Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 LETHBRIOQE HERALD Wcdntsday, February Private rehabilitation centre Rehabilitation of alcoholics is a crying need in society today. Centres for this purpose have proved to be one good way of meeting the need. The proposal, then, of Mr. Helmut Rudolph to enter the field of a private enterpriser to enter the field is welcome in principle at least. Councillors of the Cardston Municipal District are doubtless correct in calling the plan courageous. There are a lot of headaches and some disappointments in store for those who undertake to establish rehabilitation centres. Very likely the gentleman knows generally what the problems are and has tried to anticipate them in his plans. One thing he should not have to worry about is the lack of potential clients Even when the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission gets its halfway house established in Lethbridge the competition for clients should not be of much concern there are plenty of people who could benefit from the opportunity to work on their problem. The truth is that it would be an advantage to have both a rural and an urban centre. They would cater to people with somewhat different needs. In a sense a relatively isolated setting is the more basic, helpful particularly in getting people launched in a recovery program. Urban-based centres provide a stabilizing influence for those who are trying to get re-established in the community, going out from the centre to jobs and social activities. Thus centres in the two different settings could be complementary. Rehabilitation work in the field of alcoholism has not had much attention from private enterprise in Canada; here it has mostly been the preserve of churches and government agencies. Centres have been operated privately, however, in the United States and elsewhere. It should be possible to make a success of such a venture in Southern Alberta as well. What kind of French? The Herald has often argued that every Canadian should be able to use both English and French. While it may be unrealistic to expect all adult English- speaking Western Canadians to learn French, it is not too much to insist that all children be taught it at an early age. But who should teach it? And what kind of French? The "pure" French of France, or the corrupted kind of Quebec? This is being argued in Ottawa newspapers. A persuasive statement was made recently by a linguistics expert at the University of Ottawa. He points out that every widespread language has numerous local dialects. The trick is to be able to speak one well, preferably the best or purest, and to be able to understand the others. In English, which so many Western Canadians are afraid to venture away from, that of the BBC is probably the purest by any standard. Certainly that of the CBC is different from that of the BBC, and standard American English is different yet. Western Canadian children don't learn BBC English. They learn Canadian English, because that is what their parents and schools use. However, in tackling a second language such as French, the Ottawa expert recommends the child should first be exposed to the good international French of Paris. Then when he has some facility with it, he should be taught to understand that of French Canada. Speak the best, but be able to cope with the dialects, is his advice. ERIC NICOL Act of contrition needed The U.S. Senate has adopted a resolution calling for observance of a "national day of humiliation, fasting and prayer" on April 30 The resolution says that because of the nation's failings" it behooves us to humble ourselves before almighty God, to confess our Sgtional sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness." "'The observance of U.S Prayer Day puts Canada in a rather awkward position, "like the adoption of daylight saving time this winter, it is an American lead that Canadians may feel obliged to follow, if only tp-avoid clashes in TV programming. -.If Canada ignores April 30, and the fact that Hie great nation to the south is solemnly engaged in humiliating itself with fasting and prayer, we lay ourselves open to the charge df-regarding ourselves as holier-than-thou. It is not very nice to go on stuffing our faces and tossing the chicken bones over our shoulders while our neighbor and best friend is mortifying the flesh. This is not to suggest that we adopt a continental policy of purgation of national sins According to a recent study, though the U.S. has only about four per cent of the world's population, it commits 84 per cent of the world's sin. Americans engage in sins that many undeveloped countries haven't even thought of. despite the Peace Corps. It has been obvious for some time that the U.S. cannot continue to wallow in moral turpitude at the rate it has been wallowing without exhausting itself by the year 2000. Canada has not been far behind. We are running in muck at a pace that keeps us bunched with the U.S. Sweden. Denmark and Macao There can be little doubt that it Behooves us. too. to humble ourselves and prav for clemency and forgiveness, as soon as other orders are filled. In the past we have ducked any responsibility for trespasses on the grounds that we import most of our sins from the States. Pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy we pick up the lot, with the possible exception of sloth, from U.S. television commercials. It would never occur to us so goes the argument to buy magazines like Playboy and Viva had not American visitors left copies lying around in Canadian airports, bus depots, hotels where our innocent gaze was exposed to the spores of wickedness. Whatever the validity of blaming U.S. cultural domination for Canada's vices, as opposed to tracing them to congenital weakness inherited from an altogether too merry England and a libidinous France, the question What do we intend to do about climbing out of the sink of inquity' What act of contrition can we perform to complement the U.S. Prayer Day of next April 30? Watching only CBC television documentaries is a beginning But do we not need something more focal, something that encourages Canadians to beat their breasts in unison? A new Canadian holiday has been recommended by a Commons committee, with the name Heritage Day, to be observed in February. The committee said nothing about fasting and prayer, however. On the contrary, the new holiday seems to be motivated by nothing more than a desire for a bit of additional sloth between Christmas and Easter. The situation bears watching. While we are preening ourselves on being socially and politically more moral than the Americans, they may quietly restore decency, virtue and God-fearing humility to the American way of life. And Canada becomes known as the dirty old man of North America. Uncle Sam. in thy orisons, be all our sins remember'd. Letters Trophy Canadian class war possible By Anthony Westell, Toronto Star commentator OTTAWA The class war was supposed to have ended in Britain, for practical political purposes, a quarter century Sharp social and cultural distinctions remained to divide the population But economic growth and rising incomes made the workers feel almost middle class and upwardly mobile, while the Labor party shared with the Conservative Party political control of the state. Ideology was dead, pragmatic politics were in, .and parliamentary democracy was to ensure that the national interest would prevail over class interest. Suddenly there is again talk of a class war. The confrontation between Prime Minister Edward Heath and the coal miners is commonly reported in those terms, and the country is launched into an election campaign which threatens to be bitter and divisive a war rather than a reconciliation of competing claims through the ballot box. What has gone wrong? The question is important- in Canada because we seem to be facing some of the same economic problems which have so abruptly changed the tone of politics in Britain. Fortunately, we do not have social and cultural distinctions deeply embedded in the education system and the public consciousness. But there is rising concern and even fear about the economic system and the way it divides wealth. When the economy is expanding and there is confidence in the future, political problems are about how to share the growing national income. There are competing claims by the different economic classes the poor, the wage-earner, the small businessman, the capitalist but the political debate tends not to be bitter or divisive as long as everybody is improving Bis position and expects to do even better next year. That has been the prevailing economic and political climate in Britain, Canada and most other Western countries since the Second World War. But now the mood seems to be changing. Inflation is the root of the problem. It is undermining confidence in the economic system and the future Fear is breeding suspicion and the search for a villain. The unions are accused of being greedy and forcing up wages and therefore prices. The corporations are said to be ripping off consumers and taxpayers. The poor are alleged to be exploiting the welfare system. The young are lazy; the civil servants incompetent; the politicians self-seeking. The social contract which makes it possible for economic classes to live together is losing credibility and differences are being accentuated. The situation is likely to get worse rather than better in the year ahead in Canada. Prices continue to rise with no end in sight, and Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield rightly concerned at the damage to the social and economic system is sharpening the political debate. He promises to make it the dominant issue when Parliament resumes this month and in the election that is likely in the spring or summer The threat is that the debate will raise public concern and deepen divisions without producing solutions and therefore make the situation worse provoking perhaps the sort of class war which is threatening Britain. The Liberal government has no idea what to do about inflation, beyond blaming it on external causes and raising social security allowances to ease the impact on the poor. The New Democrats seem equally barren of policy ideas, beyond attacking corporations preferably multi-national corporations although it is obvious that rising profits are only a fraction of rising prices. The Conservatives do have a policy but it is the one which has helped produce the class confrontation in Britain. Prime Minister Heath has imposed income and price controls which the coal miners and some other trade unionists have refused to accept. They argue that while it is easy for government to hold down wages and salaries, it is almost impossible to control other forms of income, such as profits, interest and capital appreciation. Rightly or wrongly, they believe that the Conservative government represents the middle and upper class and business interests and is using the power of the state to impose controls which attack the income of the working class. Stanfield faces the same problem in Canada. The NDP and the unions are strongly opposed to controls which they believe would certainly be unfair in the hands of a Conservative government. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau shares their analysis. He told the National Economic Conference in Montreal in December: "We have seen from the experiences of the U.S. and the U.K. that any temporary 'success' that their control programs have had has largely been at the expense of labor's share of the national income." So the political debate, and perhaps an election which turns around inflation and controls, may touch in Canada the same class-war nerve which now lies exposed in Britain. It is a prospect to chill every parliamentary democrat and to give pause to Stanfield. Events can't be that bad! By James Reston, New York Times commentator "This year, in the spirit of natusa! Reggie aad I feel we stolid spead oar vacation in the have-not provinces WASHINGTON The headlines these days are enough to stun the mind No wonder people don't trust the newspapers: The news can't be true. The front pages are obviously absurd. Who is to believe this nonsense out of Britain? The British, who invented common sense trying to compete with the world on a three day work week? Dissolving Parliament in an argument with a union? Was that Prime Minister Heath on the telly asking who ran the country or was it Alistair Cooke introducing a new chapter of "Upstairs, Downstairs." The news from China is equally preposterous There, we are told with the utmost solemnity, that the government is mounting another "cultural revolution" before it has absorbed the last one. How do we know? Because the official press hi Peking has begun denouncing Beethoven and Schubert. Now pay attention. It seems that last year the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra played and Schube.: r" Peking and the folks toere thought these two old boys were comers, now that B and S are being criticized along with Lin Piao, Brezhnev, Chiang Kai-Shek and Confucius, it is obvious that Kissinger is slipping. Get it? Neither do we. Meanwhile my dear friend and colleague, New York Times correspondent Rick Smith, is on the ticker from Moscow. He tells us that the Soviet Union, the most powerful nation ir the long history of Europe and Asia, is now mounting the greatest naval challenge since the Kaiser, dominating the gas pomps of the Middle East and Gary, Ind., and producing missiles more accurate than Joe Namath, but Is still terrified of freedom and really worried about some poet called Solzhenitsyn. Nice guy Smith, but maybe the long nights are beginning to get to him. The news from Europe is equally goofy It says here that the European Common Market countries now have more people than the United States or the Soviet Union, and by far the most powerful ir.tenationa'. irad'ng grcsaj1, handling almost 40 per cent of world trade, but that this Europe can't defend itself, doesn't like the way the United States defends it, worries about Kissinger and Nixon, and wants to be independent of the United States, except of course on defence. Meanwhile, back home on the ranch, you have to laugh at the news to keep from crying. It is actually published on official White House paper that Nixon, of all people, is going to lead a campaign to protect the privacy of American citizens; that be had made great progress with the Russians and the Chinese, but needs a bigger budget, and that be wants the Congress to clear up the Watergate mess in a hurry but can't let them listen to the evidence1 That, at least is what the papers say is happening. They put it down by the mile every day, and shove H into your living room along with Geritol and false teeth glue on the television, and most folks buy the Geritol but not the news. It can't be that bad, they say. Intelligent people couldn't be that stupid And besides even if they are, everybody >3oes ft, and you know bow repot ttns are: a cheeky lot, always making things look worse than they really are. Smoking controversy The Feb. 7 report in The Herald on the Lethbridge Community College smoking controversy suggests that a number of questions need to be answered. If the present policy does not allow smoking in the classrooms, why has the college been obliged to provide ashtrays to prevent "a real Is it not the duty and responsibility of the instructors and the college staff to observe college policy? I would suggest, that permissiveness can be carried to a point when it becomes abdication of responsibility. A survey has shown that a majority of staff and students wants to smoke in the classrooms, and the academic council has recommended that this be allowed. This brags up the question whether the Lethbridge Community College is supposed to be an educational institution where the serious and dedicated student can study in an atmosphe're conducive to learning, or whether it is to be a three-ring circus where everyone can do "his thing." If tobacco is permitted in the classroom now, when will the permission be extended to marijuana, beer and liquor? I should possibly be the last person to advocate "no in the classroom, as I smoke quantities of large stinking cigars. Nevertheless, I would no more dream of smoking in a classroom than I would in church during the Sunday service. I would therefore suggest that the selfish and thoughtless students take their smokes and books to the nearest cabaret or pool-hall and leave the serious students in an atmosphere where they can study in relative peace and comfort. I am disturbed that the college board has found it necessary to delay their decision on this issue What has happened to the leaders who at one time had the courage to lead, and to make decisions on the basis of principle rather than on the basis of political expediency, permissiveness, and re- election? I am equally distrubed that there seems to be no opposition to the suggestion by the Winter Games committee that our schools be closed for the duration of the games. It seems to me that we are in dire need of a complete reassessment of the fundamental principles and priorities in our educational system. NIELS E. KLOPPENBORG Lethbridge Conductor responds I am not normally given to responding to a published review of a Lethbridge Symphony concert, but at this juncture I feel it my responsibility to point out to all concerned, including The Herald, if it does not already know, that the correspondent responsible for the review of the Feb. 4 Symphony Chorus concert is no musical authority. Either that or she is greater than Handel himself, witness her statement that, "Handel's oratorio Judas Maccabaeus is no masterpiece, either verbally or structurally." I realize that ours was not a professional performance but Mrs. Pat Orchard's review is based on false premises, is ill- conceived and uninformed. To begin with she states that in the Haydn Te Deum, it was evident at the outset that the female voices lacked confidence unless backed by the male voices. Where in the Te Deum, and particularly at the outset, were the female voices not backed by the male voices? The vocal parts, especially in the beginning, are very in nature and the male voices did a good job of supporting the other voices here. It is mostly in the latter "fugal" section of the work that the male voices cannot support the chorus to the same extent. Further it is apparent that Mrs. Orchard cannot distinguish between slower, softer singing and insecurity. Turning to the Handel work, what kind of authority does Mrs. Orchard think she is, taking a composer of the stature of Handel to task for an oratorio such as Judas Maccabaeus. In any case, is this the function of a music critic? She then goes on to criticize the setting of the movement in the beginning and in the next sentence, and I quote, "taking much of the music and especially the recitatives at excessive speeds." What is she referring to, the overture, the duets, the middle, end, or what? As far as the recitatives are concerned, only one was sung and that a rather slow, solemn one. Concerning the conducting, has she ever tried to keep an amateur group together with anything bat a decisive beat. I fail to understand the vast difference in her assessment of the soloists, that is the soprano and contralto as opposed to the tenor ami bass. From the review alone one would get the impression that the former sang well while the latter were dead loss. This simply is not so. While I agree that Colleen Kaufmann and Mary Thomson did sing well, Michael did achieve a good measure of inspiration as did Arthur Hunt. Nor did Arthur "grovel inaudibly on the lower notes." This is all borne out quite well on the tapes. Mrs. Orchard states further that, "the duets throughout were particularly disappointing." Why, she doesn't say This is nonsense The fact is that in many respects the soprano and alto duets were the highlight of the evening, being well-tuned and with the orchestra playing particularly well, which is also borne out on the tapes. Witness, "Come, e er Smiling Liberty" and "0 Lovely Peace." Referring to the omission in "Hear Us, 0 it was most emphatically not a mid- phrase omission. The phrases both before and after the omission are complete in themselves and the omitted phrases are entirely repetitious (verbally that is) of the same phrases. Mrs. Orchard misses the point completely in her reference to "See the Conquering Hero." This is not intended to be a triumphal fanfare in the usual sense. It is to create the impression of the approaching Hero being hailed from afar by youths, maidens and instruments. This is why the brass parts are scored for Horns only by the composer. She doesn't make sense, you can't make French horns sound like trumpets. What is all this about an orchestral "faux pas." Mrs. Orchard does attempt to redeem us, and herself, here and there but it is so out of character with the review as a whole that it presents a totally false impression, whether good or bad. We can use an honest and forthright critique but uninformed, incompetent and inconsistent reviews, complete with sarcasm we don't need. WALTER J. GOERZEN Conductor Lethbridse Synphouv Chorus Coaldale." Eva Brewster's article, Accidents whose responsibility in Tuesday's Herald, contained an error. The sentence, "The Alberta government does mot require the dealer, by way of a written statement to inform customers of road worthy conditions of sales vehicles, "should have read "The Alberta government does The Herald regrets any inconvenience this error may have caused. The Lethbridge Herald S Alberts LETHSHIDGE MERMJO CO LTD ftoprMora and PubWwn Second Ctaw HegUOTBton No 001? 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