Your cover article Battle Lines (Feb. 23) was, in my opinion, the exemplification of aggressive agitative propaganda. Pierre Trudeau is succeeding in fragmentizing and regionalizing Canada; he does not need help from our supposedly national newsmagazine. —WES MILLER, Burlington, Ont.
How long will the people of Canada continue to accept a government that relies on untruths to avoid potentially embarrassing situations? The people of Canada, regardless of party affiliation, owe it to Canada to let their MPs know that arrogance, untruth, innuendo and deception are unacceptable to them.
—NEIL THIRLWELL, Calgary
In a discussion about the TrudeauThatcher battle lines, this question was asked: “If Pierre finally does twist Margaret’s arm into passing his minority version of the bill of rights, should it not also include a bill of responsibilities?” In this world of polarity, entrenching rights without corresponding responsibilities would be half-conceived, halfbaked and dangerously deceptive.
—H.F. HUTCHINSON/A.R. DAHLSTROM, Rossland, B.C.
Charity begins at home
Concerning your article You Can't Bulldoze an Honest Man (Canada, Feb. 16), I
believe that a nationwide collection should be made for this man’s legal defence without delay. Truth and justice seem long overdue. —G. LAROCQUE,
Breaking the fall
Your article Not Wasted on the Young (Sports, Feb. 9), on the figure skating championships angered me. Why did you make such a big fuss over the fact that several of the skaters fell? They, of all people, know the consequences of a fall during competition—they don’t need to have it emblazoned in black and white across the country. Give them credit for the excellence of their performance during the other three or four
minutes and 58 seconds they were on their feet. I think you are totally out of order in presenting as your picture highlights Ms. Wainman’s fall—why not show us any one of the hundreds of beautiful moves she did so well during her presentation? —R.E. DAVID,
I most heartily applaud your new feature Passages, which lends still further improvement to a magazine that has been improving markedly over the past year. —DR. STEWART A. BROWN,
Onward Christian soldiers
Good for the Regina Public School Board (To Pray or Not to Pray, Canada, Feb. 23). Hopefully, more school boards across the country will follow their example. I feel it is time for Canada to proclaim itself a Christian nation—it is the Christian thing to do. What special treatment would a Christian receive in an Islamic country? While certainly not denying freedom of religion, many Canadian children receive precious little Christian direction as it is, and I feel school is the ideal place for them to learn. —RUSSELL M. GIVEN
In the eye of the beholder
Your review of the van Gogh exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario was, in my opinion, far from adequate and, to my view, dishonest (A Terrible Beauty Art, Feb. 16). —ARTHUR M. TIMMS,
Good help not hard to find
We appreciate your interest in our film The Way of the Willow (People, Feb. 23) but, more than supplying “help” to the director, the 23 students involved were the prime researchers and crafts people in this project. Both Robert Miller and I co-produced this film, with the intention of encouraging students to experience professional production standards as a way to infuse our drearily non-Canadian film industry with the vitality, enthusiasm and imagination it so desperately needs.
—JOHN KENT HARRISON, Concordia University, Montreal
In name alone
Your article on ASA (A Lowly Pill’s Aspirations, Health, Feb. 16) was very interesting, but let us not set up the pharmacists of this country as purveyors of health. In my opinion, if there’s one business they are not in, it is the health business. If they were, do you really think our drugstores would be so anxious to push tobacco products, diet plans and patent medicines?
— R. FERGUSON, Perth, Ont.
A last resort
I find it absolutely appalling that in order to illuminate the journalistic contributions of the already legendary CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, Peter C. Newman resorts to humiliating most of the newsreaders, past, present and future (.Journalist First—A Final Sign-Off for Uncle Walter, Editorial, Feb. 23). It
is indeed ironic that by trying to gain some reciprocal respect from one friend, Newman has made many enemies. —EUGENE Y.C. IP,
Much in need
How very much we Canadians need such intelligent and broadminded articles as David Lewis’ Troubled View From the Sidelines (Podium, Feb. 23). It is surely one of the most constructive and positive that we have seen since the constitution controversy began. If more of us could view the contemporary scene through the kindly eyes of wisdom and understanding, how much sooner Canadians could and would get together in trust and respect. The news media could surely accomplish more along this line instead of fanning the flames of bitter and antagonistic party warfare.
— A. MACPHERSON,
Port Credit, Ont.
In Peter C. Newman’s editorial What Our Tin-Pot Navy Needs Is a Lot of Heavy Hardware (Feb. 16), he quotes a Danish politician as saying that their only answer to a Russian invasion would be a taped message repeating, “We surrender.” Perhaps Canada’s taped message should be, “Behold a country that prefers to spend its money on medical insurance, workmen’s compensation, old age pensions, unemployment insurance and antipollution measures,” and suit our actions to our words. —LOISDARROCH,
A labor of love
In your article ‘Dingdong!Eros Calling!’ (Canada, Feb. 2), you claim that Love Shops’ Brenda Humber introduced the idea of at-home sex product parties. In February, 1980, I started working,
strictly through in-home parties, as a sex products salesperson, long before Love Shops cashed in with their Loversware parties. As far as I know, the whole party concept was introduced to Vancouver by Norma Giesbrecht’s Late Show in May, 1979. I would like to add that most of my customers are not “bored housewives,” but busy people of all ages and both sexes. One thing they all have in common is a healthy, honest, adventurous and courageous approach to developing their sexuality. They have my respect and they deserve yours, too.
—LINDA OLAFSEN, Vancouver
Doris Anderson blames Lloyd Axworthy for bullying women. I’m tired of these women bullying women who do not think as they do (Exit of A n Iron Will, Canada, Feb. 2). As a teacher by profession and the mother of five children, I feel that Doris Anderson does not respect the feelings and opinions of great numbers of women who do not agree with her. —MARGO LINDER,
To peel an orange
We are not taking up the fight for Premier William Davis, nor are we going into discussion on Quebec’s Bill 101, but we are saddened by Fotheringham’s lack of knowledge of the Loyal Orange Association (King Billy and His Orangemen, Column, Feb. 16). His reference to the term “Orange bigots” is uncalled for and, indeed, an insult to every one of our 100,000 members from coast to coast. We make no apology for our past record of service. The Loyal Orange Association has made a great contribution to the Canadian way of life during its 150 years of operation in Canada. Thousands of our members died in defence of their country which, it should be remembered, has ensured your freedom to print such irresponsible drivel. — NORMAN R. RITCHIE,
Grand Secretary, Grand Orange Lodge of Canada, Willowdale, Ont.
I am tired of seeing the Orange Order used as a whipping boy by writers such as Allan Fotheringham. For the record, July 12th Orange walk celebrations were not just held in Ontario, but in every province in Canada in 1980 and will be in 1981. Also, Orangemen stand for a united Canada with equal rights for all, special privileges for none.
— ROBERT PRENTICE, Port Perry, Ont.
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