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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Anthony Westell Unfair criticism Twice within recent weeks the John Howard Society of Alberta has been criticized for failure to secure jobs for its clients-persons who have run afoul of the law. In the most recent blast-delivered by Mr. Justice A. J. Cullen of the Alberta Supreme Court in Calgary-the criticism was made because a 16-year-old boy on a suspended sentence failed to be placed in employment when specifically referred to the society for that purpose. In the light of information given The Herald (and reported in the second section of today's paper) by Mr. Craig Reid, executive director of the John Howard Society of Alberta, it is apparent that Mr. Justice Cullen was not informed of the facts. Two jobs were actually found for the boy but due to circumstances beyond the control of the society's worker consummation was not effected. Even if the society had not been able to locate a job opportunity for the boy, criticism could be considered unfair. The odds against finding a job were very great. This is a time of high unemployment when a person without any qualifications and the handicap of having been in trouble with the law has almost no hope of getting a job. The John Howard Society can logically be expected to be in the field of trying to find employment for people who have been in trouble with the law. One of its objectives is to befriend such persons and give whatever help is possible in achieving rehabilitation. But the society is surely no more accountable - and probably less so-than the probation service or Manpower in this particular matter. Criticism of the John Howard Society for failing to find jobs very likely issues from a feeling of frustration that needs are not being met. The failure, however, is not that of a volunteer agency alone; it is something belonging to society as a whole. New campground needed The proposal for another tent and trailer campground in the Leth-bridge area should surely get the go-ahead by local authorities. After last summer's influx of tourists when the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta often could not find space for weary travellers, it was apparent that more facilities to ease tourist congestion were urgently needed. The site of the new campground is ideal; north of Indian Battle Park within easy access of the highway, and within close proximity to the city. Proposed facilities will be able to handle 100 trailers and 50 tents. The growth of trailering and recreation vehicles of one type or another is catching many centres unprepared for tourists, yet these visitors represent a boost in the cash registers of local merchants, restaurateurs, and supermarkets. The centres willing to provide proper locations and good facilities for tourists will naturally attract them. Apart from the economic angle, there is a cultural one also to be considered in encouraging tourists to our city. We have nearby some of the finest scenery to offer anywhere in the world, plus historical sites which a little publicity are at last, attracting for them the attention they deserve. But travellers, being what they are, are not going to put up with cramped campgrounds and inferior facilities. They soon learn the areas which welcome them and have the proper conveniences they need to make their stay enjoyable. When these are not provided, the tourist trade simply passes by to better locations. That 'criminal9 chromosome Some time ago researchers discovered that a significant number of male prison inmates possessed an extra sex chromosome. It was suggested that this chromosome in-inclined its possessors toward aggressive criminality. Attempts have been made to treat the supposition as though it was established fact. In Australia, for instance, the presence of the XYY chromosome in an accused man was cited by Ms Defence as evidence that he was not responsible for his behavior - he was destined by his make-up for deviant behavior. Geneticists are embarrassed by this kind of thing. The idea that the XYY chromosome disposes a person to criminal behavior has not been established. It is a conclusion drawn from bad statistics. At a meeting convened in London by the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science, experts labelled the theory of the 'criminal' chromosome "scientific rubbish." It did not take into account the need for knowledge of the proportion of XYY males in the "normal" population before a conclusion could be considered valid. Also it ignored the fact that knowledge of how the extra Y chromosome actually manifests itself in human behavior is lacking. Only massive research could provide a basis for the conclusion that the Y chromosome disposes a person toward criminality. This is a welcome debunking of something that could have led to some very unfortunate results in society. Blow, chinook blow! By Margaret Lnckhnrst "CHUTUP and drive the bus!" That was the surly answer a citizen, disgruntled with the long cold spell, hurled back at a bus driver's cheery "good morning." Doubtless, under normal conditions (which covers all weather above the subzero mark) said citizen might have entered into a pleasant little chat with the polite bus-driver, but a prolonged deep-freeze, such as we're experiencing now, seems to do something both to everyone's manners as well as their morale. Business is slow because people who don't have to, won't budge from their cozy homes, and who can blame them? So shopkeepers get anxious and irritable. Some schools find it necessary to close, so kids are home underfoot and mothers get crabby. Cars freeze up with annoying regularity, sometimes stalling in the middle of busy thoroughfares annoying other motorists who honk in anger, so drivers are rude and show all their mean streaks. People who have to go out bundle up to the eyeballs so they can barely see where they are going and wham into other pedestrians causing tempers to flare as nasty insults hurl through the air. Even people who benefit from the cold, al-the us, such as the tow - truck operators and taxi-drivers get uptight because when they do finally answer a call they are greeted with "what kept you so long!" And the weatherman, poor fellow, though he can't do anything about weather but interpret the charts for _F gets blamed for it anyway and is highly unpopular when he predicts another few days of highs of 20 below. Of course, we can blame it all on George the Third'. He was the imbecilic king who, back in 1776, made the deal to divide up the continent. But if only he'd have seen to it that it was divided up and down, instead of across! If this had been done we'd have had either Florida or California to bask in during the winter. Instead, we inherited an overly close proximity to the north pole. But the weatherman insists someday chinooks will return and then all our irritations due to frigid weather will be blown away. Along with the thaw, our sunny good humor will return and bus drivers, mothers, motorists, pedestrians and all and sundry will once more be very kindly and pleasant. For we really are very nice people, and southern Alberta truly is a great place to live. When it's not quite so cold. And people aren't so cross. A partisan's proposal By Dong Walker ^ELS Kloppenborg's partnership for El-speth seems to have no limits. He not only does not favor a release for me from household duties, he would shield Elspeth from having the neighbors learn anything more about the inequities of me having to come home from work to also lake on household responsibilities. His suggestion was to take advantage of the wintry situation and deliberately frost the windows so that nobody could look in and see me slaving away. The next thing he'll be proposing is that the long-awaited fence be nine feet high! Trudeau is downplaying his role at talks riTTAWA - As he took the " road to Singapore this week, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was extraordinarily anxious to deflate expectations about his role at the conference of Commonwealth premiers. He called a news conference, which is an unusual occurrence these days, to emphasize that he has no secret plan up his sleeve and no miracles in his luggage. Trudeau has been much concerned, obviously, about the rash of reports suggesting that lie lias inherited Lester Pearson's seven-league diplomatic boots and John Diefenbaker's .moral prestige as the crusader for a color-blind Commonwealth, and may now be ex- pected to do his duty to reconcile Britain and the black countries over arms sales to South Africa. While such a build-up is flattering, it is also dangerous. It indicates not only whom to praise if things go well at Singapore, but whom to blame if the conference finds no solution and the association begins to break up. A flamboyant political leader such as Diefenbaker might accept that risk, relying on the power of personality and public support to impose his solutions on others. Even Pearson at times welcomed a crisis which broke up the established pattern of affairs and gave him the opportunity to move in swiftly and skilfully negotiate a new and better pattern. Letters To The Editor MPs ivith imaginative bussing schemes deserve pay! If for a mere fifty million dollars we c a n have twenty-five buses hauling a thousand hippies back and forth across the country all summer let's spend two hundred million and really get some hair moving. Taxpayers facing endless escalation of the rates of blackmail will surely welcome such a bold and imaginative plan, and no one can suggest that these thousands of "students," unemployed because they don't want to work, who wouldn't take a job if offered one and already convinced that the country owes them a living, should even be expected to pay for their own holidays. Provide more hostels for these people who have never in their lives paid a dime in tax- es, supply their marijuana, hashish, speed, pot and acid at public expense, impress upon them the constructive character-building value of handouts, and tell the fools who work to pay the shot that it's all for Confederation. We've come a long way since the day one of our politicians asked "What's a - million?" when speaking of public mon- Tail-gating a sub-moronic practice Your news columns presented recently a report stating that vehicular accidents in Alberta had declined in number -although in this pleasing news was included a notable exception to the overall picture, namely, the City of Lethbridge. Events recently as reported in the Herald, bear certain witness to the continuance of such distinction for our city. Unquestionably, the icy roads have contributed to the number of accidents but, in the opinion of this observer, much less than the incredible driving ^ daily in evidence here- C o m p a r ing experience on many of the major highways in North America - including, of necessity, much on the notorious Death Road between Montreal and Ottawa - it is an understatement to say that the practice of "tail-gating" in Lethbridge is beyond imagina- We: Commonwealth - 1/.S. The first sentence of my January 5th letter reads, "Without a war, the geatest power on earth, and the most beneficial, has been eliminated as a power." Wo have been eliminated;" We were the greatest and most beneficial power in all history, till the small-minded, unworthy successors to those who made us great proved far more deadly than all foreign foes. No one knows if the U.S. is strongest or greatest today; the certainty is that she has no chance of remaining anything alone. At the end of the war the odds were threeHo one in favor of the Commonwealth and the U.S. over Russia and Communism. Russia now faces but ono nation that is smaller and getting comparatively smaller year by year. We help Russia by making certain the United States has to do the job alone and will never have effective help. We stand dumb and sheeplike, watching our power be destroyed with no thought of the inevitable destruction that waits for us not too far in the future. The odds are now 9 to 2 against the U.S. that we make sure is alone. Yet all the time the Commonwealth and the U.S- have more of everything than Russia and China together. Separation cost us millions of lives- e.g. The U.S. Civil War and both world wars, none of which would have taken place, for no benefit that would not have occurred anyway. It is time we re-united to save all of us. And united we could unite with western Europe as partners, not as trade rivals and an inevitable Hitler of more power. And with that edge we could hold on, in peace, till all the world could agree. Therefore may God be with our leaders in the Commonwealth conference- May our enemies, particularly the internal enemies with whom we must live, be confounded and our leaders inspired, no matter what they may believe, since so many depend on them, to preserve our Commonwealth and strengthen it for our safety and the benefit of all Commonwealth citizens everywhere. J. A. SPENCER Magrath. An exciting letter Recently a letter to the editor appeared from two junior high students concerning our pet shops. As far as I know the letter was written completely on thfir own from investigations most probably carried out dur-ine the Christmas holidays. To me, this letter generated excitement. For many, the new social studies represents the involvement and commitment these girls have demonstrated. Our young people do have ideas. They are sensitive and concerned. Maybe we should listen. Lethbridge. B. A. 1IAIG. tion. And then, to the astounded observer, it is seen. Mayor Magrath Drive presents excellent examples but it must take second place to Scenic Drive. The latter gets the palm for there, daily, one can see the convoy system in action, with each vehicle from five to ten feet apart, all dependent on the actions of the first car or truck, and all incapable of averting an accident should an emergency suddenly cause the leader to stop. Par ticularly incomprehensible in this picture is that the Drive may be free of traffic for a quarter of a mile fore and aft - with ample room for a safe distance between vehicles. Surely, the police authorities cannot be serious when they plead to the public to drive safely? Are there no laws concerning "tail - gating"? Could not police patrols at least stop and caution blatant offenders? It may be, of course, that despite hundreds of thousands of miles of driving under quite varied conditions, this observer has yet to learn the advantages of "tail-gating" as it prevails here. If so, would one of its sub-moronic exponents please step forward and explain them to those others who are unwillingly jeopardized by the practice. BAFFLED. Lethbridge. Proud moment We call our street "The Crescent", because we feel it is unique. We share each others' joys and sorrows, and help each other when we can, without invading anyone's privacy. When we read The Herald on Jan. 5, we shared a very proud moment. Thank you, Patti Tomita, and thank you, Ruth Daw. RUMI IB UK!, ANNA ZORZETTf, JOLANiE TOKARIUK, STELLA ZABEL, VALERIE CROWE, DIANNE BENNETT, CAROL FRASER, BARBARA WALKER, JESSIE HIGA, DOROTHY TOMITA. Lethbridge. ey; we have a Just Society with hundreds of millions of dollars to teach young people to be useless, and we have forty-two cents a month for our pensioners. These oldsters who worked all their lives, saved and slaved, had precious few holidays and paid for those they did have, people who never enjoyed the grandeur of the country because they were too busy building it and have had their savings confiscated by inflation, these ordinary proud practical folks need not be told that old people just die, but young people vote, and vote again. Everyone knows that any MP who can come up with these truly imaginative schemes really deserves a raise in pay, but ponder for a moment, (along with the spa-ciousnous of the prairies and the majesty of the mountains): after you have destroyed the initiative of the worker and regulated your production industries into virtual bankruptcy, after you have grabbed so much of a man's earnings that he quits in disgust to sit on his rear end, when you have confiscated the savings of the thrifty and the property of the prudent, after you have eliminated the menace of speculative investment and spent the country rich, when you have taught half the people they're too good to work and hired the other half to various governments, who in hell is going to pay the taxes? The politicians maybe, or the millions of bureaucrats, or the hippies? L. K. WALKER. Milk River. Trudeau has a different style. He is a careful man who does not commit resources until ha has explored all possibilities of solving a problem and is reasonably sure of success. He has made clear on numerous occasions - most recently, at his airport news conference - that his overriding concern is to maintain the credibility of democratic government. The main danger, as he sees It, is loss of public confidence and disenchantment with the system, leading either to repression on the right or anarchy on the left. So while he would like to bolster confidence and support by emerging as a successful statesman, he is even more anxious to avoid public disappointment. This he has tried to do by denying exaggerated reports and down-playing optimistic expectations. For Trudeau must be acutely aware that he is going to Singapore to negotiate not from strength, but from weakness. The decision on whether or not to sell arms to South Africa can be taken only by Britain, and the question of how the Commonwealth partners should react is primarily of concern to the black members.. Canada can have only a marginal influence of persuasion on both sides, and Trudeau has already tried out his best arguments, without obvious success, when he dispatched his personal emissary, Ivan Head, to visit African governments, and met British Prime Minister Edward Heath here. What can be done at Singapore except to redouble the personal persuasion? There can be no guestion of a Canadian power play, of a polite ultimatum to anyone, for the fact is that maintenance of the Commonwealth is probably of more value to this country than to other members. Britain in the past has been the mother country which had to fuss to keep the rest satisfied and in the family. The former colonies, flexing the muscles of independence, have not been totally engaged, and there has been a strong school of thought in Canada that we might as well cut the ties with a dying institution. Much of that has changed. Many Britons now see the Commonwealth as a burden rather than a help, and it might even assist the Heath government to get the country into the European Common Market if it finally turned its back on the remnants of empire. Canadians, by contrast, are re-learning that, to avoid being swamped by U.S. influences in North America, they need counter-balancing associations in the world, and that membership in the Commonwealth helps to preserve national identity. Trudeau is going to Singapore, therefore, to plead a case rather than to dispense wisdom and justice to o t h e r s, and the power of decision is not in his hands. The best verdict he can hope for, probably, is a communique which notes the different opinions but avoids a firm conclusion, leaving Britain with the right to make its own decision on arms for South Africa, and the black countries to decide what to do if they don't like the decision when it is made. Britain could, then quietly shelve the issue, having established the principle of national autonomy. This would hardly be the stuff of which heroic reputations are made, but it presumably would satisfy Trudeau and should be acceptable to realistic Canadians. (Toronto Star Syndicate) Looking backward Through the Herald 1921 - Ten dollars only was the total deficit in the expenditures at Gait Hospital, as against revenue, for the year 1920. 1931 - After reciting the ills her husband had visited upon her, a Philadelphia woman bequeathed him $1 "to buy a rope to hang himself with." She left an estate of $12,500 to relatives. 1941-There's a place in Al- berla called Swastika about 57 miles northeast of Calgary, but there has been no thought of changing the name as was the case in Swastika, Ontario. 1951-City hospitals are filled and one of them has been forced to keep a waiting list. 1961 - Southern Alberta's chinooks established another record temperatuje at Lethbridge when a high of 53 waa recorded at Kenyon Field Jan. 12. TheLethbridgi 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Clitt Mill Reparation No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Praia and the Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulation* CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA WILLIAM HAY Manaylnn Editor Associate Ed/for ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH'* _ ;