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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Cardston man irked that U of L won't consider solar system theory By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Ail elderly Southern Albertan who claims to have invented a new theory of the origin of the solar system says the University of Lethbridgt has refused to give his theory a hearing. M. E. Spencer, of Cardston, says he has written to several people at the U of L in an attempt to have its scholars debate the pros and cons of his theory but almost all of his letters have gone unanswered He believes the university has been ignoring him because he only has a high school education and for a "high school graduate to challenge a university is a threat to the value of the institution." Mr. Spencer says his theory should not be considered a threat to the university because universities do not necessarily educate better than the process of self-education but they do educate faster "It took me 40 years to get information that the university gives in a few short he explains. Mr. Spencer has also written many other universities in North America in an attempt to have them evaluate his theory but their replies suggest he should first consult the local university. He had almost given up on having someone constructively criticize his theory last year that is until the U of L announced it would bestow an honorary degree this spring on Immanuel Velikovsky, the controversial American author and scientist whose theory of planetary collision has been ignored by other scientists and universities for more than two decades. Earl Milton, chairman of the U of L physics department and one of the first academics to suggest that Dr. Velikovsky be given an honorary degree, said during a speech in December that Dr. Velikovsky's method of supporting his theory is unorthodox to modern, scientists "but that doesn't mean its wrong Dr. Milton also told The Herald in December that the U of L is not giving Dr Velikovsky a degree for being right but instead for providing the scientific world with a plausible alternative to accepted scientific theory that stimulated intellectual thought. Such statements by U of L scholars anger Mr. Spencer. He can't understand why the university is so progressive about recognizing the controversial theory of Dr Velikovsky while it ignores a Southern Albertan's request to debate the validity of his new theory that also challenges accepted scientific theory. "I think all theories should be heard including (the) unique one that I Mr Spencer maintains Dr. Milton told The Herald he hasn't replied to any of the letters Mr. Spencer sent to him because he hasn't had the time to do so but will eventually likely this summer write "a lengthy piece" in response to Mr. Spencer's theory. But Mr Spencer says if Dr. Milton is knowledgeable in physics he should be able to at least provide an initial response to the Spencer theory "from the top of his head." Dr. Milton says the Spencer theory is more complicated than theories now available and is very difficult to test because it lacks the properties that are needed to distinquish between theories Mr. Spencer talks a different scientific language, Dr Milton says "He doesn't say what his evidence is" and as a result there "is no way you can test his theory on physical concepts." Dr. Milton has attempted to organize a seminar on campus to provide a hearing for Mr. Spencer but has been unsuccessful to date. Mr Spencer says he would even welcome debating his theory with a class of physic students at the U of L. The university class could write him on "a diverted basis some trying to prove my theory correct and some trying to prove it wrong. I will do my best to aid them. I now give as much effort to prove it wrong as to prove it right This makes it easy to help both sides and they can hammer it over in he suggests Dr. Milton says it is difficult for students to become involved in a debate on the Spencer theory because there isn't an appropriate course being offered at the U of L at this time that includes a study of the solar system The Spencer theory suggests the solar system began from atomic particles in space and will eventually complete its cycle by returning to space as atomic particles. Over billions of years, the cycle will repeat itself He bases his theory on space being full of matter "even though in terms of reference to matter composed of combinations of atoms and individual atoms it is a greater vacuum" than can be reproduced in the laboratory today Mr. Spencer says space contains particles like the atmosphere contains unseen water The cycle of the solar system, according to Mr Spencer, began with solar winds trapping some of the particles in space and they began to grow as the gravity of each attracted other particles As the size of the mass of particles grew the resulting greater gravity even attracted more particles from a greater distance until the growth reached the size of the sun. Mr. Spencer calls the sun sized mass of particles the "protosun" which he says ignited and exploded when it reached a certain size causing its crust to be broken up and thrust into space Most of the debris, he says, fell back to the sun (the protosun became the sun as we know it today after the explosion) while some of the larger pieces of debris gathered other particles to form planets. The moon and other stars were formed at the same time. Mr Spencer says his theory of the origin of the solar system is "based on an orderly series of events that could have happened Much has been in various stages of development and treated as separate action. "I am the first to connect them together into a he adds Mr Spencer has issued a challenge lo the University of Lethbridge "The best way to prove a theory wrong is to replace it with a better theory Meanwhile, he doesn't intend to sit silently by awaiting the U of L's response "I do not intend to rest until someone produces a superior theory of the solar system that will stand a point by point debate in he says District SECOND SECTION The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, April 22, 1974 Local news Pages 13-24 At the legislature Cool Hand Doug has a solution By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON A disturbing thread of intolerance has been winding its way through the legislature for a matter of three weeks now Al the receiving end of the intolerant attitudes being adopted by some MLA's are Huttentes, fndians, welfare recipients and prisoners I) you are a Huttente, you should not have the right to buy land If you are an Indian, you probably can't provide a decent home for your children. Opinion If you are a prisonei or weltaie recipient, you should be put to work at "voluntary" labor The time has passed when Japanese Canadians are interned as security risks and military pilots buzz Japanese farmers' fields at ingly low altitudes But, it appears some now want to turn southern beet fields into the Salt? Mines of Alberta Cool Hand Luke and his chain gang would feel right at home. The proposal being considered by the solicitor general is that inmates of correctional institutions be asked to work in the beet fields But the man who made the proposal Doug Miller (SC Taber would go further He would like to see chronically unemployed persons "asked" to help solve a farm labor shortage One could ask who comes Animals bound for N.W.T. A handful of Lethbndge farm animals are heading northward by truck today to a new home in the Northwest Territories where they form the mam ingredient of an experimental farm for delinquent youth Two employees of the N W T department of social development in Fort Smith, Carmen Going, a former city resident, and Bob Arlint, picked up six sheep, eight pigs and a variety of poultry on the weekend The animals were assembled by Glen Going, 2406 10th Ave. N The experimental 15-acre farm at Fort Smith will be for young people who "can't make it" in an urban setting By working with the animals, officials hope the young people will see the value of their labor and will change their attitude toward work after the chronically unemployed9 The politically unreliable perhaps? "You would like to work in the beet fields, yes' You have relatives in Edmonton, maybe9" Who are the chronically unemployed9 According to Neil Crawford, minister of health and social development, "unemployables" receive assistance It is to Mr Crawtord's advantage to minimize abuses of his welfare schemes But even it he has done so in this rase, a much higher proportion of the total work force on assistance would not seem unreasonable His tipures show less than one- halt of one per cent of a man work force abusing the system Hardl> enough to fill one string oi box cars heading for the voluntary labor camps in the South Solicitor General Helen Hunley has some of the best motives in the world pushing her to consider Mr Miller's "just add prisoners" instant solution to farm labor problems. 'Meaningful work' is something she wants to bring mlo provincial correctional institutions. When possible, she wants to get inmates out of the jails to where such work is available She hopes inmates can obtain training which will open the way to a job when they are released She went so tar as to say when she took on the post that experience as an inmate would be much more valuable to her than legal experience While she has neither she appears to be as much on the inmates' side as can be expected Thinning rows of sugar beets does not on the surface appear to have many rehabilitative possibilities But it does mean a chance to make some money, a chance not now offered inmates. The extieme danger lies in the difficulty of ensuring the program is voluntary Everyone else has the right to decide, within economic reason, what they will work at Prisoners do not As they have lost that right, so would some argue that welfare recipients should lose it Both, after all, annually- cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars each to Applying the same levels of intolerance adopted by some MLA's as mentioned earlier to the MLA's themselves would produce some interesting results Possibly half of them wouldn't be allowed to buy any more land because thfy have more than enough now A smattering probably wouldn't be allowed to adopt children And a wild guess would put 45 of the 75 members to "voluntary" labor in the beet fields to make up for their lack of productivity during the session After all, they annually cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars each to support c i JT w11 Minister blamed for panic buying Prices for sides of beef are changing almost every-other day, a Lethbridge spokesman for a major supermarket chain said Saturday The spokesman said his store is about four weeks behind filling orders for bulk beef and is not quoting firm prices A statement April 9 by Hugh Horner, Alberta agriculture minister, that the ban on cattle from the United States that have been fed the growth stimulant DES would result in substantial price increases, has created a "near-panic" situation in consumer demand, the supermarket spokesman told The Herald He termed "irresponsible" a further statement by Dr Horner that consumers should "get themselves a side of beef pretty quick" before prices increase The ban on U S Cattle lias Hospital expects shortage of staff The Lethbridge Municipal Hospital is gearing for an impending staff shortage tins summer that is expected to be the worst ever Dwight Jensen, LMH personnel director, says the '75 Games officer appointed An Edmonton woman vho competed in the 1970 Commonwealth Games has been appointed "chef de mission" for Alberta's team at the Canada Winter Games Marlene Kurt', now employed as a sports development supervisor with the provincial culture, youth and recreation department, will act as liaison officer between the team and the games' committee and will help schedule events team members will be participating 'in, said Horst Schmid, culture, youth and recreation minister, in making the appointment Miss Kurt was a member of Canada's shot and discus team at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, and attended the 1967 Canada Winter Games in Quebec with the Alberta basketball team Early this year, she went on a fact-finding visit to the CommonweaUh Games in Chnstchurch. N Z and last year was a mission staff member for the Alberta team at the Canada Summer Games in Burnabv. B C pool oi nurses the hospital can use part-time has been decreasing every yeai and is at the lowest point it has ever been Even though the situation could be close to critical, the hospital should be able to provide a complete staff, he said The problem though, the nursing pool the hospital uses in shortage situations is comprised mainly of nurses who are housewives and they have been less and less willing to put in time at the hospital, Mr Jensen says The government tax- structure is partly to blame for this, he says 'They know just how much they can make and still be claimed as a dependent by their husbands When they reach this point, they quit This happens, even though nurses are making more money now than they ever have LMH Administrator Andy Andreachuck adds the summer is also a time the nurses in the pool want to spend more time with their families or take holidays themselves Mr Jensen says the situation should be remedied just by digging deeper into the files for people "We will always have staff, it s just a matter of how deep we have to dig to get them." The nursing positions are the hardest positions to fill, he said because they have to perform a more experienced role The hospital usually has a large number of applicants for dietary, housekeeping and nursing aid positions The area traditionally haidest hit by summer holidavs is the psychiatric unit There is no difference this year than any other in this unit It is a problem getting psychiatric nurses at any- time, Mr Jensen savs Cancer drive nets Sunday rider It was a time for relaxing Sunday as temperatures in Lethbridge hit 60 de- grees For Mona Lengyel relaxing meant a quiet ride southeast of the city. The weather office reports, starting Tuesday afternoon, the weather will become more unsettled with an increasing chance of ram More than was" collected Sunday by the Lethbndge branch of the Canadian Cancer Society during a one-day residential blitz The blit? is part of a month- long fund raising campaign to collect The campaign runs until the end of April The residential blitz collected about more this year than in 1973 created a supply shortage in Canada, the spokesman said, and the current labor dispute at Lethbndge packing plants is adding to supply difficulties The manager of a local meat market said he has noticed a slight increase in orders for bulk beef in the last two days and expects the labor dispute will create "awful heavy demand" early next week He said the price of Side beef has increased about 10 cents-a-pound in the last two weeks and expects the price to "go up some more "It's 09-per-pound now, if I can get he said. But the manager of another supermarket chain store in the city said Saturday his store is expeiiencing no difficulties filling bulk beef orders, while anothei supermarket spokesman said he will quote bulk beef prices only after checking the wholesale price with packing plants Increased consumer demand, combined with a current supply problems has increased the wholesale market price, the spokesman said In Calgary, some bulk beef suppliers have stopped taking orders and several retailers describe the situation as a "panic similar to last summer A Safeway spokesman in that city said they "are not encouraging" consumers to buy beef in bulk, but the store is still selling cuts purchased before recent price increases Officials for both Canada Packers Ltd and Burns Foods Ltd in Calgary have said there is no shortage of cattle being available for slaughter Their problem was processing enough beef to keep up with demand from retailers trying to keep up with rising demand from consumers Students in home stretch The 1974 Easier break officially concluded this morning as about students headed back to school for the final fling at the books before the summer holiday period While separate and public school students are still attempting to gam more knowledge before the end of this school year, the Lethbridge Community College and University of Lethbndge students are busy this week transcribing the knowledge they gained during the past to examination papers Classes concluded April 17 at the university and April 19 at the college Students in the separate and public schools will conclude their school year June 7 ;