The Mail

The Mail

August 13 2001
The Mail

The Mail

August 13 2001

The Mail

Heartfelt memories

Thank you for such a touching article about the military dependants of Lahr Senior High School (“Love stories from the Cold War,”

Cover, July 30). In just five days, your magazine brought many of our lost military brats back home to their old friends. While my Web site was featured throughout the article, I would like to point out that this extraordinary site could not have grown so quickly without the endless help from past reunion organizers and referrals from a cyber-community of loyal military dependants.

Claire C. Gagné-Arnault, Edmonton

A million thanks for the memory lane trip. As I began Grade 10 in I960, my father, an RCAF cook, was posted to 3 Wing in Zweibrucken, Germany, the Canadian air force base north of Lahr. My new school, Schoenblick High, was an old converted barracks block. Some days, our teachers’ voices were inaudible due to F-104 jet engines being tested half a mile away. As a cheerleader, I went on bus trips with the football and basketball teams to Lahr and to France. My family drove all over Europe, camping for a weekend in Paris, or a week in Amsterdam, or a month in Spain. It was four years of pure heaven. In that tight little world on the base, friend-

ships were swift and romances achingly short-lived. The inevitable posting back to Canada meant we always lost touch. Happily for ex-3 Wingers, they can now find old friends (and flames) at two Zweibrucken Web

sites: www. uk/group/3Wing Warriors and www. islandnet. com/jkclarks/ zweihigh.htm. Now, who wants a Parkie? Barbara Hopper, Ottawa

I was so glad to read the stories about Lahr, Germany. I also lived there from 1982 to 1986, and I never realized how many of us “brats” are out here.

Shannon (Leavitt) Conrod, Ottawa

Appreciating Aubin

Adding a weekly article by Benoit Aubin to Canada’s (English-speaking) Weekly Newsmagazine was a stroke of genius. As a longtime Anglo-Montrealer who’s lived in Edmonton five years, Victoria 16— and gotten acquainted with the “left side” of our country—I am grateful to read Aubin’s wonderfully current, insightful articles, which keep me in intelligent touch with “home”—still Canada’s most complex, ever-dynamic, misunderstood environment. His articles do a favour to the nation.

Catherine M. Draper, Victoria

Violent protests

Why are they “riot” police while the dead man on the Genoa street is a “protester” (“A cause to die for?” The Week that Was, July 30)? He was no more there to protest than his 30 cohorts were there to “demonstrate.” The sole purpose of these people was to cause mayhem, perhaps gain notoriety. As with any extreme sport, one of the possible game enders is death. What’s really sad is how these actions undermine the work of the legitimate protesters. The multinational cor-

porations will win, thanks to those who are violent.

S. L. Bonner, Surrey, B.C.

So far, most criticism of the growing antiglobalization movement, even by conservatives, has been directed at its violent wing. The peaceful majority are treated with much respect. But even if this movement succeeds by peaceful persuasion, the freedom, peace and prosperity we currently enjoy will be destroyed. These activists believe in handing governments omnipotent power to eviscerate property rights, strangle corporations with red tape, destroy free trade, redistribute everyone’s income and


Our March 5, 2001, cover, “Redesigning Work,” featured a photograph of a model, apparently nude, looking out from behind a laptop computer while lying on her stomach in bed. The model did not, in fact, pose in the nude, nor did she agree to appear in the photograph that made it seem, by revealing part of a breast, as if she were nude. Macleans apologizes to the model for portraying her in such an altered fashion.

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Raised among ‘brats’

I was pleased to see attention paid to the challenges faced by children of military personnel in maintaining relationships (“Love stories from the Cold War,” Cover, July 30). I, too, spent time in Lahr, Germany, from 1970 to 1977. It was all but impossible for them to have a home town or any kind of roots. Although I had an exceptional education that only travel can provide, to this day I am somewhat envious of people who have spent their entire lives in one place and have been surrounded by the same friends and family since birth. It is only with other military brats that I feel truly at ease, because I know they have felt the same pain of losing very dear friends every time the posting season arrived and the terrible loneliness of moving to a new place and having to start all over again.

Cory McTaggart, Calgary

impose a back-to-nature religion that would destroy industry and development. Anyone familiar with the history of leftist movements should know that once a government achieves such power and cripples the economy, there is nothing to stop it from eventually committing violence against its own people or forcing its citizenry to attack its neighbours. It’s the protesters and their anti-capitalist ideology that threaten our liberty, peace and prosperity. They should be free to express their ideas in a lawful manner, but we should be eternally vigilant in exposing and condemning them as destructive.

Glenn Woiceshyn, Calgary

‘Humble beginnings’

I read with great interest your story on music mogul Denise Donlon (“Turn up the music,” Business, July 30), my former MuchMusic colleague. We’re all very proud of Denise. I vividly remember her humble beginnings, on the road with Doug and the Slugs, when I was co-hosting the groundbreaking New Music. That show, and indeed the style of modern music television, was conceived by the brilliant John Martin. It was Martin who brought Donlon to the attention of Moses Znaimer, and brought her onboard in the early days of MuchMusic. I find it sad, and rather appalling, that Martin is rarely mentioned when credit is being given for the evolution of the Canadian music industry and music on television as we know it. It was also Martin who fought hard to keep all the raw tape of those early years—resulting in the rich,

valuable archives that now help feed MuchMusic’s programming. I guess the biggest problem is that, as much of a creative genius as Martin was, he was never any good at politics.

Jeanne Beker, Toronto

I have to comment on Denise Donlons indignation at what she considers to be musical thievery. She implies that if you copy music poorly it is OK, but if you copy music well, it constitutes theft. Lets focus on the real issue: the threat to the star-maker machinery. Music, above all, is art. Denise has forgotten that the ability to record music changed everything. The recording industry pulled musicians from their humble positions among sculptors, painters and dancers, and placed them on financial pedestals. The world of digital recording and digital sharing may simply bring our musicians a little closer to earth. As for the recording industry itself, the times they are a-changin.

Matt Nuttall, North Vancouver

Island sportsmanship

When I recounted my experience playing soccer in western Prince County (“The selling of PE.L,” Cover, July 23), I described the West Prince team as the friendliest and most sportsmanlike team in the league, my black eye having occurred as the result of a complete accident. What appears in the magazine falsely presents the West Prince team as a violent and dangerous group, which I think is a disservice both to those players and by association the western Prince County region in general.

Pan Wendt, Charlottetown

Should anyone follow your directions and travel 20 km east of Charlottetown in search of Glasgow Hills Resort & Golf Club, they will find that they have to retrace their route and then proceed about 30 km northwest of the city, where, from the hilltop, they should be able to see where they went wrong.

S. W. Clay, Charlottetown