Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 1HE IEHTBRIDG6 HEKAID Snlurday, April 1, Ifnice Hutchison Excavators of Trudeau's mind baffled Preserving our heritage At long lnsL iliu provincial govern- ment is emlciH'oiiiij; to iiiLiale a pro- gram to preserve Alberta historical sites In a recent report called the Conservation of Historical and Arcli- eolotfical Resources in Alberta, lab- led in the legislature by ICnvironment Minister Hill Yiirko, many sites in Alberta are listed in immediate dan- ger of destruction unless action is taken Included in Ihe repoil are such southern Albeila landmarks as Writ- ing-On-Slonc, old Fort and Hcads-Sinashed-In buffalo jump. Kro- sion and sonic vandalism have taken a toll ot the first two sites w bile sheer vandalism is destroying the buffalo jump. It has been reported that in (his "jump" location, great mounds of earth have been gouged oul and the arlifacl.s hauled away in a truck lo be sold on Ihe market lor keepsakes. Construction projects have also been responsible for destroying old Indian campgrounds, and other orcheologica) finds, which now can never be replaced. But if commer- cial developments do the major dam- age, individuals run a close second. The report states, "one of the most common types of vandalism occurs when a tourist carves his initials over an anciem pictograph or hunter fires pot shots with his rifle." To date preservation of historical sites has been a hit-and-miss effort originating interested individu- als, local historical associations and a dribble ot financial assistance from provincial and federal governments. A few of (lie more important sites have guards, bill Ihe report stales that even when guards are on duty vandalism is surreptiliously carried The RCMP centenary to he bold in 1973-74 has doubtless encouraged the provincial government to formulate a program to prevent further erosion ot the historic past. It comes loo late to preserve any veslige of re- mains of the original barracks of the police in Foil Maclrod, hut hope- fully an awareness of the value ot such sites will he heightened in all Alberta citizens. In an attempt lo do tills the report recommends all historic and archeol- ogical work be co-ordinated under one provincial government depart- ment while an inlcr-departmcnl com- mittee of ministers will administer the new program. In deciding which of the hundreds of sites lo preserve the report says the government should consider Ihe following: the historic or archeological significance of the find; accessibility; genera! con- dition-, interpretative value; cultural, recreational and educational use. There are, of course, people like lo see "old" things lorn down and destroyed il they are no longer useful. But in spite of this disregard for the past our heritage must bo preserved. It's about 50 years loo late for many sites, but al least a start has been made. grr-at Irish (wint- er and mystic, (ieoi'fiu William Russell, might have lieeii thinking ul Pierre EllioU TnuLcau h e n lie wrote: ''There is no more siihlle plcci- suru under licaven thitn digging below the foundations of in- tellectual, making ourselves iiiuminc lo the poison of his error ami enabling ourselves lo enjoy his truth, of which liu himself was doubtful." Man y Caixlahms, Including this reporter, have trifld lo dig if own lo the foundations of Mi. Taictoau's intellect, surely Ilia deepest and most glorious ever in our politics, but flic excavations have never got far. The error and the truth alike escape the diggers. What, lor instance, arc we lo think ot his latest soliloquy on the jccL of work? Address ing some Quebec voters (without any thought of an election, yon Mr. Trudeaii said: "There is perhaps a different work ethic emerging in ow society. Per- haps there is a growing per- Sore point Before a United Nations survey learn reported one of the potentially rich undersea oil beds in the East China Sea, the only united stand be- tween the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China was that Taiwan is a province of China. Now at least Chairman Mao Tse-tung and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek agree on one other point: the Tiaoyu is- lands belong to Taiwan, and there- fore, China. Japan, which calls the islands the Senkakus, says they are under the jurisdiction of the Ryukyus, and therefore, Japan. Whereas other na- tions refrain from making a stand, the United States unwisely sides with Japan in the dispute. Ever since the Ming Dynasty, China has not been on good terms with Japan; and China fears Japan as much as Japan fears China. In the las? hundred years, Japan humil- iated China a number of times, in- cluding the separation of Korea from Chinese protection, the creation of the short lived Manchukuo in Manchuria, and the occupation ol Taiwan. The most wide spread anti-Jap- anese demonstrations, joined by over- seas Chinese in North America, took place in 1970 and 1971, at Ihe height of the Scnkaku dispute. The lerritor- ial dispute over these islands has be- come a sore point in Kino-Japanese relations, in this case Communist- and Nationalist Chinese Japanese relations. Earlier this month. Peking's rep- resentative to the UN Committee on Ihe Peaceful Uses of Ihe Sea-Bed and [he Ocean Floor Beyond the Limils of National Jurisdiction warned Japan: "Should the Japanese gov- ernment refuse to draw a lesson from the defeat brought by its ag- gression and cling to its obdurate course of wilful expansion, il will definitely come to no good Weekend Meditation Easter Joy and Victory 'T'HF, KASTER JOY touches everyone whether they are believers or not. The meet dogmalic pagan cannot avoid the wind of the spirit that comes from the far reaches of eternity. There Is a spring-song In the and the glowing colors of a rainbow Iri the Death is the ultimate evil of life ond threatens all our strivings with calamity. But here is the message that man, made in Ihe image of God, "made with an infinite is death- less and man made to put all things un- der hii dominion at last mil subdue even death. "The last enemy that shall be de- stroyed is as Paul said. Man Is horn with tha power for becoming, like the rest of creation, unfinished and denlh Is part of (he process toward completeness. So St. Peter gives the Easier Doxology, "Blessed be God who hath begotten vis again to a life of hope by the resurrec- tion of Jesus Christ from 'the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undetilcd and that fndfilh nof, away." With the resurrec- tion of Jesus a new power came into life, a era dawned upon the world so the history of mankind would be split into B.C. and A.D. The resurrection of Jesus was tile ev- ent that broke Ihe back of history. In tha resurrection lies the fundamental Chris- tian conviction that the power of goodness is unconquerable and its ultimate victory certain. Some people maintain that Iho genius of the Christian railh is Ihe exam- ple of Jesus and that Jesus was only a good man. If this v.ere true it mako the Cross the supremo tragedy ot man- kind. Cut quoting Peter again, God raised him lip, "having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of il." This is (he essential of the Christian life, Jesus lives, the great redeemer, carrying Hi.s cleansing, trans- forming, and inspiring truths into every age and renewing the life of the world. Death's conqueror has "brought life and Immortality lo light through the irradiating man's destiny with a trium- phant meaning and eternal purpose. It is said in a gospel account of the rcsiinedion (hat some of Ihc disciples "disbelieved for joy." It wits simply too good lo be true! This world a always try- cent ngc of people, though I'm sure it's still very small, who don't to continue looking U> in the traditional senso in order to fulfill themselves as human At another Hireling he add- ed that unemployment figures are deceptive Ixx'amc some Canadians, rejecting work, pre- fer lo live on unemployment in- surance which is llujir "right.1" People want more leisure or more services and less con- sumer goods. Therefore Can- ada should not RO "overboard" in the dcs'clupmunt of manu- facturing imluslries lest the na- tion's values change. These are profound and here I Leal Ilionglits from any politicians who hopes (o be re- eleelc'l They go against the whole grain of our society has always regarded work as a virtue and ils re- wards, in wealth, as natural, just hnd ordained by Prov- idence itself. We have long worshipped, as Mr. Trudeau once remarked, at the temple of the mighty god reverently named the Gro.-s Nalional Product. Now, in ultimate heresy, I h e prime minisler Uii c si Ions Hi at sacred divinity. Iconoclasm can go nn further. But where is the iconoclast go- intf? Uc is, (o bi'fciti a man of large inherited wealth and Ins crilics will say Ltial he need not worry about making money, us poor men must. This, it, seems to me, i.s a weak sort of criticism, when ob- viuusly Mr. Truclcau cares lit- tle about money too little ahout the public's money when his government, is spending it. AL any rate, no other man in Canada, I imagine, could live more happily on a low income if he had to, as proved in the carefree desert vaudcnngs his youth. He WHS a private person then, responsible only to him- self. Now lie is a public per- son responsible to the Cana- dian pcop'e. They are entitled to know lie means and in- tends, ncL in the speculations of philosophy but in Ihc grimy businc.ss of polities. He means, I take it, that the consumer so- ciety of the Western world is ncai'iuii, it il has not passed, the peak of ils consumption and should be seeking content- ment in something besides goods, Tliis, T believe, is indis- putably right, not merely in philosophical but hi physical terms, since our liny planet, will not much longer endure [he increasing drain on ils raw materials and Ihc pollution of its environment. Nevertheless, Air. Tiudcau, (he politician, confronts a stubborn paradox which might not concern Mr. Trudeau. the philosopher. He says (tint some people don't want lo work, and, in- stead, dedicate their lives lo .s o u l-satisfying idleness which is their undoubled phvileg-j. Is il indeed? And who, in most cases, pays ror thai privilege? No one but the workers, liv- ery dollar spent by the govern- ment on welfare or anything else i.s provided in the cud by the workers and if they stopped ing to drag us clown, always cynical and despairing. The challenge at Easter is Lo believe the to see the light through the clouds of doubt and sin and [o walk steadily along the path illumined by I ho Easter radiance. If we can do this the Easter faith will redeem life from every- thing tawdry and ignoble and provide an astonishing resource for magnificent living in this present world. Also you will be given the confidence that man is not an earth-bound creature, mere products of time to be destroyed by lime, hut poten- tially the Sons of God created to share the eternal liJe of God. At the bottom of their hearts many peo- ple loday have n sense of dumb despair and feel Lhat the evil of this world is un- conquerable. But Easier puts a song in the heart which has sustained ihe courage oE countless thousands all kinds oE des- perate situations as they cried in confi- dent hope, "We see not yet all things put under Him, but we FCC .Jesus crowned with glory and honor." The great Russian phi- losopher, Berdyaev, on the des- tiny of man, said that the primary de- mand for every human heing is "to act so as lo conquer death and affirm every- v-here eternal and immortal life. TL i.s base to forget the death of a single living being and to be reconciled to it. The death of the least and most miserahla creature is unendurable. All and every- thing must be raised to eternal life. Man must always and in everything he a giver of life. Love for all that lives, for every creature, rising above the love for abstract iclensr means struggle against dealh in the name of eternal life." But the resurrec- tion of (he body i.s a grander idea than mere immortality. It means the persever- ance and dynamic existence of all th.it constitutes a personality. As JCMIS said to His disciples the night before His OUTI death. "I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice." This is the Easier joy. PRAYKR: Oh eternal Glory, raise our spirits that may know that failure is not our destiny, death not our conqueror, and sorrow not our doom. Grant that we may hoid upon the powcr of the resurrection and rise In the irresistible splendor of the Ea.ster .sunrise. F. 6, M, -r That IS the No. 1 bus! Heavens to Betsyl working government and so- ciety would collapse. The phi- losophers (including Mr. Tvu- deau) would starve. To he Mire, society ia bound to support those who for various reasons, cannot work but is it bimnd lo .support thiwc who simply rion'l like work and decide lo live on the work of their fcllovi.s? How ethical, in short, is the new non- work eliiic? Again, if a man works hart] in his adive lifetime and saves his money, through a pension fluid or olherwise, he has de- manded goods from so- ciety in this period lhan he could have demanded. Then surely he has the right, In his retirement, lo use his post- poned tlpvmmtl which he has richly earned. Does Mr. Trudrau agree? 01 course he imi.st but his govern- ment does not except in abstract principle anil pious protestation. In actual policy, like all governments, it de- frauds the thrifty worker and .steals hi.s .savings through an ancient device known as infla- tion, This process, according to Hie recent official brief of the Canadian Congress of Labor, doesn't matter in Ihe least, so long as prices rise in Canada no faster lhan in oilier coiuv Irics, where Canadian goods are sold eempi'iitivery a new economic rcveblion to be read by the retired worker wilh in- terest, perhaps with fury. Such unsolved problems are difficult for the politician how- ever easy they may be for philo.sopher. But a alill more in- teresting pmblnm remains (he problem of the wealthy non- worker, AKcr n life ol accu- mulation lie seeks contentmenl in idleness and finds that he hcis to toil for il, often harder lhan the worker. is mnro pathetic than the rich man Irving to amuse himself by doing nothing? What exhausts any normal man so much as enforced indolence? Vfhat fate is worse lhan Irived dormancy? What price luxurious torpor and exquisilo boredom? Few niei) master Ihe high art of .successful loafing and Mr. Trudeau is not one ol I hem. He may endorse the non- work elhic for others but ha constantly overworks himself, as you can sea from Lhe deejv cnng lines of his face on televi- sion. The politician, alas, i3 submerging the philosopher. (Herald Special Service) Paul Jackson Cote optimistic about heading off another strike rVTTAWA Canada's leller carriers and postal clerks are now working without the benefit of a collective bar- gaining agreement. The con- tract signed in October, 1970, after a wave of walk-ouls across the country, expired March 27. Does this mean Uiat Canada Is in for another ]ong hot sum- mer of strikes, walk-outs and slow-downs in its mail system? No one is saying. But if talks between the postal workers and the government do break down, if won't be anything unusual. Mail deliveries were jarred to a halt in the summer of 1S63. Rotating strikes made mail de- liveries haphazard in the sum- mer of 1970. In both inslanccs, Vhc tough militant action of the Council of Postal Unions brought Letters to the editor cant victories for ils members. The Council, made up of tha Letter Carriers Union of Can- ada and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, stood hrmiy apainst the government and by doing so won substantial fddi-- tional concessions. More thai] poslal clerks and in excess of letter carriers are now waiting to see what Ibeir union leaders can bring them home from this round of While many of them have probably had their fill of strike action for years to come, there's no doubt that (Jieir loyalty to their union executives is strong. That means Ihey won't accept a new contract unless the executives recommend them to do so. Considering Lhe militancy of the p o s t a workers, you'd ex- pect that Ihc government might show a bit of concern now that Need dedicated men Every day we see prices rise, factories becoming auto- mnted, mortgage rates increas- ing, corporations ami big busi- ness dismissing steady siaff, and replacing them 'i-itli parl- time help, and in most in- stances reducing tbeir slaff, thus enabling Ihcm lo eliminate pension plan.s and otber benefits formerly in- cluded in tbeir pay schedules. Is it any wonder unemployment is at an all time hjgh? Progress is Monderfn? huf only if it is made to work lor the benefit of all humanity in- stead of being used to incrcaso corporate profits and the elim- ination of jobs for Ihc workers. have to realize that hu- man beings are our most im- portant asset if democracy is to survive. There is certainly smmclhing seriously v." r o n u when tliis vast country so rich in natural resources cannol support some 20 to 30 million people. If we allow the present trend to continue we will wake up one fine day and find we have become mere puppels serving the government and big busi- ness, depending on Ibeir gen- erosity for a handout. Surely this i.s not what TO Wljaf we need ai'e dedicated men wilh humanity in their hearts to lead us. must all tcke slock of ourselves spiritually and morally and then go forward together arjd strive for a belter country and a world dedicated "lo peace on Earth. Good Will Toward Men." We m u s stand up and be counted and let our convictions be knoMn. Mart uov, J. G. SHOHTT. Lethbridge. Crazy I would like to give my opin- ion about old age pensioners taking boarders from the pri- sons. U is the idea 1 have ever heard of. Why dce.sn'1 the person who said it sfart himself on Ihe job? II the Canadian prisons feed the inmates like your paper said, then Ihey are a lot belter off than old age We cannot, get that kind of fowl. I don I Ihink all Inn old Wits could take the cxlra work as lots arc not well in the first place, and may be belter off in prisons where food is concern- ed. I think it is just crazy and I think loLs of folks will say so too, R. J. LUNDT Stirling, UHJ current contract has ex- pired with no sign of a settle- ment. In fact, government offi- cials say that after almost two months of bargaining hardly a word bas yet lo be uttered about wage demands. Wage rales was one area where the unions made major inroads in Lhe last two contracts. Currently, Ihe maximum pay for a letter earner is S7.3M for a f i v e-day week, Monday lo Postal cbrhs can earu a maximum of for a five- day week spread from Monday to Saturday. Both groups work 40 hours. The government, which i.s keeping tight-lipped about Iho state of negotiations, has ad- mitted Ibat it. lias offered to discuss a wage boost for the workers. The union has apparently decided it doesn't want lo discuss that "basic" offer until other matters, such ;is employer empfoyee rela- tions, have been discussed at some length. Since the first meeting was held in early Feb rimry, post office and treasury board officials have met with the union 13 (imcs. A number of MPs arc rd- rcady becoming concerned about what Ihe future holds, Memonos of past disruptions and hnrd bargaining at UK ne- gotiating lablc arc slill fresh. Postmaster CJ o n e r a 1 Jean- Pierre Cole wilt only say that ho is "salisficd" al the progress being mr.de in Ihe lalks and he is "optimistic" evenl.s of the pas', can be avoided this year. You'd expect that most men In .Mr. Cole's shoes would bo inclined lo tremble when hand- ed Ihe po.st office portfolio. IS'ot so Ihc 46-year-olrt former denial technician from Quclter. This is tlie .second lime Mr. Cole has held the post office he tad a spell as min- ister of natior.nl revenue and it is a job he he tackles and enjfns with relish. That's quilp. a Maleriie.nl tr> [n lie par4 few yea: s poM office hns been haunt- ed by labor troubles. It has run up a deficit from mail handling oper.ilions of well over half a billion dollars in the pasl dec- ade. It has given the public some rather heady price boosts for its criticism of post office service has been strong, AU (his doesn't appeal- to worry Hie Lougueuil MP. Even when some Opposition JIPs suggested irj the House of Commons that a S70 million contract given to ITT Canada for mechanized letter sorting equipment might have involved possible conflicl of interest, Mr. Cole r e m a i n ed supremely calm. Not so, he said, as ha read out a highly-involved ex- planation iii NIC Commonsa couple of nays l-.ilcr. Mr. Cc-le is anything but pes- simistic p.bout Ihe problems in running such a complex and sprawling organization as ttio post, office. He jokes about past problems, he accepls that tire post office has deserved a share of Ihe criticism that has been heaped on it in the past, but he atso points out that land able achievements have been made. In a counlry where 85 per cent of the mail is generated in just cities and where 44 per cent of that 85 cent comes from just two eilies, Montreal and Toronto, Mr. Cote says Itio succeis of programs such tlic 'assured next day delivery' system i.s evidence that ttw post office can provide on in- better service in n more demanding and complex Implementation of (he new alphnlKit number postal cJnda and highly sophisticated sort- ing equipment will make life easier for everyone, says Mr. Coie. including (lie customer and the post office worker, Wfcal.'s mere Ihe big espendi. lures oi the past few years could shrink to the break-even point and even lo bringing in a surplus. Bui despite Mr. Cole's talk o! optimism, until n new collec- tive bargaining agreement is ironed there's hound to iif. a bit of tension .-.round his of- fice. And, who knows, perhaps his rypliini.-m for the lalks migln he well -founded and for once, a contract obtained with' out strikes, slowcfrn'.-ns or bit' terncss. tb.U would really he1 an achievement. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Looking backward Through The Herald 1022 Miners Ihrcugh o u t Dislrict No. IB, UMW of A. aru on strike today. In Ihe LcLh. bridge field Ihc Gall, fv'orlh Am- erican and Chinook arc ?.ll idle. At the local airport Ihe staff of Canadian Airways Limited, are engaged in wind- ing up the company's business here and shipping all equipment to Calgary. 1312 Easter and lilies have been synonymous for imtr.y years but along with many war- lime changes (here will be few lilies if any in Canada to mark the feslivc occasion this yenr as the larpe major portion of lily bulbs were f.jimerly im- prnled from Pride- in Ihc history o( lier colorful pnFl hns cmiscd'llie rity ,-inr] C'lambr.r of Cornmerrr In l.'jylly reslore Maclc.vl'i name lo Hint Ih.ose r.dvnnlureiK ycnrs when from 1074 lo KM it wns knonn as Korl Madeoc! inn: PDHI of r.innda has already appropriated funds for engineering work on lha mulli million dnilar ''heavy walcr" plant for v.liich south- western AMwrla hns abundant resiuirci.s nf mil] and hydrugcn sulphide. The letlibridge Herald Ml 7th St. S., IxsthhritlKc, Alberta LETrfBRIDC.E HERALD LTD., Proprietors nnd Publishers Published 1005 195-1, by Hon. W. A. 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