LETTERS

January 11 1982

LETTERS

January 11 1982

LETTERS

Up the economy

According to your article about Canada’s economy (Canada, Dec. 14), Bank of Canada Governor Gerald Bouey “ ... is convinced the economy has entered a crucial phase which might determine the success or failure of his own and the government’s policies.” Judging by Bouey’s action of accepting a $9,500 raise, might it be assumed that he feels all is well? And if so, would someone please welcome the man to Fantasy Island! —C.E. FRASER,

Kings County, N.S.

Hold the wormwood and vinegar

I protest against the use of the phrase “ ... tight-faced Presbyterian souls, all wormwood and vinegar inside” that Allan Fotheringham wrote in his column It Was That Kind of Year (Dec. 28). I would also protest against it if used to refer to Roman Catholics or Jews.

— PEGGY WESTBROOK, Ottawa

On the road again

A bouquet (yellow roses for men) to George Jonas (Podium, Dec. 21). What our cold and barren lives need this winter is a little more heat from the fires of the age-old war, the battle of the sexes. What is wrong with stereotypes? Moronically or not, many people do believe them. Allan Fotheringham, for one, believes that Canadian public life would

be less “blue and grey” if only we too could have a female prime minister (Column, Dec. 14). In truth, many liberated males don’t mind women in the driver’s seat. We just wish they were better drivers. —BOB CROWE,

Saskatoon, Sask.

Beyond the adorable

In an otherwise interesting and sympathetic review of Mary Meigs’s autobiography, Lily Briscoe: A Self-Portrait (Books, Dec. 7), I was surprised that you missed the most profound level of the book—namely the daring to leap into the centre of one’s most private self and

to explore that place in order to share the possibility that some kinds of hell can be survived. Most autobiographies now appearing are merely turgid celebrations of why we should pay attention to yet one more self-adoring, otherwise unadorable, personality. Meigs goes so far beyond that kind of writing that it puts her book on a level with the finest biographical writing of our time.

—TIMOTHY FINDLEY, Cannington, Ont.

Murder or violent sexuality?

You refer to the sculpture entitled Woman with Her Throat Cut (Art, Nov. 30) as being “ ... charged with a violent sexuality.” If the sculpture had depicted a man with severed head and was entitled Man with His Throat Cut, would you have termed it violent sexuality or murder? — w.T.FISHER,

Lacombe, Alta.

Portraits of heady times

I was tremendously amused by the pictures accompanying your cover story on the constitution (Dec. 14). On the cover Pierre Trudeau displays a cat-thatswallowed-the-canary-type smile which makes one wonder just what he has put over on us. Inside, Joe Clark leans on his elbow, his Mona Lisa smile seeming to say that he will wait before committing himself. And Ed Broadbent is obviously giving someone a hearty Bronx cheer! No wonder your caption reads, “there could be heady times ahead.”

— KATHLEEN EDWARDS,

Melfort, Sask.

Only the tip of the hat

Thanks for your excellent feature on the Canadianization of industry (Business, Dec. 7). However, you forgot two Canadian-owned success stories—airlines and steel. Despite the fuddy-duddy policies of conservative old Air Canada and “drop-in-corporate-bucket” CP Air, both our flag carriers do well against direct competition on U.S.-Canada routes. Our airlines are hanging in there while U.S. carriers are dropping like flies. And, recent labor problems not withstanding, our steel industry has always been efficient, innovative and a true benefit to Canada. Hats off to Maclean's and the likes of Walter Gordon, Mel Hurtig, Robert Blair and Raymond Royer! — ERIE NIELSEN',

Bedford, N.S.

As a consultant involved with rail transit, I was disappointed with the lack of depth and the application of 2020 hindsight in your article Nationalists in the Boardrooms (Business, Dec. 7). Calgary’s decision to buy German cars was made at a time when the LRY market in North America was poor. In 1976 only one North American supplier had an LEY design in production, and that was experiencing significant problems in trials. The company has since left the field. The choice Calgary made was between a proven product and North American concepts that were subject to the risk of initial design and production problems. Canadian LRY suppliers today have proven capabilities. -DUNCAN \V. ALLEN,

Alexandria, Va.

Being brought together

I read with anger your article on Romanian biochemist Pavel Kozak and his treatment for epidermolysis bullosa (Canada, Dec. 7). This treatment has done a great deal in bringing the people of Moncton together. Moncton has raised more than $60,000 to send Keir Colpits, a sufferer of the disease, to Germany for treatment. Kozak, you say, offers little more than hope to the disease’s sufferers. Well, isn’t it hope that kept Kozak alive when he suffered from eczema? —TINA PITTAWAY,

Moncton, N.B.

Seizing the opportunity

In your article Warfare in the Corridors of Power (Dateline, Dec. 7) you say that French President François Mitterrand “seized” power. I protest against the use of the word “seized” in this context. The government of France was changed by popular vote, in an election that was conducted according to the laws of the country. To imply otherwise, even inadvertently, fosters unnecessary misunderstanding in a world full of the same.

— NANCY HEMINGWAY, Sault Ste Marie, Ont.

Paying the piper

Who are you kidding? Your article The Ebbing of the Credit Card Tide (Consumerism, Dec. 14) states that it irks credit card managers when people buy

now and pay later, and your notion is that the credit card business is a loser. Is it not true that participating businesses give the issuer a discount of some three to five per cent for prompt payment? And if everybody paid within 25 days, the issuer would turn his investment over about 12 times a year for a minimum return of about 36 per cent. Not bad for any investment. Your article fails to really inform us about the goings-on in the credit card business.

— FRED SENGMUELLER,

Sharon, Ont.

A rescue of a different color

Your description of the dramatic rescue of 26 seamen off Sable Island (Canada, Dec. 7) is the most inept piece of journalism I have ever read. While Capt. MacQuarrie may be a navigator of some repute, it is hardly accurate to call him the “point man” of the rescue. Credit should have gone to the entire crews of both the Sea King and that “gaudy yellow and red craft” which was a Voyageur helicopter from 413 Search & Rescue Squadron of CEB Summerside, P.E.I. Both pilots successfully maintained a precise hover over the corkscrewing vessel under some very adverse weather conditions, thus facilitating the successful hoisting of 26 sailors.

— LESLIE ANN DOREY,

Wilmot, P.E.I.

Making a house a home

Allam Fotheringham’s question Where Are the Women in the House? (Column, Dec. 14) is one that has intrigued me for some time. Assuming that about half the voters in Canada are women, it has often occurred to me that women could fill every political seat in the country any time they wanted to. All they need do is nominate the candidates and get the voters out. Fotheringham’s female friend should get off her buns, translate her quiet rage into political action and turn Canada’s blues and greys into rainbow hues. Where are the women in the House, indeed! —ROSS ANDREWS, Straffordville, Ont.

Riding into eternity

I wish to congratulate you on the wellpresented, positive article Bikers Riding for Christ (Religion, Dec. 7). For an anti-God, anti-life, anti-family magazine, that was terrific, for a change.

— SHIRLEY DAHLGREN,

Carlyle, Sask.

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