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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, Augusl 1, 1971 Morrix C. Sluunuilcher An August drought LousliiTil is to I'linipli- for his interest in Alberta's water resources anil his promise lo prolect them. However his wisdom may be questioned. And liis original- ity- The several ilema uf water policy he enunciated in LnlhbridRe, last week are hardly distinguishable from the Social Credit program. The ter- minology is the main difference. His promise lo protect Alberta from damage caused upstream by the B.C. government is a little late. The Peace is the only river affected, and the Bennett Dam is already built and operating. He was critical of the PRIME pro- gram, which is not consistent with his concern for southern Alberta water needs. I'RIMK simply calls For a series of diversions to brill" water from the surplus area in the north lo the area of potential short- age in the south. Although some of the ecological ptirisls have it, il is (ine of Hie besl-llioujjlil-oul plans for waler development in Can- ada. And lie expressed opposition lo Ihc idea of will IT export. Here again he does nol difler from the Social Credit However, both Mr. Strom and Mr. Lougheed may be questioned for their adamant position, based more on emotion than reason. There is no opposition from either leader to Ihe sale and export of Al- berta's soil Icrlilily, or her coal, oi- lier gas and oil, all of which are 11011- renewablc. The minds of political leaders should be kepi open to the possibility tliat Alberta may he bel- ter able lo afford lo sell waler than these oilier resources, and that il may be in her hilcrcsls lo do so. Bui admittedly il is sometimes not good polities lo indicate an open mind on emotion-prone subjects. Berlin and the Soviets The Lei-.jrjo of negotiations between Ihe four Allied powers is increasing because the Soviets genuinely waul to come lo an agreement on the issue Icasl Ihc majority of Western diplomats think they do. One of the reasons is thai the Russians are well aware Dial the treaty signed in Mos- cow and Warsaw last recogniz- ing the inviolability of. post-war fron- tiers, will nol be ratified by the Bun- destag unless Ihe Berlin question can be solved satisfactorily. The Soviets also realize that until a Berlin agree- ment is reached lliere is no hope of holding the European security confer- ence which (hey have been seeking for some lime. The oilier Allied powers engaged in the discussions. Britain. France and the United Stales, insist that Ihe So- viets must guarantee free acess lo West Berlin through East Germany. They have refused, and continue lo re- fuse lo acknowledge that this is a mailer for Kast Germanv lo decide. Hut there may be a change- in the Soviet posture on this vital question. The reason the now Communist parly leader of East Gcnnaiij. Erich Honecker. lias shown signs lhal he may take a more practical stance, and may be more malleable lo Soviet influence lhan his predecessor, the stubborn Waller Ijlbricht. was. A solution is not expected immedi- ately, nor when it does come, is it likely tha! il will be one lhal is cn- lirely salisfaclorv lo sides, but even if a sclllcinent which has reason- able prospects of durability can be reached, il won't! mean a huge stride forward towards a general delente in Europe. And thai result would be a tremendous achievement in the cause of world peace. The message but how? Angry editorials have appeared in the press all around fhe world con- cerning Ihe slow reaction of Western nations lo the frightful situation in East Pakistan and India. Urgent pleas from agencies, fran- tic cries for help from the govern- ment of India, have been met with token reaction, rather than crusading fervor. The tragic truth is thai the developed countries who can exlend the help, have become less and less inspired to act because the magni- tude of the situation has made it ap- pear so utterly hopeless as lo be be- yond solution. An article written by Nathan A. Ilaverstock and Richard C. Schroeder in the Winnipeg Free Press puts the terrible truth succinct- ly in its final paragraph. "Even .should human society learn to respond adequately lo disaster natural and man-made Ihey com- ment, "and lo defeat famine and dis- ease, it shows lillle sign of learning to control unchecked population growth, the one epidemic that prom- ises to bring untold distress in the decades ahead. The lesson of East Pakistan and Calcutta is that, if man does n o t bring population under control, Ihe forces of nature will.1' The developed nations, the so- called sophisticated nations. been slow to absorb Ihis message hut it's gelling across in all facets of our society now. The urgent ques- tion still remains lo send the message and (lie help to Ihose who need it even more than we do. ART BUCHWALD A prayer for tourists T According lo The Times of London, Greek Orthodox Church has just issued n new prayer asking the Lord lo prolect the Grc.ok people from lourisls. The prayer, which is lo be said by monks and nuns every morning and every evening goes like this: "Lord Jesus Chrisl, Son ot God, have mercy on Uie cilies, Ihe islands and Ihe villages of our Orlhodox fatherland, as well as Ihc holy monasteries, which are scourged by Ihc worldly touristic wave. us with a solution lo Ihis dra- matic problem and protecl our hrelhrcn who are sorely tried by the modernistic spirit of Ihcsc contemporary Western in- vaders." Now it's only fair if Ihe monks and nuns are beseeching the Lord with antilourisl prayers that Ihe tourisls get equal lime. So I have a prayer for tourisls which they musl reeile when I hey get up in Ihc morning and go lo bed at night. It goes like this: ''Heavenly Father, look down on us Your humble ohcdicnl servants who arc doomed lu Iravcl this earth. Inking photo- graphs, mailing post cards, buying souve- nirs and walking about in drip-dry under- wear. "We licrcech Yon ul Lord, see Ihat our plane is nol hijacked, our lu.'i.r'age is nol losl and our overweight baggage goes unnoticed. "Prolect us from surly and unscrupulous Inxi drivers, avaricious juniors and unli- censed English-speaking- guides. "Give us (his day divine guidance in (he selection of our hole-Is lhal we may find our reservalions honored, our ruoii.s made up and hoi waler running from Ihe fau- ccls (it it is at all "We pray lhal Ihc loir-phones work and Ihat Ihe operators speak our tongue and Ihat there is no mail wailing Irom our chil- dren which would force us to cancel Ihc rcsl of our trip ''Lead us, Dear I.iird. lo good inexpen- sive rcslaiiranls where the feed is su- perb, Ihe wallers friendly and the wine in- cluded in Ihe price Ihe meal. ''Give us Ihe uisriom lo tip correctly in we do nol understand. Forgive "Ami il perchance v i; skip an historic monument, lo take a nap allcr lunch, have mcrcy on us. lor our flesh is weak.'' (This part of Ihe prayer is for husbands.) '-near Curl, keep our wives from shop- ping sprees and prolect them from 'bar- gains' Ihey dun 1 need m- can't afford. Lead hem nol inlo lemplalion fur they know rail 11ml I linv ild '-near linn, Keep our wives Irnm ping sprees and prolect them from gains' Kiev nun i Mi-r