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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-TutMlay, March That's Ottawa Comments on the throne speech have now come from everyone except the man on the street. It's just as well. He's still trying to sort out the government's promise to control wildly fluctuating food prices when, to his certain knowledge, they have moved in an undeviating direction upward. This has him confused, coming as it does hard on the heels of the government's latest attempt to decentralize by moving a small research facility at Medicine Hat to a new, larger, central one at Winnipeg. If decentralizing means simply moving farther east; with the same wit and wisdom the government may next decide to combine two promises in the throne speech and staff its national petroleum company entirely with women. It would be an unexpectedly brilliant manoeuvre. It would satisfy militant women. It would be greeted with cheers from the oil industry, which can be presumed to be staffed with male chauvinists who would look on the new company as appropriately weak, and it would clear up the confusion of the man on the street, enabling him to nod sagely once more and say, "That's Ottawa." Unfair advantage Rumor has it that one of Canada's oldest and best magazines is on the verge of having to discontinue publication. This raises anew the question of why two American magazines Time and Reader's Digest are permitted to continue to have unfair tax advantages. The O'Leary Royal Commission on Publications, set up in 1960, recommended that Canadian taxpayers be denied the benefit of deducting, as a business expense, the cost of advertising in foreign periodicals printed in Canada. In 1965 the government accepted the recommendation and passed legislation taking advantage away from all foreign magazines except Time and Reader's Digest, which had 50 per cent of all advertising placed in Canadian magazines. Walter Gordon, who was finance minister at the time, has subsequently revealed that the government was afraid that Henry Luce, the U.S. publisher of Time, would exercise his influence to delay passage of the auto pact if legislation was passed detrimental to the U.S. magazines. There was also an argument that the two magazines in question had acquired certain "squatter's rights" in Canada. Canada still has a minority government, as it had in 1965, but some other things have changed. Henry Luce is no longer around to put pressure on his government, for one thing. More importantly, there has been a rebirth of concern for the preservation and promotion of Canadian culture as evidenced, for instance, in regulations covering Canadian content in radio and television broadcasting. It doesn't make sense to tout Canadian content on one hand and to retain legislation giving unfair advantage to foreign magazines which makes it difficult, if not impossible, for Canadian magazines to compete. Another look at the recommendations of the O'Leary Commission and the later Davey Senate Committee on Mass Media on the ques- tion of special status for Time and Reader's Digest is in order. The new Liberals By Cleo Mowers EDMONTON What happens to the provincial Liberal party is probably the least of the concerns of most Albertans. For the last several years the party has been a cipher in provincial politics. In the last election it contested only 20 of the 75 seats and the 20 candidates averaged only 320 votes each. The party has had a parade of leaders, a new one every two or three years. Each time the faithful have mesmerized each other into dreams of greatness, but each time the party's irrelevance has soon surfaced again. When Harper Prowse, now a senator, revived the provincial Liberal party in 1947 he soon made it the only viable alternative to the Social Credit government and until his resignation in 1958 it was a force in provincial politics. Then it floundered around for many years, the voters feeling no need for a change, until Peter Lougheed took over the even more bankrupt Conservative party and built it into a plausible opposition. When at last it came time to turn Social Credit out to pasture, the Conservatives were ready and the Liberals were not. Have things changed for the Liberals? Will the new leader be different from all the others? Perhaps. Nick Taylor himself is different. He went from a Bow Island farm to a degree in geology and employment with oil companies. Finally he put together his own company, which is active in the Canadian Arctic and in several foreign countries. He is a self-made millionaire. At the same time he ha? a strong feeling for the underdog and articulates it well. He is not new to politics. Twice he sought a Calgary seat in the House of Commons and once he almost won. He is a past president of the party. He seems to be a political realist. He expects Social Credit to be almost wiped out in the next provincial election, and if half a dozen Liberals can be elected he feels they could become the official opposition. Then his strategy is that the Lougheed government's faults will be sufficiently impressed on the voters that Liberal fortunes might really grow in further elections. Where does he expect to get the votes? From former Social Crediters, from disillusioned Conservatives and from those on the left who can't quite suppress their fears of the NDP. If that leaves the place of the Liberal party on the political spectrum confused, Taylor doesn't really care. Except for asserting faith in the free enterprise system, he is light on dogma. Labels don't concern him. His goal is to establish a reasonable and competent and imaginative alternative to the Lougheed government so that when the people want a change they can have one without resorting to the NDP. If Social Credit does not lie down and die, the Taylor calculations are out the window. But the new leader is the strongest since Harper Prowse, and the most realistic. ERIC NICOL One more vitamin E freak Each year millions of dollars are spent on Vitamin E. And that's just in our block. Take the whole city, and the amount of money blown on Vitamin E boggles the mind and plonks your doctor, who thought you had more marbles. Why do people squander these vast sums on a vitamin whose therapeutic value has never been proved? What lies behind the blind faith of the Vitamin E freak? I can answer that question. Yes. I am a Vitamin E freak. I admit it, frankly and without shame. In fact I am available for TV interviews, provided that my head is shown in silhouette only. I have been into Vitamin E for more than a year. The original reason why I tried a party, of course, wbere everybody was Bopping d-Alpha Tocopneryl Acetate and hallucinating about his varicose veins was that i had heard Vitamin E prevented aging. Right after my 50th birthday I had decided not to grow old. I bad nothing against elderly persons, as soch. I just preferred not to join them. It's a free country. Once a person has decided to remain midd'e-aged or better, he can become terribly reckless about the money he spends on drugs. He will go without other, essential nutrition milk, for instance, or gin in order to feed his habit. But the Vitamin E freak quickly becomes brazen. The first time I banded the little brown bottle bulging with capsules to the pharmacy cashier, I felt guilty. I sensed that she could look into my mind, see the id bugging itself hi anticipation of jnvenescence, and would say: "Here's your change, sonny." Now I scarcely blush. Maybe it's because my blood is busy hippity-hopping to kindergarten. More likely however my sang- froid stems from the conviction that Vitamin E is responsible for the well-being that attends swallowing the little gelatin blimps. Perhaps for other people, taking the 200 international units daily makes them feel cosmopolitan. It's cheaper than going to Tangiers. But with me the addiction to Vitamin E relates-entirely to my freedom from colds and flu during the past year. Unfortunately this remarkable record does not prove conclusively that Vitamin E fortifies resistance to disease. I have also been taking Vitamin C, gargling with (be mouthwash whose taste everyone hates twice a day, and wearing a surgical mask to the dinner table when one of the kids is sick with something infectious. As a control group, therefore, I am inconclusive. I suspect that many other Vitamin E freaks are like me afraid to give up any one of their various nostrums for fear that it is the active agent in their cheating the mortician. For this reason I don't recommend that you. dear reader, become an E-head unless you have tried everything else and find that yon are still getting older. The chances are that you are already getting all the Vitamin E your system needs, just by eating 450 raw oysters a day. One day medical science will be able to pass final judgment on the merits of Vitamin E. I wish I could wait. But, gee, I'm not getting any younger. "Ah oui, mes amis, pour la culture complete; the unfurling of le fleur-de-cactus." Footnote: French education expanded in Lethbridge elementary schools. The new crisis of democracy By James Reston, New York Times commentator LONDON The world is now being run by Communist governments that rule by fear and force, and by non- communist governments that do not have the confidence of the majority of their people. The British election is only the latest illustration of the point. It was an unpopularity contest, with both Prime Minister Heath and Harold Wilson being tagged equally as the men least likely to succeed. Political instability is the rule of the day. In North America, Canada has a minority government under Trudeau, and the United States has a "landslide" president with most of his original advisers now under indictment and a confidence rating of under 30 per cent. In Europe, leaving aside authoritarian governments in Spain, Portugal and Greece, most of the countries are governed by coalition, and some, like Italy, are not governed at all. In the Middle East, where democracy is a rare commodity, Israel is fighting for her existence with a coalition which cannot agree on the only terms of peace available to her, and in Asia, both Japan and China have either shaky or aging regimes. The explanation of this is not the incompetence of the present generation of leaders. It is true that the men of elo- quent idealism are gone the Churchills, the deGaulles, and Nehrus. They have been replaced on the whole with political technicians; intelligent, industrious men who may be better at mastering the. complexities of modern societies than the charismatic men of words, but there is a problem. Thanks to the fear of atomic weapons, they have mastered the art of balancing power and avoiding world wars, but not of balancing their economic resources or dealing with the problems of everyday life. In the democratic world, where they exist on the votes of the people, they are at the mercy of events beyond their control: food and oil prices they cannot afford, relying on the support of expanding populations that have been led to expect a higher standard of living every year. The British are more sensible about this than most people. They learned during the depression of the 1930s and the two world wars to make do and mend, but they have been living beyond their means for a generation now, and none of their leaders has a convincing answer to the problem. f No wonder, then, that the election here was indecisive. It was a "don't know" electorate voting for "don't know" leaders, who agreed only that Britain faced a "disastrous" economic prospect they all used the word or its equivalents but who. could not agree to combine for the duration of the crisis. Heath asked the British people a silly question, "who governs And, not surprisingly, they gave him a silly answer: He put before them the remarkable suggestion that the serious crisis over which he had presided could be resolved only if he and the Tories were authorized to keep on handling it for five more years. "No they said. For a whole day, Heath dithered about whether to resign or leave it to the Parliament to kick him out. It was said he was studying the election returns to perceive "the will of the people." But the "will of the people" was not all that obscure. They didn't like his honest formula of "hardships and sacrifices and they didn't particularly like him either. Ditto his principal opponent, Harold Wilson, so they ducked it. and took refuge in the Liberals, the Nationalists, and the nostalgic dreams of Enoch Powell, Britain's George Wallace. Still, "disastrous" is not the word for this melancholy catalogue of events. It is awkward, disturbing, even alarming, but not "disastrous." The British people, like the American people, are sick of party politics and would probably welcome the formation of a grand coalition for the duration of the emergency, even though their peacetime experience with coalitions has not been very successful, but Heath and Wilson stick with the paradox that the country is in grave danger but not so grave as to require their combining to save it. So they will muddle along separately, begging for votes from the minor parties, and the surprising thing is that minority governments manage as well as they do under the circumstances. Sometimes nothing is as permanent as a "temporary" government. Trudeau has managed it in Canada, Brandt in West Germany, Mrs. Meir in Israel, and even Richard Nixon, with all his troubles and a Democratic party in control of Congress, somehow keeps going without any visible means of political or moral support. The chances are Britain will do the same under either Heath or Wilson. With the miners on strike, the country on a three-day work week, and the pound and stock prices -falling, the economic situation is too serious for any party, large or small, to vote out the government for selfish partisan reasons. Meanwhile, whoever is in power, will have to avoid highly controversial policies like getting out of the Common Market, and pay attention to the vote for moderation and co-operation. Otherwise, it will have to face an angry electorate at the next general polling. This, however, is merely a formula for survival and not a solution to the sickness of democracy, either here or in the rest of the free world. The political "decline of the West" is no longer a subject for theoretical debate, but an ominous reality, particularly when the leader of the West, the United States, has so much trouble of its own. Letters Free society not free We are told that we live in a free society but I feel it is only for murderers, robbers, rapists, kidnappers and so on. How about the ordinary citizen? How can we live "free" with all this other scruff running free? There are many hard and frustrating man-hours wasted by the police only to have these leeches turned loose after a very short sentence... If it is a juvenile there is nothing to be done, reasons he is a ward of the court, he is living on welfare etc., and it's obvious who pays for that. That parasite is awarded a lawyer to represent him once more the suckers pay the bill. Am I the only person who is tired of this "free Every year more laws are passed to protect the dirt of the earth. One great argument for the concern for these animals is that it costs a year to keep one of them locked up. My way of thinking leads me to the following conclusion. With the cost to the insurance companies, the wasted man-hours of our RCMP and the endless damage and unsolved crime is cheap to keep them out of society. We hear much about rehabilitation maybe it does work in some cases, but how many trips to jail do we have to pay for before the authorities realize that some of these creeps cannot be helped! If a criminal wants to be proven insane, make sure he is kept locked away for years so he can't come out and rape and kill again. What happened to the whip? "Inhuman" is the cry hogwash. Maybe the criminals would think twice about going back for their free meals and bed. What happened to hard labor? "We must understand" more hogwash. I do not understand a creep being able to break into my home or place of business and just spending a few days in jail I really believe the parents have to be educated and maybe if they were held responsible for their children and had to pay for their wrong-doings, the strap would come out at home One good way to educate the parents is to hit them in the pocketbook. Crime has to be stopped and it has been proven that leniency and understanding are not the answers. After completing the jail sentence, why shouldn't the offenders be made to pay restitution to the victim, the insurance -company and the municipality and be kept on probation until this is done. Then maybe, we can quit spending our money and time and make a safe place in which to live. Let's face it, we can't afford this free The working people must stand up and be counted. They must write their MPs and demand some changes. MRS. E. M. BUTLER Cranbrook, B.C. Library use suggested With the opening of the new library there is a marvelous opportunity to reclaim Gait Gardens for the people's use. The old library would be best used as a meeting place for our older people. If we fill it with these people we will have eyes on the park and that is the easiest and best way to clear it of undesirable activities. The little old wine-drinkers will retreat from all those seeing eyes and our people will stroll with confidence through the Gardens again. Little work would be re- quired on the library itself. The children's section in the original portion could be a library still or a place for a quiet cup of tea. The original building would need upgrading of toilet facilities and a small kitchenette, and a tourist information officer The library would make a fine small art gallery but that was not and should not be the use for Gait Gardens. It would not add to reclaiming the Garden's for leisure activities. Please let's not miss this opportunity. H. G. ANDERSON Lethbridge Meaningful message Jonathan Livingston Seagull, has come and gone, and with a wonderful message, old as time itself. A simple, yet profound message, easily understood, yet not one easily, if ever, forgotten. Richard Bach has received wide acclaim and credit for it's creation, yet in exclusive interviews with The Eck World News and the now defunct Life -magazine, he denied such claims. Here he stated, that in a vision-like experience, while relaxing one day near a canal, the story suddenly entered his consciousness. Only the first half, that is. Realizing it's significance and import, he quickly put on paper all he had experienced, not knowing how or from whence it came. For several years there after, he pondered the events of that day, as he struggled to bring it to completion. However, all his efforts proved fruitless. Then suddenly, as unexpected as before, a whole seven years later, in a similar vision, he received the latter and concluding portion. Now at long last the story was completed. Unknowingly and unwillingly, Richard Bach bad become an instrument of Divine Truth, for within this extraordinary revealing story, can be found some of the greatest truths ever put before man. A deep penetrating message so simple, that one wonders bow one failed to recognize it years ago. A mean- ingful message, easily understood by any child, yet strangely enough, one that seems to lie completely beyond the ken and comprehension of our highly educated. A story of simple truths that has undergone neither corruption nor adulteration by learned men, the theologians, the clergy etc., who really should know better. Hidden within this marvelous story lies the cures for all of man's ills the answers to all the questions that man has ever pondered, prayed and cried out for, since time immemorial. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, should make history as one of the first contemporary books that in one gigantic swoop was successful in breaking through the heavy mask of illusion and facades that we find so much in evidence today. It should become a classic in raising level of understanding or the consciousness of people the world over. Further, it should provide even greater incentives for those Jonathan Livingston Seagulls everywhere, in their quests to rise above the flock, to seek out "Chiang" the radiant seagull, who stands waiting, ever patiently, ready to escort each and everyone back home to the Far Country from whence they came, a long, long time ago. Jonathan Livingston Seagull the story about a bird? Hardly? AL DENBCKY Eckankar Satsang Society of Lethbridge The Lcthbridge Herald Sot TBi St. S. lembridge. LETHBRIPQE HERALD CO. LTD PubfflHtwo Second Ont Mail Restoration No 0012 CLEO MOWERS. Edttor and Publisher DON H RLUNG OONAIO OORAM Managing Editor Oners) Manager ROTF. MILES brief the government will straw concern, consider methods, explore means, eater discussions, review aspects, stndy alternatives and form committees ROBERT V f ENTO'i Orcdlatton Manager KEWWETH E i Business Manager THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" K. WALKED ;