Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 1HS IETHBRIDGI HERALD Saturday, Moy 30, 1970 Tim Traynor An Exchange Of Letters Columnist Joseph Alsop and Sena- tor Edward Kennedy recently en- gaged in an unprecedented for them, at least exchange of public letters. They illustrated how far apart people are today in their think- ing about power politics. Mr. Alsop initiated the exchange with a plea to Senator Kennedy to use his influence to stop the lunacy of protesting U.S. policy in Indochina. He believes that the anti war move- ment in the United States simply en- courages the U.S.S.R. to become bold- er hi its imperialistic aims, as in- stanced ominously in the introduc- tion of military personnel into the Middle East. The Senator completely rejected Mr. Alsop's line of thinking. Accord- ing to him, it is not the anti-war movement but the pre-occupation with war by the United States that has encouraged the growth of So- viet concern with such matters. He fully and openly protested against the war in Indochina and objected to it being justified as an instrument in the power struggle. In key sentences he said: "If it is Russia that we are now fighting in Indochina, then the American people should be so in- formed by their President. Then we will be forced to face at last the moral question of great powers de- stroying third countries to avoid the possibility of dealing with or facing each other." That did not end the exchange. Mr. Alsop followed with a footnote in which he contended that Senator Ken- nedy had missed the key point that a new ball game has been start- ed. What is new and frightening is that the Russians have for the first time committed troops to a military adventure beyond the recognized bor- ders of the Soviet empire. If Senator Kennedy replied to this we missed it. His answer could well fee that it is. not a new ball game but some added strategy in the old ball game. The old ball game is the game of countering in the struggle for power. A new ball game would be one in which the inventions of the nuclear bomb and the missile were fully taken into account. Nations are still trying to play the old game as though" these things were not in ex- istence and the whole outlook altered thereby. People raised in the old dispensa- tion, such as Joseph Alsop and most of the present leaders of the nations of the world, think young people pro- testing war are just naive. No doubt they are in terms of the premises ac- cepted by these elders. But as Dr. R. N. Anderson pointed out at the recent Chamber of Commerce sem- inar on education, youth today is characterized by a lack of glory in war; by the rejection of discrimina- tion; by acceptance of the concept of world community. The premises are different and if they have their way the historic actualities will also be different. The threat of Communist aggres- sion may be mistakenly minimized by youthful anti-war protesters but what they cannot accept is that the U.S. has moral justification for its military action in Indochina. Senator Kennedy wrote that continuation of the war "could only be morally de- fended if the vital security interests and welfare of the people of the Uni- ted States were at stake." Then, echo- ing the sentiments of the protesters, he said, "I do not believe that they are, nor do I believe that it was the very survival of our country that in- volved us in this tragedy in the first place." It is time to end the war and be- gin a new ball game free of many of the archaic assumptions of power politics. Discouraging Shoplifters A warning has teen given by Mag- istrate Lloyd Hudson that heavier fines are going to be imposed on shoplifters. The threat seems justi- fied in face of evidence that this offence is increasing. This is one area in which lawless- ness may be reduced by imposition of stiffer penalties. Deterrent meas- ures do not seem to be too effective In many forms of anti-social behavior but shoplifting may be an exception. There have been indications that shoplifting has acquired something of the aura of a game. Some young, people get involved in this undesiiv able activity on dares from their peers. In such instances it is the excitement of achieving a "success- ful" steal and not the possession of the article that appeals. If the magistrate's aproach Is suc- cessful in discouraging this form of activity, among young people at least, it will be welcome. It is very unfortunate when lawless tendencies receive encouragement in the young since one thing often leads to another with more serious misdemeanors pos- sibly following upon shoplifting. Where shoplifting is done with a more serious intent by adults, the threat of heavy fines may not be so effective as a deterrent. Those who steal in premeditated fashion may simply calculate the risk and con- tinue in their ways. One thing is certain and that is that shoplifting is a headache to merchandisers and increases the bur- den of financing for all consumers since losses have to be passed along in increased prices. There will be much hope, then, that the magis- trate's approach will prove effective. Weekend Meditation The Heart Of Christianity rpEE third chapter of the Gospel according to St. John is the most important chapter in the Bible. The entire New Testament stands or falls with1 it. If it is tnie, nothing is more important for a man to hear. If it is false, the churches have DO Gospel. Jesus never came to Jerusalem without some declaration regarding his Messiah- ship. This time he had cleansed the Temple, driving out the traffickers in holy things. He had also performed mir- acles. So Nicodemus came to see him. Ha may have been a delegation from the startled and angry religious and political leaders. Nicodemus was a so he was a member of the select minority who scrupulously observed the law. He was a wealthy man who provided a hundred pounds of myrrh and aloes for the dead body of Jesus. So Nicodemus had social position, culture, education, religious de- votion, and good character. What else did he need? He came to see Jesus at night, possibly in order to get privacy. Or he may have been timid about seeing a man who had aroused such hostility. He ser- tainly came in wistful need and bewilder- ment. "You must be born Jesus told Mcodeir.us. It is a theme that runs throughout the New Testament. Paul re- peatedly oresses the fact in his letters that in Christ a man became a new crea- tion. In his letter to the Romans he de- scribes tile transformation as something entirely radical, going down to the deepest roots of being. He also describes it as a dying and rising from the dead. He speaks of new Christians as "babes." Nicodemus plainly doubted the possi- bility of such rebirth. "Can a man be born again when he is Habits have be- come too strong. Character and personal- ity have become too fixed. The Moslems have a saying that if a man tells you a mountain has moved to another place, believe him, but if he tells you someone's character is changed, don't believe it. Yet John himself is proof of its possibility. He was a fiery disciple, called "Son of Thunder" by Jesus as he wanted to call down fire on a Samaritan village. How be changed, the first letter of John makes clear. Peter was changed from a fickle, disloyal follower into "the rock." Matthew, the Publican, became a heroic martyr. Similarly all the disciples were changed, bom again, and it has happened to count- less- thousands since. How does it happen? Not through man's will power. This new birth is beyond human strength. It is the gift of the Spirit How does it operate? This is a mystery, known only to God, says Jesus'. One de- mand is faith in Jesus himself. To Nico- demus is given the most familiar and be- loved verse in the Bible: "God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believetn in him thould not perish, but have everlasting life." Tliis is quite wonderful! Over and over Jesus told men that the Creator loved them. They were not alone in an uncaring universe. This love was the key to the coining of Jesus for the world's re- demption. Man's response to Jesus1 is the judgement of his soul. This offer of salvation is for every man, not for a select few. Some people have "made His love too narrow by falce limits of our own." It is an offer to every race and nation. In the Book of the Reve- lation the redeemed come from every corner of the earth and again the word "whosoever" is the concluding invitation of the Bible. Hero is the statement ot human brotherhood1. Men are all equal at tire Cross. So life's business is just the tei-rible choice, as a wise man said. One may choose hell or heaven, the sensual or the spiritual, life with God or life without Him. Prayer: Here is my life, 0 God, commit- ted to Thoe, in faith that Thou canst create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. S. M. Arctic Claims Stimulate U.S. Imagination WASHINGTON Prime Min- to liis Arctic claims, Uiey have, by Kicharci tut'. i-'I the i -inr Tnitloan clearlv ranged lar beyond the spsci- Christian Monitor, and bier Tiudcau has cieany fjcs. of case _ sometimes Frank GeUein in tho Washing. piqued the imagination of Am..... .-..._.... _ with tongue in cheek. erican journalists. In reacting Cases in point are columns ton Star. Mr. Getlcin has writ- ten with black humor under "Marveilleux le ban Richard Purser ic Games With Dignity lU VjaillCO f Y 1 Ul J_yiglll (Second of two articles) lyrONTREAL Sour notes about Montreal's winning of the 1976 summer Olympics are heard not only from the West, where Vancouver simul- taneously lost the same year's winter Olympics in the May 12 International Olympic Commit- tee voting in Amsterdam. They are heard from Ottawa, where members of Parliament are wondering how much Mon- treal Mayor Jean Drapeau's la- test coup will cost the Cana- dian taxpayer. They have to be ever mindful of the mil- lion or so for which His Honor hooked the federal government after Expo 67. This time, Ottawa has care- fully avoided involving itself in the.mayor's latest quest and in any financial commitments at- tending thereto. After all, Can- ada's centennial celebration is not at stake in 1976. But Expo 67 proved Mr. Drapeau's ad- eptness at not being the last to hold the hot potato of deficit as it was passed from level to level of government. He has prom- ised not to soak the taxpayer for the 1976 venture neither to make nor to lose money, he said but he is a master of the fiscal arts and this will be believed when it is seen. Nevertheless, he is a man of his word. It was as such that he dramatically clinched the Olympics in a beautifully calcu- lated last minute speech in Amsterdam. He refused to give the IOC a financial guarantee, standing only on his dignity and that of his city. It worked. Those who know and trust Jean Drapeau do not believe he will climax his career on a double- cross. Those who know his de- voted staff say the ever-elusive May Days From The Calgary Herald IVTAY is more than Just the month in which real spring weather can be expected to ar- rive at last. On the first day of May most Canadian taxpayers began earn- ing money for themselves for the first time in the year. From January to May, the great maj- ority of Canadian wage earners are working for the government. What they earn goes to the gov- ernment. Government in Canada takes about one-third of national earn- ings annually. It docs the tak- ing in the form of various taxes. It takes one-third of a year to produce one-third of the national income. So everyone, in effect, has to work for the government for one-third of a year. We might be able to enjoy ourselves more knowing that what we earn from now on we can keep for ourselves, except months of actual living expenses that we'll have to cover twelve with only eight months of earn- ings. costs of the Olympics have been calculated as closely as pos- sible. His Honor will be as honest as ever, it is assumed, and it was honesty that first put him into office after he destroyed a corrupt municipal regime. But if there is anyone who has the mastery to get blood from the driest federal stone, it is Jean Drapeau. He and his crew have done brilliantly as it is: Most of the unrecoverable part of the estimated million cost of preparing for the Olympics has been artfully designed to be had from Ottawa under previous grant arrangements, such as through the conversion of Olym- pic Village into a future low- cost housing project. The Olympics will also as- sure the completion .of Mon- treal's already impressive su- per highway system, the speeding up of the city's new international super airport complete with new highway and rapid transit facilities, exten- sion of Montreal's fine subway system, and construction of a host of facilities useful in the future. Since the buildup will take six yeafs, a rosy immediate future 'is in store for Montreal if politi- cal extremists don't upset it. Continuing Olympic publicity cannot but help tourism, which is growing nicely even as it is. Managers of Montreal's numer- ous luxury hotels and restaur- ants are beside themselves. The culminating year, 1976, has a double bonus. It is the bicentennial of another confed- eration that of the U n i t e d States, whose existence dates from July 4, 1776. The U.S. has been awarded Expo 76, or what- ever it'will be called, the im- mediate seque} to Osaka's Ex- po 70 and the North American sequel to our own Expo 67. It will be in either Boston or Phil- adelphia, the two historic cra- dles of tho American federa- tion. Whichever city wins, both are close to Montreal and will combine with it the Olympic city, as a touristic doublehead- ef that year. So says Paul Le- duc, the effective secretary-yen- eral of Mayor Drapeau's 000 per year personal-staff. Sour notes there are, some of them from local ly union leaders who see the Olympics as a circus for the middle class while the poor1 go breadless. The mayor is deter- mined to make the Olympics an occasion of dignity, not of display, lie should know what he's doing. After all, he owns So They Say Industrial management, for so long the preserve. of those who either inherited the job or worked their way up to it, is becoming more and more the prerogative of the qualified man. Mrs. Shirley Williams, Minister of State, U.K. Home Office. Montreal's most dignified res- taurant. But Jean Drapeau is at this moment an authentic local folk hero. He has earned his status. Anyone who wants the Olympic games ift future, please hire Jean Drapeau. Write your re- quest in French. (Herald Quebec Bureau) Letters To The Editor the heading: "Shall We Go to War with But first Mr. Strout, who has written in a wishful and seri- ous vein, under the caption: "Gesture of Decency." He is taken with the idea that Can- ada and the U.S. might move their dispute over the Arctic .into the World Court giving that underworked body a new lease on life to the benefit of the world at large. "The world is full of jeal- ousies, rivalries and ob- serves Mr. Strout. "It is like a frontier community where men take justice into their own hands because the rule of law is powerless." A move into' the World Court would be "a ges- ture of decency for civilization, at a time when nobody knows for sure whether it can sur- vive." Attention has mainly been fo- cussed on ploys and counter- ploys over the court issue. Mr. Trudeau introduced his pro- posals for extending pollution- control jurisdiction over the Northwest Passage with the explicit reservation that Can- ada would not accept the court's authority in the mat- ter. The U.S. countered by urging Canada to agree to go to the court voluntarily. Mr. Strout recommends that the U.S. zero in on areas of dispute where Canada has left the door open for court action. "There is still the wider ques- tion of the limit of territorial waters (where Canada has taken a new initiative, extend- ing the limit from three to 12 miles) and of disputed sover- eignty over the continental shelf beneath the ocean and the ice he writes. The U.S. opposes the unilateral ex- tension of territorial waters as well as the assertion of pollu- tion control jurisdiction. Mr. Strout contrasts the tra- ditionally lukewarm U.S. atti- tude to the World Court with its historical record of s-ub- mitting issues to peaceful set- tlement. "The Jay Treaty with England in 1794 settled the Maine Nova Scotia boundary. In 1844, the emotional quarrel over the Oregon boundary dis- pute was so settled and, in 1872, the Alabama claims fol- lowing the Civil War. "A pattern set by one nation spreads- to he con- cludes. "Here is a chance for good, neighbors to settle a spe- cific difference and at the same time help along interna- tional comity." With controversy over war in Southeast Asia once again at fever pitch, Mr. Getlein dilates upon what he considers the ul- timate absurdity: war with Canada. Sardonically, he says there is a lot to be said for such a war which he says, "we seem to be drifting into to defend the sacred right of American oil companies to pollute the high seas anywhere on the globe.." Ruefully, he asks why, since they can "s-mear goo" all over California beaches, they should not be "free to liven up that endless while expanse up there with a little shiny black? "This is not at odds with 'concern for the environment; unless the Arctic is polluted, the environmentalists will be deprived of the opportunity of cleaning it up." Listing the advantages of Canada as an outlet for the U.S. need "to be at war some- where or he notes that moot. Canadians unders land English, making it easy to get along, and that the French- spsaking element "lends that necessary feeling of being away from home." The occupiers of Quebec would, furthermore, have ac- cess to "a gratifying number of first class restaurants. And Canadians, "being even more civilized than we are our- would adhere to the rules of war including Christ- mas truces "during which they could sing White Christmas to us and we could sing Ailouette to them." A subsidiary war goal would be "to put an end to their zenophobic campaigns to pre- serve literacy in Canada by curtailing American t e 1 e- vision." An immediate inva- sion of Canada "in plenty time for the Shakespeare sea- son at bring the U.S. into the mainstream of international affairs in the second half of the 20th century a period in wiu'ch it is normal to "fall upon your Im- mediate reighbor and beat the ears off him." He recalls Indians fighting Pakistanis, Congolese fighting Congolese, Nigerians killing. Biafrans, Arabs seeking to crush Israel, Irish1 Protestants fighting Irish Catholics and the Russians fighting the Czechs, Poles, Hungarians and Chi- nese. "This is, when you think of it, the sensible sort of war to he concludes. "It cuts down logistics and makes it easier to get home on; leave. At last our chance has come. On to Ontario." (Herald AVashinglon Bureau) The 'Up With People' Message The idea of a newspaper is to bring information to readers but I i'eel .your papoj wants its readers to have in- formation on what the editor feels, important, not what is really important to the whole community. You relate information on riots and sit-ins and yet when a group of young people inter- ested in brotherhood come here what coverage do you give them? When the Black Panth- ers were going to arrive in this fair city they made the. news in a big way but the "Up With People" group arrived here with hardly a handful of people knowing what they represent- ed. The write-up of their per- formance was found on page 24. The first page of the sec- ond section carried a story on our clean-up campaign being delayed because residents had so much rubbish. This may be great news for some but to parents and Christians "Up With People" is big news which brings joy, not despair. I feel the public should know something about the group, consisting of 120 students and teachers, and if your paper will not inform the general public maybe I can outline it to them in this letter. These people are touring to bring love and brotherhood into someone else's lives through their actions and their songs. They reach every age level as the music is modern while the words portrays the meaning of brotherhood. The enthusiasm is boundless and so contagious that everyone is caught up into it. The students work very hard to get their education, prepare for shows and still have time to fit into family life wherever they stay. There are four groups that tour and before going into a country they learn the lan- guage so '.hey can communi- cate their feelings. They are not chosen for their talents but rather on personality and how strongly they feel their cause is. J h a v e never seen so many young people with such motiva- tion. Calgary had wanted the show there but Lethbridge was the lucky one so a large group of people travelled here from Edmonton, Red Deer and Cal- gary. "Up With People" has been on two nationwide tele- caste on the NBC but when they arrived in our city how much publicity did they get? I am sure the Exhibition Pa- vilion would have been packed- if our citizens would have real- ized what the group represent- ed. The group feel so strongly that they write their own songs and when they are performing their hearts are in every word. The principal of the school is a Canadian. The teachers are part of the east but they re- ceive no salary although .they do get an allowance. Their school is the only accredited touring high school in North America. The parents pay the students' tuition and for other necessities but in some cases sponsors are found. TheJe stu- dents do not drink or somke. I hope in the future that we, as citizens oJ Letbbridge, may read your newspaper for infor- mation and receive the good news as well as the bad. The people who missed something great are the losers possibly, because of lack of complete iit formation but to the ones who were fortujaio for having had this experience may count our blessings as our lives are much richer for it. Youth today certainly is not as bad as your paper makes them out to be. LEARNING FROM YOUTH. Lethbridge. Educational Seminar 1 would like to publicly thank the Public and Separate School Boards for Sponsoring the sem- inar on Educational Priorities for the Seventies. It was a very stimulating and rewarding ex- perience to all who partici- pated. Dr. Anderson, Dr. Thie- mann and the panelists must be congratulated for the time and effort they put into making the seminar so successful. In one group discussion, apathy was said to be caused by one of two things: 1. Ev- eryone is so happy with things the way they are they don't even want a change. 2. They have just given up and say "What's the If the first is true, Leth- bridge is one city in a hun- dred. To people who havs given up I'd like to say, "Nothing ven- tured, nothing Parents should care about education yet this is the group that was con- spicuous by its absence. Aware- ness and concern for humans and our environment is the only way we can build a better to- morrow. MRS. PHYLLIS Lcthbridgc. JOEVENAZZO. LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD 1D20 The spring auction of the international fur exchange was concluded in St. Louis to- day with sales amounting to the second largest volume ever attained on the fur market. 1930 Billy Arnold, youthful Chicago driver won the 500 mile Indianapolis Car Race to- day with a speed of 100.158 miles per hour. 1940 Lord Frederick Cam-. bridge, a first cousin of King George VI, has been killed in action, it was announced in London today. 1950 Pakistan's prime min- ister-Lisquat All Khan and the Begum, arrived in Canada this morning, as guests of the gov- ernor-general. TheLethkidge Herald m 7th St. S., Lethbndge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 -1934, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration Number 0012 Member of Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Nfwspipw Pub-tubers' Association and Audit Bureau of CLEG W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. 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