Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Salurdciy, Doccmbcr 15, 1970 William Millinship More sand please City police officials expressed con- cern recently over the number of traffic accidents which occurred, all times, during "safe driving week." Although luckily there were no traf- fic deaths during this period, there were several injuries and property damage ran to many thousands of dollars. Officials state the success of safe driving week was indeed poor, and attribute the rash of mishaps to bad driving conditions. Well they might, and it's astound- ing that more accidents have not oc- curred, considering the condition of the streets and sidewalks in the city. Although sanding had been done after the latest snowfall, it was not fol- lowed up liberally enough after the melting and freezing conditions which alternately had streets either in skat- ing-rink shape, or like sloppy ponds. The sand dispensed on some corners looks as if it had been done with a teaspoon. Sidewalks are downright treacher- ous, yet nothing to date has been done to make them safer. Sanding needs to be done on the busiest side- walks at least, so that pedestrians are not reduced to making progress on their hands and knees. In an area where cliinooks blow away weather troubles, the city is relying too much oil this benefit of nature to clear away its traffic head- ache. It would be more realistic to be a little pessimistic and have lots of sand on hand just in case. Robarts retires After nine successful years as head of the Ontario government, Mr. John Robarts has announced his retire- ment. His decision is puzzling. On the surface, Mr. Robarts does not seem to have any reason for leaving the political scene. At the age of 53 he is far from being too old for office. His health appears to be good. The government which he heads is solidly entrenched and cer- tainly does not stand in any imme- diate danger of being toppled. Public life takes a heavy toll and it is understandable if Mr. Robarts has simply yielded to a desire to get away from it all to enjoy some pri- vacy. But it is regrettable that a man of his ability and experience is to be lost to the affairs of this country. The suspicion is strong that he will not remain for long in relative ob- scurity. He may not have any ambi- tions for other and higher office but it is possible he will be sought for such anyway. Meanwhile, the Ontario political picture has taken on a degree of un- predictability. The C o n s e r v ative party without Mr. Robarts will be different. It will be interesting to see who is given the responsibility of warding off the challenge of the NDP under its new leader, Mr. Stephen Lewis. Carol festival The carol festival which will be held Monday for the 24th successive year has become an established tra- dition in Lethbridge. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, 10 choirs from churches in the city, will participate in the evening's program. Congregational singing under the di- rection of Southminster Church or- ganist emeritus Arthur Putland oc- curs between choir presentations. Despite unfavorable weather condi- tions which have from time to time threatened to disrupt the scheduled festival, enthusiastic crowds manage to turn out to Southminster church and join in the singing. In a day when sing-songs and families grouped in song around a piano are viewed by some as a quaint anachronism, the popularity of this event belies their opinion. Congratulations go out to the Rot- ary Club, the choirs and leaders, and the audience, who join together to welcome the Christmas season in tliis splendid way. Weekend Meditation The Eternal Christ TTHEEE is the Christ who came; the Christ who is here; and the Christ who is to come. Jesus Christ came to this earth, teaching us the way to live, impart- ing to us the forgiveness of God and the revelation of God, tthe revelation of man too, what man should be and has in his nature as a divine potential, then demon- strating to man the faith by which he could conquer death. Jesus not only taught a personal ethic, but a social ethic, dis- closing the kingdom of God in a man's heart and also in man's relationship wi'.fi others. But Jesus also said that he would be with his disciples to the end of the world. They would have unbroken fellowship with him. Over and over the New Testament proclaims that unbroken association and partnership. If Shis be not true, then the whole New Testament is a liar. Read it for yourself. He is man's friend, man's helper, who will never leave him nor forsake him. "I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you. I am with you to the end or the world." There is also the Jesus who is coming. The New Testament is full of this too. Jesus expected it; the disciples expected it; the apostles expected it; the martyrs and prophets expected it. The kingdom muld come, not by gradual evolution, but in an apocalyptic event when the heavens wouM be destroyed with dreadful heat, the ele- ments would melt, and an entirely new lieaven and earth would be created. The stars would fall from heaven, the seas and skies be red with blood, the moon and sun would be darkened, and the moun- tains would crumble. This was no mere cosmetic change, no small social better- ment, no gradual improvement in human affairs. There would be new men "the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain until now. waiting for the appearing of the children of God." It would be a new species. The entire natural order would be transformed, and the earth as man knows it would disappear. Jesus Christ would then come back to receive the faithful and from them to form a new society of righteousness and justice. Now one may laugh at this, one may deride it, one can point out that a scroll written in stone 2800 years before Christ predicted that the end of all things was obviously in sight. This only makes the ultimate prediction the more certain even as the predictions of Greek scientists were realized in the Renaissance and later. Only in our optimistic early twentieth century age was the perfect society represented as a process and not an event. The Bible always predicts it as an event. "The King- dom of Heaven is within ah yes, but the Kingdom of Heaven would come liko a thief in the night, when no man expected it, and people would be terrorized, long for death, arid rush to the mountains for safety. You don't believe this? The Bible teaches it! In any event, there is the kingdom that has been here, the kingdom that is here, and the kingdom that is coming here. Our way of life is markedly different from that of any preceding century. Man today lives in an utterly different way from any pre- ceding civilization. He has a different ap- proach to the universe, a different ap- proach to geography, a different approach to power, and a different approach to re- ality. Only someone utterly out of touch with modern life could deny this. Man lives in a new kingdom. But there is a kingdom that is coming, a kingdom of peace and goodwill, a kingdom of new men and new powers where man's true nature can be fulfilled. For despite the new kingdom into which man has entered he remains the same evil personality, lying, shooting his fellows in cold blood, torturing, robbing, satura- tion bombing, burning and looting, bombing defenceless cities, filled with lust and all manner of crime and bestiality. Some day all this will end, but it will not end by evolution. The devil is evolving too, some- thing which men keep forgetting. God's kingdom will come in God's time through God's action. PRAYER: "Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven." F.S.M. Tlie unpleasant truth By Doug Walker pARICNTS frequently possess character- istics that do not elicit the admira- tion of their offspring. Sometimes even very minor things such as the manner in which one laughs produces a reaction akin to horror in them. The children in our household were picking on their mother recently. lu re- sponse to something that Judi was critical of, Elspeth said that in the matter under consideration the daughter was very much like the mother. "In Elspeth said, "you are getting more like rr.c ail the time." said Judi, "I know, and it has been worrying me." The great American rubbish problem WASHINGTON "Givo her the latest appliance f o r says the Sears Roebuck advertisement in the local paper. It costs 229.95. It comes in a choice of four colors: white, avocado, copper and tawny-gold. It is called a and what it does is crush solid household rub- bish to one quarter its normal size. It is the latest commercial idea to bs hooked up to the ecology bandwagon. Book pub- lishers, who get their basic raw material from paper-mils that pollute water in the most ob- noxious way, are churning out titles about the environment. One oil company uses a soul- ful folk-song jingle to boast of the contribution its lead-free petrol is making to cleaner air. Another boasts that its motor oil containing detergent X not only cleans your car engine but reduces exhaust gases. A soft drink company uses radio ads to announce that it is re- introducing returnable bottles. "You don't buy the bottle you just rent it." A spokesman of Sears Roe- buck at its head office in Chi- cago told me that the company regards the new "Compactor" as "a positive move in the en- vironmental effort. The thing has a timeliness. People are in- terested in the disposal of solid waste. And that helps sales." Solid waste is undoubtedly a problem, even in a country "like tills, built on a continental scale. The American daily out- put of rubbish is getting on for 5.5 Ibs. a head. The accepted national figures for a few items are: seven worn-out cars a year, 30 million tons of paper, million empty bot- tles, million cans and some four million tons nl' as- sorted plastics. Not all of this is collected and disposed of in orderly fash- ion. Empty cans in particular often slip through the net. Their round, shiny bottoms gleam like displaced cat's eyes from the roadside when you drive at night. And the story is still told in a tone of indigna- tion and self-abasement of the American admiral who board- ed a new dee p-diving craft, 10 a depth of feet 6U miles off the coast of San Diego to find that the first won- der of the deep he could see resting on the floor of the Pa- cific Ocean was an empty beer But, even w hen rubbish is carefully collected, there re- mains the problem of where to put it. The country, it seems, is running out of sites for rubbish dumps, and the old ones are "That should hold him for a Letters to the editor More questions raised about seivage rates After reading over the sub- missions relative la the new sewer service bylaw, it seems that several important aspects have not been mentioned. As one who campaigned for indus- trial development, I am sorry to see industry being put in an unfavorable position by high charges of any type. But what about the privileges these in- dustries enjoy with Lethbridge being a special incentive area? Would they enjoy this same fa- vored position in Calgary or Edmonton? No one has written about this factor. Then what about the cost of labor here? Are workers better organized and therefore getting higher wages in some other cities? These are two questions that should be looked into by some- one with a truly independent approach. They must be bal- anced off against any increase in cost that would be put on industry. The brief from the eight ma- jor industries in Lethbridge points out that under the pro- posed rates to be charged them Conservationist's reason for hunting I am a student enrolled in the Outdoor Recreation and Conservation program at the Leth bridge Community Col- lege. Because of my en- thusiasm for hunting, many people have asked me how a person studying the conserva- tion of animals can turn around and hunt them. I'd like to give these people, and any others who may be wondering the same thing, one of many good reasons why we hunt animals. Because some of the escit- ment of the deer hunting sea- son is still in the air I will use deer as my example. When the first settlers came to Alberta, the forest had few deer because there were no low-growing food plants to sup- port them. Tliis along with land clearing, fires, and hunting led to the virtual extinction of deer in most areas. The deer were given legal protection, efforts were made to provide suitable habitats, trappers were put to work removing the predatory ani- mals. With complete protection, the deer population responded. Then, it was gradually realized that the food supply was being over-used by herds in which the increase was not being Better to be ready Don't you think it would be a good idea for the Cabinet or the combined parties to have a committee or some such or- ganization interested in what is going on in the country? Why is the leader of the op- position so afraid of UK Public 'Crazy Good morning it's a survey to find out if you dislike surveys. Order bill? It looks to rne as if only those who are afraid of their pursuits doings coming to light, which are not honorable, fear it. And that is what it is for protection for all Canadians. Because one province ex- pects it will have trouble- makers for some time to come it is needed now, and who knows where it will be needed next. It is better to be ready with the power to act than to have to resort to drastic action nn t.lw spur of the moment. This business of parties uniting in an emergency is well and good but the opposition sounds like it made a mistake which I don't think is very fair. Tire crisis was met and if some people were hurt it may have been their own fault for put- ting themselves in the com- pany they had. There is such a thing as being too lenient, which it seems the government had been in some cases. People who are law-abiding are not afraid of the law. Let us work for more loyal Cana- dians and build our country up iiistcad of breaking it down. LOYAL CANADIAN. Magratb. checked. Food supplies began to dwindle. Poor food supplies led to starvation or malnutrition. As the deer's strength decreases from lack of food, his resis- tance to parasites and disease also decreases. The end result is almost certain death. A given area can only sup- port a certain number of deer and only the stronger can sur- vive. As you can see, a certain number of deer are going to die anyway, so why not shoot tliem and save them from a slow and painful death of star- vation? With these weaker ones out of the way (they have less chance of escaping the the stronger have more room and more food to produce strong and healthy offspring and grow stronger themsleves. As a result the deer population as a whole becomes stronger, more cunning, and more beau- tiful. JERRY BENNETT. Lethbridge. Light needed I am concerned about the bad traffic jam that occurs ev- ery noon hour on the corner of Scenic Drive and Mayor Ma- grath Drive. When classes are released at ever y on e dashes into their car and tries to beat ev- eryone else out of the parking lot. Reason why: if they don't, they're stuck on the entrance road to the college, just off Sce- nic Drive. This is due to the fact, that we, the students of LCC, cannot got across the road of Mayor Magrath Drive. I think, that if a light was in- stalled on that particular inter- section, a lot of time and pa- tience would be saved. It would also help students get to work on t i m e at noon. Speaking through experience, I have been late many times due to the slow traffic. JIELAME ONDRIK, LCC STUDENT.1. it will probably pay them to in- stall pre-treatment facilities, Tills will reduce the revenue to be derived from industry. But as new industry moves in this slack will be taken up. This is a fair proposition for industry. But there is no corresponding way set out for an increase in our population to decrease the cost to the individual house- holder. If a thousand new homes are built in Lethbridge, should not the sewage charge be reduced as these new people start paying for this project? In the briefs to city council there are many references to the possibility of provincial grants helping this undertak- ing. But for many years ths province has been making sub- stantial grants to Lethbridge. These were over one 'and one quarter million dollars accord- ing to last year's tax notice. Should not some of this be ear- marked for the new sewage treatment plant? So there arc many questions that should be answered before a definite decision is made on rates. All fair nu'nded persons will realize we have to pay for pollution control, but let's get the entire picture into perspec- tive. Lethbridee. JIM BUHNESS. filling up. Newspapers report almost weekly squabbles be- tween local authorities over whose rubbish should go where. This is the background that can make the "Compactor" buyer feel dial he is not only keeping up with the Joneses, but is also helping to keep Am- erica beautiful. This can no longer be said of the waste- disposal unit in the kitchen sink. The ecology-conscious are now pulling about the fact that, while these appliances d re- duce the amount of rubbish to be carted off to the local dump, the mush of chewed-up food they produce is helping to over- load the sewage system. The "C o m p a c t o also known as the is not only "push-button easy" it is ecoiogicaly pure. All it does is compress whatever happens to be under its power- ful ram, when you press the button. The flattened result falls into a special bag, having been automatically sprayed with deodorant There are several safety fea- tures designed to avoid com- pacting children and pets. To make it work, you have to ten a key as well as press the but- ton. Crushing stops if the door is opened while the machine is working. These are not neces- sarily insuperable obstacles to a determined child, but cost rather than possible hazards seems likely to prevent every household having such an ap- pliance in the foreseeable fu- ture. The machine is therefore doomed to make only the tiniest dent in the national solid waste disposal problem. Sears Roebuck's advertising therefore puts the accent on convenience to the more frequent trips to an out- side garbage can." For the individual, Ihe prob- lem stiE ends at the back door or at the kitchen sink. For the country as a whole, and espe- cially for the cities it will con- tinue to grow. When the initial results of the 1970 census were formally pre- sented to President Nixon re- cently there was no great sur- prise. The size of the popula- tion, at was within of what it was thought to be. There was some reassur- ance in the fact that the 13.3 per cent increase in population since the 1960 census was the second lowest proportionate in- crease in the history of the United States. This neverthe- les means that in 10 years al- most 24 million people have been added to the American population, all of them sharing in the rising expectations of the American consumer for more and better goods and commercial and public ser- vices. And each of them, at least potentially, a producer of 5.5 Ibs. of rubbish a day. The prospect for the future decades is even more awe- some, as those born in the post- war baby boom have children in their turn. Another warning contained in the census is the continued drift from rural to urban areas and from the city centres to the suburbs. As the population grows it is also concentrating, and environmental problems are concentrating with it. The old cities at the heart of the suburban sprawls continue to lose middle class taxpayers, while having to face always heavier demands on their wel- fare and other services. As America coasts towards some kind of social disaster, worrying about how to dispose of empty beer cans may seem petty. It is probably closer to the real problems of how to govern the richest nation on earth than the curenl abstruse discussions about whether the Democrats or the Republicans will capture the five extra Congressional seats that Cali- fornia will be entitlted to in 1970. (Writien for The Herald and The Observer, London) Looking backward THROUGH THE HERALD 1920 Unemployment at the Lethbridge branch of the pro- vincial labor bureau now lists 68 as being without work. Leth- bridge figures are the lowest of any of the five bureaus in the province. citizens will have to forgo the pleasure of opening mail on Christmas Day. Along with almost every other Canadian city posties will have the full day off Decem- ber 25. 1840-The British have taken more than Italian pris- oners in the Battle of Egypt. A general Italian retreat is de- veloping, according to recon- naissance by the Royal Air Force. public library dur- ing the past two years has built up a library of classical, semi- classical and modern records and today there are almost 500 records in the collection. The first large scale meat packing plant in Lelh- bridgc, Canada Packers, went into operation Dec. 12. The Letlibrukje Herald 504 7th St. SM Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1305 -1954, by Hon. W, A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall1 Registration No. 0013 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"