Blatchford parody offends
your parody of christie blatchford (NOW, March 21-27) is incredibly offensive.
It suggests that people only support Jews out of professional self-interest, or as puppets of a larger conspiracy.
I demand an apology from NOW, not only on behalf of myself, but on behalf of all non-Jews who have ever been brave enough to voice opinions in support of Israel. I am boycotting NOW until a retraction is printed.
Robin Neinstein, Toronto
if christie blatchford chooses to support Israel, why need that be "strange" or the result of untoward editorial heavy-handedness? If she feels unmoved by the Palestinian plight, should she refrain from writing so?
NOW's photo illustration and blurb certainly suggest that she has been co-opted by a (male) Jewish conspiracy to control the media. If that really is the case, I suggest you keep a close eye on her. Before you know it, she'll be collecting the blood of Christian babies in time for Passover, along with the rest of us.
Laliv Clenman, Toronto
Post's contempt for Arabs
yenta christie blatchford's i-wanna-be-Jewish column was yet another egregious example of the Post's strident support for Israeli infamies against the Palestinian civilian population, especially its children.
Since Blatchford contemptuously dismisses the plight of the Palestinians, Canadian Arab groups should arrange a free trip so she can spend a week with a Palestinian family during one of Israel's "defensive" incursions.
O.G. Pamp, Tweed
it was with a sense of dismay that I listened to your executive editor, Alice Klein, speak with Andy Barrie on CBC Radio's Metro Morning.
Your editor excused your magazine's policy of advertising (extensively) for the sex trade too conveniently.
For NOW to carry the reputation of a socially conscious/alternative publication but to make money from promoting the sex trade, is hypocritical.
Your editor suggests that cars and alcohol may also be dangerous or inappropriate to advertise.
I suggest that NOW begin to look for alternative ads to run.
David Hunt, Toronto
i just love your new local-only photos on the Upfront page. Last week's of revellers in a bar celebrating St. Patrick's Day (NOW, March 21-27) was superlative.
I spent hours pondering whether the guy on the right was getting ready to lick the woman's shoulder or vomit. Good riddance to those boring old photos you used to publish of scenes from around the world.
Terry Harris, Toronto
garden brothers' defence of its continued use of animals in its performances (NOW, March 21-27) is particularly revealing.
They note that their, er, charges are reared in captivity and thereby protected from the dreadful Darwinian struggle for survival as well as elmer Fudd. They say finally, "When humans and animals play and work together, each can learn from the other."
Oh, sure. What cruelly incarcerated animals, which probably prefer Darwin to the Garden Brothers, learn from us is probably unprintable.
Geoff Rytell Toronto
The real eco foot soldiers
i find my patience wears out quickly for whiney cyclists (NOW, March 7-13).
While every cyclist likes to know the police look out for motorists' good behaviour, cyclists should remind themselves of benefits they get off motorists' backs. Relative to the impact vehicular traffic has on urban space, pedestrian mobility and overall health, motorists get off very lightly financially, but cyclists pay nothing for roadway use and get to park freely.
Pedestrians are the true nobles of the rush era, so cyclists need to avoid the righteous pleasure of giving themselves airs -- they get quite enough via stimulating exercise.
Jay Swan Toronto
The problem with judges
glenn wheeler's article bench Mark (NOW, March 14-20), though well-intentioned, misses the forest for the trees.
Brian Dickson, Antonio Lamer and L'Heureux-Dubé, along with most other judges in this country, have enough pomposity and arrogance.
The problem is with the court system itself.
Unlike in America, the Supreme Court in Canada has the right to determine whether or not they want to hear your case in the first place. You must convince them that your case is of "national importance." If they don't think so, you lose!
Larry A. Turewich, Toronto
Pot calling the kettle
i was disappointed that roscoe Handford resorted to a personal attack as a substitute for reasoned argument in addressing my criticisms of Artscape's plans for the Wychwood Barns site (NOW, March 21-27).
Discrediting their opponents has been the main tactic of Artscape's defenders. That kind of behaviour is scarcely indicative of a commitment to consultation with neighbours whose views differ from one's own.
At the January 22 meeting to show Artscape's plans for the site, concerned residents and neighbours were severely restricted in their opportunities to present their views and virtually excluded from posing questions, let alone receiving answers. They were treated in a condescending manner.
Roscoe Handford's dis of my letter is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
John Sanders, Toronto
Dissing O Canada
i enjoy watching the west wing but was very upset by a scene in a recent episode in which, late into a party at the White House, the Canadian national anthem was played.
Canadian flags were waved in a mocking fashion. No one, including the American president, showed any respect. The show is fiction, but it's very disheartening.
All the more so since right now there are hundreds of Canadian men and women serving abroad in Afghanistan who deserve better.
As Canadians, we would do well to consider this. It mocks the memory of past generations, makes fools of the living and threatens the prospects of future generations of Canadians in the eyes of Americans.
Chris Blackman, London
Fake-ass food for thought
"you don't have to fall for the Tex-Mex hybrid." So proclaims food critic Steven Davey (NOW, March 21-27).
As an expatriate Texan, I've grown accustomed to fielding similar scoffing from Canadians about my native cuisine. A friend of mine even referred to Tex-Mex as "fake Mexican food."
I understand that this attitude may be a result of exposure to the "Howdy, my name is Buckaroo and I'll be y'all's server"-style restaurants that pop up in tourist districts.
But do not confuse authentic Tex-Mex cuisine with that fake-ass food known as "southwestern cuisine."
If you're craving authentic Tex-Mex food here in Toronto, you're shit out of luck. But lovers of regional cuisine, take heart! When I first moved up here 14 years ago you couldn't even find a Taco Bell. So perhaps....
A.G. Pasquella, Toronto
Alanis's old-soul quality
i have to disagree with Matt Galloway's description of Alanis Morissette as "notoriously unstable" (NOW, March 7-13).
I've rarely met a more grounded, centred, well-aimed individual. Alanis always had that "old soul" quality even when she was 20. Thank U India was the perfect response to her great success. What could have been more fitting or evolutionary under the circumstances than gratitude? Were you perhaps confusing her with one of the other A.M.s?
Robert Priest, Toronto
So insufferably cool
what's trendy and hip today? Meet Joel MacMillan, OCAD student, guitarist and songwriter (NOW, March 14-20). His clothes? "I stole this brown leather jacket off a friend." Cool! He adds, "I didn't know I had a style...." What insufferable modesty!
Gary Oksanen, Toronto