Letters to the Editor: Aug. 28

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London a festival city

With The London Free Press reporting on yet another upcoming festival weekend in London I pondered: Kiwanis Music Festival, London Fringe Festival, International Food Festival, Sunfest, Home County Folk Festival, Trackside, Rock the Park, Ribfest, Fiesta Mexican Festival, Bluesfest, Wortley Village Jazzfest, Tacofest, Beatles Festival, London Ont. Live Arts (LOLA), Forest City Film Festival, Bands 150 Big Band Festival.

I firmly believe it is time for Stratford to relinquish its long-held moniker as the Festival City and award it to London.

Al Merkley

London

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Teach the good and bad

Thanks to Premier Kathleen Wynne and Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown for demonstrating that there is a bi-partisan condemnation of the politically correct, maddening, regressive left ideology that has infected our universities.

Prime Minister John A. Macdonald is honoured for bringing the provinces together to form Canada in 1867.

Instead of tearing down statues the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario should build them celebrating native heroes and commemorating the horrible injustices of the past.

Teach about the past. Teach the students about the person their school is named after. Teach the good and the bad. Discuss why Macdonald made the mistakes that he did. Ask the students to consider what we are doing today that in 150 years time may be looked on with anger by future generations.

Daniel Martin

London

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Can’t sweep away past

We can’t undo history. So we can’t undo the story of how the school came to bear the prime minister’s name either. I suggest leaving the name on the school and installing a plaque on the wall describing the controversy and how his views conflict with the views we hold today. Taking the name down simply tries to sweep a nasty and shameful part of our nation’s story under the rug.

I believe the teachers’ union that proposed this should direct their energies toward correcting the history books and expanding the Canadian story to include the atrocities of the past. And of course, in the Sir John A. Macdonald school, what an ideal object lesson from which to start the discussion.

Ken Drudge

Komoka


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