Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBKIDGe HERALD Friday, January 31, 1975 Be reasonable The city has now gone to some expense to post 30 mile speed limit signs on the new river road. Before going to this trouble and ex- pense, the city police operated a speed trap there and nabbed a large number of unsuspecting and thus highly outraged motorists. If Monday's episode was in order, it was an irresponsible use of public money to put up the sign. If the sign is in order (as of course it then Monday's episode was highly out of order and the speeding tickets should be cancelled en masse. The police goofed badly. The only honorable course is to admit it and to tear up all the tickets issued before the signs went up. And at the earliest possible moment, much earlier than the city's traffic co ordinator has in mind, the limit ought to be increased to a reasonable figure, at least 45 or 50. If further road or bridge work is done later on, the limit could be reduced for the required period by special posting. In all things be reasonable. That is all the motorists ask. A cry for help Is Lethbridge failing to adequately meet the recreational needs of its young people, as a 14-year-old girl charges in a letter published on this page today? There are various predictable responses to this query. One response would be to list a fairly impressive number of recreational outlets and programs in existence, suggesting that they may not be sufficiently used by the girl and her friends. Another response would be to argue that the recreational needs of young people are being met better than for some other age groups such as the young rnarrieds or senior citizens. Still another response would be to suggest that young people need to use some initiative and invent their own amusements. All these responses might be justified and still be unworthy in this instance. The letter is a cry for help and it could be representative of a large number of young people in the community. Priority should rightfully be given to the recreational needs of the young. Adults presumably are better equipped to manufacture their own entertainment than the young they usually have more money at their command and should have more experience as well as intellec- tual development on which to draw. Besides, young people are forced to live in a world administered by adults who in- sist on imposing rules that make it increasingly more difficult to exercise imagination and initiative in the pursuit of pleasure. A review of recreational facilities and programs may well be in order in the light of the girl's letter. Maybe there aren't enough facilities or maybe the facilities are being monopolized by the more aggressive and affluent. Perhaps the schools should be made more available after hours. Or perhaps the available facilities are over organized, discouraging the young people from using their own initiative and enterprise. What is the answer to this cry for help? ERIC NICOL Now, now ladies A few thoughts while waiting for my WHY NOT! button: The full-page ads promoting International Women's Year invite a response. I am all in favor of International Women. Women are too essential to industrialized society to be monopolized by any one part of the world. If the Arabs try it, Henry Kissinger is entirely justified to threaten the use of force, if necessary, to make the sheiks divvy up- (Incidentally, Time magazine, in naming King Faisal Man of the Year, goofed on two counts. It should have chosen the Person of the Year right, Mrs, Canada is fortunate in that we have enough women to satisfy our own needs for some time to come. We may even have a few more women than we can use, right away, but in my opinion we should hang on to them. There is of course more to IWY than equitable distribution of women throughout the world. Women are using 1975 to drive home the fact that they deserve better than the servile jobs they have been given by male-dominated business and industry. WHY NOT! a woman as the chief executive officer of the company? Why shouldn't the boss be a female, giving dictation to a per- sonal secretary who is a young man with nice legs? No logical reason at all. Justice demands it. Reason cries out for it. Yet I have yet to meet a woman boss who did not give me the impression that she would sooner be doing something else. Yes, yes, I know that most men bosses give that impres- sion too. The corporate pressures of bossing are such that they take the joy out of life, regardless of sex. But the male boss seems to compensate better for success than does the female boss. Maybe he finds something in his executive sandbox that she can't, I don't know. But 1 do know that, at the same time that women are why-iiotting after the top ex- ecutive position, a significant number of male bosses are chucking it to go live in the woods and make pottery. Which moves one to ask: "Wouldn't you be saving time and effort, madam, by going straight into the bush and firing up the In other words, are women saying WHY NOT! to corporate elitism, to professional status, to financial equality, or to getting a few more giggles out of life? If it is merely a power trip that women are on, it will serve them right if they succeed. Would it alter their priorities if the was paid a year (as she should be) plus the other benefits of the highly-skilled professional? How many then would opt for the executive ulcer or the restricted vistas of the orthodontist? If Home Management were upgraded to a career requiring special qualifications in child care, budget management, cuisine, inter-personal relations and the remunera- tion made commensurate with that of other prestige jobs how then, WHY NOT! Male or female, who wouldn't choose to be a homebody? What I'm wondering is whether the organizers of IWY have set their goals without a clear appreciation of the fact that a male-dominated society has not produced a sex favored with felicity. Au contraire. For all his special advantage, the chauvinist pig has not been observed gamboling through the sty, his little por- cine eyes aglow with the bliss of being Number One. The poor old porker is seen to stumble into an earlier grave, the victim of the various excesses inherent in being God's gift to creation. Equality is a mug's game if it means equal chance to be miserable. To your WHY NOT! the well-wisher must respond, ladies: No reason at all, so long as you have first considered WHY? "Now I know what they mean by undercover police." Canadian literature By Richard Gwyn, Toronto Star commentator PETERBOROUGH, Ont., As a classroom test it was a breeze. Name your favorite Canadian authors, the 80 Ed- monton high school students were asked. The teacher collected the papers, and add- ed up the results. The winners? The most popular Canadian writers, in Ed- monton at any rate, are Robert Frost and Ernest Hemmingway. The Committee For an Independent Canada (CIC) also tested its survey in sub- urban Vancouver. Its findings there: one in five students could not name Ottawa as the national capital; fewer than three per cent could identify a single Canadian playwright; one third could not name any three Canadian authors. Canada is as much an un- known country to its teachers as to its children. In March, the commission on Canadian studies a blue-ribbon body, dispassionate and scholarly, unlike the CIC which has a nationalist cause to plead, will publish its first report. The commission's findings will send many of our teachers back to school to rediscover their own country; libraries of Canadian universities and colleges, the commission has found, con- tain more documents and reports put out by the govern- ment of the United States than by the government'of Canada. Of Canadian titles of all types published in 1973, no university bothered to buy more than titles for its own library. studies in universities and colleges are filled with "glaring gaps" to quote one commission staffer. Among the disciplines with the weakest links to the country in which they are taught: sociology, anthropology, geography, political science. Those two sets of facts, em- barrassing and sad, are the reality of the state of Cana- dian literature today. Its un- reality was the two-day conference, the first of its kind, held here last weekend on the state of publishing in English Canada. "Our said Paul Audley, vice-president of the Independent Publishers' Association, at the start of the conference, "must be to bring Canadian books from the fringe to the centre of our society." At the end of the af- fair, Canadian books remain- ed at the margin, in fact, further from the centre than before because an opportunity had been lost. The publishers themselves were at least as much to blame as Secretary of State Hugh Faulkner whose speech to the meeting was damned by comments that ranged from "total disappointment" to "nothing but band-aids." For months Faulkner has been criticized by myself probably most harshly among newspaper columnists for his failure to develop policies for any of his cultural respon- sibilities from films to publishing. Then on the eve of the Peterborough conference, Faulkner announced the withdrawal of the tax concessions to Time and Readers Digest magazines. Faulkner's statement, late though it may be, represents a major accomplishment. To achieve it he had to overcome the powerful opposition of cabinet colleagues like Bud DrUry and Mitchell Sharp. There was a gracelessness to the attacks made upon Faulkner the evening after his victory. Canadian book publishers are not, in fact, perishing. More Canadian books are being written, printed, sold and read than ever before. The problem instead is that the industry has yet to find its place in Canadian society. The industry has made many of its own problems. Divided among themselves, Canadian publishers have yet to present coherent policy proposals to governments, (provincial as well as or to agree on a single co-operative program, such as in distribution and promotion that would cut the individual costs and bring more Canadian books to the market. The publishers also are timid. As the world's largest importer of books, Canada has high cards to play. Only one publisher, Mel Hurtig of Ed- monton, proposed a solution; a "manufacturer's clause" that would require the printing in Canada of any book of which more than copies are imported and sold. Left without a clear challenge, Faulkner's speech in fact was a disappointment. After three years of effort his department has produced not a publishing policy but a drib- ble of unco-ordinated programs that range from the prohibition of further take- overs of Canadian publishing houses to an extra million, for a total of million in the Canada Coun- cil's aid to publishing. The extra fl.5 million is trivial. Ottawa is spending the same amount of money though no announcement has yet been made, to publish a single book a photographic record of Canada U.S. border scenes to be presented to U.S. President Gerald Ford as Canada's gift to the 1976 U.S. bi centennial. Canadian publishing, and therefore Canadian literature, can only enter the society it exists to serve through the schools. Yesterday's texts become today's books, read and enjoyed because they are part of the natural environ- ment rather than bought out of some sense of patriotic duty. Education is the issue, not the profits or losses, some of these self-inflicted, of in- dividual Canadian publishing houses. That contest can be waged in Parliament and in thu legislatures, and at conferences of publishers; it can be won only in the schools. Canadian literature either will begin in the classroom, or it will end there. Letters 'Games society wrong9 1 think the winter games society is wrong about killing those two buffalo for meat in the closing banquet for the winter games in Lethbridge. There is plenty of other meat around the city. The buffalo is almost ex- tinct and I think it should be protected against people who want to slaughter them, for some special event. What would happen if everybody went around buying up buffalo and slaughtering them? Nobody should have the right to buy and kill them. It's a lit- tle late for me or somebody else to try and stop the society. I think the society should have consulted the humane society before they did kill them. ROBERT ROBERTS Grade 7 student Lethbridge Slaughtered buffalo The pictures in The Herald of the two beautiful buffalo (slaughtered by the Canada Packers! made me seethe with rage and disgust. I am only 15 and do not have the brains of the so called "adult world" but I know enough about our dwindling wildlife, and what man's lust to kill has done to it. These beautiful creatures were meant to en- joy a life of freedom, even in Stewart's Game Farm, insteady of killing them to supply the greedy appetite of the winter games honored guests. Did it ever occur to the society to serve t-bone steaks from animals that are raised for this purpose and of which we have an abundant supply? Pharley Pheasant doesn't have a chance to escape the hunter's bullets, but I thought our Canadian laws protected our near extinct buffalo! PATTI MILLER Lethbridge Editor's Note: The buffalo are not nearly extinct. Several large herds exist in Alberta and elsewhere, within large fenced pastures. They multip- ly as rapidly as cattle, and so there is an annual slaughter, just as with cattle, to keep the herd size constant. Otherwise they would soon starve to death. Fun activities needed THE CASSEROLE The federal government did not alert the public to the fact that millions of deficient birth con'iol pills had been distributed, because a Health department official con- sidered that no health hazard was involved. Not to him, at any rate. Censorship always appears to be approach- ed in a curiously random fashion but the ac- tion taken recently by the Communist Socialist town council of Kcmi, in Finland, to ban Donald Duck and The Son of Tarzan, is unintelligible. Apparently the rest of the Tarzan books, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, etc. have not irritated the council members. i klip 'oiling jot try answering the slogan it isi; i a question. "Threading a needle at street level from the top of the Empire State building in a high wind." That's how the president of Dalhousie describes a project his university is involved in. The project is coring into the ocean bed in mile deep water, to recover rocks nearly as significant to science as those brought back from the moon. Getting into the rock has been no problem, but getting into the same hole a second time when the first bit wore out is the trick. It was solved by using much more sophisticated equipment to locate and stabilize the position of the drilling ship in relation w the well at the bottom, and then having put a funnel like device into the hole to make it easier to hit the target a second time. At a site in the mid Atlantic last summer one hole was re entered eight times and a total depth of nearly half a mile was cored. The cores are being studied at a dozen Canadian universities and in several other participating countries. I am 14 years old. I'would like to file a complaint on behalf of all the kids in my age group. We're always getting in trouble because there's never anything for us to do. Once in a blue moon there will be a show that's any good. Mostly they are too corny and childish. When there is a good show it is rated adult because of a few swear words even though we hear more swear- ing on TV shows and in the streets. Also, there are not many places to skate or swim. It's so crowded you're constantly getting run over or drowned by some creep over 18 that thinks he owns the place All we can do is hang around stores and goof off. Then we get blamed for shoplifting and vandalism. So what I'm asking is for the public to make more theatres, swimming pools, and more sports centres available for youths of our age so we can enjoy life too! A FRIEND Lethbridge The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th Si- S. Letnbridge. Alberta LETH8RIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mail Registration No. CLEO MOWERS Editor and Publisher DON. H. PILLING Managing Editor ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Ediior DONALD R. DORAM General Manager ROBERT M. FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. BARNETT Business Manager "THE HEHALD SERVES THE SOUTH"