Your article on Princess Grace (Saying Goodbye to a Magic Legend, World, Sept.27) was exceptional. In this world of character defamation—even after the person is dead—it is so refreshing to learn that not all writers are vultures. Thank you, Marci McDonald, for showing respect for the dead.
— REBECCA MULCAIR, Calgary
University without perversity
Congratulations on a brilliant piece of objective reporting (Oasis of Salvation in a World of Sin, Dateline, Oct. 11). You come out solidly on the side of sin. It is a shame that, even in our days, there is a university without perversity and students without drunkenness, drugs and passion pits. What an anachronism to find young people who read the Bible, pray, and who can be trusted. Why can’t they go out like normal people and shoot somebody? —JACK QUARTEL,
I cringed with embarrassment when I turned to your article on Bob Jones University-embarrassment because the belligerent ghetto mentality that Jones espouses is all too often taken as the norm of evangelical Christian behavior. Making the radical gospel of Christ appear trite and trivial in the eyes of a world hungering for truth is a great tragedy. There is more to the Christian message than bumper stickers and Bible school handbooks. Honest.
—JEFF WELLS, Dundas, Ont.
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I am not fully sympathetic with policy at Bob Jones University, but I do recognize a slanted news report when I read it. The writer’s bias was becoming evident even as I approached the remark, “They [BJU students] are forbidden to talk to reporters, presumably because they are too busy being born again.” To find the word “presumably” in front of that comment makes me question our sources of “news.” —REV. DON. L. PAHL, Steinbach, Man.
Israel: guilty without trial
The title of your Oct. 4 issue, Israel on Trial, is blasphemous. It is Maclean's that should be put on trial for defamation. The moral values of the prophets still burn brightly in Israel. In a mad world of hate and conflict, Israel still remains “a light unto the nations.” As a Jew, Zionist and a Canadian, I have never been more proud of Israel than I am right now. —ISAAC CHAMISH,
It is widely known that the massacre of the 300 Palestinians was committed by the Christian Phalangists, but will your next issue bear the title Christianity on Trial or maybe Newsmedia on TriaP. Who bothers to try Israel? Israel is always guilty in the eyes of the nonJewisli world. Your magazine is no exception. —ISRAEL ISAAC COHEN,
Credit where it is due
Your writer is incorrect when she states that the expansion of the ROM was conceived 10 years ago by Walter Tovell and Gordon Wotherspoon. Let’s give credit where it is due. If it had not been for Peter Swann, director from 1968-’72, the ROM would still be in the 1930s with solid oak doors to keep the public out.
— VICK ROBERTS,
Port Credit, Ont.
An invasion oí national parks
The article Discord in Peace Park (This Canada, Sept. 27) shows only the tip of the bureaucratic iceberg that plagues our national parks. I speak with some authority on this matter as I owned and operated a resort and store in Prince Albert National Park for six years. During this time I had to put up with drinking water that made people ill, poor garbage and sewage service (some days nonexistent), bone-jarring potholes in the road servicing my business, and park employees who hated to see people invade their domain. The civil servants running these parks are not there to help Canadians or visitors from other countries enjoy this beautiful land or to co-operate with the business people to this end. They are there only to stickhandle around every situation that needs a decision and to perpetuate their own cushy jobs. — JOHN H. HALL, Saskatoon, Sask.
Amway shows the way
After reading your article on the Amway Corporation in your Sept. 6 issue (.Looking into Amway's Empire, Business), I can no longer subscribe to your magazine. I would like to stress that Amway is a manufacturer and a wholesaler of products. Different individuals have developed different systems to sell these products. But, in the past 20 years, Amway has shown us how to build large multilevel distribution organizations similiar to any current franchise system. With this approach we help the average person get a lot of household products wholesale, acquire the tax advantages of any business, and have the opportunity to make money (as much as we care to work for) in our spare time.
— M. MARION, Brooklin, Ont.
I felt obliged to write after reading your article about Amway. I have been an Amway distributor for only four months and I am no fanatic. But I sincerely do believe in the principles that Amway teaches: a free world; free enterprise; helping out your fellowman; honesty; integrity; pride—and one could go on. Amway decided long ago to go back to basics and treat people as human beings. — MICHEL GAUTHIER,
The Beirut massacre
Israel’s Defence Minister Ariel Sharon let the right-wing militiamen into Sabra and Shatila to root out 2,000 Palestinian guerrillas (The Massacre in Lebanon, World, Sept. 27). One baffling question is, why were 2,000 armed Palestinian guerrillas unable to prevent the slaughter of their families and friends? —ALAADDIN AL-DHAHIR,
As a Christian and as a priest I feel patronized by the general reaction to the Beirut massacre. Has anti-Semitism gone so far that we Christians are robbed of our own atrocities? The scenario of Begin turning to Sharon and saying, “Okay,Arik, unleash the Christian hordes” is as anti-Christian as it is anti-Semitic. It implies that Christians live in a moral vacuum and only need shifty Jews to aim us at helpless Palestinians. We who gave the world the Inquisition, the Crusades and the pogroms do not have to be manipulated. We are self-starters. After experiencing Christian charity for so long, it was
criminal of the Israelis to let the Phalange into the refugee camps. But no one made the Christians slaughter men, women and children. It is not a Jewish atrocity, it is our atrocity.
— REV. WILLIAM A. COLLINS, Toronto
Defining cabinet procedures
I am writing about your Sept. 27 Canada article Taking the Bite Out of FIRA. The article is not accurate in saying I was not consulted by Michael Pitfield on the decision to select Robert Richardson as commissioner of the Foreign Investment Review Agency. The facts
are that, before it was announced, I was consulted about, and I fully concurred with, the appointment. Secondly, contrary to what is implied in the article, FIRA decisions are not made by the commissioner but rather by cabinet on the recommendation of the responsible minister. The staff of the agency presents the results of its assessments of foreign investment proposals to the minister, who then makes recommendations to cabinet. This procedure and the minister’s role in it are defined by the FIRA Act. —THE HON. HERB GRAY,
Toward a viable TV industry
Regarding your Television article of Oct. 4, Pay TV Runs the Gauntlet I assume that something of what I said has been lost in the condensation. I would like to set the record straight. What I said was that, in the Western World, television producers must get at least 50 per cent of their production budgets from sales in their own country, with the balance coming from the export market. Until and unless this basic financial concept is understood by government, the regulatory agencies,
the Canadian network television monopolies and the Pay TV licensees, we will never have a viable industry in this country. I did not say, nor do I believe, that government should pick up the 50 per cent. Rather, I believe that CBC and CTV should pay, either voluntarily or through legislative requirement, licensing fees to the Canadian Independent Producers of at least 50 per cent; the same should apply to Pay TV licensees who, contrary to your article, cannot afford not to pay these fees toward the producers’ production budgets. Their future is tied to an economically viable independent industry. If they do not realize that, they will be dead very quickly.
—WILLIAM I. MACADAM, President, Norfolk Communications Ltd., Toronto
The interview with author Susan Sheehan in your Sept. 20 issue revealed that Sheehan had a noble intent in clearing up so many misconceptions about schizophrenics. It is encouraging to see that she spent two years in confinement to discover that most people on the inside are not violent in any way. To some people, raising one’s voice when a situation calls for it can be considered a sign of violence. In fact, not too many years back, in a U.S. election, one man who was selected to run as vice-president was smeared and withdrew because he had had psychiatric help. What a pathetic picture that made for the president-elect, who seemed hamstrung instead of standing firm against such nonsense! —NATHALENE MERNER,
New Hamburg, Ont.
DCT0s:safe and inexpensive
I would like to protest the Aviation article written about the recent DC-10 accident in Spain ( Wings Are Willing, but Are the Passengers? Sept. 27). Since its launch, the DC-10 has provided safe travel to millions and millions of satisfied passengers, at a much reduced cost in fuel. And the search for defects does not begin or end. It is a continuous process by everyone associated with the mechanical end. Literally millions of dedicated mechanics, engineers and pilots strive constantly to make flying as safe and enjoyable as possible for as many people as possible. In this case, the pilot took the plane off the ground and then changed his mind.
—H. HENNEVELD, Bramalea, Ont.
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