Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE 1ETHBRIDGE HERALD Solurday, July 1977 Bruce Hutchison Promises, promises Vour shipping companies have de- ckled (o re-schedule their container services, using the port of Seattle, rather than Vancouver. The answer is simple, says the International Long- shoremen's and Warehousemen's Union. Ships can't be sure ot a berth in Vancouver which still has only one container dock. Nor does the B.C. port have enough container cranes. Vancouver, in contrast to almost all other ports in Eastern Canada, is making money, points out the ILWU, yet major expansion is being under- taken in other ports. The union sus- pects that the National Harbors Board is using Vancouver surpluses to subsidize expansion elsewhere. Union members are uptight about the situation, claiming that if the port had been losing money, the ministry of transport might be more likely to pay attention to their com- plaints. Success is not always its own reward. Attacking apartheid Black people do not enjoy many privileges or much honor in South Africa. One black man who will force a bending of the apartheid laws is Mr. James E. Baker who has recent- ly been appointed to a diplomatic post by the United States. He will have to be accorded exceptional de- ference because of his diplomatic status. Pressure for Ihis appointment the first black diplomat from the U.S. came from black members of Con- gress. One of the spokesmen for the group points out that in a country in which the majority of people are black, it is ridiculous not to have a black diplomatic representation from the U.S. The appointment has been made with caution. Mr. Baker is not only capable, he is a bachelor. Although it will require special precautions on the part of the South African gov- ernment to see that Mr. Baker is not embarrassed by apartheid res- trictions, the difficulty is not nearly as serious as it would have been if a wife and children had accompan- ied the new diplomat. The web of segregation laws would have made it almost impossible for the rest of the black diplomat's family to have escaped humiliation. As the commercial and economic, officer in Pretoria, Mr. Baker's role will be to encourage American firms with interests in South Africa to up- grade the wages and social conditions of non-white workers in the U.S. sub- sidiaries. South Africans will not be blind to the effect this will ultimately have on apartheid but the prospect of the alternative of having U.S. investment withdrawn as urged by critics in the U.S. is too terrible to permit resistance. In a real sense this all amouunts to U.S. interference in the internal af- fairs of another country. Yet this time there is not apt to be much ob- jection voiced. Ontario in Miami What were Ontario Premier Wil- liam Davis and a coterie of his top advisers doing in Miami beach? Mr. Davis, miffed at the discovery by the press that he and his friends were taking a busman's holiday to the Democratic convention, wouldn't say what they were up to. He said only, that they were taking a private plane and that the trip was purely private. The Toronto Globe and Mail remarks tongue-in-cheek, "it is not expected that this inner group will return at Ihe end of the week bristling with new U.S. political techniques to apply to Ontario. They already have bor- rowed from the methods of our neigh- bors and applied them with success." This may be so, but Premier Davis Is a firm believer in the old adage that one is never too old to learn. And what a politician can find out in those smoke-filled rooms out of TV range, can be very useful. Listening in on the neighbors is an old es- tablished and very useful custom in finding out what he's up to. If it turns out that the premier is charging the costs up to he Ontario government, there should be no complaints. This was no family skiing holiday. Weekend Meditation The alchemy of courage COURAGE Is the most important thing in the world. Everything goes if cour- age goes. When you think back on your life, the worst things came to you, Ihe mishaps and failures, because you lacked courage. If you lack courage, you lack everything else. St. Paul uses a word "hupomone" which really means about 30 times. He tells Ihe Thessalonians that courage grows under tribulation. He tells the Ro- mans that courage creates hope. To the Colossians he MTites that courage produces joy. Elsewhere is numerous instances h e associates courage anrl glory SI. James says that courage is the maker of faith. Chrysostom maintains that courage is "the queen of the virtues, the foundation of right ''a root of all the goods, mother of piety, fruit that never withers.11 Many a man makes nothing of himself because IIG lacks courage, though every man has it in him to be a giant. People wlio lack courage arc imitators, afraid to be themselves. They cannot, chre not, re- lease their potential powers. In his great address to the students at SI Andrews, Barrie called courage "the lovely and indeed it is lovely, filled with gaiety and aggressiveness, defying gloom and de- feat. Benncll C'erf lolls n story of Maggie Kober, brightest person in the hospital ward though suffering greatly and (loomed lo die. Tlic nurse told her one morning, "I was proud of you night, Mrs. Kobcr. So many patients who have suffered Urn way you have begged the doctor lo make it possible for them lo Iheir own lives.'1 "I wanlccl In, hut I said Maggie. "You must have forgotten that the doctor's own daughter committed suicide several years ago. It wouldn't have been kind to remind him of that." Now that's courage! John Galsworthy said that if he met God he would ask for one thing only and that was courage. General Seeley, adventurer and soldier, described fear as the one fatal defect in any undertaking. He thought of courage as the very heart of faith, mak- ing miracles possible. Four times Joshua is told by the Lord that courage is Ihe pre- requisite for conquering the. Promised Land. Repeatedly Jesus urged his disciples to have courage. In the Book of the Acts (ch. 4. verse 13) it was the courage of Peter and John that first impressed the crowd. When Paul wrote Timothy, a fright- ened, dejected young preacher, he lold him in effect not lo Ix? a coward. Everyone likes best Ihe stories of David and Daniel, stories of hcroi.sm. Courage is the source of peace. There is a passage in Tolstoi's story "Resurrection" which sums this up. "The work which is carried out by our life, the whole work, the whole meaning of this work i.s dark lo me and cannot be made intelligible. Why should my friend die, and I be left alivo? Why was Kathusha horn? Why did this war come about? To understand all Ihis, lo un- derstand Ide whole urorfc of the Master, is not my power, but to do His will, written in my conscience, that is in my power, and lhat I know without a doubl Anil when I do this, then imdoublcdly I ,'im at peace.'1 PRAYIOR: (live me courage, 0 (iod. In face the lung, uphill road willinul coin- plaining anrl wilh (rood chori, Very disrespectful lly Dong Walker QN our holiday In (ho last part ol June wo visilod wilh our friends, Ross and Harricl Jfcnry in Vanrnnirr. Otn- kids an; nil fond of llnmrl Imt have ways of showing Iheir nffection. Men being men will keep making mistakes Transport Minister Donald Jamie- son, says the union's argument "lias some and he is sure that new container facilities will be built. What the union would like to know is how soon? Why should Vancouver iiavc to lose about 30 per cent of its business to a U.S. port? Mr. Jamie- son did not have a ready answer. He would be well advised to find one soon. British Columbia voters will not be slow to point out that the delay in upgrading dock facili- ties in Vancouver is costing the prov- ince millions in lost revenue as well as jobs. They believe that it is just another sample of Ottawa's indif- ference to Western Canada's prob- lems and they are unlikely to be fobbed off with announcements of an extended railway system project in the north when they can see huge piles of cargo waiting to be processed in the Vancouver docks. BECAUSE It judges human affairs from an economic point ot view (in print anyhow1, and suffers the crushing burden of ils own infallibility, the Economist of London is deeply alarmed by the current stale of British society. Having exam- ined Britain's sloppy business methods, wildly inflated prices, sick currency and disappoint- ing government, Tho Econi- mist concludes that "Ihe big- gest obstacle to a change in this country is the one which the politicians can least ack- nowledge; it is the inertia of the British public." Canadians, who generally ad- mire Britain though knowing little about it, are not equipped or entitled, like The Economist, to make such harsh judgments when Canada's ec- onomic management is nothing to boast about these days. After all, Britain occupies a small, crowded Island, with minor physical resources, and yet has created one of lha world's finest civilizations. Can- ada is the second largest and, per capita, the richest nation on earth and yet it has not solved even the temporary rid- dle of inflation and unemploy- ment, much less the problem of its cultural duality. In the pop- ular sport of deploring Britain's mismanagement it is not for us to hurl the first stone. Besides, the real problem of both nations and, indeed, all the Western nations, while differ- ing in detail, is basically the same. As The Economist seems to realize, with somewhat com- ic liorror, it Is not economic but human. Men, being men and not macliines or statistics, refuse to obey economic laws and arc now paying a high price for their disobedience. They try to have their cake and eat it, which is Impossible but quite natural to our queer Bpe- cics. Thus the British people, for instance, demand a standard of consumption which can come only from a highly efficient economic apparatus, from bru- tal competition and hard work, but they also cling to their old and pleasant ways, their lovely countryside, their leisure, long weekends and jolly evenings in the pub. They want it both ways and, falling between two stoois, waich the Europeans and the Japanese surge ahead of them in the pursuit of wealth, if not of happiness. Somewhere down the road a choice must be made in all na- tions not necessarily guns or butter, as in wartime, but a reasonable, attainable style ot life or a dog-eat-dog struggle in which nil the dogs will finally be eaten, along with the planet. Of course, that choice will not Ire made easily, clearly or soon. II will vary, in time, meth- od and wisdom, from nation to nation, if it can be made volun- tarily at all, and not enforced by hunger, plague or other ca- tastrophe. In the meantime most of the politicians in the democracies pretend that the choice can be avoided, that all men can have unlimited material wealth and unlimited happiness, too, if only the right government is elected, the right legislation passed and the economic machine perfect- ed. This age-old assumption has been shattered, within the last five years, by the discovery that our planet does not contain the necessary ingredients and al- ready is being ravaged, and poisoned, by our excessive de- e "ft tr nu. im it McGovtrn or Nicktaus is frying lot the 'uronrf John. you soy Tm really haw do you neon mands upon a finite, fraglls and totally interdependent fitmcluro. Nevertheless, the promise of ever-increasing affluence, and ever-decreasing labor In its production, is still the grand talisman, fetish and big lie til politics under elected or non- elected governments every- where. And any man who dares to mention the contrary facts, now measurable and rapidly closing in on us, is usually de- nounced BS an opponent of pio- gress, a black reactionary or, at best, a nut. Britain looks particularly In- teresting at the moment be- cause there the conflicting forces of economics and human nature come to sharp focus and compel an early choice. So also is Japan, because H has already chosen economics at the cost of other values, including a liv- able environment. By the size of their cramped geography and lack of raw re- sources these great island states present two vivid micro- cosms of mankind's universal dilemma a preview, so to speak, of the future confronting us all at some point. With full respect for the in- fallible Economist, a layman may suspect in his ignorance that such problems are not mainly economic and will not te solved hy rty Improve- ment of Britain or any other na- tion. They are not political, cither, if politics mean only the passage of laws and regula- tions. Instead, they are philosophi- cal, ethical and psychological can choose your own ad- jective) and will be solved, if they can be solved, only by hu- man creatures coming to terms, at last, with a creaturehood far larger than themselves and a planet far smaller then they used to think. The sudden emergence of that fact is surely the most impor- tant event in man's five millen- nia of civilization; for, if ha (ails to master it, civilization will be remembered later on, if anyone is around to remember, as a momentary flash, a very brief candle in the endless dark. (Herald Special Hurt an) Tom Voiding An all-time U.S. presidential all-star team This article, taken from the editorial page of The International Herald Tribune, was prompted by U.S. Prcsi-. dent Richard Nixon's recent selection of liis all-time major league baseball team. Mr. Dov.lLig is a sports writer for the Washington Star. WASHINGTON Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I am the first sports columnist in newspaper history to name my all-time presiden- tial all-star team. Although I have countless historic firsts to my credit, my all-time presi- dential all-star team is, in my humble judgment, doubtless my most historic contribution to the total of human wisdom. I did not shrink from this task. To do so would be to slough off my duty which, to be perfectly candid, I shall nev- er do, whatever the personal temptation. As any presidential addict will readily understand, it is not easy to come up with nine presidential all-stars. To be honest, the sport seems to attract ils fair share of medio- crities. Just the same, here is my team: First base Abe Lincoln. Second base Harry (The Hat) Truman. Third Base Woody Wilson. Letter to tlie editor Shortstop Ted (Boom Boom) Roosevelt. Right Field Jim Buchan- an. Centre Field Tom Jeffer- son. Letl Field Grover Cleve- land. Catcher Herbie Hoover. Pitcher Big Lyn Johnson. Manager Cal Coob'dge. Some personal observations with regard to some of my picks might be of interest to scholars in my bona fides for drawing up such a list of glit- tering individuals. My right fielder, Jim Buchanan, may surprise some knowledgeable presidential fans. I have a sen- timental reason for picking him. He was a big, friendly Pennsylvania lad and my great- great aunt, Prudence, attended grade school with Sleepy Jim, as he was known. Years later Prudence would tell my grandmother that Sleepy Jim was the finest Pres- ident she'd ever met, bar none. Another equally persuasive reason for picking Sleepy Jim was, while he didn't hit much, neither did he strike out, in a manner of speaking. His whole administration was one protrac- ted base on balls, which, as presidencies go, is a very posi- tive achievement. Abusing the body In telling sisicr ahnul our wilh lio llrnrjs KL.Mlii v.Jl, diiiospeclful he Just fls though die was hi.-; mother." Why are v.n MI uiili the most valuable possession we own, our Ixjdics? My rough estimation is as follows: 1. Twenty per cent smother Iheir lungs with smoke. 2. Twenty per cent try to pickle their livers and kidneys with alcohol and 10 per cent do. 1. Kiphly per cent keep Iheir legs crossed slopping proprr nrculiifion of blood in n lot of licaiiliful legs I'ifleen [XT rent expose Iheir hMirs to loo much fsun- t'lwli rnnrer "r nlh'T niinnr (rouble wilh HIP fckin. 5. Five per cent of Ihe long hairs let it Income conlamin- nlcrt. (i. Twenly per cent contamin- ate other people's clothing wilh wh.'.'l .smoke they don't leave in Ilirir limns. I come from bcinu iimuiij; smokers my elolhes smell like an ash tray. 7. Thirly per cunt try lo mako a garbage can out of their slomachs by eating when they want to and drinking, including everything. 8. Five per cent wear too light shoes. 9. Fifteen per cent don't lake care of Iheir leclh. in. Fifteen per cent bath loo much, 15 per ecu! halh loo lit- llc 11. Twenly per ccnl of lira women clog Iheir pores wilh sprays and ninlment. 1 Ihink srmilhrrs rhem. 12. Thirly per cenl eat Inn much sweets, bad for Ihe teeth and body as ;i whole. 13. Ninety per cent nhusc all parts of the body moslly by dis- regarding them as a precious Ihing. 1-1. Ten per cenl, dull Iheir hiviij? wilh alctiJuil, drug's, mid oilier minor slimulanl.s. HOMER McCLAIN Nobloford. My first basemen, Abe Lin- coln, was to coin a phrase, which I am always wont to do, Mr. Profile in Courage. Abe was tall and had great reach is essential for a first sacker. In the clutch he showed me a lot. My second baseman, Harry (The Hat) Truman, was a pesky little guy, not afraid to call the ump an SOB if the need arose. Harry the Hat may not have been your classical smooth-fielding second sacker, like Joe Gordon, to mention a name from another discipline but, to continue the image, you need a scrappy little hustler on any all-star team. The Billy Martin type, If you've heard of him. Third base was a real close call. Woody Wilson finally got the nod over Andy Jackson, known as "Old he- cause he favored lhat kind of wood for his bat. Woody, as everyone knows, had treme- dous vision even though he wore thick glasses and couldn't see the ball up close to field or hit. Still, Woody was a real class guy, not Hie sort of all- star who'd window-peep from holel roofs, like some of your modern presidents, as Jack An- derson has told us. The selection of Ted (Boom Boom) Roosevelt as a short- stop may be open to question, especially among pre.sidenlial scholars "who remember some of the real great no-hit, good- fielding glovemen of the fellows like Marly Van Burcn, Mil Fillmore and Frankie. Pierce. But I had lo go wilh Ted. Not thai he could field that well. No, Ted was a real chatler guy. "Speak softly and carry a big stick" was his mollo and, though he made Leo Durochcr sound like a Trappist monk and couldn't hit worth a lick, Boom lioom psyched-oiit the opposi- tion. Deception is one of the keys to presidential greatness and Ted had that qualily m spades. hi Ihe mil Field T had to wilh frrovor Cleveland named aflor Iho famous baseball pilch- Tom Jefferson. (Jrovr-r was a big hulking loiiR-hall hit- ler with n lot of hearl. He was sent to die minor leagues after R four-year string in the majors, and where most prcsidonls might give up, drover i-jiino back lo Ihe big for an- other fnnr-yciir hilch. Ihereby qualifying for his pension, Tom Jefferson may strikn Irani fan.i u an odd choice lo make up my "dream outfield." Here again, sentiment, I just admit, enters in lo Big Jeff's selection. Ben Franklin a pretty fair country ball player, by the way, who was blacklisted fiom the presidential game once introduced Tom to my great-great-great grandfather at 3. roadside tavern near Phil- adelphia. Jeff was in his Icons at the time. "Say it ain't so Jeff said when he saw Franklin sneaking some snuff in the men's room. These loose, permissive Limes could use more Jeffs, if you ask me! Catcher has to be Herbie Hoover, and not only on squat build alone. You always try to run against a backstop and Herbie is unique among catch- ers in the sense that people have been running against him for the last 40 years. Picking my all-star presiden- tial pitcher was perhaps the roughest challenge I have ever faced my seventh crisis, in a way. While it is true that very few President can hil or field, almosl all of Ihem can pilch fasl balls, sinkers, slid- ers, curve balls, spit balls, bean balls, you name il. These guys can all move the stuff around pretly good. .lust (lie same, I'll have lo give the mod- ern era a nod and go with Big Lyn Johnson, who struck out the whole Senale in an after- noon with his famous Gulf of Tonkin pitch. I have to give Cal Coolidgn the nod as manager becauss most presidents talk too much. Siienl Cal kept Us mouth shut. I only wish he could have been secretary of stale, where his reticence would have con- fused the other side so much we would have won all of tht negotiations. Well, I guess you can all sea I've made the best of a nearly hopeless situalion. To coin a phrase, any team is only as good as its players. Still, I don't want lo forget any of the close runners-up from my list, fellows who in one way or another added something to the national pastime. That list of reserves, other than those mentioned so far, would have to include ballplayers such as Washington, the Adams boys, Madison, Monroe, the Harrison kids, Tyler, Polk, Andy John- son, Granl, Garfield, Arthur, Hayes, McKinley, Taft, Hard- ing, Frank Roosevelt, Ike Eis- enhower and Jack Kennedy. There, I think that's all ot them. If some smart political writer asks me lo name an all- time, all-star foolball learn, the answer will be a flat yes as long as lliere's something in it for me! Looking backward Through the Herald The Sludcbakcr com- pany annually awards banners lo its distributing agents for the most sales for the business year. This year the Rogers Company of Lcthbridge cap- tured the coveted trophy. IKK Bonfadmini's Ltd. is advertising "something enlire- ly Parknill Adjuslowoy :i in 1 Chair-Bed in which the back be adjusted in four different positions. 1912 Cabbage and loHueo is advertised for 4 cents per head at The Supina Mc-rcsnlilc. Roast of veal >s selling for 20 cents par pound and ladies' .slack suits arc on sale for ?3.50 each. Jasper Park Lodge, reputedly Uie largest log build- ing in the world, was destroyed by fire which broke out is guests danced in the ballroom of the Rocky Mountain luxury resort. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7lh St. S., Lcthbridgc, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published IMS-1954, by Hon. W. A. 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