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Best cure for young delinquents Should schools give religious training? “Insult to Queen deserved a slap"

October 12 1957

Mailbag

Best cure for young delinquents Should schools give religious training? “Insult to Queen deserved a slap"

October 12 1957

Mailbag

Best cure for young delinquents Should schools give religious training? “Insult to Queen deserved a slap"

I Made Friends with My Burglar, by Jeann Beattie (Aug. 31), is one of the most soul-searching stories I have read. She let her readers see and feel what the young sixteen-year-old felt, not forgetting that his fears were as great as hers. It isn’t until we are ready to put ourselves in the place of young offenders, see things as they see them, that we will be able to come up with answers to the delinquency problem. Children arc not born bad; lack of love makes them sick, and once they are sick they are unwanted at home and at school. They band with other youngsters in the same position and crime is the outlet for their frustrations.

In 1953 Canada sent 98,000 to prison, Great Britain only 34,000; Canada’s population is far smaller. Is it not time Canada took a good look at what we want: youngsters rehabilitated or hardened CRIMINALS?-MRS. M. SILLS, PORT

ARTHUR.

Famous name for a street

Your Preview section asks, “Want to name a street?” 1 would like to suggest Alexander Muir, author of The Maple Leaf Forever and a principal in Toronto around 1900 ... I attended his school in 1918. A tradition still survived him there. It was that every pupil had to have shoes clean and polished and examined every day. If they weren’t satisfactory our names were put on the BLACKBOARD.-MRS. WILLIAM DAVIDSON,

WHITBY, ONT.

That mad teen-age scramble

The Scramble for the Teen-age Dollar (Sept. 14) reveals a ridiculous situation. If teen-agers want to work they should use their earnings to advantage in education or the home. When they have to earn their own living and support a

home of their own, how will they be able to afford 14 skirts or 15 bottles of hair cream? What a mad scramble!—

M. A. WILCOX, PRINCE ALBERT, SASK.

Religion in public schools

I would like to commend Dr. Robert Brockway on his article. We’re Being Bullied by the Christians (Sept. 14). I have great admiration for some branches of the Christian churches, except when they refuse to recognize the rights of others. Religious education should remain the responsibility of the parent and the church and should not be taught in our public schools. We are dividing our children where they could and should be united ... By having religious education taught in schools we are encouraging the con-

struction of separate schools by religious groups which will not have their children taught religious education in the public schools . . . -HELEN CLARK,

BROOKUN, ONT.

Was Altrincham ill-tempered?

Your editorial, We’re Not Helping the Queen by Stilling Her Critics (Sept. 14), ignores the fact that it has not been constructive criticism of the monarchy that has outraged public opinion and offended admirers of Her Majesty, but the ill-tempered and insulting personal

references to her by an obscure English peer. The slap in the face he received was DESERVED.-NELSON SMITH, WINNIPEG.

Are U. K. schoolma’ams better?

Your Preview (Aug. 31) dealing with the shortage of teachers, says quite truthfully that “there aren’t enough trained teachers to go round,” and that some provinces are taking teachers who have not finished their course and others are “importing teachers from England.” Teachers from England have received a minimum two-years training during which they have experienced more than three months’ practical teaching. This adds up to at least a year’s training more than is usual in Canadian teachers’ COLLEGES.-.JUNE H.

HEAL, MONTREAL.

Should small-town churches unite?

Congratulations on your article, Should the Protestant Churches Unite? (Sept. 14). Certainly it would solve a lot of problems in small towns today, where there are many churches and few to support them.

In my humble opinion Rev. Ross Cameron (Presbyterian) hit the nail on the head when he said, “If you go back to the Bible as a rule of faith in life . . .” Isn’t this the answer to all the questions ASKED?-MRS. JOAN BROOKE,

CHASE, B.C.

^ In commending Maclean’s for the discussion, I would draw your attention to an inaccuracy in the description of the Anglican Communion in Canada. This church is referred to as the “Church of England” and again as the “Church of England in Canada.” By a decision of the General Synod, in 1955, the official name of the church became “The Anglican Church of Canada.”— H. R. HUNT, GENERAL SECRETARY, THE GENERAL SYNOD, THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA.

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Do we need immigrants? How does Gilmour rate?

... 1 was disappointed with your editorial (Both Parties Say “No” to Immigration But It’s Not the Voice of Canada, Aug. 17). Why should we take more Hungarian refugees? We already have 33,000, which is more than the U. S. has taken ... In Britain this summer found many Britons anxious to come Canada. Those are the people we should be seeking as immigrants . . . Surely can help Hungarians in some other way than bringing them to CANADA.-H. HUNTLEY, VANCOUVER.

^ . . . Why bring rebellious people

here? . . . B. C. has had a lot of trouble with Hungarians; I wouldn’t blame them if they didn’t take another. I don’t believe those old countries are as badly off as you say. The people all seem to well dressed and have just as good a time as we Canadians . . . One way to get good Canadians is to bring all the orphans from Europe over here, get people to adopt THEM.-H. MEGSON, FORT WILLIAM.

* ■ ■ . Canada should be run for Canadians. Then when we need extra workers let them in. In the last two wars was Canadians who fought and they deserve jobs.—JESSE C. JONES, JORDAN, ONT.

How do Gilmour’s ratings rate?

... I have no appreciation for Clyde Gilmour’s ratings on movies ... people listen to the pessimism of this man, our good movies are going to go down the drain ... I am very sure you let the public comment on Gilmour and his criticism you will get some shocking RESULTS.-DAVID BRUCE, SAINT JOHN.

Churchill’s strategy “unassailable”

Quoting your article, Attack on Churchill (Aug. 31), I agree that Churchill’s admirers “will probably explode.” I am convinced that his strategy during the Second World War was efficient and unassailable. Why doesn’t Trumbull Higgins, the author of this attack, mention Mr. Roosevelt, whose errors contributed to the present precarious situation in our

world?-THOMAS FAHIDY, FALCONBRIDGE,

ONT.

Can the Tories lick waste?

. . . Blair Fraser, in asking, Can Diefenbaker Fulfill His Election Promises? (Aug. 31), overlooks the millions that will be available by elimination of Liberal waste. Mr. Howe’s remark, “What’s a million?” typified Liberal thinking . . . William Hamilton, now postmaster-general, travels on a train instead of private plane as did Liberal cabinet ministers

. . . LUCY SANSOM, FREDERICTON, N.B.

How the Scots missed out

The cover picture of Nova Scotia Scots (Aug. 17) illustrates the aptitude of the Scots for trying to steal the show . . . Nova Scotia is really the French colony of Acadia. After the defeat of Culloden Moor and the failure of Scotland's attempt at colonization at Panama, Scot-

land threw up the sponge and came into the English camp. This gave her the privileges of the British Empire.

Scotland hoped to create in Canada a new Scotland which would compensate for the small figure she cut in Europe. However, the Scots did not make it. The French were before them and the complacent English are still the dominant PARTNER.-H. O’BRIEN, BRACEBRIDGE, ONT.

No “mummies” in the U. S.

My wife and I made a summer tour of Britain, having a delightful time observing and enjoying British scenery, customs and people. One observation we made was that British children call their mothers “mummy.” We had never heard this in the United States, where the call is “mama.” Hence we were amused by your Jasper cartoon (Aug. 3) where you have an American child calling his mother “mummy.” This expression has been exported from Britain to Canada, but not to the U. S.-E. H. HAWORTH,

SAN FRANCISCO.

“Moonlighting” an old art

In your Backstage With Labor (Aug. 31) you say “moonlighting” is a “new addition to the language.” In southwest Queensland, Australia, eighty years ago “moonlighting” and “moonlighter” were common. Wild cattle which stayed in brigalow forests during the day used to come out at night to feed in the plains. Corrals, with extended wings, were erect-

ed and on moonlit nights “stockmen” would stampede the cattle into these to be branded.

The work was called “moonlighting" and the stockmen “moonlighters.” —

PETER FURRIER, VANCOUVER.

Guides did not meet in pub

Barbara Moon’s article, The Girls Who Gatecrashed the Boy Scouts (Aug. 17). says: “Mrs. A. H. Malcolmson . . . corralled her friends’ children and started the first company in a basement under a beer parlor.” As Mrs. Malcolmson’s daughter and a guide in the first company. I object to the flippancy of this statement . . . The first meetings were held in the ballroom of the Welland, which was under the dining room and often loaned to societies for meetings. The Welland, which was then a sanitarium, had no bar and sold no beer.— JEAN RIGBY, ST. CATHARINES, ONT.

Maclean’s and Miss Moon stand corrected. The heer parlor came later.

Aerial photos like paintings

I was fascinated by the photographs which show the face of Canada from the air (The Canada Douglas Kendall Sees from the Sky, Aug. 3) . . . What impressed me so much was not the information they give the layman . . . but that in them we see confirmation of the genius of the Group of Seven. When I first looked at one photograph I could have sworn it was a montage taken from Jackson and Harris and Thomson . . . Doesn't this strengthen our conviction that artists are the real seers? ... — RONALD HAMBLETON, TORONTO. ★