Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBRIDGE August Can democracy survive severe inflation? The PWA puzzle Soon after the Alberta government bought I'act! ic Western Airlines, some ministers made the curious statement that it might be sold again, if a buyer could be found who would protect Alber- ta's interests. Now Premier Lougheed has said that the government feels it should out some of its oil windfall money into global transportation to get Alberta products to market, and that's why it bought the company. The two statements don't quite jibe Several Opposition spokesmen have suggested that public trading in shares in Pacific Western for a period prior to the government purchase be investigated This the government should accede tc without rancor, offence or delay. The market price of the shares being traded is not an accurate gauge of the value of the company, and when any purchaser, private or government, wishes to obtain quick majority ownership of a company, he must offer more than the market. Whether the government offered too much can be honestly argued. However. since public money was used for the purchase, it is the public's concern that nobody profited unduly and irregularly from the purchase. Anybody who purchased Pacific Western stock in the weeks prior to the purchase did make a big profit. Anybody who made such a purchase knowing the government was going to make a bid. protited highly irregularly at public ex- pense. There has been no hint of irregular trading in the stock. Nevertheless the opportunity was there. Reassurance should be forthcoming. Independence for Taiwan? A public relations firm in Toronto recently sent out a propaganda piece to editors giving reasons why it would be and inconceivable" for Taiwan to be declared a free and independent state. The first reason is probably sound. It would not likely make any difference to Peking, as it is stated. The People's Republic of China has steadfastly in- sisted that Taiwan is part of the mainland state. Changing the name from the Republic of China to the Republic of Taiwan would not likely alter that position. In view ot the persistence of Peking in regarding Taiwan as part of China, the second and third points made by the public relations tirm also are probably correct. The number of countries giving formal recognition to the island republic would not likely increase from those now recognizing the Chiang Kai-shek government Nations such as the United States, the I'nited Kingdom and Japan would not want to risk the disfavor of Peking by espousing the cause o! an independent Taiwan Other nations, torc- ed to review their relationship, might decide to drop the recognition now ac- corded Taiwan through the nationalist government based there. Why a change of names would necessarily alter the U.S. commitment to detend the island against invasion by mainland forces i> not so obvious, however. By moving toward recognition ot The People's Republic of China the I'.S has clearly signalled that it has given up the notion that the nationalist WEEKEND MEDITATION government in Taiwan is the government of China or ever has a hope of becoming it Therefore it can't matter very much if the Republic of China were to be changed to the Republic of Taiwan. Defence of the island now has to have some other rationale than existed previously and a new designation might even provide the I" S. with a reason that now seems large- ly absent except in some strained literal sense. That 20 million overseas Chinese, who have sympathies with the Chiang Kai- shek government rather than the Peking government, should be considered when there is a proposal to declare Taiwan an independent state is not self-evident. The Chinese in Canada owe their allegiance neither to Taipei nor to Peking but to Ot- tawa The same is true of Chinese living anywhere else in the world they owe their allegiance to the government of the countn, in which they live What really matters in this case is the wish of the people in Taiwan and they have never really been consulted Chiang Kai-shek and his army moved into Taiwan and imposed a rule that has never been tested in a popular vote. Mavbe the majority of the 1H million inhabitants of Taiwan do not think of themselves as being part of China and would like to have an independent state known as the Republic of Taiwan. Such a question is interesting in itself, more interesting is the question of who i< paying the Toronto public relations tirm to propagandixe against the proposal of an independent Taiwan and why.'' A world without hate? One ot the most obvious and saddest features of modern life is the prevalence of hate and anger. It was astonishing to hear that one of Nixon's first thoughts on winning the election was to denigrate an opponent. He was out to get him. Poor fellow' He should have realized the truth of the old proverb. "Hatred is like burning down your house to kill a rat Karen Homey, one of the very ablest and most revealing of modern psychiatrists, has shown now the averge person goes about with sell-hate burning him up and then projects this self-hate upon society. How important it is to have the proper self-love and self- esteem. Few people seem to realize that if you are to love others, you must first love yourself! Thus the commandment in that wise book, the Bible, says that you are "to love your neighbor as yourself." Most people hate their neighbor as they hate themselves! Many a man in society is repressing a volcano of resentment and hostility, waiting for some unfortunate victim on whom to vent his bitterness. Sometimes you may receive a vitriolic letter which baffles you with its un- fairness and cruelty. You don't even know the man! Sometimes an acquaintance or a stranger may explode in utterly inexplicable anger. Sometimes a man may take a gun or plant a bomb and destroy innocent lives. How many strikes are motivated or prolonged by an unreasonable attitude on the part of strikers or executives'? The war in Ireland has political, social, and economic causes, hut the chief cause is the bitter hatred of per- sonalities. So with war everywhere. It gives an opportunity to vent that wrath that con- sumes multitudes. This phenomenon is a most important fac- tor in the battered child evil. L'nless you un- derstand this feature of society, you cannot understand the times and you are at the mercy ot countless hostilities you will en- counter in daily life. You will argue that you never did anything to hurt that man. Why should he hate you'7 Or you are amazed that someone to whom you have been deliberately and sacnficially kind treats you with almost cunning revenge Why0 Kindness does place another in your debt, hut this is not the whole reason. The seething resentment must be released and you are the victim. Any man can give a thousand illustrations of this phenomenon from personal ex- perience. It needs only to be called to your attention to see how obvious and pervasive is the malice of man. Yet it is clear that love is the creative, binding force. Love is the joyous experience. Hate is black as the grave, destructive, restricting, unhappy, and fragmenting. It is said that both biology and history prove that the co-operative forces survive. The unfriendly, splintering, and isolationist forces are doomed to death and extinction. Hatred paralyses; love releases energy and inspires activity. As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin says, low is the most uni versal. the most tremendous, and the most mysterious of all the cosmic florces. It is the key to the future of the individual and of mankind PRAYER: 0 God, save me from the anger of my own heart and save me from the hatred of others. F.S.M Mortification By Doug Walker The Wall Street Journal's editorial page cartoon one day this summer showed a woman on her knees peering under the bed at her husband whose golf clubs were scattered around the room. She says to him. "But sure- ly someone else at sometime or other must have gone around in over 150." I clipped the cartoon and took it to the hack shop to show my golfing friends Th" fellow showed it In Mr ,cc promptly labelled the guy under the bed Gil (Strachani. I didn't know that Gil had that kind of reputation but I was happy that Bruce didn't put my name on the cartoon. All of us who suffer our bad days on the goif course can appreciate New York Times com- mentator James Reston's observation that golf is a torture that reminds all men of their imperfections By James Reston, New York Times commentator LONDON It seems an ex- treme and even silly question to be asked in Britain, of all places, but actually it is being asked and discussed here by serious men and women: can democracy long survive the present rate of inflation? The answer in many other countries is that it cannot, but the bet here is that in Britain it can and will. Nevertheless, the tact that this nation of amiable grumblers is even talking about the possibility of undemocratic means of controlling inflation, forming private vigilante armies to break strikes and keep essen- tial services going, is, as the British say. a little odd. The inflation rate in Britain is now about 20 per cent a year. Unemployment rose in .July by 89.526. the largest monthly increase since 1948, and now stands at over In the confusion of a jittery stock market, the prices of securities fell in August to the lowest point in 16 years, and more important back in the kitchen, people were running out of sugar for their tea. Meanwhile, wages were chasing prices up the scale. Basic weekly wages rose at a record rate in July and were up over 18 per cent. Thus the ominous question: How long can this go on without crippl- ing the economy, pricing British goods out of the world market, producing industrial strikes and class tension, and forcing government action to limit the traditional liberties of the British people? The answer one gets from Cabinet members now avail- able in London is that the situa- tion is serious but not all that critical. The chancellor of the exchequer, Denis Healey. speaks of bringing inflation down to about 12 per cent by the end of next year, but most other projections are more pessimistic. The London Business School's latest forecast, by James Ball and Terry Burns, is that, in the absence of some new and effective prices and wages policy, consumer prices will rise another 20 per cent in 1975 and unemployment will reach a million by the winter of 1975- 76. Anything close to another 20 per cent rise in prices and a million unemployed in the winter of 1975-76 would, of- ficials here agree, create an acute crisis, and compel any government in power to introduce compulsory controls, which the unions un- animously oppose. "Well, it isn't quite what I had in mind I'll take it. U.S. debating Evel Knievel question By Vic Gold, syndicated commentator WASHINGTON Might as well get it over with, right1? Sooner or later, everybody from Gerald Ford to the lowliest commentator is going to have to express himself on the Kvel Knievel question. Ford it may be remembered, wa.s once asked by Dick Cavett whether he i-ould identity Knievel. The then vice-president took a wild guess that Evel was a rock musician. But that was months ago. The president will be hearing a great deal about Kvel Knievel in the next lew come international crisis or economic summit conference He'll know who he is and what he's up to. Few people this side of the Milky Way won't. Should Kvel he allowed to do it'.' That's the question. Congressman John Murphy (I) N Y.) has a unique answer. Yes. says Murphy, let him. Just don't let the kids watch on television. "It." of course, is Knievel's projected quarter-mile catapult leap across the Snake Hiver Canyon in Idaho, scheduled for Sept. 8. In this case, "death-defying leap" is an understated circus cliche. "Death-inviting" is closer to the truth. The skycycle rocket model in which Knievel will try to vault the canyon didn't make it in two previous tests. No one was in the test model when it dropped to demolition at the canyon's bottom, so the event didn't draw flies. But upwards of live spec- tators and 1.5 million closed- circuit TV viewers the biggest audience in history are expected to buy tickets to watch Knievel in the rocket on the 8th. A sports event'' Congressman Murphy argues in effect that what Knievel is undertaking shouldn't be classified as "sport." By cultural definition, you see. sport is something the younger generation can be en- couraged to emulate. However, says Murphy, what thev're selling here is ticket? to a possible suicide. The New York Congressman is concerned about the influence this stunt of stunts, promoted to the hilt, might have on im- aginative young minds. Specifically. Murphy foresees a spate of mini- Knievels maiming LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Waterton needs repairs Congratulations to the federal parks official, sitting in his air-conditioned office in Calgary or Ottawa, who dreamed up the idea that Waterton Lakes Park needs more places for people to walk! What W'aterton needs is not town planners, but immediate works action and in a big way. While the town is falling to pieces, we are being sub- mitted to long meetings plus reams of expensively produc- ed questionnaires and paper stuff by mail, basically to pick people's brains, with the great promise that once sorted and definite plans made, im- piem'Titalion of them will be several years in the offing. What about the thousands of here today who may never have .mother opportuni- ty to see Waierton again'.' With Mich a short season, what is needed is not a master plan which could have been produced years ago, but a tidy, clean-looking townsite right now Is this too much to expect? Those readers who have visited the parks and gardens of .Japan, must remember their beauty and incredible neatness. Are Canadians less capable than the Japanese'.' full of holes, paving hit and miss in quality: yellow lines in need of paint; curbs in bad shape and edged with weeds: grassed boulevards in front of shops, neither watered or trimmed; sidewalks patched, cracked and uneven; vacant lots and alleys, an eye sore; and full of weeds and dirt. I.itterers must always leave their traii of paper tissue, cigarette boxes and bottle caps clinging to bushes, trees and hedges. The four tennis courts with bedraggled nets are neither supervised nor kept in repair. Playground equipment for lots needs a paint job and its wading pool is a health hazard. C'lean play pools are available in the swimming complex but mothers musi to watch their children A once popular gathering place for families, Lake Linnet, stands idle full of weeds and its sand beaches in disrepair. Sewer contractors, here to improve the system, after tearing up the pink cinder path by the laker-hore. a favorite walking area, failed to replace it. More public washrooms are badly needed as are picnic tables and benches for day visitors Fish ponds, a once popular attraction, now are neglected Out of eight pools, six are dry and two only, with fish. Why? Wooden walkways, leading to boats in the Marina, are in bad condition. Town planners contend that the flow of traffic is bad. Must we have traffic policemen in a three week peak period0 House trailers, mobile homes and stationwagons. many hauling boats and pouring in by the hundreds, naturally create a jarn in this tiny delta, during the rush season. One trailer resident complained. "It's rained for three days. What can my children Must Waterton provide day care centres when there are lots of things families can do together on rainy days, including walking in the rain'' Lack of money is primarily the reason for the neglected appearance of the townsite. Labor is high, union hours are rigid and tourists careless in their behavior and use of the park. So while the dreamer dreams of a master plan for many more years to come. Waterton is the neglected orphan MARIAN VIRTUK Waterton Lakes Park themselves, or worse, im- itating the daredevil ot Snake Canyon. He wants the Federal Communications Commission to step in and prevent any closed-circuit TV showing of the event 1 think Murphy's concern is justified. But his remedy won't do What we have in Knievei's Snake River "sports" event isn't a matter tor the FCC Where would that kind of intervention stop? carries the Indy 500 ostensibly a "sports" event but hardly a healthy tonic tor young imaginations And what about prize lighting'' 1 saw Benny "Kid" Pare! get beaten to death in my own living room a dozen years ago. via television. Morally and esthetically. the difference between that and Knievel's risking death on closed circuit, as far as the FCC should be concerned, is a difference in degree, not kind. No. if the event is to take place, any FCC fiat to prevent its being shown would be an act of censorship, pure and simple The question, to me at least, is whether Evel Knievel's ultimate flirtation with death should be allowed at all. Consider, a U.S. promoter selling tickets to a bullfight, or even a cockfight, in this day and age. would be halted forthwith. But the potential large-scale benefit to a state's tourist industry and souvenir salesmen apparently puts the commercialization of human death in a different category. I wish Kvel luck. But I do wonder about the possible influence that the idiots who operate sports licensing in the slate of Idaho might have on imaginative young minds. "We are like mountain climbers walking along a narrow ledge in a high one Cabinet member observed privately here the other day. "We may make it and we may not." Bernard Levin, surveying in the Herald-Tribune what has happened in Britain over the last eight years, observes that what was unthinkable here eight years ago was now, not only a part of the thought, but ot the daily life of the nation. No government of whatever political complexion, he observed, certainly no democratic government, can now rule without the co- operation of the unions, nor pass legislation that can be carried out against the will of the unions. Britain has now accepted this, as it accepts what is a civil war in Ulster, as a nor- mal condition of life. "I sup- pose." Levin said, "that that is. in essence, the fundamen- tal change that has taken place in Britain." He defined the change as follows: "From our collapsing postal and telephone system to our ever-increasing inflation from frequent traffic jams to permanent traffic jams, from political and industrial violence as an exceptional and newsworthy occurrence to the same things as a lurid and ap- parently permanent backdrop to our lives. "From this above all absolute certainty that whatever else died or changed, our democratic in- stitutions would remain basically the same whatever happened, to a state of affairs in which talk of dictatorships of the right or the left is the common parlance of the day. That is the kind of journey on which Britain has gone in the last eight years This is more extreme than anything else this reporter has heard in Britain, but the mood is solemn, and the chief secretary to the treasury. Joel Barnett. felt obliged to an- nounce the other day that the greatest danger facing the country was panic. The economic situation, he said, is serious but not "catastrophic." The government likewise has felt obliged to take note of two vigilante groups now organizing to deal with political and industrial chaos if it comes. Gen. Sir Walter Walker, former NATO com- mander in chief in northern Kuropc. stated the objective of both organizations: "We are not going to sit and watch these political bully boys, these trade union Com- munists and Fascists and t ho s e wretched young anarchists bring Britain to her knees." he told the Daily Telegraph. The politicians haven't got the fire in their bellies to tackle the problem. So it is up to us. the people of this land to prepare for ac- tion ourselves." The British defence minister. Roy Mason, describ- ed this as "blimpish bull" and condemned the vigilante organizations for "anti- democratic endeavors to ex- ert their extreme views beyond and outside our recognized democratic and parliamentary procedures.'' and it is against all this ex- treme rhetoric and alarming economic arithmetic that the British will go to the polls in the second national election in eleven months. On the surface, the election question will be who can control the inflation, but un- der the surface, who can get co-operation of the unions to avoid industrial chaos. British democracy is probably not at stake in this conflict over how to control inflation, but for the moment nobody is quite sure, and that is something new in this troubled island. In the end. the British peo- ple will decide, and for the moment they are a little like a family that has been off on a vacation they couldn't afford. They look and feel better, but the bills are beginning to come in. the house is in a bit of a mess, and the same old problems seem more ominous than before they went away. The Lcthbridge Herald 504 7th St S Lethbridge. Alberta LETHBRIOGE HERALD CO LTD Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mail Registration No 0012 CLEO MOWERS. Editor and Publisher DON H PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R DORAM General Manager ROY f MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E BARNETT Business Manaqer THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"