Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 WI IETHMIDCE HERALD Wednesday, January 26, 1972 Tim Traynor Talking delays action President Anwar Sadat of Egypt was temporarily let off the hook he himself screwed on the wall, by the India Pakistan war. Having told the Egyptian people that if no settle- ment was reached with the Israelis by the end of 1971 he would have no recourse except military action, he was being pressured to fulfill h i s promise by a belligerent faction in his own government and an impatient people. But with his strongest sup- porter, mentor and supplier of arms, the U.S.S.R. engaged in India, he in- dicated that it would be impractical to involve the Russians in a second confrontation in another part of the world. So temporarily things have cooled down a little at least suf- ficiently to start up another round of negotiations which might, just might, end in a settlement. The UN mediator Gunnar Jarring tried unsuccessfully to find a formula acceptable to both sides last Febru- ary. This approach, endorsed in prin- ciple by the UN General Assembly calls on Israel to agree in advance of negotiations, to withdraw from all Egyptian territory after a settlement has been reached. Since then, four Moving the Mint a first? The announcement recently that the new federal Mint will be estab- lished in Winnipeg is good news for westerners for it gives rise to the hope that other government activ- ities might move from Ottawa in the future. While the suggestion of moving the Mint to a western location arose a number of years ago, it was strong- ly resisted by many Ottawa man- darins who are in favor of govern- ment centralization. However, now that this empire building fixation has been broken there is no reason for the federal government to stop there. Ottawa should reverse its earlier decision to locate a huge livestock research es- tablishment close to the national cap- ital. This type of facility more prop- erly belongs in one of the prairie provinces, ideally Alberta. In these days of excellent com- munication systems there is no par- ticular advantage for all federal gov- ernment departments to be clustered around the capital. Many of them could be moved out of Ottawa into ci- ties throughout Canada suffering from shortages of white collar jobs. Naturally the various departments' senior personnel would have to re- main in the capital to give a proper accounting of their department's go- ings on to the hierarchy, but this doesn't mean to say that the run-of- the-mill work couldn't be carried out efficiently by underlings scattered throughout the country. Eventually a far sighted cabinet will get around to dispersing the de- partments so that each province across the nation can boast of hav- ing at least one. It's quite unlikely that when Queen. Victoria chose Ot- tawa as our capital that she intend- ed, it to have all the nation's business within a stone's throw of Parliament Hill. ANDY RUSSELL Skiing as it was then TVOWADAYS when I see various mem- bers of my family taking to the slopes on a winter's day for some ski- ing with special clothing, handmade boots, complicated bindings and very expensive laminated skis, I marvel at the improve- ments of such equipment and its use over the past fifty years. When I contemplate the skill and speed with which it is used on mountain slopes seeming to reach clear to the sky, I look back at some of the things I once did and shudder; the very thought being enough to make old injuries Kfae. My first sMs were purchased with hard earned trapping money at the age of 12 out of a special Christmas mailorder cat- alogue. There was no choice and the skis were 7% feet long, and because they cost only S3.50 they did not even match in color one being a deep brown and the other tan. They were made of one-piece ash with rubber foot plates. The and harness it of a strap around the heel, another over the instep and a third over the toes all fastened to a steel clip that went through a slot cut into the skis. Safety bindings Huh! You could hang upside down and they wouldn't turn you loose! Moat of our skiing was cross country. When ,we skiied downhill, we first climb- ed to the top. None of us had ever heard of a chair lift or a rope tow. For the large part our ski poles were home-made. Sometimes we carried a light pole, which we rode like a hobby horse on a steel harder one sat on the pole the more it acted as a brake. Metal edges were unknown to us. We used our knowl- edge of the country's geography more than an ability to turn, in order to keep out of the timber. Sometimes we had some awful wrecks. One morning I arrived at school on my skis, because it was warmer traveling that way. 'Hie school was located on top of a high hill with a big yard for horses fenced off around it. A girl student asked to try them. She was a buxom type, big for her age, and the idea of initiating her seemed like fun. So I tied her down to the skis and headed her down hill never thinking for a moment that she would get very far. But by sheer defiance of the laws of gravity and utter marvels of regained bal- ance, she progressed farther and farther. First she leaned away back flapping her arms like a bird trying to take off feet first, and then she bent away forward as though threatening to ski over her nose. Somehow she kept recovering and to my horror arrived at the fence two hundred yards below going like the proverbial bat out of hell. Happily, the posts were old and rotten. She broke four of them off, the barbed wire squealed and stretched, and then she came down flat on her back with the fence on top of her. When we arrived she was unconscious, but some snow applied to her face and plenty of good wishes brought her around. For- tunately, beyond being well shook up, she was unhurt, but she had lost all interest in skiing. I used skis to run my traplinc after school and on weekends. One evening I was coming down off a big open ridge a couple of miles from home. It was nearly dark and I was cold and hungry. There was about a foot of loose powder snow over everything, my skis were waxed, so I just pointed them down hill and cut them loose. 1 was flying when I came over a big snow drift down into a little dried up slough full of old cow tracks. The skis cut down to these and the next thing I did a spectacular outside loop end over end into some willows. When I gathered myself up, my foot harness was broken, my pack was torn and its contents scat- tered, one ear was skinned, my nose was bleeding and I felt like I had gone through a meat grinder. I arrived home much later, limping and carrying my skis. Ski. ing was fun, but it could lino be hazardous the way we did It. An invitation By Dong Walker POLLOWING my report of how the peo- she said, "Ihe poopto at First Baptist nlA nt HffnVlllsvK ...411 _i __I_J i. in pie at McKIUop United Church have started to give ir.e the cold shoulder for talking about them In the paper, I re- ceived phone call from Marian Virtue Inviting me to visit First Baptist Church. "Our is a really friendly will not mind if you write them." Some Sunday I may just accept that In- vitation. It will be a risk to leave Me- Killop where I have a proven source filler fodder, but I guess If Mrs. Virtue is typical of (he people at First Baptist I'm not likely to uninspired. Congress blamed for inaction on programs African presidents have suggested that Israel might pledge to agree that it had no intention "annex- ing" Egyptian territory. It's a save- the-face formula in semantics which would be unlikely to find favor in Is- rael. But if the American suggestion that both sides would withdraw from the immediate proximity of Suez, allowing the reopening of the canal, were to be accepted as a precursor to negotiations, there is a possibility that the war which neither side wants, can be avoided. Time is of the essence. President Sadat doesn't want a war, but in order to assure the Egyptians that they won't be sold down the river, he is forced to talk tough, to threaten military action, and to maintain an atmosphere of tension. Israel does much the same thing. As long as there is no agreement between the suppliers of military material to both sides the U.S.S.R. and the to limit, or even to cease the arms build up, the only way to prevent a Middle-East outbreak is to keep on talking. It's not satisfactory, but it's about the best that can be hoped lor under present circumstances. WASHINGTON Ranging across the world stage over the past year, President Nixon has had a profound impact on international eco- nomic and political affairs. Vis impact on domestic eco- nomic affairs has also been immense. But in other do- mestic areas he has had no comparable impact. And that is what stands out most clearly in the president's State of the Union Address to Con- gress and the American peo- ple. The president pointed up his international activity as credit worthy. This theme will be played with increasing volume as the presidential election campaign wears on. On the domestic front, the president sought to show that he had proposed, but that Congress had not disposed. (Leaving aside the domestic economic programs.) The tone was low keyed, but the basic message clearly was that Congress was an obstacle to a sweeping attack on domestic ills. It was as if the president were standing back and saying I have set out a domestic agen- da; it is now up to the Con- gress to move on the accumu- lated programs of several years. Among those programs are reform of welfare, im- provement of health insurance, re-organization of Hie federal government and the diversion of federal tax revenues to state and city governments strug- gling with overwhelming costs and grim social problems. Only the slightest concession was made to public and congres- sional objections to various as- pects of Oils program. The implication was that the presidential agenda was the basis for broad social ad- vancement. The further im- plication was that if Congress, (and the Democrats who dom- inate it) do not get moving on the program, the public should react against members of Con- gress In the forthcoming elec- tion campaign. (Among those affected by such a reaction would be all the major Dem- ocratic contenders for the Inevitably, compression of a lengthy presentation makes the political overtones starker than they in fact were. The president talked in terms of avoiding conflict between the Wo branches of government, and political strife, in the face of pressing national needs. Tire lines the president spoke, in short, put a softening gloss of what appeared be- tween the lines. But the sub- liminal message was clear, and it had implications the pres- ident may not have reckoned on. In pointing up the lack of coneresstional action on his programs, and the need for them, the president was ex- ceptionally thorough. Not only did he deliver the customary oral message, he presented an extended written version. This amounts to a compendium of unimplemented proposals and festering social problems. Though directed at Congress, it "I believe he's frying to tell you could also be seen as a severe comment on the small domes- tic progress which has been made during the Nixon pres- idency. Exhorting Congress to action, tire president warned of erosion of public confidence in the abil- ity of government to produce. "As a nation we have not shown the same sense of self- discipline in our response to so- cial challenges that we have developed in meeting our eco- nomic he said. "We have not been as ready as we should have to compromise our differences and to build a broad coalition for c h a n g e. And so we often have found ourselves in a sit- uation of es- sentially nothing even though most of us agree that nothing is the very worst thing we can do." This warning has special force, probably beyond what the. president attended, when it is considered that all signs suggest the thrust of Hie pres- ident's address will make for a deepening of his struggle with Congress over the coming year. As major supplements to the standing agenda, Mr. Nixon proposed action to shift the burden of school taxes from the traditional property tax base, and a program for redi- recting space and military ex- pertise to civilian ends such as pollution control. He hailed a lessening of na- tional tension and he portrayed the U.S. as groping for social improvement as against those who were inclined to call the country "evil." In familiar terms, he hailed the reduction of U.S. forces in Indochina and the results of his international economic initia- tives as important aids in the drive for a prosperous, non-in- flationary psychology of recent years during 1972. Recalling the expansion for- eign policy posture of the Ken- nedy presidency, he under- scored the scaling down of U.S. world commitments. But he took a tough tone of'the ex- pansion of Soviet power, and in- dicated that he would budget more for strategic weaponry and for the Navy. (The Herald Washington Bureau) Joe Balla Financing of library could still be a problem TETHBRIDGE has needed and wanted' a new library for many years. Then why has it been so slow in coming? Basically, the problem is one of finances, but the city direc- torate points out there are also other problems that blur the issues involved. Although the present city council is heavily committed to a new central library its fi- nancing for the project has hardly started, let alone been completed. In 1971 council allocated for a new central li- brary facility. The figure was a guesstimate and there was no decision on location, al- though Gait Gardens and the Civic Centre remained in the forefront, with some considera- tion given to the old St. Pat- rick's School location opposite city hall. Every effort was to be made at least to start con- struction last year. But then the bids came in on the secondary sewage treat- ment plant with all costs well beyond the estimates. The li- brary had to be pushed aside. In fact, the city had to look for additional funds so that the sewage plant could be built according to specifications. With its hands tied by the limits of the city's borrowing power, according to provincial regulations, council had little choice but to set the library aside. The earliest opportunity for building was seen as 1972. There was some possibility additional progress could have been made in furthering li- brary development, but when the old Lethbridge arena was razed by fire, it was decided that a new ice facility for the city had to be an instant pro- 'Crazy Capers' ject. The arena was covered, at least to some extent by insur- ance, but the claim is still un- settled. The city had to dip into other sources of funds for the ice facility. An architect for the library has now been appointed, and one of his first tasks is to rec- ommend a location for the structure on the Central School site. Funds will have to be bor- rowed from senior govern- ments. Council may approve the ex- act location on the site, modify or reject it. In any event, there is little the architect can do in the way of drafting prelim- inary drawings or submitting cost estimates until the loca- tion has been determined. Next will be final drawings and the calling of tenders. The Alberta Municipal Fi- Letters to the editor nancing Corporation could say no to the borrowing (but this is only likely to happen) if the city has extended itself beyond the per capita per year limit that is allowed for all bor- rowing. While there is cons e n s u s among some members of coun- cil, the administration and the architect that the new library should be located near the Bow- man Art Centre, at the north end of the Central School site which was purchased by the city last year, a clear go-ahead still has to be given. Prelim- inary plans, final drawings, cost estimates and tender call action will take considerably" more time. While there is nothing to in- dicate an exceptionally serious problem at present, an unex- pected need for a substantial to rock group The January 17 edition of The Herald carried a review by Richard Burke of the Light- house concert held recently in Lethbridgc. This review was highlighted by a somewhat less, than-aniusing lack of accur- acy, and perhaps even a bias against original Canadian rock music. Mr. Burke mentioned in the review that Lighthouse was "blending their own material with that made famous by Chi- cago and what sounded like Jethro Tull." What non- sense! The entire concert was comprised of total, original, all- Canadian Lighthouse material, with the notable exception of miles a composi- tion of Roger Mcftuinn, David Crosby, and Gene Clark, three members of the group that ori. ginally performed the work, The Byrds. This particular com- position was also recorded by Lighthouse for their first album three years ago. The remainder of the material performed in this exciting concert was culled from the latest two al- bums by Lighthouse (entitled 'One fine morning1 and "Thoughts of moving which were both released within the past twelve months. The reviewer went on to com- pare the opening of the first number. with .12 bars a Tijuana Brass This unbelievable comparison of two completely diverse sounds as the Tijuana brass and Lighthouse seems some- what akin to a comparison of the styles of Tom Jones and Janis Joplin! The reviewer and The Herald are guilty of a gross injustice to the writing talents of one o[ Canada's finest rock groups, musicians of international repu- tation and stature. It might be advisable for future reviewers to be aware of the background of the subject they are review- ing, or else pass the event over completely. One can easily sec, with such inaccurate and misleading cov- crage as tills, why the Cana- dian music industry was the first in the world to require fed- eral legislation to awaken the mass media to some of (he most respected contemporary music talent in the world: Canadian talent. BARRY HEGLAND Lethbridge. Snve ill Don't you dare demolish that fine Lethbridge Post Office. What would Lethbridge look like without that different-look- ing building? LETHBRIDGE LOVER. Spring Coulee. sum of money, like the sec- ondary sewage treatment plant in 1972, could have council making another hard review of a new library. In the initial stages of the de- velopment of the University of Lethbridge, it was agreed by all that every attempt should be made to make the univer- sity an integral part, rather than an appendage to, the fu- ture development of the city. Such a decision, if followed through, has far-reaching rami- fications in finances and devel- opment. Urban renewal, a bridge to the university, ur- banization of West Lethbridge, major revamping of the cen- tral business district, an in-city highway system these ap- pear at present as remote pos- sibilities for additional major and immediate funding, but nevertheless are real and re- quire objective consideration In future planning. Development timing for these projects, and others, is of prime importance, according to the Oldman River Regional Planning C o m m i s- sion. West Letlibridge develop- ment, the commission says, is designed to solve the problems of tomorrow rather than rectify those of today and yesterday. There is one very real and hopeful sign for a new, central library in downtown Leth- bridge. In years past, half the members of council rctirwi each year, and were up for re- election if they so desired. Starting in 1971, all members of council and1 Ihe mayor re- tired from office. All those elected are in for a three-year term. In years past, new members elected often held the balance of powei in council. It often takes a new alderman a year to familiarize himself with the major issues. This gave many aldermen loo little time to fol- low through on issues before council before their term of of- fice had expired. Senior mem- bers of council are among the first lo suggest that because of the previous short terms of of- fice under the old system where an election was held ev- ery year, continuity was too often lacking. At present city council is in the midst of budget studies. One of its main areas of con- cern appears to be cutting a few thousand dollars from va- rious welfare programs, and not the from the pro- posed new library. Only the bids on the tender call will tell what actually will happen. Looking backward THROUGH THE HERALD 1922 Alberta ranked fourth in fur production across Can- ada for the season of 1920-21, with a total tf value. 1932 Magrath High School student body during the past two years have paid out over on improvements for the new high school building, in- cluding installation of hot wa- ter for the shower baths. tills sugar beet pro- ducing area the sugar ration- ing order of three quarters of a pound per person per week an- nounced over the weekend at Ottawa by the Wartime Prices and Trade board, was not un- expected. of the South- minster Church choir are tak- ing part in rigorous rehearsals for the forthcoming production of "Jennifer My an Eng- lish comic opera. up to 115 miles per hour caused extensive mi- nor damage in Pincher Creek yesterday. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD no. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. 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