Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
1 7. LTTHPHIOOt Soviets lead a drab life in comparison to U.S. By LEO GRULIOW Christian Science Monitor MOSCOW What was it What did you Where did you Did you have a chance to talk with What did you How were the The questions came thick and fast after a 10-day family automobile trip southward from Moscow to the Ukraine. Food ran the gamut from a a faintly licorice flavored milk shake and hasty cafeteria meals to elaborate dinners. The two lane road told a great deal about the the the state of the the and its new love af- fair with the wheel. But when one comes to the characteristic American catch all questions about the journey as a whole what was it What were your one has to sort out contradictory percep- tions. Drab standardization that was the and somewhat impression. In city after city the rows of apartment houses were stamped out of the same molds. Everywhere the signs over the shops were even though in the Ukraine they were in Ukrainian rather than Russian. Inside the the assort- ment of the the the and the layout were standard. No competing displays enlivened the windows. When you had seen one of the signless roadside gas with its rows of trucks waiting to fill or one of the tiled roadside you had seen them all. The cafeteria menu was the same too. Yet the most striking perception left by the tour was that each town was unique. Moscow might decree the standardize the shop signs and the gas and provide the same aluminum spoons and self bending forks and never a knife in all the cafeterias. But each city on the way was individual. And the farther from Moscow we the warmer were the the and the people. Kiev's and colorful streets were as southern as Leningrad's and formal avenues are northern. Kiev suggests San Francisco. Leningrad is in the Boston priding itself on its cultural heritage. Neither resembles bustling Moscow. Soviet city dwellers have long been apartment but now the five storey apartment house is dis- placing the wooden cottage in villages also. It was strange to see lofty building cranes and rows of houses in the fields. As for they lie in the future cities stop abruptly and give way to countryside. There were other in the land of the the country club setting of Poltava's Llleia Restaurant on a grassy knoll overlooking the the well dressed new middle class young peo- ple dancing to Western tunes at the Kiev supper the numbers of vacationers those who stay in conventional the impressive percentage of students in each city and exemplified by rows of college students at their books between in Kharkov parks among them a middle aged man engrossed in an American textbook on civil the marvel of and trees carefully preserved in every city something for American urban planners to learn innumerable wedding processions in each their streamer decorated taxicabs pausing at war memorials for the bridal couple to leave flowers and a golden wedding ceremony witnessed in Kiev's Vladimir Cathedral. Most of one came away knowing that awareness of the war against the Nazis remains strong its traces and that the people's talk of peace is really fervent. School pupils stand honor guard daily over the numerous war memorials in each town street was destroyed. That building still has battle the next one has been In the peo- ple put it They were proud that their arms plant produced for the and their proudest boast was that their city had never been captured or destroyed in war. The route for our 10-day trip ran from Moscow to a resort for hikers and campers on the Oka on to centuries famous for arms and and with a stop at the Tolstoy estate at Yasnaya to Orel. We made a brief stop at then industrial a leafy Ukrainian three days in the capital of the and back via with a pause at the Turgenev estate at Spassko Lutovino. In many ways ours was a conducted tour. But it afford- ed a few glimpses of Soviet life off the beaten track. Into the 10 days we packed a short boat trip along the a visit to the museum house of artist Fyodor Polenov on its meetings with Soviet vacationers at the Alexsin Bor resort run by trade unions. We also had a tour of the un- ique arms museum in a daybreak encounter with amateur fishermen near visits to a kindergarten and a teen-agers' amateur arts an evening at the Kharkov tractor plant's huge Palace of a discus- sion with Kharkov University an evening with the pupils and teachers of a Poltava boarding a sunny afternoon among bathers and fishermen on the sandy beaches of the Dnieper tours of Kiev's Pechora Abbey and St. Sofia a stop at the un- marked site of the notorious Nazi wartime massacre of Jews at Babi a trip to a state an evening at a supper an insp- pection of outdoor and a fashion show in Kiev. It was a crowded schedule. We wished we had more time for informal contact to go on comparing notes with the fishermen about and to con- tinue the lively discussion with boarding school to ask the Kiev women why they applauded some fashions and not others as the models stalked up and down the runway. Law change sought WINNIPEG Laws should be changed to provide a means by which multiple values of society can co-exist and says the chairman of the law reform commission of Canada. present legal in- stitutions were designed to serve a social order that is dead or Mr. Justice E. Patrick Hartt told the Law School Foun- dation. the problems of our legal system are mere reflec- tions of the more general problems which plague our Pearson saved prisoner s life Ont. Ronald Patrick re- leased from a Cuban jail Saturday after serving 10 years for arms believes he was saved from a firing squad in through the internvention of then Prime Minister Lester Pearson. After being sentenced to Mr. Lippert he was given to understand by the Canadian embassy in Havana that Mr. Pearson had made a threat not sending wheat or to short Cuba. The death sentence was commuted to life imprison- ment following long representations by the 41-year-old flyer from nearby Waterloo was ordered M_ Sunday. 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