Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Monday, February 12, 1973 Games benefits Hosting the Canada Winter Games in 1975 should do a lot more for Southern Alberta than merely enhance the economy of the area. The economic benefits expected to accrue undoubtedly will be substantial and it would be hypocritical to deny that some of the interest in getting the Games has had a commercial tinge. But now this aspect can be allowed to fade somewhat while other benefits come to the fore. Perhaps the most significant thing that can come of the Games will be the cohesion it will give to the whole area. Already during the planning of the presentation a splendid co-operative spirit has been manifest as people from various communities worked together. It would be surprising if this demonstration of co-opera-tiveness was not a telling factor in the choice of Southern Alberta over other bidders for the Games. As people from the city and surrounding communities continue to work together in planning for the Games, other areas in which a cooperative approach could be applied might be suggested and acted upon. Commercial and cultural as well as recreational development could benefit from united planning. The experience gained from planning and staging the Games will bring enrichment into the lives of a great many people. Other intangible values will also come from mingling with the participants and spectators who come from all parts of the country for the Games themselves. There may even be something salutary about witnessing the Games. The grabbiness and grubbiness of so much of professional sport has engendered a kind of sickness of the spirit. If something of the pleasure of merely participating in sports comes through in the Canada Winter Games, health might be restored. These are some of the objectives that could evoke the enthusiastic support of people throughout the district in the huge task that lies ahead in preparing for the Games. The cultivation of good attitudes, not the acquiring of more dollars, ought to be of greatest concern. Abandoning the field Failure of downtown merchants to offer their potential customers uniform shopping hours could very well mean abandoning the field to the shopping centre complexes. The hotchpotch of closings being contemplated is enough to discourage even city people from venturing downtown, to say nothing of people journeying from the surrounding area. A good deal of sympathy can be mustered for the independent merchants in this day of extended shopping hours. When a majority of people tend to concentrate their buying on certain days of the week it does seem foolish and wasteful to remain open during the times when experience shows little or no business is transacted. Yet stores make their money by catering to the customers. Keeping track of which stores are open on which days and at what hours is not something that most people can be counted on to do. A few frustrating visits to the downtown could turn customers away permanently. Naturally the independent merchants have a right to set their hours. The fewer the regulations imposed on them the better. But the freedom to act independently is almost always qualified; *in this instance it should be qualified by consideration of the effect individual decisions will have on the whole. It is to be hoped that the downtown merchants can agree on uniform closings. Unless they do the consequences could be unfortunate. ART BUCHWALD The Godfather never forgives WASHINGTON - "Godfather, now that the war with the Hanoichese family is over I have a favor to ask of you." "What is it, my son?" "Will you forgive all those involved in the recent unpleasantness?" "Of course I will. I am sending my con-rigliore, 'Henry the Kiss,' to see the Hanoichese family this week and make them an offer they can't refuse." "I wasn't thinking about the Hanoichese, Godfather. I was thinking about members of your own family." "You want me to forgive members of ;my own family?" "The war is finished, Godfather. Why do you still hold a grudge against the people you live with?" .. "Because they did not support me when I was fighting the Hanoichese. Everyone makes mistakes, but we all have to pay for our mistakes." "We have to heal the wounds of the family, Godfather. We have to rebuild the morale of the organization which was ruined by the war. The family is in shambles." "Well let me tell you something. I could have worked out a deal with the Hanoichese family long ago had it not been for members of my own family who kept encouraging the Hanoichese family to continue the fighting. I wanted a peace with honor. But all they were screaming was 'Stop the bombing.' They wanted me to cut and run. But I wouldn't listen to them. And now they're going to suffer. I am going to make them pay for their disloyalty." "Godfather, what good is it to have the family at one another's throats. If you can live with the Hanoichese and Kremlin-chio and Pekinatti families, surely you can find a way to live with your own family." "The first thing the Godfather must have from his people is loyalty. I will not make peace with this sellout brigade. I know they hate me. They've always hated me. But I don't care if they hate me or not. Do you want to know why?" "Why, Godfather?" "Because I hate them. A Godfather must be tough, ruthless. Forgiveness is a sign of weakness. It's no problem to forgive my enemies, but I can never pardon members of my own family for criticizing the way I ran the war." "I agree it's hard to forgive. But what you need now is the respect and allegiance of everyone in the family. You can't get that by continuing to hate the ones who disagreed with you." "You don't know me very well. I don't want respect and allegiance. I want them to hurt; all of them - particularly the ones who called me names behind my back. I want them to crawl on their knees to me and kiss my feet." "Then will you forgive them?" "No." "Wei, at least it's good to know where you stand." "My son, after we made a deal with the Hanoichese I could have done the popular thing, the easy thing, and made peace with' my own family. But I chose the unpopular way, the hard way. I chose to shaft the rats in my own family who made my life so miserable for the last four years." "All right, Godfather. What are your orders?" "I want to put out a contract on George McGovern, Frank Church, Ramsey Clark, Jane Fonda, Dr. Spock, Bishop Paul Moore, Teddy Kennedy and William Fulbright, for starters. We'll take care of the newspapers later. We're going to clean out this family once and for all." Sleeping in peace By Dong Walker Following my disclosure of a little nap he took in church, Frank MacDiarmid was absent on Sunday morning from the south Bide pews in McKillop United Church where he usually sits. He chose to sit in the north Bide pews. Anyone familiar with the seating habits of churchgoers will immediately know that Frank must have been unusually motivated to have made such a drastic move. Churchgoers almost never stray from their usual pew habitat. In the narthex after the service Frank admitted, with a candor uncharacteristic (for a banker, that he was avoiding me. I didn't detect any animosity, however, so I assume that Frank merely wants to be able to sleep in peace without the fact being noted for public consumption. Letters Liberators? I have read that touching Griffith's letter of how the liberating armies will soon get rid of the crooked governments of various Indochina countries. I have nothing to say regaird-ing those governments but to call them ruthless, murderous and merciless Communists; liberators does not display amy regard for the truth whatever. It may be, for all I know, a fact that whole battalions of South Vietnamese have gone over to the enemy. Since they have no hope and are being abandoned they may very weU choose slavery to a painful death to which many, many South Vietnamese are going to be subjected and to which the writer of that letter doesn't care a fig. Why do I bother to write? I don't want any such liberating army here. And I don't need anybody softening us up for such a takeover. Magrath J. A. SPENCER Save animals ". . . could you be more specific than a simple cry of help?" Whither the V of L? (1) The government looks at university What does the government see as the "role of the University of Lethbridge within the system of advanced education in the province? If the financial forecast given the universities is right and they are to have less than the usual cost of inflation increase, are they to retrench, to cut out programs, and if so, who determines what programs? What kind of incentives does the government see as appropriate to encourage enrolment at the University of Lethbridge to sustain the institution over the long haul? These questions were put to Mr. James Foster, minister of the department of advanced education, in an interview in Edmonton in late January. The interview was part of an assignment to take a look at post-secondary education in Alberta with reference to the University of Lethbridge and political and economic factors. It included interviews with Mr. Foster, members of the universities commission and others in the department of advanced education, with three of the college presidents and*others within the university community, in addition to research and personal observation. "We'd like to know what role the institutions wish to set for themselves," Mr. Foster said. "We're not in a position to make this assessment." He spent some time on the point, explaining that his department would assume the responsibilities of the soon-to-be-defunct universities commission which had had, as one of its purposes, an obligation to prevent unnecessary duplication. He said that these terms of reference had helped determine the role of institutions and his department would assume this function. "But we are not going to sit down here and decide what role the institutions should have and impose it on them. It rests with the institution itself and with its board of governors." In connection with the latter group, he said his department would like to strengthen the boards of governors by adding more members of the public, because as set up, he said, they are overworked. "I understand the anxiety that exists (among the universities)," he commented in connection with the re-organization plan. He said he realized that there was a natural fear that when one system is replaced by another "you are apt to sacrifice some of your autonomy." "We don't think that's going to happen," he said. Foster said he felt part of the anxiety stemmed from the fact that "we are moving faster than people are accustomed to," but did not elaborate on the need for such a pace. He said the original model of a reorganization plan had been scrapped. It had, he added, raised a good deal of reaction. It was this original model which had caused the Calgary Herald to editorialize, in a bit of crusty wit entitled, Three-headed trojan horse: "It is appropriate that rumors of a new provincial office to replace the universities and colleges commission have come out of Lethbridge. In terms of the high-education scene, that city is just about as far from the seat of government as one can get -and this proposal sounds as if it should never come within arm's length of the Lougheed cabinet." Although Foster did not elaborate at that time on the new plan for reorganization of his department, the one which was adopted by the cabinet January 30 is almost identical with the one laid out in master plan number one, bearing the additional tiffle, Post - Sscondary Non-University Education, pre- o ran ijWt^Uc "I just ilnhhei reeding 'I'm OX* Yotfn O.K.,' Goi-iother, and I want vou should luiOTf-Wt'/� OJU pared by Dr. R. A. Bosetti for the Alberta Colleges Commission. The commission is currently holding hearings On this plan. When the interview shifted to . financial predictions which had been given the universities, Foster said quite bluntly that the grants this year were more generous than they should have been when considering the fact that "we feel the university system is operating at a level other than one which the current enrolment would justify." He said he recognized that "universities being what they are," the institutions were not going to be able to make staff and service decisions immediately and that this was a year of grace, as it were, to give them time to make these decisions. He said that the University of Lethbridge falls into this category and that the expenditure of money there is not justified by the numbers of students enroled. He did add, after some discussion of the point, that the minimal level of dollar operations in a university is not tied solely into enrolment. He also emphasized that he did not think an expanded program would solve the problem. He seemed to regard this avenue as simply an upward spiral of costs. (The universities commission recently turned down the U of L's proposal for a multi-disciplinary program in management arts, Which had been approved by the board of governors after a considerable, amount of work on the part of faculty and staff.) In answer to a question about declining enrolments and reasons why students may not go on to higher education, he said his department could do a better job of providing information in student counselling and putting out information on such things as job possibilities. There followed a discussion of financial incentives for students to help the enrolment picture at the university, possibly through the student finance board. Almost as though he were thinking out loud, Foster asked the question, "Can we justify additional assistance to one institution? I'm coming to the conclusion that we can," he said. When the interview returned to this point later, the minister said again that financial support for students was a real possibility. He pointed out that Alberta is a net exporter of students, with more going outside the province than are coming in. "Now that we have all kinds of space, perhaps we should consider using resources closer to home and perhaps should consider not financing students for studies outside the province if their courses are offered here." Although the possibility of student incentives was new and the question of university financing is critical, the most interesting point in the interview came as a result of a discussion of enrolment, public In a Herald story, February 5, there seems to be some doubt as to the name of a trapper. But there is little doubt that man in his ignorance will continue to justify cruel and brutal treatment of animals in the name of fashion, lover of the out-of-doors, supplementing Jeanne Beaty family income etc ~_tL D� the creatures held by leg-hold traps suffer any less than would a pet dog, cat or bird, just because we cannot hear their cries of pain and .terror? Think of the suffering endured for the fur coat in the closet or the new (wild) fur coat you wish to purchase. High quality furs can be obtained economically and humanely on fur farms, without the additional wastage resulting from unwanted aniamla and birds being caught. The animals have little enough going for them In the fight against the leg-hold trap. The fact the barbaric instrument has been used for hundreds of years without being improved should bear this out. Speak for these creatures who cannot speak for themselves. Write Dr. Allan A. War-rack, Minister of Lands and Forests, Legislative Building, Edmonton. Also, for a minimum of two dollars you can become a member of The Canadian Association for Humane Trapping, Box 9, Site 13, R.R. 2., Calgary. GERALD E. TRUSCOTT Lethbridge. Bring Queen May we take the liberty, to appeal to the residents in and around the area to come to the support of Fort Macleod in the efforts to have the Queen visit here while in Alberta. We are sure all areas of southern Alberta would benefit in some way should 'Her Majesty' find the time to come to our little town. We do not ask that she give up her trip to Calgary, but we do want to let her know we are only 90 miles away and maybe Fort Macleod can be honored with just a few hours. Readers . . . please help us to achieve this highlight during the RCMP's and Fort Macleod's centennial celebrations, and . send your letters to:- His Excellency, Gov. - Gen. Roland Michener, in Ottawa. THE FORT MACLEOD LIONETTE'S CLUB Fort Macleod relations and community attitudes. Foster issued what really amounted to a challenge to the people of the southernmost part of the province. "They made a great deal of noise about getting a university," he said, "and whether it will succeed will depend on what the community will do about it - and what the university will do about it and what the government will do about it. We'll do our share and then some but a large share of that future will surely have to come from the community. "It is a good university and will continue to be a university," he declared, "and there is no possibility in my mind that Lethbridge will not continue to be a university. "And it will continue to receive a level of financial support and other (support)," he reiterated, "but we ask the people of Southern Alberta to make a similar commitment." Foster spoke with manifest sincerity - the same sincerity evidenced by Premier Lougheed when he spoke of the university's future last September during the official opening ceremonies. Nevertheless, there is an obvious, if implicit, difference of opinion between the government and its department of advanced education in Edmonton on the one hand and the university administrators on the other hand as to the definition and purposes of a university. This difference of opinion is very noticeable when one evaluates the statements that are made and' the budget figures which accompany them. At what level of operation can a university still think of itself as a university? This is the vital question, although it can be disguised semantically. If programs must be cut back (Foster did not mention this in the interview but a letter from him to the universities commission dated Dec. 27, 1972, speaks of "adjustments in mo-grams, services and staffing arrangements necessitated by shifting enrolments and changing priorities"), is this, perhaps, a political decision that should be made as such and not hidden in the budget? These are questions which need, first, to be recognized, and second to be answered. There is. of course, a third question. Will the government change its mind or modify its proposals? It has apparently been looking at every aspect of the educational scene with an eye to possible change and its proposals sometimes seem to serve merely as straws in the wind. 'Crazy Capers' Cao.J'have a raise now I've got this certificate from my doctor saying I suffer from malnutrition, sir? The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD 00. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! 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 circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Assoclaie Editor ROY F. 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