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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THt KTHBRIDGE HWMD May 14, I77J A iitlion Wvstfll Nightmare in Maryland America's failli in itself and its free institutions has been dealt ycl another staggering blow with Ihe shooting of Gov. George Wallace Dem- ocratic candidate for the U.S. presi- dency. The image held abroad of tha United States as a country where vio- lence, either by individuals or groups, has become the motivating force by which the issues of the day will be decided, can only be strengthened by the terrible events in the supermar- ket. The shooting is a tragedy not only for those who support George Wallace politically, but for the entire nation, the large proportion of which probably do not. Fanaticism has become endemic In a world which longs for peace and stability. It is an insane horror that now seems bound to erupt volcano- like in the every day fabric of mod- ern society at unpredictable inter- vals. Give schools back The unfortunate controversy over Die staffing of the Dorothy Gooder school for retarded children is a clas- sic case of the conflict between the old-time attitude of service and the modern attitude of "let the govern- ment do it." The conflict is not unique to Leth- bridge. Calga0 has gone through the same experience, over the same issue, and to an extent so has Edmon- ton. The school was started by local initiative to serve children "who could not cope with the standard school program. Otherwise these children would have no schooling at all, and would not have been able to reach their limited potential. It was essen- tial, in the name of common humani- ty, that something be done for them, and alt credit goes to those people who started the schools. Further, all credit goes to the people who staffed the schools. What they lacked in academic accreditation they more than made up for in patience, love and understanding. Then, as so often happens, the vol- untary organizations running such schools found it increasingly difficult to keep them up. They got govern- ment help, but it was quite inade- quate. The high proportion teach- ers to pupils made it an expensive operation, and the money needed to supplement the government help was not available. So the schools and the responsibility for running them were turned over to the local s c Ii o o 1 boards. The school boards, in turn, must operate under provincial law, and they are not permitted to hire any- one lacking full accreditation. The teachers already on staff were told they had to start working toward academic qualification, even though, more university courses and degrees might not make them better teachers in the very specialized area in which they had already demonstrated com- petence in every other way. Yet that is provincial regulation. There is no regulation, however, limiting the amount of help the pro- vincial government can give to local associations, and to give them enough public school systems. The answer, we suggest, is to give these special schools back to local associations, and to give them enough money to operate them. That way, we suspect, the job will be done not only better but cheaper. A pair of Bata shoes By Gerta Patson I was only a teenager In Czechoslovakia when the war started and had outgrown all my clothes. Whatever my mother could spare she made OTOT for me. but with the shoes it was different they were just a notch too big. So when I got my first paycheck I Invested the lot In a pair of new Bata shoes. Other people In- vested in projects like sugar and lard but not me, I bougfet blackmarkct ration points for these shoes. If my family put all their four cards together there still weren't enough points to clotho one person, so you can imagine how much I must have spent to get those shoes. They were really fashionable. Platform and sole made of polished wood and the (op was stitched together from little leather scales, pasted on some kind of cloth. Warm they were not, but very, very elegant. Why particularly Bata shoes? Well, every nation has some outstanding models, b e it saint or rebel, philosopher or some other kind of benefactor. The Czechs had many such men and women, Jan Hus, Jan Amos Komensky, Thomas G. Masaryk, Rozena Nomcova but only one selfmade man, a shoemaker's apprentice who worked hiinsclt up to one of the greatest industrialists in the world, Thomas Bata. His name was linked with quality, good design, accessi- bility in price and above all he was cher- ished for his policy that enabled anybody uith enough stamina to work himself up from the lowest rung in his company to wherever his dreams would carry him. At that time I was working in a pub- lishing firm and shortly after I had ac- quired my treasured shoes the Gestapo walked in on us and closed it. They had found a cache of ammunition in the build- ing and decided we were oil a bunch of unreliable Czech revolutionaries and had no right to publish books and magazines. We were lucky they didn't shoot people at that lime, they just shooed m rait, ono by one. Well, it was mid-winter and in those days if you didn't have a job you not only didn't pet any ration cards but you were- shipped off by train to a forced labor camp in Germany. You cim imagine how glad I was to have a good pair of shoes they would surely help me find a nico job. The first thing that happened next day vjs Hint I couldn't get on the morning train. It was a straggle for life every morning but that very day I just didn't make it. The next train was at midday, so Iho only choice I nnd a few others had, was to walk three miles to Iho tram ter- minal and lake n tram lo Prague. So off I limned on my high heeled platforms. As you can imagina my fellow-travellers roon Budget not apt to please everybody The only possible comfort, and it is small comfort indeed, is that Hie ac- cused is a white man. If he had been black, the social disruption, the mass violence which would almost certain- ly have followed, might very well have escalated into vicious confron- tations of racial hatred, leading to destruction and killing on a scale yet to be seen in America. What the events of black Monday, May 15, will do to the political cam- paign now in progress is uncertain. One is left with the conclusion that any man who seeks the presidency of the United Slates is an individual who holds his own life cheaply, for he is in danger of sacrificing it on the altar of his own altru- ism, depending on the degree of cyni- cism with which one views the mo- tives of those who seek the highest office in the United States. We need no Ink from cabinet lo know the sort of helpful advice which Finance Minister John Turner miisL have received from his colleagues when lie retired lo draft his hudect. "Try to do .something dra- Tiialic for Ihe they said. '-The businessmen arc jittery, and we must cheer them up so they'll invest in ptant and machinery, create jobs and maybe feel a little more kindly to the lj i b e r a 1 party. "And they went on, "doa't forget we ore coming up to an election, so see if you can manage some goodies for thn average taxpayer and voter. We're relying on you to turn [lie polls upwards. ''But of they added, "we don't want you to do any- thing irresponsible. Costs and pi-ices are rising and it would never do to fuel the fires of in- flation have been fight- ing for so long. So you must keep some sort of lid on spend- ing and borrowing." The cabinet, like the rest of us, wanted the best of all w o r 1 (I s, and it is remarkable how well Turner has been able to meet all demands or, at least, give the impression of meeting (hem. Businessmen will surely bs delighted lo hnve Ihe basic rale of lax on manufacturing and processing industry cut lo 40 per cenl, which is highly competitive with Hie United States and most other ]najor trading counlries. There aro also special concessions to en- courage new investment and the processing of raw mate- rials in Canada, Instead of, abroad. Although there are no gen- eral cuts In personal income tax, concessions are spread nround special groups where they are likely (o do the most good socially and political- iy- The official estimate was that about 2.7 million old-ago pensioners, veterans and stu- dents will benefit directly. In "Before we commence, Mr. Brezhnev I'd like to point out thai1 I'm nof happy about the seating arrangements." Letters to the editor Many God controversy letters liavc lacked charity left me behind. Tlie sky was dark because it was so early in the morning but now it seemed (o have grown darker. It start- ed blowing and snowing. But I wasn't going to turn back because I was already half- way. Not. a soul or car was in sight, be- cause all Ihe cars had been confiscated by the Germans. Soon I couldn't see in front of me and the wind was blowing so hard that I feared to be swept off my feet any minute. Suddenly out of nowhere a car stopped next to me and vaguely I saw someone beckoning to me to step in. I didn't need much urging but what 3 shook when I realized the two chaps in front were German officers. Although I've spoken German since childhood, this time 1 had to pretend with a false accent that I spoke it very badly. Fortunately after some time they gave up in despair and were glad to be rid of me as soon as we entered Prague. It may seem ungrateful, but I was really glad the streets were de- serted, because the fear of being seen with them was greater than being out in tho snowstorm. Cold and stiff as I was, I made my way lo the employment office and lined up be- hind some hundred people. After several hours my turn had come. My papers were looked over, and after a few questions I was ghen a slip lo the Institute of Mod- ern Languages to work as a bilingual short- hand-typist. I was only a beginner, my typing wasn't very good and all I knciv was fluent Czech and German. The offices at the Institute had changed since I had been a student there and I felt a spirit of efficiency about. The insti- tute now had German management. I didn't get the typing Job, but was told that I would be hired out as a German (eacher lo Ihe Thomas Bata shoe stores, In very curt language I was informed that I would have lo teach several hun- dred employees, shoemakers, pedicurisls, sales and office personnel in the shortest possible time the fundamentals of Ihe Ger- man language. I was to stnrt that very evening and the future of these people de- pended on my success. I started looking at my shoes trying to clear a way through my confused head I wanted In say lh.il Ihe job was far too enormous for me, that I was too young nnd had no experience in leaching. Suddenly the vision of Thomas Bata rose before me end a feeling of recklessness pervaded mo if he could do it, why not me.? If I smilrt swing tliu whole thing, Ihcn perhaps 1 would lie able lo get another pair of shoes one for weekdays nnd onn for Sundays. Ron Caldwcll FPCITIS lo have become a modern version oE "the Sorcerer's Apprentice." Ha cannot stem the flood of moro or less righteous indignation his column ''if yuu ask me on religion has unleashed. Hopefully, somebody might bo able to do so before he drowns in it. It appears to me the misplaced pity, if not sarcasm and invective, expressed in let- ters to ihc editor are the best justification for having staled his opinions. These lellers, written by who genuine- ly believe themselves relirjious, are tlie very antithesis o[ Christian leaching of love and understanding. Many do not contain even a modicum of charity and thus emphasize rather than contradict Mr. Caldwell's contention that their Cod, at least, "is public rela- tions i m a g e-making at ils best." While I can only feel sorry Tor will noL allow the other person (he right to his own disbelief and dCubls, I feel even worse about all those and1 I talked to quite a few who privately agree with Ron Caldwell, vet have not got the courage of their conviction lo lake a stand and come to his defence. "But I can't write let- ters very is tlie usual reason given for net getting in- volved. Why is it that only Responsibility rests nith dog owners If Natalie Martin has seen a lot o! pets run over by cars she has had many unhappy ex- periences. If she is ten years old she is old enough lo be a bit more realistic and put tho blame where il really belongs not on the cur driver who likely cannot avoid Mining a dog running in front of his car, but on the oimer who allows his pel, to nm loose. No normal person will inten- tionally hurt an animal; it must he a horrible, shattering experience to hit any animal with a car. Recently a mnn in Hlairmorc was killed himself as he swerved to avoid hitting a dog. By law, and by common sense the responsibility for the safely of a pet lies with the owner and no one If n person doesn't have a properly fenced yard and (he encrfiy lo exercise his rlog on leash; if ho lots his pel run loose lo be hurl or killed by a car or other vicious [o possibly bo poisoned, or In be a nuisance lo his neighbors; thr.t person has nn rignf lo Hie priv- ilege and pleasure of owning a dog. It Is Hie irresponsible (log owner using the excuse (it is not a reason) that "dogs were not meant to be confined" Lo cover his own laziness, who is turning the public against dog owners in general. Those of us uho care for our pets and our neighbors are in danger o! harsher laws which are aimed at those who jost don't care! Natalie is right, God didn't make dogs to be run over by cars. But then, God didn't make cars or p a v e d roads ei- ther, lie did, however, givo dops humans for them to love and who should care for them. If Natalie wants to save our pets, she should aim. her plea at the lazy ignorant owners who allow their pels to run Joose. If she owns a dog she might become interested in tha local Junior Kennel Club where senior members are teaching children to care for and train their dogs wilh the hope that these children will become more responsible dog-owning citizens than many of their cid- ers. DOG OWNER AND CAR DRIVER. Lethbridge. Invites elaboration Real (tun It is table Ilial somo persons linvc taken ll'.j to reply lo Mr. CMilwcll's al- Lontioivsockin.n article in IJu Herald. It should In1 obvious that liis real nim is to ntlrael nLlcnlion to Mr. Caldwrll along wilh other would be in- flnmmnlory members nf The Herald staff. These ix-oplo are so nwiirfi of Ihnnifelves Mini it would nol surprise nio In hour that they had paraded nude in order to allracl al lent inn. As to science having proved thn croalinn of Ihc earlli, Ihry havu no proof luil only a mutual- ly arcoplablc Ilirnry. Il was a pleasure to read the provocative article by Ron Caldwell in the April 29lh issue of The Herald. I tcke tliis article as an ans- wer lo my question, "IMea.se, Mr. Caldwell, you tell me how il really is." The writer gives nn answer in five paragraphs, (ireat! Worthy of appreciation is (he frankness wilh which lie stales his opinion. But I would like to hear more! I quote the writer five times and would appreciate if he could elaborate n bit on each one. J. "Tho only thine; directing Iho of mankind is mankind it.srll." 2. "After all, what lie had to say was bivinrl new ,'ind prcdy c'oiUrovcrtiinl lo say the least." X llln science has been (vjiitimiiilly shooting flown (Jie beliefs that have been used l.o back up the rxi.MciHi.1 of a M." "God needed they sfiy in their most knowing lone. !i, "Yon will fin inlo Ihc ground and eventually bccoma iHttli'mtf." As "a Hood follow hiilicvor uilli Mr, Caldwell in scioncn and (lie Kdenlific rnolliod" I would Mio writer in his elaboration under, 1. lo equate the only tiling the fate of mankind; under 2. brand new and controversial wilh change, progress and possibility new world order; under ;j, Ihc shoot- ing down wilh establishing or construe! ing something new, under -1, Ihc belief of some peo- ple and ils devastating influ- ence on society, under 5, lo show tha'. this is a direct result of (lie law of conservation of mailer, or broader in scope: The law of conservation of energy. D. W. SCHOLTICN. Shaughnessy. Outdated As a rocrnt visitor to l.oth- hridge, I saw Min story on tlio serving and handling of food. I agree thnt rr-slauranl inspec- tion is necessary. I would like lo comment on anoLhcr health hazard. While in the city 1 allendcd n church of my faith. The Alinislor gave communion mid I lie people all clr.ink from Ihc same fjbss. A little of Ihe fi'-w iran't kilt a conn. This is xnroly out- dated. W. I with antagonistic feelings are always the most vocal in any controversy? Tliis reporter is a young man who has not yet seen all the horrors man is capable of com- mitting while praying in his church to the same God the righteous appeal to. I have seen enough to last me a life- time. Yet this young man has enough imagination and com- passion to have serious doubts about the existence of Heaven and Hell after death since there is more than enougli of the latler on earth and the for- mer a very real possibility within our means to creato right here. Even if I could not agree on every point raised in his col- umn, I would admire liis cour- age in voicing his opinion and talking about it to a world that, if the truth were known, still believes in the witch-hunts of Inquisition, does not know inte- grity when It sees it, and would cheerfully sacrifice any fellow being on the altar of its super- stitions and expediencies if that fellow human does not conform lo its ideas of real or artificial values. EVA BHEWSTEH. Coults. Mitor's note: the flood is herewith stemmed. No more letters on this controversy will be accepted for publica- tion. many cases, (heir families, who now have to supple- ment inadequate pensions and allowances, will feel an indi- rect benefit. It adds up to a lot of Cana- dian voters, and, taken with the corporate tax cuts, makes an impressive election plat- form. But how is Turner going to pay for all these goodies, and what's going to happen to inflation? That's where the skill comes In, for, on the face of It, tho concessions will cost nothing. Far from plunging Into a big deficit, Turner is looking to save a little money compared with last year. There are several ways of adding up the government's ac- counts and assessing their Im- pact on the economy, and, at first look, a budget can baffle even the coldest-eyed accoun- tant. After reporting perhaps a buclgels, I've learned that Ihc rhetoric doesn't always square wilh the arithmetic, that the figures arc not always quite what they seem, and that what the minister was really about may not become clear until weeks pr months after his speech. Finally, what the min- ister intends to happen often doesn't, so it's wise lo be cau- tious in any interpretation. But let's look at some of the figures which explain a little of Turner's magic. The former linancc minister, Edgar Benson, introduced a budget last June and forecast a deficit of STiiO million. When the economy failed to respond fast enough to this stimulus and un- employment continued high, be came forward with emergency measures In Ocloher. In- creased spending and tax cuts then raised the forecast deficit (o SI billion. But as the economy picked up steam, taxes came in faster than Benson and the experts had predicted, so the actual deficit for 1971-72 turns out to have been only SGOO million. Turner is not planning to pump in even that amount of stimulus this year. Despite his concessions, he is budgeting for a deficit of only S450 almost a balance when you al- low for a margin of forecasting error. Budgets measure only some of the government's financial operations, but you get much the same result when you look at the Total Financial Require- ments flie amount of money which will have to be raised tn cover the budget deficit and other bills. Last year il was 52.008 bil- lion, aiid this year Ihe forecast In billion, or the same for all practical purposes. So this is no give-away bud- get, no major new stimulus for the economy. Basically, Turner is holding the line where Ben- son established it last October. His concessions which look sn attractive don't actually change the tax load: they just rearrange it a little. And that brings us to what seems to he the hook hidden in this budget. For in rearranging (axes, Turner is sliifting part of the load from corporations to in- dividuals, the middle class of wage and salary earners. He didn't mention it in his speech, naturally, hut it works this way. When Benson cut the federal personal income tax by three per cent last October, it was a temporary measure, which is due to expire at the end of this year. Turner made no mention last week o( extending bis con- cession, so up will go personal taxes next year safely after the election, presumably and down will come corporations taxes. And lhat'5 how you please cv the taxpayers catch on. (Toronto Star .Sj'mlicale) Looking backward Through The Herald inn A rousing Liberal meeting was held in Milk River lasl night. Practically all the voters in the polling district were prcsenl. 1922 Arthur Conan Doyle, famous author of detective sto- ries, made his first appearance in Canada last night in bis new role, lhal of minister of spirit- ualism on which subject be ad- dressed a largo audience at Masscy Hall. fiiickiug thick -weath- er over most of the route, the Trans-Canada plane Ihe "Van- couver ouu" arrived at. the Lelhbridgfi airport. Sunday. F.xamina t i o n of the Northern Alberta tar sands in the Fort McMurry area is lie- ing conducted with a view to (he immediate development to meet wartime needs. P our clubs will pry (lie lid off the 1352 .Southern Al- berla Big fi ISaseball league season Sunday wilh Ihc .iap- anese Canadian All-Stars meet- ing the Magralh Kaglcs and the IxMhbridgc club meeting the Tahcr Firemen. 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