Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LITHMIDOI HERALD Saturday, January Tim Traynor Massive shuffle Friday's massive cabinet shuffle was for the very legitimate purpose of persuading the voters of the gov- ernment's freshness. There is only one deletion and one addition, but the changes mean a vast rearrange- ment of priorities and policies. True, each minister has always been re- sponsible for any and all govern- ment policies, but the ministers in charge initiate the policies, and that is where the change -will be. To a considerable extent this is a new gov- ernment. Joe Greene was one of the strong- est and most exciting of the former ministers, but unfortunately poor health has hounded him for the last couple of years. Perhaps he should have retired earlier. In Donald Mac- donald the important energy depart- ment has a strong successor. The opinion has been expressed often that that portfolio should belong to a Westerner, and Mr. Macdonald's grasp of the West's energy picture is not yet fully developed. But he will correct that quickly. The bip-est surprise, perhaps, is John Turner's move to finance. He has been one of the best justice min- isters in the nation's history, and but for him the government would have lost even more friends. As of now he would be the logical successor to Mr. Trudeau. Since finance minis- ters are seldom loved or appreci- ated, this move would tend to re- duce his chances of inheriting the party leadership. On the other hand the experience would qualify him for even higher office, and if he can hold the respect he now enjoys he still could go into the next leadership convention in a strong position. Cer- tainly he has an interesting chal- lenge. Otto Lang's succession to the jus- tice minister is a token of the prime minister's confidence in him. It is a confidence not universally shared. Mr. Benson's move to defence is in keeping with his suspected de- sire for an easier post. There may be some doubt yet that he will be a candidate in this year's election. Alberta's Pat Mahoney joins the cabinet in a junior capacity. He may not stay put very long. Those who know him well ieel his capacity for responsibility is almost unlimited. Bud Olson stays in agriculture, to the profit of Canadian farmers. He is not the most popular minister of ag- riculture, his public relations having been faulty, but no one in Parliament (and that includes Jack Homer and all the other Olson critics) knows the farm scene better or has the in- terests of the farmer more at heart. The Liberal party is likely to lose seats in the forthcoming election (although it likely will remain the largest group in the House and there- fore will still form the government) and some of the ministers may be defeated. Further changes may there- fore have to be made after the elec- tion. But the array of cabinet talent offered to the electorate is formid- able and interesting. Incidentally, the shuffle reduces Ontario's cabinet strength by one and increases Alberta's by one, leav- ing three from B.C., four from the prairies, 11 from Ontario, nine from Quebec and three from the Atlantic provinces. Quebec's representation is in fair proportion to her population and less than her proportionate strength in the Liberal caucus. It is not true that Quebec is or has been over represented in the cabinet. Russia lets them go Jewish emigration from the U.S.S.R to Israel has accelerated in recent months and shows signs ol increasing tempo in 1972. In the beginning the exodus was rather naively interpreted as due to pressure from Jews abroad, includ- ing the kind of demonstrations which occurred in Canada during Premier Kosygin's visit. But with the predic- tion that this year more than one hundred thousand of the estimated two million Russians of Jewish ex- traction, will be given exit permits, analysts are looking for more com- plex explanations. It is noted that many of those who have been grant- ed the emigrant visas are scientists, technologists and others who are in the "useful" category those on whom the Soviets have spent time and money. It is suggested that the Russians are attempting to demonstrate in somewhat subtle fashion to the Is- raelis, that the U.S.S.R. is not irre- vocably committed to the Arab cause, and that Israeli concessions on the matter of borders in the Mid- dle East could lead, to Russian agree- ment to become a guarantor of Is- rael's security. There are signs that domestic peace may also be a consideration. When Premier Kosygin was in Can- ada, he said that 15 per cent of Soviet scientists are of Jewish ex- traction, and he intimated that his country simply could not afford to let them go elsewhere. He may have had a change of heart. Politically disaffected scientists can be a high security risk. The influx of Russian Jews is pos- ing a few problems for the Israelis. About 60 per cent of them come from Georgia, have little education or training in modern skills, and are accustomed to a leisurely pace of living. Some of them find life in fast- paced Israel a little too tough for them, and at least 11 families indi- cated they want to go back where they came from. It could be only a breather for the Soviet Jews. Already some Soviet minority groups there are some- thing like a hundred are saying that the government is "favoring" the Jews. If these people were to grow louder in their protests, or if hostilities should break out in the Middle Kast, the clamps would be on again. But for the time being at least, Russia is exhibiting an almost- benevolent attitude towards its Jew- ish population. That in itself is an en- couraging development which would have been unthinkable a few years ago. Weekend Meditation You'll never walk alone Is the mark of real religion. True faith does not consist in knowing all the arguments for the existence of God but in the immediate awareness and expe- rience of God's presence and power in your life. The psalmist knew this when he said, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me." Enoch knew this when it was said of him that "Enoch walked with God." The personal and immediate communion of the soul with the Eternal Spirit is the primary and ultimate purpose and power of true faith. To most people God is merely a tradition, or a teaching, but to the true believer God is present here and now in his providence, loving kindness, and strength. Living or dying we are God's; nothing can separate us from God. So St. Paul said, "I am per- that neither death, nor life, nor nor principalities, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Hans Denk expresses this truth in the loveliest of ways, "0 my God, how does it happen in this poor old world that Thou art so great and yet nobody finds Thee, that Thou callcst so loudly and nobody hears Thee, that Thou art so near and no- body feels Thee, that Tluu givest Thyself to everybody and nobody knows Thy name? Men flee from Thee and say they cannot find Thee; they turn their backs and say they cannot seo Thee; they slop their ears and say they cannot hear Thee." God Is not far away that one cannot find him. It is man that hides from God. Man's sin, man's fear of God's demands, man's fear of God's righteousness, man's rebelliousness, man's willful blindness _ these an UK which keep man from knowing God. David Livingstone came on the words of Jesus, "Lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the world." Livingstone said in his diary dated January 14, 1856, "It is the word of a gentleman of the most strict and sacred honor so there's an end of it! I feel quite calm now, thank He faced the most savage suf- ferings and hardships in Africa without fear, believing that this promise was ab- solutely true. No man lived a lonelier life than he and yet no man had such a sense of the companionship of his God. He buried his wife Mary with his own hands and in anguish wept like a child. He said for the first time in his life he felt willing to die. "I am left alone In the world by one whom I felt to be a part of myself." When he died, he died alone, discovered by two na- tives on his knees beside his bed among the bogs and marshes near Chltambo's vil. lage m Ilala. Among the last entries in his diary was written, "He will keep His word, the Gracious One, full o[ grace and truth; no doubt of it. He will keep His word and it will be all right. Doubt is inadmissible, God can be counted on, He is a faithful God, and lib promises 'will not fail. The Bible says that no one who trusls Him will ever be disappointed. This is On whole purpose of living, to draw to elosa to God that He becomes an Inseparable companion. Prayer: 0 God in the darkness and loneli- ness of life let trx feel Thy presence so that I can stretch out my hand across the coverlet and feel the answering hand- clasp of the heavenly Father. Leave me not and let me never leave Thee, 0 God of my salvation! T.S.U. Busing to be key issue in U.S. election WASHINGTON For the major-party politicians, who will hold centre stage in this presidential election year, there is no more sobering word than 'busing'. Among its un- settling associations are: ra- cial conflict, rich-poor contrast, hostility to the federal govern- ment and the Supreme Court and, last but far from least, George C. Wallace. Tht best possible news tor both Republican and Dem- ocratic leaders would be that the word busing would not figure In the forthcoming election campaign. But they know otherwise. George Wal- lace will be trumpeting the word as he renews his attack on the two major parties. The rasping Alabama gov- ernor will be loudly demand- ing that government and court sanction be withdrawn from large-scale busing of students for the purpose of increasing racial mixing in the nation's schools. He will charge that federal authorities, under both d e m o c r a t ic and republican presidents, have shoved large- scale school busing down the throat: of an unwilling public in the North as well as in Gov. Wallace's native South. There is no telling what the political impact will be but leaders of both parlies have cause to fear the worst. Court decisions and govern- in c n t desegregation action, long directed toward break- ing down formal school race barriers in the South, have increasingly been directed to- ward the less formal but no lew acute ediool segregation in the North. As northern, as well as southern school districts have been pushed into greater racial mix- ing through large scale busing, the North has reverberated with the cries of angry whites, many of whom had looked to largely white suburbs as a refuge from the problems of racial mixing. Amid the turmoil o! 196S, when Mr. Wallace and his American Independent Party challenged Democrat Hubert "Calm down, Dalton you've read the fable you know how it ends." letters to the editor Youth Centre evaluations do not show true picture In the last while, there have tieen many evaluations made of the effectiveness of the Central School Youth Centre. Being a part of the csutre, I feel these evaluations were poor attempts at showing a true picture of what is being done. I have seen one in particular whose evalua- tion was based on less than half an hour of observation, and yet will bear a great deal of influ- ence on whether or not this op- eration will continue. Where was this one on the night of a Christian coffee house when over one hundred young people listened to several Christian singing groups for three hours? Perhaps no one ever shared with him the beauty of the night when 80 parents and their children experienced real fam- ily fellowship at a turkey sup- per and concert, at the centre. How would this one evaluate the unity found in the weekly Bible study or Friday rap ses- sion when as many as 70 youth, representing almost every reli- gious denomination in L e t h- bridge, come together to pray and share their scripturally. based faith in Jesus Christ? The above examples are jusl a few of the things which are being done at the Fishmarket, in one of the rooms at the youth centre. There are many other activities being carried on throughout the centre under the direction of other leaders. We realize there are many obvious weaknesses and short- comings in the operation of the centre at the present time. However, there are many who come to the youth centre seek- ing love, friendship, under- standing, and purpose in life. Their needs will be met, not so much by critical evaluation, but through active personal in- volvement of the citizens of LelhbridRe. Then, at that time, let thou who labor there evalu- ate and judge that which is being accomplished. W. T. ROYCROFT. Letbbridge. Differing opinion Place ior fellowship I would like to comment on the proposed closure of the youth centre in Central School, and share with you what it means to me as one of the Jesus people. Unfortunately, a good thing for people is sometimes ruined by just a few other misguided people. As is the case concern- ing Die youth centre. The youth centre to me means a place where I can go and have fellowship with other peo- ple who have experienced the same thing I have Jesus. It seems that in a place likn Central the other kids are more open to talk about the things of Jesus. And seeing as how this Is the idea we have in mind talking to people we've got the kids to talk to here. But it Central were closed down we'd never be able to reach then kids. It seems a shame that the people who are spending a lot of time trying to shut the centre down, don't spend that time in more constroctive way Ilk. coming down and just being there if someone wants to talk. In closing I'd just like to say that if Central is closed dowu, it's really going to hurt me personally. DAVE ERDMAN. Lelh bridge, Impudent editorial Your editorial on the Unfair Adulation of the Poet Burns was a grave Injustice to Bums lovers everywhere. The Scots take pride and join with the Irish and Canadian cattlemen in their many distinguished achievements. The adulation of Robert Bums is world wide and Juicy Topic I, along with a whole herd of sheep and cattle, attended the annual PAT BURNS supper on Saturday night. You pro- vided a juicy topic for our guest spearken but if ye dinni stop printing yon nasty wee editorials I'll borrow yer paper mair. MORRIS MacFARLANE, It is sheer impudence and lack of good taste to infer otherwise. Adulation is the gift of the Gods and the prerogative of the few. We Scots are a modest conser- vative race. The world wide celebrations of Bums ere a fit- ting tribute to our sense and worth o'er a1 the earth, We forgive your lack of know- ledge of Bums. It is a grievous lack and we extend to you our deepest sympathy. Your editor- ial is puny and weak like the cheep of vree church mouse cheeping for cheese "Ye immi tramp on the Scots this- the Uddie." The Herald's edi. torlal writer will have to do an lot better than ttiis if he Is to escape editorial oblivion. JOHN DYKES. In a recent issue of The Leth- biidge Herald, I noticed an ar- ticle on the John Lee Hooker concert. As a viewer of the concert I feel I have a right to an opin- ion on this topic. In the article I distinctly no- ticed that the writer did a fine job of running down Hooker and a beautiful job of building up Bun. I wonder if there is a slight amount of prejudice on behalf of the writer, either be- cause he is a Negro or from the U.S. And is Bun built up because he comes from Alberta and is Canadian talent? While Bim played I saw no one re- sponding to his music, until the end when the audience was practically forced (by the drum- mer in the Wicked Blues Band) to call him back. Even then the audience hesitated to do so. The acoustics were lousy when Bim played. His voice ranged far above his guitar. I feel that people are having a hard time building up Bim be- cause most people realize he Isn't all that fantastic. Rather, I believe that if he is good the audience will build him up. Getting back to Hooker, I would like to say that I am no blues fan, and until about two weeks ago I had never heard of Hooker. In fact I went to the concert mainly to see Bim. At first I didn't especially care for their type of music, but about the middle of Hie concert (when Hooker came on) I really en- joyed their music, and so did the majority of people. When the end of the concert came Hooker was called back twice, by the audience without any MC requests. The crowd loved not only the Boogies but a lot of the rest of their music also. John Hooker's words were not muffled as one of your staff writers put it. 1 should know, I was sitting In the back of tlie audience. I am not disappointed in the Hooker concert in any way and I would pay a high price to see it again. I would also, like to say that the staff writers for the concerts should look a little deeper into music, and watch what or whom they run down. DOUG WALL. Lethbridge. Editor's note: Correspond- ents have a right to hold dif- fering opinions to those ex- pressed by Herald writers but not to Impute something so completely unfounded as the presence of racial prejudice. Humphrey and Republican Richard Nixon, the populist and anti-lntegrattonist cham- pion found a major audience both among southern whites and northern industrial work, ers, who had traditionally been a bullwark of the No one can doubt that Mr. Wei- lace with his updated, anti- busing line, will again have a keen audience. Chances are he would cast an even longer shadow than prebiously ovt r the northern white suburbs, to the detri- ment of both major parties if he ran again for the pres- idency at the head of a third party. For the moment, however, he is concentrating on challenging the established Democratic party structure in the primary elections to choose the party's candidate for the presidency. It is his avowed hope to elicit a response to his anti-busing and other policies in the important Florida primary in early March. A strong Wallace showing there and in other primaries would aggravate the already chaotic scramble amid the Democratic aspirants for the nomination, and would mea- surably decrease the likeli- hood of a liberal-Democrat being elected to the pres- idency. It would at the same time increase pressure on President Nixon to harden his stand against busing. The Nixon administration has sought to straddle the issue. Though the president has repeatedly proclaimed his opposition to busing, for racial balance, government agencies have been extensively involved in the implementation of bus- ing plans in accordance with court rulings. In line with a key Supreme Court ruling, the Nixon administration last fall aided in making large-scale school integration at last a fact across much of the south. (Re- cently released figures show that there is now a higher degree of school integration in the South than in the The president could draw en- couragement from the com- parative smoothness of the changeover in the South. But, against this, there was a mounting backwash from steps promoting busing in Detroit and Boston, where school sys- tems were found to be abeting the split between black and white areas. Gapping this has been the bomb recently dropped by a Richmond, Virginia, judge. In a pattern common to most U.S. cities, affluent Richmond whites have moved to outlying, prosperous and largely white suburbs, whose schools, being in a separate jurisdiction, have fallen outside centre-city inte- gration programs. Richmond, like many cities, Is conse- quently ringed by mostly white suburban schools, while inner- city schools have become in- creasingly black. The Richmond Judge's rul- ing, which is to be appealed to the Supreme Court, call- ed In effect for the erasing of the line between inner-city and suburban school districts. By maintaining the division, state and local governments had fostered segregation In housing patterns and in schools, even while appearing to promote integration, the judge ruled. What makes this decision so portentous is that it goes to the root of the northern seg- regation problem. The fact is that much racial division Is a result of housing patients, rather than of city government policy, as had been the case in the South. If the ruling is upheld, Mr. Nixon will be increasingly torn between the politically potent white backlash and his responsibility under the law. (Herild Washington Bureau) Looking backward opinion THROUGH THE HERALD 1922 Based on the calcula- tion of five members per fam- ily Hie number of persons cared for throughout the drought stricken areas of Al- berta is estimated at 1032 "The Perfect a one act play written by an amateur author of Lethbridge, and being presented by a ca- pable local cast will be pre- sented at the Majestic Theatre, by the Playgoers Club. is still an urgent need for male clerk steno- graphers In the RCAF. JS5Z Approximately 500 exhibition dancers will perform in (he second international square and folk dance festivals here Saturday afternoon. 1962 The all-out recruiting campaign under way for the Young Soldier Training Plan will shift to the high schools in Lethbridge end Coaldale this week. We as a group (eel The LeUi- bridge Herald should hire a staff writer who is more in tune with the music of today Richard Burke (who wrote the article on Lighthouse) seems to have the opinion that Jelhro Tull and Chicago play the same type of music. He compared these great groups with Lighthouse. These groups may be similar In lightness but here the similarity ends. MUSIC LOVERS. The Lethbridge Herald 904 7th St. S., Lethbridgt, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD TO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second clan Mall RMHIrellon No. 001! Atambtr of Tht Canadian Preti tnf tna Canadian Dally Publliharr Allocution and KM Audi) Burtnu ol Clrculallona CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, Grntral manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Edllor Asioclalo Editor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Mvtrtlalng Managir Editorial Editor HERALD SERVES THl SOUTH"