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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta _ THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Snturdtiy, Juno 13, 1970 Neat Asclierson Prices And Prizes Merchandising by means of offer- ing prizes has become so accepted that sometimes the product is in dan- ger of being obscured. There have even been instances when goods were purchased without any desire for them but simply with the hope of get- ling the prizes. This was obviously true in the case of some brands of cigarettes which were systematically bought by the carton sometimes by oeople who Hid not smoke. Prizes increase prices. They in- crease prices for everyone including those who are not interested in the prizes. Non-gamblers thus are forced against their wills into supporting the indulgence of those afflicted with the disease. It is ironical that the practise has been challenged and with some hope of it being done away with in the case of a non-essential product: tobacco. In the case of tobacco the questionable nature of the market- ing doesn't seem to matter so much since buyers have already decided to waste their money. Increased prices for products that have some usefulness and may even be neces- sary is another matter. Now that the Criminal Code has been revised so that more outright gambling can be clone legitimately there should not be so much seeming need to sneak it into the experience of buying goods and services. Busi- ness can be business and gambling can be gambling. Consumer Affairs Minister Ron Basford is right in hoping that other industries will follow the lead of the tobacco industry and run their busi- ness on the basis of quality and oood service rather than "some fool rontest" that is essentially gambling. Political Oil What is the reason behind the in- crease of U.S. quotas on oil imports from Venezuela, a gesture which is bound to antagonize Canada? The answer is international politics. Venezuelan relations with the U.S. have been at their lowest ebb in years, and many Venezuelans strong- ly opposed the "recent visit of then- President Caldera to Washington be- cause of the acute strains between the two countries The U.S. still has no ambassador in Caracas because the Venezuelans have opposed the last two suggestions put forth by the United States. (One of these was Texas oilman John Kurd, whose name was withdrawn when it was discovered that he opposed oil im- ports by the When President Nixon visited Venezuela in 19o8 he was given rough treatment and last year the President's fact-finder Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller was asked to slay away from the country. If Mr. Caldera had come home from Washington empty-handed he would have had to face increased protest about his efforts at diploma, tic peace making with the U.S. The inevitable result would have been further deterioration of relations be- tween the two countries, more accu- sations that Latin America is far down the totem pole on the priority list Mr Nixon is trying to prove to Venezuelans that he does "care about Latin America as he told them he did last fall. All this may point out the reasons behind the Venezuelan-U.S. oil import deal, but it will hardly satisfy Can- ada's oil interests which have suffer- ed a body blow, though hardly a knockout punch, in recent months be- cause of severe cutbacks in U b. ou imports from Canada. That Genocide Convention In 1948, largely through' the effort and leadership of the United States, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Genocide Con- vention unanimously. Seventy-five nations speedily ratified it but until this day the U.S. Senate has with- held its country's ratification. Genocide, as defined in the con- vention, consists of the deliberate and systematic extermination of an ethnic or religious group. It is incon- ceivable that the American people would want to engage in although some wild accusations have been made about the U.S. pursuing such a course in Vietnam. Opposition to ratification has come from some Southerners who have taken the view that racial discrimin- ation in the U.S. might be seized upon as a basis for charging the United States with a violation of the Genocide Convention. Such a fear seems to be without foundation. Racial discrimination as practised in parts of the U.S. is odious and un- democratic. It may have kinship with penocide but is not lo be equated with it. And, besides, racial dis- crimination is officially opposed in the United States and is being vigor- ously attacked on many fronts. The fear that has kept the con- vention from being ratified betokens a real sense of guilt on the part of those who voice it. In expressing it they reveal an awareness that racial discrimination entails injustice. But they also indicate a stubborn unwill- ingness to yield their own prejudices and resulting discriminatory prac- tises. Many Americans must be embar- rassed by the continued blocking of ratification of the convention. The Washington Post doubtless speaks for them when it says, "It is high time for the United States to rise above its guilty fears to the level of its high principles. Ratification of the Geno- cide Convention would simply place the country where it belongs, in the ranks of those seeking to safeguard basic human rights throughout the world." Weekend Meditation Despising The Church WRITING to tlie Corinthians Paul asks them if they depise the Church of God. Beyond all things Paul loved Ihe church. His most exalted language deals with Ihe church: Then he is jubilanl, full of fire, soaring to heaven. Here is the place where Jesus lives, the very body of his Lord. Sometimes Paul describes the church as tlie temple of God, the seat and shrine of the Eternal. At other times it is the family of God. He thinks of it as a building of which Jesus Christ is the chief corner- stone. Then he sees this is insufficient lo describe the life of the church so he con- ceives of it as an organism through which the Holy Spirit operates. When Paul sees the beauty of the church he calls her the bride of the world's Redeemer. Jesus loved Ihe church too. It is the only thing he called his own: He never said, "my or "my but he did say "my church." Paul believed thai he died for the church. Consequently Paul was deeply hurt by anything that demeaned the church. Even' whippcr snapper today takes a crack at the church when he can. She is UK butt of easy criticism. Pierre Berton is only one of a multitude who fail to sec her glory, the splendor of her past and the won- der of her 'work in Hie world today. Kin- stcin eloquently described how he once des- pised the church. Then when the N'.izi per- secution came, the Jews went to tlie uni- versities, bill found no one to help them. The newspapers caved in and could nol or would not speak for them. The only place where they found help, the only people who would spt'V.k for them, they discovered in Ihe church. So Kinstein concluded. "What I once despised, I now praise The freedom and democracy which we prize today comes naturally therefore in a direct linc'from Ihe Puritans of Britains developed Ilicin from the teachings of the theologians of Ihc Middle Ages. As Ches- terton remarked, no one in Western Eur- Soviet Talks Threaten Brandt Election -Sis-H? SsKSs ssHSSi worrv emerge on the forehead .There are the ncgoliatons and Bonn o talk w.l._ Mi. buclI at, t I (uii bclwcen of the most fresh-faced new will. Poland, which arc Big. 0ion yko, the SON let to eign SMI... k ___ of the most fresh-faced new government. Tltis1 time has now come for Willy Brandt, Chan- cellor of West Germany and towards a treaty which would recognize the Oder-Ncissc line as Poland's western border and S1SL UlilL HUUUllK IUOO uiii miii, w.............----- _ diplomatic relations can be ac- States with such different socia n k are now comp'e and cepled if there are to be closer systems was not possible But contacts. Uiein- to oi WS and as Poland's westerr. border and Ihe slage is tor the chairman of the Social Demo- inaUy ury Bonn s elam, ncgoUion on a in, _n lhcu. Cniurinflji OL i ne mim..? _-.......- crat Party On June 14, the provinces beyond the Oder elections are being held in lost in lS45._Mr. Josef Wmie- thrce "Lander" of the West German Federation, including the most populous "Land" of Bonn for further North-Rhine Westphalia. Con wlcz is in talks. Secondly, there are the meet- ings between Chancellor Brandt German treaty lo renounce the use of force against one an- otiier. At first, Brandt's vigorous clearing of the attic of German anti-Communist taboos delight- equal rights can be admitted, these States cannot treat each other as "foreign" countries. In order lo make any deal East German leaders in their present mood. The Polish and Soviet negoti- ations are a grest deal more promising: the altitude of both wesipnauu. vun- i.-s- uiuuuo opinion he seeks some reiaxa- ceivably these elections could and Hcrr Stopb, i rune public al nome and E t strict J (lirt flniMii-in nnmtl- _ ______: UUI1 ui -uuji. in Uillcl w nuiiw oiij IIL.I.IL j" palatable to his own public governments is (bolder opinion, he seeks some relaxa- so damage the Free Democrat Party the small party which rules in coalition with Minister of the German Demo- cratic and less defensive. But these approaches, as well as those to East Germany, are now be- ope who criticizes -the church does not owe it to the church that he can talk at all. But for that matter there isn't a single good thing about you that could not be labelled "Courtesy Christianity." You go to church to worship and it is in worship that you find God. No man realizes God apart iron: worship. Worship gives di- rection, sorts out Uie things thai are worth- while in life. "Worship" and "worthwhile" are close relations. Worship is the only sub- stitute for war. Worship joins the hearts of men. Worship is the most dynamic fact in any community, doing something for the community that will not be done in any other way. Thus a lifeless or formal wor- ship destroys the church and desultory at- tendance at church is a downright sin. Wor- ship maintains reverence in life, keeps faith ar.d hope alive, and celebrates the divine depth of life. The church is many other things than a worshipping body. She is a humanitarian body, carrying on a vast work of charity in the world. She is a missionary commun- ity by her very nature. She is a reforming body'since tlie" task of the church is to cre- ate "a mere sensitive conscience. She is a nucleus of brotherhood. "I have called you said Jesus. She is a factory of character. You find many sinners in the church, but you also find saints there and you find their, nowhere else. Tlie unlikely Walter Lippmatin declared that Ihe foundations cf Western civilization lie in the moral anil .spiritual ideals which have Ivx-n cherished by Hw i a Church. The rlmrch proclaimed Ihn uorth and dignity nl man. Where the church has become weak, man ha.s been degraded, treated like an animal. The destiny of man- kind is lied up to the destiny of the church. The church is the soul of the world. I'rayer: Help the church. 0 God. to over- come the iraolcrancc. bigotry, evil, and ig- norance of Ihcsi! dreadful times. _F. S. M. I- (1, n Tlntvirl- "i--------- llon ut .1 "t'l" ol Ihe Gei man Demo- abroad. But now scnous opposi- _._ ,c especjaiiy where con- to East Germany, arc now be- Republic (East Ger- (ion is al.isjng Almost every- '_J between thc Germanys ing fiercely criticized in West Iheir first encounter at _ d welcomed the principle of concerned In the last few Germany. tune ntviiTi emrt tint HlPir