Saturday, September 17, 2011

I'm posting this letter

To assure myself that I'm not the only one on the planet who feels this way. I don't know this woman, but it's like she's almost sharing my brain. I disagree with her contention that there's no one else worth watching (I get a huge kick out of Levant and Lilley), but I agree that Theo is sorely missed. So smart, so funny, so cuuuuute.

Call me an old fuddy-duddy, but maybe part of the problem (besides the inability to spell) is that SUN is hiring executives named "Kory"? 

Subject: Letter to Kory Teneycke

Dear Mr. Teneycke,
I tuned in to Sun News  last night - a rarity these days - and thought once again how much I miss The Caldwell Account with Theo Caldwell.
I wasn’t a much of a news watcher before Sun News, and Theo made me a faithful viewer. Because of his presentation, I was willing and even interested to see a couple of the other prime time shows as well, to hear the slightly different takes on the news stories of the day. 
Without Theo, I’m sorry, but the other news personalities seem either boring or brash. In contrast, Theo’s presentation was fast paced, thoughtful, erudite, and rich in content. Theo is himself bright, quick, funny, thoroughly knowledgeable in matters of finance, and has  an astounding grasp on politics and policy both in Canada and the United States. His comments were always well considered and well mannered, and his range of expression - from quietly thoughtful to tongue-in-cheek repartee to controlled indignation - was authentic, appropriate, and appreciated. All these qualities made him a “must watch”, whichever side of the interview he was on.
While I was most impacted by the “inner man” of Theo Caldwell, one couldn’t help but observe he was also, refreshingly, well turned out in terms of his dress in a style that suited him. A rather stark contrast to the other male on-air personalities, especially recent additions.
Theo Caldwell conducted himself with grace and honour at Sun News, and I am still stunned - and frankly appalled - that Sun News “parted ways” with him, to use Serge Sasseville’s euphemism.
On June 17th, just 10 days before he was so crudely dismissed from Sun News, Theo shared his pre-Father’s Day thoughts, entitled “Be a Man”. He ended, movingly,  with the last stanza from Kipling’s poem “If”. 
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings -  nor lose the  common touch
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty second’s worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And - which is more - you’ll be a Man, my son!
It seems to me that Theo Caldwell both embodies and is growing in these and other qualities described so eloquently in Mr. Kipling’s poem. Are you aware that Theo recently interviewed Governor Rick Perry? You can read about it at  He writes so that we the common man or woman can understand the issues, yet clearly moves comfortably in the places of power and prestige.
Theo’s is the voice I wish to turn to to begin to reflect on the issues of the day. During the debt ceiling crisis in the US, his voice was badly needed at Sun News - talk about “keeping  your head when all about you are losing theirs.....”! There is no one at Sun who can understand and interpret the significance of financial events as he can. How silly is it that I had to tune in to Irish broadcaster RTÉ to hear our own Toronto-based expert talk about those issues? 
Theo’s viewers continue to wish him reinstated at Sun News. I know many have written to Sun News’ executives, and a petition on his  - and therefore our - behalf continues to acquire new signatories even though it is now 11 weeks since The Caldwell Account closed. Please, sir, review the petition at Most of the thoughts shared there are as thoughtful and polite as Mr. Caldwell, and they and we are deserving of Sun’s consideration. 
Mr. Teneycke, you’ve worked in politics and areas of influence. You know that a range of voices and presentations are needed to move hearts and minds to consider new approaches to problems that face our society. The Caldwell Account was sufficiently different and innovative to have the potential to grow a large audience, and through informed debate and thoughtful reflection, develop that audience to positive effect in our country.
You have made many contributions to the public good over the course of your career, and contributed greatly to the existence of Sun News. It is a matter of public record that you and Sun News “parted ways” for nearly 4 months, then returned to serve once again. You are proof positive that one can leave Sun News and return, and I ask for the same for Theo Caldwell. He has much, much more to contribute to Sun, to his viewers and to Canada!
I eagerly await your response, and the reinstatement of The Caldwell Account!

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