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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Stilurday, Auguil 28, 1971-------- Lrllers to llic editor Why don't people vote? .Most of llic world's people tlu not have a free choice of government. The free secret ballot is jusl a dream for them. The> are very mucli a part of Ihe stream of uncompleted his- tory, Ihe struggle for freedom from tyrants, freedom lo govern oneself. Yet probably a third of Ihe eligible voters of Alberta will not take Ihe trouble to vote next Monday. This is hard to understand, harder to for- give. Why is the right to vole not more fully appreciated'.' Because it has cost so litlle. It has been given on a silver platter to this generation by earlier generations who paid heavily for it. All governments earn criticism, but the only citizen -with Ihe moral right lo criticize is the one who has voted. Perhaps n certificate of citizenship earned should be given lo the voter when he picks up his ballot. When- ever he has anything critical to say about the government he shotdd first be required lo show that certificate. H is f a s li i o n a b 1 e, particularly among the younger people, to he con- temptuous of all parlies, all govern- ment, all authority. These people are fools. Anarchy, like all vacuums, can- not endure. Order will always em- erge, either Ihe order of the bully and the club, or the order of the free bal- lot effectively used. So whatever their ideals and frus- trations, the young people must pre- serve that condition of freedom un- der which they can he themselves. Down lo llic age of 18, they now have the ballot. It is both a privilege and a responsibility, and if they choose to sneer at it they cannot in honesty complain about the burden of auth- ority. If they refuse to help shape the laws Ihcy have no right lo com- plain about the laws or object to their enforcement. Imperfect but remarkable Although publication of the final details of the Big Four settlement on the Berlin question await official ap- proval by the governments of the powers involved, it is clear that terms of a mutually acceptable agreement have been worked out. The probabil- ities are that the agreement will in- clude methods for transporting vital goods from West. Germany through Kastern access roads in sealed trans- port trucks. The West Germans will discontinue holding plenary sessions of Ihe Bundestag in West Berlin, but there will be provision for meetings of small federal parliamentary groups, and West Berlmers -will be able to visit their relatives in East Berlin periodically. A Soviet consu- late will probably be established in the British sector of West Berlin. The Russians will be responsible for making sure that access from East Germany to West Berlin will he un- impeded. It's a tremendous achievement, al- though there are many things, the destruction of the infamous wall in particular, which will not be includ- ed. Nevertheless it is remarkable that such an agreement would be achiev- ed al all at a lime when li.S.-Soviet relations are at a low ebb, because of recent American overtures of friendship lo China. For 2G years Berlin has been the focal point of the ideological contest between communism and democracy, a symbol of hatred and struggle be- tween the East and the West. The struggle is not yet over and the set- tlement is only the best that could be expected It should do much towards wind- ing clown lingering animosities. It could even lead lo an agreement on troop reductions between NATO and Warsaw pact nations. Hope springs eternal! Welcome segregation Segregation practices are under a severe form of disapproval in most parts of the world today. But a plan to introduce segregation of passen- gers on Air Canada flights at the beginning of .September will be wide- ly welcomed. Air Canada has finally decided to give non-smokers a break: the front rows of the economy section on all flights will be reserved for them. No such separation will occur in the first- class cabin, which may discourage non-smokers from opting for it even though the air conditioning is appar- ently better there. Weekend Meditation Now all passengers can travel without irritating each other. No long- er will non-smokers experience the unpleasantness of secondhand iobac- co at close quarters. At the same time Hie smokers will not have to pretend to be unaware of the discomfort of those near them who signal it by playing with the air jets and in other rather obvious ways. The simple and acceptable solution which Air Canada has found for the problem of carrying smokers and non-smokers needs to be adopted in other situations where the public is brought together. N7ext in line for such a change could he the buses. People of the covenant rPHE IDEA o[ a covenant runs through- out the Bible. Creation itself was a covenant, Lhe sign of which was the Sabbath. God made a covenant with His people afier the Flood, the sign of which was the rainbow. He made a covenant with Abraham. He made another covenant with David. The Ten Commandments were given in a covenant form. Covenants were made also between David and Jonathan, between Jacob and Esau. Covenant.1; which we v.uuld call treaties were made between nations. The piophets. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezckiel, and Daniel, are constantly refer- ring to Ihe covenant Israel had made with God. The covenant contains both freedom and obligation. God freely enters into it; man freely accepts. Once accepted the covenant carried obligations on both sides. The Ten Commandments Urns begins in words commonly called "The "I am the Lord Thy God which have brought Uiee out of Ihe land of Egypt, up from the hcnsc of bondage." Then follows the obli- gations laid on man. Because God is the kind of God Up, is, man must, be a certain kind of person. Without this covenant relationship there would have been no Israel. Without it there can he no Church. It was the covenant which held the people together through the exile. 'Hie covenant i.s basic lo the existence of Israel today. Many churches have a covenant which is read in church nt ser- vices. It hinds them logethor, one lo the other, and to Gcd. Or, because it binds them lo God, it hinds them to one another. The people of the covenant had great con- victions. They believed in the living God, a God who shaped the earth and sent it spinning into space, who made the stars, Ihe moon, and the sun, the plants, animals, and man himself out of Uic mud, a God who is still nii.kmg n new heaven nnd n new partii, who has never forsaken His world. They believed that God meant them to lie di.slincl. diiferenl from Ihe people rniuul ;ihmil limn This idea carried into Christianity. Jesus made il clcnr to disciples that I bey were to be different from the Pharisees and pagans. "What do ye more'" he asked them. Paul warned the Christians, ''Be not conformed to this v.crld." They had the conviction that, when Ihcy prayed. ''Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven; God meant his will to he cone in all life, so that the community reflected the kingdom of God. He also meant His will to be done in the flesh as in the spiril (Some people say "on earth." wluch is a misunderstand- ing of the prayer l. If is so easy to will good tilings: it is hard to fulfil them in Ine material world. The people of Gud Ijchcvcd that, Because God lived, "Xo lie could live as Carlyle. expressed if. They believed with Mommsen that "History has a nemesis Tor every sin." They believed with Lowell that truth was not "forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne." This sense of living under a covenant- in the providence of lost by Ihe mass of people today. They consequently resort lo witchcraft, to fortune-tellers, as- trology, and aimilels. Alienated from God, they are alienated from man, with conse- quent liroken homes, the corrosion of lova and affection, victims of psychological dis- asters, unahle to keep their footing in UK cullure and the meaningless- ness of a world impersonal and godless. As Israel saw God r.iorc clearly they ceivod Clod's goodness and grace. So they had a new word for covenant hescdh or luvingkindness. I'cr.ple of the covenant, therefore, believe, not in a cold bargain with God. but that God loves tJiem and that faith. and love mist win tire victory in life. They not only have courage, but they have roots, they have purpose and peace. They arc "companioned people." The world is not hollow and It is full of meaning and that meaning np- poarod in all its glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Prayer. Hold nu hand, (I God, fur Ihe ovnllniv niv S, M. Concerning the election and plebiscite 1 liope Uic Herald will permit a rebuttal of its editorial Thurs- day, in which it recommended that AlbcrLans support Hie So- cial Credit party next. Monday. The editorial must be an- swered now, for it has left Ihe very false impression that tho Progressive Conservative party has promised tte moon and for- got Llic price tag. A careful examination of the party platform would show the Progressive Conservatives ba- sically are promising only a re structuring of government programs and systems so that government may relate more effectively with people. In oth- er words, dollars well spent. I .Tin surprised Ihat the Her- ald did not comment on the many obvious vote buying tac- tics of Premier Strom, such as the one when he offered Iho citizens a ?10 per capita grant for a new sports facility litre. Surely the Herald would agree Ihat the citizens of Lethbridgo arc worth more than ?10 each. The Herald has not reacted to the appearance of former Premier Manning in the final stages of this election cam- paign. Mr. Manning gave the citizens of Alberta a distin- guished stewardship of the pro- vince. He went to bis reward in the Senate and we wished him well. Most A 1 b e r t a n s were "Hand over your MosL appealing campaigning rhetoric The Social Credit theme for the current campaign is "Let's build Alberta together." The idea of course is that we arc a team and are enjoying a par- ticipatory democracy which would not be Ihe case under the opposition. Minister of mu- niciple affairs Fred Colbornc has staled, "Xo other govern- ment in Canada goes to the lengths Alberta does to consult with individuals and organiza- t i o n s respecting government business." The Social Credit election leaflet, A Aew Era On A Firm Foundation, stales 'The major function of govern- ment is to obtain the results the people want in the manage- ment of their affairs Al- berlans are being given a greater voice in the decisions which affect their lives." This is by far the most appealing campaign rhetoric that I have ever heard. It's enough to in- spire confidence in everyone We need DST Yes. ne need daylight sav- ing time in Alberta. As you arc aware, the 19G7 vote was very close against, for. I feel Iwo reasons brought this about. 1. A professional advertising campaign put (in by Alberta Theatres cosling in the area of and directed at house- wives in an effort to scare them out of voting for DST. 2. The general apathy of peo- ple in favor who felt DST would go in automatically and there- fore didn't bother to get out and vole yes. There arc many good rea- sons why Alberta should have daylight saving time and very few if any good reasons why we should vole against daylight saving time. The extra hour of usable sun- light would henefil all amateur spoils who have difficulty com- pleting games in the evening. We have already lost one hour in the evenings and by election day August 30, the sun will bo selling at approximately p.m. Kadi householder could po- tentially save from l.yMUO hours on their light bill each summer. Working girls and women shoppers coming home after working or shopping in the eve- nings and having lo come home in the dark would appre- ciate having daylight saving time, Musi nesses communicating with caslom Canada lose II hours in lime difference and 2 hours for separate lunch hours, (.his takes 5 hours (Hit of an (I day. Dayhghl saving lime means family inn in llic MID U. CIIF.KMITOX, that, our destiny is in good hands. But let us' take a brief look at the record of UK? So- cial Credit machine as it hag operated in the hands of Mr. Strom. The first tiling that Mr. Strom did when he took office was Lo reject the mandate of the people with regard to medi- care and to impose it on tlio entire electorate rn place ol MSI and other privately-oper- ated insurance programs. Then to muffle the public outcry wo got a lot of malarky about million that would he returned to the province by adopting the federal program. But there was an awkward lack of ex- planation as (o why this extra provincial revenue which was lo offset -10 per cent of the costs of medical care did not re- sult in a 40 per cent reduction in premiums but rather in an Irresponsible statements According lo newspaper re- ports Mr. Peter Lougheed and Dr. Hugh Homer have been ad- vising Ihe public that there was "17 million dollars for high- way construction that was not even spent" during the last two years. Both Mr. Lougheed and Dr. Homer know that this 17 million dollars was part of a 50-mJlIion dollar grant over a five year period lo our cities for transportation facilities and that UK cities had not com- pleted their engineering in order to use this money during the first three years of the pro- gram; all of the cilic.s planned lo make full use of their allot- ment hefore the end of the fhp- year period; similarly, there was also a balance renuiinint; in the grants lo lounis and vil- lages for the improvement of their streets which the towns and villages planned to use dur- ing the period. I reiterate thai both Mr. Lougheed and Dr. Homer know the acls as Lhis was carefully outlined lo them in the Legis- lature and why they continue to propagate this false inform- rtion is difficult lo understand. To have spent the 17 million dollars would have been lo deny Calgary and Edmon t o n and other cities and towns in the province of monies that those administrations were planning to use. The Lougheed and Ilorn- er statements arc irresponsible and I hope you will publish this Idler in order that the people may know (lip Lrulh. GORDON TAYLOR, Minister of Highways nnd Transport. Can I afford NDP program Recently, I received Ihe NDP's dum-dum sheet. I must say they really do offer a "real especially hy way of higher taxation. They aro very critical of other parties for gimmicks and give-aways. But llic NDP will not partako of such low means lo gel voles. No, Ihe NDP will use (higher) taxes (our own money) to ful- fil Ihcir promises; no gim- micks, no give-aways. But they will give us everything and do everything for us. Where will they get the money for farm schemes, for cash rebates In fanners, for "assuming 50 per ccnl of weed eonlrol costs, How fair will Ihcy he lo me. a city slicker, with hospi- tal and education costs? They say. "tn hard limes, farmers should not. he heavily laxrd." What iihmil me in hard limes0 Where will all the money for all the grants come from'.1 The sheet, says, "Wo have, candidates who represent Inc. ordinary people of Alberta ordinary men and women liko us." Well, I don't want ordin- ary p'.'ople representing me. I want representation hy people who have tho knowledge, expe- rience and qualities that will give ir [tie lies! possihle di'm- gou rnment nnisl cco- nomirallv. I don't Hunk the Sn cial Credit [its Ihe hill, let alone Ihe XDP. They arc prom- ising a paradise, bi'l who can afford it? They keep knocking private but where would we he without it' On Ihe last page it says nn- d c r the candidate's name, "Remove education from pro- perly tax." We need more e d u c at i o n as far as pro- perly lax is concerned I'm sure everyone will agree that property taxes (mailer of fact, all taxes) aie gelling loo high, and someone soon, had heller find onl why and do something about il. I do like llic listing under "Heller Services." II is templing; bi't forget il. I can't afford il. A large chunk of our lax doi'ar goes for services now. If even 50 per cent of the NDP programs were imple- nienled. taxes would he so high I uonldn'l money lefl for food, or for support of my oun HI. isn't As for uniting the Prairies, forget loo. We aic Albcr- tans concerned with problems peculiar lo Alberta, and any government of Alberta had bri- ter he concerned with Alberta first and foremast. The pt-n- pie ill Saskatchewan and Mani- toba uill learn in a few short years, lhal Kiev made a mis- 'lake AI.I'.KKTAN. Iiclhhritlqr. increase. It later became all too obvious tliEt the program was merely a scheme to in- crease Allrerla taxes. For not only are we paying more for medical coverage hut medical expenses in our behalf are no longer lax deductible. The lat- ter conslilules a direct in- crease in taxes of about million per year. More recently the Social Credit government has side- stepped the voice of the peo- ple and imposed upon vs a po- lice act which gives final au- thority over all local police forces to the provincial police c o m m i s s i o n. a non-elected body. This was dcac in spile of protests from all over Ihe prov- ince. The govcmmenl would not allow public hearings. IL wanted no dialogue with the public because as Attorney- General Edgar Gerhart put it, "There is no need to delay con- sideration of the bill." Not only has the present government ig- nored the wishes of the people, it is taking away from them the management of their own affairs. Nor were there any voices of protest from Social Credit IVfLAs because in the So- cial Credit party MLAs do not represent their constituencies bul arc the sen-ants of the throne Yes, lei's keep building Al- berla logclhcr. I-cl's preserve Ihe Social Credit eonlrol of gov- ernment so Ihat the people will lie heard. Like Hairy said, the issue is which parly is most qualified lo conlinue the Social Credit record of excellence. Only if you mean the record of the lasl three years, Harry. Who wanl.s il? T. BLUEMEL. Lefhbridge. sorry to see him go, bill we were prepared to look with in- terest to new leadership. But now, when the chips are down, when the new Social Credit ad- ministration is seriously chal- lenged, Mr. Manning has left the Upper Chamber of sober second thought in Ottawa and returned, in an obvious attempt lo rescue a floundering and in- ept administration. Is Mr. Man- ning lo be called upon every time Ihe Social Credit leader- ship in Alberta has a problem? Thinking citizens should seri- ously consider the ramifica- tions of Mr. Manning's partici- pation in this campaign. Does this mean that the present leadership is being openly ques- tioned by the peers within the party? I "find this very ominous. I would think those perscns who feel they are secure in the bosom of the Social Credit gov- ernment are somewhat appre- hensive. If not, they should be. I would have thought in Ihese circunislaiices the Herald, rath- er than satisfy itself with Ihe history of Alberta wcallh, would have provided ils read- ers with a comparison of the leadership qualifications of the main contenders in this elec- tion, as well as [he qualifica- tion of those candidates who are seeking elcclicn in L e t h- bridge and dislricf. The Herald might have com- menlcd on the leadership qual- ifications of Peter Lougheed, his background, his experience in the legal and business world and his dynamic personality. It might then have compared Mr. Lougheed with Mr. Strom and asked Ihe question: which man, in this young, dynamic and fasl- changing society is suitably qualified lo lead this province into new avenues of challenge and opportunity? But, alas, you have falen back on his- tory. This question must be an- swered: are the people oE southern Alberta on Monday next interested enough in tho future of this area lo vote for new directions under young, fresh leadership offered by Mr. Lougheed and his southern Al- berla associates Dick Gray, Richard Barton, Bob Bogle and Larry Lang, or are they satis- fied 'to live for the next four years in the world of old ideas and deep nils? FRED WEATIIERl'P, Lethhridge. Vole ior DST A recent announcement by Unifarm on the subject of day- light time and the plch- iscile on election day, August requires an answer because it contains many misleading statcmenls. Farmers can be assured that daylight saving time will not adversely affect them. More and more farmers, and Aliier- lans generally, realize (hat llm objections lislcd by Uniform arc not a problem in other provinces and won't be in Al- berta Despite what many farmers say, Saskatchewan does use daylight saving lime, as any visitor Lo Maple Creek and Swift Current knows. By voting Yes on the August 30 plebiscile, Alberlans will have daylight saving time each summer, along with the re- mainder of North America. Just about evervone else has changed. It doesn't make sense any longer Lo sleep during the early morning daylight hours and spend our evenings in Ilia dark. Our summers arc short enough. Daylight saving lime will help everyone their electric light bills (ahoiit 1.10 hours saved) and safely on Ihe All communities will he able lo cu! on llic cosls of floodlighting. .Most people prefer lo spend their evening leisure hours in daylight ralhcr lhan darkness and :l is hoprd they will vole YKS for Daylight Saving Time on August 30. II. DAVfD MATTHEWS. Calgary. Looking backward TliroUL'h llic Herald His Honor Lionel II. Chirks, lieutenant governor of Ontario died today after a long illness, lie was appointed to of- fice in Ifllfl. Lelhhl'idgc's popula- tion is l.'l.'MH as againsl 1I.OJI7 in HI21. according lo llic census figures. Hill Following a political crisis. Prime Minister lUenzies of Australia resigned loday. He will he succeeded hv Vice- Premier Arlhnr W. Fadden. The first heavy down- pour1 for over !io days in some districts hit. the British Colum- bia mainland loday. II is Ihoughl thai Ihe rain may have, been formed by llic Il.C.A.F. raimnaking device which seeds clouds. Him Canadians losl worlh of fores! and hush Ihroiigli fire damage during the last 10 years, the All Canada Insurance Fedeialion reports. The Lethbrickie Herald 501 7lh St. S., LoLliliriHfjc, Allu'rla LETI1BRIDGE HERALD CO LTD., Propricloi.s r.iyl Published 1905-lfl.l-l, by lion. A. Srconn Class Mnll Rrciinnvirn No on? of Tlit? Canadian Press nnd Ihr- IV.iiy l ubllslicrs' Assoeintlon nnd Ilio Audi I of Circ CITO W, MOWERS, rdllnr nnd Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General JOE GAI l.A i i M KriV I ,V.ll LMIK I i: Advcrlismn l.'dilr.' ml "THE HERALD SLRVtS THE SOUTH" ;