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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE ItTHBKIDGJ W.dniiday, January S, 1972 Curl Rowan Mr. Rogers Sinai Egypt and Israel are said to be thinking about reactivating the talks towards a peaceful settlement their dispute with UN ambassador Gunnar Jarring as mediator, though no one seems to be hopeful that a settlement can be reached by this means. The talks have been bogged down since February and unless there is some evidence of a change in attitude by either side, reactiva- tion would be viewed as simply an- other delaying action and delay is what Egyptian President Sadat cannot accept much longer. He has already gone beyond his own dead- line for action. There is an ominous build-up of Arab pressure for renew- al of hostilities. U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers and Assistant Secretary State Sisco, are now asking Israel to go beyond its offer of accepting an Egyptian police force in Sinai following Israel's withdrawal of its forces from the east bank of t h e Suez canal. Mr. Rogers and Mr. Sis- co suggest'that the Israelis allow a "symbolic" Egyptian military pres- ence on the east bank just a few soldiers with "sidearms." The idea of an Egyptian military presence, symbolic or real, in the Endless school no answer On a radio program recently Prime Minister Trudeau said that the federal government is trying to encourage the provinces to consider keeping students at school the year round as one method of reducing unemployment. This suggestion will likely be found pleasant to only one segment of society parents. The year-round school is not a new or a novel idea and it has been gaining support from some taxpay- ers who would like to see optimum use of costly school and university plants. These aims however can be achieved through various semester and trimester systems which would still allow students to have their usual holidays. Students themselves argue against year-round school. Large numbers of them have, until recently, de- pended on summer employment to assist them in their educational pur- suits. The fact that employment has been hard to find the past cou- ple of years has stiH not deterred them from looking for work. Another argument that students put forth (and one which should re- ceive support from concerned adults) is that there are both cultural and social avenues to be explored beyond the classroom and these would be narrowed if school became a must for twelve months of the year. Apart from meeting students' dis- approval, Mr. Trudeau's proposal is not a practical means of solving the unemployment problem. Students who stay in school all year will only graduate at an earlier age and blos- som sooner on the threshold of the workday world, therefore adding to the unemployment rolls. The only way unemployment can be sensibly alleviated is by attack- ing the problem at its roots and that is by creating, by some means or another, more and more jobs. Other methods may appear to be workable but they would in the long run merely be frosting on a very poor cake. ANDY RUSSELL Accidents among the ivild ones human species are not the only ones to have accidents, a fact often pointing itself out to those of us who spend much time observing things in nature. For the wild ones sorneomes slip or run into situations that injure or are fatal. One fall a grouse, perhaps pursued and trying to get away from a goshawk, flew through one of our living room windows. We were away at the time, and came back to find it lying dead on the floor opposite a drafty hole in a pane of glass. Another afternoon during fall hunting season, I was out in pheasant country on the south Alberta prairie, when a big skunk came into view in the distance. This was nothing new but something about the way the skunk was travelling struck me as cu- rious. When I put my binoculars on it, I saw the unfortunate animal had its head stuck in a tin can. Closer investigation re- vealed that the skunk had been wearing the can for some time, for it was weak and nothing but skin and bone. A quick shot put it out of its misery. Somebody had opened a soup tin with a knife or a dull can opener leaving a jagged edge around the inside of the rim and then failed to dispose of it. The skunk had put its head in to lick out some remnants of food, thus trapping and blindfolding itself, doomed to a slow death. Such accidents are human activated, but they are not all that way. In the mountains late one winter near my home, I came on the scene of an un- usual accident involving a bull elk. These animals had been using a trail pitched down a steep bank at creek level, and it had become very icy a kind of slippery chute where it faced the sun. The bull had undoubtedly used the trail many times and may have been a bit careless. Anyway, when its feet hit the ice on the steep pitch, it slipped, and the bull threw back its head trying to regain its balance only to have an antler lock into a fork of a stout tree by the trail. There it hung, completely help- less until it died1. When I found it, most of the hide and skeleton were intact, still hanging in the tree, but enterprising co- yotes had eaten most of the flesh. In the old days on the plains accidents among migrating bison were common- place. The migration routes of the buffalo hordes went from north to south in the fall and in reverse in spring, taking them across the major river systems running east from the Rockies. By sheer pressure of numbers these animals poured them- selves down steep bluffs to cross rivers and quicksand bogs. Coming to banks and steep slopes where no trails existed, they just graded a road with their hooves, and in such country some inevitably came to grief. Wolves and grizzly bears preyed on the cripples. There were times when con- ditions caused the death of thousands. John McDonnell, a partner in the North- west Company, relates an incident that oc- curred at the beginning of the last cen- tury, when a great herd of buffalo stamped- ed out onto rotting ice of the Qu'Appelle River in what is now Saskatchewan and broke through. The continuing thaw took the ice out of the river and a continuous line of dead buffalo drifted past the post for three days. McDonnel tried to count them, but gave up after reaching only a part of the herd. In 1963 when we were filming in Alaska there WES a place in the mountains on the edge of Mr. McKinlcy Park where an ava- lanche had swept down lo crush and smother several hundred head of ciribou in a matter of seconds. Sometimes nature treats its, own in u devastaling fashion. The meanies By Doug Walker Andersons had us over, along with others, to view some of their slides of Nigeria. Toward the end of a pleasant evening Shirley gave me a disapproving "I see you are still writing your mcan- she said. And I haven't featured licr husband Bob In a filler since their return from Nigeria rl Hazards ahead for 'Man of Year' Nixon Sinai is totally unacceptable to the Israelis. They have had some ex- perience of Arab cheating in the mis- sile crisis of 18 months ago and could hardly believe that it Egyptian troops, even a small force, were al- lowed to cross the canal, that a clan- destine build-up would not result. Further, the main Israeli objective is a demilitarization of Sinai, a sine qua non of their negotiations. It would be unreasonable to expect them to deal for less. The New York Times puts it up to Cairo, which, it says "could win universal backing for its position and a vast step forward toward an overall settlement as well as a Suez agreement, if it would accept the principle of demilitarization of Sinai and make convincing proposals to assure Israel of free navigation through the Straits of Tiran." It sounds logical but while it might be an acceptable solution from Is- rael's viewpoint, there are many Arabs, particularly those who wish to settle for nothing less than the extermination of Israel itself, who would make it almost impossible for President Sadat to deal on these terms. maga- the foreign field, Ms plunge Party no longer zine's editors should into bang-bang summitry, his Nixon will defeat have had no difficulty at all stunning reversals of domestic That policy, made [riend and foe acutely 'aware that Nixon is a man to watch constantly. It is no small measure of Nixon's success that lie prompted Democratic party chairman Lawrence F. O'Brien to concede: "Given the events of 1971, I trust the Democratic seleciine Richard Nixon as the "Man of the Year" for 1971. For in abruptly transforming himself from a passive-nega- tive president tc a flamboyant- ly activist leader, Mr. Nixon clearly seized the imagination of Ms nation and the world. His bold new initiatives in believes Mr. himself Democrats need only mark lime until Ihe White House is handed to them. To believe this is to guarantee a Republican victory." Many observers, including some astute Democrats, be- lieve (hat the evenls ot 1971 have already pretty much guaranteed a Republican vic- tory in the 1072 elections There are other wise politi- cians, however, who insist that while Mr. Nixon made 1971 the year of the great promise, he can still be In serious trouble ir he does not make the year of the great delivery. It has been obvious for months thai Mr. Nixon intends to campaign as the president who ushered in an era of peace. "Miss Pell began to read this paper, then went screaming out of the room and has been up in that tree Letters To The Editor Getting thinking straight on drug situation It is hard to believe that our The Herald as saying that ap- police chief is still insisting proximafely 70 per cent of .......billiard- upon the hackneyed ball" theory of accelerated drug-usage. His is a cally dogmatic stance (and there is nothing wrong with that, but let's call a spade a spade) or otherwise his even casual perusal of scientific, so- ciological and psychological lit- erature on the matter would have convinced him of the fal- lacy of his position regarding the supposed progression from soft to hard drugs. But for those Herald readers who wish to think of drug abuse in a more rational and serious manner, I would like to point up the obvious flaw in believing a direct relationship exists between using mari- juana and ending up on heroin. Although it is true that many hard-drug users start their ca- reers with softer drugs, that fart alone is not enough to in- fer that there exists any direct causal relationship. Before us- ing soft-drugs, the hard-drug user also probably used caf- fein- in his coffee, acetylsalicy- lic acid in bis aspirin, codeine in his cough syrup, alcohol in his whiskey, and at one time, milk from his mother's breasts. He undoubtedly shares this previous history of usage with all other hard-drug users. When put this way it becomes obvious that it is quite ridicu- lous to infer that because all hard-drug users started on milk as babies, that milk leads to heroin use. And yet this is the exact inference used by our chief when he wants us to connect marijuana usage with heroin usage. The truth of the matter is that the determining factor be- tween a person who uses soft- drugs and the person who uses hard-drugs is a psychological one. Persons with severe per- sonality problems do run a risk of lessening their emotional stability by even soft-drug us- age. The gamble pays off for some with a new integration of self, but for many of the more seriously disturbed, the first marijuana cigarette can be the initial step into a downward spiral which can at times end tragically in mental illness, suicide or excessive hard-drug usage. For the vast majorily'oi w e 11-adjustcd people, mari- juana is an enjoyable and often enlightening experience. This is not to play down the haz- ards which do exist; II is mere- ly lo point out the reality of the situation. Our police chiefs statement "we do not want Lcthhridge to become a drug centre" shows an incredible nnlveto on his part. Ills own narcotics officer, Inspector Bathgatc, was quoUd i month to ta Lethbridge's youth use or have used marijuana. How high must the percentage go before Chief Mlcbelson considers Lethbridge "a drug centre" (whatever that 100 per cent? My purpose here is not lo scare parents into "doing somethJDg" to solve "drug but rather to force people to look at the reality of the situation. Are we prepared to put 70 per cent ot our young people who willingly take mari- juana into jail? I sincerely hope not, nor are we morally justified in randomly selecting a few to make "examples" of. No, a more human resolution of the situation must be sought and found. Historical site becomes garbage dump Until this year, this villaje of Barons and the County of Lethbridge shared the opera- tion of a garbage dump. This dump was located four miles from Barons in a very alka- line slough which even ducks avoid. It Is in a pocket with no drainage from it. The vil- lage had invested in a link chain fence to try to keep pap- ers from blowing on to the fanners' fields, which was the only objection to its location. The county machinery pushed the land fill out and everyone was happy with the voluntary and free use of the site. I am told that this summer, over both village and county protests, the department of health condemned the use of this dump and forced the vil- lage to join in the use, costs and operation of a dump at Scabby Buttes. This dump is located 10 miles away and the gates are locked unless an at- endant is present. Thus is ap- parently usual higher class dumps. Now: (1) The iwioff from this new dump runs In-rough the fairways of the Keho Park Golf Course, thence through Keho Park itself after whicji it inns into Keho Lake aid is then very democratically spread through the Lethbridge North- ern Irrigation System, to each Destruction of wild Hie The trips to Red China and the Soviet Union and some strategically timed announce- ments about new withdrawals from Vietnam will be central to this campaign. But the recent massive bombings of North Vietnam illustrate the complexities of, and possible pitfalls in, these highly-publicized travels de; signed to enhance the presi- dent's image as "peacemaker." The bombings are lieaigned to discourage a Communist of- fensive in Indochina that would leave Mr. Nixon in an embarrassing position of weak- ness when he sits down with the Chinese leaders. Yet, the bombings cany heavy risk. When a fellow Communist country and ally is being pummeled with .Ameri- can bombs, Peking will be un- der intense pressure to behave in such a way that even the best Madison Avenue flacks cannot make the Nixon jour- ney appear to be a great stride toward peace. The Russians can scarcely appear to be more buddy- buddy than the Chinese with a U.S. leader who, llama claims, is bombing and strafing hospi- tals. The Russians could be even cooler if the Kremlin decides it does not want to do anything to help ensure Nixon's re-election. They could, for examples, stall on any meaningful agreement on arms limitation. So the Democrats might be able to s e 11 many voters, par- ticularly new, young voters, ths argument that Nixon the "peace candidate" was long on public relations and short on achievement. But Democratic propagan- dists seem to be zeroing in more on domestic unhappiness. They are trying to exploit the farmers anger over adminis- tration policies, the discontent over lingering high unemploy- ment, the contention that the administration looks out for the fatcats but that the president blocks or vetoes measures de- signed to help the masses. A recent Democratic propa- ganda publication noted that "President Nixon has managed to cut off money for education twice and three times emascu- late vitally needed health and medical programs. At a time Youth is always our hope and of soaring unemployment, Nixon twice vetoed bills de- sighed to assure opportunities for employment and to extend training to (he unemployed." How potent a campaign weapon is that? It appears the Democrats themselves feel a need for more. After noting the Nixon vetoes, they go on to ex- press indignation that White House executives pay for i lunch that costs to pre- pare" while the poor and job- less suffer. Part of the fascination with the Richard Nixon of the last half of 1971 was that he con- trasted so favorably with the inactive Nixon who had let the economy drift from bad to near-calamitous for two and one-half years. The mere excitement of ac- tion was enough to lift hopes. While no one ought ever un- derestimate the ability of an incumbent president to create the appearance of bold under- takings with great promise, 1972 will be t year in which more and more people will' start looking at the whether they be relatives of a Vietnam prisoner of war or Hie family of a jobless man. The next year will be mean, with the politics sometimes never our burden. The love and understanding patience of the biblical father who awaited the return of his prodigal son should be an example to all of us. Love and understanding conquers not Im- mediately but always ultimate- ly- LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN Lethbridge. individual irrigated acre. (2) In an Ottawa museum is a rare species 5 foot high Dinosaur skull and on the plaque is stat- ed that the skull was taken from the 'First Discovered Din- osaur area In Alberta' and was in an unspoiled outcropping of a pre historic formation lo- cated near Barons and Noble- ford locally called SCABBY BUTTES you guessed it a national heritage for a garbage dump. It is this type of planning and thinking on the part of the unwelcome 'BIG BROTHER' that causes people to have dis- gust with the 'anything goes in the name of ecology control. Give us back our garbage There is a great difference between the snowdrifts at the side of the road today than twenty years ago. No tracks of wild animals are to be seen to- day or so few as to seem like none. It used to be that the road- side was full of animal tracks that ranged from small mice to the farm dog. I wondered at the change and see only one thing that has caused it. Every summer the roadsides are sprayed for weed control. These weeds are the places where the small ani- mals raise their young. They are particularly desirable places because the rain falling on the road runs off the hard surface making the bordering grass the greenest In the dis- trict. When this grass is poison- ed the young animils haven't a chance of survival. We may say, who needs mice anyway and forget it. Or we can note that there Is a break in the chain of Me and many species are no longer seen. Tliis is merely an observa- tion of something that is changing the land just as much as the destruction of the buf- falo. What to do about it, if anything, is the question. We certainly would not. advocate moving all the people off the prairies so that vast buffalo herds could again occupy the land. M. E. SPENCER. Cards ton. dump, free us from the high hard to endure, but it will pro- additional costs, let us no long- vide a fascinating specatcle of er pollute the irrigated farms, the American voter sorting out his facto, his priorities, and making his choice. (Field Enterprises. Inc.) and leave us alone. Barons. GLEN GDBB. Looking backward Tennis facilities Through the Herald 1922 For the purpose of stimulating practical interest in the development of the dairying industry on the farm, and the production of bacon- type hogs, the provincial de- partment of agriculture will send a demonstration train on a tour over Canadian Pacific Railway lines, 1932 The citizens of Ray- mond and distict responded to the call from the Em- ergency Relief Organization and contributed newly In cash alone. new UID co-opera- tive cheese factory in Glen- wood has doubled its output since opening last July. The factory is now using about 000 pounds of milk daily and is producing 600 pounds of cheese a day. retailers do not expect anything like a price war or general drop in prices here as a result of the abolition of price fining by manufacturers. However some minor reductions are expected. in home nurs- ing will be conducted by Mta Elaine Cornish, nurse with the town of Warner, for Warntr. Milk River and District. On behalf of the people who will be using (he new tennis facilities at Henderson Lake we wish to thank City Council for its prompt action in cutting the proposed club house from the 1972 budget. We are quite sure that we do not want our members to become pampered by having siwh "frills" as changing rooms, toilets or a water foun- tain. Lethbridge tennis players btw not MM Mewtanwd to such luxuries ever since Uie city saw fit not to include at the Civic Centre courts when they took awajr the ori- ginal Lcthbridge Italia Club facilities where the Civic Centre now stands. Would it he. too much to ask a couple of bushes to bo left at the new site nvnrkcd "his" and "hers" just in case of em- ergency? MARVIN KIBCUNER, PBES. 1J5THB.1UDGE TONNB CLUB. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lcthbridge, Alberta LETHBHIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1903-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN No. con PU" Canadian Dully Publlihtn' Association and thi Audll Bureau rt Clrculallom CLEO W. Idllor and Publlshsr THOMAS H. ADAMS, Central Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAV Miming EdftJr ROY F. M LES DOUGLAS K WAI Adv.rllilng Mtnanr EditSrlii P.'m "THE HERALD ttRVES THE SOUTH' ;