Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THI inHMIDCI HKMD Wmwy Maurice Western Doctor income Most A1 b e r t a n s were probably shocked at the figures recently pub- lished, of the average income of doc- tors in this province. Their first re- action may have been that the re- muneration is excessive, especially so when medical costs have become a major worry to society. It is only fair, however, to point out that these figures represent gross income rather than net take. They are the amounts paid out by the Al- berta Health Care Insurance Com- mission. Office and other expenses in- curred by medical men in the prac- tise of their profession which can be very high need to be subtract- ed to reach a true picture. Although a doctor's training comes partly at public expense, there is a heavy cost to the individual as well. only do medical men often incur indebtedness during their years of training but they lose earnings at the same time. Most people feel that doe- tors deserve higher incomes than the average to compensate them for the disagreeable features of their work, which is exacting, nerve wracking, and very tiring. Their daily lives are disrupted by frequent emer g e n c y calls and many of them seldom have a night of uninterrupted sleep. All these facts and possibly more, should be considered before tarring the medical profession generally with the brush of greed. Neverthe- less, the figures are startling enough to r e q u i r e an explanation from spokesmen of the profession. A clar- ification is in the public interest and in the interest of the doctors them- selves. The time may come when professionals of all i-rts need to take a serious look at what effect their high incomes are having on the in- flationary spiral. Unionists of the non- professional kind have tended to be made the whipping boys for the dif- ficulties being experienced in our so- ciety. But when the salary figures are made public for the profession- als it is not surprising that the non- professionals feel the urge to up their sights. One aim accomplished In the first six months f ollowing the introduction of New York's liberal- ized abortion law a recorded women received abortion in New York City. At the same time'there were live births which was about normal. Head of the Health Sendees Ad- ministration, Gordon Chase, ob- served at a news conference that the figures indicate success in sharply reducing the number of illegal abor- tions. This has long been one of the aims of those promoting liberalized abortion and the apparent success in New York City will undoubtedly be cited elsewhere in support of law change. Opponents of liberalized abortion laws contend that there will still be illegal abortions performed. Some confirmation of this position may be found in the fact that seven women died in New York City as a result of abortions started outside hospitals. But this figure would have to be seen against one for deaths in a sim- ilar period prior to the liberalized 1 a w. A substantial reduction in deaths would still make the law de- sirable for many people. What has not yet been established is whether the new law has univer- sal application. The poor and those lacking status may still be disadyan- taged. Some susipicions that this is the case have been voiced. That would mean, if true, that another ob- jective of those seeking liberalized abortion law has yet to be achieved. Jobs for homosexuals The American Civil Liberties Union has gone to court on behalf of a con- fessed homosexual who has been de- nied industrial clearance because of his homosexuality. The odds are that he will win the case, not because he has denied the charges of homosex- uality, but because he has quite freely admitted that he is one. There was a time when deviation from the norm in sexual behavior was a barrier to public employment. Homosexuals attempting to disguise their condition could easily be black- mailed into revealing secrets because the public disgrace would be intoler- able. The shame of discovery has driven many deviates to suicide. Nowadays social attitudes have changed, and although homosexuals still find themselves an object of scorn in certain sectors, there is no reason to believe that they are more untrustworthy than anyone else. Like the rest of us, the homosexual's pri- vate life is of no public concern so long as it does not affect his ability to do his job effectively. Weekend Meditation Foundations first foundation for life is activity. Health experts say that the most cer- tain way to ill health and a heart attack is just to sit down and do nothing. Yet some observers of the human species pre- dict that, if evolution be true, the time is coming when man will be legless. We see young people being driven a few blocks to school and, if they have a quarter mile to walk, they hitch-hike. It is a temptation as we get along in life to lead a more sedentary life. No health expert would consider that good for a human being. He was meant to be a creator, to work with his hands, to keep his body active and in tone. The more active he is. the more energy he has. Life grows by what it feeds on. The more sleep one gets, the more he wants. The lazier one is, the more lazy he becomes. Keep active to keep living. The second foundation of life is temper- ance. Nothing in excess was an ancient classical proverb and a good one. To eat too much, to sleep too much, to work too much, to do anything too much, de- stroys the capacity to do that one thing well. Aristotle made the happy mean the key to a good life. In the matter of a su- preme dedication he was wrong, but in the matter of living a strong, happy, healthy life he was right. Temperance, moderation, that is the secret to disci- plined living. The third foundation of life is loyalty. A man must, first of all, be loyal to him- self. Such loyalty is not merely outward conformity to some code, but an inner loyalty, a loyalty of the imagination, a loyaltv in solitude as m company, in me- ditation as in conversation, a loyalty to the royal in oneself, loyalty to one's highest insights and nobk-st purposes. !f a man cannot Ire ioyal to himself, he can he loyal to no one else. That is why Jesus said, as the prophets had said before him, that a man must love himself. Without loving yourself you cannot love others. The love that Jesus spoke of was akin to respect. If you do not respect yourself, you cannot respect others. Men who hate themselves hale other people. "Blessed ho he who heals us of our said a Scottish sainl. Hn is twice blessed, because he heals us o[ Ihe despising of the human racn. Varying perspectives on unemployment the debate on unemployment, which so often becomes a debate on unemploy m e n t statistics, a great deal depends on where one sits. From the standpoint of the opposition, a callous, unfeeling government is attempting to obscure a lamentable situation by suspicious use of the wrong statistics seasonally adjusted and expressed in percentage terms. From the standpoint of the government, the opposition is cynically exploiting present hardships, also by using the wrong statistics coupled with all sorts of woeful predictions calculated to spread gloom and doom. This may be a sorry spec- tacle of a character to appeal to a visitor from Mars. As the slightest research will indicate, however, it is normal political behavior. The debate, far from being novel, has roots deep in our history. It might have been averted if a minister, not now in the government, had been right in his judgment of some years ago that the problem of the business cycle had been happily overcome. But the good news was premature and we are now, in consequence, back at the old stand. The opposition is using the arguments traditional to gov- ernment. It would simplify the work of members if the new research staffs, now pro- vided at public expense, pre- pared reference texts for speakers setting out the tried, tested and familiar themes and techniques as they have been developed and employed over the years by statesmen of the two sides, according to the positions they happened to be occupying at key periods in the House. A decade ago, when the Conservatives were in office, a press gallery ballad more or less summarized the daily questions tossed at the govern- ment. The key lines ran: "Tell us, tell us, Michael Starr. What the jobless figures are." The Conservatives, having caught a leading Liberal critic in a mathematical error, used to greet the daily opposition probings with taunts about the "Martin Bureau of Statistics." Even in those days, the pri- mary arguments had been well developed. Mr. Starr was in the habit of quoting DBS figures which, according to Mr. Mar- tin, gave a quite mislead- ing impression. The proper ones, in the liberal view, were the National Employment Ser- vice figures recording those in receipt of unemployment insur- ance benefits. They tended, naturally, to be higher than the totals obtained by DBS sam- pling. A n Illuminating discussion developed on Feb. 24, 1960, and may be found on page 1404 of Hansard. Mr. Starr, then labor minister, revealed that Mr. Martin, as a leading member of the Liberal administration, had insisted on quoting the DBS figures. This debating tri- umph was almost immediately spoiled, however, when Mr. The fourth foundation of life, is there- fore, truth. Falsehood is easy to catch. Nearly every man in society wears a mask. One learns to hide one's feelings, to wear a protective cover against the peer- ing, critical eyes of men. So there is the doctor's air, the business man's bluster, the lawyer's brusqueness, the teacher's precision of manner and speech, the poli- tician's affability, and the preacher's piety. Such masks may lead to a nervous break- down. They impose an artificality in We, a schizophrenia. Life becomes insincere at heart. Moreover falsehood may disguise it- self by pretty names such as tact. The majority of people shut themselves off from reality by becoming poseurs and im- posters. The lose their real selves. It is indeed a source of insanity. The fifth foundation of life is direction or dedication. Few live with a dominant purpose and little wonder that they get nowhere. Purposes and directions in life may change, do change, but the dominant dedication should be there from the be- ginning. The lack of a dynamic, controll- ing sense of destiny is a primary reason tor failure. Many other things fall into place once one has established his su- preme loyalty, has said in his innermost heart, "I give myself to that." But, you say, life is a conflict of loyal- ties, loyalty to oneselves, to one's family, to friends, to work and employers, and to country. This is quite right. So the domi- nant loyalty must he to Gcd in whom all other loyalties find meaning and a rightful place. Many a man has stopped short of this most do and life becomes truncated, mean, and, at last, defeated. As Jesus said, a man who did not build on the foundation he ga.-e them would lie building on sand. The best thing for a young man to know, right at the beginning, is this truth, that, if he builds his life on tlir. teaching of Jesus, lie is building on a rock, the only rock which withstands the storms of life. PRAYER: 0 my God, give me wisdom to build a house of life, a house of beauty and truth, a strong house, a se- cure house, a house of peace and har- mony. I'.S.M 'Harvey, dear did you know that this is Brotherhood Week when they ask for more love, forgiveness, understanding _____________ Pkiersgill obtained a confes- sion that Mr. Starr, in his op- position days, had regularly quoted the NES statistics. The nature of recent ar- guments in the House of Commons has been very dif- ferent. There are various ways of measuring unemployment and since all of them are open to criticisms, some have great- er appeal to the opposition and some to the ministerial bench- es. There is more to this, how- ever, than the geography ol the House of Commons. One might suppose from ar- guments in Ottawa that were solely a federal respon- sibility. In provincial elec- tions, of course, a different theory prevails as was dem- onstrated in the last Quebec contest when Mr. Bourassa made the objective of new jobs a principal theme of his appeal to voters. A number of federal Conser- vatives were conspicuously ab- sent from their federal wilder- ness recently because of the leadership convention ar- ranged by their provincial counterparts in Toronto. The Ontario Conservative govern- ment is one of the senior ad- ministrations in Canada. Con- tenders for the succession had naturally referred in glowing terms to the Hobarts record. It was difficult in their speeches to detect the slightest hint of gloom and doom. There wers one or two righteous reto- ences to the centralizing ten- dencies of the Ottawa govern- ment although even this indig- nation was somewhat muted because Mr. Robarts, the re- tiring leader, was given to co-operation than to guerril- la warfare. Very little was said about the great preoccupation of Ot- tawa Conservatives, although unemployment has unhappily been increasing in Ontario. None of this detracts in any way from the seriousness of the unemployment problem. What it does suggest is that, in the matter of unemployment statistics and their sig- nificance, there are varying perspectives. The view from Mr. Speaker's left tends al- ways to be different and dark- er than the view from Mr. Speaker's right and the same statistics may seem heavy with dolorous portend to a party in Ottawa but no more than transient misfortune to the same party in Toronto when its eyes are set on a glorious tomorrow and, inci- dentally, on an early election. (Herald Ottawa Bnrean) Carl Roivan Money spent on welfare goes for human uplift PITTSBURGH "Mr. Rowan, how are we ever going to ease the welfare bur- den when so many women de- liberately have illegitimate ba- bies so they can get more welfare The audience of upper mid- dls class and wealthy women sat in total silence. This was supposed to be one of the devastating questions that you throw at anyone foolish enough to support President Nixon's family assistance plan or any other welfare plan. "Do you know how much it would profit a woman on wel- fare with two illegitimate chil- dren to deliberately have another child? In Pennsylvania her Abe cheque would rise from a month to In Mississippi it would rise from SGO a month to in the Dis- trict of Columbia from a month to "Does anyone in this room know any Pennsylvania wom- an who would go through the trauma cf having an illegiti- mate baby for E month? Or an extra a month in Mississippi? Or S35 more a month in Washington, D.C.? "What does it take to make people understand that a poor woman in the slums who has three illegitimate children is not having them out of spite because she wants to raise your income taxes. That wom- an's first pregnancy was prob- ably viewed by her in the same way your unmarried daughters would view pregnancy: as a personal tragedy. But your "daughter would have a far greater chance to have an abortion or, if she had the baby, a far greater likelihood of putting it up for adoption. In any event, she would have a high probability of recuperat- ing from the trauma and stig- ma of that first mistake. "That poor girl of the ghetto has infinitely greater difficulty 'getting rid' of her baby, either through abortion or adopt- tion. Her environment, her pov- erty, her low level of educa- tion, and many otter factors offer her, not redemption, but a high likelihood that she will again be the victim of an un- wanted pregnancy. "Whatever the I con- tinued, "what interest of so- ciety is served for you and me It's in the blood By Don Oakley, NBA Service of self are positively asso- people with high lev- ciatcd with serum urate lev- els of serum uric acid in their els. EVIDENCE is accumulating that people with high lev- blood tend to be high in am- bition and achievement. Serum uric acid is a factor in gout, the ancient ailment of prominent men. Or it may be the other way around that people high in ambition and achievement tend to have high levels of serum uric acid. The researchers don't know. They do know, however, that: Uric acid shows a positive association wilh grades and achievement and participation in a c t i v i t i e s among high school and college studenls. Among college professors. Ihe characteristics which lend to outstanding performance- drive, leadership and pushing Men in higher status occu- pations have higher acid lev- els. It has also been found that environmental stress has an ef- fect on levels of uric acid in the blood. Men had higher levels when they were about to lose their jobs than later, when they had become established in new jobs. On the other hand, men with high uric acid levels appear to thrive under pressure and have a strong sense of self direction and involvement. Thus the chicken or egg question: Which comes first acid or ambition? Maybe when we find out we can package the stuff. to sit around scorning and hat- ing and pouring scarlet ink on the unwed mother, the welfare mother? Those children exist and there are two inescapable cnallenges: first, how does a compassionate nation ensure that these youngsters do not grow up in hunger, sickness, degradation? Second, how does an intelligent spend a modest amount now to help these children become whole- s o m e citizens so it does not have to spend a lot later to police, punish, imprison them when they become enemies of a society that saw them bru- To my amazement, Uie au- dience applauded. I hope that they had begun to understand that the national debate over welfare is over- lain with holier than thou stone throwing, with pompous sermons by people who think that by emphasizing the "lazi- ness" of other people they call attention to their own indus- triousness, and by an awful lot of guilt. It is as though the wealthy truly hate poor people because they keep the rich feeling threatened, too uneasy to truly enjoy their affluence. Tliis country is heading for deeper troubles if we approach the coming debate on welfare in a spirit of vengeance to- ward the poor. So welfare costs arc ap- pallingly high? So none of us likes to pay for such a pro- gram. But there are a lot. of things we have to pay for in this society that we don't like, because the consequences of not paying are too great. It galls me to see a military bill of over billion a year. For that money is truly wasted. It generates nothing good and more often destroys people and things that already exist. It galls me especially when I see colossal waste and mismanagement in procuring weapons systems. But. the weight of wisdom lends the majority to say thai, if the nation and 1 are to sur- vive in a world worth living in we must spend Uiat billion for defence, tolerating some waste here, a bit of crooked- ness there. And it won't change until we cure world society of a sick- ness that leads to disputes and wars. A welfare program is exact- ly the same as a defence pro- gram. It galls me to think that almost 10 million people can't make their own way in this rich nation. It is especially irk- some when we read that some- one is housing welfare clients in the Waldorf-Astoria, or that (2 per cent) of those welfare recipients are "free- loaders." But the cost of not having an adequate welfare program would be every bit as damag- ing to the nation's future as not having an adequate mili- tary establishment. And we are going to need a welfare pro- gram until we cure our do- mestic society of faults that leave 25 million in poverty, 10 to 15 million hungry and mal- nourished, millions more im- properly educated or trained for work in a modern society. So we have to pay for a welfare program, tolerating a little waste here, a little chisel- ing there. And let us remember that the money spent for welfare goes for human uplift, brightening the lives of the blind, the disabled, the helpless young. Who should wail over that more than over spending the same billion to drop bombs and napalm on distant jungles and peoples? (Field Enterprizcs, Inc.) Looking backward Through the Herald 1921 The fairs association has set aside July 20, 21 and 22 for the exhibition here, but the question is will a fair be held? Final payments are to be made on the bonds covering the building and from now on attention must be given to their upkeep and maintenance. It is hoped some plan can be work- ed out to hold the fair this year. 1931 Supporting their con- tention with an imposing stack of documents bearing names, a delegation from the Alberta Prohibition Association met with Premier Brownlee and members of the cabinet and presented the petition de- manding abolition of beer par- lors. 1941 Munitions Minister Howe says daylight saving time may be extended across Can- ada this year. When daylight saving time was extended last fall, it embraced only those municipalities in Ontario and Quebec which had adopted it for the summer months. 1951 A new ware- house will be constructed by Canada Safeway Ltd. on an acre plot located south of No. 3 highway on the eastern edge of the city. The Corporation of the City of Lcthbridge had a sur- plus of slightly more than 000 for the 19GO operations, the auditor's report and financial statement indicates. The lethbridtje Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association and tha Audit Bureau of Circulallons CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor HM Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA Mimaqing Friitnr ROY'F, MILGS Advertising Manager WILLIAM HAY Associate Editor DOUGLAS K. 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