America, just get over it
American networks (and most most Canadian) have been treating the September 11 terrorist attack as the greatest tragedy in the history of the world. Really, it's the biggest tragedy for anyone who is trying to rule the world. George W. Bush will never stop hunting and killing Islamic extremists worldwide in his holy quest for revenge. And the media will consequently never stop poisoning people's minds with patriotic bullshit.
I think it sucks for the families of the people that died, but even they have moved on by now. Everyone would be much happier if America just admitted that worse things have happened to better people and get over it.
Mike Johnson, Gravenhurst
Scuds headed NOW's way
I think it's safe to say that no journalism awards will be handed out for Gift To Al Qaeda (NOW, September 12-18).
While your writer is speculating about the chaos sure to be unleashed with the invasion of Iraq, we should consider that perhaps (cross your fingers) your pal Saddam will launch a Scud missile right into the offices of NOW Magazine, and thereafter we will never have to read such crap again.
Reg McDonald, Toronto
Saddam respects only force
It's not surprising that you are strongly opposed to a U.S. war against Iraq. Ultimately it's more useful to build democracies, healthy economies and international cooperation. But sometimes there is no substitute for violence, ugly though it is. People like Saddam Hussein respect nothing except force.
David Palter, Toronto
An America turned inward
If the u.s. does go it alone against Iraq, we may awaken to an America turned inward, surrounded by Reagan's dream of a "strategic defence shield" and oblivious to the chaos that would likely haunt a world devoid of a "democracy protecting blanket" called NATO.
David C. Searle, Toronto
Poet's death a coincidence
RE: fear in real time (now, September 12-18). Pinochet did a lot of terrible things, but murdering Pablo Neruda wasn't one of them. Neruda died, at close to 70, 12 days after the coup in Chile. The "linkage" is coincidental.
J. Mark Smith, Toronto
Sick of pro-Israel whiners
I'm sick of whiners like Charly Hazan, who complain about NOW's pro-Palestinian bias (NOW, September 12-18). While I fully agree that such a bias exists, I say so what. NOW has every right to publish anti-Israel editorial content, just as the National Post has the right to do the opposite. I do find it ironic, though, that a media property such as NOW, which wears the fact that it is not corporate-owned as a badge of honour, is the most ideologically-driven news mag in wide circulation.
Eric Freedman, Toronto
Peace plan to nowhere
If Matt Fleischer-Black's article Paying For Peace is what passes for liberal peaceful thought among Israeli supporters (NOW, September 5-11), then we're all doomed.
According to Fleischer-Black, if the international Jewish community just provided "economic opportunities" for Palestinians, who are currently living on $2 a day in the rubble left by Israeli tanks, then "moderate Palestinians" might turn a blind eye to the ongoing settlement of the West Bank.
That's a helluva plan. Now that the 9/11 terrorists have spread this war to our continent, are we willing to live under a terrorist threat so that Israel can slowly conquer the West Bank?
Chris Glover, Toronto
Thanks for nothing
Thank you Bernie Farber for highlighting the absurd comparison between the German Nazis and the Ontario Tories made by another NOW letter writer (NOW, September 12-18). I trust that the Canadian Jewish Congress moved quickly to challenge Izzy Asper's widely-publicized comments equating the Concordia anti-Netanyahu protesters with German brown shirts, circa 1932.
Jordan Berger, Toronto
Why Kyoto adds up
Ratifying the kyoto accord could be a financial boon for Canada.
Kyoto would have us reduce CO2 by 100 million tonnes per year. At a cost of less than $10 per tonne, we are talking about less than a billion dollars per year. That's less than $33 per Canadian. Less than a cellphone bill for one month. Where are our priorities?
Red Deer, AB
what sort of fucking assholes are you? Why trash a non-profit organization like the Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations (NOW, September 12-18)? Are you a bunch of right-wing goons? What would you do if tenants across Toronto boycotted your dirty little rag?
David Burns, Toronto
Wondering about Wiebo
having lived in the peace river region during the late 90s, I am quite familiar with Wiebo Ludwig and his story (NOW, September 5-11). I was disgusted that your publication failed to mention that a 16-year-old girl, Karma Willis, was shot to death while driving on his property in 1999. Ludwig and his various sons and sons-in-law admitted it was likely one of them who fired the fatal shot, but refused to tell the police who. I won't touch on the oil and gas issues raised by Gomberg, but it is worth noting that those who live around Ludwig have no such problems, and are in no way supportive of his crusade. Perhaps if Gomberg were less busy prancing about the country wherever the potential media attention catches his fancy, he would have time to write more accurate articles.
Tyler Dellow, Peterborough
Real political struggles
I don't doubt Bob Allisat's sincerity in fronting this new and exciting political movement of stopping people from bringing home jars of tadpoles to augment their small ponds.
But given that we live next to a lake that smells like an unflushed toilet, I'd be sadly inclined to put a mason jar full of tadpoles lower on my list of political struggles, and less likely to group these pond owners with the "eco vandals." Ted Heeley, Toronto
Enough with the tadpoles
I love god's little creatures as much as the next person, but please, enough with the tadpoles already (NOW, September 12-18)!
F. Sumners, Toronto
Le Tigre ass-kissing
It was with some amusement that I read the interview with Le Tigre (NOW, August 22-28), as it unfortunately met all my expectations: more ass-kissing and avoidance. But when a supposedly revolutionary feminist band play the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, an event that excludes transsexual women with its inherently transphobic "womyn-born-womyn" policy, I can't help but to wonder where their politics really fit. Since when has standing up and railing against oppression been something Kathleen Hanna shies away from? Oh, that's right, since selling records became more important than the lives and freedoms of transsexual women.
Elliot Storm, Peterborough