Cheol Joon Baek
“Ford’s bad behaviour is not only defended as ‘regular family stuff’ but ignored outright as a pattern of disease.”
Mayor's domestic trouble
Although I scratch my head over the tone of some of Enzo DiMatteo's columns, I think this week's prose on the mayor's domestic troubles (NOW, January 5-11) is balanced and appropriate for the ongoing discussion - at least for those who listen to both sides of an argument.
People like Rob Ford...
It's too bad the general public is still so mystified by sociopathic behaviour, especially when that sociopathy is protected by wealth. Rob Ford sadly (because it's not just his fault, but a social disease) fits the bill.
Wealth creation in a society that embraces privatization amplifies sociopathic behaviour.
People like Ford are a danger to social functionality because wealth hoarding is viewed as a legitimate behaviour, something to be applauded as the natural companion and even foundation of democracy.
This is why Ford's pattern of bad behaviour is not only defended as "regular family stuff" but ignored outright as a pattern of disease.
If Smitherman had won
Wayne Roberts left out another reason to be grateful for Rob Ford's victory (Thank You, Rob Ford, NOW, January 5-11). The damage Ford is doing can, at great cost in time and money, be reversed. If George Smitherman had won, with his record of arrogance and incompetence in provincial government, we'd arguably be worse off.
Smitherman is neither a pompous ideologue nor a complete fool. However, the long-term systemic harm he did to Ontario through his mismanagement of eHealth is not easily undone.
Howard A. Doughty
Transit plan goes under
Regarding Code Red Alert (NOW, January 5-11). It shouldn't be long before Rob Ford and his band of idiots realize that burying the Eglinton LRT for it's full length is DOA simply because of the Don Valley. Tunnelling under it is already recognized as a near impossibility.
One has to wonder yet again where the planners were on this one. I can only assume that nobody took a drive along the route before putting pen to paper.
The end for T.O.?
In his article Put A Stop To Ford's Policy Fiascos (NOW, January 5-11), Adam Giambrone suggests that "this year could be the beginning of the end of the city we love." Sadly, the city we loved was already destroyed by Mike Harris's forced amalgamation. Rob Ford is the result.
Finicky feral cat logic
Joshua Errett's article on helping feral cats and kittens (NOW, December 29-January 4) is offensive. His thesis is equivalent to the statement "I punch babies, but I donate to Greenpeace, so it all evens out."
Helping kittens is a charitable thing to do but does not give anyone the right to steal from a store. Adding insult to injury, Errett equates stealing from a bulk-bin store to directly decreasing the wage of his server or bartender.
Doing one good deed does not cancel out the bad things he does. Doing daily good deeds (otherwise known to the rest of us as normal actions, like tipping well or simply not stealing) will not take away any time or energy from his feral kitten project.
Recycling bike myths
Regarding Sidewalk Bike Strife (NOW Daily, January 4). Okay, there's a handful of serious collisions every year involving cyclists on the sidewalk. There are 1,100 collisions annually between bikes and motorists. Why can't the city administration see that adding bike lanes will take cyclists off the sidewalk and effectively reduce collisions for both cyclists and pedestrians?
Daydream Nation blank
I don't understand why Daydream Nation didn't make TIFF's list of best Canadian films (NOW, January 5-11). It's a beautiful local movie that all my friends and I love without caring that it's Canadian. If we're talking about films that people my age actually love to watch over and over, this is the one. Kat Dennings is amazing, and the whole movie has a real vision that's much more inspiring than a lot of the films on TIFF's list. My two cents.
(Editor's note: Daydream Nation wasn't eligible for this year's awards because it premiered in 2010. But it didn't make TIFF's cut that year either.)
What? Not one non-fiction work among the Top 10 Books Of 2011 (NOW, December 22-28)? I don't understand many of today's novels, which are written by 20-somethings, often living with their parents. Never trust anyone under 30 to give you insight into experiences of life, let alone the meaning of it.
Comedy Top 10 a joke
Just read NOW Magazine's Best And Worst Comedy Shows Of 2011 (NOW, December 22-28).
Second City, Pat's 24 Hour Show and James Gangl are very deserving, but why has the list become so scattershot and non-local?
Most of this year's list was made up of TV/films, predominantly from the U.S. Charlie Sheen got two blurbs.
And I'm sorry, but this really jumps out at me: "Worst Local Comedy Loss: Just For Laughs Toronto"?
JFL is a big loss, and I know not everyone can be mentioned, but I'm disappointed that NOW's comedy reviewers are not more plugged into the scene.
Instead of features, local comics are lucky to get a small blurb or photo in NOW. Even the quarter-page Q&As have become less frequent. Positive reviews help good comedians make a living, so could you please let us keep the hope of being appreciated at the end of the year in the city's biggest weekly?
Besides, Sheen doesn't need publicity in NOW when he has all that tiger blood.