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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 - TOI IJTHBRIDOl HBRAID - Wedneiday, Oewmber 9, 1970 Maurice Western Onus on government Just about eveiytiiing that can be said about women and their status has already been said - loud and often. It was therefore unreasonable to expect that the Royal Commission on the Status of Women would have anything new to say. VVhy, then, was it appointed, and why did the public go to so much expense to finance it? Probably the main reason was to raise tlie status of the question itself, to move the debate out of the smoking rooms into the serious political arena, to try to determine once and for all whetlier women's grievances were real or imagined. One doesn't need to subscribe to the outlandish extremes of the "women's liberation" movement to admit that there is discrimination. Most of the laws and customs liavc been established by a male - dominated society, and the male establishment has not been sensitive to the aspirations and frustrations of a growing number of women. Tlie commission was not organized emotionalism. It was a reasonable, objective, calm investigation of a subject heretofore dominated by emotionalism. While governments and parliaments are not bound by royal commission reports, they must have good reason for not following them. The onus for legislative and executive action on matters affecting the riglUs and status of women is now clearly on tlie government. It has been told what sliould be done, by a responsible group solemnly commissioned to determine what should be done. Tlie government should now say that what should be done will be done, and if it is not prepared to say that, it should produce some good reasons. Tlic question of the status of women has now entered an entirely new phase, and an urgent one. DistoHed values There is a good deal of talic today about distorted values. What is usually referred to are changed attitudes toward work, sex, appearance and institutions. But for an example of a really distorted value nothing can approach that exhibited by the people living on or near Scenic Drive in Lethbridge who objected to having a group home for disturbed young people established in their midst. 'I'his is especially so in regard to those whose objection was based on the notion that the home would lower property values. It is this giving of priority to property over people which has sickened a large number of the younger generation with society as it exists. Soma of the rejection of established ways is directly traceable to their disillusionment in finding that talk about values is largely vacuous. A community that is devoid of caring is not worth living in. If a group of neighbors cannot bring themselves to merely tolerate the presence of a group of unliappy young people, let alone reach out to them with positive acceptance, can much really be expected of society? Not much comfort is afforded in the realization that the people who rejected an opportunity to express a helping hopefulness may be typical of the majority of citizens in Lethbridge or any other centre. In fact the thought is depressing in the extreme. One way in whicli the blighting blot might be erased would be for a group of neighbors to invite the department of social development to seek a premise in their midst. It would be even better if several groups took such an action since it would give the department more chance of finding a place. Are there any takers of this proposal? A bad law? The law relating to illegal possession of liquor is possibly a bad law. There are too many instances when it can be linked with deaths. Recently this law was singled out by Coroner M. M. Cantor in connection with the deaths of two young people on the Alexis Indian Reserve. He pointed out that in many cases the law makes people drink what tliey have in their cars rallicr than running the risk of being caught. The intention of tiie law is just the opposite. It was hoped that it would discourage people from drinking while driving. But since that is apparently not the way it is working out, consideration should be given to changing the law. Banning liquor from communities such as the Blood Indian Reserve may lead to the same results as the law regarding illegal possession. It also may encourage tlie hasty consumption of what has been purchased rather than run the risk of apprehension. Of course, as Mr. Cantor noted, changing laws is not ultimately the answer to the problem of drunkenness, lie suggested that people need some o^her forms of recreation than that of carousing. It is not only that more recreational outlets are needed in society-and especially in some Indian communities - but that the whole idea of drinking as a recreational activity needs changing. When society is prepared to give some serious attention to attitudes in relation to alcohol, a change in the picture of drunkenness - and death brought on by drunkenness - may be possible. Until then, laws are not apt to make much difference. Art Buchwalc Vr/'ASHINGTON - The question of what " to do about American passenger railroads is still very much on the Administration's mind. There is no doubt that the railroads arc losing money on passenger business. If they had theh- druthers, they would just slay with freight. At the same time, the public's need for passenger trains, particularly commuter trains, is great. What is the solution? Professor Heinrich Applebaum, who holds the Casey Jones chair of raihx)ad philosophy at Pullman Universit>', has come up with a radical idea that could save both the railroads and the needed passenger service. P*rof. Applebaum says the solution to tlio problem can be found in large aluminum containers which are now being used for-freight. These containers are placed on trains already packed, and imloaded the same way. This saves companies money in freight handling, loss due to pilferage and breakage, and also saves time. Applebaum claims tlwre is no reason you can't use the same containers for people. This is how it \\T)uld operate; Let us assume that 150 people are going to take the 7:30 a.m. from: Greenwich, Connecticut. When they arrived at the platform, they would be placee practical on short runs, but he felt that as time went on a method could be developed foi* long nms to freeze people in lefrigerator cars and then thaw them out when they roach tiicir dcstinaUons. 'Hie lJei)arLiii(^nl of Tran.spoi1ation, which i.s tr>'iiig to find a solution to the passenger trai 1 problem, has expressed great interest in the Applebaum plan. A .spokesman for iha dopartmcnt said; "If nolhin.L! d'^e. it- L-ould sa\c the I'eiin CeiiU'al Railroad." (TorouU) Telegram .News ^Scrvi(;0 Letters to the editor Toynhee ivrong in linkinf^ the Pope tvith Heath Ai-chivists rciUy must preserve Aniold Toynbcc's piece on 'Pope and a prime minlslcr on freedom' (Lclh. Herald Dec. 1). It's a primary source of considerable merit in the insight it provides into the modern mind. Consider, for example, tlio following points: (1) Toynbec confuses the ci-ystallizcd Tory conservatism of a Mr. Heath, ^ith the moral and spiritual essentialism of the Pope. Heath, like many of the Tory breed, retains (he outward ajv poarances of a ti-adiiioiinlist, hut approves the capitalist fetish of the sacrcdness of profits, even in the face of inflation, pollution and urban and bureaucratic centralism. In other words, HcatJi, like most political leaders today, is putting tlie goals of the coipora-tions before Uic genuinely human goals of distributed property and jwwcr. The Pope, on the other hand, in his recent utterance on population, contraception and w�5alth, sU"csscd the need for radical changes in distribution of wealth, Iwth within nations and l)ctwccn them. One, (the politician) is really a liberal progressivist; the other, (the Pope) is not subject to the fashionable trends of ci7ing 'population explosion' and ignoring the dls-U'ibutlon of people and wealth. One is a blend of ninetecnlh-cenlury British imperialism and devotion to the capitalist status-quo; the other speaks for dynamic tradition. (2) Toynbec fails lo sec or face up to the fact that tiic Canadian control over finance There is no such problem as Canada wanting the benefits oC U.S. capital without paying for it. We never have had a dollar of American capital, except in joint projects for which we paid our share. We have had a lot of private capital from the U.S. and I hope we have a lot more. Every dollar is here because we have a splendid coun- ti7 with excellent Investment opportunities. Money is sure to come to such a fine country. Wc furnish the climate to make investment profitable and do not owe anybody anything. The country of origin has control of that money while it is m their country. Once it comes into Canada it is under oiu- control. No oth- Help 'Project RecalV At Hamilton Junior High School we have a group of students who are studying the history of Lethbridge and southern Alberta. We call this, "PROJECT RECALL." Approximately 45 students, under the dh-ection of Mr. Bruce Haig are exploring this subject. During spares, weekends, or holidays we have interviews with those who have lived here many years. Our objective is to build archives to be placed in the Gait Museum where this study would be available to all organizations and schools for use. We will be taking pictures and building them nto m u 11 i - projector programs. Many organizations and clubs, as well as many individuals, have allowed us to photograph their material. Central School has asked us to help them set up a slide pro- gram showmg the history of their school, before it is twn down late this year. We are presently doing a study of Diamond City and on November 5th a number of us took a field trip lo Diamond City with Mr. Court, Mr. Kurze and Mrs. Lyons. They showed us where some of tlie old buildings weic. Wc have had a great deal of help from many citizens and clubs as well at the Gait l\hi. .seum. If you have any old pictures, or material that wo could use, we would appreciate them very much. The pictures will be taken care of and returned. You can contact the school and leave your nanio and we will then contact you. Tliank you. GERALD WAl^DERN. .Student. lx>lhbridge. or countiy can be allowed to exercise any control whatever over money once in our country. We expect that investment to make a profit, if it is legitimate and handled properly. But wc have every right and duty to expect that profit to be used for our benefit. As far as possible it should remain in Canada for further investment and development and the overflow should be balanced by inflow from Canadian mvest-ments and exports. We are not sclluig our resources or country to anybody else. We are merely sellhig the right to operate under our charter, for our benefit, always remembering that the investor must benefit if we aie to benefit, but that does not mean that any other country has any rights. Their rights stop at the border, for either men or money, and if it does not then wo should change any laws necessary to insure that we do have control, and shut up about foreign ownership. It does not exist unless we are foolish enough to permit it, no matter how much money comes in. nish towards centralism ha.s destroyed and is destroying freedom and human values. Nortli America is far, very far, from beuvg overpopulaled. It's the absurd urban trend, the huge numbers of people in what Mumford calls Uie 'anti-cities' which is Uie main cause of pollution and congestion. And the root cause of that is the notion of maximizing profits and its accompanyuig perversion of leclmology lo waste economics. (3) To use the term "laissez-fau-e" to describe the policy o( Heath on inflation and that of the Pope on marriage, ia irresponsible. Heath represents political forces which favor government promotion of the goals of corporations. Economic lalssez-fah-e is a thing ot the past. The Pope has not preached laissez-fah-e at all. Toynbee ignores the stress on solutions other than those of oontracep* tion and abortion in Pope Paul's statements. Tlioughtful people sliould sea that the basic causes ot inflation and environmental problems are the same: an in* trinslcally unjust social order to which the human alternative is not state socialism but cooperative and decentralist humanism. Lethbridge. PETER R. HUNT. In accordance with venerable tradition, the government has rcactfld to the first pressure with public works programe. Federal departments and agencies will spend $23 million fai the current fiscal year, A new loan fund of $150 million is also being established to finance new capital development projects in the provinces. As prescribed by the new regionalism, money will be distributed according to a formula based on unemployment levels. An effort is lo be made lo coordinate these projects with the pr�-grams of Jean Marchand's department of regional economic expansion. The same emphasis is appar^ ent in other relatively small programs: $20 million for access roads and other servicea surrounding Montreal international airport special incentive grants for a designated region in three adjoining Ontario counties; and assistance, with obvious regional implications, for the shipbuilding and competitively crippled footwear irrfus-try. The one strikbig innovation in the budget - not .subject to regional limitations - is the special concession permitting manufacturing and processing businesses to value new Investments in machinery, equipment and structures at US per cent of their actual cost as a base for earning capital cost allowances. Tills is a short-term measure, expiring March 31, 1972. Its purpose is plain; to achieve the greatest possible employment results in the immediate future by speeding the capital outlays of private interests. Some of the sunnier pas-gages in Mr. Benson's obviously difficult text refer te the gratifying state of our interna-tional trade. It is the more depressing that the minister missed an obvious opportunity to bring some relief to consumers and many producers by reduction of the customs tariff. With innation still admittedly a serious concern and with the expressed anxiety of the government to reverse a protectionist trend in the world, Mr. Benson had very much greater freedom in this respect than in doUng out tax concessions and incentives. The tariff, it would appear, has become the great imtouchablc m Canadian politics. This is the more puzzling hc-causfl no government has had more to say on the subject of change. The very budget itself has lest its old quality of permanence. In Mr, Benson's words: "The government has engaged in what has been virtually a continuous adaptation of cuve fiscal policy." Dwelling at some length on post - budget developments of the past year, lie showed that a projected increase in cash requirements of $7.50 million had grown to $1.5 billion. So much then for projections. But hi that case what Is to be made of Mr. Benson's present estimates? The prospect is tUt we wiU be $600 milUon in the red next year and that the government, as the mhiister said, will face difficult borrowing problems all too likely to generate a new burst of iitflaUon. Hence tlie far from obscure wammg that Ottawa may have to uivoke price and wage controls. Even the forecast must, however, be accepted with caution, for continuous adaptation is to remain the order of the day lO the finance department. The long-term outlook is cUnidy. There is perhaps one consolation for the citizen: if he fhvds the situation baffluig, so manifestly do Mr. Benson's high-priced economists. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Looking backward Magrath. J. A. SPENCER. Slatemeut corrected Wc wish to correc-t a somewhat erroneous statement in November 30 Lethbridge Herald which said that "Meals on Wheels had been in oper;iti()n since .Sept. 1970 without requesting money from any organization." Had it not been for the request sent out to many organizations for money and volunteer help and Ibo ensuing sup-povl reccive