After reading about Prince Charles’s “problems”—tons of money, a gorgeous wife, healthy sons, galas to attend, yachts to launch, Mediterranean cruises—where can I apply to be his successor (“Prince Charles comes of age,” Special Report, Nov. 14)? I’m sure the people starving in Third World countries would kill to be a nanny or footman at the palace and never voice a word of discontent like this silver-spooned, overpampered, bored heir apparent. We should all be so blessed as he.
Eleanor Dorst, Winnipeg
The article “Gagging the IRA” (World, Oct.
31) is evidence that Margaret Thatcher’s neofascism, aimed first at the Irish, has now begun to threaten the freedom of the British. Surely they will not be led into the legalized terrorism of the South African government. She has not far to go but she will go it alone if she has to.
Angus O’Neill, Mulgrave, N.S.
KUDOS FOR COURAGE
Kudos to you for publishing Barbara Amiel’s balanced description of Israel, showing how the anti-Semitic prejudices of reporters and the Arab rock-throwers feed each other (“The small-screen vision of Israel,” Column, Nov. 14). You were very brave to buck the trend.
John Timar, Clearwater, Ont.
Has it ever occurred to you that Maclean’s could save a lot of money by dropping Barbara Amiel from the masthead and having the Jewish Defence League write the same propaganda for free?
Stephen Brown, Moncton, N.B.
THE SECRET FORMULA
Many Canadian farmers have concerns about free trade; however, we may all have missed one aspect. Apparently, the farmers and food processors in Calais, Me., have found ways to produce “tastier milk, fresher meat” than their Canadian cousins (“Consumers’ choice,” Business, Nov. 7). Are we to assume that cattle, hogs and chickens are slaughtered on the spot to produce fresh meat or that the U.S. cows are fed exotic diets to give tastier milk? We hope that under the free
trade agreement, Canadians will have access to the formulas that have made these improved products available.
Roger Lamont, Owen Sound, Ont.
I wonder how many Canadians who shop in the United States to save money stop to realize
that they are earning a living in Canada, benefiting from the quality of life here, and then crossing the line to take advantage of U.S. workers and producers, denying income to their own. Is this the free trade mentality? Take where the taking is good—regardless of the cost to the community?
I was thrilled to read “Greening the profits” (Business, Nov. 7). What a relief it is to know that some companies actually care about our environment enough to produce environmentally friendly products. Even though their profits increase as a result, we all benefit.
Pam Foldesi, Leamington, Ont.
TOOLS OF CONVENIENCE
Helmut Kohl’s announcement (“Breaking the ice,” World, Nov. 7) that officials had assured him that the Soviets will release all political prisoners by the end of the year should be received with skepticism and caution. A
1988 Canadian parliamentary report on the human rights situation behind the Iron Curtain asserts that, despite developments in the U.S.S.R. concerning glasnost and perestroika, the Soviet Union has not lived up to the obligations to which it has subscribed. Recently, there has been massive unrest by nationalist groups in the Soviet republics. And when thousands of Ukrainians gathered and openly debated policies regarding their republic, they were dealt with in violent terms by Soviet authorities. The new policies of liberalization are evidently being used as a tool of convenience in Moscow’s interest.
Andrew Hluchowecky, Director, Ukrainian Canadian Committee, Information Bureau, Ottawa
FROM THE HEART
Congratulations on the article on Rita MacNeil in the Nov. 7 issue (“The sweet sound of success,” Music). You have done yourselves and Rita proud for a heartwarming article depicting her as down-to-earth and very compassionate. She has gone unnoticed for far too long. I love every one of her songs because they are true and from her heart.
Sheran Sitar, Victoria
Surely the term “millionairess” went out the linguistic back door years ago along with “aviatrix” and “authoress” (“Imelda in court,” World Notes, Nov. 14). Readers who were interested in the sex of Imelda Marcos’s benefactor (benefactress?) would have been able to deduce it from her name, Doris.
Linda Bebout, Windsor, Ont.
A CLEARING IN THE WOODS
Reading Allan Fotheringham’s “The high emotion of free trade” (Column, Nov. 14) was like a clearing in the woods of confusion on the subject. For me, he has clarified the basic issue, where for once in our lives emotion is required and the logical solution will follow. Thanks a million, Foth.
Terrence la Brosse Ross, Montreal
Allan Fotheringham writes, “If it weren’t for emotion, there wouldn’t be such an ideological thing as Canada.” Having read the free trade agreement myself, I don’t recall Canada’s emotion as having been bargained away.
Peter Mantas, Toronto
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