Vague anti-abortion claims
For someone of my political stripe to attempt to make a point with the hard-headed ideologues at Now is probably an endeavour akin to re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic, but I must nonetheless protest Enzo Di Matteo's article Pushy Pilgrims (NOW, July 18-24).
First and foremost, the fundamental social and moral tenet of the Catholic faith is respect for the immeasurable value of human life, from conception to natural death, without abrogation, exception or qualification.Within genuine Catholic orthodoxy, this tenet is iron-clad and immutable. All apologies to concerned and conscientious objectors, but the matter is not open to debate.
I do have a question about your vague claims regarding "extreme anti-abortion groups" supposedly linked to the deaths of abortion providers.
Were you merely poorly informed and thus unable to name names, availing a half-baked sentiment instead, or did you momentarily take leave of your journalistic bravado and thus choose not to identify said groups for fear of fanning the flames of hostility?Having listened to pronouncements about "anti-choice terrorism" for many years, I'm sadly skeptical, as the pronouncements are consistently long on rhetoric and short on proof.
Klaus Steden, Toronto
Who's being pushy here?
RE Pushy pilgrims, by enzo diMatteo. Surely, you could have found a better photo to illustrate your point than police physically carrying off a pro-choice protestor. I'm thinking, who is being pushy here? Who is taking away someone's right to freedom of speech and assembly?
Surely, there must be a photo on file of a huge pro-life radical punching out an abortionist -- something I can put on my wall?
William La Rochelle, Toronto
Catholics for choice
RE your articles about the Pope's visit and World Youth Day. Didn't the stereotyping of Catholics go out with the stereotyping of Muslims, blacks and Jews?
It may be worthy of NOW to do some true investigative journalism. Try contacting Catholics for Free Choice to get the real take on how many Catholics are adamant anti-abortionists.It may also be of interest to note that Quebec -- the province with the most Catholics -- was a leader in legalizing abortion in Canada, and that numerous politicians who support the pro-choice movement are Catholic.With a bit of research you may discover that I would not be the only feminist Catholic out there who is a pro-choice pro-lifer.
That, however, may be hard for anyone who feels comfortable in a world where people are either victims or oppressors.
Kathleen Boylan, Toronto
The real enemy within
RE a time for mourning (now, july 18-24). While Ed Morgan of the Canadian Jewish Congress and Frank Dimant of B'nai Brith feud over whether or not the gruesome murder of David Rosenzweig was a hate crime, the fact is that Jews worldwide are targets of hatred, not only because of their religion or "race," but as a direct result of Israeli atrocities against Palestinians.
Israelis and their morally blinkered supporters just cannot look into the mirror and face the damning truth that this hatred is partly provoked by their own brutal and arrogant actions. The real enemy is within.
O.G. Pamp, Tweed
Jew Targeted for Drugs
I'm afraid your heads are deeply buried in the sand. If the murder of David Rosenzweig wasn't a hate crime, then why did Stephen McBride kill a very Jewish-looking passerby who happened to stop nearby? Did McBride want money or drugs from Mr. Rosenzweig?
Mannes Naor, Toronto
Councillor paul sutherland is pondering a run for mayor? (NOW, July 18-24).
The problem, of course, will be in the actual declaring thereof. Potential candidates wishing to push Curly out are like cyclists contemplating a breakaway in the Tour de France.No one wants to sprint ahead, because then everyone can see you. You become vulnerable. You've got to keep looking over your shoulder. Best to let someone else go first.
The trouble is that sometimes a breakaway works. A rush. A surge. They're gone and you can't reel them back in.
To all those others contemplating such a move, I say quit jockeying. Do something.
Geoff Rytell, Toronto
NDP didn't cave
RE peter principle (now, july 1824). Whoa there! Although I was pleased to see one of the few accurate press stories on how the NDP brokered the deal that sent city strikers back to work, I do want to correct the impression that I was ready to cave in and support the Tory back-to-work legislation. Not so.I made it clear in the scrum that the NDP was the only party with the integrity and guts to support the workers and our public services.
If I appeared ashen-faced, as Mr. Wheeler stated, it was because I had been up half the night before and very early that morning, doing media interviews in which I publicly demanded that the Tories come back to the negotiating table and talking to senior cabinet ministers, city councillors and workers alike to find a fair compromise.
Embracing Tent City
Thanks to NOW for printing Thomas Hirschmann's refreshing and dignified article on Tent City. (NOW, July 11-17).
Hirschmann acknowledges the creativity and skill of the men and women who have worked to build Tent City from scrap materials against all odds. Today there are close to 50 dwellings. And despite the red tape at City Hall and the wrangling over plans to relocate to non-contaminated land, Tent City lives.The community now boasts running water, portable toilets, wood stoves for heat and cooking, even showers!
Residents are known for being as tolerant as possible to the ongoing influx of media and tourists, and recently had the generosity to participate in a "musical float" of sorts in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood picnic.
Hirschmann demonstrates that in some countries in the world this creativity is embraced, not disgraced, and so it should be.
Cathy Crowe, Registered Nurse
Toronto Disaster Relief Committee
Bullshit rhetoric aside...
While Nike may not be the real deal many artists are looking for, kudos to Matt Crookshank for setting the record straight instead of wallowing in the all-but-too-shallow waters many artists seemingly enjoy. Big business's relationship with the arts is nothing new. While Nike has created a sub-brand with Presto, DuMaurier has never once shied away from associating its own logo with the arts. At a time when so many complaints are being registered by artists, it is unfortunate more artists aren't willing to put rhetoric bullshit aside, slip on a pair of Nikes, light a DuMaurier and exhale.
Chris Ironside, PrideVision TV
I guess Matt Galloway is no friend to the music industry, but perhaps he never set out to be.
He helpfully exhorts the merits of a CD burner and proudly shares the news that ".the real bonus is that it can also burn labels onto to your CDs, so your pirated music can now look like the real thing" (NOW, July 11-17).
Well, that's very helpful. Ever give a thought to the careers of artists and songwriters? Ever give a thought to how much Now relies on the health of the music industry to survive as a business?
File-sharing and CD-burning are a reality, we recognize that. It's a changing landscape that the record industry is having to deal with. Eventually, we will find a balance between music lovers wanting to enjoy their music online, artists and songwriters maintaining careers and record companies being able to continue to invest in those careers.At the moment, it's a perilous balance. Retail sales are down by 16 per cent in the past two years.
We all want to ensure that new artists and music continue to emerge. In order for this to be achieved, we have to recognize that there has to be some form of consumer investment in the legitimate recordings.
President, Canadian Recording Industry Association
Playwright Lee William Shakespeare is upset over the criticism of his Fringe play, Otis (NOW, July 18-24). In Shakespeare's mind, Glenn Sumi has gone beyond the bounds of professional criticism. I had the opportunity to listen to Shakespeare's earlier rant on CBC Radio. He has a ways to go to mature as an artist.
He has repeated in interviews that "Otis is a play written for those who have the intellect to handle controversial material."He tells us that the only message that can be gleaned from his play is the one he cares about. Now who's insulting my intelligence?
Douglas Helliker, Toronto