Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LITHMIDQE HERALD -s People of the south By Chris Stewart Salvation Army officer has busy life THE VOICE OF ONE -fly Dr. Frank S. Morley That car you heard going by at 2 a.m. could have been Captain Ron Butcher returning from his chaplaincy duties or answering a Crisis Line distress call which jolt- ed him from a sound sleep. His working day isn't limited to eight hours or his parish to Salvation Army adherents. Like General William the Salvation Army's his congregation is trans- comprised of needy individuals regardless of creed. The fact he's in court each is often counselling prisoners at the Lethbridge Correctional Institution late at night or police chaplaincy duties may take him to local headquarters at midnight he travels in police cars with officers on their late- night doesn't curtail his pre-dawn ministry. If his telephone triggers him for help he even if it leaves him bleary-eyed next morning. I just tell callers to sharpen he admits he detects they're using his shoulder to cry if I conclude there's a serious need I go at It isn't any wonder he slips away to the mountains with wife Vera and children Ronda and Mark on his rare days off Ron's is a total commitment to Christ everything he's got give Christ half is to give Him he says. It's been this way ever since this Petty Officer aboard HMCS Magnificent felt God's call to be a Salvation Army officer. Occasionally he recalled his parents in the Peterborough and -his Salvationist grandfather Lt. William Butcher but it all seemed so long ago. Somehow he had lost his ardor. It had been seven years since in impatiently waiting to apprentice as a had joined the navy and headed for HMCS throwing his religion overboard as he went. to my naval experience my life had consisted of regular Salvation Army open air meetings and band he recalls. thought I had tossed my faith into Davey Jones' locker when I became an ordinary seaman but God was on board speaking to me I fought it. I was miserable. I could constantly hear God challenging me to full-time Christian service. In desperation I spent my leave in Windsor with former_Army buddy Art Shadgett a Salvation Army major in whose influence resulted in my total commitment to could see what a foolish waste of life I was bent on. I had been avoiding the chaplain and padre and didn't acknowledge God's existence even though I had previously worn the Salvation Army Ron made a proposal. he seems you want me to be a Salvation Army officer I'll ask for a discharge though he had only served half of his second five-year and if I get it- I'll When he gained his release six weeks later rare discharge granted on religious he kept his vow. Six weeks later at age he enrolled in the Army's Toronto Training College. Ron shared his faith with derelicts on Toronto's Skid Row and fashionables on Bloor Street. needed he so he witnessed wherever there were people. It was the best possible preparation for his future career He recalls his trepidation on his initial Sunday in Regina when no one turned up for the morning service. He began singing a solo and was well into the second stanza when the rear door inched open admitting a lone worshipper. Although he didn't have a pianist to accompany his singing throughout his Regina stay he values that particular posting for the opportunity to a lot of compassion for He served in Watrous when its locomotives switched from steam to diesel and in in Doukhobor where you hear someone speaking English you turned around to Distributing the War Cry Army's official and soliciting donations Saturday nights he picked up nickels thrown to the barroom floor by disgruntled patrons. It was a tough assignment for this bachelor officer living in quar- ters tacked onto the back of the Army hall. Deeply discouraged he re- applied to the Navy and was awaiting word of his acceptance when Divisional Commander Brigadier Doug Sharp appointed Canadian Field stopped by to audit the corps' books. Sensing Ron's discouragement 'he arranged to see him again at the upcoming Vancouver conference. Ron's naval acceptance arrives minutes after he had entrained for the coast. Among the conferees was Vera member of a United Church family from a graduate of Winnipeg's Grace Hospital and the Army's Training College year following Ron's who with sister-officer Norma Morgan officered the Vermilion corps. Ron and introduced at corresponded and met again when Ron participated- in Vermilion's Remembrance Day ceremony. Posted to Nipawin. he arranged for a two-day New Year's leave just enough time to rush to Saskatoon'and propose to Vera. They were married in the Shaunavon United Church in 1959 with .Captain Carl Bowes of Peterborough in charge of the Fort Macleod officiating. One of their happiest assignments was with the non- treaty Gitsan Indians of who displayed initiative and leadership in organizing their own to neighboring villages. The only sad memory they have is the resulting deaths in two years than in the previous Ron following the granting of liquor privileges in 1961. The same thing happened when the Peigan band received these privileges during the Butcher's ministry in Fort Macleod from 1963 to 1966. was a repetition of the Hazelton Ron claims A 13-month stay in years in White Rock and three in the Bowness- Montgomery Calgary corps preceded Ron's appointment as Lethbndge's correctional and welfare officer. Relieved of pulpit duties Ron handles a variety of responsibilities including the chaplaincy of the police fire Legion and navy and airforce association and for this year the presidency of the provincial Chaplaincy Association. He is responsible for suicide prevention and emergency in charge of the Army's Thrift heads the clothing division of the Emergency Measures attends morning court sessions and still finds time to be at Rotary and work weekly with 21 Beavers and the Navy League cadets. it to the police and fire I asked. often situations he explained. working with the his family and the police I can learn facts which may help him. The police are also men with needs and may require someone to share with. It's the same with especially when fire takes its human An experienced volunteer fireman towns lacking a paid fire Ron is still anxious to be first at the now chiefly to serve hot soup and coffee and supply clothes and shelter for the victims. He was fighting a downtown blaze in Nelson the morning his only son Mark was born. Enveloped in smoke he heard the birth announcement over the blaring fire-truck radio. His reaction by the town's newspaper made front page headlines the next day. The late Prime Minister Arthur termed the Salvation Army religious organization with the acute social conscience that sees a need and does something about One such attempt Ron is pleased with is the free Friday night bus transporting natives to Cardston and Moses Lake. In co- operation with the city's Kiwanis clubs he pushed for this service to help curb the situation where natives lacking transportation home slept overnight in used car lots. His newest venture will be the a temporary home where men attempting to return to society completing their sentence in the Lethbridge Correctional will have the opportunity to gain confidence so they can indeed succeed outside jail. If you've concluded Ron Butcher is a soft touch you're mistaken. He calls a spade a spade and lets the chips fall where they will. you have to be hard to be he admits. speak sympathetically is often the worst thing to do. Some people enjoy their own On such occasions Ron offers his sure-cure remedy. tried everything he not try He admitted he sometimes felt like telling people to especially when they lean on him continually for help rather than finding ways to help but Lord gives me grace to accept the constant demands. Without God's strength I simply couldn't cope with it and certainly no one but Vera would put up with my crazy What amazes him most is that despite all the social welfare benefits available today people still come to the Army for help. must be because of the spiritual help we When Ron Butcher took the Army's oath to abstain from finery he wasn't brainwashed as he claims many people are today who allow slick salesmanship to persuade them into addiction. On the he made his commitment freely and gladly because he believes Christian discipleship is mandatory if lip service isn't to be contradicted by performance. The killing of Nixon Captain Ron Butcher Photo Elwood Ferguson Book review Well-informed public necessary You Don't Know Can Hurt by Lester and 296 Despite its catchy You Don't Know Can Hurt was obviously not written for average reader. A textbookish look at the opinion forming process in the context of American government and media it seems directed primarily at the journalism school market Nevertheless author Lester who spent nearly half a century serving the New York Times as Sunday manages by copious use of rather intriguing to bring some relief to a somewhat weighty topic. His book is a studied examination of what makes people think or not think the political thoughts they do. His thesis is that no and most of all the mightiest democracy of them can work without a well-informed public. For the most part Mr. Markel concludes the public is poorly informed and the non- elite the great mass of make choices based on emotion and. poor and thus their opinions are too easily manipulated by the elite the one per cent or less of the people making the decisions. The says is to educate the non-elite so they can at least make sound appraisals of the elite at voting time. That he belongs to government and the media. In reaching these Markel spews out a lot of information on the existing system that while not always at least helps make the book entertaining. Discussing the role of the president in the information for Markel has this to president must see people. It of course that presidents entertain a great deal. The Nixons had guests to the executive mansion during their first year there This broke the hospitality record of guests Lyndon Johnson in 1968 even though he had the reputation of being the most get-together president of all but one finds oneself I need to know Most of his illustrations are more to the however. On the level of information on political matters held by Markel quotes man on the street interviews on the movement to abolish the electoral College in the U.S. citizen 'Every boy and girl should go to college and if they can't afford Yale or why Electoral is just as good if you work.' A woman in Philadelphia heard some very nice things about Electoral. It's here in the neighborhood somewhere. I think it's that bunch of red- brick buildings about three blocks further down -A sportsman guys at the bar poor-jnouth Electoral something awful. Wasn't they mixed up in a basketball scandal or But on the whole Mr. Market's book reads like a long complete with prescriptive Comments on what this or that branch of the government or the media should do to close the ANDY OGLE Books in brief and by R. B. Simon and Whiteside 239 Everybody should own this for it gives you the opportunity to pick your own type of exercise without having to rely on organized yoga instructions. You can do them in your own home any time you wish to exercise. It gives you proper breathing instructions to do with your chosen exercise and the book provides a program of 116 oriental and occidental exercises in which the stretching and strenthening powers unlocked by these two methods provide for a healthier and balanced person. Every exercise has photographs to give you an idea on how to proceed. A special section covers proper dieting and pre- and post-natal exercises. HILDEGARD RICKARD Mounted Edited by Hugh A. This book offers to any interested reader a fascinating account of the history of the opening up of this part of the west by the North-West Mounted Police. It portrays a detailed autobiography of William Parker's life in the area during the late 19th and early 20th century. I would definitely recommend this book as authentic reading on the area we live in today. LOUISE BURKE are either hero-worshippers or they either lionize or kill. There is no happy medium. John Kennedy wu a .man with great capable of with faults of character and stupidities of mind. But the American people decided to lionize him and were blind to his faults. It was the same way with Eisenhower. It would be fascinating to have the tape recordings of Eisenhower's and Kennedy's private The salty language of Kennedy in one of his fits of or Eisenhower when he lost his would be something to A friend of Kennedy's related that he was once visited by a certain politician. Kennedy excused withdrew into a private and there unburdened himself of a flow of obscenities and profanity. Then he returned calmly to talk to the politician. Wise Patrick a presidential defends Nixon's profanity by I'm sure when John F. Kennedy was told that the CIA had muffed the Bay of Pigs that the men the Americans had sent in there were being exterminated on the that Adlai Stevenson's false statements at the UN were being revealed to be I'm sure his conversation at that point in time was something the admirers of John F. Kennedy would.not like to have Anyone who has ever watched a barnyard knows the principle. When a hen is all the fowls join to peck it to death. It's also the jungle and gangland principle. Don't show the wounded kill them. It seems incredible that one could have sympathy with President Nixon. He has been no friend to Canada. His heavy duties on imports from Canada were cruel blows. His subsequent press conference in which he is our biggest customer in the world and we are their biggest customer in the was plain ignorance and stupidity. Canada has long been the best customer of the United States. His treatment of Japan has been brutal. He pushed the Soviet Union into an arms race. Almost deliberately he alienated India and forced her into a treaty alliance with Russia. Nixon flaunted his friendship for the dictators of and China. President Caldera of Venezuela stated his alarm over the prospect of a hegemony over all of Latin America by a U.S.-backed Brazil. Nixon responded to this fear by saying that Brazil was among closest of the U.S. and that as so will go the rest of Latin His arms and munitions support of the including the notorious dictatorships of Portugal and has been astonishingly reckless. Mr. Nixon has expanded the war machine so that since 1964 the cost to the American people has been over one trillion The military-industrial complex of the U.S. is terrifying. It is a pity that Nixon has not studied' Toynbee's history of the fate of countries who turn themselves into armed camps The Strong Man Armed. Voorhis states that the Nixon administration has made the United States the most militaristic nation in the In order to pay for the Pentagon's limitless in his January budget of 1972 Nixon cut aid to education by the school milk program by soil conservation by farmers' price supports by housing by nurses' training by and mental health services by million. American deficits skyrocketed. By 1972 interest on American indebtedness reached the colossal amount of almost billion. Yet American welfare policies are poor and among the worst in the Western world. President Nixon is not likely to get much sympathy. He has been arrogant beyond any president who ever held office. He has been merciless with opponents. It is symbolic that he has dressed the White House policemen in imperial uniforms. Voorhis calls him and Senator Church described him as a But the Americans had asked for this when they made their according to Clinton. chief chief commander in chief chief and chief of party. The American people wanted their president to be in a position of supreme authority and able to speak on contemporary issues and in times of crisis with no uncertain voice. A man may be completely honorable and yet in the American scene and given the American come to grief. President Wilson was a man of utter able shrewd lofty practical and effective legislator. No more dynamic or progressive president has ever held office. Bat his determination to lead his country and the world toward the vision which he saw so clearly was doomed to fail on the cynicism and selfishness of nations and men. Rossiter calls him but he was rather loyal to his and high-minded. When he slipped from the pinnacle of fame and public approval of course he was crucified. It is not just an American way of it's an old Roman custom not unknown to other nations. The people from GASP By William New York Times commentator WASHINGTON Carmine de boss of Tammany Hall a generation abolished the smoke-filled room during his tenure as leader because his eyes were sensitive to smoke. In that sense at de Sapio is regarded as a prophet without honor in his own time by members of a new one fiercer and more self-righteous than the Old Tiger of the Group Against Smokers' Pollution Across the GASP chapters have been formed to help shame the 52 million American smokers into refraining from indulging their habit in the breathing space'' of nonsmokers. have rights is the slogan of GASP and in its there are tips to members about methods to discomfort those who discomfort them. Some ideas are forthright out against while others are such as smoking by not providing So so in an enclosed people who are annoyed by tobacco smoke should make known their irritation to who should then have the courtesy to desist that is not the last GASP buoyed by their success in getting airlines to segregate the nonsmokers are pressing their attack with demands for government regulation of From Barry Goldwater's Arizona to George McGovern's South states have passed laws prohibiting smoking in concert libraries and elevators. Soon New York city's board of health is scheduled to act on a proposal to compel the segregation of smokers from nonsmokers in most public including restaurants. This is a good example of the tyranny of the minority. A little group of willful representing no opinion but their has rendered the great smoking public helpless and contemptible. Where a fire or health hazard nobody disputes that smoking should be prohibited. But despite the fuming of former Surgeon General Jesse no evidence. exists to suggest that the exhaled smoke of other persons poses a health hazard to nonsmokers. A tiny minority is acutely allergic to and its wishes need to be but public policy ought not to be set to accommodate today's Carmine de Sapios. The cigarette smoker is already the target of too many government agencies. He cannot be advertised to on he must carry around on every pack a dire warning about killing he is taxed regressively and punitively. Yet smoker continues to in the U.S. tast 588 billion cigarettes were dragged upon and choked and thanks to the growing interest in smoking by teenage the market continues to grow. This perverseness the refusal of people to do what is good for them activates the anti-smoking I even more than the annoyance caused by the exhalations of the coffin-nailers. If smokers do not respond to to to the silencing of to tax then perhaps the only way is to make it more difficult to find a place to light up. are not denying the smoker's right to GASP assures its right to smoke in your breathing Not any especially harassment by executive is part of a process that infringes our liberties and pollutes our statute books. Today the tomorrow the onion- and the day after tomorrow the person who prefers cheap perfume to the taking of baths once government gets its nose under the tent of social there will be no privacy for anyone. The bossism of the do-gooder is even when linguistic cloaks paternalism in the guise of selfishness. Not every social inequity needs a legal not pressure is appropriate to curb the smoker.- A a and if necessary the green-gilled appearance of the onset of motion should be enough to get most smokers to stub out a butt in a hurry. I gave up smoking two years and it is like losing a friend. I don't feel any and am not inclined to badger others into sacrificing one of life's little pleasures. What incenses some people is incense to blow some my way. But the abuse of the power of health agencies to put a governmental fist into the glove of social courtesies is worrisome. A new law separating smoking from nonsmoking areas in restaurants would invite a smoker's sit-in at a nonsmoking lunch turning the civil-rights clock back by decades. In their the people from GASP have gone too we can now look forward to the formation of 'united to fight for freedom by fighting fire with An By Doug Walker one evening came to where I was stretched out reading and hesitantly confessed that he had dropped our mantle radio. He had been in the process of taking it to the basement so that he could practise his drums to some broadcast music when the cord caught in something and pulled the radio out of his hands. at least was his story and his regret about what had happened seemed genuine but his mother thinks it must have been a deliberate thing. As a result of the fall the FM-on the radio doesn't work and the volume can't be turned down to a bearable level. Elspeth thinks it can't be coincidence that both of these developments suit Paul just fine.