Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE HERALD Saturday, March 31, 1973 Abortion abatement The rise in the abortion rate in Canada does not necessarily argue in favor of a reversion to the law as it stood before the 1969 revision; it can be seen as a spur to seek im- provement in the dissemination of birth contiol information and equip- ment Nobody could surely want to drive women back into the hands of back- room butchers. To end that sort of tiling was one of the prime pressures behind liberalizing the abortion law. One way to read the statistics on abortion is to see them as proof of the success, rather than the failure, of the new law- Part of the total is made up of cases which would form- erly have ended in desperation tac- tics. Preventing that kind of thing is a gain. Abortion does not always signify a lessening of respect for life; it sometimes reflects a concern tor quality of life above the level of mere existence. Many sensitive peo- ple have become increasingly appall- ed at the thought of children being born into a world where nobody loves them except in some hypothetical way at a distance. For them the failuri to terminate an unwanted pregnancy is evidence of Irresponsi- bility and is immoral. Not all unplanned pregnancies are attributable to wanton hedonism. Such is the makeup human beings that, given certain conditions, even highly principled and disciplined people yield to sexual drives. Easy abortion may be a factor in encouraging per- missiveness but in some instances the only just interpretation of it has to be in terms of insurance. Abortion is not the best kind of insurance, howover. !t is better to take precautions against the possibi- lity of unwanted pregnancy. This is the best maybe way to bring about abortion abatement. Convenient lay-bys Taker's chamber of commerce is to be congratulated for taking the bull by the horns. The members rec- ognize the need for a handy stop- over, close to shopping and conven- iences, for trailer people passing through their town and have already begun to do something about it. Their plan is to create a lay-by, a stop-rest-and-go location for trailers by leasing a 2% acre level site one half block from downtown shopping. The lay-by would provide overnight accommodation with an opportunity to stop long enough to take care of business and shopping and would relieve heavy truck congestion on the highway between 50th and 51st streets, the only existing location where trailers can pull in. They have the blessing of city council and the provincial highways department- all they need now is a lease approval from Marathon Realty, a subsidiary of CPR, owners of tlie land. Ken Williams, project chairman, familiar with lay-bys in England, feels they are a convenience trailer people really appreciate. People travelling through differ from those searching for a holiday campsite in which to relax for several days. They want a handy location near laundries, food outlets, banks, gas stations and the post office. With these needs met they are ready to move on. Lay-bys offer this convenience. Government campsites, on the other hand, provide seclusion in pictures- que surroundings. They are not convenient to shopping (e.g. the Taher Provincial Park in the riverbottom is 2'A miles from It is hoped the enthused chamber, prepared to plant trees and erect directional signs necessary to the lay-by, will receive their desired lease. Conveniencing tourists has al- ways been good business. Those parking rates Parking in dowtown Lethbridge has been cheaper than almost anywhere else in Canada for a long time. Visi- tors have found it a novelty to be able to get parking time for a penny. Giving tourists something to talk about, however, is not justification for retaining modest rates. But neith- er is making money for the city a sufficient reason for seeking a change. The only reason there are parking meters in city centres is to facili- tate the transaction of business. Thus the interests of the businessmen ought to be the primary concern in making a decision about parking rates. It is not likely that increasing the rate would be a deterrent to people seeking to do business in the down- town area. Those who can afford Weekend Meditation to operate automobiles are more in- terested in convenience than econo- my. They will likely pay 10 cents as readily as five cents if they can find a space. Difficulty in finding a place to park for a brief stop is one of the chief aggravations of those wanting to do business in the downtown area. A higher rate might be an answer to their problem because it might drive meter-feeders to use the city transit system or park outside the city cen- tre and leave some meters free. Since there is no way of knowing if this would be tlie result, the decision will have to be rrmde intuitively by the aldermen perhaps after check- ing on the hunches of the downtown businessmen. The Cross in the world's heart ifce cross is not only the heart of Chris- tianity; it is the heart of the world, built into the branches of every tree, stamped in the centre of every flower. In Italy you will see engraved in tombstones and mon- uments the words. "Sta and be- neath the brief biography of a man or story of a battle. Thus the "Sta Viator" is a cry, "Slop, passer-by, and hear Ihis story." The Cross is the "Sta Viator" of the world and no one can look at the Cross, how- ever pagan he may be, without pausing in even brief meditation and reflection on the immortal story. The appeal is universal, the mystery grips the most frivolous. One has only to read the great litera- ture of the modern world to see that. Fran- cois Mauriac, one of the greatest modern European novelists, in "The des- cribes a wrelched sufferer who identifies himself with Jesus in his anguish for a lost, deserted child. William Faulkner with his strange genius In "A Fable" strives to reach down into the depths of the mys- tery of vicarious suffreing and death. In "Billy Budd" Herman Melville breaks Ihe heart as he describes the injustice and evil of the world. No one presents the Pas- sion Story with more force and insight than Nikos Kazantzakis. Yet all these and other writers of genius appalled by the monstrous agony of the world and the suffering of the innocent are unable to do more thaii sent a picture of man's inhumanity, cor- ruption and yet mysterious divinity. The Cross is the way the world is. Why? To what purpose? They do not attempt to an- swer. Yet the Cross is the theme that runs through the Bible. You find, it in Moses Sword-swallowing NDP By Maurice Western, Ottawa Herald commentator mm mm OTTAWA In the bleak win- ter weeks following the October election one of the more fasci- nating topics of speculation was the "organic a concept tried in brief and tenta- tive fashion by Otto Lang, the Minister of Justice, The most emphatic statement of that time was volunteered by David Lewis ,vho observed: "In a very few words I rejeled it; outright and firmly." With the subsequent passage of many thousands of words, firm, fortliriglit, flexible and nondescript, the thoery remains as clouded as ever, The prac- tice, as it emerges from (lie proceedings of Parliament, is more instructive and appears to be based on the New Demo- cratic conviction that swords are for swallowing and tooth- picks for pricking. This seems to be coupled with a hope that understanding, organic or other- wise, on the Govrenment side, will ensure an election-free summer. The most dazzling display to date of the new sword-and- toothpick art was the New Democratic performance last Monday evening. Shortly before tne o'clock the parly stood with the Government in repelling a Conservative motion con- demning the sale of Polymer to the Canada Development Corpo- ration. About half an hour later, it stood with the Conservatives to defeat an item in the amount of payable by the de- partment of Labor to Informa- tion Canada for a bit of ware- house cleaning. Mr. Lewis justified the origi- nal, sword-swallowing vote with a variety of reasons, most of them expressed in the colorful prose of wliich he is an ac- knowledged master. The Con- servatives, he observed, were hypocritical in their motion; a fact apparent to him from re- marks of Krik Nielsen in 1903 and of Howard Greene on June 3, 1946. Far .from abandoning perfidious paths, they had voted against the CDC for Hie wrong reasons in 1971 and were now seeking to involve others in v e n i 1 e parliamentary deli- qucncy." The quarrel of the NDP was not with the language of the motion or the verb "condemn." As Mr. Lewis declared in for- thright fashion: "We con- demned it last Friday. We con- demned the sale last summer. We condemn it today." But there were two inhibiting con- siderations. First; "if this mo- tion passes, the situation will not be changed one iota. Poly- mer will still be part of CDC." This, as will be seen, be- came an important point ill the Government's case. Secondly, the words concealed a purpose, which was to strike at the government's supply. Why did Mr, Lewis draw the sword on Friday only to swal- low it on Monday? For it was Mr. Lewis who chose to bring up the subject of Polymer in supporting his rather ideologi- cal motion concerning Crown Corporations last week. He began by shuddering (or Air Canada which apparently has suffered an appalling blow with the award of the Peking ser- vice to CP Air. Bui he then switched his attention to the Polymer deal and the two NDP members who followed h i m spoWc of nothing but the Poly- mer deal. According to Mr. Lewis, on Friday, the CDC was a splendid concept "distorted and de- stroyed by the government with the assistance and support of the Tory Opposition." Then Mr. Lewis went on: "That is why he opposed the CDC. He and his colleagues will oppose anything until such times as the corporate tax cuts come before them and then they will genuflect with great alacrity, just as they have al- ways done in the past. Their hunger for throwing the govern- ment out suddenly recedes as their hunger for party cam- paign funds takes over." Evidently it failed to recede fast enough for Mr. Lewis, by Monday, was excoriating "the loud mouthed, power hungry people to my right." The depth of Mr. Lewis' feel- ings about the CDC is, however, apparent from passage after passage. Thus he described it at one point as "an extension of Power Corporation of Canada, which I find to be a nest of Lib- eral probably vul- tures, Mr. Speaker. On Friday something had to be done about it. "We are say- Mr. Lewis declared, "that the policies with regard to Air Canada, to the CDC, to Polymer and to Panarctic, on which this Government is now embarked, is a reversal of progress in this country and must stop. We hope that this government will be persuaded to stop it." Bill Knight, following his leader, observed: "CDC has al- ready gulped up Polymer, though I hope Parliament will have (he last say on that matter Then came John Harney: "So here we have the possibility of a Canadian Crown corpo- ration being effectively sold for peanuts to the private interests of this country." Thus on Friday there was still hope. By Monday, miraculously, it had vanished. The NDP sud- denly accepted without question the contention of the govern- ment, as expressed most suc- cinctly by Otto Lang. The trans- fer had been approved by the governor in council and thus "the sale was perfect and com- plete." tn other words nothing could be done because ihe govern- ment had sold Polymer. To whom? To the government. There has been no offering of CDC shares and thus the CDC remains to this day the sole property of the government. Since the government had made an agreement with itself, Mr. Lewis was shocked into the re- alization that the govrenment could do nothing about it. The NDP had no option hut to swal- low its sword. It may have been a small consolation that the NDP was able to spare the country an ex- pense of and to spare In- formation Canada the first use- ful task that anyone has thought of entrusting to it. Despite the sobering reflections of Stanley Knowles on supply votes and the unseemly hilarity of the Conservatives, the risk perhaps was minimal. Other govern- ments with cluttered ware- houses have suffered heavier blows and survived, even with- out tlie strength and sense of purpose.that is said, by some, to flow from organic under- standings. Ownership easy for nobody By Bruce syndicated when he slates his willingness to take on himself the sins of the people. You find it in Hosea who, in his own suffering, dis- covers the suffering and redeeming grace of God. You find it in the four Servant Songs of Isaiah in chapters 42, 49, 50 and the song of triumph through suffering in chapter 53. The Cross has been called "The Great Tlluminant." It illuminates the meaning of pain pain deliberately endured for someone you love, pain which is accepted as part of the suffering of God, the suf- fering of the innocent for the redemption of the guilty. It illuminates the nature of sin, that sin is not a breaking of God's law, but breaking God's heart. The Cross there- fore illuminates the nature of God, for Jesus is described as "The Lamb slain from tlie foundation of the world-" Before the world was created God loved man, foresaw his sin and need for redemption, and planned for his redemption. The Cross is therefore in the heart of the world, an essential part of the nature of things. One must accept it. choose it deliberately, making it a vocation that it may become a victory. The primary les- son of life is to learn this law, that "except a corn of wheat faD into Ihe ground and rlie it abideth alone; whosoever seelss to save his life shall lose it." Every parent knows this truth. Every missionary knows it. Self-sacrifice is the first end last lesson of human life. PRAYER: 0 God, help me not only to endure the Cross, but to find victory in the Cross. r. a. M. Around most Canadian cities, house prices have been rising sharply over the past five years. That is the broad mes- sage to be drawn from any over-all survey of Ihe cost of houses. The conclusion is as simple as it is disturbing. Young people are finding it in- creasingly difficult to purchase their own homes. Whenever people are transferred to an- other city, as is frequently tlie case in our highly mobile so- ciety, the fact of rising prices becomes all too apparent. The most disturbing point is tiie strong evidence that tho rate of increase is gathering momentum. In Toronto there exists almost a buyers' panic and Montreal has finally cast off the real estate depression that followed the October, 1970 crisis. Elsewhere in Canada, the pockets of oversupply are few and far between. Some commentators will look upon this situation as confirmation that the inflation of the last few years is the result of excessive- ly expansive fiscal and mone- tary policies. House prices have always moved in line with in- comes over time in the past and are bound to do so in the future. The object of economic policy should be for prices to rise at a slower rate than incomes over time: that if, what econ- omic growth is all about. How- ever, thare is still no iron law that will guarantee a prompt reversal of inflationary price rises. That is why some new steps are urgently required to ensure an eventual halt to gal- loping inflation. Therefore, it is of no use hop- ing that the problem of house prices will go away of its own accord. The problem admits of no easy solution, but it would 'Crazy Capers' be helpful if some slighlly un- palatable facts were faced. First, removal of the 11 per cent sales tax on building ma- terials would help if normal competitive conditions applied among suppliers. However, lltere are only a handful of building material suppliers so removal of the tax would not necessarily be passed on to the consumer. Second, seasonal factors play loo prominent a role in t h e housing industry. Steps should be taken to provide year-round employment for contractors. Hence, wage rates for peak building periods would not have to carry the full load of the workers' wage bill. Third, a policy of providing more land for development is no panacea. There may be large tracts of land which could be released, but it is the servicing of this lend that makes land expensive and if land were to be acquired it would provide planners with a field day. They would be in a position to determine where de- velopment would take place and all too frequently, their plans would go av.Ty as the buying public has tastes and choices which vary from those of the bureaucratic planners. Also, the sharp growth in the resources of pur mortgage lend- ing companies has been a mixed blessing. The ready availability of mortgage finance since 1970 has undoubtedly con- tributed to the rate of increase in house prices; a shortage of mortgage funds (unpopular as it may be) would do more to hold prices down than any single step. The limits used by the Na- tional Housing Act apply some brake ou the rate of increase of mortgages. The top NHA loan is which is close to the average hoiise price in Ottawa and Hamilton. In other cities, such as Vancouver, Tor- onto or in the Maritimes, prices are much higher so few low- income families can afford the down payment needed to sup- plement the NHA loan. If the NHA marginally relax- ed its rules, this would tend to push housing demand (and prices) even higher. The fact that house prices have risen so much faster than building costs since 1970 shows how demand sensitive the house market has become. Therefore, measures designed to stimulate demand need to be considered very carefully if this effect is not to be neutralized by price increases. A slower rale of growth in the money supply is almost the only check to house price inflation on which agreement is likely. The effect would work through to mortgage supply quickly. Fewer and more ex- pensive mortgage loans would be the result. Above all, the government should consider the tnie cost of concessions provided for home ownership: low-cost mort- gages provided by the Central Mortgage and Housing Corpor- ations as well as tax exemp- t i o n s for owner-occupied homes. It must realized that if you set out to make house purchase easy for everybody, you end up by making it easy Cor nobody. Boys will be boys By Don Oakley, NBA service Here's a good lady wanted for general office This tiling about "sexism" in the schools works two ways. It may be true Uiat teacher expectations, peer-group pres- sure and textbooks extolling male achievements force little girls into "inferior" feminine roles they would not other- wise have chosen. But the dice aren't entirely loaded in favor of boys. Grade school teachers repri- mand boys more frequently than girls, charges child psy- chologist Bruno Bcttelheim. "One can imagine how a hoy feels about himself, the school and the he writes in the ladies' Home 'Tournnl, "when he observes that boys are reprimanded nine times as frequently as girls. "If he is at all observant, he must come to the conclusion that while the school highly ap- proves of behavior that comes naturally U> girls, it rejects what comes equally naturally to boys. Tims, many boys are made academic failures by the very institution which should teach academics to Lib types can object, of course, that sweetness, obedi- ence and decorum are no more natural (o girls than boislerous- iicss is natural to boys. Accord- ing to them, such behavioral differences are learned and ar- tificial. Perhaps they will admit, (hough, that at times it can he pretty tough practicing to be a male chauvinist. E. ij HIA, i "Do you fiear o whimpering Letters Defends teachers The letter which appeared in the Herald (March 27) signed "A Taxpayer" was certainly a tear jerker. The taxpayer stat- ed the present strike involving Southern Alberta rural teach- ers is ATA-sponsored. Where his information was obtained is somewhat of a mystery. If all reports given by the news media had been followed it has to be realized that this unfortunate strike is trustee- sponsored. The writer questions: "How many teachers are trained in classroom techniques before en- tering the For his information, all teachers have to be, and are, trained in this skillful art. That is the pur- pose of our universities. As for the present strike why isn't it justified? When teachers begin teaching they receive a minimum salary whether they are perfectionists or not. Thus, a good teacher is worth much more than a mini- mum salary but does he get it? No! When a teacher is not quali- fied or is not competent the school boards do not hesitate to, in 30 days, terminate the contract. Boards have this right, so why then can't good teachers receive what they are worth? When competent teachers are employed why aren't they paid for the job they do and not the varying salaries we have at the present time in Southern Al- berta. Why are the rural teach- ers being told they are not worth the equal pay of their city counterparts? It should be impossible for the citi7ens of Southern Alber- ta to support their elected members on school boards for the stand they ere presently taking. It's time pressure was put on the trustee negotiators to get them back to the table. The teachers always have been willing to settle this dis- pute. God knows they've tried. A trustee friend (I thought) from Brooks made a comment on a local radio station recent- ly accusing persons like myself for causing anti-trustee atti- tudes to be formed, by the pub- lic. At no timo has our local media been given anything but the truth. Possibly the truth is beginning to hurt the trustees maybe they should get back to the bargaining table and bend a bit. The rural teachers have cer- tainly done their fair share. A CITY COUNTERPART Lethbridge Praises Pearl Buck In humility and sadness I add my small voice to the unknown numbers throughout the world, particularly those in China, who will feet the passing of Pearl S. Buck as one of the great losses of our time. She was one whose works, as a Christian and humanitarian will be difficult to replace and will never be forgotlen. Pearl S. Buck recognized and worked, always, for the in- nocent and the downtrodden, re- gardless of race or creed. She poured out love, mercy and substance upon those hom, without choice, into a vale of tears a cruel hell whose only hope was through her kind of love, concern and humanity. Personally, I have benefited immeasurably from the works of this truly great and dedicat- ed woman. For this, I say aim- ply, I am truly thankful. DONALD BROSTEE Trail, B.C. Despicable practice On Sunday, March 25, a mean, despicable, and coward- ly deed was committed. Our dog was shot by someone in a car who drove slowly down the road past our farm. Fortunate- ly the dog was not killed but the chances that his foreleg shattered by the bullet will heal properly are very slim in- deed. This dog was both fam- ily friend and proleclor and happened to be valuable. To compound the seriousness of this crime, the shot was fir- ed toward tlie buildings. My father and two younger broth- ers, working in the corral at the time, were In the direct line of fire. What if one of them had been hit? How does one re- place a father or a brother? What if one of our cattle had been hit? Beef is very expen- sive at the moment. A valuable animal has been crippled and may have to ba put out of his misery if his leg does not heal. Any one of three people could have been injured or killed. Brave hunter, who- ever you'are, you have sunk as low as you can. May you earn your just reward. PHILIP BORAS Coaldale Appreciates series I would like to express ap- preciation for the articles writ- ten by Mrs. Chris Sctwart, par- ticularly the one on Mrs. Emilie Baldry in Saturday's edition of the Lethbridge Herald. I so en- joyed its informative aspect and found it enjoyable reading. I do hope we will see more articles written by such a com- petent writer and without doubt one with such a warm personality. I believe The Leth- bridge Herald is fortunate to have Mrs. Stewart as a mem- ber of its staff. MRS. MARY TYMBURSKI The Lethbrufee Herald _____ 504 7th St. S., Lelhortdge, Albtrta tETHBROXJE HERALB TO. LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905 -1954, by Hon. W. A. 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