Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE IHHBR1DGE HERALD Solurduy, February 19, 1972 Paid Whiicldw The great extravaganza Sunday r.i.slil. millions nf ordinary citizens around the world will lie able io watch one of the most significant inlenialional events of the d oracle on TV an American presi- dent and his wife visilins! China. This iti itself, the very fact that years of isolation have been broken, that the bamboo curtain has been lifted to ad- mit not only the president and his party, but a large press corps plus the great amount of equipment nec- essary for the broadcasts, is a re- markable about-tuni in the Chinese attitude of intense suspicion of Am- ericans. There are many who would dis- count the visit as a purely political propaganda ploy in an election year, but while the political advantages are obvious the risks involved are not (o be discounted Mr. Nixon has covered himself as well as possible by warning Americans ahead of lime that "primarily dialogue" rather than will lake place. But he is well aware Ihat it something sig- nificant not necessarily spectacu- lar does not emerge from the meetings he will be open to severe criticism by opponents within his own party and by Ihe Democrats, already smarting from the tremendous boost in prestige the opening up rela- tions with China has given the presi- dent. On the affirmative side it is ex- pected that some kind of on going diplomatic exchange between the U.S. and China will be established. It might be in the form of a trade mission, or a hot line, but at the very least some kind of opening which would assure and institutional- Ihe personal contact. At the very least, it is expected that plans for regular ciilUiral and scien- lil'ic exchanges will be established. The possibilily ol exchange of news correspondents is exciting. If these things alone come about they will go a long way in indicating progress in what L the essential issue for both the China and the U.S. of the future leverage in separate dealings with the U.S.S.R. The question of long term Chi- nese American relalions 'mist 1-e discussed, although it is unlikely, in spite of .Mr. Nixon's addiction to su.- prise tactics Ihat there will be much more than early stage manoeuvring. Mr. Nixon and Premier Chou Eu-lai will be bound to talk privately about the adjustments which must be made if China's rclalionsJiius with U.S.- backed countries in Southeast Asia are to be viable and peaceful. The American president must be able to assure his friends in that part of the world Ihat they need not fear a sell- nut, now or in [he future and (he Chi- nese do not want to be accused of playing fast and loose with the im- perialist running (logs. There is no expectation thai a deal on the future of Taiwan will be made, but the subject is certain to come up. Betting is that Ihe Americans will continue to defend Taiwan for the foreseeable future but with the cer- :ain knowledge that eventually a set- tlement will have Io be made by the Chinese people themselves. So the word is don't expect too much, relax and enjoy the big show. It could be the greatest extravaganza all time, with or without surprise. Redcoated motorized RCMP Many Canadians are opposed Io the monarchy, particularly the associa- tion with the British monarchy. It is an emotional issue, for both those who oppose it and those who support it. On balance, we think a good case can be made for retaining the monarchy, but reason and logic do not necessarily prevail. Evidence of the British connection and trappings of the monarchy are being steadily reduced, and now there is gossip that the word "royal" will be dropped from the name of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Mr. Coyer, the solicitor general, has flatly denied the report. But even if it were true it would hardly be worth a national fuss. The eve of the centennary of the force might not be the right time to change the name, but sooner or la- ter, given the present nationalislic and im monarchical trend, the change will be made. .After all, the force survived its first 30 years without the word "royal" in its name. Should the word "mounted" be re- tained? Weekend Meditation The iaitlifulness of God saddest book m the Bible is the Book of Lamentations which is full of gloom and sometimes downright despair, but it does at times express the very height of religious faith. One of these verses is: "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not." In this tragic and disillusioning age men need a faith like that. Everywhere we turn life is filled with tragedy and suffering. Cynicism comes easily and faith and hope are hard to keep. Ernie Pyle was a reporter in the last war and was greatly loved by the troops as well as by the people at home. It was said that he was the greatest reporter of his time and one of the best loved men, few having more friends. The war, how- ever, drove him to a dreadful pessimism and he wrote, "There is no sense to the struggle, but there seems no choice but to struggle." He wrote again, "It seems to me that living is futile, and death the final indignity." He tells alwut "my wholly feeling about everything" Des- perately he writes a friend, "I wish you would shine any of your light in my di- rection God knows I have run out of light." There is no possible doubt about Ernie Pylc's courage and manliness. Lilc is just too much for the strongest man and it will break him if he cannot find a faith that is stronger than he is and can keep him on his feet. A study of society will reveal the tragic emptiness and loneliness of most lives. Few people are able to invest time wisely and fill life willi trivialities Io keep from thinking about life. The fact that on a Sunday television is filled wilh spectator sports from morning until night and that millions arc attending these crowd evcnl.s shows the longing Io escape from Ihe hiller loneliness and mcaninglessno.sss of life. .Sometimes, however, suffering or sorrow break Uic heart and finally one just cannot run away from lite anymore. Blessed is the man who can turn hi.s f.-icn Io find and when hi; prays .says "our Father which are in heaven." It is n rare person who Ii.-.s this allilndu of utter trust and confi- dence so tii.il in any given situation he can find the nod for him. There como for the vasl majority limes when n fog descends upon the spirit, faith ROCS inlo eclipse, and all Ihe beauty of life inlo a temporary black-out. Only tho wisdom and love of God can handle the situation, therefore Ihe psalmist writes, "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sus- tain This leap of faith is something known only to the man who tries it, to the profoundly religious man, and to none other, but it is a possibility for every per- son. In the spiritual world, as, in the phy- sical, experience comesi by experiment. Those who are willing to make the ven- ture have found in the promises of God a strength and goodness beyond their dreams. There is a famous painting by G. F, Watts called "hope" showing a woman seated on the globe of the vurld with a lyre in her hand. The night is dark and there is only one star in the sky. All the strings to Ihe are broken save one. If Ihat string breaks there will be no more music in the world. Her playing is an act of failli and hope and, as Chesterton says, commenting on the picture, faith is a "per- petually defeated thing that survives all its conquerors." Faith is not belief in spile of evidence. Failh is confidence that the miracle of life is the goodness of life. If there were no God, no love, no beauty and no truth, then life would not appear to us to be as tragic as it is. It is the very existence of these facts Ihat make life so tragic because ore sees how life should be and finds it difficult to understand why love, tnilh and beauty should not prevail over Ihe evil. Donald Hankcy said lhal failli was helling your life that there is a (M, which is not too good a way of put- ting it, but nevertheless there is a certain truth in his words. One has to make a choice and if a man believes in the su- premacy of evil power then he despairs but if he believes in the final victory of Rood he has hope and failh. "The wonder of life is not so much Ihat man is so much like a devil but lhal he is a little like God." John Himyan in Pilgrim's Progress pnls llus friilh very well. "Then." said Evangelist, pointing with his finger over a very wide field, "Do you sec yonder wick- t't The man said, "No." Then said Ihe other, "Do you sec yonder shining He said, "I think I do." Then said Kvanfielisl, that light in ihine eyes ami go up directly therein." Prayer: In the struggles and sorrows of life, 0 God, keep me from confusion of mind and cowardice ol hearl by a victorious failh that survives adversity aaid overcomes the world. t'.S.M. Usefulness of law conference questioned QTTAWA: How meful are gatherings like Ihe recent National Conference on (lie LflU''.1 Many of (lie delegates io the four-flay meeting may be asking thai question. Few of the people who look part in the discussions heard anylhing resembling un- familiar And, after sitting through countless speeches and workshop de- bates, most delegates would be liard pressed to point out any new directions in legal thinking thai, might have emerged. Former Justice Minister John Turner pointed out in his opening address to the confer- ence that its aim was to Uihik of legal reform in a general and that no attempt would lie made to draft specific reso- lutions. He wanted, rightly to (ake advantage of the divergent outlooks of a legal colloquium involving not only lawyers and jurists, but social workers, po- licemen, journalists and other professional groups. However, .shortly after the conference got under way, it became evident Ihat what was place was a discussion of sociology in lls broadest .sense, will) lillle application Io (.he business at hand, open- ing up roads for a more just legal system. Part or the problem may have been pointed up by a Winnipeg law student, who noted: "There seems to lie the idea thai only lawyers can dis- cuss the law." Along with many other dele- gates not all of tliem law- yers she felt that there would have been advantage in using the wide-ranging back- grounds of Ihe delegates to get opinions on legal directions thai wouldn't emerge from a bar as- sociation meeting. As it was, the discussions ranged so far afield it was fre- quently difficult to think of ways in which the remarks of. "What is he some kind of a the delegates could be applied to the job of making the legal system more responsive. While keeping within Mr. Turner's guideline that he didn't expect the conference to pass any re- solutions, the delegates might have formulated some less ob- tuse suggestions. One of the major faults of such exercises in participatory democracy was pointed out by a Montreal lawyer, Emile Co- las. He suggested that the only people make their opinions fcrown at such gatherings as the National Conference on the Law are people whose opinions would be heard anyway if par- ticipatory democracy weren't in vogue. Mr. Colas noted that the mass of Die people remain un- heard because they are too busy chasing "three square meals a day." The delegates, whose trans- jinrrnljnn and hotel expenses were paid by the federal gov- ernment, were chosen by their hosts from among what one colleague described as Hie "usual professional partici- prnts." There were plenty of "lead- from lawyers and prominent academics to people who work with poor peoples' groups hill few nf Ihe aver- age Canadians who must fol- low the de.ci-ion.s of their F-nmepl and tile courts. Most cf the delegates who showed up for the cocktail receptions or the dinner at the Chateau Laur- icr hotel looked as if they have felt at home at a meeting of Ihe Canadian Man- ufacturers Association or the radically chic NDP group. Perhaps Ihe Conference would have accomplished more if tile delegates, who by neces- sity were chosen in an arbi- trary faslu'on, had included Ca- nadians who hadn't risen to some prominence in unions, community organizations, law or the acadeinia. The vagueness of the costly gathering might have been more easily countenanced had it made attempts to hear the voices of people who don't nor- mally speak out. (Herald Quebec bureau) Ppler Desburals Smallwood CT. JOHN'S NcnTouJid- land Liberals said "Thank You at the Liberal lead- ership convention with undilut- ed emotion and mixed feelings. The three words were spell- ed out in largo letters behind the stage when Joseph R. Small- wood spoke to his party as its leader for the last time. It was "Thank You Joey" for almost 23 years of leadership, power, progress and patronage. It was also "Thank You Joey" for leaving. At the leadership convention where Sl-year-old Ed Roberts was elected to succeed Small- wood, the delegates were al- ready turning the old leader's retirement to political advan- tage. They had come not only to praise Joey hut to bury him, once and for all. "Tliey didn't vole against us last October." they told you. "They voted against Joey." It was easier for a mainland- er to thank Joey without reser- vation. For the rest of Canada, Smallwood's long reign in New- foundland was on the whole a happy and useful experience. He not only brought Newfound- land inlo Confederation but he gave Newfoundland to us in a personal way. His deparlure may create greater problems Letters to the editor TJiou shall not smoke T have followed The Her- ald's coverage of city council meetings the last couple of years and have noticed that Hembroff's favorite adjectives when describing the resolutions of his fellow alder- men arc "ludicrous" ami "ri- diculous." I believe he said that if council didn't pass a closing hours bylaw within a self-determined (imc that coun- cil would be the "toughing stock of the city Docs ho think he isn't, wiih his no- smoking nt council meet- ings resolution? Tcllmg us Ihat we are gov- erned by a hunch of clowns (Iocs nothing for Llic image city council or (he city of Uilli- hridpo. J r.firco willi Alflfinnon Kcrgan thi.s i.s an aslon- ishing ix'solulion Io come from a member of the bar. If law- yers aren't aware of civil li- berties, among which is the right of the individual to be free from undue government encroachment, whether it be federal or provincial legislation or municipal bylaws, who is? If Mr. Hembroff wanted to ban smoking in the cily of Lcth- bridgc, there would be ground to attack the ban on tlic basis of "ultra vires" or "outside tho powers" of the city council. But when it applies only to persons attending council meetings while they are there, might I suggest that a graphic emphy- sema film showing damage to lungs would he. more within the hounds of the law and easier on 'he stomach too! AM, CHOKED UP DAUGHTER'1. Lethbridgc. An Anglo-Saxon problem TJic problem of racial preju- dice and discrimination in .southern Allterla. insofar as lhal problem is related (o dark pigmr-nt..'ilion of skins, is an Anglo Saxon prohlom. And In order In solve lhal problem we must seek iK source, nol. in (ho dark skinned people, lint in UK; Anglo Iho processes hy which lie is edu- cated; in liic needs and com- plexes he expresses through prejudice and discriminalion; am) in tlie slriielure of Iho Anglo .Saxon eommnnily, Ihal. is, in the pirncr arrangements and Ilic Ulicil uses of prcjudico and discrimination in I. h o scramble for scarce values .such as power, preside, and income. Tlic Angln Saxon i.s a prob- lem Io himself. By this we, mean that prejudice and di.s- cTiniinalion are reflections of personal and collective ;inv ietje.s such as insecurity and feelings of inferiority lodged deep in the hearl.s and minds nf Anglo Canadians. Anglo- Saxons need n "nigger" Iwv canso it is Ihe "nigger" in tliem Unit they bale. WIIITK KXI'KKT. Blood Indian Kcst-rvo for us than for Ihe Newfound- landers themselves. Tt has often been said Ihat Canada has suffered from a lack of national symbols and he- roes. Like many of our favor- ile descriptions of ourselves, this is not completely true. In this century, there have been many political leadei-s who have served, whatever their merits or deficits, as poinls of reference and identity for Cana- dians. This is particularly true of leaders at the provincial level Duplessis in Quebec, Hepburn and Drew in Ontario, Aberhart and Manning Ln Al- berta, Douglas in Saskatchew- an and many others. Over the post two decades, almost all the politicians of this type have been replaced (at the provincial level but certainly not in city politics) by a new, more efficient breed better ad- apted to the times. When Man- ning stepped down in Alberta, he lefl only Bennett in British Columbia and Smalhvood ia Newfoundland, jutling out like two political gargoyles from the geographical cornices of Con- federation. Between them, they helped to keep Canada togellicr. A na- tion that could be dclined as starting with Bennett and end- ing with Smallwond, nr vice versa, was not too big for the human imagination to grasp. It was eminently understand' able and it possessed an emo- tional network that was as im- portant (o its national exist- ence as railways and microw- wave towers. Of the two men, Fmallwood was Ihe more accurate trans- mitter of (he provincial image. Bennett has always typified the obvious features of Brilish Col- umbia, particularly its curious mixture of colonial consci'vat- isni and American extilwance. Newfoundland is an o 1 d c r, tougher and more complex place, and Smallwood has re- fleeted this faithfully. of us aware of Newfoundland and Kmaiiwood at about the same l.nne. In the late ForLio.s. the question of linking Nowfoimdl.'iiHl polilical- ly wilh Canada was an old con- troversy in Newfoundland and a non issue in Canada. Smnllwood made both peoples see it as an ndvenlurc nnd n challenge It was not something "pohlical" in the usual dull sense but a crusade against the forces ol conventional wisdinn. or ?il leasl dial's llio way SiiuUwood it and he made us look at it Urrough his eyes. Transport Minister Don Jam- ieson, now anointed as the Lib- era] paterfamilias in Newfound- land and Labrador, described this perfecl ly when he delivered the eulogy. "Joey Smalhvood saw long before any of us saw it.'' said this former opponent of Confed- eration, "that the ultimate log- ic in Newfoundland was that one had to fly in the face of the conventional logic, that what had to be done was to make the illogical, logical ft was a tribute lhal Small- wood, sitting on the platform behind .lamieson, must have rel- ished, envied and decided Io plagiarize all in the same mo- ment. J a m i e s o n also said that "Joey's world was never inan- imate. Politics was always an intensely personal thing for Smallwood and while this had negative aspecl.s within New- foundland, it was a lucky thing for Canada." No federal provincial con- ference was complete without Joey capering on Ibc slage. But his performance was much more than that, as he well knew The cap and bells manip- ulated our nUcnlion while Joey worked on our emotions and our intellects. Behind the spark- le and (iie sharp tongue there u-as always (he- .skinny younS journalist who bad gone from Newfoundland to New York in 1920 to work for a socialist daily and (o crusade on Uifl strecl corner for social reform. More than 50 years later, in the drill hall in St. Johns, he archaic vocabulary came back again. Near the end of his speech, Smallwood urged h i s successors to maintain his party as "the party of the common people the party of (he toiling masses." It was alp.o fitting Ihat he said this while standing on the platform behind the new Am- bassador car that (he toiling masses had just presented to him. One could never Imagine the new leader, Ed Roberts, revelling in that kind of obvious contradiction. And Ihat will be one of onr problems in Ihe next few yoar.s to imairine Ncw- frjund'land at all without Joey, As long as ho. there. New- foundlanders never seemed to belong to what Joey himself lias described as "Ilic unre- membcrcd blur of continental humanity." (Toronto Slar Syndicate) Looking backward THE HERALD 1012 A Frank miner was cowardly shot down as he was on his way (o work l.'ist night. It is believed the Iragedy is tho result of quarrels over the dead man's wife who apparently bad more than one admirer. 1922 In one of the snap- piest games of the season tho Brant Hot-Shots put it over a picked team from tlic Vulcan high School league (earn i n Brant by n score of 5 Io 1. 1M2 Gravelling of some highways in Soulhern AI- berla was urged by a delega- tion of Liberal, UFA, and Labor members. 1052 The film "M Parallel" which lells Ihe slory of a Nazi al tempi lo pel a foolhold in Canada, will lie featured at I ho Capitol. While no actual shots are .shown of Lelhbridge tha city is mentioned. When (he famed Min- neapolis Symphony Orchestra arrives in Lellihridne on March II il Mill lie (ravelling in a spe- cial Iraiu nf its own. The Uthbridgc Herald SOI 7lh St. S., LclhbridRc, Alberta LETIITmiDGE HERALb TO. 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