Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
4-THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD WodnMday, March 13, 1974 A necessary reminder The Israeli cause has strong, emotional support on this side of the Atlantic, and, indeed, among the editorial page staff of this newspaper. Nevertheless, an occasional story comes out of the Middle East as a reminder that there is more than one side to the hostilities there. A London Observer correspondent has written from Damascus about some of the Syrian civilians who were uprooted from the Golan plateau during the October war and are appealing for assistance to the governor of Quneitra. This town, which has become an emotional symbol to the Syrians, is likened to the French city of Strasbourg during the lengthy occupation by Germany following the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. The governor operates out of an office in Damascus since this town is still in Israeli hands. He is reportedly bitter because, while the world press has paid much attention to the question of the Israeli POWs held by Syria, he can get little assistance in tracing missing Arab children in Israeli-held territory. He estimated that five out of seven Arab families have lost a son or daughter and he charges that the Israelis have refused to co-operate in tracing them. It is easy to pass this story off as simply evidence of British sympathy for the Arab cause. Or to counter with stories of more than years of injustice to Jews. Or to reason that Israelis do not make war on children. But it would be a mistake to ignore the fact of Arab suffering and some of the justification for Arab bitterness. Although the Golan Heights is known for its military importance, controlling as it does not only the Upper Galilee to the west but also the road to Damascus on the east, it is also a fertile plateau. When the Israeli army drove Arab forces off the heights in June, 1967, having been shelled from there intermittently since 1948, they also drove off an estimated peasant farmers. Refugee problems are the most difficult of all to solve. The final of armed forces, refugees, and national boundaries on the plateau is yet to be determined, either by negotiation or continuing war. It is already apparent that the differences between Syria and Israel are far more difficult of solution than those between Egypt and Israel. But if the outside world is to provide an atmosphere in which a solution can be found, it is necessary to acknowledge, from time to time, that there are two sides to the argument. Setting a precedent The abrupt termination of the throne speech debate in the Alberta legislature is a refreshing surprise. Politicians are not noted for willingly foregoing the opportunity to impress their constituents back home with press reports of their utterance.- in the legislature. Without an election in the offing a prolonged "nothing" debate really has no justification whatever. It makes sense, then, to admit the futility of the exercise and pass on to the consideration of legislation already tabled. This, after all, is the reason for the gathering of the elected representatives. In recent years both the federal Parliament and the provincial legislatures have been sitting for longer and longer periods of time. In order to get the necessary business done and somehow prevent representation from becoming a full-time occupation it is desirable to find ways of cutting down on unessential debate. Alberta members are to be congratulated for admitting the futility of the throne speech debate. Now having set a precedent maybe it can be eliminated permanently. ERIC NICOL Preserving Henry Kissinger It is too late to save most of the world's other natural sources of energy, but what can we do to preserve Henry Kissinger? Staving off World War 3 seems to depend on Kissinger as an inexhaustible resource. "Quick. Henry, the cry five billion people, and Henry flits to Cairo, to Rio, to Damascus, to Peking, to Haifa. How long can the man keep it up? He is a one-man United Nations, striving to be impartial among the great powers except that he prefers redheads. According to my unofficial estimate, in the past year Kissinger has eaten enough airline meals, at queer hours, to turn his stomach to the shape and consistency of a flight bag whose zipper has stuck. He has slept in so many strange Arab beds his spine has a wow in it that is pure camel. He has shaken hands with an endless stream of shifty-eyed despots and things get even worse when he leaves Washington. He has had to learn to breathe with a microphone shoved up his nose, to feel his way through airports, blinded by TV lights. God only knows how much of his baggage has landed in Yazoo City. Miss. Whether or not you like the man, you have to admire that kind of stamina. As one who flies on average once a year, Vancouver to Toronto. I regard Kissinger's performance as incredible. When I get off the plane, eyes glazed by gravol and lips powdered by the teeth grinding of approach to land, I am in no condition to negotiate the path to lasting peace. I'm lucky if I can negotiate the distance to the John. The question is: How long can Henry stand the pace? What can we do to conserve the energy of Dr. Ubiquitous? Is anybody taking care of his laundry? Who is responsible for maintaining his supply of redheads, particularly in those Middle Eastern countries where there has been little penetration by Lady Clairol? My suggestion is that those of us who are concerned about Kissinger as a threatened species of migratory bird should form a society to help save him from extinction. Granted, he looks healthy enough right now. But sooner or later the pressure is going to get to him, regardless of how many pillows the stewardess places behind that formidable head. The fate of civilization has come to rest squaraly on Kissinger's shoulders. It will be disaster if he suddenly cracks. Just some little thing, like his abruptly kicking sand in King Faisal's face it's game over. First thing to be done, therefore, is to obtain an accurate survey of Kissinger's known reserves of energy. Will he last till 1980? What are the chances of our one day. finding him holding a sign: SORRY OUT OF GAS? Secondly, Kissinger deserves all the encouragement we can offer. It would be a nice gesture if Britain crowned him in absentia, of course as an honorary monarch, King Henry the Ninth. And presented him with the keys to Miss England. What Canada can do to show its appreciation, apart from granting Dr. Kissinger full nesting privileges in all our federal and provincial wildlife sanctuaries, I hesitate to say. The matter needs thought. But even if we just send him a cozy pair of moccasox, knitted by an Indian community, to help keep his feet from swelling during those incessant plane trips, let's show Henry that we care. Send him a message of good cheer. Go home. Hank in peace. "Let's see, Frank my good lad: you're almost at the age of consent, and I rather enjoy your sense of fun drowning valleys, lumbering your God-given timber rights, and the like so here, the keys to the Liberals seek Canadian unity By Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau The following is part of a speech given by the prime minister at a Liberal dinner in Toronto earlier this month. Some have tried to portray our oil policy as that of a power hungry federal government trying to stake a constitutional and financial claim to provincial resources. Since the resources in question happen to lie in Western Canada, we are also charged with unfairly interceding, for partisan reasons, on the side of Eastern and Central Canada since we "have nothing to lose" politically in the province of Alberta and the West. Nothing could be further from the truth. As a political party, far from writing off the West, we have no higher priority for the next federal election than to greatly increase Western representation in our caucus. Not one federal seat in the West is going to be written off by the Liberal Party of Canada. As a government, rather than division among regions, we seek to heal, to contribute to national unity. In our energy policy, we are not staking any claim to provincial resources; we are not demanding that any specific oil pricing or taxing mechanisms be employed. What we are insisting upon is that at a time of great and complex world economic change, the government of Canada must discharge its duty to all the people of this country its duty to direct and the national economy and to spread the enormous burden of oil prices, which have multiplied fourfold, evenly across the country. The government of Canada is not going to allow the impact of disruptive oil prices to create the kind of massive economic disorder seen in other countries economic disorder which could lead to much more severe inflation, unemployment and regional disparity. We know our responsibility and will not retreat from it. As I told Parliament last week, "we believe that the benefits of our wealth, and the burdens of our national problems, should be shared equitably by all the people, wherever they may live. We believe in a strong central government able and willing to assert the national interest and prepared to stand up to provincial or regional interests with the confidence that it has the backing of the people of Canada." It is equally our belief, and equally the intention of our policies, that this period of world economic change can be used to enhance our national effort to equalize economic 'opportunity for Canadians in every region. Long before the premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan began taking speaking tours in Central Canada, saying that "you shouldn't have our oil unless you do certain things in the federal government had been devoting its energy and resources to encourage greater development and more equality of opportunity in each region through language programs in Quebec, our DREE programs in the Atlantic region, our Western Economic Opportunities Conference in Calgary last year. We heard grievances at the Calgary conference which I regard as legitimate: Western grievances about being left out of decision-making, about living under national policies and national institutions the chartered banks, the TV networks which Westerners feel are not really national to them. There is nothing particularly new about Western Canada's tendency to "opt out" from "that damn government" in Ottawa: Alberta, for example, has voted against the party forming the government whether Liberal or Tory in 15 out of 19 federal elections since 1908. What is new is the great chance we now have as a country to overcome at least some of Western Canada's frustrations. The federal government will make every effort to help the West take full advantage of changing world resource patterns, as a source of new strength and new opportunity. That is why we have framed our counter-inflationary policies to be fair and beneficial not only to the consumer, but also to our primary producers and to the desire of the Western (and Atlantic) provinces to build upon their resource base new opportunities for industrial diversification. we are offering to pour millions of dollars into Alberta oil sands development because we want to assure future national oil supplies but also because oil sands development will encourage diversified industrial development of the West including a major new petrochemical industry for the province of Alberta. we want to increase Western food production for the benefit of Canadian consumers. But we are equally determined that the West will benefit from higher food production through new processing industries. That is why we are committed in this session to reform railway freight rates, to make it possible for more processing to be done right there in the West. THE CASSEROLE "I've nothing against nudity per M it's youth's mad obsession speed to go acmbefc hi particular." The Idaho state senate, by a vote of 18 to 17. has decreed that all editorials or other opinion pieces in any newspaper published in the state must be signed by the writer. A rancher in the senate led the fight for the bill. He had been criticized in editorials in a Boise newspaper. He said that in a newspaper the news must be separated from opinion, and the people had a right to know whose opinion it was. The Boise newspaper, in reply, said that for all of its 110 years its editorials were the collective opinion of an editorial board, whose current members are known, and who actually wrote the piece was of no public concern In an editorial the paper contended "the government is not r-jjvposed to tell the press what to print and how to print The legislation will be appealed. A similar measure in Maine last year was ruled unconstitutional A Michigan fanner has produced 306 bushels of corn per acre from 4.4 acres. That s a world record. In one test conducted by the marketers of hybrid seed. farmers averaged 139 bushels over the last three years, and 203 yields were over 200 bushels. That's what Canadian barley growers are up against in competitively producing feed grains. Three-quarters of the US, newspapers still sell for a dime a copy, one quarter for 15 cents, and about one per cent are still at five cents. Two have just announced they are going to 20 cents. A recent Gallup poll showed 70 per cent of the people would be prepared to pay 20 cento. Newsprint is now more than a ton. or about four cents for a 32-page paper Letters Centre unique in city The City Council on March 25 will decide whether to continue funding the Birth Control and Information Centre. In their presentations to the Council the Community Services Advisory Committee recommended the suspension of financial support. The reason for their decision rested on the fact that first, the sponsoring board of the Centre was unable to satisfy the committee as to why the Centre was not teaching sex education in the schools, and second that the committee felt the board had not demonstrated adequately that the Birth Control and Information Centre was meeting a need within the city. That there is a need for education in human sexuality is evidenced by the findings of the many studies done, and the sexual therapy clinics set up in cities across Canada to help married couples, and others, with sexual understanding and response. The Lethbridge Centre had made progress in this area during this past initial year, and expansion of services and programming is in progress as more and more parents, and youth, become aware of the Centre's various functions. However, the Advisory Committee appears to want miracles, and to get sex education into the public schools of Lethbridge will surely require a miracle. As a parent who has had great difficulty in telling rny family what it means to be male or female, and the ways in which man and woman relate to each other, I was grateful for the assistance of the staff at the Birth Control and Information Centre as they helped each of us to talk comfortably together about this important area of our lives. I know of no other group or institution in Lethbridge who offers uncritical help in matters of birth control and related human sexual problems. The staff are dedicated to their work and keenly interested in helping all people understand human sexuality and the responsibilities that it entails. I am greatly disturbed by the Advisory Committee's recommendation and urge that City Council review thoroughly the work of the Birth Control and Information Centre to date, as well as their plans for the coming year. J. L. B. Lethbridge Facts about abortion D'arcy asks people through his cartoon, (March 4) to think about overpopulation and abortion. Well I have read: "New census study pro- jects a decline in rate of birth. Trend called drastic nation is found nearing zero population growth among younger women." (New York Times) Or, "White Anglo-Saxon Protestants and Jewish American populations are already reproducing at or below zero growth level." (Medical Tribune) A chart in Forbes magazine may be the shape of the businessman's future. It shows how the birthrate in the U.S. has been declining until now it is below the rate of replacement. This will have tremendous economic, social and political repercussions. "Soviet-bloc tightens loose abortion laws, to halt declining birthrates, because authorities now are worried that this might lead to economic disaster." (Lethbridge Herald) Fight abortion? I say yes. shows wide- spread concern over the health dangers caused by abortions. Bulgarian health authorities have released a statistical survey which shows between 25 to 30 per cent of women undergoing the operation (abortion) suffer damage to their health. Hungary has also expressed anxiety about health dangers associated with abortions and medical authorities believe an increase in premature births is largely due to abortion. Abortion has been practically banned in Romania since the mid-60s." (Lethbridge Herald) "Some of the largest scientific studies come from Japan where abortion has been legal for 25 years. Six major surveys show that 29 per cent of women suffer some kind of physical abnormalities as the result of abortion." (From handbook on abortion) "The British Foundation for Research in Childbearing. which is said to be neutral in the controversy over indicates women with the history of one abortion have a 40 per cent increase in premature births, a 50 per cent increase in still-born children and a fourfold increase in pelvic, menstrual and other disorders.'" (Lethbridge Herald) Abortion is a familiar word today but I think it is misunderstood I think that over-population isn't all that bad in this world. I am not saying that, the environment should be raped as it has been, without regard for generations to come, but I do think that abortion is a hell of a poor way to tackle overpopulation. Furthermore, I think abortion is a very poor way to tackle social, economic or any other condi'tion due to pregnancy. And the rights of the unborn, which always seem to get ignored, have not been discussed. FRANS J. 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