IAN FU FROM NY
I'm a native new yorker. I very nearly lost family in the September 11 attacks. Because I value debate and believe dissent is vital to a free culture, I'm totally cool with some of the critique that NOW writers and readers have expressed concerning the U.S.-led campaign in Afghanistan.
But for me, Luis Figo's letter ridiculing the last words that terrorist victim Jeremy Glick shared with his wife as Flight 93 sped to its doom (NOW, November 15-21) was too much. Glick's wife probably doesn't read this excellent paper, so I'll say this for them: fuck you, Figo.
D.C. Gillette, Oshawa
One for Old Glory
Lauren Carter's petulant anti-American reflex (NOW, November 15-21) prevents her from seeing why Canadians might display the stars and stripes for any reason other than to admit cultural defeat.
I can't speak for Elita, a Montreal-based company, but if Carter took my show of empathy for the American victims of terrorism as part of some insidious invasion, I would like her to know that my Canadianness is much stronger than she might expect.
Tracy Ross, Oakville
If it weren't for the Yanks
As I read Kevin D. Peck's letter(NOW, November 15-21) about how he was offended to see the American flag flying at our Remembrance Day ceremonies, I had to wonder if Peck had done any reflecting whatsoever on Remembrance Day.
After all, had it not been for the tremendous efforts and sacrifice of the American people, who knows what flag would be adorning the flagpoles across this land?
Ken Darlington, Toronto
Bush pulls an Al Capone
Now that the taliban have relinquished control of major cities in Afghanistan, one of the first priorities of any international or occupying body there is the investigation of the killing, theft, torture and brutality of the Northern Alliance.
Apparently, George Bush's idea of enforcing his will upon an uncooperative government isn't far removed from Al Capone's. It is a deplorable situation .
The international community, having condoned, supported or participated in (the war), must now take steps to (help) as the people of Afghanistan fall victim to the Northern Alliance's murder of prisoners and civilians.
Is this is the kind of democracy America and the West fought for?
Robert Mladzinski-Smith, Toronto
The ebb and flow of war
Concerning dangerous victory (NOW, November 15-21). Bombs that kill or maim hapless civilians are the riskiest aspect of war.
Peace comes, we cheer, and then another war breaks out in our world again!
Surely there must be a better way to deal with conflict between nations before serious trouble sets in?
Olive M. Thiesenhausen, Toronto
Turn off, tune in
O.G. pamp has succeeded in identifying the problem when it comes to war coverage on American networks: too much propaganda (NOW, November 15-21). He only goes halfway in solving it when he turns to the BBC, though.
Kill the TV, turn off the radio, burn the newspapers. Then he'd have quality time for reading, strolling, observing, loving, creating. Withdrawal is always painful, but in many cases it can be an agent for change.
David Palter, meanwhile, is the victim of the same kind of faulty reasoning when he swallows the whopper that the "war on terrorism" can be won. It can't.
Unfortunately, many more North Americans will need to be hurt to get that through their collective skulls. Ah, well, at least the profiteers get rich. In war and peace, that's the only sure thing.
Max Blanco, Toronto
No tears for Rwanda
Enzo Di Matteo describes how the American networks are downplaying civilian casualties in Afghanistan (NOW, November 8-14). A corollary to this is that Canadians have inordinately mourned the victims of the September 11 attacks.
Before Americans consecrate Ground Zero in New York as the world's primary shrine for the victims of terrorism and absolute evil, we should find a sense of proportion. I did not see all this sorrow for the far, far greater tragedy of the Tutsis, victims of genocide in Rwanda in 1994.
Jacob Mendlovic, Toronto
Lesser of nuke evils
Re burying our heads in the Sand (NOW, November 15-21).
You quote two experts, Irene Kock and Norm Rubin, who suggest that burying nuclear waste in the Canadian Shield is a bad idea.
Kock says there is no urgency. Rubin says the whole federal plan is a relic of a time when Canadians believed in that mythical place called "away."
But given the events of September 11, do we want to manage this waste forever in nuclear plants when these plants now require extreme measures to keep potential terrorists out?
Two waste sites at Pickering and Darlington (a third is at Bruce) are way too close for comfort for any of the millions living in the GTA. To me, that sounds like asking for trouble.
The sooner we can move the waste deep underground, to the Canadian Shield or wherever, the better it will be for all of us in the long run.
Mohan Rao, Toronto
Don Valley's magical allure
I was pleased to see gimme ducks, Not Cars (NOW, November 8-14).
The land surrounding the Don Valley Parkway is a magical ecosystem that deserves more attention than the fast-food garbage and shopping carts we throw into it every day.
Having lived in the area for two years, I have always tried to envision the area without the massive highway tearing through it, and smiled at the thought of what the valley must have looked like before we drove cars. I'm amazed that there still exist wetland wildlife and habitat. Ducks, beavers, red-winged blackbirds, hawks, foxes and many more animals still call the valley home.
This is miraculous luck considering the short-sightedness of humans. Last weekend I was devastated to find a wetland area destroyed by several dump trucks.
Lindsay Erdman, Toronto
Questions about Judy
Re Rabble Needs Rousing (NOW, November 8-14). Judy Rebick calls her rabble.ca "the voice of the new left."
She laid off staff after her annual budget for running the Web site was cut from $450,000 a year to $300,000. How much does it cost to run an Internet site, and how much is going to Rebick's salary?
Rebick, with NOW's support, is pleading poverty and asking for more donations to keep her business venture from going under.
Judy, you are a capitalist wolf only out for money, promoting yourself (while) dressing in socialist sheep's clothing!
David Burns, Toronto
Strange fete for Mandela
Amazing. for a mere $5,000 ahead, Canada's corporate elite dined at Heather Reisman's with Nelson Mandela. Perhaps they shared their respective struggles? He vanquished apartheid and continues to inspire millions. She vanquished Indigo's union drive and inspires the middle class to decorate their lofts with candles.
George Fogarasi, Toronto
Heist leaves audience cold
re Heist Scores (NOW, November 15-21). John Harkness's 4N review of David Mamet's Heist is generally, though not unalloyedly, favourable. It is "lesser Mamet," he says, but worth seeing because of Gene Hackman's performance, as well as that of Danny De Vito as "...a man operating beyond his means."
The film, says Harkness finally, "achieves a kind of grimy grandeur in a bleak landscape of betrayal." For betrayal to work on the audience, the audience has to care a teensy bit about the person betrayed. No one in this film falls into that category.
Geoff Rytell Toronto
Clitoral stimulus enough
Barry Kennedy put on an excellent show at Comedywood (NOW, November 15-21), and the reason you cite as a drawback -- his laid-back and calm attitude -- is exactly what makes him so affable and funny.
I think you were unfair. I personally loathe Seinfeld, but he must be doing something right.
So, too, was Kennedy. I didn't see one person with a sour face both times I saw him perform. He may not hit the comedy G-spot, but clitorial stimulation was guaranteed for 90 per cent of the crowd.
How can heart, passion and a personal stake in his material be missing when the main topics were his mother, friends and relatives?
That just doesn't make sense!
NN = More tequila, please? I don't think so.
Genevieve Curran, Toronto
K-OS for the record
For all you trivia buffs, Kevin Brereton (NOW, November 15-21) was one of four black people at our high school. You forgot about John Campbell's little sister Soroya!
PS: K-OS, will Double Stuff be getting back together?? Keep us posted.
James Lewis, Whitby