re tim perlich's constantines review (NOW, September 29-October 5). Perlich is the most sanctimonious piece-of-shit excuse for a music columnist I've ever had the displeasure of reading. Needless to say, I disagree with his reviews vehemently on a weekly basis. They have no real content and seem to exist only as an excuse for him to bitch like a cantankerous has-been musician. I can't wait for his next article.
Suds for TEA
Gord perks of Toronto Environmental Alliance not a hired gun (NOW, September 29-October 5)? TEA receives money from the Beer Store/Brewers Retail to flog its deposit return system. If the Beer Store isn't a commercial client, I don't know who is.
Trashing sex ads garbage
It's ironic that now would write about the removal of adult-oriented advertising from Eucan bins (NOW, September 29-October 5) while berating the mayor for not cleaning up sex ad hell Dundas Square.
Have you guys seen your mag's back pages lately?
Maybe, NOW, you can help clean up society by going after the rickshaw guys in front of Eaton Centre.
Bigger, better veggies
On the subject of enlarged agricultural produce (NOW, September 30-October 5), your readers might benefit from visiting www.sonicbloom.com and reviewing the work of Dan Carlson. His system seems to produce both larger and more nutritious veggies.
Some basic google research would show that Bob Moog did indeed go digital, lending his name and his blessings to Arturia, a manufacturer of software synthesizers, or softsynths (NOW, September 29-October 5). There is absolutely nothing "organic" about Moog's machines (can we please retire this overused word from all future music discussions?), nor do digital synths emit "sounds created artificially out of discrete electronic bits." (Perhaps your writer is thinking of digital samplers, but even then, his terminology is all wrong.) The better recording studios take a hybrid approach to engineering and recording, utilizing the best of both analog and digital. Perhaps this article would have been better featured in a special neo-Luddite section of your paper!
Blame union, not CBC
To say higher-ups at CBC are not interested in ending the lockout (NOW, September 29-October 5) is typical management-bashing. A very good friend, a single mother who happens to be a manager at CBC, has had to work extra hours, often leaving her son before he wakes and not seeing him until right before bed. Yes, she's getting 15 per cent extra pay, which amounts to about a discount store pair of shoes for her son. But believe me, she would rather have the time with her child. She has no support systems in place and has had to rely on her unwell ex-husband and family.
Sure, managers are getting a little extra, but so do those on the line. And they don't have to put in the hours.
Blame the board or the head of CBC or the head of the union (something I'm sure NOW would never do).
Up close and humorous
Kudos to Mike Smith on another fine article (NOW, September 29-October 5) told in a style I only wish other journalists would emulate. It's all fine and dandy to report on a topic from a distance, but when Smith gives us a subject up close and very personal, we readers are right along with him.
As a former canvasser and current journalist, I want to thank Smith for illuminating an oft-ignored topic, and giving NOW another whimsical piece as a break from the brow-furrowing seriousness of the accompanying articles. To NOW and all other publications, I say more humour.
Teaching isn't black or white
Bairu Sium's When Jail Beats School (NOW, September 22-29) is misleading and inflammatory. Schools do provide second, third and fourth chances to kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. Transfer courses allow students to upgrade their stream in a relatively short period of time, but it does take commitment and work on the part of the student. The author's examples of black versus white justice in the school system are oversimplified. Just as racists do walk among us, some teachers are closet racists, but they do not reflect the operation of our public schools. What Jamal really lacks is a positive male role model to show him that the easy road is seldom the best one.
Love sealers, hate seal hunt
re Paul Watson's Savage Kingdom (NOW, September 22-29). It isn't necessary to "hate the sealers" in order to oppose the seal hunt. Neither does one have to hate the fishers who bear the brunt of the seafood boycott because their industry refuses to give the feds the green light to end the annual bloodfest. What it comes down to is right livelihood. The commercial sealers aren't killing innocent life for survival or subsistence. They're killing for a small off-season income supplement to service a non-essential market. We have laws against wrong livelihoods. The seal hunt should be one of them.
And kids affected by sharia?
Alan Young says that "most religions are steeped in misogynistic attitudes" but doesn't "see why true religious adherents shouldn't be permitted to harm themselves on the road to salvation"!?! (NOW, September 22-29) What about the children who will be affected by these binding misogynist arbitration decisions? The true religious adherent can rely on the age-old method of enforcing religious decisions, the will of God, and the ultimate sanction for non-compliance: the ex-spouse who swears on a holy book and then goes to the secular courts for "justice" will burn in hellfire for eternity. Failing that, a religious community has the power to shun/excommunicate those not deemed to be true adherents. If eternity is too long to wait, let God(s) reach down and smite them now.
Raymond W. Li
Terrorism disgusts Muslims
I am a student at Central Technical School and have read Anti-terror Fix (NOW, September 22-29). We are generalizing that Islam is the religion that causes terrorism. I feel horrible when I watch television because it's always showing something that is wrong with the Muslim world. I know people who are disgusted to be Muslim because of these acts, but we really don't know what's behind the curtain. We do need security in Canada, but does that mean that every single Muslim should be harassed more than the other citizens?
Gas taxes pay for health care
I don't read your paper very often, and that's just as well. Wayne Robert's Let Pump Prices Soar (NOW, September 22-29) is so full of holes, it couldn't hold a drop of water! General taxation doesn't subsidize drivers. This is the most ludicrous statement I have ever heard. For your information, Canadians burn approximately 250 billion litres of gas and diesel per year. The Ministry of Transportaion collects from Ontarians some two to three times the amount that it spends on roads from car licences and driver licences alone. The excess is funnelled into health and education. Perhaps if more of that money were spent on highways, we wouldn't have to drive on roads befitting a Third World country. Many have better roads than we do, and still our government gives them CIDA aid! I could go on and on, but I'll stop here. Do your homework before writing rubbish.
An UpFront item in the September 22-28 issue reported that Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy is married. She is, in fact, single.