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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD NovwnbW 1973 Moonlighting and morality The right of college instructors to moonlight a second without the approval of the board of governors has recently been a subject of discussion. In that situation the issue seems to be whether there is Atftvl basis for requr- ing staff permission to moonlight. That can be left to the prin- cipals involved to'resolve. Moonlighting poses a particularly troubling moral question in society today that goes far beyond what is being debated in the college situation. This is the question of the Tightness of any person to hold two jobs when a growing number of people do not have remunerative employment at all. Until now few attempts have been made to limit people to one for several reasons. Ambition has had general approval in the past and moonlighting thus has not been ques- tioned. Not having been opposed there are no legal precedents for ordering its cessation. Attempting to set legal restrictions could result in a hopeless mess. The fact is that many second jobs are not such as would attract the un- employed. They frequently do not re- quire full-time attention and do not provide the kind of remuneration that would take a person off unemployment insurance or welfare. Some of these jobs might cease to exist if moonlighting was outlawed the work might be done by the employer himself or by other employees doing overtime. there is an issue here which will increasingly press on the social conscience of the nation. Some way may have to be found to enhance and subsidize those partial jobs and save them for the people who might otherwise be permanently unemployed if employment is to continue to have psy- chological and social significance. A wise choice Choosing proper bridge lighting can't be a snap. decision. There are such matters as influence on surrounding plant life and economy to be considered. Utili- ty director Oli Erdos considered all these factors in his careful choice of functional lighting for the new coulee bridge. In an effort to reach a decision Mr. Er- dos even asked for the public's opinion on the three different types of lighting along Mayor Magrath installed to ac- quaint the public with what types are available. Only four persons responded. Following 12 months' consideration low pressure sodium filter lighting orange type in use opposite the Holiday has been chosen for the 180 lights on the 35 foot standards required for the bridge and its interchanges. This type offers a zero glare and uses merely 135 watts whereas mercury vapor yellow light used further south on Mayor requires 400 watt bulbs. Motorists travelling under mercury vapor lighting have difficulty seeing fall- ing it has been known to interfere with the normal cycle of plant life harmful to coulee and would probably diffuse lighting to the river bot- tom rather than just to the travelled area of the bridge. The high pressure sodium lights on Mayor south of 7th requiring merely 250 were judged less effective and give a dis- turbing glare. While the capital costs of low pressure sodium lighting is a fraction higher than the mercury the operational costs are much less. In the long run it will be the cheapest. Proper lighting is of tantamount im- portance to any bridge. Glare can cause faulty visibility can leave motorists and poorly located lights those on the rail lighting the Eraser's Port Mann can blur vision. The research and careful con- sideration carried out by Mr. Erdos' assures Lethbridge residents of the safest bridge lighting available today. ERIC NICOL me cohesion needed here Prime Minister returned from Peking with an agreement that will reunite Chinese families. if he can just do the same for Canadian families The average Canadian family today is bad- ly in need of reunion. A neighbor of mine has such a heavy turnover in members of his running away from home and mooching back to the he is thinking of installing one of those airport doors that open automatically for persons carrying luggage. The Canadian teenager loses the respect of his peer group unless he or she has run away from home at least once. Some teenagers are ace having hit the road 20 or 30 times. They record each sinking of Father by painting a small square on the side of their suitcase. This is not to say that every Canadian fami- ly has runaways. In our block we have an eccentric three high school-age children are living happily at home with both their parents. The rumor is that the mother puts meth in her muffins. But the norm is for kids to prove themselves to be true Canadian quick to split. My daughter tells me of a youth she knows who announced that he was leaving and whose parents bought him a sports car to persuade him to remain in the bosom of the family. That's pushing the bosom pretty even by Zsa Zsa standards. I'm afraid that if one of my children menaces me with a threat to run I'll give him a pair of rollerskates if he promises to leave before dinner. But I'm an unnatural father. The more common response of a Canadian daddy is to comply with the demands of the child that has hijacked his car. It is not surprising to learn that Palestinian guerrillas are being trained in Canada. All they need to do is knock around with a group of Canadian to grasp all the elements of terrorizing authority into submission. The parents are afraid to go to the police about their runaways because it can be awkward if it is learned that they are receive- ing the increased family allowance for a child who is living in Ankara. If his own kids are not standing beside the highway the Canadian parent shares in the adventure of runaways who are friends of the family. I have become ac- customed though not charmed the policeman banging on my front door at 2 to ask if I have knowledge of the whereabouts of or or who told her friends that she was running away to Mexico with my daughter. As 2 a.m. is not my finest I have seriously considered hanging a wall map of the type used in war so that when the constabulary rouses me in the pre-dawn I can lead them mutely to the map and they can study for themselves the pins marking the last reported positions of my family and their associates. Perhaps the Chinese families reunited by Mr. Trudeau's good offices will provide an ex- ample of cohesion. I very much hope so. We can use a little veneration of right when the closest that Canadian kids come to it is to idolize Cheech and Chong. Shameful By Claude in Montreal Le Devoir MONTREAL Even in the most serious confrontations with Ottawa in recent Quebec has never threatened to close the St. Lawrence Seaway or to discontinue its deliveries of mineral ores to and the Parti which wants independence from the rest Of has pledged itself to maintain an economic association with the other provinces. These statements make it easier to unders- tand the seriousness of the thinly-veiled threat of the Alberta government to discon- tinue its deliveries of oil to Eastern Canada to protest the federal government's new petroleum policy. This threat is exceptionally serious since it comes at a time when oil from overseas is disappearing from sight and when the Arabs who supply the Atlantic Quebec and part of Ontario are also threatening to discontinue their In these the cupidity of the Albertans risks millions of their fellow citizens to the rigors of winter and even contributing to the deaths of those less fortunate. The government of Prime Minister Trudeau certainly cannot yield to this shameful blackmail and in a decisive show- down between Ottawa and the other provinces primarily Quebec and On- tario can have no other choice but to port the federal despite any preoccupations with achieving autonomy. The federal Parliament has several ways in which it can make Alberta see ring- ing from proclamation of a state of emergency which would permit it to requisi- tion the oil production of that to putting this industry under UK trusteeship of Ottawa. But the Trudeau government must act with prudence if such actions become necessary to ensure that extenuating facts do not provoke fundamental and irreversible modifications to the structure of Canadian federalism. Alberta sparking By Anthony Toronto Star commentator OTTAWA The Alberta government's melodramatic decision to break off relations with Ottawa on the energy crisis must have tempted Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to raise again the political slogan with which he swept the country in national unity. He ran in 1968 for strong central government and one Canada against the Quebec nationalists seeking special status for their province. he now could run for strong central govern- ment and a national energy policy against the Alberta politicians seeking special ad- vantage from the energy crisis for their province. There is no evidence that Mr. Trudeau in plann- ing to plunge the country into an election on this issue. But federal politicians are beginn- ing to speculate about the possibilities of the sudden confrontation with Alberta. Since the general Mr. Trudeau has seemed lock- ed into a losing game. His minority government has struggled to regain pop- but opinion has moved against it. There has been a growing acceptance of Robert Stanfield and his Progressive and the polls now show they easily would win an early election. Mr. Trudeau needs a national crisis or a new issue to change the course of politics. Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed and his Conservative government are offering one. They are not merely refus- ing to talk to Ottawa about energy policy. For a they actually seemed to be threatening to withhold oil from Ontario and other markets until they could force up prices. The Alberta in any is planning to set up a provincial agency to market oil and gas outside the province. That would give the province monopoly control over supplies and prices and undermine the federal power to regulate .inter-provincial and international trade. The Albertans claim they are merely defending their interests against the federal which has moved in to seize control of a provin- cial resources by freezing prices and taxing exports. But in Energy Minister Donald Macdonald want to control the Canadian market in oil and natural but that is a responsibility given to the government of The lines are thus drawn for a struggle between the federal Alberta governments. That makes good fighting ground for any federal prime minister. Canadian voters usually are willing to uphold the national powers against provincial pretensions. In Mr. Trudeau would have a good case to take to the voters. The federal govern- ment does have a national responsibility to ensure that there are adequate supplies of energy at reasonable prices across Canada. It cannot allow a province to seize control of energy particularly at a time of inter- national shortage. In political Mr. Trudeau could tell Canadian consumers that he was trying to hold down prices while the Alberta government was try- ing to force them increas- ing its own royalties but also pouring profits into the1 pockets of giant oil com- most of them owned in the United States. An election on the issue of Ottawa against Alberta would be so favorable to Mr. in that there is a temptation to think he may be stage managing the whole affair. An election on the energy confrontation with Alberta would fit all these political interests. It also might rally the Liberal which now lacks a sense of direction and and appeal to national elements including those in western Canada. It also would place Mr. Stanfield in an awkward posi- tion just as he was em- barrassed in 1968. Mr. Stan- field has a natural alliance with the Conservative govern- ment of but he hardly could run in a federal election as the defender of Alberta against the national interest. He spent most of the 1968 campaign explaining that he was not in favor of special status for Quebec he may spend the next campaign try- ing to explain where he stands on energy policy. His aides already are aware of the danger. All in the idea of an ear- ly election on the energy issue must seem rather appealing to Mr. Trudeau. If he can arrange or it is forced upon him in the House of he has in Mr. Macdonald the tough lieutenant who is prepared to take a stand on federal authority and play a rough political game. Mr. for ex- denies the charge that he has failed to consult Messrs. Lougheed and Getty. He says he has discussed with them the policy options but cannot let them share in decisions that rightly belong to the federal cabinet. Mr. Macdonald's own seat in Toronto is but in this situation he may be bidding for something more than mere survival. He is on the nationalist wing of the Liberal and if he could help lead the Liberals to vic- tory in an election on the energy he would be a serious contender for the leadership of the party in succession to Mr. Trudeau. Letters Discourteous I would like to comment on some very discourteous and dangerous drivers I en- countered over the weekend on Lethbridge streets. I was attending the Remembrance Day service at the Civic road con- ditions were slippery in but not too if one was careful. On the at 6th Avenue and Mayor a car driven by a rather young motorist went through a red light at a fairly high speed. Luckily I had not yet got into the intersection. I do not usually drive when road conditions are bad but Sunday night I had a fairly im- portant church meeting to so had to use the car. As a result of the that started about driving conditions were very poor a lot of slush slippery in and large pools of muddy water. Cars travelled on 3rd Avenue at speeds just as or more than if conditions had been good. Between 28th Street and 13th Street I was passed by a succession of cars that showered me with muddy water though I was driv- ing at 20 to 25 miles per 'which was fast enough for these conditions. When I came along at about p.m. the conditions were just as bad and at 3rd Avenue and Mayor Magrath just as I started oh the green light I was passed by a station wagon that almost clipped and completely blinded me with another shower of muddy water. There was con- siderable traffic in that area and it was only by the grace of God that I did not get into trouble before I got my windshield cleared. I think our both RCMP and are doing a good but they cannot be everywhere. I think they should use some un-marked cars occasionally to catch some of these people who drive without any respect for the other fellow. G. KEN WATTS Lethbridge Results of editing A number of years ago I was privileged to know a fine instructor of English. We were permitted then to refer to them as and that was exactly what he did he issued instructions as to what was to be and why and when. Strange as it may seem in this time of and laxity in there were actually people who came to be instructed who took pride in academic ex- cellence as an if nothing else. It was there to be learned if we wanted to leam it. He trudged to classes in four buckle overshoes and reserv- ed his motor car for weekend junkets. There was a twinkle in his eye and a bit of Irish in his veins a ruddy old soldier. As winter wore on he would select one of the brighter if he had to write a letter to the local new- spaper. He had a nice sense of timing and the subject chosen would be one with some something he knew would en- dure for a couple of weeks. The paper would be taking a firm often at a promotional always sometimes in- dignant. There would be a moment's quiet discussion with two evenings allowed to write the letter. It wasn't ex- actly an assignment. People with a little brains were ex- pected to carry a little extra work and knew that.they could. When the letter was com- pleted he would read offer a suggestion or then whisk it across the hall to be typed up by the brightest girl in that class. with proper and no mistakes. A covering note over his own signature would introduce the thoughts of one of his and he would send the letter in. The second in rebut- would be written before the first appeared in print. Naturally this had to be and if one had really extended himself with the it could be rather dif- ficult. It was all part of the process of advancement and- quite effective. When both had been publish- ed there would be a lively and rewarding discussion in with particular emphasis on changes and deletions. Sometimes there would be a subtle alteration in meaning by a comma added or taken and we Would always evaluate the weight given or lost to the editor's position. He was a the old but we all gained a better appreciation of the intricacies of the language. I would suggest some were instilled with those cloudy notions that lead to independent thinking. The government of Alberta had defaulted in the repay- ment of certain bonds representing sizeable sums. The paper stated flatly that anybody with money to invest in such a frivolous and speculative manner obviously didn't need and there was no need to pay it back. Our writer advanced the opinion that many essential and valuable social services could be provided. His second letter argued quite logically and convincingly that such shenanigans would erode the confidence of investors and result in lasting damage out of proportion to the monies in- volved. The editor cut the second letter completely. Milk River L. K. WALKER Poor sportsmanship Our class has been discuss- ing the article in The Herald dealing with the coyote hunt in Claresholm. Perhaps the peo- ple involved thought it was necessary to get rid of the coyotes. But we are concerned about the way the hunt was carried out. We think the hunters dis- played poor sportsmanship in using vehicles to chase the animals until they were winded. We also think it was cruel to leave the pups to suf- fer with no mother to protect or feed them. We hope that people will become concerned enough to prevent this sort of hunting from becoming widespread. GRADE 6B ST. BASIL'S SCHOOL Lethbridge. Appreciates series My grateful salute and sincere thanks goes to The Lethbridge Herald for carry- ing the five-series-article of Mr. H. S. Philippines It is indeed comforting to know that once in awhile we come across articles in our very own newspaper of lasting interest to us about our native motherland. From the it appears that the tiny island republic is slowly and painstakingly emerging towards a brighter future. Maybe President Mar- cos and his can still achieve their previous political battle cry make the Philippines a great nation again. NES FERNANDEZ Coaldale those lousy The Lethbrtdge Herald 504 7th St. S. LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. Proprietors and Publishers Published by Hon. W A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS. Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS. General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Editor Associate Editor ROY MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page Editor HERALD SERVES THE ;