Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Saturday, February 2, 1974 Let's honor people What's in a name? Money and mini geography, according to the policy city council seems to be following in naming public buildings. This is a sterile policy and one which ill becomes a city as rich as Lethbridge in people and interests. These considerations do have advantages when it comes to naming buildings, since they are apt to be less controversial. But there are disadvantages, too. Place names which pay homage to geographical phenomena are evocative on the landscape., In the words of a politician poet, they are the symphony of the land. They lift the spirit, they reassure the soul, they immortalize man's relationship with his universe. But within the confines of a city, geographical distinctions often sound like street directions. Naming public buildings after rich donors is not an 'unaccustomed practice qnd is frowned upon only by those who ,ave never been involved in fund raising. But if pursued exclusively, it ignores the fact that time is the most valuable possession anyone has and that the wealth of a city depends on the diversity and energy of its citizens and the time they contribute to its various endeavors. As for naming public buildings after historical figures, it does not detract from their stature to suggest that in whatever heaven they may now be enriching, some of them must surely be crying. There will always be arguments over names which involve local personalities but this should not be a deterrent. The school board seems to have surmounted this obstacle in naming schools to honor people who have made notable individual contributions to the field of education. Lethbridge is the better for it. This is a community of people, not just institutions and numbered streets. In the instance ot naming the swimm- ing pool on the north side, there should be no real dissension over whom to honor. In the field of swimming, the contributions of one man stand out above all others. Stan Siwik gave a quarter of a century of his life to Lethbridge swimmers. They have carried the name of the city to the Commonwealth and Olympic games in Edinburgh, Christ Church and Munich and to swim meets in Moscow, Paris, London and elsewhere around the world. Legions of children have benefited from the sport, which he, popularized in the province of Alberta. It is not necessary to eulogize him here by pointing out that he gave unstintingly of his time and ability although he had no children in the sport. The facts speak for themselves. He is worth the honor, and a policy of occasionally naming public buildings after local figures is worth considering. Ode to February February is a welcome month, a time for household poets and household economists, a sigh of relief between the Christmas bills of January and the taxes of spring. An esoteric few of February's poets staunchly maintain the tradition of Groundhog's Day and exchange homemade greetings like "Dawn devisive, morn decisive, sun portentious, cloud benign.' Legendary weather prophet, loved of old (though moderns scoff must six weeks of winter soak us ere we see the budding Untold numbers of poets gather around the 14th of the month, to present the world with such undying verses as, "Violets are red, roses are blue, maybe WEEKEND MEDITATION I'm crazy but I love or a thousand variations on the same. The real lightheadedness of February, however, is a gift of the calendar. Money goes farther in February because February doesn't go as far. Utility bills are smaller because the month has only 28 rather than 30 or 31 days. For those whose incomes are monthly or semi monthly, food money buys more. One can eat meat in February. Even businesses benefit. Companies with fixed monthly charges, like ACT and Cablevision, have a lower overhead while income remains the same. February loves everyone. Here's to February! Insist on your rights If you are going to get a fair deal in life, you have to insist on it. No man is treated right unless he makes the world treat him right. You only get what you should out of life by insisting on it Jesus said that He was a great believer in persistence. Once be told a story of a woman who could not get justice from an unjust judge, but she refused to be defeated and kept up such a clamor that the judge finally succumbed and gave her fair treatment Jesus applied this principle to prayer. He urged men and women to be in- discourageable and if they didn't get an an- swer at first to keep on praying. Only those who persist in prayer and don't faint get answered. Jesus promised, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you." The Greek in the original suggests continuation, thus a better reading is, "Keep on asking and you will receive; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking and it will be opened to you." This spirit of insistence is the key to all discoveries in life Unless you insist on it you will never find beauty in life. Alice Freeman Palmer, President of Wellesley College, used to teach a club of small girls in the slums of Boston. One day in July, meeting in a miserable, steaming not tenement room, she asked the children. "What shall I talk to you about this morning? One child replied, "Tell us how to be happy." Her eyes filled with- tears. Happiness in such an environment, with such a life, children aged before their time! But she bravely gave them her rules for happiness. One of them was to see something beautiful every day. They must not skip a day or they would break the charm. One day when she was walking down a narrow, grubby street, a child grabbed her arm and cried, "I've done it! I've done "Done asked Mrs. Palmer. "What you told us to do to be replied the child, who was carrying a baby almost as big as herself. She went on to tell how hard it was when the rain was coming down and everything looked dirty. But once she saw a sparrow taking a bath in the gutter and be had on a Mack necktie Another day she almost gave up when she saw the baby's hair. "Saw the baby's asked Mrs. Palmer in wonderment. chattered the little thing. "The sun shone on it and isn't it Mrs. Palmer looked at it and saw the reds, golds, and browns that make up the golds and browns that Titian saw and she knew that the child had made a discovery that would change her whole life. There would 'always be magic in ordinary things. When you think of it the greatest poets have found the magic of life close at hand. Thus Burns found the glory not in the distant and sublime, but in the daisy, the field mouse, the birds, and the farmer's family at prayer. Thus Anatole France found his vocation and glory in life in a dismal, greasy boarding house on a rainy day. Florence Nightingale says that in the filth and horror of Crimea it was the sight of a single rose that saved her soul. Life is miserable and dull for countless thousands. It is said that boredom is the tragic disease of this age. Such people should read Matthew Arnold's lines, "Poor she cried, "so deep accurst. That runn'st from pole to pole To seek a draught to slake thy thirst Go, seek it in thy One of the profound lessons of life is that there is nothing of value for the casual. A man asked Buddha one day how to find God. Buddha took him into the water and then held him tmder while he struggled desperately. When be let him up be asked him what he had wanted most when held under. said the poor fellow. said Buddha, "when you want God as you wanted air you will find him." It is said that the kingdom of heaven is not for the well-meaning, but for the desperate. That is true of everything. Asked why he succeeded as a writer and others equally gifted failed. Priestley replied that he wanted desperately, wanted far more than the others, to succeed. PRAYER: O teach me to care, to watt with all my betag, to care aid to watt desperately. F. S. M. THE CASSEROLE A Baptist expedition to Mt. Ararat in eastern Turkey may actually get underway this summer. The group hopes to find physical remains of Noah's Ark and evidence that the world is no more than years old, scientific theory to the contrary. They might convince the public and even some scholars but they win have a hard time con- vincing the old dams that are found in Southern Alberta. An basketball players please note: A new publication is Max. magazine has been started for people so tall or large that their lives are significantly affected by their size. The publisher, a Moot, 8Mt inch former basketball player from Houston University says there are 5.2 million of them. The first issue contains articles entitled, "The Special Psychology of Being "Srang up the 74 and "If Napoleon Had Been a Big Man." The name of the Letters Togetherness British style Blue jeans for Bob Dylan By Tom Wicker, New York Times commentator NEW YORK Bob Dylan closed his Madison Square Garden concert Wednesday night with "Blowin" in the Wind" many times must the cannon balls they're forever which may well be the nearest thing to a hymn the peace movement had. Before that, alone on the stage with harmonica and guitar, Dylan sang "the times they are with that peculiarly poignant twang only he can give to those quin- tessential lines of the Sixties a and it's soon shake your and rattle your Bob Dylan was the unques- tioned bard of a certain time and attitude in American life, but he has long been absent from public performance; when he reappeared in Madison Square Garden, therefore, there was an emotional outpouring of homage to a leader returned. Two nights before the Dylan concert, in the same arena, before an equally packed house, the boxer Muhammad Ali won a 12-round decision over Joe Frazier, in another emotional return to the past. Derided by most sports writers today as a loud- mouthed exhibitionist who wins as much by psyching his opponents as by his physical skills, Ali whatever they say is as sharp a symbol as Dylan of a time in American life when young men and women rebelled passionately against the world they saw, and made what Eugene McCarthy called "deep, even dangerous commitments" to a new age of openness and generosity in which, they thought, "peace will guide the love will steer the stars." All's commitment cost him dearly. When he refused induction into the army at the peak of the war in Vietnam got nothing against them he said reasonably Ali was better known as Cassius Clay and as the unexpected conqueror of heavyweight champion Sonny Listen than as a political figure or war resister. How much encouragement his action gave to other draft resisters never can be calculated; but the price he paid the summary stripping away of his champion's title, while he was at the peak of his youth and ability was and is there for all to see. So they came to the Garden on a winter's night to chant "Ali, Ali, and two nights later another crowd was there to light matches in the darkness of the hall, calling Bob Dylan and the Band back to the stage for more, for "Blowin' in the Wind" after the scheduled finale. And there was no doubt that some of the tumult and the shouting was for more than Ali's boxing, for more than Dylan's singing and playing. Here were two men who had stood for something, against all the arrayed pressures of a time and a condition; whatever their different consciousness and intentions of a decade ago, here were two men who in difficult days had spoken and sung and symbolized a generation's determination to make a new beginning. But if these were triumphant nights for Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan, if there was a kind of poetic justice in the adulation of these crowds for one man who had been denounced as a slacker and a coward and for another who had been derided as a hippie folksinger, still these were sad nights too. They were sad, in one sense, because there has been no new beginning. For all the rattling of the windows the walls have not come tumbling down. The war that mobilized millions against war was not ended by their mobilization; it goes on today, sustained by American dollars long past the point when American lives could do the job. The overpowering technology, the impersonal government, the unresponsive and autocratic institutions that evoked so much individual outcry have been only superficially changed. The racial animosities and class inequities of American life persist, as if the inarch on Washington and all the rights movements had never been. And as never before, a nation whose youth sought to purify it is governed by weakness, confusion, doubt and misdeed. But these were sad nights in a deeper sense, not because of the failures of a moment or a movement failures of a kind with which history is replete and not even because of the resulting loss of optimism and buoyance that some might have sensed in the Garden crowds. If disillusionment is enlightenment, after all, the young people of the Sixties are bound to be wiser today, maybe even to understand that needed change is achieved, if at all, by long effort and hard work, not by songs and grand gestures and youthful protest. But who can blame those who, knowing that, still treasure in the heart the vanished hope of yesterday, a youth not to be recovered? "As the present later be Dylan sang, "the order is rapidly the first one now will later be the times they are a-changin'." "I had the feeling." someone said, while leaving the Garden after the Dylan concert, "that there were a lot of people who took off their button-down shirts and business suits and put back on their blue jeans just for tonight." Specific political labels By William Safire, New York Times commentator WASHINGTON One of Fred Allen's radio characters was an amnesiac who kept trying to remember who he was by the process of elimination. "Bduh, I don't carry an umbrella." he would muse, "so I can't be Neville Chamberlain." Few of us at that time caught Allen's subtle sociopolitical message that people tend to identify themselves in terms of what they are not, Thus, many of us apply political labels like "liberal" or "conservative" to others, resisting the application of either label to ourselves. Because the best way to sell candidacies is to attack the opposition, even people who accept the label "conservative" define it in terms of what they are against: coddling criminals, raising taxes, or what have yon. Rarely do conservatives define their label in terms of what they are for. and for a seemingly good political reason: a fundamental split is built into conservatism One side of conservatism emphasizes traditionalism, permanent moral "aloes, respect for institutions and order in society. The other side stresses individuality, and holds personal freedom to be the great value. These two sides of conservatism will agree on the need for self-reliance, diversity and for halting the growth of big government and will feel comfortable sallying forth together against the centralization of power usually urged by their common adversary, the liberal. But the two sides of conservatism will tear up the turf in great doctrinal battles against each other: most traditionalists will take positions against pornography, prostitution, drug usage and abortion, while many libertarians will argue that those are matters for the individual to decide and not the government. Conservatives in conclave have frequently derided the "zigzagging" of the new federalists, who try to decentralize administration with one hand and to centralize welfare with the other But the right has not faced up to tfie challenge, and the opportunity, of examining the divergent forces inside conservatism's tent which can be a great source of strength Politically, the admission that there can be no "true" believers cuts down discipline but opens up recruitment while clinging to conserva- tism's favorite word. Might it not be useful for conservatives to open up their "movement." to recognize conflicting causes within it, and encourage inwardly the same kind of ideological diversity it espouses outwardly? In that spirit, like mothers sewing labels in clothing to accompany kids to camp, we could identify our political positions in the specific way that invites acquaintance and discussion. Names are not things, but nameless things do not communicate ideas: political labeling can serve a useful purpose, if we specifically identify our own line of thinking along with mat of oar opponents. My own label? I'm working on that, by identifying and eliminating alternatives. Conservative traditionalism is not for me. nor Galbraitinan liberalism: new federalism with an underpinning of libertarianism has its attractions. Sometimes I like to carry an umbrella. Maybe I'm Neville Chamberlain. Serious misgivings The Lethbridge Metro NDP Association has many serious misgivings about recent public statements made by Alderman Vaughan Hembroff with regard to the possible sale of the city power plant. For instance, it is not clear provincial policy that al! ex- isting plants must convert to coal in the near future. Nor for that matter has any serious study been made of the amount of coal available along the river bank within a mile of the plant. It was also misleading to compare the sale of the plant with the most expensive alternative as if it were the only one. According to the CH2M Report, plan D (which is sharing the power supply as is current practice) would only cost about 57 cents a month more, based on a 20- year loan. Mr. Hembroff fail- ed to mention that the cost of running the water treatment plan will go up because "free" steam will no longer be available. Fighting annual rate increases before the Public Utilities Board could cost city residents a good deal more than 57 cents a month. The statement has been made that the decision will be made on a purely economic basis. We challenge that assumption while admitting that loss of plant staff payroll could have a negative economic effect on the city. Serious consideration must also be given to the threat of power blackouts, which up to now have been minimized because of our valley power plant. We have information from a reliable source that in- dicates that the standby power unit of a local rural in- stallation has run over 240 hours in the last three years. The transmitter depends on Calgary Power for its regular power supply. We also question the state- ment made by Aid. Hembroff that was a fair price for the generating plant. The Ch2M Hill report divests itself of responsibility for evalua- tion on the grounds that it was not part of the terms of reference in their study. In fact, the only appraisal has been made by Montreal Engineering, which has cor- porate ties with Calgary Power. Mr Hembroff's off- the-cuff, albeit public, remark that that plant is a piece of junk seriously jeopardizes any future bargaining processes. It illustrates poor taste and judgment on such a sensitive matter. We have great difficulty trusting city council's recommendations concerning electrical power generation in view of their past history of admitted mistakes. Despite warnings from experts doing previous studies, city council signed a deal with Calgary Power to provide us with base load power in 1969. It is precisely this deal that brought on the present predicament of unnecessarily expensive plant operation. The contract does not allow us to make use of any plant ex- pansion facilities until about 1980 even if we installed it this year. We got a bad bargain then, why compound the issue now by selling put and losing whatever bargaining lever we have left? We feel that the power house belongs to all of the citizens of Lethbridge who are, in effect, shareholders. The city council's role is the same as that of a board of directors. The board of direc- tors may recommend to sell if they so choose, but the final decision rightly rests with the people who own the plant. We feel that 57 cents a month is not that high a price to pay for retaining our option in future power rate negotiations and maintaining security of power supply. HAL HOFFMAN Information Officer Lethbridge NDP Reaffirms initial view If M. E. Spencer's letter, Annexation suggestion, (Jan. was an attempt to rectify accusations of discriminatory practice against the town of Cardston it failed, for it only served to reaffirm the initial view that racism prevails in that town. It is true that Moses Lake is what may be termed a problem area and that solvent sniffing there is widespread. Also true is Mr. Fox's statement that the biased attitude of the townspeople only intensifies the situation We're tired of hearing what the "Omnipotent White Man" has done for the Indian. We too have often wondered what we COULD have done without him. Spencer states that we dwell too heavily on a "fictitious glorified dream of the past." Obviously this, gentleman does not realize the' gross misconception his statement perpetuates. His absurd suggestion of annexing Moses Lake is indeed choice. Spencer forgets that he is occupying Indian territory so to speak, for the land on which Cardston stands was leased to them by the Blood Tribe. With the current native awakening his temple stands on very shaky ground. NATIVE AWARENESS CLUB UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE Editor's note: The Herald has been unable to establish any documentation for the statement about leased land. Read with disgust I have just finished reading, with thorough disgust, Dr. Doug McPherson's statements of his views on corporal punishment. Now I shall express mine. Corporal punishment in the schools is the basis of our legal system. If a child breaks a school rule he should be punished. If an adult breaks a rule of society, likewise he should be punished. What would our society become if the prime minister said, "I shall abolish all traffic How about drug traf- fickers? Should they not be punished? I wonder if Dr. McPberson can see the parallel. I am not questioning Dr. McPherson's credibility as a pediatrician, but was he ever a teacher? Did be not know that the strap was used only as a last resort? First, the child received a warning. Second, the parents were made aware of the situation, and, if the situation continued, then came the inevitable. However, if a driver is picked up impaired, be is prosecuted. No warnings and no con- sultations. Further, Dr. McPherson said "about children on this continent last year died because someone ad- ministered corporal punish- ment to them." Could he please me one precedent proving _-ne of those children died of i ijuries administered by a teacher us- ing a strap. He also said, "Teachers who apply this type of punish- ment don't understand children and certainly don't like them." This state- ment is overly exaggerated. My plea is not one of a doc- tor nor a teacher, but one of a concerned mother. MARIE LUNDGREN Lethbridge. The LcthbruUje Herald S Atbsrrta LETWBR1DGE HERAIO CO LTD and Second Mafl Registration No 001 2 CLEG MOWERS. Editor and Publisher OONH RLUNG Managing Editor TOY F MaES DONALD R DOHAM General Manager DOUGLAS X WALKER Page Etfftor ROSEflT V FENTON Orrctflatwi Manager KENNETH E 8ARNETT Business Manager "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"