Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Woclneirjny, 24, 1970- Joseph Kraft Time Flies; Don't Forget It In the discussions and decisions re- garding the future of Lethbrictge's air service, one important point has been overlooked. First to recapitulate: When Letli- bridge was abandoned as a stop on east-west airline schedules, for the good reason that Calgary and Ed- jnonton provided far more traffic, Air Canada kept one daily flight be- tween Lethbridge and Calgary. It was not nearly enough, and Time Airways, a Lethbridge company has been providing much-appreciated ad- ditional service, as many as four flights daily. When Air Canada decided to try to get out of Lethbridge altogether, it of- fered to turn its Lethbridge business over to Pacific Western. The danger was that Pacific Western would im- prove the big-plane service just enough to give the people adequate service. Therefore it has been agreed that Pacific Western will not move into Lethbridge, and Time will have the field all to itself and will improve its service even more. This leaves Lethbridge with good local service and no tie-in with any major company. The factor not stressed in the nego- tiations (at least not publicly) is that the airline industry as a whole seems not to have known about the service available from Time, and even, in some cases, the daily Air Canada flight. Documentation is available that Air Canada travellers heading for Lethbridge have not been informed the company had a Leth- bridge flight, and it is available many times over that the major air- lines have not informed their custom- ers that a local air service to Leth- bridge was available out of Calgary. So if the other companies do not co-operate to the fullest in feeding passengers to Time, the present ar- rangement will not be satisfactory. Any sign of non-recognition of Time ought to bring down the wrath of the federal authorities on the offending airline. Jets For Israel Is the U.S. going to provide Israel with the military aircraft the Israelis want so desperately? Most forecast- ers believe that the decision was reached a fortnight ago by the Na- tional Security Council even though there has as yet, been no public an- nouncement. It is generally accepted that the Americans will provide the aircraft on a "replacement" basis, although they will not commit them- selves to any hard and fast total. To the Israelis this may seem to be half a loaf, but there is sound reason- Ing behind it. If their request were granted in toto, the Arabs would be encouraged to believe that the U.S. is in a belligerent mood, so pro- Israel that it has become indifferent to legitimate Arab feelings, ambitions and needs. Replacing destroyed Israeli air- craft, while still a distasteful solu- tion to the Arabs, would hardly en- gender the same climate of resent- ment and fear that the fulfilment the entire Israeli request would do. On the other side of the coin, an affirmative answer by the U.S., even a watered down would have the psychological effect of showing the Arab world that the U.S. does not intend to evade the Middle East issue. The U.S. intends to continue support for the Israelis, no ifs or buts about it. Delay in announcing the decision is probably due to the diplomatic ef- forts behind the scenes to bring about some kind of solution which could ease the prevailing tension. But the need for some public declaration on the part of the U.S. is growing ur- gent. Delay encourages Arab Elusion about U.S. intentions and increases the climate of agitation in Israel. This is a bad combination, which if allowed to go on too long is bound to lead to another, and perhaps more ominous confrontation than the recent one in Jordan. Fear Is The Mood The threat to the Lon Nol govern- ment increases with the departure of U.S. troops from Cambodia, bring- ing a shudder of apprehension to Thailand. The Thais are strongly democratic, maintaining excellent re- lations with the West. They; have sup- ported South Vietnam militarily but their contribution in troops tary hardware has been conditioned by the facts of life at home. Com- munist insurgents in northern areas have been a threat for a long time and the latest developments in the Vietnam war can only encourage these dissendents. The Thais need all the men and equipment they can find to keep them at bay. Now the Thais find Communists oc- cupying a part of Cambodia only 65 miles from their border, which means that they may be confronted with a fight on two fronts. The question is, should they withdraw their crack Black Panther division which has been fighting in South Vietnam to help out in keeping the Communists at bay in Cambodia? To what extent would such a withdrawal jeopardize the South Vietnamese effort? Should they rob Peter to pay Paul? In Bangkok today, caution is the watchword, but fear is the mood. Lemmings On The March From The Winnipeg Free Press T EMMWGS are on the march again in northern Scandinavia, and this, like the appearance of a comet, is said to bode ill for the future of the much-suffering hu- manity. In this century the lemmings were on the march in 1914, 1918 and 1938, each time rath baleful consequences. The one catch hi this divination is the middle date, that of 1918. Was the end of the First World War a catastrophe? Some would undoubtedly argue that the iniq- uitous Versailles peace was indeed a ca- tastrophe, as was the break-up of the Hapsburg empire. None the less, 1918 is not as clearcut as the other dates, thus leaving room for various interpretations. After all, it was a peace, and a peace is a peace is a peace. One could thus contend that this one-out-of-three chance offers a hope that 1971 will bring peace and happi- ness for the next 20 years, rather than death, destruction and devastating (nu- clear) doom. The lemmings which march hi huge col- umns, devouring everything hi their path, eventually end up committing collective suicide by marching on into the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean. Moralists and philoso- phers maintain that the lemmings are a faithful replica of unregenerated humanity, which behaves in a similar irrational man- ner, starting with a population explosion and ending with mass suicide. Ecologists, however, dispute such moral Judgments. Prof. Michael Stoddart writes: "Animals on the move cannot turn back and must go with the rest ahead lies the only chance of a place to live. The arrival of the battalions at the coast is like the syrup reaching the plate it cannot turn back, so great is the pressure from behind, it must go forward. "There is no suicide involved. Their only hope is to plunge hi and swim for who where? A tiny proportion may make it, the rest will drown. Those (cw pioneers arc as important to the lemmings as Co- lumbus and Cook were to us, and who would accredit Ihom with So here is the choice: mindless crea- tures of ill omen, or gallant pioneers going on, regardless of perils and sacrifice? Ac- tually, there may be no dichotomy hi these judgments, indeed they may complement each other. The animals' march may truly portray, within the lemming microcosm, the impending fate of humanity. However, in our eternal Canadian opti- mism, as reflected so accurately in the fre- quent pronouncements of Mitchell Sharp, we shall opt for the 1918 version and firmly believe until we have been proved wrong that the mass suicide of those small rodents portends peace: that the year of 1971 will see the Soviet Mediter- ranean fleet sail home; Golda Meir serve gefillte fish to Abdul Gamal Nasser; Air Vice-Marshal Ky and General Giap em- brace each other as long-lost brothers and both immediately abdicate in favor of dem- ocratically conducted elections in both parts of Vietnam; Fidel Castro invite United Fruit to return to the island; and Leonid Brezhnev personally rescue Alexan- der Dubcek from obscurity and install him as the new leader of free Czechoslovakia. Germany will be reunified and then the lemmings will march again. Severe Reaction By Doug Walker WHEN we got to Church one Sunday re- cently we discovered the Wadsteins already ensconced hi the very back row. As we took our place in the pew ahead of them I asked them if they didn't think they were overdoing this backscater bit. As the service progressed and my thoughts should have been moved to higher things it occured to me that At and Lorna probably were, in fact, over-reacting. On previous Sundays they had both had to sit up front and stand before the congregation to bo inducted into officers in the congrega- tion. Since our preacher is a master psychol- ogist he should take note of this severe reaction to having people come forward. The next thing he knows the Wadsteins will be wanting to sit out in the nartiics. Foliow-Up To U.S. Success In Cambodia CAIGON "It's General Do Cao Tri, a leading South Vietnamese com- mander, says of Hie operations In Cambodia. And certainly a sense o( exhilaration is pro- duced by the mountains of rice seized from the enemy, and the vast stocks of rockets, mortars, aircraft guns, bicycles, office equipment, and currency. But even in King Arthur's time, victory had to be exploit- ed. And a glance at Ihc other side's capacity foi' recuperation demonstrates that the only good way to exploit the triumph in Cambodia is to pull Ameri- can troops out of Vietnam on a hurry-up schedule. The most devastating blow dealt to the other side involves disruption of plans. In Cam- bodia, Hanoi now lias to con- tend with something new and unanticipated. Maybe in the long run that country will prove fertile ground for Hie favorite Communist tactic of subversive war. But in the meantime, tiie Communists have tp redraw plans, redirect supplies, rede- ploy troops. For better or worse, they now have, to use a figure employed by a leading American commander here, more on their plate. Whatever their problem was before, it is no larger. Moreover, there has un- doubtedly been a disruption of internal communications on the other side. For a while at least Communist units in Cambodia seemed to moving about aimlessly. The final, and least impor- tant, blow to tire other side in- volves the loss of material. Am- munition in astr'tnomic figures, enough rice to feed whole divi- sions for months, and very large amounts of weapons and other stores have been seized. Letters To The Editor Toward A More Interesting City We have now arrived at the time of year when the thoughts of most of us may turn to what forms of recreation are avail- able to us that would take us to places out and away from our homes and especially those having a nature environment. I would say that for most adults Lethbridge is sadly lack- ing in facilities which they could truly enjoy as most forms of recreation have been creat- ed for the under 30 groups. The musical conceits and plays which are available from time to time too narrow a choice and I dieve are more suitable for the winter months than now. It seems to me that what this city needs without further de- lay is to begin a series of big town recreational facilities for the use and enjoyment of peo- ple of all ages. To those who. may question- such as what? I suggest that we make a beginning on a nu- cleus for a good public aquar- Sports Equipment Enchant School, which has about 115 students, gets a mere a year to spend on sports equipment. I feel very strongly that this is too little to extend throughout the entire year. This amount just doesn't reach in cider for us to purchase the equipment we need. For example, one good basketball costs in the neigh- borhood of S13. If we wish to buy two new basketballs, the cost is Then we have not a cent left to purchase a host of track and field equipment, bats, baseballs, and softballs which we would wish to buy. Ninety dollars just doesn't stretch far enough. I am not saying, however, that our S t u d e n t's Union couldn't purchase some of the equipment, but the way it stands at present, the Student's Union is buying almost all of the equipment we need. I feel that this is not the way it should be. JOYCE LOEWEN. Enchant. First Kindergarten On Tuesday, June 9 The Her- ald included a full page of pic- tures and test concerning tlio old schools and the memories they evoke. Especially interesting to me was the picture of W. A. Hamil- ton, tire superiruendent of schools responsible for Alber- ta's first kindergarten. My mother, Annie M. Robb, was tiio first teacher in that kindergar- ten. Against the wishes of her parents (w'iio were certain she would never return, or even live through the ordeal) she camo out I r o m Stratford. Ontario about 1907. She enjoyed her kin- dergarten w o r' k immensely, made lifelong friends in Leth- bridge and adopted the West as her permanent home, when, in 1910, she married D. I. Cue, a Lethbridge jeweller. It is no accident that I love Alberta with my whole heart. This feeling was passed on to me from fine parents one an Ontario school marm, the oth- er a descendant of Iowa ers. So when I go to Lethbridge lo shop, visit, or study, I have the strange, delightful feeling of "being right at home." JULIA DAELEY. Pincher Creek. ium, a zoo, a museum of nat- ural history extending beyond the local scene; that we up- grade Henderson Park by con- centrating playgrounds, game lawns, eating places and fish- ing areas hi its western half and develop the eastern half to aesthetic purp o s e s such as flower beds, exotic fish ponds, water birds, fountains, etc. I suggest that if the Japanese Garden does not show more jus- tification for its present being, plans be considered for its re- moval and the property put to possibly better use. I say this because even at this early date it shows signs of becoming a liability and after the exo t i c novelty has worn off it may hold little long term value as a point of local use and enjoy- ment. I feel that a tower (though certainly not as large as Cal- gary's Husky tower) would bet- ter occupy this area, providing local and district citizens with a source of recreation which would not tend to pall, and be- ing near a main highway would draw tourists as they would have the opportunity to ascend and see this flat prairie city and environs as they should be seen and to appreciate the Rocky Mountains from a high- ly pleasing, and interesting an- gle. Finally, our old Gait Garden should never be left out, in any considerat ions of wholesome recreation and I must empha- size what I have long believed, that this point of value will nev- er realize its fullest potential until the presence of identifi- able representatives of law and order are present during the warm months, for without doubt the present method of periodic patrolling of the park is not adequate to keep it in the re- spectable condition it deserves and but for the physical cour- age of the local constables and their periodic tours of the park, there is no doubt that it would be much worse. To my suggestions for a more Interesting city some readers may question where is the money for all this? I would re- ply that the money is obviously here when it is remembered that this city recently almost spent a quarter million dollars to build a drag strip which would have gratified but a small segment of this city and district. Let's get our wheels out of the ditch and put this city on the road towards tiie kind of recreational facilities that dis- tinguish all cities of maturity, for it is time Lethbridge stopped being a youth oriented small town. LLOYD R. WEIGHTMAN. Lethbridge. p it If there was ever a chance for a major enemy assault from the sanctuaries which is very doubtful that chance is now postponed for a long time to come. Even the lesser attacks, known as high points, are hard to mount just now. If only for that reason, American lives have been saved. Still it is only a matter of time before the enemy recoups the losses. The vanished_ stores of rice are even now being re- plenished by enemy purchases and seizures in Cambodia, which has enjoyed a particular- ]y good spring harvest. Hanoi has already signed new aid agreements witli Moscow and Peking; no one can doubt that weapons stockpile will be back to what it used to be before the year is out. New supply routes south from Laos and eastward from the Gulf of Slam have also been opened. Re-establishing effective lines of command will probably take more time. Still it is notable that all through the Cambodian operations ele- ments of three Communist divi- sions hung on in the area of most intensive allied concentra- tion the Fish Hook. Indeed two South Vietnamese fire bases that I visited in the Fish Hook about a week ago were being subjected to nightly shell- ing by Communist forces. Even the larger strategic problem is on its way to be- coming manageable for Hanoi. You don't have to be Napoleon to discern that Communist op- erations in Cambodia now have a distinct coherence. By light- ning strikes at various province capitals, the North Vietnamese troops are keeping the republi- can government of Prime Min- ister Lon Nol off balance. Not only is Lon Nol unable to sink roots, he has been obliged to fire on local villages in order to root out the enemy. And that is the classic way to prepare the ground for a long-term guerrilla implantation. Given the enemy's power1 of recuperation, the United States wants to think very carefully about steps to follow up the undoubted military gains achieved in the Cambodian op- erations. One possibility fol- lowing the enemy deeper into Cambodia in hopes of deliver- ing a knockout blow is an ob- vious mug's game that will lead to a thinning out of friendly forces and their eventual de- struction. A more templing pos- sibility is to try to negotiate from .strength with the other side. In fact, however, negotia- tions are made more remote than ever by the exultant mood of the South Vietnamese lead- ers and their conviction that they can dictate terms. But the combination of tem- porary trouble for Hanoi with elation in Saigon points to i third possibility. The niomenl is propitious for' a truly rapid isthdrawal of American troops withdrawal that goes all the way by the end of 1971. But the moment has to seized swiftly. Before too long, the other side will begin hitting hack in ways that will make withdrawal look life flight under pressure. The delirious exhilaration in Saigou. will also wear off in time, leav. ing a regime more ready than ever to press claims for help against the United States. What all this means is that the president does now have a chance to get the United States out of the Vietnam war. But it is a brief chance a fleeting opportunity. And the best way to exploit it, die optimum fol- low-up to the success in Cam- bodia, the only means of pre- venting the long drawn out struggle from lengthening still furtlicr, is to announce a hard schedule fof total withdrawal of American troops. A schedule, in other words, that would be nothing less than a program for American exit from the Vietnam war, come what may. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) LOOKING BACKWARD Attracting Psychiatrists I would like la amend one statement made by Alberta Health Minister James Hender- son in Uthbridge last Thurs- day, to the effect that "L e t h- bridgC lias trouble attracting psychiatrists." This may have been so in the past, but in the last three years Lethbridge has attracted no less than four psychiatrists (a. Ca- nadian, a Scotsman, an Irish- man and an Englishman, all with excellent training and a undo variety of and a fifth psychiatrist is on his way here from P.E.I, on July 1st, which is a reasonably ade- quate number for a city of this size. Thanks for this go, of course, to the local doctors for their welcoming attitude and willing- ness to refer patients, and es- pecially to Ihe Municipal Hos- pital Board for their splendid co-operation in providing beds and hospital facilities. So long as there are good facilities available psychiatrists will al- ways come to this lovely city, but without hospital beds and well-trained nursing staff a psy- chiatrist's hands arc tied. (Mrs.) JILL P. KOTKAS. Lethbridge, TIIKOUGI) TIIE 1920 The Greek army has begun an 'Offensive against the forces of Mustapha Kemal Pasha, the Turkish Nationalist leader, according to an official statement issued by tire Greek army headquarters. 1930 Prime Minister Mac- kenzie King said in Sydney to- day that the federal govern- ment would support Nova Sco- tia's eight-hour work day law, if it was passed. 1910 The Catholic Women's League of Canada today voted to the Dominion govern- ment to be used for war work in any form the government may decide. 1930 Newfoundland with much of historic past un- known tomorrow celebrates "Newfoundland the 453 anniversary of discovery by John Cabot. i960 The salaried physi- cians' section of tha Saskatch- ewan College cf Physicians and Surgeons is now virtually de- funct, a member of the section said today. Hie Letlibtidge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisheti Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. 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