LETTERS

November 21 1988

LETTERS

November 21 1988

LETTERS

REST IN PEACE

I just don’t believe it, another article about John Lennon (“The storm over John Lennon,” Cover, Oct. 17). It seems like every time I approach the magazine section of a store, I see one more picture of Lennon and one more exposé on his torrid lifestyle. It appears life cannot go on for the living until every aspect of Lennon’s private world has been dissected. Why the obsession? Lennon was hounded by the public while he was alive. John Lennon is dead. Let him rest in peace.

Mary Fraser, Victoria

Your cover story on John Lennon gave Albert Goldman, author of The Lives of John Lennon, exactly what he deserves. Goldman said, “There is an element among this peace-loving, violence-hating rock ’n’ roll leadership that would very much like to see my ass kicked or just wiped off this planet.” I second that motion. Has he no respect for the dead or for the joy that Lennon brought his fans? The only place that this book deserves to go is into the fire.

Rosalyn deVries, Bridgewater, N.S.

REJUVENATING CHANGES

I am no editorial guru, but the time was ripe for Robert Fulford to depart from Saturday Night magazine (“Front row, centre,” Books, Oct. 17). I came uncomfortably close to letting my subscription lapse because the articles had become so horrendously long that Saturday Night was beginning to resemble a book-ofthe-month club. Accolades to John Fraser, who has re-created a dynamic and stimulating magazine suitable for those desiring to read more than one quality publication a month. Contrary to the slant of your article, both Fulford and Conrad Black were winners in the new arrangement. Fulford went on to new horizons, and Black got a rejuvenating shot in the arm for his magazine.

Melanie Wright, Toronto

UNFAIR DESCRIPTION

The quality of articles in Maclean ’s is usually excellent. However, your story about retired family court judge Marjorie Bowker and the free trade agreement surely does not meet your high standards (“Verdict on free trade,” Canada, Oct. 31). How does her being a 72-year-old, grey-haired, bespectacled mother of three and grandmother of six, married to the same man for 48 years affect what she has to say about the Canada-U.S. trade pact? Perhaps International Trade Minister John Crosbie,

whose picture and opinion are included in the article, should be described as a grey-haired, bespectacled, overweight father and grandfather. What you consider a fair description of Bowker should also apply to Crosbie.

Dora E. Sklove, Edmonton

SUBTLE MEANINGS

In your Nov. 7 issue, you printed an article about hunting (“Shooting to kill,” Wildlife) in which there was an obvious—but subtle—proanimal rights stance, and two articles (“Abortion warfare,” Medicine, and “A better test,” Health) in which there were obvious—but again, subtle—prochoice stances shown. Does this mean that Maclean ’s finds more value in the life of an animal than it does in the life of a human being?

William Gour Jr., Brossard, Que.

LEAPS OF FAITH

In “The free flow of new information” (Media Watch, Oct. 24), George Bain states that “it falls on the media to decide what is to be conveyed to the main public.” But when the government is trying to implement a bill of such magnitude as the Canada-U.S. trade pact, surely it is incumbent on the government to ensure that Canadians are given complete information about the contents of the deal. We should not have to rely solely on the expertise of the media. So far, the Tory government has failed to do so. It is too much to expect us to

take such a giant leap of faith based solely on the hyperbolic rantings of partisan politicians.

Ian Crockatt, Toronto

PAINFUL HISTORY

In the article “Defeat of a dictator” (World, Oct. 17), you have succinctly summarized the painful history of Chile from the time it was Latin America’s ideal democracy through the past 15 years under the Pinochet dictatorship. What may be forgotten is the role played by the CIA, with direction from Washington, that gutted the fragile democracy, along with orders from the White House to “make the Chilean economy scream.” A sobering thought comes to mind: a former CIA director will now occupy the same White House.

Bert Snelgrove, Barrie, Ont.

FORGETTING MAJOR PLAYERS

I have waited. Nothing more has been printed. Maclean's covered the deaths of Félix Leclerc and Jean Marchand with two small columns (Passages, Aug. 22, Sept. 12). How can you be Canada’s weekly newsmagazine when you forget people who have played major roles in Canada’s recent history?

Louis Dumas, Charlesbourg, Que.

‘AN ICICLE IN HELL’

The Oct. 17 issue of Maclean’s contained what is, in my view, a remarkable coincidence. That issue contained “Future flight,” an article on the Concorde airliner (Aviation), as well as the opinions of economist John Kenneth Galbraith (“An uncertain outlook,” Business). It was Galbraith who wrote in a letter to the

London Times, April 5,1971, that “there isn’t a chance approaching that of an icicle in hell that the Concorde will ever be allowed to touch down in American airports.” With tongue in cheek, I suggest that the professor should have followed his current advice—“leave predictions to the more reckless.”

William J. Phillips, Halifax

BACKSTABBING PEERS

In “A critical debate” (Canada, Oct. 24), you mention voters’ questioning of John Turner’s competence as leader. Few leaders have had to deal with the disloyalty and backstabbing Turner has experienced from highprofile people within his own party. These socalled Liberals have not only failed to give him support but appear to have put their own petty and selfish egos and/or lust for power ahead of

the interests and unity of their own party and its leader. Turner has handled all of it with integrity and perseverance and has shown himself to be a class act. If the Liberals lose this election, the blame will very likely fall on Turner, instead of where it belongs— with his own party peers who failed to support him.

Margaret Fallot, Waterloo, Ont.

LITTLE-KNOWN FIGHTER

World Boxing Council light-heavyweight champion Donny Lalonde is a “littleknown” Canadian because he is from Winnipeg (“Fighting for glory,” Sports, Oct. 31). I can assure you that if Lalonde were from Toronto, he would have been on the cover of Maclean ’s the week after he won the WBC crown.

D. Michael Jenkinson, Winnipeg

AWARD-WINNING ACT

John Turner deserves an acting award for his performance during the party leaders’ TV debates (“An election turning point,” Canada, Nov. 7). Unfortunately, the passion and commitment he displayed on TV were absent when he and half his caucus missed two crucial votes in Parliament on the issue of free trade. I think Turner has discovered this as the one issue that might save his political neck. ßavj^ ße[j

It is amazing to me that a man convicted in a Canadian court, which he does not even have the common courtesy to attend, and who does not carry out his voluntary sentence can receive such sympathy as your article portrays (“The price of parking,” Canada, Oct. 31). This man is guilty of an unbelievable number of parking violations. His cavalier attitude is a disgrace, and it is not surprising his friends could only raise $500.

Brian Kennedy, Vancouver

MERE SIMULATION

That was a lovely picture of Brian Mulroney visiting a Georgian College flight simulator (“The new tricks in an old trade,” Cover, Oct. 31). What you neglected to mention is that this picture was a phoney setup. The federal government under Mulroney’s tutelage has pulled the plug on funding Georgian for this type of retraining, and, on the day this picture was taken, everyone had to scramble around and dig up props to illustrate what used to be. The Conservatives have very quickly pulled a lot of plugs on funding realistic ventures, such as the training noted above, in favor of giving Quebec and the Maritimes huge grants to curry their favor at election time.

William and Betty Mead, Newmarket, Ont.

When you mention “the country’s booming economy” in “The new tricks in an old trade,” don’t you mean Central Canada’s booming economy? Torontonians reading articles like this might be inclined to think that their prosperity is being likewise enjoyed across the nation, and not just in the Golden Triangle.

Rick Weatherill, Winnipeg

OUTRAGEOUS OFFENCE

Reading your article concerning Dr. Ewen Cameron and the CIA (“Settling with the CIA,” Justice, Oct. 17), I was outraged to think that the CIA had engaged in drugging and brainwashing people without their knowledge. Although the CIA is not completely responsible for the damages incurred by nine of the people Cameron experimented on, it did provide funding for these experiments. The sum of $907,500 in damages does not address the seriousness of the offence, and I feel the CIA should be held more responsible. The CIA has been exposed in the past for unethical practices, but an operation like this makes one wonder about the audacity of such a powerful organization.

Debbie Ferguson, Victoria

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