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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THJ LfTHSSIDGS HERALD Jolurdoy, Dttember 5, 1973 Another useful service editor of Fortune magazine recenilv observed that the business community is "desperately worried apou! its reputation." about Die gulf exists between what business is and does, and the public thinks it Is and does. is he says, "is. more positive business leadership, and more and better ex- planation of whai business is and hovv it works." Set'..'na aside for the moment Ihe matier "oi leadership, there can be no doubt o: the need ;or better un- derstanding between me public and business. A serious attempt to im- prove that understanding is bemg alanr.ed by the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs. After consulLins with representa- tives of the Canadian Association oi Consumers, the Chamber of Com- merce, ihe local Federation oi La- or, and others, the council is plan- nins- to examine several matters ihat mrfcc-rn and times agitate the public, such as fluctuations in food trices, the expense of and runriing the family car. the quality of consumer goods, finance and in- terest charges, and several other tcpics. Toe council's genera! approach will be first to arrange for careful and detailed study ni a particular topic, order to identify and document the areas of concern or perplexity. From this study, il will draw up a list of questions to which it believes tha public wants ansuers. The final step v.iU be to schedule a meeting at which Ihe questions will be put to those who can or should be able to answer them. As of now, arrangements are bs- ing made for the participation o( businessmen and professionals, both local and national, with the requisite knowledge of the several fields ot while at the same time local people are undertaking the de- tailed studies. It is expected public meetings will start in January, and continue as long as there are topics in which there is sufficient public interest. In the past, it is generally agreed the council on public affairs has per- formed valuable service in bringing highly informed speakers to the com- munity, and providing a forum for the examinaiion of topics of general interest. There ha; been some small concern, however, that its format, the relatively long luncheon meeting, makes it an "white-col- lar" operation. With the fulfilment of present plans to look into the whole matter of the consumers' in- terests, and to do so in a series of evening meetings, even this small cr.ticisrn of the council's functions will be hard to sustain. Greater tourist potential MThat would it take to persuade EG.GOO tourists to motor another hurd-ed miles east to enjov historic Fort Macitod? This question should be important to every sou'-hera .Albenan who real- izes lha't while 113.000 visitors stopped at neighboring Fort Steele in the Last summer, only visited the southern .Alberta fort. Both forts sre equally historic, originating with the arrival of the Northwest Mounted Police in the yrest. hear the Games of gallant police officers and will figure impor- tantly in the RCMP centennial celebrations. Fort Maclecd enjoys a prime lo- cation right on the southern provin- cial highway within a city offering tourist facilities whereas Fort SUc'e'i location is several miles off the south- ern route with no tourist accommo- dation. Fort Macleod has the advantage of permanency whereas at Fort S'.eele it has been necessary to rr.cve the original 1237 ponderosa pine log police building from a southern to a north- eastern location within the Fort Steele Historic park at considerab'.e Inconvenience. Why then is there such z disparity in the number of vldtori to both of these forts? Could the difference lie In the ima- ginative enf'jit behind the promotion of these historic sices? At Fort Steels a complete town has been re-created reminiscent of 1873 and spiked with the excitement accompanying Major Sam. Steele's arrival, with his 70- rnan contingent at Gt-lbraith's Ferry Weekend AAeditation which now bears KLs name. Color has been added with ihe inclusion of the Wild He: se Theatre and the an- nual Fisheivuie FLins a comedy- packed musical reproducing those early Visitors ircm as far away as Instanbu! go borne feeling they have actually known Sam Steele. Plans are underway, under the winter works program, to complete seven additional buildings at the Kootensys' reconstructed ISSO's vil- lage with ideas already brewing [or more imaginative additions. Tne town oi Fort Macleod has an asset enjoyed by only a few Cana- dian communities. It is unique and its importance should never be mini- mized. Instead care should be taken to create an 'old west' atmo- sphere in the area of the fort to augment the excitement and drama surrounding this first .Alberta strong- hold. It is entirely within the possi- bility of any civic minded group. The residents of Kimberiey, filled with civic pride, have undertaken to transform their mountainside city into a Bavarian alpine town, with senior citizens, high school students, merchants and townspeople all thrown into the act which ?nll Irani- form the store fronts, create an alpine mail complete with St. Bernard dog and strolling minstrels, colored side- walk night lamps, and costumed festival performers. All this sure to distinguish Kirnberley as an at- tractive ifftra to visit. The lack of civic pride spreads an anaemic condition throughout a com- munity tout when it flourishes nothing U impossible. of Advent Advent L'. the most exciting time of (he church year. It Is r.ot only the adventure of God in sending HJ Son to be the Saviour of the world, but it is the, call of to adventure, for advent and h-ave the same root Advent is the r.-.ost rjraxr.atic fact of aU when "God broke the backbone of when history was divided into B.C. and A.D.. when Go4 carr.e down th.e stairway of heaven a baby in HLj arms, ar.d when the doom of dic- tators froca Herod to Hitler would be as ?ire as Ever since that time men have challenged strange journeys, to fol- low stars and listen to divine messengers. B'jt the greatest fact of Advent, the most exuting arji meaningful fact, is that hera yvj have the disclosure of God in Jesus Christ, a a seek- ing, saving, loving CfjA. When anyone prays to God in "the name" of Jesus since name mesra nature he ia praying in "the nature" of Jesua. Tba he cannot pray that God will blast hl.i enemies or destroy their land. He prays for forgive- rffA, G'xi ji Jesia is re'.esied as a forgiving Gvi. ft rr.earj that care for the arji 'J-A f-vr the snd the prostirj.-tes, doffl srfdicU ar.d the deranged. Was r.r.t friend of publicans Ir to love life, aii life, to wi'h ar.d laughter, for was not oalied '3 man a iff. feed- the h'irnf.v, 'r.e defeated, sirjierg. and chiMjen, this whal Letters Seeks Kananaskis support High cost of victory BT C. L. Sulzberger, New York Times commentator LONDON Ore interesting and difficult adjustment in U.S. foreign policy over rbe next four years ml! be that which must inevitably laie place with Britain, DOW thai "he L'nited Kingdom has joii.ed the Euro- pean Community arxi. bv so do- inr. severed the apron suizigs trie" bour.G i' :o i e United Slates sirjce Secord War. Washington sieaciastly cnuraged the'n -.0 lake this histnric step, a'rr.ost since the idea of an organized ''Europe" was firffi bruited. New, how- ever, with the move actually zccomplisbed, giving the Ojm- moa Marlcet great new impetus aid depriving ihe U.S. as well as the UK of i long-lived cial relationship." the quenoss are hound to produce imponani changes. The most Erifi cant of these, are ocas-ring hside Britain it- se'I. Ever iir-ce on the heels of a triumphant victory this great people, with a history of power wealth, has hid to face up to the loss of both- Ore of the biggest wreoies of losing empires, aj Tnjr.y of Britain's European partrjers faiow, is adjustir.s ;o tew psychological cordiiirjrs arxl sbaMini; oW habii-s. Althrjijgh the British have had ample time to adjust, it is easy for a naurjn to grandeur to become used to the threadbare life. It was, indyid, recognition rX the threat of penury that helped Prime Minister Heath swing his coun- Iry into burgeoning Europe, yielding rhe vestiges of im- perial arjd special transatlantic lies to co so. The switch is an even greater transition lor this nation than was the expulsion from its Frerjch domairjs cenruries ago. It has stimulated ureipected prooSems. The fact that the !ion couM suddenly be slapped about by smaii former co'.orjies spired East African expulsion to ;his country or Asian minor- ities, with British passports. Together with ils empire Brit- ain also losi an immense com- pk-r, of for its manu- factured goods and sources o( its basic raw materials. More- over. an antiquated industrial plant that didn't benefit Erom erj'orced modernization as did that of shattered Germany, be- came competitive on world markets. Labor uniora L'jristed or. worVIng for more And the trade that was Brt'-aio's life biood became aremic. With an extraordinary recog- nition of t'x jr.cxitm rigMi of man the British rr.oved sharply to social democracy, high pen- sions and free medical services. Nevertheless, their straiterjjd circumstances proved unable to afford 5JJC71 generosity. re- 5.'ilt has been steady inflation. The of Uvin? rose over seven per cecl in last 12 more than sny Com- mon llartet country lar.'i and almost triple the Unit' e.d States. This is the depressing situa- tion now being faced by Heath as, with stern insistence and grjinbling, he prepares Britain for its rjew roi? in the E'jropean Cotnmrji- ity a process inevitably means snipping oM ties across Lbo Atlantic and more distant .leas. Heath's is exceed- ingly difflculE. It an er.iire series o'' processes that began when the cost 01 victory first began to be toted up a quarter of a Steadily attacked by La- and th.e trade 'irdons on the left and by the Powell- is 13 on the right, Heath has been forced to ahacrfon his earlier desire to free Dusitess arjd workers govern- mental controls. He has impos- ed a temporary freeze to pre- vent the fcv.ire economic TJTK- ture from crumblirrfi just as the rnove into Europe occurs. T iVp Nbum, Heath has found that poUr'cs being the art of the possible im- poses unpleasant shifts in ac- tion and embarrassing forget- of past statements. If the prune minister suc- ceeds in this immensely diffi- cult transition from poor trans- atlantic relation to prosperous member in a European cora- bme, Washington will be forced to make adjustments. These uxlude ahaadonmect the belief that Britain is a spe- cial afly, favored over France on such things as nu- Our minister of highways reg- ularly attempts to define the new Kananaskas Highway as a "lo-w speed scenic route." In fact the highway is designed to be travelled safely at speeds of 70 m-p.h. As minister of nigh- ways, Mr. is no doubt aware that many traffic fatalities are the result of ex- cessive speed. He figures that the problem o! speed along this road will be controlled by posting the route at 50 to 60 m.p.h. with a little help from the RCMP. Who is he trying to fool? The government has never Identified the reason for up- grading this road, only hinting at increased recreational use of the Kananaskis. AnofJwr white-wash job. The specifica- tions for the highway the thickness and width (36 feet) of the paved surface, the JM to cleared right-of-way, its gently-rising grade ar.d Io-i-dc- curves very clearly in- dicate a highway designed for use by heavy commercial ve- hicles. Although the mLnister denies plans for industrial use this road, that department's official report on the road soedfically mentions a link-up with the coal-rich Elk Valley in B.C., not to mention coal depos- its ea route. II the highway Is being built to increase recreational use of the valley, it is strange that there are no plans whatsoever for recreational facilities pic- nic areas, campgrounds, scenic turcHjUts, access to recreation points. Great concern is sho-vn by Mr. Copithomc for the necessity of wide ditches '12 foot bot- Ujms; the route for storage. Will the province go to the etperiie of ttfrx removal for the winter recreationist wr.o might want to ski the southern- most pans of Alberta travel- ling via Highwood Pass 'at over It is doubtful wh.ea there are other routes leading to the same p-ajce. The story might not be the same were there some industrial incentives for keeping the highway open year-round. The KTI highvi'ay, ed before, has gentle gruiei and curves: the KananafilrU Valley doesn't t rod built to the Epecificafiont of thU one defies the topography of tht valley. The road design li souod: it U safe and efficieot. but it la Inappropriate. It would be a good road were It being built to cce of Alberta's eristing rural communities In need of such high-quality access. It could also be good U H wen being built somewhere other than a scenic and narrow moun- tain valley whose major use currently recreational. The provincial department tit environment has the authority to halt this road construction. Stich action is highly unlikely, for this department has belaU edly come with its own en- vironmental impact statement whic'n does little to justify nxd. An "impact matrix" in this report gives a numeric evaluation of positive and nega- tive effects of Ihe road; wben their own statistics are carried oz-e step further, this study K- tuaUy shows that the negatrvm effects outweigh the positive by a (actor of 2.5 to one. As with the department of environment study, all other Im- pact wort was done after clear- ing had either commenced or was completed. Similarly, public was asked to comment ira-jn this road after the clear- ing had been completed. AI3 who enjoy this valley should eczEider the "improve- menU'1 being done, supposedly for their ber.efit. Picture a fav- orite recreation spot as U wifl appear with trucks and other commercial vehicles roaring past at 60 m.p.h. Granted, there will be no dust, but supcr-hfgh- ways are not the only of combating that situation. the picture doesr-'t suit jvx concept of tea Kananasiij, write to i'K premier and to the minister of highways and let them krow VOIJT L. JOXES Ca.'gary Scores Kananaskis paving The Finns walk tightrope By Roland Hertford, London Observer G-xi alvviys cVjiri? and wtet man must do. "In Kim fa.w. tte of the St. Paul wishes to ciescrihe the nature o-: God he speaics "fhe ar.d Father of our Lord .les'i'. Christ." "Nothing is said Cardinal Stwrnaji, "than to the v.ord God and mean oy it. Jesijs, hov-ever, taughrf. the a.ssert regarding native of Gcd that "CkxJ Li "G'xi is and is love." B'jt they wouM do more than that. They would a.ssert personality m G'Xi- Li a personal spirit, perfectly and orden all." G'xi B not one spirit among many. Ke is unlimited and Immat- erial, in time yet urr.eieae, irifimceiy gjeatjir than all ideas of .Vesus Hirn- seL' said, "My Father is greater ftan I." "God Ls so Grxl U all truth, besiity, and In Him Ihera LB no at all. But G'xi s refcy.ion- shJp to Kan ia Sixh that man is the rier of z. "that was Ijglfte'h every mar. that cometh is and this s God's relation- '.'rip to man. He Is G'xxi whom can speak, with whom we teve deai.r.g.1 .'-i a FxoUiah tayj, "Ail I wish to ir.ow G'xJ, I do He U my Father, rny my 0 G'Xl. 7.T.O is Spirit, UgU, arxi ?rar.t f may seek ...'e. siUt in l.'gr.t, live- in u. It was a per- formance thzt wily Ae couJd have de-.ri5eri. On Sunday, .Vwember 11. at ez- actty 6 p.m. Central rime, tte day of the Gtr- mari elerijora tfe tirr.e tht pofc Mr. Kirjel- Ite Fir.riish foreign min- Urer in Fin- iar.d'3 Gtr- cr.ovin, he Tts: had xplained, to avoid riad been hy the rice versa. Clearly, the v.snted matter wuled j! lime for tr.e operjng of the preparatory for Fererxe in Perhapfl they narf cut it firje: perhapr? they did EO, for it Li incumter.t on them to secure the maximum effect for diplomatic aitior-i. tniM becanoe first co'iTitry to recognize Germany. For that was real of Mr. nicely Urr.ed an- the Firir.3 have reojgnizeri rcither O e r- man N'ovi they have iri the ra- tf. th.e half Iry. eouaf.ion t'Mt the Tt war. an exercise in majn- the creriioility o terests. Cocservaflon make milHoralrcs of anyone, l! merely provides an oppor- tunity for everyone to enjoy onr land arxl iti natural the old-fashioned "hard way." I believe a paper of the sta- tare hy Tre Herald Is deservi-g of a artLve role in promoting coi> Eervation in tr.Ls courJj? and would encourage the wnters to be better informed in tho fu- t.jre. JEFF HICKISS Hardieville The Lethbtidge Herald 5W 7tn St. Lttr.bndge, LErnmp.rDGE HERALD ro. LTD., Proprietors and Published IWi, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN WJlR He K17 CLEO W WCA5PS, P_ti H. PiLLI'.G HAY Cdllw' ftOV F VILES DOU1LA'. K. VMLKIR M'HlWrxa Birtvui PIQ4 Editor -THE HERALD MRVE4 THE ;