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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta I THI lITHMIOCe HERALD 1973 -------_ EDITORIALS Riding the bw won't hurt It is one of the facts of urban life that when a city reaches a certain size its core begins to there are as many explanations for this as there are experts on the topic. of them seem to believe it's anything so simple the fact that the real money in housing is in large for which there's just no place in the centre of the Whatever the it's what happens in every city of any appre- ciable and it causes problems. One of them is the never ending de- mand for new schools in the suburbs while and in some cases whole stand idle nearer the city centre. Calgary has just such a problem. A year or so appalled at the tax increase required to finance yet an- other round of suburban school con- one of the trustees did a little checking and found more than 200 empty classrooms scattered about the mostly in the downtown area. He urged that these classrooms be even if it meant some bus- and opposed building any more new schools. The provincial department of edu- cation has also recognized the folly of spending millions on new schools while still serviceable school build- jugs stand and has placed a general freeze on new except where a demonstrable need can be properly met only by a new building. In Calgary's case there are indica- tions the government is quite willing to bend a though naturally no- where near far enough nor fast enough to suit parents of children in those districts where busing is in prospect. The howls can be heard from here. Busing of these particular it is utterly intolerable. To these parents the children don't mind until they're told they do ousing is an evil a denial of their God-given right to a school they can see from the kitchen window. even if most of them never go near the place and neither know nor care what goes on there. And now they've got themselves so worked up that some of them have gone to the ridi- culous length of declaring that rather than have their children subjected to this they'll throw them- selves in front of the No that's what they've said- not just the of course. No one should be so naive as to think there's no such thing as a construc- tion lobby in this country. When it comes to finding ways to apply pres- sure for new tax-financed anything that contractors don't think the construction unions do.1 One wonders if these Calgary crus- aders really know what goes on in the rest of the country. Don't they realize that millions of rural chil- dren on tills continent go to school by bus all their Haven't they read in the papers of other city parents clamoring for buses so their children won't have to walk so far to Aren't they aware that generations of children attending separate schools hava had to get there by And if the education of rural or separate school children is impaired by the it sure doesn't show. Quite apart from natural curiosity about why this particular group of Calganans think their children shouldn't have to travel by bus. there's another reason for people throughout the province being inter- ested in this matter. Because the foundation program finances the ma- jor part of all educational costs in all the taxpayers of the province have the right to ask that a reasonable degree of financial com- mon sense be even i n Calgary. If busing a lew hundred Cal- gary children makes good economic without damaging their educa- tion and city dwellers should be careful how they argue that one then by all means bus them. There'll be some but somehow one doubts there'll be very many corpses beneath the bus wheels. ART BUCHWALD Bombs for Burgundy WASHINGTON has been a lot of misinformation in the press as to why New Zealand has raised such strong ob- jections to the French holding their atomic tests in the Anthony Cubert- a New Zealander. told me. are not against France having an atomic bomb. As a matter of we welcome it. The French deserve a bomb. They've earned what is your I asked. feel that by holding their tests in the the French are cheating their own don't French taxpayer has paid a billion dollars to have his government develop an atomic bomb. But he has been unable to see what he's getting for his money. All he can do is read in the newspapers that France has set off a bomb in the atoll of Mururoa. He has to take the French government's word that the explosion was a success. We New Zealanders feel this is very unfair to French citizens who have paid for it but get none of the joy of ac- tually seeing an atomic bomb go what's the think the French should hold their atomic tests in France so everyone can see you suggesting the next atomic ex- plosion take place over you're being ridiculous. You knov it's infeasibte to hold atomic blasts in a large city. What I have in mind is that tbe experiments take place in either Bur- gundy or Bordeaux. The French could clear away 20 or 30 miles of build a testing complex and send up the bomb in a balloon to explode over the country- side. The mushroom cloud would be visible for hundreds of miles and could be witness- ed by millions of Frenchmen. Can you im- agine how proud the French would be to see their own made in France by floating over the Eiffel Tow- there be some health haz- I ashed. French have assured us that there is no danger from their experiments on the Mururoa atoll so I'm sure the same would be if they blasted away in wonder why the French never thought of suppose they thought those of us who live in the Pacific should get the benefit of their bomb. Perhaps they believed it would help tourism in Tahiti. I can't speak for their but if I were a French- I'd be damned mad that I didn't get tbe fallout from a bomb I paid for with my hard-earned do you think Pompidou insisted the explosion take place in Micronesia instead of Burgundy or is only conjecture on my but I suspect he was afraid the thing wouldn't go off. It would have been very embar- rassing if he told everyone in France he was going to explode his bomb in Bur- and the thing pfffft. Can you im- agine the disappointment of the vine grow- ers in the it too late to persuade the French to move their future tests to of us in the Pacific hope not. As e matter of New Zealand and Japan have offered to pey for ship- ping everything back to including all the technicians and military personnel We would hate to see them but it is our belief that the French will never believe they have a sufficient deterrent un- less they can see it explode with their own New Zealanders and Australian- harbor no bitterness toward the course'not. Have you ever met a Frenchman you didn't It wouldn't he any use By Dong Walker as readers of these corner pieces know by finds his parents hard to taie. Our faults are so numerous as to well nigh overwhelm the poor boy. One day when we were sitting in the liv- ing room Elspeth sighed or did some equal- ly revolting thing. In ex- claimed that he wished he could get new parents. we could place an in the classified section of The Herald soliciting new parents for I suggested help- fully. wouldn't be any Etepeth could possibly be that jSy I '75 Whitlam earns no applause Bv Dennis London Observer commentator SINGAPORE The verbal ambush sprung on Premier Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam of Australia recently has filled with glee detractors of Mr. who think him arrogant and and too clever by but it has left many Asians despondent about the prospects for greater under- standing between their two continents Mr. Whitlam scornfully cas- tigated Mr. Lee for being a ''theoretical who was free' with his and Singapore for being a state that pin-sued a thoroughly selfish attitude in our But the mediocrity of the mud- slinging hes provided a free demonstration of Australian in- comprehension cf Asia at cabi- net and shown Mr. Whit- lam up as simply another abra- sive element in a region that is already too turbulent The Australian prime min- ister asked why the hawkish Lee bad not put troops in Viet- nam nor joined the anti-Com- munist Southeast Asia Treaty Organization and the implication seemed distressing- ly clear there is one law for another for Asia. The Australians may commit forces to a policy in Southeast Asia and then pull them out again at will because changing governments in Can- berra so dictate. must maintain the same inflexible policy for dec- ade after turbulent decade. If Mr. Lee was a dove in 1955 why is he not cooing As Singaporeans in parlciular are quick to point the sneer that Mr. Lee is a who is free with his comes oddly from Mr. Whitlam. For it was Mr. who was told to ''mind his own bloody in Bangkok earlier this after he had presumed to declare that all U.S. military forces should be withdrawn from Thailand be- fore it became another He also drew sour comment from Southeast Asians last Feb- ruary during a visit to when he urged the eventual cre- ation of a wide organization for regional co-operation to include China and Japan as well as Australia. Apologists at once stressed that he was not try- ing to replace the existing As- sociation of Southeast Asian Na- tions which takes in the Thai- land. Malaysia and but to complement it. Exasperated Asians nonethe- less saw his proposal as yet another impractical bal- loon of political hot air which could only distract attention from their own modest efforts to make something out of ASEAN before attempting any- thing and the Indonesi- gave it the cold down- draught thai it was generally agreed it deserved. What gets under the finger- nails here is tlie failure of Mr. Whitlam to understand the pe- culiar problems facing govern- ments that in this hazardous age must guide the fortunes of frail Southeast Asian es- pecially a cockleshell like Sing- apore 225 square miles of swamp and and a polyglot population of two three out of every four of whom are of Chinese stock. Australia were 75 per cent I was asked Whitlam have been so quick to kiss and make up with If Australia were a country on the frontiers of Indo- china and fraying at the edges with Communist insurgency would Australia take Thailand's advice to send the Americans At the recent Commonwealth conference in Mr. Lee said that like other countries in this must conduct its own struggle against armed subversion. But he would like to see the U.S. navy act as a counterpoise to the Russians and perhaps the Chi- nese in the Indian and he feels that the U.S. military pieseuce in Thailand and the Anglo Australasian military presence in Malaysia and Sing- apore could prevent a tempting power vacuum from developing in Southeast Asia in the imme- diate future. Mr. Whitlam believes that Mr. Lee is being over-pessimis- tic about the ambitions of Rus- sia and and he may be right. But Mr. Lee sits on a minuscule island 1.200 yards from a troubled subcontinent shot through with armed not across the sea in and he is taking no chances. He is Chi- nese enough to know that you do not melt down swords for ploughshsars just because Pre- mier Chou En-lai smiles. Mr. Whitlam is apparently Australi- an enough to think that perhaps you do. In his day Teugku Abdul Rah- former prime minister of wrote off as Canberra's promises to keep troops and jet fighters in Singapore and for when the crunch had come in the past the Indonesian mili- tary threat to Malaysia in the Philippine threat in the Australians had refused to commit forces to their defence. According to latest Australia's contribution of 1.800 men to the three-Power ANZUK brigade in Singapore will with- draw by leaving the Brit- ish and New Zealand contin- gents to close ranks. Both Mr. Lee and Mr. Whit- lam can doubtless be faulted on detail for both are perilously forthright men. While Mr. Lee discomforts Asians by his bril- Mr. Whitlam discomforts Asians by his shad- ow. Once again there looms over this' long-suffering region an infallible Anglo-Saxon who having put his chips on detente where his predecessors put them on is busy trying to swing a subcontinent behind his hunches. American hawk yes- Australian dove today. who have learned that it is safer to play their own believed that both should carry the same warning white men at Letters Home of Eck Masters To the avid Lost Horizon presented a very un- usual story about an equally un- usual city the always inter- mysterious and legend- ary Shangri-la. Most people at one time or heard mention of this strange and intriguing hidden somewhere in the Far East. A few have set out in quest of this magnificient with its eternal fountain of youth where all seemingly live completely free from all pain and wor- in a pure state of and content- ment unheard of in our mun- dane world. the story o n film was poorly put and therefore a great deal was lost in its presentation. Very if indeed real- ized that Lost Horizon was not the result of one's or vivid but was based upon the greatest reality. More importantly upon the auth- or's own and unique experienc- es. As correctly depicted in the the city of Shangri-la is located in the remote vastness of the Himalayan mountains. The writings cf pin- point its location more accur- stating it is located near the Tirish Mir mountain rising some 25.000 feet in the Hindu Kush near the Kashmir- AfgEnistan border. This area is said to be one of the most ruggfid and inaccessible regions to be found anywhere on our planet. Few to be mare ac- curate can visit there unless invited. This is for man is far too negative and materialistic in his outlook and would soon seek to commercial- ize tills '-'Garden of wreaking havoc upon the es- tablished social where wealth and affluence havt lit- tle value if any. Possibly the best descriptions to be found anywhere concern- ing this mystical city are found in the writing of Paul a contemporary who visited Ag- am Des frequent- ly. He writes si length of bis meetings with several remark- able including the Eck Masters who have their residence Rebazar a Tibetan is said to be approximately 900 years yet appears to be no more than 35. Fubbi abbot and custodian of the Katsupari Mon- approximately 1000 years is apparently enjoy- ing vigorous health. The ven- erable Yaubli the spir- itual head of Agam far older than both is beyond human conception. Upon hearing of these evolved one aspires to be like free from all ill- ness and above all harm. These are indeed the great spiritual giants of our having gone through the of the perfecting rising above all limitations to become truly the masters cf their own destinies. for all of Shangri-la remains a inaccess- yet witl the reach of all. The Masters of Eck have kept their bodies intact for one rea- son and one reason only to give each and every individual the opportunity to regain his which is every individual's rig.htful heri- tage. With their timely as- along with honest ef- fort and it can hard- ly be otherwise. May the bless- ings AL DENECKY Lethbridge OFY advisory committees On August 4. The Herald printed an article with the headline advisory com- mittees 'ineftectrve.''' The reason for my comments on the matter could more ap- propriately have come under a headkne advisory com- mittees can be positive I am attaching my letter of evaluation to the Honorable Hugh minister of the secretary of state. I believe the letter clarifies my intent to be constructive in comment re- garding OFY and to offer fu- ture alternatives. A local project committee is a positive step in OFY's de- velopment. Our committee was hastily put and cramped for time in evaluating project applications. An effec- tive project committee would need to be functioning much earlier and might in fact re- ceive and review inter- view prior to making recommendations to your representatives. Without adequate the committee is disfunctional in the project review process a process which I bslieve should be lo- cally controlled to the greatest extent possible. The committee structure was in that members were chossn who were not serving on numerous other committees. Had time a func- tional committee could have re- sulted. I felt the committee was quite unbiased with regard to and and was a positive factor. the writ- ten presentation was often our only means of selecting pro- jects. Projects with 10 to 15 stu- dents in them are difficult to co-ordinate for a project direc- tor who has limited experience. problems do arise in for larger pro- jects. I would recommend that ideally projects be restricted to 4 to 6 people. A greater va- riety of more manageable pro- jects could result. From my point of the OFY projects being received may be losing some of the inno- vative and creative goals ini- tially expressed. A functioning committee should inject this criteria back into projects while at the same time assess- ing local community needs and receptiveness such projects. The above points are men- tioned to be constructive in evaluating the committee pro- cess. Each year OFY develops and 1973 has been no excep- tion. R. M. BARTLETT Community Services Director City of Lethbridge Peace officers I read with interest the edi- torial of August It is a good editor- ial. It is indeed alarming that public funds be used to finance a seminar of this nature. The or persoons responsible for organizing this seminar seem to lack confidence in the ability of local policemen to intelligently cope with Canadian the person or per- sons also seem to be saying that there is no one in Canada to conduct such a seminar. It is evident that the organizer or organizers admire the methods of the American police and would like the same kind of thing here. The Canadian army has play- ed an important role in world not as thanks to Canadian officers. The Canadian police can also play a vital role in our country as peace not as those wha ask questions lat- CONCERNED CITIZEN. Lethbridge. Equitable Commonwealth Mr. Griffin is somewhat crit- ical of Mr. Heath the British prime minister in his letter I would suggest to Mr. Griffin that he is not read- ing the newspaper. He will find a lot of information on Uganda's charge of against including Mr. Heath's reply. As to the on the editorial page of The Herald that efforts should be directed to the United Nations support instead of to the Com- I do not think the latter organization is providing successful. We read of a certain country in the Middle East openly defying the UN in every in some cases supported by the U.S. G. KENNETH WATTS. Lethbridge. The Lethbridge Herald JW 7th St. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. Proprietors and riAlU Published by Boo. W. A. BUCHANAN CUM MM KtgMrttlon No. Mil TIM CMMUn inl flit Canadian Dtlhr Ntwipmr Audit turMu of cirnMtam AwociMion MM Hit 'Forget the just fill 'er ____jlhB KtfRvf AtMctoM Editor F. DOUOLAl K. WALKtU iMMO MCflvpMr MflTrOrMi PCfV KOnflr THE HERALD SMtVES THE ;