Editor’s Notes

The growing public urgency over the negative human impact on the environment has divided religious denominations — some argue that praying to God for a solution is all one should do; others argue that Christians have a duty to actively intervene on behalf creation’s cradle. How the Southern and Texas Baptists are duking it out make interesting reading. Then we swing halfway (more or less) around the world to Kashmir’s Dal in the shadow of the Himalayan Mountains and the toxic metals that are poisoning that formerly pristine body of water.

Over in Qatar they opened early last year a huge $300 million plant to produce a detergent intermediate used for the manufacture of environment-friendly household detergents.

So long as were in the neighbourhood, we can observe that 165 million “untouchables” are at rock bottom in India’s Hindu caste system. It’s hard to believe that so much misery is being imposed on so many, for such foolish reasons, while the government does hardly more than pay lip service to the problem.

Back to the Middle East we have the Palestinian Prim Minister resigning to take the leadership of a new coalition government. It will take a little while longer to settle down but I think we’re seeing this mess coming to a peaceful end. That’s what I think. The Israelis however are taking no chances. They’re making thorough preparations for their next war with Hezbollah that they expect this year.

Finally, I repeat from yesterday’s edition some heartfelt words:

“We’ve included a promotion of an excellent book. Whatever Happened to . . ? Catching up with Canadian Icons, written by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Randy Ray is that wonderful combination of tough-tender. He’s an Ottawa freelance writer, author, and publicist. He worked for the London Free Press for 13 years, including three years as Parliament Hill correspondent. Mark Kearney is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter, public relations specialist, and freelance writer. He has taught writing at the University of Western Ontario for the past 16 years.  Kearney lives in London, Ontario. I know the book well because the manuscript passed through my hands before it went to bed. I couldn’t recommend it more highly as light reading that makes you proud to be a Canadian. An excellent gift for any occasion throughout the year. BTW it is Kearney and Ray who supply us with True North Canuck Fact of the Day.”

A good book is always a pleasure. You can’t go wrong with this one. Meanwhile,

Take it easy, but take it

Looking forward,

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher