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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETKBRIOG5 HERALD Friday, 10, 1972 nice Hutchison Blood donors Blood donors have again demon- strated a remarkable concern for the ivcll bcin" of others. The fact that they might'possibly benefit some day from the presence of a blood tank in the community in no way rtimi- shes the praiseworthiness of what (hoy have done. r-W actions even come close to the doning of blood in altruism. Yet every lime a clinic is held the objec- tive is reached ov almost reached. Sometimes, as was the case this week, the objective is surpassed. It is remarkable that so many peo- ple willingly without inducement or pressure respond to the appeal for donations of blood. Even move astounding is Ihe fact that some peo- ple return to the clinics time after (jme four men were recognized recentlv for having donated 50 times. Canadians can be grateful that the matter of a vital supply of blood is maintained through the purely volun- lary system. In the United Stales much of the blood available for hos- pitals has been bought. The supplers tend to be skirt row derelicts, dope and oilier unfortunates who need the money but do not usually have the best health records. As a consequence supplies of blood are often infected, usually by hepatitis, with unfortunate results for re- cipients. Incredible as it seems, the attempt to institute a completely voluntary system that can be properly policed is being strenuously resisted in the U.S. The old bogey of state socialism has been dragged out as a means of opposing a bill to police the country's blood banks. It is not difficult to find the real motive behind opposition lo accept- ing a voluntary system. Blood is a precious commodity and can com- mand high prices, the pint of blood which brings the derelict five dollars costs the patient who receives it any- thing from to S100 on his hospital bill "in the U.S. In one CaliCornian heart transplant case a bill for for blood was sent after the patient's death to his widow. When the money such as that is at stake resistance to change is inevitable. When the commercial operation in the U.S. is viewed with all its horrors the gratitude felt for our system, and the donors who keep it functioning, multiplies. Long live the system aiul its supporters. Passport problems again The Geoffreys' attempted flight to freedom raises many issues, aniung them the Government's policy on han- dling passports. Following the James Earl Ray case when a forged Canadian passport was used by the killer of Dr. Martin Luther King, loopholes in passport require- ments were tightly plugged, or so offi- cials thought. To obtain a passport, proof of citizenship was required, plus date of birth, national origin, and in the case of immigrants, date and port of entry into Canada. There seemed to be no way any longer that false documents or forgery could pro- duce a passport. But obviously native Canadians can slill fool officials as Geoffroy did. A forged birth certificate of a deceased relative got him a passport, and out of the country and almost to freedom for good. However, for immigrants {even Bri- tish subjects) who came to Canada before the stricter regulations were enforced, getting a passport can be a tedious, time consuming problem if they don't have the proper docu- ments. And sometimes, as in the case of the elderly who can't come up with sufficient satisfactoiy details on their origin and background, they don't get passports at all. There are now countless senior citi- zens who arrived in Canada fifty and sixty years ago who are hazy about where I' ey landed, what ship brought them over, where their parents were born and so on. But after years domicile in a community, and pro- vided their character can be substan- tiated by reputable citizens, why should they be rejected? According to regulations, Geoffrey's passport must have required two character references. Obviously these were either forged, or were signed by people in collusion with Geoffrey's plans. With so much official emphasis on background and origin to acquire a passport, it seems strange that character references are not given serious consideration. At one time following the Ray inci- dent, the government indicated it might consider opening passport of- fices across the nation. They should re-consider this move again. Local passport offices could deal with peo- ple who have trouble establishing the necessaiy papers; they would be more likely to spot fraud; and they could expedite the processing of pass- ports more quickly. Last but not least, creation of such offices would decentralize an im- mense department which, in spite of its stricter regulations, still manages to give passports to the wrong people. Introducing Ms Lib POSHD.'.RN, just when I thought I had the world's problems all solved, along comes a new one. This fresh stickiness on the wicket oozes from the pages of Ms., the new magazine tor liberated women. as you must know by is the replacement for "Miss" and "Mrs." as a form of address. Pro- nounced which gives it a nice south- ern fried chicken flavor, "Ms." is, in my opinion, a very sensible way of replying to the letter from the businesswoman who has signed herself as simply "Hermione Hard- tack." It Ls much safer than writing "Dear- Hermior.e" or "Dear Hardtack." I have been using it for Anyhow, Ms. the magazine nas an article titled "How to Write Your Oivn Marriage Contract." Clause One on the list on unholy vows is "The wife's right to use her maiden name or any other name she chooses." This brings us inexorably to Clause Two: "What surnames the children will have: Husband's, wife's, a hyphenated combina- tion, a neulral name or the name the chil- dren choose when they reach a certain age." You see what I mean about a new head- ache to evoke little cries of gladness from the lips of shareholders of Bayer Aspirin. Behold the newborn son of Agnes Hoare end Reginald House. The parents must choose not only the first names for the wee chap perhaps, or the happily hermaphroditic "Vivian'-but also his surname. At first blush, hyphenation seems the r :r.t equitc-fre choice. But what happens young Vivian House-Hoare (the less in'elicitous conjugation! signs the marriage contract wilh another sexually-libcrated child, Hilary OWe-Katt, and they have the child they hyphenate into Olde-Katt-House- Hoare? Because the reproduction rate of hy- phens tends to be exponential rather than arithmetic, the world is threatened with a hyphenation explosion. There must be a better way. Let's see that list of dubbing options again. The husband's name. Well, I guess we can scrub that one straight off. Male chau- vinism at its most porcine. No point in even considering giving the child the sur- name of his-her (oops, her-his) father. The wife's name. That is, her maiden name, or "nee" as we bave been calling her. Sounds archaic already, doesn't it? But the paternal grandparents are going to get pretty shirty at having their grand- son named after Daughter-in-law. Gene- alogically, the cornerstone of matriarchy is set firmly upon Cramps' bunion. A neutral name. Dicey, I'd say. Could mean the extinction of the Smiths, the Jones's, the Browns, to say nothing of the Finks and the Hassenfeffers. I see a great rush of parents surnaming their kid Orr, or Greer, or even Trudeau. Ugly argu- ments, scenes, fights in the maternity ward. No, tbe neutral name is out. Finally, let the child choose his own name after he reaches a certain age. Fun for Ihe child, hfll tor the registrar of births ami deaths. And what do we call Ihe child till he is old enough to attach his owo han- dle? "Hey, you" has its limitations. What about his having Mother's surname on even years, Father's surname on odd years? Well, I guess that clears up the latest crisis of our times. It certainly feels good to have a nice, dean desk. (Vancouver Province features) View from Monticello a positive picture WASHINGTON In I h i s relevant, more pressing and in- nfter nil. in believing that free nerve centre and crous machine1 sliop of politics (ho approaching national elec- tion is usually ivatchcd through the wrong end of the telescope or, nowadays, calculated with a computer. To a Canadian the view seems clearer and more reliable from that lull in rustic Virginia where Thomas Jeffer- son built his home, brought his young bride ami found his grave. The thoughts that Issued must have been the most profound and durable in the na- tron's history. The words (hat flowed from Jefferson's quill pen still in imagination, through t h e green valleys around Monticello like the sound of bugles in the early southern spring. And they are as relevant today as when he wrote them indeed, more cscapable. Jefferson's Course of Human Events moves on, fasler than he foresaw, in channels unim- aginable even to America's grealesl philosopher and proph- et. But, under statesmen quite urdike him and much inferior, what hits happened to his Self- Evident Truths in this chaotic year of 1972? Where are his people's Inalienable nights in a society that suddenly chal- lenges aLl his assumptions? How comes it Ihr.t their Pur- suit, with all ils wealth and pcwer, has failed lo reach Ihe ultimate goal of Life. Liberty and Happiness? Why is his Do- cent Respect to Die Opinions of Mankind Uircatcnuig to turn in- wards wilh anger and self-pity, sometimes with despair? A stranger must ask himself, on the ridge of Monticello, whether Jefferson was wrong, men could govern themselves without tyranny or anarchy whether, in Lincoln's words, a nation conceived in liberty ami now reborn in technology, can long endure. For such is truly the question facing the nation this year. U will be lost, of course, in the politicians' rhetoric (or what Jefferson called "the morbid rage of tic- in ['resident Nixon's ever-shifting slratecy, in the Democrats' desperate attempt to keep up with him. and in all that computerizi'd apparatus of politics which reckons men as nKilheinalk'al figures and ,Jef- fei-fin's eternal creed as ob- solete. But the- question still stands, unansuercd, and in- volves Ihe wlicle of maiiinci. Can I h e political system built by Jofferson and his fel- low philosophers manage an economic and social system In the popular cliche, as he drastically changed, as yet not said, Ihe United Statesjs filled understood and already assail- J cd by strains, dangers and wild expectations incomprehensible lo any living man? If this is the decisive question behind the, facade of presidential politics, it cannot be glimpsed, even vaguely, unless the nation's current mood is comprehended, and that in itself is a task to daunt Ihe psychologist. But Hie ignorant stranger can see B! once lhat the mood is compounded of many contra- (iiclions, and riven by many conflicts of race, geography, economic interest and foreign r.lanns. real or iTnaginaiy. A famous American, perhaps Ihe brst-informcd among his peo- ple, and himself a hopeful Jcf- fe-rsouian al heart, summed up fiii- my benefit a spiritual crisis far deeper than the immediate erisi.s of politics. j THE BOW OF CENSORS TO 16 YEARS BECAUSfTHE IMGWBi MftY OFFENSIVE TO SOME PEOPLE Letters to the editor Good ivay to learn ivhat wheat actually brings The Herald had a splendid editorial on Two Price Distor- tion, then another headed, Tha Wrong Name. A few weeks ago, when a fellow from Champion suggested the whole thing was. a fraud he was dismissed with the comment or naive asser. tion that the price to the pro. ducer was being advanced by a dollar and five cents. Then we had some headlines announcing the huge fifteen cent final payment and 1 should not be surprised if a lot of peo- ple are now convinced that we get for our wheat at the. elevator, and will soon be get- ting or mayhc S3.15. In reality there is no nue of arithmetic, geometry, trigono- metry or astrology applicable to the pricing of wheat. What we get is based upon political expediency, and to arrive that by addition and subtrac- tion is about like trying to sort out the intricacies of Mr. Lang's election gambit whila pointing out that it's all prop- erly socialistic, just, and a boon for the wheat farmer. It has always seemed to mo that a good way to learri about wheat would be to seed some over a period of years, do somo summer fallowing and some harvesting, dry falls and wet, some in the snow and some in the spring, shovel half a mil- lion bushels, and sell a crop or two. But not everyone can for nill) so I'll lend you my truck boys, and five hundred bushels of "No. 1 northern, the kind that makes (he good bread you toast for breakfast. Take the load to town, sell it Village Lake Louise facility needed Since a couple of my com- ments about Village Lake Louise made at the Travel In- dustry Association of Alberta convention at Medicine Hat re- cently have received some pulv licity, may I offer some other thoughts which I think deserve consideration. The need for a visitor ser- vices centre at Lake Louise has been simmering since 1965. It isn't being cooked up in secret, The position of (he Parks Branch in this whole matter is very sound. Section four of the National Parks Act is the guid- ing legislation and nothing now proposed for Village Lake Louise conflicts with the Act. Clarification on MRVs Just a comment on the recent story about establishing a motorized recreational ve- hicle park in Lcihbriclge. First, I'd like to commend tbe city manager's office for being willing to consider such a site for Lethbridge. .Second, I'd like to clarify a point. The story left tbe im- pression that the reason that snowmobiles were, given spe- cial consideration is tbnl they cannot he licensed to run on streets and highways. With this in mind I'd like to clarify for the city manager and the pub- lic of Lethbridge just a little more on MRVs. Perhaps tho best way for me to do this is by quoting City Mnnagcr Tom "It is oiv.'irnis (hat snov, mobiles canno! the; rond systems safely or leg- ally." This is very true. But upon investigation also find this true wilh most MRVs. Motorcycles, dune-buggies and four wheel drive vehicles, which the public is famifiar with, are street machines and are in most cases used by their owners for street and off road travel. Yet upon investigating MRVs n person wiil find that the true off-road vehicles which are constructed for (his type of use cannof use the road sys- tems safely or legally. A good suggestion at thi.; time, for anyone who hasn't seen or cannot picture an off- road vehicle (MIIV) in their mind, is to make a trip to their nearest news stand and I am sure they'll be able to find some fine informal ion on Ibis new fnsl growing recreation C. C. McKEE Lethbridge. Similarly, the choice of Lake Louise as a suitable location for a visitor centre is quite ac- ceptable. Lake Louise is cen- tral in the four contiguous Na- tional Parks in Alberta and British Columbia. The proposed village site is not wilderness, has not been wilderness for de- cades and can" never be wilder- ness because of the existence of trans-continental transporta- tion facilities. I ihink Albertans must find acceptable the joining of Lake Louise Ltd. and Imperial Oil Limited for this project. I can't understand those who question Imperial Oil's right to participate when the same peo- ple apparently willingly accept the oil company's expenditure of S200 million for a refinery at Edmonton and the same com- pany's share of the S500 mil- lion Syncrude project. The mat- ter of ownership and control has been distorted, especially if we remember lhat the whole: thing reverts to the government without cost at the end of the lease period. Canada needs this kind of fa- cility for tourists. If this opportunity we probably won't get another one for a long time to come. GERALD L. WEDLR Lethbridge. on my permit, and tell us what it brought. Then give us a head, line when the final payment comes, and another when the two price subsidy is paid, and calculate a per bushc! figure. And if anyone can explain ex- actly how a dollar and four cents became two cents, and how three dollars shrank to a dollar forty while the price was being raised, please write. f would venture lo say Hint the agricultural industry has paid and is paying a lot more in taxes than we gel from the leeches in Ottawa and I am mildly amazed (bat the tax- payers are tired of supporting our downward price increases. L. K. WALKER Milk River. wilh the disappointment and c h a g i' i n of Ibe unrequiled lover. It lias fought three wars in the last three decades lo pre- serve the world's freedom, or so it supposed. For this pur- pose if has poured its treasure, with its blood, into remote lands across the sea. H has tax- ed its people and inflated its currency to the edge of ruin. In return, if has not re- ceived any dpccnt respecl from niartind. It has received only Uie ingratitude of its allies, tbe resentment of its doctors, the blame of its friends, often for their own mistakes. if Ihe American version of hislory is distorted and oie- sidcd. nevertheless it explains why the world's most powerful state, though not yet isolation- ist in the old Wilsonian sense, is impatient with foreigners ar'.fl more bitterly impatient wilh itself. And if foreign con- vulsions are not enough to li-y the nation's soul and send its president scurrying around the globe, nothing has turned out at home rs Jefferson hoped and all bis successors prom- ised. This year, for Ihe first time clcsrly, all Americans can see that their basic problems have not been solved, despite the modam promises and the an- cient postulates of Jefferson's Declaration, the central tenets of the nation's life its chart and polestar from tbe begin- ning. The problems have been merely postponed, blurred and overglossed by the professors' theories, the politicians' make- shift remedies and the eco- nomists' projections, Invariably wrong. Thus the Iragic riddle of Ihe blacks, Ihe poor, Ihe cities, Ihe crime wave, Ihe drugs, the in- flated economy, the imperilled environment, Ihe shrinking nat- ural resources these, and many other riddles have piled up through long neglect, mis- judgment and smug compla- cency until no one, literally no one, knows the answers and only a man as hold and am- bilious as Richard Nixon can pretend to know them, at least for election purposes. Yet in Ihe clean upland air of Monticello, away from the din and cocktail gossip of Washington, a stranger in- specting Jefferson's house, its queer domestic gadgets and the mighty relics of his mind, must see lhat the 1972 election i> only a brief pause, a flect- irg detour in the pursuit of happiness. It will not soon be found again, and never by the current methods of pursuit. Meanwhile (he electoral or- atory is for the most part ir- relevant and ignores the largest facts. All the presiden- tial candidates are dwarfed by their early predecessors. All the immediate problems seem to be much more complicated iheji they looked even four years ago. But in the imagin- ary view from Mbnticello Ibis greal nation is not falling to pieces, as some excited for- eigners suppose. It is not trying to avoid the future ar.d turn back the clock. It is not vainly resisting the revolution and the changing lot of man which is as unavoid- able ss it is unknown. No, the revolution and the change are centred right here in a people whose free society, chaotic and tortured though it seems, is still flexible enough to meet tbe new time, perhaps to mas- ter it, any nation can. fn a different pursuit of a different happiness, however. H. will need a great leader whom all the people tnisl, whether (hey agree wilh him or not. That man has not been founcf yet. (Herald Special Service) Looking backward THROUGH THE HERALD Raymond won the Al- berta senior basketball champ- ionship last night by defeating the University of Alberta, 38 to 30. 1932 Work on the North Lethbridgc storm sewer, which has employed some 500 of tbe unemployed periodically, has been stopped temporarily owing lo Ihe severe weather. 1912 Owners of more than passenger automobiles and 555 trucks in the city and district have already pur- chased their new license platc-a and most of these operators have applied for gasoline ra- tioning coupon books. 1952 More babies were born and more persons died in Canada in Iflnl than in any other year in the country's his- ton'. 1902 More than 20 paticnls were calmly evacuated or sent home while firemen batiied raging flames in the old south wing of the Coalclale hospital shortly before midnight last night. The Lethbridge Herald SOI 7th St. S., Lcthbriclge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD 10. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published -1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No 0012 Memher cf fhs Canadian Press and Ihe Canadian Daily Newspart' Publishers' Assocfarion and the Audit Bureau o' Circulaliens CLEO W, MOVERS, Editcr and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager DOM PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Micciarr: Eriilor ROY F V.ILES DOUGV.AS K. WALKER Adverrising Manager Editorial Page Editor "THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH" ;