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To the editor,

Please, please, please continue with your recent weekly updates on the delightful and uber-groovy Herr Doktor Professor Bill Ayers. In these dark and troublous times, laughs are hard to come by and comedic resources like Bill (And Bernardine! Give us more Bernardine!!) are vital to sustaining troop morale. This week's Ayers quote (Culture Club, October 12) had me rolling on the floor and battling for oxygen. "No comment," says the Tenured Mad Bomber of Hyde Park, sounding for all the world like a chemical CEO after a toxic spill. (Jeez, Doctor Bill, you used to be so much more garrulous in public. Remember back in the day, when the credulous attention of the national news media forced you and Professor Dohrn to make all those kooky nihilistic "jokes" about the killing and the burning and the bombing and the forks in the stomachs and whatnot? Well, maybe you don't. "Memory," I think I recall reading somewhere, "is a motherfucker.")

I'm liking too the contribution of Humanities Festival president Eileen Mackevich. Ayers, declares Mackevich, wrote his memoir "to promote discussion," but that discussion is now to be suspended for the duration, it being "a hard time to be talking about" what she delicately terms "these things." Au contraire, President Mackevich: there never was a better moment to discuss "these things." Far from having "closed themselves off" from the topic, "people" are distinctly, uniquely ready for a sustained and spirited conversation about the use of bombs and terror as instruments of political protest. On with the show! In the words of Yosemite Sam, we paid to see the high-diving act, and we wanna see the high-diving act!

It all just goes to show that meteorological foreknowledge of changes in prevailing atmospheric currents is sometimes useful after all.


Cliff Doerksen


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