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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4-THE LETHBRIDGE December The state of the Atlantic alliance Winter planning pays off One of the most pleasurable aspects of life in Lethbridge is the abundance of trees both shade and ornamental. Tree-lined avenues bursting into blossom in early spring have been one of the joys of life in the city providing a splurge of color following winter's white. As the city spreads so do the trees. The parks department is making sure of this. They have ordered 700 flowering trees to be planted next spring on private proper- parks and boulevards mostly royalty and hoppa flower- ing crabs with the subert cherry their dark purple following close- ly behind. These flowering trees will offer a riot of color to the areas being freshly landscaped. The city's policy of providing one tree lor each new property is indeed commen- dable and is appreciated by homeowners dedicated to making their properties as attractive as possible. It will provide an incentive and guarantee uniformity in Women like it hot Turning the heat as suggested by President may not be such a bad idea after but it is likely to bring protests from women. Doctors generally agree turning the thermostat down to 68. degrees is a healthy even though there isn't much scientific evidence to prove it. The warmer the house the more difficult to keep an acceptable level ol humidity in the air. Canadian homes which maintain average temperatures of 70 to 72 degrees have a humidity about equivalent to that on the Arizona desert. Dr. George Burch. the chief physician at Tulane Medical School who has written extensively on the relationship between climate and heart disease has said there is more tropical climate in New York than in the tropics with some office thermostats set for 84 or 86 degrees which would be considered hot in New Orleans. Many new buildings illuminated through the night are using their lights as part of the heating system. The lights are part of a heat recovery system built into them with the heat from the plus WEEKEND MEDITATION the heat from the people at work in the building and from machines keeping the buildings warm. At Iho Commprre in the heat from 132.000 fluorescent lamps and the people passing through it provides enough warmth for the 57- storcy tower and its two satellite buildings. It was sufficient heat for the coldest days of last winter. Ways of conserving heat are legion with columnist Gary Lautens even recommending taking the poodle to bed at night. Dr. Walter President Nixon's physician apparently told him he would be healthier in temperatures ranging Irom 66 to 68 degrees than in temperatures of 75 to 78. Some protests Irom women can be expected if Canada adopts his advice to turn thermostats down to 68 degrees. According to John Basuk. secretary of the Science Council of won't kill anybody but some may not be comfortable es- pecially women. They prefer warmer temperatures than Jeers and sneers The recent wedding of British royalty was in the view of nearly everyone who saw it one of the loveliest things ever to appear on colored television. One prominent commen- kept true to form and review- ed it with jeers and sneers as he does everything else. He is a sad example of the fact that such an attitude can become a settl- ed state of mind and it must be very hard on harder on him than his listeners who are becoming sorry for him. Of course this is much easier for a reviewer than constructive criticism. It is much easier to see the fly on a painting than to appreciate the merits of the painting. Carlyle called Keat's poetry of dead James Russell Lowell said of of Grass is a book I never looked into farther than to satisfy myself that it was solemn Carlyle also described Charles Lamb in the following more stammering Tomfool I do not Henry Hazlitt who knew him much better called Lamb most the most the most witty and sensible of Frederick D. Maurice had good sense in his in other people for the faults which I had a secret consciousness were in myself has more hindered my progress in love and gentleness than all things Cynicism can be a man's worst enemy. Wordsworth at the beginning of the French revolution was ecstatic with but as he watched its bloody course he fell into profound dejection. He lost all feel- ing of in wearied out with yielded up moral ques- tions in So it often happens that the most idealistic faced with the harsh realities of human becomes the most pessimistic. As John Morley the deadliest of all wet blankets give me the man who was most a visionary in his It is so easy for the pendulum to swing fully in an opposite as it did for Wordsworth. The devil was the original cynic who Job serve God for So he suggests that Job is well paid for his faithfulness and without such good pay would be a poor servant. is said one of the devil's be virtuous on so many thousands a The awful and logical end of cynicism is Bertrand Russell's and powerless is man's on him and all his race the sure doom falls pitiless and dark. Blind to good and reckless of omnipotent matter rolls on its relentless for condemned today to lose his tomorrow himself to pass through the gate of it remains only to ere yet the blow the lofty thoughts that ennoble his little On the other hand it is possible for a man to believe in the the and the believe in the ultimate victory of in the coming of the dawning of tomorrow's the emergence of the growth of and at last in the triumph of world law and the reign of peace in the Kingdom of God. things shall a loftier race than o'er the world has known shall The word comes from a Greek word meaning So the cynic and but builds nothing. The future is not in his hands. The future is in the hands of the men of faith. They are the builders. O let not life strip me of faith in the the and the beautiful. F. S. M. By William New York Times commentator now subdivisions. What is nicer than an avenue of trees blooming in But equally important as the planting of new trees is the caring tor old ones. It is in this program the parks department is actively involved at present. Trees en- dangering the power lines are being pruned ash and with the ornamental trees to be trimmed next. Equipment required for this annual winter pruning ranges from small ladders to the aerial bucket rising 60 feet in height. All dead wood is removed and any damaged such as splits in tree bolted together and repaired. Beauty in summer requires hours ol long landscape planning in winter. Color uniformity and symmetry in trees is no accident. It requires the knowledgeable planning ol Molly parks supervisor to see that the landscaping that has already made Lethbridge distinctive con- tinues. With spring's arrival the results of his planning will be visible. BRUSSELS What's the state of the Atlantic now that the reality of a Mid- dle East war has called all the rhetorical In American some of our allies whom American troops in still have been helping to protect for these past 23 years ran out on us when the chips were cravenly caving in to Arab oil pressure and obstructing our efforts to resupply Israel at the crucial on top of our NATO partners had the gall to complain when we put our own troops on alert to counter a Soviet threat to send their troops into the Middle East. In European the superpower crazed Americans who have kept their troops in Europe to protect their own national including billion of investments which return billion to U.S. investors every year put their troops on a war alert without even much less con- the countries in which those troops were on top of the new American secretary of state added insult to injury by berating allies that have suf- lered far more than Americans in and who are directly threatened with the strangulation of their in- dustries. Some of the ambassadors in the suitably temporary NATO headquarters here in Brussels suspect the American pique to be an attempt to up the situation so as to resolve it more a standard Kissinger ploy last exhibited in the Middle they view the current barrage of criticism at them as the Kissinger technique of bring- ing grumbling to a head in the western alliance. On that Europeans expect Kissinger and Schlesinger of state and defence Mr. Outside and Mr. Inside to arrive at meetings here in two weeks with a kid glove slipped over the mailed got us all wrong. Our mild irritation was only with a couple of not the whole NATO and even that was exaggerated in the press. As for the you were right to be and we'll see to it that you are properly notified in the future. Now about a statement of principles Anticipating the how will the Europeans They will play laboriously helping to write a redefinition of the papering over basic differences in a way that will not begin to peel until the president announces his next trip to Moscow in the summer of 1974. say they have the right to self-determination and the removal of the aggressor from their occupied lands shall we let them go at Phoney debate generated by report By Richard Toronto Star commentator I believe that the economic certainly not from mischievous intent but by sim- ple has generated a phoney debate with its recent report. The council's thesis is that transfer payments by all levels of government will total billion in ris- ing at a rate of 13.5 per cent a year. It that this rate of growth should be cut to 11.2 per cent in line with year to year increases in government The point is whether the council is right in its 13.5 per cent projection. To question the mathematics of the economic council requires as much temerity as to doubt the com- mand of Latin of the College of Cardinals. Yet examples of glaring errors are depressing- ly easy to The table upon which the council derives all its forecasts is Transfer Payments to Per- by The first item in the table is to Post-Secondary These are not Letters to the Editor transfers to individuals but payments to and should have been excluded. The point matters because the council projects a 15 per growth for this item which pushes up the general average. In its calculation of transfer payments for family the council forgot to from its estimate of the million that will come back because these allowances are now tax- able. _ In i ts_ 'Transfer Payments to Persons'1 the council includes the Canada and Quebec Pension and projects a massive 44 per cent a year growth for the two programs combined. Its estimates are in fact too high. But that is not the point. These plans involve no transfers from governments administrative costs and interest on the Rather they are forced saving programs from which in- dividuals get back what they put in. by cor- porations could be considered as The council projected ftiture old age security payments on the basis of a 3.5 per cent year to year increase in the cost of living. Dr. Raynauld at his press predicted an increase of four per and at present it is close to eight per cent. The council's forecasts of- fend also against common- sense. It projects an 11 per cent growth in federal transfers would be right on a point not mentioned in the council's compared to a 14.3 per cent rise in transfers by provinces and municipalities. All the recent in fami- ly allowances and' has been at the federal level. Why then should outlays by ju- nior governments be increas- ing almost one-third as fast. Statistics benumb as well as mislead. And there's always the story of the man who drowned trying to swim across a river he was assured was an average of only 18 inches deep. Statistics do matter when the economic council uses its Filling the gaps in the coyote story One man's cold snap is another man's heat wave I feel the time has come for me to fill in the many lines that have been missing in the report on the coyote drive held in the Claresholm area. The losses have been around per month in sheep. As this amount or more was spent in trying to control the matter ourselves. This drive was mainly after an animal believed to be a cross between a coyote and a police dog. This has been seen with a sheep in its mouth. This animal is much smarter and braver than a coyote. It has been seen in the area in which the drive was held. The area covered on foot was three miles wide and five miles long. There have been 15 coyotes taken from this area since the opening of the phea- sant season. By now it would not surprise me if there were more coyotes than pheasant roosters. In the past I have used cyanide guns with some results. I have also used strychnine baits they got coyotes but how many etc. I cannot say as there is no way to know. For this reason I approached the Fish and Game Association of Claresholm for a better means of control. I feel quite sure that if the coyote problem does not the Claresholm Fish and Game Association and other concerned people will be prepared to help us again. I cannot see too much trou- ble from coyotes now for a few years due to the fact the coyote population is far above the tood supply for the coming winter. As a result many will starve to death. Those with a liking fur lamb and mutton will join the skeletons found in the spring. There was no need for this matter to draw so much con- fusion and controversy if the1 people who wrote to the paper and to the Claresholm Fish and Game Association oppos- ing this drive had made themselves more informed instead of surmising so much. They should then not then be I personally feel that we deserved some of the criticism as some statements were misleading. These were due to the fact that the reporter asked some very stupid questions. Some ques- tions were so simple that every man on the drive got to the point they were going out of their way to fill the reporter with as much as possible. In spite of all etc. it has served a very needed purpose in that more people were made aware of the situa- tion which existed. No one wishes extermination but a balance is necessary for both man and coyote. JIM MOUSEK Claresholm. prestige- to precipitate a not about government expenditures as much but about a particular portion of namely transfer payments. It is curious that the coun- at least in its published did not make a com- parative analysis of govern- ment spending to determine the crucial namely whether transfer payments are increasing fast types of spending and deserve to be singled out for attention. 1 haven't made that com- parative analysis. it is worth noting that federal spending on non-defence civil servant wages and salaries jumped by 14 per cent in 1971 and by 17 per cent in 1972. Both figures are higher than the forecast of a 13.5 per cent growth in transfer payments. It may be unfair of course to suggest that union leaders are unlikely to recommend a cut in spending on wages and salaries. It is not unfair to observe that no-one on the council represents the un- pen- the disabled. At the end of its section on transfer the coun- cil is important that all the essential elements of this question be aired The first essen- tial element that must be air- ed publically is the accuracy or otherwise of the council's calculations upon which the entire debate is based. The council has a responsibility to place the interests of the public before the preservation of its own institutional and to correct or to justify its calculations. Not to do so would be mischievous. But what makes out of Frenchman or Englishman i German is fear of dominatii by Fear the Russians created this unifying fear has replaced by fear of the loss Arab along with a naggii worry about Soviet American collusion Europe's expense. Those newer fears were exposed at tl time of the Mideast and fact that has been exposi must be dealt with different from a fact that has long bei tacitly understood. That after the Yom Kipp War. NATO's alliance never be the with tl glue all that was was the and now evi the habit is gone. What is to replace makes no sense to denoun the nations of Europe cowards for their fear of tl Arabs when we embra ed them as heroes for the fears of the Soviets not so loi ago. It makes not much mo sense to pretend this has a lovers' reissuii presidential statements of la May like United Stat will not subordinate tl security of the alliance Soviet American relations More sense would be by introducing the fear of si stantial U.S. withdrawals. Now that t Soviets are beginning f the first time in years to e crt pressure on West Eui pean governments local Communist partie American influence would more effective if our presen were not taken for granted Most sense of all would be recognize that the Nixon Kissinger approach to cc ducting world affairs t hold the seer the stunning si prise has served its usel and the time is coi ing for the trailblazing to followed by the trudging. If the world were a gre Richard t hustler for would putting all the billiard balls a taking the wood frame' placing 1 cueball named Kissinger perfect position and th breaking the monolithic stat quo with a sharp crack leaving it to a. methodic successor to put the dispers power in the pockets. The trouble with NATO like the trouble with the U it cannot be with the way leadership of China can. committee -of democrat each made up coalitions or bare majoritii is a unnervii self centered group to and the strokes must be replaced small tickling a prodding. Is the western allian worth the infinite patience i quired to maintain in t light of the way the Europe members flunked the solida ty test last The answer is ing to sufferi and ingratitude is part of the pri Americans must pay in ore to lead and occasionally manipulate the mol agglomeration of mainly fi people who make up the tic alliance. He'h on solids now iuul The Lethbridge HeraU 504 7lh St. S. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD.. 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