Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THI LfTHBHIDGt HERAID Saturday, Jonuory 13, China is iccarv too When Mine. Njuyen Thi Binh. for- eign nui'-iiier PI Provisional Rev- (.K'vernrr.er.i ipRG'i of Souih Yiitiuin visited Peking late iasi ii-oiini she u_is trebled io ti'e o: theories! djsur.mces ot f-ier.dsiiip, but very little rr.jre [he Ch.ness s1.' position. They are reiticiir.t :o their pres- r-ecti'. e eo. iivrn.c and strategic re- kiior.ihirj with ite U.S. because of the Soviet threat 10 their own cotin- Although they show no signs of backing down en their position that a real Washington Peking accord is only possible Elite- the Indochina war is ended, there are indications that Peking is growing wean- ot Hanoi's intrEnsigence. The cost of keeping the war effort coins: in North Vietnam is draining Chinese economy already strained by pour harvests. Peking has been io import large quantities of srain from abroad, while at the Sirne time subsidizing North Vietnam v.-nh food, medical supplies, weapons and transport. Most of this aid is given gratis. Leaving human considerations oul of the picture if this is it is plain thai Peking is as anxious for an end to this globally disruptive war. as ihe rest of ihe world is. sensitivitv needed The winds oi change are being felt in the public's altitude toward porn- ography. The notion is abroad thai if the old, prudery was ce- ihe new, unchecked pun- ence is, jttsi as bad and possibly worse. Tee I" 5. Supreme Ccurt ruled recently that stales may cicse sal- oons featunn- bottom-ess cancers, sex films or other forms of "bac- chanalian revelries." movies have seized from several Wash- ington theatres and in California the state Supreme Court upheld the clos- ing of a bar featuring nude dancers, under a 1913 law originally passed to combat brothels. According to current reports. Ca- nadian custom officials are turning back more pornographic literature from outside Canada than ever be- fore. One official ha; reported some of tte stuff is "Gut of this world" and is getting too daring even for today's permissive society. Because of the worsening character of pornograph- ic literature more care now is taken in screening printed matter than in the past. The greatest danger seems to lie not in the stimulation pornography encourages but in its deaden- ing influence. According to Norman Cousins, former editor of Saturday Review, ''detaching sex frcrr. Jove separates it from its basic sustain- ing power. Feelings are not merely bypassed, they are obliterated." the danger isn't mat :he erpioita- tion of sex may create sex fiends. but that it msy spawa eunachJ. What is even worse, an mfallibie formula has apparently been found for making sex boring. People who insist on see- ing everything and doing run the risk of feeling nothing. Cousins is currently supporting the Earl of Longford in his crusade against pornography in Britain that hit the commercial interests who cake a mint bv exnloiiing sex. Popu- larly known as Lo'rd Porn, the earl has published a 500-page report on pornography which is being bought up rapidly by the English. highest expression of Uon. as he sees it. is not in its art, tut the supreme tenderness that peo- ple are sirong enough to feel and show towards one another. He be- lieves it is a serious error to sup- pose that the deperscnalization cf sex is unrelated to other things that are happening to society today. The propensity for violence, whether be- f.veen or nations: as gla- morized on millions of screens or as demonstrate-i in the craving heightened experience, whether through pills or shots cr these are symptomatic of cesensitization. But what is believed to be most damaging of all is that the highest human responses are bein; blunted without people knowing it. If civiliza- tion is brea'sing dov.-n as it appears to fce. it is r.ot because of the lack of brain meet its demands but because feeling; are bein; dulled. urst aim of education should not be io prepare young people for careers, but to enable them to develop respect for life society as a whole subjected to a massive experience in A curious anomaly Considering the recent rating by the U.S. Supreme Court that the death penalty is unconstitutional under that country's existing laws, and the strength of the world u-.de move towards banning the death penalty entirely, there is something incongruous about a recent announce- ment from Washington. The U.S. at- torney general says the Nixon ad- ministration plans to ask Congress for legislation making skyjacking punishable by death. To the end of last year there had been 393 instances of skyjacking. Host of these involved U.s" planes, which is not surprising considering Weekend Meditation the high percentage of airliners that fly under American flags. In all of these cases, the only occurrences of death or injury came about when security forces precipitated shoot- outs, and even these were remark- ably rare. So while skyjacking causes enormous inconvenience to travellers and serious disruption of business, it results m surprisingly small injury. Those who suffer the inconvenience and whose business is disrupted make up a very tiny fraction of the world's population. That tiny fraction, it may- be worth noting, includes almost 103 per cent of the world's rich and pow- erful people. The great dialogue Few people learn to pray yet without prayer it is impossible to know God. You cannot know a person if you never talk to him. Also many of the ablest and most intelligent men arc women, among whom are scientists, d-xiors, statesmen, and scholars, mainr-iin that prayer is the greatest po'ter Ln the world. There is a r.e'v movement, or rather a row discovery, m prayer which is finding an astonishing popularity in many coun- tries. Groups are practising the an of prayer as a simple conversation with God This does not seem revolutionary, but it Rill when you talk with some of the peopla wto practise it. Rosalind Rin'ser. for ex- ample, who v.rote a convincing little called, Prayer, Conversing with God Zon- dervan Press) describes prayer as "a di- alogue between two persons who love each other." Unreality in prayer Ls a primary difficulty with most people, but these groups have found the secret in taking lit- erally the words of Jesus. "Where f.vo or three arc together, there am I in the of There really re-.-, in Frank L.i'jjdCh prays ore ieo-Li erice of in iho room. most cxpoi-iir.g to Him. Brw.r.cr Law- rence, St. John of the- Cross, Thomas a Kempis, Rufus Jor.es. Agnes Paul Tourmer, and Simonc Weil arc illustrious names among a company or have tup tccrc'. One never rc.vK Minn without fecun? this closeness and ban? more closely Io God oneself. It is said that all of us carry an aura abou; us when we are mos; alive and they definitely have an aura, the glory of Al- mighty God. To them prayer is not a recurrent "Giva me Give nie Give me." They are cicl.vered frciu life's supreme curse fs.iress. You will fir.d their prayers full cf adoration and There will be commitment and a deep desire to dis- cover and do the will of God. But the thing that will svie you is the conversational nature of their prayers. They are taljdng tn a friend, end the prayers have a raar'jahie rea'ity. They tak? fir v.i.h'instr.ess ?rd power lo d n ell thir.gs. ir.at their paryers are strong v.-Jh [he certainly that God will not only answer them, but will do better than they ass. Consequently they develop the bg side of prayer in a uay that few of la do. Dr, Tempie, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, sild that if he had five to p.-.iy he would u-ie four minutes l.-'-rirr. T'c Quakers do this. They have 'of-ire Gcsi and In to tha pjji rays thJt te Holy Spirit 51..'ie prayers So as one waits spoaks and Ihe result is peace, tha peace 'if a resolved, settled heart, Pi; In rrr.mrr. o 1. ;lr.r. i'f IM-. Y S M. Saturday talk By Norman Smith, [ortuer edilor of The Ottawa Journal Come hell, come high water The subsidy business Maurice FP Publications Ottawa commentalnr OTTAWA Canadi political parties are hospna' to many opmions. they rave pa'-ience Edmurid Burke. In his speeci the 01 dealt id'-h d'jiies of "Your craes you." r his industry only, bu: his men: and be belays serv-L-.g you if be sacrifices it yofjr opnipn." I; is obvious ir.2! fuch a dc trine has nothi-.f b with the rro great principles modern government as '.ve observe them in These are io rzd out (rl-ai i voters thJrJE -bey ar.c ziake tnem :rey are r rhg ii. fashionable sr.i us these lofty i--. of course, de- mocracy. Before the election Ihe eov- emment boasted a majority and anticipated another with some confidence. .As it had no wish to bring troubles upon itseii in fu- ture, it ie-percd the flr.dinz; cf diated yesterday. S? much for Bicke. On the other hand he is gratified that the government has adopted so many Con- servative policies aithoush saol- by "what has been left Considering these unfortu- ra'e orrlssions. he agrees with tha: "'-here' is less in the throne speech than meets The government's answer to what we thins we want (and the variants of it offered by other par-ies' can be summed up in a sirg'e Ii is not a term that is well regarded by politicians, especially if they hanpen to be on the ministerial side. The preferred expression is "program." which may be considered almost a synonym since pro-grans, generally are built aroucd sub- sidies, sometimes disguised. Oiher esrjressio-s with the rleriiflcance may be found in sb-jda-.ee in the throne assistance, in- rewed measures, "revisim enabling industry to take ad- vantage of" and so on. numerous that r. L' quite pos- sible happened the other for a department to forget one completely ur.til its memory is nucgeti by a When subsidies are handed We're thirteen days into the year now so there's no turning back. Leastwise, not until Pi- erre opens all those presents he found for us under the Throne. If they prove to be mostly white tinsel and red ribbon those men on the Hill may choose up sides and go home; but meantime we all might as well ge! on about our business, which is theirs if you get right dmvn to it. will we know whether the presents are loaded, and with what? The answer to that reminds me of the time mea- surement of Jean-Luc Pepin who was being pressed by David Lewis to say when he would announce the ordering of 50 Twin Otter aircraft. "Mr. Speaker. I chose my words very carefully. I s a i d 'rather soon' which is sooner than soon." _ Oh" I'm told being rather drunk i? less than being drunk. Maybe the muuster was de- feated "rather sooner" than he expected but that's something else, and more than raiher re- grettable for he had style, and there were Liberals I'd sooner have lost. Anyway. couM we see those presents soonest? On waiting for thines and on tne uawn p: a year maybe there is some help in Emerson. "Our impatience, when we are in a hum-; but it is still best that a mile should have seventeen hundred and smy yards." Now it's no longer the sea- son to be joUy may I bleat a or hi-o about mail1' (Not about the postman for ours, a good friend, is training our dog to succeed him.) Would they lay off these big stamps tha't overcrowd most "envelopes ex- its own best judgment, me speech from the throne arc! Vr. frudeau's ampliflcaric-. of i: en Monday leaves no do-bt what- ever that th-e has now switched over to seccr.d- best judenen; which, it hopes, will piease us better. .As Da-rid Lew-; and :he NDP members view the ntatter. this is a develops-er.t ro be ap- plauded. The more '.he govern- ment tempers its best jucerr.ent to accord with :he opinicr.s of the third party, the greater will be his confidence m i: Mr. Stanfielc's acutuce is rather more complicated. On the one hand, be rebukes the government for advocating pol- icies today which they re-u- Tbere is a certain rhythm in the paragraphs of the srjeech, suszestive of a rhvrne. Subsidy, subsidy, subsidy." jig- gety. 'eg. But the word itself is unpopu- lar. What it r-iay suggest to the taxpayer is rhat the govers- merit intends to dip once again ir.io his pockets Ln order to p'c-ase more deserving tax- payers. It may be said thai Ln a mod- em society there is bound to be a certain amount o: income re- distributiGn to sustain the poor an-i th-e reedy. The fac: is. how. ever, that we have now moved far beyond this simple notion. The government moves through a venTEhle Way of sub- sidies; indeed, they Ere cow so fashion, some E-oups are bound to benefit, at leas: temporarily. But there must be some cri- ceUins out lit is. ail. a bit difficult for a cour.try to pull it- self up by its own and wjih L-if.iMcn assisting the process, we car. often observe this: for in the peri- odic racves to restore the 'pur- chasing power of pensions. The covemirem. and its ever- more exDerienced bureaucrats, have been ir. the hoiisL-g busi- ness since the war. con- stantly improvL-g and enlarging programs. Ii does ss-em odd thai. 21 these years of ei- perrise. i: is much more and not less difficult now for young couples :o acquire homes. .Another indication of the proliferation of subsidies aixl the general interest Ln them is the current order paper of [be House of Commons This al- ready includes 30 notices c: mo- tion for produc'-ion of papers and qiHSUHis. of which a large proporu-jn relate to sub- sidies." Mr. Brosdbent alone managed 16 questions ''the first touching g-ar.'j -L-vi loans to M another eight .All these refer to programs of benefit to business but, of course, there are dozens of others aifeciLig agriculture, fisheries, culture, innumerable worthy organizations arid so on. -Vt to mention social security. If we ever reach the time when even-body ge-ts some- thing, some rough wfl> get anything. In fact there will be a net toss because, as government ge ts deeper and deeper L-.to Lhe subsidy business, i: must natu- rally employ larger ar.d lirger numbers of officials and camp follower? to administer the prc- grc-ms. to improve them and to strer.gthen our sense of r.atlcnal well-b-rjig by dreaming up. more. These" ex- perts must be nirdsomely paid. Through the CBC and in a VE- rieiy of other ways, -.1-9 ribsi- dize our r.ailonai identity. Even best quarrels with the neighbors, daily i cf merr.'wrs but wholesale cept the ones the eovem- '-----J ment use? Et our e-TOnje? Would they make the perfora- tions so that you can tear 'em off without tearing them up? Would they say on the post- boxes whether mail is collect- ed Saturdays and Sundavs and when" And ss to that area code bioi- ness. hark to Borden Clarke who printed on his Old Auth- ors Farm circular this issue i "Please add Code KOC- 1X0 to our address. Ignoring all freak cults as astrology, tea-cup reading, etc., I predict 20 hence you won't have a name at all 'for we are running strath! to glo- bal numerals in all thmss. You will be Plain Citizen No. ?233- PO Box 14SS65. 165th fioor, Rabbit Hutch 557439. Town No. 90.001. Military Zone 775SS9I1. year we usher in the ace of Roman Numerlas. Y'ou will be just MDCOCCL- rnn." How. I wonder, will they dis- tinguish between men and wo- men make the wotcen odd? depend en r-'b- s-.-ies as be ?ee- from the ca5e the rop- ular government) su- totr.coile arreemer.t. ____ For politicians, the universal fatal habit of thinking I ir.ust stale d-xs have one at- say something or- every- subject Speaking of women. I sus- pect the reason most columnists are men. well, male and no: female, is a dodge so they can get to the end of a typed story without wires I'd thought this was insi my own linl-e burden until Srjart True- man's book ''My Life as a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak1' came aking before Christinas. He knows a husband, he says siyly, who precedes his psrry Kories with a word to his wife: ''You won't icterrupt "I never interrupt you." she rays wlLh earDesness. '-It's jit tha: you take so toag to "eet the pofcrL" A raomer.: later be gets irso his story, glancinc at SceEa, ''Hie a pitcber watccbg the runner on first." You tell her for He. Srjart, but dco't tell her I told you to. .And I'd sure sooner you iff. tell her that my K-year-old mother sent me around nas a Prayer for the Year someone gave her which hclud- ed these fees: "Lord. Thou fcrowest bener than I know myself that I ara growiag older and will some day be old. Keep me from the thought it must have been coined for her. But, bless her, she sent it to me! There's an endless card-game going on these days with my files wherein I look through yards of the stuff with a view to heaving out. Like the farmer, I tend to pile it here and pile it there but unlike him I don't dispense with any. There's loose tslk going on in the house DOW a; to where we're going to put the furnace. It's fascinating to discover the stuff you stuck away, you know not why. And to discover that you can't throw even those away for you've a vague recol- lection about them "and put them aside awaiting enlighten- ment. Soon I'll have a very long drawer marked "To Be Thought About Some, however, tell a clear story. This note, for instance, which J. E. Atkinson of the To- ronto Star wrote to himself, so to speak, and hung framed on his wall: Things an Executive Should Know 1. What ought to be done? C. How should it be doae? 3. Who should do it? 4. Has it been done? I can tell from tie yellow tint (o the paper, and other things, this I put that away when I was a very young execufh-e in- deed- Doubless I knew I would operate that way. in firm single syllables. Xow, in the softer light of 1 find my an- are not quite what the q'jesaons sought. They come like this: L O'eU. Jlr. King said some of his best decisions were to GO nothing. 2. That'll take some thinking about. o. I'd better do it myself, but I'd like to sleep on it. Yes. in s way; that Ij, some of it, Tnst's noi a sad-eyed confes- sion of old age arxi incompe- tence. It's a proud boast of maturity: There's something comforting in coming to learn that when you knew all the answers you were mostly wrmg: All life, as Damon Eun- yan Eked to have Harry the say. is seven to sis But 13 there! Just as olid James Gould Cozzens whea he wrote tl-ds. a passage tha: won't as did NLr. Atkinson's crusading sword: "Don't be cynical." Judge Coaies seid. "A cvnic is just a man found vx when be was ten that there wasn't any Santa Cans, arxi he's still upsec. Yes. be more wars: aad soon. I don't doubt Th-ere always have beeix There'll be deaths and oisap- poiricnents ar.d failures. When they come, yc-u ir.eec them. bccy promises you a good time or an easy time. I don't know who it was who said when we thizk of trie past regret and when we ihink of the future v-e fear. And with reason. But no beis are off. 'Tne world gets np la the rnoming and is fed and goes to work, an-d in the evening ft corpes home and is fed again and perhaps has Ettle amuse- raent arxi" goes to sleep. To make that possrjVe so much has to be COM by so many people on the face of ii. it is im- possibie. Well, every day wa clo it; arjd every day, corse be3. come hugb water we're going ro hare ro go 03 doing i: as weU as we can." 'Crazy Capers' Iff? ti NU, IK. "Man, tfi been one of rfays.' jproyed point unrfei my arms this morninj, mi just tried lo defocf a puWie euiWinj a con of trsc'ion cf in the of Burke. While rr..'y i.-p-ve corrections for the ue rirc- in h-x c is r.f'-'cr sny flcc prir.cirle. JJow can there M-'-ien the cn'.'ernrriert i.s re-.-lsing. i-provinr. re- ar.d perfecting Ire subsidy ILS con- fidence in mankind is undimi- it in the cf >.fr. a r.'-v r w1! V rf-.-.r-lM i' fill M .'035: hv Forro rr.'mV.rs. in the of p'.mi'hrr.cnt. K'j' debates on that arc aeonizinc: memhor; h.ite ;hcm Far hol'or ran d" il. pivc n in ihcm. and on every Release. me from craving to straiehten cut everybody's affairs. Make m? thoughtful, but not he'pful but not bossy. With my store of it seems a oity not to use it all. Thou Imcr-vest that I want a lew friends at Lhe end." Sfa said, and meant, that she The Lcthbridge Herald yH 7th St. S., Loi'r.S.-.ujc, LETHBRfDGE HERALD OJ. LTD and Publisher! Published 1505 19W. by Hon ff. A. El'CavN.AN s; s- Ci 'v NfMr-aDtt C'au Vjn Prtn C1.EO A VOWERS. Edlta- 8-d THOVAS H. ADVAS, Otr.rjl W HiV THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"