Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
- THI IITHIRIDOI HIRAID - Saturday, March 20/1*71 EDITORIALS Maurice Western The cost of snow removal People who live in rainy regions claim rain has one tremendous advantage over snow; you don't have to shovel it. But rain has one other important advantage these regions are.unaware of, you don't have to pay to have it removed; it just.runs down the drains in nice orderly fashion. It has been loosely estimated that snow removal costs across the nation to date amount to something like i30 million. Our own city, which is of medium size as Canadian cities go, last year spent roughly $86,000 for sanding and snow removal combined. Figures for this year have not yet been released but with the extra heavy snowfall in January it is reasonable to expect this figure to be surpassed. Elsewhere, in larger cities, the costs of snow removal are downright astronomical. Montreal, which has been snowbound all winter, already is approaching the $16 million mark, having had to borrow $10 million from next year's budget. Metropolitan Toronto has plowed, sanded, salted and shovelled $8.5 million worth of snowdrifts, 12 per cent more than last winter's crop which was described as average. Even rainy Vancouver spent $480,000 in snow removal, this past winter, while prairie cities went through their usual allotted budgets. Sums of such magnitude bring into question our whole philosophy of snow removal. In another few weeks the cities in the snow belt will have nothing to show for all their millions; the money will have gone down the drain like the melting snow. It has been suggested that large cities like Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto should perhaps be looking at alternatives to their snow spending. One wonders if it is worth so much in taxes to make it possible for private cars to be able to drive downtown all winter. If the snow removal funds were put into new methods of public transit, the desire to use cars would not be nearly so great. Whatever way you look at snow, the person who comet up with a real useful purpose for it will have it made. Australia has a new leader Last week's sudden switch of prime ministers in Australia is closely allied with the Liberal party's preoccupations about next year's general elections. And there have been many indications in the last few months that the party which has governed in coalition with the smaller Country Party since 1949, has been losing favor with the voters. The Liberal party, whose leader is automatically the prime minister, received a severe blow in 1969 when its popular and capable leader Harold Holt, was drowned. He was succeeded by John Grey Gorton, eliminating William McMahon, a politician of capabilities and opinions strongly patterned after those of Holt. Last week's crisis came to a head when Defence Minister Malcolm Fra-ser resigned after a row with Mr. Gorton over relations between the defence department and the army. Following the resignation, at a party meeting a vote of no confidence in the prime minister ended at first in a draw. Then, for reasons which have set Australia speculating, Mr. Gorton cast his own vote against himself. In a face-saving move, the party appointed him deputy leader, and he will assume also the post of defence minister vacated by Mr. Fraser. To his credit Mr. Gorton made some important policy changes which, following Sir Robert Menzies' years of merely slugging along, gave Australia a national health scheme, a national development bank and a firmer foreign policy. But he was not very popular and his policies were often too haphazard to be effective. Now the new prime minister, William McMahon is stuck with them. However, he is an experienced politician and the fact that he has to pull his Liberal party together to face the 1972 election will not likely distress him overly much. Naturally, the Labor party sees the disorder and unrest within the Liberal party as a golden opportunity to make a comeback after over 20 years in the opposition. But Labor party officials are having difficulty with the Australian Council of Trade Unions and whether or not they will be able to resolve these satisfactorily enough to win their vote it is far too early to tell. Weekend Meditation The call to sacrifice TF a man be a real man, if he be a A gentleman and a man of Honor, be must feel at times the compulsion to self-sacrifice. If he be a Christian, during this Lenten season that compulsion must be irresistible. Often enough, too often, this compulsion is expressed in negative terms. One denies himself this or that and such self-denial is invaluable to the soul. On the other hand there should be some positive action, some creative act, some contribution of oneself in a sacrificial way which will make life better for your fel-lowman. Such a compulsion comes from a great gratitude, from a recognition of the sacrifice that has been made for you. It is the mark of a great soul to recognize that, since one has a great inheritance, so he must make a great investment if be is to play his part in the slow elevation of mankind. One of the dangers of Lent is that selfconsciously a man may try to make himself better and become a bit of a prig in doing so. The cure for this is to consider the basic meaning of Lent in the Christian tradition. It was the Greeks who taught self-culture. The Christians taught self-sacrifice. The Greeks preached self-realisation. The Christians required self-surrender. The Greeks gave as their highest injunction, "Know thyself." The Christians said, "Give yourself." The Greeks exulted, "I have a life to live." The Christians said, "I have a life to give." Kai Munk was a splendid example of this truth. When the Nazis conquered Denmark, Kai Munk spoke out against the tragedy of Jewish persecution, the Nazis taking the poor folk who had escaped there as well as residents and putting them into the extermination cauldrons. He knew his fate. Before the Nazis came he said farewell to his children. Then there was the grim knock on the door, the arrest, and the dead, beaten body later found by a roadside. But Kai Munk had been ready. "The most important and valuable jewel of the church is Christ Himself," said Kai Munk. "That which is next important is the spirit of the martyr, the Christian martyr spirit. The martyrs loved Christ so much they found no sacrifice too great. By this martyr spirit we conquered the world. Without it the world conquers us." This sense of obligation, this sense of indebtedness, is the highest mark of a great character. It turns the objective of life completely around so that you no longer talk about what you own, but what you owe. Instead of trying to get something, something gets you. You no longer say in childish fashion, "That belongs to me." You say instead, "I belong to that." When a man says this, he is growing up. It is a primary mark of maturity. The key to the good life was given by Jesus in the words, "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone." The highest achievement of life is the death of self. This is the road to sainthood and it is possible for all of us. One is startled to read of the martyrs under Queen Mary of England. Many famous men of high accomplishment were martyred, but the martyrs also included 13 weavers, four fullers, two tailors, seven farmers, six laborers, two butchers, two brick-layers, 13 sawyers, and other humble men and women of no renown, but of great integrity. So few people have any sense of dedication and so miss the best in life. This lack of dedication destroys the family, church, and community. Christians should remember Jesus of whom it was written, "being in the form of God, he took on himself the form of a servant." A Scottish story of the execution of Montrose relates how his beloved Margaret Irwin took the vows of a nun. Asked later why she did it she answered, "Because the story of the God who gave up his Godhead and his human life has moved me not with sorrow or pity but with exaltation. Could anything be more glorious than to have so much to give and to give it all?" Matheson, the blind poet, found this clue to life, "I lay in dust life's glory dead, And from the ground there blossoms red Life that shall endless be." PRAYER: Deliver me, O God, from my divided life, and enable me to give myself utterly, without reservations, to the highest and the best. F. S. M. Politics, not economics, the issue jflTTAWA - In the case of v Home Oil, the federal .government has brushed aside Ha better-judgment which apparently conflicted with the higher dictates of politics. It is obvious from the record that Joe Greene is now doing what he sought with commendable eagern ess to avoid. As recently as February 18 the minister of energy, mines and resources was confident that Canadian buyers could be found to acquire the Brown shares in Cygnus Corporation, which control Home Oil. He said at the time: "There is no decision yet on what we will do in the event that my confidence in the likely success of these negotiations proves to be misplaced. There may well be necessary action." Mr. Greene's confidence having proved misplaced, the "necessary action" its now about to be taken. The minister did not offer details beyond the general statement that govern-men officials are negotiating with R. A. Brown Jr., "for the purpose of considering the possibility of acquiring" the coo-trolling position. Our senior citizen By Doug Walker TDUGGING their mother about getting old is a favorite preoccupation of our boys - as has been reported previously. Keith got in a rather good dig in the same old sensitive spot the other day. Elspeth had been having coffee with some of the neighborhood "girls" and had learned that Canyon Camp is to have a period set aside this summer for senior citizens. She reported this to us with enthusiasm - a really good idea, she thought. In the midst of the discussion Keith inquired of his mother if she was planning to attend. The reluctance of the government to move into the oil business (Panarctic was, of course, a quite different case) Is understandable. It accords with its reluctance to build pipelines which, as Mr. Greene has occasionally explained, is the proper business of private investors. More generally, it accords with the government's free enterprise principles. Even if principles are a secondary consideration, it would not presumably wish to buy into the oil business at a price so high that other possible investors have deserted the field/ Many citizens have been persuaded by years of political oratory that the Canada Development Corporation will be an ideal instrument for preventing takeovers. It has not been finally approved by Parliament but doubtless this could be achieved if it was accorded a tag of urgency which it has yet to receive. But the CDC is out. As Mr. Greene explains: "To shove Home Oil at them right off the bat would have been launching the CDC on a false premise from that in which it has been conceived." Exactly. Many other Canadians are convinced that the CDC as a buyer of last resort would be a sure loser. Mr. Benson has beer, endeavoring to convince Parliament that it will not be such a buyer. Thus it is not possible to "shove Home Oil at them right off the bat." But it may be possible when the parliamentary debate has faded from the public mind and while the CDC is still firmly under government control. Mr. Greene thinks that Panarctic might have been "a possible avenue." As it happens, however, the directors were not interested. This is not too surprising. Panarctic, which has most encouraging prospects, is doubtless disinclined to divert its resources, only recently renewed - in part by Parliament. The government, without doubt, has influence with Panarctic but northern affairs, which launched Panarctic in the days of Arthur Ladng is not, like some other branches of government, hag - ridden by fears about outside investment. So the government, not having found a purchaser, must enter the game itself as buyer of last resort. Unless it istolegislate against Ashland,- the prospective ', foreign buyer, it must top Ashland's bid with public money. What is the economic reason for this? What is remarkable about Home Oil that it must be saved at any cost when all abrut it are other much larger oil firms, some acquired in the Ashland fashion, which are operated by Americans? Not a single reason of substance has yet been offered. Something has been said about Home Oil as one of the few remaining toeholds. Mr. Douglas has argued that, unless it is preserved, Canadians will never be able to get in on the action. This may be a ringing summons but what does it mean? What, for example, is Home Oil to do for us in the future that it has not done under Canadian ownership in the past? How is anything foreclosed? Why will we be unable to buy into oil if there is expansion in the northwest? Why will entrepreneurs, if they sense a good investment, be unable to put togeth- "Well, Mr. Trudeau - I had this lucrative offer from this wealthy U.S. conglomerate and I'd like to give you the first refusal . . ." Letters To The Editor Some more ideas on dealing with drug problem Hurray for Jim Wilson! Finally someone in Lethbridge has written something objective about drugs. He didn't praise drug usage; neither did he condemn it. He didn't delve into any grand evolutionary theories to try to bring marijuana along to the inevitable heroin. He didn't compare the evils of drugs with the evils of alcohol. And he didn't hide his head in the gravel pit and insist that Lethbridge is exonerated from such rooty-tooty things. He said it's real. And it's here. In the last article of the series, he suggested a four-pronged attack on drugs. So let's pick up our prongs and attack. A. The legal aspect: It would be impossible to imprison all Get behind Arena project With the loss of the Lethbridge Arena, I think that the people of Lethbridge should get behind the City of Lethbridge in building a new arena of which we can be proud. If the city is unable to obtain a grant from the provincial government we should try and raise the money elsewhere. This might seem like an impossible task but I am sure that if one or all of the news media got behind a "New Arena" fund we could do it. After all the money has to come, from somewhere and squeezing the money out by raising taxes doesn't seem proper. We need to start thinking about this now so that we can build this arena as soon as possible, it is a must if we are to continue having the Sugar Kings operate in Lethbridge. There are also many other functions which M'ould benefit the city if we build a building with large enough seating. Let's not be talked into something that will not fit the needs of this city now as well as in the future. The future is what we must plan for and if we can raise the money now it will justify a little larger building. I am sure we can get the cooperation of every citizen and business in Lethbridge behind such a project. But if we just sit on our butts and the city should not be able to afford an arena big enough we will be criticizing them for years to come. Let's do it now and then we won't be able to say later, see I told you so. WG, A SPORTS FAN. Lethbridge. 'Crazy Capers' They'll probably think we were all twelve feet tall! drug users; threats of fines and of jail are no longer deterrents. Letters could be written to Deanne Gundlock care of the House of Commons, Ottawa, supporting the recommendations made in the LeDain Commission's preliminary report for relaxing of police and of the courts in all cases involving soft drugs. Perhaps even a recommendation could be made for the legalization of marijuana. B. Social education: "A program . . . should be implemented in all schools from perhaps Grade 3 level . . ." Since curiosity plays a huge part in the enticing of young people to experiment with drugs, perhaps a program similar to the Cinerama (a movie which made the viewer feel he was taking part in such activities as riding a roller-coaster or flying in an airplane) could be made and distributed through the schools and adult social service groups. C. Drug crisis centres: "Places where parents can gain real information, and where users can obtain both emergency medical attention and general information." Centres similar to those already in operation in Calgary and Edmonton should be put into operation immediately. Perhaps one could be situated downtown and another at the College. The centres should be manned by volunteers who are themselves drug users or have been drug users and, if possible, one professional person. D. Research and other social outlets: "Research ... to define and analyse the social pressures, problems and circumstances which lead people to ... use of all drugs . . ." and to find other leisure activi- ties that will appeal to people who now escape into drug drop-out worlds. Emphasis should be turned from providing students with formal education in the general arts to an education in what to do in leisure time. Perhaps the lead taken by the Lethbridge Community College in providing courses like horsemanship and squaredancing could be followed by other local educational institutions. J. L. WALKER Lethbridge. er another exploration and production company as they put together Home Oil? In the absence of valid reasons of an economic character to justify this government take-over, there are important considerations militating against it. The government has never promulgated ownership guidelines for the oil industry. It would have no. ground whatever for denying Mr. Brown's right to dispose of his shares as he chose. Instead it is using the public treasury to bar purchase by a foreign investor. This is arbitrary action, interference in a transaction which until recent months was considered perfectly normal and it is being taken without reasons offered other than those of a quite un-definablenationalist sentiment. In other words, it is a plain warning to foreign investors that they are henceforth in peril of government action taken not in response to demonstrable economic necessity but to political pressures. What the government does today in one field it is likely to do in another field tomorrow - depending on what it learns from some Gallup poll or other sampling of fashionable opinion. It may, in fact, be less unrestrained in other fields for two good reasons. The first is that government has little cause to worry about the ownership of resource industries since it can readily control them in any event. It can, and does, regulate oil exploration and processing. It can require export licences, as it has done with copper. A Liberal member in a recent debate referred to such companies as "hostages" and so, in a sense, they are. Moreover, the government at the moment has a particular reason for retaining the confidence of the oil industry. Assuming that proper environmental safeguards can be developed, it wants gas and oil pipelines built down the Mackenzie Valley - in the case of oil, to transport Prudhoe production and the expected Mackenzie production to continental markets. This is of enormous importance to the North. The estimated cost, according to Mr. Chretien, is $5 billion; as he said: "I don't think we can generate that kind of sayings" over a period of two or three years. From where is the money to come. To quote Mr. Chretien again: "It will be the oil interests." The government then is on the point of taking arbitrary action in the case of an industry which it has good reason not to antagonize. Investors are to assume, evidently, that it will show greater restraint in the absence of such considerations. It may be arguable that an investor capable of such a conclusion deserves what be gets. Mr. Greene's case is that he is acting in accordance with Parliament's will as expressed in a recent debate. While it can scarcely be said that Parliament has taken a decision, it is undoubtedly true that the parties have been vying with each other in gestures to the economic nationalism now in fashion. But the government with its majority, does not need to be tossed like a cork on the parliamentary sea. Obviously it is acting as it deems expedient. With Home Oil, as with the CDC, it is not economics that moves the ministry but plain, old-fashioned politics. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Looking backward Through the Herald 1921 - Bow Island has engaged the services of Rainmaker Hatfield and some skeptic has suggested that perhaps they should start building an ark. 1931 - Work on the new bowling alleys on 7th street is progressing and the owners are planning on an April 8 opening. 1941 - London suffered heavily in the most recent night bombing attack by Nazi bombers. Blocks of residences were blown up, five hospitals were hit, a large hotel was practically demolished and ca- sualties are expected to be heavy. 1951 - Lethbridge Maple Leafs are today considered the eighth wonder of the world as far as their supporters are concerned as they captured the world amateur hockey championship when they defeated Sweden before 16,000 fans in Paris. 1961 - A running four-year battle with city council by the public library board was won by the board as council approved a new branch in 60uth Lethbridge. 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