Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
TiiBidoy, April 4, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 Eva Breivsle.r Appall TT was such a beautiful mom- ing, the kind of early spring day when you wake up to an un- clouded, blue. sXy; the sun has long since welted lliu last of the snow; catkins glisten like small, furry animals on the still, bare branches of willow tvccs. You know, (he kind of day on which your heart AS loudly as lhi> birds ami you feel you could fly? Why didn't I fly or, at least, take a walk through the fields? Instead, there wore groceries to be got, somebody wanted things from the drug store and letters had to be jwsLed. And so, reluc- tantly, I got into the car to drive twelve miles into town and that was the end of a perfect day that had hardly ing ac< of reverence for if A sudden movement on the Bide of the road made me slop my car. An animal, the size of a dog, vanished across thi <1r- serted railway lines but it had Iclt a liitle 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 (lend ami so I rarrird her off (lie road lo bury licr on the way home. When I bark to Mini spot, she was gone and, looking round, I the other lox. Ho was dragfihig ms dead inn to across the still empty railway tracks. The mating season over, .six: should have born him nibs wJtliin Die next Jew and (tint would have been the be- ginning of n long, glorious suni- for foxes arc devoted par- ents and mates who will hunt for and play with their young and will lay down their lives to prelect their families. In spite 01" the old my Hi that foxes cat nothing hut poultry, the world is a poorer place for not seeing those nibs play in the sunshine like kittens in five or six weeks lime. There will be a lot of mice, other rodents and in- sects making a nuisance of themselves which that fox fam- ily would have lived on and dis- of tills summer. As it is, a family was wiped out and a lonely little creature shivers be- side its dead mate somewhere behind Iho railway. On that practically empty highway, 1 lost count of the mangled, broken liillc bodies IhaL liUc'rcd the road like .su many milestones, some stretch- ed out as if crucified on an in- visible cross and others curled up in permanent sleep that had overtaken them in llii.s unlikely spol. I ,s I cored the car around gophers and rabbits, bixls and skunk, porcupine and probably the largest, a coyote lying (here, in the middle of the road, like a dozing German sheep dog. All these animals had sUirted off thai morning, as gli.d as I was, to be alive. I thought oE Ihe energy they expended all through tile last "fall to dig and fortify (heir underground homes, collect stores and leach their young the art of sur- vival through a long, cold winter. And what about the species that, don't hiber- nate? Can we, who shiver pok- ing our noses out of our cen- trally healed houses, still ima- gine what it is like lo scrape for food and shelter in Ihe icy, snow-covered woods and prai- ries, lo go hungry and cold (or weeks on end. longing lively for Hie first rays of warm sunshine? I remembered I he birds that hrave our norlhcrn winter, fluffing up their feath- ers to retain a minimum of v. armth, battered by high winds and blizzards lill they dropped to the ground exhaust- ed. All thai suffering just lo he killed in tins carnage of human progress and superiority. These deaths on the road were accidents, however, and many of I hem could hardly have been avoided without risk- Ing human lives since it teems essential we ii5c cars whero; a few 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 oil a day like this but I remembered an- other spring, (wo years aeo. Then I was walking along Ihe side of a country road on Ihe outskirts of Edmonton with my dug, a quiet mongrel, we hr.rl loved enough lo fly alf t h e way from Scotland to Canada. The tlog was standing on UK ATTENTION ALL MBIRTA DRIVERS A PUBLIC SERVICE REMINDER FROM THE ALBERTA MOTOR ASSOCIATION Compulsory automobile insurance went into effect in Alberta April 1st all vehicles must be insured for "THIRD PARTY LIABILITY" "ACCIDENT BENEFITS" WHAT IS THIRD PARTY LIABILITY? WHAT ABOUT ACCIDENT BENEFITS? This insurance covers death and lotal disability for all occupants of an iniured vehicle including ihe driver and his family, sustained in an automobile accident well pedestrians who may be struck by lhat vehicle, regardless of who is deemed 1o be at fault. This is where the "no faull" concept comes inlo Accident Benefits provide up to coverage in lie event of death and up to per week for two years in the event of lotal disability. These benefits ore paid by your own insurance company. IS NO FAULT INSURANCE REALLY NEW? Nol really. In foci, motorists carrying collision coverage on iheir own vehicle have always had a form of no Fault insurance. If llie insured vehicle was damaged in n collision or upsel lype accident, the mclorist could claim under his collision coverage whether or nol he was al faull in ihe accident. If it was deJermined thai he was nol at faull, he could recover his deduclible from the other party or have his car iepaired by thai parly or Hi Insurer. WHAT ABOUT THE GREEN CARD? The green card, which had previously been available in lieu of insurance, ceased fo exht April Is I, 1972. WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR NO INSURANCE? The legislation provides for Viff fines or imprisonment for persons convicted of driving uninsured vehicles. Penalties are as first fine maximum fine or up to rvnely days imprisonment, or subsequent fine fine or up to ninely days imprisonment and suspension of license and motor vehicle registration as as requiremenl lo file proof of financial re- sponsibility. WHAT IS COLLISION INSURANCE? Collision coverage provides for repair of your own vehicle if llie vehicle is damaged in a collision or upset lype accident regardless of fault. This insurance also covers damage to your car caused by a hit and run vehicle an-a" while fegally parked. WHAT IS COMPREHENSIVE INSURANCE? Comprehensive insurance covers damage lo your own vehicle caused by perils olher lhan collision or up- such as firn, theft, vandalism, glass windstorm, clc. WHAT IS AIL PERILS INSURANCE? This term refers lo coverage combining collision and comprehensive into one all inclusive insurance pro- viding proteclion lo your own vehicle from all the mentioned above with only one deductible. HOW ABOUT SPECIFIED PERILS INSURANCE? As the lerm indicates this insurance protects your vehicle againsl damage from specific perils named in the policy, such as fire, theft, hail, wmdsrorm, floods, elc. bul does not include vandalism or glass breakage, WHAT IS DEDUCTIBLE? This is tbfi amount which you must pay in making a claim under your collision, comprehensive, all perils or ipecified1 perils insurance. In other is the uninsured portion of the coverage you hove chosen. All four forms of physical domogo insurance are available wilh different amounts of de- duclible, deductible, deduclible, etc., etc. The use of deduclibles permits a considerable reduclion in the premiums as the insured shares in the loss. As a general rule the higher ihe deduclible the lesser the premium. For full details on automobile insurance Contact the Alberto Motor Association Offices: Grande Hat' River grassy verge of llie road, a few yaivis nlte.id of mo. Muffing n cUnnp of carlii, wticn n hist, sprtrLs car appeared, Eppai- cntly from nowhere, in a clouil in dust. It swerml, Int the rioi; and narrowly misled me. A leaned out, and made a Ouirc-liillian vic- tory to take off, tires screeching, just as suddenly 35 he had come. I was Loo stunned to realize what had happened. My dog was dead ar.d I leaned later that some Iwnagers in Edmonton, every made a sport of dogs with Iheir care, colic, ami marking their numbers like tro- phies. But cities do .seem to hreed r.omo warped mind.s. Country children wouldn't be cruel, I was convinced My illusions were Fli.'iUored last year when the. first young- ster? appeared sporting guns lo shoot at anything and every- fiicg that inavcd. a few day.s, four dogs were shot in my neighborhood for no reason o.li- cr lhan that Ihey were olivo. One died the others suffer- ed agonies of broken bones curl bullets thnt had lo be removed from flesh ami lungs. Not one of these animals had ever harmcil anybody and two wcru no more than oversized pup- pies. And then, a tearful liLtle girl appeared at my door. "Is Doc at She carried a bird with broken mugs and lops. "The kids at the end of Iho road are throwing nestlings into the air." she sobbed. "Stop them. Please slop them.'1 1 ran lo where, she had poinlcd and, right enough, there were chil- dren, ten to twelve years old, throwing young birds like feath- ered balls and letting them crash lo the ground, lifting them and throwing them up afiain. "We arc leaching them Lo ibev said defensively, trying to hide the broken little bodies behind backs. 'Doc' tried lo save and heal what hs could and lo teach the children some love and respect for life. He told them about ani- mals, their lives, pain and suf- fering. They did seem (o lislen. Did it work? I would like to think so. Nothing has yet been hurt in our quiet little villpge this year. But. a few minutes ago the lelphone rang. "Is Doc This was the mother of .n smaM child in our nearest town. "Our dog has just been shot. He managed to drag him- self hf'Mie hut now tie can't move I can't move him either, he is loo big. What do I do? He is such a gentle animal and has never offended anyone. My child ran do anylhing with him and he loves kids. Please, can Doc remove Ihe commented a farm- er, ''if it was just kids going a round shooting there might some hope we could teach Ihcni. 1-et me tell you some- i-hlng: Licence (o murder is hanrted out year after year. I feed riee.r and pheasants witii more bushels of grain than E can afford and they are .so tame, they'll wait on my front lawn. Theii weekend hunters roine. down from the city and other places anri shoot at any- IhiiiR with four legs. They don't care whether it's male or fe- male, lame or wild. Some years I pa round and find as many as CO or -JO liftle fawns search- inf, for their dead i nol hers and loo1.ing for food. hand-rear these orphans and then thc.se heroes come back and shoot young fawns )iist (o leave them. in Iheir blood. Why? Bo- cause they arc alive I suppose. It I had my way, Kiere'd be no him ting licences issued here in .south, at ICRS' lor a few yrars until Ih? depleted, butch- ered wild life renews itself and leave it to farmers and conscr- (o after i'." Yes, it wrs a beautiful day. Spring and sunshine renew hope and it is such a joy to nil crraluri-.s, mid .small, play us again. I'leafo let them live and don't hand Rons to children and licences for murder to fools. 'Crazy Capers' DPMRC8 HOWS vjL-j f.....'T-J 'Hie pipcUi'c and the highway Tlir firrat Falls Tribune Interior Secretary Mortem de- rides boon whether to grant oil cora- PJIIICS ;i permit to build a 7W mile pipeline across Alaska, an indirect effect undoubt- edly will be to rctocus attention on Iho Alaska highway. Great Falls, departure point of Ihe route, has an inter- est in that, no mailer which way the de- cision goes. Since a congresbional subcommittee came through in the summer of hold- ing hearings in Butte. Ore a I. Falls and Fair- banks, lillle h.ns been said about the pro- posal to complete paving of Hie highway. The light federal budget, due lo heavy de- mands (or carrying un the Vietnam gets the blame for this. Meanwhile, regular sthedulwl freight service continues between Great Falls ami Anchorage, as it has for 17 years, nnd summer. The route is paved from horn lo Fort. .St. John in Jtntibh Co- lumbia, and beyond the Alaska Male line, but miles in Ihe middle still have a E ravel surface uhieh i.s vory duMy in .sum- mer. One of tiic worst features of the road is the zig-zag, incorporated in (lie design lo protect convoys from strafing in event of air attack during (.hi: Secyml World War, when Ihe road was opened up. Sotno of these crooks have been but many remain. Advocates of 1" e r. jveled lion contend proper cugii.cc: KJL- would eli- ininalc the likelihood n[ cracking rind heav- ing due to nltcm.ite am! thawing. After 23 yeais of u.si1, the nnnlljcd certainly is packed down enough lo make a good base for pavintr. The Crinariinrs are cre- dited with doim: ,1 nnin'-aming Ihe gravel surface. If Secretary Motion should rieeirie not to permit a pipeline to be built across Alaska to Valdez. where the nil would be loaded mi linker? for delivery clown of the L'.S or lo Japan, the 'I ternale route through O.iiftua by v, ay nf the Mackenzie Valley would rrceivc a big boost. This would give the Alaska highway added importance. Great Falls ,-inrl Mon- havu a conhidorabsc sU'.kr, m (he de- cision. Ruthless capitalist Thn Wall Strrrl Journal felt the picture made a useful com- mentrn-y on thinking m this cdimln'. 1 mean, if Cosa Nnsirn had been black nr socialist. Corleone been de.irJ or in jail. Bui btcausc (he Mn- fi.i patterned itself so closely on tlie cor- poration, and dcnlt in a hard-nosed way money, and with politics, it prospered. The Mafia is so AMERICAN." So speaks actor-philosopher Marlon liran- do. In case you spent the last couple of weeks on a desert island, it's nil part ot the publicity tmilrl-up for the new motion picture, "The Godfather" (budget, mil- The movie, of course stars Mr. Brando (salary, reported from In plus a The picture is a product of Faramounl Piclurrs, a sub- sidiary of Ihe conglomerate. Gull and ern Industries, Inc. (most recent fiscal year sales and revenues, net income, or ?2.63 per share "As reported, incl. com. sh, equivalents; (1970, S2.2C) before cxtraord. Moody's Industrial Maminl Bntli I be publicity build-up and Mr. Brando's philosopluxing have been swallow- ed whole by Life (published by Time, Inc., revenues, net income 000 or S3.20 per share) and by Newsweek (published by Washington Tost Co., reve- nues net income or a share excluding special "I'm out hacking my tomatoes Mr. Brando told Life, which re- vealed, "He owns an archipelago of nnin- habiled islands near Tahiti whore ho spends as much time as he possibly can, camping out vrith the children in a SMIFS Family Robinson icldyl! idyll." All of which moved Life's writer lo juish. "What is un- 5ual about Brando's brain is Hint frontal lobe and lender brain arr not linked by the poor, shriveled, meandering pnal with which most of us must rlo we wish to visil our subconst'iouj; nr cnmmunu with long-buried emolinns. Brando's goat path is an eight-lane iVcwsweck reports the killing nf one character, "m a fusillade of machine-gun fire at a h it; h toll b'loLh is a ravage piece of footngc as r.re a number of roLinps, beatings and thnt popu- late this saga." It adds, into 'The Godfather' the political nnd social activism that h.i.s grnwn through all Ihe ycnrs his acting career sputtered anil flick- ered. 'I (hink the tactics the Don used aren't much different from those General Motors used anniittt Ralph he says." Hmminm. SumeJinw v.o think (here's n dislinclion worth drawing between ma- chine-gunning or garroLLng someone ard hiring a private eyp [n Irni! him, incidcn- taJly inakaig hin a nalional figure. Or between the Cos a Nostra nnd, say, Guli nnd Western. Or between the Mafia and AMEIUCA! In fact, we think such (lietine- tions ought to be obvious (v.halever lha condition of connections between frontal lobe nnd lower brain) to any actor, news- magazine writer, tomato-hawker or motion picture flack, Bui then, we guess there are at least some ruthless cr-pitalists who will do or anyway say almost anything in pursuit nT a huck. JIM F SHBOURNE Blind corners A couple of Tveaks ago a coroner's jury enquiring inlo a traffic fatality near the of found that a major contributing cause of the accident was vi- sion-obscuring shrubbery at the hilorcsLH-- tion where it occurred. This reminded me that -a few months ago there snme local concern on a .similar score, and even some talk of a city bylaw aimed at the removal of [rocs, hedges, shrubbery, or anything else lhat niijilU obstruct the view of motorists approaching nrtcrsccUon.s in residential districts. As it happens, my house, is in the middle of the block, FO I wouldn't be affected by any such bylaw. I used lo live on a corner lot, and nil irm rlo.irly what a hell of a job it is to persuade kids and others lhat 2 corner lot isn't a short cut. So I can with n neigh- bor who has sweat blood gelling 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 lawn. But all Ihe sympathy in the world doesn't alter the facl that a lot of intersections in this city are simply blind coi-nev.s made so by trees and shrubs fiat interfere uilh tbe motorist's view. They are driving ha- no matter hrnv attractive or useful they may be. In summer, drive along some very inviting streets in a scries of SHoaps or scallops, accelerating lo the middle of the block, slowing doun agaui for intcr.sectinn, II's a miisnnco, but it's more than that; it's something ono might always remember if in a which may have been what happened at So loathe1 lo I cue hedges, trees and other li.inlv.on adorn- ments chopped down, I cannot think of any way lo justify what is cloarty a driving liayard, Perhaps, in view nf Die obvious and reasonable purpose for wlmh these generally ornamental screens uero plant- ed, an attractive post-nnrt-cham arrange- ment of some kind could be designed and substituted. As a taxpayer. I'd willingly lislcn if something like that propped, even if a couple of hundred of them wero needed. What h it? Ric Svtiharl K.T.V ladies i J .VJTJ cr It probably ts my Ja roads bare. Snwc obhtcrilf1.6. Ihe environment v.ith white trart fjuUily. Peaceful music- jiervFide.i the warm fancfily of Ux; lessens the of tedium, conflict, deadline lime and nn occasional on the back sols for in ihp morning- The sun j.s breaking Uie horizon. Houtino su Lsh of c .1 r F their way lo pomLs are proof post- of a living lion a.s farm em.i- arf: only beginning In s'ir. Oi'er a hill, it's coming, rloror closer. Can it bo an elk, n Tne adornment of m.ijeMic oulrroppings i.s a linpler, any unknown i.e. ll's on (he roni- inff ever closer. It has fcur v.-l-.cei.s. Uicre arp, many happy people, and H passes. Anolijcr yet. rV.ir a more f.t- plonoc iit the Rdornmenl. hue Fiick.15 angles, in quan- tity. Always the happy srnilft of the pas- senger.1; vSkir-.rs on Oicu M'.TV to the .slojios.