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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta THE IEIHBRIDGE HERAID NoviMiilirr 17, A disappointing start A vrlrrai] I'.S. diplomat, .lolm .siriuirl ScrvicT. win' recently spent .six weeks Inuring China, said on his return that liis impressions were that the Chinese "don't plan lo nil any wide swath. They will probably ap- proach it all moderately fur Hie nine li must have been a shock to Mr. .servire, as it was to the rest of the lu hear the maiden speech in the Chinese In the I'.Y While the content of Mr. Chiao Kiian-liua's remarks was .simply a reiteration of the well-known Chinese. >laml mi Taiwan, disarmament. -upiTpuv.-er politics, imperialism, ami the Middle Kast. the rhetone was 1111- roinnromisiim. Some yo as far as to say lhat it was belligerent. II was certainly in sharp contrast to the friendly response of the delegation 'to the words of welcome on its arrival in York. When it comes down to participat- ing in the 'grave questions which now face the one can only hope that I he Chinese will tread more softly, and with the moderation Mr. Service believed they would adopt. If they use the I'N as a forum for propa- ganda dissemination, and adopt the kind of intransmency indicated in Mr. Chiao's speech, they will do a great disservice to the cause of peace in the win-Id, and the body of nations v.hich is twin'4 to preserve it. It was a disappointing start. 7 ICY; objectives Yi i I'.uok neinu observed by libraries through- out the nation, lias two laudable ob- jectives tins year. The usual aim of encouraging yuimjjslers lo read books has been pointed specifically at the reading of books about the Canadian Indian'." No skill rivals in importance that of beniL' able to read witli compre- hension. The evidence seems to be conclusive Unit failure to acquire this skill earlv in life is at the root of many other kinds of failure. In- abilitv to keep up with other children in school otten leads to frustration that us vented in self-destructive and socially undesirable ways. Few things are more rewarding, in every sense of that word than acquiring the ability to read Directni'g young readers lu books about the Cana.iian Indian makes a lot nl sense. The importance of creating appreciation for Indian his- tory and culture is widely recognized and its acquisition should contribute Sigmficantiv to the elimination of the giili' that now exists between Indians and non-Indians in our society. Some excellent books have recently been appearing in this field that should in- terest both young people and their parents. Librarians and teachers do every- thing they can to give help and en- couragement to young readers. With the support of concerned parents they could do even more. It is to be hoped that the emphasis given by Young Canada's Book Week will be a prod lo parents that will give a spur to the Ecology course recommended The Alberta School Trustees' Asso- ciation made a move in the right direction recently when it voted lo have environmental studies offered as part of the curriculum in Alberta schools. The resolution called for the department of education to include ecological concepts at all grade levels beginning, presumably in Grade 1. With the increasing concern over air and land pollution, the destruction of wildlife and the preservation of our waters, ecological control lias be- come a top priority matter. Al- ready students at the junior and se- nior high school level have done some penetrating examination of the destruction generations previous to theirs allowed to happen. They de- plore the "mess'' their parents and grandparents have handed them and are determined not to perpetuate such a poor example. Earlv training in ecology will do much to keep our country clean in the future But unfortunately, at present we do not have enough train- ed ecologists lo undertake all Ihe classroom duty needed for qualified teaching of Ibis subject. Society has been slow in recognizing the need for professional personnel in this field so that even if the subject were to be introduced soon, re-training of science teachers would be required in order to meet the need. Furthermore, while pollution con- trol involves everyone, governments at the federal, provincial, and muni- cipal levels have not set up Ihe ma- chinery to cope with even routine household accumulation of tins, bottles, papers and so lorth. Thus in order tor environmental programs to establish the proper scholastic em- phasis, government agencies will have to do some homework very soon to be able to give proper direction. ANDY RUSSELL Why is a hunter? times than T care to count, peo- ple have asked me. how it is that a man who loves the wilds and wildlife, as this writer does, can also be a hunter. In truth. I do not bunt anywhere near as much as in years past, preferring to get my excitement and satisfaction .stalking, observing and shooting animals with a camera. But when fall rolls around I still enjoy going afield with a gun to take a deer or elk for meat and bunt for upland game and Somehow bringing in meal for Ihe larder satisfies a built-in pri- mitive urge to provide for the family, and Icicles, apart from the action, properly prepared and cooked game is a gourmet's Hunting i.i a certain part of the charac- ter of man, for every .since ho first threw a stor.e to kill something, and later learn- ed to build stone weapons, lie has always been n hunter. Hunting today is largely for sport with food a secondary .Just the same, it is a very important part of outdoor recreation, and while our American hunting ethics definitely leave to bo nothing in l.hr way of improvement and belter tinder .standing. Miiriini! ;i more Ihan going 01 ff and buying n rifle or shotgun aluig uiih ammunition to fit. Nor docs a hunting license complete the caiogory it. is much more than just killing some-thing, li is a means of learning to appreciates and ivspoct other forms of life and enjoying opi-n country. II. is not Ihp killing "that is NIC climax !mt the stalking. During many voars ,is a hunlcr and pro- guide, 1 mot, the of American To fix- man. they viow sport hunting as on integral part of ;i way of hfo. I recall one who madn over fv.fniy full expeditions to collect, a trophy ram. HP came repeatedly whh ItstVttM, dean nf early Alberta bighorn guides, lii-hl. .1 back in In the fall of lfM2 I was v.iih them, when our friend finally collected a great trophy ram after having seen countless qualifying heads and turning them down. Strangely enough his reaction to the event was one of sadness rather than elation because the reason for his quest no longer walked the mountains. To him il was the.1 hunting that counted; hunting with the; kind of people he enjoyed and meeting the challenges of bighorn country in the Rockies on foot and on horseback true sport hunting is gcuing out into country, sharing grub, canipfires and talk with friends, knowing the happiness gning with well tuned senses ami mus- df-.s, and meeting tire quary on its own ground. It is coming to recognize the beau- tiful foal HITS of a mutally shared environ- ment, and observing the small things that make days in the wilds unforgettable, thus escaping the artificial world of modern man. To fry to enjoy this while riding a power vehicle impossible. It is only playing n kind of mechanical whr.rrin n l.h? nnnif nf Uir and is cnllrctrd merely because if. happens lo be in (lie wrong place at the I'iglil lime. This is particularly true in hunting any big gair.e in this way. The r-r.-il hunter goes out to feel the wii.d in his face and the warmth of the sun; hear the quiet of an autumn dawn and walk (hi- hills far from Ihe sounds of li.'iusts and the jangle of telephones. ployiiui such things as walky-talky radios, as smim do. is a (Icsrcrotion of sport; the kind of lliing no spoilsman will mintr- n.'inre. wanl.s to match his wits against thovn nf his quarry on more equal terms, conk hi.s meals over a Lin slovc or nn open fire .'Mid sleep on the ground. He is a man il is a pleasure lo call friend and be proud to know Mr is above all a man who ran launh al a joke on himself Senate's war on poverty in for trouble IT V' TAVYA Poverty in I'au- ada. the report ol David and his HI senatorial col- leagues, heralds round in the struggle lo reshape Ca- nadian society along more egalitarian socialist lines. (.'roll has been, all his life, a warm-hearted hu- manitarian and ardent social reformer. The report bears his authentic stamp. Il first and foremost, a moral document, full of shock, in- dignation, rhetorical questions, passionate arguments, high re- solve and a sort of damn-the- torpedoes approach to econom- ic problems. This is its impor- tance, because the broad prop- positions often appear to rest on very shaky foundations and doubtful i sometimes unspoken i assumption. The major iindmg of the nuumitiiT is that ciur whole vast welfare syslcm has failed an! Ihal il oimllt to Ir.' replaced v.-ilh a niiiili dimensional program wilh HIP annual income' as een-iiv-mccc. This i Mir rlrpufy minister. I hMrd .-.i.v plarrs of error which, I said, urrr ainples from among the ones I had noted. My uas an.iuered in September by Dr. .lames K. TIrabi, director of curriculum. Ho acknowledged my letter and said ho had sent a copy to I he publishers, Macmillan Company of Canada. His noxf. .son I en co was revealing. would I ha) ;is -i rrvull: of rradmu your Icl.lcr furl.hrr printings of the Icxl will at- tempt to remove some of the orrors in fact which you hnvo identifrd." (emphasis mine) He went on lo slak; that lie difl not export lo look for a not her in Ihe immediate In reply I. challenged Dr. Hrabi. pointing cut a lack of urgency in hi? letter. He did rot seem to feel it necessary to insure correction of all the er- rors, and he was going to per- mit a grossly inaccurate text to Ix: used by teachers for years without any warning on his part of the errors. A further letter from Dr. Hrabi in October tried to ex- plain his former letter by stat- ing he was writing for a reply Prevent water waste Over the past few years wa- ter conservation has become a problem that may one day scon concern us all. In San Fran- zr.d many other large American cities, fresh water levels have readied a danger- ously low level. Water ration- ing is not part of a science-fic- tion novel anymore. Water shortage not only poses a drinking water problem, it also threatens sanitation systems and it places serious limita- tions on our energy resources which depend heavily on abun- dance of fresh water. Pollution of water resources and our na- tural environment has been hashed over by almost every faction of our society, but what are the results? I believe that the only con- crete .solution to the problem lies in the hands and minds of the individual. The question that immediately enters many minds is "What can I do to curb such an immense prob- lem'''1 I think if we would stop to realize our contribution to the shortage of water we may well be surprised. As an example let us consider the simple operation of flushing the bathroom toilet. An aver- age family of four flushes the toilet 12 times per day on an average. Consider the fact that every time the toilet is flushed another f> gallons of fresh wa- ter is v, astecl; from this it fol- lows that our average family of four v.astes better than 60 gallons of water in one day by just flushing the toilet. This HO gallons could easily be re- duced to only five or even 10 gallons per by flushing the toilet at Ihe end of each day. We can easily see how much fresh water cculd be conserved in a city of 250.000 or even in a city the size of Lethbridge. Statistics toll us that each Leth- bridge citizen uses upwards of HO gallons of fresh water per day. Flushing the toilet uses 15 of these 00. Thcref ore we could save 16.5 per cent of our fresh water by flushing the toil- et only once or twice a day. This is only one way of saving water, how many more ways can we think of? It musl be kept in mind that it is our fu- ture that is at stake- Many people will read this letter and either scoff or con- sider it uncivilized not to flush thu toilet every time the water becomes a little, discolored. Is this little inconvenience tnn great, a price to pay for clean water to drink in the many years to come? I seriously bo- lieve that if individuals will take the initiative to do the lit- tle things the big things will take caro of themselves. WAYNK A. STKIGKK, University of Lethbridge. from Macmillan Company. He felt that they should be given an opportunity to challenge my statements. He expected ''to have a full reply shortly.1' I would have been more ready to accept Dr. Hrabi's state- ment if either he or Macmillan Company had shown any inter- est in learning about the other errors that I had found. But it is now mid-November and I have had no further communi- cat ion from him, nor none from the publishing company. T WES pleased to have Mr. Lou Hyndman, minister of tion, raise the point of the oth- er errors with me in a tele- phone conversation and to won- der if any action could be ta- ken to improve the present sit- uation. But, as far as 1 know, Dr. Hrabi has shown no inter- est. Because of the lack of ac- tion, at least according to my knowledge, on the part of (lie department of education to cor- rect a serious fault, T have written this letter in order to bring the faults of the text to the attention of teachers and parents of Grade 8 students who are using the text. To n ju- nior high school student, a textbook is taken as the final word, and, therefore, extreme care must he taken to have a text as free from error as pos- sible. RICHMOND W. LOXGLEY, 1'rolo.s.sor of .Meteorology Department of Geography University of Alberta. gine that we are going all the way wilh ihis billion dollar first step (actually the first in- stallment of Ihe first step be- cauye Sen. Croll proposes to start with a scheme based on 7d pi-r cent of Ihe Senate com- mittee poverty line and to work up from There is, however, an eco- nomic question, generally ob- scured although here and Him; admitted by a com- mittee, whieh appears to at- tribute quite remarkable pow- ers to government: Is there not some conflict between the bur- dens constantly being imposed on our economy and its power to deliver full employment? Governments may be found in other parts of the world which are free of the constitu- tional and democratic re- straints limiting our adminis- tration and have also freed themselves of what the Sena- tors, in their old-fashioned way, refer lo us "the system." Some of them have worked hind lo defeat poverty but it is s'.ill visihly there along with Hift it'll II. problems of unem- ployment and inflation. This presumably is why Mr. Tru- ileau. at the last election, dis- cnuragod (he notion that a guaranteed annual income was a poverty cure-all. The committee, optimistical- ly in my opinion, estimates that Ihe costs would amount to only about one per cent of GiVP. This is the sort of de- fence that is invariably put forward on behalf of any pro- gram, reasonably or unreason- able, which happens to suit government in Ottawa. It is al- ways a nothing in percentage terms, a mere few cents of the taxpayer's dollar. The diffi- culty For the taxpayer land for business, which must provide jcbs) is that these trifles and nothings now add up to ex- penditures exceeding bil- lion annually. In point of fact the commit- tee, which had trouble in ob- taining adequate statistics, is none too sure of its own cal- culations. ''It is extremely dif- ficult to make realistic cost es- timates for any national aid program." Senators were once considered cautious people, over-given to sober second thought. But this was before the age of commitment. We arc offered at one point. liy way of argument, what could only be characterized and then with charity as a hall-park figure. "The inade- quate participation of the poor in the economy, it has been es- timated, deprives it of some- where between one and two and one-half billion dollars a year." Of course the participa- tion of the poor is inadequate, but if this is the best estimate the Senators can offer, they might as well draw their statis- tics out of thin air. How much the multi-dimen- sional program of the commit- tee would cost, if is quite im- possible to say. For the Sena- tors, like the government's youth advisers, do not think soley in terms of work oppor- tunities. What is known as the work ethic fan odd set of no- tions entertained by backward, tax-paying suburbanites and others who keep government in business or at play) takes the now usual drubbing in this Senate report. At one point it is associated wit h the poor laws; at another we are tolrl to "reassess our whole attitude towards work and stress much more an individual's contribu- tion to society in other, less routine, ways." If the Senators will curb their revolutionary enthusiasm until warmer months, we can all go fishing for the summer and find out what, if anything. this accomplishes for the solu- tion of economic problems, in- cluding the war on poverty. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Looking backward Hals off to students 1 read wilh groat interest and pleasure the remarks and comments made in The Herald by a tiumlxr of students from Gilbert Paten.on School per- l.'iimng in Jesus Chrisl, Super star. These young people smti ed lo have given l.hc opera fair hearing, done some further .study and research and como up with some sensible, honest appraisals. Perhaps what bugs the estab- lishment and the traditionalist {including H o y r o f t, So They Say Tlio ninclcriilli cruliiry con- flict hcl.wron religion ;ind .sci- ence i.s not over. II is hciiiH waged hero, in polite terms, more fiercely thiin ever before. Father I'eler De Hosn, li.C. theologian on hirlli eonlnil problem. whose letter nppenred at the snmc time) i.s thai their way of putting ;icross Ihe of tin! hfihl, UK- Irulli ami lite u-ay not worked for mnlli- hides of voting people and for many of n.s wlm are older, loo. In Ihe la.sL fifty years I can't recall one thins l.hal minis- ters, the church or any reli- pjotir, have done to create as much inleresl, controversy or s o 11 l-searching as Supers! ar. I'crhaps sunn; of onr church- es will consider some of their dodrine.s. and worship semces lip lo date now lhal they have .some idea uhat pels lo younp peo- ple and what Inrns I hem off. Thanks again young people of Gilbert. I'atorson and good luck in all your future en- deavors. ALLAX WAI.KI'.lt. 'llinniRli 'Mir Herald I'll In keeping with Ihe general spirit of progress in .soul hern Alberta towns, Ray- mond, the home of the Cana- dian sugar industry, has deeid- cd to wage a publicity cam- paign amounting to IH2I The advent of cold weather has caused the Cana- dian Pacific Railway to make its annual winter reduelion in staff. In all about WO men have been laid off. lll.'ll A survey made this summer on Turtle mountain discloses that erosion and set- tling have been taking place and that a distinct possibility exists of furlhcr extensive falls of rock at some indefinite time ill the future. lim Hev. HI. J. McPike, at Ihe international goodwill ex- change sponsored by the Helena, Montana and Lcth- bridge mini.stcnal associations, .spoke of the "oneness ol the people of Ihe U.S. and Can- ada." 11151 The Ix-lhbridgr Public Library led all other libraries of Ihe province in Ihe distribu- hiil.ion of films and Ihe handlinf; of film showings during tho March 1850 lo March 1951 year. The Lethbridge Herald 50-1 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Published by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Rpfil-tratir.n No 0013 Memhcr ot The C.injrilnn Prcsj nno me Caimnian Daily NcwWBror Publishers' Association flntf tho Audit Cu'rcaii of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS. Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Mnnmer JOE DALLA WILLIAM HAY Mnnaqlnt] Editor Edi'or ROY r- Mil ES DOUGi.AS K WAI KEft Advertising Manntier Papu Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" ;