Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 30, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, July 30, 1971 Joseph Kraft The Alberta election -7 Spend more, tax less Elections always bring out the promises. The parties and candidates usually try to outdo each other in promising "to spend more and tax less. Already the promises are start- ing to flow in this campaign. The governing party is always at a disadvantage in the promises depart- ment. It has learned from experience that money doesn't come out of a ball-point 'pen or even a fountain pen. The Social Credit government knows that, even more than the oppo- sition parties do. It knows that there are real limits to what a government can spend. Then, too, the governing party can't indulge in too many ex- pensive promises because the people have a ready question waiting: "If that is your policy, why haven't you done it before? You have had the office and the power and you didn't need to wait until this election." A party that has no hope of win- ning power can, be freer with its promises because it knows it won't have to make good on them. They should be doubly discounted. The Conservative party has prom- ised to reduce taxes and at the same time give new services. These should not be taken seriously. There may be good reasons for voting Conserva- tive; election promises are not one of them. If the people want more services they must be prepared to pay for them. Alberta is the last jurisdiction in North America to hold out against the sales tax, and unless all the es- sentials of life are exempted, it is an unfair tax and we hope this province continues to hold out against it. Indeed, Alberta is the least-taxed province in Canada. Because it is unable to match promises with the other parties, the Social Credit gov- ernment should get some credit on election day for that condition. Tackling a social problem The proposals made by Police Chief James Carpenter for coming to grips with the problem of intoxi- cated persons in the downtown area of Lethbridge are significant. They rightly won acceptance by the board of police commissioners. Drunkenness is not simply an ugly thing which most people prefer to avoid encountering; it is a costly so- cial ill. Merchants whose business is being driven away by the prevalence of intoxicated persons are obviously the first to suffer monetary loss. Yet every citizen pays for drunkenness: in increased cost of policing and in- 'carcerating the offenders; in support- ing the dependents; in higher insur- ance rates. Greater than the monetary loss, however, is the cost in human terms. The misery attendant upon alcohol- ism is almost incalculable. Every person addicted to alcohol casts a pall over several other people parents, children, partners, friends and neighbors. Loss of self-respect for the individual is the major cost. It is to be hoped that Chief Car- penter's proposals can be speedily implemented. There can be no good excuse for not tackling the problem in a serious way. Money cannot be held to be an obstacle. The millions of dollars derived by the provincial government from liquor taxes should be considered to be ear-marked for treatment of the victims of alcohol. If the yield is not now sufficient, an increase in taxation of alcoholic bev- erages is not unthinkable. In addition to instituting measures for treatment of those who habitually misuse alcohol, a concerted attempt to change attitudes regarding drink- ing should be launched. Three years ago a commission in the United States, after an intensive study of the excessive drinking problem, made this one of its primary recommenda- tions. The commission concluded that notions that it is heroic or humorous or smart have a great deal to do with creating the problem so that to re- move the unhelpful aura surrounding the substance is essential. This is not an abstinence or prohibition ap- proach. It is one that appeals prim- arily to non-abstainers who obvious- ly have the best opportunity to inject sensible and sensitive attitudes into drinking situations. There is an urgency about the pro- posals made by Chief Carpenter that does not seem to characterize the U.S. commission recommendation. But the one supplements the other and the seriousness with which people view their own complicity in the problem could put drive behind the remedial program set out by Chief Carpenter. ART BUCHWALD Does anyone know WASHINGTON Despite all the excite- nient about President Nixon's an- nounced visit to China, everyone has re- mained calm in Washington and there are very few visible signs that people have been affected by it. It's true that White House aides are now eating with chopsticks, and large posters of Henry Kissinger have appeared all over town with the legend "LET A THOUSAND FLOWER and many Republi- can officials have ordered fireworks to cel- ebrate Mao Tse-tung's birthday. But the mood here is still one of wait- and-see. There are many problems which must be resolved before any normal relations can take place between these two great powers. First, there is the question of a name. It's impossible for anyone in this town to keep referring to "the People's Republic of China." It's too long and it certainly doesn't fit into a headline. Many people would like to go back to "Commie China." Others would like to refer to it as "Red China" and then there are, of course, the names that Taiwan would like to call it. So the first order of business for Mr. Nixon is to say to Chou En-lai, "before we get down to business, could you come up with a new name for your country so it doesn't take so long to say on There are some people in Washington who are still suspicious that the People's Republic of China will not change its at- titude toward the United States because of President Nixon's visit. But a China-watcher I know said that there is no country in the world that can change its mind faster than the People's Republic of China. "AH Mao Tse-tung has to do is announce that he just had a good thought about the United States and everyone in the country Paul's preference By Doug Walker TRIE NOISES from the kitchen one day indicated that another of those dragged- out arguments between brothers was under way. But suddenly mother injected a com- ment of such great penetration thai even Paul was left speechless. Playing tHe three-cornered game WASHINGTON What does it profit an American president to gain a visit to Pe- king and lose a welcome in Moscow? Not very much is the answer to that question. And it shows that President Nixon's opening of the door to China can be a good thing or a bad thing de- pending on what brand of in- ternational politics the presi- dent has it in mind to play. One brand is deconfrontation diplomacy. In such a scheme the coming visit to China would be one step in a winding-down will have the same thought the next day. "That is the beauty of dealing with a country which has had a Cultural Revolu- tion." My China-watcher friend says his fear is not that the People's Republic of China will reject President Nixon's friendly over- tures, but that they will embrace them and insist on a trade pact with the United States. "Can you imagine 800 million he asked, "making shoes for the United Projecting the consequences of having the People's Republic of China as a friend rather than an enemy, my friend said, "Suppose we were obligated to open the United States to Chinese tourism, and they started sending over group tours of a mil- lion people at a time? They could collapse our transportation system overnight." As if this wasn't enough to worry about, my friend warned, "The reason why the People's Republic of China is willing to start up relations with us is that they have had no experience with American tourists. Once they opsn the doors to American tourists, U.S. relations will be as bad with China as they now are with France." But all of this is conjecture and no one knows what will happen from here on out. This could be the dawning of a new age in which we would see Mao Tse-hiltons sprouting up all over China, with Tricia Nixon and her husband Eddie Cox taking each other's picture at the Great Wall, and Martha Mitchell sailing down the Yangtze with her parasol. Or it could end in disaster and in 5 years produce a new Sen. Joe McCarthy who would say at a televised hearing, "Now, Mr. Kissinger, will you tell the committee in your own words exactly what happened when you got an upset stomach in Pakis- (Toronto Telegram News Service) of tension built up in Asia over the past two decades. The Vietnam war would be settled. The Asian countries that aligned themselves with Washington on the basis of hos- tility to Communist China would come to terms with Pe- king. And in that easier, de- pressurized international cli- mate, there would be on cen- tre stage a continuing effort by the Soviet Union and the United States to reach accommoda- tions on the arms race, and in Europe and the Near East. Another brand is confronta- tion diplomacy. The connection with Peking would be used as a device to isolate Russia and her allies. Under threat of losing out to a Washington-Peking axis, Rus- sia would be made to stand and deliver settlements that would amount to abandoning further advance on the international stage. Communism, in effect, would have been divided and conquered. In choosing between these two models thoughtful persons will want to avoid total com- mitment to either one. Before deconfrontation can lead to a more peaceful world there will have to be far more goodwill than has yet been shown by the Marxist regimes in Russia and China. Confrontation might just work, bringing enormous dividends. But the odds are that it would not work. In spite of its vast population and its aura of mystery, China is not that big a factor in world polities. The amount of political and com- mercial business Washington can do with Peking is small. Though the fact has repeatedly been ignored at cost, most re- cently in Vietnam, this country Keith had been contending that Paul bad his shirt on backwards and Paul was vociferously denying it. Then Elspelh said, "Paul just likes to have his pocket on his back." JOT ky NEA, Inc. "Look, j'usf lor tonight, let's Jet somebody else worry about the environment, and turn on the alt conditioner so we con get some Inc. "Think of it! We're the first men on earth ever to ir'nt a does not truly have a vital In- terest on the Asian mainland. But the United States docs have vital interests at stake with Russia. Efforts to bring pressure on Moscow night wet! compromise these interests. Russia is already elaborately suspicious about the United States and China, and a new dose of paranoia is apt to yield to stiffer terms rather than a disposition to deal. Moreover, it is by no means certain that in bidding for Chi- nese favor the United States is destined to beat the Soviet Union. In a three-cornered game, Washington might end up as odd man out. But fortunately there are many indications that what the president has in mind is pre- cisely a three-cornered game. He has long made it known that he believes the only way to do business with Russia is by applying pressure. While staying in the American em- bassy in Moscow on his visit there in 1967, Mr. Nixon deli- berately allowed the Russians to overhear him ruminating on the idea of bringing Chinese pressure to bear on Uiem. Tlie contrived drama of his TV announcement, and at least some of the secret features of the trip made to Peking by his chief adviser in foreign policy, Henry Kissinger, suggests an effort to make big waves. And that impression is heightened by the rather cavalier way in which Moscow was told of the president's impending visit. If this analysis is correct, then the need of the moment is not flabbergasted wonder at the president's diplomatic coup. The need is pressure to assert the reality that however nice it is to do business with Peking, it is also important, and per- haps more important, to keep on the track of doing business with Moscow. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Letters to the editor A rejoinder on the German band's choice of music Much as I normally enjoy controversies, having created this particular one gave me no satisfaction. My apologies to Bodo Magde- burg. I should have mentioned that I was aware 'of the ob- scure and not widely known ori- gin of the melody in question. However, having heard my young husband, my child and countless others being marched to their death to tire sound of this particular tune and similar I may be forgiven for feeling something stronger than mere "personal like or dislike" and for remembering the far wider known Nazi ver- sion. I am fully convinced that nobody brought the band here with the express purpose of in- flicting hurt or arousing hat- red. I cannot, however, agree with H. Hickard either that "words don't now mean anything to any German alive" since I am one that is very much alive and could name many more who have, if not longer memories, at least, a national conscience. If the German band was sim- ply a "postcard from those that sent it should have ensured that the message could not be misconstrued and that there was no room for ambig- uity. There are literally hun- dreds of beautiful German songs which have no connec- tion with the holocaust we would all like to forget. It seems inconceivable that, of the millions who lined the route of the death march in my gen- eration, cheered and sung this song the title and words 1 quoted from the Saarland and, yes, throughout Westphalia, to as far as the Polish border, there is now nobody left to tell their children and keep them from committing a faux-pas when visiting Canada, the coun- 'Misadventure' a strange description Recent editorials in The Her- ald deserve the warm com- mendation of citizens whose in- terests they represent and ex- press. I refer particularly to the editorials on the rink faci- lities in the immediate and fu- ture requirements, and the ex- penditures they are going to rf quire. More recently the edi- torial entitled "Too many acci- dents" should be required read- ing for both the city fathers and police department. Your recommendations on skating facilities and the use of Henderson Lake are just plain common sense and, there- fore, have but little appeal for the grandiose planners and spenders of the money of oth- ers. But let us pray that the editoria! exposition may im- plant an idea that there could be a better way than the pre- sent official plan. Anent the accidents involving vehicles on the streets of the city, you are entirely too kind when you refer to them as "dis- tressing." That they arc. But they might well be described as or with equal justice and greater clar- ity. Bad headline When a headline is blazoned above an article, it indicates an item that should be of ex- treme interest. Just what does the headline "Speed, drinking, blamed" accomplish? (July 2t Will some Joseph ease off on the speed of his chopper? Will that headline make the road safer? Not likely! That head- line will serve only to disturb the peace of mind of the fam- ilies of the deceased the fathers, mothers, sisters, broth- ers and old grandmothers. It lacks on compassion for those left behind and will deler no one from a like accident. We do not take issue with the article only the headline. Malice, murder and marijuana rate headlines not misjudg- mcnl. Why pick a Crowsnest accident for an example when there arc accidents of a similar nature right in your own city? H. MATKOVC1K. Cole-man. The well-done annual police department report should, I feel, be published in its entirety by The Herald. You have used bits as fillers, but this is not enough to have any major im- pact. The report, which shows the number of accidents at each intersection in the city, is an amazing document. In the ex- cellent division of headings showing the cause of the acci- dents is included one called "misadventure." Since this strange description accounts for the greatest num- ber of accidents I sought en- lightenment in dictionaries and learned that it means "ill luck" "misfortune" "an injur- ious or unfortunate With this there can be no quar- rel, but what a strange explana- tion to be given by any police Many uses for the flag On July 21 you published a letter from a person who label- led the theft of Canadian flags as gross disrespect, and im- plied that the act was unpatrio- tic. Naturally I would never endorse the stealing of valu- able property, but I think this person needs a little straighten- ing out. These flags are stolen usual- ly by kids, to be displayed in another form, such as wall dec- orations or dresses. Should any- one be restrained from want- ing their own flag? If there are so many thefts why won't the government give out the Maple Leaf, or sell them very reasonably? Don't forget that most of the younger generation still has a great deal of respect for our country and its future, and we are proud to honor its em- blem. So think twice next time you see a hippy walk by with a miniature flag sewn to the back of his jacket. department worthy of the name. With over 200 vehicular acci- dents per month surely they can do better than this in their investigations and attribution of cause? But then, is there any police traffic work in Lethbridge af- ter, say, 6 p.m.? In any eve- ning one sees wild cutting in and out in lane changes, rac- ing, tail-gateing but who ever sees any police preventative work? None can better represent the interests of the citizens of any community than an alert and conscientious press. Accept- ance of such responsibility is almost guaranteed to bring un- popularity to the press in the halls of The Establishment, but the criterion of the welfare of the community should be the standard of action before all else. RAT-FINK. Lethbridge. try that sacrificed so many lives to free the world of the very tyranny that song helped to create. I too am against censorship of any kind but I refuse to join the three proverbial monkeys to "see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil." Although I hold no particular brief for Richard Wagner's Teutonic music or, for that matter, his well known an- ti-semitism, both of which so endeared him to Hitler, I would not dream of depriving genera- lions of young people of his Wedding March. The analogy is barely appropriate, as I know of nobody who was shot for re- fusing to stag it. In conclusion I would like to say that, to preserve one's cul- tural background does not mean sweeping under the car- pet or hiding behind beautiful slogans every painful memory or mistake of one's recent eth- nic past. It is the duty of every Canadian citizen to make sure that democracy is not under- mined and infiltrated as unno- ticeably and gradually as it was in Germany with a rous- ing song here, a slogan there, a bit of propaganda written be- tween the lines. There should be no need for censhorship in a free country but, to stand together, it is essential to ex- ercise the maximum of tact and understanding for those ethnic groups who escaped from a lifetime of persecution to this beautiful country, our Canada. EVA BREWSTER. Courts. Lethbridge. G. HEIBERT. Looking backward Ice arena too expensive I fully agree with Alder- man Vera Ferguson about being too high a price for a temporary ice arena, un- til a huge expensive hockey arena can be built, at a not too distant future. Sounds as if Alderman Hem- broff is running the whole show on this deal, and anyone else not agreeing to his decisions is a "damn fool" in his own words. After all the money does come from the taxpayers, and it is the public who keeps these men in business and of- fice. Medicine Hat has built a lovely, hockey arena big So They Say Lake Erie will not die in the next five years as pessimists predict, because while man- kind is appallingly stupid, na- ture is exceedingly forgiving. P. D. McTaggart-Cowan, executive director of the Sci- ence Council of Canada. enough for them in an area with lots of parking space, and they only have the one such facility. Here we have the Adams Civic Ice Centre, now the tempoary new one coming up, plus the permanent huge hockey arena in time. Who are we kidding, we're only population but do things as tho' we were population, and all the money coming from the little taxpayer who is taxed double in 11 years, as Mrs. Virtue had stated in her letter to (he editor recently. Not all of us are lawyers, doctors, elc. with huge salar- ies. The little guy can't afford to take his kids to play or even watch the games after paying his taxes and bills, that the big shot considers nothing, or trifle, is. a huge sum to the mediocre, wilh perhaps one- quarter the salary he gets. Wake up Lethbridge and cut the frills we can't afford them. E. W. Lethbridfic. Through the Herald 1921 Losses estimated to be in the millions of dollars have been sustained in the province of Quebec during the recent forest fires. In (lie Abiti- bi region alone over of forest resources were destroy- ed, of which worth is covered by insurance. 1931 Claiming a new world's non-stop distance rec- ord, Russel Boardman and John Polando brought their trans-Atlantic monoplane Cape Cod down at Ihe Istanbul air- port today. Total travel time from Floyd Bennett airport in New York to Istanbul was 49 hours 20 minutes. 1341 The beseiged British garrison of Tobruk has struck succesfully again at the Axis lines enclosing it, routing one Italian outpost more than two miles from Ihe main British lines. 1951 A vicious hailstorm caused up to 100 per cent dam- age to a strip of farm land about two miles wide and 20 miles long in the Champion area during the night. MM Trans-Canada Airlines has applied to the Air Trans- port Board to discontinue tho Lethbridge to Winnipeg milk run. The Letlibndtie Herald 504 7th St. S., LetMmdge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1005-195-1, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Ron 1st ration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and tho Canadian Dally Nowspapitr Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau o( Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. 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