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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LE1HBRIDGE HERALD Monday, August 24, 1970 t Anthony Westell Drug Education- Those who arc anxious to effect drug education programs lor young people probably realize by now that there 'ire serious problems in the way Some of the efforts that have been made to date have been dis- tressingly ineffectual. The least effective method of drug education and the most prevalent has been the special session m which a film is shown or an expert a talk. Reactions to such ex- posure- tend to vary from amused disbelief to misguided fascination. Unless the educator in such cir- cumstances has unusual rapport with young people lie is apt to do more harm than good. A well-meaning in- dividual who is treated as a joSe can serve to turn some youngsters in an unintended direction. The timid can be influenced strongly by the ridicule of other young people. lot of people have turned to hustling drug education. There may be no reason to suspect the motives of the majority of such experts but their effectiveness generally must be questioned simply because of the skepticism of young people toward outsiders. Indications are that the best edu- cation is done by treating the mat- ter as part of the curriculum rather than making a special issue out of it The dangers inherent in all drugs those that are legal as well as the illegal ones need to be considered in the context of phy- siological, psychological and socio- logical studies. Since most decisions involve an ethical dimension, somewhere this must also enter discussion. BpHi youne people and their parents need to give careful consideration to the morality of searching for artificial stimulation or tranquillity. If example is still thought to have some educative impact it should not be too difficult for the older and more responsible generation to see where the start on drug education should begin. Church Protest Discounted Legislation in process in the U.S. Congress calls for the expenditure of SI billion for birth-control research and services to the poor over the next five years. It is almost certain to be enacted despite a protest from the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic church. There was a time when the church lobby carried a lot of weight and could almost be counted on to scuttle legislation such as that proposed on birth control services. But today even known Roman Catholic senators and congressmen are expressing support for the bill in a remarkable political consensus that has developed behind the Government. Politicians are openly discounting the protest of the church hierarchy. They feel that the laity is not behind the clergy in this matter. The strength of the opposition within the church to Pope Paul's encyclical on birth control, plus the indications that most Roman Catholics have been ignoring the teaching of the church on this issue for years, has cut the ground out from under the heirarchy. In poli- tical terms, then, the church protest no longer makes much difference. The church spokesman on this is- sue the Rev. James McHugh, argues that although the bill provides for non- coercive birth control services, it will inevitably lead to coercive promotion. He says the psychological pressures to conform to birth control alone is a form of coercion. There would also be bound to be enthusiastic supporters of birth control among those dealing with the poor who would resort to overt pressure. Eventually coercion might even be enacted into law. So serious is the threat of over- population in the world that many people are persuaded coercive mea- sures regarding birth control should be in effect now. Thus the warning of a coercive tendency inherent in the proposed legislation is not likely to arouse much concern. The church position is a losing prop- osition. A member of the House sub- committee considering the birth-con- trol bill has dismissed the church ob- jections as not much more than a re- flex action implying that not even the members of the hierarchy are fully convinced that they should be heeded. On this issue, at least, the church influence has waned drastic- ally. Art Buchwald I WAS TALKING the other day with a friend and we got around to the ques- tion of what was wrong with television. We both came to the conclusion that every- one on TV was being presented in a false light, and the public was being cheated .out of seeing situations as they really are. For example, on the lawyer shows Perry Mason and The Defenders, no one ever asks for a fee. There is never any discus- sion of money on these programs and people are under the impression that any lawyer will defend you for the love of it. But in real life this is what would hap- pen: A woman comes into Perry Mason's office. She says, "My son has been ac- cused of a crime, but I know he didn't do it." Perry in real life would say, "Wait a minute, madam. Before you go any fur- ther, I'll have to ask for a retainer." "He's the lady says. "You've got to defend him." "How much can you afford? Legal costs are expensive. If he pleads guilty, I'll make a deal with the district attorney and save you the expense of a long, drawn-out jury trial." "But he wants to plead not guilty." "Big deal." says Perry. "They'll prob- ably hang him anyway and it will still cost you "I guess you're? right." the woman says. "Plead him guilty. He's always getting into trouble, anyway." "That will be ?500 now and 5500 at the start of the trial. If there are any other expenses, I'll let you know." Or let's take Dr. Kildare. What kind of guy would Dr. Kildare be if he weren't on television? Perhaps something like this: "Dr. an elderly man says, "I have a pain in my side." "I don't know anything about pains in people's sides. I'll send you to a specialist, Dr. Renfrew." "But besides my side, my left leg hurts." "Why didn't you say so in the. first place? Dr. Lavine is the best leg man in town. Tell him I sent you." "And it hurts when I breathe." "You need a good lung man. After you see Dr. Lavine about your leg, go over and see Dr. Ordman about your chest. I'll write down the address here." "I can't read your the old man says. "Eye trouble, too? You better see Dr. Feldman, the eye, ear, nose and throat man." "Thank you very much, Dr. Kildare." "Don't mention it. That will be What about Dr. Ben Casey, if there were such a person in real life? A nurse rushes in. "Dr. Casey, there's been a terrible skiing accident. They want you in the operation room right away." Casey puts on a mask, sterilizes liis arms, walks over to the table. "Has this man signed a release that I'm not responsible if the operation doesn't come "No, sir. He was brought in uncon- scious." "Well, 1m not operating until someone signs a release. Do you think I'm going to be sued for The final thing to make one suspect tele- vision of not being true-to-life is that taxis are alwasy plentiful on TV and ready to pursue the heavy. This is what would happen in real life if a private-eye like Peter Gunn tried to follow somccne. "Taxi, taxi! Follow that "Waddaya mean, 'Follow that "I want you to follow that cab, like I say." "Look mister, I pick people up and take them to a I don't follow no cabs." "You're letting him get away." "Get yourself another hack. I got a wife and kid to think of, and I don't have time to get involved in any cops-and-robbers stuff." "You mean you refuse to follow that "Out, mister, you've been watching too many television shows." (Toronto Telegram .News Service) Moms Arc All The Same By Doug Walker 1MUL recently had a friend from Calgary visit him for a few days. We discov- ered that lie had remarkably similar likes and dislikes lo those of our own boy. Both Paul and Kobbie have an aversion for stew. After .some, grumbling about the slew that appeared on nur table they con- ceded that tht'.v would cat some of Ihe meat and potatoes in it. Elspeth said she would put the meat and potatoes on his plate if he would pass it, but Kobbie declined and said to Paul: ''Moms are all the same, they not only give you some meat ami potatoes but the rest of Ihe junk as well.'' Old Political Tricks From Tommy Don QTTAWA By the time New Democratic Leader Tommy Douglas had finished the press conference he called recently he had shown clearly why it's none too soon for him to be retiring. All the tiresome o I d tech- niques were in use in a four- page statement which began: "The silent sell-out of Canada's energy resources is on the verge of becoming a fait-ac- compli. It must be slopped Dramatic stuff for a steamy, lazy day in the capital, and Douglas went on in his com- ments to embroider the accusa- tion with the headline phrases he knows so well. "Our resources are being raped and pillaged The minister of industry, trade and commerce, Jean Luc-Pepin is "attempting to intimidate and influence the National Energy Maybe It Won't Stick Board most improper The U.S. is in possession of in- formation not in the possession of MPs It's mostly nonsense. The so-called sell-out to which Douglas was referring is the question of whether to ap- prove applications to export 9.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gos to the United States over the next 25 years at a price of about billion. Parliament established the National Energy Board 11 years ago to consider, among other tilings, just this sort of question, and to make recom- mendations to the government. The board's job is to determine if the gas proposed to be ex- ported is surplus to Canada's needs and if the price is right. The board held weeks of hearings on the applications to export the 9.3 trillion cubic feet of gas. It also invited views on whether its formula for assessing Canadian needs, roughly a 30 years' supply, should be amended. Having conducted that lengthy investigation which Douglas forgot mention in his statement, the board is ex- pected soon to make its recom- mendation to the cabinet. According to the Douglas version, however, there is a conspiracy there's always a conspiracy in his brand of poli- tics the fix is in, and the deal is made. The evidence? "On July 20, the Federal Power Commission (FPC) in the United States ap- proved the building of a gas pipeline from Michigan and Wis- consin to Canada. The FPC must clearly be operating on the basis of knowledge being withheld from the Canadian people." The facts? As the news re- ports made clear, the FPC warned the pipeline company that it must build the proposed line at its own risk and carry the loss rather than passing it on to customers if it failed to get the hoped-for gas from Can- ada. The FPC was saying spe- cifically, in other words, that it did not know what the Cana- dian decision would be. If you don't buy the con- spiracy theory that the sell-out has already been arranged be- hind the backs of Parliament and the public, Douglas offers an alternative. It is that Trade Minister Pepin is still trying to bully the energy board into ap- proving the gas export.. The evidence? A speech Pepin is supposed to have made in remote Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. "To- tally replies Pepin, who says that he did not make a speech on the subject, in fact, but merely answered a ques- tion at a press conference in routine, neutral terms. The trouble with the tangled web which Douglas weaves is not just that he puts himself in a poor light, tarnishing a personality and a reputation for idealism which have been enjoyed by Canadians for some years. After all, he is heading toward the end of his career when he hands over the NDP leadership next year, and the easiest thing would be to ig- nore his political aberrations. But the question of whether to enter long-term contracts at this time to export gas is a vital matter deserving cool and responsible discussion. Our re- serves of gas are perhaps the strongest card in Canada's hand in negotiating for mar- kets in the United States for oil, uranium and other commo- dities which we wish to sell. When Douglas engages in the old fashioned politics of confu- sion and suspicion in the hope of scoring a short-term parti- san advantage, he makes it harder for other, more respon- sible politicians to engage the public in serious discussion about energy policy decisions of great long-term importance. (Toronto Star Syndicate) William Ceuilyn-Jones Spain's Secret Role In Middle East Ceasefire MA fADHID Spain played a significant part in bring- ing about the ceasefire in the Middle East, according to dip- lomatic sources here. Without Spam's efforts, they said, it is unlikely that the halt in fight- ing could have come about. The sources declined to go into detail about Spain's role in the negotiations but they claim- ed that it was vitally impor- tant. Officially, the Spanish for- eign ministry declined to com- ment. However, the news of Spain's role as a peacemaker came less than seven weeks after the Foreign Minister, Seaor Gregorio Lopez Bravo, met the Israeli Foreign Minis- ter, Mr. Abba Eban, in Luxem- Letters To The Editor borg and told him "Spain would be willing to serve as a bridge between both parties with the fundamental aim of bringing about a peace which would respect the decision of the United Naitons." The ceasefire came about as a result of the acceptance of the United States proposal, af- ter several previous peace plans presented both by Eussia and the U.S.A. failed to find acceptance. Significantly, Spain has handled American affairs in Cairo since relations were broken off after the Six- Day War, and the present Spanish Ambassador to the U.A.R. is Senor Angel Zsgaz, the former chief of the Uni- ted States Relations Section of the Spanish foreign ministry. Spain was probably in a bet- ter position than anv other Eu- ropean nation to broach the subject of a peace proposal in the Arab capital, because of her traditional friendship with the Arab nations, which is the historical result of her own Moorish heritage and her geo- graphical proximity to North Africa. At the same time, while Spain is officially pro-Arab, Franco's government has care- fully avoided taking sides in the Middle East conflict. In fact there are no official diplomatic r e 1 a tions between Spain and Israel at the present moment. This does not upset the Jewish community in Spain. Dr. Max Mazing, a dis- tinguished rabbi and the leader of the Spanish Jews in Mad- Public Service Is For All People Under the present city by- law governing the operation of an eating establishment, there is no provision, other than that relating to sanitary and fire regulations, to cover the man- agement of such a business. No clause refers to the clientele the manager is required to serve. This condition, unfor- tunately, allows for a manager, in the business of providing a public service, to pass judg- ment on the personal appear- ance and private characteris- tics of a patron, with no legal recourse for a citizen insulted in this manner. 'I submit that a public service, by all the def- initions common to English us- age, should be open to all the people. I agree that a manager has the r i g h t to refuse service to any individual who is creating a legitimately defined distur- bance, but I do not agree that he has the right to extend hi. State Of School Music The sorry state of music in The Lethbridge Public School System was forcefully brought to everyone's attention by Joan Bowman's timely article in The Herald of August 19th. Following, as it did, the splendid concert given at the Yales Memorial Centre by the Alberta Youth Orchestra and Girl's Choir, the attitude of those responsible for making decisions concerning the teach- ing of music in the schools seems incomprehensible. I can't say that I have made much use of the algebra, ge- ometry, chemistry or physics (hat I learned at school, but the musical training which started lor everyone at the age of five with singing, percussion band and eurhythmies, a n d taught from the beginning by teachers specializing in music and dancing has given and con- tinues to give me countless hours of pleasure both as a lis- tener and as a participant. Having been advised by a member of the Provincial Mu- sic Workshop staff that the sit- uation in Lethbridge would never improve until concerned people started 'lighting bon- fires" as he put it, I have ac- cordingly lit my bonfire by sending a copy of Mrs. Bow- man's article along with a let- ter of appreciation for last Tuesday's concert to the De- partment of the Provincial Sec- retary, Cultural Develop- ment Branch, Edmonton. FRANCES1 STILLWELL. Lethbridge. 'Crazy Capers' I hope you tipped the coat room attendant. This is. a much better coal liiiiii mine. own personal tastes to his cus- tomers. The current vogue associating long hair on males with all manner of negative habits is arbitrary, and con- trary to intelligent discrimina- tion of individuals. By this token, Disraeli, William Lyon Mackenzie, and Shakespeare would not have been served in such an establishment, while Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and the Gestapo bully boys would be welcomed. It would appeal" that the manager of the business noted in the earlier letter distinguish- es nobility of character accord- ing to an extremely limited criteria. Presently, that is his right and privilege under the law. At the same time, since the law does not define the categories of persons he is re- quired to serve, it also happily, does not define the general re- quirements of dress and ap- pearance tor the public. I would suggest I hat those who are angn-ed by the practise un- der discussion are free to make petition to the City Coun- cil to initiate a bylaw requir- ing public establishments to serve all the people legally en- titled to patronize a given busi- ness. The law is only as just as the people demand it to be. JOAN PUCKETT. Lethbridge. I live in Raymond and have to go to bclhbridgc every week for music lessons, and our new paint job on our car was ruined by the oil and tar off the new road. It is impossible to get off. So which shall it be, a de- tour or a tartour on r oa d s being built or hr-inf repaired? GAHKY HUMPHREYS. Raymond, rid, accepts the foreign pol- icy of General Franco with realistic resignation. "There is no anti-Semitism in Spanish foreign he says. In the 15th century, the Jews, like the Moors, were expelled from Spain unless they accepted the Roman Catholic faith. But Spain proved her humanitar- ianism during Hitler's persecu- tion and saved the lives of many refugee Jews by grant- ing them Spanish passports on the grounds that they were Sephardic Jews that is, of Snanish origin. Spanish au- thorities never inquired too closely into the so-called ori- gins of Jewish refugees eithei' during the Hitler persecution or during the post-Second World War years. This liberal attitude has been publicly acknowledged by the Govern- ment of Israel. These factors, combined with Spain's own interest as a Med- iterranean Power in a solution to the straggle on the borders of the Middle Sea, has put the nation in an ideal position to act as a mediator. As the Spanish foreign minis- ter put it in his meeting with the Israeli foreign minister in Luxembourg, the role of me- diator "would he compatible with our loyalty to the Arab world, provided that some practical solution to the prob- lem of the Palestinian refugees could be worked out." Senor Lopez Bravo even went so far as to say, in commenting later on his exchanges with Mr. Eban, that "the occasion for the recognition of the Stale of Israel might present itself in the immediate future." Apart from its obvious value in easing East-West tension by containing the conflict, the ap- parent Spanish success in help- ing to bring some form o( peace to the eastern Mediter- ranean is believed to have weighed very much in the favor of Spain in the recent ne- gotiations between Spain and the United States for the con- tinuing American use of mili- tary bases in this country. In- deed, it would not be surpris- ing to discover that the hasts of the United States State De- partment lo sign the new mili- tary base pact with Spain was at least partially motivated by some kind of promise on the part of President Nixon's ad- ministration lo be more liberal in meeting Spanish demands in exchange for the good offices of Spain in the Micldlo East. In connection w i t h that speculation, I have been1