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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THI IETHBRIDGI HEBAID Saturday, February 26. Joseph Kraft A public instrument The U'lhbnil-c Foundation lias been in the news lately. It be appropriate ID reileraU' and under- score ils fimi'lKin in Ihe aminmniiv. Put simply, it is a permanent pub- lic iiisfrumciil fur convenience (if those pec.ule Mho wish In repay Ihc coiTuiiuiiily for its goudness lo them. .Permanent, because il is eslablisli- ed in law in perpetuity. It last as long as LiMhhriilgc lasts. The peo- ple entrusted v. ith its administration will come and go. bul not (be l.plli- bridge ['oundafimi. Tlie directors, serving limited terms, arc chosen, as vacancies arise, by a commitlee consisting of the mayor, the district court judge, the president of the Chamber of Commerce and the pres- ident of the Labor Council, whoever Ihey may be. Public, because ils services are available to anyone. Instrument'.' Its function is lo put funds entrusted lo il lo Ihc best pos- sible community use. Convenience, because il can dn for the individual donor he wauls done, better llian he can do it him- self. And what about "those people who wish to repay the communily lor its goodness to them'.''1 To a multitude of people this community has been very good. 11 lias them satis- faction, fulfilment, honor, and a good material life. They have a debt to the community that Rave them all that. In life or in dcalh they can make a token monetary repayment They can give money, in life or in death, to be used for any publicly useful purpose Ihey may specify, or, more commonly, Ihe income from Dial gift or bequest lo be used for any specified purpose. Or if there is no such specific in- struction, Ihe gift or Ihe income from it will be used for the most desirable communily purposes as decided by Ihe direclois, not to supplement the operating costs of public charities, bill for something inot necessarily physical) for the communily. 'Hie of funds entrusted lo the Lelhbridgc Foundation is rig- idly controlled by provincial legisla- lion. Most of the business of the founda- tion irill be dune with income de- from the investment of money left to it in people's wills. II will thus he seen that the Foun- dation's assets will not grow fast in Ihe early years. The Lethbridge Foun- dation is very young As more and more people, in their wills, do repay the communily, ils work and its worth will grow. Most large cities in Canada have a Foundation identical that in Lelhbridge. Few small cities have yet bothered. It is a tribute to those who started and who now serve on the Lethbridge Foundation lhal a cominiinily as small as Lethbridge should be looking so far ahead. Mintoffs brinkmanship Premier Dom Mintoffs exercise in brinkmanship has brought him to the edge of the cliff. A little shove and he could very well find himself at the bottom. The Maltese chauvinist has been talking to a joint NATO-British conference about the deal he wants for the continued use of the naval dockyards and other facilities. He's managed to push the annual rental price up to 14 million pounds from the original offer ot nine and a half million since NATO entered into the negotiations. But he wants 18 million. This demand was refused and Mr. Mintoff walked out of the meetings with Lord Carringlon and Mr. Luns, the NATO representative, in a fury. Mr. Mintoff appears lo be certain that he can beat the negotiators into knuckling under to all his demands which include guaranteed jobs for over six thousand dockworkers and Maltese operation of the base facili- ties. He has been counting heavily on driving a wedge between the NATO partners, particularly Italy, which might be more willing than the others to make concessions. The It- alians could hardly look on the pos- sibility of a Russian base so close to their own country with equanimity, particularly now when Iheir own gov- ernment is in a state of chaos and the threat of communism very real. So fur NATO and the British are standing firm and there has been no pressure from the U.S. for capitula- tion. So what will Mr. Minfoff do: Will he buy a pig in a poke and allow the Russians in. in the belief that they will subsidize him in a better deal? The Maltese are awaiting the answer. It had better come soon. Placard waving crowds demonstrating their faith in Mr. Mintoff are impressive, but nationalistic fervor can cool off fast when there are no jobs and very little prospect of them. The fact is that Malta is forced lo be dependent on outside subsidization to maintain a viable economy, a fact of life which the premier bitterly resents hut cannot change. He's going to have to make up his mind, and soon. ff the talks collapse, the Russians are waiting in Ihe wings. Then they won't need to put in a competitive iiiid. They'll have it all their own wav. Weekend Meditation Life's transforming power JJY far the greatest reason for failure in the spiritual Ufe is lack of prayer. People are not trained to pray in church and do not know the secret. In Sunday school children are not taught to pray and grow up not knowing the power of prayer. One of tiie greatest of contemporary scientists, Alexis Carrel, said that "prayer is the mightiest form of energy that one can generate." He maintains that it is "in- dispensable to our highest development Carrel describes undoubted miracles that he has seen performed by the power of prayer. Agnes Sanford in "The Healing Light" and "Behold Your God" describes the astounding power of prayer and un- doubted miraculous resulls. Paul Tournier, a Swiss doctor of international fame, testi- fies regarding the transforming power of prayer. Lord Ilorder, once head of the Bri- tish Medical Association and a cardiologist of international fame, says that (here is an undoubted definite paint of contact be- tween medicine and prayer One could list irrefutable evidence from business men and statesmen as well. Why then is prayer so sadly neglected? Many people find an unreality in prayer feeling that they are speaking to someone who isn't really there, and certainly some- one whom they cannot see, touch or hear wilh their physical senses. Others are plagued with wandering thoughts, saying the words but their minds run off lo a hundred other things. Then too, prayer can be Ihe victim of moods. One doesn't feel like it at that particular moment. Others have been disappointed in prayer having prayed for things that never happened and they question "what's the use of First of nil, pray with purpo.se and lhat purpose must Ire lo realize Cod. The Ilihlo promises that "you .shall find me when you seek mo wilh all your heart." As ,Iohn Domic said, prayer is drauing as near (a God as we can gel. Therefore we must pray li.sleniiif! lo C.od llnsl of us .just rush through a few requests. 'Ihc heiirl of pray- er is "1 will hc.ir what (ind Ihc Lord will speak." In third must pray with confidence, pray positively. This means to pray with faith, pray believing that God will always do better for us than we ask. The great prayers are all positive: "Our Father which art in heaven." "The Lord is my shepherd." Prayer must become a part of Ufe, be made a habit. The Bible says to pray without ceasing. Frank Laubach urges "flash prayers" said between engagements and on every possible occasion tlirough Ihe day. Jesus urged not (o be discouraged in prayer, saying that men "ought always lo pray and not to faint." Urging that prayer become a life pattern, Paul says that one must pray with thanksgiving. Such thanks- giving creates bolh hope and confidence since the God of the past will be the God of the future Prayer must he unselfish, it must be for others and with others. Consequenlly if one is to learn Ihe secret of prayer one must he associated with a group. The Russian Berdyaev says that the isolated individual by himself cannot know, still less com- mence tlie spiritual life. If prayer is lo be a life pattern one must dedicate one's life. Prayer and life must be as one. Jesus Md i story of the Pharisee and Publican who went up lo the lemple lo pray. The self-righteous Pharisee was unblessed and the Publican was blessed. Agnes Sanford tells the story of a woman who could not get any healing in prayer and it was dis- covered llial she hated her mother-in-law. Prayer must be sincere. Finally the Bible says lo pray in the name of Jesus, and since Ihc mime in lire Dihlc means nature, one Is to pray according lo Ihe naliire of Jesus. One could not therefore pray fnr lire destruction of enemies for thai would be against Ihe nature of .Jesus. .Jesus came Ifl do ths will of God ;MK! this should in; llic prayer of everyone. AB Kcnclon said, "To want all lhat God wanl.s, always lo want it, lor ail occasions and without re- servation." Prayer: As Ihe disciples lung ago >o loo we brscccli Thee, "Lord leach us how to pray." K.S.M. Chinese being wary about Nixon visit "Why shouldn't, we negotiate with Pres- ident Premier Cliuu lin-lpi asked a recent visitor. "After all. MO negotiated with Chiang Kai-shek.1' That comment expresses the basic Chinese appi-oacii lo President Nixon's visit. II is a defensive approach, which ex- plains Ihe frosty reception ac- corded Mr. on his arrival. Hut, as the1 presidetu's reception hy Chairman Mao suggests. !l is not necessarily unfavorable lo useful talks. The negotiations with Chiang Kai-shek are, of ccur.se, a set piece in Ccmimmisl h'slory. Just before those lalks gel un- derway, back in 19-15, party chairman Mao Tsc-Lung circu- lated a secret analysis of the Communist objectives. They were lo "gain the po- litical initiative the sympathy of world opinion and legal status and a stale of peace." At the same time Mao stipulated (Jiat (Jierc would be "limits Lo the conces- sions" made in relurn for those goals. That 19-15 analysis was recently circulated anew lo the parly faithful here in Cliina as a kind of guide to the pres- ident's visit. And. in fact, Uic similarities between then and are striking. For one thing, Mr. Nixon's visit, like the lalks with Chiang, is a kind of coming-out parly for the Chinese Com- munists. After years of pre- occupation with internal af- fairs, they arc coming onto the international stage. They nat- urally want lo cut the hesi fig- ure they can Peking is now putting its very best fool forward. The shops are full of fish and vege- tables and fruits. Fresh paint adorns many buildings and signs, including those at the greal Gale of Heaven square. Chinese and foreign classics have reappeared in the book- Hloi'C1- for the lirst time since Ihc Cullural Revolution. parlii'ulaiiy striking effort been made lo impress Ihc American journalists accompa- nying Mr. Nixon. are being fed myally, supplied with all kimls of professional help, and taken on arranged lours of Ihe cily and ils main features. The centre which Ihe Chinese IKMT up is a model for any irunli'y. Ik'iv.'ath Ihc smooth surface, Inucver. the scars of China's troubles are visible. The lisl of officials who showed up lo greet President Nixon, for example, was mainly remark- able for Ihe number of acling 2nd deputy ministers. That list in effect announced that Ihe re- mit leadership troubles have, oilier Ihings, caused the rcninvi.l of Ihe minister of de- fence, the minister of stale se- curity, and the party boss for Peking. With so many wounds so evi- dent, ['he Chinese leadership has to be wary lhat outsiders may 117 to lake advantage o[ this country's weakness. So Ihrre is an abundant show of strength aimed at dissuading anybody from trying to apply the pressure. The chief mark of this defen- sive altitude was the cool re- ception given President Nixon on arrival. It look deliberate organization to produce, in a country of 750 million, Ihe piti- ful lillle groups that gathered to watch Sir. Nixon at Ihe air- port and on his ride through i own. II was a case of showing the American president how lillle leverage he had en the Chinese people. The message was sharpened by tile treatment of the diplo- nialic corps here in Peking. Some ambassadors from allied countries namely France and Canada and Australia had thought to salute Mr. Nixon as he flew into town. They were told that they need- ed passes lo come lo Ihe air- porl., iind that no passes would be issued. It was a studied ef- fort Lo show Mr. Ni.xon and the world lhat Ihe lalks would he bilateral and would not hurt any of China's friends. Similarly with Ihe slogans thai now festoon Peking. Many wilh h a r sh anli American themes have come down. Bul the Chinese have retained a large number which show Ihey have uo thought of reneging on basic commitments to com- munism and lo Communist oounlries. One at Uie airport said: "Resolutely Support the Revolutionary Struggles of the Peoples of Asia, Africa, and Latin America." What all this means is that despite Iheir recent difficulties the Chinese are determined not lo he used hy the United Stales. They are not going lo be mere scenery for a sockcroo political triumph by President Nixon. Neither are they going lo sell out Ilieir allies in Vict- im m. Gelling clear about Uiat is a useful beginning. The way has been opened for Ihe United Stales and China lo stop hav- ing a thing about each other. And while lhal gain may seem small, il has the enduring character which goes wilh en- dcrsemenl by President Nixon and Chairman Mao. (Field Enterprises Inc.) "I hear 40 votes Do I hear 41 votes? Forty-one votes? I hear 41 votes Do I hear 42 votes? Forty-two voites? For this wonderful candidate, only 42 votes? I've got 42 votes, do I hear 43? Letters to the editor Planning for the future Now that it to be agreed that the new library will be erected on the Central School site, following the suggestions and recommendations of many interested people, one wonders what disposition will be made of the balance of the property. Let us devoutly hope IhaL it will not be used for a parking lot, a used car lot, a service station, a shopping centre or a high rise apartment. Leth- bridge Is already amply sup- plied wilh these amenities. in keeping with the cultural aspect of the area, a fine large art gallery combined wilh a museum or some type of cul- tural activities structure could be planned, to replace the Bow- man Arts Centre when that building is outgrown. With reference Lo yie present library building, the suggestion is made that it become an his- torical museum, replacing the present Gait Museum which un- forliinaicly Ls in an out-of-the- way location. Gait Gardens of- fers a more attractive site, and would bring more tourists into thp, downtown area. It is important that city council look well ahead lo our future needs, and the facilities which will required to meet them. Plans carefully made now will result in a develop- ment Lelhbridge can be proud of for years to come. The em- phasis should not be upon "What can we get for this land in the matter of but "What can we give lo our citi- zens, both present and MRS. N. E KtfbPPENBORG. Lethbridge. Dismayed by articles "Now as an investor, I mean a voter, you should plan your portfolio, I mean choose your candidate, so as to gain a greater probabality in the market, I mean election, rather than selecting investments, I mean vot- ing, on a helter-skelter, by-guess-and-by-gorry basis. What I'm trying io say is I need your Tear up terrifying ledger of blood he realizes it or not Mr. Louis Burke's letter epilo- mizes all thai is wrong with Ireland at this lime. That letter with the haired, the rigid delerminalion to see only one side of things and Ihe unhealthy brooding on past wrongs that lypifies the slrugle now going on. U was also full of an arro- gance that ill-befits his lowly worm's eye view. It is indeed difficult to for- gel, let alone forgive, all Ihe senseless persecutions and suf- fering due to past exploitations and mistakes. It is just as diffi- cult lo forgive Ihe ghastly ac- tivities of the IRA today. But until someone, some- where does start to forget and forgive, Iliere can be no hope. for Ihis most heauliful, but most desperately unhappy land. II is a classic example of the death of love. Everything withers an'l dips and cannot exist without il. Love will have Will it really save money} Apparently, Ihc "Ago of Eco- logy" and the "Age of Aware- ness'1 has not yet caught up with Ihe majority of Alhcrtans. I noticed recently in The Her- ald that our government of Al- berla, will request the devclop- inenl of Churchill, Manitoba as a main western seaport. Tlie reasoning apparenl.ly. is that, "the province favors any roule or port that will save Albcrlans money.' Thai, such a proposal should come on Ihe heels of four monlhs publicity about Ihc ef- fect Churchill's present growlh rale is having on Hit. area's polar bear population, is tragic indeed! Altcmpls lo relocate Ihc animals, known as an en- dingtrtd apecien tlbewhert bul considered pests by Churchill residents, have cost a lot of money and have met v.ilh questionable success. Canadians a r e present 1 y being asked to fork out money lo repair Ihc ecological dam- al the delta, caused when the H.C. government con- slrui-lcd Ihe llenncll dam. Vast sums have been spent over Ihc past few years in an allempl to save Ihc whooping crane from complete exlinelion. Ten years' from now we may be doing the same Ihing with remnant polar bear populations. When will we smiiiien up? When will we ask ourselves, "are we really sav- ing money, and if so, whal is our JIM WlliUK Ltlbbndfc'e. to be rebuilt into Ihe structure of things once again before the whole counlry self dcstruds through haired. Think whal would happen if every Irish man, woman and child, Northern or South crn, Protestant or Roman Catholic, suddenly looked inlo each oth- er's eyes wilh forgiveness, com- passion and the willingness lo forget past grievances. Hatred and violence have noth- ing lo feed upon and Ihc car- nage would cease ovcrnighl. (There mighl, however, he a few deaths from Ihc shock of having nothing to fight about.) So, Mr. Burke, how about tearing up your terrifying led- ger of blood, forget Ihc peas- anl and worm lliing. for give some of Ihe real or imagined wrongs of Ihe pasl, and wriggle your way up Ihrough the black murk of haired inlo Ihc sunny uplands of love and under- slanding where alone can be found healing for Ihc running jioroj. of Ireland? SYLVIA KING-BROWN So They Say Hell is gelling very out-of- date in thinking, hut it i.s not nul (if business. -The llcv. Oliver I', filokc.s, liochoblcr, N.Y. As a reader of The Lelh- bridge Herald, and as a friend of humanily and of the youlh of today who are growing up in a complex day and age 1 wish to voice my dismay scries of articles on drugs. am not out to disparage Tlie Lelhbridge Herald, il is a fino paper. But those four so-called interviews were, lo say Ihe leasl, absolutely ridiculous. Those few sludenls who wcro Interviewed are not a repre- sentalive group of any of those schools or student bodies. How can they stale lhat one- half or Ihree-quarters of the sludenls are on drugs? Where did Ihey oblain these stalislics? They slrike me as being sensa- tion-seekers, smart alecs who wish lo discredit our fino schools, our (me teachers and our fine young students. True, we know (here are some sad young people who have lurned lo drugs and to drinking, bill lo make a sweep- ing assertion that such a huge percentage of our students are mixed up in these practices is an insult lo our hard-working, decent honest youlh. Some will believe those stupid state- ments. Not a word was said about the sludenls who walk the straight line, who are working and studying that they may grow up to be men and women of whom we will be justly proud A CONCERNED READER Lethbridge. Looking backward 'J'lIKOUGII THE HERALD The motion picture shown by Hughes, Ihe UGG Representative, last Friday evening, drew out a large and enthusiastic au- dience to witness Barnwcll's first "movie show." is a strong pos- sibility lhat one or more of Al- berta's outstanding amateur ring artists will be selected lo rcpicscnt Ihe province in the National Olympic, trials to Ire held in Onlario. MM2 and Lillian Munro, junior champions of Ihc Glenora Club in Edmonton w'ff be two feature performers at Ihc Bcllcvue ice show. will be no more projecting or flashing signs on .suburban stores, City Council decided last only fascina or flash with Iho-slore-front signs will be allowed. The Letlibridge Herald 504 7lh SI. S., LcllibrirlRc, Alberla LETIinttlDGE HERALD LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published IMS 105-1, by Moil. W. A. BUCHANAN Second CMss Mnll Rctjislmlion No Mfimlior of Thp Cnnntllan Prnss nmi the Canadian Dally Nnwspapor Publishers' Assotinlion find I ho Audi I Duri'.iii Cirruliilions CI.EO W. MOWERS. Cclllor rind H. ADAMS, Confirm DOM PILL INO ROY F. MILtS dvfrli-.mo Manmrr nUMt.l All I-', WALKTR fcdiiorifli Firlllnr "THE HERALD SERVES 71 IK SOU IIP ;