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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Cartoon not funny

Letter to the Editor:

The cartoon is both offensive and condescending to people who actually do the jobs the cartoonist depicted. Doesn’t he realize there are people who do the thankless but necessary jobs that he depicted in his cartoon as “bad jobs?” Was he ever thankful that the portable toilet he used was cleaned by someone prior to his use? Or the dead carcasses on the public road were cleared off before his car hit one? These are not “bad jobs.” These are absolutely necessary and good jobs done by someone who never got a thank you for doing their jobs. Certainly sometimes some people are stuck with jobs they don’t enjoy. But these are not “bad jobs.” They still need to be done. If people are not enjoying the jobs they are doing, at least they can do it as a transition temporarily while looking for another they would enjoy more. There is nothing wrong with working for a living, whatever the job is.

William Liang, Hamilton

Posted at 12:19 pm by Graeme_MacKay

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Worst Wishes from the Mayor of Hamilton

An excerpt of a lengthy email from the Mayor, Bob Bratina, to Hamilton Spectator managers and made public in an Andrew Dreschel column:

"...unrelenting and in many cases completely false or misleading news coverage, editorial comments, and ignorant attacks on my character, and that of my chief of staff through immoral and unethical use of editorial cartoons."

"I hope some day your wives and family experience the unhappiness you have caused my wife and family, destroying our enjoyment of this past Christmas with the unfounded attacks on my employee's compensation..."

Posted at 09:16 am by Graeme_MacKay

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Not a happy reader
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Homosexual Activist

L E T T E R t o t h e E D I T O R

Dear Editor,

Regarding the article "Board says no to so-called 'gay-straight alliances'", January 17, 2012, the editorial "Gay-straight alliance position is wrong", January 18, and the McKay cartoon of January 18, 2012:

I highly commend Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board chair Pat Daily for his promise to keep our Catholic schools and Catholic teachings safe from anti-religious predators posing as freedom fighters.

The gay liberation movement, in particular, has started to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan. It's latest attack on religious freedom is evident in its ploy to use school bullying as a wedge to work pro-gay teaching into our public and Catholic schools. Clearly, there is no reason to give those with homosexual tendencies preferential treatment in regards to bullying unless of course the prime objective is to force our schools and society to accept the homosexual mentality. Here it should be noted that science has found no "gay-gene".

Bullying can be curtailed without homosexual indoctrination. Further, it is ludicrous for homosexual activists like The Spectator editorial board, Spectator cartoonist MacKay and Diedre Pike to suggest that defending the Catholic faith means a denial of the homosexual person or his right to obtain help. Do parents think these things of their children when they exercise "tough love" on them whence they behave badly? Hardly! In fact the opposite is true. No parent who truly loves their child will allow him or her to do everything they please.

Ultimately, religious freedom precedes the state. It is the first freedom. It is the premise and guarantee of all freedoms that ensure the common good. The very idea of making the Pope subservient to Big Brother is not only irrational, it's utterly hateful, blasphemous and ridiculous!

With respectful and cordial best wishes I remain,

Sincerely yours,

P. Kokoski

Posted at 10:25 am by Graeme_MacKay

Monday, October 17, 2011
Treasonous! (...And a thumbs down to free expression)

L E T T E R t o t h e E D I T O R

Election cartoon bordered on treason

I read daily the moans of the press about the low turnout at election times. But one only has to look at the cartoon in last Saturday's Spec to see one of the reasons why.

Elections are portrayed as being boring, unnecessary and tedious. Let me remind our editor that the right to vote was bought with blood and pain, and to denigrate and belittle the democratic process is to devalue the sacrifices of those who paid the ultimate price.

Knock the parties all you like, but to constantly portray the elections themselves in this way is, in my humble opinion, bordering on treason.

Elections are the heart and soul of our democracy, so stop with the snide cartoons and comments already.

Les Scanlan Sr., Hamilton

Posted at 11:42 am by Graeme_MacKay

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