Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 26, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 TH5 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, December 26, 1970 Anlhun'Y Westell Know-how not for Poles Nearly a month ago, international affairs commentator Stanley Karnow wrote in the Paris Herald Tribune, that "one of the impressions that strikes a visitor to eastern Europe these days is not so much tiie ex- tent of Soviet power in the region as the degree to which Moscow's com- mand over the area is slowly yet perceptibly disintegrating." Mr. Karnow points out that Presi- dent Nicolae Ceauccscu had just com- pleted a two-week tour of the U.S. where he had made frequent stops in "corporation that Hun- gary wants trade with the West and is out to eliminate over centralized planning which has not been success- ful in producing goods for interna- tional trade, and that even the rigid Chechoslovakian government is show- ing signs of similar moves. Recent events in Poland show that the Poles too, would like to open up to the West, particularly West Ger- many, which has the technological know-how and the needed capital for investment in Polish industry, which has been denied them since the end of the Second World War. Vet the statements of the new Polish Com- munist party boss puts a chill on the hopes of his people J'or a partial open- ing of the door to the West. He knows, as others of Ills hard line east Euro- pean heads of government know, that once the clour lias been oarliaH" onen- ed, the gap grows wide enough to admit not only money, but liberal ideas. The Soviets themselves have taken the risk of closer contact with the West, particularly West Germany, be- cause they are in desperate need of investment capital and a more inti- mate knowledge of western industrial technology. But their satellite, Pol- and, is to remain firmly linked with the Kremlin, if the new government retains its hold. Its trading partners will be Comecon, the Soviet answer to the EEC, and if the Poles are ever to gain access to European money and expertise it will be via a long and devious route from West Ger- many to Moscow and eventually to Warsaw. Rapprochement is for Rus- for Poles. is this it? Peace talks in Paris have hitherto failed to focus on anything very sub- stantive. Proposals made by North Vietnam and the U.S. have never been acceptable to each other. But now Hanoi has put foward an offer to end the war if the U.S. will pledge to pull out its troops from South Viet- nam by next June 30. This could be the long awaited breakthrough. It will depend on whe- ther the Nixon administration is will- ing to let Hanoi take the initiative in peace making. There is also apt to be some reluctance about trusting the Communists to keep their word. And then there is the problem of reaching accord with the South Viet- nam regime which is not very an- xious to have the U.S. withdraw. The major pressures on Mr. Nixon point him in the direction of treating the Hanoi offer seriously. He was elected lo end the war and he has repeatedly said thai this is his inten- tion. If lie does not respond positively to Hanoi's proposal he can expect repercussions from his own people, a majority of whom are sick of the war and want it ended. Since Mr. Nixon's recent threat of resumption of bombing of North Viet- nam there have been many expres- sions of alarm that he was returning to a hawkish position and might be thinking of seeking a military vic- tory. This would be repeating Presi- dent Johnson's blunder in Asia. Es- calation of the war in the past only took the U.S. deeper into the Indo- china quagmire. There is no reason to believe a drive for victory would not result in a worse mess now than ever. It looks as though this may he the opportunity to bring the war to a standstill and then begin trying to settle the political situation. Weekend Meditation Don't pack it up! feels more than a little sad after Christmas when it comes time to pack up the Christmas decorations and put them away for another year. One would get tired of a year-long celebration, but a gaiety seems to go with the glitter, a glad- ness and lightness of heart are packed up too. Christmas was such a cheerful time, with yule logs and candles, with the laugh- ter of children that clean, light laughter without any bitterness or world weariness in it and especially with love as family and friends gathered to make holiday 'Couldn't some of this spirit remain for the New Year? It is so easy to forgive people at Christmas, so hard to hold grudges, so easy to give presents, so hard to be selfish, that it is hateful to go back to a warring, cruel, and competitive world. The test of Christmas will be seen in what remains after the glitter is gone. Emily Dickenson, the American poet, has a splendid line, "She danced along tho dingy ways." Can't you just see this girl turning back alleys and the drudgery of or- dinary days into a streak of sunshine? A British poet, Robert Browning, in his poem "Pippa also describes a girl whose happy song touched the hearts of evil, vulgar people, transforming them. One often wonders whether the shepherds, when they returned to their job of tending sheep shepherds were outcasts in their society one wonders whether they were the same or whether there was a radiance about them. Can one hear angels sing and see the Christ Child and be the same dull person next day? What about the Wise Men, would they glow with the story they had to tell or would they just settle back into their studies? Would they feel that a new meaning had come to life, that a new era had dawned for mankind? An old saint of the early church said, "He has turned1 all our sunsets into sunrises." Wouldn't it be great to feel like that after Christmas instead of being a bit depressed like most people do? Unfortunately of us are growing; most of us are just growing older. Christ- mas fails to lift us to a higher level, as it should. We should make a new start after Christmas, a brand new start. This is the secret or happy, successful living. Life should be full of new beginnings. Robert Louis Stevenson said that "to be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the true end of life." Few of us live within sight of our potential. We need a determination like Ulysses, "My purpose holds to strive, lo seek, to find, and not to yield." You can't do that if you feel like most people that this is a "beat" generation. Most modern writers seem to suffer from an occupational disease "that disappoint- ment is life's only certainty." If there was one tiling Christianity brought to the Roman world it was hope. Historians like Herodotus believed life was an affair of cycles and others like Tacitus believed his- tory was full of meaningless jumps and stops and starts. Christianity brought the purpose of God to history. It is moving steadily on to the Kingdom of God. There was hope for every man, for the vilest sin- ner, for the poorest and most oppressed slave. A wave of sun-tipped laughter ran round the world. Men heard those wonder- ful words of Jesus, "In the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world! As one returns to daily life there will be many frustrations. There will be, much to face and problems will be hard to solve. Life is not easy. Sometimes it's downright brutal and it's very hard indeed to sing. But the message of Advent was "Blessed be the Gcd and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has begotten us again unto a living hope." Ultimately all tilings work to- gether for good to them that love God. This is so hard for us to see because wa don't take eternity into account. Only when a man has eternity in his heart can Ira long keep a song in it. Keep your eyes "fastened on Jesus Christ. Into this dark, despairing world he came and illumined everything new meaning. Someday you will no longer sec through a glass darkly, but face to face. Life is a far more wonderful thing than you think it! PRAYER: Like the Wise men, 0 God, lead us from Christinas into our own country and the New Year by another way. K.S.M. Right up front 1JRIAN JONES won't believe this neither will the Wadstcins but tha fact is that Elspeth sat in the very front pew at church recently. It was when we brick at St. Matthew's United Church in Calgary for I ho sixtieth anniversary. When I stood up in the pulpit and saw at the front, I had to laugh right there and then. I knew she wasn't there by choice. crriainly not sitting (hero to 1m me MIC prefer., to Iry lo give mural support by mystical cmana- By Doug Walker tions fron: long-range. I knew she was sitting uncomfortably ot the front because of miscalculation. Sho thought the people had probably heard enough from me in the sixteen years 1 had been their preacher and would stay away in droves as usual on an anniversary Sun- day. But they didn't. And the only placo left for her was right up front. I always like to seo Kl.sjttth but I e.s- pcdnlly enjoyed the view of her on that occasion. It made my day. Help for poorly paid parliamentarians .QTTAWA Every time T. Norbeil Bcauprc has been lo a cockkiil party tliis year, friends and business associates have asked the inevitable ques- tion: "What are you doing For those crazy guys on Parlia- ment As chairman ot tiic Inde- pendent Committee on Parlia- mentary Pay and Allowances, Beaupre grew a ini'ie iiruu uf this constant suggestion that politicians are already paid more than they are worth. But recently lie was able to give his answer. And what he has been doing for those crazy guys is to work out a Christ- mas package of pay and allow- ances more glittering than most MPs had d a r ed to hope for. For many Parliamentarians, in fact, the Beaupre commit- tee's proposals would double their real income after ex- penses. As the cockiaii party critics were only reflecting a common Canadian view of their politi- cians as lazy and grasping, we can expect a howl of protest. But the complainers can hardly dismiss Beanpre as soft-headed or a palsy for the Parliamentarians. A huge man with the beetling brows, heavy jowls and turned- down mouth of a suspicious bulldog, he bosses the Domtar busincsss empire, serves on the board of other blue-ribbon cor- porations and has a formidable reputation for being tough- Domtar has em- ployees, so Beanpre knows plenty about wage scales and working conditions in industry. He was aided on this com- mittee by Marc Lapointe, an articulate labor lawyer, and Arthur Maloncy, the former T o r y MP and Diefenbaker loyalist who is now a famous criminal lawyer in Toronto. These three experienced men examined the working condi- tions of MPs and senators and were shocked. They found that Parliamen- tarians are d-jiu'uu even such basic facilities as a private of- fice and that some are making substantial financial sacrifices. Robert Thompson, the for- mer Social Credit leader who "PLEASE stop saying, "I wonder what that can Detergents banned on Long Island TJIVERHEAD, LONG IS- LAND, (New York) Soon more than one million Americans will be deprived by law of the use of household detergents in their automatic washing By a un- animous vote Long Island's Suffolk County legislature has banned the sale and distribu- tion of virtually all popular brands of detergents after March 1 next year. Violators of tile new law which poses a serious threat to America's million detergent industry have to pay fines of more than 5250 or spend 15 days in prison. Suffolk County, a large, sprawling semi-rural area cov- ering the eastern third of Long Island, is the first local au- thority in the United States to take such a step. The decision was deemed necessary because the area lacks a major sewage system, relying heavily upon cesspools, and in some neigh- borhoods the waler supply was becoming so polluted by deter- gents that it was undrinkable. Most Suffolk families pump their own water from shallow wells, and there have been complaints that it tasted sour, by Joyce Egginlon smelled unpleasant and came populace still living under rural from the tap with a "head" on conditions of sanitation, upon a sandy soil with a shallow wa- it. The Suffolk ruling is aimed at outlawing two ingredients which the industry regards as essential to the manufacture of all household detergents: alkyl- benzine sulphonate and alcohol sulphate, which cause the foaming action. Whereas these items break down in normal city sewage systems they do not rot in cesspools and can penetrate into the drinking wa- ter. From next March Suffolk housewives will have to use only soap powder an item wliich the industry has so ne- glected in favor of detergents that heavy duty soap powders are no longer obtainable in America. Besides, persistent use of any kind of soap powder is liable to clog a modem washing machine which is de- signed with only detergent in mind. Across America there is an entire generation of house- wives that has never known how to wash clothes with soap. Suffolk (named by the I7lh- century settlers after the Eng- lish county) has a unique prob- lem that of a fast-growing ter-shelf. But the legislature's action is expected to spark off detergent bans in other parts of the country for even more com- pelling reasons. In most areas the detergent ingredient which has ecologists concerned is phosphates. Only after these had been in use for some 20 years was it discover- ed that they remain active in sewage systems and, emptying into lakes and rivers, encour- age the growth of algae at a furious rate. The algae deplete the oxygen supply, causing fish to die in droves, and can soon develop into such choking masses that whole lakes are turned into swamps. Lake Erie has suffer- ed so irreversibly from this kind of pollution that the city of Cleveland on its shore, has called for a phasing out of deter gents containing phos- phates. A similar ban has been proposed in Canada, and anoth- er may soon be considered for New York City. The detergent induslry is ar- guing Ihat only sewers are the answer for Suffolk County (a Letter To Trie Editor MPs live loo Idgh on the hog sewerage project is being un- dertaken, though it will take several But the indus- try is still struggling to over- come the more widespread danger from phosphates which are contained in virtually ev- ery detergent. Despite intensive research there is still no real answer. Some firms have been experi- menting with a phosphate-free detergent in which the offend- ing ingredient has been re- placed by a substance known as NTA (nitriloriacetic But some medical authorities, including a group of research- ers have raised the possibility that NTA may cause cancer or genetic damage. The Suffolk law, which Is likely to be a pattern for oth- ers, is not foolproof. There is still no legislation to slop Suf- folk people travelling to anoth- er country lo buy detergents; even if there were it would be impossible to enforce. The reaction of most Suffolk housewives seems to be a will- ingness to try returning to soap. As one of them com- mented: "We used it before 31140 and I don't remember our clothes looking dirtier than Ihcy do today." (Written for The Herald mid The Observer, London) is now a Conservative MP, esti- males that his pay after un- avoidable expenses is about a year, and says: "My personal savings have been completely dissipated." Alexander Cyr, the Liberal member from Quebec's remote Gaspc, sent the Beaupre com- mittee his meticulous private accounts showing that liis ex- penses as an MP last year were way above the allowance. Jack Mclntosh, mayor of Swift Current, Sask., before he became a Tory MP, estimates expenditures at a year more than his com- bined salary and expense al- lowance. "If I did not another source of income, I could not have remained an MP." he says. Gustavo Blouin, the Liberal whose llanicougan riding sprawls over more than square miles, has to hire a light plane at 585 an hour to visit many of Hie municipali- ties. His expenses run about 000 a year and he wears al- most as a proud wound the notes for he has bor- rowed from the banks. Barney Danson was a pros- perous manufacturer before he was elected Liberal MP for York North in Metro Toronto and has private means to sup- p I e m e n t his Parliamentary pay- But as a backbencher before becoming Parliamentary aide to the Prime Minister, he com- plained: "f believe 1 could be 50 per cent more effective with a second office and a second secretary and a 100 per cent more effective with a research assistant as well as a proper riding office and secretary." A survey of about 50 MPs conducted by this column ear- lier in (lie year showed that expenses ranged from reported by Toronto NDPer Andrew Brewin to spent by a wealthy western member. The average was a year, or well over the allow- ance of It was clear that many members were dipping into their salary of to cover expenses and suffering measurable hardship. Faced with the undeniable evidence that Parliamentar- ians are grossly under-paid, it is not surprising that the Beau- pre committee has recom- mended substantial increases. Many MPs would have been happy with a raise in salary from lo and the right to 'charge expenses as in- curred a s businessmen do. Some would have settled for a free office in their riding. The Beaupre committee now appears as a sort of Santa Glaus giving everybody every- thing they asked for, and more: Salary up from to now and in 3972, a reasonably liberal ex- pense account instead of the flat a year, an office in the riding, better accommoda- tion in Ollawa, and the rest. Even the Prime Minister and the cabinet would get raises, the first since 1954. But it is too much of a good thing. The proposals may make sense to businessmen familiar with conditions i n private induslry and to thoso on Parliament Hill who know how hard MPs and ministers work for their pay. But the Beaupre plan Is too complicated to explain and too generous to sell to the public in a time of austerity and un- employment. A more modest scheme such as providing office space in federal buildings in the ridings and realistic expense accounts for MPs, to be vetted by ths auditor general, might have been acceptable. But this report surely will be shelved, and that will be a tragedy for parliamentarians who really need help. (Toronto Star Syndicate) While the Herald can be ex- pected lo support Big Govern- ment and no one is surprised that you have come out in fa- vor of a very substantial pay increase for Members of Par- liament, your views will be shared by few of the people who will be signing the cheques, whether or not you convince them it's for the "pub- lic Our politicians are already paid more than most of the people who are paying them; most arc paid more than they would be getting in private life or Ihcy wouldn't be in politics very long, ami a lot of them are being paid more than they're worth. If they can't live on these mere pittances of 18 lo 45 thousand a year, they are living too high on the hog and that's whats so hard on their health. The fact that Ihey are Mem- bers of Parliament does not make lliom any belter than the rc.st uf n.s; it docs no! prove they are any .simirlcr. and it has nol been demonstrated that they work harder. S'onic of them do lot of flitting about, wear out a lot of airplanes, ran up expense accounts of ten thousand a year and do a lot of talking, but the primary pur- pose of most of it is winning the next election. For a bunch of people who are losing money at their jobs they do seem ter- ribly anxious to win those elec- tions. The political direction the country is taking h a s been firmly established for enough years so that the slight- est deviation from the ap- proved principals of socialism will raise a hue and cry to ter- rify even the least astute of politicians. Wo have reach- ed the level of socialistic de- generation where brains are a detriment in public office, ex- cept for those few members of the heirarchy who constitute that tiny and tightly-knit inner circle of political strategists formulating day to day policy. There is considerable doubt Ihat raising the pay of MP's will have any significant effect upon the type of people enter- ing politics. The few real statesmen Canada has ever had were not elected in times of high Parliamentary remun- eration, and even if you do manage to elect a higher class of people, all you will really do will be to frustrate a higher class of people. Actually the country could flounder along just as well, and wo would never notice the dif- ference except at election time, if we only had a hundred MP's or fifty for that matter, be- cause that's about the number we can expect to show up to vote on the most mildly con- troversial issues. It's a little difficult to see where a great deal will be ac- complished by paying each of the other two hundred an addi- tional ten or fifteen thousand dollars a year just to stay away. L. K. WALKER. Milk liivcr. Kdilor's note: For more on this subject see Anthony West- ell's column on this page. Looking backward THROUGH THE HERALD Day saw the thermometer drop to 15 degrees below zero and today, Boxing Day, the mercury stands at 11 below. 1930 Four business houses in Ihe town of Warner burned Christmas Eve, with an esti- mated loss of spent a Christ- mas Day of peace amid her ruins of war. Only one Axis raider crossed the coast and it was shot down. 1950 Fifteen passengers aboard the CPA plans which crashed on Mount Okanagau reached their holiday destina- tions after what some called a "miracle" escape. The pilot and co-pilot lost .their lives. Lethbridge had a "white Christmas" after all. which proved to be the first Dec. 25 new snowfall in 36 years. The LetJtbrid0e Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher.1! Published 1905 -1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Regulation No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and (ho Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and Ihe Audit Bureau of circulations Ct-EO W. 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