Bawdy double talk
Alan Young's Home Sweet Hooker (NOW, January 5-11) mentions bawdy house and other laws supposedly outlawing prostitution. NOW's classified ad section and those of other daily newspapers make it apparent that politicians and police have very little interest in sincerely enforcing these laws, yet most of them strongly argue against reforms. Aside from the glaringly obvious hypocrisy, are those in officialdom getting paid off?
Selling sex devalues it
So only those who "can't get a kick-start even with Viagra" are criticizing the recent Supreme Court decision on sex clubs? How comforting.
Alan Young is a professor of law. He should be above this kind of cheap shot. Young forgets a critical point. If community officials do not set the standards of sexual propriety, merchants and advertisers will.
Should we really trust the owners of private commercial concerns to put community welfare ahead of their own profit?
NOW Magazine generally seems to consider that a highly questionable assumption.
Nothing ruins human relationships and intimacy, both in practice and potential, faster than subjugating them to a financial obligation.
Licensing bawdy houses won't reduce the number of bodies dug up on pig farms.
All it will do is change where murderers find their victims, at the cost of further devaluing sexual intimacy, sexual fidelity and sexual self-control.
Stephen J. Barringer
Grits' nuclear shock therapy
Re Where There's Smoke (NOW, January 5-11). The issue of the supply of electricity in Ontario has implications that reach far into the future.
We do not want secret negotiations behind our backs, particularly since every time we open our monthly electricity bills we are reminded of earlier financial fiascos that promised us "abundant, affordable" energy but instead landed us with billions of dollars of debt.
We must not be panicked into a hasty decision like going nuclear simply for fear of the lights going out.
The Pembina Institute, the Ontario Clean Air Alliance and the Suzuki Foundation have all provided plans for viable alternatives on the future supply of energy in Ontario.
Our first priority should be to devote resources toward energy efficiency and conservation. It is disappointing that the Grits have spent over 60 times as much on increasing energy supplies as on conservation and efficiency measures.
Aid societies threat to family
Re your article on child protection agencies threatening to take children from pot-smoking parents (NOW, January 5-11). In my opinion, children's aid societies are grasping at straws in an effort to find new grounds to take children from their parents.
Serious attention needs to be given these societies. The family unit is being threatened.
Miracles can happen
I was disappointed by Adria Vasil's Falling For A Miracle (NOW, January 5-11), her account of intuitive healer Douglas James Cottrell's lecture at the Whole Life Expo. I experienced a true miracle at his hands.
In November 2004, I went up for a hands-on healing from him on my uterus. Instantly, I felt a surge inside my abdomen. I was overcome by a powerful energy force and fell backwards. Immediately, most of my pain disappeared. Over the next few days, the remaining pain vanished completely, never to return.
This past spring, my doctor gave me an internal examination. He told me he could not find any sign whatsoever of a prolapsed uterus. He had no explanation for this.
Why walking's a blast
I really enjoyed Paul Terefenko's resolution to walk more (NOW, January 5-11). Although not completely gadget-free (digital camera), I find walking and exploring Toronto on foot a blast.
By the way, Paul, not only will [walking help] you understand more about what kind of people used to live in our different neighbourhoods, but you'll also meet a lot of people who live here now - a major bonus. There are a lot of nice people out there. Have fun.
Thank you, asshole Peter McCamus, for giving away the ending of Brokeback Mountain (NOW, January 5-11, 2005). NOW should have had more sense than to print a letter giving away a movie ending.
Mucking up the garbage
Your coverage of the waste issue frequently seems to carry conflicting messages. The recent item on see-through bags (transparent is a better description) (NOW, January 5-11) is a case in point. While using negative terms such as "requiring" and "garbage police," you then go on to (I think) support this small but very important step.
Tory minority madness
Canadians need to take a serious look at what a Conservative minority government (now a real possibility) would mean. Harper made his political start as an MP in the Reform party. That party encouraged Quebec separatism as a way to strengthen the West, increase provincial power and eliminate national unity woes. Do we really want that?
Harp, who goes there?
Love him or hate him, one thing is certain about Stephen Harper: he is not a man of integrity.
Who can forget his utter disregard for Peter MacKay's agreement with David Orchard and the PC party membership not to merge with the Alliance?
This was a commitment MacKay made to all Canadians throughout the PC leadership campaign, on national television from coast to coast.
Election as reality TV
Would someone please drag reporters away from reality TV and get their heads out of the mall to ask a politician what on earth is going on with our troops cleaning up after Americans in the Middle East, about the melting polar ice cap and the fact that we're now officially the biggest waster of energy in the world and contemplating building more nuclear plants?
We're chosen, no myth
Letter writer Gord Ruddin asks why Hollywood has so far not produced a movie about such purported Israeli iniquities as Jewish settlers stealing Arab land (NOW, December 29, 2005-January 4, 2006).
Well, Gord, probably for the same reason that it has yet to produce a movie showing Palestinian suicide bombers running into a crowded marketplace and blowing up Israeli civilians. There's no money in such depictions.
As for Ruddin's mention of the "myth of the chosen people." It's only a myth for those unfamiliar with the Old Testament.
If you've read the book, it's clear that the Jews' claim to the land Ruddin insists was "stolen" predates the Arabs by many centuries. We even have the remnants of the wall of an ancient temple there to prove it.
Mindy G. Alter
Gord Ruddin must be congratulated for his letter about your review of Munich. How did your reviewer miss the important issues that, thankfully, Ruddin thoughtfully pointed out? Shameful. At least you had the sense to print Ruddin's enlightening response.
Anti-gun advocate a shill
Your recent spate of firearms articles has caused me some consternation. Wendy Cukier, whom you use as a source (NOW, December 15-21, 2005), is nothing more than a shill for the Liberal government. So you can't trust what she says.
K.C. (Ken) Turner
Excusing acts of terrorists
I disagree with Douglas Helliker's letter (NOW, December 15-21, 2005), in which he claims that the kidnapping and possible death of Jim Loney is not in itself more tragic than the death of any one of the tens of thousands of others who have been killed in Iraq.
Loney chose to risk his life on behalf of a cause that could not possibly have been more noble, or less likely to succeed.
He is the modern incarnation of Don Quixote, and has made a magnificent, doomed gesture for which he should be appreciated.
And although I am not a Christian, it is wonderful to see Christians reach out the hand of friendship to Muslims in these terrible times, and it is tragic to see that hand cut off by the self-righteous lunatics calling themselves the Sword of Righteousness. It is they who are responsible for their own actions. George W. Bush's mishandling of the war does not excuse the crimes of Iraqi terrorists.