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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHMIDOi IJHIOKI MS Precarious prosperity No country better illustrates the precariousness of prosperity than Japan. The necessity of facing this fact has hit most of the industrialized nations because of the oil embargo imposed by the Middle East producers. But Japan has reason to be more concerned than most. It has been said that Japan has only two natural its climate and its people. Only by diligent work and brilliant use of other countries' raw materials has Japan achieved its position as an economic power. has made Japan increasingly dependent on the willingness of other countries to sell their natural 'resources and then buy them back as manufactured products. This means that the nation is exceeding- ly vulnerable to the introduction of changed patterns of supply of materials and purchase of products. Despite the intensive use of its scarce arable land and the application of scien- tific methods of Japan is nowhere near being self-sufficient in food production. Thus disruption of its trade patterns is more threatening than the mere lowering of the standard of liv- ing being faced in Japan it means possible starvation. When North Americans talk of impending sacrifices it is only rhetoric compared to what it could imply for the Japanese. The normal energy expended by the Japanese in developing and strengthen- ing their trade connections can be ex- pected to intensify.. Also there will be greater interest in making investments abroad as a means of providing some security. In view of this situation the need for Albertans to travel to Japan to seek to arouse an interest there in investing here should very soon the Japanese will be eager to come here to do business on almost any terms. A lift to the spirit A beautification program in mid- winter may sound pretty far es- pecially here on the but in Lethbridge being this is exactly what is being carried out at many important intersections. The old 4 by 4 bus stop signs are being replaced with attractive purple and yellow metal signs mounted to lampstandards seven feet above the ground. The beautification program includes the replacing of all bus stop signs within the city 300 of eliminating en- tirely the old posts which called for fre- quent painting and upgrading. The new ones promise to be located well beyond the reach of vandals and will require no upkeep. The standardization of bus stop estimated to cost will be carried out over the next three years and will necessitate the installation of some 350 new 100 of which are in the process of installation. -First to be serviced are1 the bus stops on Routes One and 1A and Route Two in south Lethbridge with routes three and four to be served next. Eleven of the city's fleet of 16 buses were painted in the familiar colors of purple and gold last year remainder are the older green usually used for school with the three new 52 passenger buses expected to arrive in the city within the next two boasting the same color combination. The un- iforms ol the city's 22 regular and 10 part-time bus drivers are purple with gold shirts. When one considers that some 1200 miles of city bus routes are covered daily by hundreds of local residents go- ing to and from work and in the regular pursuits of shopping and it is refreshing to realize that a combination of happy colors is being established in this major city service. Winter can be drab and the matter of transportation frequently boring. A little color en route is sure to brighten not only the passenger's view but their spirits as well. Cheap home ownership Escalating building costs which threaten to put home ownership beyond the reach of the masses could popularize the unpretentious abode of the Mongolian shepherds. Their circular resembl- ing the old wooden made of poles and covered with has been studied and copied by Dr. Bill Harvard who for years has been searching for a more economical American structure. Using industrial-age materials glass and steel he has gradually adapted the ancient needs of modern man. A band of yak's hair rope or in Coperthwaite's steel is strung around the eaves of the mushroom-like building making it flex- ible. Unlike its Mongolian namesake Coperthwaite's yurk has walls that slant out rather than up and is topped with a gentle roof with plexiglass covering a central airhole. Wherever Coperthwaite goes the yurts mushroom. Of the 100 yurt homes presently in use constructed under Coperwaite's 15 are located in the United States was built by a 17-year-old Texas One group talks of pre-fabricating them. The biggest yurt so far has a 34-foot diameter. Plans for 17-foot yurts are available for Cost of construction runs from to depending on materials and style. If it's togetherness a family is seeking they will find it in a yurt. With curved benches built into the wall and no place to hide family members experience a companionship denied by partitions and storeys. Anyone who has tented realizes how little a family actually requires to be comfortable. The basic need in home construction is shelter not un- necessary trappings such as swags and switches some of the items that have sent building costs soaring. What is essentially required is warmth and a place to sleep and eat and retreat from the elements. The yurt is a small house with a big presence opening out to the sky and nature without losing its quality of being a shelter and a place to withdraw. Ac- cording to woodsman-designer Coperthwaite anyone.who understands a wooden bucket can build a yurt it works on the same tension-band prin- ciple. ART BUCHWALD Rose Mary's baby WASHINGTON One of the things the Nixon.ad- ministration was noted for before Watergate was its neatness. It's hard to on the basis of recent that the president has run one of the sloppiest White Houses of anyone in our history. Records get lost. Tapes don't exist. Notes are misplaced. It's not enough to impeach the but it certainly scares the heck out of you. 1 can just see the president buzzing his private secretary. Rose Mary Woods. get me that tough note Brezhnev sent hie .during the Mideast Yessir. Mr. Twenty minutes later. note seems to be Mr. President. There's nothing in the Brezhnev folder except a telegram congratulating Princess Anne on her wed- you look in the Princess Anne I and time is nothing in her folder except John Mitchell's resignation as attorney I have to get a copy of the Soviet note. Did you look in my 1 Mr. President. The only thing in-your folder is your tough note to at least that's something. Let me see it is. Mr. isn't the tough note I sent Brezhnev. It's. a sum- mary of Kissinger's talks with Golda Sorry about that. It was written on a shopping bag. so it was hard to we could get out the tapes of my conversations with Soviet Ambassador Dobrynin. I think he summed up the Brezhnev call the Secret Service and have them sent up right A half-hour later. did you speak to Mr. Dobrynin on Oct. 24 or Why do you the tapes marked With Dobrynin Part I' seem to be a telephone call yoa made to Bebe you check the Bebe Rebozo and they turned out to be a conversation you had with Emperor Haile Selassie when you were vice Rose we seem to be running a loose ship around here. Get me the tapes of my conversation with Mao Haldeman took them home with him last didn't he bring them can't forget the tapes. Give me the notes I dictated after my meeting with the congressional leaders on the energy they Mr. it. These aren't my notes on the energy crisis. They're the plays I worked out for the Washington Redskins in last year's Super' Bowl if you don't like the way I'm doing my work. I'll be very happy to Rose stop crying. 1 think you're doing a wonderful job. It's just that every once in a while I can't seem to find something I'm' looking know this is not the easiest job in the Mary. Rose Mary. Pal end I think the world oi you. Now you just go back tc your desk and forget all about the tough note Brezhnev sent me. It probably wasn't impor- tant Road block at James Bay By Rob Herald Quebec commentator The In- dians and Eskimos of northern Quebec have managed to stop in its tracks one the greatest development pro- jects in Canadian the James Bay project. While it is only the- Superior Court of Quebec has ordered the James Bay Development James Bay Energy Corpora- tion and their associates immediately cease and They are ordered to halt and pro- jects including the building of bridges and connected They must also desist and refrain from interfering in any way with petitioners' from tespassing in the said territory and from causing damage to the environment and natural resources of the said It is as if the Blackfoot In- dians or Louis Riel had gone to court to stop the building of the CPR. and succeeded. The 355-page document in English and French prepared by Mr Justice Albert Malouf of Quebec Superior Court is remarkable for several not the last of which is that it makes good reading. The he a unique concept of the make use of all its fruits and produce including all animal life therein and any interference therewith com- promises their very existence as a people. wish to continue their way of He also says while no judgment is necessary by him on whether or not native rights but merely that a strong case for such rights ex- the natives of Canada do have possession of the land un- til it is formally taken away from them. This possession has been recognized in in jurisprudence and legislation. The natives of northern Quebec have -been using the entire area involved for either part or all of their livelihood. Any interference with the ecology affects this livelihood. is clear that if the works irreparable damage will be caused to the petitioners. will not be possible to br- ing back to life the fish and animals which will die nor br- ing back the vegetation which will be After a lengthy discussion on the immunity of provincial government agencies from he concludes that the doctrine of immunity of the Crown does not apply to the agent of the state who commits an illegal act. He also examines Canadian native life and the relationships of living organisms to each other in the delicately- balanced northern ecology and the economics of development. As a source-book on Canada the document is invaluable. It is also a factor to be con- sidered in many other decisions affecting Canada's future where the environment is or where non- treaty Indians live or where the government or a large cor- poration interferes with the rights of an individual. Putting it into effect poses some problems. In the modern technocracy a builder does not simply pick up his hammer and nails and go home when he is told to stop work. The Quebec government agencies are working on different aspects of the pro- ject in an area the size of the four Atlantic provinces. While only about men are presently at air- harbors and roads have been built hundreds of miles north of the settled part of the mountains of supplies and heavy equipment have either been moved in or are en route and the most crucial part of construction is due to start. Halting proceedings while the Quebec government appeals the injunction is not easy. As Jacques Gauthier of the James Bay Development Corporation not like making a cup of instant The carefully dovetailed 'plans and flow-charts have to be pulled apart by teams of technicians. When the cor- poration received the stop order it did not know how to go about it. will abide by the Mr. Gauthier we don't know how long it'll take tor us to do Paul Quebec government agent in Fort. said in a radio- telephone interview from the James Bay port that the stop order had been issued but he did not know if it had been put into effect. All attempts to contact construction sites in the area were frustrated because Bell Telephone Ltd. reported radio-telephone links and telephone connections were out of In one case the receiving operator did not answer. In another the verdict was simp- ly broken. Law and order in the area is maintained by the company police force and the board of directors has constituted itself as a kind of crown coun- cil. The nearest Quebec Provin- cial Police detachment is hundreds of miles away and the RCMP in northern Quebec restrict themselves to limited tasks. The only police force in the area is trespassing. Mr. Justice Malouf noted in his judgment that damages to the developers could have been minimized had they allowed for a possible negative decision when proceedings started. Now the one thing that government planners did not take into account has come to pass and they have to work out how to cope with thousands of men isolated in a sub-Acrtic winter with nothing to do. They are an army whose staff officers prepared for every eventuality except how to retreat. The injunction will be according to Premier Robert Bourassa. In the meantime it is a per- sonal defeat for the provincial leader who has made the pro- ject the epitome of everything he stands for in a Quebec which is building a strong economy within Confed- eration. TUfc Of- ON1HEM OR -me nee AwcnUER AT Letters Words can confuse These words of mine have been encouraged by those words of Peter our local educationalist. and must surely be the culmina- tion of the blitzkrieg that constitutes the Hunt epistles to the people of Southern Alberta. Words are among the most powerful of the many and varied drugs used by mankind. A quick step and out of the field of seman- would caution that words are mere symbols. They are not the things they and any identification of the word with the thing can only lead to misunderstanding and confusion. The more abstract the the greater the danger of spurious iden- tification. Little wonder then that the .majority of attempted communications are misunderstood. Educationalists have traditionally cringed when confronted by questions of the type. Mr. has if doubt as to the road we should follow to Utopia. Yet Peter Hunt has no credentials meriting special considera- tion as our educational guide and other than the fact that he has a way with words and herein lies the danger. Peter Hunt's voracious appetite for words is matched only by the magic with which they are regurgitated and reassembled. His ideas are presented in a cloud of verbal smog. when the smog lifts what it that Hunt has In and ex- with pompous authority we are told that reality of but not all schooling in today's is one of If by Hunt implies then truly nothing has been said. by a quality tending toward indifference is what is then we have an excellent example of the Hunt rationalistic process it is so because he has reason- ed it to be so. That is the end of the matter Religion is never far from the tip of the Hunt pen. If religion be a way of life then this is how it should I sup- pose. when proponents of one religion devote so much time and energy to of their less fortunate then whatever such a love promises for up it bodes little hope for down when jus- tification for depends upon the authority of the the divine revelation and the then I would suggest that we need much more than a populating of the environment with abstract entities that can be at to the stand taken. It is in this respect that Hunt is most at fault. Witness from tion and ex- most brilliant light of truth is revealed to 'little it is a revelation beyond any human power of truths of for a are available to anyone who hears the Who is this who sees with the mind and feels that which he I believe we have a preoc- cupation with the state of public education here in Southern Alberta. The prevail- ing spirit of the loud cries for reform stem largely from the clever presentations of local writers such as whose academic philosophy and brand of for- mal logic rather than our educational for their criticism is too destructive in nature. How can Hunt level charges of at educational systems that refuse to sacrifice the majori- ty to provide an intellectual How can he talk of schooling of the falsely egalitarian as being colossal and expect us to believe without one iota of evidence other than the fact that Peter has said so. Hunt does his as well as his a great disservice to even intimate at for they know the system is not neither will or can ever be. if all attempt to put their talents to best use progress will be made. Feelings alone are not good enough reason to change an entire system. It is just conceivable that Mr. Hunt may be wrong. Constructive criticism is what is based upon data that has been scientifically collected. SAM HUXLEY Lethbridge Need to speak out Time was when we in the west spoke strongly against any form of totalitarianism. We fought to free men of other nations from the concentra- tion camp and the rule of the gun. These things were abhorrent to us and we said so in no uncertain voice. But now times have changed. Instead of pronounc- ing our revulsion on godless we embrace them abroad and en- courage them in our midst. Our traditional friendships are being replaced as we pan- der to tyrants in whose coun- cils our fawning leaders now pay homage and heap adula- tion upon their systems ot slavery that drag the dignity of man in the dust. We sit in blind complacency and utter meaningless platitudes such not for us but its working alright for as if the millions who live in these hopeless societies are without the God-given ability to think and feel and wonder what it may be like to own their own cottage or raise a family to the honor of the supreme being rather than the state. May God forgive us for our silence on these affairs as we help to condemn pur brothers and their generation to a new for this is what we do when we avert our eyes and fail to speak deluded by the false notion that world peace is being advanced if we hold our tongues in opposition to a tyranny unsurpassed in world history. Already we are far down the socialist road where govern- ment is not the servant of the people but is fast becoming the master of all. Those who would stay the flood must i become cast away fear and make a stand for truth and right on behalf of our country and the legions of humanity who will live a lifetime without seeing tbe sun. JOHN C. LEA Raymond The other side The Herald recently published a bitter letter com- plaining about cars splashing. sjush. But there is -another side to the coin. I had stopped at the stop sign on First going north having being parked between Gait Gardens and when a very much out of caught up to me and had me get out of my car to show me a dent he had made in my rear bumper. It had to be pointed out to me as it was incon- spicuous. Need I say that dent will never be taken It is a real monument to that gives me a warm feeling every time I look at it. I don't know the donor's but I would like to say thanks again to him. Wouldn't it be good if other people would tell of other H. G. PECK Lethbridge The Lethbridge Herald 7th SI. 8. LeWX AlbarM LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD.. and Publithara by Hon. W.A. BUCHANAN Second Mail Begrttrirtlon No. 0012 Member of The Canadian and Canadian Dally Newspaper Aiaoclatlon and the Audit Bdreau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS. Editor and Publisher DON PILLING Managing Editor ROY MILES Advertising Manager WILLIAM HAY Associate Editor DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor HERALD Sf RVES THE ;