Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE UTHUMME HERALD Siturdiy, January 12, If71 Maurice Western The time is now The prime minister has said that there are two conditions under which Parliament should be recon- vened. The first is if the right to strike is being used irresponsibly; the second, if the hardships on the public have become so great that the right to strike must be withdrawn. It does not seem that the air traf- fic controllers have acted irrespon- sibly, therefore the first condition as enunciated by Mr. Trudeau does not apply. But the hardships on the pub- lic have surely reached the point now where a demand for the with- drawal of the right to strike by those employed to serve it is justi- fied. The question is not only concern- ed with the walkout of air traffic controllers. It is the uncertainty and the threat of future strike action in essential services that has created a climate of impatience and appre- hension across the nation. Job, in the Bible, remarked that what the Lord gave, he can also take away. The time to take away is here. Power paradox There's more significance to the reported U.S. agreement to send Is- rael the Phantom Jets she wants than meets the eye. According to Washington news analysts, who speak with confidence but without authority, Prime Minister Golda Meir has agreed to co-operate in the upcoming "indirect" negotiations with Egypt aimed at a partial Is- raeli withdrawal from Sinai and the reopening of the Suez canal, IP the U.S. first promises to send the Phan- toms. There are, however, reasons to be- lieve that other considerations than the defence of Israel may be in- volved in President Nixon's reported agreement to send Mrs. Meir more Phantoms. NATO countries suspect that the Russian Tu-16 bombers sent to Egypt last fall, are not necessarily ear- marked for use against Israel; they believe that the planes are intended to consolidate Russian power in the Middle East, and are an implied long-term threat against NATO's southern flank. Coupled with U.S. pressure for a permanent NATO fleet in North Afri- can waters, the only conclusion must be that there is an arms race going on in the Middle East. If this is so, it puts another nail in the coffin of President Nixon's for- eign policy priorities. He has always believed that the end to the Arab-Is- raeli struggle "would reduce the So- viet presence in the Mediterranean, but as prospects brighten slightly for an Arab Israeli settlement, Soviet power increases, necessitating a NATO build up in the same area. It's a paradox. Russians in Croatia Alarm at the possibility of Soviet use of Malta as a basis for military operations is now heightened by So- viet penetration into the internal af- fairs of Yugoslavia. Serious disaffection in Croatia, one of the Yugoslav republics, has been building up in recent months, but the feeling has been that as long as the redoubtable Marshal Tito is around to keep things cool, there is little possibility of an internal breakup. Now rumor has it that Soviet in- filtrators and activists are at the bottom of the Croatian uprisings, and that a secession attempt could be made even before the death of the 79-year-old Yugoslav leader. Croatian emigres in Western Europe have been suggesting that in return for Rus- sian assistance in creating an inde- pendent state of Croatia, the So- viets could be given a few strategic air and naval bases preferably on the Adriatic. This would be a serious threat to the military equilibrium of NATO's southern flank, particularly if Malta had already become a base for Russian operations. It would, in fact, be a major disaster and threat to world peace. Marshal Tito is going to need all the political acumen he has, if he is to fight the Russians at their own game and that, is the game of di- viding if you can't conquer. Tito him- self is an expert in the opposite for- mula that of creating a nation out of disunity. He will need all of his talents, plus help from Western na- tions if he is to prevent fragmenta- tion of his country, revive the spirit of nationalism and keep the Rus- sians out. Weekend Meditation The will to live fTTME is automatic; progress is not. In- stead of growing, many people are merely growing older. There are vast numbers of people in tire world who are looking back and wondering whether life has been worthwhile. They see so many broken hopes, frustrated plans, failure and emptiness, that life is only a disappoint- ment and all of their dreams have dwindled before the hard blows of living. Then there are people who have achieved their ambition only to be disenchant- ed, finding it not worthwhile after all. It was said of the nation of Israel that "They journeyed from Oboth and pitched at Ije- Abarim in the wilderness which is before Moab toward the sunrise." For some peo- ple We is merely journeying in the wild- erness and there is no sunrise in their vi- sion. One of the greatest men of our times said that bis fondest hope was that he might die. He faced every day with a sense of disappointment and a sense of futility as he approached another day's work. Dr. Bruno Bettelheim In "The Informed Heart" describes the anguish he went through in the concentration camp and the superhuman efforts required to retain the Kit in such a dehumanizing environment. C. P. Snow describes the book as one of (be wisest and deepest he has read for a long time giving hope for man's nature be- cause it is based on the darkest knowl- edge. How was it possible to maintain Integrity of personality or self-respect when every bestial device was used to humiliate and degrade men? In three months after imprisonment twenty-five per cent died and the remainder lived in agony which drove many of them Insane. It is absolutely incredible that human be- ings could so cruelly treat other human be- ings. The process of dehumanization could only be carried out by men (one hesitates to call them men) who were completely dehumanized. Yet survive some of them, like Bettelheim, did despite all the dev- ilish cruelty wreaked upon him. The most important factor he says is will to live, refusing to die, keeping alive the vital spark. Bettelheim truly says that if men wish an age of reason and humanity the straggle will be long and difficult and no longer can heart and reason be kept in their separate places "The dnring heart must invade reason with it's own living warmth, even if the symmetry of reason must give way to admit love and the pulsation of life." This is a tremendous book which shows that man can be great- er than anything that happens to Mm. It is possible for a man to surmount every conceivable tragedy and come out vic- torious in himself if be keeps alive within himself that unconquerable will to live. Reading this story of desolation and des- pair, one comes away with the convic- tion that life, even the most tragic life, has miraculous possibilities and is full of wonder. One feels also Hie futility ot cruelty and injustice which are doomed to destroy but never can create anything good. Consequently the very opposite ia true and loving kindness is the real cre- ative force in the world. This is the abun- dant life and when people really love their brothers they really live. A determination to live and a determination to love go to- gether like two sides of a coin. Someone has said that Lie is a battle in which we fall from the wounds we receive in running away. The primary law of life is the law of sacrifice, selfless devotion to duty and a life of sacrifice may seem very foolish to worldly-wise people, but at the end it is shown as a truer wisdom and the only constructive factor in building the beloved community it leads to the fulfilment of be- ing, which is God himself. Indeed when we renounce all other loves for the love of God or keep them In due subordination to the love of God we find that every love is glorified ant! we find, as a supreme wonder, God himself and our souls are satisfied. This is the key to invincibility in the soul, this Is Hie secret of that peace that passes all understanding, as Paul puts it, or the victory that overcomes the world. Anxieties assault us and shadows try to shut out the light, but a man can open his life to receive the power that en- ables him to endure and the grace that transforms all existence. Prayer: "Oh God, healer of the broken and defeated, amid all the torments of this world and the burdens that break the back, revive and rekindle the fad- ing faith and strengthen the faltering will until we reach journey's end and all things break in eternal life and light. F. S. M. Job-creating programs: of real value? aTVITAWA: The government v at the urgings of Otlo Lang, has tossed another SO million into the local initiatives pot. Thus, a total of million has been made available for job-creating projects planned by private or community groups, in addition to the million set aside for municipal undertakings. Without question, the an- nouncement will be welcomed by many applicants. At the rate at which funds were being committed, it ap- peared that many would be dis- appointed. There bad In fact, been reports of local protest meetings in which Invidious comparisons were drawn be- tween project approved and others, allegedly quite as worthwhile, that failed to gain approval. At one time, a program in- volving 5150 million would have been considered very large'. Indeed, it is much larger than the Employment Support Program planned by the gov- ernment in anticipation of trade damage resulting from the Nixon measures. Even so, it is only one part of the special job creation plan announced last October, which will now involve spending in the order of million and which includes accelerated pub- lic works projects, CMHC loans, aid for exhibitions and in- creased manpower training fa- cilities. How sound is the program in economic terms? There is certainly something "Well, uh a minor accomplishment, anybody Letters to the editor RCMP highway patrol procedure questioned Recently, I was driving home p.m.) and came over a small hill whereupon my head- lights (CIBE: rated 10 times brighter than normal head- lights) picked up a vehicle parked to the side of Highway 23 near Shaughnessy. It was an HCMP car on radar duty. Its wheels were just off the driving lane (two or three This car, instead of performing function (trapping was a danger to its own occupant as well as other cars using the highway. The positioning of the police car could have caused me to over- react and hence cwerve. Sud- denly seeing an automobile parked dangerously close to where my car would normally pass would cause the same re- action as if I had seen a cow or a human standing there. I had time to see that it was just a car and hence react safely because of my speed and head- lights. What of other drivers? They could not only be caught speeding but also placed in a situation that increased their danger instead of alleviating it. It is true if the RCMP car was parked in a more visible spot he would apprehend less speeders. However, it would avert the very real possibility of an accident (the exact func- Mistake to belittle publicity lor city May I take this opportunity to correct, what appears to be, a mistaken idea expounded in the letter from Ann McCracken published on Friday, January 14th. The basic premise that the preventive social service programs are good and desir- able and are worthy of renten- tion is supported completely and utterly. However, it is a mistake on the part of the writ- er to belittle the proposal of the city aldermen to assign money to a float for publicity pur- poses for the City of Leth- bridge. Since I meet this kind of fuzzy thinking regularly Revise hitch-hiking bylaw I think we have a pretty good city council. In the last little while they've made a couple of really smart moves, such as lowering the bus fees and put- ting the new library on the Cen- tral School site. Because of their common- sense thinking, I feel that it would be worth ray while to ask them to take a second look at the hitch-hiking bylaw. I think this bylaw is unfair. I'm sure it wasn't intended to be unfair but it's hard for people who drive their own cars to realize what its like not to have a car. I don't own a car as I usu- ally take the bus. But some- times it is inconvenient (such as when I want to go to the university) and even impossible (such as when I gj home after a late show) to use the bus. The city council should do a couple of things; (1) improve the bus service (which I know is very (2) make hitch-hiking legal from certain areas bus stops would be good places and where there aren't bus stops (such as Mayor Mngrath Drive and the road to the university) a few hit'-h-hlking zone sums cc.uM be put up. If the c.-iinril made a couple of "do" bylaws instead of the ''don't" 'oyiaw it w.wltl improve ill relationship with peopla wbo don't have cars, and help lessen the traffi: and pol'ul'on prob- lems. If I could, I would like tt, add one more thing. Recently, a man was letting me out of his car. We were in the lane closest to the curb and had stopped for a red light. After I got out a police van snuck up behind me and a policeman yelled out over the megaphone that I had done something wrong. I don't know know what was wrong, but that booming voice almost scared me to death. It also made me turn red. I know that If I had a neat megaphone I would be tempted to try it, but fooling around like that tends to make people cross at you. F.C.G. Lethbridge. Confusion Whoever wrote that article on the editorial page headed, Un- fair Adulation? "Burns Day" has nothing to do with the late Pit Burns, the cattleman of Irish origin. Burns Day ta set aside on the birthday, Jan. 2Sth, of Burns, the Scottish poet, lover, and prophet. MRS. J. DARYL STURROCK. LethbrMge. perhaps I am a little more sen- sitive to it than most. But I would suggest that these very desirable unfortun- ately, have to be paid for, which, of course, is the crux of the problem. And where promotion can be shown to pay-off in ways that produce taxes for the coffers of the City of Lethbridge, I would suggest that that promotion is well worth while. Obviously I have a vested in- terest in defending the proposal and, by inference, all promo- tion. But it is a vested interest based on the interests of the city and the citizens. For, in 1968 the respected firm of Kates, Peake, Marwick con- ducted a study into the econo- mic impact of tourism in Can- ada for the then Canadian Tourist Association. A simple extrapolation of their results in- dicates that in 1871 tourism pro- duced a conservative in taxes per man, woman and child in Canada payable lo three levels of government. The simple fact is that tourism helped pay for preventive so- cial service programs and other programs. The alternative to this effective promotion is an acceptance by every taxpayer of either more taxes or less services and programs provid- ed by those taxes. The basic problem facing the city fathers will ever be thus, how much money to spend on what programs, a problem faced by all levels of govern- ment. But before we criticize a promotional program let us make certain that it is unpro- ductive and that Its cancella- tion will not damage the very cause that we champion. FRANK SMITH, MANAGER Travel and Convention Assn. of Southern Alberta. tion of why he was The very fact of seeing a visible RCMP car tends to make peo- ple obey the law. In California the highway patrol park their vehicles in plain view and far off the highway to make the people obey the law. It seems to be working, since Califor. nia's death rate is lower than Alberta's (when auto density is taken into What I am suggesting is that the day of the motorcycle cop hiding be- hind the billboard was finished in California 10 years ago. May- be it's about time for Alberta law officers to follow the lead of California and prevent law- breaking instead of merely ap- prehending lawbreakers espe- cially by the aforementioned dangerous tactics. I was not speeding, did not get a ticket; went back and told the officer it was an un- safe place to park; and he re- fused to move. I ask for a reply from him or a co-worker jus- tifying his action. GEORGE WM. SMITH III Lethbridge. Editor's Note: Since the above letter raised a proper question about RCMP proce- dures, The Herald submitted a copy of it to the Lethbridge headquarters of the force and asked for comment. We were refused. to be said for it, as there was for the Opportunities for Youth Program, on which it is partly modelled. From the standpoint of morale, work Is certainly much better than unemploy- ment liisurace or welfare pay- ments. It does, while the funds last, ensure a degree of in- dependence for many. It is a means for dispersing very widely. It puts a pre- mium on local initiative. It may, like i's somewliai exotic prede- cessor, be of value in diverting youthful energies away from confrontations and toward rea- sonably constructive endea- vors. In addition, It Is not capital Intensive. Experience in the 1930s shows that many works schemes were expensive In pro- portion to the number of jobs created, because so much went for machinery, materials and overhead. The question may, however, be asked: Would the govern- ment have done by choice what it is doing by necessity? No doubt, many of the projects can be shown to be desirable from a quality of life standpoint. The same might be said of snow removal, if people, for lack of it, were barred from cultural activities. But for governments, as for individuals, there Is al- ways a question of priorities. If ministers had been free of the presssure resulting from ployment at recent levels; would they have regarded the projects approved by Mr. Lang as the best buy for S150 mil- lions? The answer, surely, Is no. While it can probably be shown that most of the projects are worthwhile (a remarkably vague few of them are priority undertakings. They may, of course, be so regarded by the participants or by those who benefit directly. But, for the mass of taxpay- ers, they are about as relevant as current renovations in the Parliament Buildings. Ceilings in the first floor cor- ridor are at the moment being lowered. This may effect some marginal lighting improvement but its main value presumably is the work for work's cake pro- vided. When the last cheque has been drawn on the million dollar fund, what will there be to show for the expenditure? Several thousand odds and ends s-attered from one end of the country to the other. Let us suppose that the eco- nomic seen, as sometimes hap- pens, are quite wrong about next winter. Will the economy then, in consequence of millions in spending under the present program, be in a stronger position to resist storms than it is now? If so, does the new strength result chiefly from the power of pre- cedent? Make-work In one season will presumably constitute an argu- ment for make-work m another and the millions now suc- cessfully extracted from cabi- net by Mr. Lang will doubtless be regarded as the Indispen- siblc minimum for respect ability in future efforts. The economic council has been strong on manpower mo- bility, which involves moving men to jobs. It has 'said less about make-work, which in- volves moving jobs to men, ex- cept in the context of perma- nent regional development. Sooner or later, the council may provide us with an evalua- tion of the Local Incentives Program more objective than Mr. Pellctier's report on Op- portunities for Youth. Its ver- dict should be of historical in- terest although, by that time, the million will have long since disappeared down the drain. Apart from today's par- ticipants, who then will re- member? (Herald Ottawa bureau) Looking backward THROUGH THE HERALD to the finan- cial statement for the month of November, issued by the city treasury, there is a growing deficit in the operating ex- penses of the street cars. Gleichen Gunners well known ice squad, hailing from the central part of the province, will play the local team in the arena here on Tuesday. So far the Gunners have dropped only one gams this season. 1942-Wer in the Pacific has drastically reduced the volume of copra available and a criti- cal shoratgc of vegetable oil is developing. This situation has prompted considerable discus- sion regarding the production of soy beans in the province. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD TO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisben Published 1805 -1954. by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 001] The Canadian Press end the Canadian Dally I Publlsneri1 Auoclillon and the Audit Bureau of Circulations Member of The Canadian Pr< I Dally Newspai CLEO W. MOWERS, Edllor and Publisher THOMAS M. ADAMS. General Manager DON PILLINO WILLIAM HAY Managing Edllor Associate Edllor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page Edllor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"