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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta TMi ItTHlKIUWt nvgv EDITORIALS Make the government care While the government's price con- trol measures haven't exactly thrilled the most of the comment on the recently announced increase in old age pensions has been favorable. A few have ex- pressed concern at what they view as a rather dangerous trend in the government's thinking. As they see raising pensions clearly im- plies the government doesn't really expect to effect any reduction in the cost of living. Not only but the rombination of higher prices follow- ed by higher incomes spells only one and that is inflation. One can see the especially as there has been such a complete turn-around by the government. Here- tofore it has been the opposition that has regularly and stridently clamor- ed for higher old age pensions. The government has always insisted that while it had the most profound sym- pathy for the giving them larger pensions would just subject the rest of the population to even greater inflationary pressure. Gov- ernment initiative in raising pen- sions is quite a an about- face that is bound to evoke some acid comment from the opposition parties. Concern over goes far beyond the pettiness of party politics. Anything that threatens to make inflation worse must be chal- even a measure like this which undoubtedly will help ease the financial problems of the elderly. But if the only real objection to in- creased old age pensions is fear of there s a simple one that is being mentioned more and more often tnese days. That is to tie old age pensions or any other tax supported for that matter directly to the cost of so that when the cost of living goes pensioners' incomes go up and when it so do they. Such an arrangement would be just as as There is nothing new about such an it has been advocated for by pensioners' by socially-minded and by at least one political party. It cer- tainly makes social if the whole philosophy of old age pensions makes it the general iaea is to provide for those no longer able to it must some kind of sense to do it adequately. And there is .a further merit in this quite apart from helping to en- sure that pensioners get a reason- ably fair deal. It would also mean that every increase in the cost of living would require the government to find and pay out millions more dollars in increased pension almost like a lor permitting the price structure to get out of hand- This might shift government emphasis to thinking before the instead of alibi-ing after. Five years later Five years ago this week the news was dominated by the Russian inva- sion of Czechoslovakia to crush the reformist movement led by Alexand- er Dubcek. Nobody then would have believed that the relaxed mood of Europe today could be possible- Except for which hasn't yet recovered from the effects of the invasion. Eastern Europe dis- plays a rather remarkable buoyancy. Reformist regimes of a sort are now to be found in Hungary. Poland and East Germany countries where formerly a gray mood predom- inated. Why has this been allowed to hap- pen when the leaders in the Kremlin felt obliged to clamp down so ruth- lessly on reform in Apparently the reform trends of to- day are of such a nature that they do'not threaten the Kremlin leaders. So far the change has taken place mainly as a result of economic mea- sures designed to improve living con- ditions. The freedoms which Dubcek sought to give the people of Czecho- slovakia are not being emphasized. It is assumed that these will come in due gradually rather than abruptly. The lesson of five years ago ap- pears to be that nothing should be done to alarm the Kremlin leaders. What happened to Czechoslovakia could happen all over again some- vvhere else in Eastern Europe. Somehow the expectations of East Europeans have to be held in check so that a slow evolution continues. the general relaxation of in Europe could militate against the slow development of free- dom. The expectations of East Euro- peans could rise too fast and create demands for the kind of thing Dub- cek stood for. Then the Russian tanks might roll again. Weekend Meditation The cry to God There comes a time in every man's life when he cries to God. have I gone to my knees in said cause I had no other place to Here Is a woman who says that nature is her only god. But in times of sorrow or sin your voice is lost in the wind if you call to nature. Can you help Nature is a vast indifference. Nature ia red in tooth and claw. It is a mid- so the Bible that a cry is the Bridegroom of the depths have I cried unto said the author of Psalm 130. Of since in the shallows of life few cry to God. There is no or so it appears. When life is easy and it seems almost an impertinence to cry to God. Only when one is drowning in a dark place does he cry like Peter sinking in the 'save Only when the waves and billows are going over a man does he cry to God. The Psalms are full of such cries to God. la Psalm 77 the writer the Lord cast off Is His loving kind- ness clean gone Hath God forgot- ten to be The PsalmiSt is cry- ing from the wreckage of his hopes and when the nation has been struck with tragedy and a senseless cruelty rav- aged Israel and destroyed the children with their parents. He was caught in Dark Night of the as the saints and mys- tics it. There simply was no meaning to no no pat- tern or purpose. Who wants to go down into such Few indeed. Few wish to think or feel and who to suffer Men are strangers to what the Scots call Even in relgion men wish to participate in the and philanthropic life of the but not to be involved in the deep spiritual experi- ences. How many know the majestic won- der of the Gospel according to St. as many as received Him to them gave He to become the sons of Aeschylus expressed the truth known to the whose law it is that he who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot falls drop by drop upon the and in our own against our comes wis- dom to us by the awful grace of George Herbert in They Cruci- fied paraphrased the anguish of Psalm my my why leav'st thou The in whom thou dost de- light to My my God never was grief like Of cne thing the Psalmists were that Gad wotfd hear them and that in the end it would be good for their bring- ing them at the last to a lovelier land than Mount a place of the soul's peace and joy. The conviction of these men who cry to God is that God is in His keeping up a continual conversation with with all men. we will but listen said Max can hear in all religions a groaning of the spir- a struggle to utter the a longing after the a love of And now unto God Al- the Eternal the Eternal the Eternal source of all joy and ground of all be all trust and all glory and obedience and worship of all His world with- out end. Amen. F. S. M. Awful thought By DMf Walker The sower Nixon on lawlessness By Norman editor Saturday Review-World President Richard Nixou would like the American peo- ple to avoid hasty judgments on Watergate. This is a rea- sonable request. For sevsral days BOW. I have bee'u ponder- ing his national television ap- pearance on Aug. 15. trying to avoid quick conclusions. But each time I reread the I find myself increasingly dis- turbed. The president put the law- lessness of the campus riots and peace demonstrations of the '60s into the same histori- cal box with the various crimes and misdeeds associated with Watergate He was careful not to condone of but implied that the campus riots created a general mood of contempt for law that spill- ed over to a large part of the national life and that was con- necied in a sense to the Water- gate scandals. There are some things wrong with this analysis that make it as dangerous as it is dis- turbing. The American people must have higher expectations of the office of the president than of involved in campus riots. The existence of the so- called '-'special investigative within the White operating under the highest authority in the and car- rying out illegal is hardly to be explained away by saying that this was the sort of thing that was rife in Am- erica at the time. The president appears to see little difference between the lawlessness that originates in the White House or in a com- mittee workir.g for his re-elec- tion undsr the supervision of the fcrmsr attorney-general of the United States. The presi- dent coiidemr.s such but this failure to make an import- ant distinction hardly has the effect of setting the minds of the American people to rest. Tha president is the highest of- ficer in the laud. There can be no compromise with that fact. sericus of all about the president's talk was that he made no distinction between protests aimed at keeping the government itself from acting and the lawless acts that were designed to obtain an unfair advantage in an election and then to use the shield of the White House to prevent those acts from being fully ex- posed. Nothing was more important to the American founding fath- ers than the natural right of a citizen to defy the government in acts of conscience. This was what the American Revoluicn was all about. Right or American students in the '60s were protesting what they felt was the arbitrary action of President Johnson later. in involving the American people in a war outside the constitutional pro- cess. They ware protesting the manipulations and machina- tions by which the American people became engaged in the war in thsir history. Mea like Jefferson and Adams be- lieved that a free society not only required but could not sur- vive without protests of con- science. Tliis dees not mean that even in the act of asserting their are above the law. They must te prepared to accept the consequences of their actions. But there is a big between a Fa- ther Philip Berrigan and a G. Gordon Liddy. Nothing could be more inappropriate than for the who is the high- est law-enforcement officer in the to attempt to ex- plain the illegalities originat- ing in his own office as a reac- tion to men who took grave per- sonal risks in challenging what they rightly or1 to be arbitrary and unconstitu- tional actions by government ilseL' The president is right in de- claring that the country can- not allow itself to be immobil- izsd by Watergate or its after- math. The American people have important jobs waiting to be done. But we will be in a better position to put Watergate behind us once all the facts are put on the table rnd dealt with courageously. Clip confused with By Maurice Herald Ottawa commentator Following the induction service at South- minster United Church Elspeth was all aglow. She had been talking to Marie Phar- is and Ethel Johnson and was bursting to tell us about a nice thing they had said to her. said I was gettig better looking all the Elspeth said. Keith and Paul's mouths dropped open. said littk friends' in failing little OTTAWA John Munro has apparently confused Jean Mar- chand with an unusual er- ror even in a cabinet so large that it must be difficult for a minister to maintain close touch with his wandering col- leagues. In taking up his latest Hercu- lean Mr. Munro has and the leaders and membership know that legislated settlements have never been in the best in- terests of the railroad If the minister of labor has direct communication with the Muse of argument is pointless. This seems to bs ths thought Mr. Munro i s attempting to convey. History has proved and that is the end of it. Even it would be helpful to undarstanding il' the minis- ter would go back to the Muse for documentation. For the pat- tern of conflict and set- tlement is now so familiar in the railway industry that veter- an MPs have difficulty in re- calling the number of oc- casions on which they have been summoned to da their leg- islative duty. It seems odd that the unions in action which is much more impressive than or- atory have so consistently mis- interpreted their own best in- terests. Some less close to the have been impressed by the generally philosophic ac- ceptance of these legislated set- tlements by the unions con- cerned. The plausible explana- tion is that they were in fact quite good. And why By the time a dispute reach- es so many people have been inconvenienced or in- jured by the strikes that the government is under heavy fire for permitting the tie-up to con- tinue. Ministers are there- disposed to be parsimon- ious. As they have continually affirmed their faith in free col- lective they are deeply conscious that interven- tion except on terms that scorn them the reputation of being anti-labor. Tney must under the close ob- servation of competing parties who would scarcely miss an op- portunity to expose and attack an unjust settlement. It would not in these favorable that the union leaders have had grave reasons to dread emer- gency looking back on the terms does it seem that they have led their members up the garden path on these not infrequent oc- How then can Ihe Muse have whispered to Mr. Munro in a manner to put an end to The ease of be very different if the EB seems confused Jean Marchand with Clip. For cii-cumstances make the pres- ent case exceptional. What the government now wishes above al1 to avoid is the recall of the members who would doubtless find means of raring matters other than a railway settle- especially the price surge which has become the prime worry of their constitu- ents. It might be assumed from Mr. Munro's comment that free collective bargaining was an alternative to the legisla- tive settlement in his by the Muse. But this cannot be the situation since Jean by forbidding freight rate has de- prived the railways including the state railway of any scope for bargaining. The alternative is a subsidy to the railways andx- the important question How high a price is the government willing to pay keep the par- liamentary wolves out of Ot- According to various finan- cial we are now in transition from demand putl 1 to cost-push inflation. It is im- portant to be accurate in these matters although precise de- scription will do nothing to tos- ffwi i er's pocket book. Bui how will it help matters for the gov- ernment to subsidize cost-push It will help the affected work- this being the usual effect of at least temporar- ily. It is also in accord with a government policy which seems to be becDming more and more general. The answer to infla- tion is to subsidize more and more people more and more frequently so that they can live with it. First then families with also those on low income who re- quire subsidized housing. Now the railways in order that they may pay out more to members of a strong union. But how about all the How about other no less concerned about inflation than the railway who may well take the settlement as a guideline in formulating their own wage There are still people of mod- est means in Canada who as- pire to own their unsub- sidized homes. When attention was drawn to their plight last the government respjnd- ed by urging the House to pass the new housing legislation which in some never very carefully was supposed to be of help to such persons. But their situation has not become with the NBA rate at 9.5 per cent and that of approved lenders hov- ering about it has grown steadily worse. How are they being helped to exercise their The more serious inflation be- the more cases there will be for subsidy support. The government is not in a strong position to resist because it has emphasized to mit- igate the effect of rising pric- in its inflation response. It is not surprising that Mrs. Plumptre has advocated food evidently the. gov- ernment Is receptive to sub- sidy arguments but at the Letters Few misunderstandings Tliis latter is in regard to an in the August 7th issue of The entitled policeman's lot is not an easy I am the police constable that this story refers to and I would like to clarify a few mis- understandings that have aris- en. It appears from the original article that I do not like Ameri- can police. is not The question put to me by the reporter you like to be a policeman in the United I replied that I be- lieved that politics and law en- forcement should not mix to the extent that I believe they do in the U.S. For I under- stand that sheriffs are elected for a set term by the people and then the sheriff chooses his own constables. I stated that I would not like to work for a fores that is so politically orien- ted. On the other personal experience that I have encoun- tered with American law en- forcement agencies with refer- ence to their training tech- niques and over-all communica- tion setup has left me with a very high opinion of them. Another question put to me you ever been offer- ed a I replied that I had the occasion to be offered a bribe the first summer that I was employed here. In further discussion it came out that this individual happened to be an American. This is as far as it goes. My personal opinion is that I wouldn't care what color or creed this person he would have been dealt with in equally the same manner. With reference to the state- ment as to why I stayed on with Coaldale Municipal the article stated that had no desire to spend all his time in a bigger force checking What I meant to say is that when I completed my course I saw the opportunity for the best initial training for law enforcement. I feel this way because of the over-all exper- ience one can gain by living and working in dose quarters with the community and having to accept responsibility for the job expected of you. This covers the major points of discrepancy in this such misconceptions as regards my pay scale are incidental. It is hard for a reporter to derive the personal feelings of a con- or any from be- ing with him for only one nine in this case. Cst. GLEN THOMPSON CoEldale Advice requested About a month ago I as is my a slab of side bacon. It cost 79 cents per pound. Recently I went to the same the same shelf and slab inferior to that which I had been used to buy- -was cents a pound. Packers' prices for hogs have not gone up in that and no other costs have gone up as so here Is a clear case of profiteering. By We don't want even a buyers' strike will only do so much gocd. We want action against profiteering. Can anyone advise us what action we can H. G. PECK Lethbridge Restrict fire-arms Recently Mr. N. Kloppenborg wrote a letter to The Herald denouncing the proposed new restrictions on fire-arms .and branding the proponents as be- ing ignorant and in- tolerant. Mi-. Kloppeiiborg insinuates that our heritage is being vio- lated and that the restrictions are part of a plot to take away our freedom. Apparently Mr. Kloppenborg does not realize that we do not live in the U.S. and therefore are not subject to the laws that the American Rifle Association is constantly trying to impose. Any literate person knows that most gun murders in the United States are not commit- ted by criminals but rather by the nice neighbor next door or down the street who loses his temper or his sanity and re- sorts to a gun to right things. An occurence in Tex- as points out what I mean when a chap who had a quarrel with his girl drove around town and killed or wounded eight persons whom he had nev- er seen before. Among his vic- tims ware a five year old an 86 year old woman and two 10 year old girls on tlieir way home from school. If a rifle had not been available in his moth- er's home none of these killings would have occured. It is a known fact that more Americans have been killed by weapons in the hands of fellow Americans than have been kill- ed in the wars in which the U.S. has been engaged. Why anyone living in the city of Lethbridge should find it nec- essary to own a fire-arm es- capes my unless he finds it necessary to help in the disappearance of our wild ani- mals. C. D. LEE Milk River Ufa to propose toast to Phasa The Lethbridge Herald _ SW 7th SL Alberta UTHBRIDGE HERALD ro. Proprietors and Puhlicbm Published by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Cliw Mill fUgHtratlon HO. Mil rht CiMihn and ttic Cintdltn Oillv Niwtpnv wrt' Araelitlon iiri Hit Audit turtau CLIO W MOWERS. Bditor ind PufelUMr THOMAS H. ADAMS. Maniotr BON WILLIAM HAY AttKttM fdnv MMS K. WAUKM ;