Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Monday, MI iiutclmon Gestures Of 'Earth Day' Only A Start Another A nation, as Thomas Car- lyle remarked in his study uf the French Revolution, is never great when it is making Recently cartoonist Ben Wicks de- picted a man standing on a window ledge with ticker tape in his hand. gloom The thought that the stock market may be heading for a crash, resulting timers on in wholesale suicide as in 1929 is very paring disconcerting. One would naturally like to think that this is just a cartoonist indulging in a bit of exaggeration. U.S. Presi- dent Richard Nixon, after all, has said the face of the recent downward trends of the market that if he had money this is the time he would buy. Yet the market situation is being viewed with considerable concern by many people who watch a carefully. pregskm js on worW been pervasive. Broker- ave been laying off work- utives of one -big house have pay cuts. Old- n street have been com- 1929. One brokerage house "it isn't 1970 any- more, it's 15 and seven-eighths." The panic W, of course, has not been has been talk of companies viing like a house of cards falling W At the time of publication lasl-eek, however, only two companies Irj gone under. What has liapfced recently on the stock market signifies a re- cession but not lity a depression. It is to be hoped, that a de- saw the latest of them in the United States. "Earth a gesture again- st pollution, was conducted great gestures and proclaiming with typical American panache its greatness It is great only and schmaltz. But what, in fact, in the quiet, gestureless living did it mean? ways of its people, day by day. No doubt it meant that our The revolutionary gesture of neighbors hope to save them- Liberty Equality and Fraterni- selves and the rest of us from tv for example, ended quite sud- self-poisoning, if lune permits, denlv with Napoleon's whiff of which is by no means certain. y It did not mean, however, that the cost of this last-minute res- grape-shot, but the great French people lived on and Napoleon disappeared. Despite history's lessons, ges- tures still continue in other great nations and we recently cue is understood, or that the Americans, or any other people, are ready to pay it. After the demon- strations, the parades and ora- tory comes the humdrum busi- ness of ordinary life and it, not the demonstrators or the politi- cians, will decide whether the human species can live much longer. The species will not live long, we are told, unless it changes its ways drastically. That has been obvious 1'or some time to anyone who thinks at all, but how shall the living ways be changed? No one in America knows the answer, and in most parts of the world the question has not even been ask- ed yet Senator Gaylord. Nelson, who invented "Earth tries to answer the question by say- ing that the United States must develop a philosophy which "places gross national quality at least on a par with gross national product." A good phrase and, hearing it, the pow- erful United Auto Workers re- solved to demand a pollution- free automobile as part of its future contracts with manage- ment. Such a car is needed and will surely be built but, again, it can offer only one of many needed gestures toward gross national quality. That objective A stoiy appearing on the front page of the Wall Street Journal last week adds to the concern. In New York's financial district is a gloomy enougDiace these days without having to with that as well. Informed ago Mr. A. M. Harra- What is really imka Some time ago Mr. A. M. riarra- U'nai is reaiiy imrtant is not deuce, Calgary lawyer and leader of that the participants born and a group of secessionist businessmen, educated in one of the'rairie prov- b jnces but that they inform- ed perspective to thelonference. They have been chosf because their experience or resfcn gives them special jn that area of the enquiry to they have been assigned. There are many facetsJo any such proposal as that of union of provinces. An indication Vthis is found in the division of the into constitutional, ical, economic and regional perience "of "having lived in one of ment considerations. It is the Prairie provinces. These four in- expected that this enquiry ex- haust all the questions that raised but it will almost bring out the basic issues mental to any future official sjy expressed interest in the One Prairie Province Enquiry to be held, in Leth- bridge May 10-13. He questioned the list of speakers saying he feared it was over-balanced with easterners who might bring an eastern Cana- dian perspective or prejudice to the discussions. The program for the conference is now available and the notes on the speakers should dispel Mr. Harra- dence's doubts. There are 28 speak- ers of whom only four lack the ex- elude Mr. Fred R. Dnunmie who as executive director of the Maritime Union Study is clearly a valuable participant in an enquiry of the pos- sibility of prairie union. that might be authorized. Visa Regulations Modified Amendments have been made to the United States Immigration and Nationality Act which should do a great deal to remove an irritant to businessmen throughout the Western Hemisphere. The quota system had been a serious handicap in the train- ing of people for positions in U.S.- owned companies in other countries. themselves and their families wiffl out reference to the quota. Thus the movement of pea sonnel between parent companies anl their subsidiaries will be facilitated! and unnecessary irritation removed.'; The supra-national nature of cor- porations mostly financed by American capital makes this often had to change necessary. As other countries wait months before they were admit- follow the lead of Mexico in reqrur- that ted to the United States. This was as much of an irritant to U.S. busi- nessmen as to the citizens of other countries awaiting admission. Now applicants who have worked present, for a company for a year and who wish to enter the U.S. in order to work for the same employer are able ing that American companies be- come joint operations, the training of nationals in parent companies will be even more important than at Obviously this was a good move diplomatically and economically. It should serve the interests of the U.S. to receive non immigrant vasas for most of all in the long run. Art Buchwald WASHINGTON The most popular speakers on campus these days are the student revolutionaries, black militants and those advocating the legalization of drugs. And anyone convicted of a crime and out on bail can write his town lecture ticket. I was at the office of the "Up Against the Wall Lecture Bureau" the other day and the phone didn't stop ringing. "Hello, Up Against the Wall Lecture Bu- reau. Who's this? Harvard U. What can we do for you? Nope, we're sorry the Chicago Seven are booked up through 1976. But we have some great speakers for you. How would you like 'Mad Dog Faucet'? You know, the one who wrote tile book on student revolution titled 'Mother Is the First To Go.' Right. Fifteen hundred dollars and expenses Sure he takes off his cloth- es at the end What kind of lecture do you think he gives? Thank you. I'll send the contract "Hello What's that? You're booking speakers for Columbia U this fall? Let's see Here's one for you Ruben Ruben Yeh, that's right. He's the one who hijacked the Goodyear Blimp to Havana Uh huh. He's out on bail now No, he'll be available Even if he's convicted this summer he'll appeal You don't think he's a draw? "What about Abbie Satchel You know, the guy who set tire to the ele- phant house at the Bronx Zoo during last week's anti-Vietnam demonstrations He's a beautiful person Two thousand bucks Of course he'll get the stu- dents fired up. He spoke at Simpson Tech last week and they burned down the li- brary during the question period Right on. He'll te there. Up Against the Wall Lecture Bu- reau Berkeley? What can we do lor you? You're having a lecture sc- ries in American history and you'd like someone who is an expert in the field I have just the speaker for you Ziggy Rumfield .himself! The fellow who blew off Theodore Roosevelt's nose dynamite on Mount Rushmore He's very knowledgeable about explosives That's right, he shows the kids how to make a bontb right on the stage No, no, the only time it ever went off was at the University of Wisconsin Believe me, it's safe Look, if anything hap- pens you don't have to pay Right. Thank you." The man hung up and I had a chance to interview him. "You seem to be really busy." "You better believe it. Kids today want speakers they can relate to. None of this education or political baloney. They want gut speakers that will tell them how rot- ten it really is. Look at this. I have 23 re- quests from universities who want to hear from anyone who has killed a cop. He doesn't even have to be a big name. "And every white school in the country wants a Black Panther to speak to them. How many Black Panthers do they think there are in this country? And look at these requests for speakers convicted of pushing drugs. I tell you, these college kids know what they want." "At least they're interested in the world around I said. "If I could get one mass murderer, I could make a he said wistfully. "What other speakers are in demand at the "Well, I can get for any priest who spilled blood on draft board records. There is also a big market for the peo- ple who blew up the buildings in New York City, though I have to book them at out-of-the-way schools in case ihe FBI gets wind of them." "Also, see if you can come up with a Cambodiaization program, a Laosization one, a Thailandization one ITS To The Editor Cjuittenge To The University Of Lethbridge The tee Albfa universities are stficampaiinng for more finandJhelp frcarry on fteir great higher learn- ing. Onfereatman has said that "Thtend education is the building Tclfacter." In the lk thousand years, nineteen have flourishedt perished on this earth. Theprished because of immoralitfc the lack of stan- dards of lian behavior. There a'Our main items that keep peojmoral: fear of preg- nancy, fi of disease, fear of public opn, and fear of com- mandmf. The iption or invention of prophylcs, contraceptives and the pill have eliminated most of the two fears of disease and pregnancy. By placing automatic dispens- ers for these products in the washrooms of the Alberta uni- versities, they have not only made them more available but by so doing have placed their stamp of approval on their use and on immorality. By advocating and teaching evolution and fiat man came about by accident, they are denying the existence of their Maker, as well as discounting His commandments. Thus the stage is being set for wholesale immorality and Hie downfall of the twentieth great civilization to exist on tSiis earth. How can the University of Lethbridge with its lack of stan- dards expect the financial sup- port of the thinking public? How can it expect to be a successful university and deny the very ex- istence of the "Fountain of all How" can its education pro- gram be complete with no pro- vision made for the building of character? We issue a challenge to the University of Lethbridge. If it wants moral as well as financial support, if it wants to be a un- ique institution of learning in Canada (there are institutions of this nature in the United States that receive fabulous private if it has the fortitude to institute the standards of human behavior and character building as laid down by Him who is ffie Foun- tain of all knowledge, it will have moral as well as financial support (in the form of private donations) beyond its wildest The Invasion Of Privacy Report This moral and financial sup- port will be in comparison to the degree that these standards are instituted. Are we or are we not a Chris- tian nation? Then how about a Christian university? CHARLES N. ACKROYD. Raymond. will involve much more tlian we realize, so far. Among oilier flings, it will involve a drop in the North American Iwn6 standard, as the economist mea- sure life, and a rise as men like Senator Nelson measure it. At some point a drop, w strictly economic terms, is un- avoidable anyhow. Man cannot forever gut the earlh of its lim- ited treasure, drown it in popu- lation and poison the vital ele: ments of all life as lie is doing at present. In measurable time the treasure must run out, as a plain fact of arithmetic. For some years ahead tne North American standard of liv- ing will continue to rise, the individual consumption of goods to increase but, lacking an im- probable decline in the world population, 01' at least, a halt in its terrifying growth, our grand- children will be poorer in goods, though perhaps richer in essen- tials, than we are, however they redistribute their relative pov- erty. As a learned historian said to me the other day, there is noth- ing new about this propsect. It has all happened before. After the collapse of Rome, for more than a thousand years, Western man, as we call him nowadays, looked back at the classic age with regret and longing. He looked forward, until the Ren- aissance, with despair. The past was glorious, the future Weak. Only in the last three centur- ies, at most, has Western man thought himself better than his ancestors, his civilization sure of steady improvement. Now we are rounding an old circle. For the first time the inhabitants of North America, hitherto the most optimistic and self-confident people on earth, suddenly notice that their life, by proper measurement, is no longer improving but deter- iorating The good days seem to lie behind them, as they lay behind the people of the Middle Ages. This vague feeling is proba- bly the most profound event in American history since the Pil- grims' landing on Plymouth Rock, though of course, like all profound events it is not fully comprehended when it occurs. Nor is it likely to as either the optimists or the pes- simists imagine. It may turn into total disaster or into an- other revival like the end of the Middle Ages. The parallel is striking but far from exact, because our problem is much more difficult and dubious than that of Renais- sance man. He owed a virgin, unmapped world and apparent- ly unlimited wealth if he could learn to use it. Modern man owns a world already half pol- luted and he has learned only too well how to exliaust it. Or as you might say, the task of the Middle Ages was to learn, ours to unlearn. Whether modern man has the wit to unlearn in the short time left to him, this side of ruin, the present reader is unlikely to know, but his grandsons will know (and blame him, naturally, for Of one thing, however, we can be quite sure that the task of unlearning will not succeed on the basis of existing habits and thought- ways. It cannot suceed, as Sen- ator Nelson seems to under- stand, so long as the gross na- tional product, the daily, indi- vidual, consumption of goods, is the primary, indeed almost the sole, criterion, and economics the rilling religion. If the American people (and the Canadian, too) have begun to get these simple truths through their heads, the gestures of "Earth Day" may be useful for a start, but no more than a start. And if we go on from there, turning gestures into ac- tion, the next Middle Ages may be avoided after all. (Herald Special Service) We'uld accept with reserr vatiojny of Mr. Len Werry's critic- of the Alberta Legis- lativ-ommittee on the Inva- sion Privacy (April Aimember of that commit- tee.ich brought in the report to (Legislature, the public she know that after the sec- onieeling, Mr. Werry recom- that no report be pre- pa and a continuing commit- to1 set up for the next legis- Since we had merely scd the inquiry, Mr. Worry's rnmendation was not ac- Following this experi- f, Mr. Werry was absent .1 the next three meetings failed to submit a written make a contribution, or istcr an objection to the re- t being prepared, t is a complete falsehood that Werry was not allowed to the report prior to its pub- ation. All members of the mmittee were mailed copies the proposed draft and were iked by the chairman, Mr. nearly missed by attending late. Even at that time he was given recognition and asked for his comments. When the question was put, that the report be made and received by the Legislature, there was no opposition from Mr. Werry. He chose to wait for the final moment when he could get the most press coverage and political yardage; which is typ- ical of the Conservatives on every issue. Criticism of the report is un- justified when one considers even the recommendation which would make electronic equip- ment available to law enforce- ment officers and cut crime in Alberta by 50 per cent. If there was nothing more than this, the reports would be worthwhile. It is also untrue that Mr. Len Werry was the only Conserva- tive on the committee, because Clarence Copithome was a mem- ber and has been an undeclar- ed Conservative for the last two years. If members of the Legisla- tive Assembly are considered to be honorable, some of I'iiem should reconsider their state- ments and actions. DOUGLAS MILLER, MLA. Taber. LOOKING BACKWARD Socialism's Example? THROUGH THE HERALD Alberta's area under irrigation will be extend- ed by acres this sum- mer when Canada Land and Ir- rigation Company commences watering the Vauxhall district. 1930 Approval has been given by the Board of Public Utilities, Edmonton, of the by- law for the expenditure of 000 on improving the city air- port. The bylaw will be sub- mitted to the burgesses in about a month. Well-informed British sources have indicated that Al- lied efforts in Norway would be concentrated in building up a naval base in the Narvik re- gion to thwart any Nazi at- tempt to use Norweigan ports for getting around the Allied blockade. cost of living moved up to the highest lersl in history in March. The index was 164.0 as compared with 163.7 in February. The increase was attributed to an advance in eggs, beef, coffee and coal. Khrushchev told the Soviet presideum in a bris- tling speech that Soviet armed forces have shot down a U.S. military craft. He threatened to retaliate with rockets if Ameri- cans bombers appear over the Soviet Union. ,s there any student: ton and for prom- make ad- ment men in public e? ,ort. The finished draft was "Are you kidding? Why should they lis- hen pl.cpared and given to each ten to someone like that when they can committee in time to hear from someone who has cut sugar cane study same and attend the final in meeting for round table discus- (Toronlo Telegram News Sen-ice.) sion. This meeting Mr. .Wcrry The article in a recent Week- end magazine, concerning the British, is a nice example of what socialism can do for a country. I've little doubt that socialism will ultimately do the same for this country. Communism is a dirty word. I've often beard it used in roughly the same manner as an obscenity. Socialism is iden- tical in ideology, yet it is soft- pedalled as if it were some- thing wonderful. Tlw new portrait of the Queen by Pietro Annigoni, is perhaps an apt representation of the symbolical ruler of Canada. She looks as if she has the flu and feels pretty vicious about it. Un- less the picture is not supposed to be in proportion, she must also have been stretched on the rack. The length of her arms cause her hands to come out at knee level. Over-all, she looks sick. GEORGE BYE. Milk River. Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Registration Number U012 Member M The Canadian I'resj and Ihe Canadian Daily Ncwspipir publishers' Association and Ihe Audit Bureau ol circulation! CLEO W. MOWERS. Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor HOY F. MILES DOUUI.AS K WAI.KE1 Advertising Manager Editorial Pago Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUW"