Maybe part of the reason greying tokers don't come out of their hotboxes to fight for pot legalization (NOW, June 7-13) is because they have to argue with nonsensical anti-drug crusaders.
Ever try debating with the likes of Stockwell Day or Stephen Harper about drugs? It's pointless, like trying to argue with a dog that won't stop barking! "I have already made up my mind, so don't trouble me with facts."
Or maybe, like most TV-fed North American trans-fativores, the boomers are just greedy and lazy.
Medical marijuana licence holder
This cop playing pot part
As a retired police officer, i agree with Alan Young's appeal that baby boomers in suits need to step up and call for cannabis to be a legal, regulated and taxed product.
I smoked for seven years, quitting as I entered the police academy. I now work full-time representing LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, www.leap.cc) in the United States Congress.
Our mostly retired membership is working 24/7 to end the prohibition of cannabis and the drug war in general.
Howard J. Wooldridge
Mideast crisis manufactured
It is always fun to see the results of what happens when people like Dan Freeman-Maloy decide to champion causes they know nothing about (NOW, June 7-13). If he were to read the history of the Middle East, he would learn that pre-1967 Gaza and the West Bank actually belonged to Egypt and Jordan, and not the Palestinians. So it's not as if Israel took it from them; they never had it to begin with.
Maloy seems to be just as out of touch with the present as he is with the past when he alludes to Hamas ceasefires. Any newspaper will tell you that Hamas continues to launch rockets at Israel's civilian population.
And he takes issue with Canada's requirement for Hamas to adhere to principles of non-violence?
As for the food crisis he alludes to, I am having difficulty coming to terms with it, as Palestinians seem to have no trouble procuring weapons.
Indigo's sorry soldier story
The Indigo boycott campaign (NOW, June 7-13) comes at an appropriate time, with mounting pressure being put on Israel for its citizenship laws and laws around property ownership at the United Nations.
While Israel apologists claim that such measures single Israel out, it's worth noting that Israel has singled itself out by refusing to implement international law for 60 years.
I never knew about the Indigo-Heseg link, but I'm going to make sure everyone in my workplace and neighbourhood, my family and friends know about it.
Rethinking the ROM
RE ROM Barriers Crystal Clear (NOW, June 7-13). It's not free, but the ROM does offer special Friday evening prices: $5 for all adults and $2 for children. A family of four would only have to pay $14. This includes admission to pricey special exhibitions.
Making the Tooker
I applaud the civic engagement shown by the Bloor Bike Lane Bandits (NOW, June 7-13). They proved we can lose one lane of congestion on a street with a subway line and make the Tooker!
Streets Are for People
Bike Week's idle chatter
What's wrong with this picture? Saturday, June 4. I'm walking to pick up my dinner ingredients past the corner of College and Euclid.
Parked directly at the corner, in front of a coffee shop, is a sports car. The driver has the engine running, he's parked in the bike lane, and it's rush hour, 4:30 to be exact.
It's Bike Week, but no one is actually going to do anything extra to get rid of these jerks, are they? And little Stevie Harper's going to the G-8 meeting to argue that Canada doesn't really need to reduce emissions as much as the Europeans. So why am I depressed?
Jerzy Smokey Dymny
Dalton's California dreamin'
So Dalton McGuinty wants to be seen next to Arnie, hoping the latter's new enviro creds will brush off on him (NOW, May 31-June 6)?
There are some best practices Dalton won't borrow from California: a moratorium since 1976 on building new nuclear, which is why it's a leader in conservation and efficiency.
California has also had community right-to-know legislation for 20 years. Arnold defended it against George Bush's attempts to undermine it.
Cali has achieved a 50 per cent waste diversion rate, while Dalton never even had a plan to reach his promised 60 per cent diversion.
Panhandling, a capital idea
I read your panhandling panic article (NOW, May 31-June 6) with interest and some agreement. I must point out, however, that if "the Malthusians," as you define them, vilify and ostracize the poor, you in turn seem to accept the existence of poverty in our society far too readily.
Why do we have poverty here in the first place? Why does poverty have to be an economic necessity? In fact, by identifying it as such you are tacitly admitting to its insolubility. It is endemic, according to your reasoning.
But does it really make sense that a society that can produce an over-abundance of goods and services has people living on the streets, eating at soup kitchens and begging for spare change?
You have to divert your attention away from whining about governmental neglect and the attendant lack of social service cash and get to the economic heart of the problem. Our capitalist, or free enterprise, system - if you prefer euphemisms - needs replacement, and it needs it fast.
Lamenting Moving On
While disability issues may have fallen off political radar screens (NOW, May 31-June 6), my parents (first-wave baby boomers) are aging, and their thoughts turn increasing to reading glasses, canes to assist in mobility, the utility of walk-in tubs and a variety of disabilities that arise naturally with age. Disability is a blip that looms ever larger on thousands of mental radar screens, whether they like it or not.
The real problem lies in the fact that disability issues of any consequence struggle to reach the mainstream in anything but their "isn't s/he courageous" human-interest form.
Everybody ends up with a disability of some kind in the end. If people weren't so bloody scared of that, maybe the lives of people with disabilities would be more honestly represented in the mainstream media and people wouldn't need to lament the demise of Moving On so much.
NOW magazine considerably lowered its standard by sending Sigcino Moyo to cover Professor Griff's event at Ryerson (NOW, May 31-June 6).
Maybe if we were ass-kissing fools we would have let the matter slide, but we find Moyo's review one-sided and despicable. Perhaps it would have better for Moyo to feign sickness and beg Susan Cole for another assignment, one that involved less thought and more cut-and-paste.
As a community group that thrives on integrity and freedom of speech, it is a direct insult to our inclusion and support of non-mainstream media that NOW Magazine would publish such an article.
A huge step down for a publication I once validated as open-minded, somewhat unbiased and innovative.
RE Hot Summer Dish (NOW, May 31- June 6). Steven Davey chooses not to mention menu and price changes since his last and only visit to Karuchie. Instead, he makes a comment about the departures of myself and Shelby Brown.
For the record, Shelby Brown did discuss "money" with chef/owner Chris Thorn, but she didn't jump ship. Thorn forced her to walk the plank.
The following day, I gave Thorn my letter of resignation. Money was never an issue. I didn't have another ship to jump to.
As for the "spies" Davey mentions in the article, I didn't want to get political, but with Ms. Brown's name still on the menu I felt it necessary to inform them, since it's her professional reputation on the line, that Thorn was making the desserts.
Dry food for thought
RE What's Eating Kitty? (NOW, May31 - June 6). I have a kitty that got diabetes from dry food, and one that vomited daily on dry.
Greta is my 11-year-old indoor/outdoor black and white. I started her on Dr. Hodgkins protocol of low-carb wet food and then transitioned to raw. She no longer needs insulin.
Buddy, my 10-year-old indoor grey and white cat, vomited at least once a day on dry food.
The switch to a low-carb wet food helped some but didn't eliminate the problem completely.
It wasn't until I switched to an entirely raw diet that he just about completely stopped vomiting.
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
Bloor's artful lure
I scoured the pages of now look ing for something I could do with my kids on a recent rainy Sunday afternoon, as I often do. I found that the Bloor Cinema was showing the excellent Canadian doc Sharkwater.
The Bloor should be congratulated (and supported!) for offering a matinee, with real matinee prices, including a decent children's price that was under $5. Total cost for the three of us was about $15.
Event presenters should start to realize that families need special deals to lure them out of the house. Personally, I think kids' ticket should be essentially free (definitely under 5 bucks!) Let's get our kids off the couch and out into the wonderful world of art!