In response to Shirley Spicer’s letter, dated July 24 in the Oshawa Express:
Not sure just where to start with his one, but here goes. I too grew up in the years after the atomic bomb. Not sure why that is relevant to my article last week, but just to correct some factual errors, they were not Cuban missiles, they were Russian missiles placed on Cuban soil only 90 miles from the USA.
You make it sound as if Kennedy being killed was the reason the crisis was over. The crisis was over because of negotiations between Kennedy and Khrushchev of Russia, long before Kennedy was killed, reaching a deal to pull out the missiles from Cuba, and the USA would do the same in Turkey with their missiles pointed at Russia.
As far as “nut bars spewing false facts”, you seem quite certain the teachers are teaching “facts”. How can you be so certain? Where are they getting their information from? And again I ask why are they on that subject anyway? Is scaring children more important than teaching real facts like math and English. Why not let the children make their own decisions on that subject outside of school hours after they listen to both sides of the argument if they choose to? There are many scientists that have a different opinion than ones like David Suzuki, or Al Gore.
You speak of what we are doing to Mother Earth. Actually, our water and air is much cleaner now than it has been for along time, thanks to cleaner burning vehicles, and the clean up of our Great Lakes over the years – not counting the idiotic dumping of raw sewage into the St Lawrence by Montreal, and the Pacific Ocean by Victoria, B.C.
I went to school in the same era you did it seems; but I have no ill feelings about the methods used back then. There should be no politics in the classroom unless you are taking political science in high school or university. The teachers should leave their political bias outside the classroom.
They do not have carte blanch to brainwash our children to suit their ideology. That is not part of the deal. I never had to endure that in school and nobody should have to. I got enough of that later in life when I joined a union to be allowed to work in a certain industry, but learned to think for myself, and voted accordingly later in the real world.
I am sorry you seemed to be shortchanged on our history, but we can learn a lot on our own also, that is where the importance of reading comes into play. You see, we did not intern Chinese citizens during the last war. We did intern Japanese citizens on the west coast of Canada, as we were at war with Japan at the time, and people were frightened of an attack that may be assisted by elements of a “fifth column” living among us. It must have sounded reasonable back then, as many good Canadian soldiers fought and died in places like Hong Kong, and the survivors were treated horribly after being forced to surrender to the Japanese. There were apologies years later from Canada for the internment and financial assistance to survivors. Like they say “war is hell”
As far as the smoking pot remark goes, I just mentioned that now that Trudeau made it legal, it just gives it a little more acceptance in society, and may be the choice of a lot of young folks who have not tried it, but they may be in a minority. I only hope that the scare tactics being used in the classrooms by some ideologues do not push any students over to more drug use than being used already.
The sky is not falling, no matter what David Suzuki claims. Why would he still own four houses if he believed that? Why does he need four houses anyway? What about his carbon footprint?
I am just saying relax, and do not instill fear in our children with false “facts”.