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Was Berrill attacking superstition-or religion? A civil servant grammarian talks back Do you have to drink to get ahead in business?

March 28 1959

Mailbag

Was Berrill attacking superstition-or religion? A civil servant grammarian talks back Do you have to drink to get ahead in business?

March 28 1959

Mailbag

Was Berrill attacking superstition-or religion? A civil servant grammarian talks back Do you have to drink to get ahead in business?

PROF. N. J. BERRILL should have confined his dissertation (Religious Beliefs Mustn't Shackle Human Welfare, Feb. 28) to superstition. He is not qualified to discuss religion—and confuses the two. The problem of population is in good hands, with God. — JOHN JOSEPH GABRIEL, VICTORIA, B.C.

^ Dr. Berrill seems to believe that the stand of the Catholic Church on birth control is based on the sacredness of the act of love, and that to regard the act as natural would open the gates for acceptance of contraceptive practices. On the contrary, it is the very naturalness of the act. and the perverted unnaturalness of the alternative, that has brought on the condemnation. No one would deny the term pervert to a man who devised a way to satisfy his taste buds while ensuring that the food used would never achieve its function — strength and health to the individual.—

BROTHER ANDREW, FSC, RENFREW, ONT.

* Dr. Berrill’s article is not only timely, but urgent. People must face the fact that it is they who control their destinies, and that the unbridled reproduction of humans cannot be left to the hands of some divine being any more than the problems of sickness, pain and natural disasters. - E. H. NICKEL,

OTTAWA.

With the possibility of an unlimited supply of food, energy and space in the universe, it seems utterly perverse to suggest that mankind should submit itself to a systematic GELDING.-FRANK

HOWARD, MONTREAL.

* The zoology professor’s disregard for

parental dignity belongs in the zoo.—

MRS. R. S. CRAIGIE, OLIVER, B.C.

Quebec’s injustice

I read with a great deal of interest the article, Canadians Are Far Too Pleased With Themselves (Jan. 31). The author says some immigrant acquaintance had told him of injustice in Quebec. That statement is grossly unfair; there is no more injustice in Quebec than in any other province . . . the school systems of this province are the best in the land. No one can contradict me on that score. -SENATOR J. A. BRADETTE, OTTAWA.

Parade's gobbledygook

In your good Preview section (Feb. 28) is a small article, War on Gobbledygook or, Better English by Civil Servants. In Parade of the same issue you report: "On a clear cool day in Oshawa, Ont., strikers picketing a certain firm were observed by a surprised Parade scout playing hopscotch to keep warm.”

Who was playing hopscotch? Apparently editors should go with civil servants to grammar SCHOOL.-J. H. VOGAN, CIVIL

SERVANT, CALGARY, ALTA.

Your boss’s job

Your article, How to Get your Boss’s Job, by Peter C. Newman (Feb. 14), is commendable for its aptly chosen advice to aspiring young executives. The business world could well use a wider application of principles from modern psychology to promote the advancement of its promising leaders.—j. p. NICKEL,

WEYBURN, SASK.

Newman stresses the opinion that a teetotaler is hopelessly handicapped to begin with and the young executive, and

his wife, must learn to drink. Not only is such an article a grave betrayal of the responsibility which must rest upon a publication such as yours but it is completely INACCURATE.-DOUGLAS HILL, SASKATOON, SASK.

Footnote to Kikik

It may be of interest to your readers, and author Farley Mowat (The Two Ordeals of Kikik, Jan. 31), that the “robed lawyer” who successfully defended Kikik is the Hon. Sterling R. Lyon, attorney - general of Manitoba. The prosecuting attorney, also pictured in the article, is Mr. Justice John Parker of the Yukon Territorial Court. Both these men received their appointments shortly after the case was concluded.-J. BYRON MILTON, WINNIPEG.

Memorable ’sweeper

Congratulations to Don Anderson for his wonderfully believable illustration of a Bangor minesweeper (Stoker Mahoney and Pill No. 2-183, Feb. 14). I served aboard one of these ships during World War II and the illustration brought back many familiar memories.—J. v. CROCKER, TORONTO.

v Congratulations on a fine bit of artwork.-ED KIFT, EX-RCNVR, TORONTO.

Bilingual English

Your editorial on bilingualism (Feb. 14) is a thousand miles wide of the mark. To be sure, bilingual usually means French Canadian. But it doesn’t follow that French schools do a better job than English. I have occasion to visit hospitals staffed by nurses who know no English, yet all are presumably highschool graduates. On the other hand, I have many friends who are fluent in French; they picked it up where their French compatriots picked up their English — in the streets as children.—

REV. W. G. ONIONS, VERDUN, P.Q.