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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THI LETHBRIDGE HERALD Auguit 1973 EDITORIALS Pakistanis finally released Ninety thousand Pakistani prisoners of war in India since the end of the 1971 war between India and are finally going home. These are men who became prison- ers when the East Pakistani army and they were taken to India to keep them from the venge- ful hands of zealous politicians and ir- regular troops of the newly created state of Bangladesh. For nearly two years these soldiers have remained behind barbed wire while three those of In- Pakistan and play- ed a sort of diplomatic ping-pong with their fate. their de- clined to release them without the consent of in whose ter- ritory they had been fighting and were captured. Prime Minister Muji- bur Bahman of Bangladesh refused his consent until his hew nation should receive diplomatic recognition from Pakistan. Pakistan maintained that before it could consider recognition there were some critical relating to pre-war intematiinal ob- property that had to be discussed. But Mujibur flat- ly insisted that recognition was a prerequisite to any discussions at all with Pakistan. So the prisoners stay- ed in the cages. Eventually the impasse was brok- en and Bangladesh vouchsafed its though still sticking to its refusal to meet with Pakistani repre- sentatives until recognition should be granted. Diplomatic sources have not disclosed what argument finally per- suaded Prime Minister though the truly extravagant praise lavished on him by the other parties to the deal has a sort of face-saving ring to it. But how the agreement was reach- ed is less important than that it has been and that these unfor- tunate soldiers are going at long last. In a world in which any kind of good news is a this is doubly welcome. Unavailable jobs a myth Notice is now being given by more than one Canadian business of indus- try that unless new sources of labor can be they will have to close their doors. The government has re- sponded by saying it will consider the temporary importation of labor from foreign countries. such a program has already been started in some of the intensive farming areas in Eastern Canada. Yet Canada is supposed to be plagued by top high unemployment. Numerous devices have been found to disguise the full extent of the unem- to create artificial employ- ment but still many thousands of particularly young Cana- are not doing anything very useful or creative. The myth that jobs are unavailable is demolished once again by the need to import labor. Pockets of genuine unemployment do exist in but it is also true that many people who complain they cannot get work really mean they can't get jobs- that pay enough of a premium over wel- or they get jobs that per- mit tardiness or absenteeism. In they don't really want jobs as long as the state looks after them anyway. It is unfair to categorize most young people thusly but is it not also unfair to the taxpayer to bring into the country public peo- ple to do work that could be done by Canadians who are living at public expense while not To rant against subsidizing idleness is wasting breath. But it is good to be retminded now and again that somebody has to do that pro- duction is essential for consump- that bread and potatoes are a lot more nourishing than welfare and unemployment insur- ance and that somebody has to grow the wheat and dig the potatoes. Carry it out The rising tide of solid waste that threatens to drown more of the Rock- ies' most beautiful valleys is slowly turning hiking trails into garbage heaps. According to Banff Warden A. S. visitors are dropping more refuse on the miles of back-country trails each year than the service can hope to pick up with the manpower available. An example of mounting garbage in high places is the Sunset Lake area miles northwest of the Saskatchewan River where last year a local Boy Scout group col- lected and bagged garbage for a whole week with pounds flown out. But one year later the situation was as bad as ever. The in and pack policy placing the onus on the park begun five years requires that every hiker carry his garbage out with placing it in garbage cans rather than leaving it on the trail. garbage is frowned on as it would produce unsightly patches of dug-up ground in high-use areas Avhere the growing season is so short it would take vegetation at least 10 years to If the public using the Banff hiking trails contin- ues to refuse to dean up its own mess another 100 staff members will be re- quired at an additional cost of to pick up after them. The pack policy makes sense. It stems from section 17 of the national park general regula- tions which rubbish shall be deposited anywhere in the park except in such a place as the superintendent shall It would appear the park authori- ties have gone as far as they can go in ensuring clean parks. The rest is up to the public. Unless the attitude is reversed the garbage continue to pile up and today's parks will become tomorrow's dumps. Coal dust pollution Pollution is riding the rails from the Crowsnest to the coast as coal cars spew filthy soot along the right- of-ways. Where the rail lines and highways run soot whip- ped by brisk winds blinding as B.C.'s worst coastal is endan- gering human life and' leaving a trail of filth in its wake. cyc- pedestrians and townspeople along the route are forced to taste soot as they grope their way through this dirty emission. It is one of the issues that must be faced here in the west soon. People travelling from Golden to the coast or between Radium and CranbrooR are subjected to repeat- ed encounters with these speeding soot spreaders rushing on to waiting freighters at North Vancouver and Tsawwassen. Blistering protests have been reg- istered by irate Eraser Valley resi- dents ever since B.C.'s new deep sea coal ports have brought hundreds of open coal cars hurtling through low- er mainland communities It would appear from the black dust linger- ing in central B.C. valleys and towns often resulting in temporary blackouts on the Trans Canada high- way it is high time residents throughout central and eastern B.C. expressed similar complaints. It is apparent present dust abate- ment measures are not good enough. If present dampening of coal ship- ments will not guarantee dust re- lief then more frequent dampening is or better still the coal cars should be covered with heavy tarpaulins or platic covers. Doesn't the penally for littering B.C.'s highways apply to coal dust The casserole Sure is awful to be a hu- manity-loving liberal these now that Watergate has disclosed that so many of the protests against the establsih- and Nixonian reaction were actually fomented by the Committee for the Re-elec- tion of the President. It's just too em- banassing to think of all those tears and sympathy being wasted on dupes of the White House. Charles Osborn of started hicupping in 1922 that's 51 years ago and basn't stopped despite the best efforts of different doctors and every imaginable folk remedy. And you think you've got picks Bunker as ambassador-at- announced a headline in a Washing- ton newspaper. That's of not Archie. Give Peter CBC's handyman ex- credit for airing the. sage and sly observation many people have vast but only half vast Irrational system Maurice Herald Ottawa commentator 'Are you sure it isn't still Letters to the editor Replies to pro gun controllers Unfortunately there isn't much substance to some of the arguments of our dedicated anti-gun crusaders. Their con- cern for our safety is admirable but too much of the thinking is very shallow. Are we being asked to believe that potentially tragic domestic situations will simply evapor- ate in storms of invective if there is no gun People are and always have been mur- dered with butcher roll- ing cleavers and by being thrown down stairs. Strangely as society becomes more enlightened we find that little or nothing can be done about these occurences but there's no shortage of fuzzy ideas centred around legislation against inanimate objects It could be mentioned that a probable majority of domestic battles stem from abuse of li- often as not bought with welfare or family allowance money. We could argue quite convincingly that more strin- gent legislation here would pre- vent a lot of the very same but everybody knows that attempts at prohibition of liquor have been abject fail- and have in fact resulted in increased abuses. Lawless- ness as a natural trend Occasionally I do a little tar- get shooting and the suggestion that the only purpose of this would be for more efficient kill- shows that this stuff is written by people who don't know any more about shooting than a pig knows about relig- ion. The idea is to see how tiny a group of holes can be made in a piece of and if that is a crime then a lot of other things are bigger crimes. It's best to be on firm ground before one condemns or under- takes to eliminate the interests of others. I have yet to hear a single reformer even mention it but most of them can pre- sent a spirited case for the lib- eralization of drugs. The weakness of the Allmand arguments is evident in the auto-accident reports after each weekend. There are no end of laws pertaining to the owner- use and abuse of cars. Take a drive on many main highways and see how many are being enforced. dangerous or sense- less use of a car or a gun or a sharp stone is not going to be significantly reduced by pass- ing more laws when we can't enforce what we have now. Criminals are treated as if we can't get along without them while great minds draft ab- stract legislation aimed at la- tent or imagined criminal ten- dencies in the rest of us. Why does a degenerate and permissive society think its problems can be solved by con- demning blocks of wood and pieces of If someone were to suggest that our so-called well-being could be improved if we worshipped marble idols there would be howls of mirth. Yet the very same people will seriously advocate removal of a lifeless chunk of on the pretext that it's potentially dangerous and they actually ex- pect our social ills to go away with it. L. K. WALKER Milk River The letters regarding gun con- trol that have appeared in The Herald recently were of great interest to me as a lifelong user of fire-arms I must support Neils Kloppen- borg's stand against gun con- trols. Perhaps he should have been a bit more original than to use a few slogans in his let- ter but at least he isn't afraid to stand up and be counted. Mr. Sandilands gives us the impression that we are free to shotguns and handr guns in an irresponsible and un- restricted' endanger- ing flic public at large. The fact is that at present it is near- ly impossible for an average citizen to obtain a permit for a handgun in this country. Your halo must be well polished be- fore you even dare request a permit and even then it's strict- ly up to the issuing officer whether you are allowed to have a gun. Ownership of rifles and shot- guns is restricted to persons 14 years of age or older and any- one tinder 16 must be accom- panied by an parent or while hunting. We I read with interest and some amusement the recent letters by Mr. Sandilands and Mr. Lee favoring increased gun control. Although I realize that the pro- ponents and opponents of in- creased control over the use of fire-arms speak from different frames of reference and often- times have a tendency to talk past each I would like to address ir.yself to a few points which Mr. Sandilands raises. I do not regard Mr. Lee's letter worthy of comment. At the outset of his letter Mr. Sandilands implicitly condemns the National Rifle Association for its stand on fire-arms leg- islation If Mr. Sandilands would bother to read some of the literature put out by the he would find that he and the NRA are in complete agree- ment on two of his major that competency should be a major factor in re- sponsible fire-arms ar.d that restrictive fire-arms legis- lation does little to keep guns out of the hands of people who have a provincial hunter train- ing program that most sports- men would agree should be taught in schools and should be a mandatory training program for all new hunters Mr. Sandilands states the pur- pose of the gun is to kill. This may have been true in the be- ginning but over the last cen- tury or two target shooting has evolved along its own lines such that there are probably as many shooters who don't hunt as vice versa. Either use of firearms is honorable and per- fectly safe. It is not true that the purpose of target practice is merely to become more effi- cient at killing but where prac- tice is used by hunters to this how can you argue against Should we not field a hunter who is very familiar with the range and capability of his ri- fle and is well able to place his shots with Mr. Sandilands advocates gun controls and quotes statis- tics to prove his I find statistics are something that you can bend and twist to meet whatever end you require. An instance of this occurred sev- would use them for criminal purposes. Mr. Sandilands also tries to convince us that are for echoing a phrase of Solicitor-General Warren All- mand. most types of guns are manufactured for the purposes of hunting or warfare There are certain types of fire-arms manufactured for the sole purpose of competitive and ai such make very inefficient hunting or kill- ing weapons. It is obvious from his remarks that he knows very about competitive shoot- ing seems to be the case with most anti-gun I strongly suggest that Mr. San- dilands visit one of the local trap clubs. I think he would find that the people who shoot for recreation are also al and The crux of Mr. Sandiland's arguments for increased gun controls seems to be that they prevent the deaths occurring from the use of fire-arms be- tween related and unrelated eral years ago when gun con- trols became a political football in the U.S. The gun control sup- porters quoted appalling figures on the number of people shot and killed each year. A weil- known gun magazine research- ed these claims and came up with a different view of the sit- uation. The yearly death toll in- cluded a big percentage of crim- inals shot by police and citi- officers killed on murders and various other causes including acci- dents. This total came second from the bottom of the list of ALL causes of death in the U.S. just above a category which was made up of accidental deaths arising from choking on slipping in the bath tub and other like causes In our where murder is treated as a where poli- ticians want to legalize drug use and the Ku Klux Klan is a registered society of our prov- I think we can find more urgent and more necessary leg- islation than any at fur- ther gun controls JEFF LICKISS Hardieville persons. so his ar- gument when a person is prevented from having a fire- a certain type of aggres- sive behavior the urge to kill someone will not occur if that person becomes angry or frus- trated. This is a neat and tidy solution on the surface Of this would demand that anyone applyirig for a fire- arms permit would need an ex- tensive psychiatric profile indi- cating that he never gets angry or frustrated Mr. Sandi- lands's approach is at best un- workable and at worst resem- bles a kind of so- cial engineering which most Canadians would find odi- ous. In I agree with Justice Minister Otto Lang that the present fire-arms legislation is and that stricter enforcement and more stringent penalties for the criminal use of fire-arms is needed rather than restrictive firearms laws. J. ANTHONY LCNCr Lethbridce OTTAWA Such is the logic of industrial relations in Canada that what has been wrong for many weeks will suddenly be- come right when Parliament meets to legislate an end to the railway tie-up. The government will not act from any more than it has done in the case of previous strikes leading to legislative in- tervention. It will act because the situation lias become so dangerous and damaging that the public as appraised by the will brook no further delay. If debate follows the past pat- all parties will ehed copious crocodile tears as they seek to justify themselves without challenging existing ar- rangements in any serious way. The most searching criticisms may well ccme from private members whose although of interest to their are in no way binding upon them. It appears to be implicit in our present collective bargain- arrangements that the par- ties directly involved in a strike or lockout have a right to inflict a certain amout of injury on persons in no way in- cluding other industries and other workers. At some this becomes intoler- able and intervention follows. Two questions arise. how is that point Is there a measuring stick for so many tens of mil- lions in lost so many carloads of blocked ship- so much in markets for- feited so much in added costs to consumers as supplies become tight and ac- tual shortens develop in iso- lated some per- missible not to be sur- of workers laid off in other The answer is that there is despite the care which Min- isters and their assistants may well take to cite all these un- fortunate circumstances after the decision to intervene has been taken. What is involved and al- ways has a political deci- sion. At some point the risk of antagonizing the general public outweighs the risk of antago- nizing the party perpetuating the strike if it is a union because there may then be a great outcry about inter- ference with the sacred right of free collective Fairness is by collective Ministerial mind- modified perhaps by various considerations such as the probable time lapse until another election and what may reasonably be discounted owing to public forgetfulness. It seems obvious that Minis- terial in the present is colored by concern over other matters. The minority Government does not wish to recall Parliament at this time. For the especially the Conservative Op- although willing to pass emergency is in no mood to agree to a prompt adjournment thereafter. As the Government is well the Conservatives are determined to debate inflation and particularly food problems with which the Gov- ernment would prefer to deal in BERRY'S WORLD its own fashion and without par- liamentary assistance at this lime. The second point is that tin remedy of return-to-work legis- although designed to put an end to the damage as soon as has no relation whatever to damage already sustained. It can neither restore what has been lost nor com- pensate those who may have suffered through no fault of then- own. From the public such a system seems neither fair nor rational. Presumably it has been tolerated so long be- cause the disruptions have been accepted as more-or-less ex- ceptional. There is not solely from opinion public pa- tience is wearing thin. For dis- ruptive strikes are not in- not confined to the federal jurisdiction and not Bolely attributable to one or two groups in a particular industry. The current inflation is con- ducive to strikes and was clearly a factor in the present one. When money is losing value at an accelerating unions s eek to anticipate in- flation in negotiating their con- tracts. The fear of inflation makes for inflationary settle- ments. It is to be expected that other unions will be no less de- termined than the railway non- ops to protect themselves in this situation. With the country in such a returning members may be rather less inclined than on previous occasions to limit their criticisms of the system to the mild misgivings of other years. A Hamilton Dun- can has announced that he will introduce a Bill calling for a it would permit the Attorney-General to obtain a 60- cl a y prohibiting strike action daring a cooling- period. Beattie notes that a government would be particularly helpless in present circumstances if a breakdown should occur during an election While such private member's Bills are usually talked they ever reach the debating are sometimes in- teresting indicators of changing trends. Other ideas are In- cluding the argument of a for- mer member from Terry that the prov- inces jurisdiction over property aid civil should act to ensure the basic right of the in the fields of strikes and lock-outs as in to seek recovery through court action of dam- ages sustained. Mr. Nugent makes a persuasive case in principle although the practice might well pose difficult prob- lems. The fact that such proposals are surfacing in Ottawa and in some provincial capitals sug- gests that large numbers of citi- zens would welcome more effec- tive deterrents. Private mem- bers lack many of the. advan- tages of Ministers but they probably hear more at the grassroots level. The grassroots can be remarkably vocal in a summer of inflationary discon- tents. 1973 kr IK. you mind If I talk to you In sign The lethtoidge Herald 9M St. Alberta RIDGE HERALD TO. Proprietors and Piftlttm Pittithed by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN SKM CUM MiH fttgtotrttlen No. Hli flu Ctivriton tut Cinnditn Oilty Mn' Audit turtiu of ClrcuttHMW ana THOMAi H. ADAMS. I WILLIAM HAY rfnr- THE HtlALD SNVB THE SOUTH- ;