Letter to the Toronto Star published complete on line, and only the ultimate sentence in print, December 11:
Re: Why 'Happy Holidays' doesn't ring true, Dec. 8:
During a visit to Israel, the country was celebrating Hanukkah. The locals extended best wishes to me, a Christian. I thanked them and returned the expression of goodwill. Emma Teitel rightly takes issue with the politically correct who would downgrade 'Merry Christmas' to 'Happy Holidays'.
While he was mayor, Mel Lastman informed those responsible for city hall decorations that it was a Christmas tree, not a Seasonal Tree as some described it. I trust no one would describe the Menorah now in Nathan Philips Square as a 'seasonal candelabra'.
Diversity means the honouring of differences, their inclusion, not suppression.