Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 - THI LITHBRIDOE HIRAlO - Monday, March 15, 1971 IIM I OKI MS Bruce Hutchison Wilderness Areas Act Concessions appear to have been made to both sides in the debate over designating wilderness areas. The act, recently introduced again after a year's delay, shows that consideration has indeed been given to the views presented at public hearings. Conservationists appear to have won their point that designated wilderness areas should be kept strictly free from economic exploitation. In order to preserve these areas in their natural state, human beings will be permitted in them only as hikers. Even fishing will be prohibited in the areas. Some protection against yielding to pressures from economic interests in the future is provided in the requirement that any redesignation of an area must have the approval of the' legislature. In the original bill the cabinet was to have had this power. Strong objections were voiced to this and seem to have been heeded. It may not appear to be much of a gain since it will still be possible to take back what is being granted. But the fact is that any act is subject to revocation and it is obviously some improvement to require public discussion before that in effect should happen. Where economic interests won over the conservationists is in curtailing the amount of territory to be set aside as wilderness areas. Instead of vast sweeps along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, the areas will be of a maximum size of 144 square miles. One of the three existing wilderness areas - White Goat - is 489 square miles. It is possible that this area will be redesignated into two or more areas - but it is also possible that a present gain will turn into a loss. So many people have taken a keen interest in the matter of designated wilderness areas that there is still very likely to be much - even heated - debate before the bill becomes law. Please include zip code A new postal code which will eliminate at least 75 per cent of manual sorting and thus speed up mail delivery has been announced by postal officials. All Canadians will be given their code numbers over the next few months, beginning in Ottawa this month and Manitoba in April. A zip code system has been in effect in Britain and the United States for a number of years. However officials state the Canadian system will be superior to both of these in that its combination of six letters and figures allows machines to sort mail for individual firms, apartment houses and homes in a single city block. Although citizens will soon receive their code numbers, the system won't go into effect until machinery to handle it is installed, and that won't be until 1973. Presumably, the idea behind allot-ing code numbers well ahead of the operating date is to allow people to get used to yet one more number.. What with having to remember our street addresses, car licences, social security numbers, hospital insurance numbers, and now zip codes, it probably won't be long before every home will have to have some sort of built-in mini computer for people to keep themselves all straightened away. Nevertheless anything to increase the efficiency of our mail system will be greatly appreciated by all Canadians even if code numbers from time to time get confused with telephone digits. Soft-peddling demands Now that the recommendations in the report on the commission of the status of women have been given support by the male - dominated government, there should be progress made in the lot of women in society. Prejudicial laws will be rewritten, concern for widows and abandoned wives responsible for children will become financial fact, and less reservation on the ability of women to succeed in male - oriented professions will be realized. On the whole, if the report is taken as seriously as intended, and indeed as it needs to be, there should be progress made in this area. But progress has a habit of inching along with maddening slowness, largely because of the indifference of society, the suspicion of new causes, and the rightful questioning of whether new social changes are in reality progress of the beneficial kind. In achieving goals which they have long awaited, women will have to exercise patience and restraint. Society can't be made over by passing a few laws and expecting results in a matter of months. The militant feminists who go about demanding this and that in vulgar displays quite unworthy of the innate feminine ability to achieve goals calmly, have already soured not only many men but also large numbers of their own sex who otherwise might be sympathetic to their demands. In fact, quite a few members of both sexes are offended now by the very word "demand." "Abortion on demand, day care centres on demand, pregnancy leave on demand," sounds far too militaristic not to mention downright arrogant. A good deal more honest attention would be given these requests had the proponents substituted the word "request." After all "abortion on demand" has connotations of "or else" so closely related to Mafia techniques. A little more old - fashioned lady - like respect for language would go miles in the right direction in drawing sympathetic attention to feminine "demands." ERIC NICOL "EK)R our anniversary I am giving my wife hot pants, and she is giving me a pair of oven mitts. At least that was the original idea I had. When I outlined it to her, my wife said thanks, but she didn't think she was ready for hot pants. "Fiddle-faddle," I exclaimed, coming dangerously close to a parliamentary expletive. "Every woman with good legs owes it to herself to wear hot pants. What else has a man got left to believe in?" "You see hot pants as an article of faith?" "On the contrary. They are the article that does not require faith. Consider the rest of women's appearance, starting at the top, or wig. When he looks a t a woman's hair, a man no longer admires it as her crowning glory. He distrusts it as a modacrylic fibre called Mademoiselle Poupee and retailing at $14.88." "Men wear wigs too," observed my wife. "I make no case for the use by males of the cranial mulch. I am saying that a man no longer has the urge to run barefoot through a woman's hair, lest he land, literally, in the glue." "You hanker for the days when beauty was skin deep." "A woman's eyelashes," I continued, "are probably as false as the contact lenses and the china clippers that compensate for 90 per cent of her come-hither lack. Let's face it: a woman's features above the neck are apt to have more assembly than the United Nations." "From the neck down, deceit lurks at most levels. It is impossible for the average man to discern whether a woman is wearing a living bra that has passed away or is just naturally flat-chested." "Would you believe her ears?" "You don't get out much, do you." "Only by their knees shall ye know them. Girls with shapely shanks understand instinctively that the answer to the credibility gap is The Bridge of Thighs." Nimbly evading my wife's demonstration of the flexibility of her lower members, I shouted: "Younger women have identified the midi as an abomination that covers a multitude of shins. They are, in fact, giving it shorts shrift." "Forget the anniversary present," said my wife. "I'm leaving you." "Don't be a knicker-knocker," I cried. "Hot pants are more than just a thermo-stunt. They represent the determination of youth to communicate. That is why this summer should mark the greatest year for communication since Marconi invented the wireless." As sometimes happens when 1 get onto the subject of communication, I was talking to myself. Taking the calculated risk of being overheard, let me add that hot pants worn by men - with pantyhose, according to the stylists - are obscene, profane and a crime against humanity. When a man's eyesight is failing faster than his interest in what young persons are trying to say, the less confusion the better. So go ahead, Mum: crochet yourself some hot pants, remembering that brevity is the soul of knits. (The Province Feature Service) Government failure to explain policy rTHE Canadian government is said to be an unequalled master of propaganda. Again and again it steals the headlines from under the nose of a sleepy opposition. With some corrosive wise crack or Gallic shrug the prime minister turns a crisis into a joke. His mixture of pleasantry and insult is good enough, no doubt, for the daily game of politics, it infuri- ates his enemies and comforts his back benches but it does him less than justice and it fails to make the government's case in great affairs. At the moment the nation's greatest domestic concern is the riddle of inflation combined with unemployment. You would expect, under these conditions, that a man as able and articulate as Mr. Trudeau would use the first opportunity to explain what his government is. trying to do about this grim paradox. Instead, when the perfect opportunity appeared, when he recently confronted the labor unions face to face, he made no explanation, no case, no real argument at all. His critics left the conference rejoicing in a victory of propaganda, a vic- tory by the government's default. Perhaps there is some strategy behind Mr. Trudeau's silence. If so, the strategy is too subtle for the public to grasp. At any rate, it escapes my simple mind. Or perhaps the government considers its case so good that it needs no defence, its political prospects so strong that it UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE T "And here we thought we'd never see each other again after graduating!" Letters To The Editor Burning barrels menace to pleasant environment Why doesn't City Council stop pussy - footing around the subject of garbage burning and simply "get with" regulations to forbid, once and for all, this noxious, offensive and mindless local habit? Must we reach the stage of wearing protective face masks - and this is done today in some cities - before somebody wakes up to the fact that some of the advantages of living in this city have gone forever? Is it really necessary to continue to live day in and day out, choking in clouds of smoke and the stench of soggy, unattended burning barrels, so often lit by the fanatics of the habit in the careless, ho hum attitude of taking a morning stretch? Needed: freedom from the press Freedom of the press, a phrase that is synonomous with liberty. But yet Quebec is planning a legislative probe of the media. This will apparently look at their behavior during the FLQ crisis. These results, as well as those regarding media ownership, should make interesting reading. One Quebec minister hit the nail on the head when she remarked that some news stories resembled editorials. So really we need a free, honest press. Right along with the principle of freedom of the press we must guarantee freedom from the press. At present such freedom is largely a myth. The mass media is largely controlled by alien elements. It feeds every imaginable kind of lies and filth to the public. It blacks out arguments in favor of ethnic purity. Yes, we need freedom from it, from the lies Co-operation This city is an education centre containing a college and a university. It is a situation of great worth, for both secondary systems are important and their successful accomplishments will respectfully influence this city, their home. The reputation of these education facilities will reflect tbn status of Lethbridge, and so I appeal to the good citizens to be proud and to be concerned over both institutions. Do not select one or the other for your pride for you have both: Let them stand as friends complimenting each other. Students also take note please. Let there continue to be mutual co-operation and friendly competition for nothing worthwhile is gained in conflict. The city of Lethbridge provides a suitable backdrop for a learning centre, and thanks goes out to the community for co-ordinated present involvement. Let it continue and expand for you have chosen this way. ANN GILL. Lethbridge. and misrepresentations, from its massive propaganda that encourages race mixing, from Recycling Back in the old days (here we go again), I remember in the Old Country (England) we used to have rag and bone merchants, with a two-wheeled cart, collecting rags and bones, bottles and jars. It was fine for the youngsters to get lollipops, and small cakes of soap, and a scouring sand stone for Mother to put on the door steps and the window sills, but no money. Remember when we got fish and chips (threepence) in a newspaper and ate along the street; also some honeycomb tripe (threepence) with salt and vinegar? And remember the hot potato wagon, the "man cut the hot spud in half (tuppence), added a dab of butter and some salt. And remember the hot bean boilers, four of them, and you got a mug and spoon and helped yourself for tuppence? We took the wrappers with us to the pub or to the public latrines or we left them under the seat at the cinema, but never in the streets. And we did not have the benefit of the educational facilities we have today. Why not give some of our enterprising youngsters a chance to earn a few dollars collecting? To turn this recycling over to the city would mean an increase of taxes, and of course I am writing as a senior citizen with a fixed income and an elastic mind. DICK FISHER. Lethbridge. the degradation and degeneration it heaps on our culture, from the perversion and subversion it fosters, and its varied and incessant attacks on the white race. This dictatorship must be destroyed. No longer must it be allowed to serve the interests of an alien minority. It should be reconstituted to serve the interests of our race and reflect the spirit of our people. H. BAGOT. Edmonton. Why isn't consideration given to those who on mature reflection, prefer not to own burning barrels? Why not offer them - and all citizens - a guarantee in the form of strict anti-burning regulations, that a sunny afternoon on the back lawn can no longer be jeopardized by inconsiderate neighbors who set reeking garbage fires willy-nilly and ad nauseum? Surely the right of not just a few, but all, would be enhanced by sensible anti burning legislation - a healthful alternative to the permissiveness of the present inadequate, antiquated system whose only justifications for being are pointless tradition and the apparent lack of intestinal fortitude on the part of every vots - conscious civic leader. Lethbridge. G. A. CHALMERS. School decentralization The following is a copy of a resolution passed at a joint Advisory School Board meeting held in Stavely, on the 10th of February with representatives from Stavely, Granum and Nan-ton. Whereas, centralization has caused over-crowding in schools which has led to extra expense for more new schools and cost of expensive land in larger centres . . and . . Whereas, we pay enough taxes to more than pay for the cost of operating our smaller schools . . . and . . . Whereas, it costs no more to commute to our smaller centres as away from them . .. and ... Whereas, there is no longer a teacher shortage . . Be it resolved, that the shops in the smaller centres be upgraded, if need be, and students be commuted to these smaller centres to meet the class requirements and eliminate the overload in the larger centres . . . and . . . Be it also resolved that the above theory also be applied to any other classes rather than have double classes or rooms closed. STAVELY, GRANUM AND NANTON TAXPAYERS. PER; MARRION MacDONALD, SEC. TREAS. STAVELY LOCAL ADVISORY SCHOOL BOARD. can win the next election by the opposition's default. If so, the government is sick with arrogance, that terminal disease of politicians. Most likely, the government is just too busy, worried and tired to bother. Its case, if anyone oared to make it, is flawed, like all governmental performance everywhere, but better than you might suppose from the prime minister's strange indifference. While the economic paradox cannot be discussed in detail here, a few obvious questions, if anyone cared to ask them, would illuminate it. What would have happened to Canada, its foreign trade, its whole economy and the savings of its people if the government had not attacked inflation, if prices had continued to rise at the ruinous earlier rate? , Why, if inflation is a certain cure for unemployment, as the Canadian Labor Congress asserts, does the United States suffer from both at the same time? And if a little inflation is a good thing, as the Congress also asserts, how can any government cool the fire, once it has been deliberately ignited, without being forced, at some point, to use the very methods of restraint that the Congress denounces? Mr. Trudeau could have asked these qu Jtions when he met with the labor leaders. He could have proved factually that our situation, bad as it looks for the time being, is better than that of most countries and would have been far worse today if he had not acted boldly a year ago. He could have claimed rightly, as I see it, that a basic readjustment, painful as it is, has avoided a more serious disaster. He could have admitted, and been stronger for his frankness, that his timing had not been perfect, that his advisers, and every economist in the world, had misjudged the paradox, that every government had mishandled it, most of them more lamentably than the government of Canada. In short, he could have levelled with the public and trusted its intelligence. But he didn't. The government's innumerable image makers and press agents may think that they have already made the case. If this is what they think, they are not earning their pay, as most taxpayers suspect anyhow. Or If Edgar Benson thinks that he has made the case by issuing endless unread statistics and uttering his soporific speeches in Parliament, he overestimates the public's attention - span when so much better free entertainment is available on television. The finance minister, though I have never met him, seems to be a fine and honest man who fears nothing and adds up everything in neat mathematical sums - the kind of man who, if the world is finally destroyed by nuclear bombs, will prove, next day, by unquestionable figures, that the destruction is only 99 and not 100 per cent when seasonally adjusted. As a statistician Mr. Benson may be a towering success. As a propagandist he is a flop; worse, a bore. Mr. Trudeau, despite his faults, is never a bore. He can always hold the public's attention but, deliberately or by default, he has not held it on the economic facts and should not be surprised if his enemies often get away with non-criminal murder. (Herald Special Service) Looking backward Through the Herald 1921 - An eighty-four mile an hour wind hit southern Alberta causing considerable damage. In the city clothes lines went visiting and fences were re-located, but no reports' of injuries were received by police. 1931-Southern Alberta beet growers are not the only ones who are worried over the future outlook for that crop. Some 19 factories in Ontario and in the United States have closed their doors. 1941 - Nearly 100,000 British troops with shiploads of muni- tions, artillery, tanks and other mechanized equip ment, enough for five divisions, have been landed at five Greek ports. 1951 - Canadian housewives, faced with soaring butter prices brought on by seasonal shortages, appear to be turning to margarine as a means of cutting down food costs. 1961 - South Africa today withdrew its application to continue as a member of the British Commonwealth. Apartheid policy is seen as the breaking point as all Commonwealth nations had criticized the policy. Skating preview praised TllC LctllbtidgC HctiUd Just had to drop a line about your local ice show. It was wonderful! The costumes were lovely, the children ever so cute even though they fell, stumbled and tripped. Most of all, it was nice to see some future stars to be, their skating was terrific considering they're still quite young. As for Don Jackson, you couldn't have asked for a bet- ter personality. Hope we will see him again! However, I was kind of disappointed he did not receive something, a little token of thanks from the city and the local skating club. Surely he was' appreciated very much by all who saw him. Hope you continue the wonderful work. MRS. YUMI SAKA Medicine Hat. 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 -1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN , Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press ana the Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association. and the Audit Bureau of circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA Managing Editor ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager WILLIAM HAY Associate Editor DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"