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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Tueidoy, April 4, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 I Eva Breivslcr Appall T was such a beautiful niorn- big, Uic kind of early spring day when you wake up lo an un- clouded, blue sXy, the sun has long since melted thu lust of llic snow; catkins glisten like .small, furry animals on the still, bare branches of willow tvccs. You know, (lie kind of day on which your heart as loudly as His birds and you feel you could Ily? Why didn't I fly or, at least, take a walk through the fields? Instead, there were groceries to be got, somebody wanted things from the drug store and letters bad to be jwsted. Antl so. reluc- tantly, I got into the car to drive the twelve miles into town and that was the end of a perfect day that had hardly Ire- gun. A sudden movement on the Bide of the road made me stop my car. An animal, the size of a dog, vanished across the de- serted railway linos but it had left a little reddish bundle of fur behind. The small fox was bleeding where a car, ahead of me. must have hit it. I lifted her gontly but the little vixen was ing ac< of reverence tor ife f dead and so T carried her off the road to bury her on the ivay home. When Tgot bark to that spot, sho was gone and, looking round, I saw the other lox. lie was dragging his dead inato across the still empty railway tracks. The mating season over, she should have born him cubs within the next Tew weeks and that would have been the be- ginning of a long, glorious sum- mer, for foxes are devoted par- ents and males who will hunt for and play with their young and will lay down their lives to project their families. In spite oi the old myth that foxes eat nothing hut poultry, the world is a poorer place for not seeing those cubs play in the sunshine like kittens in five or six weeks lime. There will be a lot of mice, other rodents and in- sect1; making a nuisance of themselves which that fox fam- ily would have lived on and dis- posed of this summer. As il is, a family was wiped out and a lonely little creature shivers be- side its dead mate somewhere behind the railway. On that practically empty highway, I lost count of the mangled, broken little bodies that littered the road like .so many milestones, sonic stretch- ed out as if crucified on an in- visible cross and others curled up in permanent sleep that bad overtaken them in thi.s unlikely spot. I si cored the car around gophers and rabbi Is, birds and skunk, porcupine and probably the, a coyote lying there, in the middle of the road, like a dozing German sheep dog. All these animals had started off that morning, as gU.d as I was, to be alive. I thought oE the energy they expended all through the last fall to dig and fortify their underground homes, collect stores and teach their young the art of sur- vival through a long, cold winter. And what about tho spccic-s that don't hiber- nate? Can we, who shiver pok- ing our noses out of our cen- trally heated houses, still ima- gine what it is like lo scrape for food and shelter in the icy, snow-covered woods and prai- ries, to go hungry and cold for weeks on end. longing instinc- tively for the first rays of warm sunshine? I remembered the birds that brave our northern winter, fluffing up their feath- ers to retain a minimum of warmth, battered by high winds and blizzards till they dropped to the ground exhaust- ed. All that suffering just to bn killed in this carnage of human progress and superiority. These deaths on the road were accidents, however, and many of them could hardly have been avoided without risk- ing human lives since it seems essential we use cars where; a lew decades ago, we could have ridden horses or walked. Yet, these accidents are not the only manifestations of people enjoy- ing spring. It i? hard to ima- gine humans killing on a day like this hut I remembered an- other spring, (wo years aso. Then I was walking along Ihe side of a country road on the outskiKs of Edmonton with my dog, a quiet mongrel, we had loved enough lo fly alf the way from Scotland lo Canada. Hie dog was standing on the DRIVERS THE A PUBLIC SERVICE REMINDER FROM ALBERTA MOTOR ASSOCIATION Compulsory automobile insurance went into effect in Alberta April 1st all vehicles must be insured for "THIRD PARTY LIABILITY" and "ACCIDENT BENEFITS" WHAT IS THIRD PARTY LIABILITY? This is insurance coverage ior bodily injury, death or property damage to other individuals if you are held legally [iable for the accident. The minimum compulsory limit set by the Government is inclusive, most drivers prefer a higher limit which is available on an optional basis. Third party does not cover damage lo your own vehicle or injuries to the driver and his family while riding in the car. WHAT ABOUT ACCIDENT BENEFITS? Thfs insurance covers death and total disability for all occupants of an insured vehicle including the driver and his family, suslalned in an automobile accident as well as pedestrians who may be struck by lhat vehicle, regardless of who is deemed 1o be ot fault. This is where the "no fault" concept comes into Accident Benefits provide up to coverage in flie event of death and up to per week for Iwo years in the evenl of total disability. These benefits ore paid by your own insurance company, IS NO FAULT INSURANCE REALLY NEW? Not really. In fact, motorists carrying collision coverage on their own vehicle have always had a form of no Fault insurance. If ihe insured vehicle was damaged in a collision or upset lype accident, the mclorist could claim under his collision coverage whether or not he was at fault in the accident. If it was determined that he was not at fault, he could recover his deductible from the other party or have his car repaired by that party or Hs Insurer. WHAT ABOUT THE GREEN CARD? The green card, which hod previously been available in lieu of insurance, ceased to exist April Isl, 1972. WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR NO INSURANCE? The legislation provides for Atiff fines or imprisonment for persons convicted of driving uninsured vehicles. Penalties are as fine maximum fine or up to rvnely days imprisonment. or subsequent fine fine or up to ninety days imprisonment and suspension of license and motor vehicle registration as well as la file proof of financial re- sponsibility. WHAT IS COLLISION INSURANCE? Collision coverage provides for repair of your own vehicle if ihe vehicle is damaged in a collision or upset Pype accident regardless of fault. This insurance also covers damage to your car caused by a hit and run vehicle an-d while legally parked, WHAT IS COMPREHENSIVE INSURANCE? Comprehensive insurance covers damage lo your own vehicle caused by perils other lhan collision or up- jel, such as fire, theff, vandalism, glass windsform, etc. WHAT IS AIL PERILS INSURANCE? This rerm refers to coverage combining collision and comprehensive into one all inclusive insurance pro- viding protection to your own vehicle from all the mentioned above wiih only one deductible, HOW ABOUT SPECIFIED PERILS INSURANCE? As the term indicates this insurance protects your vehicle against damage from specific perils named in the policy, such as fire, theff, hail, windstorm, floods, etc. but does not include vandalism or glass breakage, WHAT IS DEDUCTIBLE? This is the amount you must pay fn making a claim under your collision, comprehensive, all perils or ipecifiecj perils insurance. In other words, it is the un insured portion of the coverage you hove chosen. All four forms of physical damage insurance are available with different amounts of de- ductible, deductible, deductible, etc., etc. The use of deductibles permits a considerable reduction in the premiums as the insured shares in the loss. As a genera! rule the higher the deductible the lesser the premium. For full details on automobile insurance Contact the Alberta Motor Association Offices: Grande Haf River s own grassy verge of the road, a icv? yards ahead of mo, .sniffing a clump of earth, when a fast, sports car appear r-d, appar- ently from nowhere, in a cloud of dust. It swen'ed, hit the dog and narrowly missed me. A youngster leaned out, and made a Chur chilli an vic- tory sign, to take off, tires screeching, just as suddenly as he had come. I was Loo stunned to what had happened. My dog was dead ar.d I leaned later thai some teenagers in Edmonton, even' spring, made a spoil of knocking dogs svilh their cars, colle, and marking their numbers like tro- phies. But cities do seem to breed some warpod minds. Country children wouldn't be so cruel, I was convinced, My illusions were shattered last year when the first young- sters appeared sporting guns to shoot at anything and every- thing that moved. Within a few day.s, four dogs were shot in my neighborhood for no reason oJt- er than that they were alivo. One died and the others suffer- ed agonies of broken bones and bullets that had to be removed from flesh and lungs. Not one of these animals had ever harmed anybody and two were no more than oversized pup- pies. And then, a tearful liLtte girl appeared at my door. "Is Doc at She carried a bird with broken mugs and Icps. "The kids at the end of the road are throwing nestlings into the air." she sobbed. "Stop them. Please stop them.'1 1 ran to where she bad pointed and, right enough, there were chil- dren, ten to twelve years old, throwing young birds iike feath- ered balls and letting them crash to the ground, lifting them and throwing them up again. "We are teaching them to Ihev said defensively, trying to hide the broken little bodies behind thpir backs. 'Doc' fried to save and heal what hs could and to teach the children some love and respect for life. He told them about ani- mals, their lives, pain and suf- fering. They did seem to listen. Did it work? I would like to think so. Nothing has yet been hurt in our quiet little village this year. Bui. a few minutes ago the lelphone rang. "Is Doc This was the mother of a small child in our nearest town. "Our dog has just been shot. He managed to drag him- self home hut now tie can't move, I can't move him either, he is too big. What clo I do? He is such a gentle animal and has never offended anyone. My child can do anything with him and he loves kids. Please, can Doc remove the "Kids." commented a farm- er, "if it was just kids going armmd shooting there might be some hope we could teach them. Lei me tell you some- thing: Licence to murder is handed out year after year. I feed deer and pheasants with more bushels of grain than I can afford and they are so tame, they'll wail on my front lawn, Theii weekend hunters come dawn from Ihe city and other places and shoot at any- Hung with four legs. They don't care whether it's male or fe- male, tame or wild. Some years I pa round and find as many as 30 or -50 little fawns search- ing for their (lead mothers and 1 oo1 .ing for I hand-rear these orphans and then heroes come back and shoot young fawns just to leave them, lying in (heir blood. Why? Be- cause they are alive T suppose. If I had my way, there'd be no hunting licences issued here in the south, at least for a few years until the depleted, butch- ered wild life renews itself and leave it to farmers and conser- vpvonists (o look after i'." Yes, it WES a beautiful day, Spring and sunshine renew hope and it is such a joy to all creature.s, ami small, play nround us again. Please let them live and don't hand guns to children and licences for murder to fools. 'Crazy Capers' The pipeline and the highway Tlir f.reat Falls Tribune K N Intor ior Secretary M orUm tie t-ides soon whether to grant oil com- panies a permit to build a 789-mile pipeline across Alaska, an indirect effect undoubt- edly will be to refociis attention on tho Alaska highway. Great Falls, departure point of ihe route, has an inter- est in that, no matter way tho de- cision goes. Since a congressional subcommittee came through in the summer of 1969, hold- ing hearings in Butte. (treat Falls aiid Fair- hanks, little has been said about the pro- posal to complete paving of the highway. The light federal budget, due to heavy niands for carrying on the Vietnam gets the blame for this. Meanwhile, regular scheduled freight service continues between Great Falls and Anchorage, as it has for 17 years, and summer. The route is paved from hero to Fort ,St. John in north-east British Co- lumbia, and beyond the Alaska state line, but l.lQu miles in Ihe middle still have a gravel surface which is very dusty in .sum- mer. One of the worst features of the road is the zig-zag, incorporated in (lie design to protect convoys from strafing in event of air attack during Second World War, when Ihe road was opened up. Some of these crooks have been straightened, but many remain. Advocates of Te r-ivelcd sec- tion contend proper cupiice'in.- would eli- minate the likelihood of cracking and heav- ing due to alternate and thawing, After 23 years of use, the roadbed certainly is packed down enough to make a good base for paving- The Canariicirs are cre- dited with doim: ;i pood job nf maintaining the gravel surface. If Secretary Morton should decide not to permit a pipeline to be built across Alaska to Valdez. where the oil would be loaded rin tanker? for delivery clown of the C.S, or to .Japan, the projn1 a I nl- tcrnate route through Carifiua by v.ay of the Mackenzie Valley would receive a big boost This would give the Alaska highway added importance. Great and Mon- tana have a considerable sUko in the de- cision. Ruthless capitalists The Wall Street Journal "I felt the picture made a useful com- "mentary on thinking ill (his country. 1 mean, if Cosa Nostra had been black or .socialist. Corlconc would have been dead or in jail. But because the Ma- fia patterned itself so closely on the cor- poration, and dealt in a hard-nosed way money, and with politics, it prospered. The is so AMERICAN.'' So speaks actor-philosopher Marlon Bran- do. In case you spent the last couple of weeks on a desert island, it's all part oE the publicity build-up for the new motion picture, "The Godfather" (budget, mil- The movie, of course stars Mr. Brando (salary, reported from lo plus a The picture is a product of Paramount Pictures, a sub- sidiary of the conglomerate. Gulf and West- ern industries, Inc. (most recent iiscat year sales and revenues, net income, or per share "As reported, incl. com. sh. equivalents; (1970, S2.2G) before extraord. Moody's Industrial Manual Botli the publicity build-up and Mr. Brando's philosophizing have been swallow- ed whole by Life (published by Time, Inc., revenues, net income 000 or S3.2G per share! and by Newsweek (published by Washington Post Co.. reve- nues net income or a share excluding special "I'm out hawking my tomatoes Mr. Brando told [.ife, which re- vealed, "He owns an archipelago of unin- habited islands near Tahiti where he spends as much time as he possibly can, camping out with the children in a SMJSS Family Robinson iddyll idyll.'1 All of which moved Life's writer to gush. "What is un- Mial about Brando's brain is thnl frontal lobe and lower brain arr not linked by the poor, shriveled, meandering goal path with which of us must make do when we wisli to visit our subconscious or communo with long-buried emotions. Brando's goat path is an eight-lane highway." Newsweek reports that the killing of one character, "in a fusillade of machine-gun fire at a highway toll is a savage piece of footage as a number of par- roLinps, beatings and slabbings that popu- late this saga." It adds, "Brando took into 'The Godfather' the political and social activism that has grown through all the years his acting career sputtered and flick- ered. 'I think the tactics the Don used aren't much different from those General Motors used against Ralph he says.1' Hmmtnm. Somehow wo think there's R distinction worth drawing between ma- chine-gunning or garrotiiig someone hiring a private eye to trail him, inciden- tally making him a national figure. Or between the Cosa Nostra and, say, Guli and Western, Or between the Mafia find AMERICA! In fact, we think such m'ctinc- tions ought to be obvious (whatever tha condition of connections between frontal lobe and lower brain) to any actor, news- magazine writer, tomato-hawker or motion picture flack. But then, we guess there are at least some ruthless capitalists who will do or anyway say almost anything in pursuit of a buck. JIM F SHBOURNE Blind corners A couple of weeks ago a coroner's jury enquiring into a traffic fatality near the touii of found lhat a major contributing cause of the ncrirtcnl was vi- sion-obscuring shrubbery at the inlercsco tion where it occurred. This reminded me that -a few months ago tlierc was some local concern on a .similar score, and even some talk of a city bylaw aimed at the removal of (rocs, hedges, slinihhery. or anything else UmL might obstruct the view of motorjsl.s approaching intersections hi residential districts. As it happens, my house is in tho middle of the block. FO I wouldn't be affected by any such bylaw. I to live on a corner lot, Ihmigli. and remember all ton clearly what a hell of a job it is to persuade kids and others that 3 corner lot isn't a short-cut. So I can sympathize with a neigh- bor who has sweat blood getting shrubbery lo grow across a corner of his front yard, and who at. least has something to deter the heedless from tramping across and min- ing his Sawn, But all the sympathy in the doesn't aller the fact that a lot of intersections in this city are simply blind made so by trees and shrubs that interfere the motorist's view. They arc driving ha- no matter hrnv attractive or useful they may be. In summer, people drive along some very inviting streets in n scries of swoops or scallops, accelerating to the middle of the block, slowing doun again for every intersection, li's a nuisance, but it's more than that; it's something ono might r.ot always remember if in a which may have been what happened at Warburg. So while loathe to r.cse hedges, trees and other hnnl-v.on adorn- ments be chopped! down, I cannot think of any to justify what is clearly a driving hazard- Perhaps, in view of the1 obvious and reasonable purpose for whiili these generally ornamental screens uero plant- ed, an attractive posl-anrt-chain arrange- ment of some kind could be designed and substituted. As a taxpayer. I'd willingly lisfen if something like that were proposed, even if a couple of hundred of them wero needed. What is it? F.y Ric Sivihart or uo? It probably ba my last opportunity. rPHE roads arc bare. Snow obliterates (he environment v.illi a white Iran Peaceful music pen1 fides tho warm pane-lily of tlxj ear and loosens the thought.'; of iediimn, conflict, deadline1 time and an occasional on tho hack sols out for work in the early morning. The sun is just breaking the horizon. Houtino swish, svuili of cars wending their way to points unknown arc proof posi- tive of a living civilization a.s farm enti- ties arc. only beginning In sUr. Over a hill, it's coming, eloror and closer. Can it be an elk, n miwo? The adornment of majestic is a spine tinkler, as any unknown is. It's on the road, com- ing ever closer. It has four B'.it, tJiere arc many happy people, smi'ir.c and It passes. Another yet. Fear a more ?.t- I en! Jvc RlaJice at tho adornment. bu-.a sticks at v'-ininin. an til es, in varying quan- tity. Always the happy of the pas- sengers, on their wnv tn tho ;