Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, December 27, 1974 Hope for 1975 involves sacrifice Strong leadership needed Whether the world can pull itself out ot economic depression may depend on the American public West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt has taken the lead in formulating measures which he thinks will do the trick He has suggested that the U S and West Ger- many, the two leading economic powers in the West, take measures to slow their exports and to increase their imports This can be done by floating their currencies upwards while at the same time stimulating domestic production by selective measures such as tax cuts, higher public investment expenditure, reducing interest rates and instituting incentives for private investment This would aid the economies of Britain, France, Italy and other trade deficit countries by encouraging exports from those countries A necessary companion measure would discourage domestic consumption in deficit countries Schmidt's plan also calls for conservation in use of oil This is already being done in Europe, but the U S having survived the crisis of last year, is back in its old habits again President Ford, who has talked a great deal about the dangers of recession, depression and increasing inflation and who has asked for the conservation of energy around the world, has yet to take firm measures designed to conserve energy at home and has yet to agree to the chancellor's plan. West Germany is following through on Schmidt's plan but unless the U.S. collaborates it is doomed to failure. Ford, reluctant to institute any un- popular measure, seems bent on follow- ing the American public of leading it This puts it squarely up to the American consumer and worker. At this point, because of their own consumption patterns, Canadians should not become too self righteous The best hope is that Ford will accept the fact that solutions to economic problems require strong leadership and that he will, in the end, take the necessary steps m line with the West German proposal Dethrone king car When snow piles in on the city it soon becomes evident that the car is king Much effort is bent toward clearing the streets for automobiles, little toward making the sidewalks passable for pedestrians Unless the lowly pedestrian is prepared to struggle through the drifts on most sidewalks he is forced to com- pete with the cars on the streets That is grossly unequal competition and is dangerous A city bylaw requires householders and shop-keepers to remove snow from the sidewalks bordering their properties but it is a law that does not seem to be enforced Indeed, the city does not adhere to the law with regard to its properties Consequently, pedestrians can expect to struggle with treacherous footing until the sun and the chinooks do their clearing work Why should the snow removal budget be expended entirely for the benefit of automobile owners9 Why shouldn't some of it go to clearing at least one sidewalk in each block for the benefit of pedestrians'7 A resetting of priorities in snow clearance could go a long way toward en- couraging better patronage of the city transit system, something the citizens should be getting used to in an energy-short age The priority order could be clearing of streets along which transit buses travel, clearing of sidwalks, clearing of remainder of streets If a reordering of spending priorities is not feasible then at least a more realistic attitude toward sidwalk cleaning should be adopted There are a lot of people who are physically incapable of shovelling sidewalks and hiring others to do it has become almost impossible A law that is unfair and unenforced ought to be struck from the books ART BUCHWALD The latest fashions WASHINGTON There is good news in the fashion world If you really want to be a well-dressed woman this year you can either go to Dior, Halston, Givenchy, Cardin, Bill Blass or Goodwill Industries If you don't find what you want at Saks Fifth Avenue, I recommend the Salvation Ar- my What was going through the minds of the fasnion designers this year is anybody s guess but ugly is now beautiful I m not certain how all these great minds arrived at the same tawdry clothes but if they don t sell this year you can t blame it on the recession In the best of times no woman in her right mind would spend for a dress when there is one exactly like it in her grand mother's trunk I am speaking from personal experience The other day my wife came home with a box In it was a dresr I had seen in War and Peace (the war part) a hat from Bonnie and Clyde and boots that were worn in Doctor Zhivago After she put them on she said. What do vou think9 Don t tell me You got a job as a scrubwoman at the Pentagon "This she said is the droop look It is a la mode for the winter "You could have fooled me Are you sure the Russians aren't paying us back in clothes for all the wheat they bought from us9 I don t expect you to understand the fashion The designers are sending us a message The same one we sent Custer9' There is no sense in being surly about it If you don't like the outfit, just tell rne "It s fine, except that they forgot to sew the hem It's down to your calves mm WORLD Would you like scarf is doing By Joseph Kraft, syndicated commentator WASHINGTON The season to be jolly is marked this year by cries of present woes and worse to come So it is all the more important to assert the Christmas spirit of hope Only the hope is not the empty wish of Santa The hope is that we can learn as a country, indeed as a civilization, to make the sacrifices required for leadership in times that are large That s where the hem is supposed to be Well, your boots are falling down They're not falling down They're rumpled They re squashed boots They re supposed to look that way You see, the shoe designers when they heard the length of the skirt was going down so far, had to come up with a boot that would meet it A regular boot would have gone to my knee This one looks like it s falling, but it isn't Bully for the boot people to tell me what that long wrapped around your neck9 It goes with the dress If I didn't have the scarf you could see my blouse What s wrong with your blouse9" Nothing s wrong with my blouse But Paris and Seventh Avenue want us to wear long scarves this winter because it s going to be very cold How did they know that last spring when they designed the clothes9" What about the hat9' I like the hat, but I can't see your face You re not supposed to see my face That s good Hey you know I've been try- ing to think who you look like And whom do I look like9' Bess Truman Harry's wife 'Then I take it you want me to return the outfit9 Heavens no You never can tell when we re going to be invited to an Albanian wed- ding Well so much for the latest fashion Don t get sore I was only kidding What coat do >ou wear with it9" She put on the coat and stood there I was My God I said 'Colombo's gone into the fashion business' The starting point for ser- mons in this season is that the pessimists now hold the high ground The American economy is in a terrible tailspin Everything houses, autos, banks, jobs seems to be unraveling at once It is a mere certainty that Christmas next year will be more bleak perhaps the one after that too What is true for this country applies doubly to most of the rest of the world Moreover, conditions not fully understood, or easily controlled, or even well defined, seem responsible for the trouble No authority in this country or anywhere else is equipped to cope with the difficulties It is literally wrong to say that Americans face no problem Americans can't solve In the background of all the trouble is the 25-year postwar period known as the Pax Americana During this time scores of countries became in- dependent in a relatively painless way Economic growth was sustained, almost automatic There was a un- iversal rise in expectations expressed in a worldwide in- flation of demand for goods and services One consequence was a cor- ruption of leadership, es- pecially in the industrialized countries The upper middle class in the United States, and much of Europe and Japan, "George, are you sure this is a With new year comes an old question By Richard Gwyn, Toronto Star commentator The 28 men and one woman of Prime Minister Trudeau's cabinet soon will face the cruellest choice that anyone could have to decide whether a man should live or die We all are vaguely aware, but really would prefer not to know that the law imposes the death penalty for the murder of policemen and for prison guards (also for treason and for piracy on the high but that this law never has been applied All five death sentences passed since 1968 when the general death penalty was abolished have been repealed No one has been executed in Canada since Ronald Turpin and Arthur Lucas were hung in Toronto's Don Jail in 1962 The appalling deaths of two Moncton policemen, ap- parently forced to dig their own shallow graves and then shot in the head from behind while handcuffed, forces the issue of the hang or not to hang upon us Corporal Aurele Bourgeois and Constable Michael O'Leary were doing their duty upholding the law, in this case searching for the kidnappers of the 14-year-old son of a Moncton businessman The issue now is whether the law will be upheld for them and for their fami- four children and O'Leary's two The first test of the capital punishment law will come this spring As the first item on its winter term which begins late in January, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal against the conviction, late in 1973, of Rene Vaillancourt of Montreal for the murder of a policeman during a bank robbery in Toronto Once the Supreme Court reaches its decision, and of course it Can- not be prejudged, Solicitor General Warren Allmand's department will prepare a file on the Vaillancourt case, run of 29 copies and forward these to the cabinet The most troubling case of all because it raises the core issue of the deterrant value of the death penalty as a protec- tion for policemen, concerns John Miller, 29 and Vincent Cockreill, 19, convicted last month of the murder of a Cloverdale, B C policeman Allegedly the pair sat drinking at home, loaded a gun, got into a car and then drove three times around the police sta- tion before shooting Constable Roger Pierlet, apparently at random Respect for law and order is the foundation upon which we have built our society The phrase itself has never had here the ugly, repressive overtones it does in the United States Law and order has never had to be imposed, ex- cept in isolated instances, because it has been accepted It is revealing, and is no ac- cident, that the commission of inquiry into the conduct of the RCMP has received scores of letters from ordinary citizens saving in effect, do not harm a national institution We grouse about parking tickets but do not question the right of policemen to do their duty and that makes all the difference The question now is how society will discharge its duty to its policemen Prime Minis- ter Trudeau has called capital punishment "barbarous It certainly is Turpin and Lucas died back to-back with a one- inch thick rope around their necks The heart of one of them kept beating for 45 minutes, of the other for 25 minutes Trudeau also has made the valid point that the cabinet will not allow someone to hang, just to rebut criticism that it is making a mockery of the law by commuting each and every death sentence As valid a point is that any law which cannot be en- and after a lapse of 12 years it is almost in- conceivable that anyone will be hanged a bad law Juries are required to decide if a man is guilty of a capital offence and judges then are compelled to read out the death sentence And policemen are killed, trying to rescue a kidnapped boy or walking down the street No solution can be humane in a brutal business The choice must be the least inhumane solution The affec- tive punishment today for a capital offence is life im- prisonment In fact mur derers spend an average of 13 5 years in prison, and then are paroled The murder of a policeman, or prison guard, should carry an irrevocable sentence of life imprisonment Of course this means that all hope of rehabilitation is abandoned, but society s first duty is not to criminals but to victims actual or potential As a deterrant it might work One of the five men convicted of capital murder had to be ex ecuted rather than jailed for life went on a spree of unrestrain- ed self indulgence What Watergate and lesser scan- dals said of political leadership was said less ex- plicitly, alas about economic management by the failure of giant companies and the shakmess of prestigious credit institutions Those excesses inevitably bred a dogma of protest The composite of university and media, which constitutes the church of our times, acquired a guilty bias against the system Whatever was tainted with having existed before protest became fashionable was damned as "establishment The corrosive spirit of the modern moreover, spread to two groups previously noted for pious bearing of burdens Industrial and municipal workers, most notably in Britain and Italy but also in this country, took on the "I'm all right, Jack" attitude Work became a racket, and unions were push- ed to emulate the greed of the worst pohticos and tycoons At least a few un- derdeveloped countries suddenly stepped into the plush slippers of their former masters Those with oil have emerged as a kind of arriviste new middle class far more powerful and avaricious than the private cartel managers they have replaced When the crunch came and the symbolic event, as Prof Fritz Stern of Columbia has pointed out is probably the October war of 1973 the United States did not step forward as in the past, to shoulder ultimate respon- sibility alone By a series of tactical manoeuvres by the financial device of floating ex- change rates, and the diplomatic device of taking small steps in an undefined direction America, in effect decided to share the burden The spirit of ducking responsibility is still upon us The president talks of sacrifice but assigns the working out of details to a cabinet which is by definition the prisoner of functional interest groups The cabinet negotiates with the Congress itself a kind of local protective association So the sacrifices we all know have to be made somehow get avoided To turn this around is not impossible and requires pull- ing together of responsibility, an assertion of mastery over drift an explicit weighing of choice and a clear decision among alternatives Anv right course will impose sacrifice not only on those who want budgets and profits and wages as usual but even more on the greedy who counsel the perfection of policies without power and in- stitutions without force So there is hope this Christ- mas But it is the hope not of decking the halls but of sweating it out LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Opposing views of Gruenwald's statement 1974 by NEA Inc "Are there any new fads your mother and I should be picking up on Mr Gruenwald has in- dicated (Calgary Herald, Dec 16) that the Lethbndge Birth Control Information Centre distributes information that tells young girls how to "do it The fact that girls, women and couples are visiting the centre suggests that these people are quite responsible in seeking infor- mation to prevent an un- wanted or unnecessary pregnancy Furthermore Mr Gruenwald's comments on abortion are ill founded and ignorant Abortion is not and has not been considered a method of birth control Birth control is the basic method of avoiding abortion Mr Gruenwald indicates that the home, school and the church are the place for sex information and education I most certainly agree but wnen the above mentioned elements of our society do not uphold their responsibility, then there will always be a valuable place in the com- munity for family planning groups and birth control associations Mr Gruenwald s attitude towards the LBCIC is most unbecoming an elected of- ficial As a MLA, he is ex- pected to represent all the people in his constituency regardless of political beliefs Furthermore even though he and his offspring have no need for such a service, he must respect the needs of people who find the information provided by the LBCIC useful Is Mr Gruenwald not suppos- ed to be aware of the needs of all his constituents9 If he feels he represents only a certain select" group within his con stituency, then he is abnegating his reponsibihty as a MLA BASTIAAN GROENEWEG Calgary It is disappointing to see an upright and respected citizen viciously attacking a sincere public servant I refer to R G H Hall's letter to the editor (The Herald, Dec 16) Mr Gruenwald's remark was not an ignorant, ill-informed public statement, it was a private opinion expressed at a Kiwanis dinner and blown out of proportion by a Herald reporter He is not a stupid, ignorant man nor is he a so-called representative as Dr Hall claims He is the people's representative, and a very fine one, just as Dr Hall is a very fine doctor The Lethbndge Birth Control and Information Centre has an impressive board of directors and the material and information may now be suitable for the young people, but unless there has been a drastic cleanup, Josephine Staddon (letter, The Herald, Dec 18) may as well allow her child the book, The Joy of Sex, as allow him some of the illustrated material from the centre Due to Mr Gruenwald's ef- forts, Neil Crawford, provin- cial health and social develop- ment minister, after con- sulting the advisory board of the birth control centre, withdrew some of the more offensive pamphlets Those who oppose Mr Gruenwald's remark should read the centre's pamphlet Ten Heavy Facts about Sex or Protect Yourself from Becoming an Unwanted Parent Even the birth control handbook is crude in its photo presentation My thanks to Mr Gruenwald, and to those who brought the facts to his atten- tion, for having taken action when action was necessary JEAN STAUDINGER Lethbndge ,974 by NEA Inc "As one student to worried1 There seems to be a lot of adult unrest these days1" The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St S Lethbndge Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO LTD Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mail Registration No 0012 CLEO MOWERS Editor and Publisher DON M PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R DORAM General Manager ROY F MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E BARNETT Business Manager THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"