“If vehicles coming across the border were thoroughly searched, crime guns would not be getting through.”
T.O. profoundly racist?
Maybe people should stop blaming governments and ask themselves what they are doing to solve the problem of gang violence (NOW, July 19-25).
Take the example of the immigrants from Somalia who came here more than a decade ago.
They saw that their parents, despite all their efforts, could not find a work. Why? Because "Toronto the good" is profoundly racist.
I am not black and I don't come from a poor country. Yet I felt the discrimination when I came here. It's bad!
If you don't have the proper accent, the proper culture, the proper skin colour, people turn their backs on you, like it or not.
A word on guns from U.S.
What comes out as wonderment about gun violence in NOW's pieces on the Scarborough shooting incident is something we've dealt with for decades in the U.S.
I really liked the line in Enzo DiMatteo's story on how every crime gun starts as a legal gun. If we could only figure that out here in the U.S.
Answers to gun violence
Everyone has an opinion about how to stop gang-related shootings: run the thugs out of town, get them jobs, keep the fathers somehow in the family mix, provide more opportunities for youth and so on.
On the issue of the weapons, most of them from across the border, there is not much talk. If every single person and every single vehicle were thoroughly searched, those guns would not be getting through. But that will never happen.
Painstaking searches would take enormous amounts of time. They would slow cross-border tourism to an absolute crawl.
Both governments and most individuals aren't going to tolerate that, so weapons will continue to flood in. The economy trumps all other concerns as usual.
BBQ in the burbs?
You seriously named a restaurant in Oshawa as the second best place to get BBQ (NOW, July 19-25)?
Not only isn't Oshawa in Toronto, it's not even remotely close! Where are you guys from, the burbs?
Ralph Lean by any measure
I wish I'd read your brilliant political analysis about Ralph Lean (NOW, July 19-25) when he was endorsing George Smitherman for mayor. Deux poids, deux mesures.
Sex advice to "Tom" foolery
Sasha's advice to Tom (NOW Daily, July 20) is astoundingly questionable. The problem with sex that he's having with his wife is only a symptom of a much deeper communications issue. Having an affair is not going to help him or his wife at all.
Tom and his wife desperately need to learn to start communicating again and discover why she is only willing to have missionary sex. Nothing in Tom's letter indicates he wants to have an affair. Rather, he wants more intimacy and variety with his wife.
No, I'm not some out-of-date moralist. I'm looking at what Tom is actually asking rather than making assumptions.
It may be that his wife has changed and no longer desires much in the way of sex and is more than willing to let him see other women. This way they can be honest and intimate without lying or cheating.
Donald Michael Kraig
I find it interesting that Karen Cao wrote (NOW, July 12-18) to criticize the Pride issue as being too lily-white and middle class, adding that the problems she complains of are why she stopped reading NOW two years ago. Apparently even people who stopped reading NOW are nonetheless still reading it so they can send in their complaints.
I resigned as a NOW reader some years ago for a very different reason. But I relented. There is something addictive about NOW.