Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THI IETHBRIDOI HERALD Wixfntlitoy, July It, 1971 Carl Rowan Air Canada grounds Concorde Air Canada's announcement that it will not buy the Concorde supersonic airliner reflects government policy which up to now has been uncer- tain. Undoubtedly the Crown owned air- line, although it operates as an in- dependent agency, wouldn't have made such an important decision if it hadn't been encouraged to do so by government policy makers. At one time Air Canada was con- sidering testing the Anglo-French jet over this country. However, the Con- corde's performance elsewhere con- vinced officials it wasn't suitable for either domestic or overseas routes. The decision to leave the Concorde to other nations to pioneer will be a blow to both French and British taxpayers who have contributed enormous subsidies to the plane's de- velopment. At present the only com- jnitted purchaser is BOAC. Pan Amer- ican's option for a large order re- mains open for six months but ini- tial U.S. reaction has not been fav- orable. Apart from the huge capital and operating costs, the anticipated cost- ly fares for the Concorde, plus the noise and fume factors remain un- solved. On its return to London from a selling trip to the Far East, the Concorde was rerouted to avoid the noise measuring equipment along its flight path. In spite of this, com- plaints rolled in stating that the din it made was "unbelievable." Both England and France are anx- ious to recoup their enormous in- vestment in the Concorde, but Air Canada is sensible in waiting for it to prove itself. 'Hash' intoxication The first extensive long range study of the effects of using hashish, the concentrated resin of the marijuana plant, has just been published. It is the result a three year examination of 720 soldiers serving in Germany who came to the U.S. army medical centre in Wurzburg suffering from a variety mental and physical ail- ments. The researchers could find no evidence that persons smoking mod- erate amounts of marijuana in tha range about three or four cigar- ettes a day, showed any health deter- ioration other than a chronic mild respiratory ailment. On the other hand, users of hash, the doctors found in their three year concentrated survey, showed a Var- iety of ill effects. These included "a chronic intoxicated state character- ized by apathy, dullness and lethargy with mild to severe impairment of judgment, concentration and mem- ory." A relatively small number of cases showed schizophrenic symp- toms which lasted months after use of the drug had been discontinued. Hashish contains anywhere from five to ten times the concentration of the active ingredient contained m marijuana. A marijuana user would have to smoke about 17 to 20 cigar- ettes a day before suffering similar impairment to that produced by in- dulgence in "hash." On the one hand then, the research project shows that mild marijuana smoking is not harmful to health. The danger is in excessive use. Un- fortunately now that marijuana smok- ing has become relatively common- place in North America, there is a growing desire for something more powerful. This potency is found in hash. And hash has definitely been es- tablished as harmful to the mental and physical well being of human beings. Chess nuts People who wouldn't know a pawn from a rook and normally think of chess as the ultimate in spectator non-appeal are suddenly attentive to the chess championship match being played in Iceland. This is the result of U.S. champion Bobby Fischer's re- fusal to play until the prize money had been increased. The chess writer for The Christian Science Monitor views the preliminar- ies associated with Fischer's move- including the Russian player Boris Spassky's subsequent show of ill temper as part of the match. Psy- ching an opponent and throwing him off balance mentally is part of al- most every game played today. Fischer says he doesn't believe in psychology. "I believe in good he says. Whatever is the out- come of the championship match, it is certain that Fischer made a good move in holding out for more money. Players of other games have been bar- gaining for increased income so why shouldn't a chess player especially one who seeks to make a living from the game? The publicity gained for chess makes it almost certain that subsequent matches in which Fischer participates will be profitable for him. There are already a lot of chess nuts willing to pay money to watch this torturously slow game. More could be in the making now that a little side drama has been added. ANDY RUSSELL Scarface QNE morning I was silling high on the slopes of Polychrome Mountain over- looking the great sweeps of the East Fork River in Alaska. It was warm and wind- less with the air so brilliantly clear, the tops of the peaks sixty miles were sharp as cut glass, their snow and ice drap- ed crests gleaming in the sun. The whole country was alive wilh game. Dotting the tundra flats below for miles were caribou in bunches numbering any- where from a dozen to over a hundred, part of the great summer migration all drifting slowly rorth. All around me on I :s tain shoulders snowy while dall sheep lazed and fed showing in sharp contrast to tho rich green of the tundra. Those in the near vicinity were nearly all ewes and lambs, but In the mountains across the river wcro some scattered bunches of big rams with wide flaring golden horns. On a small bench trapped between cliffs directly below me, a fine palomino colored mother wilh two small cubs one chocolate color- ed and the other blondo grazed anrt played. A bit under and a hundred yards away from my position was a mounlain meadow alive with parka squirrels, the ground squirrel of the arctic, so-called the olcltimo Indians lined their p.'irkas will] I he soft tanned skins. These animals cover- ed the most of the lower readies of this country hi thousands, and ono was rarely out of earshot of (.heir squeaks and biirk.s- BS they scurried and fed through the north- em summer. A liltle movement nmong Borne dwari willows beyond tho mradow caught my eye, and when I trained my binoculars on tho spot, It was to ECO a red fox crouching ns it ivatched the squirrels. It was my old ncrjuaintnnce, n vcnernble and Romcwhnl tatlcred bandit of the wilds easily hccniisa of a soar on lop of his head over rye-.. Al some lime in bis he had unifi- ed witli something nnd find been severely Injured, but had recovered although he would wear a reminder of it the rest of his life. Suddenly, as though shot from a gun, Scarface streaked from his hide-out across the meadow. A luckless squirrel caught one jump loo far from his hole was snap- ped up in his jaws. As his teeth closed on it, the fox flipped completely over with a great flourish of his brush as he came back up on his feet. Then for a second he just stood there glaring balefully out of yellow eyes al everything and nothing in particular, before turning to trot away down the mountain wilh the squirrel dang- ling from his moulh. Knowing he was likely heading for a mate and den full of hungry pups, 1 kepi the glasses on him to sec where he was going. Down the sleep slope he went, appearing and alternately dropping from view among the undulating folds of the mountain. He passed close, by a grizzly and cubs with- out so much as ,1 glance lowards Ihem, then came l.i Ilin river. There he picked tho ea.sy places to cross tho braided chan- nels, skipping and jumping from rock to rock as lighl-footed as a mountaiu sprite. On the far side he proceeded across more than a mile of tundra Hats and bcnchc.-, before fir.nlly disappearing inlo n maze of draws and ravinc-s in the distance. Some- where in I hat tangle of contours, the den was located, bul. in spite of somo searching I never found il. Several limes over l.lio f'lllmving 1 paw linn lieading across Hie vnlley going ono way or the. other. For some mason bn would ernss close to two miles of heavily populated squirrel country to hunt that liltle bench meadow on Polychrome. Thcro was no May to explain this eccentricity. Maylw Ihoso squirrels bnd n very special flavor that ho liked. Anyway, regular ns lie made Hie I rip lo colled our. l.il.r many Iliings in tlio wilds, n nan winulliing to wonder about- Are Democrats in futile chase of Nixon? MIAMI BEACH, Fla. Tho Democrats are still up to their larynxes in angry rhet- oric and political carnage, but right In (he middle of their convention nn event occurs that suggests all the blood-letting here may be an exercise in futility. The Vietnam peace talks re- sume In Paris tomorrow under a new wave of peace rumors, reminding Democrats of tho way President Nixon has seized the laurels of a peace- maker and of the remark- able ability of an incumbent president to tailor events to his political needs. Some of the most spirited ar- guments heard here arise over the question of whether Nixon is so invulnerable that tha whole nominating process is a waste of lime and money. Even the eternal optimists here concede that Nixon con- tinues to move with consum- mate skill to defuse Vietnam as an issue. They note that when tho campaign reaches its peak this fall there will be a mere GIs In Indochina, and Hint none will be in a combat role- So, unlike 1968, the home- Irpnt will not bo poisoned by a steady stream of letters from the While House to American families saying that a son, husband, grandchild has been killed in a dreadfully un- popular war. The party pros here also note the shrewd White House announcement that future draftees will not bo sent to Vietnam unless they volunteer for duty there. So unless Hanoi provides a major assist to the Democrats by launching a new offensive in October, the expectation is that Mr. Nixon will spring a few new tricks in the fall to diminish public anxiety about the war and lend credence to a campaign theme that "Nixon brought peace to the streets of America and is bringing peace In tho world." Does this make the president a shoo-in for re-election? The answer seems to lie in tiiis re- markable collection of new conventioneers (85 per cent "Sorry I didn't see that oil Letters to the editor Admiral provides the complete record The "New Yorker" had two headings with which to draw attention to errors in other pub- lications: "Department of Ut- ter Confusion" and "Depart- ment of Amplification." In my case, both apply to the caption under a quite flatter- ing photo of my inspection of the Navy League Wrenettes, named after me, on page 22 of The Herald, June 14, 1972. I was amused as well as as- tonished to read that I had been in command of a neutral fleet that at that time consisted of an old fishery vessel. Obvious- ly there was a mistake and your reporter was misinformed. As far as I am concerned it really does not matter at all. But, I feel that the corps who like the Navy League Cadets and the Sea Cadets with whom they share the good ship "Chinook" opposite the general hospital are doing a worth while pro- ject and contributing to their community and to Canada. And perhaps they might like to be named alter some one "with a more exciting career? Here are the basic facts: I entered the RN College at the age of on January 15, 1914, went to sea as a midship- man early in 1917, was in ac- tion of Heligoland on Novem- ber 17, 1917. Between wars: starling early in 1919, served in a gunboat in China, on the Yangtze Hiver between Ichang and Shanghai; served in the Mediterranean twice, the East Indies and At- lantic fleet in three submar- ines, two destroyers, a cruiser, two battleships and a sloop in addition to the gunboat; fin- ally, I was lent to the South African navy from 193945 war: I was at sea and In command for all except the first six months minesweep- ing, the one "thing" I had never done before. Starting off with a group of trawlers in the Thames estuary and then the Clyde. Malta 194244 I had a mixed bag of sweepers, four frigate type and three trawlers plus a flotilla of especially equipped motor launches com- manded by a Canadian Lieut. Commander Gordon Stead DSC. We swept over 600 mines and towed the abandoned tank- er Ohio into Malta. After Malta I came to Canada to pick up Fox hunt justified ior protection Further to the "Great Fox Hunt" I would like permission to report the realities. As long as we have reporters like Paul Anderson we have to put up with distorted reports of hap- penings in the town and com- munity. Unfortunately I did not realize when I asked Mr. Melom if he cared to help us locale the den with his fox hounds that it was going to be published in such a manner. I have received a letter from Lethbridge condemning me for protecting my own poultry from predators whicli at some time every year a farmer has to do. Over the years we have had bouts with weasels, bob- cats, skunks, dogs, coyotes and three years ago foxes came into the picture. We lost one hundred half-grown pullets to them. It took about one month to rid ourselves oE this plague in mid-July as the kids were one third grown and the old pair were training them to hunt. The young foxes were killing for sport and we found poultry left dead all around the yard. With this experience behind us were on the look-out to head off this menace thereaf- ter. The old pair had their Appreciation ior leader An extra hand clap for more fine young Lethbridge actors and actresses! My youngest sons and I saw three very en- joyable plays recently at Bow- man Art Centre We were thrilled! Three bedtime stories in the form of plays anrl mucli more fun to see as well as hear! The plays, The Five Chi- nese Brothers, The Magic Echo and Hullabaloo, were acted out with mucli enthusiasm and beautiful diclion by all who participated. Behind the scenes is imc vcry Kpccial person who appears lo posses s an inexhaustible amount of energy. Her willing- ness to give much ol her .spar- kin, ns well as time I" help chil- dren express themselves nn stage Is commendable. I be- lieve some few years ago a small group of these young people came lo Joan Waler field Initially nsking lor help In tha field of drnmn. They felt Ihey were neilhcr old rnouKli nor good cnouyh lo perform wilh the already existing drama In the city, so Joan took up the ball from there. A num- ber of these young people are now involved in many drama groups. As one parent I would like to express my thanks to such a fine, leader for often going llio pxtra mile guiding our chil- dren. She not only helps teach drama to these children, but also selects and re-writes al- ready existing stories to fit the Ri-mip. She has ncvcr-emling ideas for si age props and sccne- i v. Who would ever believe Uiey i.ould make a sea in Howman Art Centre or even build a fire without burning tho building ilown? They did if! YOU should havfl seen it! I'AT HOLLAND LellibriiJgo. So They Say In this country n wile is re- Rnnlod ns a chattel, Just ns a thoroughbred mure or cow. Mr. Justice Duller, addressing (he. jury in n Dublin court- young within a short distance of the same den a year ago and the neighbor gassed the den early in the season and eliminated the problem once more. The old pair were seen around this early spring so we know they again meant trouble, hence the effort to find the den. The dogs located the den with- in 200 yards of our house in heavy brush. The old pair as in the past marie good their es- cape, but after some two hours of digging we dispatched six kits. Three farmers in the area had losses from foxes in the past three seasons. Now in this day and age the Canadian urban dwellers have been supplied food at cost and yet we the farmer are con- demned if we do anything to- ward protecting ourselves from marauders or using chemicals to retain a yield that will pro- vide us with a break even balance at the end of the sea- Eon. I fully Irelicvc that by the year 2000 urban Canadians will face a much different economy as food will bo scarce enough that they too will value those 100 pullets destroyed for no jjoml reason. It is a sorry .slate when the urban part of the world can't realize that a few of us on Ihc farm have lo live too. Tlcporlers who go lo the trou- ble to distort facts do not de- serve items lo forward to Ilin press. It was a year ago that we were given tho right by tlio gamo warden nnd agricultural (minorities nlso to use poison baits to dispatch thorn. This wo felt wns n last resort as other animals nnd niton birds suffer the consequences. KAYMOM) 1IAKT. ClnrBKhoIm, HMS Courier, my last ship. TVs swept mines (10th frigate type squadron) off Norway, tha Dutch coast, did some convoy escorting, swept into the Elba up to Cuxhaven and then went to the Far East, swept off tho China coast and inland Sea, Japan until July 1946. My next Job and my last one is where the error crept in. I was sent to Ireland with an engineer officer and a few petty officers to form a small naval service for fishery protection and coastal patrol. My job was to command, train and admin- ister enough personnel to man three corvettes purchased in England wilh a shore base in Haulbowline Dockyard Co. Cork, until local officers were ready to take over. The petty officers left first and finally the engineer officer and I left too. Tliis service thrives and they have new ships from England and one built locally. The naval service for stores and supply was dependent on the army and I was responsible to the chief of the general staff. I received the greatest courtesy and kind- ness from all the Irish officers I served with and General Liam Archer and his wife came to slay with us in Calgary for a month. Sorry to be so longwindcd. I hope to live in Calgary ngain. In any case I will be back in Letlibridge in the near future to visit my Navy League friends. I am very [ond of your cily and have good friends there. II. S. JEROME, COMMANDER H.N. RET. St, Louis, Missouri the delegates allending their first convention) the Dem- ocrats have assembled. There is something inspiring about the makeup of this con- vention if you think in abstract moralities rather than the ruth- less realities of American poli- tics. Sure, 11 Is way past Urns women, blacks, young voters, Chicanos and others had a voice in picking the people who will compete for the highest of- fice In the land. Well, they are here in such remarkable pro- portions that the Republican convention, by comparison, will look like a joint meeting of the Moose lodges and the Daugh- ters of the American Revolu- tion. What one sees here Is mar- velous human relations, but Is it winning politics? So almost 40 per cent of the delegates are women? There isn't the slightest sign that this kind of recognition will cause women all over the nation lo vote Democratic in november. Just over 15 per cent of the delegates are black, almost triple black participation in 1308. But the Democratic nom- inee got over 90 per cent of the black vote in 1968. The 1972 nominee won't improve that percentage much, if at all. The question is whether some of these first-lime-at-a-convenHon blacks can go back and light some registration fires and get far more blacks out to vote than have ever voted before. But don't overlook the fact that, in his way, President Nixon is trying to improve his pull on black voters. Floyd Mc- Kissick, who used to make his bread pushing causes of black militancy, showed up in Wash- ington recently for a confab of blacks working for tha re-elec- tion of Mr. Nixon. All of a sud- den the department of housing and urban development an- nounces that it is guaranteeing a million bond issue for McKissick's "Soul City" com- munity project in a rather des- olate part of North Carolina. The Democrats are handing out convention teals; Nixon's operators are handing out money In big chunks to the blacks who etick their necks out politically for GOP. Might one assume that money chalks up the bigger brownie points? If Nixon can woo even 10 per cent of the blacks away from the Democratic nominee, he will have the major urban industrial states locked up for November. But there Is a legitimate question as to whether the blacks who are getting the "black capitalism" goodies from the Republicans can de- liver voters in numbers com- mensurate with the dollars they are hauling in. Then there are the young voters. They are splendid testi- mony to the fact that the Dem- ocrats no longer are n party dominated by stuffy old men who are primarily interested in seeing that the have-nols do not grab their riches. There are 25 million potential first-lime voters this year, or twice the normal number. Be- cause of the enfranchisement of 18- to 20-year-olds, some 22 per cent of the delegates here are under 30, which Is sup- posed to be a message that Democrats care about young people. Even if the young get the message, will they register and vole? The young Democratic- clubs of America claim that 43 per cent of the 18- to 20-year- olds already are registered, and that they prefer the Dem- ocrats 3 lo 1 over the Republi- cans. Mr. Nixon has money, a uni- fied party, the advantages of being in power. It is hard to bc- licve Ihat this quarrelsome col- lection of Democratic "reform- ers" can overcome those ad- vantages. But this is a year when nothing seems to follow a palh of political logic. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Looking backward Through the Herald 1022 Mary A. Vilcheslain of Pittsburgh, fourteen, girl evangelist who has been preaching lo large crowds in the last five years, has opened a four-day series of services in Belleville, Ontario. 1032 Members of the Leth- bridge Lions club arc well pleased wilh (he success o( their first tag day held last Saturday. Tolal receipts irom the sale of tags was The old St. Augustine's Church, the first brick struc- ture in Lethbridge Is lo be razed to make way for a new furniture store. 1952 The Lolhbridge Lib- eral Associalion made plans to conduct its campaign for lha coming provincial election on Augusl 5. The Utlibndge Herald 501 7th St. S., Lelhbridgc, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD HO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 3905-1954, by Hon. W. A. 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