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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Potential energy source Despite looming energy rationing and the elimination of all clean-air restric- tions in an effort to conserve the U.S. must face the sobering fact she is left with few developed or undeveloped reserves except those on Alaska's North Slope. For this reason the rush is jn to find new non-polluting sources un- jerground geothermal the energy stored as heat within the earth which erupts on the surface as water or steam. Next year the U.S. government will spend million to study geothermal energy development. South of the n a small electric corporation has eased more than acres of land in .he Raft River Valley within the lext five it proposes to produce electric power from hot water. It has asked the Atomic Energy Commission operates a huge national reactor station to build two pilot geothermal generating plants at a cost of about million. The Raft River valley doesn't have the spouting geysers hooked to tur- supplies the power for the nation's first geothermal plant near San Fran- cisco. engineers must figure out how to turn turbines using only the heat from hot water. Natural steam piped from the ground has been used to generate electricity at since 1904 with extensive explorations for geothermal resources being carried out at present by private industry in India and the western U.S. Interest in the Haft River valley's energy potential stemmed from the successful operation of a woman from nearby whose greenhouse is heated with 300 degree water bubbling up from the ground. congressmen and Idaho's governor have visited the site to study the electric-power potential of the underground hot-water reservoir that makes such an enterprise possible. If the Idaho prediction that electrical energy will be possible from un- derground hot water within the next five years is realized it will prove a tremen- dous boon to energy-starved America and could possibly supply a major part of the country's total demand for electrici- ty by the year 2000. A questionable move Letters There are some and perhaps implications to reports that-Ontario market gardeners had to import farm laborers from Mex- ico and the Caribbean to get their crops harvested this and that the Banff Springs Hotel expects to have to close down for the season if it cannot make a similar arrangement to import foreign workers. First and most it is surely of concern that while three quarters of a million Canadians are drawing un- employment and scores of Manpower offices with thousands of employees are spending millions dollars and on inter- sympathizing or whatever else they employers still must import unskilled and semi-skilled labor from foreign countries in order to stay in business. It is hardly necessary to point out that a labor supply is not something that can be turned on or off like a tap. There are people and a country Or an in- dustry cannot just import a batch of peo- ple when it happens to need some cheap labor and that's what it whatever else it may be and as casually ship' them home again when the need is over. Seasonal jobs like harvesting or fruit picking might be handled on this basis for a though experience in Califor- nia shows that even the imported or migrant farm laborer sooner or later manages to get himself established within the country. But hotel work is not except in a very limited men and women brought into Canada for this kind of employment will expect to be able to stay here. They will also expect to advance to better jobs. And if the hotel business can import cheap there is not the slightest doubt that other businesses will want to do the same. Other countries have labor of and meet them by bringing in foreign workers. Germany is a prime ex- it is not because young Germans won't take the jobs that are Germany hasn't always found it to be a satisfactory as recent street battles between native and foreign workers il- lustrate. Especially in smaller industrial there is a real resentment of the fact that new arrivals automatically fall heir to all the privileges sometimes some extra that local workers were able to obtain only after years of struggle. imported laborers very often turn out to have skills far above the menial level for which they were brought and can challenge for the better jobs that local workers want reserved for themselves. There is one problem Canada won't have to no matter how many foreign workers it imports. There'll be no resentment on account of foreigners taking jobs away from as quite obviously Canadians don't want them. ERIC NICOL Heads Yoga is winning thousands of devotees among people who want an excuse for being found lying on the floor. For years I thought that yoga was a female yoghurt. Now that I know better I am one of those fortunate enough to have had a un- iversity education I strongly endorse yoga as a means of staying young. I have practiced yoga for several weeks and I have stayed young for the entire period. It is only when I try to get up off the floor that I age a little. I am working on a way of my remaining horizontal. My family have offered a couple of but these lacked originality. What drew me to yoga was my interest in Eastern philosophies and getting a wall-to- wall rug. It is hard to get the most out of yoga if your body is in immediate contact with floor tile rough boards. The Indian mystic may be able to ignore slivers in his but others of us prefer to be comfor- table while ignoring the flesh. A bear rug is provided that the bear can keep his mouth shut. The purpose of yoga is to liberate the in- dividual from the illusory of phenomena. To do the first thing you have to do is find the way into your leotard. I had trouble with this. It beats me how Rudolf Nureyev does night after night matinees on the weekend. It is devilishly easy to mix up the arms and legs of the leotard resulting in only partial liberation of the soul. Some practitioners of yoga choose to wear a simple breech-clout at most sporting goods or you may wear nothing at so long as you have an under- standing with the window cleaner. Do not wear old a night-shirt or a similar voluminous garment. I made this and when I took the yoga posture of standing on my the folds of the sleep coat slithered down over my causing blindness and momentary panic of having suf- fered a stroke. Standing on the head is just one of the yoga exercises that help to achieve the inner il- lumination. Another is to swallow a light ha. I wonder if standing on the head cannot be This exercise may also be a bit I find the draining of the varicose veins is healthful but disconcerting compared to the sedentary concentration of thought and gaze on one part of the such as the tip of the nose.. Uncrossing the after a prolonged is the problem in my experience. This may explain why most yogis prefer to contemplate their naval. excess is indicated when the navel starts winking at you. The discipline of yoga exercises makes it possible to breathe through either nostril at or to hold the breath for as long as half an hour at a time. Both skills are useful if you are visiting Los or weekending with someone who gets off on garlic. I once spent several hours squatting on the fingertip to breathing through one nostril and purging my mind of worldly thoughts. I should warn you that in every family there is some joker who thinks that in the lotus position you need to be or your ears turn yellow. Thanks to yoga I am a better person. Whether or not I move on to the next phase the orthopedic bed of nails depends on how much improvement I can stand. Missing the signals By Don Walker Joe Doakes will decide By Bruce Herald Special commentator WASHINGTON Especial- ly in these days of Washington is like one of those trick mirrors that turn a human body or a political issue into monstrous caricature. When all things look or than the foreign visitor will be wise to recalibrate his confus- ed first impressions in a quiet weekend among remote scholars and becaue can see the American nation whole and clear against history's vast perspective. Fleeing the feverish I found myself in a great un- iversity where the mirror is or as accurate as it can be during a worldwide spasm of neurosis. As an eminent historian put the issue did not appear overnight with President Nix- Watergate and the sur- rounding scandals. It appeared some two centuries ago with Alexander Hamilton and Thomas and it has faced the republic ever since then in countless ver- sions. the unwitting philosophical ancestor of Mr. held that any workable society must be governed by a natural the rich and the who alone could be whatever the Declaration of Independence might have said to the con- trary. the bold philosopher of unlimited who has few heirs in office totally trusted the sub- liminal wisdom of the com- mon man almost as he trusted his god. Grossly there is the central issue to- day whether the American or any have the as Jefferson sup- to subdue their sea of or as Hamilton they must surrender their judgment to the superior minds of a all-powerful and plutocratic government. In can the democratic process itself permanently survive an age of superb but brittle technology at home and deepening anarchy Hamilton doubtless would answer that he had been vindicated already. one would still rather wistfully. Beside this haunting ques- tiori unlikely to be answered in our time the fate of Mr. Nix- or his in the next three frightening years of trial is a mere moment in a brief candle soon extinguished. The contemporary presi- dent may be a scheming spider in a web of as his enemies as his friends a humble Christian pilgrim stoned on the who once proclaimed in print faith based not on materialism but on a recognition of But in long historical terms he matters only as an ad- a symbol or a victim in the endless Hamilton- Jefferson debate. And Watergate matters only as a a sudden flash-point and blinding illumination of the accumulated mistakes and evils besetting a society at once the most affluent and self-critical in the world. What matters is not the president's Greek tragedy of hubris and not the angels of Washington dancing on the constitutional not even the many specific problems of oil in- flation and the rest but the contents of the common American mind. and nowhere everything of importance will be decided. listening to the professors' lofty wrangle a rare privilege for any Cana- dian I tried to imagine the contents of that as I had seen it at work for more than half a century in many strange places. Of I could not hope to read it. Nor can anyone read with all the scientific opinion polls. But at least it seemed to me that Hamilton's grim postulate and Jeffer- son's wild surmise were now locked in a struggle much more more wrenching and longerlasting than the weird adventure of Richard Nixon. As I shall try to he has much to think more than he yet realizes. It is not his conscious not his practical wisdom and boasted American not even his hunch that must decide everything. It is his common denominator of which he seldom discusses but never escapes. And at the end of the weary perhaps a long way that morality will decide whether and man's hard- won freedom within must live or die. as a famous citizen of the republic warned don't underestimate the common once he grasps the facts. So they are not fully grasped and lie buried under thick layers of illusion. But Joe joining Hamilton and is still out there and he has begun to think furiously at Like that of Dr. Johnson's con- demned any mind is wonderfully concentrated on the eve of execution or release. of a Our minister pulled an end ran on me recently and I got tdMdatod to preach while he wti abatnt on Sunday mornlnf. When Betty Griff teamed that 1 would be preaching and Out Etapeth had to be away that Sunday sot offered to take ovtr the traditional wifely iwponslbUlty of slfwk from wasn't time to familiarize myself with whatever tifnaU Betty mlffet have had in mind... I mifht have bean indoctd to throw low curve at the congregation when Betty really wanted me to lay off a bit. Anyway EUpeth'i ilfnaU never teemed to rtftoterwhtn I was taking a regular turn on _ .m Favors coyote hunt I have lived here in Southern Alberta since early 50 yean of which I have been on a farm. I have always been very interested in the welfare of our wildlife and I sometimes feel quite sad at the rate it is being depleted. Much of this land was native prairie when we there were prairie an abundance of sharp-tailed grouse and plenty of food habitat. For about two weeks every spring geese and ducks. could be seen flying north to their nesting grounds in fan- tastic numbers. There were also a lot of coyotes but they were not considered much of a problem at that time because there were plenty of gophers and etc. to keep them well fed and happy. There was also the little kit-fox which is now almost at least in this area. Contrary to the belief of Mr. the red fox is not a native of Southern Alberta. I have ridden and driven over this Southern Alberta for 60 years and outside of one isolated case during the early thirties when a silver fox farmer suspected that a red fox had been around his I never heard of or saw a red fox in the south until during the sixties. Since then they have increased at such an alarming rate that they threaten to wipe out our game bird population. It would seem that since the poison cam- paign against the coyote has practically wiped the coyote out in this area the red without has taken over and is a far worse predator than the coyote ever hoped to be. I could count on the fingers of one hand all of the poultry that coyotes have taken from me but I know some farmers who have lost their entire flocks to foxes during the past five years. A fox prefers eating his own fresh kill and would be very hard to I have never heard of one tak- ing coyote bait. we farmers and ranchers are in a business as much or more complicated than a city businessman. We enjoy seeing some wildlife especially and we do not mind the occasional city visitor. We do not have all the facilities as handy as the city burglar police and fire departments within five and try in our way to take care of things as best we can. There are bad animals and bad humans the killer who seems to kill just for the sake of the bad the mad etc. These we try to handle. If we have a we may try to help each other as in the case of the recent coyote hunt. don't get me I am certainly not in favor of exterminating all I like to see some around but when they become too plen- tiful and expensive to something must be done about them. Had any one of the writers of letters to The Herald regarding the recent coyote hunt surprised a burglar in their home and cracked his bead with btteball bat I doubt if they would have gotten half the publicity the coyote hunt has. Those two coyotes came to an end much easier than if they had suffered a day or two in traps before being killed or suffered an agonizing death from poisoning. The pheasant is not a native bird but bad Mr. Kuijt been here during the late the the fifties and the early sixties he would have seen how well they had become adapted to our climate. The use of chemicals to control the growth of etc. along ditch banks and fence lines destroyed much good habitat and winter shelter. In its place grass was planted which grew tall and provided good nesting ground. During winter storms this grass became a death trap when birds huddled under it for became drifted under the packed snow and were smothered. The winter of '68 took a heavy toll in this manner. Many farmers are raising more cattle and shelter along hillsides and coulees is being trampled and rendered useless as far as winter shelter for birds is concerned. I accompanied three hunters last week in a coulee which three years ago was one of our better pheasant coulees. In less than one quarter mile we flushed one one fox and found evidence where three separate recent pheasant kills had been made by a fox. On that day we had actually seen more foxes than pheasants. We simply gave up and went duck hunting. I wonder why it should cost the Alberta game department to raise a pheasant when local bird dog trainers inform me the most they ever paid for full grown pheasants for use in field trials in the U.S. was S3. To restock the south with pheasants now would be only a waste. Habitat must first be greatly improved and some means devised for better control of especial- ly before we can hope to see any improvement k our upland game bird population. for would like very much to see some restrictions lifted on the manner in which some of these four-legged predators may be hunted. My hat is off to outfits like the Mclntyre Ranching Com- pany whose far-sighted managers years ago ruled that there would be no hunting allowed on their holdings. In my opinion if it were not for the few places taking this antelope and sharp-tailed grouse would be practically non-existent in this area. A final tip. Join your Fish and Game attend their meetings and let your voice be heard to further the cause of conservation and better game management. F. F. BJtLDERSON Magrath Not mutton-eaters The enclosed clipping from the Winnipeg Free press weekly should help to clear up some of the confusion as to the diet of coyotes. read in the Sept. 1972 edi- tion of Sports about a noted American outdoorsman who was involved in predator control programs some years ago when he was superinten- dent of the Locomotive Springs Refuge in Utah's remote Box Elder County. He said that sheep men were claiming that coyotes putting them out of so he slaughtered a large number of the pests. But he said that when they checked the stomach contents of 282 coyotes taken from the area one no mutton or wool was found. He was quoted as found rabbit sage-grouse horned ground and yoatif bit notatag to indicate a coyote had taken a It makes you wonder. P. Water- Ont. H. MOSHER Lethbridge I object very much to the story on coyote hunting Who in Sam Hill do that bunch at Claresholm think they There should be a law to fine them. Leave the coyotes all these so called hunters are doing is up- setting the balance of nature. MRS. Wm. MACKLON B.C. Bloods speak Everybody is saying poor Indians are city bums. We belong to the Blood Reserve. Only the friendship centre can help that's how we live. DOUGLAS LONG TIME SQUIRREL JOHN BOTTLE RUTH BOTTLE Blood Reserve. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th SI. S. Albarta LETHBRIDQE HERALD CO. and PubMrwra 6y HOP. W.A. BUCHANAN i MM RtfltwriWon No. 0012 I Prttt and tM Canadian Dally AttocMtlon and Audit BurMu at V. Editor ind Publltrmr MAS H ADAMS. Manager LLINQ WILLIAM HAY a Editor Aatociau Editor ROY MILES DOUGLAS WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page Editor HERALD SERVES THE _ ___. ;