Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 26, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 - THE UTHBRIOOI HERAIO - Friday, February 26, 197! EDITORIALS Bruce Hutchison Unfinished business Opposition members in the British House of Commons kept their fire to a minimum when the Conservative decision to sell seven helicopters and spare parts to South Africa for maritime defence was announced. Mr. Heath's decision may break up the eight nation Commonwealth committee discuss ion concerning the arms sale because Nigeria, one of the two African committee members has already withdrawn and the other one, Kenya, will probably do the same. India may follow suit. It seems unlikely now that the meetings will ever take place, although Canada has announced that it will remain. She could hardly withdraw. After all, it was her idea in the first place. While Mr. Heath may have put a spoke in the eight - nation committee's works, there is yet no indication that the African nations intend to pull out of the Commonwealth itself. The seven helicopters sold to South Africa come under the category of items that the Heath government says it is "legally obligated" to provide. They are replacements of weapons originally sold, and according to the Heath government's law advisers, the Simonstown agreement binds Britain to provide such replacements. The helicopters, according to Britain, are to be used only for submarine spotting and operate from British-made frigates already in South African hands. They are Wasps, now out of production in Britain and have already been used by the Royal Navy. The broad question of arms sale's to South Africa still hangs in the balance. Mr. Heath sincerely believes that Britain ought to sell new frigates and other arms to South Africa because South African naval patrols are the best way to counter Soviet action in the Indian ocean. But African members of the Commonwealth fear that the arms will be used against them, or against black South Africans in that country itself. The best that can be hoped for is that Mr. Heath will not follow up this replacement sale with a sale of new ships and weapons. There is plenty of opposition within his own cabinet to such a move; there is overwhelming opposition to it among other Commonwealth members, black and white. Canada has voiced her objections without equivocation. Perhaps Mr. Heath is attempting to extricate himself from an extremely awkward and dangerous position. If he can get away with providing seven helicopters, some replacement parts and nothing more, the issue could become just another piece of unfinished business. For independence The primary objective of the Committee for an Independent Canada seems to be to collect the names of Canadians concerned about the issue of foreign domination. These names are then to be presented to politicians of all parties in the hope that they will be influenced to give the matter priority. It is frankly and unabashedly a pressure device. Few Canadians would experience difficulty in signing a petition of the sort being circulated by the CIC. Since it does not identify the individual with any party or even ask him to subscribe to any specific program for achieving independence, there can be no objection to signing. But if some Canadians fail to get worked up to a high state of excitement over the petition, that ought to be understandable. It is actually disappointing to discover that the CIC is proposing little more than a cheer for a sentiment. To think that something important is being accomplished by gathering signatures in this instance is absurd. Our politicians are not unaware that this country is heavily dependent upon foreign investment and that this poses some troublesome questions for the future. Parliament has been increasingly preoccupied with the matter as one company after another passes into foreign hands. Pressuring the politicians with a petition is easy; what is difficult is to find a solution to the problem and back it. It is not THAT people care, but HOW MUCH they care, that counts. The CIC would be doing something significant if it gathered pledges of intent to invest in the Canadian Development Corporation- or something of that sort. Without a demonstration of commitment the efforts of the CIC are apt to be without consequence. Art Buchwald WASHINGTON - The bullet-seared Indochina Bar and Grill was jammed when the dusty stranger walked up and ordered a straight whisky. "You doing a big business?" the stranger said. "Yup," the bartender replied, "we've been expanding at a furious rate." "What's the crowd doing over there?" "They're playing poker. The game's been going on for eight years now, without a stop. It started as a little domino game but pretty soon it escalated into poker." The stranger wandered over to the table. There were six men sitting around the table - Black Jack Hanoy, Tiger Cy Gone, Charlie Cong, Big Sam, Little Louse and Kid Kamboadia." "Who's winning?" the stranger asked a man named Frenchie. "Beats me," he said. "1 quit playing with these guys IB years ago." Big Sam had a giant stack of chips in front of him, and he kept giving chips to Tiger Cy Gone after each hand. Frenchie whispered, "Big Sam says he wants out of the game, but he won't quit until Black Jack Hanoy admits defeat. Black Jack just sits there with a poker face and every time his stack gets low the Chinese guy and the fat guy they call 'The Bear' give him more chips to play with." "What are the guns doing on the table?'' the stranger asked. "Each player says the otter guy is cheating. We've had some big shoot-'em-ups around here. I've seen some mean poker games, but this beats all." "How did it all start?" the stranger asked. "Wal, way back before anyone can remember, Charlie Cong and Tiger Cy Gone started a penny ante poker game amongst themselves. Pretty soon Tiger Cy Gone, who was one of the worst poker players around, began losing, and so Big Sam, who was considered one of the great card players of all time, started to give the Tiger advice. Big Sam also staked Cy Gone to a small stack of chips, which the Tiger lost immediately. So Big Sam gave him a larger stack and Tiger Cy Gone, who couldn't get the hang of the game, lost that stack. "Finally Big Sam got so exasperated that he decided to get into the game himself. He put a large stack of chips in front of him hoping to scare Charlie Cong out. "But instead, Charlie called on his friend, Black Jack Hanoy, who was anxious to get in the game because he had a grudge against Tiger. "Before anyone knew it, the game escalated from penny ante poker to table stakes with one winner. Big Sam figured that with all his chips he could bluff and Black Jack Hanoy would have to fold. "But Black Jack Hanoy was being backed by the Chinese guy and 'Tlte Bear' because they had a grudge against Big Sam. i "So now the stakes are really high, and nolxxly is going to admit he lost." "What are Little Louse and Kid Kamboadia doing in the game?" the stranger asked. "They were just two spectators watching, but Black Jack Hanoy and Big Sam made them sit in. Little and the Kid don't even know how to play poker and they're both broke, but Big Sam says the more players there are in the game, the more chance Tiger Cy Gone will have of winning, and the sooner Big Sam will be able to go home." As they were talking, Big Sam dealt the cards. "Okay," he said, "this Ls the big hand. If we win this one, we'll win all the marbles." Frenchie whispered '.o the stranger, "He keeps saying that every time he gets the deal." (Toronto Telegram Ntws Service) Jumping to By Dong QUR cook has a thing about her clients taking time to properly savor the meals she has prepared. A meal rarely passes without her saying exasperatedly, "why is everyone eating so fast?" We hadn't even managed to finish loading our plates recently when the inevitable conclusions Walker protest beat against our ear drums. There was an immediate objection from the rest of us that since we hadn't started eating we couldn't be guilty of going at it too fast. "Well," said Elspelh, "J know you are going to." No miracles forthcoming for Canadians IN A recent speech more revealing than it looked at first glance, Prime Minister Trudeau asked Canadians to face "some basic facts of life." What facts? He did not list them specifically but instead denounced the anti-facts now widely accepted as the truth- the notion that we can have "low taxes and high welfare, low imports and high exports, low - cost housing and high-price incomes" Those who make such promises, he said, achieve only "low credibility and high volume." But Mr. Trudeau is wrong there. He underestimates our capacity to believe almost anything we wish to believe. Both volume and credibility are still high. It has long been believed, for example, that we can consume more than we produce. Or at any rate, we have acted on this assumption by increasing our money income much faster than our production and wondered why prices rose to cover the gap between the two. Then, as one obvious fact of life inevitably asserts itself in the shape of unemployment and economic strain, Mr. Trudeau is blamed because with all his genius, he cannot cancel the laws of arithmetic. Again, it has' been generally accepted as a fact of life that prices have risen much faster than wages, that the worker is falling behind in the rat race. The figures, if anyone cares to read them, demon- strate the precise opposite - not, of course, for the whole nation, not for the weak groups of society but for the groups that have pushed wages up. In the last several years union wages have risen much faster than prices and still faster than output per man-hour of work. The average employed union member thus finds himself financially better off than he has ever been. That, to be sure, is a highly gratifying fact, to be welcomed by all "Pollution on earth being what it is we just can't afford to take chances." Letters To The Editor Clarification on controversial Glendale issue The person who wrote the letter which appeared in the February 12 edition of The Herald should have checked his facts before having his letter published. Had this party bothered to do so he would that there were different individ- have found letters from uals. The writer of this letter stands firmly behind any statements contained in the one and only letter by him regarding the closing of Fourth Avenue South. It is quite obvious that the author of the letter referred to above did not attend the protest meeting by the taxpayers, called by city council, to air their views. At this meet- Collectivist policies disastrous There is a lesson to be drawn from the debacle of Rolls-Royce (Herald February 16th) but there is little liklihood that any of our Canadian politicians will learn anything from this disaster, even if they should accidentally reflect upon the factors leading up to it. A dis- tinguishing trait of socialists everywhere is that they are always a lot smarter than the inept socialists of other countries. The people who said ten and fifteen years ago that the collectivist policies of British governments would lead that Pollution problems For several years I have figured that the fish of the oceans would be a vast reserve for the feeding of the world's hungry, but the oceans are now being poisoned by mercury and other chemicals. There is also topsoil and other organic materials being washed into the oceans which could be put back into the soil, but once in the ocean these materials are forever wasted. A garbage burner was shown on TV which I think produced electrical power as a byproduct. Therefore the garbage wasn't wasted and land for garbage burial was not wasted. Of course I realize that every little town can't have such an apparatus. I am against socialism (usually), but I guess the government would have to subsidize such a method as this. People tend to kid themselves and believe that there is no problem of the skies and landscape appear to be clear, but burning of natural gas does not keep the skies clean, because there must be invisible gases produced. I still see people lighting fires and destroying oxygen. Things can only be hidden for a while, the problem has come into the open the last three years. Someone on an eastern U.S. TV program said that it has taken thousands of years to get the world like this, but it has only taken 200 years to spoil it. I think that, most of the damage has been done in the last 30 years. GLENROY L. WEST. Cardston. Second-class citizen Recently we were told that we would have to learn the French language or be rated as second-class citizens. On the 19th February your paper carried an item quoting the minister of national defence as saying I hat the French language would be stepped up, and that personnel of the Canadian armed forces would be sent on exchange to the French forces and that French training manuals would be used in the Canadian forces. This is certainly a good way to further divide this country. Recently Mrs. .1. L. Nielsen of Warner wrote a very good.letter to the editor on this subject, and I fully agree with what she said. I too, may have some Danish blood as 1 come from a part of Britain that was settled by Danes and Saxons much more than a thousand years ago. Anyway, the French were immigrants originally, and were allowed to keep their language in Quebec after Wolfe's victory. But the language of North America is English and always will be, and if Quebecois want to live and work outside their province they will have to learn it. My work with a farmers grain co-operative took me all over this province, and where our local's were located we had people of every ethnic origin including French, but I never heard anything but English spoken at our local meetings. I happen to have a Canadian passport and a Canadian citizenship certificate. I presume they will have to be stamped "second-class citizen" in the near future. G. K. WATTS. Lethbridge. So They Say In modern society one earns what one is worth. -Helenio Herrera, coach of an Italian soccer team, to the assertion that his annual income of $240,000 is 10 times that of a government minister. country to trouble were greeted with the same shouts of derision heard by those of us who speak out against the endless wild extravagances of Canada's government today. Rolls-Royce was strangled by the cancerous taxes of the welfare state, just as many of our industries are being strangled here. Any industry large or small, any business whether it be a corner grocery or an historic and prestigious giant must realize a profit, otherwise the business will either never be established in the first place or if already established it will not long survive. There can be subsidies, deficits, expert officials, computers and grand and glorious schemes and ideals but there is no substitute for money in the bank. Healthy employment and prosperity are created only by enterprising ventures and sustained only by return on investment. When an entire country is finally shaken by the burst of an illusion-filled bubble, when the plants close and the stocks plummet and the workers are on the dole a lot can be said about faith, reliability, quality and reputation, the flag can be waved, either the Union Jack or the hammer and sickle, but one wonders if the taxes were so wisely spent at the polls after all. This very day we are told that our brilliant government has discovered the true secret of manna from heaven: fifty one hundred dollars in lwnefits for a contribution of a little over fifteen dollars. There will be no destruction of initiative and no need to consider measures to restore the nerve and the resolution of the people as in Britain. Our economy is supposed to be able to support these gems of wisdom indefinitely though the yearly interest on the national debt will soon consume the actual production of half of our working people, and the politicians themselves have forgotten those long-gone elections and the promises that ran up the debt. And while British politicians heralded their aerospace industry as "one of their greatest assets" there were Britons who insisted that their taxes weren't yet high enough. L. K. WALKER. Milk River. ing, as previously stated, the case for the taxpayers far outdid the one for the developer. Any figures quoted by the writer were ones brought out. At this meeting, in spite of all, this city council saw fit to completely ignore them. In view of this, one still wonders why the meeting was ever called. Further to this, it would seem strange that the intersection in question, so suddenly became a traffic hazard. The writer as previously stated used this intersection from four to six times daily and never once witnessed or heard of an accident in this location. The writer is all for progress but when one individual for his own private gain can win a case over the protests of the majority of the taxpayers this is something else again. Had they made other provisions for parking, such as underground as many hotels now provide, one would have no objection. As for consultation with the developer this would serve no purpose whatsoever. The taxpayers of Glendale I am sure are fully aware of his reasons for wanting the development. None of which show any concern for their wishes. In closing, the writer wonders why persons airing their views on these matters are not willing to stand by their convictions and at. least be willing to let one know who they arc, by sending their name. J. S. SHORT. Lethbridge. men of good will, but not many Canadians seem to understand it. There are other facts equally interesting and neglected. One of the most important mathematical facts - that wage increases have been the primary cause of price increases - is smuggled into the fine print at the back of the budget papers where hardly anyone wfil discover it. The figures being deeply buried, lest they antagonize certain voters, a man as intelligent as David Lewis can declare that wages are an insignificant factor and get away with it. Indeed, he may actually believe it. The largest facts of life, however will not be found in the budget, in Mr. Trudeau's cold irony, in Robert Stanfield's vain search for a Conservative policy, in Mr. Lewis' campaign for the NDP leadership or in the grimy little debating points of Parliament. They will be found in the broad context of the North American economy as President Nixon reverses its gears and calmly swallows the philosophy of his lifetime. Can any Canadian suppose that he will escape the president's decision to reinflate his own country and thereby, he hopes, win the election next year? Mr. Trudeau had shifted gears, too, long before Mr. Nixon, without reversing his philosophy, but his power of inflation or deflation is much less than that of the United States government. When the president orders full steam ahead and damn the torpedoes the shock waves will be felt throughout the world and nowhere so quickly as in Canada. So Mr. Trudeau faces a new and explosive fact of life without knowing where it will lead. Mr. Nixon, having revived on a grander scale the very policies that he bitterly condemned in his predecessors, says they will lead to prosperity and stability at the same time - a neat trick if he can do it. whether he can do it or not, Canada will feel the economic consequences, good or bad, and cannot foresee what the president will do next. While awaiting the unknown consequences, without the power to control them, Mr. Trudeau is stuck with a non-economic, psychological fact which he feared from the beginning- the excessive expectations, as he calls them, of the Canadian people. Almost desperately he now cries out that "I cannot promise magical results any more than I can promise jobs to all unemployed persons. To do so would be dishonest." It is fair to say, I think, that despite his many mistakes he has never been dishonest with his people and this is saying a lot in the world of politics. Yet the excessive expectations continue despite all his attempts to reduce them. The impossible dream of high welfare and low taxes, high costs and low prices, with many additional absurdities, glitters as brightly as ever. By his own nature Mr. Trudeau encourages the glitter even though he deplores it because he himself is the most glittering personality yet to appear on our political stage. In any mood, costume, place or policy the glitter and the expectations remain, for the present anyhow. That strange aura, constantly polished by his image makers, is a great political asset, envied by all his competitors, but a liability also, if things go wrong, as they are going now. For the people still expect miracles from such a man and feel cheated when the facts of life refuse to permit them. (Herald Special Service) Looking backward Through the Herald 1921 - Women are entitled to serve as jurors in Alberta under the new Jury act, copies of which have been distributed to members of the house. 1931 - Southern Alberta's "winterless winter" continues to puzzle farmers. Farm work usually done in April is being done at present. No frost is in the ground and topsoil is said to be quite dry. 1911 - German authorities imposed a military administration on the province of North Holland because of strikes and riots. 1951 - H. B. Macdonald of Calgary, sole member of the Independent party in the Alberta legislature, advocated a system of driver's tests for the province. He also asked tho government to instigate compulsory twice-yearly safety checks for motor vehicles. 1961 - Motorists checked by the RCMP for having broken headlamps or tail lights will bo given scotchlite to cover the broken light until repairs can be made. The scotchlite has been donated by the Lethbridge and District Safety Council. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 -1954, by Hon. W. A. 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