RE Who you calling retarded? (NOW, January 17-23). I wonder which rules have changed to allow this title on the cover of NOW Magazine.
Years ago, we used the term “politically correct” to refer to the act of tripping over oneself to avoid the slightest possibility of offending the smallest of groups. There was an understandable backlash that saw Hollywood produce comedies showing every conceivable caricatures of minority stereotypes. This millennium we have found some balance, where honesty, tolerance and respect are weighed equally.
Irrespective of the article to which it refers, the term “retarded” does not belong on the front of NOW.
My sister, a 30-year-old who is funny, sensitive, literate and has Down’s syndrome, has had to endure a lifetime of indignities at the hands of others. Yet one more of these indignities was having to wait at a bus stop with the word writ large in the NOW box beside her.
Media too cool for school
RE Reality Check (NOW, January 17-23). For the past two weeks, the Toronto media has bombarded us with yet more troubling facts regarding our “broken and unsafe school system.” I have kept quiet long enough.
My question to you media folks is a simple one. Why do you rarely report the amazing things that are going on in our schools? Recently, my senior class put on a spectacular exhibit. I contacted the media. Not one attended. What about bombarding us with those stories?
Big Pharma’s pot luck
RE Smoking out feds’ medpot maze (NOW, January 17-23). Cannabis products should not be sold in pharmacies. They should be offered in natural health stores, next to the ginkgo biloba and valerian.
Why does Big Pharma get to tell people what they can and can’t use? Just because something didn’t come from a pharmacy doesn’t mean it’s more dangerous or less effective. Let Roche and Pfizer handle their “products,” and let professional growers and herbalists handle our pot.
Medical Marijuana Licence Holder
Just picked up NOW’s article on the ukulele’s influence on the music scene (NOW, January 17-23). While I’ll give you kudos for mentioning the Magnetic Fields, you neglected one of the best artists to ever pick up a ukulele: Thomas Fersen. Fersen, a Parisian, has played in Montreal for many years in the middle of the winter for some odd reason. Wicked ukulele.Hope he’s added the next time you highlight the instrument.
I can’t tell you how pleased I was to read Sheila Gostick’s views on Michael Coren (NOW, January 10-16).
How did this bilious pontificater rise to such prominence? It must be our blasé tolerance of the intolerant.
As an evangelical (though not a fundamentalist, he says), he feels victimized by our rejection of theocracy.
He oozes reasonableness, yet his friends are the Harrisites, the police-state creationist Stockwell Day and the warmonger David Frum.
Is he an annexationist or an Opus Dei operative? He should be deported back to Vatican City.
Thank you so much for your article Shelves Stocked With Fakers (NOW, January 10-16). It only makes sense that some producers are going to subvert the labelling process to claim their product is made in Canada. Personally, I eat as much organic food as I can, but I’ve long had my suspicions about much of it, too.
Thanks for swiping at the star for its atrocious editorial celebrating amalgamation, the shift-and-shaft urban policy of the Harristocracy that has cost us dearly (NOW, January 10-16). The Star was cheerleader to the deed that was best summed up by Don Harron’s witty term “amanglemation.”
Kudos to NOW for your suggestions about the revitalization of Union Station (NOW, January 10-16). If we all stay focused on positives and possibilities, as you have, the restoration of the building to its former grandeur will happen a lot faster.We encourage the many friends of the station to visit the regularly updated city website at www.toronto.ca/union_station/index.htm. Get on board!
Chair, Union Station Revitalization Public Advisory Group
I’m sad to say I found Susan Cole’s commentary on the Clinton-Obama race (NOW, January 10-16) misleading at best.Neither of the candidates has a truly universal health care plan on the table.
If Cole had done a little more digging, she might have mentioned Obama’s more progressive positions on nuclear disarmament and campaign finance reform instead of dwelling on the already tedious question of public image in American politics.
While reader Joanne Cohen feels that NOW writers are terrorist apologists (NOW, January 3-9), I would be interested in her opinion of the violent settlers of Hebron.
NOW readers should download the video The Iron Wall and decide for themselves. This is a Palestinian production, but almost everyone interviewed is an Israeli.
Not everyone in Israel is focused on the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
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Potheads blow hot air
RE Pot prince takes the rap (NOW, January 17-23). It’s about time we showed those Canucks that Uncle Sam’s reach is a lot longer than they think. Wait until we spring the Amero on them! Goes to show that when push comes to shove, these so-called pot activists are all just a lot of hot air. Put all of them behind bars forever!
Just a small note about the We’re Chammin’ rant in Upfront (NOW, January 17-23). The Chamco SUV will be arriving on North American shores with a four-cylinder engine of unknown displacement that’s supposed to get an EPA average of 22.4 miles per gallon.
Spend more time picking on the ballers with their Hemis and Hummers. North America can benefit from more affordable, larger-size, lower-displacement vehicles.
Electric cars are still too expensive to produce. Imagine paying 40 Gs for a car that will only go 200 miles on a charge.
Gotschall got nuthin’
Thanks for your column on Crohn’s (NOW, January 17-23), an illness that doesn’t receive much attention.
After 18 years with Crohn’s, I can’t offer much specific advice. I know one thing: I wish I were getting a stipend from the government to make up for all the lost income, not to mention the days I went to work suffering. It’s tough. The Gotschall diet definitely did not work for me.
Fair trade over free
RE Fairville, Canada (NOW, January 17-23). There seems to be a continuing disconnect between using one’s purchasing power to support better treatment for workers/farmers in Southern nations and the fact Canada is going full-tilt pushing “free trade” agreements on countries with fragile economies. Case in point: Colombia, a country with the worst human rights record in the Americas.
Rick Arnold, Common Frontiers