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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THi UTHBRIDGE HERAID Saturday, May Open society benefits all mankind By Norman Cousins, Los Angeles Times commentator Fight drunkenness The Albsrta Medical Association's appeal to fight drunk drivers, wel- come as it is, doesn't go far enough. Drunkenness doesn't only result in death on the highways, it is by far the major factor behind crime in the streets, disintegration of homes, wastage of personal potential and of community resources, and inducer of suffering. Alcohol is the most ser- ious drug problem in society. Most of the fighting done on the alcohol front is of a rear-guard ac- tion variety. It consists mainly of lay- ing the heavy hand of the law on those whose "drinking creates prob- lems and attempting to rehabilitate those who have become alcoholics. Some attempt is made, too, to ed- ucate the public about the dangers of excessive consumption of alcohol. But no effort is really made to dis- courage people from drinking and for an obvious reason. Nobody seems to want to get serious about tackling this problem in a fron- tal fashion because too much is at stake economically. Production and sale of alcoholic beverages provides a lot of jobs and makes a lot of money for those involved. Sports and cul- tural programs are heavily subsidized by liquor interests Even governments have a couple of fingers in the pie. There is only one sensible way to tackle the menace of ever-increasing consumption of alcohol and that is to discourage its use. This is not the con- clusion of a temperance advocate; this is the essence of a study at Stan- ford University funded by the U.S. department of health, education and welfare. The report, published by Ox- ford University Press in 1967 under the title, Alcohol Problems: A Report to the Nation, recommended that there be a national organization for the promotion of a change in atti- tudes that would lead to an improve- ment in drinking practices. Those involved in the study recog- nized that it is the promotion of excessive use of alcohol through notions that it is heroic and humor- ous to be drunk and smart to be a generous host that has to be tackled. These attitudes have to be changed and standards of etiquette revised. In other words the social pressures to drink need to be vastly reduced- Several years have elapsed since the Stanford study was released but so far there is no evidence that its recommended approach has been giv- en serious consideration in either Can- ada (two of the commissioners were Canadians) or the United States. Pos- sibly the problems created by the use of alcohol have to get even worse be- fore the authorities in society will take the route of promoting new attitudes. A push from a body such as the medical association might head off that awful prospect. Action on parks needed The acquisition of additonal park land is one of the most pressing needs facing Albertans Reports of sardine like cramming at provincial parks over the Victoria Day weekend makes one wonder whether "getting away from it all'' is not actually just substituting city congestion for park crowding. At least thirty people to an acre were pack- ed in at some provincial parks com- pared to a 22 person per acre stipula- tion in new subdivisions including single-family, high-rise and town houses. Beauvais Lake, 15 miles southwest of Pincher Creek, for instance, listed as offering room for 50 tents and 25 trailer-camper units, was jammed by some 400 camping units of every des- cription. Reports of trailers and tents housed on ball diamonds and every nook and cranny available have been received from the Calgary area as sun-seekers crowded in at a density higher than the heaviest population allowed in urban development. Such congestion has had a telling effect on the area's ecology, harmmg ma- ture trees, pounding down ground cover and making it almost impossi- ble to nurture young saplings. News of the impending opening of a 130 unit private campground outside Waterton Lakes National Park offers some relief to the very limited 300 sites within the park but this is not Weekend Meditation nearly enough. The announcement of the five year upgrading program for provincial parks and the introduction of formalized camping, where every family has its own stall, offering ad- ditional privacy and less congestion than the present "come and get it" method is also good news. But good as it is it is hopelessly inadequate. Upgrading present small parks is es- sential but little parks will never meet the growing camper and trail- er trend on the upswing in Canada. What is needed are vast, treed areas. similar to the Crowsnest, dotted with streams, in picturesque surrounding where families can relax for days away from crowds. The Porcupine Hills, west of Nan- ton, offer ideal campground terrain. Clustered with stately Douglas firs and laced with streams, this crown land, under the jurisdiction of the Crowsnest Forest Reserve, only 100 miles from Lethbridge, offers the re- moteness all city dwellers crave. It is similar to that of the B C. Cari- boo country, fresh and green with gentle tree-studded hills offering an expansive view of lush valleys. Provincial parks supervisor J. U- Enckson has already recommended to the provincial government that this choice area be considered for camp- ground construction. It is to be hoped his suggestion will not only be heed- ed but acted upon swiftly. When life seems useless Happiness is s state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, looking forward eagerly with hope, hcVing no reservations, but very few have this blessed condition. They have doubts and anxieties and sometimes the dreadful feeling that their lives are utterly meaningless. Perhaps the drudgery of a job has defeated them. An assembly-line worker at an automo- bile plant says, "You don't think you're an automated puppet." Another says that when he comes to the plant he asks himself, "What am I coming here for? I'm crazy." According to Thoreau most men live lives of quiet desperation. They live from payday to payday, unable to get ahead, unable to realize those elu- sive hopes, tired most of the time, and nothing they say or do has much conse- quence. The greatest of mental tragedies is to find oneself completely frustrated. It leads to moral tragedies. Alcoholism is one of them, promiscuity another, or one may become a lone wolf or sink into feelings of inferiority and insignificance Such psychologically tost people are not by any means confined to the .class, but have just as large a percentage among the professional group, doctors, lawyers and teachers. It is easy to fall into an attitude of devaluing yourself, running yourself down. The Bible says that a man must love his neighbor as himself and few people realize that a man must love himself and that until he loves himself properly he can never love his neighbor. The person who hates himself hates everybody else. It is extremely im- portant for society that a man should have a high opinion of himself The father of American psychology., Wil- liam James, said, ''The first underlying cause of all sickness, weakness, or depres- sion, is the human sense of separateness from that Divine Energy which we call God. The soul which can feel and affirm in serene but jubilant confidence, as did the Nazarene: 'I and my Father are has no further need of healer or of heal- ing Man is meant for eternal destiny. He is potentially a child of the most high God. It is said that few men live within 15 per cent of their possibilities. No man need be the cringing victim of his fears, sins, and follies, at the mercy of evil forces. "We must not obey." said Aristotle, "those who urge us, because we are human and mor- tal, to think human and mortal thoughts; in so far as we may we should practice immortality, and omit no effort in accord- ance with the best that is in us." Every- man has a capacity for endur- ance, imagination, creation, and achieve- ment beyond his wildest dreams, but most of all he has a capacity for being and be- ing is more important than doing So the Apostle exults that he has been made a king and priest to God. "As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the Sons of God." Like the prodigal son in the Bible story, you were not meant for feeding swine. You need an inner revolution winch will lead you to say, "I will arise and go." And in your darkest moments remember with the Psalmist: "Weeping may tarry for the night, But joy comes in the morn- ing." Prayer. Loiti, I believe, help Thou mine unbelief. F, S. M. Some people look at the mood of America today, especially in the light of the Watergate scan- dals, and see a wave of cyni- cism, disillusion, disdain. This is not what I see. I see a nation reassured, reawaken- ed, renewed. Reassured about the inner bal- ance of their society. Reawakened to the essential values of a government in which the ultimate power be- longs not to presidents but to the people. Renewed by the proof that justice need not be subordinat- ed to power. The Watergate exposures may reveal that the highest of- fices in the land can be occu- pied by men who are puny for all their power and who are deeply corrupt for all their pub- lic moralizing. But the same exposures also reveal that the structure of this country is sound, capable of sustaining un- imagined pressures. The young men who came together at Philadelphia in 1787 to design a government for their new society would not be dismayed by what is hap- pening today. For their basic purpose was to create a gov- ernment that could deal with its own failures. They were stu- dents of history. They knew that even the best of men are flaw- ed and that the natural tenden- cy of men is not to leave avail- able power lying around. They knew that the power of govern- ment can become a personal convenience for men who want to use it to hide their mistakes or to punish or destroy their political opponents or to make government subservient to the exercise of their personal pow- er. "Hey Samr fejla out here wants to buy our whole left-over supply of 'Nixon's The One' buttons and Show must go on despite Watergate By James Reston, New York Times commentator NEW YORK It is not easy for the American people to be- lieve in the noble sentiments of politicians these but when the leaders of the Soviet Union and West Germany meet on the Rhine and begin nego- tiating contracts for a "radical turn" toward co-operation in a new world order, even the Watergate seems less import- ant. nation has its night- mare. Russia's has been inva- sion across the eastern Euro- pean plains from the industrial West. Germany's nightmare has been inflation Britain's has been unsmployment. America's, since the invention of the atom bomb and the intercontinental ballistic missile, has been an- other Pearl Harbor. But BOW there is a new mood if not a new order in world af- fairs. Not so long ago, Chair- man Khrushchev was talking about the inevitable struggle be- tween the Soviet Union and the West, in which the Socialist sys- tem was going to surpass the industrial and agricultural pro- duction of the capitalist nations and us as a result of our own contradictions. Well, we have our contradic- tions and our problems the Watergate puts them on the television all day long but the Soviet Union has its own problems at home, its longing for a decent life for its people, its ideological conflict with China, its technological lags and its savage political conspiracies at home that make Watergate seem almost innocent. Nevertheless, Moscow is changing and adjusting to the economic determinism of the coming age, to the imperatives of the computer and the new scientific revolution, to the need for peace in the West if it is to have trouble with China in the East. Chairman Brezhnev, visiting West Germany, didn't sound anything like Chairman Stalin or even Chairman Khrushchev who started the accommodation with the West but still felt that he had to shake his fist at the capitalists. "On the Brezhnev said, "one can perhaps say that our planet today is closer to durable, lasting peace than ever before. And the Soviet Union is shifting all its weight to but- tress this beneficial tendency He continued: "The Europe that has more than once been the hotbed of aggressive wars that have brought tremendous destruction and the death of millions of people must become forever a thing of the past. We want a new continent in its place a continent of peace, mutual trust, and reciprocally advantageous co-operation. Of course he wants Willy Brandt, who is the real hero of this movement toward accom- modation, to accept the perm- anent division of Germany, with Letter to the editor CMA to consider protest The protest voiced by the Lethbridge physicians regard- ing the poor spoi tsmanship and roughness of amateur hockey is the first formal com- plaint forwarded to the Cana- dian Medical Association With several doctors voicing their concern and a number of phy- sicians in our various councils and committees having raised this subject it is our intention to place the matter before an early meeting of the CMA board of directors. A copy of the Lethbridge physicians' protest letter has been forwarded to the presi- dents of the two medical or- ganizations primarily concern- ed with sports' injuries and prevention and treatment namely, the Canadian Associa- tion of Sports Sciences and the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine. Pending further ac- tion by the CMA I would sug- gest that the Canadian Ama- teur Hockey Association con- sult these two informed and ex- perienced agencies. T wish to add my personal concern as a former Junior A hockey player and as a private individual with the apparent in- crease in severe violence, rule violations, etc., leading to fre- quent serious injury. D. A. GEEKIE, BPHE, CPH Director of Communications; The Canadian Medical Ass. Ottawa Eastern Germany under Com- munist control, though Brezh- nev would never consider any division of Soviet territory or independence, even in the Bal- tic states. But even so. the Brezhnev-Brandt compromise is an historic event, which will probably be remembered long after the Watergate is forgot- ten. In the relations between the nations, something historic is going on here that, despite all the domestic conflicts in the United States, the Soviet Union, China, West Germany, Britain and France, may create a new order in the world. The idea is beginning to get around in all the major capi- tals from Tokyo to Peking and Moscow, and through Europe to Washington, that the major nations have more to gain by co-operating with one another than by fighting one another. This is the meaning of Brezh- nev's visit to West Germany and his visit next month to Washington. He is coming to this country at a very awkward time, and lot of people are saying he should postpone the visit or even skip it, but the Watergate scandal is not the only big news in the world. The struggle in Moscow between the people who want to cany on the Cold War with the West and the psople there who want to make an ac- commodation with Germany, the Common Market, Japan, and the United States is funda- mental to the future order of the world. There is a chance for sanity here and it shouldn't be missed. Accordingly, the people who are talking about impeaching President Nixon or forcing his resignation maybe ought to look beyond the Watergate. It could be that the evidence will force the House to bring in a bill of impeachment and the Senate to preside over that awful judg- ment, but meanwhile the world goes on, and Nixon has to speak for the Republic at a critical point in world affairs. Time is important here The Watergate hearings will go on for months. They have to go ori, because the important thing is not to convict a few criminals but to get at the facts of the whole political conspir- acy which has been corrupting the country, and this will mean prolonged hearings, criminal trials, and appeals that will take months and maybe years. But meanwhile the politics of (he world continue. Moscow and Peking are changing. Europe if uniting and challenging Ameri- ca in the markets of the world, Japan is reclaiming her place in the sun, and somebody has to speak for America, regard- less of Watergate. This can only be the presi- dent. He is in terrible trouble now and does not even dare have a news conference and answer the questions on every- body's mind, but until the Water- gate evidence is all in, he still has to deal with the Soviet Un- ion, the dollar crisis, the trade crisis, the arms crisis, and the opportunities of a changing So- viet Union, China, Europe and the world. That was why the young men at Philadelphia fought so bard about creating a government that would not be shaken to the ground by men who regarded high office as a sanctuary for concealing their moral fail- ures or their abuse of the lie trust. The American government to now vindicated as never before. It has been able to withstand contempt of law at high The men involved are not su- pernumeraries. They were giv- en authority by the president to act in his name. They are charged with having hired pro- fessional thugs to victimize Am- erican citizens or with having tried to influence judges or with having used Gestapo tactics to serve their personal ends. No; the Founding Fathers of the United States might be dis- gusted by what is happening today but they would not be disillusioned. They would be en- couraged by the vindication of their essential purpose to create a government not of men but of laws, a government in which ultimate security re- sided in its institutions and val- ues. The Watergates in America go far beyond government. The fascination with violence and the exploitation of violence are not confined to high station. Whether in our public or pri- vate affairs, we have taken life too lightly. We have Become de- sensitized to the incredible fra- gility of lives. It is not just in Vietnam that we have become casual about the preciousness of Me. In the kinds of enter- tainment we seek or the kinds of art we encourage, we have handled roughly the delicate fabric that must sustain life. But a great change is now in the making. I envy the people in this year's graduating class. They are coming into a nation that has shown it is capable of being renewed, revitalized, resensitized. Those who have entertained the idea that they might go into public service should be strengthened, not weakened, by what has happened in recent months For they are living witnesses to one of the great purifying experiences in our history- There is no warrant today for cynicism or disillusion. These graduands live in an open society The essential challenge to that society is not just to better itself but to help make tliis planet safe and fit for the human species. The peo- ple on this earth are in jeopardy today whether because of war, environmental poisoning or the exhaustion of their nat- ural resources. An open society cannot re- main open if it is disconnected from the rest of the world. I envy the young people because this place in that open society can have important meaning for everyone on earth quite literally, for everyone on earth. "For heaven's sake, John, I know as a good Republican you're about the Watergate business, but..." The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD 00. LTD., Proprietors and Publisbtrt Prtlifthed 1905 1994, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Clau Man Registration No 0012 Hftember of The Canadian Press and the 'Canadian Dally Newspaper PuMltMrr Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager DON FILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor HOY MILES OOUGLAi K. WALKER .....lanoaor editorial Page Editor ICRAID 9MVES THE SOUTH- ;