Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETHBRIDCE HERAID Saturday, November 20, 1971 ,1 Hums Why not train tours? the luiiks nl things, whether Vl. it or not. we're all soon lo have to take lo the air travel. The de'creasim; pus- si'nsjer traffic on lioth Inmscontmen- i.il has prompted the Cana- dian Transport Commission to work out some "type of intcrlockins; ser- vice which will move passengers ovsr i'N rails in one direction one day, returnin" over IT vails the follow- in" day'. While tins presents prob- lems i'or small town folk on the routes, it does make sense, i'or empty trains are a financial drain on tax- paver's money. Eventually of course, they will be phased out altogether unless somelliin.u steps up Ihe in- terest in this mode of travel. Promotion of Canadian tourism of course, is Ihe logical answer to keeping Ihe passenger lines in ser- vice. Inures indicate thai the rail- ways show a significant increase in passengers during the summer sea- son when money losing trains tend to become money-makers. But Ca- nadian transport officials don't be- lieve in our own tourist potential or they would explore more the idea of promoting train "lours." Canada has some of the most beau- tiful scenery in the world to offer tourists and it can't be seen from the air. Tourists, particularly Ameri- cans i whose own rail passenger ser- vice is in a sorry stale! thrill to the. idea of crossing the continent bv train. I'.iit Ihe transport commis- sion can't seem to get together with the tourism department to gel in on the tourist trade gravy. It is a well known fact that in Europe and Great P.ritain tourism lias been enhanced and encouraged by officials who have lured tin- tourist Iradc in their di- rection by a variely of plans includ- ing a one ticket (leal which takes pi-L-tly nearly everywhere, to the inure expensive personally guided lours. Why can't it be done here'.' Pierre lierton, who lias written two books about the building of the CPR, thinks tours would be a gold mine for Ihe railways. When be was in Winnipeg recently lie made a public offer lo be the tour guide for the first excursion. Hut railway officials seem reluctant to take the plunge It would seem then that the tourist bureaus across Ihe country should exhibit some initiative and plan sonic extensive cross country train lours, and publicize them through- out all North America. If there is poor response then passenger ser- vice is justified in being discontinued and travellers will deserve to miss Ihe experience of winding through the Rockies, roaring across the Prai- ries, and following the Great Lakes. Air and auto travel have their place in our society, but for a nice relax- ing way of 'seeing the country it's hard to beat the trains. At present however, passenger ser- vice is subtly discouraged by both railways. Services have been cut and schedules juggled making departure and arrival "times unattractive to travellers. In short, the comforts are being slyly removed one by one. Pas- sengers.' according to the Transport Commission are an economic mill- stone, but the railways stolidly re- fuse to use a little imagination to promote a tourism package which could well prove to be a bonanza both for Ihe country and the com- panies. No thank you Mr. Marcos Results of Congressional elections in the Philippines are interesting. President .Marcos, who evidently felt firmly entrenched in bis job for a long time to come, is still at the helm but his power base is shaky. The president had evidently fallen victim to the factional political in- trigue that seems lo plague so many countries which have not had a lengthy history of democratic rale. The people became suspicious that President Marcos was thinking of ex- tending his own tenure, or Hike Alabama's George Wallace) running his beautiful wife instead. The people didn't like what they saw. Marcos' long string of victories has ended, and he has temporarily adopted an ''above politics" stance lo prevent further erosion of his for- mer strong position. But he is no long- er the soie dominant figure in Fili- pino politics. In one sense the in fighting and factionalism may make solution of economic and social problems more difficult. But the democratic nature of the elections has given the people (he safety valve they needed to ex- press their feelings. Their message is no arbitrary rule from the seat of power. Weekend Meditation Mwi, the sinner ;he beginning of the century n-.th absurd sentimentality few people be- lieved In original sin. Today only an ob- surdly unthinking person would disbelieve in it. Some while ago the London Times literary supplement stated that "The doc- trine of original sin is the only empiric- ally verifiable doctrine of the Christian faith." Every great Christian theologian has believed in this biblical truth that s.n is transmitted from one generation to an- other like some disease of the blood. Thus, St. Thomas stated that original sin is transmitted as a state of human nature in which all men share as members of one great organism of which Adam was the first mover. The silly idea so popular with the Communists that sin is the consequence of environment alone simply is too super- ficial and obviously untrue. No baby is "horn or as Locke put it. having a "tabula ra.sa" or white sheet without anv previous writing on il. "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked" said Jeremiah and this is true from the moment of birth or before. The psychologist Freud has done much to rid man of his sentimentality, but. the facts of contemporary history are surely glaring evidence that rr.an is a sinner. There is always in man this paradox "Homo llomini DC-JS. Homo Homini Lupus." Or as William Blake expressed it in "Songs of Innocence" "For mercy has a human heart, Pity, a human face; And the human form divine, And Peace. Ihe human dress.'" if Blake's "Songs of Experience" hf> wrote. Cruelly has a human heart, And Jealousy a human face: Terror human form divine, And Secrecy, the human dress." Viktor Frankl, Hie great Austrian psy- chiatrist, tells of this dual nature of man which he encountered so amazingly in tlie concentration camps. Anyone who does not recognize this dual nature of man will end by hating and distrusting all men for all men have stain in them of original pin so that all men some of the lime and seme men all if the time are possessed of the devil. The doctrine of 'total dcpra- means that everything man dors is stained wilh some sin Unit there is no such thing as a perfectly unselfish action and no sui-'n thing as n heart completely urstaincd by lust. Thus man is confronted a '.u.Tld longing for prrfcchon. bill bringing to birth cut which il .M'l'tr.s pow- erless to overcome flnd which appears in different guises at different levels. When the firstt atomic bomb went off in the de- sert Dr. Oppenheimer said he could only of a passage from the Bhagavad Gita, "I am become death the shattcrer of worlds He says lliat the experience left him with "A legacy of concern. In seme sort of crude sense which no Mil- garity. no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose." This is the theme that Franz Kafka has in his novel "The Trial" wherein this innocent man yets feels complicity in evil. St. Paul speaks of sin as a great my- stery and certainly it is not God's act but God's agony. There is a spiritual struggle going on of evil against good, the Holy War as Bunyan called it Even- man has to decide uhic-li side lye will take in this great .struggle and upon his decision bangs the destiny of his eternal soul. A second fact is that we must forgive others since we are ail sinners. That won- deriul saintly missionary doctor Schweitzer wrote, "Because my life is so liberally spotted with falsehood I must forgive false- hofx! which has been practised upon me; because I mystelf have in so many cases wantirg in love and guilty of ha'red, slander, deceit, or arrogance, I must par- don any want of love and all hatred, slander, de-ceil or arrogance which have been practised against myself. The strug- against Ihe evil that is in mankind wo I--IVP to rarrv on nol by judging others, imping ouri-f'hcs." Surely fins is a high water mark of true .sainthood which few of us can attain. Any man knows that to forgive others is a miracle of grace that can be accomplished only through Holy Spirit. Perhaps the per- sun to iu'givc is ourselves since uc arc auaic of having inlliclcd deep v.ounds through temper, selfishness, or cureless, loveless ming. Such hurts to oth- ers come back to haunt us as tticy did to Masefield's converted prodigal when his eyes hud boon opened and be saw "The harm I done bv being me." God nloir- ran fonrUo sin Bible says tnily All WR ran nffr-r to God is a broken and a con- trite heart and tin- that all we can ever hope to IK- is tliroiigh the grace of God and through lliat Valley of Humilia- tion wo coir.f to our knees in penitence and uc pass into an unspeakable peace i.ilfl merciful In IMC, K. S, M, Trade 'expert' Alvin Hamilton in China Officials of llio Chinese Council for the Promotion of Foreign Trade have dealt a mixed bag of people in Ihrir lime hul il. is doublful lliat they have ever faced anybody quite like Alvin Hamilton, the former Conser- vative cabinet minister and extra- o r d i n a r y of Sino-Canadian trade. Mr. Hamilton, who left China recently after two weeks of talks in Canton and Peking, has been employing some novel arguments in his attempts to persuade Chinese exporters to employ a touch of hard-sell in their attempts to break into the Canadian market. In particular, lie would like to see them adapt their lechniques of mass per- suasion to the business of sell- ing rice. pul it to them like Mr. Hamilton said in an inter- view- leaving the Chinese. "When you say Mao T.-v-tuim a nival leader or a great chairman, if people hear it enough, they "re convinced. I say Ibis is'lhe same thing the Americans are doing when thcv lell Canadian housewives to hny I'nele lien's rice." The Chinese, who would cer- tainly never accept an analogy botwivn the fashion in which lhcv eulogize their chairman and lhij melhods used to sell American rice, "just nod and smile politely" when they hear Mr. Hamilton's pitch, according to Ihe former agriculture min- ister. "They don't agree, but they bear wilh my crude way of pulling he says. Mr. Hamilton is described as a "Canadian friend" by the Chi- nese press, a title which recalls the roie he played (en years ago in signing the contract for Ihe first Sino-Canadian wheat deal, a multi-year arrangement which ne'.led Canadian farmers about The year af- IIT the Diefenbaker govern- ment fell, in IW-1. he visited China for the first time and now, seven years later, he is back again. Although he has acted as a paid consultant on Ihe China trade in the past, the current trip was made at his own ex- pense. While he hopes to re- cover some of Ihe outlay in lecturing and writing fees, he says that his prime purpose in coming was "to fulfill a prom- ise I made to them when they signed that first wheat that if thcv would buy wheat from us on credit I would do all I could to help them sell their goods." True lo his word the tall, must a chio ed Conservative plied trade officials here with his pet theories on how they can break into the and later the ket, thereby offsetting the gross imbalance thai the wheat sales have built into their trade account wilh Canada. Mr. Hamilton's favorite themo is need for the Chinese to adapt to the whims of the North American consumer, with his susceptibil- ity to advertising and other pro motional techniques which the Chinese have so far been content lo ignore. In particular he would like to see a little bit of salesmanship employed in the exhibit that the Chinese 1971 I, WK, he you 5ce Nixon's visit, ffte becoming more liberal or more "But il we have oil running dogs of imperialism expelled from will pay Letters To The Editor Student newspapers have important role As a member of the Univer- sity of Lethbridge community, I would like to comment on J. W. Fishbourne's column ti- tled The student newspaper, in which he asserts that he would ban the University of Leth- bridge student newspaper, be- cause it does not project the right image of 'ne university to the Lethbridge community. 1 am deeply sorry that Mr. Kishboume has seen fit to write about The because he obviouslv knows little about the function of student newspa- pers and understands nothing about freedom of the press. The function of a student newspaper is not to recruit stu- dents to the university; it is to provide a means of dialogue be- tween the various elements within and without the univer- sity, to comment, to criticize, and to allow people to share ex- perience through poetry and prose. The latest issue of The Meliorist contained letters from Dr. Sam Kounosu, Dr. Philip Deane, and President Sam Smith about the difficulties within the university. Where else could this dialogue, and many other important ex- changes of information, have taken place? The University of is experiencing financial diffi- culties, as Mr. Fishbourne says. So is almost even- other uni- versity in Canada and the Uni- ted States, including places like McGill, Calgary, Harvard and Wisconsin. Must we blame the Many saviours before and after Christ As the present controversy concerning the Rock Opera. Jesus Christ. Superstar con- tinues and the arguments fly back and forth, only one thing is for certain, it can only lead to one place nowhere. Both sides are missing completely the crux of the whole matter, in that they are failing to real- ize that Christ is no longer an active or influential force with- in our universe. A startling statement, but true nonethe- less. How do we know? If Christ's influence is indeed yr' to be found in Ihe churches, then how is it that thousands upon thousands have turned and are turning away from them, seeking to quench their spiritual thirst elsewhere? So much so, that in fact the future existence of the present day churches, is to say the least, extremely Wliere is the dynamic vitality and spirit that such a great Being as Christ woidd impart? Certainly it is not In Iw found in dying and decadent church organisations. The hiRccM mistake nisdi- by many, is that I hoy believe, Hint. the.re has and can only lie one saviour for the entire human race However, if such people would only take the time and clfort to examine the evidence, they would find that many viours have come bcloie Chnst and many alier. albeit did not capture the hearls of Hie people as did which was due mainly to Ibe tragic cii- cumstanccs .surrounding his death. Ilovfbtifin and the f I n v of spirit, bas never been confined to any particular age, place or people, and if people would only take tiie tc. they would soon find, that wo arc also blessed with the pre- sence of a living master. For at ro t'nie h ilu- his lu.y ci rilr plam-1 thf.o boon an age u-illiout the pre- scncfl of a master, for II. i.i through him that spirit flows constantly and uninterruptedly into the world at large, uplift- ing all in its path. How can we manifest, this spirit and divine power in our lives? By accept- ing the living master as -such, and by surrendering our live1: to the flow of the divine power and living in liarmouey wilh it..... It is for the benefit of count- less hundreds why are sin- cerely seeking that divine "spark" that would set them on the path to God-realization that tliis is written. I am fully cognizant that what I have written will create many an- tagonistic views And do you know what? I'm even going to sign name! AL DENECKY. Lethbridge. Didnt sway WCC critics In The IjCtlibndge Herald of Saturday, 13. an ar- ticle, written by Rev. Da- vid Poling, provided an "an- swer lo the critics of the World Council of Churches." He has not won any support from me, nor will he sway any of the critics. Rev. Poling slates thai WCC funds arc going lo 19 African groups, who are reportedly seeking justice. These funds now total (f-'ee Clar- ence Hall, Must Our Churches Finance. Toild Mr. deserves congratulations for his last Fo- ciis on The I 'niversily column. Of Hie writings in Ihe .student newspaper, vast amount have Ix'on of the category most frequently observed as scrib- blings on the walls of any big public toilet. Pulling such scribblings nn does not imprc.ss favrtr-- ahly n proud parent 01 ,1 hard- pressed taxpayer. N'eithrr one ing towards a fine toilet paper but is there a sturdy support- er who can place Ihe present student newspaper in this in- category? C. I'. Lttthnrldgd. Header's Digest, November 1971 pp 73 and He docs not men- tion that 14 of them are engaged in guerrilla warfare, many of them terrorist (Ibid, pg. that, four of them are Com- munist and that three of these are receiving arm.s from the U.S.S.R. lie admits that this aid is going directly to Ihe revolutionaries, and their families. Whether or no! the money is going spe- cifically towards medical aid and housing is of little impor- tance in lln.s case. The point r.. tl'o WCC is supporting the insurgcnl.s in much the same manner that Canada is sup- porting Ihe United Stales in its war in Vietnam by allowing Canadian goods to he used there. If the members of the WCC were really intt'lvsU'd in promoting Christianity, liiey would not supporl any sort of war, whclher il be the Ameri- can brand in Soullic-ast Asia, or a revolutionary war in Soulh Africa. Kcmeinber the sixln Commandment' The m-tir-lp in riife.sl docs not leave me terri- fied, only a bit angry. Will Iho inanity, in Ihe near future, by giving financial aid to somo guerrilla organization in Ibis count JAY TOMPKINS, l-othbridpp. student newspapers of these universities too. and move to ban them as Mr. Fishbourne suggests we ban The Meliorist? Surely not. Mr. Fishbourne is acting in a very irresponsible manner when he suggests that he would simply "ban the because he himself must know that the universi- ties are in trouble for very complex economic and so- ciological reasons. Student newspapers have had little if any effect on the current enrol- ment problems. One final comment. The cal- endar of the University of Leth- bridge includes the following stalemenl as part of ils "basic values or "the university asserts its right and responsibility for free expres- sion and communication of ideas. It is self-evident that a university cannot function with- out complete autonomy in this field." The student newspaper is a part of this freedom of ex- pression. Let us preserve that ideal. Mr. Fishbourne's foolish remarks can only add to the feeling of student resentment that is now one of the factors responsible for depopulating our universities and turning them into tension filled grounds of confrontation. GRANT MCMILLAN, Afst. Prof, of English, Department of English, University of Lethbridge, are planning lo set up at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto next year. "They want it to be a great showcase for Ihe achievements of Ihe People's Republic of China under the great leader- ship of Chairman Mao which I he says. "All I am say- ing is thai they should try and do some serious business at the same time have a nian in the backroom with an order book so to speak." It is not known whether the Chinese will include a man with an order book on their delegation but it is safe to assert that another sugges- tion thrown at them by Mr. Hamilton that they dress up their delegation a little, per- haps forsaking their Mao tunics for western-style suits and attractive tics will not receive much serious attention. There may, however, be some willingness to consider the suggestion that future Chi- nese trade exhibitions be dis- persed around the Canadian fair circuit, particularly in the west, taking in such cities as Vancouver, Edmonton, Cal- gary, S'askatoon, Rcgina and Brandon. Mr. Hamilton press- ed the view that westerners, the great beneficiaries of the multi-million dollar wheat sales to China, may prove readier to consider buying Chinese goods than their counterparts in the cast. Mr. Hamilton, who says that the gross imbalance in Sino-Ca- nadian trade is a matter of "great personal found that it was a matter of considerable concern to the Chinese too. This year they may find the deficit on their Canadian account running as high as SlSO-million and "there was hardly a conversation in which the subject was not raised" with Mr. Hamilton. Xcver short of ideas, Ihe Ca- nadian suggested one sure fire way for the Chinese to earn .some of the foreign exchange needed to support their trade- tourism, and lots of it. Mr. Hamilton told officials here that there is a minimum ol sioo-million a year in tourist traffic itching to get a look at China if the matter is handled correctly. "I told them that tlCTe was a way lo increase their dol- lar exchange moving people around the country on a plan- ned basis for two or three months a year, using the idle capacity that's already available in hotels. And the re- action? You could see that the trade people were really inter- ested. But you could also sensn that they're not really ready for it vet." When they arc, Mr. Hamilton reckons they will have some re- decorating to do in their hotels and he so informed his Chi- nese hosts. "I suggested they use some pastel shades in Hie bathrooms and bide all the pipes. Tourists wouldn't go for them the way they are he says. As a man who spent ten years of his life working as a farmhand, Mr. Hamilton also had some suggestions on how the Chinese could improve their agricultural yield. After touring a commune near Pe- king he recommended a rede- sign of Chinese tractors along Canadian lines, new irrigation techniques and more scientific use of fertilizer, to the end that China will in the future "pro- duce, more food with less peo- ple" and release a large propor- tion of the TOO million people now living in the countryside for industrial work. (Herald Peking Bureau) Looking backward Through Tlir He-raid Mill R. B. Cbadwick super- in'.endcnt of the department of delinquent, and neglected child- ren in the company of Sgt. Lamb of the city police force viewed I lie new children's home which is under const ruction. High School lost by only two points in the intercity High School debating league lo the Crescent Heights team from Calgary. The final line of the Canada telephone lines .sltuuld be completed by Janu- arv lo. When this is done il will be possible to speak from Van- couver to Halifax over all-Cana- dian line. I9U _ SPECIAL: BO acres nenr Diamond City. r> acrfi bed contract; (in acres summer- fallow, four alfalfa, good bun- galow and oilier buildings, Ifin ores lease goes wilh this land with 70 broken, cash re- quired. Ifl.'il The new Allen Watson school will officially open in two days. An address by Hon. Ivan Casey, provincial minister of education, will tic the high- light of the ceremonies. The Lethbridge Herald 501 71.h vSt. S., LeimiridEo, Alberta LETIIBRTDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Published 1954, by Hon. A. BUCHANAN Second ClMS Mall Rrqhlrfltlon No. 001? CLEEO W MOWERS, Editor and THOMAS H. ADAMS, Gcncrfl! Mnnntirr JOE RAl LA Wll I I AM HAY "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"