Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, August 2, 1974 A conserver society The Science Council of Canada, in its just-published annual report, has an- nounced the inauguration of a study into the implications particularly for science and technology of what it calls a Conserver Society The expectations are that this search will be a part of their research program for several years The study is being undertaken because of the council's concern for man's pursuit of exponential economic growth and the predictions that this will lead to ultimate disaster What the council intends to probe, ac- cording to the report are the conse- quences which would ensue if our socie- and our economic system attempted to make more efficient use its natural resources of its energy and of human time This would involve a rethinking of current technological practices and planning and envisages a change from a society The council has posed a couple of questions to stimulate thinking along these lines Is the need to work so great that we must deplete our planet's resources at an accelerated rate simply in order to avoid increasing the numbers ot unemployed9 Have people no higher aspirations than to spend eight hours a day five davs a week in what may well be'ultimately meaningless tasks9 These questions may seem heretical, or inane, but they touch the heart of the problem Reassessment of the global economic future is not new The Limits of Growth has inspired much verbiage on the sub- ject Nevertheless, a Canadian ex- pression however modest it sets out to be will be ot considerable value, par- ticularly if it is specific rather than abstract in its conclusions Now that questions about the value of growth per se are being asked at the local level, as well as at the provincial national, and international level, whatever the council has to offer on the subject of a society whose technology is geared to conserving will be eagerh awaited Future family planning Next month the first World Population Conference will convene in a Communist countrv and will be presided over by a Catholic There is considerable irony in these details because it has been an unof- ficial alliance of Communists and Catholics that has prevented any previous attempt to search out accep- table s of dealing with the population problem Opposition to the discussion of the pop- ulation is-sue has been diminishing in re cent years as its dimensions have become known Now that death by star- vation is an almost certain prospect for millions ot the earth s inhabitants op- position has almost completely dis- appeared The realization has dawned that populations can put intolerable strains on resources and on the en- vironment Can an international conterence ac- complish am thing on this front9 Richard N Gardner professor of law and inter- national organization at Columbia University believes it can In an article in Saturday Review World he lists 10 specific things an action plan could ask each country to do These include such things as reviewing legislation on such things as minimum age of marriage abortion taxation with a view to influencing childbeanng decisions in the desired direction including material on family life and population problems in all levels ot the educational system, making the means of planning available to all in the childbeanng years But the chances of agreement on such proposals seems remote when it is remembered that the Irish government recently voted down a law that would have legalized the sale of contraceptives and that there is vigorous opposition to family life courses being introduced into education systems in Canada Perhaps the chief value in holding the Bucharest conference will not be in reaching agreement on specific proposals but in the sharing of informa- tion and focusing attention on the need tor national policies regarding pop- ulation Enlightened leaders can then make moves within their own jurisdic- tions without waiting for an international plan ot action Eventually the others might follow their lead It is illusory to suppose that anything can be done to arrest population growth before well into the next century because of the enormous momentum built into current population growth rates There are no emergency measures that can be taken Planning is necessarily for the future ART BUCHWALD Franglais is dead WASHINGTON The French in an effort to purify their language, have officially ex- pelled 350 English words from the French vocabulary including bypass tanker and container The campaign against as these English words were called was ordered by the French president who set up a com- mission to find French equivalents for English words that had managed to get into a Frenchman s vocabulary It is regrettable at a time when nations are trying to understand each other better that France would purge itself of English words If she persists England and the United States may have to retaliate by eliminating all French words from the English language This letter has just been sent to President Valery Giscard d Estaing Dear President Giscard It is regretful that at a time of detente in world affairs France would decide to eliminate English words from the French language As a Francophile and a connoisseur of your great country, I feel that you are appealing to the potpourri of chichi elements in France that for years have been blase about the im- portance of bringing our two great cultures closer together The thinking here in Washington is that the French are losing their sangfroid over Franglais and are not au courant as to the desire of most people to breakdown language barriers and understand each other Your campaign has a deja vu ambiance about it It seems for years the French have protested the encroachment of English on their language But the elite French Academy, which is supposed to guard the culture of the country, has sat on its derriere for 50 years and has done nothing about it In the meantime, France has encroached on the English language but no one has com plained Thanks to our high standard of living, many of us have become bons vivants enjoying the cuisine of all nations as well as going to radical chic parties for worthy political causes Some of us have been called gauche for doing this but we have a saying here "Chacun a son gout We now have savoir-faire, which we never had before and while we make social gaffes the fact that we all share an esprit de corps is a fait accompli. My dear president, your decision to expel English words from the French language can only lead to the end of an entente cordiale that has existed between us You may respond "C'est la but I predict such an attitude would only escalate into a debacle for both countries If you decide to give the coup de grace to the few English words that have entered your language, we will ha no choice but to take a close look at the French cliches that have become part of ours What you are doing is inviting a contretemps that would only benefit those searching for a raison d'etre to divide us Entre nous we cannot give these people a chance to achieve a success fou. Therefore, Monsieur, we must look at the nuances and protocois of your decision The question we in America are asking is have you made a faux pas? Have we reached an impasse or are you willing to adopt a laissez- faire attitude about the French language9 I hope this is not au revoir. It would be a pity for all of us to lose our joie de vivre at this moment in history Please Monsieur le president, accept this as a cri de coeur and r.s.v.p. tout de suite. Vive la France, vive la difference. A B What's he got to laugh about? By Doug Walker I had a devastating experience one night in league play at Henderson Lake Golf Club I shanked my way to two successive 10s and wound up with a 57 and lost the match Meanwhile team-mate Bruce Redman won his match with a 48 All the next day Bruce flashed a supercilious smile at me as I was in and out of the back shop He even made a cou- ple of trips out to my office to stand at the door and give me that smile Finally he brought a picture of Arnold Palmer showing how it sho'j'4 done and stuck it up where I would have to gaze at it It's a funny thing, though On the team postings after that fiasco I still had a 10 han- dicap and Bruce still had a 12 The fellows who figure out the handicaps must have realized we both had an off night Manipulation of the press questionable By Richard Gwyn, Toronto Star commentator There were two losers in the election the Conser- vatives and the press Before using that quote, I hesitated tor a long time It sounds arrogant when the in- tent was quite the opposite the person who said it is one of the few advisers around Prime Minister Trudeau genuinely concerned about the role and place of the press Secondlv while the problems of the pi ess fascinate jour- nalists they are largely a bore to everyone else The state of relations between the prime minister and the press may be ot significance though Trudeau has re-gamed enormous per- sonal power One sign small in scope but highly visible, of how Trudeau intends to exer- cise his mandate will show itself in the ways he deals with the press During the campaign, most newspapers supported the Conservatives and most reporters liked Robert Stan- field as a person more than they did Trudeau, a preference that to some degree colored their re- porting The election result detlated the myth ot the power of the press, a legend believed in by academics but by few journalists This wasn't the reason the press "lost" the election The press has backed losers before The press lost instead because of the way in which Trudtai1 won Trudeau tamed the press He kept reporters at a distance so they couldn't ask questions but still collected all the publicity he needed by feeding "the to use Norman Mailer's phrase, with color stories and with carefully orchestrated policy announcements It isn t necessarily true that more press conferences would have produced more informa- tion Staniield always was ac- cessible to reporters yet inter- views with him produced few clear answers about his key policy oi price and income controls The pioblem is more corn- plex Stantield dealt openly with the press but earned no political benefits Trudeau manipulated but was hand- someh rewarded Trudeau you must stop worrying about Mr Whelan and his poor farmers and eat your Kennelration U.S. Supreme Court steps backward By Carl T. Rowan, syndicated commentator WASHINGTON I am not surprised by that Supreme Court decision making the suburbs of Detroit and elsewhere court-protected sanctuaries of Jim Crow schools I am not surprised because I knew the day Richard Nixon became president, vowing to name only "strict constructionists" to the Court, that we were in for a judicial period of social and racial backwardness So the four Nixon appointees with an assist from Justice Potter Stewart have now guaranteed that racism, separatism discrimination, hostility shall be the dominant factors in education in metropolitan America for at least another generation I say I am not surprised by this retreat toward the 19th century "separate but equal" dictum of Plessy v Ferguson which we thought was wiped away forever in 1954, because just about everything in this society has gone backward under Mr Nixon morality the economy the plight of the Republican party When blacks have seen their share of the economic pie dwindle (the black family that had to spend for every available to the white family in 1969 now has only under Nixonian policies, they could hardly expect anything other than the schools judgment they got Friday from the Nixon appointees And we all might as well face up to the reality that even if Mr Nixon is ousted for presiding over an administration of unparalleled crookedness, for disregard of his oatn of ofice for gross abuses of power, he will leave a legacy that none of us can ignore He will leave his mark on the highest court in the land That makes some Americans happy now, caught up as they are in anti-busing fever suckered as they have been about pretenses that a "strict constructionist" court would give police the upper hand so that they could abolish crime and make our streets safer than a church pew Well, Americans already have seen that early Nixon administration figures about reducing crime were phony Mostly because the people compiling the figures shaded the truth so as to make the administration look good The most recent figures showing an increase in serious crimes are a lot nearer to the truth I can guarantee you that to extent the Supreme Court ruling intensified the mjus tices which already are so rampant in urban America, to that extent will our metropolitan areas become even more unhvable In a ringing dissent Justice Thurgood Marshall pointed out some things which must have been obvious to the court majority that under our constitution, the states bear a responsibility to maintain a non-discriminatory system of education, that states have been required to ignore or change old boundaries where voting districts were malapportioned in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment District lines have never been sacrosanct where a statewide duty is clear Said Justice Marshall "The state should no more be allowed to hide behind its delegation and compartmentahzation of school districts to avoid its constitutional obligations to its children than it could hide behind its political subdivisions to avoid its obligations to its voters The reasoning is clear Why, then, did it escape Chief Justice Warren Burger and his four colleagues9 Marshall concludes that they bent to a public mood which seemed to clamor "We have gone far enough in enforcing the constitution s guarantee of equal justice Justice Marshall speculates that the American people ultimately will regret last week s decision Assuredly he is right for a decision that diminishes the rights and hopes of the most helpless of our children is a decision that cannot help but dimmish the court and the society which makes or acquiesces in such a decision was manipulative in fact not only in the sense that he played upon the press' vul- nerability to easy stones that would fill all those column inches of newsprint and hours of broadcasting time, but in the sense also that he ex plotted the competitive nature of journalism he accepted the CBC's request for an inter- view because it would be done by two journalists he likes, Pat Watson and Robert McKenzie (Trudeau's classmate at the London School of but refused to go on CTV's com- parable Question Period The danger now is obvious Trudeau now may turn success into excess News management in mid- campaign is one thing Presi- dent Nixon developed the basic technique in '68, Premier Bourassa of Quebec used it in 1973, but no-one ex- pccts too much high- mindedness during elections Trudeau though, is no longer the Liberal candidate he is once again the prime minister News management as an on-going policy by a government is quite another matter and would be highly dangerous Relations between prime ministers and the press always are uneasy, commonly because the press, in its pur- suit of the personality cult, fabricates heroes and then over compensates when they turn out to be human beings This happened with John Diefenbaker Lester Pearson never built quite such high ex- pectations, and so never fell so far As for Trudeau, the press of course put him on a pedestal back in '68 and then helped to almost push him off in 72 Trudeau himself has never held the press in high regard, nor indeed in any regard The only newspaper Trudeau reads with attention is Le Devoir the intellectual Montreal daily Last winter Trudeau invited Le Devoir editor Claude Ryan to 24 to end their long-stand- ing ideological feud Ryan agreed to drop his advocacy of special status for Quebec Trudeau is entitled to his views about the Dress thev hardly are unique The point, though is that the press faults and warts and all, is an intermediary a link, between the sources of information and the public (Not the only also talk directly to their con- an important link) The press doesn't automati cally have a right to know the public does If Trudeau contin- ues to manipulate the flow of information in the calculated way he did during the cam- paign then the public will be the loser THE CASSEROLE A traveller on a promotional STOL (Short take-off and landing) flight from downtown- Montreal to downtown Ottawa was heard to observe, "I don't think we saved that much time They saved a few minutes, which is all anyone can say for each succeeding genera- tion of jets, when you come to think of it But that's not the point What should matter, to cities thinking of second and even third air- ports, is that STOL planes don't need those 2- mile long runways that mean huge, 20 square mile airports according to The Sun News-Pictorial AGT has a long way to go to catch up considering the installation charge for a residential home now is only Professor James Eayrs of Toronto, noting that 1984 is creeping up fast, has made the tongue-in-cheek proposal that the year be struck from the calendar, as hotelkeepers rid their guests of 13th floors Would that such a simple solution for totalitarianism were possible1 The air freight people offer an odd sort of delivery guarantee It provides for a 50 per cent refund if the shipment isn't delivered as scheduled It applies only to parcels weighing less than 50 pounds and valued below and it doesn't apply if delays are caused by weather, mechanical failure or whatever the airlines may mean by "related problems When the U S presidential election takes place in 1976 it will be only the second time since 1952 without the name of Richard M Nixon on the ballot 1974 by NEA Inc "I've got an idea' Let's go on a hunger strike'" The Lethbrtdge Herald 504 7th St S Lethbridge Alberta LbTHBRIDGE HERALD CO LTD Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mail Registration No 0012 CLEO MOWERS, Editor and Publisher DON H PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R DORAM General Manager Telephone installation charges in Australia are expected to jump to this fall as part of the government's austerity program, Nigel Calder in his book, The Life Game Evolution and the New Biology, says "Nature abhors perfection The Wall Street Jour- nal's regular book reviewer, Edmund Fuller, made this brief comment "social Utopians please note ROY 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