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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Solurdoy, Auguil IJ, 1972 THI LETHBRIDOI HIBALD 3 Hodgson Riding and repairing the old bicycle rphere seems to bo a return to bicycles as a means of transporaiion the streets are loaded with Ihcm, Since the coming of the three-speed and (lie bike popu- lation has jumped by (lie thous- and. More paved roads and streets have helped the in- crease because ii was n ever very enjoyable to pedal along gravel or dirt roads ami have throw mud and rocks in your face. The multi-speed wheels make It possible for niost anyone to find a chain ratio that they ran get along with, easily. I never rode one, but I don't think you have to be a double-clutching truck driver to be able to op- erate one. I'm sure tbc many different types and models available today would make It difficult to decide what to buy almost as had as all the dozens of car models presented to confuse the buyer. All Ibis flury of new leg-pow- er locomotion makes me think of my first and only bike. I think it was J9J8 that we got together, and I will remember tbc fifrugfjlo to scrape up Uie money to buy it. TTie newspaper add said "good used bicyclet and I only bad five, but a big deal with Dad pot the other five, even if I did have to pledge free after school work in tlie shop Cor a month. Ft had wooden rims, and one near- ly tire, hut it was mine and worked fine the first week, Then tire trouble developed, and the brake refused to work. T had it apart more than it was together, so didn't get much riding as I had to work after school to repay my dehf. About that time my pal Ron Richards got his second-hand "wheel" too, so I bad company with my breakdowns. I had finally learned to rido A bicycle the year before, but ll had lire n pretty expensive. Dad had said at that time there was no use me having one. I couldn't ride anyway. So every time I could find twenty cents I spent it on a neighbor kid who rented his out at that high price per hour. After quite a few self-laugh t lessons, three pairs of pants, and a lot of lost skin, I learned to slay upright most of the tune. Now Ron and I rode all over the country, when we didn't have to work. We bad most of the bugs over- come on those two old bikes, and I bad a new tire, bul there was still a liftlo brake trouble. Taking that New Departure coaster brake apart ami wash- ing it out in gasoline got to be a weekly occurrence, of a handlebar to take it out of my mnuth, be- cause of the rutted road and my unbalanced frame, I took a deep breath and tried to spit it nut. It stuck to my bottom lip and the burning end v.'enl to work on tny chin. T did (lie nat- ural tiling grabbed Ihc cig- arette. 5.1ml t; ol h eyes, and went flying through the air OTIC wa y a n rl fie bike: wen t I h c other wiiy. Another time coming homo down the sleep bill from school, my brake quit, Usually when thin happened f just went on past the house till I ran down, but thus time the (own crow was installing a new crossing. I lurned out lo miss Ihc hole, crossed the sidcwMk. ami was doing alright (ill I carno to a little v.'nlk leading io a bouse. The boards wore an inch or .so npnrt, and flic front wheol dropped between Uvr> and .stuck, and the bike stopped hut T We were always r.aring each other to try something foolish, .ind onr day I iNired Knn to coasl down the noxt hill to tho river cut-hanks. Tliero WHS n fence near Ihe bottom with a narrow gale lending (o a farm- hnirc there Tt was pretty Mpop 1ml rtidn't looV loo bad, aivl the gate oppn. Iton was fl hit undecidod, and it took a few words of encouragement, Mwn be jumped on and sailed away. He usnrl all Hie brake he could without .skidding tlic hack wheel, and it looked like he was going to make It fine, when a gust of wind nwung the gate shut. Ho also did the only thing lelt, swung off lo one side and shut his eyes, and went flying one way and the bike went the other. At an intersection one day wo ran into each other, when wo each decided to go in opposite d breclion.s. Ron c a m.e out the loser with a bont rear wheel rim. It was the new style rim, so we just shoved it under the drill-press and straitened ll, OIK! few minutes later we were again, f wasn't so lucky when I parked mine hind a drsy wagon, and tho teamster backed up before ho wont ahead. It cost me a week's wages for a second-hand wood- en rim, and it took us more than a week to get the spokes ad j u.st exl so th e wheel would turn without, rubbing. We spent as much lime repairing those- two old bicycles as we did riding them, but wo learned a lot and had many hours of fun. The new 10-spced bikes go whizzing along the fit reels with little effort, or so it seems, and they arc all painted fancy col- lors and have levers and cables nickle plated and flashing in the sun. All our hikes wero black, but I painted minn white once, and when the cheap paint started to peel off it like a pinto horse. There i.s talk of making it the law to wear hclmnts when riding these new sjKicd bikes. I think we should Imvo worn them for 1 lie nrds we ran into years ago, hut nobody thought about It then. Bicycle riding Ls good for tho health and cheap transporta- tion. It looks like the only way we will cut down our num- ber one cause of air pollution i.s to revert to our own power of locomotion, and bicycles rif any kind will do that. The paws tliai refresh Photo by Els-.ood Ferguson A collection of short book reviews "Starling Your Own High School" by Tlie Elizabeth Cleaners Street School I'co- ple (Rnndorn Housp of Can- ada Limited, 2.37 pages, paper, SS.25 ITERE'S o book for anyone who's aver dreamed of starting a free school. Starting Your Own School is a look at the problems ar.d successes one group of students and par- ents harl in starting on alter- nate high school. Written by the students, teachers, and parents involved In Elizabeth Cleaners Street School, a storefront school in New York, lie book s a chron- icle ot the school since its birth to Iho end of the first year. JUDI WALKER "Thorean's Cape Cod." wilh Hie pliolos of II. W. Glnason Canada Lid., SI5.no. or, IJTERBICKT W. Gleason, a former minister nntl am- ateur phn'.ographcr was a de- volte of Thoreau. At liic turn of the century he decided to photograph Thorenu's account of his journey through the Cape years Iwforo. (ilcason'.s picturesque views of Hie f'apc nl Mint lime are unusunllv good nnd well iiro- (lucccl. Ilicy tell :m eye fillinj; story of Hie iialurnl beniitv ll'e Cfipc is so fn-.nous for. This K a picluro book which can be looker! nt lime and lime again. AIARCJAKKT l.UCKill'liST "The Urbanization Process In flip Third World" liy T. O, MrC.ro (0. Roll ami Snn.s, 179 nngrs. iHslrlli- lllpil by f'lnrkc, Irwln anil Conipnny, (MIOWTH of cilies is n world- wide phenomenon hut more pronounced in Hie Third World than in Ihe developed countries. Dr. T. McGec, lecturer in geography ill Ihe University of llonn Konp. in this brxik liring.s together six essays m Ihe Milijorl o( ur- banization ns he has observed it in the Third World. In Iho first Ihree essays ho ,-irgiie.s IJi.it tho procoss Is different lliere than in Western societies; in the scr-mrl throe essays he discusses his findings in n study of Kmla Lumpur, capital of Malaya. One of his more inter- esting comments is that "Ihe majority o( Ihc world's cities arc going through a period of 'ruralization' which is blunting rather than sharpening the dis- tinction between rjral and urb- an." Outside the academic community this is certain- lo be considered dull. DOUG WALKER "Do You Remember ISng- lond" by Derek Marlowe Clarke, Irwin nml Company Limited, 222 [pages, YOU Remember England is a grcal book to curl up with on a rainy Saturday after- noon. It's a 'ove story. The her- oine is beautiful. The hero is a romantic. Though really just another plot about n broken nuniage wliich leads lo a romantic affair and eventu- ally to remarriage, "Do You" embraces a kir.d of yummy mystery. The twok is written from the point of view of a would-be ad- mirer ar.d friend of the Van- essa Hedgrave-type heroine, Emily. The storyteller's obvi- ous distnist for hero Dowson, in contrast to Emily's adora- tion for Iho man keep the read- er nervously waiting for some- thing awful. WALKER "Tlir Arab Israeli Slrug- Rln" hy Charles Pfciffer. (linker liook llnnse, 112 pages, disfrilnilrri hy fi. K. Welch Co., In simple Innguafie Ihis Iwok explains Ihe historical and cul- tural background of (he Midcllo conflicts. Dr Plciffer is to be conpralulatrfl for his fair presentation of Ihr Arab and Israeli views and for Ills sym- pathetic approach lo a louchy problem. The paperback book nl scl.s n Rood example (or pub- lishing houses who src turning out overpriced hooks outside the reach of most rcadci-s. MA "Paul, linvoy F.xtranrdin- ary" hy Malcolm MiiRgfrlflge. anil Alrr Viillrr {William Collins and Co. Ltd., 55.95, 153 rPWO OLD friends, Malcolm Muggerldge and Alec Vld- ler. ,il Ihe reqiKvst of the BDC I MO nionlhs following tho jniirncjT of St. I'aul from Tar- sus to Rome and providing a commenlary for five TV pro- grams. Sandwiched between an Introduction by Muggcridge and an epilogue by Vidler is Iho transcript from the broadcasls. It makes for a good survey of the life and (bought of a much misunderstood and sometimes grossly maligned Ctiristian. I was surprised that the dialogue didn't have more sparkle but was satisfied wilh the interpre- tation throughout. Malcolm Muggeridge has recently corne a witnessing Christian while Alec Vidlcr spent his life as an Anglican preacher and teacher. The hook includes 30 pages of magnificent color photographs as well ns some, black and white maps. DOUG WALKER "Lei's Go: The Student Guide to hy Harvard Student Agencies (Clarke, Ir- uin and Company, 702 Let's Go: Student Guide to Europe, publish- ed yearly by the Harvard Stu- dent Agencies, is something every your.g person travelling through Europe shouldn't be without. The book lists the more In- expensive places for eating and sleeping plus information on entertainment, liquor outlets, drugs, and transportation. The candid comments throughout, help to make this an entertaining, as well as In- formative, book. JUDI WALKER A woman as president "Who's That Woman In The President's lied" by B. K. Klplcy (Dochl, Mead and Co., Sfi.Vn. 227 WIIAT would h appen i f a woman became president of the United States overnight? In this novel, she would abol- ish taxes, rlo away with Ihe In- ternal Revenue Service, hire a Mafia leader lo run the FBI, make people watil to join the army, stop driiR trafficking in a week, to mention only n few of her accomplishments. Mary Campbell was a high school teacher in a small Con- necticut town who was elected president in a mock school election. Before she knew it, things got out of hand and she wound up in the White House wilh John Wayne as her vice- president. The goings-on are unpredict- able at best. She has the Wash- ington establishment in a con- stant viroar a.s her (ouch off some of the greatest celebrations Ihe country has ever seen. This book makes the reader wonder, "what if RON CALDWELL Gardeners' delight "Flowering Shrubs" liy Jnmrs I'nrtprwiod Crock ell. (l.ittlr, Ifrnwii anil Company l.ld., Ifift pafics, VOLUME of the Time lAfci Gardening Encyclo- pedia introduces the great var- iety of flowering shrubs in all their glory and in full colors, "One picture says more than a thousand must have heon Ihe guideline for the pub- lishers. The shapes and sizes of the shrubs, the hcmily of their blossoms and foliage are shown in brilliant photos, In Ihe encyclopedia (he delicate watercolors are done by Alli- anora Rosse, Thn book is well laid out in chapters that tell you how and where to buy the slmihs of your rholce. Tt gives in a very pretty way Ihe .solutions of possible problems of windbreak, privacy, or shade in beautiful pictures. A "Calendar of Color" makes it possible to order shrubs bi snr-h a way one can have a flowering shrub every month of Ihc gardening season. In addition (hero is n chapter on pests and diseases with in- formal ion on how to control them and detailed descriptions on planting, di riding, and multiplying. Another rtlfr.idhe feature (5 ''Lurini; b'rds fo Ihr AnylxxK' Piijnvs Ihe sighl.i rf birds ran I fie birds in his garden looking up this rharl. The climnto of southern Al- Jwirtn with its sub-zero weather docs chft've of shrubs shown In the hook but (here Is certainly a wide var- iety loft to clioofc from and many of the newer hybrids are on the market in Canada. TOM LAST The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORIEY Bed and bored JJOREDOM is tho major disease of our times and sexuality its wasteland where the diseased wander. "Christianity Today" in its July 7 issue asks, "Is Am- erica Over the and in its July 28 issue bitterly attacks the acceptance of homosexuality. "Scripture includes prac- ticing homosexuals in the libl ot those who shall not inherit the kingdom ot God, along with fumicators, adulterers, idolaters, and others." The Church of Scotland in "Life and Work" deplores the loss of "The Abil- ity to be Shocked." They contend ttet through magazines, hooks, radio, televis- ion, pornographic and morally corrupting filth is fed into their minds until they are brainwashed and minds are clogged with dirt. The great tragedy, the editor contends, is that the nation is losing its ability to Ixj shocked and is no longer indignant or dis- gusled by immorality and licentiousness. Otherwise, asks the editor, how could a student say without scandalising the public, "We take it for granted that students will sleep together." A distinguished psycholo- gist says, "The prescription for a happy marriage is frequent doses of adultery." Another psychologist maintains, "Marriage should be a short term contract, renew- able every five years." Society is very sick, says "Life and Work" when there are legal abortions in Scotland last year, divorces, and treated cases of venereal disease. It looks as if the -Morel Welfare Committee of t'-e Church ot Scotland will have its hands full! Sexual aberration and kdulgenco has been a mark of every decadent civiliza- tion. The result is a ghastly boredom which is ever seeking some new, abnormal stimuli for diversion. James A. Michener in his novel "The hae a study of a segment of today's American youth. They were all idealistic, wauling to make a new world, a new America, but they had no religion, no basic moral principles, and sex was subject to desire. Tragic, sad lives they were, these wonderful young people. "What the world needs is more said Mencken, and one feels that sin then needs a new definition, something that will show it up for the destructive, degrading thing it is, ar.d the moral codes not as mere spoilsports which try to duce nature's temperature. When Darwin says that his higher tastes were atrophied as his mind became a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of larga col- lections of facts, one feels that surely there is a waste here ar.d that wasle is a sin. Surely factory-befouled air, gar- bage-littered streets, inflation and deterior- ation of the monetary system, highway slaughter, rat-infested slums, chaotic classrooms, and lack of legal and medical rights for the poor, are sins. Modern man's trouble U that he doesn't know who he is, what he was meant for, and what a com- plete expression of his nature would en- tail. He can understand the universe, hut Ju's ego remains more unknown and mys- terious than the nearest star. Farewell to the ivorh ethic By Richard Needham In The Toronto Globe and Mall (RUMMER'S here, and they're here, too "they" being the hundreds of young people, male and female, whom I've not> iced sitting mound on steps, benches and the like in Toronto's downtown streets. They aren't working, in many cases aren't going to work; there's no need for them to work. Some get along by panhandling, some by petty theft, some by dealing in drugs. Some are supported by their parents, some are on unemployment insurance, some on welfare. I heard this week about threo young people from Oshawa two boys, one girl who spent all last summer travelling across the country. They started off with came back with a couple of hundred, and did they manage that? They did It by telling sob-stories to welfare officials in various communities and get- ting cash handouts. I imagine they aren't an isolated case. You can scold and criticize these kids all you like, but it won't do you or them any good. Some will reply that there isn't any work; or that there Isn't any work they know how to do. (So much for 12 years or more of costly Some will reply that they don't want to work, tliey'd rather sit in the sunshine; and wouldn't you, dear reader, wouldn't you? Some will reply that automation lias made work unnecessary, and some that the work ethic, the Puritan ethic, has gone out of style. I think this last group are right, not Just for themselves, not just for young people In general, but for the whole popu- lation. To put the matter in broad terms, Canada and the United States and Brit- ain are losing or have lost the will to work, to strive, to produce, to compete, which made them rich. Some people wili be pleased by this change, some will bo sngry; I see It merely as an interesting milestone in history. President Richard Nixon has said that the United Slates would not accept de- feat in Vietnam. That's just wilstling in the dark. The United States has already been defeated in Vietnam; it can only "win" by the use of nuclear weapons, which would be the biggest defeat of all. The U.S. is also taking heavy defeats in the economic war now being waged around the world, and this, according to many ob- servers, foreshadows a substantial devaiu- tion of the dollar right after the November election if not, indeed, before it. The American dollar, worshipped by all nations some 20 years ago, Is now the object of universal mistrust. It no longer has the production behind it the effort, the work. An article in Newsweek put the matter bluntly, "A prime reason for America's faltering competitive stance in the world is that all too many American workers particularly young ones, who are supposed to be bubbling with energy and ambition no longer give a damn. Whether they are overworked or overprivileged, pamper- ed or oppressed, dehumanized by the de- mands of their jobs or just plain bored whatever the reason the evidence la strong that the traditional work ethic of (he U.S. Is showing signs of senility." The same thing is plainly happening In Canada and Britain. I know very few peo- ple who are putting much effort Into their work; most are doing just enough to get by. Their employer can't fire them; and even if he did, would find himself replac- ing them with people of similar calibre. In any case, why should a man make any real effort on die job? His fellow-workers will dislike him for It, it won't make him any more money and even if it does, the tax-collector will get much of It. As matters stand, and I don't see that they're going to change, we've turned tha work ethic upside down. Hard work Is a vice, lo be punished rather than reward- ed; Idleness is a virtue, to be rewarded rather man punished. Having tried so hard for so long, the English-speaking world would seem to have become old, tired, disenchanted; It's willing to sit back and let the eager beavers of Europe and Asia take over. I've heard it said that countries like Brit- ain ar.d the U.S. and Canada will eventu- ally have to de-industrialize close their factories and get back on the land and if that strikes you as silly, here's what you will consider a silly question: Which nation is the world's largest steel produc- er? The U.S., you will likely say, and you're wrong. The answer is Russia, which turned out 133 million tons of steel last year against America's 120 million tons. Welcome change The Wall Street Journal 'T'WO YEARS ago Jerry Rubin told a Kent State University audience: "Tho first part of the Yippie program, you know, Is kill your parents. And I mean that quite seriously. Because until you're prepared lo kill your parents you're not really prepared to cltange the country because our parents are our first oppres- sors." At that lime Yippie leader Rubin was still basking in his notoriety from the Chi- cago convenlion of 1968. This year he at- tended the Miami Beach convention wilh legitimate press credentials, saw his can- didate George McCJovcrn uin Ihe nomina- tion, and, in an mlcrvirv in H Miami Hoach liolcl, recanted his Kent Stale ad- Kvpn more recently, Women's Lib pioneer Betty Friedan, in a press confer- ence in she elaborated on her arti- cle In McCall's magazine, warned against zealous female liberationists who insist on conducting class warfare against men, equate marriage with prostitution and adopt attitudes of moral or spirtual super- iority. In the midst of all this, we are reminded of Aristotle's proverb that one swallow does not make a spring, therefore we are not about to read loo much into these recent developments. Anyhow, we don't think too many people ever took Ihe more extreme Women's Lib rhetoric too serious- ly, and even fewer paid any heed to Jerry' Rubin's parricidal praltle. But in an age when even the most out- rageous proposals commanded public at- tention, indeed when only the most out- rageous proposals seemed to command public attention, one cotild never really ba too sure. And judging from Yippie Rubin's frequent public performances, one cnn't be sure that even he knows he means from day to the next. Nevertheless, these latest devdopment.1 fire sure to be welcomed not nnlv by politi- cal omothologists, but by all who vslua reason and persuasion rather than outraga and destruction. They may not guarajitea spring, hut they do 'seem to presage a thaw in Ihe winter of our political and social discontent ;