Your profile of the Irving family was excellently written and presented a fair picture (“Tycoon!” Cover, Feb. 6). It was particularly pleasant to read references to K. C. Irving that were neither snide nor derogatory. There is no doubt that he has given New Brunswick more than he has taken out of it.
John S. Crosbie, Toronto
Your cover story on K. C. Irving troubled me. Not until I read on to “K. C. Irving superstar” did I feel relieved that Maclean ’s did have some criticism of the Irvings. Irving is kind to those who worked for his increased wealth. That is just business sense, not true compassion. What have the Irvings given back to New Brunswick? Where are the concert halls? The sports complexes? I can smell the pollution and see it floating through the Reversing Falls. I wonder if future generations of Saint Johh will call K. C. Irving a tycoon or a tyrant.
Rick C. Benson, Calgary
THE PRICE OF DEVELOPMENT
Those residents of Prince Edward Island who favor development should visit southern New England (“Protecting coastal riches,” Business, Jan. 16). We, too, welcomed developers years ago, when we were suffering from economic stagnation. Now, we have many regrets. Jobs have been created, but mostly lowpaying service-sector positions. Local businesses have been displaced by big-name chains. Condos clutter the once-pristine landscape, and residents are beginning to feel like second-class citizens. It seems that it is the developers who have been the real beneficiaries.
John MacDonald, Bennington, Vt.
A CANADIAN COMPROMISE
Allan Fotheringham’s poison-pen attack on the government’s plan to purchase nuclear-powered submarines neatly avoids the burning question: how does Canada best defend its national interests into the 21st century? (“An outdated and overpriced policy,” Column, Feb. 6). Fotheringham, in his inimitably convoluted and confused fashion, seems to be advocating a strong navy. Nuclear-powered submarines are the most costeffective means of fulfilling that mandate. Dr. Foth’s comments reflect the typical Canadian compromise—take no decision and criticize all alternatives.
R. E. Stansfield, Aylmer, Que.
Right on, Allan Fotheringham. If there is $8 billion to spend, let’s scatter it around—to hospitals and for incentives to the nursing profession. I’m sure the defence minister can find a war game to play at the local arcade or some other intelligent, inexpensive pastime.
Richard Beilstein, Waterloo, Ont.
A few lines on Charles Gordon’s column on smoking (“Smoking out a burning issue,” Another View, Feb. 6): whatever happened to Canadian broad-mindedness? Live and let live? I believe that if this trend of creating outcasts continues, something far more calamitous than a number of smokers having to escape to a restaurant or the malls awaits us.
William Williscroft, Calgary
DEFAMING THE ENEMY
I am distressed by your reference to the “infamous” Red Baron (Passages, Feb. 6). Rittmeister Freiherr Manfred von Richthofen was a brave airman who was killed while fighting for his country. Nothing that I have heard or read supports the use of such a pejorative term. He was on the enemy side, but that hardly justifies defamation.
Frederick L. Dunbar, Regina
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