January 2 1984


January 2 1984


KidLit’s pioneer

Your cover story on Canadian children’s books (The joys of a bountiful season, Dec. 19) was excellent in every way. One further fact remains to be added, however. If it is true that the publication of Dennis Lee’s Alligator Pie in 1974 heralded the current boom, credit should go to Hugh Kane, the man at Macmillan who took the apparently insane chance of publishing the book at that time. He was a true pioneer and now, in his retirement, deserves to be recognized as such. —DOUGLAS M. GIBSON,

Macmillan of Canada, DENNIS LEE, McClelland and Stewart, Toronto

Bennett and his lost revenues

I wish to refer to the editorial in which you state that B.C. Premier William Bennett acted in a way no responsible business leader would even consider {A costly confrontation, Nov. 21). With all due respect, I think you are talking utter nonsense. Any responsible businessman who is faced with a drastic loss in revenue would have to cut his overhead or go bankrupt. It is as simple as that. — RUDOLPH J. STANFORD,


Giving the RCMP its due

Your article Arrest in camper murders (Canada, Dec. 5) suggests that the RCMP took too long to make an arrest and spent too much money while not conducting a proper investigation. Considering that the crime did not come to light for weeks after it had occurred;


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that there was no known motive or eyewitnesses; that most of the evidence was burned; and the well-intentioned, but misleading, information about a similar camper, it is small wonder that the investigation took more than a year. Perhaps the question should not be why it took so long to make an arrest, but how were the police able to make an arrest at all? If your reporters have evidence that the RCMP bungled the investigation, I have no doubt that you would have printed it. If you do not have that information, why not give it credit for bringing a very difficult investigation to a successful conclusion?


Better dead or immoral?

In Freedom of choice is immoral (Column, Nov. 21), Barbara Amiel appears to argue that nuclear war is preferable to loss of morality. In light of the probable destruction of all human life after a full-scale nuclear war, Amiel leads us to wonder, “Is there morality in oblivion?” —JOHN BUTCHER,


So Canada’s keeper of the public virtue, Barbara Amiel, would rather be dead than Red. What’s more, she would rather all of us be dead than Red. That’s fine. But if she can conceive of nuclear devastation as a moral, responsible choice to keep “liberty” and “freedom” alive, she is more than self-righteous— she is plain crazy. Her view of sin has moved farther right; it seems now to be not saying something bad about any country, philosophy or social action that in any way challenges her rigid, traditionalist values.