Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE UTHBRIDGE HERAID Tuesday, May 1, 1773 'THEIR JOB IS TO GIVE PEOPLE TICKETS, THAT'S ALL THEY DO' SYLVESTER SMOUAK LAURIE MARKLINGER NATTE THOMPSON TOO WILftUR IDDY OWEN Passers-by speak out on role of the police, respect for the law This is the final article in a scries of seven examin- ing the role of the police and what individuals from various social and economic groups perceive that role to be. To- day's article consists of ran- dom answers to two questions asked passers-by on a down- town sidewalk. By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer What, to your opinion, is the role of the police? S Y L V E STER SMOLIAK, 1615 Henderson Lake Blvd: "The role of the police is to maintain Order. The police have always been good to us when we've needed them. Police ill Lethbridge do an excellent job, and community- police relations are all right the way they are." LAURIE MARKLLXGER, Raymond: "The police could do a bet- ter job. It seems that when- ever you want them they aren't around, and when you don't want them, they're there. Their job is to give people tickets that's about all they do. Community-police relations could be better if police were nicer and friend- lier. NATTE THOMPSON, 1729 17th Ave. S.: "Lethbridge police are very efficient and they look after everybody very well. Their job is to keep the drunks off the street, and to tell you if something has happened to your family. I've never heard anyone complain about the police." TOD WILBUR, 1250 6th Ave. S.: "The policeman's job is to give pceple speeding tickets and control traffic, and in general, to prevent crime in the streets. I presume they (Leth'erklge police) are doing thsir job." EDDY OWEN, Coaldale: "People run the RCIvIP down too much and it's too bad. The police are here to protect us "and they're trying to do their job. If they catch a guilty psrion. he gets a good lawyer and gets off. I think people have to take the first step towards better police-community relations." BRUCE MILLER, 524 7th St. S.: "I haven't really run into the Lethbridge police too much. They seem lie-pro- fessional compared to big- citv forces. They aren't too considerate towards people with long hair. The role cf the police is to protect innocent citizens from so-called crim- inals, but they msddle in people's lives too much. And they moraSize too much. Pol- ice seem to separate them- selves from people. As soon as they put on a uniform, they become a function, not a hu- man being." GUS GERLAT, 1732 10th Ave. S.: have to have law and order, but the police in Leth- bridge don't do a goad job. They don't see the speeders, but they see the drunks. The RCMP are the best police in this country, but the city pol- ice are good for nothing." DON EAGLE CHILD. Card- ston: "The police are kind of rough on us, but it's mostly our fault. Once we get picked up when we're be get the cops mad. In a way, the police here arc fair, but a few discriminate against us. Police-community relations are good, and peo- ple should take the first step to make them better the police are doing their job." If people were absolutely sure that they wouldn't get caught, and that no one would get hurt, do you think most people would rob a bank? HARRIETTE LINDSEY, 820 15th St. S.: "I think they would. Police act as a restraining irflu- ence. I wouldn't. KAY KENNEY, Blairmore: "I don't think they would. Basically, people aren't thieves and they respect oth- er people's property. No, I wouldn't I used to work in a bank." MARK SHAW, 2714 10th Ave. A S.: "I think they would. If they weren't going to get caught, anyone would, just for the money, but I wouldn't." SISTER JOAN deGrace. 520 13th St. S.: "The majority of people wouldn't. We have a con- science that gives direction to our lives and allows us to make moral decisions. There is also a natural respect for ether people's property. I'm sure I wouldn't do it." TERRY NOBLE, 3403 20th Ave. S.: "I think they would. With the cost cf everything nowa- days, and no one has money for anything. I think people, in general, would. I wouldn't would be on my con- science, and would bother me to death. ERUCE MILLER GUS GERLAT DON EAGLE CHILD HARRIETTE LINDSEY KAY KENNEY MARK SHAW .53 JOAN DEGRACE TERRY HARRY Doing their bit Doing their bit to keep Alberta clean, Highways Mini- ster Clarence Copithorne and Mayor Andy Anderson feed a litter bear at the Brewery Gardens to kick off Beautifica- tion Week. The province-wide anti-litter campaign called Alberta lirtercheck is aimed at reducing one highly visible kind of pollution which everyone can do something about. !n a brief press conference following the ceremonial clean- up, Mr. Copithorne defended the controversial Kananaskis Highway as fitting in very well with all environmental criteria and meeting standards of the highest degree of safety. He also said he had a sympathetic ear for the group wants to rename Highway 3 tho Crowsnest Highway. Student transfer agreement near For the first time in more than a year, concrete propos- aJs have teen made for trans- fer of students from Leth- bridge Community College to the University of Lethbridge. The transfer issue has been a main concern between the two institutions since March cf last year. Following a meeting April 4 this year, eight steps to- ward student, transfer have been presented for approval by the LCC administration. Spokesmen for both LCC and the U of L said today they are optimistic agreement can be reached to the benefit of both sides. Representing the university in transfer talks are president Dr. Bill Beckel, board of gov- ernors chairman N. D. Holmes, students' society council president Ken Tinrt- lott. and representatives of the board of governors. The college is represented by president Dr. C. D. Stew- art, board of governors chair- man Bob Bablci, student rep- resentative Ivan Lukenda and faculty representative Ken Riley. A college spokesman said today the eight points for stu- dent transfer, prcsentecd by the university, are now being studied "one step at a by LCC govenoi.s. ''There is an air of optim- ism here. The situation seems much the spokes- man said. At the university, Dr. Beck- el said he believes "an ap- propriate articulation (trans- fer procedures) of tlip pro- grciriis o-ud courses tit tlic U of L can be created." Procedures outlined for LCC student transfer arc similar to those now used by the uni- versity in trr.ns.'er of iis stu- dents lo the Universities of Calgary and Alberta. million committed or more west side By A.VDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer West Lethbridge cleared what appears to he the final hurdle to immediate develop- ment Monday night when city council approved by a 4-3 vote purchase of 860 acres of additional west side land. Council's decision means the first 103 west side lots will likely go on sale Friday morning at city hall. The key issue Monday, cue that kept aldermen talking lor well over an hour, was whether or net the cily needs that much more land in West when it already holds acres for housing development. The reason council was rsked to approve the pur- chase of the two parcels of land 60 acres owned by Karrisam Hubbard, a retired farmer new living in Leth- bridge, and BOO r.-Tes owned hv his brother. Arteric. who sLill farms his land was that a portion of each parcel was required for the park lake. And the park and lake are considered vital to the over- nil design concept of Woit Lethbridge, well as being considered a major selling point. IIARRISAM'S LAND Six seres of the planned bko are en Harrisam Hub- herd's larcl. another comer on Arteric's land, but plans called for use of 100 rcres of Arteric's land for I he park and perimeter roads. It was explained to council thnt the ci'y could obtain the six acres of Harrisam's land through a development agreement, but that would leave him with choice lake- front property for develop- ment in the midst of a major Tha purchase agreement for his land is the same that was rejected by council two weeks ago in a 4-4 vote. It comes in at a total cast over a 10-year period of approximately or S-I.470 por nrrc. The city initially pays 000 but no interest, until 1979 when it pays per year tor five years at 5 per cent Mayor Andy Anderson, who voted against that purchase cgreement two weeks ago. voted for the proposals this time, tald council he against the purchase previously because it really hinged on the agreement with Arieric Hubbard and by it- self didn't complete the lake. ARTERIC'S LAND Council had signed a 10- option on Arteric's 800 acres in but with the stipulation that when the city wan Led any part of the land it had to immediately buy the entire 800 acres, ?.t 51.100 per acre. The new arrangement worked cut following the council decision of two wesks ago will give the city title io the 100 acres it needs right away for This is all the cily pays for two years. Starling a fist figure of and subtracting the plus already paid on the option agreement, the city will then pay the remaining in "l equal yearly payments si fi per cent ir-'l-C1'" eel" on the decreasing bal- ance. The total price at conclu- sion of the sale in 1985 comes lo or SI ,238 per acre. Voting agains; the lar.d sales, which were included in a six-point West proposal submitted by Ciiy Manager Tom Nutting, wers Aid. Vaughan He.mbro.ff. Aid. Vera Ferguson, and Aid. Ed Baatedo. In favor of the pur- chases were Mayor Anderson. Aid. Cam Br.rnes, Aid. Steve Ko'.ch and Aid. Tom Fergu- son. Aid. Bill Kergan who voted for purchase of Harri- sam Hubbard's 60 acres at the last west side meeting V.TS absent. DEI.AV HARMFUL The proponents of the land moves argued that further delays in the West Lcth- bridge development could cou.-e harm while the aldermen h o voted against it aloud if the city was over-extending itself in the land business. Also approved in the 4-3 council vole was expenditure of for servicing in West Lerhbridge. for construction of the park and lake and brook, for boulevard development and for marketing pur- poses including landscaping of 30 lots. These costs including the initial to be paid the Hubbards will come out of a million 15-year loan from (he Alberta Housing Corpora- tion, which has been ap- proved in principle by the corporation. They are, however, condi- tional on a satisfactory final debenture agreement being reached batween the city and the AHC. The big question remaining now is. will West Lethbridge lots which went begging last year sell ncnv? Cily Manager Tom Nutting is confident. He says there have been an average of three serious inauirie's per c.'sy since April 2 when the new West design was unveiled. City seHs for new housing City council Monday agreed to sell 8.67 acres of land to a developer at per acre below an offer it had rejected as too low last week. The turnaround came fol- lowing a submission by the developer. Walter Stewart of Xu-Mode Homes Ltd.. With aldermen Vera Ferguson. Cam Barnes and Ed Bsa'.edo The rest of council decided to sell him the land north ef 18th Ave. N. End west, of 13th St. N. for an acre. Mr. Stewart said he intend- ed to.build home ow- ership (low income) housing on the land but if the price of the land was too high, it would be uneconomical lo build such housing there. lie said he believed fair market value of the land was per acre because of the nniiive cf surrounding old es r.r.d a mobile home development. There is a tremendous need for this type cf housing in Lelhbridge. 'Mr. Stewart said, but added thrt finding land for it was difficult because "everyone says we need it, but don't build it near me." Mr. Stewart said he will build 24 msubsidized single family hcmes r.nd 12 duplex- es which will come under the assisted home ownership plan- Lethbridge man guilty of assaulting woman A 25-year-old Lethbridge man pleaded guilty in provin- cial court Monday to a charge of assault causing bodily harm and was remanded to May 7 for sentencing. It is charged that Raymond Wolfe, of 716 5th Ave. S., as- saulted 23-year-old Elaine Belanger, of the same ad- dress. A week before the as- sault, Wolfe had been served a restraining order com- mitting him to stay away from Miss Belanger.