Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 29, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD WtditMday. January 29, 1975 IJUHMUABS A reasonable limit The new road and bridge across the river will have a big influence on the community's future. This, and the new downtown shopping complex, reinforce the reshaping of Lethbridge started when the site for the university was fix- ed. The university and the city are now much closer physically and thus will become much closer socially. There should be more of a feeling of communi- ty between them. And similarly with the residential area being developed there. In everyone's feeling this must now be an integral part of the city. The opening of the route this week was permitted because travel was considered safe although some work remains to be done. It is to be hoped that a review of the speed limit is part of the unfinished business. The only excuse for the wholesale issuing of tickets immediately after the opening is that the police have no authority to ignore the standard 30 m.p.h. limit. If 30 miles is a proper limit through most of the city, then 40 or even 50 is proper on that route. All traffic rules, including speed limits, have their ul- timate authority in their reasonableness, not in the whims of the law makers or the police. They must be not only observ- ed but respected. If a 30 mile limit is to be enforced there until the construction job is com- pleted, the route should be so posted. But as soon as possible the limit should be raised to what is reasonable. (See letter on this page.) Three little mistakes Letters Concert appreciated The prime minister made three mis- takes in one remark last week, which is quite a tour de force even for someone of his verbal facility. The remark came in the wake of criticism of the government's handling of International Women's Year and the hiring of an all male public relations firm whose main contribution to date seems to be the creation of the slogan, "Why the prime minister is quoted as saying, tend to "bitch after the fact." His first mistake was in the use of the term, "ladies." This is widely accepted as a sign of feudalistic thinking in regard to women and while Mr. Trudeau may be aware of this he does not realize the irri- tant factor involved. Even women on the fringes of the movement prefer to think of their gains in independence as a matter of right and a recognition of themselves as individuals not as a chivalrous gift from "gentlemen." Any implication to the contrary is apt to arouse a competitive spirit. The second mistake involves a simple error. Generally speaking, the assertion that women complain only after the fact is no more accurate than the assertion that men listen only when they make a mistake and have to. In the present in- stance, women's groups have been protesting for some time since long before the distasteful slogan was presented to the public about the lack of consultation concerning government plans for IWY and about the hiring of that all male public relations firm from Toronto, which surely must be the same one that designed the even more dis- tasteful button being hawked by the National Ski Patrol to raise money. Turning the clock back By Paul Hellyer, Toronto Sun commentator Women are tired of being manipulated by men. They have worked too long in kitchens designed by male architects who lack even a basic knowledge of storage requirements. For too many years they have gone to male doctors whose advice on sex has 'Fake it.'' They are tired of having their lives bound by male assumptions and their dreams orchestrated by male cleverness. The prime minister's third mistake lies in the totally anachronistic nature of his remark in today's world where women have at last begun to be recogniz- ed as equals by some men at least. Mr. Trudeau has always exhibited pride in his reputation for contemporariness. Sometimes, however, his equipage of modernity looks very much like a super- ficial veneer. Whenever the veneer cracks, it exposes a residual 18th century attitude of intellectual superiority, in this case over women, that borders on contempt. This is a mistake which could have even political consequences. Death deserved The Un American Activities Com- mittee of the U.S. House of Represen- tatives died the other day. For some time it had been living under an alias, the House Internal Security Committee, but this was not a sufficient remedy. It is hard to comment editorially oh its passing. This state of affairs is not because of any reluctance to express opinions about the internal matters of another country; after all, the HUAC had a world-wide impact. The trouble lies in the attempt to find something good to say about the dead. The Wall Street Journal has succeeded in doing just this by speculating that, un- intentionally, the committee helped strengthen the central concept of American society, the concept of in- dividual political freedom. Americans, it said, "do not like politicians trying to root around in their minds." However, if the committee did help strengthen the central concept of American society, it did so only after it became so powerful that its warped values were clearly exposed and its ridiculousness was apparent even to the Journal. By that time it had already done much damage and anyone who lived 'through its heyday in the U.S. will surely feel that there are other ways of carry- ing on a national dialogue to arrive at such a concept. If some good has come out of the com- mittee's witch hunting, as the Journal supposes, possibly, in like manner, some good can come from the distasteful anti Hutterite activities now taking place in Southern Alberta. It's time for some local self examination about the mean- ing of individual political freedom. The Journal interprets the demise of the HUAC to that Americans have grown tolerant of those who would sub- vert their country's free institutions but that they have become better at deter- mining what constitutes such a threat. Southern Alberta needs to learn this too. ERIC NICOL Solid-state bedlam The father of three adolescent children, I live in the same house with five radios, four record players, three tape recorders, two TV sets, and a cartridge in a pear tree. I don't need to give visitors our address. They just look for the house that is pulsating. Any day now I expect an official from Energy Minister Macdonald's office to knock on our door to tell me that Canada's future, power needs can be met if my family turns off the sound equipment. .This solution will hot be easy to effect. It is my impression, based on clinical examination of the scattered remains of my inner ear, that the Sound Generation cannot be deprived of its decibels without jeopardizing the ability to sustain life. I go into rooms of our house in which a radio or record player is blaring away un- attended. Not a soul around, except possibly that of Chopin, whimpering. I hesitate to turn the instrument off, knowing that one of the children has left it on for the same reason that trappers leave caches of food.along the trap-line. He doesn't want to be caught in a quiet zone and die of auditory starvation. Today's child won't go to the bathroom un- less he is confident of hearing The Grateful Dead when He lifts the lid. As every parent knows, this life giving force functions for the young only when the volume is turned to the maximum permitted by the building specifications. I carry earth- quake insurance, hoping that a seismic tremor will enable me to claim for the struc- tural damage caused by rock rampant. The volume control on our electronic music makers has two positions: Off and Onslaught. The Off position is rarely, if ever, used. My kids go to sleep with their bedside radio coaxing the plaster off the ceiling. When I tiptoe in, and turn off the radio, the kids wakes up at once. "You woke me he accuses, "making so much noise." "What "Your teeth grinding." Tfie only time, in memory, that our house has stopped bouncing to the big beat was when a gale-force wind blew down the power pole in the lane. The break was momentary. Our family stocks batteries the way the pioneers husbanded food and firewood. We may be fresh out of victuals, but our is provisoned. "How does a writer who works at home re- tain his concentration in the midst of such solid-state you ask. Alright, I ask. Unfortunately, when I open the door to leave I am blown backwards by the impact of Elton John. It is like the sudden decompres- sion of a plane cabin. The safer way to exit from my den is via the window, despite the inconvenience of crawling over the roof. Ear- drums are precious. My abiding fear, however, is that my fami- ly plans to eliminate the duplication of sound equipment by turning the house into one giant speaker, woofing and tweeting into outer space. r.< God bless our wow and flutter. OTTAWA Anyone who has flirted with the myth that human progress is inexorable, will be apprehensive at Defence Minister Richard- son's latest announcement that he intends to establish a separate "air command" somewhere in Western Canada. The decision is a retrograde step which departs from the concept of "func- tional" commands with specific tasks to perform. An analogy which is easier to understand, for people who are familiar with military jargon, is the city. A few decades ago, streets reigned supreme. Pedestrians, horses and buggies and cars all used them. Planes, trains and rapid transit were things of the future. Now, however, any large modern city is foolish not to integrate all forms of tran- sportation in their planning. No single system will serve adequately. The total' integrated system should be the best "mix" of all forms to serve the needs of moving people and goods quickly and conveniently. Unfortunately, some great cities have not yet made the transition gracefully. They still have a commissioner of roads who grabs all the money. he can to build arteries with minimum concern for their relationship with docks, trains, airports and rapid transit. The single-minded approach is a hang over from the day of simpler technology. The proposed air command will be a reversion to the singleminded approach. It is not being set up to perform any specific task or assignment. It is merely to provide a separate focus of air activity and provide the air- men with freedom to escape the necessity of working closely and harmoniously with other elements of the forces who do have specific tasks to perform. The command will, of course, provide a job for a lieutenant general (three star) who is surplus to re- quirements at national defence headquarters. At the moment, there are, for reasons which have never been explained, two positions, one of vice chief of the defence staff and one of depu- ty chief, each filled with a three star general. Ob- viously, one of them has got to go. But to establish a new command with all of the extra cost and red tape that entails is a pretty cumbersome way to solve the employment dilemma for one man. Another reason given for the new move is to restore the wounded pride of the airmen. Maritime command, they say, is navy. And mobile command at St. Hubert is army. Conse- quently the airmen should be allowed to build their own em- pire at some convenient place perhaps where a few more votes would be most crucial. This argument is largely spurious. Maritime command is more than navy. It has been assigned a number of specific tasks including the search for and location of submarines, missing persons, ships in dis- tress and Russian trawlers. In each case, the search may be performed by a submarine, ship, helicopter or aircraft or some combination of these may be used. The Maritime commander will choose between the vehicles which are the "tools" to assist him in his task on the basis of which one or which combina- tion will be most efficient in the particular circumstances. Nor is mobile command strictly army. It is an integrated unit consisting of infantry backed by all of the support elements which might be required in varying cir- cumstances. Firepower is provided by rockets and airplanes. The employment of these alter- natives will be based on the commander's judgment of which combination will be most efficient in achieving his objective with the greatest ef- ficiency and minimum loss. Land and air elements work hand in hand in achieving the assigned task. Other functional commands which already exist are trans- port command, air defence command and training com- mand. Each has specific tasks to perform and the first two are commanded by airmen. Why they are now to become part of a new "air with the inevitable increase in manpower and cost to per- form the same job, is inex- plicable. As a matter of fact, the number of planes in both transport and air defence is being reduced. An extra head- quarters is hardly compensa- tion for the loss in capability. Which brings us back to the question of wounded pride. It is perhaps unfortunate that the minister is a Second World War pilot and influenced, perhaps, by the blandishments of old buddies. He may still feel that airpower is the big thing. Shades of United States Air Force General Custis Lemay. If you have a big, ex- pensive and sophisticated air force you can get along without much of an army and navy. For many years, the air force got the lion's share of the money. Contracts for new airplanes; which always like the 1976 Olympics went way over estimate, robbed the other forces of essential equipment. There wasn't enough to go around. Conse- quently the army was left without armored personnel carriers, anti tank weapons, Arctic clothing and a host of other necessities including sufficient ammunition for training purposes. The navy had to postpone essential refits. The last decade has seen a considerable improvement in the balance of expenditures. Certainly they have been more closely related to the priority tasks assigned by the government. Inflation, however, has taken its toll. The 20 per cent or more of each budget re- quired for equipment has never been reached. The ac- quisition of a new long range patrol aircraft has been post- poned. There is no money to buy new tanks. And, most im- portant of all from the air- man's point of view, no money to buy a "hot" sophisticated airplane to replace the aging Starfighters (CF 104) and Voodoo's (CG So in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation, hope is to be provided by a new air com- mand. With no visible pur- pose, the concentrated airmen with their new and gung-ho team captain the com- mander will commence a tremendous governmental propaganda campaign to accelerate the acquisition of a new fighter aircraft. In doing so, they will consciously or otherwise be thumbing their hoses at the land and sea elements and the priorities and tasks already assigned by the government. While one can have great sympathy for the flyers, and I do because they are the un- happy victims of inflation, it is difficult to applaud such a highly regressive move mere- ly to give them hope. The gesture could prove to be a cruel hoax. As a matter of fact, one authoritative .spokesman says the government's play to the retired officers club is largely to gain their emotional sup- port and divert attention from the further decline in the strength and effectiveness of the forces which is clearly in the cards. I don't think Mr. Richardson would be so devious, though some of his associates would. He is still an airman and iden- tifies with their plight without quite knowing what to do about it. The only solution at hand is the reversion to the single-minded "commissioner Of roads" approach. Mr. Richardson should read the history of James Forrestal. It was Forrestal who, as secretary of the navy, allowed the admirals to per- suade him to oppose the single force concept favored by Eisenhower. Consequently the U.S. followed the three force route, rather than one. As .first secretary of defence of the new three force monster, Forrestal was so upset and discouraged by the constant double cross from the navy that he became despondent and ultimately took his own life. Mr. Richardson can save himself, or his successor, a lot of unnecessary mental strain by preserving the concept of functional organization which is the only one that makes sense in the second half of the 20th century. He will not want his epitaph to read "he turned the clock back." I would like to thank Billy J. McCarroll for all the work he did to bring the Jack De Johnette trio to Lethbridge Thursday evening. Lethbridge is not exactly a cultural center, especially not for jazz (with the possible ex- ception of swing era so it takes much courage to bring any jazz here. Fur- thermore there was noth- ing in this for him or for any of the backers except the satis- faction of having brought known representatives of a significant art form to Lethbridge. If, miracle of miracles, all the seats had been sold, the few extra dollars would have gone to the band who, by the way, asked for much less than they do anywhere else. By far the best thing he did was to bring this particular group to Lethbridge. The concert was nothing less than a two and a half hour lesson on what life is'all about. Virtual- ly every human emotion was expressed during that time It was an emotionally sated but exhausted audience (and band) that numbly stumbled out of the gallery. Thanks should also go to the financial backers: and to the Lethbridge Public Library' for providing the intimate sur- roundings which helped make the -concert the event that it was. I do not believe what happened could have happen- ed in any other setting in Lethbridge. The library 'gallery will certainly never be the same. An audience for such art will only be created through the efforts of individuals, business firms and in- stitutions. By the way, The Herald cer- tajnly, doesn't help such ef- forts when, it hides a background article on the trio in the district news and places the review where the obituaries usually are. The Big Band, the Symphony, Escuderb, etc. received long, boxed reviews prominently placed omthe first or second page of the second section. Surely the trio deserved at least RON YOSHIDA Lethbridge MPs teach unions I notice that the Members of Parliament are again teaching the labor unions how to proceed. Too bad they didn't realize before the elec- tion that in wages, plus cafeteria privileges, barber shop, and pension year- ly for life was not enough and that they wanted an increase of 50 per cent. They cry about their hard work, 16 hours a day. Just recently they closed early in the day because out of 265, only 17 members were in the House. We don't see Mr. Hurlburt's name mentioned very often in Hansard. The one speech he made and mailed us copies of turned'out to be copied from Mr. Benson at least partly. His personal comments about teachers aren't worth a pay increase. For plus all benefits, including free travel, I would copy speeches, yes even take a decrease in pay. I'm a Conservative who couldn't support our leader and voted for Mr. Ericksen, not for Mr. Trudeau. I have no use for the NDP but I take my hat off to Mr. Knowles, for Winnipeg, arid some others of his party. They had the guts to call those in favor of a 50 per cent increase "A bunch of hungry pigs" (Hansard, Dec. 13, page On page 2418, Mr. Brewin made a speech against a pay increase, (which you can feel when reading was not a copy but to which Mr. Sharp asked "Who is superior to I know The Herald would not print it if I answered. I doubt very .much if Lethbridge and district would suffer to :any extent if Mr. Hurlburt resigned and let somebody else work for a measly plus benefits. 1 bleed'for those copy writers and back benchers. What a hard ship to travel free hard work, pass nine bills in two months, then a month Christmas holiday paid by voters, many of whom are on a monthly salary minus deductions. MP motto "Tighten your belt while I loosen mine." HENRY DYCK Lethbridge Speed trap on bridge The Lethbridge police department took leave of its senses by handing out speeding tickets wholesale on the new river crossing the very first day it was open for traffic. It would be hard to im- agine an act of greater stupidity, an act that would put the police department in greater public contempt. For all of the motorists tagged, the goodwill established by completion of the bridge was destroyed in a moment. The route is safe (when bare and dry) for.speeds of 50 or 60. It was not posted. Perhaps the motorists should have known that the limit was 30, but they didn't. If the police wished to enforce the 30 limit, why didn't they just put up a sign, instead of issuing so many tickets to so many un- suspecting motorists? That is called a speed trap, which is a device used by police to trick motorists who would like to be law-abiding. UNIVERSITY TYPE Lethbridge Prince of Wales Hotel Since the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Park has made the headlines in The Herald recently, perhaps readers could aid us in a search for material regarding the construction and history of this grand old building. Mr. Raymond Djuff of Calgary and I are in the process of writing the hotel's history. Reminiscences, anec- dotes or loan of old photogra'phs in fact anything about the hotel- would be appreciated. The source of any informa- tion that is used in the book will be duly acknowledged within its covers. ANTHONY FLEMMING-BLAKE Box 11 St. Stephens College Edmonton Due to a production mishap bylines on two stories on page five in The Herald Tuesday were misplaced. The story called The Five Ws of solar energy, datelin- ed Coutts, was written by Eva Brewster, freelance writer; and the longer one, Improving the image of the busy MP, was written by Paul Hellyer, Toronto Sun commentator. The Herald regrets any inconvenience the error may have caused. THE CASSEROLE A year ago Health Minister Marc Lalonde was so determined to keep Canadian football Canadian, that he actually introduced legisla- tion to 'keep the American game out of Canada. Wonder how he felt when he heard about the latest rule change) enacted by the Canadian Football League's rules com- mittee. Evtery change makes "our" game more like the American version. Moreover, the meeting that changed the rules took place in Washington, D.C. so they're going to try something new. From now on all applicants for learner driver per- mits are to be examined by licensed psy- chiatrists. Those with strong aggressive im- pulses will be rejected. The Letltbridge Herald 504 7th SI. S. Letribridge, Albert! LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mail Registration No. 0012 CLEO MOWERS, Editor and Publisher Venezuelans kill people on their highways at the same rate as Canadians do, with about half Canada's population. Conventional methods don't seem to rotace the slaughter, Those inclined to belittle B.C.'s worries over coastal tanker traffic between Alaska and the U.S. mainland might glance through the latest report by the Smithsonian In- stitute's Centre for Short-lived Phenomena. It classifies oil spills involving gallons or more as 'major', and reports 26 major spills in That's a major spill every two weeks. DON. H. PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. DORAM General Manager ROY f. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. 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