Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 18, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 1HE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, July 18, 1970 Carl Roivan Alberta's Economy The Toronto Globe and Mail in its report on business says the buoyan- cy is leaking from the Alberta econ- omy. While Alberta remains one of the more favored parts of Canada in terms of prosperity there is an underlying anxiety about a possible depression spreading from the farming sector. Farm cash income, of course, continues to decline. In the first quarter of 1970, farm cash income was only 3 per cent lower than a year earlier but 40 per cent lower than in the first quarter of 1968. The effect of the drastic decline in 1968 was not likely felt in its full in that year and is now making an adverse impact in other parts of the economy. Unemployment now stands at 4.5 per cent of the work force. This compares favorably with the 6.4 national average but the rise from last year's 3 per cent is causing concern. Much of the unemployment has been produced by a major de- cline in the construction industry. Housing starts in Calgary and Ed- The Time Is Now The time-bomb sputters on in the Middle East. So far there has been little to indicate that Secretary of State Rogers" peace proposals for a limited Arab-Israeli cease-fire prior to negotiations for. a peace settlement has met with favor by either side. Such a cease-fire agreement con- tains, several necessary elements be- fore there is any hope of success. On the Israeli side, there must be a clear commitment to withdraw from the bulk of the occupied territories during the cease-fire. If they refuse to agree, the Arabs will see no chance of regaining any of the terri- tory lost in the 1967 war by other than military means. On the other side, the Arabs and their Russian partners must give stronger indications that they are willing to work towards a settlement. Recent Soviet-Arab military moves do not point towards any such peace- ful desires. Israel must have iron clad guarantees that if she agrees to substantial withdrawal from her West Bank positions, the Egyptians will not use the truce to beef up her offensive capabilities and will not re- open the canal prior to an overall final agreement. It appears now that no such guar- antees can be achieved without United Nations 'assistance and presence in the Middle-East trouble spots. The U.S. government has made it plain, with overwhelming support even by Congressional doves, that it is firm in its support of Israel. It should be given more support and confidence than it is getting from Mrs. Golda Meir's government. On the other hand the continuing build-up of Russian arms, missiles, landing craft and military personnel, will have to be reduced substantially before there is any hope of a truce. Neither the U.S. nor Russia wants a Middle-East confrontation but such a disastrous outbreak could occur un- less political diplomacy prevents it. The Russians now know that the U.S. is determined to preserve the rights of Israel as a nation and that the American people are solidly behind their government in tlu's determina- tion. By going any further with the arms build-up they risk certain vio- lent American reaction. The message is clear and unequivocal. Now is the time for reciprocal as- surances, now is the time for diplo- matic action by the Big Powers and the United Nations. The UN could very well stand or fall on its dem- onstrated efficacy on this issue that threatens the peace of the world. Weekend Meditation Is Your Goodness Gracious? mothers used to have an exclam- ation, "My Goodness How did they come by that combination of words? Perhaps from St. Paul who says that some Christians are very hard to live with. St. Paul himself was not easy to live with when he first became a Chris- tian. His letter to the Galatian church that. He was harsh with Mark and sepa- rated from Barnabas. Only after. a long companionship with Jesus did he achieve a gracious goodness. A comment on a certain preacher was made at a recent church meeting, "He is a very abrasive character." Many a "good" person has that sad quality of abrasive- ness. A professor, looking back on his Nova Scotia ancestors, said ruefully that "they were good men, but hard." One wonders what is meant by William Bar- clay, the Glasgow scholar, helps by point- ing out the distinction made by the Greeks. They had two words for good. Agothos is the common word, meaning practically and morally good, but kalos means also gra- cious and delightful to look upon. The early Christians must have liked it because it is used in the New Testament at least 100 times. Homer uses it to describe Athene as she appears to Odysseus, but he also uses it to describe splendid craftsmanship, an Orchard, and an exquisitely embroidered robe. Kalos implied usefulness, but always that which was admirable and attractive. Of course the Greeks believed nothing could be beautiful which was not useful. Some- times kalos described a brave deed or noble conduct. Unfortunately the Latin translation for the word was "honestus" which has been can-led literally into the English as "honest." That is too bad be- cause the Latins meant something differ- ent from our usual understanding of hon- esty. Paul writes to Timothy that officers in the church must be meaning that they are not to be unlovely, self-important, critical men. St. Peter has a similar bit of advice in his first letter. Jesus says of the woman who anointed his head at the home of Simon at Bethany, "she has wrought a good (kalos) work on meaning she had done a beautiful thing. "Bonnie" is the Scottish word that comes closest, or "debonair" in French. It was said of James Barrie that he rat- tled the cans when he earned round the milk of human kindness. Others can do good without ostentation. When Moody heard that Henry Drummond, Scottish pro- fessor of Natural Science, had died, he broke into tears. He thought of Drummond as the loveliest Christian he knew. A wo- man once asked Drummond to come to see her husband. The professor was puzzled, "Your husband is blind and can't see me and deaf and he can't hear me." The wo- man replied, "Just the presence of you about the house will do him good." A bio- grapher said that writing the story of his life was like writing the history of a fra- grance. Drummond's book on the thirteenth chapter of. First Corinthians is one of UK most exquisite things in the world. How did he come by this gracious good- ness? He said, "Ten minutes spent in Christ's company every morning, aye, two minutes, if it be face to face and heart to heart, will change the whole day, will make every thought and feeling different, will enable us to do things fcr His sake that we would not have done for our own sakes, Jesus said that Satan "dollied himself as an angel of light" and that his followers must out-charm Satan. It is a mighty hard thing to do! To be good is comparatively easy, but to acquire gracious goodness is well nigh impossible for most of us. But wasn't it Hawthorne who told a story of the Great Stone Face and a boy who be- came like the face he gazed upon? PRAYER: Fix tho imaginations of my heart, dear Lord upon Thyself, that I may become like Thee. F. S. M. Take Heart By Doug Walker AN errand took me to the church office Bob Dunn asked her if I had got lost. Young Generation Mistakenly Blamed monton fell from a total of units in the first five months of 1909 to in the 1970 period. In consequence of the continued lack of cash income by the farmers and the rise of unemployment there is a noticeable decline in retail sales. There was a 2.1 per cent in- crease in the first quarter but a drop was recorded in both April and May. The picture is not all bad. Manu- facturing shipments rose by 4.3 per cent in the first four months (com- pared with 2.7 per cent for The coal export industry continues to look very good. There is a big backlog of major development pro- jects ready to be started when con- ditions are favorable. This last item is, of course, a matter for some concern. It indi- cates hesitancy to make major com- mitments until the direction in which the economy is headed be- comes clear. There is thus a feeling abroad that darker days may lie ahead and it would be prudent to wait. WASHINGTON Nothing is more boring these days than to run into a self styled puritan who professes endless outrage over the obscenities and sexual "immorality" of tne current crop of teen-agers. An "offended" old timer can talk you into a coma about the Pill and what it has done to increase teen-age promiscuity, about pornography and the rise in venereal diseases, about the trend toward easier and still the fantastic number of babies born out of wedlock. Nothing seems to infuriate the moralists more than the signs protesting teen-agers carry on which certain four- letter words are used as freely as if they were FOOD. Many middle agers seethe over the sign MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR because they are pretty sure the protesters are practicing what they preach. The result is that a large seg- ment of adult America is utter- ly convinced that the young people are destroying tho coun- try's moral fiber. Being of somewhat sheltered background myself, 1 am occa- sionally shocked by some of the signs young people carry. But I am forced to conclude that the middle aged mem- bers of the silent and not-so- silent majority had done a pret- ty good job of altering Amer- ica's manners and morals long before today's teen-agers could spell a four-letter word. Remember when "Forever Amber" was such a "wicked" a hot number with the nom do book that you sneaked a jacket plume "J" telling down-at-the- of "The Bobsey Twins" on it so mouth w o IE e n in titillating, you could read it on the street- ear? Well, look at the current bestseller lists. The non-fiction sales are dominated by sex bocks that make "Forever Am- ber" look like an Epworth League syllabus. There is Dr. David Reuben telling "Everything You Always Wanted To Know. About But Were Afraid To .Ask" and Gosh li's fte hack out SoutJ) filberfe I 'have Gee! -X Letters To The Editor Education Involves At Least Three Things The letter of A. A-Chervinski (The Herald, June 27, 1970) raises some important ques- tions about a philosophy of edu- cation. There is evidence of need for such a philosophy in the deliberations of tile Let h- bridge Public School Board, as reported in The Herald, June 24. It appears that the School Board doesn't know the pur- pose of education any more than the rest of us. They're appar- ently going to leave it to sys- tems analysts and a computer. This means they're going to put some numbers into a computer (Computers can handle only do some arithmetic with these, and out of the an- swers design an educational program. Incredible! Since I am a professor at the University of Lethbridge, you Beautiful It is my pleasure at the mo- ment to hear one of Leth- bridge's school choirs, singing in competition overseas, over the CBC via the BBC's "Let the People Sing." Especially en- joyed here has been their se- lection, the first of a program on the air, entitled: "C'est la mon doux which was sung sweetly and faithfully. It was beautiful, and we appreci- ate hearing the selection sung so far from "French Canada." Thank you, Lethbridge! Bravo! JEAN COTE. Montreal. might expect that I know some- thing about education. I have to confess that I don't know much either. I do know that a computer computes, that it can't make any value judg- ments at all. We have to do that. I would say that, firstly, edu- cation involves the teaching of ing this form of education. May- the values of our society and an understanding of our lives. Most of this edu cation now takes place at home. Teaching a little bit of it at school from the writings and lives of- great people would be good. Under the cult of objectivity we are avoid- No Errors In Quebec Signs In respect to Mr. Gaston He- naud's letter to the Adminis- tration of Waterton Lakes Na- tional Park concerning a cer- tain gross mistake of pseudo- bilingualism: we recently spent some time in the Province of Quebec and we did not observe any errors in the English lan- guage on directional road signs in that Province due to the sim- ple fact that all road signs are in French only. One wo_nders why the directional signs in Ot- tawa, Ontario, are in both French and English, while across the Chaudiere Bridge in Hull, Quebec, the signs are in the French language only. Is this what we mean by bilingual- ism? Also since we have "more Ital- ians, Germans, Japanese, Hun- garians, etcetera, in southern Alberta than we do French- speaking citizens why does the Government of Canada not put the instructions in Waterton Park in the respective language of all ethnic groups of Cana- dians so that they too will feel they truly belong to this great country of ours. W. J. McAULEY. Lethbridge. P.S. While in Quebec a party from Detroit, ed us they followed a road sign reading ECOLE thinking it was a street directional sign and were rather amused when they ended up at a school. be the fact that we now value a person by the size of his pay- check is related to our lack of better values. Secondly, education tells us about the wondrous things of the world. With them it stimu- lates our imaginations, gives us interests, wipes away useless or harmful superstitions. Our edu- cational system concentrates on these so exclusively that stu- dents are questioning the rele- vance to their lives. Knowledge and facts alone are not enough; understanding is also necessary. Thirdly, an educational sys- tem should leave the student time to himself for introspec- tion. Understanding comes slow- ly and can't be forced. I doubt that under the pressures of high school or university course loads, the student is being edu- cated. Trained, maybe. And no computer will ever tell you that spare time (Waste is necessary for education. ARVID A. S'CHULTZ, Associate Professor of Physics Lethbridge. rawly clinical details, "the way to become the sensuous wo- man." And Masters and John- son telling more than most any- one wants to know about "Hu- man Sexual Inadequacy." Don't tell the kids that they put these books at the top of the charts! They're showing things in the movies nowadays that you couldn't find at an American Legion stag party 30 years ago. 1 still remember the flush of excitement running through the theatre when Rhett Butler said, "I don't give a but that was in an era when the hero and heroine couldn't even share a double bed in the movies. Even for a couple playing the role of marrieds, twin beds were de rigeur, presumably be- cause the audience would know that in real life they were not married. Now, when the whole Idea of a movie seems to be to use as many four letter words and show as much copulation as pos- sible, twin beds would be a bor- ing joke. I remember as a young man wishing with a passion I could see that movie with Hedy La- marr running through the woods in her birthday suit. Now we get technicolor fellatio and cunnilingus and Myra Brecken- ridge and they don't even bother to provide a decent plot. Then there is broadcasting. Remember way back when one network banned the lyrics of that beautiful ballad that said simply, "I'm all for you, body and Or when doz- ens of radio stations thought "too de raki saki, I want some sea food, Mama" was too raw a dish to serve up in the fam- ily living room. What a laugh when you think of what makes "Laugh In" such a television success: sex, served up in a variety of double and1 triple entendres, none so complex that a 12-year- old can't dig them. But the "old folks" are guffawing. Then there is the Dean Mar- tin show on which the boudoir quality of the dialogue is just blue enough to tell you that Dino may have booze on his breath, but he's got broads on his mind. We have all changed. The whole society has changed. We middle agers read "The and we want to know what it is really like in the world of the Mafia vio- lence, sex, and all. We want our novels to read the way we hear and see life. And many of us want our movies that way, too. Yet, we are confused and full of conflict and guilt. We tell ourselves that we cannot cor- rupt ourselves, but that we might corrupt someone else. We reconcile ourselves to the fact that people want to see then along "Oh! to make an exposed pudenda.a ho-hum item. Before the shock fades someone is boasting about "The Dirtiest Show in Town" and provoking reviewers to say it makes "Oh! look like "Little Wo- men." And who's patron 1 z i n g all these plays? Not the kids who are being accused of warping the national morality. It's the old folks. .The tired, jaded set out to buy a few kicks and transfuse some faded memories with expense account tickets. Perhaps the youngsters are a little mixed up in the head. I think I know which generation they caught it from. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) A Retrograde Step LOOKING BACKWARD Quite recently I arrived in Lethbridge to pastor the Church of the Nazarene here. Since liv- ing here I have been much im- pressed with the cleanliness of your lovely city. The clean Customer's Dilemma following the morning service on a re- cent Sunday morning. While I was gone Elspeth visited with people coming out of the church. Kbpclh replied, ''he1 doesn't get lost easily." ''Ob, said Bob. "don't give up." nPO complain or not to com- plain" is a dilemma in which customers and consum- ers all too frequently find them- selves. What is the correct course of action when one is the victim of a disservice in store, office, ga- rage, repair shop or place of entertainment, or' from a utility or transport company or their representatives? What should one do when short changed or over-charg- ed when quality, price, service, delivery or payment arrange- ments arc hot as advertised; when obvious discourtesy, inef- ficiency, carelessness, de 1 a y, discrimination or neglect is en- countered? Here we face the very real psychological fact that when one does kick, one feck like a heel, perhaps most of all when complaint is met wilh sincere apology and rectification. Does not a firm policy of "complaining when brand us as chronic grouches or kickers among all who know us? On the other hand arc we really wise to adopt consistent- ly the roles of a Casper Milque- toast or Waller Mitty? By mak- ing ourselves doormats are we simply asking to be con- tinually walked upon? By submitting without com- plaint to disservice we are en- couraging its being rendered to others, conniving at making inefficiency, dishonesty and dis- courtesy (he common conditions under which business and in- dustry are operated. streets and avenues, the well built houses, well kept gardens and fine shopping centres leave nothing to be desired. I was somewhat saddened however, when I read in your valuable paper last Friday night, that the City Fathers were to finalize a law allowing movies and sports after one thirty on Sunday. The statement read: "that the way is now clear for the bill to be finalized no protest having been received." This is rather disturbing to see so little inter- est on the part of the churches and genera! public. Even so may 1 suggest that the way still is not clear in that the com- mandment, Remember the Sab- bath Day to keep it holy, has not been cancelled. The people who observe the laws of God are the people who prosper. I am aware that this letter of protest is perhaps loo late, but it is a retrograde slop which no doubt will have its repercus- sion on the good quality of the moral standing of the Luin- bridge community. ROBT. G. DEASLEY, Church of the Nazarene. Lellihridge. THROUGH THE HERALD 1920 Grasshoppers have in- vaded the city and particularly Adams Park, where the earth is hard and will make an ex- cellent breeding ground when the time comes for them to de- posit (heir eggs. Heal old-time locusts have also made their appearance in southern Alberta and it is expected they will do more damage to crops than the hoppers. 1930 Corn seven feet high on a district farm northeast of the city testifies that although the weather is hot and dry for grain crops it is a com year. 1910 Fears the famous live- stock herds of Jersey will be slaughtered lo feed hungry Nazi soldiers were expressed by an internationally known Jersey breeder. The liny island is now occupied by the Germans. 1950 City council voted four to three in favor of a resolution requesting the Gait hospital board to proceed with plans for a new hospital. ISM It is unlikely the July I960 heat wave is going to set any new record. July, 1910 was hotter, but the difference will be so slight that it won't be physically noticeable, according to the Dominion weather office. The hottest day recorded to date in the city was on July 23, 1S04, when the mercury climbed to 102.3 above. the Lctlibndge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Registration Number 0012 Member of Tho Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Ncw.rpafMf Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau or Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, Genera] ManaEer JOE BAU.A WILLIAM BAY Managing Editor Associate Editor HOY F. MILES DOUGLAS K WALKE1 Advertising Manager Editorial Pace Editor "THE HERAtD SERVES THE SOUTH"