Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBRIDGE HERALD-Saturday, June A phony issue Surely there are more important issues in this election than the fate of the two men who kidnapped the British diplomat James Cross. Rightly or wrongly the Canadian government agreed in 1970 to allow the men to leave Canada safely if they gave up Mr. Cross. Whether that meant only Cuba or any other county is a trivial detail. They are now in France, and the French government has said it would not return them to Canada, even if asked to do so. because their only crime is "political." Canadians may not agree, but Canada cannot dictate to France. So the official Canadian position is that where the two men go is immaterial, as long as they stay out of Canada. In the light of the original "deal" with them, what's wrong with that? Back to the election, and to the real issues. Complete health survey It been known by almost everyone lor a long while that the health facilities in Lethbridge are not adequate, and so there was much hope and anticipation in what was thought to be a comprehensive provincial survey of the whole situation in southwestern Alberta. Now that it has been discovered that the provincial survey (a) is much narrower than was first understood, and (b) seems to be dragging out indefinitely, the boards of the two Lethbridge hospitals are to be commended for initiating their own study. Whether the locally initiated and financed study can do the job that needs to be done is still not clear. Part of the need is tor a complete health survey, covering more than hospitalization. And also needed is a picture of the regional situation, with some measure of co- ordination if not integration between the hospital and other health services not just in the city. ART BUCHWALD Dinner in Paris PARIS The last time I was in Paris, six years ago. I wrote a column titled "Paris on a Day." The thrust of the piece was that it was still possible to get by in the French capital on if you passed up lunch. My French friends, as well as Americans living in France, thought the article was very funny. Byt they aren't laughing any more. When it comes to inflation, the United States is "Mary Poppins" and France is "Deep Throat." But if you don't worry about prices, you can still have a marvelous time in Paris. What you have to do is forget everything and just decide to live for the moment. I did this the first night I arrived in town. My wife and I went to a small bistro that boasted two stars in the Guide Michelin. When the waiter gave us the menu, I thought he made a mistake. beg your pardon, I said. "But I believe you have made an error. You gave me the Bank of France's financial report for the month of May." "No, monsieur, that is the carte pour dinner." My wife, who always gets nervous when she sees melon selling for mOre than a portion, whispered to me, "Let's get out of here." "Don't be silly. We don't get to Paris very often. Let's enjoy it." I studied the menu carefully. "Jtfow we have our choice. We can have the white asparagus or send Joel to college in the fall." She said. "You mean to say that white asparagus costs as much as Joel's I replied, "but they're the large white ones with Hollandaise sauce. You can only get them in the spring." "But." my wife, always the practical one. WEEKEND MEDITATION said, "Joel had his heart set on going to college." "Look, Joel can go to school any time. But how often do we come to France and have a chance to order white asparagus? I know if we explain it to him he'll understand." There were so many dishes to choose from after the first course that I couldn't make up my mind. Finally I said to my wife, "Remember that house we were going to buy in Martha's "The one overlooking the "That's the one." I said. "Let's have the lobster instead." "You mean you'd rather have lobster than own a house on Martha's "But this lobster is cooked in a special cream sauce of chef. It could be years before we have a lobster like this again. We have to think of our old age." "I don't my wife said. "I had my heart set on that house." "Well, I have my heart set on lobster and, since they're both the same price, I think our stomachs should come first." The waiter handed me the wine card. "There's a very nice Pouilly I said. "Can we afford my wife asked. "We can if we sell the car when we get back home." "I need a she protested. "All I said. "We'll order an inexpensive Sancerre and cancel the orthodonist's work on Connie's teeth." My wife was becoming agitated. "If it's costing this much for dinner, how are we going to pay our hotel "Will you stop worrying? What do you think the World Bank is Did he really mean it? A preacher one Sunday morning took his text from St. Paul's wonderful 13th chapter of First Corinthians where the apostle talks about love as the greatest thing in the world. The preacher took as his translation, instead of "love." the word "care." The most important thing in the world to him was "caring." It soon became obvious that he did not care about his preaching. If he had spent five minutes in preparation of his sermon, it was not obvious. On the way out of church a man and his niece stopped to shake the preacher's hand. The young girl explained that she was the daughter in law of a member of the church. "Don't know the name." said the preacher absently and disinterestedly. He gave the man a fishy handshake, merely touching his hand, looking far away in another direction, and never seeing him. The young girl murmured something about "canng" and the man felt ashamed for the preacher and the church He did not care about his workmanship and he did not care about people. Preachers must learn to care about their sermons, A certain woman sadly says she can scarce listen to her pastor's sermons because of their poor grammar. It is a tragedy that many preachers are offering to God that which costs them little. A good sermon takes blood, sweat, and tears. A man must have a fire in his bones But preachers must Jove people A sermon is not. or should not be. "getting something off your chest." and a sermon that sends people away depressed is of the devjj and not of God Sermons should build people up, not depress them. This is the genius of men like Pcale of New York, who always makes people feel stronger, fitter for life. Peale loves people, obviously. Jesus said of Uie true pastor. "He calls his own sheep by name and the sheep hear his voice and follow him." In those pews are broken hearts and smashed lives Does the preacher really care about them? Or is this an act he puts on Sunday morning? In other words, is he a hypocrite? Emest Bacon in his biography of Charles Spurgeon. the great British preacher, tells a story of his encounter with a young student named D. J. Hiley. Spurgeon met him in a school corridor and asked "Is that your best "Yes. sir." replied Hiley. Spurgeon then asked. "I wonder if you would render me a little service." Hiley was delighted to help the great man. So Spurgeon sent him off to a tailor's shop with a note. He was to wait for a reply. Hiley relates. "For reply the tailor measured me for a new suit of clothes and an overcoat and sent me away with a hat-box." Spurgeon was no hypocrite: he truly loved and cared for people. Epictetus. the Stoic, used to say, "vain is the discourse of philosophy by which no human heart is healed." Even more vain is the sermon that does not heal human hearts. But tfie word must be made flesh and if the sermon is not mediated through a life, then it never becomes meaningful. The sermon is just words, words, words. The greatest argument for God is a godly man, a man in whom God lives. William Barclay tells of a woman who had always had a close connection with Uie church. When she went to a new home in another area of the city Barclay said to her. "1 suppose you will be leaving your church and joining a congregation nearer at hand." "No." she replied. "I could not bear to make the effort to break into another congregation If it be true that "Like people. priest." then it would be hard indeed to break into the church where Uie preacher talked about caring. Did not Jesus make one of the tests for entry into heaven, "I was a stranger and you took me PRAYER: O God, give nie tint purity of the timer life that so my words and life may be at one. Help me, O God, to care passionately, because caring is living. F.S.M. "All right folks who'll start the bidding on this wonderful Quebec voter analyzed By Peter Regenstreif public opinion expert MONTREAL The Liberals could emerge from the July 8 federal election even stronger in Quebec than they were in 1972 when they won almost half the popular vote and 56 of the province's 74 seats. Interviews with voters in 12 constituencies across the province last week suggest that Social Credit support 24 per cent of the vote last time is declining while that of the NDP is climbing. As a result, opposition to the Liberals could be even more fragmented than it was in 1972, allowing them to pick up as many as six or seven of the 15 seats captured by Social Credit then. The NDP. which has never won a seat in Quebec, gained only six per cent of the pop- ular vote in 1972. The inter- views reveal a gain in NDP support, but even so it will be difficult for the NDP to win a seat because its vote is spread relatively evenly across the province. By contrast support for Social Credit is con- centrated in a few ridings. The Conservatives, who had 17 per cent of the popular vote and only two seats in 1972 (Roch Lasalle. who was elected as an independent in Joliette, joined them after the must depend on the personal popularity and ef- forts of their candidates to hold what they have or to make gains. The interviews confirmed Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's overwhelming pop- ularity despite widespread concern over rising prices. Seventy-two per cent 74 of 102 people interviewed said inflation is the problem they most want the federal government to do something about. One in 10 expressed concern about the elderly and people on fixed incomes, while a similar fraction was worried about unemployment. Price and income controls the key plank in Conser- vative Leader Robert Stan- field's program appear to be generally unpopular. Only one person in five was in favor of them while one-third were opposed. The rest were either unsure or qualified the action they would accept. At the same time, one reason NDP support has in- creased is David Lewis" proposal for price controls without controls on wages. Many working-class voters feel that to freeze everything now would put them at a dis- advantage because they feel prices have run ahead of wages. They also feel that some people have already received increases while others have not. In addition, the NDP is benefitting from formal en- dorsement by the Quebec Federation of Labor and a personal endorsement by the president of the Confederation of National Trade Unions, Marcel Pepin. Three out of five people in- terviewed said they prefer Trudeau as leader of the country, party considerations aside. The other leaders are each favored by less than 10 per cent. The reduction in Social Credit strength and the gain for the NDP is in part a carry- over from last fall's provin- cial election when the Liberals won 55 per cent of the vote and 102 of the 110 seats. The separatist Parti Quebecois had 30 per cent of the vote and six seats, Social Credit 10 per cent and two seats and Union Nationale only 5 per cent. When Social Credit Leader Real Caouette imposed Yvon Dupuis. former federal Liberal minister without port- folio as leader of the provin- cial wing of his party, it dis- enchanted many Social Credit voters. In the provincial election, some former Social Credit supporters voted Liberal because they feared separatism. Some voted for the Parti Quebecois, not because they favoured separatism but because leader Rene Levesque's program blended social welfare and French-Canadian self-consciousness. This is the same appeal that originally attracted people to Caouette's movement. The squabbling in Social Credit ranks has continued since the provincial election and today many people who voted Social Credit in 1972 re- main disillusioned. Many said they are now prepared to sup- port the NDP. which they now feel best represent them. At the same time, a few say they will abstain or spoil their ballot on July 8 and others are still undecided. It was the phrase "nothing to lose" (rien a perdre) that typified the big surge for Social Credit in the 1962 federal election when Caouette came out of nowhere to win 26 seats. To voters such as these, Trudeau and the Liberals are too well-off and too elitist to understand or to represent them. Social Credit support appears most diminished in constituencies where the par- ty made a good showing from 16 to 22 per cent of the vote but was not especially strong in 1972. The Quebec city areas and the northern and eastern areas around Montreal are typical. This is also where interviewing shows the NDP to be gaining. These are also areas where the Parti Quebecois has oen strong. The Social Credit holding action now depends almost en- tirely on the personal pop- ularity of its members of Parliament. Interviews also reveal that Levesque's suggestion to his Parti Quebecois supporters that they spoil their ballots on election day will not be carried out by too many. In 1972, eight per cent of the votes cast in the province were rejected. Finally, while it has little bearing on the election except in some English-speaking areas. Premier Robert Bourassa's language bill deserves some mention if only because, if it passes the National Assembly as it now stands, its potential impact on the country is immense. The bill, dealing with the use of the French language, includes proposals to require immigrants to Quebec to send their children to French schools, compel business es- tablishments to use French and make the language of government exclusively French. Interviewing shows that the bill is unpopular with both French and English. Only a relatively small fraction one in seven or eight ad- vocates that French be the only official language in Quebec. People in this group are almost all separatists. The bill is causing some Liberal voters in English Montreal to switch to the Conservatives. This was evident, for example, in West- mount and Lachine where in- terviewing showed the Liberal candidates. Treasury Board President Bud Drury and Rod Blaker respectively, heavily dependent on Trudeau's pop- ularity to hold their seats. THE CASSEROLE Miss Judy LaMarsh doesn't expect to be called a lady because she doesn't think'she is one. Not everyone would agree with her about that But a lot of people will agree with another objection she voiced recently. Pointing out that the correct term for adult females is women, not ladies and especially not girls, she says. "I'll be 50 at Christmas, and I'm not a girl." Bless her. According to a political scientist who observes Canada's House of Commons closely, the last Parliament established a new record for attendance during recorded votes He seems to think this is attributable to some new procedural rales, but less specialized M.P.-watchers have another explantion when there's a minority government, every vote may be crucial. So if there's nothing else to be said for a minority government, at least it keeps members on (he job. "stamp out violence" in amateur hockey, the CAHA has decided to assess match penalties for spearing or butt-ending. It's high time something was done about the continual brawling, but this seerns an odd place to start. Last year, according to an avid fan, these penalties were called on the average about once in a half-dozen games. Another form of violence, hitting an opposing player with a fist, seemed to happen a half-dozen Umes EVERY game Loudly proclaiming a determination to The noted female inpersonator Louis de Rothschild was given two years after being convicted of a series of frauds, which he committed in female disguise. It's hard to understand why a man would dress up as woman to commit his crimes, unless, he believed his chances of getting away with it would be better if it were thought he was a woman. The woman's lib people certainly won't like that. Letters Megavitamin therapy Dr. Linus Pauling, after completing a survey of the in- habitants of the Queen Charlotte Islands, reported to Premier Dave Barrett that the costs could be reduced by 80 per cent if the orthomolecular principles were practiced in the health care of this group of Canadians. Dr. Carl Reich of Calgary, in a public lecture in Van- couver predicted that the cost of national health care would be reduced by 50 per cent with ten years, if the medical profession would adopt orthomolecular concepts (megavitamin Dr. T. W. Anderson, professor of epidemiology, University of Toronto, has conducted two double-blind studies confirming that megadoses of vitamin C reduced by 30 per cent the number of days of disability of not just the common cold but other illnesses as well. With the above in mind I find it difficult to understand the recent declaration by Dr. LeRiche, registrar of the College of Physicians and 1 Surgeons, that the college is trying to ban megavitamin therapy. Dr. LeRiche stated that megavitamin therapy has not yet been scientifically validated. He did not however, explain that the provincial medical communi- ty could itself be responsible for the lack of scientific evidence. Dr. Carl Reich has been refused privileges at Calgary Foothills Hospital. Therefore he is unable to apply for a federal grant to finance research. The Calgary General Hospital refuses to allow its psychiatric patients treat- ment with megavitamin therapy thereby preventing any evidence being produced that could support its use The Alberta Health Care In- surance Commission has refused to pay for laboratory tests to determine certain vitamin deficiencies. With no hospital privileges. no research funds and restricted laboratory services how is a doctor to produce the desired scientific evidence? As a medical consumer and a citizen whose tax dollars pay for health care and research, I feel my interests would be better served if the medical community would approach megavitamin therapy in a constructive and co-operative spirit. M. D. KROENING Calgary Zealous nationalism The writer of a recent letter. Canadian (The Herald, June presented an overwhelming case against Alberta education by citing three or four examples of American content found in his child's social studies notebook. In addition to basic skills and a knowledge of factual information, the current Alberta social studies program places a major emphasis on the "'valuing process" (by no means an whereby issues are examined on the basis of all the evidence available in order to make decisions and reach valid conclusions. Since the writer in question made no effort whatsoever to present evidence of Canadian content in his child's program, I shall do so here and permit readers to draw their own conclusions. The child's notebook in question, dealing with but a fraction of the total program about different neighbor- hoods, also contained drawings, pictures, and descriptions about Eskimos. The class in question studied and learned through direct field experiences by visiting the local police station, the local fire hall, the Gait Museum, Fort Whoop-Up compound, and Park Lake. The children prepared models of pioneer items and collected pioneer artifacts. They baked old-fashioned pies and celebrated "pioneer days" by selling their models, pies, and other items at a mini-auction. The class presented a play to parents titled. School in pioneer days. Other classes visited Ag- Expo. Waterton Lakes National Park. The Lethbridge Herald, (an excellent tour) and a variety of local institutions, businesses, and manufactur- ing industries. An Alberta department of education pre-requisite for adoption of textual materials is that they be Canadian, provided the quality is comparable to other materials available. In a recent case a series of Canadian texts adopted for Alberta schools 'contained precious little that was uniquely Canadian other than the authors and the publisher The American publishers of an alternate Aeries on the other hand Canadianized their edition for our schools and produced books with a far greater Canadian identity. The Canadian sales representative stated only that their books represented such a heavy investment that their company depended on sales beyond the Canadian borders. That's what a Canadian company will do! Many Canadians choose to study at American colleges and universities. Their reasons are numerous and varied, the least of which is lack of availability of comparable courses at Canadian institutions. The writer in question recently studied several weeks at an American institution. Must his child not think that Canadian institutions are inferior? The concept of Early Childhood Services (ECS) with its emphasis on parent participation is American in origin. We all use a wide variety of American products and appliances in our daily lives. This year once again large numbers of Canadians will spend their vacation and their money in the U.S. In our daily lives we are constantly exposed to American television and the media devotes considerable time and space to American news events. Could it be that the rule for schools is. "Do as 1 say Overzealous nationalism has created more problems than it has ever solved. H. D. KERBER Principal Sunnyside School County of Lethbridge Explanation needed Warren Caragata's excellent article on the abuse of local farmland by hunters and campers raises an important question. Why are city police. RCMP, ar.d local magistrates so indifferent to the vandalism and threats of the lawless minority? If people trespass, damage property, discharge firearms. and threaten landowners why are they not arrested and brought before a magistrate? A walk through our local coulees. expeciaHy the Six Mile Coulee, will show the damage done by motorcycle morons and yet city police take no action. Why? An explanation from law enforcement agencies is needed. Lethbndge NATURE LOVER The Lethbridge Herald 504 71h St S ielhbridge. Alberta 1ETMBWDGE WERAtO CO LTD Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mail Wegislialicm No 001-2 CI.EO MOWERS sanot DON H Pill IMS Managing Edrtor DONALD fl DORAM l Manager ROY F MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K WAlKEfl l Page PO8ERT M FENTON Circulation Manager SARNETT Business Manager "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"