Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHMIDCE HEKAID Tuttday, April 11, 1970 Anthony Westell Extended Channels Of Communication Setback In Ulster Cautious optimism had begun to be expressed that the situation in North- ern Ireland was at last showing im- provement. Long- needed reforms have recently been legislated that held promise of bringing about better relations between the Catholics and Protestants. The election of the Rev. Ian Paisley and one of his disciples to the North- em Ireland Parliament cannot be viewed any other way than as a ser- ious setback. This is not because they upset a balance in the Parliament and thus threaten the reform pro- gram of Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark but that they indi- cated the optimism about improve- ment is ill-founded. Obviously when extreme anti-Cath- olics, who seem incredibly out of touch with the ecumenical spirit of the times, can be elected to Parlia- ment there is too large a body of rigid Protestants for coinfort. With that kind, of opposition the reforms legis- lated by the government will take a very long time to bring about the needed change in climate. Some commentators have sug- gested that Mr. Paisley and his cohort had been helped by the votes of some Catholics who hoped that their elec- tion would discredit the provincial parliament and lead London to take a firmer role in Northern Ireland af- fairs. This could be the end or perhaps the next-to-the-end result. If London was forced into taking a firmer role the people of north and south Ireland might want to be to- gether. And that would certainly be something tho Catholics of the north would favor. It s e e m s scarcely credible, how- ever, that any Catholic could be induced to vote .for a rabid anti- Catholic such as the Rev. Ian Paisley on the speculation that his election might back-fire on him. The only plausible explanation for the sorry result is that the candidates elected found a majority of people sharing their bigoted views. It is a sad revelation of the true stale of affairs and a blow to those who were hoping a temperate and tolerant spirit was beginning to emerge in troubled Northern Ireland. (Seetwl a strict) IN UK TV age when the Prime Minister talks rectly to the people, more and more Canadians want to com- municate back to him. They write to Merit Elliott Trudeau in unprecedented and increas- ing numbers. The Prime Minister's office received pieces of mail during February, but the aver- age is 450 a day. This compares with 185 letters a day when Les- ter Pearson was PM. The flow of answers has risen even more dramatically. While previous Prime Ministers were content merely to acknowledge many communications, Tmdeau and.his staff provide long in- formative answers. During the Pearson period there were 21 employees in his correspondence section. deau now has 37. The increase of 16 accounts (or more than half of UK total and much criticized increase in the Prime Minister's person- al establishment. WVn Trudeau came to office and the mail began to pour in, attracted by his power IBM ex- perls helped set up a system to handle it. Mail from Ministers, MPs Provincial Premiers, beads of F ederal Agencies, Ufa e r a 1 Pary Leaders awl other VlPs is routed to Trudeau's desk. Other letters which are for any reason distinguished they may be wise or witty or of spe- cial human interest are sub- mitted to Tnideau together with a reply ready for his approval and personal signature. The mass of the m a i 1, some 3M pieces a day, is handled by the correspondence office. A re- unit provides standard answers to standard queries, and these are coded into spe- cial cards. By selecting the right com- binatieo of cards, a letter writ- er cam compose an appropriate answer to most correspondents seeking information from the PM. The cards activate an auto- matic typewriter which pro- duces an individualized re p 1 y, leaving space for name and any additional information to be typed in. Correspondence se c r e t a r y Henry Lawless, an intense and precise young man who was for- merly Director of the Canadian Federation of Mayors sad Mu- nicipalities, signs this mail. He also provioto Trudeau each month wttfc a detailed sta- tistical analysis of the mail, complete with a narrative eom- meaUry aid a ifkrtiai of typi- cal letters. The cormBoadtKe division and its' enlarged staff is an in- creasingly important enamel of t i e i bttoeta Tni- deau and the public. He takes in a broad sample 'of public opinion which yields a sophisti- cated understanding of the moods and concerns of the na- tion, and he scads out his per- sonal explanations to tens o( thousands of every year. Another way in which Tru- deau has increased his staff an] his personal political reach is by the appointment of four re- gional desk officers. One Prairie Province? No doubt it is clear to Mr. A. M.. Harradence, Calgary lawyer and lead- er of a group of pro-western business- men, that the conference to be held in Lethbridge May 10 --13 is an "enquiry" into a concept and not a "promotion" of it. But this may not be clear to everyone who. has heard or read his arguments in opposition to the union of the prairie provinces. By expressing opposition to the idea he may have left the erroneous im- -pression that advocacy of union will characterize the conference. The idea of a single prairie prov- ince has been around long enough that it seems lime to weigh its merit. To this end an impressive group of. people has been invited to present papers on the many facets ot the question. On the basis of the considerations which they will dis- cuss it should then be possible to take a position which is substantial and not mere supposition. It is possible that Mr. Harradence is 'right in saying that prairie unity weaken the west. He may have studied the matter sufficiently deeply to-be justified in holding such an opinion. However, there are many others who will want to look at the evidence themselves as it will be marshalled in May before accepting that judgment. There is a possibility that Mr. Hai- radence despite his legal training has not considered all the evidence and has therefore reached an un- warranted conclusion. If this should be the case it is not inconceivable that he might be led to change his mind and become a proponent of prairie union. Among the speakers and general participants there may be others who will take side's. This will .add spice to the proceedings. Most people however; will likely prefer to hear the discussion before taking a firm position. The Cost Of Tourism By Joyce Sasse "Just four more months till we see you in a friend writes M she details her round-the-world itinerary. The same mail brought news of a second I friend who was able to join a lour head- ing lor Czechoslovakia, his family home- land. About this time of the year, our thoughts him, too, to migrating on their way back from Florida, Arizona, and California, if the weather's at all prom- ising. Westerners head east. Easterners are anxious to catch a glimpse of the Rockies. Attribute it to Canada's geographical im- mensity, call it a mania if you want-Cana- dians are the most mobile people in the world. By.super jet, it's possible to span an ocean in a few hours. TV travelogues and documentaries stimulate the imaginati on. Excursion fares include the blue collar worker in the tourist cult But, are any of us really prepared to pay the cost of such travel? 1 don't mean what you give the travel agent, or even the change you need for tips, and the souvenirs you need to take along to give tances Mho have been especially nice ID you. You might call the things I'm referring to "hidcfen but it's not what comes out of your pocket book, it is what comes 'out of your hide. You see sights, and smell smells, and feel tensions that you'll never be able to forget. It's involvement that grips you, makes you a different person by the time you arrive back borne. "Why not spend that little cxlra on push- button windows for the new we ra- tionalize. A memory flashes past fin- learning lo operate a machine, hands being trained to make a living a blind school in Korea. One hundred dollars could well start one child on Ihc road to rehabili- tation. It's coffee time at the local cafe. "What the hell's the government trying to do now! Paying us not to grow Everyone around the counter is saying it. It's not popular to disagree, but you can't help it. Sure the people of the world have to eat, and if they don't want to starve, they can eat from our food basket. Bui, man, you can't dine at the Hilton when you haven't clothes to put on your back, or fuel to keep your hands warm..Yet that's what it is like to dire on Canadian Lumber one and two wheat. They have to eat, but the majority' of them are not even able to afford to feed their kids three times a day. We've either- got lo price ourselves back into the world market... or eat the stockpiles ourselves. "I'm part of all that I've is a Inw sentiment than any of- us wouW like to admit. I can't use the term "gut involve- because it's not a very nice term, but that's what I mean. We see Hitchman- ova's orphans on TV, but you have to hear their cries in the night .to know-how pol- luted their bodies are with inU'sUnal para- sites. Some dear missionary tells the story of drought in an Asian rice bowl. Sniffing a few pounds, or even a case, of instant rice only adds insult to injury. Once you've seen the parched, cracked earth made fer- tile because well drillers were able lo bring water to the surface, the surge of triumph tingles your whole body. It's one thing lo buy fine embroidery handwork from Hong Kong. "Can you imagine doing all lhal? and so Does the end justify the means? She's fed her body. But, at thirty years old she's blind. It is not impossible to Iravei around the by supersonic jet, lo slay in tourist hotels, and visit manicured picture taking sites, and never see llrese other things. It's cheaper in Die long run, much easier on you. But, if that's yoiir purpose, why leave home? Beware, though. Anything more hurts! This world isn't tourist class for all its residents. I Was Only Kidding By Dong Walker ]VJY dear old molher was dismayed lo read that I had made a man so he would call me a "dirty ral" in church! She was doubly dismayed that I Ihinly veiled his identity! There she sits in Regina fretting over the possibility thai R.A, may try to get me out of my job, while here in Lellibridgc my biggesl concern is lhal he doesn't get more than his share of the cookies and kool aid the next time he's at our house! It an goes to show lhal it is a mistake to only subscribe In The Herald one day a week. If she had been gelling the paper every day she Mould have caught the feel- ing of these fillers anil known I was only kidding. "Oh Boy! This town's really Letters To The Editor The "Cheer Through Chemistry" Process One very current topic is that 'of drugs. Unfortunately, most approaches to this problem are insular and isolated. Rather, I would see the "drug problem" as just another aspect of our environmental pollution prob- lem. In effect, I believe we have reared a generation of chil- dren who have been trained to the use of drugs by previous generations. I say this, because our par- ents came through the self-med- ication generation, the headache tablets, the aspirin, the bromo. Kids, from the time they were knee high to a grasshopper, saw mother take a headache tablet and become less irritable. They saw father come home, and from the grouch who came in Ihe fronl door, a relaxing wilh a beer, become happy halt an hour later. Thus the condi- tioning process to 'cheer through chemistry' began. Then post-Second World War saw die upsurge in use of drugs as part of the pharmacuetical and technological development. Following the Second World War we saw the tremendous explosion in the use of chemo- therapy. The medicine cabinets of our homes blossomed with tranquilizers and miracle chem- icals. Again, Ihe new genera- tion coming along, saw prag- matically that drugs were a "good tiring." In effect then, the generation of young people Seicqge Treatment Plant We would like lo express our sutiport lo Cily Council for the planned construction of the seo ondary sewage Ireatmenl plant. The substantial cost of 000 involves a project of con- siderable proportions for bridge and deserves Ihe detail- ed attention Cily Council ap- pears to give it, as outlined in The Herald on March 1A, 1970. We were very pleased to learn about Ihe successful financial arrangement for Ihe project. In view of Oldman River water analysis data available to us, there is no doubt in our minds, that the project is total- ly justified, and indeed overdue. We believe filth must be re- moved or rendered harmless by those who produce it, be it city or industry or individuals. The loading of our rivers with liquid waste is an offence which down- stream municipalities will no longer tolerate. Consequent- ly, Ihc choice of treating sew- age or not no longer exists. De- lays will only bring increased costs and community conflict. 'The responsibilities and Ihe costs must be met by all in- volved. LOOKING BACKWARD THKUUGir TUB HERAM) The Albcrla govern- ment has collected nearly in revenue since the opening of the Lcduc oil well in 1947. 1950 Princess Eli7.abclh, expecting her second child in Ihe late summer, today cele- brated her 24th birthday wilh .her husband and son at Malta. 1910 The year 1940 is like- ly lo go down in Ltlhbridge his- tory as the year more houses were built than in many pre- vious seasons. At least 30 resi- dences arc in the construction stage at this time, Colonel Charles Lind- bergh and his wife today flew scnc: the United States in 14 hours, 23 minutes, setting another speed record. They flew the distance of miles at an average speed of 173 mph. 1920 Authorities are so far without any official informa- tion of a reported investigation by British officials into a New York plot for simultaneous up- risings in Canada, Egypt, Ire- land nnd India, in June. There is, il is said, no indication of any uprising in Canada. As indicated in same communication, consideration is given to alternative sites for. the secondary t r e a t m e n t plant. May we voice three con- siderations which we feel should play a prominent part in miring at the final choice. 1. The ultimate size and area of our city (a subject which we hope will receive urgent at- tention before we are commit- ted to uncontrollable 2. The considerable recrea- tional (parks) and conservation potential of our unique river valley for Ihe inhabitants of the city regardless of its size. 3. The discomfort of obnox- ious odors from the sewage treatment plant carried to resi- dences by Hie prevailing west- erly wind. (Th's experience is already imposed on part of the city populalion from existing river-bottom We look forward lo further progress reports on this vital community issue, end opportu- nity lo voice our opinions be- fore the final decision is taken. SYLVIA A. CAMPBELL, Secretary, Pollution Control, Southern Alberta. today; have now been (rain- ed and conditioned that the use of drugs is a legitimate thing. So the "joint" that they may smoke does not hold the nega- tive judgment for them that it does for the oldsters. In effect when our generation says "don't do it" we cast ourselves then in the rote of the' preacher who says "do as I say, not as I do." We have lo face the facts that the experimentation in the add-' escent is full blown by the age of 13, M and in effect by this age most adolescents will have had their flirtation with drugs and have started the course that they are going to try. Since we as a culture have polluted our environment with drugs and since our youth has become so polluted, I think we are going to have to face up to this issue and take similar kinds of action that we take with our pollution, be it air, water, noise. We al- ready have an example of how bur generation handled pollu- tion by the use of alcohol. So we have lo be prepared to deal with the casualties coming from that pollution way, in the same as we deal wilh other casualties of pollution and we have to tackle the basic problem at environmental pollution, CRAIG REID, M.S.W. Calgary. Prime Ministers who come to office after long political ex- perience have friends and con- tacts to call in Halifax or Van- couver or Toronto when they need private intelligence. But Trudeau's roots in the Liberal Party are shallow and his po- litical background limited ta Quebec. (A current and possibly apo- cryphal story relates that when Dentson mine owner Steve Ro- man opened a recent talk with Tnideau with the familiar re- frain of favor seekers, "I've been a Liberal for years Trudeau put him down by say- ing pointedly, "I havent The desk officers partly up for this 'deficiency by keep- ing Tnideau alert to issues and opinion in the west, the Mari- tiiees and Quebec. They also serve as a direct channel to pro- vMrial premiers and commu- nity leaden, supplementing and sometimes bypassing the pro- vincial representation offered by cabinet ministers and HP's. Ontario Liberals originally refused to approve the idea of a staff officer reporting directly to the PM on their province. Recently they came around to the view that the right man- Colin Kenny, former director of the 0 n t a r i o Liberal cuuld serve both the PM and the Ontario caucus. Trudeau likes to make maxi- mum use of every trip out of Ottawa and his .regional offi- cers move ahead of him, pro- gramming every minute of hia time. During the 1967 Centennial year, Pearson's first engage- ment out of 011 a w a was ob- viously going to have unusual importance in setting some sort of style. The question was whether or not to accept an in- vitation to visit CWcoutimi, Cue., and nm the risk of a threatened separatist demon- stration. The decision to go wag made almost casually by hu overworked staff, with the min- imum investigation or planning, and the successful outcome was in part due to the PM's willing- ness to dodge through side streets to avoid the Separatists. In the Trudeau time, all the implications of an invitation are weighed in advance, and one or more staff officers goes ahead to inspect the ground and lay out the program to obtain the maximum benefit. When Tnideau went to Win- nipeg reeentry, for example, primarily to speak, at a fund- raising dinner, he also met leaders of the grain industry, received a deputation of Men- Dooites and looked m at the SeV- 'kirk by-election. It was all programmed by West deskman Dave Thomson. A third area in which Tru- deau has extended personal control is in making several hundred senior appointments each year to the Senate, Crown Corporations, Federal agenciei and departments, and so on. Choosing the right men Is a vi- tal part of of patronage. Most MPs have relied on per- sonal knowledge or on recom- mendations from ministers and bureaucrats. Tnideau on an alternative source of and information in his own of- fice. Frauds Fox, who formerly worked as an aide to Consumer and Corporate Affairs Minister Ron Basford, is now in charge of Trudeau's talent di- rect i Eg the compiling arid checking of names and recom- mendations. Tre big job at the moment U filling Senate vacancies and Tnideau is being presented with Kits of suitable political and Don political names. The British Columbia list, for example, includes the names of veteran Li be ral workers George Van Roggen and Law- rence Jotivet and writer-nator- ab'st Judge Roderick Haig- Brown. Another function of the tal- ent scouts is to keep an eye on loc al political problems. In Manitoba, former Provincial Liberal Leader Gil Molgat has first party claim lo a Senate seat. But if he resigns from the legislature and the Uberals Ion the byelection, their strength wwtld fall below the minimum level for a recognized opposi- Iton and the a year sal- ary for the.party leader. The problem has to be nego- tiated by Ihe PM's slaff-'with Ihe Manitoba Liberals before Molgat can be offered a Sen- ate post. Trudeau's increased slaff iielp him to do a teller job, but also to extend his personal po- litical reach. (Copy right, Itit. (Toronto SUr Syndicate) The Uthbndge Herald 504 7th St. S., Ltthoridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors end Published 1905 1954, by Hon. H. A. BUCHANAN Sfrart elm Mill Member Mil ol Canadian Pten in4 tM Bail? Nmmr lblim' Aviation at tM AwH Biiui of CircitalBei CLEO W. MOWEXS, Editor u) TIJuMAS 8. ADAMS, CmrU Manactr >OT. BALLA WILLIAM BAT Maiaj'.Bf B2KOT Arwdata editor ROY F. HILES DOUGLAS X. IVALKF.t Manager Editorial PIM E4itor "THE HERAID SHVES THE SOUTH'.