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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta An excellent policy Speaking in Calgary the other clay, Premier Lougheecl reiterated his government's intentions of locating new offices and operations away from the cities of Edmonton and Calgary, whenever this can be done conveniently and efficiently. The government is serious about this, as is shown by its decision to locate the offices of the Alberta Opportunity Company in Ponoka and of another Crown Company in Camrose. This is an excellent policy, and one it is hoped will be continued. Lethbridge - or any community in southern Alberta, for that matter - will take all the government offices it can get. They are most attractive acquisitions for any city or town, labor intensive, non-polluting, economically stable; they have just about alt the advantages, few if any disadvantages as corporate neighbors. Naturally, in these days when there is so much emphasis on economizing, especially where government spending is concerned, it isn't likely there'll be a large number of new government enterprises being launched. But there is always growth in government affairs, and new developments are bound to occur from time to time. One or two examples come to mind, if only as possibilities. This government has shown an unusually keen interest in transportation of all kinds, an interest that seems to lie somewhat outside the scope of any existing government department. Some new sort of agency may be indicated. It should be noted, too, that three of the four western provinces will have government operated auto insurance schemes, and that other provinces have all been watching this development very closely, and-openly or otherwise-studying their own possibilities. Albertans may regard government auto insurance as a long way clown the road; other provincial governments do not. But such speculation is not the point. More important is that there are very few provincial government enterprises in southern Alberta, and no major installations in Lethbridge, the province's third largest city. With the government being involved in the new downtown development area, with plans for a major building, the time is ripe for local authorities to raise this question with the government, particularly in view of the decentralization policy mentioned above. RUSSELL BAKER "Stick with it, lady - we've formed a committee to study your plight." Smith's border move upsets South Africa By Stanley Uys. London Observer commentator No laughter, no kiss, no prayer WASHINGTON - Went downtown the night the war ended wearing a peppermint-striped, ice-cream cone-shaped party hat carrying a genuine klaxon noisemaker and looking for pretty girls to hug and kiss in deliriums of joyous celebration, as the fancier newspapers used to say in the better old days. Always did that whenever a war ended. Soon as a war ended, downtown we'd all go to enjoy the deliriums. Mexican War, Civil War, Teddy's War, world wars by the numbers - made no difference. That final war's-end hugging and kissing was one of the little but mighty satisfying things we always looked forward to once a war started. Like tearing up the men's room at the saloon the night the home team won the World Series. Downtown the night the war ended, standing on the corner of the busiest street in the single greatest and most awesome metropolis ever built as a testament to big-time humanity, peppermint-striped party hat set at a flirty hugging-and-kissing angle klaxon on the ready - you see the picture? And nobody else there! Oh a cop and now and then a sullen looking life's loser chasing an overloaded bus. and an occasional passing woman executive who sent out glares promising she would bust the teeth of any sexist who assaulted her with the word "lady" much less try out any of the old deliriums about war's end or her right there on that vital street corner. Said "Hey you!" to a life's loser "where's the celebration of the war's end?" . Insulting fellow he was. "Pops" said this insulting life's loser for whom even the buses refused to stop such was their contempt, "Pops, ain't you heard the news? We two-thirds of the way to the twenty-first century. Ain't nobody believe that old bull-loney about war ending no more. Can't kid Americans like that these near-twenty-first-century days. We all been to school these days. Damn smart people." Asked a cop if he could translate this noise into English. Head to head, cop and citizen gasped and squawked until after many a dissonant double negative and slum-brawl expletive, the cop said, "I getoher." He says, says the cop, that the war ain't over and he knows for sure it ain't over because he heard on the television that the war was over, and he knows that anything he hears on television is nothing but a vicious slander or an outright lie, so the war must still be on if the television says it's over. He expects, moreover, to have his certainty confirmed when he gets home to his newspaper, for, says he, if the lying newspapers say it is over, it is certain that the war is still in. "None of the three of us, officer, is going to get hugged and kissed if any sizable number of people is as damp to the prospect of joy as this illiterate cynic. Why don't you and I, officer, start the hoopla?" "Old fella," says the cop, "you're a silly cootish old gullible farce figure. To believe that war's-end scene! Shame on you, you wooly old would-be klaxon-clacker!" As for himself, said the cop, he could not believe anything the government said, and as he had heard it said by government officials themselves that the war was over, he very naturally assumed they were lying and the war was still on. Middle-aged couple depressed about passing 30, inflation, stock market, today's youth, decline in morals and lack of respect for old values passed by with hooded peeks at people fearful everybody within a five-mile radius knows they have just been to see an X-rated movie. Signaling cop for questioning, they questioned, listened, snorted, laughed, left. "They say you're a deluded old grandfather who's celebrated one war's end too many," said the cop. "Asking me why you're standing here with funny hat and klaxon, so incensed they were at my reply that you came expecting massed deliriums of joyous celebration garnished with hugging and kissing, on account of reports of a war's ending. "War?" "Vietnam," says I. "We have spent ten years," say they, "persuading ourselves that there is no Vietnam war, and if there is no war, how could it possibly have an ending?" They were so distrubed  they would have had me run you in for disturbing the sleep had you so much as made a move to kiss or hug either of them." Onto a dim, evil bus, dropping the icecream-cone-shaped hat in a gutter, and so homeward. Nobody on that bus spoke to anybody else on that bus. Celebrating was in that dim, evil light beyond recall by memory. Passengers had been too long too busy surviving, which takes all the gaiety out of a man, but especially a woman, after awhile, to say nothing of what it does to the impulse to celebratory gratitude. Had there been a war, after all? There bad been something, all right. Something. Something there was that turned us into a people who know we can't believe anybody anymore, including ourselves. This was just the saddest war's ending a man ever went to. is and ends By Doug Walker Typographical errors appear in other places than The Herald. Some of them are just as funny, too. The CGIT of McKillop United Church has a coffee party and white elephant sale coming up on Saturday. In mimeographed notices that went to all the homes of the girls there was an appeal for dona- tions to the white elephant sale of "boys, puzzles, records, comic books, household articles and other odds and ends." Helen Kovacs told me at work that she bad a couple of boys she would be happy to donate. Funny, that's exactly what Els-pclh said about the boys in our home. CAPE TOWN - If Mr. Ian Smith thought he would rally the whites of southern Africa behind him when he closed Rhodesia's border with Zambia he made a mistake. His action has been strongly criticized by many whites who believe he has been goaded by the African guerrillas into starting a process of escalation that, in the long run, he cannot win. If it were only Rhodesia that was affected by the closing of of the border with Zambia there would not have been such a vigorous reaction, but the two Portuguese territories of Angola and Mozambique, as well as South Africa itself, feel themselves to be intimately concerned with what happens next. Rhodesia's diplomatic representative in Lisbon is reported here to have been told of the Portuguese government's extreme anxiety over Mr. Smith's action. This report has been denied, both by the Rhodesian representative and by the Portuguese government, but this anxiety is felt nevertheless by many Portuguese in Angola and Mozambique, who are saying that Mr. Smith has blundered. This is the second time the guerrillas, operating from Zambia and Tanzania, have managed to cause a rift among southern Africas' white rulers. The first was over their incursions into the Tete district of Mozambique where the massive Cabora-Bassa hydro-electric project is under way. Privately, the Rhodesians and South Africans have taken the view that the Portuguese are not prosecuting the war against the guerrillas here with sufficient enthusiasm, and have offered to send in their own forces. The Portuguese have resisted this pressure energetically, because they do not have much faith in Rhodesia and South Africa solving their own problems, and also because their pre-yinces might then become virtually colonies of South Africa. This situation underscores the differences in political approach between the two sets of white rulers. On the other hand, morale is low among the Portuguese in Mozambique, and for the first time people are openly discussing whether they can hold on militarily for the foreseeable future. Some Portuguese are talking of declaring their own independence - that is, breaking their constitutional links with Portugal - but then, if they did not come to terms with the Frelimo guerrillas in Tanzania, they would necessarily have to come into South Africa's orbit. Reaction among South Africa's whites to Rhodesia's closing of its border with Zambia has been surprisingly antagonistic. A spokesman for the opposition United Party, for example has issued a warning that the whole of southern Africa could be involved in a conventional war "sooner than we think." Mr. Japie Basson, chairman of the United Party's parliamentary foreign affairs group, said urgent steps should be taken to prevent a "Vietnam - like" situation developing. He said South Africa should proceed with haste to find a solution to its own race problems. The blow to trade is a worrisome one. South Africa exports more than $85 million worth of goods to Zambia annually, all of which could be halted now. But the political implications are even more serious. Possibly the Smith regime thought that the economic consequences of closing its border with Zambia, as a way of forcing Zambia to expel the guerrillas in its territory, would topple President Kenneth Kaunda. The immediate effect, though, has been to unite most Zam-bians behind the president and to make Zambia a rallying point for Black Africa. Whether it approves of President Kaunda or not, it. is obliged to back him. Even Malawi, which is economically tied to South Africa, is being forced to give Kaunda assistance in getting his country's products to the East African ports. Government-supporting paper, the Burger, poses the question whether the closing of Rhodesia's border with Zambia is the-, start of escalation In southern Africa. It suggests that the recent guerrilla activity across the Zambian border into Rhodesia - where farms were attacked - was calculated to frighten local Africans into supporting the guerrillas. It voices doubts whether Mr. Smith will be able to force President Kaunda to expel the terrorists. Instead, it suggests, it might be a question of who succumbs first, economically. Rhodesia's own economy, laboring under international boycotts, is not all that strong. The Burger takes a pessimistic view of the future. It points out that South African police units are already fighting in Rhodesia against the guerrillas; South Africa, therefore, is already deeply involved here, For South Africa, declares the Burger, "the writing is more clearly on the wall than ever before.' ' Snow shortage plagues European tourist spots By Roland Huntford, Lond on Observer commentator ST. MORIZ, Switzerland, - This has not been a good winter - at least for winter sports. Snow has not fallen in the necessary quantities over the Alps. Here, in one of the highest and most favored of resorts, enough has fallen to save the skiing. Elsewhere the situation has been verging on the disastrous, with bare mountainsides, summer-like villages and skiers forced to keep above the 6,000-foot mark. And even in St. Mor-itz the snow has not been abundant. A note of worry is detectable among those concerned with the winter sports industry; hoteliers, lift companies and, above all, the manufacturers of clothing and equipment. Sales and bookings have understandably stagnated. It is not simply that it is a bad season - any trade depending on the weather is prepared for lean interludes - but that there is a suspicion of a climatic change in the air. This is the fourth bad winter in succession. It is the third near-catastrophic one for many exposed resorts. Few places below 3,000 fed; can any longer be certain of snow. Many, considerably higher, are equally troubled, especially if they lie on the north side of the Alps, and if they are in the vicinity of mountain saddles that let in the Foehn, the dreaded currents of warm air from the south, which not only melt the snow but gen-crate bad temper. Over the past 10 years a steady deterioration of the winters is evident. The last proper one was in 1863. Both the last European Whiter Olympics: at Innsbruck in 1964, and Grenoble in 1968, were stricken by snow shortages. This season the development is even more noticeable. Scandinavia is in the throes of the warmest winter for 200 years. The snow line lies hundreds of miles to the north. Norwegian ski resorts are so thinly provided that they fear for the spring - which is their main "winter" season. Oslo, the Norwegian capital and very much a skiing city, was warm and bare far into January, greatly to the chagrin of its inhabitants. Letter to the editor A Swiss I met on a ski lift here thought no harm would come of a few more bad winters. "It'll stop development," he said. "They have built too many ski lifts: every lowland village has got to have its own lift. It's spoiling the countryside and too many people are making too much money too fast." This is turning the worries of the winter sports entrepeneurs topsy - turvy. But it recognizes a change observable by the man in the streets. The meteor- Add movies to fire I was very interested to note in The Herald (Jan. 18), an article entitled, Obscene books forfeited, concerning the seizure and most likely the ultimate destruction of these books. I am most happy to see that some action has been taken to curtail the circulation of such degrading literature. However, in the same issue of the newspaper, I found the advertisements for the movies at the theatres in the'city. Of the four advertised there was only one which was rated as suitable for me to take my family to. As a matter of fact the manager of one of these theatres issued a warning which read "Some may find the dia- logue in this film offensive." The pornographic literature is getting out to a large number of people, I must agree, but I also believe a larger number of people are being exposed to pornography, obscenity, and lewdness through the movie making industry. Perhaps Mr. Hartigan should suggest to the attorney-general that some of these movies bo screened a little closer for ob-jectional portions of the film. Most of the films, in my opinion, would make every bit as good a fire as the 600 books that were condemned to such a justifiable fate. GLEN W. CAMERON Cards ton ologists can give very little guidance. One school of thought, particularly in Britain and America, postulates a gradual warming up of the earth. Some of the more apocalyptical advocates of this view suggest that the cause is the carbon dioxide released by industry and transport. This, they say, is interfering with the delicate balance of the upper atmosphere, the ultimate consequence of which may be an uncontrolled heating pi'ocess, making the planet uninhabitable. Other experts, however, see in present conditions merely the evidence of a cyclical change. For example, between the 10th and 12th centuries, the Arctic waters around Greenland were practically ice-free. By the 15th century they were filled with ice, and became difficult and dangerous. Since the 17th century a warm trend seems to be uppermost. In this interpretation, we ought to be in the warm part of the weather cycle. The question is whether it has culminated. Some Scandinavian authorities, basing their views on research with glaciers in Greenland and northern Scandinavia consider that the cycle has now gone into reverse and that the northern hemisphere at least is beginning to cool down again. Whatever the truth may be it is hard to deny that the weather is generally freakish. It is not only the Alps that have suffered - in the Indian Ocean the monsoons have been peculiar. No rains came to Bangladesh, for example. Long-term prediction is virtually impossible, an unfortunate situation for financiers and industrialists. It is evident that they have invested in winter sports on the blithe assumption that the weather is reasonably constant. They may yet find that the gods have decided to play them a nasty trick. Snow, the "white gold", may yet become as precious as the genuine, yellow, metallic stuff. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD 00. LTD., Proprietors and Publtsbert Published 1905 -1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulation! CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor end Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor ROY F MILE5 DOUGLAS, K. WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH'* ;