Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THI LCTHMIDOE HHAID Friday, II, Dave Humphreys The downtown merclwnts The downtown merchants are per- plexed and divided on the question of. store hours, and concerned about their future generally. The thinking public sympathizes with their con- cern. These considerations, we submit, should be in the minds of the mer- chants, the civic legislators, the bus- iness and labor communities gener- ally, and all civic taxpayers: 1. Merchandising is free enterprise at its best. Within certain broad principles, merchants should be free to open and close their doors as they wish. They will generally be guided by their own self interest, and in such freely competitive self inter- ests the shopping public is best served. 2. This freedom to serve the public in different ways and places, cou- pled with the changing demands of the shopping public and other chan- ges in the times, has made the sub- urban shopping centres a viable and permanent factor in the community. 3. Still, a strong downtown busi- ness core is utterly essential to Leth- bridge, as it is to every such com- munity, for these reasons: (a) it makes possible a concentration of heavy property assessment, thus re- ducing the tax load on the rest of the community; (b) a convenient, attractive and prosperous civic core is needed to support the public amen- ities (such as a library, professional offices, etc.) that cannot conveniently be dispersed among the suburban shopping centres; (c) it offers the public the best of all possible shop- ping centres 4. While all the people of Leth- bridge need a prosperous downtown business core, they are not com- pelled to go into it to do their shop- ping. It must be competitive with the suburban shopping centres.. It must, for instance, have a good deal of cheap and convenient parking space. It must schedule its hours with the public's convenience in mind. 5. That does not necessarily mean that all shops must be open when any are open. Many mil disagree, but we suggest the understanding shopper is not offended if he finds some stores closed, as long as he can get what he wants in that area. Both City Hall and the mer- chants themselves can do more to improve parking for the downtown shoppers. It must be agreed that the motoring shopper is thoroughly spoil- ed in Lethbridge, but he must be taken as he is. The on street park- ing must be reserved for these peo- ple, and yet some of the metered stalls are occupied all day by cars belonging to people who make their living do'.vntown, taking them away from people who want to do business with them and can't find handy park- ing spaces. 7. The planners, investors, legisla- tors, developers and all others able to do something about it, should com- bine their efforts to get more ma- jor activity, more new facilities, es- tablished in the downtown area. Lethbridge should not have to go the way Great Falls went, when for about ten years the civic centre area was a ghost town. Only now is it coming back. Canada should recognize External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp says that Canada will probably extend diplomatic recognition to the new nation of Bangladesh very soon. Reasons for holding back until now have been that it was unclear, when Sheikh Mujib was first released from jail in West Pakistan to return to Dacca, whether he would accede to President Bhutto's request for some kind of accommodation between East and West Pakistan that would pre- vent a final, total split between the two nations. It is plain that such an accommodation is impossible. Sheikh Mujib has announced that "the link is broken and cannot be rejoined." Another uncertainty which prevent- ed immediate diplomatic recognition vas doubt as to whether Sheikh Mu- jib was really in control of the former East Pakistan, and whether he could get along without the Indian army. According to Mr. Sharp, great num- bers of Indian military men who had been kept in Bangladesh to prevent violence have been sent home so that the fears of de facto control by In- dia have diminished, If not entirely disappeared. This does not mean that the dan- gers of bloody acts of reprisal against collaborators and those suspected of responsibility for the horrors of oc- cupation have been eliminated, or that there is no longer any possibil- ity of Bangladesh becoming a puppet of India and her Soviet ally, or even that the country may prove impos- sible to govern at all in the tough days ahead. But it will give Sheikh Mujib the hero martyr, around whom the hopes of millions of people are cen- tred, a chance, that extra measure of support and dignity he must have to resist the threat to internal sta- bility. It will ease the path of ex- ternal aid from all concerned na- tions, aid which is essential if his people are to make the first feeble steps towards pulling themselves out of the slough of famine and despair. The daily coffee crisis LeDain commission of drug abuse seems to have ignored the most ad- dictive, the most pervasive, the most bla- tantly abused drug of all. I refer of course to the cup of coffee. Not to mention the second cup of coffee. There are literally millions of people in liis country who freely admit that they are unbearable, even speechless, till they have had their morning cup of coffee. I wouldn't say I was more vicious than the average person, before the matinal mug, but my wife uses a very shallow cup so she can slip it under the door. Some coffee heads start thinking about (heir morning coffee before they go to bed at night. It keeps them awake. They have to take a sedative shot of rye to avoid clawing at the coffee pot. Lives there a business office whose life- olood is not the dark, brown stream issuing from the urn? Is any sight more pitiful than that of staff standing around waiting [or their morning transfusion, glazed of sye and twitchy of limb, because the cof- !ee wagon has boarded a slow elevator? Or consider the expresssion on the fact of the man in the coffee shop whose wait- ress has failed to refill his cup. Men are accustomed to betrayal by women, to their fickleness and failure to recognize the true values of life, but it still stuns a man to en- ssirater female so callous and hardened of heart that she would send hint back out Into the world without the second cup of coffee that makes the difference between survival and dehydration in the desert of human relationship. Occasionally a man will be served by a waitress who offers him a third cup of coffee, His initial response is to ask her to many him. If ho is already married ho will try to mate her bis mlslrew. If is too young he will legally adopt her. If she is elderly he will ask her to adopt him. He will adjust to any variation of the menage-a-trois; him, her and the drip- olator. That's now serious the coffee drug prob. lem has become. Compared to being hooked on Java, the heroin habit is mere passing fancy, acid a whim of the moment. It is fortunate, for what is left of civiliza- tion that coffee does not taste as good as it smells. Otherwise the scene around the coilee urn would be reminiscent of the more rugged moments of the siege of Troy. It is not the caffeine in coffee which has rendered entire populations slave to the bean. Tea, I am told, contains as much caffeine as coffee, but we rarely see a man weeping because his wife has died without telling him where she keeps the tea begs. In fact it sends a small thrill of alarm straight up my spine when I think how de- pendent we of North America are on South America, on those unstable republics whose military juntas may at any time nationalize Juan Valdcz and his family (they pick the coffee beans for the whole North American and try to sell us cocoa instead. One of these days the authorities will figure out the total number of man hours lost to the coffee break, and coffee will be made Illegal. "Pot" will revert to its origi- nal meaning, and will be a lot harder to hide in your beard, All the more reason to indulge the crav- ing while satisfaction perks on tht hob. Thanks, miss, just another half a cup the top half. Renewed vitality seen in Commonwealth TONDON A year after proposed British arms sales to South Africa divided leaders sharply irreconcil- ably, some thought the Com- monwealth is together and functioning. Hie worst fears that the Singapore heads-of- government conference would be fatal have not been real- ized, Pausing amid present trou- bles, Commonwealth Secre- tary-G e n e r a 1 Arnold Smith said in an interview that he believes the organization of 31 countries has actually been strengthened. "There is now a better understanding of the im- portance arid value of consulta- tion on difficult he said. The study group on wcurity of the Indian ind South Atlan- tic ocetm, the justification for British arms salei, never met. Britain went ahead with plant to allow South Africa to order helicopters, yet to be delivered, and several countries resigned from the study In protest, "I think and hope that the issue Is no longer Mr. Smith said, pointing out that no arms have been sold. The Itsut was not Soviet naval power but the wisdom of countering It in such a way that might do the West more harm than good in Africa. In the year since Singa- pore, other potentially explo- sive Kerns have been added to Mr. Smith's agenda the war between two members and the emergence of Bangladesh, membership, the Brit- ish proposals for a settlement In Rhodesia, and the coup, ousting the democratically elected government of Ghana. Britain has gone ahead steadily with plans to en- sure a British presence In the Indian Ocean six frigates or destroyers, one battalion group, several Nimrod recon- naisance aircraft and heli- copters, not necessarily all in the Indian Ocean but all East of Suez. These unite are only just beginning to function with Australian, New Zea- land, Singapore and Malaysia forces or facilities In a five- power defence arrangement within the Commonwealth. U.S. authorities have an- nounced that they intend to maintain units of the 7th Fleet in the area. The U.S. air- craft carrier Enterprise and seven destroyers sailed in an impressive show of force into the Bay of Bengal during the Indian-Pakistani war. Although South Africa (and Japan) can be expected to make its own presence felt also out of trading interests, BERRY'S Ml "Brother Kordlak came te us through the e TOJ IT HIA, he. appreciate your pwpotol Henij, but wfcn jou threw in the fact that single people pay up to 20 per cent more HI federal income taies than manna people with tht afraid you turned me oHI" letters to the editor Self-discipline not restriction is the answer In his letter (Jan. 19) C.P. continues to employ a variety of tricks in an attempt to sup- port a personal position on drugs that is untenable. Unfortunately a doctor's sen- ses are continuously bombard- ed by those of us who are psy- chological and physical failures. This leads to bias which, in the case of C.P., conveniently neg- lects to account for the major- ity of people who are able to conduct themselves moderately and who may derive pleasure and benefit from say alco- hol of life's With drugs as with everything else the good and the bad inextricably mixed To draw a parallel between heroin and cannabis is an at- tempt to show how stupid those "experts" are who suggest le- galizing marijuana because look how stupid those "experts" were in the past in regard to heroin. But look heroin was made illegal and now it's "pub- lic e n e m y number one." That isn't all coincidental. So who has egg on their faces? Who looked stupid alter alcohol pro- hibition? C.P. and the other pro- who. Making a drug illegal means that the problem with it gets worse because control over that drug is relinquished The quarrel it must be recog- nized is reduced to one between the conservative position that we must forcefully protect peo- ple from themselves and a lib- ertarian one that maintains a person is capable of running his own affairs. The first position is of course ascendant and is characterized by laws "against" this, that, and everything; by by attempts to legislate morals withholding information be- cause people should only know what is good for them. This gives us "credibility gaps" that penetrate far beyond the Pent- agon Papers and the Grey Re- port to saturate the depths of our society, My position on drugs is: (1) to work on the root causes of abuse (injustice, dehiunaniza- tion, that "drive one to (2) to make available to ell as accurate in- Air traffic controllers strike irresponsible Like many tlwusands of Ca- nadians whose businesses, plans and convenience have been needlessly disrupted by the irresponsible act of the Ca- nadian Air Traffic Controllers Association, 1 have been watch- ing and reading the statements made. I think the action is verging very closely to the area of criminal irresponsibili- ty. No group of men should have the power to cause thou- sands of people to be laid off from their jobs, or to cause losses to the economy of thou- sands of millions of dollars. The demand for a 60 per cent pay increase in one year is only one measure of the naivete and ir- responsibility involved. When the Public Service Act was before Parliament a few years ago, I warned at that time that the section 'giving the right to strike to people in essen- tial services was an irrespon- sible act that Parliament would regret. The act was passed, giving the right to strike, in the hope that union officers would act responsibly for their owy members and for the Ca- nadian taxpayers. Unfortunate- ly, and predictably, the unions, such as the post office em- ployees, the machinists in Air Canada, railway, and dock workers and now this group, Solution to labor problems The world is yearning for peace. In order to attain peace in Vietnam, public opinion is in favor of the U.S. getting out mind the consequences for South Vietnam. Rhodesia and South Africa should have black majority rule never mind the outcome for the white minority. Eastern Europe should only hope that some day there will be freedom for them, too, but they should not fight for it it might annoy Russia end start war. Peace, Peace, Peace! Now to the labor scene in our own country. We have an air traffic controllers strike, clos- ing down all air traffic. No one will call this a peaceful solu- tion to labor problems. The out- coir.e of a strike, is just like what often happens in a war: the innocent gel hurt, and peace is not fostered, For disputes, however, a good fight seems to be the best and most just solution. Not only are the unions thinking this way, but also employers and goverment The federal minister of labor thinks the collective bargaining idea is basically sound and the prime minister's stand proves (biota MM A> m have a fight, again and again. In labor, big autocratically ruled unions mostly get what they want. The weaker groups think about old people and people with fixed incomes are always the losers. Union leaders, as well as the membership, should be asham- ed about their selfish approach in labor disputes. They should read every day about the life and work of James Woods- worth, named a "saintly fail- ure" but nevertheless a m a n who by his unselfish life caused great social changes for the betterment of the laboring men and for the poor. There is a bet. ter way yet. What about "love" in labor relations? I know to- day's labor leaders snicker about this word, and the "cap- tains of Industry" shrug their shoulders. For relations be- tween nations we have brother- hood week, but In labor rela- tions within our own country it is: Of course not even Woodsworth, but Jesus Christ, the Saviour Is the ultimate solu- tion. He redeems not only souls, he renews all relations In life, labor relations Included. This is a challenge, especially to evangelical Ctaada! Ltthbflditt. A. OUR have not shown the degree courage and intelligence neces- sary to avoid the abuse of the power given to them. As a con- sequence the Canadian people will have only one. recourse and that is to remove the right to stake by employees in essen- tial services and this will be done. I have supported labor all my life but from now on I will sup- port every effort to make a re- petition of the current anarchy impossible and I shall support the imposition of severe legal penalties against w i 1 d -c a t strikers, union leaders or indi- viduals who by their acts sabo- tage the welfare of the country. I am the first to admit that workers must be paid a fair and reasonable wage and we must establish machinery indepen- dent of government, and on which labor will be well repre- sented, to arbitrate disputes and to make awards which are binding on both parties. Now that the strike is on, I hope it will continue until it hurts so many Canadians so severely that they will support the implementation of legislar lion which will make the kind of economic anarchy which we have been witnessing in recent years, a thing of the past. Trade unions have made a great contribution to t h c im- provement of conditions for their members and they have an important role to play in the economy of the country but the Irresponsible acts of people like the air controllers not only In- jure the trade union movement, but injure the whole economy anil if they cannot act will) ma. turlly, judgment and responsi- bility, then the rights of the majority must be protected by legislation. Unions were given great powers in the hope that they would use those powers responsibly. The air tratlic controllers union hns failed. DONALD CAMERON. The Senate, Ottawa. formation as Is possible with regard to what a prospective user of a particular drug.can expect, both good and bad. (This information must be pre- sented with absolutely scrupu- lous honesty and an absence ot (3) to make all drugs legally available, which contrary to the popular gut re- action, actually means control over them. C. P. insists on banning cer- tain harmful things. Consisten- cy demands that he make food illegal (because its over use causes more premature deaths than tobacco) along with snow- mobiles, scuba diving, motor- cycles and mountain climbing. This isn't intended to ridicule but only to aid in thinking about the problems If a person Is inclined to de- stroy himself there is nothing any of us can do about it. If we save him from drugs (by removing all d r u g s from the face of the earth) he can then eat himself to death, lake up cliff diving, super severe mountain climbing, or any of a thousand other things. The preliminary report of the LeDain Commission r e c o m- mended legalizing marijuana. This was such a hot potato that the government immediately sat on it and will do so at least until after the election or until the public mind catches up with reality. JOHN MaeKENZIE. Lethbridge. Editor's note: Mr, MacKenzle and C.P. have now each had two letters on this subject and have about exhausted it so their debate is being declared ended. British arms sales no longer stand out as an Integral put of the strategy. If African members are willing to let era! helicopters on order go to Pretoria, Britain may not press her side of the issue. Prime Minister Heath talked at Singapore about threat from growing naval power." The word "threat" lias been misleading. The govern- ment has never thought that the use of Soviet force was an imminent prospect, Whitehall sources said, but that the So- viet power should be balanced with Western power ac an in- surance against miscalculation or accident in the future. The Western powers have acted to ensure naval balance in the area that Prime Minis- ter Trudeau downgraded in world significance during his Far Eastern tour a year ago. Informed estimates in White- hall put the number of military vessels at anywhere from three or four to 20 on each side at one time. Sometimes the So- viets have the advantage, sometimes the West. Thus the goal of British strategy looks like being met and met without involving the racial Issues of Africa: Mr. Trudeau at Singapore placed the security issue in the con- text of race relations, leading at worst to bloody racial war which would cast some Com- monwealth members against others. In the form of Rhodesia that context remains, if any- thing, larger and more ugly than a year ago. While Mr. Smith declines comment on the content of the settlement pro- posals, he acknowledges that the present situation is very serious. He has impressed on the British commission charged with finding out whether the settlement is acceptable to Rnodesians the importance of ensuring that methods are seen to be fair. Mr. Smith said he has also made it clear that, from a Commonwealth point of view, Africans should be allow- ed to hold meetings freely and African politicians outside the National Assembly should be allowed to speak and to use the radio. Regardless ot the outcome in Rhodesia, the Common- wealth as a multiracial organi- zation is bound to have, and perhaps draw strength from dealing with, racial conflicts. The right of member govern- ments to independent action, asserted strongly at Singapore by Mr. Heath, has never been an issue, Mr. Smith said. It was inappropriate "completely illogical" for members who disagree with policies of other governments "to kick the Commonwealth." He hoped the lesson had been learned at Singapore. Taking the example to its extreme with India and Bangladesh, Mr. Smith, asked if they could be expected to appear togeth- er at Commonwealth ctonfer- ences replied, "Why Leading officials will be meeting in Ottawa to discuss the format and site of the next heads-of-govemment meeting, Mr. Smith said. Ottawa itself is high on the list o! sites, if a suitable time can be agreed. Mr. Smith said he has some proposals for changing the for- mat of the next meeting to overcome objections that Singapore was too similar to the UN, with the old club atmo- sphere and informality lost. That tlie next meeting should be in an early planning stage, at all, points to the Common- wealth's durability, living with or surmounting highly divisive racial and Third World prob- lems. (The Herald London Bureau) Looking backward THROUGH THE HERALD 1922 have been called for the complete exam- ination, charting, and advice on the teeth of each pupil attend- ing Lethbridge public schools for the year 1922. 1932 Lord Bessborough, Governor General of Canada, officiated at the inauguration of the first all-Canada ocean to ocean telephone system at noon last Monday. 1M2 Increased demand tor horses this year, partly be- cause of gasoline and tire ra- tioning and curtailment of auto- mobile and truck manufactur- ing, is predicted by officials of the Alberta department of agri- culture. 1952 Ron Wobick and his Lclhbrirlge Collegiate curleri gained a berth in the southern Alberta high school curling fi- nals in Calgary. Zeniths came up with a strong to, drop the host Stirling Lakers 51-44 to win the Lions Basket- ball Tournament. The Lethbridge Herald 5M 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD LTD., Proprietors ind Publitheri Published J905 -19H, by Hon. W. A. 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