Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 5, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
EDITORIALS Maurice Western Bye-bye Barbra Put away your butterfly nets girls, the Monarch has been caught! Pierre Trudeau's marriage is a fact and all hopeful maidens from 15 to 50 must accept it with good grace and reject the temptation to march on Ottawa in protest. Mr. Trudeau's attempt to keep his private life just that, succeeded for the most part, except for speculations in the romantic arena where every girl he wined and dined was subject to approval or disapproval from anxious female Trudeau watchers. Show girls, secretaries, sporty types all were rated by a kind of unwritten evaluation system, the one with the most marks usually led if she happened to have the added advantage of being Canadian. It was a perfectly legitimate spectator sport enjoyed by all maiden ladies, for wasn't his bachelorhood part of the personality which kept the PM's charisma in capital letters? Well, now we can all settle down, the Trudeaus as well, and carry on. There'll be a little less dash and verve associated with our leader now. Oh, it will be there, but a married man, let's face it, is not so, well, charismatic! We offer Mr. Trudeau and our new First Lady our congratulations and the hope of a long and happy wedded life. And with Mrs. Trudeau a native westerner, who said the twain would never meet? M.L. Middle East peace There is every indication that both Egypt and Jordan are ready to go a lot further in the direction of peaceful co - existence with Israel than at any time in the past 23 years. Yet Israel has welcomed the offer of peace talks with caution. The reason is that the offer is hedged with conditions that Israel can accept only with the greatest misgiving. Giving up the territories gained in the Six - Day War of 1967 means surrendering real security. So effective has been Israel's defence from the positions gained, that it seems very likely the only reason the Arabs now want peace is that they have discovered they cannot dislodge the Israelis in any other way. It would not make sense if Israel willingly threw away the advantage. Demanding defensible borders needs to be seen in the light of the history of the area. President Sadat and King Hussein may sincerely want peace - it is widely believed that they do. It is their successors who cause worry. Earlier agreements reached with King Abdullah of Jordan and King.Farouk of Egypt were not honored by their successors. Un- trustworthy men might follow Sadat and Hussein. A suspicion that the Arabs must see an advantage - real or merely psychological (to impress the rest of the world) - is difficult for the Israelis to surpress. To have retreated so far from Nasser's boasts about destroying Israel does not seem like a position designed to win favor from the people who not so long ago were aflame with the idea of a holy war. The Israelis can be excused for being suspicious. The likelihood is, however, that Israel will accept the bid for peace talks. It may be that another extension of the ceasefire will be agreed upon before that acceptance comes. Israel may yet gain the concession that prior agreement to withdraw from occupied territory not be a precondition of the peace talks. A compromise on the territory issue seems almost a necessity for a peace agreement. Despite the intransigence shown on the territory issue, the possibility of peace still seems real and is not fading even as the current ceasefire expires. Give the green light Anyone who frequents the Leth-bridge main library knows how inadequate are its facilities. The big bogey-man in replacing the present library with a larger, more up-to-date one, is of course, finances. The library is supported largely from public funds, and when a service of this nature is operating even with a modicum of efficiency, civic administration is unlikely to give its replacement top priority, especially when the economy of the country is uncertain. A new library is on the city's Capital Budget for 1972 at a cost of $900,-000. The library board estimates it "will function adequately for 25 years, at which time the population will be roughly 60,000. The library was previously scheduled in the budget at a cost of $600,- 000, but plans were shelved for financial reasons. It's to be hoped that the go-ahead for 1972 will not meet with new obstacles. The city's population growth would appear to be steady, with industry and small enterprise on the upswing. When the university opens across the river, it will do so with a fair-sized population of its own who will swell the ranks of library users, as students are taking more advantage all the time of library facilities. Chief Librarian George Dew quite justified in his recent state ment that the public library's facilities are "absolutely pitiful," and his hopes for a new building will b e supported by citizens both young and old. is ERIC NICOL "FIFTEEN years ago our family bought a kitchenette suite of table and collapsible chairs. We didn't know, at the time of purchase, that the chairs were collapsible. The salesman didn't mention it. No doubt he felt that we were getting a remarkable enough bargain, without his drawing attention to this added feature. It is only in recent months that the kitchen chairs have started to collapse. Metal fatigue in the welding has reached the critical point, apparently, with the result that sitting down to breakfast has taken on much of the suspense and excitement of Russian roulette. Because I am the heaviest Russian on the premises, the odds are loaded in favor of my being the one lo collapse a chair. So far I have not disappointed the Vegas bookmakers: the first two chairs have collapsed while I was sitting on them. I remember the occasions very clearly, as one tends to, unless one has extensive background as a circus clown. I was lunching alone on canned beans when the first chair went down with me on it. Foremost among my immediate reactions was gratitude for the absence of company. Having his chair collapse under him can bruise a person's charisma, almost beyond remedy. If he is hosting a formal dinner party, for instance, and is charming the guests with his wit when- WHUMP! - he disappears below the. rim of the table, there is no way, no way at all, that he can make a comeback. Better to be decked by Muhammad Ali. I was having morning coffee with my wife when the second chair collapsed under mc. The experience of being dumped by the first chair did nothing to prepare me for the second descent. The novelty value was still there. The demonstration cf the force of gravity had lost non�� of its impact. "I've heard of a coffee break," I said, as my wife assisted me to my feet, "but this is ridiculous." Her smile was patronizing. A husband cannot have his chair collapse under hhn without losing face. Both cheeks. From a biblical patriarch (Charlton Heston), I had plummeted to Buster Keaton. It would take months, perhaps years, for me to reclimb Mount Sinai. But a patriarch doesn't throw away his whole kitchen suite because two of the chairs have collapsed under him. What he does - as I have done - is shuffle the remaining chairs to give all members of the family an equal chance of survival. It's a bit like Musical Chairs, with internal bleeding. T have also revised the saying of grace lief ore meals to: "For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly thankful, and keep us off the flipping floor, amen." As one who lilies to draw lessons from personal experiences of this kind, I urge you to consider the amazing amount of trust, amounting almost to blind faith, we place in a chair when we sit on it. Invited to sit down by a prospective employer or by our girl friend's father, how often do we first turn the cliaii upside down to examine the bottom? I think I understand now why today's young people elect to sit on the floor: they don't trust anybody. And I can relate to thai, from the bottom of my spine. Future of NDP clouded by Quebec issue /"VTTAWA: The April conven-tion of the New Democratic Party was to have been the climax of a simple leadership contest. It has acquired a different and deeper significance as a result of the increasingly bitter struggle over future policy which now divides the more moderate leaders from the Wafflers and their allies of the Quebec wing. Stephen Lewis, the Ontario leader, has put the issue in clear terms in a speech at Waterloo. Attacking the principle of "self-determination'' for Quebec, he repudiated "any proposition for collaboration, alliance or veiled support with those who seek the dismemberment of our country." He added: "We have nothing to gain save our permanent and well-deserved oblivion." On the same weekend the Quebec group endorsed self-determination and decided not to participate in provincial elections - thus leaving a clear field for the Parti Quebecois in urban ridings where the NDP had some following. Thus, the struggle concerns fundamentals. It is not unlike the deux nationes conflict which wracked the Conservative convention of 1967, but is less clouded by semantics, goes much deeper and, on the one side, is plainly a political response to the upsurge of a separated party in Quebec. What is at stake, as Mr. Lewis frankly recognizes, is the future of the NDP as a force in federal politics. This is not soley because Rene Levesque is unpopular in English Canada or because the actions of the Quebec wing will be widely, and naturally, interpreted in all parts of the country as "veiled s u p o r t" for the separatist movement. BERRY'S WORLD The difficulty is that a party committed to self - determination, as demanded by the Quebec wing, cannot be a federalist party. This is perhaps clearer from the language approved by the weekend convention in Montreal than from that of the Wafflers themselves. As reported by Canadian Press, the resolution reads: "Quebec has an absolute right to seU-determination, that is, to decide for itself the degree of sovereignty which suits it in all fields." At first glance, such words seem to breathe the spirit of democracy and fair play. No c 1*71 kf NEA, c 1*71 kr NEA, Xtf&fitiintY "C'mere, Fred, here's a hot one! This guv wants to buy a PLAIN WHITE shirt!!" Letters To The Editor Doctors9 salaries less than reported in the Press Recent public announcements from provincial government sources regarding physician's incomes and the subsequent letter by "A Sick Patient" prompts some reply from a member of the profession. Newspaper headlines' to the effect that doctors earn $200,000 are indeed misleading. Such payments were made to an extremely small minority, mainly pathologists in private prac- tice. However, an analysis will show that although such payment is to one physician this covers services employing several trained chemists and technicians and does not represent a single person's income. Furthermore, it takes no account of considerable expenditures involved in complicated, modern equipment. The increasing expenses involved in modern medical practice apply in varying degree to all branches of the profession and a much clearer reflection of doctors' incomes would be seen in net income following expenditures for equipment, facilities and ancillary staff. True, following such expenditures a hard - working doctor is relatively well remunerated, but is his income much different from that of his fellow professionals7 His working day is longer than most and he is never free from the phone at any time - day Opposition, is it really needed? it de- A certain amount of opposition is needed in every democratic nation, it serves to keep politicians honest. If we don't have the opposition then our government becomes socialistic or even a dictatorship. Grit icism is needed by all but must be constructive not structive in nature. The opposition in government has gone beyond the constructive point, they have started to nitpick, split hairs, muckrake, and just about every other low form of attracting attention. All this, I'm sure, is for the benefit of the media who seem to thrive on sensationalism, fact or fiction. Let me point out at this time that I am neither Liberal, Progressive Conservative, or particular party, I am a -nadian and proud of it and I just want that government which is best for our country. I feel that the present government has done no worse or better than any of those previous to it. It has however, been involved in far tougher times than any other, excepting during the great depression. I mire our prime minister h i s straightforwardness, saying what he thinks, telling things as they really are. Sure we are in the midst of hard times and unemployment is the greatest problem, but let's not put the blame on one man, remember he herited this mess. This problem can only be solved by a co-operative effort. You and I must think before we demand a 50 per cent wage increase plus greater benefits. Unions and strikes coupled with greater technology have been major factors in increas-i n g unemployment. Government policy is not the big bad wolf in this case, no matter how emphatic Mr. Stanfield is. I have not heard our Dominion-touring, saviour of the poor, opposition leader ever say what could be done to alleviate the situation. Oh yes, he does place all the blame on the government but he has never yet come up with a constructive idea. Why can't the parties co-operate in these times of need instead of worrying about the lip movements of the PM? Are we paving our MPs 18,000 or so a year to be thin-skinned childish boobs? Small minds are annoyed by small things. The opposition is failing its job far worse than is the government, so come, underwear king, get your head in there with the others and work as a unit to lick these problems. RHB. Kimberley, B.C. any Ca- Preserve the old trees ad-for for and in- to Correction I am writing in regard _ picture that was published your paper on February page 26. For your own interest this is not a Northwest Airlines Boeing 707, as Northwest Airlines do not fly into Vancouver, but rather have most of their business throughout north-west and north-central United States. This picture, in fact, was taken at the Pacific Western Airlines hangar in Vancouver, which is situated across llie field from the new airport. The jet is a Pacific Western Boeing 707 as the insignia shows on the 'iil, and the Canadian flag on the side. We, at the moment, are flying two Boeing 707's strictly on a charter basis, usually to Europe, Mexico and Hawaii. WM. S. KEATE, CUSTOMER SERVICE, P.W.A. Cranbrook, B.C. a in 25, I do not know who is the head man in city hall who handles the department of tree removal and trimming, but whoever he is, I must say there is no imagination used whatsoever in such work. It takes about 50 years to grow a beautiful tree, and this week on 10 St. S. they have pulled down about six or seven trees on one side of the boulevard alone, and on the other side every other spring they massacre those trees until only trunks remain. Why not do a decent job and put those infernal cables and wires underground in the alley, and pay for the job ONCE instead of paying out every second season for trimming which in the long run is much more expensive. If these large trees were cotton poplar, why not just trim them down to prevent the cot- ton from seeding and plant ash or elm in between the cotton poplar, then in 5 to 10 years remove the cotton trees when the others are bigger' But this way it is such a mess and no shade at all during the hot summer. Great Falls, Montana Kalispel, Montana are simply beautiful cities known for their magnificent trees. How about using our heads and preserving something old in this city. We destroy all our lovely old impressive buildings also, for these modern, square, identical boxes of buildings. But then, we must have a lot of money in our city, from the poor taxpayers, seeing our aldermen have once again given themselves another large raise in salary, and the majority on council are businessmen. AN IRATE TAXPAYER. Lethbridge. and or night. It should also be remembered that before a doctor reaches this relatively high income bracket, he undergoes a prolonged period of training for which he pays and during which time he incurs considerable debt whilst his contemporaries are wage or salary earning. Following this, periods of internship or post graduate and specialist training may lead to several years on relatively low income. It is perhaps a pity that the fee schedule of medical services was not also made public. I suspect that many patients would be surprised how reasonable most of these would appear. It is often less expensive for a physician's home visit than for that of a service call for house and home equipment repairs. Albertans should also reflect that almost everything they pay for is more expensive than in the United States with one very marked exception, that of medical services. The referral by "sick patient" to diminishing home visits reflects two factors: There is an increasing demand for medical services.together with an increasing sophistication of medical techniques dictated not only by the doctor, but also demanded by patients who have come to expect x-ray and other investigations. As a result more and more patients are seen at hospital emergency departments where such facilities exist. Hospital costs are spiralling and this will continue with the increasing introduction of technology into medicine. This has nothing to do with physicians' incomes which represent a small portion of the total cost of medical services and is quite irrespective of the introduction of Medicare. "A DOCTOR." Lethbridge. doubt the authors would be willing enough to extend the same principle to other provinces. (They might have qualms about extending it to groups or areas within those provinces, although it is difficult to see why.) . But federalism implies a division of sovereignty. In Canada, the national government is sovereign in some fields, the provinces in others. Powers can be reallocated if .there Is a consensus through formal change in the constitution. But Ottawa can be challenged in the courts if it invades provincial fields and, similarly, provincial legislation may pe found ultra vires if it encroaches on federal preserves. This system has developed naturally in Canada because there were no sovereign units at Confederation: The powers in section 91 were inherited by Ottawa, those in section 92 by the provinces, in each case from the imperial authority. What is now proposed is a quite new principle. The assertion is that Quebec has an "absolute" right to decide on the degree of sovereignty which suits its needs. But such needs are interpreted differently from time to time. Obviously, Premier Bourassa claims more (Mr. Levesque very much more) than Mr. Duplessis and his predecessors claimed. This is not due solely to changes in fashions of thought; new problems constantly arise which were not foreseen by constitution - makers. This happened in the case of radio and aeronautics and will doubtless happen again. But if absolute right resides in a province to choose what powers it will exercise, what it will forgo in accordance with a government's estimate of what suits it today, the same right will apply in future if another government has a change of mind. A central government in these circumstances could be nothing more than a creature of the provinces. Further, the other partners in such an arrangement cculd have no guarantees of its permanency. Neither could the citizen, whose rights a constitution is supposed to protect. In fact, the Quebec wing seems to be thinking clearly, and the Waffle in a more muddled fashion, not of a federal state, but of an alliance. Nations which enter alliances concede a portion of sovereignty, usually for stated periods, as in the case of NATO. Withdrawal does not necessarily wait on the expiry of the contract, since absolute right may come into play at any time. The Quebec New Democrats elaborated their thought in a second political orientation resolution. This said that it would be mutually profitable - it sounds rather like a commercial transaction - to develop the closest ties with socialists of English - speaking Canada "with a view to forming a new alliance between the two peoples which make up Canada at present." Good-bye nation. Enter the alliance. Mr. Lewis is quite right and so is Frank Howard, who earlier denounced the Waffle-separatist flirtation. The NDP, burdened with the Montreal resolution, could not be a federal force for the fundamental reason that the resolution rules out federalism. As matters now stand, Mr. Levesque is getting more than veiled support. In his own province, he has got the NDP out of the way, he has obtained at the same time their endorsation of self - determination, as approved by out-of-province Wafflers. This may not amount to much in terms of political muscle, but even a little must be welcome since nothing of public record has been extracted from him in return. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Looking backward Through the Herald Form of blasphemy In The Herald (Friday, Feb. 26) we as readers of your paper were confronted with a supposed cartoon, in the form of a caricature, showing St. Peter stopping pollution from entering heaven. I strongly object to this form of blasphemy. Not only does this picture show a misleading way of entering Heaven, but shows lack of taste on the part of the cartoonist and the editor in dishing this up for their readers. Like pollution, this drawing "stinks." The fact is, that the Lord does not need St. Peter to let his faithful followers in. And there won't be a pollution problem there either, where His Son has prepared the way, and swept clean the way to that door of Glory. And as a reminder: No blasphemer can enter the Kingdom of God, only those who repent (are clean), the Lord declares. For those who honor me, I will honor (1 Sam 2:30). By the way, what has happened to our writers, are their minds so polluted that they cannot present better writing than glorifying crime, as in the entire issue of Weekend Magazine this time, and for two more weeks to come? D. BEINTEMA. Lethbridge. 1921 - Knox United Church will celebrate its 36th anniversary on March 6. The main address will be given by Mr. Denoon and will be the story of the church from its origin in 1885. 1931-At present there are 1,-786 students registered at the University of Alberta, an increase of 236 over 1930. 1941 - Three Lethbridge hotels were filled to capacity when planes from the east, west and north were grounded here due to heavy fog. 1951-Two buses, which were marooned in a blizzard last night on the Trans-Canada lughway west of Medicine Hat, have been located and all 30-odc. persons aboard are unharmed. 1961 - Construction is expected to begin this summer on a $350,000 building to house the main branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia in the cily. 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