David Menton would have us believe. A silly theory would not have survived a century of examination, revision and criticism. Scientists do not espouse evolution merely to infuriate fundamentalist Christians; there is solid evidence to lend credence to the claim that evolution did occur and is still occurring. The fossil record is the best and most comprehensive evidence for evolution. It shows a gradual progression of life forms from the simplest one-celled algae found in rocks more than three billion years old to the incredibly complex world of life we know today. The same sequence exists for man and his ancestors: from the simplest hominids, no more intelligent than present-day chimpanzees, through the larger brained Homo erectus and Neanderthal man, to Cro-Magnon man and presentday humanity in all its splendor.


The legal terrorists

Allan Fotheringham’s astute lament in Like Someone Who Kicks Dogs, Can Anyone Who Abhors Lawyers Really Be All Bad? (July 16), on the utility and perfidy of lawyers past and present is a tale well known. Sadly, over the centuries, the lawyers have replaced the lords, the common criminals, the pirates and brigands, and have themselves become the new terrorists in society. The terrible tragedy is that, like policemen, soldiers, diplomats and civil servants, they are damn useless until you need one.


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Deaths and entrances

I sincerely hope that after reading Young Suicides (July 30), Canadians may perhaps come to terms with this nation’s greatest, silent killer. As a young man with a thwarted parental feeling, the self-massacre of the young wrings my heart. Maclean's has done just what I wished I could do: reach thousands of Canadians and warn them of this cruel, often invisible danger that

descends upon the lives and homes of even happy families.


Since the impact of a child’s suicide on his or her family is extremely traumatic, there are now self-help groups for bereaved families which appear to be very helpful for many stricken families. It is important to note that in most cases, the siblings of suicides (especially teen-agers) are greatly affected by the

death and their grief, unfortunately, is often minimized or overlooked by their immobilized parents. These youngsters need special attention and the opportunity to meet with others in the same boat with whom they can work through their grief and guilt. As a professional social worker, I have had some experience with these situations and feel a lot more research is needed in this area.


Good seed, good side

Having read A Family Reunion That Proves Blood Does Run Thicker Than Grasshoppers or Hail (July 23), I may change my mind about Allan Fother-

ingham. Anyone whose ancestors homesteaded in frostbitten, gumbo-glued, tumbleweeded, windswept, dust-laden, lovable central Saskatchewan must have some sturdy and redeeming features. HELEN A. DAHLSTROM, ROSSLAND, B.C.

Surgery begins at home

I found it surprising that the article Dr. Gulliver's Adventures in Lilliput (July 9), on microvascular surgery, dealt mainly with the work being done in New York while within sight of your head office, the team of Drs. Manktelow, McKee and Zuker, at the Hospital for Sick Children, has performed some of the most outstanding research and surgery in this field.