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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THI IFTHUtDCI HHuVlD 13, EDITORIALS Joseph Kraft Lessons Of Judge Carswell's Rejection Credit Bureau Curbs Our economy lias increasingly moved to a credit basis. Despite some recently imposed restrictions on con- sumer credit by the federal govern- ment, there does not seem to be any likelihood that the system is endan- gered. Credit bureaus appear to be a nec- essary ingredient of the system. Without the checks made available through their data gathering, the ex- tending of credit would become prob-' lematical. Certainly the possibility of prices rising to cover the losses on poor credit risks would be very great. Yet there are obvious dangers in the amassing of information dossiers on the public especially since the sources are sometimes questionable. Injustices seem almost inevitable when individuals have no opportun- ity to examine and challenge the in- formation compiled 'about them- selves. The presence of mere gossip in the files could be very prejudicial to the interests of individuals. Not only is information from credit bureaus consulted in connec- tion with financial transactions but it is sometimes considered with respect. to employment.. It seems ironic that this kind of data might hinder peo- ple from getting employment when finally the public conscience is mov- ing to take the millstone of criminal records off the necks of former law- offenders. Surely there is no more excuse for a past poor payment rec- ord to haunt an individual than for a record of a prison term to do so. The recommendations of the legis- lature's committee studying the inva- sion of privacy seem reasonable and worth implementation. There'should not be great difficulty in setting up machinery for allowing people access to their own files and for some means of appeal against incorrect in- formation in them. Credit. bureau management should readily recognize the fairness of the proposals and will no doubt co-operate in setting up the necessary machinery. WASHINGTON TV rejee- Uoe at Judge G. Harrold CarsweU announced that Amer- ican public opinion is alive aad well Very well, even. Better by far than imagined in the poor pMkBOphies of those who nomi- nated Judge Caravell to the Su- preme Court. For the remarkable thing about UK case 'is the large number of senators who in One way or another felt constrained to show they are not for Cars- well. And their opposition .ex- presses a rising public taste for quality that increasingly .works to make cynical political man- ipulation a liability. The size of the anti Cars- weU vote was remarkable, first, because the natural of the Senate was to go the president at Bus time. Never mind exactly what the federalist papers may have said about the relative rotes of the president and the Senate in the matter of Supreme Court appointments. No matter that in the 19th century nominations were regularly rejected. The central fact is that me, modern Senate is not comfort- able in deadlock with a presi- dent on any appointirenls. Hav- ing blocked the of Abe Fortas and rejected that of Clemect Hayncwbrtb, the Sen- ate was in no mood to make further difficulties. When judge CarsweU was nomi- nated, his confirmation looked like a piece of cake. The more si as the case against him was not easy to make. An egregious racist is- sue, to be sure, developed right off n-ben it became known that the judge had made an out- spoken declaration of white su- premacy principles in a 1MI election statement. But that was a tang time ago and in different circumstances. The evidence about his present outlook on race questions was, at least, mixed. Judge Carsweil himself repudiated his JM1 statement And it seems doubt- ful if more than a score of sen- ators could have been mobil- ised against Judge CarsweU if the only issue had been the issue of to stand on race. There remained the issue of mediocrity. But those of us who felt obliged to cuke case did so with a sinking feel- ing. For mediocrity is not easy to demonstrate. It is, as Sena- tor John Sherman 'Cooper pointed out in his painfully hictant endorsement of Judge Bonding Bar Down One of the most discouraging things in the rehabilitation of criminals has been the difficulty of finding employ- ment for persons with prison records. Constant refusal of employment has tended to deprive individuals incentive needed for keeping, out of trouble. Even when employers have wanted to express confidence in persons with records they have been prevented often by the nature of the work re- quiring bonding. In the past; insur- ance companies would not consider bonding anyone with a prison record. Recently Mr. John Trantom, an insurance executive and a director of the John Howard Society of Toronto, told a conference on the rehabilitation of criminals that many insurance companies in Canada have begun bonding persons with criminal records. This is a significant break- through and one to be warmly wel- comed. Some discrimination in the lifting of the bonding bar is to be expected, of course. People who have had ser- ious problems involving money might justifiably encounter hesitancy about .being granted bonding. But persons whose convictions have been on other grounds should receive favor- able consideration. Lost Weekends Radical changes are taking place in thinking about the treatment of law offenders. The new thinking has so infected Alberta's Attorney-Gen- eral Edgar Gerhart that he recently made the suggestion that all offenders should become the responsibility of the Department of Social Develop- ment. Such a change would really be radical but it has too many adminis-. trative obstacles to be imminently possible. Nevertheless the trend in many parts of the world is to employ approaches embodying concepts that fit ihe social development phil- osophy. An 'interesting program of prison reform has recently been adopted in the state of Queensland, Australia.' Later this year of dealing with first offenders will be put into effect-which calls for taking away their weekends. Under this system, persons con- victed of offences keep their jobs and live with their families during the week'but on the weekends they go to jail. While in jail they will have to attend classes tench them how to live decently. Some doubt about the power of edu-' cation to change attitudes may be justified. There are too many instan- ces of anti-social behavior on the part of people who know better to permit a completely sanguine view of the scheme. However, it is certainly a better approach than many that have been followed in the past. Allowing people to continue a nor- mal life through the week at- least should not aggravate or create abnor- mal tendencies, in the individuals. And if there is any merit in the idea of deterrence what could be likely to be more effective than taking away weekends! Art Buchwald WASHINGTON In order to pay (or wage increases for postal employees, President Nixon has asked that the cost of a first-class letter be increased 66 2-3 per cent, a second-class piece of mail 12 per cent, parcel post 15 per cent and bulk or junk mail only 5 per cent Thai was a big victory for the "Citizens to Protect Junk a nonprofit organi- zation let up to see that everybody in this cuuntry got his fair share of junk mail. The president of the CPJM was elated when he read President Nixon's message. "This is a triumph for the lillle he said. "How's I asked. "The American citizen will now be as- iurtd that no matter what happens to the rest of his correspondence, his junk mail will get Ihrough." "Then you're not disturbed by junk mail going up 5 per "We're not happy with It, of course, bul can h've with it. We may have to ad- just our prices accordingly, but Ihe presi- dent has shown great courage in keeping junk mail within range of all Ihe people." "Why do you think he gave you Ihe "Because he knows that Ihe cornerstone of the free enterprise system is junk mail. When a mother writes to her son, or a girl wrila lo her boyfriend, it produces no commerce for Ihe country. "First-class letters are luxuries and if people want lo keep writing lo each other for pleasure, they should pay for it." I said, "some people in this coun- try would prefer to get a letter from somebody they knew, before they got one which was addressed, 'Resident.' "Thai's ridiculous. Everyone knows Ihe joy that junk mail brings lo Ihe Ameri- .Con you itammaJ a tax couoftart wfco mikes kwe. ttctm barton toU n ita a w jot XSSUMfO raw abject tie ewfcwr Carsweil, ''subjective.' Mote importantly; there fa a genuine intellectual difficulty. "The FeHx Frankfurt- er once wole, "are not repre- sentative bodies. They 'are not designed to be a very good re- flex of democratic Mtiety." And H is all very weB to say that, as Justice Frankfurter did, when going with public opinion, the Congrest, and thl president in upholding the anfr Communist Smith Act But it is another thing to say that when blocking, at i time of pubbe dislike of the Supreme Court, a presidential nominee from a section of the 'country which feels itself bullied by the court To make the case for high quality, in those cireunv stances, snacks of elitism. It goes against the grain of demo- cratic theory. It is vumenbta to the aigument of Senator Roman Hruska that there are a lot of mediocre -judges and people and lawyers.'They are entitled to a tittle representa- tion." Still the case was made'. Thousands of lawyers, hun- dreds of professors, and dozens of deans protested that Judge 'Carswell.was simply not fit to sit on the highest court. Tbew protests overwhelmed Hruska argument. They the 'case for quality in that many senators found irre- sistible. And they made ft'eer- tarn that there ii.ont ion loser. That is President Nixon. For Mr. Nbeon has always gen- erated a certain suspicion. It is the suspicion of a partisan political leader; who did Dot scruple to advance his own h> terests by debasing intitatiou and compromising Bbertiei. And that certain suspicion can only be heightened by the mas- sive demonstration that in nom- inating Judge Carsweil the president sold' the country short UJTi FieM be.) New Focal Point Arises In Mediterranean By F. S. The Wiuipeg Free Presi ROME: and whatever cost to the rest of Western Europe, and here no- body seems particularly san- euine a new focal point has Europe has shifted from defy m It; many to the Mediterranean. Both the Italians the Swiss are con- vinced that the main danger to There have been plenty of raised eyebrows in Rome and' Zurich about the speed with which the meeting between .West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and his East German .counterpart, Willy Stoph, was brought about. There are diplomatic ob- servers feel that there is something mysterious, in this precipitous development, but they alsi feel that as the ten- sions in Germany abate at letters To The Editor is an area that should now as- sume major importance in Western policy drafting. .the importance should be political and diplomatic rather than military, although military strength cannot be wholly dis- sociated from diplomatic ac- tion. This is why Italian diplomats are worried about Canada's withdrawal from the North At- lantic Treaty Alliance.. They consider the action as endang- ering the security of Europe 'for. a number of reasons, Se- cluding a tilling domestic rea- son, in that it provides Italy's ppwcrful'left-wing forces with a new, and highly respectable, anti-NATO argument. Yet Italy is the last country that .could foQow Canada's example and. retain its independence.- She has already been badly hit by France's virtual with- drawal from NATO: The Ital- ians have no common frontier with any other NATO country, and they fear an increasing isolation in the brewing Medi- terranean storm. The Caca- dian action has undoubtedly added to this feeling even Rehabilitating Prison Inmates caa home. Show roe a man who would rather, receive a letter from his mother than a catalogue from a gift company, and I'll show you a.very unhealthy mother-son relationship." "Would you advocate doing away with all first-class mail as a method of lighten- ing the burden of the post "Not at the moment. There are times when. someone must communicate with another person-by first-class mail, and there probably are certain people in the country who enjoy bearing from their friends and loved ones. So we're not arbi- trary about it. All we say is that as long as first-class mail doesn't interfere with the delivery of junk mail, then it sbouM be kept as an added postal service." I said, "if the time comes when the government must choose, then first- class mail has to "Correct. You see, at one lime this na- tion could afford the luxury of having ev- ery kind of mail. But as the public has demanded more junk mail, the post office has been forced to slow down on other classes of mail. Ten years ago, Ihe Am- erican citizen conlenl to receive three pounds of junk mail a year. Bul today he is demanding 10 pourds per year, and he gets very upset if he doesn't gel his quota." "Would you say your citizens group was instrumental in defending Ihe sanctity of junk 1 asked him. "I wouldn't say he said modestly, ''President NLxon knew what he was doir.g when he put most of !he financial burden on firsl-class nail. Had he raised Ihe rales more lhan 5 per ccnl on junk mail, you would have had citizens all over the coun- try storming Ihe post offices. You don'l mess around uilh people's junk mail dur- ing an election year." (Toronto Telegrin Newi Service) It's about time! In the article on page 8, April "Afcerta to make study of Cor- rectional System, I see the gov- ernment is finally utilizing its foresight and responsibility in dealing with this major social Our so-called by punishment institutions are full of habitual offenders, and more of them are developing all the- time. Just where is this process going to stop? When will steps be taken to start rehabilitation of inmates? This obviously is what the government is consid- ering. Mr, Edgar Gerhart and who- ever else was involved in this proposal mosl certainly deserves a pat on the back. In fact this whole province deserves the for being as forward thinking and basically sincere- ly, friendly in their attitudes as they are. For some lime now, I have been wondering when other peo- ple besides myself, are going to realize that inmates of re- form institutions are menially ill? Is. not criminal behavior anti-social? Is not anti-social at- titude resulting in violence or a crime, Ihe action of mental imbalance? Why then should these Individuals he treated any differently from (he inmates of mental institutions? A psychia- trist would probably answer, that the degree of imbalance was insufficient, to not hold him responsible for his actions. Bui, does this not intimate, that a slight degree of imbalance could be relatively more easily cor- rected, tfian Hie great degree in n recognized mentally ill indi- vidual? and Is this answer not admitting Ihe fact of mental ill- ness to a degree? Legislation now before Ihe Mouse, calls for the social de- velopment department lo have jurisdiction over juveniles. Mr. Gerriarl said: "If it's best for the young offenders, why should il not be best for adult otfcrd- lor one see no reason whatsoever, why it should not be extremely beneficial to an offenders, indeed all mankind, in so fa- as this it a major step in helping people to become happy and productive members of society, eliminating the (po- lice forces, judges, reform in- stitntioos, habitual on our economy. I believe, Ute most honorable and respected, and appreciated, attorney-general may nave miss- ed the boat, when be says fin- illy, that bis department would become dedicated solely to the administration of justice. Would not major changes as these, make major changes in his de- partment? Such as, from the administration of justice, lo the administration of social devel- opment. Mr! Gerhart further staled that the social development de- partmeat could utilize their ex- pertise in looking at corrections as a social problem. I sincerely nope that the social develop- ment, department will dp more, do much more than just look at corrections. Nothing' short of rehabilitation programs, group therapy, psychiatric help, is go- ing to change, even better still, one day eliminate, the problem of anti-social behavior. B. R. MOYNAN. Lethbridge. Waste Of Words though it -may affect Italian military planning only indi- Strangely enough, Italian public opinion remains curious- ly apathetic toward Mediter- ranean problems. It is a pecul- iar' phenomenon hi that Medi- terranean events have as- sumed, in the eyes of the Ital- ian public, an abstract charac- ter, and they do not seem to touch upon public awareness. Under Mussolini, the Mediter- ranean was given an exagger- ated importance in the duce's "mare nostrum" policies. Now the pendulum'.has swung opposite direction: .Nobody seems to care what happens along the moral. Naturally- enough, it is the Middle East that 'comes to mind when Mediterranean dangers are' mentioned. But there are' almost as many danger points >s there are Mediterranean countries. Spain, for instance, has become wholly isolated from Europe, and nobody can foretell what will happen there on General Franco's death. Turkey, once a Western bastion, has been swept by.-.anti-Western senti- ment and has been freely flirt- ing with Russia. Moreover, the political situation in Turkey re- mains unstable, lending itself to coup] and social upheavals. The same applies to Greece and Yugoslavia, both poten- tial trouble spots. MaKa is another problem, and indeed Malta rather than Egypt may become the key point in Stviet Mediterranean strategy. The forthcom i n g election in Malta, when the seething discontent of the pop- ulation with the miserly atti- tude of toe West toward the island probably make its impact, mild bring to power a pro Communist government. -When one considers how much blood was shed during the Sec- ond World war to keep Malta in British hands and deny the enemy this controlling posi- tion in the Mediterranean, ooe cannot but be amazed at the short-sighted attitude of pre- sent-day politicians who are quite ready to let the island go 'to save a. few pounds, dollars-, or marks. It is often forgotten- that' two battles won the Second World War, that of Stahngrad, and that of El Alaraein on the Mediterranean, Today the So-: viet Union has became a Medi- terranean power, drastically altering the balance of forces in what not only is the cradle of Western civilization, but re- mains a vital area for its fa- lure. -Diplomats In Italy and edi- tors in Switzerland with. whom spoke expressed their fear that these problems are either not understood in Cana- da, or blithely disregarded, In- deed, later at the United Na- tions in Geneva I perceived an unwarranted optimism that. does not seem to take the explosive Mediterranean situa- tion into account. Yet the' dangers cannot be wished away, and can only be warded off by concerted Western policy that is not afraid to face the new realities. H is difficult to imagine any alderman having to listen to that utter balderdash present- ed by the EDO as reported in The Herald of April 8th. What a waste of time and words. Any idiot knows that "in-depth feasibility evaluation" is jar- gon, meaning a quick look for what you wish to see. Without cost lo the taxpayer, I made an evaluation, today of Capers' why Lethbridge is what it is. Here it is, free. No price tag, no computer but just 5 minutes with the phone book. After Nick Sheran found coal here and the town was start- ed, the railway came bringing a few industries such as Elli- son Mills, Sicks' Brewery, Leth- bridge Iron Works, Catellis, fol- lowed by a few more later on. Then the taxpayer-supported iiislilutionM development be- gan. This has grown until there LOOKING BACKWARD ment depts. here along with 18 Dominion Government depts. These wilh Ihe jail, research stations, university and the school system, J2 depts. of city hall, arc Ihe reasons Leth- bridge is si ill here now that coal is no longer produced. In other wwds, our local eco- nomy is largely supported at taxpayer expense and we don't need a computer lo tell us ttis fact. The money the farm- er and callle producer brings into Ihe communilyr means the difference toward prosperity. How will a productivity capac- ity graph help us at an? Coaldale, have you room for one more? THROUGH THE HERALD Pandemonium reign- ed in Berlin's stock market yes- terday after, the putting into effect of an order for the com- pulsory transfer of foreign sec- urities held in Germany as pro- vided by the peace treaty. Approximately was added to burden ItM British taxpayer by rr.eans of Increased income tax, increased death duties, and higher beer taxes in the new budget present- ed today. British, French and Polish ministers and their staffs departed today for neutral Hol- land., leaving behind hundreds of their nationals still seeking means of getting out of Nazi- occupied Denmark. 1M Harry S. Tnrman itarl- ed his sixth year as President of Ihe United States last night. There are reports from tht While House that this fa the first lime since his inaugura- tion that the prtsident a truly "full of confidence aod ready to light for bis own ntatjon to American problems." 1SM CHy Council's budget will recommend mill rate of 57 for 1550. This represents a nel increase of'5 mills ever last year's budget The Lethbridge Herald 5M Tib St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905 1954, by HOD. W. A. BUCHANAiN _ _, Kewu.lkx Hitnbn KeatR Tin ftnidlii Prm md IM Cnudlii Daife Newm rf AngeliOn nd DM tarui ft ClrnMw O.EO. W. MOWIM, tMm ml nMMMr THOMAS a. ADAMS, Coenl Mania Okl But ktep it Lelhbridge. A. G. W. JOE Mawir-i ediloi ROY r. MILKS MKTtuuf Miogw WILLIAM KAY Alioclllc tiUM DOUGLAS K WAUCKI HEKAIO SiRVU THE SOUHT ;