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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE VETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, Juna 197J Carl Roivaii, Old houses to get lift Urban Affairs Minister Ron Bas- ford recently announced that a new urban affairs policy will be intro- duced soon. This is welcome news as an earlier one died more than four years ago. One oE the policy's objectives, Mr. Basford slated, is to emphasize the conservation and re- habilitation of. existing housing and neighborhoods instead of bulldozing them ou.t of existence as is the cus- tom. But a housing policy should em- brace more than a rigid set of rules governing rehabilitation. What is needed is an established criteria to determine whether housing is ade- quate for the people living in it. It's not enough for a house to have indoor plumbing and a reasonably acceptable exterior. What is also needed is decent heating, hot water, something resembling a lawn and a clean neighborhood. And before Mr. Basford anft his of- ficials make their final decision they should study rome of the disastrous urban renewal projects taking place in the United States. For example, in New York city unethical contractors have been making merely token re- pairs to whole districts of houses at highly inflated costs, then leaving owners with unwieldy debts and hous- es little better than they were origin- ally. Strict control over large scale re- newal projects should be a major prerequisite on Mr. Basford's list of priorities or the same pattern couJd perhaps be established in Canada. The last thing people forced to live in ghetto like surroundings need is hope of improvement, only to find themselves in worse financial straits at the hands of unscrupulous con- tractors. One way of avoiding this would be to place all types renew- al projects under the eye of a com- petent government watchdog. Civil service corruption Ottawa's civil service was upset recently by remarks made by John Carson, chairman of the Public Service Commission of Canada. He said that if young people are "turned off" when they start to work in the public service, there is a danger that only the "corruptible slobs" will remain. In addition he said there is a danger of "sacred cowism" in the attitude of civil servants toward the merit system that has governed pro- motions in the public service. Very few people outside the civil service are apt to find these com- ments extraordinary. As columnist Peter Desbarats says, "both remarks seemed to be rather innocuous state- ments of self-evident truth." The suggestion is that conservatism and protectionism rather than moral cor- ruption characterizes civil servants, something that is far from unique to that group of people in our society. Maintenance of the status quo, which is often an unconscious goal, may or may not be a bad thing. In the instance of the civil service it can be argued that it is a bad thing. The self perpetuating tendencies have been recognized by the govern- ment as a threat to national unity. This is seen in the imbalance of Anglo- phone to Francophone Canadians in the civil service which the govern- ment has been trying to rectify. In view of the undoubted power of the civil service in the actual admini- stration of the nation's affairs, if not also to some degree in pointing its direction, challenges to the bureau- cracy are definitely in order. Inter- estingly, economist John Kenneth Galbraith was recently in Ottawa and Montreal exprcssing-views which should be far more disturbing to civil servants than those voiced by Mr. Carson. Galbrailli contends that in North American society big business bur- eaucracy and the public bureaucracy work in close alliance in a "planning system" which is in conflict with the interests of most individuals. While in Canada he called for the "eman- cipation of the state from the ideolog- ical control of the planning system." That seems to suggest a view of. civil servants as the enemies of the public interest which is a more serious charge than that of "corruptible slobs." Water rationing Aside from the slight inconvenience associated with trying to remember on which days watering is permis- sible, the imposition of water ration- ing on city residents should not prove burdensome. In fact it might even prove to be something of a blessing. The gardener who heretofore gave his grass and plants a dribble daily may find himself doing a more effec- tive job as a result of the soaking administered at intervals. And the fellow who tended to neglect this little chore may now be spurred to action, if for no other reason than not to miss his share of the water. Conse- quently yards in Lethbridge may have a better appearance than ever before. There is even an opening for the non-gardener to slough off reproof for shirking his responsibilities to h i s neighborhood. His browned prem- ises can be blamed on the rationing, the schedule of which he can plead is too much for his preoccupied mind to master. At any rate the reasons behind the decision to impose rationing are sound and all reasonable citizens will be willing to comply with them. Holiday hazards IT is' high season for the sponge. That is, all of us but the halt and the jailed are planning a summer vacation that in- cludes soaking up the hospitality of the aunt of an old boy friend on our mother's side of the family unless she takes eva- sive action at once. Even as we are writing the letter that will bomb a quiet residence in Lincolnshire, the postman is thrusling through our mail slot an envelope addressed by an unfamil- iar but incredibly prehensile hand. The problem: how to minimize our own holiday costs for accommodation, food, sightseeing and so on, while thwarting the family that is coming to town with its collectively beady eyes zeroed on our front door. Let's consider first the strategy of de- fence. These people that you have never seen or heard of, having been invited by your sister-in-law in Milwaukee to lay the sleeve on you during their swing through Canada, have written well In advance of their ar- rival. They have been clever enough to give the numercial strength of their attacking force (two parents and three without mentioning the reserves (a large dog with a nervous condition of the bladder and the mother's advanced The most obvious tactic to reply that j'ou are leaving town on an emergency call to South America is also the weakest. You destroy your capability of referring your neighbor, the one whose cabin cruiser you hope to borrow for a week of your own holiday to your sister-in-law's place in Milwaukee during your neighbor's tour ol the States. Worse, the invaders from ttie south likely to reply that your presence in your house is not essential to their use of it please leave Iho key under the mat. A new, peaceful Russia discovered? WASHINGTON "The old gray bear ain't what she used to be" might be the song of some of those reluming from the historic summit conference in Moscow, The Soviet and American lea- ders reached agreements in the fields of arras limitation, space exploration, medical research and civility on the Itigh seas. They garlanded all this with a declaration that the two super powers will "do their utmost to avoid military confrontations and to prevent the outbreak of nuclear war." Soviet experts and scholars surely will cogitate for months over What it all means. It is significant that at this time Foreign Policy magazine should carry an article by Prof. George F. Kennan, the man who Influenced profoundly this country's attitudes and policies toward Russia 25 years ago with his celebrated article, The Sources of Soviet Conduct. Ken- nan, who then was head of tho state department's policy plan- ning staff, has been credited as the architect of the U.S. policy of "firm" containment of Sov- iet expansionist tendencies. Kennan now says there has been "a very considerable mel- lowing of Soviet power." He adds that "the Soviet-American conflict has been largely re- moved geographically from the Eurasian land mass and rele- gated to control of the high seas and the fantasy world of nuc- lear weaponry the anti-Am- erican propaganda and the competition with the United Stales for favor and influence in the Third World continue; Hold fast to your own house: this is basic to the defensive posture against holiday pests. At ttie same time, try to keep your avenues of access to homes in other parts of (lie world, with the possible exception of Toronto and the Gaza Strip. Method: reply to the enemy's letter with a show of receptiveness, viz: Dear Judy (or is it "Judas can't quite make out your we are delighted that you are stopping in town on your way to Jasper. You ask about accom- modation in our city. Well, now, we wouldn't think of you staying anywhere hut here, Casa Your three lovely children can share the spare bedroom with our little adopted child, M'bongo, who the doctors say is almost completely recovered from leprosy. My husband and I have had separate bed- rooms for some years, owing to a snoring condition, but I'm sure we can all be quite comfortable if you sack up with "the Comte de Sade" (a knickname we have for and I sleep with Mr. Wumbanger {or is it You will be joining us at an exciting time as we are devout Druids and this is the month when we eat nothing but wild ferns. Expectantly yours, Myrna (or is it Moira? I have trouble reading my own So much for defence. What about your own plans for an economy blight on an alien household? Forget about the letter of introduction. Success depends entirely on the clement of surprise. A telegram timed to arrive a few minutes before your car pulls into their driveway that's all the warning they get. Catch little M'bongo with the burnt cork in his hand. Good hunting, holiclayer. (Vancouver Province feature) 'Ready Letters To The Editor Bouquets from the floivers of hope During the early spring, all over Canada, yellow envelopes, containing a small packet of seeds were dropped in mail boxes. Reader, what did you do with yours? I hope you didn't discard it without opening it and looking in. If you just put it aside unopened, you probably missed the planting date for the seeds within. The unpretenious little seed packet had no picture on it, to show its promise of beauty, but must be planted in good faith. It was packaged by some will- ing helper here in the city of Lethbridge, and putting a pinch of seeds into some little plastic baggies, takes a lot of helpers. So my first bouquet goes to all those who contribut- ed so generously of their time to preparing the envelopes for us. This is probably the spot in my letter to answer those who ask: "Why be so skimpy with the Well, we tried to be more generous, but the add- ed thickness in each envelope became so much bulk when bundling them in 150s for mail- ing, that we had to trim it down. The marigold, seeds of which we send you, is a symbol of the work done for the mentally re- tarded in Canada. It is not a flower that you would plant in your rose garden, nor will it appear in the gladiolus show put on by the horticultural soci- ety. But it will add beauty in the right setting with a mini- mum amount of care. By tho same token, the retarded, whom the marigold represents, will never be found in a univer- sity or competing for honors with the elite of our youth. But given their rightful place in the sun, they can learn lo live a meaningful life and contribute something worthwile to society. Buy yourself a share in their future and see how easily you can become interested in them. Don't just send us a dollar and forget all about us. Invest a dollar and come and see how it is spent. I am sure you will bo impressed wilh what it acconv So They Say It's like buying a Rolls- Royce and then not driving it because you want to sava mon- ey on the gasoline. Thomas Gold, Cornell University astronomer, on the end of manned moon ex- ploration alter, Apollo 17. plishes In the hands of dedicat- ed and concerned citizens. While we are speaking of this type of investment, a bouquet goes out to the many who al- ready have generously respond- ed, in varying amounts, to our appeal. The business people of Lethbridge and district haya more than justified our faith in them. We tried to wage our campaign without a door-lo- door canvas this year, believ- ing that people should be allowed to give because they want to, not just because a can- vasser is hard to refuse. How- ever, as yet the results have not proven as rewarding as in other years. But perhaps we have not given it enough time. The work for the mentally re- tarded in Lethbridge was begun about 17 years ago by a dedica- ted nurse, the late Dorothy Gooder, in whose honor the school is named. With a small group of parents to help her, she started the first classroom with six children. As the num- ber of children increased, the need for better facilities be- came apparent. A school had to be built and more teachers hired. All this was dependent on public support. Gradually, how- ever, more government support was granted and children from out of town were assisted by their school divisions. But no sooner did (he going become a little easier, than a new need arose. Out-of-town children needed accommodation and the first residence was built by the Lethbridge Association with the Bobcats A recent issue of The Herald carried an account of a mala bobcat being shot in the Fore- most area. The article went on to say that bobcats were oaca common there but are very rare now. Killing an animal like this is nothing short of cold-blooded murder. In the same paper (Chinook section) a list of predators in connection with sheep losses with the percentages for each was given. I notice that tha names of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hobcrt (Bob) Cat does not ap- pear in the list; but even it they had it would have been for the purpose of survival; not for the pleasure of killing. LEO. W. SPENCER. Cardaton. help of a bequest from the Oli- ver estate. Since then another residence has been built, also for school children. At school they are taught basic skills, both academic and handicraft. At the end must they go back home where these skills can not be used, where they have no opportunities for activities geared to their own capabilities, and where they will eventually, retreat into their own lonely little shell? Out of this need, Sunrise Ranch was born: a place te pro- vide meaningful employment for the adult retardate. Green- house work is ideally suited to their physical limitations and temperament. They cannot work fast or hard, but the skills that they master, they do well, conscientiously and without tir- ing of monotony. Sunrise Ranch is a tribute to the people of Lethbridge and southern Alberta, whose sup- port made it possible. With the growth of the greenhouse, how- ever, came another need. Ap- plicalions were coming in from all over our area, from people we did not even know existed. Most of these came in from par- ents who saw, in Sunrise Ranch, Not much help I am writing a letter about welfare. We came to Leth- bridge threo weeks ago. Our car broke down, so we went to the welfare office to get some help. We wanted to get somo help to get to Kamloops as my husband had a job there. The counsellor said that she couldn't help us. She would only give us five dollars for gas to get to the B.C. border, and some money for food. She gave us seven dollars for food for three days and we have two kids. How do they expect a family to live on seven dol- lars for three days? We also went to Manpower and they wouldn't help. I think that the people who don't need it get the help. The aid that we asked for was to help us out till we got to a job my husband was definite- ly sure of. We even offered to sign an agreement to pay back what aid we got seven dol- lars I What a laugh! I haya written this so somo people in I.ethbridge will know what is happening around them. SHARON LECLERC a place for their son or daugh- ter to become used to living away from home, without send- ing them away to an institution. (And, let me interject here, that our government institution at Red Deer has a waiting list almost as large as its enrol- ment.) Every parent of such a "special" son or daughter has one major worry "What will become of him for her) when I am no longer Sunrise Ranch was meant to provide an answer, but how could it unless it also provided a home? And so another step of faith was taken. In 1971 a new residence was started and completed in May of this year. It is a "home" as wo understand it; nothing like an insti'ution. It was fully booked before its of. tidal opening on May 13, with room for 14 residents plus houseparents. Like most new homes, it has a mortgage hang- ing over it (as big as a house, if you'll pardon the pun) but with all of southern Alberta, helping us, how can we fail? And that brings me back to the Flowers of Hope. Our part in the campaign is completed. The rest is up to the commun- ity. I wish we could say a per- sonal thank you to everyone who has already sent us a gift, but this letter will have to accomplish this for us. Receipts have begun to go out for the larger donations. My final bouquets must go out to the people, boys and girls, young people, men and women, who trudged the city pavement lo drop our lellers in your mail boxes. It would take too much space to mention each group of helpers here. Leth. bridge and district is full of warmhearted, generous people, and I thank you all. A. PENNER Flowers of Hope Chairman Lethbridge Association for The Mentally Retarded but this is more of a force habit than a policy, and the few successes achieved to date have come from American mis- takes far more than Soviet bril- liance. 'World has simply faded out of the picture, as a concrete aim of Soviet for- eign policy." Kennan does concede that Moscow shows signs of "dis- turbing adventurism" in tlie Middle East where they seem to desire "to gain total control over this area and to exclude every form of Western influ- ence." Considering this, and the far-unrenounced policy of sup- porting "wars of to what extent can we accept these new Moscow accords as evidence of a new Soviet Union uninterested in "world revol- How seriously, for example, should we take that declaration of principles committing both the U.S. and the Soviet Union to "settle differences by peace- ful The Nixon administration purports to take it on lace val- ue. "We assume that tire Sov- iet leaders are serious people and that they would not sign such a document, in a rather solemn ceremony, if they did not have serious was the way Kissinger put it. On the face of things, then, one might easily conclude that we are on the verge of warm and intimale relations with the Soviets. Let me quote here, at length, from Kennan's analysis, for he throws forth somo theories and generalizations about Soviet leaders that recommend cau- tion rather than euphoria: "The United States would do well not to indulge itself in un- real hopes for intimacy with either the Soviet regime or Soviet population. There are deeply-rooted traits in Soviet psychology some of old-Rus- sian origin, some of more re- cent Soviet provenance that would rule this out. Chief among these, in my opinion, are- the congenital disregard of tha truth, the addiction to propa- gandists exaggeration, distor- tion, and falsehood, the habitual foulness of mouth in official ut- terance. "So pernicious has been the effect of 50 years of cynicism about the role of objective truth in political statement that one begins to wonder whether these Soviet leaders have not destroy- ed in themselves the power to distinquish truth from fake- hood. The very vocabulary in which they have taught them- selves to speak, politically, with its constant references to the American 'imperialists' and is confusing and offensive, in it- self a barrier lo belter interna- tional understanding. "Add to this the hysterical pre- occupation with espionage, the continued fear of foreigners and one is obliged lo recognize that it is simply unrealistic for Americans to look for any great intimacy, or even normalcy, as we understand it, of relations with the Soviet Union. As is also the case with China, though for somewhat different reasons, relations can be reas- onably good, but they must also be reasonably distant; and the more distant they are, in a sense, the betler they will be." It is noteworthy that the Com- rnunist party newspaper Prav- da warned in a 'ront-page ed- itorial that, whatever may have been achieved in the summit talks, tho East-West ideological warfare mil go on. This means that efforts to re- duce, or even wipe out, U.S. influence and prestige in the Middle East, Soulh Asia and other parts of the world will also continue. The greatest achievement of the Moscow meetings may be the support they lend to Ken- nan's thesis of 25 years ago: that U.S. differences with the the Russians are not the sort that can be resolved only through war that somewhere between intimacy, which is im- possible, and a gruesome war "there is a middle ground of peaceful coexistence." When we remember h o w Washington regarded "peaceful coexistence" as a naively trea- sonous phrase only 15 years ago, we become aware of the the fact that the Russians may today be scratcliing their heads asking to what extent the Am- ericans really have changed. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD f.O, LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Man Registrant No. C01J Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Dally Newspaptr Publishers' Association ercj tht Audit Bureau of CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS K. ADAMS, General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAr Managing Editor Associate Editor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Admlislnj Manager Editorial page Edilw THE HERAID SERVES THB SOUTH' ;