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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD Tuesday, May 8, 1973 Plastic braces and splints Alberta's only "vacuum forming" machine ior making plastic splints is located at Edmonton's Glenmore Hospital. This necessitates a 300 mile trip for southern residents requiring braces, splints and special posture chairs that is if they want the new, light, plastic type instead of heavy conventional metal braces. Vacuum forming (in which plastics are heated to 1200 degrees, placed over a mould and forced into shape) speeds up the splint-making process MK! v, ith individual form-fitting elim- iiid C5 much of the usual trial and etror, assuring the patient the best possible fit. It makes possible much lighter, more comfortable, clear plas- tic or splints and braces, mere cosniPtically acceptable to pa- tients, especially children, than those of tteel To he aiiLctetl this factor is of prime importance- Plasl.c In aces allow the doctor to throvuh to p npoint pressure area? The mould can be remade to lessen irritation of plastic braces are not confined to one pair of shoes, re- gardless of style or condition, as has been the case with steel braces, but are free to choose and wear a var- iety of styles without purchasing a new splint system. Unlike conven- tional steel models in which shoes are built-in they may be clamped into the plastic splints. Brace-wearers familiar with clumsy metal, bolts and screws are wel- coming the light, attractive splints as a God-send. They will enable them to enjoy more freedom, remain fas- hion conscious and will eliminate dragging around dead Dr. Charles E. Moe, prosthetist at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, has termed the special forming machine a "must" if that hospital is to provide up-to- date brc-cinsj techniques for its pa- tients- and Mrs. Clint Henrick- son of Patncia, near Brooks, anxious to see plastic splints introduced in the southern part of the province, have started a financial campaign to make possible. It is hoped they will be successful. The stopouts While the has been scold- ed and often considered a liability on the job-market the "stopout" is view- ed as a wiser, experienced and better motivated individual. The difference lies in when the takes place. The dropout is usually one who leaves prior to com- pleting high-school while the slopout is a person taking a recess during h's university career with the sole pur- pose of learning from experience, lie is seeking a larger exposure to life than study alone offers him. Serious returning after "stopping out." should bring back to formal classes a greater maturity and understanding of what they want and how they intend to work toward their objectives. There should be among them fewer people making an automatic progression from second- ary schools up through college or uni- versity without being quite sure of their goals. The experience could be similar to the men in the Second World War who interrupted their education to serve their country and who, follow- ing the armistice, resumed their stu- dies w ith a deeper appreciation of where v anted to go and renew- ed determination to reach their aca- demic goals. Their improved perform- ance and better grades resulted from the maturity gained during their ab- sence. Thus while resulting declining uni- versity enrolment is causing some financial headaches for administra- tors, professors have considerable sympathy with the trend. When the stopouts arrive at university they can be expected to be students who are rewarding to teach- The casserole Gamblers are always looking for a sure thing; a golden opportunity is due to arise in the U.S. Senate shortly. Senator Frank Moss recently announced that for the umpteenth time he will intro- duce legislation intended to eliminate the absurdity of the government spending three million dollars a year to discourage smok- ing, while doling out 30 millions ten times as much in subsidies to tobacco growers. If there ever was a cinch bet, it is that Senator Moss' proposal will receive ample praise, sympathy and encouraging comments but very few votes. Anyone who thinks the girls aren't serious about this business of retaining their own names should take note of Bill C-173, pre- sented to the House of Commons by Mrs. Grace Maclnnis. It is described as "an act respecting a passport issued to a wom- an who is married" and its opening para- graph reads "Notwithstanding any royal prerogative, a passport may be issued to a woman who is married in the name set out on her birth certificate." With all the fuss over the rising cost of living, governments, consumer groups, business firms, everyone concerned, are striving to keep costs down, as a means of controlling prices. Well, nearly every- one. As a recent development in corpor- ate management, many large companies including General Motors, Exxon Oil, Ford, IBM, American Motors and others, have recently taken to holding their board meet- ings m faraway places, with Brussels, To- kyo, Paris and Caracas particularly popu- lar this year. The trips are comparatively short, sel- dom lasting more than a week or so, but they make a nice break for hardworking directors and the scores of officials who must be on hand for board meetings. Spouses go alcng, of course, and the com- pany who else? picks up the tab. Among signs of the times British travel agents now issue a guide book in which various places one might are rated according to how safe they are for Four stars is the top rating, and moans the S-factor (for Safety and Serenity) is as high as well, be- ing at home. Three star countries aie two stars indicate "an un- easy and a single star means "definitely dangerous." Canada, of course, rates four stars as do Australia, Japan, most European countries and the U.S. with the exception of certain cities. Haiti, Iran and Vietnam, among other places, share the reputation of New York, Detroit, Washington and Chicago; they all receive one star, as being in the "definitely dangerous" category. In a brief to the Saskatchewan legisla- ture, the theatre owners of that province have proposed that there be bar service in theatres showing films classified as "re- to which the very young are not admitted. In support, the petitioners cite the fact that theatres have had a hard time lately competing with TV, cocktail lounges, night clubs, etc., and that when the drinking age was lowered to 18 they lost s'lll moro patrons to the bars. In due delicacy, onj assumes, they re- frained from mentioning the additional po'nt that man} pictures in the 'restricted' category would be a bit easier to take after a couple of stiff drinks. "Bethlehem profits Bethlehem is Vancouver-based Bethlehem Copper Cor- poration. "Kaiser losses Kaiser means Kaiser Resources Ltd. of Vancouver. "BCFP net gain 300 per the ini- tials mean B.C. Forest Products Ltd. "Pa- cific Petroleum Ltd. net "MacMU- lan-Bloedcl profit increase 100 "Trans-Mountain declares The Hems in quotation marks are all headings taken from the financial pages of the same issue of the Vancouver Sun CApril They should provide some re- assurance for all the politicians and fi- nancial oxper's who forecast blue ruin for British Columbians jf they should be .so reckless as to elect a "socialist'1 aienl, which, they did ia 1972, Politicians long winded? Legislation too complex? Not always, as witness a pri- vate member's bill presented to the latest sitting of the House of Commons. Bill C- 174, surely one of the shortest and sim- plest legislative proposals on record, con- sisted of exactly 29 words. The first para- graph took 11 words to give the proposed title, while paragraph two, the complete legislation, read "No person shall knowing- ly cause the death, by any means, of any polar bear (thalarctus maritimus) in Can- 18 more words for a total of 29. And almost anyone should be able to under- stand it. The first World Festival of Women's Lib- eration, a week long affair, will be held this coming fall, starting September 29th. The locale is the birthplace of Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the British suffra- gette movement, the first and perhaps the most significant of all crusades for wom- en's rights. Surely could not be a more approp- riate site for such a celebration. But one won'kr.s nliaf ll'cy plan to do about the name of the place, which happens to be the Isle of Man: _, "Lef's hope this is a sweet one, Policies create backlash By Peter Desbarats, Toronto Star commentator There was an Alice-in-Won- derland quality to the recent Vancouver speech by Prime Minister Trudeau when he ele- vated the right-wing backlash to the status of official Liberal mythology. It was as if Trudeau and the Liberals in the ballroom of the Hotel Vancouver suddenly stood on their heads to inspect the political situation. From that position, as they were delighted to discover, white was black, right-side-up was upside-down was really Liberals had not almost been defeated in the last election. Any sensible man his feet in the air, as they wit- nessed, could plainly see that the near-defeat of the Liberals was in fact an amazing victory over the forces of reaction. The October election, the prime minister explained, had caused a "slight tremor" of ap- prehension to run through the nation. More precisely, there was "a feeling that perhaps the ideal of liberalism is threat- ened.' To be exact, an evil sen- timent called "blacklash" is threatening "the middle way" of those progressive spirits who "take a bit of a gamble on free- dom.' The prime minister singled out four areas of government activity where "progressive" liberal policies apparently had created backlash opposition: unemployment insurance, immi- gration, parole and local in- itiative programs. Unemployment Insurance: If it is true that there was back- lash opposition to the Trudeau government's expanded pro- gram of unemployment insur- ance, why did the New Demo- cratic Party increase its popu- larity after the election by re- sisting Liberal attempts to cur- tail the program? In fact, the so-called "blacklash" was le- gitimate public concern about a program that obviously had been launched before the ad- ministrative machinery of the Unemployment Insurance Com- mission was ready to cope with it. Immigration: Changes in the immigration law had placed Canada in the unique position of permitting tourists to turn themselves into landed immi- grants after they had entered the country. When thousands of "tourists" began to flow through this loophole in num- bers that the government had never envisaged, there was le- gitimate public concern about a situation that plainly was get- ting out of control. If there was "backlash' involved in this, why has there not been a hue and cry about the governments professed intention to facilite immigration from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean in the near future? Parole: The failure of the pa- role system is a failure of the government to supervise the system properly. Backlash op- position to a more liberal parole system was almost non-existent when the changes were in- troduced. If the system now has its vocal critics, it is at least in part because the government tended to view parole as a means of reducing expensive prison populations rather than expanding the lives of individ- ual prisoners in ways that were most appropriate to each. Local Initiative Programs: There was more excuse for ad- ministrative difficulty with these programs, and others for the young and aged, because they were experimental. As the administrative problems have been solved and the "abuses" eliminated, public acceptance of the programs has grown. If there is a "blacklash" against this type of "liberal" program, why is it now felt that this type of piogram has been accepted as a permanent feature of our society? Prime Minister Trudeau didn't mention the welfare backlash. If the backlash was genuine, why has the new and progres- sive welfare policy of the Lib- eral government, similar in principle to the one that the cabinet rejected two years ago, now made an instant hero out of Health and Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde? In every instance mentioned by the prime minister in Van- couver, the so-called backlash was either created or stimu- lated by mistakes made by his government. One could go even further and state that real prog- ress in many fields of social policy has been needlessly en- dangered by the backlash-pro- ducing errors of the govern- ment. To talk about a "threat to lib- eralism" on the basis of this record is like hobbling a man's leg and then accusing him of not getting enough exercise. The spirit of the Canadian people was willing but the re- solve of its government was weak. There was a beautiful ex- ample of this in Vancouver when the audience gave the prime minister's defence of bili- ngualism an ovation that was nothing short of thunderous. It certainly sounded as if the real threat to the middle way carne from politicians who stumbled all over it. (Copyright 1973. Toronto Star Syndicate) Indochina lurks darkly By Carl Rowan, syndicated commentator WASHINGTON A lot of worry is being expressed that our troubles in Indochina not ended, despite all that talk about peace with honor. They ask whether there is a real chance that the U.S. might get more involved in Cam- bodia or Laos. The worry is well placed, bo- cause it is painfully obvious that the Indochina agreement has come unglued. On March 29, 1970, I wrote this about developments in "With unse-emirg haste we have bestowed our blessing on the anti-Commun- ist group that overthrew Prince Norodom Sihanouk while he was out of the country. "A brief review of the rec- ord in Laos should have re- minded American officials that the day might soon come when we will be delighted to have Sihanouk back in power, how- ever much he might irritate Uncle Sam from time to time." The Lon Nol regime that the U.S. installed and bankrolled in Cambodia has been a dis- aster. But we have hung on doggedly, trying to save Lon Nol when just about all the evi- dence suggests that he can never rule Cambodia with (he support of the people. The odds are that Sihanouk h coming back to power, one way or the other. And trie question is to what extent he has been embittered, has obligated him- self to Peking, because of the the U.S. undermined him. Washington supported the coup to oust Sihanouk because the Nixon administration was angry that Sihnouk seemed to look the other way while Com- munist troops used his country as a sanctuary from which to launch attacks on South Viet- nam. Sihanouk did but not so much because he was "pro- 'Crazy Capers' Someone to complain. turn is it to manager? Communist" as because he wanted to prevent Cambodia from becoming just another bloody battleground. Sihanouk was mercurial, in- scrutable, a screwball in many respects. He made some exas- perating attacks on the United States and they got wide pub- licity in this country. His siz- zling attacks on the Com- munists got little press ex- posure here. So it was easy for Nixon to bounce Sihanouk just the way John Foster Dulles rejected Prince Souvanna Phouma in Laos, despite British and French protests that Souvanna had the neutral posture that was absolutely essential. But neutralism, to Dulles, was "im- moral." The U.S. finally had to go back to Souvanna. He has been a friend and a great help in Laos, but he is still beseiged by woes growing out of those years of U.S. stupidity. If Sihanouk is restored to power in Cambodia, through military struggle or a deal, the challenge to Washington will be to accept it with some grace and try to work with him. But it would be an act bordering on insanity for us to use bombs and U.S. manpower to try to keep Lon Nol in end Sihanouk out. Letters Wants local bargaining The editorial "Provincial bar- gaining" (May 2) finally mov- ed me to sit down and write in the hope that my comments might light a spark in those who still believe that local auto- nomy, in essence democracy, notwithstanding all its defects, is still preferable to all other alternatives under whatever guise they may masquerade. Take the statement, "An ob- vious advantage of a provincial salary scale would be the elimination of one of the more irritating causes of dispute be- tween teachers and their local employers." Then note a par- tial conclusion, "Rather than losing a significant responsibil- ity, it'could be that disposing of this particular chore could result in freeing them to deal with much more signficant mat- ters." This reminds me of Mr. Nix- on's comments that he had to make whatever decisions he did with respect to the Water- gate affair in order that he might devote his lime to the larger duties in his office, as there are any issues that transcend integrity in public of- fice. When the Watergate affair broke, the professionals and bureaucrats tried to convince the public that it was of little consequence and that the im- portant things were matters of national and international con- cern. That such nasty and irri- tating matters were better left to the professionals (in this case the FBI) who after all know how to deal with such matters, for they are the people with certificates attesting to their qualifications, and the bureaucra's who after all are more efficient and know best. Well, now we see the acting head of the FBI and bureau- crats left and right handing in their resigntiors. Why? Be- cause locally elected officials, a free press, courageous judic- iary functioning less effecient- ly and professionally I'm sure than the bureaucrats and the professionals, finally flushed out some facts. I am convinced that provin- cial bargaining can be seen in the same light. It is irritating, and it is easier if left to the professionals and the bureau- crats.And, is it not more im- portant for trustees to deal with the larger issuss? Well! I ask, "What are the larger In education I suggest there are no issues larger than who has control of education. I think it goes without saying that "he who pays the piper calls the If the provincial government is to pay the piper it will call the tune and whose tune will they be play- ing? Not yours and mine but that of the professional educat- or for without him there is no one's pay to worry about. And whose money? I submit it is not the provincial government's money, as we are so often led to believe but yours and mine, the taxpayers. It is my child and not the child of government or the educator (not as yet any- who suffers, to the name of this so called efficiency and expertise. Do we want each John and Jane equal? Equal to what? To some provincial av- erage John and Jane? Is my child not an individual as dif- ferent from the other as our in- dividual fingerprints? I think so. Though there are no real sol- utions as our biggest problem these days is working out solu- tions for the solutions the last generation worked out. I submit that a step to bet- ter education in general and to better collective bargaining process in particular is not provincial bargaining but rath- er an acceptance of our indiv- idual responsibilities as citi- zens, trustees and parents to: 1. pomote, nurture and devel- op a balance in the forces hav- ing a bearing on the problem, in this case the trustees (em- ployer) and the professional ed- ucators 2. have the courage to make individual decisions as citizens, trustees and parents as oppos- ed to the collective decisions of some level of government and the higher up the more collec- tive and less responsive it be- comes. 3. use professional advice as a resource and not as the ul- timate, for every professional opinion you can obtain favoring one view you can obtain one favoring the other or any num- ber of other views. I trust that this may lead in some small way to raise at least some questions as to the advisibility of provincial bar- gaining before we take another step towards an ever increas- ing dependence on bureaucrats and professionals in every as- pect of our life, even in our so called conservative Alberta. That it is more efficient and less irritating may well be, but what about the consequences? JOHN I. BORAS Lethbridge Respect for Life Day Each year the Canadian bish- ops designate a Sunday as Re- spect for Life Day. This year Sunday May 20th has been cho- sen and the theme is "The Handicapped in the Family of Man." The main purpose of this day dedicated to respect for human life is to create a deeper awareness of: 1. respect for life itself; 2. the role of the handicapped in society; 3. the wish and right of handicapped persons to live a rich and full life and to share their experience; 4. the duty society has to pro- vide the handicapped with the necessary resources for their needs. The Canadian bishops stated that "if respect for hie seems to end with birth, percep- tions and values are truncated and incomplete. The call of Christ, that we should bear one another's burdens, demands that we reach out in practical ways to share all the burdens of parenthood. The indicated aid and support will include work- ing to change economic and so- cial realities in the direction of justice and respect for life. From doing this we must not flinch." In Canada today we tend to refer to the "handicapped" as people who are mentally re- tarded or physically disabled. Mental retardation is neither an illness nor a disease but a life long condition. There are over 200 known causes of this incurable condition. In Canada it is estimated that three out of every 100 children born are mentally retarded to some degree. Physical disability can in- clude the blind and the deaf, those crippled by such things as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, and many others. The problems and causes of physical disabilities are many and complex. Both mental retardation and phys- ical disability occur in ah" fam- ilies, rich and poor, learned and uneducated. But the mentally retarded and the physically disabled are first and foremost, people! As part of the family of man they have been created in the image of God. The exceptional life ex- perience of the handicapped de- serves to be recognized and shared; a civilized society both recognizes and respects them In a world characterized by Impressive techni c a 1 develop- ment it is important to build a society in which each person truly has his or her own place where full human development is possible according to the po- tential of each. REV. P. A. TESSIER, Council of Social Affairs of the RC Diocese of Calgary. Enjoys Herald I have enjoyed reading The Herald these past few weeks. Of special interest was the space provided for free-lance writers, book reviews, com- munity and religious news. I found myself rather in- trigued with the way The Herald treated certain news items i.e. international cover- age in magazine length articles and multiple pictures. Thank you for the glimpse into the life style of a pro- gressive community. JANICE MANSELL Red Deer The Lcthbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethfiridge, Alberta LETHBRroGE HERALD 00. LTD., Proprietors and Publisbtw Published 1905 -1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian and ttm Canadian Dally Newtpaper Association and the Audit Bureau of CLEO W MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager DON FILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Asjoelato Editor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. Advertising Manager editorial Editor THE HERALD SERVES THE ;