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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE lETHBRiuOE HERALD Stituiday, December 18, 1971---------------------- Necessary public service Despite The llenilcl'.s doubts about a uniform ID-cent faro being an in- ducement lo increased patronage of the transit system, there is no hes- itation in supporting the change in philosophy iirgeil upon city council by Alderman Yera Ferguson. View- ing the transit system as a public service instead of a utility is a ma- jor step forward. It is to be hoped that the trial pe- riod for the uniform fare and for other experiments in the offing will not apply to the policy. 'Hie temptation is apt lo be strong to return to economy measures if pa- tronage does not increase and deli- cits continue. That would be a de- nial of the new position. In theory il should not matter if the service was a complete charge to the taxpayer now that il is not being considered a utility. There is even' some incongruity in classify- ing the transit system as a public service along with the police and fire departments and yet requiring a toll for use of it. Individuals do not pay for specific services from either of the other departments why, then, should they pay for the travel service because they happen to need it? Practically, however, a token fare is probably necessary if for no other reason than to serve as a deterrent to children filling idle time in just riding around. Those ivlio object to subsidizing bus riders need to be reminded that this only partially balances the very substantial subsidization given automobile owners. If the cost of. street maintenance, lighting, traffic controls and the policing of car op- erators is justified, so is the cost of public transportation. Considering the headaches the multiplying pre- sence of automobiles are giving to urban administrators there is more reason to subsidize public rather than private transportation. A fundamental question of justice is at stake in public transportation. Affluent as our society is: there are still many people who cannot afford lo own automobiles. To cater to those who own cars and not con- sider those who do not is grossly unfair. All efforts to improve the system including the introduction of the convenient 10-cent fare should be welcomed. And their permanent adoption should not be dependent upon whether or not they result in a profitable operation. Prometheus betrayed Bungling on Pakistan's side and duplicity on India's now arc gener- ally accepted as triggering the war that should-no'i-have-bcen. India and her ally Russia, have emerged as the short-term viclors. The long- term result is unpredictable. There is little hope that the Pakis- tanis can salvage anything but ruin- ation. East Pakistan is lost to them forever and President Vahya has no hope now of gaining Kashmiri terri- tory in exchange for capitulation in the East. West Pakistan, with few- natural resources and almost no basic industry almost certainly will become one of the poorest of Asia's poor countries. One fear engenders another. Can Mrs. Gandhi control the fury of the Hindus against the 50 milliion Mos- lems in her own country? Can she preserve order in East Pakistan un- til a civilian government lakes over? Orders are reported to have been received by Indian officers that no reprisals will he allowed, but no one is counting on strict adher- ence to Ihe rules. The hatred of the Pakistani Moslems for the Indian Hindu is ancient and vicious. It. could get completely out of control, wheth- er Mrs. Gandhi tries to stop il or whether she doesn't. (News releases and reports indicate that she is mak- ing an effort to prevent this kind of genocide.) Predictions are sterile, assigning fault, futile. The only sure thing is that between them, President Yahya and Mrs. Gandhi have opened the lid of Pandora's box of evil. The spirits released are guaranteed to stir up more trouble, suffering, and hai- red than the protagonists bargained for. Prometheus has been betrayed again. Weekend Meditation The dawn of Christmas is the morning of man- kind. Christmas affirms man's faith, exalts man's hopes. ;mri deepens man's love. Christ has come and his coming has opened the way to eternal life. Jesus was the world's great illuminator. "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the shadow of death, upon them have the light shine." The word adventure comes from "advent" and the advent, of Jesus was the adven- ture of Gcd, the Power that created out of primeval chaos the regular rotation of the stars and planets, that called from Ihe lifeless earth the astounding wonder of life, that drew from the beast the amaz- ing spiritual nature of man with his ca- pacity for altruism and martyrdom, that put in his heart a hunger for the perfect beauty and eternal truth, that out of bestial competition and war, formed in man's heart the ideal of a beloved community of peace and goodwill, came to the earth lo tell man that he was mere than the duM, that he had eternity in his heart, that he was meant for victory and not, defeat, that there was in the darkness a presence, and at the end of death the beatific vision. Ever since Jesus there has been an es- cape for man from the dungeon of ev- ery despair, a resurrection from all the ravages of death. There is a tragic ele- ment in life, that is certain, but man has had a divine visitation which ho remem- bers when his heart .sinks, when the storms rage, and when tlio clouds fall ovor him in despair. On May the eleventh. the general court of Massachusetts Bay Colony passed the following lau; "Whosoever shall be found" observing any such day ns Christ- mas or l.lie like ritiirr by forbearing labor, feasting, or any other as a festival shall be fined five shillings.'1 As if any edict could abolish Christmas! As if it, were possible !o fntm man's heart this origin of lailh and hope! Jesus has been described