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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, April i9. 3 Park priority Lethbridge city council in deter- mining land utilization priorities must consider three objectives the reven- ue a plot will produce, its maximum usage or the enjoyment it will offer. City councils throughout North Amer- ica, comprised of individuals of var- ious views are wrestling with these three choices in the face of pressing expansion. In Lethbridge the council has ap- proved a splendid downtown develop- ment scheme geared to bring, along with new business premises, a re- freshing face-lifting to an otherwise drab, somewhat run-down section. It has also approved the construction of a modern library and a 75-unit senior citizen's housing project (prob- ably a high rise) on the four acre former Central School site. Both struc- tures will require adequate off-street parking. These developments will all be in concrete but what about a green area? City manager Tom Nutting's view that the four acre former Central School site is too valuable for park use is disturbing. If so the suggested provincial government building to be sited between the senior citizen's com- plex and the library would rob the downtown area of a possible minia- ture park graced with greenery, trees and flowers a place of quietness in a throbbing business area- The Gait Gardens between First and Third avenues in the northwest downtown section is a treed 9.7 acre plot offering cool relaxation. In spring summer and fall the lush, manicured lawns, the shade and quietness of the leafy area offers welcome respite from the busyness and heat of the asphalt and pavement. The Gardens cover more than twice the area of the site in question, already committed to house a library and large housing complex. To crowd it further with government offices appears to be a secondary use of valuable land. Offices can be erected within business sections. Parks can only be fashioned on land devoid of concrete. Many cities, learning this lesson too late, are levelling built-up areas in order to sow a little grass. Here in Southern Alberta where the landscape offers little relief and trees and greenery are at a premium it is welcome refreshment to find a tree-lined street, a shady backyard or a miniature park. Alderman Vera Ferguson's sugges- tion for a park between the senior citizen's home and the library is a good one- Seventy-five units (with a second similar downtown development already under study) represents a lot of elderly people with a lot of lei- sure time. A park on this site would be precious. Land can never be too valuable for park construction. Creating a green spot would be utilizing it to its highest use. A helpful translation Because diplomatic language often seems obscure, and officially sanitiz- ed news releases even more so, and because journalistic jargon is fre- quently so condensed that it cannot be precise, there are bound to be occasions when even the most straight-forward seeming news story is less than fully comprehensible. To wit A news despatch from Washing- ton, based on an official release from a Pentagon information office, was received recently via the New York Times News Service, as many them are. It quoted a very highly placed official as saying that at the Paris peace talks (to use the popu- lar whimsy) it had been clearly un- derstood, particularly by North Vietnam, that the U.S. would be en- irely free to bomb Cambodia and 'MM until terms of a ceasefire af- fecting those countries could be agreed upon. Moreover, when the whole sorry business was being ttreshed out In Paris, Hanoi's chief negotiator had not really disputed fills understanding of U.S. entitle- Weekend Meditation ment to "continue military activity in those countries." The dispatch continued with the following authentication, which is quoted directly: "This historical footnote to the Vietnam negotiations was provided by the official in a private interview to justify the ad- ministration's contention that the continued bombing of Cambodia had been legitimized." And as Laos is in much the same position, insofar as being bombed is concerned, continued bombing of Laos could be taken as having been similarly legitimized. This news, having been subjected to much journalistic contraction and expansion since issuing from its dip- lomatic source, may need some careful interpretation if it is to be seen in proper legal, political and humane perspectives. So here is a carefully decoded, thoroughly clari- fied, fully guaranteed translation: As long as at least one neighbor- ing country "fully understands" what you are doing, you may bomb hell out of any country that lacks the air defences to stop you. Fellowship in a world of liate The Apostle Paul continually returns to the theme of fellowship and unity although tine world of his day contained as much and class hatred as that of today. Greeks thought the rest of the world bar- Mrians, Romans despised everyone else, and evey race thought itself superior to others. Paul speaks of a new unity where- in "there is neither Jew nor Greek, there s neither slave nor free, there's neither mate nor female: for you are afl one ia 3mst Jesus." He contends that there is "one Lord, one faith, baptisa, one God and Father of aH." Some time ago in a Washington church three applicants came to the front and ffesented themselves for membership. One was a laborer, another a Chinese and the third was Chief Justice Hughes. The min- uter remarked, "Thank GwL at the foot of the cross the ground is level" Or, as Duke of Wellington said to a man who made way for him at communion, are all equal here." John records the words of Jesus in chap- ter M of his Gospel, "And other sheep I nave, which are not of this fold; I must mag them also, and they will heed my voice, so there shall be one flock, one shepherd." Tbe Aurthorized Version says, "There shall be one fold and one shep- wrd." The more accurate translatxm ctf he Revised Version says. "OTIC flock, one shepherd." On the translation of "one old" some churches that Jesus meant only one ecclesiastical organ- zalkm and theirs was the true and only ;burch. This is wrong speaks of a uwty which is not but Ibe unity of love for God loyally and to.r for God, true religion. So Peter found in the Roman Centurion Cornelius, a blood brother. Nothing is harder to break down than race and class prejudice, yet nothing is doing more damage or causing more suf- fering, nothing at alL Diversity is essen- tial in any healthy society, but division is unhealthy. Differences in sex are essential to the existence of human life. Differences in cultures are enriching to civilizations. But hostility is destructive and stupid. If only it were possible to follow tbe slogan, "In faith, unity; in opinion, liberty; in ail things, But even with such a sto- gan one must be careful, since no cfaurch has a monopoly on tbe truth. The unity to be sought is "the unify of the Spirit in the bond of peace." A new spirit must grip mankind if the nations are Tot to go down the slope with ever accelerating pace to Armageddon, the hatreds of the Middle East are not dissolved, if Russian and Westerners continue to distrust and plot to destroy one another, if the color problem continues to creates vast social chasms, and if the rich and powerful keep oppressing the poor in Latin America, an awful fatalism must grip the human race. The need injs Lent i> for a new dedica- tion to unity. And harftn, Lwd, thai perfect day When pajn and dclh shall cease, And Thy Just rule shall fill the earUi With health and light and peace, Whenever blue the sky slhaffl gleam, And eicr the vrf, Aw] rii'Ir vwlv deface rm mir The Paradise of God. (Charles Kingstey') F.S.M. "Aren't they just supposed to sell little souvenir Different political styles By Peter Desbarats, Toronto Star commentator OTTAWA The five months since the election have been a time of maximum frustration for Robert Stanfield. For a few hours last October 31, it almost looked as if the reins of power were within his reach. But a margin of two seats in the commons, perhaps only a few hundred votes, en- abled the Trudeau government to regain the initiative. Since then the Opposition has been forced to respond to the gov- ernment within a narrow range of options. For a time, Stanfield had no choice but to make every effort to bring about a defeat in the house on the assumption that the Conservatives would be asked to form a government. Without NDP support, his at- tempts were destined to fail. This brought criticism from both sides. Some said that he continued to lack an instinct for the jugular in political battle. Others accused him of showing an incongruous lust for power that was eroding his' solid if lacklustre political image. The Conservatives are now in the process of testing these re- actions, and political sentiment in general, in a national sur- vey of public opinion. This is the first national poll commis- sioned by the party since the election, although the federal party did piggyback a few ques- tions on a poll undertaken for Ontario Conservatives shortly after the federal election. Stanfield himself is too sea- soned a politician to quarrel with events. But he hasn't been able to avoid the temptation to wonder what might have hap- pened if he had won a few ex- tra seats. This line of specula- tion brings him closer to an out- burst of frustration than any other. It is now clear that economic conditions this year would have enabled Stanfield, as prime minister, to implement the vote- getting aspects of his econom- ic campaign platform without any trouble. Powered by a bouyant economy, a Stanfield government would have been able to take off in grand style. Instead, Stanfield has been forced to eat the Liberals' dust as the government has imple- mented the most suitable parts of his own election platform. Stanfield doesn't dispute the po- litical effectiveness of this tac- tic but he feels that it shows an almost total lack of principle on the part of the prime min- ister and Finance Minister Turner. The anger that he can express against these two indiv- iduals, in private, would sur- prise those who know him only through television. Stan-field's inability to exploit the momentum generated by his campaign last fall has rais- ed questions about his political future. If Turner wins the par- liamentary battle of the corpor- ate tax cuts, these questions will become more insistent. The party will have to decide wheth- er sticking with Stanfield is a better tactic than changing leaders at a time when both minority Liberal government and the NDP are in a position to bring about an election. The position of those who would rather switch than fight again under Stanfield is strengthened by the presence of a number of obvious successors at the provincial level. Stanfield's inability to bring down the minority government, and public concentration on the tactics of the battle, con- cealed his success in creating a distinctive opposition group in the Commons. It is one of the basic tenets of political folklore .in Canada that there is no real difference between the two major parties. This might be fairly accurate applied to the official pro- grams of each party. But any- one familiar with the Ottawa scene knows that, here at least, there are great differences of style, atmosphere and character between the two major parties which reveal meaningful differ- ences in their histories, their self-images and their concepts of Canada. It starts right at the top. The description that colleagues nev- er fail to attribute to the prime minister is "methodical." His desire for order is illustrated by the fact that, in addition to his official files, he keeps a fairly elaborate set of personal files in his own office in a cab- inet that his secretaries never touch. "I almost fell over the first time I saw the prime minister doing his own one of his colleagues recalled, "but he has a passion for having things in order." This characteristic was evi- dent in Trudeau's choice of for- mer Labor Minister Martin O'- Connell as his principal secre- tary. Among the negative des- criptions of O'Connell by peo- ple who have come into con- tact with him in the new post are "Picayune" and "dilatory." In physical appearance, the quiet, unassuming O'Connell is in constrast to the man select- ed by Stanfield as his "chief of staff" after the election, Fin- lay MacDonald. The tall, silver- haired, Halifax broadcaster and businessman has completely re- organized Stanfield's Ottawa staff since October white contin- uing to present himself, par- ticularly to journalists, as an amateur dabbler in politics. The atmosphere at the top of each party is reflected in the caucus. The Liberals function in Parliament like a well-tuned machine. The Conservatives are more individualistic. The most striking illustration of this dur- ing the current session was on first reading of a private mem- ber's bill on abortion. The Lib- erals trooped out of the house in a body, decided on their stand and returned to vote as one man. The Conservatives milled about in apparent con- fusion and voted in all differ- ent directions, letting everyone see the kind of internal divi- sions that the Liberals keep to themselves. One of Stanfield's achieve- ments has been to maintain es- sential unity in his group with- out stiffing the disparate inter- ests that are represented in it. This has kept the party alive and interesting despite the frus- trations of its position in Parlia- ment India needs a rat-catcher MADRAS Mis. Indira Gan- dhi envisages the complete eii- mimnation of wholesalers in the food grain trade all over India. Procurement by government and cooperatives will be at uni- form prices and cooperatives wiU distribute the grain. The objective is. of course, laudable, bat the first benefici- aries are likely to be rats. They may well find getting into jerry built government go- downs easier than Wto well- maintained private warehouses. Ra1s arc a bane