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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Monday, December 57, 1971 Maurice Western New methods for old The statistics reported to the Com- mons the other (lay on repedtevs committed to federal pemtemanes last year are dismal and discourag- ing. Figures showed that 77 per cent of the males sent to correc- tional institutions had previous con- victions. Most Canadians prefer modern methods of rehabilitation to long terms punishment "inside" for of- fenders. Such programs are now slowly being introduced. In the winter edition of Outlook, the paper written by inmates of the Lethbridge Correctional Institution, several rehabilitation plans are dis- cussed. They include clay parole, which allows men to either seek em- ployment in the business commu- nity, or further their education; the "i n m a t e s incentive allowance" which has replaced the dollar-a- month system; an improved Alco- holics Anonymous program. They also discuss a proposal that first of- fenders be allowed to work up north instead of being sent to jail. Of this last, a quote from the paper slates, "if the powers that be are sincerely interested in devising methods by which rehabilitation can be achieved, this surely is one avenue of many which is worth exploring. The jails of this country are filled with first offenders and something constructive and feasible has to be done soon before they become, just another statistic in the recidivism rate." Recently Solicitor-General. Jean- Pierre Go'yer proposed the formation of a national board made up of pris- oners and administrators of the jus- tice department who would work to- gether on improved programs for of- fenders. Listening to prisoners' opin- ions at long last may prove to be a major breakthrough in helping them overcome criminal tendencies and restoring them to useful lives in the community. There is no just reward Dr. Charles Best co discoverer of insulin has been awarded yet an- other honor adding to the list of those he has already received. The Queen has made him a Companion of Honor, a select company of the meritorious. In the last 54 years there have been only 65 recipients. Dr Best was a research student working with the late Dr. Frederick Banting in Toronto. Neither of them had, or asked for public support for their project. Their equipment was minimal, their hopes and dedication high. They triumphed, and with the help of Dr. J. B. Collip. who worked out the process for purifying insulin, plus co operation from Canada's Connaught laboratories, the life- saving drug was put on the market. Neither of the three researchers ask- ed or received any proprietary rights to their discovery. When one considers the number of lives that have been saved, the men, women and children who have been able to make their own individual contribution to the betterment of so- ciety because of the total altruism of these men, it would be hard to think of any who deserved honor more. They sought no publicity, ask- ed no reward. In terms of what they achieved for mankind, there is no just reward except that which comes from the hearts and minds of those who have and will receive the benefits of the miracle they wrought. A "just war Chinese charges that the U.S.S.R. and the United Slates are "collud- ing with each other" in the Middle- East would be ludicrous, if it were not typical of the belligerent atti- tude 'the Chinese delegates to the UN have adopted ever since their admission to that body. The Chinese, who were expected to support the Arab cause in the Middle-East dispute, have come out with a no-holds-barred attitude that leaves no room for open civilized argument. Peking's vice-foreign minister, Chiao Kuan-hua, spokesman for the Chinese delegation in the General Assembly, says that it is "absolutely just and entirely proper" for the Arabs to go to war against Israel to "recover their lost territories" captured in the 1967 war. He ac- cuses Washington and Moscow o f trying to prevent the Arabs "from waging just struggles" against Is- rael. The matter of a "just" struggle is open to question, depending on one's point of view in the Arab-Israeli dis- pute. The question of attempts in the UN to prevent a military engage- ment is not. Plain speaking by the Chinese is welcome, but encourage- ment of one side to make war on another is anti-productive. The pur- pose of the United Nations, as the Chinese know full well, is to do what it can to keep the peace around the world, a role in which it has been singularly unsuccessful recently. It will be even less so if the Chi- nese continue to use it as a forum for condoning, even encouraging war as the best means to solve dis- putes between nations. WASHINGTON The biggest problem this country faces is not the eco- nomy, law 'n' order, the war of revolution, but bad backs. It turns out that everyone in this coun- try has back trouble, and until a cure is found for it, we will never be able to solve our other difficulties. I discovered this recently when my wife's back went out on her while she was play- ing tennis. I immediately sent her off to an orthopedic surgeon, who told her she had a ruptured disc and would have to go in traction and wear a sponge collar around her neck. It was her collar that gave us the tip- off on how many bad backs there are in this country. People rarely talk about their backs until they see someone else wear- ing a collar. Then they open up and con- fess about their bad back troubles. The first time I took my wife to a party her collar around her neck a friend said, "What are you doing about My wife said she was going to an orthopedic doctor. "They don't know the friend said. "What you need for a bad back is a ncurosnrgqon." The next day we located one of the best neurosurgeons in the country. After care- ful examination, he concluded rr.y wife had a ruptured disc and needed traction and advised her to a sponge collar around her neck. Since this the same diagnosis she got from the orthopedic man my wife was naturally disappointed. Hut a few days later her spirits picked up. She told me when I got home, "The man who rakes our leaves said the ncuro- surgeons don't know anything about backs. He said the host way to gel rid of rny had back was to sleep on the flcor." "Well the guy who rakes leaves should 1 said. The real beneficiaries of the tax bill ryrTAWA Tlic widespread criticisms of EdRar Ben- son's legislative leviathan may have distracted attention from the many benefits it promises to those in a position to bring comfort to tlie harried masses at fancy Already there arc reports in eastern newspapers of an- ticipatory hustle and bustle in various service sectors: accounting firms. Irint com- panies, legal specialists, asset appraisers, tax consultants, an- tique dealers, jewelry and fine art experts. This may be con- sidered reassuring; on the premise, that is to say, that what's good for undertakers is good for the country. The point to be noted is that persons in strategic posi- tions scon will he