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‘It is encouraging that you would seek out five committed Canadian pastors and recognize their contributions to our culture and society/

William Cairns May 3 2004

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‘It is encouraging that you would seek out five committed Canadian pastors and recognize their contributions to our culture and society/

William Cairns May 3 2004

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‘It is encouraging that you would seek out five committed Canadian pastors and recognize their contributions to our culture and society/

William Cairns

Equality of faith Thank you for your cover story “Heroes of the cross” (April 12). So much of the time, I am frustrated with our Canadian media because of its fear of being perceived as “politically incorrect.” This all too often leads to it being positive about all religions, except Christianity. And all too often our media, trying to be “politically correct,” criticizes Christianity as a faith and Christian leaders as fools. Therefore, even though I do not agree with all of the opinions in the articles, I am very appreciative that you had the intestinal fortitude to publish on Christianityand that you were positive about it. John B. Howarth, Newmarket, Ont.

I am a Christian Aboriginal physician who had the great honour of hearing Margaret Waterchief, one of the pastors profiled in your cover story, speak at my medical school during a presentation on culture, health and illness. Her gentle spirit truly shows amazing inner strength that is born of a living faith in Jesus Christ. I wish more of us would have the courage to follow her example and the example of the other leaders of the faith portrayed in your recent issue.

Dr. Don Wilson, Calgary

It was great to see a positive approach to Christianity in the mainstream press. Bronwen Parsons, Toronto

Down with nanny You’re kidding with “The income trap” article, right? Couldn’t Katherine Macklem come up with a better example of how our government stings its taxpayers other than to write about a woman who voluntarily quits her job to stay at home with her children, then whines because Ottawa won’t foot the bill for her nanny (Personal finance, April 12)? Pam Mclnnes, Ariss, Ont.

Let me get this straight: a 36-year-old woman, who left the workforce in 2002 because she was having a baby and was not planning to return to her job, is angry because for 2003 she is not able to write off her nanny for income tax purposes? Personally, I’m glad that our tax laws prevent the rich from having the rest of us pay for their unnecessary nannies. Lisa Nutley, Hamilton

Your sidebar about income tax “Filing foulups” underscores the need to employ tax professionals to help guide the layperson through this veritable quagmire of convoluted and often insensible regulation. Contrary to your list, you are permitted to carry back capital losses for up to three years, not one year, and forward forever, not seven years. Eric Mah, Smlthers, B.C.

Enter the boor

“Rude Awakening” (Cover, April 5) explored the roots of the current lack of civility. Here’s another thought: with the rise of the women’s rights movement, women wanted to establish their independence and strength. As a result, some feminists scorned traditional gestures such as holding a door open as paternalistic and condescending. A few men were even reprimanded when they thought they were just being polite. These simple acts of courtesy should be seen not as demeaning, but just as good-natured attempts to keep the wheels of human relations moving smoothly.

Anne Mackintosh, Lansdowne, Ont.

I am a Grade 12 student who is astonished with the number of rude comments that flood the halls on a daily basis. It seems as though no one can hold a conversation anymore without a swear word, insult or rude comment. I pity the people who must put down others to boost their own ego and make themselves feel better. In comparison to previous generations, the morals and values of today’s society have drastically changed, which leads us to the question: Where did we go wrong?

Marissa Gilson, Hamilton

Rudeness begins at home. Despite current attitudes about fostering a child’s self-esteem to the detriment of discipline, structure and the definition of boundaries, children, like us adults, require and expect these elements in their life to function normally in a polite society. Bad behaviour does not correct itself.

Ben Balan, Mount Pearl, Nfld.

Tabloid fodder I was surprised and disappointed to see a full page in your magazine devoted to Adam the “energy healer” (“I grabbed a pulsating light,” April 12). How could you run an uncritical, unquestioning story about an unnamed teenager who claims to cure diseases like cancer by sending his thought waves through space? Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence. Journalists, who are supposed to be skeptical, must ask hard questions, check claims and evaluate the veracity of the stories people tell them. We as readers expect you to deliver facts. Do the editors at Maclean’s really think that Adam connects to “auras” and sends healing energy into sick people? If he could really do such a thing, shouldn’t he be on your cover as the biggest, most important science story of the century? If not, why put such a piece in your “news” magazine? What’s next—Bigfoot, alien abductions, ghosts on Mars? Paul Benedetti, Hamilton

Beach debates

Your list of the best beaches in Canada was seriously flawed (“Best beaches: paradise on the sands, Travel, April 12). It did not include Wasaga Beach, at the southernmost tip of Georgian Bay, which bills itself as “Canada’s longest white freshwater beach.” Michael Allan Spencley, Toronto

This article should have been entitled “Some nice beaches in Canada.” If you ever happen to travel this far east, may I recommend that you venture to Port Hood Beach in Port Hood, N.S. Not only is this the warmest ocean beach on the East Coast, it also has the whitest sand that I have ever seen.

Ron Ray, Lower Sackville, N.S.

Your list of best beaches was very informative, as I have visited many on your list and can attest to their appropriate representation. However, I was a little sad that Newfoundland wasn’t mentioned at all. Perhaps it’s because of the chilly temperatures. Regardless, there are some great Newfoundland beaches, including in my hometown of Eastport, which has three beautiful white sand beaches: Eastport, Sandy Cove and North Side.

Lori MOSS, Calgary

Having lived in Ontario for a while, I can guarantee you there is not one beach in Ontario that even compares to most, if not all, the beaches in P.E.I. Perhaps a headline like “Best beaches” is a little overstated. If the writers travelled east on occasion instead of north and west, they would probably be more than pleasantly surprised.

Bill Dainard, Park Corner, P.E.I.

I am expressing my dismay at your not including Toronto’s Pride Festival in either the best “festivals” or “urban attractions” sections of the April 12 travel package. Doesn’t an event that draws almost one million people a year deserve some recognition? Christopher King, Toronto

Poor taste

I would like to know why your magazine feels the need to publish the gruesome picture of the tortured and mutilated bodies of two Americans in your April 12 issue (“Barbaric,” Up Front). Yes, it is horrific, and the world needs to know what is going on, but do we really need to see it for ourselves to know how bad it is? Have you even thought what the families of these men feel when they look at this picture? Trying to shock your readers is not your mandate. Let’s leave that to the others. You have better things to do.

Wilma Buikema, Caledonia, Ont.