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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDQE HERALD May 1974 India's ill-advised priorities The news that India has set off a nuclear explosion and thus joined the world's exclusive nuclear club as its sixth member the Russia and China have already demonstrated their technology by such come as a shock to a world whose heart has been bleeding for that overpopulated subcontinent. The shock comes not so much from fear of the proliferation of nuclear arms. After the world has become inured to this sort of thing of India has offered the for what it' is that her expertise will be confined to peaceful purposes. The real shock arises from the blatant demonstration of ill-advised priorities of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her ruling Congress Party.- the most populated democracy in the is in deep trouble. food rising oil a sluggish an exploding declining incomes and production have made it an embattled country. People are regularly killed in food riots and election which is hardly an acceptable solution to a population crisis. Inflation is running at more than 25 per cent for the second year in a row. Two hundred million workers earn less than a year and per capita income is expected to drop this year for the third year out of four. Only 20 per cent of the nation's children have an adequate diet. More than 70 per cent of the population is illiterate. Seventy per cent of the country's doctors are in the cities while 80 per cent of the people ftve in rural areas. Food accounts for 50 to 70 per cent of most budgets. Industry is according to the international Herald Tribune. Some steel plants are working at only 20 to 40 per cent of capacity. Fertilizer plants are operating at Jess than 60 per cent capacity because of shortages of raw materials and inept management. Coal which accounts for 70 per cent of the energy used by lags because of sloppy management and railroad bottlenecks. According to foreign observers corruption is apparent everywhere and cynicism is rampant. Given the nature of its it hardly seems likely that India will enhance its stature in the eyes of its friends or its enemies by a demonstration of successful nuclear technology. It really matters little whether a country can mount a nuclear explosion if it cannot control explosive domestic problems. To be the Indian Atomic Energy Commission said the bomb was designed for such purposes as mining and earth- moving. But it has not been necessary to devote its own resources to developing this since it was available from other countries. The accumulated skills and energy which went into the making of its successful nuclear bomb would have been better applied to India's problems of food birth inefficiency and to combatting the sense of rot which seems to have set in. The editor of the Hindustan a former adviser to Mrs. sounded an ominous note when he since independence has the country faced such a deep and all-pervasive crisis as it does today. There are visible signs of disintegration. The rot has spread so far and so deep that it will not be easy to restore credibility to the This was written before the announcement of the nuclear which makes the criticism even more since it highlights a misplaced sense of values. More honors to LCI Much praise has recently justifiably been heaped on the members of the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute stage band and its Mr. Gerry for having placed first in a provincial competition and second in a national one. Accomplishments such as these are satisfying to all concerned and bring honor to the community. -Another event also took place recently in which LCI students gave a good accounting of themselves. A two-man team of Edward Frache and Douglas Smith placed second in the 1974 Chrysler Trouble Shooting Regional Contest held in Calgary. They competed against 13 other teams in a competition to find and repair a series of malfunctions deliberately rigged in their vehicles by service technicians. There is a when singling out the praiseworthy achievements of student to ignore those things done in the vocational departments. Perhaps what is accomplished there is less spectacular but surely not un- important. Individuals who develop skills in such things as repairing automobiles are not only artists of a sort but they are indispensable in this modern mechanized age. Commendation is in for the two students who did so well in the competition and for their Mr. D. W. Barrus. Shocking Sherpa shortage By Don NEA service Since everybody seems to be playing You Top on the subject of be advised that in the Himalayas they're running out of Sherpas. No less than 22 mountaineering teams from eight countries plan to tackle the Himalayas this reports the National Geographic and many of these expeditions will be hard pressed to find experienced Sherpa guides. The famous mountain men who have successfully guided assaults on towering giants like Mount Everest now apparently prefer to shepherd tourist hiking groups at less demanding lower altitudes. pay us equally and it is not such a back-breaking the Geographic quotes one Sherpa climbing veteran. Sharp those Sherpas. ERIC NICOL The do-it-yourself elite Move madam. Others of us are waiting to lodge a protest about our being discriminated against. I refer to the new program launched by the government of British which will help people who build their own homes with their own labor. The government will provide leased Crown interim first mortgage money and a consultant to prevent the home builders' language from matching the blueprints. Let's put the ugly name to this is gross favoritism of the do-it-yourselfer. The person who is handy with tools gets a leg up from Big while those of us who are manually the carpenter nits of are doomed to the full horror of the housing market. about your For the first time in my life I know something of what it is like to be white in Watts. I and my fumbly ilk are easy to spot. We have five thumbs on each hand. The thumbnails bear the telltale purple marks that testify to the accuracy of our aim with a hammer. And in pur eyes burns the bitterness of 300 years of oppression by wives who don't know your adz from in the I have an excellent 'tense of till I try to do something with a saw other than put it between my legs and play Black Isn't it enough that I am vilified by shunned by men like actor George who built his own cradle he was still in the by The fun of watching Hockey Night in Canada is severely for us the commercials urging us to buy everything we need to make it on our including ideas. For someone whose continued existence depends on not getting any ideas that involve a power or or tile these commercials deepen the sense of inadequacy. In Canada a man's a man for a' but the way he proves it is by shedding sawdust when he removes his How then does1 the government justify adding financial insult to the injury of falling off a Is this the new class system imposed by an aristocracy smirking through its mouthful of shingle No cash crosses the palm that fails to be calloused. Fifty years of NDP and our cities will be surrounded by the tarpaper shacks of the constructionally clueless professors of poets. Our children will run naked through the while nearby there rise the single-family mansions built by teams of captained by a government-appointed adviser and financed by a government-subsidized mortgage. Caramba. The future belongs to the masters of the hammer and the sickle. Not much of a for somebody who doesn't understand the screwdriver and suffers from hayfever. I plead for simple justice. Failing I plead for complicated justice. For are we under the Bill of guaranteed freedom from discrimination by reason of valour or where is thy winner and new president of France... uh... er M. Giscard Public service reforms By Maurice Herald Ottawa commentator OTTAWA Robert clarifying his attitude to the federal public has made three points of importance and general interest. he is not contemplating any as occasionally advocated by embittered Conservatives in the years following the defeat of the Diefenbaker Administration. he does if he becomes Prime to seek new economic advice. This would necessarily involve some important changes at senior levels. Mr. Stanfield proposes to tackle the problem of the remorseless growth of the civil service to that hopes to enlist as special advisor Maxwell formerly Auditor General of Canada. Quite apart from and more a purge would be silly from the standpoint of the Conservatives themselves. It is a fact that the modern service developed under Liberal administrations which without inter- for 22 years. But whatever may have been the 'the service vote cannot nowadays be identified as a Government vote. Mr. in cut deeply into the Ottawa valley ridings and this from present will be a very uncertain battleground in 1974. The irony is that the public service in the past two years has been rather more suspect in Ministerial than in Opposition eyes. It was the Government which suffered from information leaks so frequent that they became almost routine. But in essence the problem was not political because there is no reason why a person of Conservative or New Democratic views cannot give loyal service to a Liberal Administration. There has obviously been a weakening of the former dis- cipline due probably to the very rapid expansion of the service at a time of some erosion of old values. no was aggravated by- particular grievances related to wage the implementation of the bilingual program and other causes. Whether or not there is a change of this question of morale in the serv- ice will be a matter of concern for the next Prime Minister. There is no reason to believe that a purge would improve the it would almost certainly make things very much worse. This Mr. Stanfield's second point is valid enough. Governments necessarily rely for advice on senior public servants. There is no reason to doubt'that the Trudeau Government's approach to the problem of inflation reflects the strong and sincere convictions of leading especially in the Department of Finance. The Conservative leader that the Government has been mistakenly advised over a long period- Mr. Stanfield proposes to tackle inflation in a different fashion. The senior officials do not believe in this alternative approach. To rely on them for advice in this situation would not be sensible. It would be as reasonable to consult a herbalist about a surgical problem. There is in fact no particular reason to believe that public servants so closely identified with the old policies would be interested in serving a Government committed to opposite policies in the sense that they would involve Thus the likelihood is that some would leave the service for other fields while others would be transferred to different ad- ministrative responsibilities. The third Stanfield proposal without much the strong views of Jed Bald- the former Conservative House leader who seived for some years as a very able chairman of the Public Ac- counts committee. More than 11 years have passed since government organization was subjected to overall examination by the Glassco Royal Commission. Following its report in recom- mendations were gradually implemented over a considerable period. While m'any of the rec- ommendations were a major change occurred midway through this period. We entered a time of much more ambitious of a great proliferation of rapidly rising expenditures and a remarkable expansion of the public .service. It is certainly time for an-- other searching appraisal. But the Royal Commission approach has a number of disadvantages. It is very it involves a labor of years even when it is a somewhat uncertain prelude to action. For governments are not bound by the findings and act only in their own time to implement those which they happen to find acceptable. Mr. Baldwin's idea has the merit that it avoids these ob- vious difficulties. The former Auditor General was a relent- less critic of government duplication of effort and unproductive expenditures in the very years when the service was mushrooming. it was Mr. Henderson who kept pres- suring the through his annual reports and his box for the implementation of the Glassco reforms. Most of the insights which a Royal Commission might hope to he already possesses. If Mr. Henderson is an incoming Government might be well advised to enlist his services. In the normal new arriving with the best of fall rather rapidly under the influence of departments and find them- in a comparatively short emulating the mistakes of their unhappy predecessors. The consequent are borne by the taxpayer. How long the zealous Mr. Henderson could live harmoniously with any government is an interesting question in the light of his earlier and eventful career in Ottawa. But such an experiment would have much to commend a Government that gave serious attention to the taxpayers' old watch dog might well achieve some useful reforms. THE CASSEROLE For some time now Edmonton's city council has been toying with a new bylaw to provide for revoking the business license of any business that permits too much crime on its premises. As might be City Fathers have received representations from several businesses opposing the idea. Bet they were when they got a strong recommendation against the bylaw from of all people the Edmonton Police Commission. presently supplying the nation the best we can hope for that by 1997 everyone is going to be His data were gathered in the but What with one thing and it seems likely Richard Nixon will have a few things to remember from his second term as there'll be some he'll want to too. In the latter probably he won't dwell very often on a report that some students were going to throw his effigy over the Niagara but. were dissuaded by a police threat to charge them with polluting tHe river. Dr. Emanuel of the University of Alabama Medical has been doing a little work in the field of medical statistics. He has assembled enough data to justify the following we maintain the high quality of care we're Sports a branch of the federal department of health and recently moved to block the spending of of what on an attempt to climb Mount Everest. How Next thing you they'll be questioning the expenditure of public funds on such popular sports as or even ladies field hockey. force stresses read a recent referring to a provincial task force formed to look into vehicle accidents and suicides. In urging people to submit their a local member of the task force is quoted as don't have to have any qualifications to make a That's about as informal as you can Solicitor-General Warren Allmand says he is sure it is not in the best interest of the RCMP to have a representing its members. That's certainly interesting. It's exactly what the owners of the coal mines and factories told their about a hundred years ago. Letters Historical truths If I were assured in my own mind that the historical misimaginations and cultural illusions cherished by some writers amount to no more than a tempest in a I would be inclined to ignore such opinions as simply quaint and harmless. But more blood has been spilled over jealously guarded myths than any historian can begin to calculate. The heroic halo fashioned round the ancestral past obscures the vision we might otherwise employ to the reality of the present. The blood lines of the British monarchy are an insignificant thread in the tapestry of a world facing over and ecological an exercise in straining at gnats and swallowing camels. But let some historical truth invade these dim corridors of divisive fautasy. The Celts were foreign invaders from Central Europe about the 4th century B.C. They later invited aid from mainland Germanics against the Romans. Their comrades in arms stayed carved out a portion of land between the Celts of and and called it England the Land of the Angles well before the llth and 12th centuries. The Vikings came Harold an inherited the Earldom of which had been granted his father by King Canute. the Duke of disputed Harold's claim to the throne since he himself was Edward the Confessor's appointed heir to the succession by blood. the field of battle became the arbiter of legitimacy and we haven't progressed very far from the traditional method yet. After Elizabeth blood lines were less important than religious and the descendants of James I Celt by way of Robert the were neatly divided into French Stuarts and German Hanovers The Electressof Hanover after the granddaughter of James I. The succession was settled on the heirs 'after Queen Anne. The British monarchy in been held by Scots through their German royal relatives for over 300 years. A moot Parliament rules. The cost of maintaining a stable continuity of non partisan heads of who endure beyond the fickle vagaries of party is it's only money. The cost of maintaining the populist republic to the south is calculated in huge sums of public and civil disorder which cost the soul of a nation dear beyond measure. There is no perfect no pure no indivisible truth on Earth- only human beings who must strengthen their courage and dignity to live with their fellows in the harmony of reasonable compromise. JOAN PUCKETT Lethbridge Fuzzy thinking In response to Louis Burke's The student as shock- trooper May I suggest that Mr. Burke is somewhat in his I refer in particular to his claim that often it is the mother who masterminds the attitudes that condemns her child to a lifetime of war against society on behalf of fuzzy In spite of the fact that Mr. Burke provides no evidence whatsoever for his and this necessarily relegates his argument to the realm of mere supposition and I felt compelled to respond. I did not object when he initially attributed the blame for these to both for this is where it rightfully but I objected strongly still to his ultimately fixing the blame on the mothers. While on the one hand Mr. Burke claims that these mothers are ''fuzzy'7 with on the other he claims that they are masterminds who by definition plan and direct activities skillfully. Surely there is an inconsistency here somewhere. For the benefit of muddleheaded mothers and fathers throughout Southern Alberta might I be so bold as to suggest that the inconsistency seems to be rooted in Mr. Burke's thought patterns. BEVERLEY A. JOHNSON Lethbridge Garbathon support The area committee of the Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship wishes to express its sincere thanks for the generous support of the annual conducted in the city May 4. The.30 participants from the U of Gait School of LCI and Winston Churchill picked up no less than three tons of garbage which was delivered to the city dump an excellent day's work by willing volunteers. From this clean- up a total of was raised for the Inter-Varsity work in Alberta. LARRY KIRKPATRICK Area director RAY STEWART Committee chairman Help the starving Certain attitudes of our society strike rne as extremely ironical. We stuff ourselves in Canada with a variety of foods while our brothers in Ethiopia die of starvation. We worry about whether we should buy a or an car and then we say we can't spare a dollar to help these people. We cry out to abolish capital punishment so that the worst criminals may live by our we let innocent children die. We Canadians a guaranteed annual income so they shall endure no and at the same time we the starving in other countries they deserve We provide money for school bands so that our children 'can play music while thousands of undernourished children die. In my it is criminal to turn deaf ears on the cries of the starving in the world. It is even more ironic that some of those who would let their fellow man starve attend church to pray for good things to happen to themselves. W. SCHMID Lethbridge Correction In a letter from Mr. J. A. Spencer of a word was omitted. The Herald's version During the golden age of the British no other place on earth had the same high standard of justice and no part of the empire had a lesser crime ra'te than any other part of any other Mr. Spencer no part of the empire but had a lesser crime rate The Herald regrets any inconvenience this may have caused. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7m St. S. Lethbridge. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. 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