Godwin's law as applied to NOW's Ford cover
I hope the Rob Ford cover's resemblance to Time's Hitler cover was accidental. If not, NOW has hit a new low. Show some civility and restraint, for goodness sake.
Rob Ford, wonderful mayor for Etobicoke
I look upon the Ford conflict of interest affair not as a triumph but a travesty (NOW, November 29-December 5).
It's painfully sad for Toronto as a city.
In many ways, Mike Harris and amalgamation are responsible for this mess. Ford would have made a wonderful mayor of Etobicoke, and we'd all be happier and better off for it.
This is not about right versus left. It's about a man of hubris. Worst still, there remain voters ready to wield his cudgel.
This judgment speaks well for the law, but that it came to this at all, what does that say about us?
Ford and his ilk may be the very reason democracy was despised by the classical world.
Ford agenda and what it's really all about
Although those who steadfastly support Rob Ford will probably not read Enzo DiMatteo's column on principle, it's a balanced approach to the headache City Hall now faces.
Add NOW's comments to those of the National Post (not really a lefty rag), and others in the media who wonder what the Ford "agenda" was really all about.
You do have to wonder why, given the due process granted Ford, his conflict conviction is being seen as anything but an extremely hard slap on the hand.
Seeing the mayor for the man he really is
Don't forget the hollowness of Ford's "for the kids" rhetoric in your list of Ford transgressions (NOW, November 29-December 5), especially in light of his [reluctance] to call for more funding for youth programs in the wake of the Danzig Street shootings.
I wish the inner suburbs would see him for the man he truly is. The Ford label-making factories had better be foolproof, cuz the fool is coming home.
Everyman's bluffing younger brother
Most of the media coverage of recent events in the train wreck that is the life of Rob Ford portrays him either as arrogant and venal or as a ridiculous buffoon, sort of like Toronto's own George W. Bush.
I don't sense that he is an evil man. He is a nostalgic man who hungers for a bygone era when there were no integrity commissioners, few women in positions of power, when men were the captains of industry and heads of the household and saw nothing wrong with having a few beers before getting behind the wheel of a large vehicle.
He remembers his father's days in public life, when there was no public scrutiny of politicians and everyone in power was white.
Ford is Everyman's younger brother. He's full of bluff, bluster and bravado, quick to assert his "rights," not quite so clear on his responsibilities.
For Ford, it's still high school: lots of time on the football field, homework done on the way to school in the morning, playing hooky whenever possible, secure in the knowledge that his big brother will run interference for him, and that Mom and Dad's financial success will shield him from the uncomfortable business of thinking.
Eya Donald Greenland Kotulsky
Making fun of Fieri
It's a cool thing for Toronto to have Guy Fieri in town to review some sweet Toronto restaurants and host the Chef's Challenge (NOW, November 26). You could have posted an article lending some insight into that rather than sarcastically making fun of it all and literally contributing nothing to the reader. I think most people landed on this article looking for information, but instead got a few crappy "jokes" making fun of Fieri and a tangent about the poor eating experience at Dangerous Dan's. Even the tag line is misleading.
"Create-a-Star" button pushed on Carly Rae?
What is there to debate about Carly Rae Jepsen (NOW, November 29-December 5)? It's as if a desperate record company pushed a few buttons on a "Create-a-Star" machine and she's what came out. Only the machine had a few glitches, like the translator in Mars Attacks, and now we're stuck with a starry-eyed, hollow, ambitious fembot singing the same old crush songs, teaching young girls to be silly about boys and wear too much makeup.
Jepsen needs to eat more than crackers, get some life experience, get mad about something (other than not getting enough attention from boys) and then take another stab at it.
Chris Michael Burns
Black Friday flash mob pics and politics
Irina Vukosavic's Meditating Against Merchandise (NOW, November 25) leaves a negative impression of our Black Friday sit-in.
My personal intention with this event was to help bring an energy of peace to the madness of the busiest shopping day of the year and help more people question shopping for the sake of accumulating stuff.
The photo accompanying the article shows a small group of about 15 people. The main mob included some 150 people. Boo on you, Irina and NOW Magazine.
Fur flies on Furby
On page 28, Ecoholic slams Furby's maker, Hasbro, and its supplier for inhumane working conditions (NOW, November 29-December 5). Then, eight pages later, in your Gift Guide you flog the newest Furby smack-dab in the middle of the page.
Nuclear myth number one
In his letter in support of nuclear power (NOW, November 29-December 5), Tony Edmunds makes the assumption that nuclear is an essential alternative to fossils fuels. Nothing could be further from the truth. Check out the work of Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson of Stanford University, who through his research has determined that "a large-scale wind, water and solar energy system can reliably supply the world's needs.... The obstacles are primarily political, not technical."
Conservation is another largely untapped alternative that could have a huge impact on greenhouse gas emissions. The need for nuclear is a myth.