Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHMIDGE HERALD Wtdntidny, January 19, 1972 Carl Rowan Victimizing the public No Canadian needs to be told what the halt of all air traffic across Can- ada and the end to all flights des- tined for Canada from other parts of the world means in human terms, in cold hard cash, to say nothing of damage to the Canadian image abroad. It has all been broadcast, televised and printed. Today's society is the victim of a system which allows a small group of technologists, in this case employees of the department of transport, to paralyse not only the publicly owned airlines, but the private ones as well. The air traffic controllers have now been joined by the radar, navigation- al aid and communications techni- cians, members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers, who are also employed by the fed- eral government. The strikers object to a number of things in regard to their terms of employment and the amount of money they receive for their services. They have walked off work in order to get what they want. The air traffic controllers have re- fused offers of a conciliation board, Let him go A good deal of irrationality has been generated by the failure of a Montreal prisoner to return from a hrief Christmas furlough granted in part so he could get married. the responsible cabinet minis- ter has stated, some 700 prisoners were given leave over the holiday, for compassionate reasons, and all the others came back. There is not the slightest doubt that all these others are better disposed toward society as a result of such humane consideration, and therefore the value of the policy has been thoroughly proved. That only one violated the conditions of his leave is a tribute tn its value. That the absentee was serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife does not make his escape all that serious, nor should an inordinate amount of time and money be spent on trying to find him. He is thought to be out of the country, so nothing in Canada is damaged by his ab- sence except the pride of those peo- ple who. feel punishment is more im- portant than rehabilitation. In spite of his earlier crime he is probably no more of a current public threat than thousands of criminally-minded but unconvicted people walking the streets of Canada. He was said to have been a model prisoner, yet model prisoners cost the taxpayers a good deal of money. At least he is now off the taxpayers' backs, and as long as he behaves himself and keeps out of sight, -why not leave it that way? ANDY RUSSELL Brutus ago my wife and I found our- selves parents to a young great hom- ed owl acquired by a kind of second hand adoption engineered by a teen-age son. Originally the little owl, only a few days old with a head too big for its body and covered by white down, was kidnapped and smuggled into a high school dormi- tory, where he lived in seclusion spending most of the day hidden in a clothes closet But one day doors were left carelessly ajar and Brutus, as he was called, went on an exploration. The matron of the place was working in the kitchen when Brutus arrived there much to her astonishment. She was a kindly understanding woman, but her generous heart was strained a bit by this uninvited and somewhat uninhibited guest. So Brutus was moved to our home. He grew prodigiously on a diet of mice and various kinds of meat scraps. Mice were best for hire because owls require a portion of fur or feathers with their food in order to regurgitate "casts" of undi- gested material from their stomachs. As Brutus grew, my respect for parent owls also grew by leaps and bounds, for it was hard to imagine capturing enough for a whole family of young owls. Brutus progressed through various stages of growth from pinfealhers to a full-fledged great horned owl resplendent in beautiful shades of grey and brown with great ex- pressive yellow eyes and a raucous voice His appetite increased with his size and now we; were trapping ground squirrels and shooting magpies for him. At no time was he confined and he had free choice to go where he liked! He learned to come at call for feed, flying in close on big silent wings, his yellow eyes blazing and squeak- ing in anticipation. Try as we did, we never succeeded in housebreaking him. Perhaps influenced by his early associa- tion with students and books, he bad an ab- solute fascination for printed words and loved to stand on a spread out newspaper running Ms beak back and forth in close 'scrutiny of printed lines. This was punctuat- ed by pauses and deep consideration of the large letters of headlines and illustrations that was most comical. We were showing this owlish idiosyncrasy off to a visitor and threw down a page that happened to feature a story about the crowning of a beauty queen complete with a picture of a, scantily clad Miss Canada. He stood on the page running his beak back and forth along the fine print of the column and then came to the picture, whereupon he came to a sudden halt with his eyes opened wide and his feathers ruffled a real caricature of a disapproving prude. His audience collapsed in gales of merri- ment and he turned to look at us like a grandfather peering at us in some disap- proval through his spectacles, with a petu- lant sqawk he turned back to his "read- ing." Because he was ranging farther and far- ther afield we were concerned lest some trigger happy person would shoot him. Our road had a sign on its far end, "Please Do No Shoot Our Owl." It had the desired effect for Brutus survived the hunting sea- son. In late fall two mature great horned owls came periodically to visit Brutus and we would hear them hooting at night. They took him away with them one night and we thought he was gone for good. But he con- tinued to return for a while to be fed, his visils coming farther and farther apart, till finally he did not come back at all. Brutus had returned to the wild. Onca when I was walking in the moonlight, a big owl came flying down to land on my shoulder squeaking with delight. I took him home to visit the family and give him some meat. This was the last time we saw him to know him. For years afterward every time we heard an owl hoot in the trees by the house, we wondered if it was our friend. Unfriendly church By Dong Walker A COMPLAINT I have heard about churches all my liie is that they aren't friendly, Effort has to be expended con- stantly to avoid giving grounds for such a complaint and I think the session of Me- Killop United Church has some work cut out for it. On a recent Sunday I, alone, had two untoward experiences. First, Shirley An- derson started to sny something to when her husband interrupted, "I warned you not to talk to HIM." Then secondly, still smarting from that remark, I encoun- tered George Chcssor in the narthox and to my cheery greeting he responded with tight lips and a turned back. Now that isn't too serious In my ease because I'm not lonely. But other people who might encounter such incivility mny not hnvc nn Elspcth lo be friendly toward Japan may desert Taiwan for Peking because the board has not extended them the pay increases and fringe benefits to which they believe they are entitled. The time has come for strong gov- ernment action to halt these strikes in essential services. Conditions employment in such services should no longer include the right to strike. Prospective employees would be hired on the understanding that they would abide by the findings of a con- ciliation board made up of represen- tatives of both sides. If the employee is unwilling to accept a job under these conditions he is free to look elsewhere. This would not necessarily work against the interests of the em- ployee in the long run. The employer would have to be fair or he would have no one to work for him. Such an arrangement is bound to antagonize the unions. It may be bad polities. But there is a very large section of the Canadian public which would strongly support such a move. Public victimization in essential ser- vices by the union route has gone as far as it should go. rrOKYO Despite U.S. pol- 1 icy to the contrary, Japan is prepared to renounce its treaty with Taiwan, Foreign Minister Takeo Fukuda has confirmed In an exclusive in- terview. But Feting must agree to es- tablish government to gov- ernment contacts with Japan before Japan resolves the Tai- wan issue and other questions blocking full diplomatic rela- tions with mainland China, ac- cording to Fukuda, who is the odds-on favorite to become prime minister, when Eisaku Sato steps down later this year. Fukuda aim Mid the recent summit meeting between Sato and Fmident Nixon stopped the "deterioration in relations" between Japan and the Uni- ed States. Fukuda said he wants diplo- matic relations with "the sooner 'the expressed hope Communist 'China will not take the hard line toward him that Peking has taken toward Sato. In liie most candid interview on the matter ever given the press by a top Japanese offi- cial, Fukuda said President Nixon's "shock i n g" announce- mwt of Chios trip caused so much unrest in Japan that the government "bad to speed up the. measures toward normalizing our diplomatic re- lations" with Peking. Fukuda confirmed that in the, recent San Clemenle talks Mr. Nixon told him and Sato that under no circumstances will Hie United States renounce its treaty with Taiwan and that Mr. Nixon urged Japan to hold firm, "But Japan cannot go that far that is the differ- Fukuda said. Fukuda's tone in the Inter- view made it clear Japanese officials still art reeling and resentful over Mr. Nixon's China bombshell, announced by the president without warn- ing or consulting the Japanese. The foreign minister left no doubt that Japan's top foreign policy priority now is to out- pace the United States in "nor- malizing" relations with main- and China so Japan does not wind up "holding the bag." But the critical question is whether Peking wants dip- lomatic relations with Japan. So far Peking has insisted Japan must renounce her pact with the Nationalist Chinese "Well, I suppose if you're only eloping, it's government even before Red China will talk or negotiate of- ficially. Top officials here other than Fukuda said they believe Pe- king wants the Nixon visit to drive a wedge between United States and Japan. The foreign minister said this may indeed be tte Chinese goal but that "Japanese-American rela- tions are so firm and soDd there is no room for driving a wedge." Still, Fukuda dwelt heavily on Japanese "concern" and "anxiety" about the new Nixon China policy. He even noted that some members of his rul- ing Liberal Democratic party are charging Mr. Nixon is go- ing into collusion with China to "stop Japan." Fukuda said, however, tbat at San Clemenle "we confirm- ed that there easts 100-per cent mutual trust and depen- dence" between the United States and Japan. He revealed however, that he had found Secretary of State William Rogers "not acutely conscious" of the "confusions and repercussions in Asian countries" created by the Nixon shock on China policy. He said Rogers promised close consultation in the future and said the Japanese govern- ment feels sure there will be no new "Nixon shook" dur- ing the China visit. Fukuda rejected the view, often expressed here, ttiat Ori- entals see the Nixon trip as a journey.of surrender akin to the old "oath under -the castle" capitulations of ancient Asian wars. He said Japan accepts UK view that bringing Peking into international society will be beneficial to peace and to Asia. Fukuda said that during the recent tense negotiations over textiles, currency values and other economic problems, Am- erican officials, including President Nixon, did not appre- ciate tiie damage done to Ja- pan's reputation in America. He said he thinks "the Ameri- can government leaden are re- considering their attitude" to- ward Japan and that the de- terioration in relations between Japan and the United States has been stopped. (Field Inc.) Letters To The Editor Legalizing pot is no solution to the liquor problem In reply to John MacKenzie's letter, may I make the follow- ing comments: 1) Many readers may eonsl- the notat-all-compumen- tary-epithets applied to me as singularly appropriate, when applied to "LawabidSng Citi- zen." I leave it to tiiem to de- cide my degree of scurrility and dishonesty. Decisions, es- pecially of parents, close rela- tives, friends and physicians, besides those of past victims of drug abuse, weigh more heavily for me than does the invective of John MaeKenzie. 2) The stimulation to write my previous points was the "scurrilous and dishonest" at- tack on Police Chief Ralph Mi- chelson for a statement ac- tually made by Judge Lloyd Hudson in an admirable judg- ment last year. 3) Nowhere in my letter did I pose as an authority, al- though each point raised by me was based pn good authority. 4) Indications may be strong or weak. Jenner, Pasteur and Lister, Banting and Best, Flem- ing and Florey, Salk and S'abin have demonstrated, each in his turn, strong indications of pos- sible advances strong indica- tions later proving correct. Marijuana is not damned in my letter by implications, but by strong indications e.g. those contained in the Lancet quota- tion, in other recent scientific findings, and in past and pre- sent medico-legal observations. 5) In the early Twentieth Century, not only could canna- bis be bought over the counter without prescription but so could the opiates. Internation- ally, both practices have been condemned as adverse to hu- Questions What does the future hold for the Gait Gardens? We are told the Gardens are not suitable for expansion. Wonder what the Gait estate people think? Councillor Vera Ferguson slates that the council would be rejecting the opinions of the experts but, thcsn same experts were loud in their praise, when the property was turned over for the benefit of the public to browse and relax. Will the same facilities exist- ing In the Gardens today be available in the Central School or will the property be fcnccrt off and entry made through lliR public DIRK 1' ISIIER. Lelhbridgc. man society, and quite ration- ally pronounced illicit. Heroin, an expert answer to opiate drug abuse In the past, is pre- sently considered public enemy number one. In parallel man- ner, cannabis now considered an expert answer to general drug abuse, may be considered in the future, public enemy number one. 6) John MaeKenzie, must be congratulated for mentioning a cogent finding medical, phy- siological and pharmacological. Anything in excess is a poison e.g. food in excess. When condemning tobacco, the sur- geon-general of the United States might have shown more balance if he had also mention- ed overeating as a more potent cause of morbidity and prema- North Women 'firsts' no longer newsworthy Both editorial comment and objective news reporting have their place in the daily news- paper. Objectivity is not easily maintained since even the most conscientious reporter may "color" an event simply by the emphasis he or she places upon it. Woman has become an inte- gral part of North American society, and we no longer mar- vel at her every advance into the modem world. It is not news that a woman runs for political office or becomes a doctor or lawyer. Internation- it is not even unusual for a woman to run a country eith- er as monarch or prime minis- ter. Canadian news services on the other hand would likely run amok over the election of a fe- male prime minister since tra- dition at least would be broken. But there are limits. And dis- cretion must be applied as we narrow our sights down to the local scene. The reader tires of a succession of unimportant "firsts" of women. If Ihe only notable feature of a news story is the sex of the participant, the story may not be news or notable. (I would make an ex- ception here for the first male' to give I have interviewed many women who were "firsts" in their field and their comments support my contention that ac- complishment on the basis of sex alone rarely deserves any special mention. True accom- plishment is not presence on the battlefield but in one's final achievements. Editors and re- porters, male and female alike, do a disservice to their news- paper and its readers by fail- ing to recognize this. The Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs has held noon luncheons since October, not a lengthy term. Fewer than six persons have served as chair- man of these luncheons, not a larger number. Surely that fact that a woman was included In that roster Is breaking neither tradition or male precedent. To The Herald reporter who iirst mcctJoned it, this fict was stressed as being irrelevant and insignificant. If enthusiasm were the cause of its mention, surely older and wiser heads on staff should have interceded before enthu- siasm became print. We are not likely to see a tally count kept of male and female chairmen, nor the occu- pation of each chairman an- nounced and if occupation is not noteworthy, one's sex is even less so since we have much less choice in its selec- tion. MARILYN ANDERSON. Lethbridge. 'Support your In the past ten years, the town of Raymond has seen many businesses close through lack of support on the part of the town citizens. In the next few weeks we are about to lose another, the local theatre. For some years now, Mr. Gerald Harley has ewned and operat- ed Hie theatre at a loss, and now feels that he is unable to continue in this manner. He has been striving (o bring only top grade movies to Raymond. My husband and I have been attending rather regularly, and to my knowledge there has never been a restricted adult movie shown. Apparently other adults are aware of this, as they have been sending their young children and young teens here, while they themselves are probably attending the more torrid ones shown elsewhere. Some weeks ago while curling In Magrath, we were in discus- sion with a Magralh business- man who was commenting on the "Raymond community spir- it." It was his opinion that the people of Raymond support their local businesses far bet- ter than tlie people of Magralh do theirs. "Why on any Satur- day afternoon you can drive down our main street and hardly see a car, while on yours, there is hardly a free parking spot." As a citizen who lakes defin- ite pride in her community, thu observation truly pleased me, even while we sat waiting lo curl against Raymond people on Mngrnth Ice, ns our own rink had been closed some years be- fore because of insufficient support. And i thought of Hi remarks again as we drove through the main street of Magrath on our way home, pest the car-lined streets in front of their obviously busy theatre. It is my feeling that the town of Raymond cannot afford to lose yet another business. Our young people need the the- atre, and so do we. If there are others who feel as I do, perhaps they will show their concern by attending the movie to be shown on January 21 and 22. Then maybe Mr. Hartley will change his mind about closing the theatre. EVELYN CHRISTENSEN. Raymond. Looking THROUGH THE HERALD The Cardston hockey club have been working every day since the cold weather came again to get the new rink in readiness. J932 _ A. W. "Bert" Max- well was shot In the shoulder, and the Terminal Service Sta- ture mortality on the American continent. 7) However, Mr. Mackenzie must be rebutted, concerning the cannabis group and LSD. These drugs are classified most authentically "psychotigenic" pr insanity-producing. To treat insanity with potentially Insan- ity-producing drugs is as sound as to treat the convulsions of rabies with the potentially con- vulsant drug, strychnine. 8) Re: "illegal drugs used by this same argument was put forward 70 years ago to condone the opiates, at about the same time as heroin was in- troduced as an expert answer to opium addiction! 9) The observation that our society is covertly violent is banal and far too narrow. Ber- trand Russell saw more broad- ly, and sadly placed all human- ity in this dismal category. 10) Admittedly, the present abuse of alcohol is a worn problem than the present abuse of illicit drugs. However, poli- ticians, police authorities and judges in Canada and interna- tionally have recognized the tragic, direct and indirect re- sults of the abuse of alcohol and have taken increasingly harsh action to curb it. Up to now, neither Canada, nor any other nation in the world, has accepted the potty notion o[ le- galizing the lesser abuse, in or- der to solve our present, more serious problem, the greater abuse of liquor. C.P. Lethbridge. backward tion was held up by a pair of unknown gunmen about Monday evening. 1M2 Some 20 young men proudly marched off with bad- ges Sunday afternoon as a class of wireless operators air gun- ners graduated from the No. 8 Bombing and Gunnery School RCAF, at Kcnyon Field. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD TO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN h bllihtn' Cllli No. 001! rVMl Now Aiioclillon ind thi AMI) Bureau of CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, Gtni'tl taniger Maniglng Editor enter ROY F WILES DOUGLAS K WAUCE Alvtrllilng Mlnlgir Edllorlil "IHfi HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH'