Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THf UTHBRIDGE HERALD WednMday, July 14, 197) Leslie ColiU, East Germans are enthusiastic sports m-. nnnfirlant WflRf'. Many Chiefs The visit of Prime Minister 1m- deau, important as it was, should not be permitted to eclipse the dedi- cation of the Kainai. Industries opera- tion at which he officiated. Mr. Trudeau put it well when he said that the Bloods should be con- gratulated for taking charge of their Swn future, and for Wending their native culture and modern industrial challenge, without losing the identity of either. This portends a new era lor ada's Indian community. The road will not be easy. Industry is essen- tially competitive, and Indian indus- try will have to depend on skill and effort to succeed. But the Bloods have shown they are ready to learn the skills and make the effort. More power to them. But may they stay essentially In- dians, restoring and preserving for all time the values and traditions of their race. MERLIN Not since the 1936 Olympic Games iii Berlin have so many German athletes looked so strong in a pre-Olympic year. Next sum- mer, when two German teams march into Munich's Olympic Stadium, East Germany will field the greatest collection of athletic talent of any Euro- pean country. East German sporUmen and women have already outclass- ed Soviet athletes in the key Olympic disciplines and last year ran away with the Euro- pean track and field cham- pionship. They are strongly la vored to repeat the perform- ance in Helsinki this month. The country's rowers are world champions, and its swimmers and divers have only the Americans and Aus- tralians to fear as competitors. East German trainers have long since ceased making pil- grimagcs to the Soviet Union. Now it is Soviet trainers who prowl about East Germany to glean Ihe secrels of their for- mer pupils. The West German sports scene is regarded with condescension by the East Germans. "You build the facilities, a Why not Henderson? The delay in completing plans for a new ice arena, occasioned by the unexpectedly high tenders, should prompt City Council to review the wisdom of the whole concept. While it is desirable that something suitable for hockey games be built soon, it must be remembered that a "major" ice arena is being planned in addition to the one now being priced. If recreational skating is to be the main long-term function of the first arena, why not use Henderson Lake instead? Its advantages are outstanding. It is vast. It is flat. It is well-located. There is plenty of parking. It is at- tractive. Only two problems would seem to exist. One is snow removal, the other the danger of thin ice. A little money _ probably much less than the cost of maintaining an enclosed sheet of ice _ would handle both. A hole in the ice a pump and some hose, and in the first cold snap of winter the ice could be quickly thickened to any depth desired. The hazard could be entirely removed. If hockey is desired, boards and bleachers could be put up tempor- arily, inexpensively and in a hurry. The lake is one of this city's great- est assets. It can be used in winter as well as summer. The sight of a thousand people gliding around the mid-city lake would be unique in Canada. All it needs is imagination and boldness. These must come from City Council. Young enough to travel Cartoon comment often goes direct- ly to the heart of the matter. Take one carried in the International Her- ald Tribune last week. It shows a wor- ried thirtyish housewife, pushing her shopping cart around the super- market. Price signs on the produce show "round steak, youth rate for children 29 and under, 85 cents a "special sock-it-to-em price for people over 30, per pound; "esss for customers under 26 years of age, 40 cents a dozen, for custom- ers 26 and over 95 cents a dozen; _ and so on. "Kindly show birth cer- tificates at the check-out counter, says anotter sign. The caption below reads, "It's a pricing idea we got from the international airlines. It's not so far fetched either. Mid- dle age is doing a lot for youth these days some think too much -an argument that will only be settled by the passage of time. Encourage- ment of youthful enterprise, heavy subsidization of educational costs and programs are certainly an endow- ment for future economic and social progress in Canada. But give-aways, like rock bottom cheap fares to Eur- ope do not fall within this category. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians who are no longer young but still vigorous enough to travel would like to be young again if only to take advantage of that cheap air fare. Middle-age and beyond deserves some consideration. Grandparents copping out 1 u.. utAUftARET IMEAD By MARGARET MEAD I WOULD like particularly to talk about the need to develop a new style of aging in our own society. I would like to suggest that maybe we could do a little more for the older American than wo are doing in the present. Everyone who is ag- ing has a chance to develop this new style. Everyone who is working with old people can contribute to this new style. Young people in this country have been accused of not caring for their parents the way they would have in the old country. And this is true, but it is also true that old people in their country have been influ- enced by an American ideal of indepen- dence and autonomy The most important thing in the world is to he independent. So we live alone, perhaps on the verge of star- vation, in time without friends, but we are independent. It is a poor ideal and pursuing it does a great deal of harm. I hear devoted, loving mothers say that when they are through raising their chil- dren, they have no intention of becoming grandmothers. They are astonished to hear that in most of the world throughout most of its history, families have been three- or four generation families, living under the same roof. We have over emphasized the small family unit father, mother, small children. We think it is wonderful if Grand- ma and Grandpa, if he's still alive, can live alone. We have reached the point where we think the only thing we can do for our children is to stay out of their hair and the only thing we can do for our daughter- in-law is to see as little of her as possible. Old people's hotels, even the best run, are filled with older people who believe the only thing can do for their children is to look cheerful when they come to visit. So in the end, older people have to devote all their energies to "not being a burden." We are beginning to see what a tremen- dous price we've paid for our emphasis on independence and autonomy. We have iso- lated old people and we've cut off the chil- dren, the young people, from their grand- parents. One of the reasons we have as bad a generation gap today as we do is that grandparents have copped out.. Young people are being deprived of the thing they need most perspective, to know why their parents behave so peculiarly and why tlicir grandparents say the things they do. It is interesting to realize that early in human society we developed a method of keeping old women alive. The human be- ing is the only animal to have a meno- pause. So women do slop having babies, "Martha! Guess what? I've quit smoking'." Letters to the editor An open letter to Premier W. A. C, Bennett and if they haven't died by the time they stop, women can become quite strong and can live quite a long time. For countless centuries, old women have been around who knew things that no one else knew. And this emphasizes one of the functions of older people in a society. However, today this is a function whose usefulness is dis- appearing. We can be dead certain that when our grandchildren reach our age, they will not be living as we live today. Today grandparents, old people in gen- eral have something quit' different to con- tribute. Their generation has seen the most change in the world, and the young today need to learn that there has been change. They need to know about their past before they can understand the present and plot the future. Young people also need reassurance that change does not mean the end of the world, merely an end to the world as they first saw it. Older people remember that we have bad periods of disorder in this coun- try before. Some of them can remember the Time of Troubles in Ireland. Some of them remember the riots after the First World War and those after the Second World War and they remember that we got them in hand. Because the ties be- tween generations have been broken, young people have lost this perspective. Normally we talk about the heartless young people who don't have room for their parents in their lives much less in their apartments. But old people today have tremendous advantages, and these advan- tages make them much less dependent. On the subways, which I've been riding for fifty years, two things have happened. People have stopped giving up their seats to the old, and old people have stopped ac- cepting seals when they are offered. 'I'll stand, thank you." What we need to do is to find a style of aging that will keep and foster this in- dependence, but will encourage old people to think in terms of what they can do for someone else. If we are going to change the style, change l.lic relationship between young' and old, older people have to take the lead by finding ways to relate cither to their own grandchildren or to someone else's. As long as we say that youth has no need for age, young people in this country aren't inlet ;stcd in old people, in seeing them or listening to them, there will be an enormous number of things in our society that are not being done, but which could he done by old people. I am waiting this letter as an appeal to you to use your good offices to correct the following injustices that I consider have been created and sustained by your government. The first one deals with the relocation of Natal-Michel. You will remember your statement in 1964 of how your governmenl was desirous of re- locating the residents of Natal- Michel wilhoul any cost to themselves for the purpose of beautifying the eastern en- trance of the province. This sounded very good to the people, who had struggled over the years to keep then- houses neat and clean in an area that was smothered in pollution and dust. As a result they voted overwhelmingly in favor of relocation. Following this acceptance your govern- ment passed on the respon- sibility of proceeding with the relocation to the Regional Dis- trict of East Kootenay. The cost of relocation was to be tome by the federal, pro- vincial, and local governments. The purchase of the homes and business places were to be made under Urban Renewal, which also to be shared by the different governments. The amounl considered neces- sary for Ihis purpose was allo- cated and the regional district was to administer it. The properties were ap- Appreciated movie Count me as one who enjoyed Song of Norway. I felt that I had toured a very rugged, very scenic and beautiful country, and the delicate music of Grieg has kept me humming all week. The interjected song and dance that occasionally interrupted the story served only to em- phasize the joy that summer brought to-those people of the long dark winter, one of the in- fluences that shaped Grieg's ambition to write Norwegian music. What a delightful change from the earthy films that leave view- ers with nothing. BETH JOHNSON. Lethbridge. books available As a person who has re- covered from schizophrenia, under the care in part of Dr. Abraham Hotter, I submit this Letter to the Editor for the help of others. There is now the newly formed Canadian Schizophrenic Foundation, 200 A Brent Build- ing, 2505 llth Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan. Phone 527-7969. There is much help and hope for people suffering from this illness. Recent publications in- clude The Schizophrenias Yours and Mine by Dr. Ward and "Questions and Answers about both available from CSF Regina. Also Dr. Hoffer's book "How to Live wilh Schizophrenia" from Saskatoon, Box 913. Dr. Abraham Hoffer will be in Lethbridge Ihis September to spend at the University of Leth- bridge on his work in schizo- phrenia. MRS. It. Sylvan Lake. praised and while some ac- cepted, a number did not feel they were getting a fair deal, and after visiting some of the homes I heartily agree. For example I was in Iwo ot the homes. One had three bed- rooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, bath, and full basement. The lot landscaped and cultivated for a garden en- closed by a fence that you could not replace for The appraisal of this property was and if you saw it I am sure you would agree that it could not be replaced for 000 dollars. Another was a two bedroom with full basement on their own lot, and the value placed on it was If you or I owned these homes under present conditions we would be highly insulted at such prices. To relocate to Sparwood, a lot not landscaped would cost and up. At today's prices for building, what kind of house would they be able to build with the balance? These are only two of the many who feel they are being unjustly treated. The lives of these hard working people are enshrined in their homes, and while mov- ing to a new location may be upsetting to them, they should at least be able to continue on withoul having to start all over again loaded down with a mortgage, which was not of their making. There have been threats of expropriation, and they would welcome their day hi court, but it does not materialize. It seems thai you are carry- ing on a war of attrition with tliese people in the hopes that you can wear them down to the point that they will throw up their hands in despair and accept any offer. Mr. Premier you are keeping them dangling on the end of a string, and I think it is a cruel treatment It is nol too late to correcl this injustice and prevent a lingering distaste in the minds of these people. I appeal to you to act. The second ease of injustice is the displacement of people in the Libby pondage area. These people know that they will have to move soon, be- cause the reservoir will be starting to fill next year. Ap- praisals of their property were slow in being made, and many were not salisfied wilh the of- fers. This was made known to Mr. Williston when he visited the area. He told the people concerned to get their own ap- praisers and they could ne- gotiate from there. This was done at no little expense to the people, but the promised negotialions between the own- ers and the authorities never materialized. Such failure on the part of the government to keep faith with these people has frustrated them to no end. Such a war of nerves is no way for a governmenl to treat their citizens, and here again I ask you to take action to see that justice is done. LEO T. NIMSICK, MLA Questions coaches methods VESTA PICKEL Song of Norway pleasing It is a rare Ireat to see a who did enjoy "Song of Nor- movie of Ihe qualily ot "Song way" should also be expressed, of Norway." Having seen il in We could do wilh more movies Regina, I was pleased to see il of Ihis calibre, again in your cily, and en- joyed il as much as the second Lethbridge. time as the first. I was not bored, as your movie critic evidently was, and anyone must be an insensitive soul indeed who would nol he. enthralled by the beauly of the scenery and the accompanying music. However, as someone has said, "Beauly is in Ihe mind of the beholder." One So They Say 1 don't Uiink 1 really like the clothes I wear but if grownups keep on criticizing me, I will keep on wearing them. "An Open Letter to Little League Baseball Coaches" It was my understanding thai one of the objectives of little league was to foster good sportsmanship. Show me a boy thai can become a good sport by being a bench warmer game after game. Was I mistaken in believing that another objective was to teach boys the rudiments of the game, tire losing or win- ning of any one game being of little consequence? Why Ihen the major league "strategy" of playing only the "best" play- ers. I have attended games where I have observed a coach berate the youngsters for the slightest miscuc. You would al- most believe Uie boys were paid professionals. What really hurts is to see boy get yanked from the game for making a mistake, what teller way can you learn than from past mis- takes? Don't you discuss errors am not nearly so enthused about your high sounding objec- tives. There is no joy in win- ning or losing when there is no participation. The competitive aspect'should be located within each boy; i.e. trying to improve on his performance of the pre- vious game. With the present emphasis being placed on win- ning games the result can only be untold numbers of emotion- al hang ups. A DISCOURAGED AND DISGRUNTLED PARENT Lethbridge. self confident East trainer recently told a West German, "and we'll provide the medal winners." East Germany's sports func- tionaries unabashedly consider the Munich Olympics as t stage on which to demonstrate the superiority of socialist sports, particularly superiority over West Germany. If the East German athletes outclass their Russian rivals, as has happened so often recently, it will be without the former apologetic undertones. Despite their confidence in achieving athletic success, however, East German sporte officials look toward the Mu- nich Olympics with some ner- vwisness. Young East German team members will be exposed to West German realities for the first time, and despite their elite status at home there is no guarantee they will all remain ideologically firm. Only a few weeks ago at the world canoe championships in Merano, Ihe Easl German gold medal win- ner, Wulf Reinicke, left his learn to seek asylum in West Germany. Ironically, he had just received a telegram from East Germany's new Com- munist party chief, Erich Hon- ecker, congralulaling him on a "splendid achievemenl toward the further strengthening ef the G.D.R." Such incidents, or merely conlacts between East and West German athletes are a plague to East German party officials in charge of sport. They constanlly remind Iheir young charges of the great ma- terial benefits they enjoy over other East Germans and the resulting obligations Ihey have to Ihe "firsl Socialisl German Slate." European champions such as Wolfgang Nordwig, Harlmut Briesenick, and Juergen Haase as well as Olympic gold medal- list Margitla Gumme and world record holders Renate Stecher and Burglinde Pollak, are rewarded with ears, apart- ments and trips abroad. They are granted virtually unlimit- ed leave from their studies or occupations, and are envied and idolized by millions of sport-crazed East Germans. Even Ihis, Ihough, does not explain how Easl German run- ners, pole vaullcrs, and shot pullers have risen to the top in Europe, pushing aside equal- ly pampered Soviel athletes. The key to their success is like- ly to lie in the country's mass sports movement from which young talenl is selected, and later Irained al institutes such as Leipzig's prestigious Ger- man Academy of Physical Education. Soviet trainers marvel al Ihe scope and efficiency of the se- lection process. In a report to the Soviet Athletic Federation, a Russian discus trainer noted that "in every district of the G.D.R. there are representa- tives of Ihe Irack and field federation who select well- grown children for the youth sports schools. They keep files on every schoolboy in the dis- trict who is over 1.85 metres tall and every girl over 1.75 metres." The selected youngsters ad- vance to one of Ihe 14 chil- drens' sports schools which are associated with the leading sports clubs. Here they are nurtured by the country's leading trainers who prepare them for the na- tional youth competitions, the Sportakiade. The games are so fiercely competitive lhal it is currently more difficull for an East German youngster to win an evenl al the Sportakiade than to become a European ju- nior champion. Along the way, alhletes prof- il from Ihe research of sports scientists, while special de- partmenls ot Ihe medical in- stitutes constantly supervise the application of the latest findings. A virtual Ministry of Sports in East Berlin, the State Sec- retariat of Physical Education and Sports, is directly respon- sible to East Germany's Prime Minister. Willi Stoph. The Communist Party's ultimate direction of everylhing from badminton to water polo is as- sured by Ihe German Gymnas- tics and Sports League, whose chairman doubles as a mem- ber of the Party's central com- mittee. (Wvillcn for The Herald and The Observer in London) docs not have to be an artlsl or a musician to enjoy il. Your columnist is entitled to her opinion, and 1 sir, as a read- er of your column, feel the opinion of the many hundreds vL ?hin 14 nurtici. takes? Don't you discuss errors in the calmer selling of prac- gon. Men oughl to be conscious of Ihcir bodies as an object of de- light and women loss so. Germaino Grccr. lice? After seeing what your organi- zation hns done in the way of hurt feelings and loss of pride in himself, to my own son, I 504 7th St S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Clssl Registration No. 0015 Number ot The Canadian Prwi ana Iho Canadian Dally Njwjpjpur Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor nnd Publisher THOMAS H. 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