THE MAIL

THE MAIL

'Oh man. To have a million dollars and not be content— wow, what kind of greed is this? I guess this is what Capitalism is.’

G. Vincent Kennedy August 30 2004
THE MAIL

THE MAIL

'Oh man. To have a million dollars and not be content— wow, what kind of greed is this? I guess this is what Capitalism is.’

G. Vincent Kennedy August 30 2004

THE MAIL

'Oh man. To have a million dollars and not be content— wow, what kind of greed is this? I guess this is what Capitalism is.’

G. Vincent Kennedy

Behind the limelight

I was surprised that in your Olympic cover package (“It’s go time,” Athens ’04, Aug. 16), there was not one word mentioned about wrestler Gia Sissaouri, the most decorated Canadian wrestler. Having been the most consistent Canadian international wrestler since 1995, he should have been included in your articles about Olympic hopefuls. His accomplishments include a gold medal at the World Championships in 2002 and silvers at the 1995 Worlds and 1996 Olympics. Lawrence Holmes, Oakville, Ont.

Nicolas Gill has been doing judo competitively since before I took up the sport 12 years ago. He won a bronze medal in 1992 in Barcelona and a silver medal in 2000 in Sydney. He has also been a past Pan-American and Commonwealth champion, not to mention three-time medallist at the world championships. Yet despite all of his accomplishments, and being chosen as flagbearer in Athens, you only barely mentioned him and did not include him among your otherwise great articles on the Canadian hopefuls in Athens.

Neil Tobey, Halifax

Understanding Michael Moore

Paul Wells dismisses Moore’s latest movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, as Bush-bashing propaganda, suggesting the filmmaker presents his desired conclusions no matter the evidence. I have to disagree. Moore’s movie plays less like a documentary and much like a persuasive essay or a lawyer’s court argument. Plus, being biased doesn’t dismiss the strength of the argument when it is based on fact and logic. Americans should be proud of Michael Moore.

Darek Gondor, Guelph, Ont.

Sounding the alarm

Surely Canadians can see that when it comes to raising the terror alert we Americans are being duped by a corrupt administration threatened with defeat in November (“Playing the terrorism card?” Terror, Aug. 16). They’ll benefit by keeping their citizens fear-

ful—and that’s not going to change unless we can dump George W. Bush.

Bob Haberkost, Pittsburgh

If no alert were given and something did happen, the citizens would hang the government for not letting them know.

Audra Grant, Bedford, N.S.

I worry about the long-term results of these alerts. After a while, the people might learn to ignore a real threat and many people might get hurt.

Bill Duncan, Nanaimo, B.C.

The U.S. appears to take the threat of terrorism seriously, whereas Canada appears to

We are all Olympians I

Why should star athletes hog all the attention?

In our Aug. 16 Olympic cover package, we gave you our list of athletes to watch in Athens. Some readers felt we left out the lesser-known, though equally deserving. Debra Stewart of Burlington, Ont., wrote: “Did you know Canada has equestrian contenders? They train for years to get to this competition-it would be great if you could recognize them, too.”

Letters to the Editor: letters@macleans.ca

be blissfully ignorant, trusting that our nonparticipation in the Iraq war will keep us safe. The American decision to raise the terror alert clearly was based on intelligence gleaned from other sources you and I are not privy to. David Lilley, Maple Creek, Sask.

As the saying goes, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” I am sure the people that live in the high-risk areas didn’t feel it was a waste of time or money spent. But it is confusing to me that if they have enough secret intelligence to raise the terror alert, then why can they not track the terrorists down?

Greg Halk, Kitchener, Ont.

Brief extinctions

I was deeply upset after reading that three British organizations are collecting animal DNA because they predict that 25 per cent of mammal and 10 per cent of bird species will become extinct within the next three decades (“Frozen ark,” Up Front, Aug. 16). Then, after sitting back and thinking about it, I realized it’s even more upsetting that this news only received coverage in your world briefs section, instead of a cover story. After all, this is a big deal, don’t you think? I am one reader who wants to know more about this disgraceful situation.

Michelle Macdonald, Guelph, Ont.

A fresh perspective

I am a regular reader of Donald Coxe’s great column in Maclean’s. It is very refreshing to find someone who writes without the usual anti-American sentiments too often found in many Canadian media outlets including, in my opinion, Maclean’s. Perhaps someday, more people will realize how important our neighbour to the south is to Canada in a myriad of ways. Please keep up the good work. Jim Foley, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Donald Coxe is right: it is hard to keep up with a country without living and working there (“Follow the loonie,” Essay, Aug. 16). Chicago-based Coxe is wrong to praise “then finance minister Paul Martin for standing firm ... [when] the pension fund industry pleaded with Ottawa to raise the foreign content limit on pension funds.” But in his earlier 2000 budget, Martin had raised the limit to 30 per cent from 20 per cent. If Coxe uses his fiveyear-return chart to persuade his clients to invest their retirement funds in Canada, a market that represents just two per cent of

worldwide investing opportunities, then I will not be travelling to Chicago to seek his advice on how to manage my RRSP.

Bruce Hogarty, Toronto

Reining in Prince

In your article about Prince, he claims that if everyone believed in God we would have a new renaissance, a golden age (“Fresh Prince,” Music, Aug. 16). Which God, though? His? Mine? My neighbour’s? It’s precisely that kind of thinking that has made the world the mess it is today. The solution to our global problems is not for everyone to believe in the same God, but tolerance for one’s right to believe in their chosen God, or no God at all for that matter.

Lynne Chapman, Vancouver, B.C.

Wealth and borders

I agree with your article that, in today’s terms, a “millionaire” is no longer considered wealthy in Canada (“The myth of rich,” Cover, Aug. 2). I’m a retired non-resident Canadian living in Thailand. I have slightly over $1 million in investments, which

gives me a comfortable living. I have a townhouse in Pattaya, a beach resort two hours from Bangkok, and am in the process of building a small three-bedroom bungalow, which I expect will cost under $100,000, fully furnished, in a subdivision close to the many nearby golf courses. Although I am not

lacking any of life’s amenities, I live on only $3,000 or less a month and do not consider myself rich by any stretch of the imagination. When I return to Canada to visit my relatives, I see how they live and how expensive most things are. If I were to return, I would have to seriously reduce my standard of living and doubt I could live in one of the big cities like Vancouver on my income. I would need at least $5 million before I considered myself well off in Canada.

John Gibson, Pattaya, Thailand

I am disappointed with your cover story on Canada’s new definition of wealth. Instead, you should have chosen to do an article on the “new poor.” Those lost under the cracks of society, souls who work, and work hard, for their money and have to struggle just to pay the mortgage on their $100,000, 900 sq.-foot homes. We watch our pennies and dimes too.

Nuala Reilly, Cambridge, Ont.

I think it’s in very questionable taste to run a cover story about rich people at a time when so many of us are struggling to recover from the damage wrought by corrupt and greedy rich people. We live in a time when the actions of many of the privileged few are becoming less and less palatable, and their so-called confessions pale in the wake of their exploitative and cavalier behaviour. Hard work and good business practices are being eclipsed by get-rich-quick schemes, always to the detriment of society as a whole. To glorify this kind of unearned luxury is an insult to the rest of us.

Mo Bock, Gananoque, Ont.

I read with much amusement of the lottery winner who bought a new Ford Explorer for herself and gave her Neon to her parents. Wow, what a way to say thanks for a great upbringing. I hope my kids aren’t that cheap. Petar Ticinovic, Vancouver

Freudian slip?

In your quote of the week in the Aug. 16 Up Front section, President George W. Bush’s comment, “[Our enemies] never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we,” is described as “misspeaking.” Frankly, I’d say George W. spoke truer than he knew.

J. E. Mullin, Fredericton