Soy's weird anti-gay link
I'm saddened by your article say it Ain't Soy (NOW, August 19-25). In particular, the quote attributed to the Price Foundation that suggests male babies will never grow up to enjoy a "normal" adult sex life because soy's consumption has been linked to the development of effeminate qualities. Any knowledgeable person knows that gender identity, sexual orientation or whether a person is butch or a queen is not related to what they eat.
Needless to say, we all know how false and distorted points of view on homosexuality can be.
My question is, why would a magazine like NOW publish such an irresponsible remark?
I saw the Lucie Idlout show (NOW, August 19-25) at Harbourfront last Saturday, August 21, as part of Planet IndigenUs. Good show, and I hope you guys keep informing us of her upcoming shows and new CD releases.
You got ugly covered
Re The ugliest corners in Toronto (NOW, August 12-18). Dupont and Dufferin may be an ugly corner, but I suggest that your concern should be the ugliest newspaper covers. Your paper seems to specialize in photos of some of the ugliest people, many of them covered in hideous tattoos that seem right out of a Charles Manson look-alike contest. If I lived outside Toronto and thought the photos of creepy losers in your paper were a reflection of the city, I'd do everything to avoid it.
J. Kevin Kelleher
Short is sexy
Re Francey Russell's Love and Sex column on tall women not fancying shorter men (NOW, August 19-25). Thank you, Francey. I appreciate your honesty. I was seeing a man for a while who was a full foot shorter than me, and it was a great experience because he was sexy. It's not like I'm into short men. He just had this great energy and presence that I fell in love with.
Your column reads like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Look at how many different ways you have to describe someone who is shorter than you. I'm sure you're trying to be witty and charming, but you just sound arrogant and stupid. How depressingly surface is our culture that we won't become intimate with someone because of height?
Thanks, NOW, for bringing this issue to light. Too bad it was done in such a glib way that will only serve to entrench the false idea that short guys are weird to be with.
Spike Lee's creativity
Re Spike Lee loses control (NOW, August 12-18). Cameron Bailey should quit criticizing artists whose creativity falls outside the mainstream. I accuse Bailey of being a jaded cynic and blind narcissist. He needs to wake up.
It's called a movie review, and apparently it's a dying art. This reader is not interested in all that hate and negativity. Lee's brilliant films defy categorization. I hope this letter gets Bailey's attention, for the readers' sake.
Glitches in 24-hour guide
Did NOW staff go on vacation and photocopy the 24-hour guide (NOW, August 12-18)? For starters, the Airport Lounge closed down, Shanghai Cowgirl is no longer "smoky" and Dominion on College installed more than a dozen ring-and-post bike stands at the beginning of summer.
Re Case for car-free (NOW, August 19-25). I leave my car at home and walk but have found out it's more dangerous. Drivers seem to think they have the right of way.
Joseph William Lea
Cycling an alternative route
What's with all the dorks riding their bikes on the sidewalks these days? Three times last week I've had to dodge what could have been a couple of nice broken bones because some cycling jackass chose the sidewalk instead of the street. If you can't ride on a street because it's under construction (like, say, College between Bathurst and Spadina), get off your bike and walk. People don't drive cars on the sidewalk when the road is closed; they take another route.
Way to go! Yet another review of a restaurant that maybe 5 to 10 per cent of your readers can afford or might actually go to (NOW, August 19-25). I'm sure all the diners at Crush, the Drake, Ultra and Bymark sift through the latest edition of NOW while waiting for their $35 burgers. Do us all a favour and stick to reviewing places that are within the budgets of your demographic. Keep up the good work.
Olympic tax haven
Re your assertion that ceos of McDonald's, Amex, et al., will be depriving Canadians by deducting their Olympic security costs from their taxes (NOW, August 12-18). I'll bet you a million Big Macs that none of these people, or their corporations, are residents of Canada for tax purposes. Assuming they're not resident in a tax haven, it's Uncle Sam who's the loser here. And is that such a bad thing? At this point, does George W. really need any more military money?
Sudan crisis overblown
I'm getting sick and tired of the likes of Jan Burton and others of the neo-con persuasion attacking the anti-war movement for its refusal to get involved in the overblown Darfur crisis (NOW, August 19-25). The crisis in Darfur was initiated by the U.S. government's attempts to overthrow the Muslim regime in Sudan by arming rebels (assisted by U.S. clients states in Chad and Eritrea) to destabilize the country.
Speaking of hypocrisy, I wonder where Burton and the rest of the right-wing "human rights" activists are now that the thugs in the U.S.- and Israeli-backed Sudan People's Liberation Army are waging their campaign of terror in the south that has included razing villages of rival factions, attacking foreign aid workers, shooting down planes and other activities that have lead to misery, starvation and death?
Re scary sky experiments (NOW, August 5-11). Here's an exercise: give yourself an hour on a clear day in almost any Canadian city with a nearby airport. Lie down, observe the sky as medium-altitude jets create gridwork-type designs in skies previously promising days of cloudless splendour. Watch the designs spread and become cirrus clouds where there were none. Watch these cirrus-type clouds become more cumulus-like, while a previously cloudless sky becomes murky. At evening, observe the "neon" quality of the sunset.
After a few days, and sometimes only hours after the indisputable transformation of clear blue skies by gridwork, note rainfall.
Now ask yourself again as a sky watcher - not as a reader of amateur Web sites by thousands of citizens spontaneously uploading photos of their skies from all over the continent - are those planes seeding?
Farming on turbines
The pickering a nuclear facility restart actually failed a cost analysis, but the McGuinty Liberals plan to go ahead with it anyway. Who is this project really for? Certainly not the people of Ontario, who are going to have to pay the astronomical costs of repairing this money pit plus all the unmentioned extra costs of cleaning up the glowing afterlife it spits out.
Our choices are not limited to coal or nuclear.
Farmers should be allowed to set up wind turbines on their land and feed the grid, as they do in Germany to the tune of 20 per cent of that nation's energy.
With the deluge of coverage on the Democratic National Convention (NOW, August 5-11), I found myself tuned into CNN in an uncanny attraction akin to rubber-necking at a car crash. One of the most interesting segments aired was Republican poster boy and chief war drummer Bill O'Reilly's interview with Fahrenheit 9/11 filmmaker Michael Moore. The two went head to head over Iraq, O'Reilly demanding Moore apologize for calling President Bush a liar and Moore asking O'Reilly if he we would sacrifice his child to secure Fallujah.
O'Reilly's stated that Bush in fact had not lied to the American people about weapons of mass destruction, but instead was a victim of "bad intelligence."
Would Donald Rumsfeld's resignation undo the enormous damage done to international relations by the Iraq war?
I am e-mailing to request a correction to your My Style feature (NOW, August 19-25). Under Hair it read "Just got it cut and coloured this morning by Sabatino at Hair by Strands (422 College, 416-968-3407)." It should have read Strands Hair Care and Salon (764 Queen West, 416-203-6885). Thank you for the article, it was much appreciated. Dirty love,