Hannon should be stuffed
if gerald hannon offended his Lord by his exploits as a gay gigolo, he is now seeking redemption by slaughtering a few bulls at sunrise (NOW, September 27-October 3).
Hannon's holy Moses tablet says, "I endorse animal torture" -- in the name of art, of course. But he forgets that the blood of Jesus allows him to leave the lambs and house pets alone.
Let's not go back to the Old Testament man-has-dominion-over-animals days. We should progress, dump factory farming and all cruelty and live in harmony with nature.
I hear that OCAD's beloved Art System gallery dumped the cruel stuff recently and put on a show of monster teddy bears. Stuffing Hannon for part of that show would be OK, because he is full of it.
Gary Morton, Toronto
An oddball history lesson
i'll use small words so as not to confuse someone who took the stance that torturing an animal for artistic expression and killing an animal for food are the same thing.
Here's a history lesson for Gerald Hannon, the new king of one-sided journalism: people killed animals for food long before societal values were established, because they were hungry. The torturing of animals, on the other hand, has always been limited to scientists, sociopaths and a few oddball children who didn't know better.
Hmm, which category is Hannon in? Oh, yeah, a separate category for people whose ambition to be published outweighs their desire to properly research and write an article.
If a friend of mine ever goes berzerk and tortures an animal, I'll be sure they call Hannon as their star witness.
Artist, Conscientious Meat Eater
Torture turns him on
the trouble with libertarians is that they're from off the wall behind the looking glass. Words mean whatever they want them to mean. There are no principles. They think relativity means anything goes. They think it means they can think, believe, do anything that turns them on. Maybe sex with children turns them on. Gerald Hannon says that's OK. Now he says he thinks torturing cats is OK.
He's not alone. The Harris cabinet works like that, too. They say money is the ultimate reality. Hannon says the ultimate reality is whatever turns him on. He is a perfect little crypto-Harrisite. What he says about torturing animals is vile. He has chosen vile because it turns him on. Please do your readers a favour and turn him off. A lot of your stuff is pretty disgusting, but he takes the cake.
Ruth Cohen, Toronto
Deluded tree huggers
you are right to point out that environmentalists on the Tory-selected panel to save the moraine are deluded (NOW, September 27-October 3).
The minute changes they made to appease the public, which has been against development, protect neither the moraine nor the communities from urban sprawl. The last greenbelt we had became Highway 407.
It has been blatantly obvious that this government's agenda and priorities have been consistently supportive of industry. They open loopholes so their supporters in industry hurriedly take advantage. We should assert our right to what is rightfully ours -- clean water, clean air and quality of life -- and not be reduced to tokenism and beggary, believing that small changes and compromises by the government are our victory.
Air Pollution Coalition of Ontario
Landlords spying on you
you quote (osgoode hall law professor) Allan Young as saying, "Something has happened here whereby the landlords have been made aware of the identity of this person" (NOW, September 27-October 3).
MTHC has been on CPIC, Canadian Police Information Centre, the police computerized data base that cops access from their police cars when they stop you, since 1996. Apparently, MTHC has applied to the RCMP to upgrade its CPIC access. You might want to check MTHC board minutes.
Is it possible that the Toronto Housing Corporation also has CPIC access? Could it be it's being used for tenant selection?
Bob Olsen, Toronto
Bullies have rights, too
as a person with 14 arrests vis-à-vis the peace movement and civil rights movement in the States, your take on what happened in New York amazes me. (In fact, it makes me start thinking that maybe I should start reading the Toronto Sun.)
What happened at the World Trade Center was not the Gulf of Tonkin. What happened was that 19 lunatics hijacked planes and killed thousands of innocent people. On this planet, a nation state has the right to defend itself. Even if that nation state is a thug.
Someone just shot your daughter and is now going to shoot your son. Folks, if you have a gun.... No, it's not pretty. In fact, it's downright ugly. Welcome to planet Earth.
Ronald Howard Cohen, Toronto
America the beautiful
i was born in canada and still spend a few weeks there every year. It may be trendy to bash America (I do it myself sometimes), but face it, Canada's, as well as many other countries', high standard of living is to some extent the result of American capitalism.
I'm not a flag-waving NRA fanatic, but enough is enough. The last place I expected to hear anti-American sentiments was from Canadians.
Apparently, we can't count on the help of any foreign government, other than their lip service. Anything we do will be criticized.
Remember, if any one of these terrorists could push a button and kill every American man, woman and child, they would in a second. Go easy on the Yanks till we do something to deserve the whacking.
Peace needs nurturing
i disagree with jim lamarche (NOW, September 20-26) that the phrase "Give peace a chance" died with John Lennon. Like one of John's other great peace ads, Imagine, the words continue to shine on. Neil Young showed this in the recent telethon.
But one small phrase cannot contain all the complexities of what real peace would look like. I like to think of it in the context of the acorn that John and Yoko delivered at the same time to various world leaders.
"Give peace a chance" is an acorn or kernel that's meant to grow in the mind. Peace, like the oak, must be rooted in the earth. It has various branches. It needs water, nutrition, clean air. Then it becomes mighty. So it all gets down to what kind of peace we want. Do we want a little peace just for us and our friends?
The only real peace is a peace with fairness to all and kindness. The only kind of peace that has a chance is this big peace. It hasn't happened yet. We have never given it a chance.
Robert Priest, Toronto
Size isn't everything
re our "tiny" mac shop (now, september 13-19) at 672 Dupont (not 673). OK, so I'm a guy and words like "tiny" hurt. Our Macs (new and used) are as big as everyone else's. Our savings are huge. Our service is enormous. We have downright oversized advice, even for smaller systems. And we offer gargantuan packages.
So come visit us -- we'll fit you in. (Look for the well-hung sign.)
Just plain stupid sushi
for you to vote sushi-time one of the better sushi restaurants in Toronto is just plain stupid.
Take the time to pull the thumb out of the back of your ass and then maybe you might be able to think about all the crap you people print.
No wonder your publication is free. Keep it that way. No one would pay for misinformation like that.
I need a NOW once in a while -- whenever I'm painting or cleaning the apartment.
Bill Pong, Toronto