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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 i HE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Saturday, February Bad election call Will there always be an England? Perhaps, even though she seems bent on suicide. The storied British talent for "muddling through" must be invoked soon, or it will be too late. The national election called by Mr. Heath will not settle the real problem. He says the issue is who governs Britain, the elected government or a misguided minority. But in a free democracy that issue should be pressed only with discretion and understanding, if at all. The miners' union, infiltrated as it may be by conspirators bent on destroying both the government and "the luis a case, in the opinion of many objective people a good case. It has the support of a vast section of the country. And in the end no new electoral mandate, no legislation, no compulsion, can force the men to dig coal if they don't want to. One wonders about Heath's political tactics. 11 this is so important to him (and certainly he is to be commended for his concern about rampant he might have been wiser to resign, to let Harold Wilson settle the coal dispute. Then at a more suitable time and with a different issue use his majority to defeat the Labor government and force an election. In view of the strong stand being taken by the miners and the extent of their public support, the February 28 election will only worsen the confrontation if Heath wins, and worsen the inflation il Wilson wins. Don't kill Time The president of Time Air has said that il Pacific Western's application to move into the Lethbridge area is granted, it would kill his company. It is not hard to understand his reasoning and concern. Since Air Canada moved out. Lothhndge has enjoyed reasonably good service irom Time Air, certainly better service than many communities this The credit goes to the management nl Time Air tor their enterprise, faith, ;ind perseverence. But better service than Time can give would be desirable direct flights east and west, for instance. This is something Air Canada, or even Pacific Western, might be expected to do later. As for service to Calgary an'd Edmonton, Time is quite able to provide all that is needed especially if it gets authority to use the bigger planes it wants. The history of Canadian service is crowded with instances of bigger companies giving up on local short-run schedules. Fortunately Time moved into (he vacuum here. If Pacific Western forced Time out of business and then a ye.-ir later decided to give up on Lethbridge. where would the city be? Lelhbridge simply cannot afford to lose Time. Great Lakes cleanup In April 1972. Prime Minister Trudeau and President Nixon signed a Great Lakes cleanup agreement. Events since then give some indication of the earnestness with which the two administrations view environmental matters. In brief, the U.S. is lagging far behind in its commitments to clean up its share of the pollution in the Great Lakes. The most dramatic contrast comes from Niagara Falls, where the city on the Canadian side treats, disinfects and then uses its sewage to run hydroelectric generators before discharging it downstream. On the opposite side, the New York state city discharges 85 million gallons of raw sewage a day into the river at the bottom of the famous falls. The cleanup of municipal sewage along the Great Lakes was estimated to cost billion, the U.S. share being billion. This is proportionate to the amount of sewage each country dumps into the world's greatest fresh water reservoir. By the end of 1975. all of Canada's municipal sewage projects will be completed but many of the American plants will still be under construction. There is no disagreement among environment officials on both sides of the border as to the cause of the lag in the U.S. program. They cite President Nixon's impoundment of money allocated for control of water pollution and certain bureaucratic bottlenecks. WEEKEND MEDITATION For instance, the year following the signing of the agreement, the U.S. Congress appropriated billion for construction of municipal sewage plants. The administration held up all but billion and of that amount only million was allocated to the Great Lakes basin. Many of the states are ready to go ahead but are held back because federal money, which meets 75 per cent of the costs, is not available and regulations prevent their prefinancing the federal share. The picture is not so bright as far as industrial pollution is concerned. It was estimated that correcting thjs might also cost about billion. Industry along the Canadian side has thus far spent million on about 120 projects, considerably below the amount spent on correcting municipal effluent. American figures are not available, but environment officials say it is more than million. U.S. Steel, alone, spent .million on treating and recycling water at its plant at the southern end of Lake Michigan. Two things seem quite clear from a look at the Great Lakes situation. When purse strings are tightened, for whatever reason, environmental projects are the first to be sacrificed and industries are more intransigent, for whatever reasons, than municipalities in cleaning up pollution. Esau's bad bargain If the average man had to choose between Jacob and Esau, he would probably choose Esau. Esau was his father's favorite and that is understandable. Jacob was a tricky, cunning character for whom it is hard to work up a liking. His dealing with Esau was typical. He waits until his brother is extremely hungry and then trades him some food for his birthright. The brithright meant that he had the right to be the family's priestiy representative before God and that he would get twice as much inheritance as his brother. Esau reasoned, "Behold. I am at the point to die; and what profit shall this birthright do to The profits were a long way off and were intangible. As Omar Khayyam advised. Esau decided to take the cash and let the credit go. Consequently Esau was despised for all generations to come. The author of Hebrews writes of him as "a profane man who for a morsel of meat sold his birthright." Here is a man who wants what he wants when he wants it The things of the flesh were to him dominant His appetites controlled him. Hamlet expressed the feeling of moral aristocrats when he said, "Give me that man that is not passion's slave and I will wear him m my heart's core." The man who gets the admiration of good men is the man who has principles and there are some things he would rather die than do. He is not governed by expediency or by animal appetite. He will not sacrifice the holy things of life to satisfy a present need. With all his faults Jacob bad much the stronger character. He fell in Jove witti Rachel and even when tricked he refused to lot his Jove go. "Jacob served seven years for Rachel: and they seemed unto him but a few days for the love he had to her." Then Laban fooled him and passed off Leah as his wife. Then Jacob worked another seven years for Rachel This is a strong man of resolution. is at me mercy of every wind of desire, controlled by earthly standards and without spiritual aspiration, utterly unawied to be the father of his people. He may be a good companion, athletic, quick with a joke, easy to live with, but be will let you down in any crisis. The great man lets present satisfaction go for the sake of the future, sacrifices the material for the spiritual, and the small for the great He has a sense ot values. This is where so many young people fail. Passion is so acute, so demanding, like Eve with the apple, it was pleasant to taste, good to see. and would yield immediate satisfaction. All defences crumble before the crying insistence of the passions. Unless there has been regular discipline, unless there are some things about which you do not argue but instinctively say, "No. before God. I'll die first." then heaven have mercy on you. You're a lost Esau did not become a profane person all at once. There had been a drift of indulgence He was long used to taking what he wanted when he wanted it. Finally it came to the place where he would sell anything. Esau took the wrong approach, asked the wrong question. Instead of asking what value the birthright would be to him if he died, he should have asked, "What value will my life have if I lose my If a man loses his self-respect if he becomes slave to his appetites, if the finer things in his life are thrown over, is he not what Paul calls a carnal man and, says Paul, "to be carnally minded is death." So Esau really loses his life. "When faith is lost when honor dies, the man is dead." Holiness, goodness, character, love, and all other great values of life are bartered away for'a moment's gluttony. Lei more young people ask the question Jesus asked. "What shall it profit a man if he fair the whole world and lose his own A man is never truly a fine human being until he says. "I'd die You belong not merely to (he animal Kingdom, but most important of all to the spiritual Kingdom, to the Kingdom of God. Do not sacrifice your inheritance. ta nvwtf. "Clreat class appeal. Dr. Stewart, we've Ym rolling in ihc siisli-s Review board too political By Maurice Western, Herald Ottawa commentator OTTAWA Beryl Plumptre seems determined at times to prove the Conservative allegation that the Food Prices Review Board serves as a "lightning rod for the Government." It is difficult to say what consumers expected of their contribution (roughly million in the current year) to the Food Board. There is no particular reason to suppose, however, that they looked forward to a Board which would play an obviously political role with every evidence of enthusiasm. In our national politics a reasonably clear issue now divides the principal parties. Robert Stanfield has condemned the Government's economic management and has demanded a price freeze followed by overall controls in order to check the upsurge of inflation. The Government rejects the Stanfield policy, maintaining that inflation is a world-wide phenomenon and that controls would fail as they are alleged to have failed in other countries. Against this background, Mrs. Plumptre's address this week to the Meat Packers' Council is of some interest. She warned the processors that the Board would be taking a close look at their 1973 profits. The Council might perhaps object that the 12 per cent figure Mrs. Plumptre quotes is less impressive than she seems to believe; at the present rate of inflation, according to the reckoning of one economist, a bank depositor drawing seven per cent is actually subsidizing borrowers. But since the Board's job is to review food prices, the Board's chairman cannot reasonably be blamed for taking an interest in prices. But Mrs Plumptre, as re- ported in The Globe and Mail, went much farther. She called attention to events in Britain, arguing that these reinforce the view that Canada was justified in rejecting an over- all system of controls. This is not self-evident; in- deed the British claim (as the retiring High Commissioner, Sir Peter Hayman maintained on television only a few nights ago) that they were out- performing other West Eu- ropean countries in the inflation fight until the miners imposed the present slowdown. But for what it is worth, it is surely an argument that ought to be made not by Mrs. Plumptre but by John Turner or some other spokesman for the Liberal Government. To be fair about this, Mrs. Plumptre relied in part on a report by David C. Smith on Wage and Price Controls in Britain published by the Board on September It is interesting, however, that she offered a similar comment on U-S. price freeze policies although the Board has not investigated the American situation. In any case, if the Board's mission is to review food the Government has not encouraged any wider are its credentials for pronouncing verdicts on overall systems? According to Mrs. Plumptre the Board, when it began its work, was faced with the choice of overall controls or an approach in which the Government concentrates its efforts to restrain price increases in particular fields. "Faced with this choice, the Board readily accepted the policy of selective action." This is very, very strange. It had been generally assumed from Ministerial statements that the Government made that choice, well before Mrs Plumptre achieved her present station. It is usual for Boards, in their search for public confidence, to avoid a too close identification with governments The advantage of an arms-length relation- ship is that findings on any given subject may be accepted as impartial and uncolored by political considerations But Mrs. Plumptre appears? deter- mined to involve herself in po- litical controversy; she scarcely distinguishes between the Board and the Government and goes so far as to take responsibility (and thus credit or discredit) for the government's own choices. According to James McGrath, a Newfoundland Conservative, the Board is a "lightning rod" because it draws criticism, that ought to be directed at the Gov- ernment. Mr. McGrath gave this as the reason why he could not support an NDP motion of last November which would have given the Mrs. powers and increased staff. It is odd that the chairman of the Food Prices Review Board should exert herself to demonstrate that Mr. McGrath was correct. But if that was not her purpose, what was she endeavouring to prove in Toronto? Washington a disenchanted city By James Reston. New York Times commentator F.S.M. WASHINGTON This used to be known as "the enchanted city on the Potomac and some poetic minds still so regard it but lately it has lost some of its oM shine and spirit and has settled down, at least temporarily, into a mood of frustration and disenchantment One measure of this weariness or disillusion is the inordinate number of resignations from the federal service. George Shultz, the secretary of the treasury, is planning to leave, and be will be the last of the original members of the Nixon cabinet to .stay on the job. In most cases, advancing age was obviously a factor and it could be argued that many other legislators who should have Uie grace or judgment to retire are still determined to hang around, but there is something depressing in the air here uiat accounts for the exodus. Watergate and the fear of defeat in next November's elections may explain why 15 the 19 nwrobfrs retiring from the arc Republicans. But the scandais and humiliations of wheedling campaign mone> oat of contributors have embarrassed more legislators than care to admit it. Many of them are simply sick of the political system and wonder whether it is worth the struggle. Meanwhile, this is no longer a leisurely city with its old southern ways, where members spend a few months here and a few months at home. Congress is now a full- time thing, operating in an increasingly crowded metropolis, where traffic moves by hiccups in the busy hours, and the phones never stop ringing. Congressional pay and staffs have mounted in recent years, but not quite enough to keep up with the flow of work. In times of scandals, high prices, unemployment and fuel shortages, the torrent of ir.ail and of visitors from home, complaining about everything and wanting something is much more of a trial than usual. And of course, congressmen are supposed to smile, no matter what BesHtes, the of being in Congress are no longer what they used to be. Not so iong ago, before the oays of Naoer, Anderson and the investigative reporters, members could count on going abroad at least once a year at public expense. This is not so easy now. And public service is no longer so faithful to a man's pride and vanity. The latest polls on public respect put congressmen at the bottom of the list below garbage men and even secondhand car salesmen. AH of this, however, does not fully explain the disenchantment. For example, the resignation rate from the foreign service, once the pride of the civil service, is now very high, partly because the service has become so large and the problems so complicated that their work and advancement to the top are limited. Maybe, finally, it is the gap between what they expected and what they actually found here that is persuading so many to give up. Politics is a life of pretense for most members, pretending they know more and do more than they actually do, living a public life that is quite different from their private lives, and never quite feeling Uul their work means much as they think it shouM. Letters Hats off to policemen As a grateful citizen and businessman of this city, I wish to say "Hats Off" to our Lethbridge Police Department, to their co- operation and efficiency, and a sincere thank-you. Within 12 hours of criminals breaking into our premises and robbing us of jewelry, our police force had arrested and charged two men with the felony. Detectives have recovered most of the stolen articles. It is gratifying to know that we, in Lethbridge, have working for us, very skilled, capable, and intelligent men of the highest calibre. We are extremely grateful for the kind citizen of Lethbridge who stood up for justice. Some individuals may have questioned their involvement, or danger to themselves and kept silent. He, however, when suspicion of criminal activity was apparent to him, promptly notified our police department and helped in the apprehension of those involved. May more citizens stand up and be counted on the. side of justice! We are sincerely proud of Lethbridge, a beautiful, friendly and safe place to live. FRANCIS H. HIGA Lethbridge Interesting craftsmen I find it disappointing that The Herald finds it necessary to draw on sources outside the region for an article that could have been written from sources within it. The Herald (Feb. 6) carried an article on a bookbinder from Edmonton who, among other work, restores old books. We in Lethbridge have a bookbinder of our own, Colin Bate, who also served an European apprenticeship in England. His was seven years. Colin Bate binds rare and valuable books and restores old ones as well as basic bookbinding. He is, at the moment, establishing a bookbinding department at the University of Lethbridge. Like Mr. Halmosi he did other work on arrival from Europe; he worked as a printer with a local firm for a number of years, prior to entering bookbinding full-time. I think it is-a pity that we cannot show interest in our local craftsmen working in uncommon fields, we are lucky to have them, and when a regional newspaper travels 300 miles north out of the region for an article whose material is available here at home, it is not going to encourage people like this to stay and work in our area. MRS. JENNIFER ANGUS Lethbridge Editor's note: The story in question was not written by a Herald reporter, but was picked up from the Canadian Press news service. Mystifying cartoon I would like to ask a ques- tion of the artist of the so- called cartoon about the hamlet of Skiff which appeared in The Herald (Feb. Just what is the artist trying to put across? His attempts at humor fail us and to top it all off are untrue. Skiff is very much alive, NOT CLOSED FOR A FUNERAL OR 'MOVED TO FOREMOST OR WHATEVER. The grocery store and post office are open for business. Perhaps he should make another visit to Skiff to check out his facts, although I doubt if he'll be very welcome. Next he'll be saying Foremost and Warner have blown east with the wind. RODGER SHEILA SEEMAN Foremost Another vote for Siwik 1 would like to have city council reconsider the proposal of the community services department to name the new northside pool, iue Stan Siwik Family Pool. According to The Herald, the council rejected the name because it did not want to set a precedent. This is a weak argument indeed. Stan Siwik has made an outstanding contribution to swimming. He has not only encouraged many youngsters in swimming, he has1 also encouraged them scholastically. His swimmers have gone on to be Rhodes doctors, teachers and community leaders with at least part of the discipline and determination having come from Stan. Stan's service to the community cannot be measured in mere dollars and cents. Stan gave far more to the city of Lethbridge in the form of his own time and talents than if he had only given a "substantial donation" for pool construction costs. I agree with the community services department, that the new pool most assuredly should be named after the one man who did most for Lethbridge swimming for over 25 years Mr. Stan Siwik. GEORGEAN HARPER Lethbridge A parent's luxury For 56 years, wise community leaders (both drinkers and non-drinkers) have ruled against alcohol and cigarettes in the Milk River School. Is this tradition no longer effective? Are our modern..less archaic liquor laws proving successful? The LeDain Commission and some medical authorities have cited nicotine and alcohol to be our two most dangerous drugs. Do parents have the right to demand a luxury which will make the teachers' job of discipline even more difficult? Are parents not saying. "Do as I say. not as I Would the students have demanded the right to smoke in the school, if they had not seen their elders enjoying that privilege? Will our sweet benign youngsters stand patiently by. waiting for the glorious day when they will be adult enough to enjoy a few drinks in a high-class drinking establishment the Erie Rivers High? I wonder! These same parents would turn thumbs down to a vote concerning pot in the school. Hopefully the next generation will be even more broad- minded, and their traditions, less archaic. GRACE SNOW Milk River Editor's note: The letter refers to a decision nude in January graatiag liqwr privileges to admit gathertegs the scfewl gym. Grraps seekiig privileges mst first make KpreseMatlOT to the Milk River Ucai Board. The Lethbridge Herald TJh SI. S. UfTKbrtSge. Alberta lETHSBlDGE HEHALD CO artf iacwnd Out Mafl HegWtraflon No 0042 CLEO MOWERS. EOttrr and DON H P1U.1NO OOKAIOR OOWAM General Manager F. MILES ASvertistng Manager WAIK6R Page Edftor THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" Wl PEYTON Circulation Menager KENNETH BARNETT ;