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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD May 1974 Budget baiting Federal budgets are always of great interest. The one slated to be brought down on Monday is of greater interest than ususal. On it hinges the fate of the present government. while there will be the normal feelings of elation or deflation attendant on all budgets they will tend to be muted and tentative. Nobody can count on being hurt or helped by the budget until it is clear how the New Democratic Party will vote on it. There is a widespread assumption that an election is in the offing no matter what kind of budget Finance Minister John Turner brings down. The indications have all been that the NDP MPs are determined to end their alliance with the Liberals. Yet the manner of the prime minister suggests that the budget may have some provisions that will make it extremely difficult for NDP members to vote against them. If the budget contains a much better deal for low-income higher old age closing of more loopholes for the and the it is obvious that the New Democrats will be in an embarrassing position. Rejecting a budget which in many ways embodies NDP philosophy and objectives would allow the Liberals and for that the too to hurt the NDP in an election. The campaign taunting by the other candidates would certainly put the NDP hopefuls on the defensive. Thus there may well be some second thoughts about forcing an election. NDP reactions on Monday night could be of as great interest as the budget itself. Turkish-Greek dispute Old disputes seldom die. They lie dormant for years only to surface in a different disguise at the first opportune moment. The old Greek-Turkish conflict has reached such a point now and if a solution is not may get out of hand again. Resentment has been building up for some time between the two nations over of which the oil dispute is but one in a series. When Greece announced recently the discovery of oil and natural gas off its island Tnassos in the northern Aegean Sea. Turkey promptly reported its intention to go ahead with drilling operations off this Greek island. Greece protested and claimed sovereign rights over the whole Aegean region including the seabed. Turkey retorted that the Aegean Sea is not a Greek lake and that Turkey has no intention of accepting the islands as a line defining Greece's continental shelf. Turkey accuses the Greeks of troop movements along the Turkish border and views suspiciously the fortification of Greek islands and purchase of sophisticated weapons. The prevailing view in Ankara seems to be that the Greek junta finds it necessary to provoke an anti-Turkish campaign in order to divert attention from internal problems. Whatever the reasons behind the hostilities the oil situation must be a powerful incentive to both. To a weak economy such as Greece's or Turkey's the oil find would present a tremendous boost but co-operation could prove more beneficial than bloodshed. How many worlds A new world has been born. It did not arise from some cataclysmic astronomical nor did it spring from an imagination shrewd enough to have blossomed in the wasteland of interdisciplinary thought. It in a logical and predictable event and it seems to have come to public attention during the UN General Assembly special session on the world economic crisis. During this meeting the loose amalgam of non-aligned nations which has called itself the Third World was seen to have been shattered from within and in the ensuing economic shock to continue the metaphor of a Fourth World was noticed to have broken otf and to have assumed a planetary position as satellite to its former host. In other some of the countries ol the original Third viewed in the light of very contemporary can be classified among the while others still have not. The Fourth World WEEKEND MEDITATION contains these poor nations of the the the economically the the the doomed. These are the countries without raw materials to trade for whose shortfall of which will just about equal the amount North Americans use on their golf courses and will result in widespread malnutrition and starvation. This terminological business of Third and Fourth Worlds is mathematically silly Where are the First and Second1' More than it is also a dangerous bit semantics. It may simplify dialogue to use such but there has' already been too much dialogue and too little action. And it helps to conceal the actuality that this planet is a single world with a single destiny and the problems of one nation are the problems ol whether they know it or not. There is no Fourth or Third or for that matter. There is only one. The loveliest work of man Second only to the Matthew Arnold no mean critic called the Imitation of Christ the most exquisite document inspired by the Christian spirit. St. Francis de Sales maintained that Author is the Holy Fontenelle considered that the Bible was but that the Imitation was finest book ever issued from the hand of Next to the Bible it is the world's best seller in Christian and even in pagan countries it has been widely sold in its editions and translations. Written by a Dutch Thomas a it is a work of great beauty and amazing power of spiritual intensity and understanding. No other work except the New Testament so meets the moods of the soul of man. Written with the Imitation nevertheless lays bare the sinful tendencies of man and meets his needs with insight and comfort. Ignatius Loyola read two chapters of it daily and Charles Kingsley called it school of many a noble Written in the early part of the 15th it is contemporary and relevant. Listen to some of its He is truly great who has great love. He is truly learned that doeth the will of God and forsaketh his own will. The proud and covetous can never rest. True quietness of heart is gotten by resisting our not by obeying them. The humble enjoy continual peace. Fly the tumult of the world as much as thou canst. You will not find rest unless you give your heart to God. In the morning fix thy good and at night examine thyself what thou hast done. Never be entirely but either be or or or or endeavoring something for the public good. Love feels no thinks nothing of trouble. God alone is everlasting and of infinite the true joy of the heart. What is more quiet than the single and who is more free than he that desireth nothing upon Jesus has many lovers of his heavenly but few bearers of his cross. All endure anything for him. There is no salvation of the nor hope of everlasting but in the cross. Seek true not in but in not in men nor any other but in God alone. My rest thy heart firmly on the Lord and fear not the judgment of men. Lament and grieve that thou art so unwatchful over thy outward so often entangled with many vain so much inclined to outward so negligent in things inward and so prompt to ease and pleasures of the so dull to strictness of life and so eager about so deaf to the word of so joyful in so weak in so often making good yet bring them to so poor effect. My rest thy heart firmly on the Lord and fear not the judgment of men. The most part of men are given to talk much and therefore little trust is to be placed in them. Moreover also to satisfy all is not possible. Peace is what all but all do not care for the things that pertain unto true peace. Wherein does true peace Choose always to have less rather than more. Seek always the lowest place and to be beneath every one. Wish and that the will of God may be wholly fulfilled in thee. By two wings is man lifted above earthly even by simplicity and purity. Simplicity ought to be in the purity in the affection. Simplicity reaches toward purity apprehends him and tastes him. If thou wert good and pure then wouldst thou look upon all things without hurt and understand them aright. From a pure heart proceeds the fruit of a good life. All that is not of God shall perish. There no If 0 Lord withdraw thy hand. No wltdom availeth if thou cease to guide. No courage helpeth il thou leave off to defend. No chastity Is if thou do not protect It. Thomas a Kempis. we may have time for a three-day vacation between strikes. Arab cold war deepens By Joseph syndicated commentator BEIRUT The Arab cold war is an old term which has suddenly and for perhaps the first time acquired true relevance. For Egypt and Saudi Arabia are going out of their way to pick a fight with the Soviet Union. The other Arab states are being obliged to take up and at first blush it looks like clean up time for the United States. But it is a deep ques- tion whether Washington should court a showdown with Moscow here in the Middle East for the sake of President Sadat and King Faisal. The Egyptian of has been the leading actor in the Arab cold war. The sun never seems to set on the Nile without Mr. Sadat slamming the Russians at least once in an interview with the American or German or Lebanese press. In the course of these interviews he has intimated that the Russians tried to trick the Arabs into calling off the October war both before it started and in the first hours. He has likened the Russians to merchants of interested in making arms available to the Arabs only for the money. He has asserted that the Russians kept a terribly tight string on their arms shipments. He has even protested that they left Egypt with its and its King Faisal has not been so public in his thrusts against the Soviet Union. But he and President Sadat have been working hand in hand ever since the October war. Moreover he is constantly lecturing visitors including Secretary of State Henry Kissinger about the evils of Communism. President Sadat and King Faisal have solid reasons for lining up against Moscow. Both men have long personal histories of antipathy toward the Communists. By stressing the anti- Communist theme they can embarrass other Arab regimes and movements which have in the past taken shots at the regimes in Cairo and Riyadh. Iraq and the more radical Syrians and Palestinians are already feeling the heat. A casual glance suggests that the United States has everything to gain and nothing to lose from the anti Communist campaign being waged by the Egyptians and Saudis. For one there is a lot of good business to be done in the Middle East. President Sadat and King Faisal are mainly responsible for lifting the oil boycott against the United States. They are steering a lot of other commerce to American firms particularly in the matter of arms and construction. Then there is the American diplomatic effort to make peace in the Middle East. Dr. Kissinger's labors and travels have been successful so far mainly because Cairo wanted the Americans not the French or the British or the Russians but the Americans to preside over the peace. there is a limit to how far the Egyptians and Saudis can usefully squeeze the Russians. The statements made by Party Secretary Leonid Brezhnev in welcoming Syrian President Hafez Assad to Moscow the other and the more recent declaration of the Warsaw Pact show that the Russians are hurting. If faced with a total shutout in the Middle the Russians could work on the Palestinians or the Syrians to prevent any settlement of the Arab Israeli conflict. Nor is it beyond Moscow's power to make trouble for the Egyptian and Saudi regimes. They are after exactly immune to criticism for their social and economic policies. On the United States needs to be wary in following the Egyptian and Saudi lead down the anti Communist path here in the Middle East. The Russians do have a peacemaking role to play. And in the economic and social struggle apt to follow any settlement between the Arabs and the great power allied with President Sadat and King Faisal is not necessarily going to be on the winning side. Government action examined By Dian syndicated commentator Recently John Turner said something about economics which makes sense. He said that the high cost of living is going to get higher and there is no remedy in sight. He is right about that. But he also said the government has already taken steps to protect the country from the effects of rising costs. He is very wrong about that. And everybody in this country who earns a living knows Turner is wrong. Turner offers three objectives of his government to defend his case and they deserve examination. 1. Increasing disposable income. Undoubtedly a correct response but one the government has not made any serious attempt to implement. Ask a pensioner how he pays a increase In fuel costs with more pension money. Ask the working those hundreds of thousands of Canadians who work but earn less than subsistence income. Turner tells us that collectively we are seven per cent better off than last year. That is an accurate statistic but it took more workers to generate that extra money. The average wage earner actually has one per cent less income than a year ago. 2. Subsidizing producers. A noble to keep the return to producers high without putting the burden on consumers. milk and beef were all subsidized but in addition to the subsidies paid out of taxes the price to the consumer also rose. All three products are produced significantly more cheaply in the U.S. The Canadian consumer is not allowed to benefit from that. U.S. beef has been banned altogether. the government because that is the fondest wish of western but because U.S. producers use a hormone which may cause cancer. That coming as it did after months of pleas by the cattlemen to ban American beef has been greeted with the skepticism it deserved. The Montreal Star would no doubt be churlish to imagine that anything less than a keen regard for the health of Canadians led the federal government to ban beef containing the hormone DES. But the timing of the ban contains such an element of political convenience that it is hard to suspect that its aim is just as much to protect Canadians against cheap steaks as against The Minister of Agriculture Eugene Whelan even admitted he hoped beef prices would rise by 20 cents a pound. That hardly fits in with Turner's third objective. 3. Encouraging an increase in supply. Of Certainly not beef and milk. The government's recent agricultural decisions encourage inefficiency more than they encourage supply. Let's take a look at something which affects us Housing. Costs are increasing at an alarming rate but Ottawa has taken no action to increase the supply. In fact the minister in charge of Ron has insisted that the 11 per cent federal tax on building supplies must stay. Basford's perverse reasoning goes like the tax was taken the cost of houses would go down. That would increase demand and force prices even higher. So the 11 per cent tax is anti inflationary.'1 Unfortunately Mr. Basford-'s logic is not considered perverse in the federal cabinet. It is true that no government can protect all Canadians from all inflation. But most Canadians can be protected from the worst effects of inflation. The present government has simply chosen not to do so. THE CASSEROLE A Florida man who won for setting a new world record in a spaghetti eating will spend most of his prize to pay for a hospital weight-reducing program. There's just got to be a message there The government in Ottawa has finally aorpoH nav thp interest on tax overpayments as it charges on taxes owing. seems to me only fair that the two rates be brought into said Revenue Minister in a rather belated discovery. if fairness is to be the shouldn't there be some kind of a penalty with proceeds to the of course when the revenuers are tardy with their Letters Contributions needed Every day we learn some portentous news about the scourge of famine or immi- nent starvation which has visited various parts of the globe. Persistent drought has been exacting an appalling daily toll of hundreds and thousands of people in Sub Saharan Africa and Ethiopia. and acute shortages of fertilizers and fuel indispensible for maintaining irrigation works have combined to cast an ominous shadow on the life of countless multitudes in the and cities of and Bangladesh. The president of the Food and Agriculture Organization has warned recently that several million people will inexorably perish by the end of this year if no adequate assistance from the rich countries is forthcoming. What do the citizens of this immense well endowed with all kinds of natural resources and equipped with high do to help the nations stricken by these Shall we relish our delicious sip our favored and enjoy our thrilling entertainment completely indifferent to the fate of millions of human beings who are bound to be wiped out by dreadful Do we not feel any obligation towards those thousands of emaciated whose unfortunate parents cannot provide enough food and We must not try to look for an easy excuse for our lack of concern for those in by saying that it is somebody else's business to help foreign countries. Our federal government does provide financial and material assistance to poor nations. The size of this is still below the target of one per cent of our GNP set in the last decade. this foreign aid is designed for developmental purposes and not for emergency such as is clearly arising today. And besides official foreign aid is not enough to deal with an impending doom. If we feel truly concerned with the terrible plight of the miserable villagers and city who through no fault of their are now suffering from the lack of the bare necessities and are facing a we cannot stand idle amidst the tragedy. This is particularly so with the residents of Alberta. We have everything in great copious high quality spacious and ingeneous gadgetry. This year we are going to reap a windfall profit in the form of billions of dollars bounty from our rich land. Would it not be only just and fair if we cared to share some of our tremendous wealth precisely with those nations who are the chief victims of the world wide oil and food Why should we not rise to the occasion and stretch out our helping hand to those who now are in urgent need of our Every year before Christmas the fund raising campaign Cup of launched by has met with an and generous response of the residents of Southern Alberta. Now is the time for a similar outpouring of generosity to provide food for countries threatened with imminent famine. Let us give promptly and generously right now to one of the international agencies geared to give help such 97 Eglinton Ave. E. 63 Sparks St. Ottawa KlP 5A6 or the WORLD DEVEL- OPMENT FUND of the churches in Canada. I. J. ADEL- CZLOWIEKOWSKI Lethbridge Ruthless operation If the people of Alberta sometimes wonder why our rivers run so dirty at this time of they can find a prime example at the International Border on the Chief Mountain Highway. There the Shell Oil Company is moving a heavy drilling rig away from an exploration site 2000 feet inside the Provincial Forest down the international border line onto the National Park highway and hence seven miles to the industrial road cut off inside tije Indian timber limit on Belly River. They are doing this with the blessing of the department of lands and forests of the International Boundary Commission and the Waterton Lakes Park administration. The whole operation puts a question on the intelligence of administrators in every government department named. It put the lie to many statements made by the minister of the environment and also to alleged Parks policy. For the road presently being used is eroded down to a ditch lined with muck a ditch from 15 to 20 feet wide and up to six feet deep. As recent snow melted and heavy machinery moved down the slope soupy mud moved with until now it lies all over the road at the International gateway a good foot deep. Heavy mud lies on the road down past the Canadian Customs office for about a mile. There are hundreds of tons more of it lying on the slope waiting for a rain to wash it down. Possible damage could be enormous. This kind of ruthless operation is typical of many such incidents that have occurred for similar reasons all over Alberta for many years. It is the reason why environmentally conscious people become completely unreasonable where industry is concerned. The whole unsightly and dangerous mess has occurred at a time when the highway is about to be opened for a busy tourist season. If a heavy rain should as often happens at this time of the tourist traffic will be most certainly affected. Shell Oil Company has promised to rehabilitate the something that is not humanly possible at this time of year. When and if repairs can be the lack of principle and foresight cannot be for neither the company concerned or the park administration has shown anything like good judgement in allowing this to happen. It is bad environmental management and very poor public besides being very costly. To have it concern a National Parks highway is inexcusable. ANDY RUSSELL Waterton Lakes Park Petty national ties In The April Mr. Burke's article on monarchy is astonishing. So Henry VIII was last truly English Why not Harold II by what after how many did the descendants of William the Conqueror become But what difference does it Our present royal which adopted the name of Windsor in 1917 during the Second World by being neither truly English nor truly German nor truly French nor truly transcends the pettiest of national ties and reminds all of us that those who are truly human do not judge others by their language or place of birth. Such an attitude among Canadians is essential to the existence of Canada. 'NEMO NUSQUAM' Foremost The Lethbridge Herald 504 St. S. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Ciais Mail Registration NO. 0012 CLEO Editor and Publisher DON H PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. DORAM General Manager ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M. 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