Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAIO Werfnejelay, May 10, 197J Colin Legiim A bad omen Itenc Levesque. leader of the ParLi Quebecois, has reason to be confident about his party's prospects in the next provincial election. The substantial amount uf money collected during a recent fund-rais- ing campaign must be almost unpre- cedented in the history of political parties in Canada. A sum S632.000 collected in a campaign with an objective of less than half that amount. None of (lie money came from corporations; it all came from individuals who obviously believe in the party. That such an expression of support could be gained mid-way be- tween elections is very remarkable. This has to be a bad omeu for Premier Robert Bourassa. In the last cicclion the Parti Quebecois received 23 per cent of the popular vote. A very high percentage of the support came from the young French Cana- dians. If support continues to grow from the young to the rest of the French-speaking part Quebec the whole complexion of the legislature could change in the next election. Unfortunately for Mr. Bourassa, his major promise of crealing jobs has not been redeemed. Unemployment in Quebec continues to be high- higher than most other parts of the country. He cannot take the pressure off himself by blaming Ottawa be- cause that would simply play into the hands of tho separatists wlio can see no advantage in remaining in Confederation Western Canada's antagonism to- ward Ottawa's attempts to help Que- bec may well be a major factor in encouraging a resurgence of separa- tism. The prospect of a breakup of (he country is stili real and ivouJd have tragic consequences for west- ern Canadians as well as for Que- bccers. Although it is very late, great- er sympathy for the efforts to strengthen Confederation should be shown. Indo-Pakistan peace talks Prospects for a peace treaty be- tween India and Pakistan took an encouraging turn recently when the leaders of the two nations agreed to a summit meeting towards the end of May or the beginning of June in New Delhi. Twenty-five years of hostile relations may be on the verge of ending with a happier outlook for the future. Unfortunately it is necessary to speak cautiously about the outcome of the talks. An outbreak of fighting on the Kashmir border following the announcement of the summit meet- ing is a reminder of the very diffi- cult issues that have to be faced. The Kashmir problem i s long- standing and very complicated. Both countries want the territory and put up strong arguments in support of their claims. Probably the only solu- tion will be to cut the province in half but whether such a compromise is acceptable remains to be seen. Repatriation of Pakistani war prisoners held by India may prove to be the biggest roadblock to a peace settlement. Some of the pris- oners are wanted for war crime trials by Bangladesh but President Zulfi- kar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is implac- ably opposed to having this happen. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, leader of the new nation of Bangladesh, is ex- pected to be present at the summit meeting. He will have to be remark- ably forgiving if he agrees to excuse the Pakistanis from having to stand trial. Mark Gayn, well-know corres- pondent for the Toronto Star, said on a television show that the atrocities committed, in Bangladesh were un- forgivable. In spite of these grave obstacles to reaching agreement on a peace treaty it is encouraging that an at- tempt is going to be made. The fact that the talks are to be held is it- self a major step forward in view of the previous history of alternating shouting and shooting episodes. ANDY RUSSELL Curious caribou Ihing stands out when you first meet the caribou and that is their light hearted curiosity. It has earned them the reputation of being stupid not really a valid labelling of character, for curios- ity is closely related to intelligence. Men quite often make mistakes fa judgment of intelligence by relating to human stan- dards and forgetting environment. But certainly the caribou makes one won- der sometimes. One fine morning in the central mountains of Alaska, we saw a big limber wolf trotting down along the allu- vial flats of the Toklat River. At one point he came within a couple of hundred yards of a patch of spruce, when suddenly a fine hull caribou broke out of the cover to stand watching the wolf. As Ihe wolf came opposite, the caribou began trolting along parallel to him, his ridiculous tail held straight up and his head a bit to one side as though daring Ihe wolf to try lo catch him. The wolf ignored the caribou com- pletely, knowing very well il had no chance to win a race with a prime animal on such good footing. Side by side they trotted down along the gravel flats by the braided channels of Ihe river until losl from sight. What prompted Ihe bull lo participate in such a manoeuver? Port it was curios- ity no doubt, but added lo Ihis there seem- ed to be a kind of daring, perhaps just to break Ihe hum-drum with a bit of excite- Anolhcr morning I was vainly pursuing a very handsome creamy while grizzly with my camera trying to get a. shot, of him catching ground squirrels, when 1 jumped three caribou hulls out of some willows. All fhrrc sl.ired at me in bug- eyed astonishment for a moment, jumped into the air simullancnusly as caribou do and took off in lhal long [lowing trot so beautiful lo walch. half a mile ot open ttinrlra separated us, they all slop- ped lo look at me again. Something must have inlripued them, for suddenly they came racing back find stop- ped only a hundred yards away to stand with heads high looking at me with eyes bulging with astonishment. Then as one they gave that characteristic buck jump into the air and went pacing off towards some hills a mile or so away. This time they never looted back, Later that day I watched an unusual con- frontation between a gnzzly and a cari- bou; the same light colored grizzly that had been leading me on a merry chase for hours across the mosquito infested flats. After three hours I was no closer to this bear than when I started and I was being stoiriy eaten alive: so I changed my tac- tics. Heading out to a ridge point jutting onlo the flats I found a breeze that kept Ihe mosquitoes down a bit, and there pro- ceeded to wail for the grizzly to come to me. This it finally did. I had the camera trained on him as he crossed the slope barely a hundred yards below me, when he suddenly came to a stop with his nose pointed into a willow clump and one fore- paw lifted exactly like a pointer dog on birds, f thought he had located a gopher and was about to pounce on it and wailed finger on trigger lo record this ac- tion. But in.stead the bear suddenly pound- ed Ihe ground with his paw and exploded a young hull caribou out of the hush aboul eight feel ahead of his nose. Within a few jumps. Ihc bull stopped to look back while the bear whirled lo make a couple of jumps in Ihe opposite direction. The grizzly hall reared leaning hack against, n low bank waving his paws as though enjoying his own Then the caribou carne trolting up till only a feu yards separated him [rom Ihe bear, before leaping awny lo the side, not frightened hut just moving out. The tear dirt not even turn bis head lo watch him go. It was rme of many limes 1 have iv.ttcli- ed caribou, sometimes singly and some- times in hundreds, wondering about them but alw.'iys finding them interesting. The 'family neiw By Joe Ma V..'HEN' Doug Walker hears Tho U'th- son Only son Keith was missing, bridge Herald described as a family Hy Iho way, if you Ihink 12 year old newspaper, lie believes il. Taul Walker is llm book review- Look al page five of Ihc May R edition or in Canada, uail till Jennifer Fiowroy, ;jnd }i'ii'll find book reviews liy noug, his Doug's ('oimnenl.s on lien- wife Elspeth, lus daughter Judl and his ry Kissiugor's Fairy Tales, Sir Alec pressured on Rhodesian issue ONDON Intensive Icbby- J ing has slarted in London in an effort lo influence Ihc British government's policy vhen it considers the report of Lord Pearcc's Commission on the acceptability of the pro- posals for a settlement of tho Rhodesian crisis. Lord Pearce and his large team of commissioners have now completed their report and arc expected to hand it in to Uie foreign and commonwealth secretary, Sir Alec Douglas- Home shortly. Sir Alee will then do two things: he will send a copy to Mr. Ian Smith in confidence for the Rhodesian rebel government's considera- tion and reactions; and he will himself spend at least a fort- night preparing the Conserva- tive government's case A British White Paper will be issued together with the Pearce Report when it is finally pub- lished towards the enrl of May. At the same time the Smith regime will publish its own While Paper which predict- ably will devote itself to demonstrating how 'he ncga- live African reactions in Rho desia were achieved through "intimidation and violence." Mr. Smitli will argue that there are solid grounds for Die British government not to lis- "Oh dear they've gone into looney orbit again." it Letters to ..or f of ignorant atheism unexpected in Herald For those who like museums, The Lethbridge Herald is a fascinating publication. It is a museum of the modern mind, that fuzzy collection of cliches and fashionable notions that passes, so commonly, for ad- vanced thought. It employs an educational correspondent who expresses, with the air of a child announc- ing a piece of new found wis- don, his insight that there is no "pie in the sky when you die." It places in its 'So They Say' comer a quolation from Hans Rung to the effect that tha Pope and the Church have lost credibility. It gives some prom- inence to the Beatles' new song, The Pope Smokes Dope, and it can hardly hide its glee when the separate school board has any difficulties. The real point in assessing Mr. Caldwell's column is that, here we have a young man who seems not to realize that his viewpoint is stale, needs no desseminau'on and is about as interesting as a stuffed effigy of an old ostrich, with its head in the sand. As for his supposi- tion thai Ihe Golden Rule (and it may mean milk and water sentiment to him) can be u'ved by men without religion, it must amuse anyone who knows human nature and history. It is surprising, however, that he is free as a columnist on the staff of a family paper to waste- space with such drivel. Turning to (he Pope, let me simply point out the "progres- sive" theologians have played an important part in lessening the Church's credibility. His- tory will put their role in per- spective, and the Papacy will continue long aflcr their influ- ence has declined. As for the new Beatles' song, it is consis- tent with their whole record. The weak-minder] and scnli- menlal have even brought Ihese freaks inlo the liturgy; now lhal. the money spinning pseudo-religious pongs are loss lucrative., the pop groups turn to a new gimmick, bailing Ihe .Popr. The same gibbering charlatans helped to leach a whole generation to drug them- selves. And the proponents of absurd melanges like 'Super- slar' still profess lo sec some- thing profound in pielislic gim. micry. It should he clearly under- stood by young people that when their atheist or confused mentors tell them that no one can know that God exists the assumption made is a nonsensi- cal one. It is the assumption that we can know only what physical science offers as proof. The existence of God is clear lo the inquiring child who sees the need for an answer to the ques- tion: Who made the world? It is clear to the philosophic mind that understands the absurdity of a causeless world. The his- tory of monotheism illuminates Pities Herald writer I can only feel pity for Ron Caldwell for so blatantly ex- pressing liis ideas on religion, He says that he does not understand how intellig e n t people can believe in God. He appeals for evidence to prove God's existence, but in the same breath himself makes assertions that have no sub- stantiation. He says, ''science fats been continually shooting down the beliefs that have been used to back up the existence of a God." No examples were given as proof. He also states, "it is a known fact that the earth was formed by a scientific happen- ing.'1 Really? Apparently he has neglected to read, 'Wby I Believe the Genesis Record' and 'Evolution Fact or only two of many books written by prominent scientists who believe in God, Mr. C'aldwell goes on lo say, science can now make a baby in a test tube." How in- tercsling that even sperm and egg can be created! I wonder what would cause him to say that the fear of bell is an idea that has long since gone out the window. Has he taken a religious survey lately? As one who experiences a daily personal relationship with God through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, I cannot read such a blasphemous article with indifference. I nill not make any attempt lo defend God. He needs no defence His Word needs no defence. It de- fends itself. As a believer, the biggest proof to me of God's existence is the change that He has produced in my life. The Scripture makes refer- ence to people like Mr. Cald- well when it declares, "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God'." Psalm The ironic thing aboul the ar- ticle is that Mr! Caldwell at- tempts to authenticate all he has said by quoting the very source he denies The Word of God. It's a .shame that such a pro- lific writer is so uninformed. JAKE KRESTINSKI Lethbridge. Greedier than ever our Help us pavr (mi- pclv I am In trade four. 1 am ten years old My school is FlrelwDod- Hawdcn anil I have .seen a tot of rabbits, flogs, cats, and birds getting rnn over by tho .stupidest drivers. :l didn't innke living cmu.irc's and plants lo get trumped on and flogs to get run over. Look, watch, and lei live. NATALIE MARTIN Lclhbrldga. The doctors better beware of their proposed increases in charges over and above whnt they are receiving. If Premier Bennett can urge Hie people of not to pay over and above what I h e Health Care charges arc, then no one in Alberta should do it either. 1 shall write Premier Lougheed lo ask him to lake a similar stand in this prov. incr If professors of universities earn just over a of what a doctor gels, it is in no way fair for doctor? to bccwno greedier than ever and want more money. Whal standards are these medicos hoping to achieve mid lo what heights flo llirr feol they have lo ascend lo hecoini1 entitled lo receive Mii'fi vast fees Ihnt Ihrir present aM'rat'f Ml.nw drx-s nnl nl present Oorvs Ihc public that it, is the majority of the poor pen- pic who will pay Ihesc in- creases and differences in charges if they arc implement- ed? The .s.Tine poor be- I ween and yearly, almost poverty levels, and they have In too! Sonic are very nearly impoverished as things present. It It tough lor them to make ends meet lo feed and clothe Iheir families. They earn six and in most cases seven limes less than whal these great while-coaled army hcalors do How do the doctors in all conscience cxnecl Iho lo pay Iheir increased charges? Where me these many poorer people lo gel, Iheir money lo pay into (he coffers of the al- ready rich? I cannot see how they ran and 1 call on every man and woman to refuse flat- ly to pay any more than what the Health Care is giving the doctors. It is a mailer of prin- ciple. "SICK PATIENT'1 his question, and revelation carries its truth to every man who listens. To reject the existence o( God is unscientific in Ihe deep- est sense; it is irrational. But we should distinguish two points of view: the agnostic cannot accept plu'losophic proof or revelation. The crude atheist asserts what he cannot possibly know. A history of ideas in school education instead of the raind- less absorption of unexamined hypotheses such as evolution- ism (a cliche now permeating social sludies) would provide some guide lo the young who are so often left in a flounder- ing confusion by their teachers who seem lo have no nolion of the connection between know- ledge and wisdom. But whatever the failure of schools (or parents) we should not expect a family newspaper to print explicit attacks on that wisdom which forms the very foundalion of any good Cana- dian society, at least not in its official columns. We have grown used to the anu Calholic bias; bul could not have expected an oulhurst of ignorant atheism. And at least The Herald might have bad someone write who knows something about the subject. PETER HUNT Lethbridge. Editor's note: The "If you ask nip'' column in Tilt Her- ald provides reporters (he op- portunity to express them- selves on lopics of Iheir choos- ing just as Ihc "tellers lo the editor" space permits Ihc public to li.tvc ils say. In HL-ilhcr inslancc is The Her- ald's viewpoinl likely In he foiiiul. ten lo the Pearce Commission If il reports, without qualifica- tions, that the majority of Afri- cans in Rhodesia are opposed to the terms of the settlement. The pro-Smith lobby in Brit- ain (which has strong support among right-wing Conservative MPs) naturally lakes (he some view. Through deputations, memoranda and letters to Con- servative papers they are try- ing lo build up pressures with- ia the government to induce Sir Alec not to he guided entirely by the Pearce Commission findings. Ironically, this is also the ad- vice of the liberal Opposition In Rhodesia the Centre Party, led by Mr. Pat Bashford and two black Rhodesian MPs, Mr. N Bhehe and Mr. Edward Walimgwa. Although by no means left-wingers, Bashford and his colleagues are regard- ed as wild radicals by the Smilh regime. Now Bashford and his two MP colleagues, Bhebe and Wiiliuigwa, are in London u r g ing liberal opinion to persuade the British govern menl, lo ignore (he P e a r c e Commission. The Centre 'Party arguments are certainly not intended to strengthen the Smilh regime or white rule lo both of which they are opposed. Their fears are that if the settlement terms are not implemented this could mean not only the continuation of the Smitli regime bul an in- tensification of apartheid-like South African policies. The set- tlement, proposals, they argue, will ,il Irasl open up a pos- sihilil.y of some alternative. From their point of view they prefer the latter ever slim. Their view Is strongly con- tested by another Rhodesian delegation now in African National Conference (ANC) which emerged during the Pearce inquiry as the most effective spokesman for Rho- desia's five million blacks. The ANC is led by Bishop Abel Muzorewa, who is now widely regarded as the first national black leader in his country since the arrest almost seven years ago of the Iwo po- litical leaders Joshua Nkomo of the Zimbabwe African Peo- ple's Union (ZAPU) and the Hev. Ndabaningi Sithole of the Zimbabwe A f r i can National Union Bolh ZAPU and ZANU supporters have rallied behind Muzorewa's leadership of the ANC. Muzorewa has stayed at home to lead the campaign in Ihe crucial weeks leading up to publication of the Pearce Re- port and has sent his deputy, the Rev. Canaan Banana, In- stead. The ANC delegation this week began a series of meet- ings in Ihe House of Commons to urge British MPs to stand firm in opposing (he lerms for a settlement totally irrespec- tive of the Pearca Commission findings The ANC's basic demand dial Ihc British government should not discuss any terms for a settlement without fully engaging representative Afri- can leaders in such negotia- tions. While Sir Alec Douglas-Home will see both the ANC and tho Centre Party delegations, he is unlikely to he much influenced by e i I h e r. He stands firmly committed to his view that while the British proposals of- fer Rhodesia a way out of its present difficulties, he will not force a settlement on desians if the Pearce Commis- sion finds that a majority of Die people (i.e. the Africans) are opposed to the pro posed terms for a settlement, "Do not look to me to turn B 'no' into a 'yes1, "is his pat answer lo all those petitioners viho urge him lo ignore a DOS- sihle negative answer by the f'enrce Commission. for Tlir Ilr-ralfl and flip Observer in London) Looking backward II ings Thr. editorial "wedding pai- arrs" mentions weddines being fnr Hip convenience of tho caterers. I had a wedding (or, ralhcr, difln'l) thai had In lie arranged for the convenience of the pho- togrnphor. Please drai'l suggest that we have wod'lings in phn- lographrr.s' .studios or .someono will! H. C. PECK. Through The Herald IM1.! Some, startling char- ges touching disregard for Hie Mines Act in the Gait Mines v.ere made at Tuesday morn- ing's session of the Knowies' conciliation board probing the miners dispulc. 1032 The K i w a n I s Molhor'3 Camp lag day netted the club over ?500. This money will be used only for the Moth- ers' Jlesl Camp, which will be operated (or six weeks this summer. IDi; Two major objec- tives ol the Raymond Board ot Trade this year are the Muni- cipal Hospital antl the cheesa factory. Raymond high school students look first place in both the high school girls' chor- us and high school chorus for anv voices events al South- minster Church as the "15111 Alberta Music Festival drew lo a close. The Letltbridge Herald SO) 7Lli St. S., Lalhbririge, Alberta LKTHBRIDGE HERALD LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1003 ]954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN SncwicS ClflSS Mflll Rctjlstrntlon No. 0017 Wcmticr of Tfic Canadian Press Ihc Cnnfldffln Dally Nowspflpgr Publishers' Association And Iho Audit flurcnu of Clrculntloni CLCO W MOWERS. Ecfilor flnd Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Mnnaner DON PILLING Wll.llAM MAY M-niflfllng Edllor Assnrlalr Edilor ROY T. MILES noUGl.AS K. WALKEH JWanapir tdilorlnj PAQI Editor 1HI HERALD THE SOUTH"