Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, February 22, 1975 INDIAN AFFAIRS MIN1STEK TO CLOSE GAMES Pharewell, Pharley The Canada Winter Games are coming to an end and it is a fitting time for a few observations. Pharley Q. Pheasant is going to be missed. Even some of those who were dismayed by his choice as games' sym- bol have been charmed enough to concede that he has had a graphic and cohesive value. He has become a member of the family. We can all stop feeling sorry for Quebec if any of us did. In its own way, this revelation may be as much a contribution to the spirit of federalism as learning French. As befits the host province, Alberta's athletes have done well but not too well. Hardly anything has been more suitable than'the victories of Lethbridge's aptly named Native Sons hockey team. As an added fillip, Games visitors from across Canada have had ring side seats for the opening of the biggest winter game in the province, to see what kind of team Peter Lougheed can field for that big contest in April, the energy sweepstakes. For the serious benefit of sports, the Games have, already precipitated thought on how to eliminate humiliating contests, insofar as rules can do this. Of course, it takes more than rules, n'estce pas? Southern Alberta outdid itself in demonstrating the variety of its weather and in displaying the hospitality of its people. In return, visiting athletes have generated an excitement and have given Southern Alberta a sense of national dis- covery that will be remembered for a long time. We're sorry it's over. No more free bus rides. Back to school, back to work, back to home. To all visitors pharewell from phriendly Alberta. May no one phreeze in the dark! Alarming prospect The defection of Gordon Taylor from the Social Credit party is a most untime- ly blow. More than anyone else still ac- tive in Alberta politics Mr. Taylor per- sonifies Social Credit. The retention of his seat for the party seemed most cer- tain. But the Taylor announcement is more devastating than just the loss of one man. The reaction to it has revealed even more disarray within the party than was suspected. The Schmidt Clark dis- pute may have been papered over, but only until after the election. Now the internal disorganization is found to be more serious than ever. On top of this, Premier Lougheed has vowed to concentrate his artillery on Southern Alberta, where he didn't win a seat in the last election. The only question is whether Social Credit can hang on to any of its seats. There is a strong likelihood that it can- not. Indeed, there is danger that the Conservatives will win every constituen- cy. That is a prospect that should alarm every responsible citizen. THE CASSEROLE It's well known that the oil companies are rolling in clover, or some kind of green stuff. Yet they do have their problems. The Amoco Production Co. of Tulsa reports that it has capped a dry hole in Alaska that was the most expensive wildcat it ever drilled. Cost of the unproductive well was million million more than the United States paid for the entire state. current negotiations between the CNR and the Hilton hotel people instructive. If and when the deal goes through, the CNR, which is wholly owned by the government of Canada, will turn over management of four of its remaining hotels (Nova Scotian in Halifax, Beausejour in Moncton, Chateau Laurier in Ottawa and Jasper Park Lodge) to Hilton, a U.S. Company. The U.S. Court of appeals has ruled that it's quite legal for U.S. narcotics agents to enter a foreign country, kidnap a suspect, and take him back to the U.S. for trial, provided they don't torture or otherwise mistreat him undu- ly in the process. That seems fair enough; it only gives narcotics agents the same privilege enjoyed by federal marshalls and FBI agents when they were hunting for army deserters and draft dodgers a while back. In a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal, the president of a manufacturing company comments on the State of the Union. To Nelson Rockefeller's statement that "there is nothing wrong with America that Americans can't he adds, "there is nothing wrong with America that Americans didn't cause." Those who wonder about Canada's new policy on foreign takeovers may find the WEEKEND MEDITATION It seems everyone is trying to get into the recycling act: The U.S. National Weather Service says it saved in 1974 by chas- ing down and reusing the equipment carried away on its weather balloons. The Ten Commandments A native of New England told Mark Twain that he was going to the Holy Land to see the mountain where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. "I have a better replied Mark Twain. "Why don't you stay here and keep But who even knows them any more? They used to be written on the east wall of churches and in Britain and some older churches you may still find them there. The Larger Catechism of the Puritan divines of Westminster declared that the Com- mandments "summarily comprehended" the moral law. The Book of Common Prayer reminded Godparents at a baptism on two oc- casions that their duty was to "provide that he may learn the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, in the vulgar tongue, and all other things which a Christian ought to know and believe to his soul's health." A Pulitzer Prize winning cartoon a few years ago showed an old man with a duster standing in the pulpit over a Bible, and the .caption of the cartoon read, "Time to Dust It Off." This is certainly true. There are no .longer moral guidelines and the result is sickness in man's heart and a lostness in his .life. As the Psalmist said (Psalm 74, verse "We see not our signs, there is no more any prophet, neither is there among us any that knoweth how long" or, as one translator puts it, "nobody knows the way and the nature of our time." Like the witches in Macbeth, "fair is foul and foul is fair." Gibbon in Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire listed five reasons why the Roman Empire fell. 1. Great luxury, which destroyed the old puritan, Roman virtues and simplicities. 2. The breakdown of the family. 3. Oppressive taxation which destroyed the value of money and the economy. 4. Social, class conflict. 5. A decline in the quality of citizenship. All this one finds in this per- missive, free wheeling society. But the fact that the Ten Commandments are derided does not make them less true. As Chesterton said, one doesn't break the Ten Com- mandments; he illustrates them. In vain we call old notions fudge And bend our conscience to our dealings; The Ten Commandments will not budge And stealing will continue stealing. The First Commandment contains all the others: "Thou shall have no other gods before me." The volume of sermons publish- ed by Dr. Martin Niemoeller which brought him into such conflict with the Nazi authorities was entitled "The First Com- mandment." God, not the state, determines what is right and wrong, establishes the set of the conscience. God is the centre of gravity of a man's life and has absolute control of that life. The primary truth of the universe is not mechanical evolution, but the personal God who sees, hears, knows, and judges all. Idolatry is forbidden. If anyone thinks that's not important, let him live in Africa or India. How emphatic the Apostles are in the New Testament to forbid the abominable worship of idols. God is "a jealous which means that He Will not consent to share your life with evil and falsehood. "Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." Be reverent in your speech. Names had a special significance and sacredness in the Hebrew. God's name meant God's nature. To name God was to know God. Without a sense of holiness man trivialized his life. One of the signs of modern degrada- tion is the degradation of language, but es- pecially degrading is the abuse of God's holy name. "Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy." What place does modern man leave for meditation, for the cultivation of truth and beauty, for prayer, for his family, for the recreation of body and soul? "Honor thy father and thy mother." There is no respect for age in this society. Parents are much to blame. Some are indulgent, some possessive, some repressive, and some are cruel. The child not given a model in the human family will not comprehend the divine family. "Thou shalt not kill." Reverence human life. One of the most shocking features of .society is its contempt (watch for human life. "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Many hold that marriage is going out of fashion, Many other priceless things will also go down the drain in that case. "Thou shalt not Society demands justice. "Thou shalt not bear false witness." Socie- ty demands truth. "Thou shalt not covet." Is not our society built on covetousness? Read the adver- tisements! Look in your own heart. But here is the true wisdom of life: Fear God and keep His commandments. PRAYER: Show me, 0 God, the way of life and give me Ike strength and courage to walk In thai way. F. S. M. "It's nice to see a man so involved in his work." Weighing a guarantee By James Reston, New York Times commentator NEW YORK The one new thing in the Middle Eastern diplomatic tangle is that Secretary of State Kissinger is back home talking more publicly, if still vaguely, about an American "guarantee" of Israel's political independence within secure and internationally recogniz- ed boundaries. It has been argued in this space for years that 130 million Arabs would never accept an independent, secure Israeli state of unless it was clear, both to the Arab states and the Soviet Union, that the United States, for its own and not Israeli reasons, regarded the security of Israel as a vital American interest and would not tolerate its destruction. Until recently, however, neither the U.S. nor the Israeli government has shown much interest in an American guarantee of Israel's independence and boundaries. For a variety of reasons. On the Israeli side, the argu- ment was that an American even in treaty form, might limit Israel's freedom of action. Washington would obviously want to be consulted on what action should be taken in a military crisis if it was ex- pected to defend Israel. This could lead to differences of opinion and dangerous delays about when or whether to strike, and, in the end, pre- vent Israel from defending herself without assuring American military action. Also an American commit- ment to defend Israel from military attack would probably lead to a Soviet com- mitment to defend Syria, Egypt and the other Arab states from an Israeli attack, and turn every Arab-Israeli military crisis into a potential military confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. On the American side, in ad- dition to these obvious risks, there was the further objec- tion that such a guarantee to Israel would .limit America's freedom of action, enrage the Arab states, separate Washington from its Euro- pean allies and Japan, who tend to be more interested in Arab oil than Israeli security, and threaten the larger ob- jectives of detente between Washington and Moscow. These are clearly serious arguments against a formal U.S. guarantee of Israel's independence and frontiers, but most of the risks exist anyway, and this is the dilem- ma. It is hard to imagine the Arab states reconciling themselves to the permanent existence of a secure Israel, or Israel persuading itself to withdraw to its insecure 1967 borders, unless both the Arabs and the Israelis know these borders will be defended by the United States. As things now stand everything is imprecise because no nation has any assurance of anything. The Israelis have no guarantees and no freedom of action. They are utterly dependent on money and arms from the United States. The Arabs are in the same position with the Soviet Union. They can make war, but not for long without supplies from Moscow. The United States and the Soviet Union are equally suspicious of one another. They have signed noble proclamations in Moscow and elsewhere to co-operate for peace in the Middle East, even to limit the flow'of arms into such inflammable areas, but they don't really co- operate for peace, but keep smiling and pretending, 'and shipping the latest weapons to both sides. Even Kissinger's strenuous efforts to find a way out of all these problems have become a major source of controver- sy. His style, tactics and prominence are now discuss- ed more in Washington than his policies and objectives. Personality and procedure are now the main topics of conver- sation in Washington and here in New York at the United Nations. Now that he's back, he is trying to bring the question down from procedure to sub- stance. He has travelled miles to 11 countries in 10 days, listening to the arguments in Israel and the Arab states, reporting to the European allies, and finally to the president and the leaders of Congress. Within a month, he will have to go back to the Middle East with the proposals of the U.S. government for a compromise settlement. Meanwhile, he is being told by the Russians, and oddly, by the Israelis, that he should go to a Middle Eastern conference at Geneva, even before he has an agreement about what should be settled there. Kissinger is now saying that this is not sensible but probably inevitable. A few weeks ago he was saying that "if we go to Geneva without an agreement beforehand, you will know that no agreement is possible." But still he is searching for some way out of his troubles, and, in the process, he has ordered a study of an American guarantee of Israel's independence and security, in return for an Israeli Withdrawal to its 1967 borders. In the next few weeks, before he has to go back to the Middle East, he will be trying to define what such an American "guarantee" to Israel would be, whether it would be acceptable to the Senate as a treaty, and what the reaction to such a guarantee would be in Moscow, the Arab world, and Europe. In short, he is trying to find some way to break the diplomatic conflict between Israel and the Arabs, and to bring Washington and Moscow to a point of decision in the Middle East. And the idea of an American "guarantee" of Israel's security seems now to be the most relevant, if dif- ficult, compromise. Letters One giant step Recently the Associated Press quoted Dr. Jean Mayer, a nutritionist at Harvard University and a director of the United Nations Task Force on Children's Nutrition, as saying that we (the U.S. I presume) convert into alcoholic beverages enough grain to feed 50 million people yearly in the starving countries. He wasn't preaching prohibition just asking for a reduction to make people healthier and happier. In addi- tion thousands of lives are saved by providing food for the starving. But he warned that America would have to make sacrifices in order to solve the starvation problem. We can contrast this with a bright spot in the news. An anonymous West German businessman offered 10 per cent of his annual income to feed the world's starving peo- ple if 30 other West Germans would chip in one-tenth of their income too. So far, 21 men and women had followed his example the German Protestant church announced. My suggestion is a combina- tion of the two and it probably won't be very popular but it would indeed be very effective in solving our world's economic problem. It is this: To voluntarily give up alcoholic beverages, and donate the money saved for the benefit of mankind not only to feed the starving but to make them self- sufficient as well. If those people who do not drink feel left out of such a giant philanthropy they could donate what they would have spent had they been a drinker. This would bring in billions of dollars and raises the ques- tion of what to do with it. We'd need a whole regiment of scrupulously honest people to administer such a fund with only the joy of service as a payment no reim- bursements such as wages, honorariums or get'going breakfasts. (I hope that my inference in the last state- ment is wrong.) One giant step for mankind- and it could (perhaps not be done. But in order to really solve our problem of the survival of a good life we are going to have to improve our moral 1 stature as well. By discarding our progressively permissive at- titude and clamping down on premarital sex we would be able to stamp out venereal disease arid even the thinking of committing that heinous sin of abortion. Ann Landers claims China has done it'. They are hundreds of years ahead of us, instead of behind us, in that respect. By building the family and the love and democracy that should be in it (every child is entitled to two parents) we could almost wipe out im- morality, vandalism and men- tal breakdowns. By putting father (who should rule kindly and judi- ciously) at the head of the family again we would put law and order back into society. The mother is the heart of the family. I can do much better with one heart and one head than I can with two heads. How about you? What more could .we ask for? AND it is within our power to do it! WANDA WILLIAMS Lethbridge. Sidewalks and overpass We have a wonderful city. Our city council sees that our streets, boulevards, parks, etc. are immaculately kept. Our citizens respond in like manner on both sides of the tracks, seeing 'to it that boulevards, fences, grounds and homes are well kept. As a result, it's a pleasure to drive through the city and admire it, especially during the spring, summer and fall months. Unfortunately, the winter months are nothing short of a disaster, particularly in regards to the sidewalks. Perhaps 25 per cent of the citi- zens never fail to clear their walks after each snowfall. But for the mo'st part the remainder allow the snow to pack, melt, freeze with each snowfall and the cycle resumes with each succeeding storm. The walks become im- passable, so the pedestrians are forced to resort to the streets thus endangering life and limb in the wake of traf- fic. Those responsible are the home owners, or tenants. Failing in this, it is the duty of the city administrators to see that the walks are cleared promptly. There are many ways to bring this about which I will not belabor. But whatever the bylaw is in that regard, it is not being enforc- ed and the mayor and alderman will have to admit this and shape up. The intersection of Mayor Magrath Drive and 5th Avenue South seems to be a trouble spot and some suggest an overpass as the solution, at a cost of upwards of in times of inflation. I'm happy that the city has not acceded to that request as signal lights, if obeyed by 'pedestrians, is sufficient. Yes, there are several schools nearby, the principals of whom, if approached, would I'm sure, take steps to organize a school patrol to handle the situation and sure- ly the city police would co- operate. I note that other school patrols in the city are doing a splendid job and can boast an enviable record with never a fatality, perhaps never an accident. Further in reference to the proposed overpass: It's interesting to note that in case of an overpass built over 14 Street, opposite the Jubilee Auditorium, by city of Calgary in recent years, there is a problem with youngsters dropping rocks on cars pass- ing under. Of course that could never happen here. B. W. DOW Lethbridge. Appreciation expressed We would like to take this opportunity to thank the peo- ple of Southern Alberta for the great hospitality shown us while we participated in the curling at the Winter Games. Also at this time, we would like to thank those who are taking the time to visit Glen Snow, a young boy from New Brunswick who was rushed to hospital with acute appen- dicitis on the 17th. GLENN PENNELL DON PENNELL PERCY PENNELL DOUG FOSTER NORBERT MacKINNON Saint John, N.B. Music vs hockey Do you enjoy Scottish CBC, Box 500, Toronto, Ont., music? Is Celeidh one of your telling about your discontent, favorite TV programs? 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