Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 IHt IETHDRIDGE HERALD Monday, Mciy 8, 1972 Bruce Hutchison Our Artful Dodger That dreaded time hns come and gone again. The T-l tax forms have been filled out and mailed away Ihe extra amount we still owed the lax collector which wasn't deducted at the source. And when (he forms were completed and signed it prob- ably came iin a shock to many Cana- dians io realize that they had been working two or three months lor the last the Big Time Spenders be- tore they started earning for them- selves. We all realize that taxes are a way of fife. We are even grateful to be able to live in a country where taxes buy so many benefits. And re- cently the head tax people were fair enough to update the tax system, promising that Ihe "reforms" wilt make our smiles a little broader when next spring, we once again fill out our T-l forms. But since the new tax laws have proved to be mind-boggling even to taxation experts, Ihe government wilt pardon us if. skeptically, we wail, to see just broad our smiles will be. Tax assessors seem to have a way of putting a cents in one pocket while skilfully sneaking it nut of another. There is one thing the taxpayer is up against and no relief is outlined in Ihe reforms to change the picture; the tax system, past and present, is definitely loaded in favor of the tax collector and the official spender. Taxpayers' money, for example may be in government hands for months, perhaps years in some cases, but is refunded without interest. On the other hand if the taxpayer is even a few days late with his cheque he is confronted with demands for in- terest and penalties. Cut the paramount question re- mains unanswered. More important even than the tax method or the tax volume is the lax value. Is the tax- payer's money spent carefully and reluctantly, or is it squandered? He wouldn't mind paying so heavily if he felt every dollar was usefully em- ployed, lie "will never get (hat reas- surance, but still il should be the ob- jective of everyone handling that dol- lar. Revival of streetcars With a worrisome percentage air pollution in large cities caused by bus and car exhaust fumes, city fathers are racking Ilieir brains Io come up with measures of control. Car manufacturers have been order- ed to devise cleaner cars, but to date their product is just as pollulive as it has ever been. In the meantime, resourceful citi- zens concerned with the plight of Ihe atmosphere are more and more tak- ing to cycling. Cyclists find they not only can travel quickly to their des- tination but also the exercise is good for them. And delighted bicycle shop owners say that for the first time in decades they can't keep enough bikes on hand to meet the demand. In Toronto, where traffic conges- lion is another byproduct of the mo- tor age, a desperate city council de- cided to dust off and shine up the old street cars which were placed in mothballs a decade and more ago. Once even' three days a maroon and white elephant, lumbers out of Tor- onto's transit shop fresh from a face lifting ajid good for another ten years. Fifty will be renovated this year, and eventually all 400 will be back in service. Reluming to streetcars may seem a regressive step in our supposedly enlightened age. but after considera- tion this is a sensible idea. Street- cars are clean and quiet, and they can carry more people than buses. Most cities in Nortii America long ago put their streetcars to pasture. Some even thoughtlessly got rid of them. But with the traffic problem and murky polluted skies showing no signs of casing, it's likely a close watch will be kept on Toronto to see hnw their "new" transit experiment will work out. There seems to be a lesson in this it be things which are old aren't neces- sarily useless? ART BUCHWALD Countdown, for Kissinger WASHINGTON The White House has announced that Henry Kissinger re- cently returned from a secret trip to the moon. Hon Heglcr said that Kissinger was the fourth crewman on Apollo 16 and spent 20 hours exploring the moon for President Nixon, v.ho plans to go there just before Election Day. How Kissinger managed to pull it off is one of the best news stories of our time. The White House had announced that Mr. Kissinger was going to Hollywood to at- tend the 1972 presentation of the Academy Awards. When he did not show up at the awards, the western White House at San Clemente said he had a cold and was being nursed back to health at the home of Tuesday Weld. A check at Tuesday Weld's house reveal- ed that Kissinger had left on Wednesday with his girl. Friday, but no one knew where he had gone. A rumor started hy Ihe CIA Indicated that Kissinger had returned to Peking to pick up his dry cleaning. But Chou Kn-lai's press secretary said he hadn't seen Kis- singer in weeks, and if he was in Peking the Chinese didn't know alioul it. The White House correspondents started pressing Ziegler as to Kissinger's where- abouts. Ziegler -said with a straight face, "He went to Moscow to talk to the people in the Kremlin about President Xixon's trip.'1 This Rounded logical, but when Ihe Wash- ington newspaper, magazine awl TV pcoplo checked wilh their Moscow correspondents, iney hit a stone wall. A press secretary for Rrczbncv .said no one had seen Kissinger in Moscow and, as far as the Soviets knew, lie hadn't been Io Leningrad or Kiev, oilhtr. Now angry, the White House correspon- dent.'; attacked Ziepjcr for lying to them. Ziegler said he had made a mi.slake and that Kissinger was really In Paris holding secret talks with the North Vietnamese del- egation. While the American press was being led on the wild goose chase, Kissinger was douTi at Cape Kennedy dressed in white coveralls, disguised as one of the workers who would help the astronauts into Apollo 1G. Al the last minute, just before the hatch was closed, Kissinger jumped into the cap- sule and said, "I am on a secret mission for the president Let's get out of here.'' The who hadn't been in on Ihe plan, protested that there wasn't enough food for four men on the spacg journey. "Don't Kissinger said, holding up a bottle of orange juice. "I brought my own 'Tang.' they were hurtling toward the moon, Kissinger briefed the astronauts on what they were to do lie told them to go about their business on the moon as if nothing had happened, under no condition were they to focus their TV cameras on him, and while they were picking up rocks and going through Ihe motions of setting up scientific cxperimenls, he would make arrangements for the president's visit to tlie moon. The astronauts played their parts perfect- ly, and there wasn't one person watching TV who suspected that Kissinger was on tlie moon at (he same lime as (he Apollo 1G mission. The only time the secret was endangered was when Kissinger tripped over a wire on the moon and messed up a million dol- lar experiment. Fortunately all spacesuits look alike, and everbody thought it was astronaut .lohn Young who goofed. On (lie way hack, Kissinger splashed down by parachute into Key Biscayne and was picked up mil of fho water hy Hebe It was only afler Kissinger made a full reporl Io the President that Ziegler ad- inillcd In Henry's true whcraibonls for Ihe past If) days. Thanks to one of Ihe best kept secrets of the decade, Ziegler con- firmed (hat the president would be ahla Io HO Io Ihe moon tins fall as scheduled. (Toronto Slar Syndicate) First and last Hy DOUR Unlkor our daiiRlil.cr .fomino Howrcy pro- No doiihl 1m susprclrd novor having Western world cannot grasp Asia's woes AS Joseph Stalin once saiil J to Winston Churchill, the tragedy of an individual closo at jiaud is poignant and touch- es the hardest heart, but when millions die in some remote disaster they ure only statistics and move no one While this dictum came from a monster who had ceased Io he a man, contemporary ev- ents seem to confirm it The statistics of famine, misery and violent death have poured in from Bangladesh, Vietnam and elsewhere but they do not seriously disturb the Western world because it simply cannot grasp them. Pily is deep and automatic in every normal man but always very narrow. A wise nature has insulated us from the unbearable lest we all go mad. Neither printed words, live television nor any literal Tact can break our protective, sheath. Only fiction, if it is per- ceptive enough, Jcaps the gulf between the fortunate and'the unfortunate of mankind. That, J suppose, Is why Ihe world's half-dozen great teachers sinca history began usually spoke in parables. Recently, In a modest but brilliant fashion, the same pro- cess has been used to bring the fact of Asia alive for North Americans. I am not concern- ed here with Agnes Newlon Keith's latest book, Beloved Exiles, as a literary work, though it is a vivid novel, fill- ed with deeply-etched charac- (ers and even deeper insights. Criticism must be left to the professional critics. But in practical politics such a book, written in Victoria, B.C., of all places, tells us more truth about the non-white ma- jority of our species and its prospects than any politician can put into words or any econ- omist Into figures. Thus a speech by Kobert McNamara, head of the World Bank, illus- trates the inferiority of fact to fiction as a channel of trulh. This able servant of hu- manity said the other day that "people in the richer countries do not comprehend the in- human conditions which char- acterize the lives of hundreds of millions, how severe is the global mal-distribution of in- come and how very little of their own increase in income rich nations would have to give Letters to the editor Recdity known to higher states of consciousness Once again we find ourselves In the midst of another con- troversy, precipitated this lima by Mr. Caldwell. Our hats are off to Mr. Caldwell for having tlie courage to slate his views publicly. Let us not forget that a severe penalty in store for those who dared to question the church and its authority not all that long ago. I teel quite safe in assuming that the conclusions advanced by him are not the result of a long and arduous study o[ the subject at hand, but that the article was in fact a per- sonal "swipe" at the present clay churches and their doc- trines. At any rate, the con- clusions at which he arrived arc not in keeping with mine which came from personal ex. perience. and not from long cherished and thereby bigoted traditional beliefs. Since the dawn of time man has pondered the perplexing question of the mystery of life. Is there in "reality a God. a greater power outside man himself? Is it possible that life extends beyond the borders of death? A simple yes or no will not give us the answer we seek, for here we run into Ihe prob- lem of semantics. For instance, to which God are we making reference? If we are referring Io the God presented by the orthodox religions then 1 must agree with Mr. Caldwell that indeed God is dead, for this particular being was no other than Hie creation of the church. As far as I could ever as- certain, this created entity sembles a kindly, retired old gentleman wilh long hair, and a long gray beard. He ap- parently sits high upon a gold- en throne and does little else but gaze benignly down upon our world, handing out punish- ment to all doers of evil, all the while showering love and kindness on those few who re- ligiously made their once a week trek down to their fav- orite church on the corner. And, T almost forgot, he also answers all of our prayers. High above and far removed from our earth world, beyond the astral and mental planes, beyond the reach of the senses Evidence for God found all around pared a lemon meringue pic fur Ihn firsl, timr. ;ifu.r OUT Ihrcn ycai's nf vintfc, hci' liu.'.liainl Chris Ilio liisloric .'ipproprialely, llo pot I ho r.imcrn nnrl n pidmr of Ihr pic. M'i'ji ;niy pip ;il Dm in J.-IM.S th.-il i! llu- tinu> il hi1 in Ins hnmc daiifilitprs often ihnr miil.licrs. Those of us who believe in God, according to Mr. Caldwell are believing in "nothing more than an adult version of Santa and we are highly fool- ish, blind, annoying, need a "crutch'1 and deny "known" facts. As a firm believer in God, after reading Mr. Caldwcll's su- perior wisdom. I am surprised that I have enough sense to type this letter. Who made Mr. Caldwell'.1 A scientific happening? Where did his parents come from? And theirs? And on back? (t am not talking about "Ihe birds and the but I am referring to original Whire did the first man come from, or was there ever a first? Did man ever have non-existence? What was the first cause? Every ef- fect must have an adequate cause. Did the automobile just evolve through millions of years of evolution? You mean to tell me someone built the automo- bile? But humans just camo here by mere chance! What was first dead mai- ler? or a living mind? Wlio Is more foolish the person who believes that dead, inanimalo mailer began life, or the person who believes (hat a living, el- c-rnal mind began life? Mr. Caldwell blandly claims: "Snicnrc can now make a baby In a lest tuhp." Really? 1 want more than his bare nssertion. Can ho send me the name and address of any human baby con- ceived and horn from a lest tube? Oh yes, scientists havo developed proloplasms wilh var- ious properlies of but what floes thai prove? II proves that living .scientisl.s wilh in- telligent minds produce, Hut, Mr, Caldwrll would have us believe f atheism Is a faith also) lhat the firsl, orig- inal life came from non liv- ing, non intelligent dead matter! Which is more reason- able? Arena site Just look at what they aro going Io do now. This city docs desperately need a larger arena. But just look where they intend pulling it. Practically at the end of the earth the Exhibition grounds. Far out of reach for most (if our city chil- dren. I am only a minority of one parent, but am bopping mad about this and disgusted. This T cannot see at all. Let's start thinking about the chil- dren of our city, rather Ihan just the city itself. Also if tlie downtown merchants were In hold a meeting and gel behind this project one bundled per cent, it would be a big help- not only for the children, but it would bring more business for them. Only they can do il. Rut will Ihey? If not there, tie the old location there's always the old Flcclwood school area, which is cily properly. I'm .sure the city could donate for such a worthy cause. II iint I hen I personally Mill walk my feel down to Ihe bone gel- ling a pclition up, and I won't at five hundred nnmcs 1 will keep going. I strongly be- lieve in Ihis. How about you Mr. nnd Mrs. Public? JF.NNIIO ANDERSON J.cllibridpc. Kditor's note: The location it! the arena lins not lirm M'l- llril. The Kxhlhllinn grounds is only nnc. M Jlio nllcmntlvrs. Mr. Caldwell stales: "A man named Jesus Christ existed, I am not disputing that fael." But his idea of Jesus is degrad- ing and dishonoring. He accuses Jesus of trickery, using "gim- outright lying, and gross deception of the people. No wonder his view of God is so distorted when he accuses God's Son of such un Christ-like qualities. Notice the language used by Mr. Caldwell Io prove his points. probably undoubtedly probably And he wants us to take his "probablys" over the witness of millions! Mr. Caldwell uses the time- worn dodge of wanting "con- crete" evidence to prove that Cod exists. Cm Mr. Caldwell show me 12 inches of kindness, Iwo pounds of gentleness, three feel of intelligence, and 10 ounces of love? Can be prove that they exisl by Ihe same "concrete" standard he wants "fiod" to be proven' The evi- dence for God is all around us. Thp. world the amazing hu- man body the unity of tho solar system all Ihcsc things show design, and a design proves a designer! An automo- bile proves an aulo-makcr; and a human proves a human-ma- ker, Ihe Creator. hi closing his column ha quotes (he Ilible. Why quote a hook written by a Being who clocs not exisl? If the Bible lies nbont (he existence of God, how does he know that it doesn't lio wherein he quoted it? This is typical of all infidels they will Ihe Riblc wherein it Miils Ilieir purpose, hut will call il a liar where il condemns Ilirm. DONALD Ji. GIVENS and mind the spiritual greats made a great discovery. Here they found a secret realm, the abode of the Supreme Creator! Nameless, unapproachable in thought, beyond all human comprehension, formless, yet capable of all forms, of such magnitude as to stagger the imagination, defying descrip- tion and all pervading, here was the One that all knowingly or unknowingly seek! Because of a lack of space it is best if we turn to "The Tiger's Fang" by Paul Switchell (or further descrip- tion of life as it exists in the higher worlds, beyond tlie sha- dow of death. I challenge Mr. Caldwell to read about and follow the Living Eck Master and the pain he places before him. For if we ever wish to discover the heavenly king- dom, the Ultimate Reality, then It is imperative that we have the aid of a living Master. There lias never been a single moment when a living Master was not present upon Ihis earth, forever pointing the way to the heavenly spheres and the ineffable happiness and joy lhat comes from dwelling in the higher realms. Is there a Greater Power? A life beyond the veil of death? I cannot prove it Each must do this for himself. But it can only be known by those who dwell in the higher states of consciousness. Baraka Bashad! May the blessings be. AL DENECKY Lelhbridge. Io help poor countries meet their minimal growth objec- tives." You can read that well-in- lenlioncd bul elephantine sen. tence wilh admiration for Mr. McNamara but without tha slightest sense of your personal involve ment. Anyone who reads it in the Western world is unlikely to miss a heart beat or a moment's sleep. Yet when Mrs. Keith puts the facts into an imaginary lale, based on her own hideous experience of wartime Asia, the most case- hardened reader feels them like a physical blow. At once the people or the Orient cease to be the statistics that bored Stalin and become fellow cre- atures whose tragedy, and comedy, move into the house next door. More than tragedy and com- edy, however. As actually hap- pened to Mrs. Keith, her hus- band and baby, the two be- loved exiles of Ihe author's im- agination the tor- lures of a Japanese prison camp Io understand, for the first lime, perhaps the largest and least-understood fact of our era. t It is that the while races are indeed a minority and that tlie majority is now beginning, only beginning, to imitate their vir- tues, their vices and their pow- er, with later results certain to mock all our Western.plans and prophecies. Or, as one of tho liberated prisoners says in Ihe book, Ihe Japanese lost the war bul the Asiatics did not. They are slill there, and multi- plying to ensure worse misery for themselves, and us. All this, of course. Is plati- tude and cliche, uttered so often that nobody listens any more, nobody except a few tor- tured Westerners like Mr. Mc- and our own Lester Pearson. One of these days we shall have to lislen all tho same. If distant misery on a Jnacrocosmic scale cannot pierce our protective shield its consequences will, not long hence. What happens, for example, when the poor and swarming nations, urged on by us, indus- trialize themselves, raise their living standards only by minor percentage points, demand more goods than the planet's raw resources can possibly provide and push Into Iho atmosphere more poison than it can absorb? Statistics of Ibat sort would not bore Stalin, a highly p r a c lical monsler. Certainly Ihey do not bore his succes- sors who confront them, in ona form, across the Siberian fron- tier, as President Nixon has long confronted them, in anoth- er form, across the Vietnam jungles. Bye and bye we shall all have to confront them in many different forms that must break clean through our mental insulator at last and rudely shake our great West- ern expectations. At any rale, Mrs. Keilh has shaken Ihis ignorant reader, not by preaching, not by re- peating Ihe old cliches or citing a single slalislic, but only bringing a dozen real Asiatics to vibrant life and then, with her own compassion, forgiving their crimes against her. For what use, she seems to say, are mere hatred and regret, on el- Iher side, in this vast, endless drama? There is much to forgive. There is also a tendency among some guilt-ridden West- ern idealists to suppose that Ihe Asiatics must be right, vir- tuous and superior because Ihey have been so unfairly treated a non scquitur as absurd ns its opposite. But as- suredly Mrs. Keith, who has watched them in all moods, good and evil, tragic and com- ic, is right in seeing that they are here to stay, and lhat wo had better get used to Iheir ever-growing presence on an ever-shrinking speck off earth. (Herald Special bureau) Looking backward Through Tlie Herald 1922 Great interest was displayed at a meeting last night when over -10 local far- mers were present to learn of the vilal problem concerning the eradication of grasshop- pers. Iron Springs was swept by fire last night. Ma- loney's General Store, the com- munity hall, the Iron Springs garage and a residence were burned. in.12 Approximately acres of corn, peas, beans and mustard seed are Io be groivn under contract in southern Al- berta this year. 1SI.V2 A baby buffalo was horn in the paddock in Watcr- lon Park ycslcrday. There arc now seven huffalos in the park. The Lethbridge Herald 5M 7lh St. S., LcLhbritlge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 -1954, by Hon. W. A, BUCHANAN Second tlnss Mfll) RrnKtrflllon No. OSl! Mrmhrr of Thn Canndl.in Press nnd Ihr Cnnacli.in n.iily Publishers' Association and llic Audit Durc.iu of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor nnrl PuMi'.hcr H. ADAMS. 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