Rants and raves

February 16 1981

Rants and raves

February 16 1981

Rants and raves


Your front cover article Quest for a Foreign Policy (Jan. 26) is the best portrayal of Pierre Trudeau I have ever seen. What a pleasant contrast to the ghastly caricatures so often presented by Fotheringham on his page at the other end of the magazine.

—J.J. MCGRADY, Scarborough, Ont.

I was disappointed in your front cover article on Pierre Trudeau. We don’t need to see our prime minister portrayed as some primer of political justice. This is a joke. In fact, Fotheringham seems to be more accurately presenting the objective and analytical perspective on the subject. Fotheringham’s West Coast ravings have become relevant. Others have also pointed out that Trudeau can’t be trusted with a majority and that he is out to preen his ego at the expense of his political credibility. —LAWRENCE BRAUL,

Dauphin, Man.

No to nudity

I resent the photographs accompanying your article The Unfettered Flesh (Photography, Feb. 2). There is no doubt in my mind that God made the body of woman beautiful, but I don’t believe a nude has any place in an art gallery or newsmagazine. My 16-year-old son can tell you what effect those photographs have on him and so can my 15-year-old

daughter, both of whom read Maclean ’s. So, for heaven’s sake, use a little discretion in your choice of future photographs. —ARTHUR C. WOOD,

Burlington, Ont.

Neither rhyme nor reason

How can Trent Frayne in his column Just Wait Till He Grows Up (Sports, Jan. 26) seriously say that Wayne Gretzky should have won Rookie of the Year honors in the NHL? Gretzky fans said he should have won because he exemplified the winning quality of “the most proficient in his first year in the NHL.” True, Gretzky rated this, but one must remember that he played in the

now-defunct WHA. There is, in my opinion, no reasoning behind Mr. Frayne’s comments, except that he was probably a WHA fan who wished the league lived on. Mr. Frayne cannot blame the NHL and must remember that the WHA and its records are defunct, extinct, expired, no more and gone to the great penalty box in the sky.


No place like home

With a headline reading Dateline: New Jersey—A Distasteful Slice of American Pie (Jan. 19) your readers must wonder why 68 per cent of the state’s residents rate it “a desirable place to live.” You should know that New Jersey has a higher proportion of its land set aside for ecological reasons than any other state. It is also one of the six wealthiest states and our environmental concerns have been addressed successfully over the past decade. Our control of corruption by our attorneys-general is more a cause of pride than chagrin. New Jersey does have challenges of all kinds, but your article illuminated none of them.


In your article on New Jersey, you failed to mention Bruce Springsteen, who has done more for the image of the Garden State than any single person since American independence. Last year there was even a suggestion that Springsteen’s Born to Run be proclaimed the official state anthem.


Looking through a glass darkly

Your article Indonesia on the Hustle (World, Jan. 12) gave us the impression that your writer wore her dark glasses throughout her short stay in our country. We are quite aware that a stranger’s first impressions of our country are largely based on their own background and values, which are entirely different to our own. Your article told us about the writer’s “chats” with people such as Rasfullah and Animam and of such things as our country’s pollution problem, but this showed only one side of the problem Indonesia is facing, and said nothing of our current five-year plan. We do fervently hope that Maclean's will help us in making the aspirations of the Indonesian people, and for that matter the people of all developing countries, understood in your part of the world. The rise and fall of this country is entirely the responsibility and interest of 140 million Indonesians. —THAUFICK SALIM,

First Secretary to the Ambassador, Embassy of Indonesia, Ottaiva

The facts of the matter

Kudos to Maclean's and, specifically, writer Bill MacVicar for the review Not the Shadowy Night Town (Television, Jan. 12). It was most refreshing, and highly unusual, for a Maclean's writer to treat the gay issue with intelligence. One can only hope that MacVicar’s piece is a realization on the part of your magazine that the gay fact is simply that-a fact. — S.ROTH,

London, Ont.

Cardboard characters

Although your article Breaking Away to the Old World (Immigration, Jan. 19) was reasonably informative, many of its quotations were, in my opinion, distasteful. I cannot believe that most

Italian Canadians considering a return to Italy think of their fellow Canadian as “a machine” or “an object” or a being with “no sense of individuality.” Issues such as reverse migration deserve Maclean’s attention, but can’t it be done without these bitter attacks on the personalities of Canadians?


Taking notes from abroad

Please allow me to compliment Peter C. Newman on his editorial Lusting for a Niche in History, Trudeau Could Wreck Our Future (Jan. 5). It was “right on,” and I think that many Canadians by now must feel the same way. It is interesting to note how some European leaders react to “Himself” when he drops into their country for a visit. Maybe we could learn from them.

— PATRICIA A. KLAGES, Thunder Bay, Ont.

Clever propaganda

Thank you for your article Pieces in a Latin Puzzle (World, Jan. 12), con-

taining a review of Attack on the Americas. I have just seen the movie and was as disgusted with it as you were. It is a clever, manipulative piece of work describing Central America as the next bastion of communism. I would highly recommend that all who do see this film study further to learn about the oppression and bloodshed that has occurred.


A sympathetic close-up

In your article on Rose and John Kastner’s film Sharing the Secret you describe a clip of Lee Murdoch’s mother, Alice, thus: “agrossly overweight mother sobs, eyes dripping makeup, double chins trembling with the camera in a tight close-up ” ( This Camera Shoots at the Emotional Jugular, Television, Jan. 12). Come on. What I saw was a mother desperately trying to understand her son’s sexual preference and having a hard time doing so. The Kästners showed great sensitivity in their portrayal of homosexuals. Too bad Maclean’s couldn’t do the same about a mother trying to cope with homosexuality in her own home. -C. MCKEOGH,


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I have long admired and respected the Kästners’ handling of difficult personal tragedies in their films and was interested to read more about their approach. I was disappointed to note the contrast between their honest and nonjudgmental portrayal of a woman after surgery for breast cancer, and your writers’ description of this woman’s “mutilated” breast and “maimed” body. The burden of dealing with this traumatic experience will not be relieved by the use of such loaded words.

— SANDI RIDEOUT, Vancouver

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