Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THI LETHBKIDGE HEKALD Sqturday, January I, 1971 Dave Humphreys Puzzling lack of protest The Vietnam war continues and continues to assault the sensibilities of the American people in whose name it is being fought. For a time it faded out of the news but lately it has been back with all its honors. Two American professors recently returned from doing a study of the effects of the war on the environ- ment. Alarming reports of irrepair- able damage to the ecology have been made before but the two pro- fessors have added new information. They learned that a new kind of bomb is being employed that has a concussive blast resulting in the de- struction of all life within a radius of feet. Assisting in this denud- ing process are 150 bulldozers work- ing every day to strip the land of all cover. Stories about the demoralization of the American army have appeared from time to time. The prevalence of drag use among the men stationed in Vietnam has been acknowledged as a serious problem by the U.S. gov- ernment. Official recognition of the extent of fragging the murdering of officers by their own men has not been made. An article in Satur- day Review (Jan. 8) brings this frightening phenomenon to the alien-, tion of the public. The destruction of Ihe land and Ihe demoralization of American person- nel are two aspects of the Vietnam war that ought to cause grave con- cern alarm. One poses a threat to the livelihood of the people in Viet- nam. The other holds the ingredienls for the dismplion of Ihe American society, already seriously damaged. II is slrange that despite the nearly complete disillusionment of the American people with the war there is so little protest now in evidence. Even stranger is the fact that al- though President Nixon promised to get his country out of the war and has failed allowing it to drag on into deeper degradation he seems to tie headed for re-election this year. Two things may account for this state of affairs. The reduction in American forces in Vietnam has cre- ated the illusion that the war is end- ing when it is merely changing. And the genuinely significant diplomatic 'initiatives made by Mr. Nixon have distracted attention from the war. They may also be creating hope of some dramatic move to establish peace in Indochina as well. Clearer report needed The National Council of Welfare recently expressed its ambition to work towards the redistribution the national income more fairly. The council is a group of 21 aca- demics and members of citiz ens groups and charitable organizations appointed by Federal Health Minis- ter John Munro. Its purpose is to re- view the economic conditions of Ca- nadians living below the poverty line. When the Senate's report on pov- erty was released last year, the council found that, while it was basi- cally sound, it didn't go far enough towards elevating the income levels of the poor. After much study, the council rec- ommends that single Canadians with- out exception should get an- nually, couples and a family of four "The poor have a ma- jor claim on the steadily increasing wealth of the the council said. "The suggestions that this na- tion cannot 'afford' such a modest increase in its provisions for ensur- ing its citizens against privation misses the point. It is not a question of affording more, bul of redistribut- ing the national income more justly." Nobody would argue with that premise. But the council didn't state how modest was the increase pro- posed, how upgrading it -would af- fect the incomes of those above the poverty line, and what would happen to incentives on both sides of the line. Until it produces realistic figures the public and Parliament can un- derstand and come to grips with, their recommendations will likely be shelved to gather dust as is the fate of so many well intentioned docu- ments. Unfortunately this doesn't help the plight of the poor who look to the council to aid their cause. Weekend Meditation The love of life VERY few people are in love with life. They exist in a state of anxiety, re- treat, or depression, and are forerer run- ning away from, life, so that the psychol- ogist Freud said that there was in every man a death instinct, an idea which was not original with Freud but had been noted as far back as the days of the Greeks at least. This is the origin of much fatigue, illness, and suicide and develops in countless thousands of people the habit of failure or, one might say, the will to failure. Many doctors contend that there are deep, subconscious emotional drives to defeat and death so that people choose their own Illness, a psychosomatic condi- tion, or a psychological state which leads to functional and organic illness. It astonishes few psychologists to learn that a patient has no desire to live but on the contrary a strong desire to die, an attitude of "I don't care what happens." All around you are multitudes of people who have retreated1 into defeat. Dorothy Parker expressed this grim malady when the said, "This living, this living, this liv- ing was never a project of mine." One of the startling things In the Bible Is the promise that God will put a new long in our mouths. It Is practically im- possible for a person over a certain age to learn a new song, yet repeatedly the psalmist speaks of this new song. One finds the secret of it in a prophet like Ezekiel where God promises to put a new within you, to give you a new heart and a new spirit, or in the words of Jesus who said, "Behold I make all things new." Paul says that If any man be in Christ Is a new creature. The book of the Revela- tion also speaks of the new song and of a new heaven and a new earth, but then If a man be born again he sees the world differently and for this new man as things are transformed.' Lm Tostoi, the Russian author of the 19th century, in his Con- fessions describes his previous evil life, "My life, a life of indulgences and de- sires, was meaningless and evil." He was filled with depression and despair. Later when he was converted to being a pro- found Christian who tried with all his be- ing to follow the Sermon on the Mourit he said, "To know God and to live is one and the same thing. God is life. Live seeking God and then you will not live without God." He felt that for the first time ui his life he was truly living. But then he had a real religion. George White- field said of Boston in the 18th century that "Boston has kept the form of reli- gion but has lost much of the power." Could that not be said of multitudes to- day that for them any religious faith they have is a form, rather than a power? Time and again we get hungry for the kind of faith that inspired the hymn writ- er to "stretch every nerve and press with vigor believing that one should fight the good fight since "Christ is thy strength and Christ thy right." How much better this is than the search for a retreat or for merely comfort in religion! J. B. Phillips paraphrases the words of St. Paul in his letter to the church at Philippi in a strik- ing fashion, "I do concentrate on this: I leave the past behind and with hands out- stretched to whatever lies ahead I go itraight for the goal-my reward the hon- or of being called by God in Christ." Paul was a really living person as few of us are living. Very few are alive, but go through the world half dead, merely exist- ing, they need to get hold of a real faith, to believe as Paul says in his letter to the church at Philippi, "God is at work within you, giving you the will and the power to achieve His purpose." Prayer: "May the blessing of the Eternal Spirit be with you and revive In you a mighty and perpetual joy, rais- ing your hearts to true holiness and fill- ing your lives with peace." F. S. M. Telephone talk By Dwg Wilier WfE WERE at a pleasant house party re- cently whero John Moser recounted rare attempt on his part to phone Home. Repealed dialings only resulted In the busy ilgnal rasping in his ear. His dear wife Anne was using the phone to visit a gross abuse of the instrument in John'i opinion. Various snido remarks nbout the pro- pensity of women for tclcphora talk wen fliemipon loosed by other gentlemen in the gathering. This evoked the statement by Diane Ilolfcld that she Is much too busy to be able to spend her time with the telephone. Methinks, u a consequence of the look on husband Randy'a face, that it might be wise (or us to reserve some skepticism in the days ahead for our newest lady ncigh- bor'i Irish problem requires Irish resolution I ONDON: The IRA Christ- mas card sold well to Ire- land, according to reports. It was incredible enough that while most people prepared for festivities, the IRA prepared new explosions to blow up buildings and kill people. Yet thousands of ordinary Irishmen spent 25 cents or so to support IRA murder, as if they were deserving charity. The explanation is sad, but it tells a lot about the present unhappy Irish problem. The fact that the cards should sell at all reveals the atavistic at- titude still wide-spread in Ire- land. It permits shelter and sympathy for the IRA that is one of the obstacles in the way of a settlement. Although nominally illegal, the IRA operates openly in the republic. A journalist can tele- phone a Dubh'n number and ask the IRA publicity bureau to read a statement describing in detail how a man was murder- ed. IRA leaders assemble in four-star Dublin hotels to intro- duce to the press a man who escaped from jail in Belfast. As they did 50 years ago, news- papermen (and now television men) can make contact with the IRA leaders and the Sinn Fein political arm, while the security forces appear to be helpless. Unlike many of his country- men, republican Premier Jack Lynch has recognized the pre- sent mess as an Irish mess which the Irish must have the will to solve. Mr. Lynch prom- ised in a very tough speech re- cently to strengthen the repub- lic's laws against subversive groups, which included the IRA. But considering present con- ditons and the Irish folklore, it is best to believe acts ratli'.'r than even tough words. The British government would dear- ly love to see a much firmer line in the south and has press- ed that view on Mr. Lynch. The Christmas card's senti- ments also 'are instructive. They convey the charming mes- sage from IRA provisional leader Sean Macstiofain: "The blessing of Christmas to our comrades who are jailed by the British. It Is our wish that they and Ireland may be free by this time next year." This is quaintly, if tragically, old-fashioned: Ireland is in Bri- tish chain: and the British are to blame. It perpetuates the great convenient myth which John Grigg dismantles in En- counter magazine. "The parti- tion of Ireland is seen, even he writes, "as a mani- festation of British Imperial- ism, rather than as a true re- flection of Irish realities." The British are willing now, and were 50 years ago, to ac- cept a united-Ireland solution. ffi NU, Int. you believe I'm tome charitablt miii "Itlocks m though we might hare some trouble wifn th'is one. It urnii fanner lunch period and shorter hours'." But they cannot expel than a million Protestant Irish from the 'United Kingdom against their will. Professor David Bates of Queen's Univer- sity, Belfast, writes in a letter to The Times that Dublin hu done little in 50 years of inde- pendence to make unity attrac- tive to the Protestant minority. He refers to the tower eco- nomic standards, the religloui exclusivity of the constitution, as well as the republic1! de- ference to the IRA. Mr. Lynch himself has said that the constitution is nego- tiable. He has welcomed most of Labor Leader Harold Wil- son's proposals for a united Ireland. He likes the concept, he likes the idea of British sub- sidies to bring republican so- cial benefits closer to the Bri- tish, prevailing in the north, but he balks at recognition of the Queen as head of foe Com- monwealth, which Mr. Wilson saw as an important gesture to the northern minority. Mr. Lynch, who has been known for political survival more than for imaginative statesmanship, has little time to lose. An election is due this year. The electorate could pass judgment on some specific pro- posals, with Irish unity as tht goal, or it can vote on the es- tablished caretaking. The Wilson initiative may or may not form the basis for all- party talks here this year. But it was a British initiative, are most attempts to think through solution. And as long as a million Irish want to be part of the United Kingdom, the British have a heavy responsi- bility to seek a solution. No initiative from Britain, or anywhere, is likely to succeed as long as Irish will on both sides of Uie border is lacking. American senators who ask Britain to withdraw troops or to release a hundred known ter- rorists, fall to understand this. Rather, they have taken too se- riously the message on the Christmas card. (Herald London Bureau) Shaun Herron Canadian literacy nationalists want welfare WHAT does Quebec want? What do the Indians want? What do Canadian play- wrights want? What do Cana- dian authors want? Canadian playwrights want their plays on Canadian stages, whether they are any good or not. If Canadian playwrights got what they want, Canadian theatres would close their doors. Canadian authors, want their books published in Can- ada by Canadian publishers and they want a living from them, whether they are any good or not; one ground is enough: They are Canadian, they "want to write" and, as everybody knows, any Cana- dian who wants to write is en- titled to live by it whether he can write or cannot. Dress it up in any sort ol fancy language you like, but when you strip it to the essen- tials, that is what all this flap is about that has been getting more and more play on CBC and other news vehicles for the past few months. Canadian ac- tors want to ensure that they get on stage. But if they can't act? You saw the problem the oth- er night if you saw a promo for a series of four Canadian one-act plays set in the middle of a program about Glenda Jackson, the girl who is playing Elizabeth the First in the BBC series on the CBC. This woman is alive. Her intelligence as it is directed to her work shines out of her. Even her work in early rehearsals looked like the finished work of most of the Canadian actors we are likely to see just now. When the MTC said it would hire actors because they could act and not because they were Canadians, it was right on the button, but it was a target at once. I listened to Farley Mowat at the so-called enquiry into the plight of Canadian authors, with wild amusement. We must have a union; we must fight; we must damn-well tell them this and that and this from a man who publishes with .a New York pubisher and lives by his writing and circu- lates around the world. His pub- lisher makes money with him. But if Canadian authors who don't sell took Mr. Mowat's ad- vice and laid down the law to publishers, he knows very well what would happen. They wouldn't be published. Instead that might be the best thing that could happen to Canadian publishers that they stop pub- lishing a lot of their precious pels and start publishing some- Letters To The Editor Voting is a right Even in our democratic gov- ernment, many people still do not get out and vote for their chosen party or candidate. They feel that it is too much bother to go to the polling booth and select a name on the ballot of the person whom, they feel, will support them best for the next term. In the recent local elections, the turnout at the polls was poor. We did not seem to care who ran our school boards or how they would handle the job. We may often complain about the way in which our school system is run but if we do not vote, how cnn we choose the best people for the job? So .They Say When Lincoln freed the (laves in the United States there was no compensation paid to On planters. Novoa, legal advi- sor to Chilean President AN lenric Gossons, on the nallonnli- zullon of U.S. copper companies wlUiout compensation. Voting is a right which we are fortunate to have. I am sure that many people in non- democratic countries would feel very lucky to be able to select their favorite party or candidate. DEBBIE RAUHALA. Crossovers Some weeks ago it was sug- gested that sixth Avenue 5. would become a traffic artery linking the proposed bridge to West Lcthbridge to Mayor Ma- gTRlh Drive. Many city residents must wonder whether this is really necessary and feel concerned about the safety of students at- tending Hamilton, the LCI and the Separate Schools who cross this street every day. Those responsible for plan- ning these street alterations should see that pedestrian crossovers are provided. If these are present at the outset some fatal accidents may be avoided. COLIN DARCEL. tiling the Canadian public wants to read. What these aspiring gents leave out of account in their an- guished writhings about the plight of the Canadian author is that Canadians don't read books on a scale that makes it possible for a writer to make a living by publishing in Canada. Two thousand is a big sale in this country. If these gentle- men and ladies want to be patriotic to the extent that they won't send their work where there are enough readers to pay for it, that surely is their private affair? Why should the people who won't pay to read them have to pay taxes to feed them? Especially since many of them can't make a living because they can't write. Those who sell their wares elsewhere and live in Canada put no fi- nancial store on Canadian sales. This course is open to any Canadian author who has not been turned down by an American publisher. However, the truth about the plight of Canadian authors, ac- tors, painters, dancers and all is that there are more prizes, awards, grants and the like available to them than there are anywhere else in the West- ern world. These things do not represent opportunities to get down to the hard work that will make them a living if they are willing to give up long ses- sions in Toronto pubs, talking about art and the terrible con- ditions in which they must pro- duce their deathless works. It was either George Orwell or Daniel George who said, when asked what working conditions he needed in order to produce: "I clear the kitchen table." Canada suffers at the mo- ment from an excess of nit consciousness. That is, the "me-no-workee; me-erty" mentality has been cultivated by too much attention to the place of the artist as artist and too little to the place of the writer, painter, dancer, musi- cian or whatever, as workman. And by workman I mean tho man who learns his trade 'and goes on learning it, and refuses to give up working at it and assumes that if nobody will pay for what he produces then is still something wrong with it. It is pitiful to hear and read people win have done tittle arid regard themselves and are regarded by tho hangers-on as "Canada's artists crying the blues about ungrateful govern- ments and an ungrateful peo- before they have offered much evidence that they wouldn't be belter olf collecting garbage, or working for the post office. Indeed, of them have offered ample evi- dence that they would. I suppose the cover for this silly caper is the nationalist posture. If I am Canadian, the country owes me a living; if I am a Canadian who "wants to be a writer" the coun- try owes me publication and a living; and this Is good for the country? Or for writing? But you know what they're really after? They have all sorts of illusions about "the writer's life." They think there is such a thing. They think it's a very nice sort of thing. They think it is free of menial drud- gery and a nice quota of public recognition: the "Look, that's Canada's J. B. Priestly" thing, and that's hard to come by when nobody reads you. This current agitation is all in aid of romastic illusions about what a writer's life is like, ought to be like and must be made to be like on public funds. There used to be a great deal of guff written about the liter- ary life and the literary pubs of Dublin. Most people outside Ireland and some people inside Ireland believed it. But the people in Dublin who actually wrote books or poems or what- ever always said the Dublin li- terary pub was a haven for non-writers who talked about their writing because if they committed it to paper we'd find out they weren't. There's an awful lot of that in Canadian "literary" circles, especially in Toronto. What Canada's "artists" need more than they need subsidies b a good cold bath in the realism of the business. I know a Cana- dian sculptor who has done the Pope, the president of the United States, and has had commissions from about every country in Europe and ij al- ways working. He lives where? Rome? New York? London? No: Winnipeg. If you can produce It, yon can sell it. If you can produce it, they'll come to you, even if you live in benighted Western Canada. But if the work is too much for you, or your self- image is romantic, or if what you really want is to play the role of the Canadian writer or painter, or sculptor or compo- ser, and.to do it without Uw hard work that goes into doing anything well, and with a sub- sidy from a nation that is grateful to you for your self- image forget it. You couldn't earn a living if you camped on the doorstep of every pub- lisher from Toronto to Tokyo. What these people are asking for it literary welfare. (Herald Special Service) Looking backward THROUGH THE HERALD 19M The opera "The Mountebanks" was staged by the young people of the differ- ent schools in the daresholm district under the direction of W. G. Moffat, and to say it was a success is pulling it mildly. 1932 Eggs broke again in price on Friday. Following are the prices for different grades; Firsts, 13 cents, 11 cents, cracks, 7 cents. 1942 A two month post- ponement of the introduction of vitamin rich flour and bread under standards approved by the Dominion government has been proposed by the Canadian milling industry because of the difficulty of making machinery adjustments and oUicr chang- es. 1952 Wednesday at the Central School in Lcthbridge, Waterton Lakes National Park guide and outfitter, Andy Rus- sell, will speak on "Your Child and The Outdoors." 1962 On Saturday S3 mem- bers of the Lelhbridge Am- ateur Swimming Club tra- velled, with their coach Stan Siwik, to Ralston' to take part in the Ralslon International Swim Meet. The Lethbridge Herald BW TUi St. S., Lethbridge, Alberla LETHBRrDGE HERALD f.O. LTD., Proprietors nnd Publisher! Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. 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