Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
ItTJ-THl LITHMMDOI HfMALO-S Not enough jokers in a gloomy world By Ivor London Observer commentator LONDON Cairo and Tel Aviv have agreed to a ceasefire in the fourth Arab- Israeli war. But will the world stop When so much has been grievously wrong what can we do to keep our spirits up while blood hopes arid prices soar. Vietnam to Ulster and the Middle East there has been carnage and chaos. Here in Britain we have had and'still .bombs and from parcels left at the door. Normally there is some ex- pectation of escape from the gloom and despair forced on us by the facts of through the and even gaieties provided by the and entertainments. It may seem callous to seek illu- sion and laughter in the face of atrocious actuality. But a smile can to keep one and it may be essential to preserve one's balance when so much has been totter- ing in a giddy dance of death and destruction. for the light relief diminishes. Comedy is not ex- tinct but it dwindles. The news in the papers and on the air often has to be horrible to be true. Yet those who shrjnk from it are constantly provid- ed with further spectacles of outrage and atrocity. To turn on television is to be faced with a stream of savagery. Recently the BBC devoted six long programs 'to investigating the un- discovered identity of the late Victorian murderer Jack the who terrorized London by his knifing and mutilation of women. What Crime follows crime. The screen's favorite detectives and chiefs of police continue their probings of villainy and slaughter. There is much argument about whether such programs cor- rupt the callow viewer and stimulate real- murders and muggings. There is no certain- ty about that. But one thing is indisputable. Violence is always on view. In the London theatres a record run of 20 years has been achieved by a piece call- ed The Mousetrap by Agatha that prolific contriver of blood-stained complications. Another play of this is a stage hit and also a successful film. A curious event is the im- portation of theology into the once very- secular surroun- dings of musical plays. It may be said that the arrival of titles such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell in the bright lights outside theatres and' cinemas indicated a religious revival among the seekers of a carefree evening. That is but not probable. What is plain is that the old kind of hilarity has been superseded by a new mixture of the sacred and the secular in highly profitable show business. For many years there had been a variety of light attrac- tions called revues. They could be splendidly spec- as C. B. Cochran made or slick and neatly satirical as Noel Coward wrote and composed them. They usually had good tunes and talented artists in their display of nimble limbs and nimble wits. For some years there has been nothing of that kind in London. The early stars of the from Chaplin and Keaton were the but the films are now dominated by sex. Nudity is blatantly advertised and dis- played on stage and screen where censorship has either been abolished or become totally permissive. But the absence of clothing is no sub- stitute for the presence of brains. The large and lavish with a huge or lit- tle and shared at their best the welcome ingredients of taste and intelligence. For those who had a wearisome or distress- ing day they made the evening a consoling change. That has become far harder to find. In the jester has become scarcer. There are fewer laughs. The Times used to mitigate the gravity of its main leading ar- ticles with the levity of a final piece which was an brief and on some folly or foible of the time written with a smile by such masters of style as Peter Fleming and Bernard Darwin. That has gone. Those who seek to avoid the misery of the news bulletin may try to bury their heads in a book which involves Jess trouble and expense than go- ing out to see a film or a play. Will there be a of climate here and a story gaily The vast catalogue of paperback editions u pack- ed with titles containing the word Murder- mysteries abound. As in the world of one is reminded of the American student who was asked what he thought of the English poet and philosopher Matthew Ar- nold. He replied nowhere to go for a But there is one as fertile as who maintains his hilarity and is somewhere to go for a smile. The inventions of P. G. Wodehouse do not cease to appear or cease to please. His characters are amiable in- nocents. There.is never any recourse to a joke or a smutty line. He is a born in 1881 and so almost pre- historic to young people of today. While others are melancholy he is faithful to the droll dilemmas of his frivolous Bertie Wooster and lightweight lads about town. He is completely out of fashion but he finds hosts of new readers to join the devoted old ones. Perhaps we need more nonagenarians to rescue us from'the sur- rounding gloom and to prove that there can be sanity in nonsense and comfort in com- edy that is clean. Book reviews Do-it-yourself therapy IE 1973 br Inc wish I could stay and have another cocktail with but I must get home. I promised the little man I'd take him out for dinner Away Your Ten- by Dr. Bruno Hans Gerba House Inc. and the 188 For those who refuse to accept body therapy as a means of preventing mental and physical this book will take your breath away. For others it is a breath of life that allows them to reach a high with their own energy a sober high. The bold type and simple text allows one to follow the five-week body and psyche therapy program without the concentrated mental effort that would hinder application as so often happens in do-it- yourself therapy lessons. before the Ealliser sign went the first barrels of Ealliser Reserve CanadianWhisky were laid down. Today there is a proud new name together the finest aged Canadian in Canadian rye whisky. Palliser. whiskies that go to make up The new Palliser distillery in Alberta has brought together the skills and the talents of as fine a team of whisky- makers as Canada has ever assembled. Even though our distillery is new and the product we sell is aged the full number of years. Our business began long before we opened our Lethbridge plant. It began with our bringing Palliser a smooth and satisfying 'seven-year-old. Each year since then we have also laid down for Palliser Colony House Palliser Black Label Palliser Golden Special Look for them at all Alberta liquor stores. See how well we have started a new tradition of distilling The key to the therapy introduced by Dr. Geba is breathing. He describes breathing as the most powerful life force in the body. Through breathing one can learn the language of the body. Dr. Geba claims many peo- ple can't take responsibility for themselves so they turn to chemical remedies such as drugs and alcohol. These same people often become frightened when they close their eyes and start listening to.themselves. The Geba therapy doesn't explain or analyse anything. It simply provides the tool for an attitude change rather than the direct removal of a per- son's problems. He explains how one can use his or her body to relieve ten- to make sleep to be more energetic and to break the common mental block. For people who spend too much time trying to figure out why they can't do something that they want to this book may provide the tool needed to acquire the necessary concentration for ac- complishment. This book provides an ex- cellent therapy program for up-tight people who don't mind sensual involvement with another person. JIM GRANT Subtleties of tht Inimitable Malla by Idrles Shah 171 dis- tributed by Irwin Company Lovers of the off-beat will revel in this collection of brief stories in which Mulla Nasrudin imparts his A lot of the stories are old chestnuts in a new for- mat. Half the book consists of witty drawings by Richard Williams and Richard Pur- dum to illustrate the text. Half of the remaining part of the book is white space. It would make a suitable gift for special types. DOUG WALKER PALLISER Palliser Distillers Alberta Lost Chapel and other fcy Margery Sharp Heiaemea in Margery Sharp has attained a reputation as a skillful and prolific writer of novels and fantasies. This is her first published collection of short stories. There are 12 of written at various stages of her career and previously printed in well-known magazines. Each story deals with some aspect of the human condition as it is observed in the manners and foibles of people in many parts of the world. Fans of this English author will welcome a new compilation of her word artistry. ELSPETH WALKER Are these dollars well spent By Jim Herald staff writer How much do conventions really benefit Many school trustees throughout the province should be asking themselves that question after attending a convention in Calgary last week at a cost to the taxpayer of more than one-quarter of a million dollars. At a time when there is increasing concern about the number of tax dollars being spent on education in it is only right that the government and the school boards take a hard look at the educational value gained from each dollar spent on conventions. The Alberta School Trustees Association convention may have had some'value as a method of unifying the political concerns of trustees throughout Alberta. It may also have been a valuable method of establishing com- munication between the ASTA executive and the member trustees. But what value did it have for education in the Trustees at the convention claimed a un- ified voice packs more power when bargain- ing with the government for local autonomy in education. a policy stand taken by the majority of the 780 delegates at the convention may not be representative of the educational needs of a school district whose trustees opposed the policy. Such is not local autonomy. It would seem each school district would be better represented if its board sent a representative to meet with the minister of education to express the educational of their school district. Such a meeting took place this fall and some trustees in Lethbridge feel their input was listened to and given consideration by the minister of Lou Hyndman. The trustees at the convention appeared more concerned about their association and the power of school boards in the province then it did atout the people they represented. The education of students obvjously took se- cond place to the power struggle of school boards. There were only two educational clinics held at the convention. Both were less than a half hour long. On one other a superintendent from in between spoke about his school system in On- tario That was it for trustee education. The rest of the three-day convention con- sisted of association speeches by association executive members and the minister of education and resolutions recommending changes in government policy on education. The if are strictly a policy stand of the association on educational issues that are under the jurisdiction of the provincial government. Trustees showed their lack concern for the resolutions by applying more emphasis to rules of procedure At one point they spent more than a half hour squabbling over procedures involved in amending a motion. Then just prior to lunch their stomachs ob- viously gained control of their brains and they passed a few resolutions without any debate or discussion. The first two days of the convention were attended by most of the trustees most of the but only about 200 of the 780 delegates were around for the final day of the conven- iion. a resolution calling for a reduc- tion in the number of days a teacher would be permitted to take off to attend the Alberta Teachers Association convention was brought before the trustees on the third day of their convention. The trustees were told the second day of the two-day ATA convention is well attend- ed then the first presumably because it follows the banquet and The third day of the trustees convention also follows the banquet and social. should clean our own house before we clean someone a Medicine Hat trustee said as he pointed to the number of empty seats in the convention hall. The remaining delegates defeated the motion. A Calgary separate school trustee in- dicated -he will make sure resolutions spon- sored by his school board are held until the third day of the convention next year we wait long enough the resolutions will be pass- ed by a majority of he said. The trustees were committed during the first day of the convention committed to giving their association a 15 per cent budget' increase. The provincial government and the trustees now appear to be spending tax dollars cautiously on school the curriculum and teacher but very tew trustees at the annual convention showed any concern about the.number of education dollars being used to operate their association. The lack of concern became obvious during a convention discussion on a resolution call- ing for an increase in the association budget for 1974.' Very few of the 780 trustees spoke out against the resolution and when it came to a vote most of the trustees favored granting their association a 15 per cent increase in fees. The fees are calculated by the number of students in each school system and since the school board pays the fees out of education the trustees' friendly gesture toward their association cost Alberta taxpayers another The few trustees who opposed the fee increase pressed for details on what portion of the in association executive salaries goes to each position on the ex- ecutive. They also questioned whether the being used to send the executives to conventions all over North America was well spent. Southern Alberta rural teachers may be surprised to learn that the spokesman for the rural Southern Alberta Trustees Association's teacher-contract bargaining team spoke in favor of the 15 per cent increase in association fees. for the rural last month described rural teacher's demands for a 15 per cent wage hike as being unreasonable. When speaking in favor of the trustee association fee increase at the convention in Mr. Clark said per cent is small enough. I would like to see it larger than that. I can't understand anyone who wants to keep the percentage ANDY RUSSELL Deer can benefit from hunting Deer-of North edited by Walter P. Taylor dis- tributed by George J. the larger game animals on this con- the deer is the most most widely most heavily best loved and among the most So says Ira N. biologist and sport- .in the forword of this and truer words were never written. of the top authorities of North America have made contributions to this putting together a highly understan- dable and educational work that makes good reading for anyone interested in deer and the whether they be naturalist or casual weekend participant. It is a text- book written in a highly illuminating and interesting way a book everyone interested in conservation should read. It covers every angle of deer feeding ecology and as well as its association with man as a prey animal in sport hunting. It does not condemn but analyses it and points out the im- portance of sport hunting in management. It gives detailed comparisons -and characteristics of both mule .and whitetail deer. Although many books have been written about this is the first one that covers the subject so'completely. It fosters the kind of necessary understanding of these animals re- quired before any individual can pass a really constructive and well informed no matter if one is a hunter or strictly a nature lover who never picks up a rifle. Hopefully it will be read and studied by biologist and layman alike. Sometimes a well intentioned but misin- formed public can do great damage. I recall being in Michigan in the spring of 1952 after that state had experienced the worst winter die-out recorded in its history. An estimated 67.000 head of whitetail deer perished because the herds had been allowed to surpass the carrying capacity of the winter range. For some time the state game authorities had been trying to establish a female deer season to control the but had been effectively blocked by public opinion a misinformed opinion promoted by people who saw the deer flourishing on relatively unlimited summer range but had no understanding of the limitations of winter feed. The result was heavy damage to winter brouse and a prolonged horror of suffering much worse than anything associated with sport hunting. The chief biologist of the state showed me photographs and motion pictures of whole bunches of deer dying and lying dead in the deep snow pictures taken after it was much too late to do anything about it. Because the population pendulum swung so far from an abundance to it was many years before the herds came back to anything like normal balance. I also remember an open season on female mule deer here in Southern Alberta that was an equally great mistake in the opposite a season that was set by authorities taking insufficiently accurate con- sideration of numbers or the pressure of fast increasing whitetails. Both errors were the direct. result of ig- norance and could easily have been avoided. The. deer of North America provides an op- porlunity for better understanding that is very valuable. Memorable performance By DMg Walker Before we set out -on what may prove to have been the last golf'game of the Jim Rae you write it up If I beat if it was a significant 1 replied. he didn't beat me only came but he did put on a significant show at the second tee. he wiffed the ball about two Indies In then he hit the trees on the with the ball landing to his his third try also hit the trees and ended over the fence behind he walked a dis- tance up the fairway and hit a ball safely. At the end of it all Jim still had a smile on his face something that might have been lacking if he had known he would have to carry the memory of that performance through the winter and into recorded history.