Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LEIHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, Augusl 1, 1970- Anthony Weslell Now Or Never The sigh of relief around Hie world was almost audible with the an- nouncement that Israel had accepted the U.S. Middle-East peace plan and that it appoint a representa- tive for peace talks under the aus- pices of UN envoy Gunnar Jarring "w'thout prior conditions." The Israelis had a strong case for delaying their answer after Egypt and Jordan had accepted. There had been no announced plan guarantee- ing that there would be no build-up of Russian military equipment and missiles west of Suez. There is still no "announced" plan. But Israel is prepared to accept Soviet and U.S. assurances that such a build-up will not take place, even though the gov- ernment of Golda Meir is well.aware of the inherent dangers of the de- cision. The danger of an increase in mili- tary potential by the Egyptians dur- ing the ceasefire is very real. But there are other Israeli fears too. There has been no assurance by the parties involved that control can be maintained over the Arab guerrillas who are determined to eliminate Israel as a nation. The Jordanian government makes no guarantee that they can be controlled simply be- cause the Jordanian government hasn't the power to take the neces- sary measures. If it tried, King Hus- sein might well find himself without a throne with el-Fatah running the whole show. Syria is opposed to any ceasefire and its government may well be in trouble now if further guer- rilla uprisings take place. Huge anti- Israeli demonstrations are reported from Baghdad. In spite of threats from terrorists who cannot be controlled by their governments, in spite of fears of arms escalation and in spite of oppo- sition within the Israeli cabinet, Mrs. ileir's administration has decided on this one last chance to avert a full scale war To do otherwise would have escalated hostilities, alienated many of those in the U.S. supporters of Israeli policy, increased the chance of confrontation between the two big powers Russia and the U.S. The risks are great, the chances of success are believed by many to be very small. But the risk had to be taken. Israel could not allow herself to he accused of blocking any possi- bility of peaceful settlement. Big Brother Bothers Big brother on the other side of the Pacific Ocean has been bothering kid Canuck horning in on the fish- ing game. Naturally there are some ruffled feelings. Canadian fishermen claim the Rus- sians have no business intruding in their traditional fishing banks. It is part of the code of fishermen to move on when a spot is already being fish- ed. The Russians found Canadians fishing but instead of leaving them alone they gave the impression of trying to move the first-comers out by banging the smaller boats about. This is the sort of behavior that characterizes a bully. It has forced the Canadian government to order naval strength into the area for poli- cing purposes. There is no suggestion that the Russians will be driven off. The intruders cannot be forced to leave because they are fishing out- side the legal 12-mile limit. But they may be precipitatl a retaliatory action. Russia insists on a 150-mile limit beyond its own shores. Fisher- men are urging that Canada should claim a similar limit or more. Some countries such as Ecuador and Pern enforce a 200-mile limit. Mining the seas in the way the Russians are doing with their large vessels and sophisticated gear is an offense in itself. In the interests of conservation, Canada, the United States and Japan have a treaty gov- erning fishing for herring. It is high time that Russia joined the agree- ment. Meanwhile it is a good thing that the government has ordered navy ships into the troubled area. This should prevent further accidents and ward off the possibility of angered Canadian fishermen firing rifles at the Russians something that would only make matters worse. Call A Taxi City administrations everywhere wrestle with the problem of providing public transportation. Most are re- signed to the transit system peren- nially showing a deficit but all are interested in making it as small as possible. There will be great interest, there- fore, in an experiment being conduct- ed in West Germany. In Munich, taxis are being substituted for buses during those periods when patronage is poor. They can be called from the terminal and will carry passengers along the regular bus route for the price of a normal bus fare. It will be interesting to see how this is assessed in terms of public acceptance and cost relative to that of keeping the buses on their routes. There might be a suggestion here for Lethbridge. Weekend Meditation The Eyes Of God TN THAT WONDERFUL book, Eccles- iasticus, the worst kind of man is de- scribed as saying, "Who can see me? All around is dark and the walls hide me; no- body can see me, why need I worry? The Most High mil not take note of my sins." The eyes of men are all he fears: he for- gets that the eyes of the Lord are ten thousand limes brighter than the sun, ob- serving every step men take ana' penetra- ting every secret. This was the way many of us were brought up. God saw every action ajid heard every word. There was a Divine bookkeeper. And who siyj there is not? Does not the dean of American psycholo- gists, William James, say that a man may say that he will not count this time, but it is counted down in the cells of his being, in liis subconscious, and determines his life and destiny? The progression goes, "An act, a habit, a destiny." No thought and no deed can be without eternal re- sults. But tills is not the point realiy t be made here. The point is that all men work for some major objective, some control- ling principle governs all they do. Some work for money, the least happy of olv jcctives. Some work for fame or power, which finally turns to dust. Some work to create a lovely tiling, which is much bet- ter, but finally by itself turns destructive as the lives of artists tell us, and leaves life lonely and bare. Some work for truth and this is magnificent except that one can be dreadfully disillusioned with people and causes. As John Morley said, for the deadliest of wet-blankets give him tlw man who was most a visionary in his youth. Jeremiah said that the man who trusted in man was a fool who would come to a bad end. In youth one is starry-eyed and idealistic, learning by hard experience that the natural man does not love truth, docs not "love the highest when lie sees it." and is "doggone sinful'' as (ircon Pas- tures has it. U may be a fine tradition that dictates our actions, like Naboth who said to Ahab, "The Lord forbid it me that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee." Thus a sense of honor grips us, a feeling that no decent person would shame his family and friends. A man has to live so that he can look himself in the face. "Why not "All my life I would have to live with a thief." To do something that you have to hide marks a timing point in your life. The only good way to live is to keep your conscience clear, without rea- son to fear what men may say of you. One of the highest rules of conduct was given by Emmanuel Kant, "Act according to that maxim which you would will to be a universal law." This is really a com- plicated paraphrase of the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would Uiat they should do to you." It is a splendid rule, however. Walk round it! But nothing is so magnificent as "work- ing in the Great Taskmaster's eye." The medieval sculptors so fashioned their work that the unseen part was as exquisitely done 85 the seen. Even w'nen you have to get down on your hands and knees to look, or hold a light to the work at the back, you can find no flaw on that workmanship that no one sees except God. One of the great- est of English writers, complimented on her literary achievements, remarked sad- ly, "There is not one of (hem I would dire to show to God.'1 It is not merely a frightening way to live; it is a stimulating, happy way to liv. No man knows tile efforts one makes. No man knows the blood, sweat, and tears going into some thankless job. But God .secy; God knows. This is the only satis- factory way lo live. Men praise the worth- less and criticize Ihe priceless. Work for the approval of God and live with indif- ference lo the world's praise or blame. "Thou, God, scest." Prayer: Let me not Iwld anything dear except hcnriiif! Thro Kay, "Well done, good and faithful scrvanl." F. S. M. Making The Law Worthy Of Respect o TTAWA One of the crili- cal political Issues of the Seventies is the clash between the pressures tor a more per- missive, experimental society and the demand for law and order. The LeDain report proposing to ease the law on drugs lias already become one battle- ground, with a division appar- ent in the federal cabinet and the provincial attorneys-general united hi opposing liberaliza- tion. The next clash may be over the proposal to abolish flogging which is now before the cabinet in a draft bill for further re- form of the Criminal Code. Few judges now impose flog- ging as a punishment for crime and it is seldom ordered as a disciplinary measure inside prisons. But there are a num- ber of ministers no doubt re- flecting substantial public opin- ion who argue that this is no time to surrender any of the sanctions against violence in so- ciety. If tbc proposal to abolish the lush' survives cabinet discus- sion and comes to the Com- mons in the next session, there is certain to be an angry de- bate which will be echoed throughout the country. Parliament took years to sus- pend capital punishment when violence was less prevalent and public opinion far less agitated than it is today. The government's winning ar- gument, however, may be that it will propose to increase pris- on sentences for crimes of vio- lence in the same bill which ends flogging. Even so, the proposal to abol- ish the lash is only the most dramatic of a whole series of coming reforms designed to modernize the criminal law and to protect the rights of citizens in dealings with authority the police, the courts, the agen- cies of government. After years of dusty grandeur In which its main role often seemed to be to defend the status quo, the federal justice department is emerging as an activist agent for social change in Canada. Guy Favreau ordered much of the research and set the di- rection of Liberal reform dur- ing lu's clouded years as justice minister in the Pearson govern- ment. Pierre Trudeau brought style and glamor to the depart- ment with his major overhaul of the Criminal Code and the philosophy drawing a line be- tween private morality and public law. The present minister, John Turner, has the energy and the enthusiasm to broaden the at- tack. His caution is sometimes troubling to progressives he waffled on capital punishment, for example, and is hesitant how to move on the LeDain report and as he is, at 41, clearly in the line to succeed Trudeau, his political motives can be suspect. But Turner has drawn up a program of action which puts him firmly on the side of a more libertarian, less authori- tarian society. lie has made clear lu's view that the answer to disrespect for the law is not repression, but change to make the law more worthy of respect. In a period when many people are concern- ed with the security of the state against license, Turner's prior- ity is to enlarge and protect the rights of citizens. As a lawyer, he naturally tends to see society in terms of a set of laws governing the relationship of man to man and of man to his institutions, and he perhaps puts too much faith, as Trudeau does, in the power to solve problems by changing laws. But this is a fault on the right side, and a spur to action. And action there is in plenty, Letters To The Editor History Has A Way Of Repeating Itself They say that history has a way of repeating itself. If this is the case, we are living in a time of repelib'on and I am afraid it's too late to turn back. The great civilizations of the past can show us that moral decay created more havoc with their cultures and institutions than any other single factor. The Grecian civilization perish- ed on a sea of homosexuality. The Roman Empire was never conquered, except from within, the Bible teaches us that the great strides of the Jewish people were halted each time they turned their backs on the Mosaic Law. So where are we? Homosexuality is now quite legal between consenting adults. There is no way to stop the fairies and the lesbians from seeking new recruits. The great films and plays of the last deade (and it might well be the last) have laid a patina of pity over the proslilule, the fairy, Ihe lesbian and the pimp. Lechery seems to be the key to good television ratings. Incest, fornication, sodomy, rape and violence are neces- sary for line-ups outside of movie houses. Sodom and Gomorra never had it so good. Sixty five cities in the United States have gone past the epi- demic stage with venereal dis- ease. Canadian statistics are showing a tremendous in- crease. Now we are toying with the idea of legalizing the This Was No Democrat In the July 20 issue Ihere ap- peared pictures of the Whoop- Up Parade winners. In the bot- tom right of the set of four pictures, there appeared, "an Sunday Bylaw I am writing in regard to Ihe Sunday bylaw. As a citizen of what I feel lo be a democracy I respect the beliefs and poli- cies of other groups though they may differ, from my own. Sunday has been traditionally and historically set aside as a day of rest and worship. For six days out of the week the citizens of this city are free to participate in activities of their personal choice, provid i n g Garbage! It is indeed unfortunate that police forces as efficient as ours should he publicly malign- ed by a mini brained reporter (If You Ask Me by Jim Wilson, July 23) but the public arc gen- erally aware of the bigoted na- ture of such persons as this re- porter and dismiss these idiotic statements for what they are; Karbagc. RAY KEITGGS, liiey do not infringe on the rights of other citizens. To my way of thinking it is lime we included -Sunday as a day simi- lar lo other days, where the in- dividual citizen is given the freedom and the right to attend those activities which he feels are most conducive lo his per- sonal salisfaclion and happi- ness. There are citizens who do not care to set aside Sunday as a day of worship and we do not worship on Sunday regardless of Ihe fact lhal our present laws exclude a number of ac- tivities. The passing of this Sunday bylaw will give people the freedom to involve them- selves in activities of their own choice, such as the theatre and athletic activities. It will in no way violate the decision of any person to dedicate Sunday to worship or acknowledging Sun- day in an'y way he chooses. CONCERNED STUDENT. Lethbridge, old Democrat, driven by Deb- bie O'SulIivan, and Debbie Hudson, both of Lethbridge." My eyes may be wrong but they sure say that democrat was nothing but a two-wheel- ed cart drawn by one horse. In my young days a demo- crat was a two-sealed buggy drawn by a pair of horses. In these days the word "demo- crat" seems to also include a polilical party, but I am sure that as a vehicle of convey- ance, it slill has four wheels. What about it, you old timers? MRS. K. M. WILLIAMS. Glenwood. Editor's Note: Mrs. Wil- liams is right. A democrat is a Iwo-scatcd buggy. Would "sulky" lisve been the right word for the vehicle shown in the picture? So They Say The time has passed, in my opinion, when we can afford the precept that the needs of national defence must rake top priority and our other federal programs be left to get along as best Ihey .can on whal is left over. Paul Warnkc, for- mer U.S. secretary of defence. use of drugs, and the possibil- ity of killing our offspring be- fore they are born. It would seem to me that if os much attention was given to the pollution of the minds and bodies of our young people as there is to tha pollution of our lakes and streams, there might be some hope. I don't see any hope at present, and I don't see any point in pre- serving our environment for generations which might not be born. I offer no solution, only the problem. CLIFF BLACK. Lethbridge. partly because the fiscal squeeze crimps Ihe plans of the spending ministers am! leaves parliamentary time for minis- ters wilh reform ideas which don't cost money. Turner has organized the con- tinuing program of reform un- der four main headings. The first objective is to bring the criminal law up lo dale with modern society and thereby to make it more credible, particul- arly to the young. Trudeau's omnibus bill, which Turner steered through Parlia- ment., was a major step. The bill in the next session is ex- pected to deal not only with flogging but also with stand- ards of sentencing, rehabilita- tion of criminals and other is- sues. The bail bill introduced in the Commons last month begins the reform of procedures when the citizen is at the discretion of the authorities and before he gets his day in court thai is, when decisions are being made whether to arrest him, detain him, prosecute him. The second objective is to broaden the rights of the citi- zen his dealings with the state and its maze of regulatory and administrative law. The Expropriation Act pro- vides protection against some arbitrary procedures. The Fed- eral Court Act broadens the power of the courts to review quasi judicial decisions by boards and commissions. New bills in preparation will seel: to supervise the power which Parliament delegates to ministers and boards and com- missions, ensuring for example that they do not impose hidden taxes, stay strictly within their terms of-reference, and follow fair procedures when they act in a semi-judicial way to award licenses or approve rates to be charged for services. The third objective Is to im- prove access to the law for the poor and Ihe oppressed, so Ihey can use it as a way to obtain rights. "If the poor are rarely plain- tiffs, they are often defend- Turner has complained. "They are bewildered and be- mused by legalities they face daily as parents, consumers, tenants, recipients of public as- sistance and accused offenders. "Too often the poor see the law not as a friend but as an enemy, not as an aid but as an adversary, not as a remedy but as an obstacle." Turner is now studying pro- vincial legal aid plans to see if the federal government can help to establish national stand- ards. The government had hoped to guarantee rights to counsel in a charter of rights in a new constitution. But as the prov- inces are not eager to adopt the charter concept, special legis- lation will probably be neces- sary lo provide legal rights. The final objective is to bring the law into the technological age, enabling it both to use the instruments of technology and to prevent their abuse. Canada is said to be in forefront of the world in study- ing the application of com- puters to law to create in- stant law libraries, for example, and to keep the revised statutes in a form quickly and economi- cally available. The bill to control wire- lapping will be followed in a year or two by legislation to protect the right to privacy against electronic surveillanct and data storage systems. The claim to jurisdiction over Arctic waters to defend against pollution is an attempt to write new international law to deal with new problems Inside Canada, the law will hopefully be made available as a means of protecting the individual's right to clean waler and air and reasonable quiet. (Toronto Star Syndicate) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD 1920 American buyers ara now ready to accept Canadian cattle from districts which have been infected with mange. All cattle that have been dipped and cleaned and certified by the agriculture department will be accepted. HIM The British dirigible R-100 was coupled to her moor- ing mast at St. Hubert airport just 79 hours after leaving her own mast' at Cardington, Eng- land. 1910 to Swiss reports Germany is massing troops and planes for a planned invasion of Britain. Italian planes and German trained Italian troops are massing alongside German troops for the long threatened blitzkreig. 1050 lung Leopold said ha is prepared lo abdicate Sept. 7, 1931, when Crown Prince Bau- doin becomes 21. 1960 Tlie new lord of the manor, Sir Robert Williams, a 37 year old brakeman from Kamsack, S'ask., arrived at Heanton Puncliardon, England to look over the estate he inherited. The Letlibridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second class Mall Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, Central Manager JOE BALLA WILLIAM HAY Managing Ecillor Associate Editor ROY 'F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page Editor "THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH"