Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, 14, 1974 Alberta concedes The Alberta government's amended oil policy, announced Thursday by Premier Lougheed, goes a long way toward resolving the federal provincial im- passe that was threatening the country's well being. To simplify and recapitulate: The Arab countries a year ago increased several fold the world price of oil and thereby finally made it possible to rec- tify the historic under pricing of Alberta oil and gas. The Alberta government, as owner of most of the reserves, forced the price of gas up and took a big chunk of the increase, and then greatly boosted its share 01 the oil take and agreed to a higher oil price (but not as high as the world market The federal government was left out. The provincial increase left no room for federal participation in the higher oil revenues. But in the recent Turner budget the federal government moved in anyway, by forcing the companies to pay taxes on what the province was taking from them. This they couldn't do and still stay alive and healthy, and Mr. Turner practically admitted as much. However his rebuttal was (a) the same budget was bolstering some of the other tax incentives to the industry, and (b) additional relief which the oil companies needed should come from the province. The federal government, he made it clear, would not shirk its tax duty just because a greedy provincial government was trying to take all of the tax potential. So for the last month Canada has been trying to cope with one of the most serious constitutional confrontations in its history, and at a time when the country desperately needs more oil ex- ploration, company after company has been cutting back or pulling out because it couldn't stand the pressure in the mid- dle of the federal provincial vise. The month of controversy, some of it more passionate than reasonable, finally developed a consensus of sorts that the federal position was fair and that the next move was up to the Alberta government. To the credit of the Alberta government, it has now made that move. Political critics, federal and provin- cial, say that now the federal govern- ment should make a matching concession. Mr. Turner's answer is that it already did so, in the non royalty items in his budget. The result, reflected in the gratitude and optimism of the industry after Mr. Lougheed spoke, is that the oil com- panies will now have more incentive to stay in business in Alberta, more incen- tive to get out and find and produce more oil. This is good. But who will pay for it? Initially it will apparently mean less revenue to the provincial treasury. But Mr. Lougheed says the price of Alberta oil will rise, which means the consumer will pay also. That is as it should be. As long as the country is dependent upon the oil com- panies, they should not be choked to death. Porno or prejudice Dick Gruenwald, like everyone else, is entitled to his own opinion. But when he expressed the attitude that it would em- barrass him to be seen going in to the Birth Control and Information Centre he is paying homage to the old, irrational, guilt by association notion which un- dermines any chance of objectivity. If this notion were to prevail, some persons might be embarrassed to be seen enter- ing a police station, or even the legislative building in Edmonton. To say that he has no reason to go there is to evince a misunderstanding of his role. As an elected representative of the people of Lethbridge with strong vocal feelings on the subject, he has every reason to visit the centre. Not to do so might be taken as evidence that he WEEKEND MEDITATION is guided only by prejudice and rumor. Mr. Gruenwald is also entitled to any attitude he chooses to maintain about birth control. But if he was quoted cor- rectly, he is not interested in it and as a public servant he can be challenged on the wisdom of this stand, as well as on the incongruity of the remark. Sex and its role in an individual's life is made complicated by the myths, the social mores, the thoughtless hypocrisies, the lack of understanding, and the opportunism which permeates the whole subject. Resolving these com- plications is not going to be helped by the polarization of opinion which inevitably results from such attacks as that launch- ed by Mr. Gruenwald. Thy kingdom come It is imperative in this Advent season to remember that Jesus cair.c primarily to proclaim a kingdom. At Christmas time men and society realize something of this kingdom. The world is kinder and friendlier and men have more joy in their hearts. A feeling of peace and goodwill are abroad despite the wickedness and wars of these times. The kingdom of God is of twofold nature, neither of which is exclusive since the outer and innter penetrate and influence one another. There is the kingdom that is here and the kingdom that is coming here. There is the kingdom that is within and that which is without. Paul said in his letter to the Romans that "the kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost." Jesus said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or Lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within-you." He also said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven." Here was not some far off event, but a present reality. One of the loveliest hymns, which unfortunately is omitted from the new hymn books, has this reflection on the Kingdom of God: Thou art where'er the proud In humbleness melts down, Where self itself yields up; Where martyrs win their crown, Where faithful souls possess Themselves in perfect peace. Where in life's common ways With cheerful feet we go, When in His steps we tread Who trod the ways of woe, Where He is in the heart, City of God, thou art. (Francis Turner Palgrave) The kingdom of God thus seen is not something to be built but something to be realized. Jesus said it belonged to the poor in spirit. Blessed is the man who knows his own helplessness, who does not depend on material possessions for happiness, who is not proud and self sufficient, whose only hope is in God and whose whole desire is to do the will of God. He belongs to and lives in the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is within men and tries to find social ex- pression. The kingdom of God has also come in the laws of nature where His will is done. Every scientist is a seeker after the will of God and in disclosing the laws which control nature reveals God's will. Insofar as God's will prevails, God's kingdom has come and in fighting against it, man destroys himself. As Dickens warned, the slums would infect all society. Not even in society could God's laws be derided without disaster. The scientists in every field Obey these laws or be So the kingdom is a process of dis- covery and a development of history. But for Jesus it was more than that and different from that' in its realization. It was an apocalyptic event. It would come suddenly, like a thief in the night. It would come when men least expected it. It would come with dreadful events earthquakes, wars, disasters, darkening of the sun and moon, falling stars, and social disorder. It is, therefore, in every sense God's act and God's gift, whether it is external or within. It is like finding hidden treasure or a priceless pearl. It is like a farmer who sleeps and finds the miracle of a harvest on waking. It is like leaven which leavens the loaf. It is the casting out of demons by the Spirit of God which is a promise of the coming of the Kingdom. The kingdom comes from every direction and God's will is unpredictable by man. It is a kingdom without boundaries, so there is no place where God's will is not to be done or God's rule and laws not prevailing. The kingdom is both in history and beyond history. The Communist regime in North Korea has made it illegal to pray for they know that the man who has God's will in his heart will establish God's will in the world around him. This is the true advent: the realization of heaven in the heart. PRAYER: O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Living God, establish your rule in my heart. Drive out rival powers, destroy every idol, take up your kingdom and reign. F.S.M. Down with the system By Doug Walker I'm allergic to some kinds of sounds es- pecially ones like throbbing car motors and grinding electric clocks. They make me up- tight. For a long time my emotional equilibrium was threatened by a wretched bedside electric alarm clock. I was tempted many times to pitch it out the window but was restrained by the remembrance that it was a gift from my beloved wife and children. I thought of immersing it in an oil bath. Then f found the solution I put it under the bed where I can reach it when the alarm goes off. But what can be done about that miserable tape of a half dozen Christmas carols played over and over ad nauseum on The Herald intercom system? Should I encourage Helen Lambert and Bernice Herle to work out plans for sabotaging the system? Should I put out a call to Warren Caragata to come back from Victoria to organize a rebellion? Or should I just get sick until after Christmas? Letters Waterton Lakes Park 'Look at the bright side it's taken everyone's mind off inflation..." The right move now By Joseph Kraft, syndicated commentator PARIS Valery Giscard d'Estaing has gone out on a limb with his proposal for a trilateral international conference on energy. A little sawing by President Ford at the summit meeting in Mar- tinique this weekend could cause the French president a painful tumble. But it is past time to introduce some generosity into Franco American relations. The right American move is to accept the proposal in principle and to seek in ex- change a more co operative French position on energy problems in general and on the Arab Israeli conflict in particular. M. Giscard d'Estaing's proposal is basically that there be an early meeting among oil producers, the developed countries which consume oil, and the un- derdeveloped oil consuming nations. Among other things, the conference would try to stabilize, and maybe lower, the price of oil; arrange for recycling, or investment, of the massive sums now being accumulated by the oil producers; and try to link oil prices to the prices of other commodities. The first trouble with this proposal is that there has been little preparation among the developed nations. A plan proposed by Dr. Kissinger for joint action is just getting off the ground. But there is no agreement on the right price to seek, or how it would be related to other commodities, still less on who would bear the risks of financing the huge flow of oil moneys. At least part of the reason for the lack of progress is that France, alone among the major developed countries, has refused to join the inter- national energy agency proposed by Dr. Kissinger. A second set of difficulties relate to the poorest countries, such as India, which cannot afford to pay for food, let alone meet their oil bills. The American position has been that financial help to these countries should come from the oil producers with their tremendous new wealth. The tri partite conference would make it easy for the poorest countries to demand that their bills be paid by "the rich oil consumers notably the United States and West Germany through the device of recycling. A third set of troubles relate to the oil producing countries. Some of them, at least, are deliberately trying to use the oil weapon to win political gains for the Arabs over Israel and for the less developed countries over the developed countries. The oil producers most aggressive in this respect are precisely the two with which France is most closely connected Algeria and Iraq. Given all these difficulties, it has to be asked why the French president even bothered to make the proposal. The answer seems to be that it was a way of asserting French influence a matter of special political importance here in view of the feeling among many of the president's Gaullist sup- porters that he was not follow- ing the late general's lead in international affairs. For Americans it is temp- ting, in these conditions, to re- ject the French proposal flatly, thus exposing the vani- ty of Gaullist pretensions. But M. Giscard d'Estaing is going1 to be around for a long time to come. While he has shown himself to be far more Gaullist in foreign policy than many of his American ad- mirers predicted, it is still possible that he will take his distances from some of the general's anti American positions. Certainly a rebuff from the United States at this point would only make the French president more depen- dent on the Gaullists. So it makes sense for the United States to accept the proposal in principle, thus handing M. Giscard d'Estaing a sort of international triumph for France. But it also makes sense for President Ford to ask two things in return. First, France ought to start co-operating with the developed countries in prepar- ing the tri-lateral conference. That means working out carefully and slowly joint positions which prevent the underdeveloped countries from in effect raiding the United States, Japan and Europe. Secondly, France ought to cut out the vast inflation of the Palestine Liberation Organization and Yasir Arafat which has done so much damage to Dr. Kissinger's ef- forts for a settlement in the Middle East. In particular, the French ought to be asked to assert their unequivocal support for the integrity of Israel. I am sorry that an article in The Herald, Nov. 25, which refers to land in the southeast corner of British Columbia, has upset people who are interested in what happens in that part of the country. The comments attributed to me by Mr. Mike Harrop of The Herald were, drawn from a telephone conversation. It is very easy to draw mistaken conclusions from such a conversation and there are some errors in detail, uninten- tional I am sure, in Mr. Harrop's article. It was not my intention to voice an opinion on what ought to happen in Waterton Lakes National Park; I simply endeavored to give Mr. Harrop some background, in- sofar as I am familiar with it, on proposals for park status for the Kishinena Creek and Akamina Brook area of British Columbia. A provin- cial park was proposed there many years ago, but the possibility that there might be oil in the area forestalled park establishment. In more recent times, the existence of any commercial forest resources poses an impediment to gain- ing park status for an area. At the present time, an area is simply held in reserve from alienation by the province. The idea of a one-way circle road through Glacier National Park, Montana, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, and the Flathead area of British Columbia has not been the subject of official cor- respondence between the United States and British Columbia. A few years ago I had the opportunity to par- ticipate in an international seminar on park administra- tion in Glacier National Park, Montana, on which occasion the park administration spoke to us about problems with the volume of traffic over the highway and their thoughts on the desirability of a one-way highway circuit. I merely in- formed Mr. Harrop of this as an item of background I don't think I advocated it as a highly desirable course of ac- tion. I must say I don't agree with the nationalistic over- tones of Mr. Job Kuijt's letter (The Herald, Nov. 29) that the Americans are trying to wish off the traffic problem on to us. When we have had contact with the national park service of the United States and the U.S. forest service in connec- tion with recreational use of parks and recreation areas adjacent to one another at the border, we have found American officials most help- ful and co-operative and, like ourselves, interested in main- taining the best kind of recreating environment for park visitors, regardless of where they may come from. Mr. Andy Russell's report (Herald, Nov. 21) is in error where it indicates that there has been no contact between the national parks branch and the province of British Colum- bia in respect to the Kishinena area. As recently as 1973 there was an exchange of views on the desirability of park status for an area in the southeast cor- ner of British Columbia. The province is assembling land for a national park on the west coast of Vancouver Island at this time and, until that com- plicated project is completed, discussions involving the area are in abeyance. R. H. AHRENS Director of B.C. parks branch Christmas music abused It should be realized by commerce that when Christ- mas decor is displayed too early and Christina's music played too early they are rendered largely ineffectual when Christmas finally arrives. If we took the Christmas music out of Christmas no doubt it would be much miss- ed and largely dampen the Christmas spirit. By playing it in stores and on the radio stations long before the Christmas holidays arrive the same results are achieved, for people tire of repetition. Furthermore there is a effect in the Christ- mas carols unlike any other and it is nothing less than lack of good sense and spiritual callousness when the carols are played in the market places with its bustle and focus on material things. This situation would be even worse if merchants really believed that the playing of Christmas music and es- pecially the carols rendered a stimulation of Christmas buying. I am sure that many people resent this and sincerely wish it to be abolished. Such play- ing of Christmas music and carols is unnecessary and a definite misuse of music and the playing of any music in supermarkets and other purveyors of material things the year around and daily is an abuse of music. I sincerely do not oeiieve that music intended for the purpose of promoting material transactions. The main sources of wholesome human recreation, such as music are not so many we can treat them in such a cheap and abusive manner. LLOYD WEIGHTMAN Lethbridge Arabs at war with the world Hardieville fire victims By Norman Cousins, editor of Saturday LOS ANGELES The biggest single problem before the American people and, indeed, a large part of the rest of the world is neither infla- tion nor recession but the death grip being held on the world's economy by the oil produc- Arab states. An industrial society today cannot exist without energy and, until such time as other forms of energy are developed, the availability and price level of oil are life and death issues. For a half century, the United States government has acted on the assumption that the principal threat to American and European in- stitutions would come from world communism. Now, suddenly, an even greater danger has materialized. It comes-not from a Communist nation or bloc of nations but from semi-feudal societies which happen to be sitting on the largest single supply of the resource most needed by the rest of the world. It now turns out that capitalism is most vulnerable not to Marxist ideas but to the power of Arab leaders to control or manipulate the economic lifeline of other nations. Some of these nations are in a more precarious posi- tion than others. For ex- ample: Britain, already beset by a wide variety of economic difficulties, could be pushed over the edge in six months by a billion Arab shove. That amount represents the direct and in- direct cost to the English economy of the quadrupled price of Arab oil. 2 economic troubles are translated more rapidly into political upheaval than in almost any other European country. Right now, inflation, unemployment and social unrest are being dangerously intensified by the economic dislocations produc- ed by the staggering increase in oil prices. As in the case of Great Britain, the crisis is ex- pected to come to a head within six months. has had a succes- sion of political emergencies, and it is possible that another one could develop even without respect to oil. But the added strain on the economy produced by the oil increase could trigger a series of political shocks in the months just ahead. more than any major nation in the world, is a producing economy. It has almost no raw materials of its own. Its situation is therefore more serious than that of most of the other highly in- dustrialized societies because it has to buy a wide range of materials affected by the quadrupled price of oil in addi- tion to buying the oil itself. Some estimates put the an- nual combined deficit on the Japanese economy caused by oil in excess of billion. penalty caused by oil is in the range of to billion. This is comparatively low alongside the losses of the more industrialized nations, but the impact on India is more severe because India is in a period of transition from an underdeveloped nation into an industrialized society. She has to contend with large scale poverty and can hardly afford the ordinary costs of transition, much less the quadrupling of the oil prices. The economic collapse of In- dia would be one of the greatest political disasters in modern history. It would confront the United States with a profound change in the political and ideological com- plexion of Asia. The adverse impact on the Soviet Union would be equally great. Conversely, the actual and potential expansion in the territorial and demographic domain of China would give that country awesome influence and power in the world. For the United States, it is no longer possible to blink at the reality. The Arab nations have declared economic war against a large part of the world, including the United States. We are confronted with an emergency that we cannot meet by military means. But neither are we helpless to protect ourselves. The money the Arabs are tak- ing from the rest of the world is meaningless unless that money can be invested or deposited in the very nations from which the money is be- ing taken. If the rest of the world can act together in a common interest to keep the Arabs from exploiting their money, or even from making effective use of it, there's a chance of exerting leverage on the Arab states. After reading about the fire that dispossessed a family of nine in Hardieville last month, I admired the people who were working to obtain fur- niture and funds for the Collier family. A few days later when I had some time, I started looking for the Lethbridge address of the person who was willing to accept donations on behalf of the Collier family. I found this address with some difficulty and then realized that there were probably many people in the same boat. Therefore I would like to give the address again so that we can take this oppor- tunity to assist a family that would appreciate help from the people of the Lethbridge district. Join me this week in sending help to this family. The address: Mr. Wells Collier, in care of Mr. Harold Tangen, 3215 20th Ave. S.. Lethbridge. A CONCERNED CITIZEN Lethbridge Disagrees with editorial I really and truly disagree with the editorial (Dec. 6) on dogs. I think that it is rubbish. I am a child of 11 and our supposedly friendly neighborhood dog growls at us, when in no way are we harming it. It also is allowed to roam free 24 hours of the day. One night it scratched at our windows and the next morning two of our boots were stolen by the mangy creature. One was left in the street. The other, with a new shoe, was never returned. So I think dogs stink. I'm for Alderman Tarleck. I would like the law enforced. Who should be restricted us or the dogs? DYLAN PARRY Lethbridge The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIOOE HERALD CO. LTD. and Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 CLEO MOWERS. Editor and Publisher DON H PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. DORAM General Manager HOY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M. 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