MAILBAG

Crerar, Goforth or Robbie Burns?

December 15 1947
MAILBAG

Crerar, Goforth or Robbie Burns?

December 15 1947

Crerar, Goforth or Robbie Burns?

MAILBAG

Balance Sheet

I have read with interest Mr. Wallace Goforth’s well-informed article “If Atomic War Comes” (Oct. 15) and in my memory lingers a little of General Crerar’s article, “War Is a Prospect Canada Must Face” (July 15). While my military service in this last war was something less than two years... my judgment inclines me to place the articles written by the above gentlemen on the debit side. It may be a coincidence that a few days ago I read a digest of “The Anatomy of Peace” by Emery Reeves, which I place on the credit side. Again, it may be a coincidence that I have just written a letter to a dear friend— concluding it with Robert Burns’ immortal words “It’s coming yet for a’ that—when man to man the whole world o’er shall brothers be,” and now credit far exceeds debit.—G. S. Grigor, Vancouver.

Too Windy

I should like to throw a jolt or criticism into your Art Department re the illustration of the “Winnipeg? He Hates It!” letter (Mailbag, Nov. 1). Anyone who knows anything knows that it would be impossible to build a fire at the corner of Portage and Main, even with material as incendiary as you publish. This corner is notoriously the windiest in the world and any loose papers thereabouts are inevitably blown for a loss.—D. F. Symington, Ottawa.

No Stones

What’s the matter with our National Magazine? For some time now you haven't thrown any stones at Quebec or echoed any misinformation about

this province. I paid a subscription to your magazine just to read such things: 1 am beginning to feel frus-

trated.— S. G. Parent, Quebec.

Oddity

In Wit and Wisdom, (Maclean’s, Oct. 15) you take a justifiable crack at The Vancouver Province for wanting to call B. C. the “North American Norway.” But there may be something in this title, at that, for when my brother called at Wrangell, Alaska, in his yacht last August and reported to U. S. Customs and Immigration people there, the young lady at the desk said, “You’re a Canadian? Norwegian, I guess.” My brother said no, he was

of British origin. The young lady called to a man at the back of the office and said, “Hi, Bill, here’s a Canadian who claims he’s not a Norwegian.”—David Brock, West Vancouver.

Why Canadians Stay Home

In the Oct. 15 issue there is a long article “Why Canadians Leave Home,” so I am writing to let you know höw some of them can stay. I’ve been writing to a woman in the northwest of Manitoba for a year. She has a husband who works in a mill and earns $105, she has five sons who earn $175 a month in a garage, another and his wife who help a farmer—don’t know what they get—and the two young ones are earning $8 a day. The youngest, who is not 15, has a team and he gets $8.50 a day. The woman milks six cows, has hens and pigs, has canned 100 quarts of raspberries, 26 quarts of strawberries and 14 quarts gooseberries, besides the vegetables. — Reader, Montreal.

In Pamphlet Form

1 am wondering when “They Taught Me Treason” is completed whether will appear in pamphlet or in book form? If anything can wake up the Canadian people, this contribution to the knowledge of what Russia means should do it.—F. L. Rogers, Saint John, N.B.

In response to similar requests, John Hladuns three-part article has been reprinted in pamphlet form. An announcement appears elsewhere in this issue.—The Editors.

Sex Education

This letter is to express disagreement with “A Teacher, also a Grandmother,” who condemns sex education either in the school or at home (Mailbag, Oct. 15). I, too, am an ex-teacher, aTso a grandmother, who has brought up family, four hoys and three girls, who have all turned out well . . .1 had inhibitions about .sex carried over from my own youth; consequently my three older children had no sex education. However, as these children began to grow up . . . they showed me where 1 had beim at fault and changed my thinking about sex education entirely. Consequently the younger children have been properly instructed. To my mind one of the worst results of ignorance or misinformation about sex the difficulty such young people have in making adjustments to a happy marriage. — Another Grandmother, Blenheim, Ont.