Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, November 1, 1974 The old pro In his defeat on trying to regain the leadership of the Liberal Party in New- foundland, Joey Smallwood has given Canadians a gift which may not be as widely appreciated as it should be. He has shown them how to lose. The example comes at a propitious time. Lately, and regrettably, some observers of the scene have felt that Canadians know only how to win, at the polls, on the Scoreboard, or however. Ex- cuses for losing are stil! a dime a dozen, particularly on the Scoreboard, though the mythology of sports holds that par- ticipation teaches one how to lose as well as how to win. Mr. Smallwood did not equate his defeat with personal destruction, which it was not He did not accept it as humiliation, which it was not, although it was decisive. He did not leave the convention hall in shame and anger, as John Diefenbaker had done in 1967 under similar circumstances. He did not attempt to split his supporters from the party. Instead, he demonstrated his sup- port for that party and for the winner by the gesture of calling the vote unanimous and asking three cheers for his opponent. In the course of a political career which made him a legendary figure in his own time, Mr. Smallwood has chalked up many a political triumph. It seems to have been a revelation to some of his detractois as well as some of his sup- porters that, m the end, he also knew how to lose. This example of the real professional should not be lost on his countrymen. Lavish provincial funds The suggestion made during a recent city council meeting that the best way to get favorable press coverage for the Winter Games is to keep the media "well-oiled" is a compliment of dubious merit and it overstates the qualifications for that profession. In any drinking com- petition among the professions, it is hardly likely that journalists would win. Nevertheless, if the Winter Games committee still wants for hosting a reception for the media during the games, why doesn't it approach the provincial public affairs bureau? Surely somewhere in that bureau's (count 'em) annual budget there is which has nothing better to do. As a matter of fact, there may be more than there which has nothing better to do. And the next time a member of the loyal opposition rises in the House of Commons to berate the federal Liberal government for the establishment of In- formation Canada let him think twice about the charge and sit down ERIC NICOL An antique television Our family TV set is now old enough to vote. A wedding present from my parents in September. 1955, the old tellie is free, black- and-white, and darn near 21 Seen it all. has our aging Cyclops. We have one of the few television sets with bags under its knobs and liver spots on its test pattern. The set has had every disorder known to electronics It is covered by a service contract with the manufacturer, but I have to disguise my voice when I phone for repairs the company knows that it is in for a bad time and tries to play dead You see. our TV set is not at all like the color sets advertised on TV Mending it is not the simple matter of slipping out a module, snapping in a new one, and romping off to the sofa for coffee and a bit of slap and tickle with the grateful lady of the house. No. indeed Our TV has the works in a drawer, but in company with my socks and underwear Bits and pieces have fallen off. or out of. tb.3 set over the years, and I keep them in the urawer in case they are needed Our set goes to the shop for repair every time, regardless of how minor the problem In fact we have to remove six screws and the back panel before we can change channels We tend to be loyal to one station the one with the picture The company that made the mistake of issuing a service contract on our TV set knows better than to send one of its younger repairmen, when the set gets the gollywobbles Even so, the grey haired veterans who are assigned to the job (some of them lean on canes and must be helped with their tool box) stare at our TV set in frank disbelief We had one to the house last month, an older chap whose hair turned a little whiter when I introduced him to the set "They sent you out alone''" I asked, with some concern Because the TV cabinet is built of solid teak, and has absorbed ad- ditional deadweight from two score years of exposure to situation comedies, it requires at least two men to carry it to the van The repairman nodded grimly and said: "It has lost the flap that covered the control pan- el The diagnosis was one I've heard often On the inside of the flap were diagrammed the controls and the method of adjusting them "It fell off about 10 years ago." I said I know how the repairman felt Like being dropped on the moon without a map He stared at the picture tube, which was conveying a thin horizontal band of light peopled by extra-ordmarily squat tennis players the U S Open Championships for Fat Dwarfs Clearly he had never seen such vintage grandeur in video distortion "It looks like a hernia." he said "Really9" I said The TV set was treated for a hernia in 1957. "We've tried to keep it on light entertainment A hernia "Not the set's mine." The repairman tried to move the set away from the wall, and several dessicated apple cores spilled from the innards Abandoning this approach, he borrowed a piece of paper and made a draw- ing of the control panel. "I'll show it to them at the he ex- plained. "Maybe someone will recognize it." A few days later another repairman, larger than the first, came and collected the chassis, after checking to make sure no animal was nesting in the speaker We have the set back now. Works fine. Still takes a while to warm up I turn it on first thing in the morning, to catch The National but the picture quality 15 good It should be even better, after we can have the cataract removed "Looks like it might take a lot more dough to make a loaf of bread Contradictory actions By Dian Cohen, syndicated commentator MONTREAL "Canada cannot feed the Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan said last week, referr- ing to the fact that world ppp- ulation is forecast to double within two generations. Canada cannot support the present level of new im- migrants, said Immigration Minister Robert Andras, referring to the fact that economic growth and therefore job opportunities, housing and services are forecast to be hard to come by, for a while at least. While these gentlemen were displacing some awareness of the social and economic realities of today's world, their colleague, Justice Minister Otto Lang was busy dashing off memos to hospital and cabinet committees suggesting that hospital abor- tion committees and women's groups which approve abor- tion are promoting illegal pur- poses and therefore are sub- ject to prosecution or withdrawal of federal funding. The population outlook tor the next couple of generations are so well known by now that population statistics have almost lost their power to shock World population today is roughly 3.6 billion. A little over a billion live in in- dustrialized areas like Canada, which expect to have stable populations within two generations These stable pop- ulations will be approximately 50 per cent larger than today, adding to the environmental problems facing us Environment aside, in a large part of the world, pop- ulation stability is nowhere in sight These areas cannot even today sustain themselves at the barest levels of sub- sistence. Next week, at the World Food Conference in Rome, it will be demonstrated that a billion people are on the edge of starvation. Yet the un- derdeveloped world, which now supports a population of 2Vz billion, will, in two generations, have to contend with 10 billion In the midst of this popula- tion bomb. Canada is m a curious position. Twenty two million people occupying 3Vz million square miles of territory and enjoying one of the highest standards of living in the world, hardly constitute a problem in the usual sense of the word. The question, on strictly selfish grounds, is whether Canada can insulate herself from the possible solutions the underdeveloped countries may find to redress the inequi- ty m standards of living Massive human deteriora- tion in the underdeveloped countries can be avoided only by a redistribution of the world's output on a scale larger than has ever been contemplated Such a redistribution would be dif- ficult under the best of cir- cumstances. Given the constraints on economic growth that will make themselves felt with increas- ing severity, such an un- precedented international transfer seems impossible ex- cept under some kind of threat Given the reluctance to date of the developed world to offer more than token aid (Six months ago, U N. Secretary Kurt Waldheim asked for billion to rescue the most desperate countries. To date, he has raised just over it should not be dis- missed as fantasy that the un- derdeveloped nations might someday use their nuclear capabilities as that tlreat In view of the horrific nature of the problems facing the world as a result of pop- ulation growth, it seems par- ticularly out of step for an in- dustrialized country to dis- courage population control. A justice minister who ad- vocates that abortion laws be interpreted less liberally rather than more, presents as much of an anomaly as does Canada itself. The government surely has an obligation to uphold domestic policies which do not make a mockery of the lip ser- vice Canadian politicians and diplomats give to concern over the population problem Closer to home, it might be well to remember that one out of five Canadians still lives in abject poverty a situation that was not ameliorated even during the boom years of the 1960s It might also be wise to dwell on the fact that it now costs upwards of to raise a child from infancy to young adulthood, and that more often than not. the peo- ple who are denied abortion are the very people who can least afford to have children. Scottish emancipation efforts a hot potato for Wilson A 1 By Neal Ascherson, London Observer commentator EDINBURGH The "Scot- tish Question" has written itself in bold letters across the agenda of Mr Harold Wilson's new Labor government The election of October 10 showed that almost one Scots voter in three had marked his ballot cross for the Scottish National Party The Conservative Par- ty in Scotland collapsed to its lowest poll for over 50 years The Labor Party lost no seats to the SNP. but saw the Nationalists carve great slices off Labor majorities in industrial western Scotland On the eve of the election it Deemed all too hkely that ine promise of an elected Scottish assembly which Mr Wilson had been obliged to make w 'Id jf he won be one of the >asiest platform planks to whitue down to insignificance or postpone But the SNP ad- vance, with the half conceal- but powerful tid0 of national feeling still nsme amonp Scottish Labor members of Parliament have mrfde evasion rnjcb more dif firull Donald Stewart, the big Hebndcan who leads the SNP at Westminster sav.s boastful ihr't 1 am quite sure we will br' able to twist tbeir arms will use dll the mus- we bave to see thai Labor Partv not run away from its obligations The SNP victory was an odd. lop sided one all "he same The party failed to reach its target of a million votes The new seats won bv the SNP four of them all came from the Conservatives, which may hold the SNP men and women at Westminster to policies further to the right than their personal inclinations And the British electoial whirh used to iunrtion r-o smoothly when pnK 'wo treat parties were :T- tbe field distorted the popular will in Scotlano hke a mirror won 38 per joined bv the Conservatives to ensure their Sur- "i he nciongj to by right, thai 70 per cent Scotland to have its own separate delegation to the European Community Hut it is really another sort of will that matters, the will to struggle and resist when nio-e powerful forrr-. SeT. no to rational Thi.' i> ..hat IP Scotland hecau-i so far London hd> not said flatly no to anything Instead, tbe main parties hope lo kill the SNP with kindness Tbev hope Labor especially that an effective and busy assemblv at Edinburgh under Labor fontro1 will make the SNP's Letter Pincher Creek Ranch A lot has been written in The Herald about the Pincher Creek ranchers versus hunters. I think one has to take another look at what is going on. With regards to Pincher Creek Ranch Ltd. which has a very fine, western, Alberta name, who really owns that land? Who put up the huge sums of money to buy up these numerous ranches in the Pincher Creek area at a price that was considerably above the going rate at the time of purchase9 I understand that it was a few very wealthy people from France. It seems unreasonable to assume that it is Alberta's hunters who are responsible for damages to Pincher Creek Ranch's cabin. I can't imagine anyone doing that much damage unless they had a grudge against this huge ranch or else it was just plain vandalism. I know there are a lot of hard feelings m the Pincher Creek area towards this particular ranch. If it is vandalism then this is a different matter and every large corporation with its holdings can expect it but DON'T blame it on the hunters. I think there are a number of bad hunters but there are far more good hunters. I think the lands and forests division of the govern- ment has been very negligent in improving the hunting situation in Alberta. Perhaps if the government provided more supervision of the hunting the landowner would have less problems. As far as the hunter farmer rancher relationship goes, how the hell can there be any relationship when the cor- porate owners call all the shots and are unapproachable, do not live anywhere in the vicinity, and no matter how considerate a hunter you are, all you can do is get a flat NO from a hireling with his rifle menacingly slung across his knee. I think it is time the Alberta government put a stop to foreigners buying up large chunks of land In fact I believe they should actively reverse this trend1 G. BERTIE Taber Indignation expressed I would like to express in- dignation at the statements made by Mr. Hurlburt about immigrants. If Mr Hurlburt would take a look around him he would see that about 80 per cent of the successful farmers, businessmen, and professionals of all sorts, are immigrants, and also that 80 per cent or close to it, of peo- ple on welfare and recipients of some form of handouts are Anglo-Saxons or natives Mr. Kurlburt's anti French attitudes are sickening We can learn a lot from the French, if only the art of good living and how to bake good bread. You would think that such a man should resign his post, if he had any decency. It is sadly true that the teachers' contribution does not compare with the past generations When one looks at the poor quality of teaching especially in the field of languages (English and mathematics, the lack of discipline in classrooms, the sloppy and dirty way these so called students dress, this applies to some of the teachers too) one begins to wonder Perhaps the best peo- ple who could answer are the property owners on 5th Ave S who every morning have to clean their front yards of the garbage thrown by students And look at the school yards! Obviously self respect, respect of law and other people's property is not great- ly taught This is a poor contribution indeed, but teachers of today are mostly concerned about getting more pay and threats of strikes, than improving the quality of education But, on the other hand, what has, at least so far, Mr Hurlburt contributed? JOSEF WERNER Lethbndge Inadequate conditions We have notified the county office that as we feel educa- tion is very important, we will net be encouraging our daughter to attend Coalhurst Elementary School on any regular basis We feel children are born Vith a desire to explore, question, evaluate, reach conclusions and explore again. To enjoy life, schools should foster this mate drive or rekindle it. It appears that the Coalhurst school is run on the principle that children have to be made to learn and that academic learning is the only- real learning. This theory and ours are opposite and incom- patible. The fact that the present totally inadequate physical conditions exist suggest that the superintendent of schools, and the school professional staff, the ATA, and the government feel they are good enough for Coalhurst children We do not. Nothing has been proposed that will improve these conditions To move our daughter into town will not help the local situation for the remaining 219 children As we do not feel capable of giving our children all they need at home, we have to fight for a school that is at least exciting for the teacher, parent and the child. FIONA AND CASEY DENHOED Coalhurst Rootcellar ravine? Someone has asked that we submit suggestions of a name for a new university road, (letter Oct. "Fluoride Drive would commemorate a momentous historical landmark, but there should be something with more class and distinction on a signboard A name to lend itself to the ribald songs students compose from time to time. Something that looks good in French How about "Rootcellar L.K. 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