Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 31, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE UTHBRIDOI HERALD Salurdoy, July 31, 1971---------- Maurice Western, Prison reform at last It is welcome news to hear that Solicitor-General Jean-Pierre Goyer is working towards making the na- tion's penal institutions better places for all. Alarmed at the discontent erupting in penitentiaries in recent months, Mr. Cover's directives are aimed at humanizing the whole sys- tem from up-dating of the prison fa- cilities to mles on correspondence and visiting privileges. Mr. Goyer has also issued instruc- tions to wardens of 32 federal prisons to allow prisoners to elect commit- tees to improve co-operation with management. The committees of prisoners, to be elected by secret ballot, will not have any decision- making authority or administrative power but will act as a liason be- tween the administration and the prisoners. Such a move is long overdue. For too long the prisoners have been left to nurse their grievances in silence until such time as the grievances boil over and riots and violence oc- curs. Committees such as have been proposed, if they are taken earnestly and honestly, will be able to keep prison officials, the administration and the solicitor-general himself, in- formed on any interior problems which need attention and correction. They can go a long way to abolishing outbursts such as happened this spring which brought about investi- gation into prison conditions. If the committees do their share as spokes- men for their institutions there never again will be any excuse for the ad- ministrators to say they were un- aware of any unrest or problems. Ephemeral objectives Jordan's King Hussein recently described unity within the Arab world as the most ephemeral of all objec- tives in that part of the world. His remark followed in the wake of the sudden spate of attempted coups and he was critical of army officers for breaking their oaths not to interfere in political matters. Ironically, King Hussein has put the most severe strain on Arab unity by his crushing of Palestinian guer- rillas operating in Jordan. Egyptian President Sadat reflected the antag- onism this created in parts of the Arab world whe he verbally attacked King Hussein. The one cause which above others has given much semblance of unity in the Arab world has been the demand for justice for the Palestinians. Ani- mosity toward Israel has been the way in which that demand has chief- ly been expressed. And now suddenly there is the shocked realization that national interests can rate higher than mystic Arab brotherhood. It might seem to some observers that Israel stands to benefit from the disarray in the Arab world and that Israelis should be relieved to have attention distracted from them by recent events. But the instability of the Arab states gives no comfort to Israel. Only when a peace settle- ment is reached that has some chance of being honored by reliable heads of state can the Israelis af- ford to relax their guard. Thus while Arab unity is seen cor- rectly by King Hussein to be an ephe- meral objective, the most ephemeral of all objectives still seems to be an agreement for lasting peace in the Middle East. A very bad report According to preliminary figures for crime in Canada during re- leased by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, more than 1.1 million Cri- minal Code offences were committed last year. That, according to DBS means almost six offences for every 100 men, women and children age seven or over. Because of the increasing .popula- tion, the total number of offences can- not acurately indicate the increase in crime, but the DBS show the rate of crime per population and in 1970 that increased in most Criminal Code offence categories. The murder rate increased 21.1 per cent, attempt- ed murder 16.7, robbery 13.1, frauds 13.4 and theft over increased 22.3. The most startling increase is in drug offences. The DBS states: "Re- ported offences against the Narcotic Control Act in 1970 rose to from the previous year the rate increasing 67 per cent to 75. Of- fences under the Food and Drug Act involving controlled and restricted drugs more than doubled to from increasing the rate 95 per cent to 25.2." The rate of drug offences has jumped alarmingly just in the past few years. In 1967 the Narcotic Con- trol Act offence rate was 14.0 per population, in 1970 it was 75, or five times what it was four years ago. The rale of LSD use alone in- creased 96 per cent between 1969 and 1970. Inured as the Canadian public is to crime as a fact of life we would probably be surprised if the rate didn't climb every year. We don't approve of it naturally, but we have come to accept it, apathetically shrugging it off as the responsibility of the police. But it is not law and order is every man, and every woman, and every child's busi- ness and until we all accept this fact soberly and act accordingly we can anticipate even more alarming fig- ures in the rise in crime in years to come. Weekend Meditation When you are discouraged "DISCOURAGEMENT is the Devil's ally. It is the most devastating experience of the human soul. When a man is dis- couraged his faith turns to fantasy, hope runs from him like air friom a punctured balloon, and his ideals look like idiocy. Faith in God and man go out the win- dow. Yet who doesn't get discouraged some- times? "Sometimes I'm up, sometimes I'm down, 0 yes Lord." Life is full of broken programs, of work undone, plans unfinish- ed, and goals unrealized. Every man has to face the fact of failure some day. Ac- cording to his wile, William James, the progenitor of American psychologists, was a man of remarkable faith, who to the end of his life had a quality of character like steel. But in his earlier years he cer- tainly did not have such confident courage, writing in hs diary, for example, "All last winter when I was on the verge of sui- cide The United States has had few if any preachers more influential or revered than Phillip Brooks, but he wrote in his diary, "I am really ashamed of it, but I am tired, cross, and almost dead tonight." Robert Louis Stevenson was a gay, trium- phant spirit, even in pain and weakness that kept him conuned to his bed, but he wTote a friend that he had the previous week suffered from a severe dose of "crushed wormery." It is a sorry state into which all of us fall at times. You find it in men of the Bible. Moses was so discouraged over his backsliding people that he smashed the tablets with the Cbn-jnandmenUs. David despaired of life itself, despite the assurances of Sanrael that he was predestined to be king. We read that "David comforted himself in the which is the only source of comfort and encouragement. That is what "com- fort" means "con with strength. Poor Job was the classic case of discour- agement, and he had abundant reason for it, but "the Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends." One way out of discouragement is to think of others. A root cause of discouragement is selfishness. Job also gained a truer, strong- er faith. "I had heard of Thee rath the hearing of the said Job to God, "but now mine eye seeth Thee." Happy discour- agement that leads to such faith! As Bun- yan described for us, the way to heaven leads through many desolate, dangerous, and desert places. The disciples were badly discouraged and frightened after the crucifixion, but the re- surrection transformed them. So all the great souls have passed through discour- agement and are the stronger for it. Dos- toievsky was a pitiful, broken man when someone gave him a Bible and a new faith flooded and inspired him. "I have passed beyond the great whirlpools of ex- ulted Dosloievky. George Matheson, writ- er of the hymn. "0 Love that wilt not let me found the road from a devastat- ing discouragement, "0 Son of Man, when- ever I doubt of life, I think of Thee." This is the solution. One docs not cure discouragement by seeking solace in na- ture. The beauty of nature can make Ihe pain more acute. Nor does it help to have someone prescribe the Stoic remedy. "Keep your chin That can he irritating. In- dulgence does not heal sorrow or lead the soul up from the depths. Rather is leads downward into deeper discouragement. A man cleaning out a barn told Stevenson. "He that has aye something ayont need newer be weary." God and Eternity these are the solving words of human exis- tence. PRAYER: Out of the depths we ray unto Thee, 0 (ind! save us, or Spending encouraged as saving is out QTTAWA Time was when any public-spirited citizen could readily grasp his economic rolls as ex- pounded by an enlightened government, by the banks and the other institutional pillars of society. It was to work and save that Canada might grow and prosper. Thrift was a virtue which the government en- couraged by setting up annu- ity schemes and periodic bond campaigns. Waste was deplorable and economy in administration was consider- ed of such importance that ev- ery party made a strong point of it in political appeals. For the public-spirited citi- zen nowadays life is much more complex. It is not that the old admonitions were wrong: they retain their va- lidity, but only in seasons. What we must all do if we arc to "retain" is to whirl with the whirling dervishes of Ot- tawa. In 1970, for example, the government was preaching, if not always practising re- straint. The duty of the citi- zen was to limit his demands on the economy. It was more virtuous to save than to spend. The government, to help us resist temptation, maintained the surtax. What we did not have, we could not spend, although, of course, we could not save it either. John Young following the revival meetings of businessmen in Ottawa, went up and down the country preaching the mes- sage with such eloquence that no participating democrat apart from the wilful few, i could fail to grasp it. But this is 1971 and, the gov- ernment having whirled, we must all learn to whirl with it. Otto Lang, the earnest minis- ter of manpower and im- migration, is currently spend- ing on an advertising campaign, imcnded to induce us to mend our ways." Start by examining your own atti- rur.s the fatherly ad- monition, "in the bright light of Canada's current economic prospects." Personal savings, accord- ing to manpower, are now at a 10-year high. People have been careful about spending, which is not surprising consid- ering the inflation-packed pre- vailing prices and all that gov- ernment has told us about the patriotism of restraint. However, the time for care in spending is past. "There's much less reason for that caution today. What's needed now is the kind of confidence that will persuade people to make those expenditures the y've been postponing." Keep the economy moving and so forth. It appears that the old depression song has been slightly revised. "Mr, Edgar Benson says that now's the time to buy so let's have another cup of cof- fee, and let's have another piece of pie." The good citizen is the m a n or woman who adapts to the government's counsels "Oh groovy! You mean want you to get a moonlighting job so that I can go on spending sprees Letters to the editor The Alberta Business Journal came across my desk recently playing up two premier hope- fuls. One a good Swede who never has had the public or the politicians off his back from the day he emerged as Man- ning's golden-haired boy; the other, a young Canadian, photo- genic, well educated and with a plus factor a former football player. I have noticed that the soft- spoken Swede who hasn't pull- ed any sour ones albeit maybe no briliant ones (how could is pitted against a man with his Master's in Business Administration, his BA and LLB. The veiled suggestion is that the latter is a man of keen This is serious not a scrimmage business acumen and the form- er void of such qualities. I've been in the farm imple- ment business most of my days and I have seen more farmers than I care to think about go telly up, let alone hold their own in the complex business of farming. A man who could stick with his widowed mother and younger brothers and sis- ters and take a dryland farm through the dirty thirties, the grasshoppers, the dust storms and the six bushels an acre and build a modest empire prior to his political involve- ment has got to be a business- man from the grass roots up and rates my admiration, res- pect and consideration. We can't sell the other man short either. With a stint at Harvard and several years at the U of A he's bound to have something on the ball. Regardless how keen, how colorful, how cohesive, how impressive, how ambitious or how young and agressive a party may be, I need to be as- sured that it has the expertise required to handle the affairs of our great province without looking to their colleagues in Ottawa for the answers. As it is it now it has just one ace in the hole a displaced federal politician who seems to be able to penetrate a little deeper in his analysis and come up with some answers. Is this the time to wrest the Extremly ivary of the charisma bit Your fourth editorial on the coming Alberta election, which appeared July 27th, comparing Premier Harry Strom and Pe- ter Lougheed, was very inter- esting. Peter Lougheed does, indeed, ccme through loud and clear in tlie charisma department, Grapevine information It has filled me with dismay to learn by the grapevine, but from quite separate areas, that Lost painting In 1968, my daughter was a student at Winston Churchill High School. Through her art class, she entered an oil paint- ing at the exhibition. She won first prize and received a cer- tificate. When she went to get he- painting, she was told it- had been sent out on tour with a couple of other paintings. one had asked her permission. To this date, there has been no one who seems to know what has happened to this painting. It has vanished. We made en- quiries at the Gainsborough Gallery and Bowman Arts Centre. Mrs. Waterfield has been most helpful in trying to trace this painting, with no luck. All I want to know is where is this oil painting now? Someone has it. We would like it back. MRS. DONALD TIU.ETT. Stirling. the department of highways has scrapped its promised plan of completing Highway No. 3 from Fincastle to Medicine Hat this year. To add insult to in- jury, the rumors fly that a con- tract has been let to hard-sur- face the Elkwater to Wild Horse road. If more people were informed of this situation I doubt that many would go along with such irresponsible reasoning. High- way No. 3 is treacherously nar- row to the east, and patched on patches and used by multi- tudes of people constantly. Hard surfacing the Wild Horse road seems to be merely a bid for a few U.S. tourist dollars, at the most three or four months of the year. besiege Gordon Taylor with questions, get the facts and see if it is not yet too late to prevent such bungling. Mr. Strom should look after his home constituency better than that. A CONCERNED NO. 3 USER Bow Island. and is no doubt a very able and ambitious man. However, I am one of a le- gion of voters becoming ex- tremely weary with the cnaris- ma bit, as witness the perform- ance of Prime Minster P. E. Trudeau, who was chosen lead- er of the federal Liberals al- most solely on charisma. Premier Strom, with his Swedish ancestry and humble beginnings, may not project the image of the pretty boy on TV and in the newspapers, but from personal knowledge I can assure the thinking voters that he was raised hi a wonderful Christian home, with all which that implies, and he is a man of ABSOLUTE HONESTY AND INTEGRITY, character- istics often lacking in the poli- tician of this day and age. P o r m e r Premier Ernest Manning had these same quali- ties, and he found no difficulty in endorsing Harry Strom as his personal choice to succeed him to the premiership. If such .in astute man ns Mr. Manning could so easily find the "pure gold' which is Ihe real Harry Strom, let us hope that the voters will sec fit to do Ihe same, and return this quiet but very strong man to head our p r o v i n cial government once again. B10TII nOMEIKR. Ix-thbridge. state of our well being out of the hands of seasoned and good men? How badly dare we rock the boat? Can we afford to pass this important ball as this crucial time and run the risk of a fumble by well meaning, conscientious novices? All of Saskatchewan was shocked by the outcome of their election. Man after man told me that had he any due that it was going to swing so hard to the left that he would not have voted as he did. True it was a backlash against fed- eral politics and I can't help but feel that it is pretty com- fortable to have a provincial government which is not be- holden to Ottawa. The outcome of our election will neither con- gratulate nor spank Ottawa. This is not a scrimmage, this is serious politics. In a day when there is a senseless mood for change in the air I plan to be a more thoughtful voter this time. MAX E. RUNIONS. Edmonton. because the government al- ways knows best. Thrift, vir- tuous last year, is now sinful. Every right thinking, red- blooded Canadian should li- quidate liis savings: get out and splurge. That's what keeps the economy moving and that, it is hoped, will keep the government in office. It ought not to be sup- posed, however, that what we are about to do, if we heed Mr. Lang, will be equally com- mendable year. The bright light, we may be sure, will still shine as it has in every budget speech down through the years. But it may point in a different di- rection. Economic Sin, as we will be brought to understand it through the present brainwash, may again be the path of duty. Meanwhile, we may enjoy the orgy in good conscience knowing that the govern- ment, which once favored the ant, now looks benevolent- ly on the grasshopper. The government should enjoy the interval ev.en more because for once it is preaching what it customarily practises. Away with restraint, out with the stops, let us spend like drunk- en sailors and qualify for haloes in the process. The patriot shopper might be even more carefree if the government showed the "kind of confidence" it recommends to citizens. But while Mr. Lang is spending to encourage spend- ing, Ron Basford, the min- ister w h o ;ommunes with housewifes, is extending the term of the prices and in- comes commission and setting it to work drawing up con- tingency plans for controls. John Young, in other words, is to be held in readiness for an expected change in which vice and virtue will reassume their accustomed places and the ant will be back in fashion as an example to citizens. There is little doubt that the government has reason for this vestigial prudence. The air is thick with warn- ings, from those of the senior to those of junior economists, that inflation remains un- defeated. The United States is head- ed into an election year; its economy is being heated up for the occasion and our econ- omy is profoundly influenced by the thrust of cosU and prices in the neighboring re- public. Moreover, the Bank of Canada, supporting the policies of a Canadian government frightened by unemployment has been pumping money into the to the Bank of Nova Scotia, money supply from October 1970 to June of 1971 grew at the very liigh annual rate of 20 per cent. There is a time lag in these matters but the effects should certainly be felt by next year when prices, probably, will be off to the races again. In plunging for the new morality, we should remember therefore that within a com- paratively short time the gov- ernment will blow the whistle and order us back to the old. Most people, in any case, should oave little trouble in squandering their assets. With this accomplished, we will be ready to re-learn the old max- im, work and save. It is doubt- ful if we will have anything left to put into the govern- ment's Canada Development Corporation, which is built on the somewhat different prin- ciple, work and loses! will have demonstrated our adaptability to the thoughts and whims of government, this being the primary demand that Ottawa makes on citizens in these confusing days. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Looking backward Through the Herald 1921 Rudolph Rammer, Swiss guide from Lake Louise who rescued Mrs. Stone from a rocky ledge on Mount Eon in the Banff National Park, will continue his search today for Dr. W. E. Stone, president of Purdue University, Indiana. 1931 With the exception of July corn, grain dipped to a new low record today on the Board of Trade. Wheat for Sep- tember delivery slipped to cents per bushel. 1911 Italy's expenditionary corps has reached its "zone of assembly on the eastern front" to fight with the Germans against Russia. 1951 Lethbridge adopted water rationing for gardens and lawns in the face of pump- ing and storage problems de- veloping through the exception- ally heavy consumption of water during the current heat wave. 19M Prime Minister Har- old MacMillan announced today that Britain will make a formal application to join (he Euro- pean Common Market. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRrDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Mumtor Registration No. 001J pTihM.h Canadian Press and Ihe Canadian Dally Ncwsparw Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of circulations CLTEO W MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. 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