No downtown relief for east end residents
Re Downtown Relief Line At Last (NOW, October 25-31). I live at Pape and Queen. Pape from Dundas south to Queen is a narrow, tree-lined street. A new Pape/Queen station would destroy our neighbourhood forever just so commuters who don't live near their work can get there.
The Gardiner: let's do something creative
I enjoyed Enzo DiMatteo's article on the Gardiner Expressway (NOW, October 25-31). I always feel bad for the Gardiner. Everybody likes to beat up on it, but I've never found it a barrier to the lakefront.
In fact, I find it a thing of urban beauty and have always enjoyed the great city view you get from it. Plus, it's a vital link from the QEW to the Don Valley Parkway.
Yes, it needs to be fixed. But let's keep it and do something creative with the spaces underneath it.
In terms of being a psychological barrier to the lake, the wall of ugly condo towers that now line our lakefront is a much bigger obstacle.
Andrew van Velzen
Inaccurate terms like "carnivore" and "herbivore" get thrown around in your Vegetarian Issue (NOW, October 25-31), but the truth is that humans are omnivores.
Using "carnivore" in particular suggests that there is some taxonomilogical justification for eating meat, whereas meat-eating is in reality a choice. A far more accurate term is "carnist" or "carnism."
This term explains much of the rest of the so-called Vegetarian Issue, which reads more like an extended knee-jerk carnist reaction/compromise to the editorial decision to put out a Vegetarian Issue.
Poet Raymond Souster a legend of our times
Thanks to Robert Priest for his appreciation of poet Raymond Souster (NOW Daily, October 24). Well written! For such a condensed article it manages to brim over and convey the breadth, height and great achievements of this man, this poet. A vital read! I feel so invigorated and damn proud of our poetic lineage.
Souster was a poet with inner conviction and clear vision, an infra-visionary who left a legacy of poetry and support for present and future poets. Incredible.
Alana P. Cook
A manifesto for fiction writing
Re Susan G. Cole's report on the IFOA panel Basic Instinct: Style vs Content (NOW Daily, October 25).
While style is important, I do agree that story is key to good fiction writing.
I remember John Metcalf once saying how readers needed to get past the need for plot, characters and setting and focus on the "beauty of the words."
Around that time I pretty much lost interest in modern fiction, mainly because so many writers seemed to put all their emphasis on the words they were putting down while all but ignoring where all those words were going.
I also remember the reaction to B.R. Myers's A Reader's Manifesto and the loud arguments on both sides. The fact that so many established writers reacted so angrily to the Manifesto led me to think that the author had really touched a nerve. At the end of the day, it would be nice to see a happy medium.
It's not impossible to write moving fiction with elegant sentences, but sometimes it sure seems that way.
U.S.'s foreign policy whitewash
Re Stephen Zunes's U.S.'s Twin Foreign Policies (NOW, October 25-31). Great article!
I wish the publishers of the Star and Globe and Mail had the courage to look at more of the disturbing similarities between the Democratic and Republican candidates rather than faithfully repeating the campaigns' talking points.
Although it's rather late in the game, would NOW be able to persuade Zunes to author a piece on the pro-peace candidates?
It would be important to give Canadians some hope and also for expatriate Americans to see that they have some decent places to park their votes.
Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein, Libertarian Gary Johnson, Constitution Party's Virgil Goode and, yes, Socialist Stewart Alexander all have fairly good foreign policy prescriptions. Thanks.
Premier McGuinty's indefensible prorogation of the Ontario legislature (NOW, October 18-24) is the latest attempt to deny Ontarians our democratic rights.
This follows the regressive Bill 115, which not only imposed concessions on teachers but also stripped their right to collective bargaining.
Undermining democracy and accountability is a crucial part of the austerity agenda being imposed on us.
Collective rights and social infrastructure were won through democratic struggle and have become defining aspects of our values as a society.
McGuinty needs to recall the legislature.
Organizer, Toronto and York Region Labour Council
They closed down NYC, but not nuke plants
They shut the subways. They shut the schools. They shut the parks, tunnels and the bridges. But the nuclear power generators at Indian Point, just 26 miles north of New York City? Those were kept open during hurricane Sandy. There were 16 nuclear power plants in the path of Sandy that also weren't closed. Insane!
If any of those were flooded and the spent fuel rods washed into the Hudson, it would have been a disaster.
Brooklyn, New York