Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Scilurclay, Augusl 22, Maurice Western Native Conn Worker On the surface it would seem that it should be a fairly simple thing to turn a temporary position into a permanent one after a demonstration period has indicated its unquestioned value. Yet the Native Court Worker in the Lethbridge area, Mr. Albert Lapatac, finds himself having to con- tinue his work in an atmosphere of uncertainty. It is not clear where the money should come from to sustain the service. The district council of the John How- ard Society initiated the project in accord with its aims of seeking ways to minister to people who run afoul of the law. It would simplify things greatly if the society could afford to support the court worker but the bud- get is so limited as to make that impossible. Many people might assume that it would 'be logical for the temporary support being given by the Attorney- General's Department to become per- manent. But the position doesn't quite fit into any of the present job de- scriptions. Moreover there are grave doubts about whether the court work- er could do as effective work if tag- ged with the authoritative label. The handicap this might impose may, of course, prove to be more imagined than real. There is the possibility that the funding might come from some other department of the government. It might seem like a good project for preventive social service, for in- stance. But this would call for some city funds and the experience with the proposed day care centre may have made council members wary of sup- porting another venture so soon. At any rate the failure of council to sus- tain its usual grant to the John How- ard Society doesn't seem to indicate loo much sympathy for this kind of project. In view of the fact that the court worker now operates largely out of the premises of the Lethbridge Friendship Centre (an organization sponsored by the Native Friendship Society of Southern Alberta) some consideration has been given to the possibility that he should be under its aegis. The fact is that the society is at present even more financially strapped than the John Howard Soc- iety so that no matter how reasonable it might seem it is an unrealistic idea. Another complication in the picture is the awareness that the Native peo- ple have been insisting upon a larger say in their affairs. It is not incon- ceivable that they could and would wish to provide some of the funds for this worker in their midst. But should the money come from local Band funds or from the Indian Association of Alberta or both? Mr. Lapatac counsels with people from the Blood and Peigan reserves but he also deals with many people from other reserves who come to the area as beet work- ers. These are only some of the consid- erations that make an apparently simple situation a very complicated one. It is to be hoped that the picture can be successfully sorted out and a very promising venture in saving human resources as well as tax dollars can be continued. The Frankenstein Game President Nixon has the approval lie needed to go ahead with the con- struction of a third ABM site. His critics have accused him of hawkish tendencies and there have been fears expressed from all quarters that au- thorization to build the site would jeopardize the Strategic Arms Limita- tion Talks (SALT) which have just concluded their first round and are scheduled to recommence later in the year. The President is playing it safe. He knows that the Russians have been going ahead with their own anti- ballistic missile installations in se- crecy. There is no public outcry on the subject in the U.S.S.R. over the ex- penditure involved, no clamor by the people to stop the arms race. The voice of the people is seldom heard in public in Russia. The Kremlin has referred, in cus- tomary acrid terms, to the American employment of the ABM as a bar- gaining agent. The goose enjoys the same sauce as the gander, a platitude as familiar to the Russians as it is to the Americans. Plainly neither side completely trusts the other not yet, in any case. But the Americans have, albeit somewhat unofficially, said that they would be willing to scrap their ABM devices, if the Soviet Union would do likewise. This is one of the most calming and comforting suggestions the world has heard in a very long time. There is hope that the U.S.S.R. and the U.S. do in truth want to limit the monstrous buildup of global destroy- ers. The Soviet delegation to the SALT talks in Vienna emphasized the need for both powers to "stop playing Frankenstein and leave unmade mon- sters to the future." There is no reason to believe that the United >States believes otherwise. Weekend Meditation The Cure For Anxiety TyfEN hail the cure for any disease and none could be more welcome than the cure for anxiety. The Bible claims to hold that cure. It maintains that- anxiety is one of the deadliest, but also one of the most necessary of diseases. Whenever Jesus found it he marvelled. "How is it that you have no He urged men and women not to be anxious about tomorrow. He re- buked Martha because she was "anxious and troubled about many things." St. Paul told the PJiilippians to have no anxiety about anything, but my prayer and suppli- cation with thanksgiving to let their re- quests be known unto God. Anxiety comes from a Latin root mean- ing "to choke." Athletes are said "to choke up" under pressure, so they have become anxious and their anxiety has de- stroyed their ability. Anxiety depletes re- sources, brings the mind into disorder, militates against rational and purposeful living, and takes away self-confidence. Good work requires serenity of mind, a poised, confident personality. An anxious person is nervous and always faced with the ogre of failure. Anxiety is of many varieties. There is the anxiety of meaninglessness, the anxi- ety of ignorance, the anxiety of insufficient power, the anxiety of guilt, and the anxi- ety of death. Some people are anxious about their job, others about their families, and nearly everyone about their security in the future. Many a man says that, if he could just know something for sure, lie would not be anxious. For example, what is the meaning of time, of space, of in- finity, or of personality? Men know no rcore about these things than they did four thousand years ago. II. G. Wells in later life said that mind was at the end of its tether. But the Greeks said that 2500 years before Wells. Plato held that unless some word came from Gad Himself, it was impossible for men to pierce the mystery and reach final truth and certainty. As Fitzgerald ex- presses it through Omar Khayyam, "Myself when yoiuig did eagerly fre- quent Doctor and -Saint and heard great argument About it and about. But ever more came (mi By the same door a.s in I went." St. Augustine said man's heart was made for God and is doomed to be rest- less until it finds rest in Him. Until a man finds God (or, as the Bible puts it, knows that God has found him) it is im- possible for him to be at peace. He doesn't understand himself, his world, Ms past, present, or future, or his fellowman. Henry Link, the psychologist, left religion out of his life for some years, then came back to it, writing a book "Return to explaining how he found religion a neces- sity, not only for himself, but for his pa- tients. Only religion could make sense out of life. How does it do this? It develops a positive, creative way of thinking. Some people's minds are destroy- ing them. A sales manager called his salesmen into the home office for a con- ference. He put a black dot on a piece of while paper. "What do you he asked them. Everyone answered, "A black dot." Most people never see anything but the black dot in He. They concentrate upon it to the exclusion of all else. That was part of the reason why Paul required continual thanksgiving which led men to think about the good in life. "Whatsoever things are true lovely pure constructive honorable think constantly about these things." Prayer also is a source of power. No man prays without feeling stronger. There is absolutely nothing that so strengthens the spirit of man, relates .him in a vital way to the powers of the universe, as pri- vate prayer and true worship, yet nothing is more neglected. You can't be strong without physical exercise; you can't be strong in your spirit without spiritual ex- ercise. Dickens in his "Tale of Two Cities" says of Sydney Carton, dying at the guillo- tine for a loved one, that he had "the peace- fullest face in Paris that night." Love, un- selfishness, can do that, and such love is at the heart of religion. But true religion answers the final ques- tions. "I am the said Jesus. He was the final answer to the questions of God and man. This is what. God is like, what man should be like. Man's destiny is eternal; God's nature is love, lignt, and life. Browning was right, "The acknowledge- ment of God in Christ, accepted by the reason, solves for you all questions in the world and out of it." Prayer: 0 (iod, lake1 away my suiil's un- rest, and let me find the peace that passes all understanding. S. M. Science Revives Washday Miracles In these when economists days, meat only for the purpose of prognosticating w o e, humbler citizens may d r a w consola- tion from the saga of the de- tergent industry. Only a few short months ago morale in the industry was at low ebb across a once bright future as perceived by leading executives had fall- en the long shadow of Joe Greene, minister of energy, mines and natural resources. Mr. Greene in response to the urgings of the pollution pr'obers and on the advice of Interna- tional Joint C o m m i s s i o n's scientists had turned thumbs down on phosphates' and pro- posed their early elimination from household cleansers in ac- cordance with a prescribed schedule. The problem, according lo the industry and its advisers, was that, in spite of intensive Letters To The Editor Irrational And Unsupported Arguments I would like to comment on Mrs. Karren Allen's letter appeared in the Leth- bridge Herald on August 13. She began by questioning the use of "education" and "com- mon sense" in Mr. Wilson's article and then proceeded to use emotional, irrational, un- supported arguments in her own letter. For example, she said, "anyone who contends that consuming or transporting illicit drugs in any form can be condoned, literally needs his head Those were strong words. Does Mrs. Allen mean by this that anyone who disagrees with her should be sent to a mental institution? Apparently Mrs. Allen does not believe in the fight of free speech. She said "drugs are dangerous To whom are Circus Needs An Arena I am pleased to note that Lethbridge and area are to have access to one more circus be- fore winter, brought in by the Gyro Club. They should be ap- plauded lor this, because good circuses provide wholesome recreation for people of all aged. Unfortunately, a s e r o u s problem exists in this city in hosting shows of this nature be- cause to be fair to both patrons and performers we should have an adequate and enclosed arena. We do have the Exhibi- tion Pavilion which though not completely suitable to all cir- cuses, could be adapted to smaller ones by adding more seats. This business of holding the circus outdoors in front of the grandstand is far too much of a gamble, not only to those who go to considerable effort and expense to attend but also for the performers and the cir- cus image which in this day of more competition in the enter- tainment field cannot afford to be damaged. I am referring specifically to the gamble on weather condi- tions, and just one example of what I mean was well demon- strated on the final evening of this year's Shrine Circus when about people who had made the effort to attend on a rather unpleasant even ing came close to seeing it all spoiled by .a wild wind which came up and drastically cur- tailed some of the more promi- nent features of the circus. I feel that these risks must somehow be overcome and if the forthcoming circus does not have a "Big Top" or canvas tent, I suggest it be moved into the pavilion, seats added and the show adapted to the avail- able space, and held over an- other day if possible (if the patronage wan-ants Finally, to circus buffs of long standing, like myself, cir- cuses lose half their appeal when held outdoors. The per- formers and animals much prefer freedom from weather worry found only in an ade- quate enclosed arena. LLOYD K. WEIGHTMAN. Lethbridge. Dennis Bloodivorlli A New Nation's Civic Pride SINGAPORE "Should you fail to carry out the re- quirements of this reads a notice served me in Singapore recently, (such failure) will render you liable to prosecution under Section 21 of this Act and on conviction to a fine not exceeding dol- lars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months One thousand Singapore dollars is approxi- mately A health inspec- tor had found mosquito larvae breeding in a rain-filled paint tin at the bottom of my gar- den and I was told to sec that it did not happen again. My assistant was not so lucky. The paper they pushed into his hand read: "You are required to attend personally before the Court at 9 a.m. on 19 August to answer a charge that you on 11 August at about a.m. com- mitted an offence and take notice that in the event of your failing to appear a warrant may be issued for your arrest and you will be liable to a penalty not exceeding or to imprisonment which may extend up to two months." But then he asked for it. His of- fence was he "did throw a cig- arette butt into a roadside drain." We live in a nigged society, for Singapore, two million peo- ple in assorted colors living on fewer than 230 square miles of dry land, is simply not econ- omy-size and its leaders there- fore wage eternal war on the wasteful, the slothful, t h e slovenly and the uncivic. Re- cently, one delinquent was sen- tenced to a year in jail and three strokes vith the rattan (cane) for damaging a tele- phone booth, and another was given three months in prison three strokes for stealing flowers from a park. A dirty exhaust can win a three-month holiday in jail for a car-owner or a fine or both. The power of arrest without a war- rant is incorporated into a Bill prohibiting smoking in cinemas, theatres, buses and other specified places. "In most towns cleanliness and beauty begin and end in the homes of the Premier Lee Kuan Yew said last weekend. "Outside the walls of the homes of the rich the world is invariably ugly and filthy. But we are making all of Singapore our garden and our home." As for the vigi- lant public health system: "In many parts of South and South-East Asia actuaries put the life span at between 32 and 36 years. In Singapore, ac- tuaries for life insurance pur- poses estimate our life span at 66 years." But do they want 66 years in a fc e e p-off-the-grass commun- ity, object the liberals, and counter accusations shuttle back and forth between the dis- ciplinarians in tha saddle and the dissenters on the ground. Nevertheless, the great thing about "Singaporeans" is not how long they live but that they exist at all. Lee Kuan Yew invented them in 1965 out of the miscellaneous odds and ends of humanity- Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eura- sian that made up the large- ly immigrant population on the ex-colonial drop hi the ocean and today they are proud, even jealous of their title. And other nations emulate Singapore. In Malaysia, for example, it is a punishable offence even lo flick ash off a cigarette in the street. All round, it seems safcr lo givo up courting cancer completely. (Written for The Herald and The Observer, London) they dangerous? How are they dangerous? Does it really solve the problem by throwing drug offenders in jail? She said "As statistics prove, anyone who claims to be a hippy, believes only in hating What statistics? How can statistics measure an emotion as volatile as hate? I think that most of Mrs. Allen's statements can be dis- missed as absurd and irration- al. What bothers me, though, is her attitude and the attitude of millions like her. These are the people who look the other way when public officials (a policeman, a magistrate, an elected official) violate the rights of a minority (a Do they realize that these pub- lic officials are doing it in their name. After all, responsibility does not end with the vote. Do they realize that by tacit agree- ment they are also wielding the club. How can anyone be free when they will not let others be free? I congratulate Mr. Wilson on his article. I can only hope that Mr. Wilson and others who have the courage of their con- victions will continue to speak up against those who would im- pose their wills upon us, if we give them half a chance. CLAIR STONE BATTY. Lethbridge. research on an international scale, no alternative to phos- phates was in sight or even early prospect. Before the corn- panics was a turn in the road .and beyond that, ruin. Even the cash register, however, was of secondary importance in com- parison with the probable fate of the housewife and the grave implications of Mr. Greene's well iritenlioned but catastroph- ic policy for the health of the nation. Much testimony -could be quoted. It may suffice for the sake of brevity to recall the warning of the committee for water quality of the Canadian detergent industry. According to a winter release: "If action banning phosphates were im- plemented, housewives would be deprived of every laundry I'etefgent brand they have become. accustomed to using to get their family's clothes clean. This step would be equivalent to setting back cleanliness standards more than 20 years. House wives would find it virtually impos- sible to continue lo enjoy the benefits of the modern automa- tic clothes washing machine." Nor was this all. The high cleanliness demands of public health facilities and nursing homes would be seriously af- fected, so would be dairy and canning operations. Industrial scientists had pro- nounced their hope-destroying verdict: "At this point there does not appear to be any known single or combination of materials that can satisfac- torily perform the many-facet- ed functions i: ohosphates hi detergent formulations." Mr. Greene, heedless of en- treaties, imposed his sched- ule. A less resolute industry might have yielded at this point to litter despair. It is well known that a mere downturn on the market is enough to send brokers hurtling onto the pavements of Wall Street. The inspiring fact i- that the deter- gent m a n u f a e hirers rallied, and faith has once again pro- duced miracles, as anyone can discover for himself from in- dustry hand-outs and national advertising. Here is a typical report from Clean Water News; X Com- pany announced "that it is re- ducing the phosphate content 10-50 per cent in certain deter- gent products it manufacturers. Jay Van Andel, chairman of the board, said that the avail- ability of moderate amounts of a satisfactory phophate sub- stitute has enabled (X Com- pany) to make the reduction." Even more encouraging is an advertisement of Y Company, which depicts no less than six of the old familiar reassuring brands with the note that "All have been reformulated lo give you great washday per- formances along with lower phosphate According to the text the new formulas had to conform to government reg- ulations while at the same time maintaining the high quality reputations of all (Y Company) brands. Every new- formula was a comple'- success. It is a stirring story of forti- tude and cold courage in the face of seeming adversity. It is reminiscent more or less of Toynbee's theory of challenge and response: Science, when put to the test, has come through with yet another mir- acle. The detergent industry, strengthened by its ordeal, will survive after all. So ap- parently will the housewives, the hospitals, the well-1 o v e d brands, and even the washing machine. As it now turns out, what's gory' for the water, or what's left of it, is good for the deter- gent industry. This should en- courage the new water boards to afford similar opportunities to other industries. Perhaps they too will pass their tests. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD is claimed as a first in a record week at the Labor Bureau saw over 400 men sent out to farmers. The only difficulty was in placing men where six or eight wish- ed to work on the same farm. 1330 The Alberta Coarse Grains Pool, which has been in operation for one season, has been suspended for this year and members will be allowed lo market their oats, barley, rye or flax on the open mar- ket. 1910 Astonished citizens stared today as gun totin' men stalked down city streets while news boys shouted headlines telling of the Royal Ah- Force's success against German raids. The men were not seeking any parachute troops they had just brought their firearms in lo police to have them register- ed. crippling hand of a country-wide strike by non-operating employees grip- ped Canada's railways today when efforts to mediate the dis- pute collapsed. The letlibrulcje Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. 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