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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Licences for parenthood in By Carl syndicated commutator WASHINGTON Imagine standing on the lawn some moonlit night with your pretty young Jointly making the decision that it is time to have a baby. But you can't produce a child until you go down to the new government agency and convince the bureaucrats that you deserve a licence for parenthood. You government long ago either you or the wife the scientifically so that child production is impossible un- less and until the government gives you a drug that will reverse the long-term contraceptive that has been imposed upon everyone. You won't get the reversing drug or a licence to have a baby unless you can pass tests that illustrate your intellec- moral ana other qual- ities for being good we haven't reached that BERRY'S WORLD state of government control yet. But some psychologists insist that we'll be there in a decade or and a few of them are actively campaign- ing for licenced parenthood.' Roger W. professor of psychology at the University of has a long article in the October issue of Psychology Today in which he urges the licencing of parenthood. His jus- he is the protection of children. culture makes almost no demands when it comes to the children's psychological well-being and Mclntire writes. fool can now raise a child any way he or she and it's none of our business. The child becomes the unprotected vic- tim of whoever gives birth to Mclntire cites as a sort of precedent the practice of adoption agencies in screen- ing potential parents. seems that our society cares more about the selection of a child's second set of parents than it does about his original be argues. What produces this Orwellian proposal which will surely strike millions of peo- ple as police-state madness in the name of child It is the march of science plus growing assumptions by the social scientists that they now know enough to determine who can be a good parent and who cannot. Mclntire notes that will soon have the technology necessary to carry out a parenthood licencing and history tells that whenever we develop a we inevitably use insisting that child- bearing is not a divine Mclntire advocates a system where everyone is rendered temporarily sterile until they can take exams and prove that they know enough about such as nutrition and of behavioral of learning and language lot more exotic gobMedygook like of modelling and limitation how children learn from and copy their parents' or ciples of reinforcement how parent and peer reactions reward a child's and which rewards should be It must already be clear that only psychologists who deal in that kind of mumbo- jumbo would be qualified to make the decision as to who deserves a licence to have a baby. Mclntire does not deal with the catastrophic criminal effect of such a licencing program. Imagine the Mack market for the drag that would reverie the sterilization of young couples. The heroin traffic would pale into nothingness. Imagine the new temptations to bribery that the parenthood licensing bureaucrats would face. Think of the potential for clan dis- or racial you didn't score high enough on the 'response-cost concept' no baby for Poor too bad you worked in the coal mines when your daddy should have had you in but you flunked the 'stimulus-control generali- zation society doesn't need your The wretched the the physical abuse of children is a serious problem. But surely we can devise solutions short of Mclntire's monstrous scheme for giving the key to everybody's chastity belt. Book Reviews Study of a biblical theme br NEA. Inc afraid I can't accept delivery of any more pro- Christmas catalogs. There's no more in by Siegfried Herrmann Press 98 distributed by G. R. Welch Co. Not the occupation of Egyp- tian territory by Israeli military forces but the presence of Hebrew people in the land of Goshen in biblical is the subject of inquiry in this monograph. Although neither the so- journ of Joseph and his descendants in Egypt nor the Exodus is attested in non- biblical sources both have the ring of reality when examined against the background of the second millemum B C That does not mean that the details given in the Bible are necessarily literally however The divergences within the biblical record itself preclude such a conclusion. No firm date for the exodus can be established from chronological references in the for since Exodus says the sojourn lasted 430 years while Genesis 15 13 gives the figure of 400 years and Genesis 15 16 suggests only four generations on the other reference to the building of the city of Raamses provides a fairly firm date of about 1290 B.C. All such considerations are examined in detail in the monograph. 1 had hoped the author might throw some light on an enigmatic statement made in the report of the archaeological excavations at Timnah in the Arabah that the presence of Egyptian miners there in the 13th century re- quires reconsideration of historical concepts regarding the Exodus Maybe his favor- ing of an escape route far to the north by way of Lake Sir- boms on the Mediterranean is his implicit answer. This monograph is one of a series of studies in biblical theology that began to be published in 1950 and has run to 77 to date. No serious stu- dent of the Bible can afford to be unacquainted with these some of which are remarkably enlightening. It is unfortunate that inflation has raised the price of these publications from the I paid for the first one to the being charged for the present one. That could deter even serious students from ac- quiring the which is a pity. DOUG WALKER Callous industry Dallas by Peter Gent. J. McLeod 414 Peter a former foot- ball player for the Dallas Cow- may become to football fans what ex-pitcher Jim Bouton has become to baseball's followers. Gent's novel is as if not Tilfphww System We put our finger on a mixed-tip problem. CONCRETE CASE Gallelli Construction Materials Limited had what seemed like a very simple problem on the face of Phoned-in orders for ready-mixed concrete took too long to transmit from order-taker to dispatcher. The AQT Communications Consultant took nothing for granted. He worked with all concerned. Studied the operation in depth. Identified the problem and proposed the solution. orders that once could take up to two hours to till can be processed In as little as 90 seconds. Instant Telescript transmission of written information between order-taker and dispatcher has solved problems of lost time and lost orders. Whatever your it makes good sense to talk with an AQT Communications Consultant. His In-depth study costs nothing. And It can mean greater efficiency and a better profit picture for Talk with a Communications Consultant. 425-2110 261-3111 Dial '0' and aak for Zenith 33000 AG7T rougher as Bouton's Ball Four and punches holes in the football mystique as Ball Four did in baseball's sacred world. dames and drink run 1-2-3 m the life of Phil Elliott and his Dallas with football coming in a poor fourth. The fictitious Elliott resemblance to actual persons is purely coincidental or so the book has his life scrutinized by the author over an eight-day period from the day after the Sunday football building through the week to the next Sunday's and then the Monday after the game. The book is touching at times and but most of all it is an inside look at pro football. Gent sure- ly must use many personal ac- quaintances in the book and call on his own playing ex- periences to build the type of story he has. He shows foot- ball as a callous industry and the players as pleasure seekers who would be misfits in a normal society. The story is good enough for a but one must constantly wonder throughout its reading who Gent is REALLY talking about. Who is the real life Phil or Jo Bob Williams or Seth Maxwell or the coach or. GARRY ALLISON Books in brief Car Owner's Hand- by Ray Stapley 312 It is not surprising that this book is being republished in a cheap format. When it first came out in 1971 I ventured the opinion that it was destin- ed to have a wide sale. Almost anyone can .profit from reading this manual on the care of a car and those who can't use its directions can still enjoy the humor that permeates it. A special new section on anti-pollution devices has been added for this edition. DOUG WALKER Wings Of by Joseph P. GhMgasslon New The people's Kahlil gives a profound account of both himself and mankind. He ex- presses eloquently the sen- Man can be a God to and man can be a devil to man. An interesting and well thought out volume. Ghougassion was born in Cairo of Armenian parents and Is currently asiiitant Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego. Honesty does not pay By Eva lecal writer COUTTS Do you want your children to become adult members of socie- ty and to study for a worthwhile You Does your income look good on paper but is swallowed up by the increasing cost of mortgage payments on your income compulsory pension and health plan cost of moving to other parts of Canada and the in that scrap some of your old-fashioned values. In case you haven't noticed there is a government sanctioned morality. If you want to spare your kids the sudden shock of finding out for themselves at a later it might be wise to teach them at an early age that honesty does not that family unity is no longer encouraged and that they would do themselves a service if they did not honor their father and mother. Should your kids already be adults by ready to start university and should you have neglected to instil in them the reversal of old do them a favor and throw them out of your middle class home. The chances they have already discovered the wisdom of breaking of denying their parents love and affection and have left to try and earn a living if they are not receive welfare and unemployment benefits whether you could afford to support them or not. You may be wondering what triggered this unsolicited advice. Ask the students' unions throughout the are now fighting for their members' independence from paren- tal hand-outs and sacrifices more than half way through their first there are still many young men and women waiting for a final decision on their student loans. These young adults turned in their applications early declared honestly their own meagre incomes from spare-time and summer their parents' salaries and everything else required of them and then entered college or university in the hope of receiving their loans in some bur- saries offered for previous academic achievements. Weeks they were in- formed that they were not entitled to either equating the financial resources of their families with established They of and then undergo an interrogation I would not wish on my worst enemy. The student is asked questions like declared an income last year of What have you done with the He in used his grand total ear- nings to pay for his keep and rent as long as possible without accepting parental help. Knowing the cost of living as must the Students' Awards Committees I would have been tempted to spent it on riotous But the student explains earnestly and in detail and probably produces receipts and bills. Now it is the parents' turn to undergo a means test although they have already explained on the original loan application form how their money was backed by bank accounts and savings open for inspec- they are asked such silly questions as. did you spend so much money on your second much may be no more than for their son's or daughter's academic upgrading in a one semester college food and spending allowance. While these questions into people's privacy and their answers go back and forward like a the unfortunate student is trying to do well in his trying to find time he hasn't got for a job to avoid asking parents for help he doesn't want and feels they can't af- ford. He is tightening his belt and often goes hungry rather than depend on assistance as if that wasn't bad he worries so unpaid fees and campus ex- penses and wonders how and when he is going to pay them. if these young people have learn- ed nothing they have discovered by now they are. in a distressing minority and that most students applying for loans did not reveal their parents' income. the majority claimed that they had left home sometimes against their parents' wishes and that their parents therefore refuse to pay fees and allowance or that they have no con- tact with their former home. mostly statements are' no questions asked while the very students who are mature enough to desire independence but honestly their love and loyalty for parents and home are penaliz- ed and humiliated. They may have learned the first hard lesson of our new morality It doesn't pay to be honest I would suggest to the government and committees responsible for student loans that they are refusing the best of our young the very students who would be the first to repay the cost of their the chance to recreate an honest society 'What's the By Chris staff writer The five month horseback trip by the three buckskin-clad musket-toting from which ended in Calgary offers some valuable lessons to today's speeding motorists. While on vacation I had observed these horsemen making their way through the Kootenays between Wasa Lake and Cranbrook. They were sauntering along at a snail's completely detached from the speeding with am- ple vacation time to enjoy were bent on getting somewhere fast. One day I saw them watering their horses along the Skookumchuck river while filling their own buckskin bottles and another day they were sauntering along on one strumm- ing a guitar and another leading his old dog Jedahiah all the time appearing to be going nowhere were these rifle-carrying men clad in bucksin and fur and where were they going and I wondered. I had felt tempted to stop in my rush and scoop what was obviously a choice feature story but I too was a racing vacationer anxious to make Radium before sundown with no time to even for the unusual. I would completely miss the bird nesting wonders of Canal both Invermere and Columbia lakes and the pine- studded mountain streams lacing the high meadows while the trio would see it all. They would have the by while we rushed on What I had unknowingly witnessed was a replay of the Davy Crockett era of 100 years ago when courage and spiritual independence were practical conditions of everyday life rather than fading abstractions. Jeff a zoology school teacher and Vietnam war veteran Jiad long nurtured a private dream to recreate the world of that and beautiful but something had always deterred him. Finally this spring he persuaded two friends to join him on his trek from Scottsdale to Calgary over roughest bit of geography we could His old dog tagged along They had intended to reach the in time for the Stampede but one of their horses was killed by a semi-trailer truck in California leaving the trio to take turns walking This added two months to their journey which took them west to north through Oregon and entering Canada at B C. They had duplicated every article of clothing and equipment used by the original mountain men including powder buckskin moccasins and carry- ing all painstakingly made af ter careful research. They used only flint and had relied on a diet of porcupines and other small game venturing within rifle range and had even caught fish with their bare hands. What they gained from their along with blisters and drenched buckskin was the assurance they could survive independent of life's trappings. They are determined to pass this knowledge on to the younger generation whom they claim have to anchor on to slow down and become more mellow when you travel at three miles an said the trailblazers. only human beings would use the time they Which makes me an- noyed I didn't take time to chat with these three brave men who turned back the time machine long enough to recapture the simplicity of life where time is for not rushing. Immigrant mother By Gerta local writer An immigrant mother I am and language troubles seemed to have been my lot as long as I can remember. It all started way back. Daughter of a Czech father and German mother I had to know two languages while other children did very well with only if this wasn't enough I also had to learn English and Russian at and after marriage I learned Greek as fast aa I could because that was the language my in-laws lik- ed to speak to In prior to our move to my friends laughingly pleaded with me to never change that delightful European How strange I Didn't they know it was King's English I But what hurt most was when my children grew up and started snickering. Those ungrateful little mother tongue and all those English rhymes and They only laughed and assured me that my English sounded differently to them because I heard myself through my bones. But what really topped it all was the cold glares I received here in Alberta when I pronounced German and Greek names the way Germans and Greeks do. The other for we listened to a radio report on the comet so nam- ed after a Czech astronomer. The of mispronounced the name because he hadn't checked with me. in mis- I pronounced It casually in Czech Kohoutek middle syllable like in and you should have heard them pounce on me. So it's not only my English but now even my Czech which they know nothing what- ;