Selected letters to mainstream newspaper editors

      

Many letters to the editors in mainstream publications are biased and slanted to suit their agenda. So, on occasion, try as we might, we simply cannot resist adding our own two-cents’ worth. We’ll make every effort to keep our comments brief and on topic. Occasionally we attempt to inject a bit of humor but we are well aware that we need to keep our day jobs, if we want to put food — REAL food, not ‘Cheesy Poofs,’ Pepsi and beer — on the table without relying on welfare handouts.

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Toronto Star, March 24

Bamboo Plates The Answer?

Re: Biodegradable home products that can be enjoyed — and tossed — guilt-free, March 17

Obviously bamboo plates are more biodegradable than plastic ones, but are these biodegradable home products really the solution?

We need to look at the actual issue behind our consumerist lives. We just purchase too much. We want more, better, and bigger.

If we all lived the way Canadians live, the human race would need almost five Earths to sustain our lavish lifestyles. Five Earths would be required to supply the oil, the trees, the animals, the minerals, the water and the other people used in sustaining our extravagant lives.

You might not feel as guilty throwing out the biodegradable bamboo plates, but you might feel even less guilty if you use the glass plates you already have.

Daniella Trodel, Richmond Hill, Ontario

( Idiots' globalism will kill us all )


Toronto Sun, March 24

FOOLISH LEADERS


Thanks for your editorial “Liberals need to listen to border concerns” (March 21). The reason Trudeau and his ilk blithely throw open the borders to any illegals is that they have never had to search for work, nor ever had to budget. Money comes with no effort, so why not throw our taxes to the world? We will give free money to anyone who walks in. No limits? I have to agree with you. Our social system is not endless, nor limitless. What foolish leaders we have!

C. Gelder

( Tell Trudeau )



Toronto Star, March 23

Wake-Up Call

Re: Four dead, 20 injured after apparent U.K. terror attack, March 22

This horrible attack was carried out using a car and a knife, the same combination used by Martin Couture-Rouleau in Quebec. It nearly coincided with an incident in Ottawa, where a female government employee on Parliament Hill impulsively stole a taxi and then a car before being apprehended.

We should first remind ourselves that we are vulnerable to terror attacks, but also to take to task Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale for not approaching more seriously the need to secure our homeland.

The recent attack in Quebec City, aimed at Muslims, used a rapid-fire gun, and the casualties were as high or higher than this horrific London episode.

Gun control in our country is far weaker than it is in the U.K., France, Belgium or Australia, and there is something very wrong with that.

The next Michael Zehaf-Bibeau who decides to hunt humans will likely carry a rapid-fire weapon, rather than the crude hunting rifle he brought. An attack on our transit system will be carried out with an explosive, rapid-fire guns, or both.

It is time for Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Goodale to wake up — before the mass killing rather than after.

Ron Charach, Toronto

( Canada should stop world-meddling)


Toronto Star - March 20

One Race, One Culture

Re: Proving alliance in action, not just words, March 17

How many more of these silly arguments will I have to read?

People really are ridiculous. First off, we are all the same species, Homo sapiens. There is only one race of people on Earth, the human race, and I would argue only one culture, human culture.

The object of the game as far as I can see — and we have been doing this for thousands of years — is to appropriate the best aspects of human culture and ditch the worst aspects. This is the only way that we can move the ball forward.

Kurt Crist, Consecon Ontario

( Naive Child )




Toronto Sun - March 19

STUPID CEILING


As Sue-Ann Levy reports, the International Women’s Day marchers in Toronto had a hate on for white men (“Wail-fest of hate,” March 12). I should probably just chalk it up to “haters gonna hate” and move on, but, as a target of the anger, I feel compelled to respectfully remind the haters that Canada was recently ranked as the second-best country in the world. It’s just not that oppressive here for the vast majority of women. So, by all means, march for improvement, parity, even ultimate power — I’ll support you. But if you cling to the “white male oppressor” stereotype in present-day Canada, you’re liable to run into something worse than the glass ceiling, namely the dumbass ceiling.

Rudy Buller, Toronto

( How about a nonwhite criminal run-in?)





Toronto Sun - March 15

PAKISTAN DEMOCRATIC

Re “Useful idiots’ line up to support M-103” (Tarek Fatah, March 8): The writer has made two misleading and factually incorrect assertions against Pakistan. Firstly, he wrote that a Pakistani small business owner escaped Islamic tyranny three decades ago. Pakistan is a multicultural, progressive and democratic country in which there is no place for religious tyranny. People belonging to all faiths including Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and Ahmadis are living with complete freedom of worship. No one has been subjected to persecution on the basis of religion, race or sect. Secondly, it is factually incorrect to assert that Pakistan occupied Baluchistan. Area wise, Baluchistan is the largest province of Pakistan. Pakistan came into being on Aug. 14, 1947, after partition of sub-continent by the British rulers. Since then, Baluchistan has been part of the country and there has never been any desire of its people otherwise. We understand that many people from Asian and African countries do seek asylum in Canada on the plea of tyranny and persecution etc, but it is ludicrous to twist the facts beyond fiction for justification of their pleas. It is unfortunate that Tarek Fatah continuously distorts the facts for the reasons better known to him.

Nadeem Haider Kiani

Minister Press

High Commission of Pakistan

( It's a phony colonial construct country)

 

 then there's VINCE FOSTER!!!

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Toronto Sun - October 28

    Thank The Walloons
     I totally agreed with the people of Wallonia. CETA is less a free-trade agreement and more about investor protection.
    How many times has Canada been sued under NAFTA by corporations for loss of future profits? How long does it take us to learn?

    If we had a referendum in Canada and if we really understood what was in this secretly-negotiated trade deal, I’ll bet we would have voted against it, too.

    Thank you Wallonia!

Eileen Watson, Toronto

( Are Walloons anything like balloons?  ____________________________




Toronto Sun - March 19

STUPID CEILING


As Sue-Ann Levy reports, the International Women’s Day marchers in Toronto had a hate on for white men (“Wail-fest of hate,” March 12). I should probably just chalk it up to “haters gonna hate” and move on, but, as a target of the anger, I feel compelled to respectfully remind the haters that Canada was recently ranked as the second-best country in the world. It’s just not that oppressive here for the vast majority of women. So, by all means, march for improvement, parity, even ultimate power — I’ll support you. But if you cling to the “white male oppressor” stereotype in present-day Canada, you’re liable to run into something worse than the glass ceiling, namely the dumbass ceiling.

Rudy Buller, Toronto

( How about a nonwhite criminal run-in?)





Toronto Sun - March 15

PAKISTAN DEMOCRATIC

Re “Useful idiots’ line up to support M-103” (Tarek Fatah, March 8): The writer has made two misleading and factually incorrect assertions against Pakistan. Firstly, he wrote that a Pakistani small business owner escaped Islamic tyranny three decades ago. Pakistan is a multicultural, progressive and democratic country in which there is no place for religious tyranny. People belonging to all faiths including Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and Ahmadis are living with complete freedom of worship. No one has been subjected to persecution on the basis of religion, race or sect. Secondly, it is factually incorrect to assert that Pakistan occupied Baluchistan. Area wise, Baluchistan is the largest province of Pakistan. Pakistan came into being on Aug. 14, 1947, after partition of sub-continent by the British rulers. Since then, Baluchistan has been part of the country and there has never been any desire of its people otherwise. We understand that many people from Asian and African countries do seek asylum in Canada on the plea of tyranny and persecution etc, but it is ludicrous to twist the facts beyond fiction for justification of their pleas. It is unfortunate that Tarek Fatah continuously distorts the facts for the reasons better known to him.

Nadeem Haider Kiani

Minister Press

High Commission of Pakistan

( It's a phony colonial construct country)

Globe and Mail  —  February 25

Tyrannical M-103

Why the hysteria over Motion 103 (Liberals Vote Down Conservative Anti-Racism Motion, Feb. 22)? Political opportunism, as usual. Plain and simple.

 

Something happened between the introduction of M-103, which initially had the support of the Conservatives, and now. Some strategist probably came to the realization that popular endorsement of this motion would make it that much more difficult for the Conservatives to continue scapegoating the Muslim community, using fear to galvanize Canadians.

 

Stephen Harper may have failed to win the last federal election using this dirty tactic, but Donald Trump’s rise to power in the United States has given the Conservatives renewed hope that it is possible to delude good people into believing anything. Supporting the motion would be like throwing away the proverbial ace up one’s sleeve. Ultimately the party must prevail and winning at any cost can always be justified. The Conservatives are probably kicking themselves for having complicated things, hoping they haven’t completely squandered their “trump” card.

 

Zan Saleemi, London, Ont.

( So you need free speech so you can say  . . . WHAT? )

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Toronto Sun  —   February 24

 

Jet-setting Trudy needs to stay home and work on solving Canader's problems

 

Our PM Justin Trudeau seriously needs to wake up. He has brought in all these refugees, spent Canadians’ money providing for them when that money should have been used for the Canadians that are already here and struggling to make ends meet. He is also wanting to send our money to help Iraq’s economy — that is money that should be staying in Canada to help Canada’s economy. Trudeau has brought in the carbon tax at a time when Canadians are already struggling. With everything that Canada has been going through, the oil and gas industry, Fort McMurray fire, Trudeau is supposed to be there for Canada, not other countries! It’s time that the other politicians and Canadians stand up and have Trudeau removed from office. Since he took office (this is my opinion), he has taken advantage of his position and has thought nothing of Canada and the people who live here. These are the Canadian people who are hard working, trying to provide even the basic necessities. These are Canadian people who have lost everything (whether it be by a drop in the economy or a fire), and then have to work hard to rebuild. It’s time that when the Canadian people speak, the government listens and takes action. Canadians don’t deserve to have a prime minister who is not there for Canada.

 

Deborah Sorensen, Blackfalds, Alta.

 ( Like his daddy before him, Trudy likes exotic people from distant lands )

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Toronto Sun  —   February 23

 

Dumb Millennials

 

I used to think that millennials were on average not very smart, until it hit me one day that it is not what you know but if you know how to find it. Just by using their phones they can, at the drop of a hat, go from knowing very little to having all the knowledge ever produced at their fingertips. But sadly, while watching the hysteria by most millennials after President Trump’s win, it’s clear that having knowledge available and the “smarts” to look for it are clearly two different things.

 

Nevada Adams, Brantford Ontario

( Need info? “Google” it! . . . The world at your stubby little fingertips )

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Toronto Star  —   February 22

 

No Respect

There’s only one way Islamophobia can be defeated and that would be that people, such as MP Iqra Khalid, concentrate on denouncing Islamic extremism. Canadians of all faiths deserve to live in peace and security. This attempt to “glorify” Islam is insane. To each their own God, but with respect for those of others.

 

Nick Pinto, Toronto

 ( As the great political comedian Bill Maher says, ( "All religion is stupid and dangerous )

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Toronto Star  —   February 14

 

Too Soon To Pull Out

Re: Taking a step back, Feb. 12

    Why is Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders making a decision now to not march in the Pride Parade this year? It is only February and the parade is not until July.

    Why did he not wait and let Pride and Black Lives Matter discuss this amongst themselves? This is a very fluid situation and there is plenty of time between now and the parade.

    Saunders says: “We will continue to develop respectful relationships and build new ones.” Is he trying to “develop respectful relationships” with the black community and Black Lives Matter? I would have more respect for Chief Saunders if, instead of making a decision now, he announced that he and the Toronto police force would be meeting with Black Lives Matter to hear their concerns.

    Considering the contentious history between the Toronto police force and the LGBT and black communities, perhaps having prisoner transport vehicles in the Pride Parade is not the most appropriate way to “develop respectful relationships.”

    Perhaps having large number of uniformed police officers in the parade is not inviting for LGBT black and trans members who have been victims of carding and police violence.

 

Donna Patterson, Toronto
 ( Cute cops should march in Speedos  )

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National Post  —   February 13

 

Jordan Peterson's Free Speech Fight

    Jordan Peterson is an erudite professor at the University of Toronto who refuses to use the 32 new gender pronouns promulgated by the left. I’m with him. It is sad that given the threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and international wars that we see today, that the left is focused on pronouns.

    Prof. Peterson is fighting against the demise of our freedom of speech for who are others to tell us what we can say? His colleagues are cowards and should be dismissed. I am humiliated and embarrassed that this took place on a Canadian campus. If students aren’t ready for the real world, they should go home to their mommies.

Linda Keays, Nanaimo, B.C.


(Erudite profs are few and far between )

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Toronto Sun  —   February 11

 

Re “Scrap Toronto’s ‘sanctuary’ policy” (Editorial, Feb. 8):
    You are absolutely right. Like most residents, I’m all for immigration. We need it. But not for funding “illegals”. This practice should be stopped ASAP.

 

Robert Vinton, East York Ontario

 

( We need more Brits, Scotties, Irish, Germans, Swedes, Danish, Dutch. . . get the point? )

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Globe and Mail  —   February 10

 

Their own borders

 

Re Whither The Rule Of Law? (Feb. 9):
    Considering the fact Donald Trump campaigned on his views on immigration, travel bans and terrorism, I’m not sure why the world was shocked when the order was enacted. It is misleading to suggest that it was sprung out of the blue. There certainly was no “secretive process.”

    Most of the countries affected do not have the resources to monitor potentially dangerous events. It is not a right to enter a country that is not your own, it is a privilege. Any country has the right to decide who enters and who does not.

    In the progressive goal of a borderless world and a so-called global village, we should note the words of Cicero to Marcellus, “Wherever you are, remember that you are equally in the power of the conqueror.” Separate, independent countries, and yes, with their own borders, are essential for freedom. Look at the EU: The U.K. had to go through Brexit in order to defend itself as a nation from the increasing autocracy of Brussels. You either have a country or you don’t.

 

Karen Fenton, Mississauga, Ontario

( What a showoff you are, Karen! . . . Quoting Cicero Marcellus! )

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Toronto Star —   February 10

 

Canada's Inclusivity
 

    Thank you, Canada, for your heartwarming and overwhelming public display of support for our Muslim community in the aftermath of the terrible Quebec City killings.

    Thank you for being an example to the rest of the world as to what an inclusive society looks like, what it looks like to support your fellow citizens, and for showing that when political leaders publicly stand up for the rights of all citizens, the nation will follow accordingly, and is better for it.

    For Muslims in Canada, this support brings with it an increased responsibility to show our willingness to become even better citizens, more involved in civic matters, more involved in the politics of our nation, more open to our non-Muslim neighbors, whilst still adhering to the tenets of our faith. Canada is where we can do this!

    It is important that we be at the vanguard of assisting in the event any of our Christian, Jewish, other religious or non-religious communities face a crisis, whether manmade or otherwise.

Let us be Canadian Muslims, and not just Muslims living in Canada!

Faheem Schroeder, Waterloo , Ontario

( For starters, get rid of the funny costumes, girl! )

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Globe and Mail  —   February 4

 

A Fairer Electoral System

    I am tired of the claims that if only we had a proportional representation electoral system, everything would be great.

    If this was in fact how PR systems worked, most of Western Europe (where 21 of 28 countries use PR) would be in better political/economic shape.

    If PR supporters want to sway the less convinced, they will have to acknowledge the downside of coalition governments – namely, not much gets done. I would rather have action, even if against my political views, than no action at all.

 

Greg MacDonald, Toronto

( So you're a “man of action” . . . Cool! )

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Toronto Star  —  January  31

 

Mosque Attack A Symptom

Re: Deadly mosque attack in Quebec City, Jan. 30

    This is terrorism. This is Islamophobia. This is a symptom of a culture of hate allowed to fester and grow, emboldened by recent circumstances.

    Hatred and discrimination is an attack on humanity, on the ideals of this beautiful country, and on the soul of society. It is incumbent upon each and every one of us to address hatred wherever we see it. It is our duty as Canadians and as human beings to ensure that the world is safe for everyone.

    Oh Canada, let not anger and hate consume you. Stay strong and free from this darkness.

 

Harith Chaudhary, Maple, Ont.

 ( What "darkness ? ? ?  Pay your light bill )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  30

 

Anti-Trump Bullies

 

    Who cares about the number of people who showed up for Trump’s inauguration? So what if more people showed up to Obama’s? News flash: He was the first black president, kind of a big deal, and it was a feel good moment. People who were going to vote Trump didn’t publicly voice their choice because they were afraid to be ridiculed. That is why the poll numbers were so off. They didn’t show up at the inauguration for the same reason. Why do the media not report on the bullying directed at Trump supporters? Because the media is also guilty of bullying Trump supporters.

 

Matthew Wilson, Port Colborne Ontario

 ( Why stand out in the cold when you can view the event on TV in the comfort of your home )

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Toronto Star  —  January  30

 

"America First"

Re: Yes, the truth still matters, Editorial Jan. 2

    Donald Trump‘s America First policy is not a bad thing, particularly if the U.S. withdraws from the world. Less U.S. interference in global affairs would be beneficial to all.

    The Star makes some good points in its rare front page editorial in last Saturday’s edition on Trump’s inauguration. Like many Star readers I watched Trump’s inaugural speech. At first glance, I thought it was graceless and simplistic and thankfully short — but on second thought, the new president made some good points.

    Putting America first, and withdrawing somewhat from the world could be beneficial for all. Let’s face it, the quixotic notion that the Unites States should rule the world, a world that is too big and complex for any one nation, is simply absurd. There are limits to any one country’s power and that includes the U.S..

America emerged in the aftermath of the World War II as the world’s most powerful country in human history and hence became the world’s policemen, and as the Star notes in its editorial, for many nations and regions, this hasn’t always been a positive situation.

    If President Trump really wants to help Americans, the best thing he can do is reduce America’s vast military spending, which is higher than all other nations combined and invest the savings in helping the American people.

    Withdrawing from trade agreements as Trump did the other day with TPP, is not going to help the U.S. economy. For the U.S. to thrive it needs open trade and as the Star mentions, we don’t want a return to the 1930s.

    The United States has been on the wrong track for a long time. Its obsession with its credibility on the world’s stage and its overweening ambitions to be the world’s cop; a country that feels that it can contain every war and political crisis that erupts, is not normal, it’s not rational. Hopefully, President Trump understands this.

    There are serious problems through much of the world and there’s little the U.S. can do about it. Internecine civil wars such as Syria, South Sudan, the eastern Congo, Somalia and Yemen will continue despite any U.S. action. The best thing the U.S. can do is abstain from interference.

    The late great York University historian Gabriel Kolko said it best in one of his last books, Another century of war?: “The way America’s leaders are running the nation’s foreign policy is not creating peace or security at home or stability abroad.

    “The reverse is the case, it’s interventions have been counterproductive. Everyone would be far better off if the United States did nothing, closed it bases overseas and withdrew its fleets from everywhere and allowed the rest of the world to find its own way without American weapons and troops.”

 

Andrew van Velzen, Toronto

 ( You REALLY think anyone is going to waste their time reading all this long-winded drivel? )

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Globe and Mail  —  January  28

 

'Women and Children’ in 2017

 

    Yet again in The Globe and Mail I see reference to harm to “women and children” (‘No Words’ For Attack Aftermath – Jan. 25). The implication is that harm to women is somehow inherently worse than harm to men. At best, the expression fosters the sexist view that women are more innocent or in need of protection than men. At worst, it links us with children as less than fully developed members of society. The male refugees killed and injured are equally victims of this tragic attack.

    In 2017, it’s time for this sexist phrase to be retired.

 

Hilary A.N. Young, Fredericton, NB

( Women and children are overrated )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  28

 

Go O’Leary Go!

 

Re “O’Leary ready to take on Trudeau” (Joe Warmington, Jan. 19):

    I can barely control my joy at this prospect. For decades I have said I would vote for the devil if he would balance the budget. Our provincial and federal governments are happy to deflect and discuss any soft, fluffy issue providing it isn’t fiscal sanity. That is always off the table. I’m weary of inept finance ministers telling us how it’s only through their prudent management that the deficit is as small as it is. Baloney. Canadians must stop pretending debt doesn’t matter. The time for an adult conversation about the immediate and long-term effects of debt is long overdue. For the sake of all of us, Kevin, please bring it on!

Steve Peck, Brampton Ontario

(Boring letter of the day . . . )

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Toronto Star  —  January  26

 

Making American Great
 

Re: United in defiance, haunted by despair, Jan. 22

    Make America Great Again begs the question, when was America great? Was it when buffalo were being slaughtered, Indians killed and the west was won? Was it during the Civil War, a time when slaves were freed? Was it when Dresden and Tokyo were fire bombed, Hiroshima and Nagasaki incinerated? Perhaps when south east Asia was painted with agent orange and napalm during a war which America lost.

    America’s prodigious accomplishments in science and the arts pale by comparison with America’s capability for killing. Is it the killing that makes America great? Who will have to die to make America great again?

 

C. R. (Ray) Luft, Mississauga, Ontario

( You obviously don't know the answer, so ask President Trump )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  26

 

Emperor Trudeau
 

    Justin Trudeau must be very confused! He thinks he was elected emperor, not prime minister of Canada! Canada is a sovereign nation, our brave men and women fought in two major world wars and a few others as well for the freedom we all enjoy today. Why would we want to throw it away? It is obvious Trudeau does not believe in a Canada defined by a national heritage developed over 150 years together with our ancestors and indigenous people! This is why Trudeau is doing everything possible to please a corrupt, dysfunctional UN. He wants to regain a seat at the UN Security Council at any cost, including our Canadian sovereignty. He is signing up for every mandate that the UN proposes, for example taking in as many refugees as you can with disregard for safety; climate change agenda; small arms treaty, etc. These are things Canada as a sovereign country can decide on by itself, not dictated to us by a global organization that believes in one government, one economy, one dictatorship. Trudeau is suppose to represent all Canadians, he wasn’t elected to implement his own vision of our Canada!

 

Dom Lagana, Peterborough, Ontario

( Justin was only elected PM because many females — and not a few men — fantasized about fucking him )

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Toronto Star  —  January  24

 

Tax the Robots?
 

Re: Part-time work fuels Canada’s labor market in 2016, Jan. 18

    In the not too distant future, robots will do most of the unskilled and dangerous work. This will result in tens of thousands of unemployed young men, which could lead to social unrest. The only solution is to legislate a guaranteed wage. How would we pay for this wage plus cover health-care for an aging population? Simple, tax every robot at the same rate as the humans they replace.

 

William Bedford, Newmarket Ontario

( It's ideas like yours that make Canada a second-rate country )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  22

 

Population Problem
 

    I keep reading your articles and letters to the editor and I wonder why each blames so many imagined causes for our climate change and excessive carbon dioxide growth. All these stated causes are actually effects. There is one and only one real cause of the situation, the significant extinction of human and other supportive life on Earth, and that is the out-of-control growth and size of the human population. Nothing will save us except all countries forcing limits on breeding. It may be too late as we passed the point of no return decades ago. The reality that China tried limits and failed tells us the entire human culture of greed based on growth will continue.

 

Nick Bird, Richmond Hill Ontario

( Mandatory spay/neuter clinics in India, China, Africa and the Middle East )

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Toronto Star  —  January  22

 

Curtail Male Abuse of Women

 

Re: Why do we coddle violent, abusive men? Jan. 11

    Women with abusive husbands might be well advised to get their children and themselves out of the situation as soon as possible, to escape the worst outcomes as described yesterday by the Star.

    But on the practical side, there are many challenges, starting with our Family Law system in Ontario. If either party wishes to separate and calls a lawyer (assuming they have the resources to do so), they may well be advised not to leave the household and not to take the children until an agreement has been reached. Yet, the initial stages of separation involve strong emotions and are when abusive husbands are least amenable to reasoned discussion and are at greatest risk of doing something terrible.

    If the woman suggests to her lawyer that she fears for her and the children’s safety, she may be advised to telephone the police, but to understand that there could be a series of consequences that are outside her control.

    The husband may be charged criminally, possibly leading him to lose his employment and his ability to provide support. His anger may further increase, and he would not be influenced by a court order to stay away from his wife and children.

    The Children’s Aid Society may become involved. The Family Law court may later hear from the husband and his legal counsel that the woman was being vexatious in calling the police and simply wanted to strengthen her case for separation.

    Somehow, while looking at all parts of the system, we need to make it easier for women and their children to get away from abusive husbands, before it’s too late.

Tony Dittenhoffer, Collingwood Ontario

( What about hen-pecked husbands who are victims of their fat shrew-like mates? )

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Toronto Star  —  January  20

 

Ethnicity Has No Place in Science


Re: Ignoring non-European thinkers leaves half blind, Opinion Jan. 12

    Azeezah Kanji is critical of the dearth of female and non-European philosophers on the syllabi of undergraduate philosophy courses, and some of her criticisms are legitimate.

    However, while the marginalized intellectuals she champions may have written extensively on slavery, colonialism and patriarchy, have they written just as extensively and with equivalent revolutionary ideas on metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic, or any other philosophical topic that cannot be labeled “social and political philosophy”? The onus is on her (and the Students’ Union at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London) to show that they have.

    Furthermore, from an educational standpoint, it is important for students to learn about traditional philosophers, if only because they are situated within an intellectual discourse that has developed over millennia. To remove them from the syllabus of an introductory course at random would disrupt students’ grasp of the “meta-narrative” of the evolution of Western (or Northern) thought.

    Admittedly, there are problems associated with historical meta-narratives, but for a novice philosopher trying to understand the history of philosophy for the first time, it is important to provide a guide that can help him/her grasp an overview of the development of influential patterns of thought.

    I wonder if Kanji would be just as eager to reform science in the same way. Should the revolutionary scientific findings of old, white men be “excised” from the curricula of biology, chemistry and physics courses? Should the discoveries of Kepler, Darwin, Newton, Bohr and Einstein be diminished to make room for more diversity? Surely not.

    Surely we can agree that educational institutions of science should focus on teaching the most relevant, impactful and well-documented scientific theories and studies, without regard to the gender or ethnicity of the authors. Why should philosophy be any different?

 

Scott Nicholson, philosophy teacher, Craig Kielburger Secondary School, Milton

( ANOTHER long-winded Star letter writer sounds off and puts everyone to sleep )

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Toronto Star  —  January  17

 

Deport Subbiah


    Why is deportation not mandatory upon conviction and the order served at that time. Kumar Subbiah’s release should not have come as a surprise. They have had 24 years in which any argument to the contrary should have been resolved.

 

Donald Adams, Brighton, Ontario

( No shit, Sherlock! )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  16

 

Privatize City Hall

 

    Just a thought: If politicians are looking for ways to save us money, maybe we should get rid of them and privatize City Hall. We could open bids to management companies to run the city. I can’t see how they could be worse than the elected ones we have now. And if they screw up, they can be held accountable, not able to slither off into the sunset like they can now.

 

Paul MacLellan, Toronto


 ( We definitely need a "No Slithering" zone, Polly! )

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Globe and Mail  —  January  14

 

The PM and the Aga Khan
 

Re:  PM’s Friendship With The Aga Khan Should Be Celebrated (Jan. 12):

    The Conservatives and the New Democratic Party, as well as the media, should be ashamed of themselves for trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill, and in the process casting aspersions on the Aga Khan.

Let’s celebrate that our Prime Minister is friends with such a respected world figure. The Prime Minister’s mistake was to think that he and his family could visit a long-time friend over the holidays without telling everyone where they were going, just as the other 99 per cent of us can.

    I encourage Mr. Trudeau to take off his “down-filled sackcloth” and celebrate his friendship with this inspiring man and friend of Canada, the Aga Khan.

 

Patricia Montgomery, Newmarket, ON

( Besides you, no one gives a rat's ass where Trudy goes )

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Toronto Star  —  January  13

 

"Collaborator" Label Unfair to Poles
 

Re: Why Poland wants to punish a dead general, Jan. 7

    In this article, Leonid Bershidsky presents his view on one aspect of Poland’s current government policy toward the country’s modern history. He may not like the Polish government’s decision stripping Communist leader Wojciech Jaruzelski of the rank of “general” and he is entitled to this opinion. But while presenting historical background for his analysis, he should not suggest facts that did not take place.

The implication that Poland collaborated with Nazis Germany is not only false but also deeply offensive to the memory millions of Poles who greatly suffered and were killed during World War II fighting against German Nazism and its armies.

    There were governments and countries that collaborated with Hitler before and during the World War II but not Poland, which became the first victim of Germany’s cruel military attack and fought the longest combat against Nazism between September 1939 and May 1945.

Ironically, the Soviet army that liberated Poland’s territory from German Nazism brought Communism, another deadly and destructive ideology with Poland spending the next 40 years under forced and unwanted Russian domination.

    As pointed out by Bershidsky, “a dead general” Jaruzelski was one of those who represented the Soviet regime in pre-1989 Poland. For this – contrary to what the author suggests — Jaruzelski’s political legacy deserves rough treatment from current Polish politicians including posthumously stripping him of the rank and title of “general.”

 

Marek Domaradzki, vice-president, Canadian Polish Congress, Calgary

 ( . . . and Canadians should care, WHY ? ? ? )

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Toronto Star  —  January  8

 

Rein In CEO Salaries
 

Re: Time to curb CEO pay, Editorial Jan. 4

    Thanks to the Star and to Hugh Mackenzie of the Centre for Policy Alternatives for the mind-boggling news about how much CEOs make while normal working stiffs get the shaft. Again. The suggestion that special tax breaks for proceeds on stock options should end is a good one. Will it be in the next federal budget. Holding your breath?

    And isn’t it cheerful news that successive federal governments have pressed on with their corporate-friendly plans to put an end to defined benefit pensions for those workers and retirees who managed to bargain and negotiate such security and dignity for their retirement years? We’re told nearly half of the top CEOs enjoy defined benefit pensions. And at age 65 they’re getting over a million dollars. Outrageous!

    Those retirees under attack by government and employers are told they should opt out of secure pension plans. There is a role for government: act promptly to curtail the outrageous incomes and pensions enjoyed by the corporate elite. Defend the retirement dignity of working Canadians. Stop the attacks on defined benefit pensions.

 

Bruce Diana Rogers, Lindsay, Ontario

 ( Your middle name is Diana, Bruce ? ? ?  )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  8

 

Marie Antoinettes

    “Beware of the coming uprising.” The Marie Antoinette-type political elites don’t get how they have taken the dignity away from the elderly, causing the eating of cat food in order to pay hydro bills, and the taxation of the lower working class to the point of affecting every-day living for families, including reduction and even stopping children’s extra activities. And now with Canada’s debt becoming so high our future grandchildren have no hope of ever owning a house or having a job that will provide a pension. So yes, beware — when people have no hope, then drastic things need to occur like electing a leader who will lead the uprising.

Clifford Craddock, Parry Sound Ontario

( Eat cake, not cat food )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  6

 

Tribalist Groupthink

    It’s easy to understand why Star columnists have their knickers in a twist about recent political events – to a point one can empathize with their grief. But just being morose does not excuse Vinay Menon ruing the fact that “most powerful celebrities couldn’t help sway the U.S. election.”

    With very rare exceptions, there is no reason to believe that actors, directors, rock stars, and other such celebrities have any more insight into public policy than the average person on the street. Name recognition does not equal authority or wisdom.

    On the contrary, it might be easier to argue that media personalities (and columnists?) are more likely than the average citizen to parrot tribalist groupthink in lieu of providing useful advice to voters.

 

Pav Penna, Georgetown Ontario

( Most celebrities are just airheads )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  5

 

April Fools?

Having started to read Smokey Thomas’s tirade about the “elites” and the wealthy (“This is the way forward for our political leaders,” Jan. 1) I thought it was April 1, not Jan. 1. Here’s a news flash, Smokey: You and your so-called public service cohorts are the “elites” to the rest of us. You are the worst kind of elites. How many jobs have you created and how much wealth have you generated?

N. Gillen, Ajax Ontario

( Sounds like you had too much to drink on New Year's Eve if you thought it was April 1st )

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Toronto Sun  —  January  4

 

Israel's Fault

Re “PM must condemn UN smear of Israel” (Editorial, Dec. 29):
    I disagree. The vote was 14-0 in favor of the resolution. It declared the Israeli settlement of the West Bank a flagrant violation of international law. It is: The Fourth Geneva convention forbids moving civilian populations into occupied territory. It simply is illegal. For 50 years, the U.S. veto has shielded Israel from any consequences for breaking this law. This, in my humble opinion, is a core source for Arab/Muslim anger at the West for supporting obvious injustice. Anti-Semitism is just something Israel howls when people disagree with their illegal policies and they then point out Palestinian violence to try and distract us, because other than inflaming the anger of the occupied, really one has nothing to do with the other. Palestinian violence does not justify annexation. Apples and oranges. What is happening in the West Bank is annexation by inches. If Israeli settlers build their numbers, the two-state solution may result in two Israeli-dominated states. I believe this is Israel’s ultimate objective. Canada should align with every other nation in the world, other than Trump’s U.S.A., in condemning a flagrant breach of international law.


Michael Holme, Toronto


( It doesn't take much to get those Arabs whipped into a reptilian frenzy )

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Toronto Star  —  January  2

 

TTC, Stop The Craziness

    The TTC’s transit enforcement unit has been given the green light to use plainclothes enforcement officers on streetcars. These spy-like officers will ride the rails covertly and watch for those who they believe haven’t paid their fare.

    Here’s how it seems it will work: the incognito officer will keep an eye out for one or perhaps more potential fare evaders — even though the suspects might well have a transfer tucked away in one of their pockets — who get on a streetcar via the backdoor. If, and when a uniformed officer comes aboard and asks one of these “potential fare evaders” for transfer and he/she says something like, “I was going to pay but I couldn’t figure out how,” in hope of getting off with a warning, the covert officer would come forward and say that that just wasn’t true, that he/she had been watching — might even have the whole event on video. A $235 fine might then be issued.

    The article goes on to say that the TTC could hire an additional 20 inspectors for $2 million per year — that’s $100,000 per officer. And with this effort they could recoup about $600,000 or roughly 25 per cent of what they’ve spent.

    The entire story just goes from crazy to crazier. The TTC needs to stop this once and for all. All passengers should enter streetcars via the front door where they would pay, validate their Presto card or show their transfer. When it’s time to disembark, each and every one of them should do this via the backdoor. On at the front, off at the back. The Better Way.

 

Jack Drury, Toronto

 

( Keep an eye on scofflaw Renerdra Bannerjee for starters  )

 

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Toronto Star  —  January  1

 

No to Cap and Trade

 

Thank you, Lorrie Goldstein, for highlighting problems with the cap-and-trade program between California, Quebec and Ontario and supporting carbon fee and dividend previously (“Ontario leads the way to carbon pricing hell,” Dec. 15). You might be interested in recent developments in California. It should be noted that in September, 2016, legislators in California passed AJR 43, a joint resolution urging the federal government to enact a revenue-neutral tax on carbon-based fossil fuels and return revenue from the tax back to middle and low-income households. The REMI study commissioned by CCL USA predicts that, after 10 years, carbon fee and dividend would lead to a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions of 33%, an increase in national employment of 2.1 million jobs, and provide an average monthly dividend for a family of four of $288. Furthermore, there are questions about the long-term viability of California’s cap-and-trade program. In August, the Democrat-controlled legislature approved a new target to reduce emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, but did not include approval for the post-2020 cap and trade plan. Now that there will be a national carbon price in Canada and that California is reconsidering cap and trade, Ontario should look to California’s example and embrace carbon fee and dividend and rethink cap-and-trade.

 

Cathy Orlando, Sudbury Ontario

( Why not a "Yarmulke and Trade" ? )

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Toronto Star  —  December 31

 

Trump 2016
 

    Your editorial about truth is rich, given how your paper relentlessly pounded Donald Trump during his campaigns. Your opinion and factual reporting were so unashamedly biased against him that you, with your collegial U.S. newspapers, have had to endure a month of criticism from a few unsleeping media critics.

    Of course, you know that this will pass, as you begin to reposition your paper for a long, persistent battering of the Trump administration.

    Your paper has succeeded in undoing decades of trust and truth. God help us if you convince the Canadian government to taxpayer-fund your newspaper.

    I hope your editorial leadership has sufficient self-insight to recognize and begin to remediate these destructive habits of bias.

 

Philip Dabous, Toronto

( Do you take the time to read the drivel you write, Phil? )

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Toronto Star  —  December 18

 

Obama's Outrage

So U.S. President Barack Obama vows retaliation on Russia for its suspected meddling in the U.S. election process. His outrage would be more believable if the Americans didn’t have a long history of themselves interfering in the government of other nations: in the overthrow of Iran’s president Mossadegh to replace him with the Shah, the ouster in Chile of Allende in favor of the dictator Pinochet, and the failed coup against Chavez in Venezuela, to say nothing of pouring millions into Nicaragua to influence an election there.

Oh yeah, there’s Iraq, where they first supported and then eliminated Saddam Hussein.

 

Ab Dukacz, Mississauga, Ontario

( One more month of Obama and then . . .  )

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Toronto Star  —  December 18

 

No Refugees Plan
 

    Let’s face it, when the Trudeau government rushed in 35,000 Syrian refugees it was all about fulfilling its election promise and showing itself more compassionate than the previous government. There was never a long-term plan to deal with the massive influx, as they were shuttled around the country. There was an immediate and urgent problem finding adequate housing, as affordable housing is a scarce commodity in all major urban centers where the refugees ended up.

    Now that the Trudeau government has reaped the kudos and publicity it is ready to pass the financial burden off to the province’s, already stretched funding housing, providing education and language training.

Surely, when such massive intakes are planned in the future, to better accommodate refugees, the federal government will do a much better coordinating with the provinces, which end up being ultimately responsible.

 

Larry Comeau, Ottawa

( Canada needs to build a wall on its eastern and western borders. Let The Donald show us how )

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Toronto Star  —  December 13

 

Canada's "Justice System Integrity"

Re: Brampton man guilty of sex assault flees to Pakistan, Dec. 9

    It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that when the same convict is granted bail and manages to flee to his native Pakistan on two separate occasions in 2010 and 2016, then a few changes to our justice system should become an immediate priority.

    Moazzam Tariq’s ability to escape justice might be easily traced to a system-wide failure involving the Canadian Police Information Centre’s (CPIC) failure to update its database and a breakdown in communications between two separate jurisdictions in Peel region and Toronto.

    Although there are a few other twists to this story involving fake passports, we do know that the rape victim has been denied her right to justice. How many other convicted criminals have fled to other countries while being on bail, parole, or probation?

    The integrity of our justice system is at stake and it is incumbent on our leaders to ensure that it be held in high esteem.

 

Robert Ariano, Scarborough. Ontario

( As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be . . .  )

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Toronto Star  —  December 12

 

Left Field Views on Castro

 

    Canada has maintained diplomatic relations with Cuba since 1945. We continued doing so through the years 1952 through 1958 when Cuba was ruled by Fulgencio Batista, a military person who overthrew a democratically elected government. When Fidel Castro overthrew Batista, Canada did not hesitate to recognize the new government.

    Diplomatic relations represent a mutual symbolic respect of the peoples of the two countries. From 1945 to the present, Canadians have had no cause to find fault with Cubans, and the reverse is true. The facts that Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau developed a friendship with President Fidel Castro and that President Castro was a pallbearer at Prime Minister Trudeau’s funeral are interesting, but the key element in diplomatic relations is the mutual respect of the two peoples.

    This story was an “opinion piece” by Rosie DiManno, a very long piece that carried on to the second page under the headline, “Fidel’s dark legacy survives” and which ended with the phrase “And damn his eternal soul.”

The Star is Canada’s largest circulation newspaper. As such, it comes very close to speaking for Canadians. Ms DiManno is welcome to her opinions, but I believe the Star has insulted the Cuban people by putting her opinions on the front page at a time when they have just lost their leader of over 50 years. Sovereign countries have a right to determine their own path. And each country’s people have a natural tendency to admire and even love their leaders, especially at the time of their death.

    To allow one non-Cuban person to tell Canada what the Cubans who live in Cuba – and they are the overwhelming majority of Cubans—are thinking about Fidel Castro is incredibly presumptuous, and simply not right.

 

    Wayne Robbins, Toronto

(There are times when Rosie should keep keep opinions to herself )

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Toronto Star  —  December 8

 

Rights Want Publicity
 

    The Star has become fixated with Kellie Leitch, particularly the last eight days when four articles were reported that have included full pictures of her. I have asked many people and no one is able to name one person other than Ms Leitch of the 10 running for the Conservative leadership. You have chosen not to cover them (even though they might also have controversial views).

    The Star is playing such a huge role in building her profile with such extensive coverage. Grossly unfair to the other candidates and such an abuse of the power of the press. This is exactly what happened in the U.S. with   Trump, especially in the primaries.

 

Quite simply, stop such undeserved coverage or at least start giving other candidates equal time. Please don’t use the excuse that “we are reporting the news.” You are shaping it!

 

John Vale, Toronto


( Virtually every media outlet attempts to “shape” the news )

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Toronto Star  —  December 8

 

Denunciation of BDS Wrongheaded

Re: MPPs vote to denounce BDS movement, which targets Israel, Dec. 1

    If, as an act of peaceful protest, you choose not to invest in Israel or buy Israeli products, as of Thursday, Dec. 1, you have been condemned as an anti-Semite by the Ontario Legislature 49-5.   

    The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement is a peaceful, non-violent movement that seeks to put pressure on Israel to end its senseless occupation and uphold international law with respect to its treatment of Palestinians. It has hundreds of Jewish supporters across the country, including me, as well as a national Jewish organization, Independent Jewish Voices, that expressly supports it. Are we all anti-Semites?          Gila Martow, the Conservative MPP who put forward the motion to condemn BDS, was elected to represent the riding of Thornhill. I don’t recall her being elected to represent the Jewish people. That she or the overwhelmingly non-Jewish Ontario legislature should be passing a motion that calls me and other Jewish — and non-Jewish — people of conscience anti-Semites is, quite frankly, offensive.

Jason Kunin, Toronto

( You know that an anti-Semite is just someone “the Jews” don't like  )

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Tor
 

History will judge Castro? No, now that he is dead, God will judge! Other than some revisionist historians, history has already judged Castro as a murderous thug who, by any measure, inflicted more pain and suffering on his island nation and its people then, Batista, the autocrat he replaced.

 

Mark Glatt, Toronto

 

( Millions of Canadian and European vacationers disagree with you )

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Toronto Sun  —  December 2

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Toronto Star  —  December 1

 

Mainstream Media Important?
Journalist Christiane Amanpour’s address last week to the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York is extremely relevant. The need for the mainstream media to re-commit to an unwavering role in delivering pure facts is more important now than ever.

Some news outlets may have been more committed to delivering facts than others. So it’s up to readers, viewers and listeners to decide where they get their information.

But too many, it seems, have relied over the past year or more on social media. Donald Trump aside, this has been a very dangerous trend. And dwindling ratings/circulation and news coverage budgets have not helped.

The media have always been under attack from one source or other, but never to the degree that we’re seeing now. And it’s not only from Trump. While re-dedicating themselves to ever-higher standards, media will now have to reinvent themselves to deal with what social media is pumping out in the form of fake news (to which Trump has been just one major contributor).

    Some social media may also have learned some lessons from this and may have accepted responsibility, as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently acknowledged.

    Amanpour asked a very good question off the top. What would Ed Murrow do? Fifty-one years after his death, the iconic CBS newsman is still regarded by a (admittedly-dwindling) number of reporters as a leading light in truthful, gutsy, advocacy journalism. He took on an earlier narcissist sociopath in the 1950s by the name of McCarthy – and won. Joe McCarthy self-destructed within months.

    Nobody – doubtless including himself – knows what will happen with a Trump presidency. As we know, he’s already reversed himself on several issues, probably thanks to prevailing wisdom that has eked its way through to the Trump Tower. He may, in fact, moderate his attitude about mainstream media, as well. Who knows?

    But the same media are going to have to figure out how to deal with this guy in, one hopes, some constructive way. And Trump will be forever totally unpredictable.

    Amanpour’s warnings are critically important at this worrisome time. She has articulated the urgency of the message better than we’ve heard from anyone else to date.

Ian Sutton, Kingston, Ontario

( Media liars ain't needed — Yes, we know there ain't no such word as 'ain't' )

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Toronto Star  —  November 30

 

Tolls' Consequences


    Come on, fellow commuters on the DVP and Gardiner Expressway. What’s the beef? Where else in Toronto can you park for an hour for $2.00?

 

A. King, Sharon Ontario
 

( There ARE places — you just have to know where to look for them )

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Toronto Sun  —  November 30

 

Big Oops

    Trudeau made a big mistake. He backpedalled. Pierre would have never done that. The emphasis in the fifth estate has been on the word “dictator.” I ask this question: What’s the difference between a dictator, a tyrant, a communist, a despot, a totalitarian, or a CEO, or cult leader, Jim Jones, or Hussein, Hitler, Stalin, Kennedy, Castro, the Dalai Lama, and Ghandi? All leaders. All charismatic. Some aggressive. Some passive. Some revered. Some despised. As far as I’m concerned, Castro had to adopt some appearance of his tyrannical predecessor, Batista, to not upset the country’s dynamic — but he introduced some communist theory from each according to their ability, to each according to their need. And he maintained that (unlike other communist regimes). In retrospect, do you think any resident Cuban is complaining about a 98% literacy? Better than Canada or the U.S. Do you think they are complaining about health care, which has a higher ratio of doctors to patients, again, than Canada and the U.S. Screw all the political rhetoric and media. A man died. He’s the same dust now that we will turn into — and hopefully, we will all be remembered for something.

 

Alan Hilts

(Just cremate all corpses and scatter the ashes to the winds where they'll eventually end up anyway)

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Toronto Star  —  November 29

 

Pope Hypocritical

Re: Pope decries virus of polarization, Nov. 20

    The Pope’s energies would be better spent on condemning nations that perform sex-selective abortions  on  a regular basis, because the fetus is female, than to attack individual women.  Or perhaps his attention could be directed towards the “sin” of child sexual abuse by certain clerics  or the prevalence of child marriage in certain cultures?

    And to say that priests could “forgive” women is laughable, and ignores the role of men in these situations.      The whole discussion is tiresome.

    And by the way, “God” performs abortions on a regular basis — they’re called miscarriages.

 

Diane Sullivan, Toronto

 

( Hey Papa! You no play the game, you no make a d a rules! )

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Toronto Star  —  November 28

 

Just A Costume Party
 

Re: Revelry or Racism? Nov. 24

Looks like it was a fabulous party. Last time I checked, transgressing cultural norms by dressing up in silly, over-the-top outfits is the whole point of a costume party. Otherwise, why bother?

The only appropriate response to Queen’s University’s self-appointed, pearl-clutching, hyperventilating, puritanical, fun-hating, finger-wagging, overbearing, student bullying, PC Volkspolizei, who seem to get their jollies by taking faux offence at an ever-lengthening list of ostensibly verboten transgressions, mostly imaginary, is to tell them, as impolitely as possible, to go *$#@ themselves.

 

They have no business sticking their uninvited, disjointed noses into a private, off-campus party, even if everyone there had shown up, ironically of course, dressed in sheets as Ku Klux Klan members.

What’s next on their totalitarian agenda: arresting Mr. Dressup for hate crimes?

 

Edward Ozog, Brantford Ontario

 

( *$#@ — are you trying to say "fuck"? )

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Toronto Star  —  November 27

 

Carding
 

Re: Carding not about safety but more about control, Opinion Nov. 24

    My best friend for years and I are both in the same age range and have both lived in Toronto and both worked in the same company for the past 20-plus years. We both have families and neither have a criminal record. The primary difference between us is quite simple: I have never been stopped by police to ask me my business and he has.

    Naturally, it only takes a minute to figure out that he is black and I am white.  Please explain the value of the carding system.

 

Dave Durand, Calgary

 

( No doubt you oppose profiling as well?

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Toronto Sun  —  November 26

 

The Alt. Right and Ford Nation

Re: Signs in Toronto urge white people to join ‘alt-right’.

    Marilyn May is correct in asserting that these fringe racist groups are emboldened by the attention such beliefs have received in the press with the ascent of Donald Trump and right-wing xenophobia in the U.S.

Before we get too smug; we should reflect on the fanaticism displayed by our own Rob Ford and the so-called Ford Nation. While that issue was not racist, it was a reflection of the resentment of certain groups against what they considered the elites in downtown Toronto, or the fringes versus the center.

    There will always be tribalism among humans and, on a smaller scale, this gives a sense of belonging and coherence in many groups. When it becomes confrontational, it is dangerous and inimical to the public peace.

In times of rapid technological and social change, we experience high levels of personal and social stress, no matter how comfortable and safe we might be compared to our forefathers.

    It is interesting to note that the support of radical Trumpism has a religious twist. Christians, in particular, feel threatened and scared by the apparent incursion of other, foreign faiths or from those who have no faith at all.

    I’m not sure Jesus would have approved.

 

Sigmund Roseth, Mississauga , Ontario

 

( It's ALWAYS 'bout Jeebus, isn't it, Siggy!

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Toronto Sun  —  November 24

 

What's In A Name?

Re “Team logos called racist” (Jenny Yuen, Nov. 22):

     I can perhaps understand how reference to specific tribes might offend, but I am really confused about the complaint regarding the name “Indians.” Don’t our aboriginal communities reject the term “Indian” and want to be called First Nations? Or are they taking exclusive ownership of “Indian” and at the same time calling it unacceptable? And lastly, are people from India offended? I’ve never heard of any complaining there. The rules regarding the etiquette, let alone legalities of names, is certainly a minefield!

Lori Crank, Oakville Ontario

( India Indians are more concerned about being identified by their "religion" than nationality )

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Toronto Sun  —  November 22

 

Can the Rhetoric
 

Re “Donald gives Hamilton bad revue” (Bloomberg, Nov. 20):
    I was very surprised to read that the cast of the play Hamilton felt they had the need or the right to make public their political views to the vice-president elect at the end of the play. These people are actors who think everyone wants to hear their views — just because they happen to be in a hit play does not give them the right to criticize the future Trump administration. I agree with Mr. Trump that they should apologize for their actions. If a pro football, hockey or baseball player were to make such statements, they would be spoken to by their management and told any more outbursts and they will be suspended or fined, etc. This is not part of what these actors are contracted to do. Once the play has run its course, no one will remember these actors or care what they think. This was not the time nor the place for this type of statement — people were there to see a play, not listen to political statements.

 

Kerry Brock, Mississauga Ontario

( The cast should be happy with the free publicity  )

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Toronto Star  —  November 22

 

Free Trade's Down Side

Re: Canada and Mexico on same page in NAFTA approach, Nov. 7

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed his views on free trade, stating it has brought millions of dollars into Canada. I wonder where has this money brought into Canada gone?

News media state that child poverty is on the rise, with one in five living in poverty, and our health care system seems to be in trouble.

    Free trade has lured our manufacturing companies with lower wages and looser environmental laws out of the county. Replacing domestically manufactured goods with foreign made goods at perhaps a lower price, but value wise, lower quality (more expensive in the long run when items are replaced).

    We have a county rich in resources and manufacture high quality goods. We should get rid of these free trade deals. There will always be a market around the world for our raw materials, agricultural produce and high quality manufactured goods.

 

Bob Hunter, Cobourg Ontario

 ( The Donald is on the case )

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National Post  —  November 21

 

All About Trump
    Donald Trump brings to the presidency a sense of what most U.S. citizens want: a small government that does its job with minimal interference to the taxpayer. While he may have an objectionable personality and some undesirable objectives, nevertheless he will be surrounded by advisers who will dampen his wilder enthusiasms.
    I was once told by a senior U.S. Army officer that the smartest guy in a formation is not the commanding general, it is his deputy, who must be able to execute sensibly the orders, good and bad, issued by his superior. I suspect that Trump will choose that kind of support.

Charles Hooker, East Garafraxa, Ont.

( What exactly do you find "objectionable" about the Donald's personality? )

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Globe and Mail  —  November 21

 

Trump's Inner Circle

Re Stephen Bannon Is Not The Real Problem (editorial, Nov. 17):
    I am coming to the conclusion that the reason Mr. Trump wants his son-in law as part of the inner circle is that he realizes that he is in over his head and needs someone he can confide in who is as loyal as he can get.

    I can’t recall any event Mr. Trump spoke at without a teleprompter where he actually put two coherent sentences together. The world has a real problem, and you have identified it.

 

David Vallance, Toronto

(Bannon just LOOKS like a biker thug — he's really a teddy bear )

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Toronto Sun  —  November 18

Left=Wing?
 

    Your reporting of Toronto politics and Canadian politics tends to be conservative, but your resources for news outside of Canada comes from liberal left-wing news sources. Washington Post, Associated Press all were very anti-Trump — that is why you missed what happened in America and will now spread around the world. The rich elites and progressives can be beaten, even if they have media support.

 

George Seraganian, Toronto

( You really think people read the Toronto Sun “around the world” ? ? ?  )

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Toronto Star  —  November 18

 

City Hall's Poverty Problem
 

Re: ‘We are so close and yet so far,’ Nov. 14

    This story reported on child poverty in Toronto, as documented in the Divided City Report. Have our politicians accepted responsibility for this sorry state of affairs?

The report indicated that 133,000 children in Toronto have something in common with each other: they all live in poverty – that’s 26.8 per cent of children in Toronto. That is more than in Montreal (25 per cent); Winnipeg (24.1 per cent) and Hamilton (20.6 per cent). How is this possible in a city that is both progressive and affluent?

    For years we have known about the deep economic and geographic divides that have existed in Toronto – and especially here in Scarborough. A map published in the Star on Monday shows that only one small area east of Victoria Park Ave. has a child poverty rate of less than 12 per cent. Only one! The map also shows that vast areas of Scarborough have child poverty rates of between 22 and 40 per cent. Are the councilors from Scarborough outraged?

    City hall, we have a problem!

It seems that there are always priorities that rise higher in the minds of the decision and budget makers than taking care of their neighbors, and making life better for families who struggle with insufficient incomes.

The Star quoted Michael Polanyi as saying: “Going into the 2017 budget, we’re seeing talk of up to $600 million in spending reductions on these very programs and services that we found that children don’t have good enough access to.”

    The good news is that the problem of poverty in Toronto can be fixed. An Nov. 29, 2015 article in the Star by Richard Florida, of the Martin Prosperity Institute, talked about how to repair this divided city. As one of our leading thinkers, he described how to increase equity among the citizens of our city. The plan is available. It can be done. Is anyone listening?

    My question is: whose responsibility is it to provide the moral and political leadership to reduce this totally unacceptable level of child poverty in Toronto?

 

Allan Baker, Scarborough Ontari

 

 ( Workfare, not welfare — get the lazy bums off their asses and out of the sleazy coffee shops )

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Toronto Sun  —  November 17

 

Nats Have It

Isn’t it ironic that the Trump campaign team spent more dollars on red ball caps with their simple slogan inscribed “Make America Great Again” than they did on TV and radio ads and they still defeated Hillary, who spent millions of dollars on traditional ads. How genius was that? After all, what is more symbolic of the blue-collar demographic than a ball cap? Talk about a great subliminal ad to the masses on a shoe-string budget — without the assistance of media, newspapers, radio ads and limited celebrity endorsements — and it worked. I rarely saw Trump on the campaign trail without that red ball cap, in complete contrast to Hillary and her hideous $14,000 Giorgio Armani outfits. Goes to show how out of touch the Clinton team was with blue-collar folk, law enforcement, military, sports-minded fans, and small and medium business owners. The true backbone of America. Love Trump or hate Trump, he masterminded the greatest presidential campaign KO in American history.

Paul Keetch  Thorold, Ontario

( And the hats were made in China by Mr. Kim, shouting enthusiastically, “Let's go, child labor force!” — not by Hilldog's dreary speeches excoriating workers to labor harder for less ) )

 

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Toronto Sun  —  November 17

 

C'mon Andy!

 

Re Donato cartoon Nov. 16:
Enough already, Andy

    We love your work, but Trump won fair and square and now it’s time to give his team, including Bannon, a chance to prove itself. That Hitler connotation is terribly harsh.

Christopher Robinson, Burlington Ontario

 ( With all due respect Bannon looks like a biker thug with that jacket and all . . .  )

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Don't call me an elitist

Re “Leave Canada out of this, U.S.” (Editorial, Nov. 15):
    I am a Canadian, but please don’t include me as part of your “we.” Because I’m not. I have liberal values but I respect people with conservative views. You should respect people with liberal views as well. ElitistsWhere do you come up with garbage like that?

Mark Edson, Toronto

(When racists earn respect, perhaps they'll get it )

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    Here’s an idea the jail system might like to ease the pain of solitary confinement. Every solitary cell to be fitted with hangman’s noose over a trap door that leads to the sewer, with a convenient button, within reach of the noose, to open the door. Maybe put a five-minute delay between the button and the trap door, so jail staff can come to watch and enjoy.

 

Andy Turnbull, Toronto

( Self serve executions . . . no executioner required . . . brilliant! )

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Toronto Star  —  November 14

 

CSIS Revelations Shocking
 

    Quebec’s provincial police (Surete du Quebec) was recently exposed spying on several journalists – so much for “freedom of the press” and “the principle of privacy” in Canada.

    Government spying on civilians, including reporters and journalists, is a very serious violation of our human rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – S.2, “the right to freedom of expression and opinion,” and probably a violation of S.7, “the right to life, liberty and security of the person.”

    You are not “paranoid” or “mentally ill” to believe the state is watching you, tapping your phone, or hacking and reading your computer emails.

    Orwell was absolutely right; so is Edward Snowden. You’ve been alerted and warned.

 

Don Weitz, Toronto

( As Ozzy Osbourne sang, "Paranoia will destroy ya!” )

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Globe and Mail  —  November 12

 

Shaken and Stirred

Re James Bond Was Right (Life & Arts, Nov. 9):

    Writer Eric Velland states that “martinis are stirred, not shaken.” That may be the preferred method of certain elites to ensure clarity of the liquid; however, James Bond was quite specific that his martinis were to be “shaken, not stirred.”

    But with the results of the U.S. election we face uncertain times and a martini is most welcome – whether shaken or stirred. Please make mine a double.

 

Vic Bornell, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

( Just lay off the doubles Vic, you old lush, and you'll be okay! )

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Toronto Sun  —  November 12

 

Well Done, America

Kudos to the American electorate for not supporting more of the same corruption, lies, deceit, a non-existent foreign policy and a failing economy. The smug Canadians who looked down their collective noses and laughed at the prospect of Trump as president can now go about their day knowing that the “deplorables” have had their say and have risen up to say enough is enough. The “irredeemables” have said, “no more”. The Republicans now have control of the House and Senate and can start the long process of undoing the carnage that Obama and Clinton have saddled that country with. Trump’s tagline of “make America great again” resonated with voters who want less government interference in their lives, less debt, lower taxes, and a protected border. All simple concepts that put the onus back onto the people to direct their own lives with less reliance on government to be everything to all people. Here in Ontario, we blindly accept the status quo of the McGuinty/Wynne government with all its lies, deceit and political corruption by having awarded it a majority government. Totally irrational! Maybe people here should take the time to read and investigate beyond the sound bites and rhetoric they get from the left-wing, elitist media. The Liberals and progressives have their own agenda which does not represent the will of the people. There seems to be overwhelming grief about the state of our province and folks must stand up and be counted in 2018!

Richard Roher, Thornhill Ontario

( The USA is a country . . . Ontario is a province )

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Toronto Sun  —  November 10

 

Glass Ceiling

    Bye, bye, Hillary! Don’t bump your head on the glass ceiling when you leave — but if you do, just look upon it as a Trump, er, bump in the road.

Roger Lewis, Brampton Ontario

( Many suspect she already bumped her head a little too hard . . . Can you say “concussion"

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Toronto Star  —  November 10

 

Questions on Peacekeeping
 

    Last week the Star ran a series of articles on Canada’s peacemaking options in Africa and quoted both Justin Trudeau and Romeo Dallaire as saying that these missions must offer more than military might. Yet there were no specifics about non-military options.

    Similarly, the government’s recent cross-country public consultations on defence policy and cyber security only focused on militarized options.

    What can be made of Canadian peacekeeping when Canada increases its direct military involvement in Iraq and in the NATO exercises up to the Russian border, as Canada is now No. 6 in worldwide arms sales ($15 billion sales to Saudi Arabia), with the Trudeau government further watering down of weapons export regulations?

    How can the public evaluate peacekeeping when they are not informed that Canada just voted against the UN Open Ended Working Group resolution to eliminate nuclear weapons?

There’s much more to know. Dallaire’s man in Rwanda, Paul Kagame, is greatly responsible for the Congo genocide that left at least 6 million fatalities. UN peacekeeping is fraught with abuse and Canada has so far been silent: impunity around infecting post-earthquake Haiti with cholera and its toll of at least 10,000 deaths, UN Peacekeepers’ interference in Haiti’s democratic elections, the lack of accountability for child sexual abuse in the Central African Republic, Sudan, and Haiti.

    Fortunately, voices within the UN point to non-military interventions, like protecting women, rebuilding infrastructure and local economies. Recall that particularly in Africa, public education and public health were destroyed by the International Monetary Fund demanding elimination of most public services in order to pay off high-interest debt that was incurred by dictators buying weapons.

    The Canadian public needs to know that African wars and poverty are largely caused by a long history of Western exploitation, looting, ravaging the continent of its people and resources.

    The Star articles point to Canada’s wish to be a rotating member of the UN Security Council. Lest we forget, the prior rejection of Canada’s bid was attributed to Canada’s lone veto of a UN Human Rights Council call for a ceasefire in Israel’s 2009 attack on Gaza.

    What should peacekeeping really look like?

 

Judith Deutsch, Toronto

( Aging old hippies in drum circles singing "Cumbaya? )

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Toronto Star  — November 7

 

The US will never be the same

Re: America votes, Nov. 7

    Regardless of the results, the good ole U.S.A. will never be the same. With people talking of revolt if the election does not go their way, I trust all this recent negativity does not spread to Canada, and pray it does not!

Bill Fox, Oshawa, Ontario
( Big wimp)

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Toronto Star  — November 7

 

Staying Out of the Congo
 

RE; Why we stayed out of Congo, Oct. 29

    It seems like we are considering going into a virtual hellhole. What could possibly not go wrong in a place like Congo, which has around $24 trillion in untapped mineral reserves, but which is in almost total chaos? And qui bono?

    First, the federal Liberals, who are chasing shiny baubles (like a seat on the UN Security Council). Second, the military-industrial complex, which is behind undeclared, perpetual wars (aka “extended military engagements”) in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. And third, the military itself, which is “always keen to deploy, no matter what.”

    If there is no peace to keep, then this is an unfortunate fact. But let’s face it: If we send troops to Africa, it’s for mixed motives at best.

 

Tobi Baumhard, King City, Ontario

( Too many Negroes, maybe? )

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Toronto Star  — November 3

(Sick Seinfeld society morality)

I posit that both the Star editorial and David Honigsberg letter have it wrong. On March 13, 1980, John Wayne Gacy Jr., known as the “Killer Clown,” was executed for the serial killings between 1972 and 1978 of at least 33 teenage boys and young men in Cook County, Ill. Of these victims, 26 were found buried under his house and four elsewhere on his property.

Gacy was well known in the community as “Pogo the Clown” at parades, hospitals, senior homes and other charitable venues. Gacy’s case made headlines around the world.

I certainly have been leery of “clowns” in whatever circumstance ever since the Gacy case came to light in the late 1970s.

Peter Krysmanski, Oakville, ON 

( The question must be asked ‘what were a bunch of cute teenage boys doing hanging around with a creepy old clown like Gacy anyway? )

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Toronto Star  — November 7

 

Staying Out of the Congo
 

RE; Why we stayed out of Congo, Oct. 29

    It seems like we are considering going into a virtual hellhole. What could possibly not go wrong in a place like Congo, which has around $24 trillion in untapped mineral reserves, but which is in almost total chaos? And qui bono?

    First, the federal Liberals, who are chasing shiny baubles (like a seat on the UN Security Council). Second, the military-industrial complex, which is behind undeclared, perpetual wars (aka “extended military engagements”) in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. And third, the military itself, which is “always keen to deploy, no matter what.”

    If there is no peace to keep, then this is an unfortunate fact. But let’s face it: If we send troops to Africa, it’s for mixed motives at best.

 

Tobi Baumhard, King City, Ontario

( Too many Negroes, maybe? )

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Toronto Star  — November 3

(Sick Seinfeld society morality)

I posit that both the Star editorial and David Honigsberg letter have it wrong. On March 13, 1980, John Wayne Gacy Jr., known as the “Killer Clown,” was executed for the serial killings between 1972 and 1978 of at least 33 teenage boys and young men in Cook County, Ill. Of these victims, 26 were found buried under his house and four elsewhere on his property.

Gacy was well known in the community as “Pogo the Clown” at parades, hospitals, senior homes and other charitable venues. Gacy’s case made headlines around the world.

I certainly have been leery of “clowns” in whatever circumstance ever since the Gacy case came to light in the late 1970s.

Peter Krysmanski, Oakville, On 

( The question must be asked ‘ what were a bunch of cute teenage boys doing hanging around with a creepy old clown like Gacy anyway? )

 

 

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