Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Are we smart enough to survive? I, 1973 By Normtn Coulnt, Lw Angeles Times eomueitator FIVI The U.S. defence department hasn't said much about it, but it bas been developing a capability to change weather end to use man-made storms or droughts as weapons. The same approaches are being pursued by the Soviet Union. This is no summary of a fanciful new book of science fic- tion, but a factual statement of what is happening in the ad- vanced military research la- boratories major nations. For more than a century, scientists have known they can increase the chances of rain by seeding clouds with pellets of dry ice in order to release moisture. This simple principle has now been refined and developed to the point where heavy and even torrenti- al rains can sometimes be trig- gered. Another possibility is that, through delayed action chemistry, the clouds outside a country can be seeded and then reach the bursting stage over the intended area fii order to produce severe flooding ef- fects. Still another approach is to interrupt rain clouds outside a country, causing them to ex- pend all their moisture before they pass over a certain area, thus creating a sustained dry spell in the enemy's country. The manipulation of stratos- pheric conditions affecting weather is another possibility being studied for warfare pur- poses. Under circumstances of ac- tual warfare, the control of the Arctic and Antarctic regions would be critical for purposes of "weather as the practice is formally termed in military and scientific circ- les. Vast and precipitate thaw- ing, for example, could result in tidal waves and inundation of distant coastal areas. Such sudden thawing could be brought about by strategically placed thermonuclear explo- sions. Even without respect to a war situation, Arctic meteorol- ogical conditions could be changed in a way that could have harmful effects on parts of the world. Soviet scientists, for example, have been con- sidering the diversion of two rivers that now flow through Siberia into the polar regions. By rerouting the rivers, the scientists believe they can im- prove the agricultural potenti- alities of millions of Siberian acres. There is little doubt that this project is within the scientific and technological capability of the Soviet Union. The question to be asked, however, is what the effect would be on other countries. If the Arctic were suddenly to be deprived of a vast mass of cooling water, a possible effect would be a tem- perature shift that could scorch the crops of farmers in the American Midwest. More and more, we are dis- coverng that the ability of human beings to do serious harm to their planet far ex- ceeds their ability to protect it or nurture it. During the past 10 years, ttie human race has spent an estimated bil- lion for destructive purposes. We have been involved in an accelerating race between po- tential bankruptcy and poten- tial man-made holocausts. Nothing is less flattering to human intelligence or human Book reviews values than the use of our domi- nant energies and resources for disfiguring human existence. We are in the grip of a collec- tive insanity that causes us to smash at the conditions that make life possible. Day after day those conditions are running down, like a giant clock. The oceans are being fouled, the .underground water tables are being contaminated, the sky is being used as an open sewer and the basic resources are being depleted. Meanwhile, the national gov- ernments, which are the high- est existing form of human or- ganization on earth, are pre- occupied with their hostilities and are putting most of their resources into the things that can pulverize one another. At some time, and it had bet- ter be soon, the human beings on this earth are going to have to give some serious thought to their common problems. And the biggest of these problems is the need to make the actions of their governments consis- tent with the requirements of human safety on earth. Until now, it was thought that the perpetuation of the human species was dependent solely on human reproduction. This is no longer the case. If the human race is to continue in a reasonably civilized condi- tion, it will be necessary to create the mechanisms for man- aging the affairs of our planet. We are going to have to take the next big step in our politi- cal evolution just as the human race discovered early in its evolution that the only way it could protect the family was by creating the tribe, and just as we later discovered that the only way to protect the tribe was by creating the nation, so we now have to learn that the only way to protect the human species is by creating an or- ganization that can act with authority in its behalf. A spokesman for dissenters "I guess this inflation business affects ewyfcody. Hen- My husband hit the ceiling vrhea the bill came foe fitl's "Wanted: a single Canada" by J. T. Thorson (McClelland and Stewart, 160 pages, Is biiinguafism beneficial? The Honorable J. T. Thorson doesn't think so. As a distin- guished jurist and president of The Single Canada League he attacks the Official Languages Act and maintains, that it is unconstitutional to legislate Euch an act. He wants a single Canada, not a French-English one, and ad- vises opposition at the polls con- cerning dual policies. The "quiet revolution" objectives of Quebec Premier Jean Lesage are described as non separatist but interested, in more power for Quebec and large-scale ed- ucation. It was Premier John- eon who first asked for equality or independence. He regarded Quebec as the homeland of the French-Canadian nation. Prime Minister Lester Pear- son was a firm believer in French-English duality, but, the author points out, Mr. Pearson's conception was a misconcep- tion Canada is not a bilingual country. He goes on to predict that it never will be bilingual. The author charges discrimin- ation againt English-speaking Canadians in public service and cites examples of intimidation and umlermining of morale. The training programs under the new languages act are very in- efficient. From trained, only about graduated with a desired degree of efficiency. The cost of the program, is about million. I think all of us can agree, that at that cost, the program as it stands now can be classi- fied as a failure, especially when one considers dissatisfac- tion from both parts, Quebec on the one band, and the rest of Canada on the other. A pro- gram that can't produce better results should be discarded or redesigned. J. T. Thorson presents here a well-researched study of an age-old Canadian problem. His integrity can hardly be ques- tioned. There is a certain virtue in fighting for one's right, when one can define this very elusive term to everyone's satisfaction. However, one should think that at a time, when education is prolonged into a ripe age, where jobs are scarce, and travelling is taking on new di- mensions, the study of a sec- ond language shouldn't be a. major hurdle. Two Canadas won't do. One Canada embracing two cul- tures without jealousies might well be the answer an asset for its people and a continuous source of pride. HANS SCHAUFL Human and humorous "A Lover Needs A Guitar" by David E. Lewis. (McClel- land and Stewart Ltd., 160 A poignant, hilarious, nostal- gic trip via the pen of a su- perb writer. When is the last time you laughed so hard tears ran down your cheeks, especially while reading a book? If you've miss- ed this experience, and chances are that you have lately, then don't pass up the opportunity to read this book. The school concert (who hasn't taken part in not only brings Lewis' Be safe. Be sure. Invest in'B'Fund. A high income investment in bonds. Smart people invest their money where they can be sure of it. Royal Trust Fund is invested in bonds of corpo- rations and governments. 'B' Fund is backed by Royal Trust investment ex- pertise and pays a high income quarterly. Royal Trust'B'Fund has no sales commissions or withdrawal charges. If you want your money, you can get it by giving a few days notice before the end of any month. 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A line that caught my fancy was a quip the author made about running away to sea in the tiny province of Nova Sco- tia: "there's no other place to run except to sea, unless one confined himself to a circle." Canadian literary achiev- tDfents are on an upswing, but Lewis' contribution to humor in Canadian literature has swung the pendulum over the top. This is highly recommend- ed for anyone with a sense of humor and memories. GARRY ALLISON Books in brief "A Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Hockey" by Gerald Eskenad (Clarke, Irwin and Co. Ltd., 223 Hockey introduction books are a dime a dozen. Out of this pile of data, put down in uniter- esting "how to" terms, conies this book. It stands so far above the rest it doesn't even deserve to be in the same cate- gory with them. Interwoven among the facts and figures is an interesting, enlightening dialogue of the finest degree. The writing flows and reads easily, not only ac- quainting the reader with the rules and ideas of the game, but also giving insights into the players and coaches as well. New York based Eskenari does lean a little heavily on the Ranger pgle of things, but that's aU right as far as we Ranger fans are concerned. Emil Francis, Brad Park, Rod Gilbert all have their say, as do such colorful men as Beg Fleming, Derek Sanderson and numerous others. They all con- tribute greatly to the "inside" angle of the book. Of note to fans in this area are the appearances of Earl Ingarfield, Doug Barkley, Vic Stasiuk and Johnny McKenrie. This is a welcome piece of hockey literature, especially after so many of the "super- star" books that have hit the shelves lately. GARRY ALLISON Are you bored, kids? By Eva Brewtter COUTTS Teen-agers tell me: "When I am on holiday, I sleep all day. What else is there to And what do they do if they accidentally surface from under their blankets early? Switch on television. The sun may shine and beckon them in vain to come out. If legs were meant for walking nature should reconsider for that is the last thing kids use them for these days. They hop into their car to travel two blocks or get friends to pick them up, right at their door, rather than across the street, to spare them the effort of walking over to the waiting vehicle. Poor, rich kids. So far, few people seem to have come up with a formula to shalw them out of their ill- humored apathy but I have a suggestion. I would like them to visit an old lady in Montana, a neighbor of mine, eo to speak. I saw her recently and it seemed to me she had not moved since last I met her sev- eral months ago. Crippled with arthritis, she is practically house bound, confined to a few steps with a walking aid or her wheel-chair. Nevertheless, she is one of the happiest people I have ever met. Bore- dom? That word doesn't exist in her dic- tionary. She collects kids round her as a bright light attracts moths, and there is nothing under the sun they can't discuss with her. Her answers to some of the youngsters' jaundiced views offer a de- lightful slant, filled with humorous wisdom bringing a laugh or a tear and something to think about. Listening to her favorite program of old- time dancing, for instance, her young vis- itors remarked caustically about a popu- lar, if old-fashioned, singer: "Isn't creep? Let's switch him off." "Do I switch off your the eld lady asked after patiently enduring all day blaring tape recorders, local kids' band practice and recordings that, to her, wen nothing but an indistinguishable phony. "I have my creeps and you have she said. "It's time to give ay favorite creep a hearing." The laughed and agreed. They discussed abortion and women's lib- eration, the young girls, of course, being in favor of both. "I don't know which of the two I dislike and fear said tin old lady, "the poor man holding the baby and the duty washing or abortion." "Why do you fear abortion? Surely, you are well past worrying over that joked the girls. "Not she stated seriously, "you see, if we lived in a society that whole- heartedly supported abortion, who do you think would be next? Surely, the old people would then in turn be done away with for am I not as helpless and useless as the unborn child? And I tell you quite hon- estly: I do not want to be done away with. From my wheel chair I enjoy life tremen- dously." The kids left thoughtfully. "They are Just crying out for the old lady said. "They have so much in material things and so little in the way of spiritual re- sources. Never having suffered, they don't know how much they have to be grateful for." Report to readers Doug Walker The supporting cast In addition to the writers and editors, whose biographies have appeared in three previous columns, there are several people whose services are indispensable to the news room. These are the people in the photography and engraving department, the librarians, the proofreaders, and the re- ceptionist. Elwood Ferguson: born at Trail, B.C.; attended school in Taber; joined the staff of The Taber Times where he had the op- portunity to learn all aspects of the news- paper business including photography; came to The Herald 13 years ago as a photographer and engraver; has been head of the photo engraving department for the last seven years. Walter Kerber: born in Germany; attend- ed school in Germany and in Nobleford, Shaughnessy, Picture Butte; took a four- year course in aeronautical engineering at the Southern Alberta Institute of Techno- logy; joined The Herald staff six years ago as a photographer. Rick Ervin: born fit Regina; attended school in Aneroid, Sask. and in Edmonton; was a surveyer for two years and a parts- man for three years; spent a year in radio work in Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek; took a two-year course in photography at the Northern Alberta Institute of Techno- logy during which time bs worked for The Edmonton Journal; spent a summer with the National Film Board before joining The Herald staff in September, 1972. Bill Groenen: born in Holland; attended school at Lloydminster; after working as a painter for a year he was employed by The Lloydminster Times for about a year; he was with The Alaska Highway News at Fort St. John for two and a half years as a pressman and photographer; spent a year and a half as a pressman, photograph- er and advertising manager with The Prince Rupert Daily News and The Terrace Omineca Herald; was a printer at a com- mercial printing firm in Lethbridge for almost a year before joining the staff of The Herald in July, 1972 as a photographer. Harry Neufeld: born at Brooks; attended school in Rosemary, Winnipeg, and Niagara- on-the-lake; has completed one year at the University of Lethbridge in pre-law; joined The Herald staff in April, 1973 as a photog- rapher for the summer. Helen Lambert: born at Nan ton; attended school at Cayley; graduated with a BEd from the University of Calgary; joined The Herald staff m October, 1971 as assistant to the librarian and part-time proofreader; is now the librarian. Judi Walker: born at Strasbourg, Sask.; attended school in Calgary and finished in Lethbridge; took the two-year journalism course at the Lethbridge Community 'Col- lege; has taken one semester at the Uni- versity Leaibriage, joined The HeralS staff in February, 1969 as assistant librar- ian working part-time while going to school. Gerta Patson: born in Czechoslovakia and attended school there; spent three years as a translator for a publishing firm in Czech- oslovakia; was a consulate secretary for four years in Germany; attended Queens- land University in Brisbane. Australia for two years; joined The Herald staff in Octo- ber, 1970 as a proofreader. Peggy Donaldson: born at WeUskiwin and attended school there; took a secre- tarial course at Alberta College in Edmon- ton; was employed by banks in Edmonton and Lethbridge; joined The Herald staff two years ago as a proofreader. Margaret Dockery: born at Stavely and attended school there; had several jobs before joining The Herald staff seven years ago as night proofreader. Helen Kovacs: born at Calgary; attended school in Lethbridge, Bow Island, Hat, and Calgary; did secretarial work for several firms before joining The Herald staff in November, 1969 as receptionist- secretary. All the other people at The Herald share in getting out the paper in direct and indirect ways and deserve to be intro- duced to the public too but I am going to end the biographies nonetheless.This proj- ect proved to be a more difficult and consuming undertaking than I had anti- cipated. Many people ,were busy at times when I was free to collect data and a sur- prising number were diffident about talk- ing about themselves. I hope these four columns about ourselves have been of suffi- cient interest to warrant the time and space. The fencer By Dong Walker There was a news item in The Herald a while ago with the heading, "Fencing Club looking for new members." It caught the attention of two of my friends in the back George Goldie and Garry Allison. When the pages were dismantled my friends saved the head and attached a new ttoiy to tt. Their version was as "Doug Walker, editorial writer for The Lethbridge Herald, has started a fencing club for beginners. Any person wishing ex. pert advice on this subject is asked to phone Mr. Walker. All inquiries will kept confidential." Well, it has been a long haul but I seem finally to have made a name for mytelf the fencer!