Disabled lover sounds gifted
re mark lindenberg's naked city piece (NOW, March 18-24). Great article. The author's women troubles are not his problem. Goodness me, I recall a letter he wrote to NOW about asking, listening and enjoying the response a woman gives when he licks her vulva. Now, that's good sex. I'd be all over it. He's already exceeded most men I know. The problem seems to lie in what we as individuals and as a society believe to be inherent to impairment. There needs to be an understanding that disability is a socially created oppression.
I don't know about the rest of the women in this city, but I would be only too happy to have Lindenberg pay me a little attention. He sounds quite gifted.
Dylan crack unwarranted
"bob dylan mumbles through three shows...." (NOW, March 18-24). I would like to know if Tim Perlich has been to a Bob Dylan concert in the last 10 years. Dylan has been consistently bringing in thousands of fans everywhere he plays.
I've been lucky enough to attend some of these shows, and I can understand every word he sings in concert. I'm not sure whether Perlich's comments on the greatest and most important entertainer of the 20th century are serious or just uneducated.
Colour these cops mauve
a funny cab driver once re- marked to me that Toronto police were basically ornamental so they should only hire good-looking ones. Your article (NOW, March 18-24) seems to indicate that they should be different colours, and who could argue with that? How about mauve with bright yellow highlights for the rank-and-file officers? And for the sergeants, fluorescent pink with lime green stripes? Something flashy for the chief and other higher-ups? How about concentric rings of orange, blue and red? Even I'd go see Fantino in a get-up like that! Forget the silly moose. We'll tell tourists, come see Toronto's cops! Nick E. Cushing
This land is native land
re bones of contention (now , March 18-24). My family, who came from France with La Salle to find the source of the Mississippi, settled in Quebec and other cities in 1672. They resided in Canada until my grandfather left for Michigan to start a family in the late 1800s. My blood runs cold knowing that the Indian tribes who were caretakers of Mother Earth are still being turned away from their ancestral lands. When will the government stop giving native people's land to whichever source has the deep pockets? I say keep on fighting, David Grey Eagle. Though I am second-generation American, I fight and pray with you and yours to reclaim what belongs to the people to preserve and keep for the generations to come. Land-stealing has happened all over North America. Where will the original caretakers, who have no money or will to fight any more, go for justice? Andree Bourbonnais Benton
Indian Springs, NV
on saturday, march 20, stephen Harper was elected leader of the new Conservative party by under 21 per cent of eligible voters, 56 per cent of the 37 per cent of the total 250,000 registered members. Why was the turnout so low when members had been bombarded for weeks by e-mail and telephone calls?
Figures released show that what was an underwhelming mandate at best came disproportionately from what were the Alliance-held portions of the country.
Niagara Falls, ON
Zundel fighting for our rights
re zundel, freedom fighter (now, March 18-24). Ernst Zundel is sitting in a detention centre because of his opinions. Why shouldn't he be called a "champion of civil rights" for challenging Canada's security laws? Is NOW really supporting the criminalization of dissent? We either all have freedoms or we all lose them. Karin Brothers
re race baiting (now, march 18-24). Those who believe in the pervasive myth of a Jewish conspiracy to control the world give Jews far more credit than they deserve. The whole conspiracy chimera is absurd nonsense, since the Jewish state, bristling with all the latest high-tech weapons of mass destruction provided by Washington, can't even control, much less defeat, a bunch of ragtag, stone-throwing Palestinian children and suicide bombers and must build a concrete wall to protect itself.
Jews can be and are as brilliant, compassionate, enlightened and brutal as any other group.
High marks for rookie pols
re rating the rookies (now, March 11-17). Don Wanagas is right on the mark in giving top marks to Ward 14 Councillor Sylvia Watson. She has been one of the few members, rookie or veteran, to have zeroed in on the outrageous financial and environmental folly of the Front Street Extension. But she has been joined in her efforts by Glenn De Baeremaeker of Ward 38. De Baeremaeker has kept his environmental credentials emerald green by informing himself and speaking out against this $255-million expressway interchange that some want to dump on the west-end waterfront far from his own political base in Scarborough. Upgrade the ratings of both Watson and De Baeremaeker to triple-A. David White
all lisa logan's letter tells us (NOW, March 18-24) is that she doesn't believe what she read in NOW about circumcision because she'd rather not believe it. It's a proven fact that the inner foreskin contains the most nerve-rich and sensitive erogenous tissue in the penis, much or all of which is lost in circumcision. The sensitivity and function of what remains is degraded, a loss to both the circumcised man and his partners.
The perpetration of this mutilation upon infants is medically, legally and ethically indefensible.
As for whether circumcision is "equivalent" to clitoridectomy and other mutilations of the female genitals, genital mutilation, whether of males or females, is destructive, cruel and stupid
i want to thank you for the trib utes to Tooker Gomberg (NOW, March 11-18). I hope that someday he will be the subject of a book or a documentary, and that you will write about it in your pages. Alternately, I would like to note my disagreement with the space Gomberg got on your cover, beneath a story about dog poop. Why would you put the headline for a story about dog shit above a story about the passing of Gomberg?
Are you fuckin' stupid?
Why take helmet to suicide?
i find it difficult to accept that Tooker Gomberg would have taken his own life. While he was a master of making the bold statement, Tooker was always, always, in favour of preserving life. I once had the opportunity to share time with this dangerous radical (I use the term in the affectionate sense), and there was no inkling that he was capable of taking the life of any creature, great or tiny. He loved life. And many people loved him. He was passionate, kind and focused.
I cannot fathom why a man would wear a bicycle helmet on a trip to commit suicide.
thank you for your article on the Ontario Teachers Pension Fund and some of its more questionable investments (NOW, February 19-25). I worked hard at the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario to get our model for an ethical screening process passed, and found your article informative and helpful.
It appears that Ontario Teachers Federation affiliates are starting to line up now on the issue of ethical investing, and I am hopeful of positive change in the next three to five years. Thanks again for a job well done.
Plastics strangling landfills
yay, susana molinolo (now, march 11-18). I hear you loud and clear. I work in the waste management industry, and plastic bags are among the worst components in the waste stream. There's no recycling market for them, they're non-biodegradable, and the dyes used to print the store's name contain mercury and other heavy metals, contributing to leachate in landfills and air emissions from incinerators. If people had to pay for each plastic bag they took, most would adjust to using a lot fewer and would find that this actually didn't kill them. Just look at No Frills customers. The price per bag is only 3 cents, but it's enough of an incentive that most folks bring their own bags or find innovative ways to carry home their goods. Name withheld by request
Leave reviews to moviegoers
i just wanted to give you guys my review of your movie reviews. You suck. Your reviews are never accurate or depict the movie as it is.
Your writers really don't seem to have a love for movies. Either way, stick to movie times and leave the reviews for people who actually watch them.
Busta's numbers bigger
I am Busta Rhymes's agent for Canada. I saw your review about the show at the Docks last Friday (NOW, March 18-24). Thank you. However, there was an error in the attendance you stated. You had the attendance listed at 470. There were actually 1,600 paid and a few hundred guest list/complimentary tickets, putting the attendance in the 2,000 range. With only 470 people in the Docks, you'd see tubleweeds across the dance floor. The club was rammed. Christopher McKee
SL Feldman & Associates, Toronto