Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 1, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, February 1, 1975 Common sense needed Two new U.S.. governors, a continent apart, are displaying a notable sense of fiscal austerity. This is not surprising, since they-are notable persons to start with and could hardly be thought of as run of the mill politicians. In the new, young; Democratic governor, Edmund Brown, jr., son of a former governor who was defeated by the new goveiiior's predecessor in office, Ronald Reagan, has eschewed many of the trappings of office. They include a private plane Teas- ed for .the governor's use and three limousines. Brown will use a modest car with a' highway patrolman as driver and will fly by commercial airlines. He has dismiss- ed the security detail and has chosen to live in an apartment near the capital building rather than use the elaborate governor's mansion now being com- pleted. He cancelled the customary inaugural ball and spent the evening working on the state budget. In Connecticut, the first woman gover- nor ever to be elected in the U.S. on her own, that is, without succeeding her husband, is approaching her job with an equal amount of fiscal common sense. Ella Grasso, also a Democrat, is going to use her own car, a medium priced com- pact, and has even decided to use up all the left over stationery (scratching out her predecessor's name) before ordering a new lot. These are remarkable and refreshing signs of common sense, one of the scarcest commodities in the world today, and they provide leadership by ex- ample, which is the only kind of leadership that will have any 'effect in conserving fiscal and material resources. In breaking with' tradition, the two Democrats also provide overdue recognition that a public official serves his office, that the office does not serve him. It is interesting that this new spirit of common sense should be crystallizing at the middle level of government in the U.S. National leaders everywhere, not just in the U.S., have seemed unable to grasp the fact that talk is not enough, or to realize that some simple solutions are available to them. They, are too entrenched in bureaucracy, protocol and political considerations or too bemused with their visions of themselves. What a relief it would be if Mr. Turner, instead of calling for voluntary restraint, would set a few examples of his own before the country so that everyone would know what he is talking about! What a pleasure it would be to see Mr. Trudeau leave his ivory tower and become a man of action instead of a man of contemplation! It is true that Canada is in a better economic position than the United States. But even Canadians are not im- mune to economic consequences. This country evidences a restlessness, a sense of living in a fool's paradise, and a hunger for adequate leadership which surely must be felt in Ottawa. There is a lot of talk, of course, about cutting out the fat in government, but who is using his predecessor's is fly- ing economy class on government business? Who in government has set a personal example by refusing a raise already voted him? Limousines do not a leader make. And embossed stationery and glossy departmental publications don't do the trick either. In today's world it takes common sense, even if it has to be im- ported. Letters Criticism surprising "It sells for 89 cents... but to alleviate the coin shortage due to the strike at the mint, we're charging an even dollar." A prestigious way out By Paul Hellyer, Toronto Sun commentator The criticism levelled at the recent production, Under Milk Wood, by Theatre-goer (The Herald, Jan. 28) surprised me. The tone of the letter leads me to suspect the writer as belonging to an element in Lethbridge who chooses to .look down from a great height upon efforts in the arts: per- sons who wish it to be known they have attended better things in metropolitan areas far removed and are in a posi- tion to judge. My party thoroughly en- joyed our performance of the play and favorable comment .was received from a number of others we spoke with afterwards. It may well be that, aspects of the production were not pleasing to every eye or ear and some criticism is warranted. However I felt the players generally put on a creditable performance and in no way deserve the salty com- ments of the letter-writer. In particular the lead narrator is worthy of singling out. The timing of her lines was almost perfect with no hesitations, falters, etc. I thought she showed a great deal Of poise and confidence to say nothing of her masterful memory. The fact that Theatre-goer could find no room for at least a favorable comment in this direction leaves his or her credibility questionable. Thank you Catholic Central High for a .commendable per- formance of a difficult play, please don't take to heart Theatre-goer's harsh criticism, it is undeserved. Lethbridge W. N. HARRIES The tessoris of history U.S. columnist Joseph Alsop recently wrote about the pessimism lurking beneath the activist exterior, country's secretary of state; 'ttenry Kissinger. He reported Kissinger does not believe Americap caji last much longer: .That peculiar to abpat United States Looking specifically at his own country, Mr. Alsop offered a1 rationale for the pessimism. No historian, hex wrote, would predict the survival of a society carrying immense burdens in a dangerous time when that society's sense of direction and willingness to carry burdens are rapidly declining. History does not provide grounds for believing in the permanenqe of any society. The death of societies seems almost as inevitable as the in- dividuals. Thus there is a justifiable pessimism based on probability too. Yet the demise of American and other contemporary societies is not necessari- ly imminent. The probability of societies coming to an end does not mean therfc ls.< something necessary and predictable about their end. WEEKEND MEDITATION The fact is that foretelling the future is a notoriously imprecise and unreliable Business. Mr. Arthur Schlesinger Jr., 'Albert Schweitzer Professor of the at the City University of York, has noted that the fttjturpiogists who a few years back were filling ponderous books with predictions about the year 2000 failed to anticipate the developments of 1974. The past year, Mr. Schlesinger observed, reinforces one's understanding of the inscrutibility of history. "History has a remarkable capacity to outwit our best theories and to elude our most considered predic- tions." While there are undoubtedly strong tendencies in history, they are subject to alteration through accident and design. History is not fully predictable because of these surprise turns of events resulting from human decisions and ac- tions. can be pessimistic, as Mr. Kissinger is, because of their knowledge Of history and yet continue to be active in human affairs since the same study of history yields awareness that the unex- pected can occur. OTTAWA Rumors that John Turner will leave federal politics and accept an appoint- ment as president of the World Bank should not be dis: missed lightly. Within hours of the election last July, I said to a friend that it wouldn't be long until Mr. Turner would be faced with the alternative of "sell- ing his soul" or quitting the cabinet. This was not a wild guess, but an intuition based on some understanding of the political process and of the personalities involved. By "selling his I meant that the finance minister would be asked, increasingly, to take positions and support programs that he did not believe in. Anyone in public life is required to do this from time to time, but it is a matter of degree. No one can have his own way all of the time so one must learn to compromise to survive. The critical question is when does compromise really pass the point of ordinary give and take and trespass on those fundamental principles which are repugnant. In Turner's case, the musical score the cabinet is presenting him with becomes less harmonious all the time. He would feel that the tremendous increase in governmental expenditures directly contrary to his ad- monition in the latest budget is not the right kind of leadership to give in a poten- tially disastrous climate of. double digit inflation. No one will take 'the government seriously unless it has first legitimized its appeal by way of example. So the constant battling for new programs and greater and greater expen- ditures runs very much against his grain. In addition, the tendency to centralize power in the prime minister's office is foreign to Turner's training. The finance department traditionally has wielded great power. It advis- ed both the minister and the 'prime minister on economic affairs. The PM was free to seek outside advice from the Economic Council of Canada and others but the tendency was to rely, ultimately, on the responsible department. Now we learn that the prime minister's office has set .up a panel of seven economists who meet from time to time and give the PM advice. This was done, ap-1 parently, without Finance Minister Turner's knowledge. It is a discordant note of nerve jangling proportions. ;Some of this be deliberate, there is no doubt that the prime minister would like to get rid of Turner. He is the last of the old Liberals with an independent power base. No one else in the party is in a position, even poten- tially, to challenge the prime minister's supremacy. But if Turner is going to go, it must be soon. A resignation just prior to a general election in 1978 could be bad news for the prime minister's chances of getting another majority. An early departure would give lots of time for the wounds to heal and the rumors to sub- side. If Turner is the prime minister's number one target, Defence Minister Richardson is number two. It is an open secret that there is no love lost between defence head- quarters and the East Block. But most important is the suggestion, widely rumored, that Richardson put the gun to the prime minister's head just before the last federal elec- tion. Richardson refused to hold his nomination meeting in Winnipeg South until the prime minister agreed public- ly to the re-establishment.in Winnipeg of some of Air Canada's overhaul work. It would be embarrassing to have two resignations in the same time frame. Conse- quently the defence budget is being augmented significantly for a couple of years to keep the defence minister tightly in harness until the more impor- tant work has been taken care of. Then and only then perhaps.even after the next general election will the day of reckoning come. The old strategy of "divide and con" requires patience. So, if the job as president of the World Bank is available to Turner, he will have to con- sider it seriously. Reports from the International Monetary Fund indicate that he has been well received as chairman of the special com- mittee. He has a nice manner and a good grasp of the economic jargon. Accepting the big job in New York would be a rare opportunity to leave public life with great dignity, grace and public acclaim. Turner will think twice before turning it down. University road speed Regarding the letter denouncing the "bridge act" by the police department, (The Herald, Jan. if our universities are producing characters such as the one who wrote the article, I'm glad I'm not a university type. Educated people should, without too much effort, be able to understand what is im- portant for a man's health and safety. I've been under the im- pression that the bridge was to be beneficial to the univer- sity and West Lethbridge residents and not a death trap. University type should find himself another speedway. Congratulations to the police department for their ef- forts in keeping people out of their graves a little longer. Lethbridge TEACHER TYPE Student transportation Regarding the letter in The Herald, (Jan. about CCHS students freezing in the cold, they should count their lucky stars they are getting tran- sportation at all. Almost none of the students of WCHS are receiving any of bus transportation. We sent a petition to the school board last year which was re- jected, so we.revised it by sending notes home to parents to explain our position and had them sign the notes in favor of bus passes. Our school and the board then compromised and said we could use WCHS's own school bus (once its previous contract ran out which was the end of Dec. 1974) at a charge of a month open to any student. This is just fine, but since there is a shortage of bus drivers this year, our bus is not mobile. WCHS students have to find their own tran- sportation which is mostly leg power. LTS transportation is handy but expensive for students who are not working. Many of us do not live the re- quired miles away from .school but merely two or three blocks from the borderline so-receive no com- pensation in the way of bus tickets for the winter months. If elementary students can get. bus transportation four 'times a day, good weather or bad weather, WCHS should get transportation at least once in the morning. Age does not mean anything. We freeze just as well as any 6-12 year old. We feel WCHS students should not be literally "left out in the especially for those who' live close to the borderline of the mile limit. FROM SOME WCHS STIFFS Lethbridge, National citizen's group Expediting the 'inevitable' By C.L. Sulzberger, New York Times commentator The gospel according to St. John The Gospel according to St.. John is the most beautiful thing in the world.ahd the more one reads it the more lovely and meaningful it appears: It tells what 'Jesus means to a man who has known him long. How often later in life ohe sees clearly what an action or word meant when at the time it passed without comment; almost unnoticed. So John looking back sees the wonder and glory of Jesus, the significance of his words, and the purpose of his life. Obviously this book was written by an eye witness. The loaves the boy brought to Jesus to feed the multitude were "barley the perfume of the ointment that Mary poured on Jesus' feet filled the house; at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee there Were six containing two or'three firkins each; the mixture of myrrh and aloes Which Nicodemus brought to bury Jesus weighed 100 pounds; four soldiers gambled over the robe of Jesus; only John tells of the crown of thorns. So with many incidents. The purpose of the book is to set forth the glory of Jesus. He was the Eternal Word, the principle of creation, (he character which God stamped on the world. Jesus is the mean- ing of existence, the purpose of the universe? He existed not only from the beginning pf time, but before time began. Me is the life of the world and the light which dispels the fear- ful, surrounding darkness. A hundred times John uses the phrase "to believe" in liim. Belief in him meant eternal life. He is the liv- ing water. He is the bread pf life. He is the revelation of God. More, he is the very incar- nation of the Godhead. He says of himself, "I am the light of the world. I am the door. I am the good shepherd. I am the resurrection and the life. I am the way, the truth, and the life. I am the true vine. I am the bread of life." What other religious leader'ever rnade such claims for himself? Not Buddha., Not Mohammed. The person who made these incredible claims was no mere man, however good. This is the one thing you cannot say about Jesus: "He was a good man." He was far more than that or he was a liar and no liar can be a good man. Jesus claimed to bo the son of God. This Gospel places the incarna- tion unavoidably before the reader so that he :must reach a decision. He must accept it or reject it. To accept the incarnation means a whole new universe of thought. All things are seen in a different light. Think of it: "To as many as received him, ,to them gave he power to become sons of God." To accept him meant being "born again." In this short book are found some of the most magnificent concepts that ever dawned upon the mind of .man, so magnificent that they had to be revelations direct from God. From the very first verse the mind is overwhelmed by the astounding assertions the flood of divine glory. The favorite however, are the third and the The favorite verse of the whole Bible is chapter three and verse 16: "God so loved the world that He have His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him need not perish but have eternal life." How many bereaved souls, or dying men and women, have found ineffable comfort in the words of the 14th chapter: "In my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place fpr This is a sad time for many. The minds of men are bewildered and have a lostness in them. But as long as they have this Gospel to read they will have hope and a fierce, in- dortitable joy will well up in their hearts. They will hear a voice say, "Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." They will read the story of the rais- ing of Lazarus from the dead and they will lift their tear stained faces to the same God to whom Jesus spoke. They will come back from the land of the dead to the eternal life that is now and is forever more. God loves them. Sin and death are conquered. Jesus, :the Good Companion, is with them. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid, PRAYER: 0 God, I hive been too long in (he land of the dying. Bring me into that land which John knew, the land of light and life ;iml Iftye. F. S. M. PARIS France's present policy in the Middle East was not in fact designed by General de Gaulle, who changed France's pro-Israel line drastically in 1967, by President Georges Pompidou or President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. Nor was it conceiv- ed by any of the able foreign ministers who have so far served the Fifth Republic Maurice Couve de Murville, Maurice Schumann, Michel Joberl or the present in- cumbent, a widely experi- enced professional diplomat, Jean Sauvagnargues. The real architect of the policy that has seen Paris acting as host to Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat was Charles Maurice de Talleyrand who, almost two centuries ago, began a diplomatic career of such variety and brilliance that to- day he is regarded as perhaps the greatest of all French statesmen. Talleyrand said: The art of statesmanship is to foresee the inevitable and to expedite its occurrence." De Gaulle, in May, 1967, reshaped French Middle East policy according to this formula. In its essen- tials, it has remained there ever since. De Gaulle always endorsed the British adage: "A nation has no friends or enemies, only interests." Israel had been a great friend after the Suez disaster and during the war between France and Algerian nationalists. But de Gaulle, brought back to power largely by that war and Israeli support of the OAS conspiracy against him, had no durable commitment to continue previous policy. In May, 1967, Paris switched its pro Israeli attitude toward benevolence to the Arabs. Since then the French have assumed an openly pro-Arab attitude. .This country likes to consider itself realistic and its government has persuaded, itself that it is expediting the occurrence of "the inevitable." This, from France's official viewpoint, is the imbalance between Israel's dynamic and effective little population, relying upon foreign financial, military and political support, and the im- mense Arab world with its increasingly weighty inter- national position and im- mense economic power, deriving from one word oil. For France, "realism" alone counts, not sentiment. .The big svyitch came in 1967. But there has been remarkable continuity since under Pompidou and now Giscard, a "yes but" Gaullist. Sauvagnargues himself acknowledged to me there has been no fundamen- tal change following de Gaulle's shift. The feeling here under- stood by Sadat is that all the peripheral parties (the United States, the Soviet Union, France, Britain) plus many Arab lands agree fun- damentally that Israel should evacuate territories seized since 1967. However, Israel must in return receive valid security guarantees from one or more external powers, including among them (hopefully) the United States, the Soviet Union and perhaps the Euro- pean Community. Moreover, Paris now insists that dictates Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, headed by Yasir Arafat, should start dealing directly With each other. Following Talleyrand's logic, France thinks this represents the although acknowledging that other European Community members (notably the West Germans and the Dutch) lag well behind. In the meantime, Paris makes a political "vir- tue" into a political convenience. Egypt's president, financed by his wealthy petroleum allies, is certain to buy French light naval craft, mis- siles, and above all a nuclear reactor. The latter will take the place of a reactor original- ly, offered by President Nixon, but ultimately spurned because of strings attached. Paris claims no military danger is represented by this deal. It will be made under the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and subject to IAEA inspection. Somewhat similar safeguards didn't block an Indian A-bomb developed from a Canadian reactor. France's Middle East goals allow the Arab world much leeway if it is rich enough to pay for what it wants. The French desire peace, prosperity, their own prestige and assurance against new military pressures in that key petroleum area. They are prepared to pay for this in the old Talleyrand sense of "ex- pediting" what they adjudge "inevitable." And such "ex- pediting" includes recognition of Arafat's Palestine Libera- tion Organization as a valid Arab political entity with which Israel must deal. Whether the rest of the European Community and the United States will ultimately, accept this view remains to be seen. Nevertheless, both have already rearranged their political assessments since re-examining the Talleyran- dian assessment of statesmanship and the price of petroleum. Following upon recent cabinet decisions to increase Canada's commitment to the nuclear industry by exporting Candu reactors and nuclear materials to Argentina, Korea, Iran, etc., those interested in energy matters will be glad to hear that a new national citizen's group Energy Probe springing from Pollution Probe at the University of Toronto was launched at a press conference Jan. 16, by Dr. Donald A. Chant. Albertans on the Board of Advisors are Dr. S. E. Drugge of the depart- of economics. Universi- ty of Alberta; Dr. William Fuller, department of zoology, University of Alberta and Mr. Mel Hurtig. Energy Probe's initial publication was a brochure warning of the enormous costs and problems associated with Ontario Hydro's billion ex- pansion over the next 12 years. It states "Hydro's choice to rush headlong into nuclear energy before its ob- vious uncertainties are recon- ciled runs the risk of horren- dous potential hazards to ourselves and our posterity." Energy Probe intends to focus on longer term energy policy matters and will provide information and assistance to concerned groups and individuals. It will stress the need for serious energy conservation policies and research and develop- ment into alternative renewable forms of energy generation'. In our opinion this new group will perform a valuable function in Canadian life by voicing the concerns of citizens in general on energy matters. MARION DAVIDSON Continuing Energy Committee Voice of Women Calgary The Cardston co-op The Cardston Town Council have shown courage in their attempt to prolong the life of the Cardston Co-op The Board of Directors of the co op are the real ones to blame for the dilemma the co op finds itself in. They have failed their responsibility to prove to their customers through plant operation practices and sales promotion that their products are as good as they claim them to be. They are being judged by a public who are not convinced. Cardston G. L. 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