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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wcdntidiy, February 12, EDITOKIALS Justice is also public business A provincial court judge in Calgary has been handing out stiff sentences for shoplifting six months to a 16 year old for stealing worth of pop bottles, two months to a first'- of fender youth for stealing a sausage, and so on. This is the judge's right and privilege. If the sentences are too harsh there are ways of correcting them. But the administration of justice is not the exclusive concern of the courts. It is the public's business, and the people have every right to debate the law and its application in every area. Doubtless assuming that that was the case, there has been some public discus- sion in Calgary, verbally and in print, about this judge's pattern of sentencing for shoplifting. The judge's reaction was swift, stern and arrogant. No one had the right to question his attitude toward crime and criminals, and some of the published criticism "constituted contempt of he.said. People can be put in jail, without trial, for contempt of court. This matter had better be straightened out immediately, by the attorney general. Either that judge should be reprimanded, not' for his pattern of sentencing shop lifters but for his attempt to throttle public discussion of the matter, or something had better be done to restore or reaffirm the freedoms that most people thought they enjoyed. This is altogether too serious a matter to be left dangling. Mrs. Thatcher wins International Women's Year couldn't have received a better boost than it got yesterday when Mrs. Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of the British Conser- vative party. All the sloganeering, speech making, gimmicks and gestures are as nothing compared to the effect this will have in advancing the cause of women's rights. There isn't much doubt that Mrs. Thatcher will be a worthy symbol of that equal ability proclaimed by women's ad- vocates. She hasn't much to prove because so much has already been demonstrated during her 15 years in Parliament. Mrs. Thatcher displayed honesty and courage when she dared to put herself into contention against Edward Heath, the former prime minister and leader of the party for 10 years. Something can be said for those who held back out of loyal- ty to their leader but the time comes when the rumblings of discontent should not be ignored for the sake of the party and the leader. It is no kindness to allow a person to become unwanted and sapped of support, finally to be eliminated in some messy fashion. Mrs. Thatcher took out her opponent in a clean contest. While the new Conservative leader has many qualities sure to win voters, it is not certain that she can sell her distinct- ly rightist economic doctrine. She holds that there should be minimum state intervention in running the national economy and that inflation can best be dealt with by reducing public expen- diture and diminishing the money supply. It would be of great interest to see what a truly Conservative leader in one of the industrialized nations could do to change conditions for the better, es- pecially in a nation as sick as Britain. Yet even if Mrs. Thatcher were to become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom and instituted some of her programs, a recovery might not be the indisputable result of her leadership. The effect of North Sea oil is bound to help the British economy no matter what economic doctrine prevails. Mrs. Thatcher would be the beneficiary of that development willynilly of the measures she might introduce. The future looks bright for Mrs. Thatcher and for the cause of women. A swing back All those people who held reservations about the sexual revolution of the 1960s will be interested in but not surprised by the observations of a group of psy- chologists, physicians arid sociologists made before the 141st annual meeting of the American Association for the Ad- vancement of Science. There seems to be a swing back from treating sex as an end in itself to seeing it as part of an endur- ing relationship. "The tendency to reduce sex to pure animalistic behavior is about played said Dr. Amitai Etzioni, a Colum- bia University sociologist. "Those who championed sexual free fall are now more interested in affectionate bonding. they are searching for new forms, like extended families, contractual marriages or sequential mono- gamies Other speakers at the AAAS meeting held similar views to those of Dr. Etzioni. Their views were shaped, they said, by their research and records. One explanation offered for the ap- parent fizzling of the sexual revolution, in its more extreme forms at least, is that in times of economic hardship peo- ple tend to revert to more conservative behavior. That would be acceptable if these were really times of economic hardship, which they aren't except for a small percentage of the North American population. A more plausible reason for the aban- donment of a swinging sex life is the observation of Dr. Robert Kolodny, director of endocrine research at the Reproductive Biology Research Founda- tion in St. Louis, Missouri, that it was found to be more enslaving than freeing. It is a life that is too emotionally arid physically difficult to sustain, he said. Maybe the fact that many "old fashioned" marriages have survived the buffetting of the times, bringing the very fulfilment sought unsuccessfully in so many other ways, has also had an effect. That might be a hard thing to document but not beyond belief. ERIC NICOL Keeping the children occupied The backlash against delinquent juveniles is watched with interest by us parents who have had to live with the permissive tenet: "There are no bad boys, only bad fathers." I know several bad fathers who, like me, have worn themselves down to the rim in the effort to prevent their kids from growing up dead rotten. Our philosophy has been: "Keep the kid occupied with a wholesome activity." This means getting up at 5 a.m. to drive the kid to a hockey practice where the kid has 500 worth of orthodontic brace removed along with the teeth. As far as I know, no one has made a survey of the damage to fathers caused by the generation, the havoc wrought on us rapidly greying chauffeurs of lads clad in a small fortune of sports equipment. But the ravage must be comparable to those by VD among the Sandwich Islanders. Many of us bad fathers no longer have any sensation below the ankles. This results from multiple seasons of standing in ice arenas or boggy soccer fields, watching the male heir avoid a career of crime by tripping the referee. A few of us are lucky enough to have kids whose activity is swimming. On the whole, it is less damaging to sit in a warm, humid aquatic centre, even though your effective vision is gradually dimmed by the fumes of chlorine. Bad fathers run up and down the sidelines, hollering at their sons and keeping their own circulation going enough to support their vital organs. We less bad fathers know that in order to spare the kid Little League Hypertension we must remain perfectly still, uttering no sound, waiting till half time before we move to break the icicles off our nose. On any given Saturday or Sunday, the length and breadth of this land, thousands of potentially bad fathers may be found frozen rigid beside various sports venues, pathetic victims of their own restraint. Many's the time I have had to be chipped out of the tundra and carried, like an Egyp- tian monolith, to higher ground and thawed out by transfusions of hot coffee. When you consider that a good many bad fathers escort their kids to athletic contests in which the kid doesn't even get off the bench, you have something like an epic of parental commitment. The father must congratulate his son on the way he picked his nose. He waits till he gets home anywhere up to miles to look himself in the bathroom and vent his opinion of the coach. (Yes, I know that these ordeals are shared by bad mothers, but because women have more fatty tissue than men their suffering is not as Promethean.) Despite this enormous sacrifice in the name of saving the son-daughter from falling into the slippery toils of the grease gang, juvenile delinquency grows worse. No boy can be persuaded to play football seven nights a week, even if his father is willing to hold the flashlight. And it takes only one evening of idleness for the Devil to move onto the pitch. What is to be done? Enlist the kid in a quasi military organization? I know a bad father who feels better about his son because the boy is fully occupied as a member of the Hitler Youth Group. "Sometimes the thump of his goose stepp- ing around his room gets on my says this father, "but he's much neater around the moustache." The problem is that boys will be boys, and so will girls if they've a mind to, and we must devise a challenge to help relieve that dis- tressing though temporary condition. One that lets bad old dad off the hook. "How are things in Southern A green smokescreen By Paul Heiiyer, Toronto Sun commentator OTTAWA The government's Green Paper on Immigration Policy is blow- ing up a storm of controversy. It will rage, with varying intensity, until a concensus is reached or, more likely, until the government finally acts in the absence of one. The new legislation, when it is presented, will not please everyone. The tensions and opposing views both in the government and in the country are very real. One school of thought holds that Canada has the real estate and the resources to support a population of 50 to 100 million. The opposite school suggests zero population growth as an urgent goal and believes that immigration should not be a net contributor to an increas- ed population. TTien there is the tricky problem of linquistic balance. Many Quebeckers, including some federal ministers, would like to reduce the flow of im- migrants to the level where the proportion of French speaking immigrants is not less than 28 per cent of the total. A policy along these lines would reduce total im- migration to a trickle. The mere suggestion makes Westerners see red and mutterings of "racism" are heard. But the racism issue is not confined to language. The proportion of migrants from Caribbean and Asian countries has increased dramatically of late. The con- tinued admittance of "nominated" relatives could produce an avalanche. The government, without ad- mitting it openly, is very concerned. Several MPs have received considerable "hate" mail. Canadians, it seems, are not as pure and lacking in bigotry as was presumed when the nearest problem was south of the border. A double standard is evident. The tug of war between inner thoughts and publicly proclaimed positions is soul rending for many. Then there is the inexorable trade off between economic and social considerations. Should the availability of jobs in the Canadian economy be a primary consideration in allowing people to come? Or is the re unification of the family and other aspects of paramount importance? It is a dilemma for which there is no easy or pat solution. Much of the present problem relates to the con- scious decision of a few years ago to permit visitors to Canada to apply for landed status without first returning to their homeland. Once this became known of thousands of migrants came to Canada as visitors with the 'express intention of avoiding "normal channels" in gaining access. When Otto Lang was minister of immigration, he recognized the problem in its early stages and made a valiant attempt to plug the leak before the deluge. But in a rare and heated disagree- ment with the prime minister, he was overruled. The mass entry of tens of thousands of "illegals" and the ad- ministrative nightmare they pose accelerated. With a situation totally out of hand and seemingly beyond control, the government's number one trouble shooter, Hon. Robert Andras, was call- ed to the rescue. He recommended extraordinary measures to "regularize" the situation, including an amnes- ty for tens of thousands of "illegals" who registered voluntarily and a ban on visitor applications to remain as immigrants. One major problem remains. It is the right of landed immigrants to nominate relatives for ad- mission. Until this "loop- hole" is plugged, the sparks caused by the mass of illegals will go on and on. In this context, the introduc- tion of the Green Paper, with its emphasis on public discus- sion and "participatory appears suspiciously like a smokescreen designed to hide the origin of the conflagration while government fire fighters dash madly about looking for a politically non toxic chemical to limit the flame. Mr. Jake Epp, MP, the PC spokesman on im- migration, alleges that it is in fact a smokescreen designed to permit the government to continue to posture a non dis- criminatory "liberal" policy while in fact clamping down in reaction to public pressure. Meanwhile the torrent of words on the subject tends to reduce people to numbers. How many tens of thousands of immigrants can Canada ab- sorb? Potential citizens tend to be categorized as ciphers rather than as human beings. It is a trend of the times. The impact of immigration on Canada has been tremen- dous. With the exception of the native peoples, our ancestors have all come to this country in the last few decades or centuries some sooner and some later. So few Canadians are in a position to cast aspersions on people coming from other lands. Most are not s.o insensitive that they fail to appreciate the contribution of "adopted" Canadians. It may be true that our three largest cities have benefited most from im- migrants and, as a result, they have a strong continuing pull for newcomers. But it should not be beyond our ingenuity to provide other exciting possibilities and to engage the enthusiasm arid creativity of new arrivals in their development. No doubt in the evolution of a new immigration policy as in the application of the old a balance will be struck. But it would be acute myopia to ignore the benefits of the cross pollination of ideas and cultures. Canada has a con- tinuing need for the kinds of people who have made it what it is. Letters Nixon Justice Fund It is not easy to take this message to the attention of world public opinion and appeal for understanding and help and succor. Yet I must, riot because Americans are in- different; after all, they are among the most generous with their resources, but because of the prevailing political climate that precipitated the "judicial" coup d'etat of President Nixon and the continuous hostility toward the former president being fermented by a large and influential segment of the American media it is impossi- ble to get a fair hearing. Susan Ford, in an interview Dec. 9, expressed approval of her father's pardon for Mr. Nixon: "It's only fair. Congress is out to get him. I think it's bad enough what they've done to him already. They were going to stab him in the back. It's a nasty game, and I don't like it." Although Richard Nixon is no longer in the White House the campaign of vengeance against him has not abated. He was not a perfect president, for he is not a perfect man. Who among us is? He has made mistakes; errors in judgment. Which president hasn't? But he accomplished many, many remarkable and heroic things during his presidency. He ended the Vietnam War, into which his political enemies had originally blundered, and brought home POWs. He put strict coijstruc- tionists on the Supreme Court, a legal legacy that will endure for decades. He achieved a ceasefire in the Middle East and worked every day and night of his presidency to build a lasting structure of peace for our children's children and yours. Do you remember how he refused to bend to the mobs that marched on Washington flying Communist flags? Do you remember how he calmed the nation's cam- puses? Do you remember how he guided the SALT negotiations step by step so that the children all over the world may sleep more safely tonight in a less dangerous nuclear age? Do you remember how he represented us proudly in Moscow and Peking willing to talk but never willing to bow? And yet, at this very moment, Richard Nixon is the target of civil suits brought against him by an assortment of his self serving detrac- tors. The legal fees are ab- solutely staggering! And it is a travesty of justice that our former president should be liable for them. He needs our help, yours and mine. That is why we have formed the President Nixon Justice Fund as a sign of our esteem, gratitude and respect for Richard Nixon the man, the president, the architect of peace. I ask readers to make a sacrifice today, to send a contribution to the President Nixon Justice Fund. I ask readers to reflect upon the lifetime of service which Richard Nixon rendered to his country and to the world and ask yourself if he does not deserve a little something from all of us now. Please give our appeal your most earnest and prayerful consideration and then send what you think you can and then a little more. You may send your letters of en- couragement and assistance to President Richard Nixon, The President Nixon Justice Fund, San Clemente, Califor- nia, U.S.A., RABBI BARUCH KORFF Washington, D.C. Unpoliced traffic During the winter months motorists are faced with many driving hazards, es- pecially when icy conditions occur. I feel that the city police are very slack in patrolling many of the neighborhoods where children are regularly playing hockey on the main thoroughfares and causing drivers to skid so as to avoid hitting the children in- volved. This is a situation that should be corrected before un- due accidents create a further problem. The main thoroughfare on 5th Avenue South, south of the four schools, is a good exam- ple of unpoliced traffic and pedestrian confusion. In this area our teen-age drivers delight in attempting to make u-turns and double park while through traffic is attempting to proceed at a controlled speed. This, coupled with the many jay-walkers in this area, makes a cautious driver shudder and sweat. Careful consideration should be given to the elimina- tion of all parking on the north side of this avenue adjacent to the respective schools. Perhaps our south side alderman should take heed and action before some fatal accident occurs. BETH ALEXANDER Lethbridge Irregular buses I am writing to complain about the buses on the south side of the city that arrive much later than usual and at irregular times. I doubt that everyone had read the notice of the new changes that has appeared in The Herald earlier. Why doesn't the transit system publish it again? If they will publish it I wonder if they will also include notices in the buses not everyone reads the paper. I hope they indicate on the bulletin the proper times of Route 1 and 3. I have watched many people waiting for the bus and have observed that is has recently been late or didn't stop. I wonder what will happen now that the Games have begun and a person plans to catch the bus. Suppose he didn't notice the first bulletin, wanted to catch the bus, miss- ed it, also causing him to not attend the event. I hope the transit system isn't going to let this happen. A STUDENT OF CCHS Lethbridge Underpass not sanded Evorytime it snows there is a hold-up of traffic along the underpass on Mayor Magrath Drive. I feel that the pass should be sanded down earlier than what they have been. Driving along the roads I have noticed that some of the alleys have been sanded down and yet the underpass has not been sanded until late in the morning. The problem is that school buses must wait until cars regain enough traction before the buses can proceed through the underpass. If sanding was done earlier in the morning it would be more convenient for employees and school buses who are trying to deliver students to school. LEANNE STILSON Lethbridge The Lethbridge Herald 504 7tn St. S. Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mail Registration No. 0012 CLEO MOWERS. Editor and Publisher DON. H. PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. DORAM General Manager ROV f. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M. FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. BAHNETT Business Manager "Mind yon Ike whole purpose behind government greea paper OR ImfnlgritioB If to itlmulate dlicnsiion "THE HERALD SERVES THE ;