Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHERIDGE HERALD Solurdny, November 13, 1971---------- Paul Jackson Grim paradox In tin- piibln- (ippiisiiiim ami apprehension m HIP days before many pi'uple have been puzzled because they had mi answer lo the simple1 qtiestinn. It is a complex problem, difficult for those unfamiliar with nuclear de- velopments to understand. We know that Uic world wanls desperately to sec the end of the nuclear arms race, that the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) have been going on for months lo achieve thai conclu- sion. Vet the race accelerates. The reason individuals can take it or leave il .-'eems to be thi'-. both big nuclear snprr powers, tite U.S. and Russia, lo be in a posi- tion to talk to one another as equals before the clamp on further develop- ment is screwed ligln John Gellner. writing in I he Toron- to Globe and Mail, calls it Torsch- lusspanick. "the panic before the "ales close. This lias occurred fnanv tur.es in history, but in recenl. year's a particular example should sullice. That is Ihe period when the Jiussians conducted atmospher- ic tests of enormous yields, just prior to the ban on tests in the air. It is Torsehlusspanick he believes, thai is happening now. The implica- tion is lhat there is always a speed- up in the arms race (unclear or con- ventional weapons) before arms lim- itation negotiations between powers. Mr. Gcllner puts it this way. "It is also true." he says, "that the nu- clear arsenals of the U.S. and the Soviet. I iiion would not he stocked with so many, so varied and so dead- ly accurate weapons if the two great competitors had not been spurred into frantic activity by the fear of beini; caimht short by souie anns- conlrol pact." This surely is the grimmest para- dox of the 201 h century. How much interference? Theoretically a tree enterprise sys- tem should operate without controls; competition alone should determine ils course. Kxperience has shown, however, that measures have to be taken to protect employees, custom- ers and even entrepreneurs against exploitation, deception and ultimate destruction of the system itself It is not surprising, therefore, that Lethbridge City Council should be considering a revised bylaw reg- ulating days and hours of business rather than permitting open warfare .for the consumer's trade. Elimination of the Wednesday lernoon closing of businesses would appear to be an almost inevitable move. Visitors and newcomers arc almost invariably surprised to find this relic of bygone days persisting in an urban centre. Curtailing the night time hours of business for stores over a certain size may seem like an unjustifiable Weekend Meditation interference with free enterprise, hut the probability is that without this regulation small retail oullets would disappear. Monopolistic trends are to be avoided inasmuch as society is not well served in that way. Some provisions in Ihe new bylaw seem unnecessary and ill advised. What good purpose is served by re- quiring drive in eating establish- ments, coin car washes and laun- dries to close at p.m.? Is there some sort of hidden bias against peo- ple staying up late to engage in these activities? Council is scheduled to meet in closed session on Monday evening to go mer the proposed bylaw. It would be a mistake to keep the pub- lic in the dark as to the thinking thai w ill result in the acceptance or rejection of the bylaw since there is wide interest in it. throughout the city and environs. The Herald hopes a change in plan of procedure will be announced. Whvre is God? THIS the mosi poigarl cry of '.he human soul. To the question "Where is thy it is not enough t.o say that tve encounter God in nature or nature's law or in the of the uni- verse such as Truth, lieau'y. Goodness, and Love. It is not enough prme the existence of God. It is not enough to prove the necessity of God. Voltaire the French cynic said. "If we did have the idea of God, we would be forced to invert it." This may be true but it dees the heart little good. It does not answer the deep anguish of a human soul like Job who in all his misery cries, "Oh that I knew where I might find him. that I might come even to his In the exquisite hook beloved by Ramsay MacDonakl. "The Road- Gawdine the old organ grimier "looked on the face of a little child and saw God." But the little child was not God and only reflected God's wonder and beauty. Can you say to a se.ul thai needs healir.g, "Go and look at the mountains'1'1 This question, "Where is thy oc- curs in the 42nd Psalm where the Psalmist says "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after 0 God. My soul thirsts for Ged, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of People taunt him because of his faith. He goes on to tell about his enemies and their oppression. He thinks God has forgotten him. He is a very lonely and desperate man What noes one say to such a man? Is there anything in the "processed theology" to help him" Would you direct hint to one of the schools of philosophy such as existentialism? The Psalmist describes, however, his pa- tient waiting on God in this and succeed- ing psalms. So he has two of the prere- quisites for finding Gen. First the Kingdom of God it has been said is not for the well-meaning but for the desperate and the Psalmist is desperate encugh. Secondly he makes that leap of faith which believes that if he is willing to wait for Ihe vision it will come to him. "He that eomclh (o God must believe that He is and that lie is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Religious faith is not a matter of logic, but of intuition, insight, and experi- ence. It is a leap of faith across an atnss. That is wlnf Jesus says 'hat God "has hidden these things from the wise and pru- dent and revealed them unto babes." A little verse expresses it. 'AVhale'er the mind corr.e.s at, God is not, that." Ft is the experience of Wordsworth who felt "A Pre- sence that disturbs me with Ihe joy of ele- vated thought." Thus one seeks to encoun- ter Gcd in all life. us be very clear that w> cannot enmn to God except, wf pray. Von cannot know anyone unless you speak t.o him It K onlv in prayer that a man stands truh npndil. Prayer makes us human. Prayer brings u to the divine. Prayer distinguishes man from the animal nature for man's chief characteristic is not that he thinks but that he prays. "1 said George P.eroani Shaw, "lo remind nnsi'll thai 1 have a soul." Prayer reminds us oi Ihe myslen, of life, invests all life with awe mid won der. Prayer evokes gratitude and praise, adoration and worship. TITIC prayer is not asking for something, but the longing of the soul to be at one with Gcd. "The es- sence of prayer is not man's influence upon Grai." said Friedrich Hciler, "but the nvy- sierioiis' ccnlact which comes to pass be- tween the finite and infinite Spirit." Tol- stoy wrote. "Somehow while praying to God. it became clear to me that God is in- deed a real Being, not a feeling, not an ab- straction, but a real Being; and 1 have felt Him." The second way to God is that of com- mitment, "self-abandonment to Divine Pro- as tie Caussade put it. This is the true humility for the proud man never finds God. It is in losing hfe that we find it. in letting go the ego and no longer baring the ego as the centre of life that we make God the centre and all our will is completely dedicated to doing the will of God. A man's greatest problem is him- self, his self-sufficiency, his corruption in his quest of power. Beware of pride be- cause it is the worst of sins, the greatest wall that man can erect to keep out God, while true humility is the hardest of all virtues to because we are so made that we are always concentrated upon "my" feelings, "my" wishes, "my'1 health, "my success, yet God says "I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to re- Ihe spirit of the humble, and to revive tbr heart of the contrite." Thirdly we find God upon the road. In getting on the highway cf God we find the company of God. It is in showing the love of God that we find the God who is love. Jesus commanded His disciples not to understand Him but to follow Him and i! was in following Him that they came to know God. ff Peter wished the fellow- ship of Jesus be must "feed my sheep.'1 When Cain killed his brother he became a wanderer upon the face of the earth. H is in forgiving that we are forgiven, it is in serving that we are saved, it. is in coin- that we realize presence of God. it not. hard to find if we really to find Him but man is always hiding from God. We hide from Him in countless reservations and byways. God is a seek- ing God. a pursuing God. always knocking on our door, "The hound of as Francis Tompson expressed il, "following us and Iracking us down.'1 His is the voice Ihiit says. "Adam, where art Fi- nally, of course, (iod comes to us in .lesus i'lirist. As John said, "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace anil truth.' "Verily." complained Isaiah, "llwi an a rjod Uut. hitlest, tin-self." Yet the, Te'-tament is full of the rapture that, truly God is a God who reveals Himself! Almighty (iod, you have a sec- ret way into the heart of every man. lire.ik down all Hie barriers, smash the locks, coir.e into Ibis disordered and li'jialic lite and create a holy harmony. I lie peace Ilial passes all understanding. F.S.M. Ineffective Opposition concerns MP The parliamen- tary secretary to Finance .Minister Edgur Benson i> in ;.n expansive mood these days. And there's Rood reii-mi loi1 it. The tides of fortune appear to be drifting resolutely in the favor of Mahonev, ineniljer j'or Calgary Smith. Mr. Mahoney has heeii given the job of guiding the govern- ment's taxation reform liiil through the House of Com- mons. The is that not il.i Liberals (eel lie is doing a good job of this ralher HIM." .Mime task, but opposition mem- hers- reluctantly admit to it too. When talk on Parliament Hill gtls around to eabinet shuffles, Mr. Mahoney lends lo he the man mentioned most often. It's known that Mr. Benson is ci sidering not running for Par- liament again, and Mr. Ma- honey would be the obvious candidate for the finance min- ister's portfolio. It has also been suggested 'hat the Calgary member .night be offered Joe Greene's mines and resources iiirlfolio- Greene, still suf- cring the effects of a stroke, s not expected to run again. Mr. Malioney rejects Hie pre- mise that he would be the ideal man for the energy minister's job because he is a Westerner iinil from the 'energy' province of Alberta. There are other fac- tors loo, he says. Stressing the need for a MP to look at mailers from a na- tional vi.nlagc point rather than a regional one he feels too many Mi's are like city alderman and concerned only with their own riding he points out that despite pe- troleum, Alberta isn't the only province bountiful in energy re- sources of one type or another. On the finance minister's portfolio, Mr. Mahoney will say only that the only man who "Unfortunately we ran out of liquor before we got to big game Letters To The Editor Some advice to downtown merchants I'm not I'm furious! I've had it up to "here" with the dowiitoun I-xMlihndgc mer- chants crying the blues. When, oh when, will they realize what sells the customer or what makes him leave with a bad taste in the mouth? Not, too long ago. 1 made Ihe ''rounds" looking for the per- fect not a mini, not a midi and definitely not a At the first "well-established" downtown shop, I encountered the analytical look "who's she. wonder how much she's worth." At the a ralh- er harassed clerk who had just collapsed in the nearest chair, gave me that p.m- look of despair "oh no. not an- other konk." At the clerk no. 3 waved her lacquer-tipped nails towards a wall and said "sorry, everything we've got is on the racks." Xot one of the clerks went to any lengths to accommodate me obviously they didn't need or want any late afternoon business. My attitude by Well. pie in the eye to yoi. I'll go elsewhere, and 1 did. to one of the "newer'1 shopping cen- tres. As I explained my dilem- ma and the rush I in. the clerk listened intently and said "I am sure we have jusi the coat for let's start by trying on all the different lengths.'' When I saw it. it was love at first but alas, a ma.xi1. "But I'm too short, I lamented it will never Quickly l.he clerk assured me that the company she worked for would be delighted to alter it for me "would I like to see the seamstress for her opin- ion, or would I like to take it home, wear il awhile and then have if, shortened if 1 so do- Yes, you Rues sod it I walked out with a humdinger of a coat, and would you be- lieve, a maxi? Smooth sales pitch, you say? Why. of course! But you must: admit, she did use all the right tactics of good salesmanship. listen- ed sympathetically to my needs and desires. plea- sant, efficient, manner said, "I like my job, my job is impor- tant, my customer is impor- tant." showed me each length and style of gar- ment and then let me make the final choice (or at least I think she Her positive "we can help you attitude'1 did just that! So. downtown merchants- pull up your socks! remem- ber, "your business is only as good as the people you hire-' Think big! build confidence and leadership in your employ- a bit of incentive, a bit of the action habit and go first class all the way. MRS. JUDIE TOLY. Clares ho 1m. Questions coverage on grain issue A letter hy W. T. in Thursday's Herald distort- ed by an unfortunate typogra- phical omission. The missing portion of l.ho vital section poars in bold face type in following reproduction. "In conclusion, ir'tHin Mrike is a and if ii occurs, we will mnM, support our leacbers1 choice of ACTION. A RHK I-'KiHTKIlS' STIIIKK, CAN- NOT om.'K HKCAl'SK OK I ho compulsory arbitration pro- cedures we are under. The llcritld regrets ;m> em barras.smenl lhat may have, caused Mr. Now lhat we have witnessed the result of a test at the polls it might he in order to review the implications of the pro- posed Grain Stabilization Act. 1 would like to focus the atten- tion of this letter on the part The Herald played in inform- ing its readers on the issues involved. In a recent letter Mr. L. K. Walker suggested that The Her- ald print a coupon type ques- tionnaire lo which farmers could react with their opinions on the plan. It was rejected on the ground lhat a clear-cut answer was impossible because of the shift in position of the various parlies. Since when does a farmer's opinion Should shut rip Regarding defence, we do seem bent on self-destruction and these protest.'; on Ihe U.S. bomb blast display very little sense .-.ml absolutely no knowl- edge of defence or awareness of any need of it. But The Herald has been a respectable paper and that filthy cartoon hy 'D'Arc' is somcihing you should be ashamed of and never repeal. Protests arc quite proper and have certainly been made. Hut they should have been made with some understanding of facts, and only the site choice offers any logical reason for protest. For a hunch of dreamy-eyed inooncrs who do absolutely nothing for our- selves, we should at least shut tip. .1. A. require only a yes or no an- swer? 1 suppose T have lived loo long under the naive impres- sion that the function and duly of a free press is to get to the bottom of things the truth. I did not think its func- tion was to score political points for or against political parties unless it happened to coincide with the search for the truth. E d i t o r i a 11 y, The Herald claimed that opposition parties were against the hill simply be- cause it was government legis- lation Ihe implication being lhat Western MPs were not properly representing the con- cerns of their constituents. Might I suggest to you some of the reasons why the NDP in particular was against the plan. The following points were raised by T. 0. Douglas in the Assiniboia riding on October IS. The plan: 1. was based on gross in- come rather than net income, 2. was based on the worst five years in recent, history. could have drought from the CPU line to the. U.S. hor- flrr. in Sask., and not reap a bushel of grain, hut if the rest nf the. prairies mcl the low in- come, standard, you couldn't collect a nickle1' be stated. took no account of rising costs. The government's claim lhat. the plan was an unlimited com- mitment, lo farmers is not so magnanimous w h c n one dis- covers Ihe commitment only in- volves loaning Ihe plan money .should it run low on money (collected from Liberal literature distributed during the recent byelection claimed that if gross farm in- come fell below S700 million farmers would receive substan- tial On the same page, figures were given which showed that even in the worst of the last five years, gross in- comes exceeded million. These facts could and per- haps should have been report- ed in The Herald if indeed it is interested in [airly presenting nil sides of an important issue. To the extent that if fails to do so each time the opportun- ity presents itself, The Herald abrogates a measure of its claim to being a free press. You would restore somewhat my tarnished image of The Herald as a free press by kind- ly printing this letter in full. B. HELMUT HOFFMAN. Lethbridge. has the answer to that Is Prime Minister Trudeau. But he'll point out that historically, the job has more often than not gone lo the Parliamentary sec- retary. Mr. Mahoney hasn't got the reputation for being a "wor- ried' man, but he admits that he finds some things 'worry- ing.' He's determined to see that the tax reform bill goes through the House of Commons before the Christmas recess. He be- lieves it will. But statements by people like Jack Homer (PC Crowfoot Alberta) about fili- bustering various taxation pro- posals affecting fanners make him apprehensive. And he's worried that the PC party is in .'tich a state of de- cline that it may soon he un- able to play the part of an ef- fective opposition. Strange words from a Liberal MP, but Mr. Mahoney, classing himself as a true parliamentarian, feels a good opposition is essen- tial if tile House of Commons is to fulfill its role Despite the wide debate on the government's tax reform plans, the Calgary J1P support for the bill by the great mass of the Canadian population will be revealed at the next gen- eral election- And, for a man with a majority of less than voles in what has now be- come dominant PC territory, it is essential to Mr. Mahoney that he is proved right in this. The parliamentary secretary stands firm on everything the government has done about tax reform. And he points out lhat any inequities that show up in the next year or so, will be patched up by amendments. He rejects charges that many people are going to have to pay for professional help to fill in their income tax returns. He says lawyers and accoun- tants who have plagued us with fears on this score have mis- taken their own familiarity with the old legislation for sim- plicity. And, rather naturally for a man who ran part of his elec- tion campaign on the need for a capital gains tax, he's stead- fastly behind that controversial section of the legislation. Even farmers, he says, will be bet- ter off paying capital gains tax than the old estate and gift tax. That's as long as they are farmers and not just farming a rapidly increasing in value chunk of land near an urban metropolis. But, his main area of con- cern still appears to be that Parliament isn't going to func- tion well without an opposition. ff an opposition is to function, says Mr. Mahoney, it must feel that it stands a chance of at- taining power in the not-too- distant future. He doesn't think the PCs or the New Democrat- ic Party does. As he sees it. the PCs are still a confederation of regional blocks. In attacking the prob- lems of a region they do very well, when it comes to looking at things with a national per- spective they are sadly lack- ing. That's the reason, says be, that in IMS out of Canada's four largest urban centres they only won one seat. That was in Montreal- In Toronto, Winni- peg and Vancouver they came away empty handed, "When you realize that 60 per cent of our population is urban and that by the turn of the century 80 per cent will live in urban centres, yon how essential it is for a govern- ment or opposition to be strong in the urban centres and able Lo deal with urban stresses Mr. Ma- honey. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Looking Through Tim llcrahl tolal city vote reg- istered 4X0 as against the figures on the lists of the last election. An open air meeting and parade of local unemploy- ed was staged in Ibe city streets protesting against the quarters provided by the city at the fair grounds. choir of 37 voices, di- rected by Mrs. P. Cull with Mrs. George Brown accom- panisl, The Lethhridgc Lions Quarlet, Mrs. Cull's ensemble, backward and a number of soloists were heard in a concert Tuesday. excellent per- formance of the operetta ''Pandora'1 was presented at. Diamond City hy tho Picliiro Butle United Church Junior Choir. Negotiations arc un- der way for a major expansion and consolidation program of Canada Packers activities in the Lethhridpe district. In the advanced discussion stage is the purchase of the Alberta Canning Company at Magralh. The Ilnralrt welcomes Irllrrs from Pseudonyms are prrniillrri hut correspondents must allnch tlicir namr find address. A number of goml letters liave recently hern receiv- ed and iTliK'liHilly set nside hrcaiisc of lack of and ad- dress. All Irllrrs arc subject In editing for Inifjili iind good tnsle. The Uthbridge Herald 501 7th St. S., Lcthbriclgc, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published in05 -1951, by Hon. W. A. 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