Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, February 18, 1972 Carl. Rowan, Poor prospects The prospects for a productive ses- sion of Pitrluimmt HID very poor. This is not because the government has failed lo set out im adequate program in the throne speech but be- cause Hie House is almost crrtain lo be the scene of campaigning for Ihe next election. Parly spokesmen are more likely to try to catch the attention of the voter than to attend to the business at hand. Insofar as this analysis of the situa- tion is correct, it spells misfortune for the country. There are important matters that require the thoughtful consideration of the elected repre- sentatives of tlie people. Thai they are likely to be short-changed by electioneering is very regrettable. Nothing indicates an early election more than Ihis unfortunate situation. It is difficult to believe that Prime Minister Trudeau would tolerate Par- liament deteriorating any farther into mere politicking than has been Ihe case in the last sitting. His im- patience with thai soil of thing is likely to drive him to call an election after a brief attempt to have his leg- islative program get proper consid- eration. An election is not required for an- other year; the country could profit- ably do without one, mostly because the results are likely to be incon- clusive and therefore frustrating; but the party machines have been crank- ed up and it seems inevitable that an election will be held. Fair play The Hc.akl is not really interested in noisy machines of any sort but it is concerned about fair play. A letter on this page mools tlie possibility that the members of the Lethbridge City Council have indulged in parti- ality _ in favor of snowmobiles as compared to motorcycles. If this is true, there should be a speedy move to rectify the matter. It is recalled that consideration was given by city officials to finding an area in the coulees for the use of motorcyclists. .Nothing has so far come of this, partly, it is understood, because the operators of motorcycles could not come up with a plan ior the supervision of their activities. Our correspondent points out that the city did not lay any such require- ment on the owners and operators of snowmobiles. Tlie area in Indian Battle Park was quickly designed for their use with trails marked and policing provided by the city. Perhaps it is thought motorcycles place a greater strain on the environ- ment than snowmobiles. The damage being done to Ihe coulees by motor- cycles was assessed as so severe as to require an immediate ban. But snowmobiles also exact a toll from the environment notably in the de- struction of trees and shrubs as they pass over them. Snowmobiles operat- ors are required to follow trails in Indian Battle Park but even in the short space of time that Ihe park lias been open to them there have been transgressions of the rules. No brief is about to be given by Tlie Herald on behalf of any ol the abominably noisy motorized recrea- tion vehicles. Fair play is all that is being asked. On the surface, at least, motorcycle owners and operators de- serve equal consideration to the snowmobile group. Priority to peace Governments do not give priority to the search for peace, says Cana- dian Peace Researcher Norman Z. Alcock. They are barely aware that serious scientific research is being done into the causes of war and the possible antidotes for the scourge. It is saddening to think that about the only gain the peace researchers can point to after several years of earnest effort is that they are no longer suspect. When the Canadian Peace Research Institule was estab- lished a few years ago there was a good deal of suspicion that it was somehow subversive. Antagonism has now given way lo apathy, which can hardly be considered much of a gain. Although Dr. Alcock's researches have led him to the pessimistic conclusion that another major world conflagration is indicated by such factors as the arms race, the mood of most people appears to be optimis- tic. Perhaps the explanation for this mere obliviousness to world conditions is the notion that nuc- lear warfare is so unthinkable as to function as a deterrent. Tlie failure of war lo erupt in times of greater tension than now exists seems to sup- port such a point of view. Failure of a major war to erupt so far in the nuclear age may be due more to luck than reasoning. Some of the potent factors pointing to war, as detected ir, peace research, are still very much in existence. The emotions associated with nation- alism, for instance, have been very much in evidence recently. Reason- ing about the tearfulness of nuclear war might not prevail over passions. To take comfort from the absence of a major conflict in recent times of tension is foolish. Yet pessimism is not usually the most productive of moods, and it is significant that Dr. Alcock has not yielded to its logic and given up his search for peace. The hope is that the public can be aroused to put pressure on their elected representa- tives to give priority to peace. It's a very small world Eva Brewster JERUSALEM It's a very small world: Walking up the wide, paved ap- proach to the Knesset with Mr. Rosen, a member of Parliament, who had invited me to a discussion on the floor of the House, lunch in the Members' dining room and a tour of the building, a small party descended in Ihe opposite direction. One of Ihem seemed very familiar and, as he gave us a friendly nod, I said "Hi." "Do you know him Asked rny compan- ion. "You I was slill wondering where I had seen that face before and it suddenly occurred to me that he looked very much like Mr. Rcnson, our Canadian finance minisler al the time. Having missed Ihe morning's news, Mr. Benson was the last person I expected to meet in Jerusalem. Mr. Rosen laughed: "It was Mr. Benson together with Mr. Sapir, his Israeli counterpart. They were discuss- ing mutual tax concessions, loans and ather, rather involved, financial agree- ments. You must have noticed by now that ycu meet some very interesting people in Israel if you wait long enough." That is very true. Just the day before, visiting the press section of Ihe Israeli for- eign office, I had first, literally, bumped into a delegation from the Vatican, Mon- seigneur Bellini. Later, the man in charge of the reception ol church leaders, who had just finished talks with the Cardinal, turned out to he Ihe Imy who had taught me lo ride a bicycle when I was a hlllc girl more years ago than I care to remember. No less surprising, a few days apo, was a Bedouin charging after my parly on a camel in the ,1 u dean desert. Although camel riders are nol an unsual sight there, you seldom sec those slnlcly animals mov- ing al mnro than walking pace, nor do you expert l.luir impressively attired owners to abandon their dignity to the extent of shout- ing nfter n woman lourist: "Hal. TCIish- own" (Daughter of Since my mother's mime is stopped and wailed. The Bedouin turned out lo bs one of a nomadic tribe returning year after year to a place on the hills above the valley of Jezreel where my mother used to be a nurse. She had once, many years ago. saved the life of this man's son who had been bitten by a ratlle snake. He never forgot. On one of my previous visits he had told me about this and showered us wilh presents. He invited all of us lo his luxuriously carpeted tents in the desert and treated us lo a royal meal. 11 is im- possible to curtail such hospitality without insulting the host and he gave us food and drink till we could hardly move. He gave me beaulifnl presents for my children and even remembered lhat he had once re- fused lo let me lake a. pholograpli of him togelher with my children, al least, H years ago. Onee more, he apologized pro- fusely and so did 1, for I had Ihen been very ignoranl of Bedouin customs and be- liefs. Although he gladly allowed us lo take pictures of him with my son. il. wns against his convictions, beneath bis dignity, and very unlucky to be phologripbed wilh a girl, no matter how young. I could fill a book about the people I met and talked to in tlie short space of time since my arrival in Israel. Perhaps It isn't so surprising, after all, to find so many world leaders, politicians, scientists, as well as ordinary members of tribes and peoples from every part of the gloljc in this small country. Hearing sensational nous elsewhere, one is inclined to forget lhal. visible ancient and biblical history have .1 profound influence on individual people of all religions, regardless of their political or national backgrounds, It is al- most like looking through Uic wrong end of a telescope, dwarfing international events lo microscopic insignificance. Only the bib- lical pnst appears more than life-sized rc- nlily and, since this tiny country has been in Ihc news since lime immemorial, il is conceivable lhal il. is also n focal point for modern history ia the making. U.S. prestige drops, scrap to fill void CINCiAPOnK This coun- Iry's tougli, aslule prime minister does not mince words about what is happening lo tlie Uniled Stales in Asia. ''U is losing Lc Kuan Yew said firmly. The stern ruler of this little island nation of two million people, 75 per cent o[ Ihem Chi- nese, says Lhe "Nixon Doc- trine" of a lower U.S. profile in Asia and his announcement of a Irip lo China Iriggcrcd such new Ihinking and altitudes in Ihis part of the world thai "This will not be Uic same kind of Southeast Asia again." Lee says thai tlw decline in U.S. influence docs not arise solely from the Nixon Doctrine and Ihe China Trip. has been a decline in the U.S.'s willingness lo meet its obligations and sec prob- lems through, as in Cambo- he told me. "Tbcrc has been a decline in the U.S. eco- nomic position and a deleriora- lion of U.S. social conditions at home. These events have an accumulative effect on U.S. preslige." Lee emphasizes that it is not tlie Nixon administration alone that has caused this erosion of the U.S. position in the Far East. "It is also the American Con- gress niggling at money for Cambodia which, by accident, and not of its own choice, has now become the major battle- ground in Lee con- tinued. "The total impression is thai the U.S. wants to lessen its defence load considerably and quickly. This leads to a diminu- tion of influence." The outspoken Lee, whose party has ruled this great sea- port nation since 1959, sees a major scrap emerging as other nations rush to fill the power vacuums left by the United Stales. His views about the role of mainland China differ sharply Iroia those of some of fellow statesmen in Asia. "fa know, some of these oW Hoovers around here just nerer thielf" Mtn'f brought happiness, but at least I'm unhappy in aerlect Letters to the editor The thorny question oi transfer of students again As a student at The Univer- sity o[ Lethbridge 1 have read with interest the n u m erous stories published in The Herald concerning the thorny question of transfer of students from colleges to universities in gen- eral, and the LCC to the U of L, in particular. Through no fault of The Herald, the uni- versity always seems to be de- picted as the ogre, and the ar- ticle on Page 13 of February Din's issue was no exception. I think it is time for some other aspects of this issue to be brought to help readers form a more rational conclusion. The aspect I wish to discuss is the question of academic cer- tification. When a student leaves tlie University of Leth- bridge wilh a B.A. or E.Ed, de- gree, what that means is that the university as an institution certifies to the best of its ability, that the student has mastered at a minimal level the subject of a speci- fied number of courses. What is important to me as a stu- dent is that Uie university rests its academic reputation on lhat certification and, insofar as my degree per se is important to me, the reputation of the U of L affects the value of my de- gree. The biggest stumbling block to transerabilily has been the fact that the LCC will not al- low the U of L lo evaluate its program to see if, in fact, tlie college courses really are taught at a university level. The college insists that it tell the university what courses the transferring students should be Sportsmen doing job of game managers The present winter is one of the worst, with probably the heaviest snow fall on record, in the East Kootenay. Approxi- mately the first of the present month many small herds of Elk were found in difficulty by our local sportsmen, mainly be- tween Morrisey and Sparwood. The Fernie Rod and Gun Club and concerned sportsmen did not lose any time in acting. The local club purchased two tons of pellets and the sportsmen in appreciable numbers turned out with snow machines, snow shoes, axes and pellets in aid of the poor starving animals. To prevent a dominating ani- mal from having command of a pile of pellets, the pellets were placed here and there in small- er piles and brush was cut to suppliment the meager pick- ings. The animal movements are limited due to the heavy snow aJid their failing strength. Tlie Sparwood Ron and Gun Club and dedicated sportsmen were quick to follow in tlie res- cue operation. As a matter of fact, everyone is concerned ex- cept the game branch. Up lo Feb. llth nol a single member of the game branch bad ap- peared on the scene. They call themselves game managers or conservation officers. Is this Uie way to manage or conserve game? To me neither title is warranted. Wyoming and Washington feed Elk more or less every winter. Washington, for in- Snotvmouilers have pull Last summer Lelbbridge City Council, without warning, out- lawed all eity coulee areas to a 11 motorized recreational ve- hicles users. Council never of- fered any alternative lo MRV owners, operators or interested bystanders. The only response was a notice thai "Any person found operating on city land would be dealt wilh by the law.'1 Motorized recreation vehicle users were told Ihcy were de- slroying the coulees, creating undue noise, unsafe operation and in general were a nuisance In the public. Now it seems, M the arguments used against 1VIRV users have fallen by the wayside when your vehicle is called a snowmobile. Snowmo- biles were given land jusl a.> fasl as il was taken away from the MRVs. I wonder how much difference a few snowmobiles sitting in Ihe right driveways lias bad in influencing Ihis change? Snowmobiles can be operated with the blessing of Ihe ci'.y council in Indian Battle Park of all places. Ilie parking lot is kept nci'illy plowed oul, signs have Ix-en erected, paths lay- cd out and patrolled by Ihe po- lice. Oh yes, here again nil other types of off road vehicles are prohibited Anyone killing .1 trip In lu- diiin Baltic p.-irk lo vim the safe opcnilion of one "I our erealcsl t-norl killers, Ibe MOW mobile will realize the power people in high places have when their own interests are at heart. II is too bad some in city hall or on the council are not MRV enthusiasts. Perhaps if they were we not be knocking our heads againsl a brick wall. Meetings wilh the city parks commission have been fniitless. Our small neighbor lo Ihe easl, Medicine Hat, does nol have one silc for the MRVs no, I hey have two. One just for the use of motorcycles ajul the oilier just for off road ve- hicles, 4-wheel drives, dune buggies, etc. Why do our city fathers feel we are asking for so much? Tlie city has provided the tennis club with a fine court but Iwcause it has not been provided with n dressing room the ten- nis players complain they have lo dress in the bushes. At least Ihey have a bush to go We don't. Council's action last summer in closing the cily coulee area pills the onus on tlin council In provide nn alternative sile. MRV users arc nol asking for dressing rooms, maintained parking facilities or anything else other than just nn old use- less section of coulee nreji. Surely with all the coulees in I In: City of liCllibridgo ono can found. J. STEWART. LeUibi'idga, stance, feeds between 100 and JOOO tons of hay each winter, at a cost of not less than S10.000 and up as high as S150.000 and more. Here the emphasis is to rape the wildlife resource and revenue therefrom lo the bona and put nothing back. There is no business thai escapes a loss here or there. The game branch business should lake some posi- tive action and create a budget available immedi'alely for feed for Uie animals when the need arises. The clubs and dedicated sportsmen of this area are doing a humane service. One must realize tliat these animals are being saved not only for the selfish needs of (he spoils- men of this area, but for the benefit of tbe sportsmen and guides of Ihe province as a whole. A friend and myself have spent all week in the rescue operation. We find thai, in many places Ihe MIOU- is a.s high as the animals, and wherever pos- sible they get in a stream thai is not frozen and walk up and clown in .search of food and Id- ease of travel. It's a mailer of n lilllc haml- oul for the remainder of Ihe monlh, by then the snow should settle and Haws will expese new brousc and food! Some of Ihcsc animals are caught in a hideoul. from laic fall hunting pressure, on a ivinler range where brouse plenliful, bul the snow fall is very heavy. The squeeze 1 would bame on late fall seasons plus heavy hunting pressure made possible by the ever increasing access roads. This practice is rapidly condensing the wild animals habitat and exposing Ihe ani- mals for easy kills. Wisdom derived from practi- cal experience was highly val- ued and rcspeclcd lo about the first half of Ihe cen- tury, bill lodny what you learn from a book is valued more than all else.. A combination of Ihe two would he Hie mnst prac- tical. Our presenl game branch h.is definilely proved beyond nny dnnbl Hint they have no in- terest in co-operating will) the sporlsmcns clubs or their affili- ations, so il seems lo me the only way to tarkle Ihe problem nmv is ihrnugh the balllol. box. M. C. RA1IEH. I'orme, B.C', credited with for the purpose of granting a university de- gree. This means that the col- lege will have the aulhorily lo granl partial university degree status on a sludenl while in- curring none of Uie responsi- bilities If a transfer sludent successfully completes those university courses he needs to obtain a degree, and is subse- quently granted one, but it is laler found lhat his education is wanting in those courses whicli he did. in fact, take at Uie college, il is nol the col- lege which will be held respon- sible. The university grants Uie degree and Ihe university is re- sponsible if Uiat sludenl turns out to have a substandard ed- ucation. If a student's educa- tion is a poor one because of courses taken al Ihe U ol L, then tbe academic reputalion of the university should be held responsible and therefore suf- fer. The same is true for courses taken at the college, but Inc universily grants the degree, not the college. I should make it clear that I am not trying to say thai su- dents who desire to transfer from a college to a university should not be allowed lo eva- luate those college courses the student wants the university lo give him credit for. In closing, it might be pertin- ent to mention that Uie U o( L does give advanced standing to transfer students from com- munity colleges in Alberta and elsewhere. However, in every case, the college courses in question have lieen evaluated by this or some other recog- nized university. Tlie Lcth- bridge Community College will nol. allow this and I can only speculalc as to Ihe reasons why nol. Divided ive fall. STUDENTS' SOCIETY, The Univenaly of Lethbridge. "A net loss for the Americans in this area is not necessarily a net gain for he lold me. "China will need time to develop Ihe military and eco- nomic sinews of a great pow. cr." "Japan has the economic si- news and Russia has the mili- tary sinews; they and others will be pre-empting as much ss they he added. Lee noted that "Russia has tried to seize the advantage in India and Japan" and "they have been active in Southeast Asia for a long time." Singapore and neighboring Malaysia are two countries in which the Soviets are now working zealously lo build up their prestige and influence. Lee's emphasis on China's relative impotence and his talk of a Russian thrust are surpris- ing in view of these two fac- tors: 1. Singapore was one of five countries (including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines) to issue a Kuala Lumpur declaration of their in- tenlion lo become a neutral area, free of interference by tlie great powers a declara- tion some signers felt was di. reeled mostly at China. 2 The Chinese are so nu- merous and so powerful in these Southeast Asian coun- lires (tor example, 40 per cent of Malaysia's population, and controlling 67 per cent of Iho spending power) that this would seem to give Peking an advantage far greater than Ja- pan's wealth or the Soviet Union's economic might. A highly authoritative Malay- sian surce gave me this ra- tionale for the declaration of neutralism: "We anlicipaled a long time ago that China would try to de- clare herself lo be one of us just a weak, developing na- tion and thai she would want us to band together with her against The Iwo super powers.' "With this declaration we have said to China that we view her as another great pow- er, and not one of us, so she should please leave us alone. "We also know that by mani- pulating the Chinese commu- nity, Peking could put a lot of pressure on any one of our gov- ernments lo lake certain steps, diplomatic or otherwise. We can now resist this domestic pressure by pointing out that we are bound lo consult with the other four parties to the declaration before we take any action." Significantly, Peking has said nothing about Ihe Kuala Lum- pur declaration, leaving lead- ers of several of the countries involved lo conclude lhal China is not upset. "It looks as Iliough we could have more trouble gclting the Russians to respecl the region's nuelralily. They want lo domi- nate this I was told by Thanal Klioman. long-time for- eign minisler of Thailand until recenlly. Considering Thailand's woes which are inspired and support- ed by mainland China, Tha- nat's declaration about Russia is surprising. Yet, it dovetails wilh Lee's prediction that Rus- sia is going to preempt some levers of power before China is ready or able lo grab them. Still, the Soviets have not done especially well in South- east Asia, partly because Uie Chinese populations have shown a strong anli-Soviet bias. Whether Ihis reflects a deep- down siding with Peking no one is yet flic one thing leaders like Ice. peem lo lor granled is thai IT.S. influence is on Ihe wane and whatever may be the new shape of Southeast Asia, it M'ill not be moulded by Uncle Sam. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Looking backward TIIllOUGll THE HERALD 1312 Owing lo a broken sifter, (he local drill of the Eli- son Milling Company will be shut down for a week or ten days. The de-baling team of the Old's School of Agriculture by virtue of Iheir victory over Uic Clarcsholm School of Agri- culture won Ihc challenge shield. 1932 The performance of Ihe members of the playgoers club al Ihe Majestic on Wednesday nigM kept a full house closely inlercsled. 1M2 'The Strong Shall Be Free" is the title, ol a sinking film, produced by Ihe Interna- tional Harvester Company oE America, which depicts, in an inlercsling and enlighlenmg Way, (be conversion of peace- lime industry lo a war-lime basis. The lilm was shown at the weekly Kiwanis club lunch" eon. The LetHbridcjc Herald 50-1 7tli St. S., Lclhbridge, .MlK'ila LETHBRlDfiE HERALD HO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Reglslmllrirp No Ofil? Memhfir of Tho Canndlnn Prrss unfl thn Canndinn D.nly Nowspnr.or Publishers' Assoclnlion nnri Ihc Audi! Duro.iu ol Clrcul.ilions CLEO W. MOWERS, Eriilor find THOMAS H. 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