Workers share more with cops than kids
Ellie Kirzner's article Youthful Resisters Outfox Police (NOW, June 8-14) made me laugh. She seems to assume it's only natural that workers and "the begoggled, bandana-clad youth contingent" should work together, and that resistance to this idea on the part of the Canadian Autoworkers membership can be resolved by "educating" members. Good luck!
The law-abiding workers have much more in common with police officers than with "youthful rabble." Police officers are workers. Both "workers" and police work for a living, have families to take care of, share the responsibilities that being an adult entails.
The "youthful rabble" does not share this experience. They are utterly naive, and for many of them, their "cause" is simply an excuse for them to exercise their natural hunger for action -- unfortunately, in a violent and criminal manner.
There will never be the type of allied action that Kirzner and certain radical labour organizers hope for between the working class and a bunch of snot-nosed shit disturbers.
Enraged that students are forced to watch TV
So Rod MacDonald, PRES-ident and CEO of Athena Educational Partners, which produces YNN (NOW, June 8-14), thinks most parents are unruffled by a corporate presence in the classroom?
As a parent of two school-age children, I am not "ruffled." I am enraged at the thought of my children being forced to watch any kind of television during the school day. I would support any kind of protest my children would make against corporations in their schools.
If corporations want to give schools equipment, they should do so without strings attached. It is a sorry state of affairs when our children are at the mercy of corporations because their government has so underfunded the schools that the school boards have few options if they want to maintain programs.
Tories push teachers to the breaking point
Re Teachers Are Heroes
In Their Own Minds (NOW, June 8-14). Peter Sticklee's attempt to put uppity teachers in their place by criticizing their alleged bad grammar falls short. Granted, being told -- apparently by a teacher in Sticklee's grade-10 past -- that one should never start a sentence with "I" was bad advice. In matters of style, the rules are there to be beat or even broken, if necessary.
As for being on the warpath, well, if you keep being threatened by a politician whose purpose seems to be to quash Ontario's teachers into submission at any cost, what else can you do but protest?
A reasonable government would try to negotiate legislation with the advice and perhaps even consent of major stakeholders. All the Tories want to do is to use the stake.
Fashion Cares funds
valued AIDS programs valued AIDS programs
I am writing in response
to the letter (NOW, June 8-14) regarding Fashion Cares. The AIDS Committee of Toronto and more than 20 other AIDS programs in Toronto are able to provide essential services because of the $800,000 raised in this one spectacular evening.
Fashion Cares is the most successful AIDS fundraising event in Canada because of the dedication of our volunteers and the generosity of our community. All of the merchandise, food and drink at the well-deserved volunteer appreciation night at Sailors were donated.
Charles M. Roy
AIDS Committee of Toronto AIDS Committee of Toronto
Don't send pet-hater to a movie about dogs
After reading your re-
view of the movie My Dog Skip (NOW, June 8-14), I have reached three possible conclusions. Either this bitter writer never had a pet, or the writer had a pet and was one of those nasty kids who kicked it for fun, or the writer has become cynical about life in general and lost all touch with childhood wonder and everything good and mystical.
I suggest that movies meant for children be reviewed by children, or by parents who can give insight into their own child's reactions.
Harris mindset laid bare for all to see
Good on NOW for printing the letter (NOW, June 8-14) from Jim Hastings (assuming he was serious and not pulling our leg).
Here we have it, in print.
The genuine, proud Harris-oisie: "I'm all right Jack, fuck the environment, fuck the poor and fuck the rest of you who disagree with the Tories."
Egotism disguised as neo-conservatism
Jim Hastings' letter il-
lustrated better than anything I've ever seen that John Stuart Mill had it right. "It is not true," said Mill, "that all conservatives are stupid people, but it is true that most stupid people are conservative."
I really hope that Hastings is secretly a decent guy, and that his letter was intended as a spoof of all the short-sighted, irresponsible, semi-literate excuses for egotism that often masquerade as right-wing political thought.
I fear, though, that Hastings was in earnest.
If so, then let's remember who some of Harris's most ardent supporters really are: not those who control Bay Street, but simply those who lack that vital third brain cell. God help us all.
Goes to show money can't buy happiness
Jim! Just read your let-
ter and it made me really happy. For the first time in my life of financial setbacks and misfortunes, I was able to understand that, compared to your stressed-out, self-centred and probably lonely life, I am rich, rich, rich.
Oh homeless moose, where will you stand?
Are there plans for a homeless moose? It seems that every other demographic group has a dedicated sacred cow.
Given the near universal distribution of homeless people in Toronto, most downtown streets would be appropriate. Regarding apparel, perhaps the street-living beast could have its worldly goods stuffed into ragged supermarket bags and carry a cardboard sign reading "will work for moss."
I'm not sure about a colour scheme, but here's a prediction. No matter how garish the animal and no matter how large his antlers, Homeless Moose would be invisible to most passersby.
Ian C. Boulton