Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Stiluidoy, Mny 13, 1972 Arnold Toyulx'c. Gaining public confidence Discussions on finances can be tick- lish at best ami at times it is in Hie public interest lo hold closed meet- ings on financial matters. There is no reason, however, why city council should hold a closed meeting to give consideration lo the proposed new multi purpose LeUibridge arena. The five year capital budget shows i-oimcil has S900.000 for new arena construction in 1973. Although il was initially claimed lliere would he some in insurance from the old arena fire, settlement agree- ment calls for The Alberta Colleges Commission is said to be looking favorably on tho new arena because of its proximity lo ihc Lethbridge Community College. .11 could be erected as a joint use fa- cility and there is a potential govern- ment grant of S750.000. The envisaged available funds for new arena construction therefore to- tal leaving some lo Lie raised without trimming or possible frills from the structure as proposed bv Die architects. Aid. llembroff has told council it would be a good idea if local resi- denls would lalk lo members of coun- cil before the and give their impressions of the arena proposals. Lethbridge's Instant Ice Committee feels there's a great need for a new arena in the city and it is proposing a campaign lo raise if this amount can be raised through volun- tary contributions, il will still mean a need for some Sleps council has laken so far to- wards a new arena have been fairly rapid. As progress continues, haste at times will have to be tempered with caution. If council is assured the new arena is a necessity, it will require the con- fidence of the public. Holding more closed meetings is not a way lo gain public confidence. Making martyrs Undoubtedly the three labor lead- ers in Quebec charged with con- tempt of court were guilty, but Ihc harsh sentences imposed on them suggests a lack of common sense ei- ther in the law or in its interpreta- tion. Already it is evident that sen- tencing Ihc men lo a year in jail H They have been made into martyrs. The object of the contempt law is lo engender greater respect for the .system. As a consequence of the sen- lences the union leaders have been able to reinforce Iheir arguments against the system. Louis Laberge, president of the Quebec Federation of Labor, made this point when he said. "While big corporations are fined S75 for breaking the law, we must go to jail lor exercising a right right lo strike." Labor unrest in Quebec cannot be settled by following the road of strict application of the law especially if the application is seen as being uneven and unfair when dealing with different segments of society. Indi- cations are that Ihc climate of dis- salisfiiclion and defiance have been inflamed rather than cooled. A fine would surely have been a wiser sentence than a jail term es- pecially when the main concern is to keep society functioning. Now that (he question of the right to strike Ln essential industries has been raised perhaps it is also in order to ask if the law can be reformed to prevent judges from conierring martyrdom. Weekend Meditation The loving heart 1 N Hie Bible we are commanded lo love the Lord our God with all our heart nnd soul and mind and strength and our neighbor as ourselves, a well nigh impos- sible commandment which is only attain- ed through a miracle. As H. A. Overstreet UK eminent psychologist, says, "Host of us are caught in an egocentric trap and it is a matter of life education lo break out of it.'' The most difficult thing in the educa- tion of a child, he contends, is lo leach the child friendliness toward others. This is what the apostle John meant when he said that love was from God and ev- eryone who loved was born of God and knew God. St. John maintained thai a per- son had passed from death to life when he was able to love. Love is the fairest flower of rebgion and kindness is the rarest of the virtues which It creates. The sincerity of faith is judged by love more lhan by anything else. For example if you called a person a real Clirislian, il would be their love that would be in your mind. You can go to church every Sunday and yet reflect very little of God in your daily life because you show so little love. Jesus said that the man who was kind lo Ihe sick, the suffering, and the sinful and showed an unselfish care of oth- ers was showing a devotion to God. Paul said that whatever great things we might do or however much knowledge we might possess, if we did not have love ue were nothing. When yon think of it Satan has intelligence, strong purpose and amazing industry bill lacks love. So whatever tal- ents a man may have if he lacks love he is more like the devil lhan God. The grcal anthropologist, PiUrim A. Sorokin, in The Ways and Power of Love, relates that he was hunted from pillar to post by the Russian Communist govern- ment. At last he was imprisoned and con- demned to death. Daily during six weeks he expected lo be shot and witnessed the shooting of his friends and fellow prisoners. During his four years imprisonment he wit- nessed to the heart-breaking poinl endless horrors of human bestiality, death, anil rie- .stnictitMi. At the end he reached three con- clusions. I'irM, lifr, even Ihe hardest life, is the mnst heauuful, wonderful and mi- I'atiiloiis Ireasure in l-he world. His .second conviction is that the fulfilment of duty is a marvelous force in a happy life. And his third conviolion is that cruelty, hatred, violence, and injustice never can create a mental, moral, or material millennium. Tlie only way loward il he maintains is Ihc royal road of all-giving creative love. not only preached but consistently prac- tised. Only in loving God is Ihe love for others sate. Only love will make one bear with the infirmilics and follies of (he public, bring sympathy and chivalry into business, rejecl the wretched gossip that most find so sweet, praise the work of ethers, es- cape the desire to dominate other people, and control the unkind words and angry speech. Only love sees Ihe small delails of daily life and yet has a far look in con- templating eternily. Thus love alone is (he creator of peace, only with others but in one's own heart for love sees the tilings lhat pass away and Ihose things that are eternal and love enters into communion with that spirit which inhabits eternity. Love in the Bible is no mere weak and sentimental thing, but the word agape is an intellectual word which means an appre- ciation of others and also an appreciation of the (rue values and virtues of life. Love certainly means Ihe unselfish care for olh- ers which Ihe Holy Spirit awakes and which Jesus described in the parable of the Good Samaritan where a man goes to the rescue of a foreigner and a very much despised and hated person. But it means more than that for it is a vision of eternity and the ultimate truths of God. This is why, if you can once make it clear to a man that God loves him, that man's soul is saved what- ever his condition may be. In his novel Pierre, Herman Melville sourly describes the gospel of love as "A volume bound in rose-leaves, clasped with violets, and by the beaks of humming birds printed with peach-juice on the leaves of lillies. Rather than that, love is like the pillars and foundations of the universe, its axles and machinery, the very engine lhal drives all things and without which the universe would cease to exist. It is Ihe source of all knowledge, Ihe inspiration of all invention and discovery, the power lhat holds the planets in their course, the basis for all natural law, and without it there can be no Ireauly, no goodness, and no hope for the human race. Prayer: Spirit of dh-inB benignity cleanse my mind of sll biltcrnr.v-.. My soul of all ugliness and And enlarge my life wild sympathy ami understanding So lhal in Ihe future, healed of selfish- ness. I may hare ,1 ui.il relalionslup with all creation And Ihc blessedness of a love lor Tim- nnd all mankind. Well hello Not enough prizes to go around in world rl'fIK mental r.bilily with w h i c h Nature1 endows a miuorily of human beings is mankind's sole ultimate tal. Without this, NIC human race could never have afforded ti> slml its Iiir ;md to let il.s ancestral fangs and claws dwindle into puny lecth and nails. This natural endowment can he applied selfishly and disas- trously, by cgolisls such as Napoleon or Hitler or Stalin, or disinterestedly, yet not less riis' astrously, by laiiaucs such as Torquemada or Robespierre. The benefactors of mankind have been those members of the nalurally gifted minority who have used their gifts cre- atively: Dante and Einstein, the Buddha and Saint Francis, Hippocrates and all physicians whom he has inspired, and the unknown Neolithic Age domes- ticalors of plants and animals. Society can foslcr natural ability or thwart il. If it fosters it, society is banking on tho hope that the able man or wom- an will feel, in return, that noblesse oblige. lint the able- member of .society who has justly been given his dianco may use this for personal ends of his own, to society's detri- ment. Yet it is suicidal for so- ciety to repress individual abil- ity for fear that it may be mis- applied or because a habit or a doctrine of cgalilarianism, Since [he end of the Second iVoriri War, ijie allocation ol op- portunities has been changed dramatically. Before 1945, and to a still greater degree before 1914, there was a glaring in- equality of man-m a d e oppor- tunities both among the West- ern minority of mankind, as be- tween one class and another, and between the Western mi- nority as a whole and all Hie rest- In pre-1914 Britain there was a sharp social dividing line which, for Ihosc below it, was a coiling, while, for those above if, it was a launching-pad supposing that they needed launching, which was not neces- sary if they happened to be hereditary rentiers or heirs to a lucrative family business. For those whose parents were financially and socially in a po- sition to give their children a [irsl-rale education, a child who was even moderately able, in- dustrious, a n d well-behaved could he sure of having a sat- isfying career in one of the "lib- eral professions." If he could not find a ]ob that satisfied him at home, he could find it in the dominions or the United States or India or the colonies. The opportunities open for abil- ity in pre-1914 Britain were fabulous for any member of the minority that was above the line. Since 1345, the liquidation of the British and other West Eu- ropean colonial empires has justly transferred the once privileged West Europeans' for- mer overseas opportunities to Asians and Africans who pre- viously had been disqualified automatically like the majority of Europeans who were born below (he inequitable social di- viding-line. In the lasL quarter o[ a cen- tury, Asian and African ib I- ily has been given its chnnce. For the emancipated countries, the result has not been uni- formly happy. While Kenyan Africans have gained by the change from the former Brit- ish regime to Mr. Kenyatta's, Ghanaian Africans might have been happier if Dr. Nkruinah had not been given his chance. Jn Hie Indo-PakisLani-Bangla- desh o n t i n e n t, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Mrs. "Psst this the unexpurgated Letters to the editor Teachers would prefer negotiating with local boards A recent editorial in The Herald congratulated the Lelh- bridge Separate School Board for remaining in a large area organizalion for the purpose of bargaining with its teachers. Among other things it men- tioned Lhat this would give the board more pouer. This dis- turbs me. II seems lo suggest Lhal Ihe Herald writer ad -o- calcs an arrversary position be- tween boards and teachers and the more powerful you become the belter chance you have of winning. I was of Ihe opinion lhat boards and teachers were partners in the education scene working for the benefit of the students. Education has enough problems without cre- ating a conflict situation be- tween board and teachers can have nothing bul unfortunate resulls for the pupils. It is apparent, loo. the edi- torial writer lias lillle know- ledge of Ihe structure of the Alberta School Trustees' Asso- Marriage o commissioners I was interested in a recent editorial concerning wedding practices and customs, and trends which might find their way into Canada. I am glad lo jicc lhat someone is conscious of what is happening, and cares enough to speak about it I believe that our government should lake the inilialive in- .slead of letting things sneak up on us by osmosis. If Ihe divi- sion of vital slalistics in Ihe de- partment of hcallh look ils re- sponsibility seriously it would provide marriage, commission, crs, a suitable ceremony, and accommodation suitable lo a number of gucsls. Further- more, the marriage commis- sioner would be instructed to be available al limes lhal are Mh convenient and desirable to couples. The convenicnl way to do this might be through ho- Icliers, as suggested in the ed- itorial. Whal a wonderful thing for couples, if they could despenso with Ihe legal and cultural riles in the proper surroundings, and llion, for those who wauled Jesus lo be a part of Iheir mar- riage covenant, have a chance lo witness lo Ihe Clirislian failh within the presence ol the con- gregation where such a wit- ness rightly belongs. Rev. Florence C. Wilkinson Lelhbridge. Importunl news event Sunday. May Vlh uas "Bailie of Allanlic Sunday.1' To com- memorate this occasion mem- Imvs of Ihe Lcthhrii'Rc. Navy League (Mr-Is, Sea Cadets and Xavy League Wrem-Ilos. plus a c-nnliiigL-nl of C a d e I s from Ilann.i and Red Deer took part in their annual church parade to SoiilhminsliT C li n r r h and then lo Hie for a uroallt laving rcromnny. Sunday ,-i cold day. Ihn young people panidrd in Iheir phirt sleeves as iiinlorm jack- ets wore nol available. T h n parade was improsMve but il was a dis.'ippninlmenl lhat .so few p.-u-rnl.s- ;md lilrnrd on! lo see Ihese young people Kvi'n ntnrv disappoint- is Ihe lad lhal those young- MITS worcn'i even uminicndcd (or Iheir efforts by Ihc news media. Isn't it interesting enough to know that some young people are doing somclhing useful? To me it seems thai Hie news veporlors find it more news- worlhy lhal someone's sail boat is bogged down in the reef on Ihe lake, or lhal Ihe dare- devils arc performing al I li c Iho lowly mi- ller thai, dares slither up from Hie river bottom lo curl up in .Mimoono's Hotter bed gets more recognilioii. I Ihink lhal il is about lime lhal our news people were more interested in "imporla-.l p.vrnl.s" thaf. moan so much to our vonlli. A VKI1Y DISAIM'OINTI'I) I'AIIKNY Lclhbndpr. ciation. Certainly the teachers are not going lo withdraw from Iheir association. Nor do we wish the trustees to withdraw from their parent body. The stronger the Alberta Trustees' Association becomes Ihe better chanoe education has lo flour- ish. However, we as teachers leel that the collective agreement arrived at between board and teachers should not be subject lo influence or ratification by other school boards or teach- ers from other areas. A school board of any jurisdiction is elected lo run the affairs of its own district. By joining with other school boards il is giving up part of ils autonomy and is lelling other school boards decide what should happen in ils particular district or divi- sion. Lasl year was Ihc firsl time the school boards in Leth- bridge joined with Medicine Hal school boards for the pur- pose of bargaining. Teacher morale bit an all lime low. II is the consensus of Ihe leachers in Lethbridge School District No. 51 thai had we been neg- otiating only wilh our board, wo would have settled f a r more quickly and amicably. Many of the issues which ap- peared on Ihe bargaining table were of no interest to our leachers because we were al- ready enjoying the Ihings oilier teachers were slriving lo at- tain. Certainly (here would have been no cause lo hold Iho slrike vote which resulted from n breakdown in negotiations on the regional level. Of the lift leacher contracts that were settled last year in Alberla, lit were settled at the local level between Ihe school hoard and its teachers without, (he influence of any third parly. The real problems arose where school boards had joined forces lo bargain wilh groups of teachers from many juris- dictions. Nolhing could be lo.ss realistic lhan 111 school boards, each wilh ils own particular problems, trying lo settle a c-.....nioii agreement for all tcachc'rs In (hose areas. The loachors in l.clhhridgr- Srhnol District No. st wish lo bargain wilh Iheir employing board and nol wilh board members from Medicine Hat who, I am sure, have little knowledge of the needs or con- cerns of our district We have setlled many past agreements wilh our board in a harmon- ious manner and are certain lhat Uiis relationship can be maintained in the future. In fact the Alberla Teachers' As- sociation would be most happy if all bargaining look place and was concluded al Ihe local stage. There is certainly no de- sire on the parl of Ihe ATA lo overwhelm any school board with a number of expert and professional bargainers. It w-onld be most heartening Jf Ihe editorial wrilers for The Herald would, in Ihe lu- lure. really determine all of the facts regarding board- tcachcr bargaining before they pass their opinions en lo the public. 0. S. Lethbridge. Gandhi have been a good ox- change for British viceroys and lieutenant-governors, but the same claim could hardly bo made on" Yahya Khan's behalf. Nevertheless, on balance, de- colonializalion has clearly been a good thing for the former subjccl Asian and African peo- ples. Meanwhile, in Weslern Eu- rope, Ihc world wide demand for greater social justice has been producing a situation that is potentially explosive. De- colonializalion overseas has had ils counterpart at home in the increase of opportunities for higher education. The pre- war ceiling has been removed .simultaneously for the deposed E u ropean "ascendancy's" for- mer overseas subjects, and for Hie former unprivileged major- ity of the "ascendancy's" fellow countrymen. But here there has been a dangerous misfit. In the pasl, a higher educa- tion, for the minorily lhal suc- ceeded in getting it, was, as a mailer of course, a passport lo a salisl'ying career therealter. Bul, for post-war Europeans, the s u p p I y pf satisfying jobs has shrunk at the momenl when Ihe demand for them has increased; for everyone who obtains a highw education and acquils himself well in it still expects lhat Ihis will lead on lo a life-long career al a cor- responding level. Tills was, in the past, (lie prize that was val- ued by the minority which se- cured it, and thai was envied by Ihc majority lhal was ruled out. Now lhal this majority has been let in, il naturally expects that a higher education will still have its traditional sequel. Bul, loday, a larger number of people equipped with a high- er education arc compeling for a smaller number of jobs of Ihe kind lo which a higher educa- tion used to lead. The iuevilable consequence is a widespread disappointment nnd discontent. The educalionally emancipated Europeans, like Ihe politically emancipated Asians and Afri- cans, arc finding lliat their emancipation has not brought with it its expected fruits. They feel chealed, and Ihey are cm- bill ercd. These disconcerting conse- quences of the revolutionary re- distribution of opportunities raise a fundamental question: Whal are the right objectives for us human beings? If we u t our treasure in wealth and power, we are going lo be disappointed lor two rea- son. The fund ol weallh and power is limiled, and (here is no guaranlee lhal Ihis fund will be used for socially valuable purposes. At present, wealth and power arc prized not only for their own sake but because they are laken as being the criteria of success in life. But most of (he jobs by which wealth and power are earned are spirilually unsatisfying. The satisfying careers ara those which serve mankind. A physician does this manifestly; a poet also docs it less manifestly, but nol less Iruly. Can slalus be divorced from power and wealth, and be con- ferred on service instead? And can the conccpL of social ser- vice be extended lo include all disinterested concern wilh man's role in Ihe universe (i.e. concern wilh religion, art, and This emancipation from en- slavement lo the pursuit of. power and weallh can be achieved, but only through a spiritual revohilion lhat has been proclaimed by mankind's spiritual teachers to be the one true way of salvation. If their teacliing were lo be laken se- riously, the gates of opportun- ity would be opened wide. (Written for Tim Ilrriild and The Observer, Lomlon) Looking backward Through The Herald 1922 Hcv. Harry Peters, paslor of Ihe Methodist church at Bcllcvuc, will leave on about June 3rd for a visil lo his old home in Wales. The public school board decided Hint Ihc old bell formerly hung in Ihc old brick school on Centra) school grounds should be hung in the steeple of Ccnlrnl school and arranged so that it can be rung at regular intervals. "Prepare for (ho enemy before the invasion, don't wail till Ihc enemy is in your country." This was Iho advice of Flt.-Ll. 0. A. Weis- ener, medical officer in tho Royal Norwegian Air Force, who addressed the Lethbridge Kiwanis club at its luncheon meeting. 1932 Nominating convcn- lion of ihc Social Credit Con- lililuoncy Association of War- ner will held Jiim -I at War- ner. Dclcgalcs will meet al 4 p.m. in the Elks hall al Warner lo name a candidate and a public meeting will be held at I! p.m. ulien (he featured speaker will be a member of the provincial cabinet. The lethbtidge Herald 50-1 7Lh St. S Lolhbriclgc, Alhcria LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO LTD.. Proprietors and Publishers Published IDOn-JOS-l, hy Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Chss Mrtll Nr> Member of Thfi Press find HIP Cnn.idirin D.iily Nowspnpir Publishers' AssocmNon and ihc Audi! [Urrr.iij ol clrculalloni CLEO W. MOWERS, EdMfir and Puhlhhcr THOMAS H. 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