Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETH8RIDGE HERALD MonJay, March 30, 1970------.- Nurman Webster No-Fault Insurance Peking Aids Palestine Guerrillas The Legislature's all-party commit- tec on automobile insurance lias rec- ommended among other tilings that tho no-fault concept be at least partially implemented in Alberta. It is proposed that it would apply to the first of coverage. Further compensation for accident victims would have to be dealt with in court. No-fault insurance provides for tbe paying of compensation without the necessity of establishing of blame for accidents. Some see this as an undesirable move. Vigorous opposi- tion, for instance, was expressed to the concept in the brief presented to the committee by the Insurance Agents' Association of Alberta. Basically Uie objection to the no- fault concept is that it is an abandon- ment of the legal principle of respon- sibility and accountability. This is seen as a regression from a moral position and as a possible inducement to carelessness in the operation of vehicles. Those who favor the no-fault con- cept find it difficult to believe that the threat of affixing blame creates a sense of responsibility or acls as a deterrent to carelessness. As a legal abstraction perhaps the old con- cept lias some force but practically it is viilually meaningless. It is iron- ical that insurance people may be largely responsible for having brought this about. When blame is fixed, restitution is made by an agent of the guilty person and the financial responsibility is dis- persed among those participating in the insurance program. It is such a highly impersonal thing that it is dif- ficult to see how it could servo the moral end some lawyers and insur- ance agents hope to uphold by reten- tion of tlie present system. In addi- tion, the deterrence argument seems to presume thut people have a larger degree of control over the incidence of accidents than seems to be borne out in experience. People want the scheme that will provide compensation most expedil- iously. The legislative committee lias recommended the no-fault as a way to achieve that end. What the Government will do with the recom- mendation remains to be seen. In view of Highways Minister Gordon Taylor's previously expressed inter- est" in the concept the guess is that it stands a good chance of acceptance. JIEKIXG Yasser Arafat, head of the Palestine Lib- eration Organization (Al praised China recently for having been the first coun- try to aid his group. Ho said Chinese support is an impor- tant pillar o[ the Palesline rev- olution. Arafat was speaking at a banquet given tore in his honor by Chinese Vice Premier !.i lisicn-nien. The Al Fatah lead- er had arrived to a rousing reception at Peking airport. Aralat, who recently made a visit to Moscow, held talks with Viee-Prcmicr U in "a sincere and fricr.dly atmosphere." At lite banquet Arafat ism it is growing in strength ar.d can only be won with guns. He added "the Cliincse peo- ples' support for the revolu- tionary cause of Palestine, which is being occupied and plundered, forms an important quoted two sayings by China's pillar of Palestine revolu- leader Mao Tse-tuog: "A single tion. It is secret if I say tpark can start a prairie fire." that the Al Fatah, initiator of and "political power grows out the Palestine revolution, re- ef the barrel of a gun." ceived aid first from Peking." He said both apply to the Li Hsien-nien told hi.1 guest Palestinian fight against Zion- that the Palestinian struggle hsd set a heroic example for the people of all Arab coun- tires. He condemned an Israeli scheme to move Pale- stinians out cf the Gaza Strip, saying it was a crime insti- gated by U.S. imperialism. Aralat .is being given top treatment here. He arrived by special plane from Shanghai ac- compsnied by the Chinese for- eign ministry's West Asian and African affairs expert and the Leth bridge's Exa mp le Calgary's Mayor Rod Sykes has been embroiled for some weeks in a controversy over the place of the arts in his city. He lias been largely responsible for refusing city funds for the operation of the Allied Arts Centre. A major contention on his part has been that the Centre has catered to only a very small number of people, predominantly those of a more comfortable economic status, and that civic funds should serve as wide a constituency as possible. Mayor Sykes' definition of the arts as a fun thing, related vaguely with beer drinking and wrestling has naturally brought scorn from those dedicated to tbe traditional arts. Re- cently Mr. Archie F. Key, founder of Calgary's Allied Aits Centre got into the act with a special feature to The Calgary Herald. His article is of interest to the cit- izens of Lclhbridge because he cited the example of this city as being very progressive in its promotion of the arts through provision of facili- ties. In recent years, he said, Lethbridge "opened the remodelled Bowman school adjacent to the existing civic centre as an activities' work- shop for the arls and crafts; face- lifted an adjacent frame school to house members of the Pemrni- can (senior citizens') club; built a cultural centre containing a 500- seat theatre and an exhibition area; installed a museum in the upper floor of the former Gait Hospital; opened a mine entry as an annex to the museum and built an authentic Japanese Garden." Citizens of Lethbridge should be proud of these achievements. Even those who do not patronize any of these are likely to be ready to agree that the city is enhanced and its people enriched. Art Buchwald WASHINGTON There seems to be no end to the Judge Carswell debate. main charge against the jurist is that he wasn't a very outstanding judge on the federal bench. To support this charge, Carswell opponents maintain that he was reversed 53 per cent on all lu'5 decisions, a record lhal few federal judges can equal. Tne sad part of It all is that the men defending Judge Carswell are not sayirg that Judge Carswell is a superior person, but are supporting him on the grounds that it Is about time we had a mediocre judge on the Supreme Court. Sen. Hraska said at a news conference. "There are lots of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they? And Sen. Russell ano'.her Carswell defender, has said the United Stales needs a "B" student or a "C" student instead of an "A" student on the Supreme Court. Tt came as no surprise to me v.hen I was invited In attend the opening of the national headquarters of the Society for a Mediocre America. It was located in a very second-rate neighborhood, and after walking lwr> flights up, I found myself in a dull room wr.erc volunteers were at work sending nut folders in support of Judge Carsuell. On the walls were large posters o! the judge, which read, "Ask the impossible ar.d he'll do the ordinary." Simon Listless, the executive director of the Society for a Mediocre America, said. "I'm so glad you got yoir invitation. Our volunteers arc a very unexceptional group, and I believe they got the dates all loused up. Everyone who v.as sent an invitation received it for a different dale." "How are Ihings I asfced. Discouraging Remarks Rj Doug Walker i I was employed e cfio'tierman In a logging camp el B.C. tv.enly-odd years ago, 1 It-arned something about hunkho-jse We. Our hunltho'.ise re- sembicd a stable rr.inus the Kach slall with Iwo beds was completely open on the end r-.n'l from .shoulder heigh', lo the raflcrs. The arrangements meant that nothing anybody ssirt or did was really private. In the slall rcnrtst the floor there v.ere two cat-fkinners. Ore of llicm v.aa a "All right, I guess. Of course, we can't expect much with the inadequate people we have working here." "What are you trying to do with your "We're trying lo organize the mediocri" people in America to support Judge Carswell. We feel lhal they should be represented on the Supreme Court. Sen. Hruska gave us the idea, and we're running with it. There are a lot more mediocro people in the United Stales than anyone wants lo pdmit." "Bui why Judge "Well, for one thing, he's known national- ly as an unexceptional judge, and he's continually done nothing to make himself noteworthy in the legal profession. Carswell has a countless list of unremarkable qualities, ar.d he represents everything that we stand (or: sincerity, honesty and mediocrity." "Why are they lighting Ivis appointment if he's all you say he "There's a certain segment of America that is opposed to mediocrity in tho courts. They want their Supreme Court justices lo be 'A' students, instead of 'B' and 'C' bluilents. "They can't stand to sec a fair to- middling person appointed by Ihe President of the United Slates. They can't lolcrsti- people v.ho are no great shakes at their jobs." "Have you been getting a good response to your Judge Carswell "Heing a mediocre society we don't expect Ion much. We prefer In muddle along rnr n.iwigc pels through." "And uiial is your 1'Carswell should be confirmed for Hie Supreme Court if fnr no other reason than he's the second he.-t man for the job." (Toronto Tflpgrairi News Service) "All I'm Trying To Do Is Sneak Out Quietly." heed of the PLO mission la Peking. Both had gone from the capital lo meet the Al Fttah leader ia Slianghai. Landing in Peking, he was met bv Vice-Premier Li, dep- uty clu'ef of the armed Chiu Hui-lse and crowds wav- ing PLO and Chinese flags, beating drums and gongs and shouting slogans. Arafat walked along the rows of greelers g.inning and brand- ishing lugh a red book of Mao quotations. I Us arrival made a lively contrast with tlw low-key ceremonies when Prince Noro- dom Sihanouk, deposed head of slate of Cambodia, landed from Moscow. Besides the aid menlioned by Arafat, China has been giving vigorous ar.d constant total support lo the Arab cause in the .Middle East, with special emphasis on the Palestinian guerrillas, whose style of light- ing is closer to the Chinese Communist experience. Scarce- ly a dav passes without praise for Arabs or bitter con- demnation of Israel and the Uuitcd Stales, which is said lo be behind Israeli aggression. Also sharply attacked from time lo time is the Soviet Union, the great material bene- factor cf the Arab states. In Peking's view Moscow is deter- mined to unite with the United Stales, Britain and France to enforce line United Nations Jliddle-East ceasefire resolu- tion. This, says China, would confirm the Israelis in their territorial conquest and repre- sent a sellout of the Arab cause. Vice Premier U told Ara- Itt and Arab envoys in Peking, "p r o t r a c t ed struggles have kade the Palestinian people and the people of ttie Arab countries understand ever bet- ter that perseverance in tto peoples' armed struggle is tbe correct road for them to de- feat the aggressors and win na- tional liberation." UIcraM Snecial Service) Richard Purser Samson: A Name To Watch In Quebec Politics QUEBEC CITY: Camille Samson is the new name to watch in Quebec's frenetic politics. A 35-year-old car deal- er from the mining city of Rouyn in a largely wilderness area of northwestern Quebec, he was elected recently as head of the newly formed pro- vincial branch of the Kallie- ment des Crcdilisles. He could well become a force of sorts here, beyond what can be an- ticipated on the basis of avail- able evidence, lie could even hold the balance of power after the April 29 provincial dec- lion. Mr. Samson's name is little known even inside Quebec and his party is little known out- side Quebec except that it is significantly represented by H members of the federtl Parlia- ment in Ottawa, led by the magnetic Real Letters To The Editor is also a car dealer from Rouyn. In mid March, wtien Pre- mier Jean-Jacques Bertrand called the election, the sole Creditiste member of the na- tional assembly. Dr. Gaston Tremblay, predicted with as- surance that the parly would choose as its provincial leader a man "prestigious in poli- tics." This can hardly be said of Mr. .Samson, whose name had scarcely ever graced the pages of Quebec newspapers until he was chosen president chief of the party executive and not political leader when the party, in a January rally, decided to spread out from its previous confinement lo federal politics and go provincial. The only prestigious figure the Creditislcs have is Mr. Caouetlc himself, who was un- willing to give up his secure position at Ollawa to risk ap- pearing on the provincial polit- ical scene as a newcomer. If he had so condescended, the importance of the Creditiste role in the election would be as- sured. Now, it is only an un- predictable possibility but still very much a possibility. Mr. Caouette did not help anything by his own ludicrous political manoeuvring at the leadership convention. He put in his appearance in a way that inadvertently led his wildly happy supporters into believing he was submitting himself lo a draft. But he had never in- tended to allow .himself to be drafted except after his parly had already won a majority in the assembly. He turned out lo he present only to piomo'.c his own choice for the provincial leadership, one Yvon Dupuis, a singularly unwanted man, men- lion o[ whose name almost lie- The Possible Duty IVot To Work In its fight against inflation the government has deliberate- ly pursued Ihe policy of reduc- ing the labor force, consequent- ly Ihe unemployment rate is rapidly rising. In effect the gov- ernment is saying: "You shall not work and we will support you (albeit meagcrly) in your idleness." Marumuiii Petition j Regarding a current issue "Should Uie drug, marijuana, be legalized in con- cerned parents in the City of liarrie, Ontario, arc discover- ing through the circulating of a pelilion that 05 per cent of contacts do not want the drug legau'zed. We also feel it ne- cessary lo let our national gov- ernment know this by raising Ihe voice of the people. Too many commissions, bodies nf university students ami gen- eral influential pcopln arc rrc- mnmcndini; legalization. The mice of the people must he heard without delay. The most effective method is by personal Perhaps Ihe government ought to go one step further and say: "In this time of in- flation it is the patriotic duly of a substantial number of our rot to and. in- deed, perhaps it is. For loo long we have regarded work as a divine duly; this concept is deeply rooted in our social and religious history, so much so that we feel guilly if we're not 'nard at il! The idle arc scorn- etl, and the unemployed are The plan is to petition in Ihe ,lespised as if their plight were City of for about (hoir OTvn two months as soon as pos- jt js for a rev. sililc. A key person is necc.s- oluiion in Work is not sary in each locality lo adver- tise, distribute ar.d make con- tacts lo begin with, after which, the action snowballs. The peti- tioners can be any individual concerned with Ihe cause. Anyone in yo-ir city correspondence lo the govern- ment either direct or through your local member of parlia- ment. moralized the convention oil the spot. Mr. once a federal Liberal cabinet minister and now moderator of a Montreal "hoi line" radio program, never1 even got on the ballot. The candidates finally defeated by .Mr. Samson, who won 815 of 1.035 vo'.cs, were Ber- nard Dumont, a federal MP, and Rene Lindsay, totally un- known. It was not a very inspiring show, hul Mr. Samson, who is not without in parly circles, has going for him a solid parly organization and a great deal of discontent among Quebec voters. Crcdilislc mili- tants are highly dedicated and will do campaign work without pay. The party is almost wor- shipped in the 14 ridings which il represenls federally, and these areas alone are equal to at least 30 seats in the provin- cial assembly. The lure of Ihe Credilistcs In Quebec is difficult to de- scribe. Its spokesmen spout as- sorted varieties of Social Credit monetary theory, but its ap- peal is mainly as a rural little man's parly. It is more feder- alist than any other provincial parly, even the Liberal, be- cause its economically inse- cure supporters are feaiful of any boat recking. It is re- ligiously oriented. Dr. Tiem- Way is the assembly's most consistent spokesman for Roman Catholic interests, and both the January convemion llial decided on cnlry Into pro- vincial politics and the recent leadership convention were held in a parish recreation hall. The party appeals to a brand of rural Quebec conser- vatism. (The ruling National Union represents the other, nationalistic brand.) It is loo far removed fi'om the Liberal party or the separatist Parti Quebecpis to lure many votes from cither. But it could well lure voles from the National Union, vibirh Mr. Caouells holds in contempt for its in- competence. "The provincial government was going to have lo raise (axes" Mr. Caouette said when the election was call- ed, "and il didn't want lo do that. The way mil was calling for a snap election. Tne gov- ernment ilEelf is broke. It can't pay its debts and the banks are refusing lo extend any more The Creditislc line could prove quite telling in at least some parts of Ihe province, also the belief in National Union financial incompetence will benefit Ihe Liberals in lha under represented urban areas. Given Ihe litllc lime avail- able for candidate selection and campaign organization, there is scarcely any chance of Mr. Samson becoming I h e next premier of Quebec. But there is at least a chance of his being able to say ulio docs. (Hcralil Quebec Bureau) LOOKING BACKWARD to help us in this uorlhy cau.se, please write me. MHS. W. M.U.LOHY, II C'rcswicli, Courl, fiarric, Ontario. Unwilled for Criticism youngish min v.ilh 3 receding h3ir line. Kvery nnrfit he buiiH him-elf massaging his scalp an ocloriferwn concoction nj kerosene and gowe which v.ss guaranteed to prevent Uie further loss o! hair. ol us took a sympathetic interest in Cliff's endeavor to save his h.iir but his stall companion look a malicious plea- Mire out of rnnHr" disparaging remarks alj-Hi! il- (I, e lime l.e slrjcd .crying at Cliff slid siiid. hai'e you no- tiud Ito.v long Cliff's face is Recently when 1 was in I.elli- bridge to '.vatch the Provincial "A" Daskelball garnet I read an article in the sporl section of (he March I! Herald regard- ing Bob Daw.wn's hair. I think the statement made was uncalled fir. f am nnt a hnir mv5elf. bill I Ihink the way liof) has his hair is his m.n business. He hapiicn.i lo be an hor.ctr student, an excellent athlete, as well as a very fine boy. We do not attend the same hiph school, 1 met him throiifjh .'rorls and pcrhp.ps felt Hie sair.c way as you did mild I hnrl the puvilegc of meeting him. Knotting Bob has laughl me not to judge people by the length of Iheir hair. GEOI-T KRiatY. Kdnionfon. So They Say I'm strongly in favor of walk- inn for exercise If the per- suasive campaigns devoted to jogpng wore instead focused on motivating Americans lo walk, we mich! accomplish more in promoting fitness. --Marry .1. Jcim-on. M.D.. medical hoard chairman of Life Extension Institute. sacred; it's a curse. Those who arc slaves lo work are lo be pitied. The hippies have the right idea and if this idea caught on and millions of our citizens refused to nork Ihink lhal would do lo infh- lion! Think nf (he nanic which would sweep Ihrough giant cor- porations and Ihe govern- ment! Bui nf course, if sve accept the fluty not to vyork we must also learn lo limil our we must learn lo walk instead ride, lo eal one meal a day instead of three, lo do without television who wanls lo watch all commercials anyway! Hut who will limit his wanls? The corporate giants hn v c us jiisl where Ihcv wpnt i's in Ihcir nnekels. They in- flrile o'T wanls and Ihis en- sures that we'll keep hard Pt work i! we nossiblv can it ptso ensures Ihe nf Ihe myth that work is a divine diilv. flood luck to Ihosc who are not slaves lo (oil, but as for me. I musl confess I like my comforts. HAY Timour.n TIII-: IIEIIAI P 1920 The total revenue from Ihe land patents branch collected in Lethbridge for the year 1019 was The pre-emption sales were tho largest wilh a lotal of W2.72 collected. lira A mummy with ils decorations of amulets and jowclry undisturbed for years has discovered by (be University of Pennsylvania museum expedition ,il Meh- flurn, Egypt. The mummy is that of a woman named Thesal- hcr-hal, who lived about 200 B.C. On the basis of in> complete tabulations, the So- cial Credit vote in the Alberla elections was 42.9 per cent of the aggregate, ns compared lo 59 per cent in (he 1935 election. lasi) Two important changes have been made in the family allowance legislation, Health Minister Martin an- nounced loday. One changes Ihe immigrant residence psriod for conditions of eligibility lo one year from three and tlie other reduces the allowances for five or more children in a familv. WO Members of (he Al- berta Icgislalurc were that Hie Communal Properly Act which governs llullcrilc colo- nies should be thrown out and a Fetllemcnt of any problems should be made Ihrough nego- tiations between the govern- ment and the religious seel. The letKbridge Herald 7lh St. S., Lelhbridgc, Alberla LETHRRIDGE IIEKALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher., Published 1903 1854, by Hon, W A. BUCHANAN Sccorrl .Mail N-jnber MJ2 Member of The Canadian and Ihe Cam-] an Dail? flnd lha Audit Ili-icau of Circalalloni Cl.EO W. 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