Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, February 8, 1973 - THE IBTHBRIDO? HERALD - W USC promises a better tomorrow By E�.\ Lotla Ililschmanova, executive direcor, Unitarian Service Committee of Canada The greatest miracle in Unitarian Service Committee history has come to pass and I wish I could share my bliss and gratitude with the entire world. What seemed an impossible dream only a few days ago, has become, an unquestionable fact: we have surpassed our one million dollar objective in funds by $25,-425, while our gifts-in-kind target, set at $500,000, now stands at $601,1*57. This is without the slightest doubt our most remarkable fund raising victory since 1945. I am convinced that the USC is blessed with the most dedicated and energetic volunteers in the land. As I visited altogether 29 communities between Gander, Newfoundland and Victoria during my 63 day marathon, I was constantly and profoundly moved by the loyalty and determination which characterizes the many men and women who comprise our magnificent labor force from coast to coast, organized now in a total of 32 communities, covering every province. Many of our long-standing friends allied themselves with our cause when the USC as a permanent, significant overseas agency was only a dream and I could enumerate for you those who have supported our effort for over a quarter century. Never has their devotion, their zeal and their unstinting toil wavered, even when illness and personal sorrow struck at their door. For many, the USC has been a tremendous support, during periods of stress and bereavement, for it has vividly brought to mind the needs or others, often much more difficult to bear. Our challenges have never been greater. Our agency today is in part or entirely responsible for well over 100 projects in 13 countries, encompassing practically every aspect of human existence. Be- E c 1572 It NIA, * .. and another thing, why don't you 'kid around' with me, the way Sonny does with Cher? cause we are thoroughly practical, we always emphasize first things first and thus our number one priority has traditionally been to provide nourishment - food to eat, food to grow, food to preserve. There is another query which I wish to discuss through the media. While it is definitely true that there . is abundant and confusing overlapping of public appeals on behalf of dozens of agencies and church groups in Canada, all urging support for their work overseas, it is never sufficiently clarified that there is no overlapping of services overseas and that there are huge stretches of need in tb�. c'-v~-oping world where no aid whatsoever is available, from pure lack of supplies, services, organization. Millions in the developing world go without any aid whatsoever, and hunger, disease and distress are the steady companions of millions of little children and defenceless adults. There is one other explanation for the support of the media year after year: we delight in supplying follow-up reports' on all USC projects, financed by Canada. We can rigorously account for every entrusted nickel and do so with great eagerness, for I believe that it is our duty to let our trusting donors know how we utilized their friendship dollars. As stated! previously, our phase-out date from Korea is scheduled for June 30, 1978 and I vigorously urge that wc abide by that date, although during my visit last June in Seoul, many government officials counselled that we should remain until 1981 or even 1984. If the rapid economic expansion of Korea continues, there is every hope that increased budgetary provision can be made for social welfare, to replace funds now coming from abroad. As long as the USC has existed, it has always been one of my constant preoccupations that our USC administration expenses be kept to the lowest minimum, since funds are entrusted to us for one sole purpose: to conduct the organization as efficiently as possible, in order to provide maximum assistance to the little ones and others who desperately need help. I often wish that you who will read this unavoidably cold and impersonal annual review could spend a day or two at the desk of our administrative assistant, to peruse the heartwarming greetings which accompany campaign donations. Practically every single letter carries a message of friendship, of complete endorsement and often of congratulations. The USC today is one of Canada's oldest, most trusted and experienced overseas aid agencies and our donors arc not reluctant to tell us so. What they cherish is our personal approach and my yearly overseas surveys because they rely on our judgment and constant vigilance to ensure that every ounce of our bounty is dispensed in areas where the privation is greatest. Long ago they have discovered that I oversee the spending of every nickel as would a dutiful mother or a frugal housewife and that our overhead is maintained at the strictest minimum. In spite of rising prices I am delighted to announce to you that our overhead at the end of our last fiscal year stood at 9.26 per cent, reckoned on our total revenue of funds raised and gifts-in-kind received and exported overseas. USC financial statements are auto matically submitted to gov ernment departments, better business bureaus, some national and provincial organizations, large donors, our volunteers and are of course available to anybody upon request from 56 Sparks Street. Our USC fiscal year runs from May 1 to April 30 and the annual statement is produced each year by Thorne, Gunn, Helliwell and Christenson. Mr. Harry Wood, senior partner of the firm, is warmly interested in the USC and always ready to help me when I solicit his advice. When the death of Mr. Lester B. Pearson was announced December 27 at 11:40 p.m. the news gripped me as if I had lost a precious personal friend. From wide experience' overseas I know how deeply trust- The Letlibridqe Herald see& think Ptofum PART IV - PICTURE QUIZ 5 POINTS New Australian Prime Minister ..'<.. announced a contest to produce a new national anthem to replace "God Save the Queen." HOW DO YOU RATE? 71 to 80 point* - Good, 91 to 100 points - TOP SCORE! 61 to 70 points - Fsir. 81 to 90 points - Eietllsnt. 60 or Undsi? 11 - H'mml FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTION What do you think of the idea of government-run auto Insurance' YOUR NEWS QUIZ PART I - NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer. 1 The Viet Nam peace agreement, signed January 27th, calls for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Viet, Nam and the return of prisoners of war within . . ? . . a-60 days b-6 months c-1 year 2 Canada Is one of the members of the new four-nation International Control Commission setup to observe the Viet Nam ceasefire. Name at least two of the other three members. 3 Defence Minister James Kichardson told the House of Commons that Canada's 290 peace) observers in Viet Nam will be .. ?.. a-completely unarmed b-armed only with sidearms c-armed with rifles 4 The first anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" was observed In . . ? . . a-North Viet Nam b-Uganda c-Northern Ireland 6 Saskatchewan and Manitoba already have government-run automobile insurance. Which province, according to a recent announcement by its Premier, plans to be the third to enter this field? PART II - WORDS IN THE NEWS Take 4 points for each word that you can match with its correct meaning. 1.....unilateral 2.....provisional 3,....conditional 4.....feasible 6.....provincial a-temporary b-limited in interests c-containing certain terms d-done by one side only e-capable of being done PART III - NAMES IN THE NEWS Take 5 points for names that you can correctly match with the clues. a-Indonesian .Foreign Minister l.....Piotr Jaroszewicz 2.....Mitchell Sharp woe** Maurice Schumann 4.....Adam Malik E.....Yakov A. Malik 25-73 b-French Foreign Minister e-Premier, Poland d-Soviet ambassador to UN e-Canadian External Affairs Minister VEC, Inc ed and admired Canada's former prime minister was because of his personal skill in finding just solutions to thorny, exceedingly complex international problems. During my yearly inspection tours around the world, the name of Mr. Pearson was uttered with an uncommon mixture of affection, gratitude and highest esteem and because of him, Canada had a special place in the hearts of millions of Asians Now this illustrious Canadian has gone - a unique, warm, concerned humanitarian. In our mourning we know that our country and the world are very much poorer and more vulnerable without his presence. Without the slightest doubt 1972 has been one of the USC's hardest years. To successfully raise one million dollars in funds alone was an almost overwhelm i n g task, physically and emotionally, haunted as I was day and night by the huge commitments which we had made in ever so many dark corners of the world, but particularly in Bangladesh. There have been disasters of every kind: floods and earthquakes, plane crashes, hijackings, revolutions, starvation, the tragedy of Ireland. From news reports it would appear that nothing but brutality is left in the world and that all the gentle, generous, beautiful things in life have disappeared. But agencies such as our USC testify trat this is not so. They are like little flames of hope in a harsh world, serving as channels for uncounted decent human beings to help build a better tomorrow for all the world's children. Books in brief "Bike Riding in Los Angeles," by Marc Norman (Clarke, Irwin � Company, 323 pages, $5.35). Amusing and penetrating impressions of bicycle trips in Los Angeles and other parts of California may be found in this novel. The main character, the Bike Rider, entertains us with his successful efforts to dodge the draft, his encounter with Sid Nellis the Crying Drag Cop who loves to see people, co-operate, and liis account of the Wright Brothers' adventures as British agents in the First World War. His visit to the Veterans' Hospital is a gentle almost tender interlude in this comment on modern life. T. M. "Hitchikers' Road Book" by Jeff Kennedy and David E. Grceuberg (Doubleday Publishers, 1972, $2.75, 169 pages plus maps.) The Hitchhikers' Road Book is a guide to travelling through Europe by thumb. Written by two fellows who spent three years roaming through the continent, the book covers just about everything a green hitch-er might need to know about lutching in the Old Country as well as a few possible tips for the old pro. Jeff Kennedy and David Greenberg manage to write with the same friendly enthusiasm they must travel with - it sometimes reads almost like a big brother's reassuring encouragement. J. W. "Teaching Bible Concepts" by Florence E. Wangner (Jtid-son Press, distributed by G. R. Welch Company, Limited, 31 pages, $1.25) A series of five study sessions set up for Christian adults who are anxious to learn more about their faith and to improve their ability to teach its concepts to others. The sessions may be studied by an individual but it is probably more effective to use it in grups. The author is a supervisor of student teachers and instructor in early childhood at Temple University in Philadelphia. E. W. STUDENTS Save This Practice Examination! Valuable Reference Material for Exams. ANSWERS ON REVERSE PAGE "Natural Resource Policies in Canada" by Thomas L. Burton (McClelland aud Stewart Ltd., 1G5 pages, paperback). The conservation movement was at work more than 80 years ago in Canada, writes Dr. Burton, a teacher in the school of urban and regional planning at the University of Waterloo. Then as now, it aimed at political action. The difference is that the early movement was led by professionals, mainly the foresters, while today it is a mass citizens movement. Termed "a basic introduction lo natural resource policy issues in Canada" the book traces the historical economic, international and constitutional aspects of Canadian resource activities and calls for a more co-ordinated government response to public concern over pollution, foreign control and lack of planning. O. M. The importance of communication By Ric Swihart, Herald staff writer John R. Mcsser, agriculture minister in Saskatchewan recently told a group of farm writers that there is a gradual concentration of the media, particularly newspapers, into fewer and fewer hands. This of course is a matter of public record. "With this increasing concentration," he said, "the possibilities for communication of serious mistakes or distortion without correction becomes greater and greater. It is my belief that, as a general rule, the greater the responsibility and power assigned to a group or individual, the more that group or individual attempts to avoid risk and uncertainty." This comment was a beautiful way of getting to his punch line - intimating that chain ownership of newspapers forces the views of owners, through reporters, on tlu; public. The duty of a newspaper, in Canada, is to present facts as they happen in the most objectivie manner possible. To do this, reporters are given the job of reporting events "as they happen and as they see them." They can't perform this job by being mouthpieces for owners. Mr. Messer also said that a paper can't consistently provide news coverage that is complete, objective and completely without partisan implications. This I feel is due to the complex society which has developed and which makes it impossible for any one reporter to keep totally abreast of every event. Reporters - at least the ones I know - simply do their best. He did stand tall enough lo admit some of the shortcomings in the press might just be part of the fault of government which stands in the way of its own communication. "Our discussions with you (farm reporters) are often rushed, with little or no time being taken by us for preparation. As a consequence, we sometimes do not get to the real roots of what it is we are attempting to do," he said. Saskatchewan liberal MLA Thomas Wcathcrald told farmers and farm writers recently that he considers it best if there is little or no communication between government and the media. I guess an ignorant public is better than no public at all. He may think this way because he may not have taken the time to explain fully to some writer about one of his programs and then complained bitterly about the release in the media. . When a man tells a reporter something and then complains about how it appears when in print, I feel most of the lime the reporter wasn't properly informed. For this reason, apparently, Mr. Weatherald would rather not talk to news reporters. This type of thinking is just like Jock, that canine companion of this reporter for more than 15 years, who neglected to tell. Fido where he hid the comumnily soup bone. In this day and age, communication between all segments of society is very important. It always has been and always will be. Down with evolutionism By Peter Hunt, free-lance writer I am glad to read thai some people in Alberta are prepared to challenge the tyrannical dogmas of evolutionists whose influence on school curricula and on teaching approaches has been so obvious hi recent years. However, there are some elementary points which need to be clarified. Unless they are, we will get mainly crude interpretations of the issues involved. First, on the question of man's physical evolution, it should be clear to all that this is a matter for science to settle. Man may have evolved physically from lower forms of life. It should also be noted, however, that the evidence even for this is by no means conclusive, and the theory is not capable of "scientific" proof because one cannot experiment with evolution over the vast periods of time required for demonstration. Indeed, the hypothesis of evolution of even all animal species from earlier species and life forms is not substantiated fully by the evidence from palaeontology, and there is a grave logical difficulty in assuming that the correlated organism known as a species could be developed out of prior species. The notion that evolutionary theory is anything but "theory" is typical of the crass and superstitious faith wihch the modern mind has in "science." Secondly, even if man's body did evolve from those of lower animals there is still the question of his soul to be considered. If man has no immortal soul there is no problem. If he has, then it is impossible to say that his soul evolved. Intellect and will cannot evolve. The nature of man's rational life is such that it could not arise from the merely physical and biological; it had to be created. The power to conceive ideas is not something which simply evolves from matter, for it is a non-material principle in man. Ideas have no dimensions; they indicate a spiritual nature in man. It is possible that God permitted man's body to evolve and then created his soul. In other words, God created man at a certain point in His own image and likeness. This means that He transformed this creature which had evolved into a new and higher being. But, I repeat, the psyche of man could not evolve. And, furthermore, nothing could have come into existence without an intelligent and loving cause. There is, of course, no clash between the idea of man's physical evolution and the account of creation in Genesis; indeed, the two can easily be harmonized. There is a fundamental and crucial clash between the notion of the evolution of man (as a human being) and the Bibical account. There is also a clash between this grossly unscientific theory and reason itself. The objection to the teaching of evolutionary theory in schools ought to be directed towards correcting the blurring of these simple issues. Typically, evolutionary dogma is introduced into social studies and biology courses without giving adequate attention to the problem of man's soul. The usual approach is to show the "descent of man" from anthropoid apes without even mentioning the body-mind distinction. Children quite naturally assume that the intention of their teachers is to explain Poor that man simply evolved as an entity from other animals and that there is no difference of kind but only one of degree between man and the other animals. This is incompatible with belief in God and with the whole of the Christian faith, and any school or teacher which purports to uphold either must take pains to see that the fullest explanation is given of the fundamental issues involved. Even in the name of intelligent and educative teaching, a more comprehensive approach is needed. At the root of the neglect of good teaching and of the dominant curricular approach is, of course, a positive intention to inculcate evolutionary and anti-religious ideas; for many evolutionists do not, in fact, see (or wish to see) that physical evolution is compatible with theism because they do not, in the first place, recognize the spiritual nature of mind and they have long since discarded any belief they may have had in revelation. Moreover, the very, great emphasis on evolution in schools is the result of a desire to avoid the implications of an essentialist view of man which goes against the current devotion to "adjustment" and conformity, and against the superficial changes which perpetuate . the notion of inevitable progress. It is somewhat farcical but, all the same, a tragic symptom of our civilization's mental decay that few people appear to notice that the notion of evolution of man from matter, inculcated in narrow and unscientific fashion in our schools, is one and the same as that taught in Communist schools. Marxism rests on the premise that all that exists is matter or a product of matter. Philosophically, then, the capitalist world is heading in a similar direction to that of the Communist world, and Christianity is incompatible with both. Let me finish by emphasizing, not the religious significance of this controversy, but the intellectual one, appealing to the sound reason of all men of good will. Let me point out that we should not want our young to grow up with narrow, superstitious minds, but with a genuine spirit of inquiry. To teach evolution (and evolutionism, a thoroughgoing creed of adaption) without raising all the questions involved is to shut young minds to the sources of truth. A scientific approach is a fuller one, open to differing interpretations. I close with this illustration of the sort of ignorance encouraged by modern schooling. The students in our schools, generally, are profoundly ignorant of even elementary discoveries which authenticate the biblical narratives. They have not been taught even the most elementary things about archaeology in Mesopotamia, Egypt and Asia Minor. For them, the Deluge is a fairy-tale, although it is overwhelmingly and long ago supported by a mass of evidence. Why are they- not taught this? A further letter would be necessary lo set forth the reasons for rejecting the theories of Teilhard de Chardin, but I would Eke to go on record as saying that his evolutionary optimism about technology is in conflict with any Christian conception of the universe and with the humanism that ware with the 'Myth of the Machine;' rating By Dong Walker Ekpefli.was outraged. "His teacher gave him 6'i out of 10 for this tiling he wrote," she said, "and it isn't worth any mark." She had been looking through Paul's creative writing exercise book and had come upon a piece lie had written about a terrible experience he had had. The experience, he said, was thai of com- ing to dinner and being forced to eat a serving from a casserole. All the tilings he dislikes were in it, he said, and as a con-" sequence he felt sick then and throughout the evening. I don't know why she thinks that's so bad - he could have been malicious and said he encountered foreign objects, such as twisters, in the stuff.