Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursdoy, May K, 1972 Peler Deuba nil Idea revived The iliTision of Ilic Supreme Court of Canada in favur of (he Koolemiy and Elk Railroad InuUVmg ils contro- versial line from the Crowsncst Pass region through lo join up wilh Hie Burlington Northern Hailroad in Montana simply means the crossing of another hurdle lor the proposal. There will be more liunlles. A large portion of Hie coal mining rights in the B.C. portion of the Pass has now been taken over by Kaiser Resources Ltd., a subsidiary of the giant Kaiser conglomerate of the United Stales. Kaiser has spent near- ly million in developing these coal resources and it does not like being left at the mercy of one car- rier, the CPR. in the attempt to get its coal to market. This has brought about the revival o[ the Kootenay and Elk Railroad, which was in operation in the region after the turn of. the century when the Pass supplied the Great Northern Railroad with coal. The decision of. the Supreme Court of Canada would appear to be ex- tremely harsh. It has been argued that Canada could lose nearly S450 million in wages and taxes alone dur- ing the next 15 years If Kootenay and Elk is allowed to be built, if Canadian coal is hauled to a Cana- dian port largely over American lines. The Canadian Transport Commis- sion last year rejected the 80-mile rajl line, largely on a point of. law. Now the supreme court says the commission erred. No one can blame Canadian Paci- fic for attempting to hold its position of transporting Canadian coal on the Canadian route lo the deep sen port of Roberts Hanks in British Colum- bia. Nor can anyone blame Kaiser lor doing everylhiii" possible lo as- sure access lo an alternate transpor- tation system. By going the CPR roule alone, Kaiser leaves itself not only at the mercy of one carrier, but also al the mercy of one union in the eventuality of, a strike. When long- term contracts worth many millions of dollars are involved, a developer and processor wants lo leave as many channels open as possible. Long-haul pipelines may be the eventual answer to a problem of (his nature bill, as N. R. Crump, the re- tiring chairman of (lie CPR points out. these long-run, high-cost pipe- lines will require enormous volumes of Lrat'fic before they are feasible under present construction methods and standards. The supreme court's rulinf; may rally citizens in every community in Ibe west lo one side or the other. Many may argue there's a strong need for review and revamping of the Railway Act. Others will argue that while'the old Railway Acl is full of weaknesses and is outdated, the building of the proposed Koote- nay and Elk Railway is another step in the deterioration of Canadian au- tonomy. While the proposal for the Koote- nay and Elk Railway is still very sketchy at best, despite the ruling of the supreme court. Kaiser is awaiting some much larger develop- ments before the Kootenay and Elk line is more than just an idea. But it is now a stronger idea than it was last week. All is not lost The Alberta Historic Productions society was naturally disappointed when their application lor financial assistance from the Opportunities for Youth program was rejected, but the idea of presenting a pageant shouldn't be abandoned. The produc- tion, The Sight, the Sound and the Fury, based on historical incidents of early southern Alberta was lo have B trial run this summer, preceding the centennial celebrations coming Now, with little or no funds to work with the organization is left to it's own resourcefulness in staging the pageant. This may, in the long run, be a blessing in disguise. Volunteers will now be called upon to help with the planning the costuming and sound effects, as well as the acting. And never let it be said that Lethbridge is short on this type of talent. At present local enthusiasm isn't exactly bubbling over for this proj- ect, but them more people become involved in it the more interest it will generate. While it would have been nice to have the OFY financial assistance thereby avoiding all kinds of headaches and hard work for the directors, it's probably just as well it wasn't received this year. Money, when it's in a local presentation this nature tends not to spark the same amount of involvement. It" this year's endeavor goes over well with local citizens and inter- ested tourists, perhaps next year the the OFY will give more considera- tion to another application. The funds would come at the appropriate time when other centennary events are being publicized. At that time finan- cial assistance for a more finished product would come in very handy indeed. Accountability Do we expect a measure of frustra- tion among the membership of the Alberta School Trustees Association? Are some trustees acting (he poli- tician who always feels compelled to have something urgent to say when nothing urgent could be done about it? Tlie question before the Zone 6 meeting of the Alberta School Trus- tees Association was accountability. A majority of the membership felt that unless they place more em- phasis on accounting to the public for the money they spend, they may face more takeover of responsibili- ties by the province. While the tliinking of the trustees is lo he commended, it is by no means new. And, because there were no firm stands taken on accountabi- lity, the proposal must be regarded as being in a continuing discussion stage. The trustees find themselves in Die position of already being far too much at the mercy of the province. They can't give a final approval to a budget, a new building or new equipment without authorization first being received from the department of education. In addition, the trustees are handcuffed to that highly-organ- ized and ivell disciplined Alberta Teachers Association. Accountability! It's been long over- due. The trustees are to be com- mended for whatever effort they ex- tend. Learning about ourselves By Sam Kounosu Learning Is the essence of any educa- tional process. It is unfortunate that there is a tendency to mistake education as a process that consists wholly of teaching. This teaching minimizes Hie most impor- tant role of educators as the ones help others to learn and makes us think of them as the ones who tell students what Is to be memorized. Another unfortunate connotation of teaching is that it aims at no more than acquisition of knowledge, analogous to tha accumulation of money in a bank account. Naively one may think lhat the more ro know bits of information the better wo can respond to the needs of our life in- dividually nnd socially. However, ihis as- sumption happens nol lo be correct. Spectacular successes in modern sci- ences, particularly of atomic and nuclear physics are often laken as a part of (ho knowledge explosion. But closer examina- tion of the development in modern sciences reveals that they arc Ihe direct rcsnlls of recognition of our prejudices, mistakes nnd above nil the limits of our knowledge. For example, the physics of the atomic world is based on Ihc recognition lhat cer- tain things are impossible lo know. It is not knowledge about the world of atoms but rather il is recognilion of the nature and limit of our undcrslanding. Socrnlos said "know (hv self" as n goal learning sinnr C-.mrand nnd modern physics .Six'rnlcs was right. We learned about the basic ig- norance of ourselves, not the nature of alorns. The same happened in Relativity, which Iclls more about the nature of liuman knowledge than about the nature of the universe. Recent developments in Information Theory have indicated (he principle of maximum ignorance, which is found to bo applicable tn wide areas of natural and so- cial phenomena. Again ibis theory concerns itself more with the nature of human knowledge than vilh things. If 1 venture lo draw educational impli- cations from thc.se developments though I hey are admittedly scanty evidences and somevuial subject to debalc I would sug- gest the following and ask for some re- sponse: Kducalion should Iw1 centred around learning about (nirseU'cs. It is not a mai- ler of knowing more about U'ings, reciting classical lilerature or .orizing formu- las in physics, but undcrslanding ourselves. 1 might add that there arc many prob- lems concerning ourselves, such as our atti- tudes nnd hehnvior lowards our environ- ment; relation lo other people, relation lo nature yet we have nol. gained nde- oualo undiTslnnding of ourselves. The en- vironmental problems no face today cim- .slilulr Ihc niosl mipnrlanl In nur liri'.vnl (lav education Our Survival is .sUikc! Trying to govern without sentiment It lias been one of the great, slrcnglhs and weaknesses of Prime Min- ister Tiiideau that lie has tried to govern without sentiment. He has not been unaware, as his opponents sometimes pre- tend, of the problems jind feel- ings of individual Canmlijms, but he has deliberately tried to ignore the feelings in an effort to cope with the problems more ralionally. As a result, the government's concern for Canadians lias been expressed at times in ways that seem unnecessarily callous. The policy that most clearly expresses this characteristic of the Trudeau government, in the minds of many Canadians, is the relatively successful effort to control inflation. Here the prime minister recognized and accepted (hat higher unemploy- ment be one OL: the side effects. It was not an illogical result of flic government's policy and logic had to prevail. The government's plan to re- distribute family allowances in favor of poorer families has also been described, paradoxi- cally, as another example of cruel concern. The government appears to believe that its plan is so eminently "sensible" that it can afford to ignore the sensi- bilities of middle-income fami- lies who will lose money under the proposed scheme. This lias always been a char- acteristicof Trudean's ap- proach to the problems of soci- ety. In Quebec, before he entered federal politics, he used to scorn the "sentimentality" of the sep- aratists, and to urge French- speaking Canadians to look at their p r o b I e :TI s realistically. Since 19G8, he has asked all Ca- nadians to practise his philoso- phy. He has put it to Canadians on a take-if-or-leave-it basis. As ho has often said, a government "has to, on balance, make what it believes is the best choice and then it's up to the citizens to throw it out if the choices are not satisfactory." No one can argue with this as nn exposition of political sci- ence, but many Canadians have been irritated by it. An intellectual has an obliga- tion lo make a dispassionate analysis of society. A political leader must give his people something more. He cannot afford lo ignore feelings while treating prob- lems. He is not only society's suvgeun but its nurse. The prime minister's three- day tour of northern Alberta which ended on the weekend will be rememberer! as a time when he removed the surgeon's mask and listened to the people. In the town of Edson on the highway between Edmonton and Letters to the editor "Justin just said his first the election, the Rockies, the president of tho local high school students' union presented a brief which con- tained Hie familiar complaint about the substitution of the in- ternational term "police" for the traditional "RCMP" insig- nia. This was cited as another example "of the government's concessions to Quebec which arc fending to alienate the west." The prime minister was asked to promise that will lie no further changes downgrading the name HCMP and deleting its history." In the past few months, Tru- deau has absolutely rejected this interpretation of his policy, lie has stated that the change was an administrative decision taken in 1368 by the RCMP, that it made common sense and that it was illogical and malicious lo inlerprefc it as an anti-monarch- ist move by French-speaking Canadians in the cabinet. When Trudeau went to the meeting in Edson his rational explanation was as sound as ever. No one had been able Lo contracMcl it. But this time, the prime minister reversed his pol- icy. He stopped flie program of re- placing the RCMP insignia on cars and buildings simply he- cause Loo many people felt that it was wrong. The decision was made illogi- cally and in haste the week be- fore the prime minister arrived in Alberta, an advance team from Ottawa having been aston- ished at the strength of popular opposition lo the insignia change. Merchants in EOson had collected Ihousands of sig- natures on petitions displayed in their stores. Alberta news- papers were filled with angry letters Lo their editors. It was known that the students were planning lo include the question in their brief to the prime min- ister. The decision was taken by the cabinet a few hours before (he prime minister flew Lo Albcrla. There is no way that the prime minister can Justify the decision by his own philosophy. It was based on emotion and patently political. It was also undoubtedly the right decision. II could signify the beginning of a deliberate attempt by the prime minister to tell Canadians that 'he understands that gov- ernment sometimes has to rely on feel and touch and instinct and even emotion. (Toronto Star Syndicate) Herald writer does not know what lie is talking about I would like lo take issue with Mr. Caldwell on his views of religion. In order to talk about truth one has to know something about it. Mr. Cald- well certainly is not qualified when religion is the subject. He does not know what lie is talking about and I feel sorry for him. I am one of those fools Mr. Caldwell referred to. Fools like me do not caff creation God, claim it is His. We fools find that God created (lie world beautifully, but part of it (mankind) wanted it separated from Cod. The result is greedi- ness, envy, selfishness, murder, etc. etc. Mr. Caldwell's theory leads to the fate of man being directed by man himself but Itien of course, he should also accept the results wars, 7-cvolL'tions, murder ami des- truction of this world. It is not pleasant to live with, but this was his choice. It is not true that Jesus Christ was something new. He was already before creation, and in the Old Testament His coming was foretold many times over. But of course Mr. Caldwell cannot know this, be- cause he does not know the truth, he does not care, he does not want to try to find out more about this truth. When Mr. Caldwell would not accept that God can claim everything, that is his opinion. But even in this world the rule is: you created something and all bills are paid, it is your privilege to do wilh it as you please. But of course Mr. Cald- well cannot understand this, because he won't see or hear about the truth. When an architect who is a Naturalists and hunters should agree The writer of the Outdoors column appears to be tying ir.io naturalists because certain mu- nicipal districts in Alberta have seen fit In prolect them- selves against damages inflict- ed by irresponsible hunters by prohibiting fme arms in their particular area. The writ- cr, I would imagine, is a "good" hunter i.e. he closes gales behind him. asks for per- mission to hunt, doesn'l cut flown fences, [ear down stacks or set them ablaze. leave liquor bottles scattered around the country, shoot live- stock and buildings. "Sound" shoot, etc. I don't imagine most landowners mind a re- sponsible person of this type on their land. However. 1 can't understand why the naluralisls are the object of his ire just because all hunters don't lie- have in this responsible way. Me made some interesting Klalcmcnls about naturalists "destroying ecological biosys- terns." I might point out here Shaken out of apathy Mr. Caldwell used his shock ladies in his column on reli- gion and shook me out of my apathy. If he really believes what ho Writes I feel sorry for him. So what if like Santa Claus is (lie adult version (hat keeps .society in line, is this so terri- ble? Can you name me a set of laws or beliefs lhal inn (In il more effectively wilhoul .so little barm lo person or prop crly? If it's n crulcli lo lean on in imies of (rouble Ihcn it's fil- ling a need oft times very great. As far as gasping our last and that's the end nf il I have more than once rend of people literally dead and after being revived stale tliey wero able lo look down on Ihcir earthly body. Being the son of a Jo.vus had lo build himself up n bit. you say Pshaw, lie look Ilic decisive Mcp nf Ihi' servant Messiah br- I'auso ho know this was vvhcin be could do I IT most good, o> en Ihoiigh he knew Ibc very deplhs of anguish and human misery wore at Lbe end of it. It is Je.sus in his hour of great- est agony who asks "My Cod why hast thou forsaken me.'1 Jf Je.stis lias n questioning moment ihc-n we musi excuse him who is of little faith. 1) HAWTHORNE. CJarrsliolm SV; They Say The cold, hard nnd cruel Irony of it al) is that South Vietnam would have been hel- ler off losing lo Hanoi than win- ning wilh us. (iaylor'd Nelson, D-Wis., introducing a bill calling for Ihe Nalional Academy of Sci- ences to conduct a sludy of llic ecological damage caused by Ibc United Kink's in .South- east Asia. lhat I haven't heard of any na- turalist group organizing "pre- dator hunts, hanging the heads of the big carnivores (vi- tal links in (be ecosystems) on Hieir walls, or importing exo- tic species info an area (with the exception of Ihc European starling a disaster for na- tive The human huiiL- er wilh all Ins technology his mechanical mobility, and his high powered killing ma- cliines does more to wreck the ecosystem than even the "fuzzy minded parlor natur- alist" who chooses lo observe Ibe ecosystem rather than blun- der around in it. While we naturalists and l.lm hunlers do have differences of opinion, it must be emphasized Hint we have many similar goals the protection of our national parks against mind- less destruction by commercial interests.' the selling aside and preservation o f wilderness areas; the never ending batlle for clean air and water and protection of the landscape. In these areas we have common interests, nnd while we may take pot shol-s at each other occasionally, it is vital that wo .support each other in our com- mon areas of concern. 1 might add that Mr. Tlalla has a poinl. Naturalists (not lo be confused wilh lourisls) can also be a lilfcring nuisance, f imagine a pair of field glasses in the wrong hands can be as disastrous ns a fire-arm. Mayho they .should also he bound by legislation! wealthy man agrees to create a beautiful project, and gives this to a comrmmily with no strings attached ancl later this project is completely des- troyed by the people, are we going to blame the man who created this? Mr. Caldwell just about hit the nail on the head with his final remark but fails to put (his in the right place. I would read it as follows: those who follow the rule set by God, their creator, will find happi- ness and peace. This leads to iieaven and lasting peace. Those who follow opposite paths are not finding happiness and peace. I would only like lo know why would anyone want to live in tlus world if il: has no pur- pose? Did Mr. Caldwell just happen to join this rat race, just to experience (Jie misery and suffering? What an empty life Mr. Caldwell must have, working all his life here and no purpose, no destination or hope. Pity the man. Looking Through The Hcrahl 1922 "Father's night- shirt" is coming back. They call it the "trouserless pyja- nia." Its double row of frog fasteners is called especially smarl in confused shades of heliotrope, elephant's breath grey, or pale lemon, and fre- quently has a shawlish collar of contrasting color and rag lau sleeves. 1932 The A. Bates Ser- vice (7roccry and J. A. John- son in North Lcthbridge have joined Ihc Hed and While or- ganization and will continue lo do business under lhat name. IW2 Locally grown aspar- Is the reason why so many people are joining the welfare force because they do not see any purpose in working? Do people commit suicide be- cause they have nothing to live for? Astronauts when In orbit also had different opinions. The Russian could nol sec God but the American saw God all over and praised his Creator, and was thankful that he could ex- plore pavt of this creation. Mr. Caldwell should try to under- stand the truth, but never try to take the scat of The Creator. God knows what is good lor us, we simply have the choice of accepting or rejecting. Let us stop fooling ourselves. We all have to give an account of our doings, here and now. There was once a poor man and a rich man. The latter though! he had the world hv Ihe tail until the time arrived when he found out different, but that was just loo laic D. BIENTEMA Lelhbridgc. backward agus is now on sale In Lclh- bridge stores and it is ed soon that locally grown spin- ach will be offered for sale in week or ten days. 1952 The square dance ''come-back" reached 3 new high Saturday in Calgary when dancers from many pninls in Albcrla as well as several squares from Montana and one from Saskatchewan participat- ed in the "biggest dance round- up" ever iiuld in Canada The firsl all-Canadian Aberdeen Angus show and sale ever held in Canada is sched- uled for Ihc Exhibition Pavilion Monday and Tuesday. 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