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Is Dec. 25th a holdover from Sun Worship? One man's view of western football: dull and slow Does Sputnik prove that total materialism works?

December 21 1957
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Is Dec. 25th a holdover from Sun Worship? One man's view of western football: dull and slow Does Sputnik prove that total materialism works?

December 21 1957

Mailbag

Is Dec. 25th a holdover from Sun Worship? One man's view of western football: dull and slow Does Sputnik prove that total materialism works?

Having Christinas fall on a Monday (Editorial, Nov. 23): How low can some people think? Not even our Saviour’s birthday is safe. People who suggest such things think only of themselves and the fact that they don’t have to work—not the holiday and its meaning. Would the writer think of celebrating his birthday whether it was the proper date or not? Queen Victoria’s birthday should never have been moved from May 24.-MRS. L. THOMPSON, SPRINGFIELD, KINGS COUNTY, N.B.

^ The 25th of December is nothing but a left-over tradition from Sun Worship. Since it has nothing whatever to do with the birth of Christ. I heartily agree it too should become a Monday holiday.—ELISABETH CALVER, TORONTO.

Eastern football twice as exciting?

Re John Kerns’ Why the West will win the Grey Cup (Nov. 23). I’ve lived in Toronto and Montreal and I’ve watched a few games in Hamilton too. For the past two falls I’ve been taking in WIFU games. I’m canceling my season tickets to the B.C. Lions’ games. Not because they’re not winning, but because I saw more exciting, entertaining football in one game at Molson stadium watching Alouettes than I have seen in two seasons of play in the V/EST.-NED LOWE,

VANCOUVER.

Birth control trial—or comedy?

The Great Birth Control Trial, by Bill Stephenson (Nov. 23), is disgusting. To the thousands of French Canadians and to every Canadian with a head on his shoulders it will appear clearly that this trial was a COMEDY!-LOUISE MONGEAU, MONTREAL.

Pheasants at Montreal’s door

I am surprised; you ignore (Preview, Oct. 26) that at the doors of Montreal we’ve raised 7,000 pheasants annually for the last 15 years. This is about

three quarters of the number of pheasants raised by the 40 breeders in Ontario. Pheasants from around the Oka Monastery are served by the best hotels and clubs in Montreal. Probably you had not the occasion to take a meal THERE.-BROTHER M. LAURENT, LA TRAPPE D’OKA, QUE.

Who’s taken in by “years-ahead” cars?

If Robert Thomas Allen has convinced your readers that we’ve taken the fun out of motoring (Nov. 9) he will be

robbing the motor tycoons of the country’s greatest scientific achievement, that of kidding the public that the car they bought last year, that “was years ahead in every way,” is outdated this year. How gullible can we GET?-A. OSBORN,

STANSTEAD, QUE.

The motorcycle? It’s a way of ILe

As an outlaw, and saddle tramp rider, I was interested in your Nov. 9 article on The Private World of the Motorcyclist, by John Clare. I have always operated my three different bikes with caution and safety. Many of the new riders swelling our motorized population are Europeans. To them, the motorcycle is a way of life too—and the

only means of transportation for whole families. On a German road I saw on one machine, father, mother, two kids, and a police DOG!-A. FRASER FAIRLIE,

TORONTO.

Christianity vs. Sputnik

Hugh MacLennan’s article. We Can’t Have Christ and Sputnik Too (Nov. 23), was magnificent. At last we have heard something that really makes sense.—

E. CARSON, WESTVIEW, B.C.

^ The apologists for our Western Christian civilization are using the Christ theory to try to discredit the USSR advance in technology, to cover their own frustration at not being first to have a Sputnik in the sky. Remember, it was not the bad Reds who dropped the A-bombs on Japan. The Christ theory has no practical evidence to commend it. I am sure that materialism in both theory and practice will give us a better world to live in.—j. B. BELL, MONTREAL.

* My earnest prayer is that our political leaders and others who hold responsibility for influencing public opinion will be guided by the simple wisdom expressed by Mr. MacLennan before it is too LATE.-PHILIP BISHOP, SACKVILLE, N.B.

^ The fact that your magazine opens its pages to such freedom of thought should receive the greatest commendation from all free thinking people.—

J. ALBERT JOHNSON, VICTORIA.

* Let us be honest though we profess to be Christians, hitch our horse to science and forget about mythology— which, in fact, we are DOING.-E. O.

ANDERSON, CALGARY.

A gripping tragedy

Exceptional is the word for Eric Hutton’s article, The Ordeal on Mount Howson (Nov. 23).-E. P. HOLMES,

CALGARY, it