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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, November 18, 1972 The new peace balance By C. L. Siilzbcrgcr, New York Times Right on target for 1975 Having the 1975 Canada Winter Games take place in southern Alberta would be just about the biggest thing ever to happen in the region. It is a dream that stands an excellent chaiice of becoming a reality. Those who have the responsibility for awarding the Games cannot fail to be impressed by a city and its surrounding communities working to- gether in a way that must be unique in the whole country. The an impressive document on its own has been signed by 32 mayors, reeves, and duels on behalf of the ci- tizens of the city, towns, villages, In- dian reservations, municipal districts, and counties in southern Alberta. Co-operation of this sort is not just a projection; it has already been ex- perienced. For three years it has been operative in the staging of the Southern Alberta Summer Games. Winter Games will be inaugurated, in 1973 and u.e 1974 staging can be- come a run-through for the Canada Winter Games the next year. Thus the planning committee is justified in claiming to be right on target. One of the purposes of staging the Canada Winter Games is to give an impetus to healthful recreation by leaving behind new and improved fac- ilities for the benefit of the citizens. There is considerable appeal in the thought that the bonanza would not come to the city alone since the pro- posal calls for investments in several locations. It will not go unnoticed among fed- eral officials that the southern Al- berta submission is phrased in both French and English. This suggests that in the staging of the Games a sincere effort will be made to help French speaking participants feel at home in this part of their country. Only one factor can remain doubt- ful in the minds of the judges who recommend the site for the Games: are the citizens behind their leaders in the bid for the Games? Plans are afoot to give people the chance to demonstrate their enthusiasm on Dec- ember 9 when the inspection team visits the area. Whatever reservations there may be about public fluids being used for recreational purposes and however much indifference there might be about sports, it is not difficult to get excited about the prospect of the en- tire area being welded into a cohes- ive community. The intangible bene- fits accruing from that fact could be of greater and more lasting signifi- cance than the physical facilities that may be the only dividend in other host places of the Canada Winter Games. Be prepared, then, to respond to whatever the planning committee pro- poses for the December 9 welcome of the inspection team. Let citizen sup- port then be the thanks to the plan- ning committee for its vision and may it be a foretaste of a wonderful realization. Decide on stilbestrol Is it possible we value the health of our cattle more than that of our daughters? It would appear so from current reports from our university campus- es where "the morning-after pill" is being handed out by the "bucket- ful" with little apparent concern over possible accompanying health haz- ards. The "after-the-fact" birth control treatment, first used on a large-scale basis in Canada at the U of A in Edmonton last year, involves tak- ing five tablets of estrogen stilbe- strol for five consecutive days. This technique is effective in preventing pregnancies if begun up to 72 hours after sexual intercourse. But "sure-to-work" stilbestrol is the same as dietfaylstilbestrol known as DES, the growth hormone which the government, as a result of studies linking DES to cancer, is banning for cattle as of January 1st. An alarm was sounded earlier this year when Canadian doctors were ad- vised to discontinue the drug to ex- pectant mothers after U.S. scientists reported a rare form of vaginal can- cer in young women whose mothers were given DES to prevent miscar- riage during pregnancy. Its use was largely restricted to rape cases un- til recently because the potent medi- cation (20 times more powerful than the related chemical ethinyl estrodol, used in everyday oral contracep- tives) involved often produces naus- ea. Meanwhile Dr. John Bennett, ob- stetrician-gynaecologist, of the Cana- dian Medical Association, address- ing a meeting of drug researchers in Ottawa has expressed alarm that "nobody seems to be too much con- cerned about the large quantities of slilbestrol being fed to your daugh- ter and mine at university." He told the 50 scientists attending the one-day discussion on pharma- ceutical research that a medical asso- ciation questionnaire circulated to college health services has revealed that the pill is being prescribed in fantastic quantities despite its earlier ban for expectant mothers and its forthcoming ban for cattle. What is urged is that the health department say one thing or another. If it has evidence that stilbestrol is not potentially harmful when pre- scribed for women, it should say so and end the confusion. If it is it should be banned completely. Weekend Meditation Self-sacrifice Self-sacrifice was not a Greek virtue, but a Christian virtue and, possibly, the most important Christian virtue. The sunreme Greek virtue was self-culture, self-realiza- tion, fulfilment of personal potential. For this reason it Is the dominant virtue ol the Renaissance Hamlet for example and Is the virtue extolled by Marx and modern Russian educators. Now there can be no doubt that Jesus laid great stress on the development of one's talents, so that failure to develop your talents is a deadly sin for which you will be sent to hell (Read the Gospel according to St. Matthew, 25. but this was not his dominant em- phasis. Repeatedly he told his disciples that they must take a cross and follow him. They must share in his sufferings. They must lose their lives to find them. They must die to live, even as a grain of seed had to die in the ground to bear fruit. The way to the kingdom of heaven was through much suffering. If a man re- fused suffering, he could not be a disciple of Jesus. This ideal of self-sacrifice was stressed so strongly, that followers of Jesus have frequently sought it deliberately. St. Fran- cis thought undeserved suffering was tho greatest of joys. Bernard of Cbirvaux along with countless thousands put Ihemselves through all kinds of fleshly formenls hair shirts, sand In their food, iron studded belts next to the skin, inhurnsn fortitude in labor, and groups of flagellants were common sights. From today's point of view such suffering was needless and point- less, yet St. Paul wns trie great exemplar of Iron control of tho body nnd it is doubt- ful If the modern of comfort has any- thing Christian nliout it. Tn (ho contrary. Suffering has no value in Itself; it Is only valuable in pursuit of some biuh purpose, b defence of come high value. self-sacrifice can be a great stupidity. For a man who can't swim to try to rescue a drowning man is idiotic; it just means two men have to be rescued instead of one. Nor is anything more nauseous than self- conscious self-sacrifice, like the martyred mother whose every gesture suggests her self-abnegation on behalf of her family. How hateful it is to hear a parent tell a child how much they have given up for him or her. Self-sacrifice must never expect grati- tude. In any case you'll not get it. Self- sacrifice comes from a deliberate choosing of the good and committing one's life to it for no other reason than that this is what the soul knows to be good and true. Then there is an inner compulsion to be loyal lo the soul's vision. Luther felt that when he I stand; God help me, I can do no oilier." In the Broadway play, Tho Eve of SI. Mark, Ihis point is splend- idly made as the soldiers hold to their lonely, desperale, doomed fort. Yel one wonders whether self-sacrifice can endure apart from a faith In God, a faith in divine justice, and a faith in etern- al life. Such faith is vanishing now and there is a corresponding increase in self- ishness. After nil, the Christians were not wilhoul an eye. lo their rewards. They wished above all Ihe approval of God, hut il. was said of Jesus lhal "for the joy set before him, he endured the So Paul speaks of struggling for a "prize" nnd n Self sacrifice Is the way lo clcrn.'il life, lo life's supreme values. PIIAYKH: Ktialilr mr, O my Ciorl, In my full share of miffmiig and hnril- and wlllionl liopp. of reward, ncrpl UK Joy of fellowililp villi Tliy Son now and In olcmity. F. I M, LONDON There are wide- spread expectations of a resd- juslmenl of United Slates rela- tions with Wesl Europe and NATO during President Nixon's second term. His first term saw fruition of basic trends al- ready discernible on the world horizon. These now require pol- icy recognition. Apart from the Vietnam wind down, the new rapport with China and the successful conclusion of arms limitation and trade talks with Russia, the United Slates finds ilself no longer Ihe global giant of 20 years ago. Indeed, it cannot leave even the West alone as it once ddd. Its share of global production has slipped from 50 to 30 per cent while its trade and finan- cial reserves have steadily weakened vis-a-vis those of Japan and the growing Euro- pean Community. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union has achieved approximate military parity with America and may soon surpass il. As a consequence, U.S. cs- pacily Lo sway events has de- clined. The Wesl, without quite saying so, has accepted the status quo of a divided Europe. And, after the forthcoming European security conference, it is obvious thai a diminishing American conventional army will further reduce Its forces over here. All these occurences make it imperative thai Washington and its allies negotiate long term working relationahips for the years ahead, relationships based on the new realities. But this is a tricky operation. During the postwar quarter century, the United States was immensely fortunate. It de- pended for its power on an overwhelming military superi- ority and a constantly expand- ing economy. Now both these special advantages have come to a predictable and almost simultaneous end. Yet, as America deliberate- ly braked its economy and be- gan to prune its military es- tablishment, the Soviet Union continued to build an impres- sive navy and conventional army, although agreeing lo limit its nuclear missile es- tablishment. Moscow, recognizing the dip- lomatic implication of Ihese changes, has carefully avoided military confront a t ion wilh America (in Indochina and the Middle East) while legilimiz- ing its ascendancy In Eastern Europe. M a i ntaining direct contact with Washington on all vital mailers and achieving a sensational break through in trade, it undoubtedly hopes to slowly isolate the United States from Western Europe as it has to some degree done in Asia. This is a subtle procedure and two can play at the game. While the Western Alliance ad- justs, the United Slates has shown the world that Eastern alliances are unstable: witness the Sino Soviet Alliance, Ihe pledges to Hanoi of both Moscow and Peking; and also the Soviet Egyptian alliance. It has become plain since the 1962 Cuba confrontation that thermo nuclear weapons sys- tems have rendered obsolete the old fashioned lype of pact. -While great powers can still help smaller ones, they will not permit them to de- mand alomic supporl with its risk of consequenl disaster. What Washington must now conclude with its European al- lies is an understanding of this situation on a basis that doesn't threaten to dissolve NATO. The obvious fact that American troops in Europe will be reduc- ed end that less rather than more automattcity of U.S. nu- clear response must be antici- pated, presents grave prob- lems. Weslern Europe may decide In Ihe wake of the security conference, which will formal- ly recognize the continent's ideological division, that it must negotiate its own recon- ciliation with Russia at al- most any price. There has long been an undercurrent of sus- picion about bilateral dealings between Washington and Mos- cow. Or Europe may decide lo construct its own nuclear force based on the separate British and French arsenals. But this would be costly, might weaken contributions to NATO'S con- ventional strength, and could be risky in terms of Soviet and American reactions. What, the United Stales and its allies must remember is thai, in its essence, NATO is an idea and not a country. Its borders extend from Ihe Paci- fic lo Europe's heart, creating the kind of notion that Rome was, rallier than a nation with fixed frontiers. If these concepts are recog- nized and the transnational ideas already accepted by big business can be translated into new political rel a t ionships, there is no reason why that era of peace envisaged by Nixon should not begin. There will never be absolute peace because ideological un- animity is as impossible as re- ligious or economic unanimity. The earth has accustomed it- self to the fact thai this is an Inflatingly dangerous planet. What must be devised is a system near to foolproof for preventing strains from breaking the structure of peace while maintaining within that peace a balance disfavoring no one. Hijacking disasters mooted By Tom Wicker, New York Times commentator NEW YORK Sooner or later, an airline hijacking is going to result in a real disas- dead in a crash, or a bloody Shootout in the sky, or even the reality of some- thing as bizarre as last week- end's threat to crash a hijack- ed Southern Airline's plane in- to the Oak Ridge atomic in- stallation. Probably there is no way to stop hijackings altogether, just as determined efforts, new legislation, improved t e c h- niques and the like have failed to prevent assaults on political leaders, or the occasional kid- napping that still occurs. Put- ting armed marshals aboard all planes is clearly not the an- swer; they might have some deterrent effect, but not enough, and they raise the odds on what no one should want to happen an exchange of gunfire in a crowded; pres- sured passenger cabin. Detection procedures at the airports have been recently more stringent; frequent air- line travellers know that they probably will have to stand in long lines to have Uieir brief- cases or pocketbooks checked and that someone will be rum- maging through their shirts and underwear if they have carry on luggage. Electronic devices are supposed to detect metal concealed on the person or in luggage. Manifestly, these procedures still are not good enough. Just recently, I passed through an electronic detector at a major airport while carrying in a brief case a bulky metal page- numbering device; neither the detector nor the attendants no- ticed as near as I could tell. Yet the device was bigger and heavier tlian some small pis- tols. On the same weekend as the Southern Airlines hijack, I caught a Saturday night flight; but 15 minutes after scheduled departure, the passengers were still at the gate, waiting for the marshals to inspect their hand- bags. The marshals never came, and the airline finally ordered everyone aboard with- out inspection. The three Southern All-lines hijackers apparently were spotted at the gate as fitting the behavior pattern the mar- shals look for; even so, they got aboard with an arsenal of deadly weapons. No doubt they could and should have been stopped, but they weren't, and although no detection proced- ure will ever be airtight, here is one area where more ob- viously needs to be done res- ponsibility sharply defined, ad- equate trained personnel and equipment provided, and me- ticulous procedures followed. As one who puts in many kVA> ua't WE Icni rooffei nmf IHK lika long hours on airplanes, I vol- unteer the idea that it is time for the airlines to ban carry-on luggage entirely including brief cases, shopping bags, un- derseat bags, women's hand- bags if lairger than can be in- spected at a glance, bundles and parcels of all kinds. Only books, notebooks, magazines and newspapers ought to be permitted, and topcoats ought to be searched by hand as well as by electronics. This could be done with no great inconvenience to passen- gers, if as they left the gate they deposited all carry on luggage in a special container. This would go into the cargo hold last and be off loaded first, with pickup available in the gate lounge at the depart- ure point. That should not be beyond the capacity of airlines that spend millions to advertise their own greatness. Anyway, inconvenience and delay perhaps even, on oc- casion, personal be necessary if there is to be a real answer to the hijack threat. That answer can only be to make the potential hi- jacker BO sure of detection In advance that few will even try it just as the F.B.I, has made kidnapping an infrequent crime by its well publicized ability to catch the culprits. It would also help greatly if in- ternational agreem e n t s re- moved any possibility of sanc- tuary for the hijacker. If that point is ever reached, It will be important that the president, or someone who can make it stick, should order tho FBI to stop trying to shoot it out and recapture a hijack plane by force. That Is because the less frequent hijacking be- comes, the more likely that the hijacker will be irrational, desperate or both, and ready to respond without regard to his own or anyone's life. As it is, the FBI seems alto- gether loo trigger happy; the Southern Airlines hijacking was not the first in which gun- fire was substituted for better judgement, but it was one of (lie worst. Shooting out tho tires of the plane endangered passengers and crew from stiray bullets and ricbochcts; it made the next landing Infinite- ly more perilous to all aboard; and it could either have enrag- ed or frightened the hijackers into desperate response. Indeed, the shooting of the co pilot may well hnvc IKCII in reply to this senseless bit of wild west gun slinging, which rnuld bfive hnd no useful pur- pose. If the snd American will' infincss lo use violence ;is ;t lo .social unrest is lo be extended to airline hljnclc- roal dlsnslfT may ho ueucr than wo "Hold agreed in Jo an equal share of the hiuif tiak 59 you could pursue a CARKRi" Letters Attention: Lynne Van Luven Wake up beautiful dreamer. As drama critic for The Leth- bridge Herald you have a re- sponsibility lo the performers and the public to write of the reality of a performance. Dick Mells Is a good director and in non-musical theatre, a good actor. However, he invad- ed extremely dangerous ground when he attempted to be both director and the singing male lead. Judging from the Novem- ber 10th performance, Dick does not sing. This grievous fault resulted In the first act having all the get up and go of a hobbled, hamstrung hippopot- amus. After straining to listen through Dick's first inaudible song the audience Jost track of the plot and lost their sympathy for the romantic figure of Don Quixote. Dick's characterization had all the ingredients necessary for an accurate depiction of Don Quixolte, but the propor- tions were frequently wrong. Was Don Quixote's walk a pigeon-toed, weak ankled, bal- ancing on high move- ment of a tottering old man or the stumblings of an actor in- secure in incongruous book? Details like this must be fine hined by the impartial observ- er, the director. I know Dick has the power to move an audience as in the death bed scene, but I felt ter- ribly let down when the mag- nificent song "The Impossible Dream" came out, not with full power and emotion, hut as an insipid, inaudible, spoken song. Shouting out words against a background of music may work for Johnny Cash or Henry Hig- gins in My Fair Lady but it didn't seem right lor Don Quix- ote in The Man From la. Man- cha. I delighted In the antics of the horses; became completely involved, frightened, and em- barrassed by the sensuous, sen- sitive design of movement In Aldonza's abduction scene and was favorably impressed by the interesting stage spectacle of the lowering prison stairs and the Knight of the Mirrors. However, Dick Mells the singing lead was miscast by Dick Mells the director. It is only because I have become so used to high standard of pro- duction like Letlibridge Music- al Theatre's Fiddler on the Hoof which warmed and moved me to great pleasure, that I feel compelled to express my frustration and disappointment. My greatest disappointment is in your drama review, Van Luven. Your review read like a dictionary of super- latives, the LMT has had a rare record of excellence In performance and likely will continue to do so in the future, but neither the LMT nor tho public will trust your aesthetic judgment again, when you lack the sensitivity or bravery to ar> curatcly report what is. DOUGLAS JAMES SMITH PLncher Creek Deprived of Ml CBC The current controversy oyar the loss of the CBC tele- vision program Sesame Street Is Illustrative of an Injustice which has long been perpetrat ed on large sections of the Can- adian population which is de- prived of the CBC television network. Only in Edmonton, for instance, is the provincial pop- ulation able to enjoy this net- work. Other Albertans must make do with the so-called af- filiates. It seems to me also that It Is blatantly misleading for the affiliates to regularly flash on the CBC network idcntificniton without making It clear that their viewers are in fact only receiving a portion of the Imo network. Sesame Street is only one of many programs which we the Canadian taxpayers must pay for but which only the favored few are able to see and enjoy. The cost of CBC repeater sta- tions lo beam the CBC network to such major centres as Cal- gary and Lcthbridge Is rela- tively low and Is not, I under- stand, the reason that wo are deprived. The reason is of course that commercial affili- ate stations would see their audience fragmented and thus lose some of their attrac- tiveness as an advertising me- dium. Obviously, there la no objection to commercial sta- tions making a legitimate prof. it, especially when they do, and have provided a public ser- vice for years. However, sure- ly it is time to reappraise the situation when, due to the ex- istence of an affiliate, the CBC does not make its network available to major centres. We now see the situation where many relatively small com- munities in various parts of the counlry, without local cover- age. receive the full CBC net- work. As compulsory taxpay- ers, surely we should be en- titled to tiie option of seeing the network for which we must pay- Now that we have had the communications salellile ANIK (20 por cent Canadian content) launched perhaps it is time that we were ONlcmlcd the priv- ilcgo of viewing Ihe Canadian notional network CBC (GO per cent Canadian content) in ad- dition lo the two almost 100 per cent American content stations now available on cable TV in LelhbiridRO JOHN E. FORTUNE The Lethbridge Herald 504 7lli St. S., Lclhbridgc, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1303 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Stcmd CUM Mnll Ronlslrnllon No. linli. Member of Tho Cnnndlnn Press nnd the Dnlly Nrwspnoer Publishers' Association end Ihi AuJII Durrnu ol Clrculfillons CLEO W, MOWERS, Ertllor Piilill Mr THOMAS H. ADAMS, Gencrel Mnnnncr tlON PILLING WILLIAM MAY Maneglng Editor Editor HOY F. MILES DOIIOLA', K. 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