Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE lEWBRIDGE HERAtO Monday, November '11, 1971 Lvslcr Gas for Canada first Ulii'ii tin1 Kncrgy Hoard Kniliiy ruled against more "as export omtn'u'ts. the first reactions too livslenral Then' were allegations nut only in Calvary but across the niinitry iliat this was Trudeaii's re- prisal against American thrusts at the Canadian economy. Naturally Alberta is especially con- cerned. Most of the would come Iroin Alberta. Most of it is owned Iiv the yovernment. Its development wciulcl bring many jobs, and its sale a good deal of revenue to Ihe govern- ment in royalties. Premier Loughecd had warned earlier that his government had a interest in oil and gas markets, and Ottawa should not use these commodities as bargaining weapons ;n its dealings with the I'.S. After Friday's announcement he indignant- 'v declared that thai was what Ot- tawa had done Hut liy now perhaps reason has returned The energy board is a highly pro- fessional tribunal charged with en- suring that a 30 years' supply for Canada is reserved before any new export is undertaken. There is no evi- dence that anything else motivates it. If it finds that it is sale to a'.ilhorixe more export, the cabinet still has to give its approval. The cabinet's mo- tivation can be quite political. This matter has not gotten to the cabinet. On the evidence the board said not enough gas has been proved to justify the sales under discussion. That is'all that has happened. The over-all trade relationship, over-all energy policies and other quasi-poli- tical matters have not entered the picture. If the facts are as the board found them, it had to rule as it did. The people, even the people and govern- ment of Alberta, should be relieved that there is such a board to protect Ihe long-term interests of Canada. Sadat almost declares war The statements of Egypt's Presi- dent Sadat, over the weekend, are al- most a declaration of war against Israel He said without condition or qualification that Fgypl will go lo war almost immediately. All that was left unsaid was the exact hour. On the face of it this is most serious. However it must be remembered that Aral) leaders traditionally don't expect always to be taken seriously or literally. Sadat may mean exactly what he says, in which case Israel would be justified in taking every advantage of the situation, as she did in On the other hand he may mean a good deal less, and in that ease ii would be tragic if avoid- able hostilities broke out Israel docs not want a war. Nor does she want to be too much on Ihe defensive if war should be thrust on her. Israel knows better than most non- Arab nations how much meaning should be attached to Sadat's state- ments. How she reacts to them is ominously important in the next few davs. Doctor Stun In n number of ways the nniversitv community and Ihe broader com- munity of southern Alberta are say- ing good-bye to Dr. Sam Smith, presi- dent of the University of Hethbridge. The future of the university is not yet gloriously assured. Its present is even n concern to the administration, staff, students and the community, for in enrolment and financing all universities have their problems today. However the of L still has the po- tential of a great university, and its opportunities for service are without limit. It was singularly fortunate in hav- ing Dr. Smith as its first president. His scholarship, his dedication to peo- ple and his warm humanity are a rich and unique combination. No one tried harder or with more skill to translate each generation to the o'n- er. .None championed the university vonth more ardently than he. and none appreciated more than he the legacy inherited by these young peo- ple. His departure from the community is somewhat of a drawn-out affair. The proper timing of an editorial thank-yon is therefore uncertain. But: it must be said, sooner, or later, that, his mark will be everywhere on cam- pus as long as there is a University of Lethbridge. and that the broader community has profited immeasur- ably from his presence and involve- ment. Thanks, Sam, Thanks. Carol, and good health to both of vou. ART BUCHWALD YJ'ASHINGTON The new bitterness to- ward the United Stales being voiced around the world has lo do with econo- mies. This country, by putting on a 10 per cent surcharge, has alienated every nation except Albania, which as far as we knew. is the only country that refuses to trade with us for ideological reasons. While the United States has much to an- swer for, the rest of the world is not blameless for the sad state of economic Prof. Eberhardl Goldstandard. who wrole the definitive book on the world's economy entitled "Evil, the Root of All Money'1 told me: "Tn.e problem !s that the United States has been the major consumer of the rest of the world's products. Every country's economy is geared to what thev can sell to America. But there is just so much stuff Americans can consume. Our citizens can absorb only so carving knives, cu- ckoo clocks, tablecloths, stuffed animals, tape recorders, weatner vanes, music box- es, salt and pepper shakers and back scratchers have reached what could be de- scribed as a consumer watershed, and un- ices other countries find new markets for their products, we're all going to go down the drain." Prof, Olrlstandard blames the Second World War for the world's economy prob- lem.-: "With the. exception of the Uniied Slates, mast countries who participated in The .Second World War had to suffer great de- privation. There were shortages of even- Ihing, and the people in Europe and Japan haven't, forgotten it. They still save string and paper, they hoard boxes and they never Ibrow away clothes, shoes or cit'- nretle tinfoil. "Americans, on the ether hand, dispose of even thing. They buy something and two weeks later dump it in the trash can. It isn't our buying, but our dumping that has made us the greatest consumers of all time. "Bu: now.'1 Prof. Goldstanelard said. "we have no place left to dump we buy. Since tlie countries around the worid have tipped their production, they are making things faster than the Uniied States can throw- their, away. This is what has caused the crunch in the world economy.'' "What is the I a.sked. "We have to make other industrialized countries that their salvation de- pends on making things that do no: work and selling them to their own people who do not need them, "Wo must have a new Marshall Plan and send out quality-control experts to teach everyone the secrets of built-in obso- lescence. We must instruct ether countries to make furniture that won't hold up. cars that break dow-n, refrigerators that won't freeze, television scLs that blow their tubes and washing machines that miss their cycle.s." "If they did thi.-. i; would certainly taktv the burrlen off u.s." 1 .said. "Thai's eon-col. For years now most countries have that the only suck- ers in the v.nrkl are Americans They have to change their thirking and realize that their OH n people, with the right advertis- ing campaigns, can he made to just as gullible. "The world's econcimr depends on acknowledging that wo have carried the consumer burden on our shoul- ders since ,-ir.d ii is lime for other countries to start absorbing most of Ihe junk Ihcv make." tionR Walker JT has boon a Rival burden t disgrace h MT j almost lo our children lhal w r have .-.Ivvav, driven cars M, cln-e I. cla.sMfied antiques, 'rimi.; If, football In IM) ue were still driving a I'r'r, chi-v- day Joanne reported Mint one of rolet: in we still had a Kir, had said, von peonle su-o in ,1 a KI.VI Slndobaker; in KM "I1 h-ll our roeenlh we p.vo up on our 1'ontiac. onlj car. Both sides responsible for relations RpcnilV in Toronto, for- nirr Prime Minister Lester Pearson addressed (ho an- inutl meeting of the Society of Actuaries on (lie trend in Canadian Ameriemi rela- tions. An excerpt from his re- marks follows: "IN both our countries c arc going through trou- blous and difficult times. It is something we sluirc with oth- ers throughout the world. I don't know why we should have expected otherwise. The gap between our technical and scientific progress, which has been phenomenal and unpre- cedented, and our reluctance, even tunes our refusal, to ml.ipt mir social, political and ecoiumiii1 and institutions to that was bound to create uiirasiiu'ss, unrest, dis- turbance and conflict. If add to this the mas- sive- effort of .sovereign nation states, into which our world re- mains divided, to destroy each other by Uvo world wars in the first half of this ''terrible century." how could we ever ex- pect, to go back to the relative peace and calm of the Vic- torian age0 Indeed, it is our desire, often unconscious and shown in so many and different ways, that should go haclc rather than adapt to change that has caused much of our trouble; along with insistence on the other extreme that we should destroy everything, wipe evcry- thing out that is associated with the past; ideas, in.sli- tiiiiuns and values, so that we could start all over again, pre- sumably in a lent or a cave with a wheelbarrow and a spear. U is a hard time for the man, or the nation, who rejects the doctrine and the policies nf extremism, of both left and right, and who wants to pursue and hopes his country will pur- sue a rational course in the middle. The middle can be a frustrating place in an era nf change especially if you fcel involved, as you should, in that change. For one thing, moderate and rational views will rarely reach the media of communi- cation they aren't exciting enough so that, they may counteract the prejudices and passions and stupidities of the extremists. For this and other reasons, you may not be able to make much impact, or pro- gress in the middle; indeed, you may merely be run down bv the traffic on either side. "We stand a good chance of becoming independently Letters To The Editor Make British Block a grassland park, sensible idea On a and lonely morning thirty-one years ago, with white frost on the windshields of the old cars and a bone-chilling wind out of the west, a little group of neigh- bors lingered for a la.sl long lock at the pile of embers, snid their goodbyes, and went their separate ways. Nobody hss ever said who threw in the match, although lots of people know. The old community hall away out on the prairie had seen a good many box socials, Christmas concerts snd har- vest dances when there was no- thing to harvest. The Mountics a.sked around some, about the fire, but never found out much or if they did there never was any prosecu- tion. Three dollars and a half an acre, good land or poor, broken with walking plows and the rocrks picked, stunted car- aganas and prized fruit trees nursed with precious buckets of water pulled from the well with a rope. Out in sixty days, all livestock, chattels and those pslhetic collections of miser- able possessions. No recourse, no warning expropriation for the war effort you know. In the fall of M6 I think it Push for economic union It was refreshing to hear of Premier Bennett's recent sug- gestion for an economic union with the United Slates. Leader- ship of this nature distinguish- es the statesman from Ihe or- dinary rim of politician. Of course there would be ob- stacles. For example, the busi- ness that I am engaged in would be severely damaged and possibly ruined by free trade; but that doesn't, mean that H wouldn't he hcst for the average citizen. We no longer place trade bar- riers between cities or between provinces, so why between neighboring countries? Too often tariffs subsidize the inefficient, promotes egot- ism, encourages nationalism, and lowers our average stan- dard of living. It has nothing to do v.ith patriotism cr a coun- try's sovereign rights. It does not follow that an economic union would lend to a political union. I hope that lie v.ill continue to push for an economic union with the United States. II. is time men look this step to raise our average standard of livinp, rather than listen to (he selfish few. K. P. TA.NNER. Ding-dong dupes of Icfi Now that, the Chimvo .social Isl.s have exploded AVOTHKIl nuclear device IN THE ATMO- SPHERE, il will be en- 'Crazy Capers' W" iinnht ,T, I li'lil.T 'Ifli it's nearer. lightening lo sec bow many of those diiiR-dons dupes of Hie Irome left, those friends of communism, will stomp around our streets carrying placards lo show their disapproval when their friend .Mr. Mao .shows us what a real polluter can do. You will lie able lo count on umr thumbs Ihe number of Amcbilka protesters uho you will see prolrslinj; this one and I his includes Ihe faculty meni- IHTS too. This everlasting support of Hie extreme left by so many sludenls and especially family is making our higher educa- tional (if lhal, is whal it is) system more and more, siispei-l, by Ihe, lax-payers. A great deal more scvneo and a lot. less po- litical indoctrination of studcnl.s would restore much badly need- ed confidence in our ediicalors and in our whole school sys- tem on the part of the public'. KAY KKITliKS. was, uhen the grass had grown up, they got a fire started and after about a week it had got- ten to be their biggest and best. They shouted orders and flash- ed messages and issued press releases (Xo comment. Under Control, then No and at, night the flames could be seen a good seventy miles. The surrounding farmers and ranch- ers mustered fence cutters, one-ways, wet sacks nid cow- hides, and finally got it out. It was about four in tire afternoon when they beat down the last struggling flames and w e n t home. The military, having been somewhat on edge for several d; vs. decided upon a spot of leva to steady their nerves. A little campfire. a pot of water, a prairie whirlwind and the same dry grass was on fire again. That time il jumped the river and Inmcd up half (lie country, including the winter grass of a lot of the people who had put it out once. Then there was the TNT, a hundred tons. hundred, fi- nally live hundred. A forest built out. of ninety foot power poles to find out what happens and no doubt they discovered a host of important data. They blew a hole sixty feet deep struck water. In 19151 and 'G2 the PFIU huill dams and dugouts and nice little houses for the range riders. They fenced off about half of it for a community pasture, and that worked fine. Hut loo many people were get- ling in there looking around and wondering about all those billions of the tax money. So the houses and fences and corrals were aban- doned again, "To be available any time when needed." They should make good tar- get... The mililary are not going lo hurl or damage anything. They never do. Kxperts arc going to advise the base commander. plh'.'.v won plenty of wars So They Say We cannot pretend Ihe pas! did not exist. We cannot pro Ic.nd that the relations between oi.'p I wo peoples have always been peaceful and friendly. However, il, is precisely this ex- IXTionce which should make u.s all (be more determined never lo lei il happen again. Queen welcoming Knijioror Hirohilo of Japan. with the discoveries of Suffickl, though it could be said that it might have been better to stay out of those wars in the first place. Should the time come to stand off a missile attack, tanks will be better than sharp sticks. Battleships lined up all in a would be even more impressive, and onr politicians wouldn't have to pay lip ser- vice to the preservation of Can- ada's ecology. We live in a time of quantity. Waste and extra expense and loud noise count for far more now [hat anything swept by a prairie wind. Sensible unpre- tending values are doomed by their very nature. The old hall lock tte spirit of a forgotten community with it, and the next big fire or the one after that will take the spirit of the last large Unspoiled prairie. eleven news it will he. since everyone knew it would never happen Tanks and armcred cars and big guns. Smoke and dust and jcen throtdcs wide cpen. Shorts and tent flans anrl message and a bit cf gin under canvas. It will all be jolly fun. but the suggestion of a game preserve and grassland park for this country is (lie first sensible idea for the British Block in two generations. 1.. K. WALKER. Jlilk Kiver. Looking Through The Herald Itvjl The betrothal of Prin- cess Mary, only daughter of King George and Queen llary. to Viscount Lascclles, was an- nounced th.is evening. Iti.'il Hoy Brown, superin- lendenl of the western lines of Canadian Airways Limited, slated that it would not he feas- ible lo attempt a mail run over the Itockies until two-way radio beams had been established through the Pass. Iii this period of lurmoil and change, therefore, it is not sur- prising that the course of rela- tions between nations even friendly nations has not run smooth and untroubled. The difficulty of maintaining co-operative and constructive relations across an interna- tional border is shown even in the case of two such tradi- tionally good neighbors and close friends as Canada and the U.S. The responsibility for maintaining s u c h relations rests on both sides; just as bolh will suffer if that responsibil- ity is ignored or betrayed. On the American side this means showing more concern about Ihe problem itself and more understanding of its na- ture, its significance and its complexity. On the Canadian side, there is naturally no dan- ger of imawarencss or uncon- cern. To use our prime minister's colorful analogy, when you arc in bed with an elephant, its slightest movement cannot be ignored or taken lightly. Fur- thermore, if you arc crashed it doesn't to your pride if you siUTivc wheth- er the elephant was a "rogue" or a or whether the damage was done by cal- culated planning or by amiable carelessness. So when the ele- phant shows any sign of rolling over, look sharp and adjust. This protective adjustment on Canada's part requires a cool head; sound rather than emotional judgment, based on a clear understanding of Cana- dian interests; of our strengths and our weaknesses. It re- quires also a determination to defend those interests without whining or provocation, but with steadiness and resolution. In this connection, both gov- ernments should never forget that there is a more varied and mere friendly, even a more in- timate, association between our peoples than between those of any other two countries in the world. In that association, moreover, there is a growing interdependence and inter-com- murjcaticn, and a great admix- ture of interests and contact. This is shown not only in our political and official relations, but also in tho.sc of the busi- ness, professional, trade union, religious, communications, cul- tural, recreational and sporting world; on both ides of the bor- der. While our border does not politically divide us in fear and hostility from each other, nevertheless, it is a very real one. For Canada it is tlie evi- dence of a separate political and national identity which wo wish lo keep. We do so for more than one reason: including the feeling that we can make our best contribution to interna- tional peace and security, to better international relations, by developing a strong and uni- ted Canadian federation of our own. And this is no easy thing lo do, Xo people have faced a more challenging task. From our be- ginning we have had many and heavy obstacles to overcome which stood in the way of build- ing the Canadian fcderr.licn from one ocean to file other, obstacles which would have daunted even men and wrrirn of les'-cr cour- age and vision than our lore- fathers possessed. I believe we. too. can overcome current difficulties and obstacles to natianal unity. Certainly if we cannot succeed in establishing national unity and creating a Canadian iden- tity, il will he idle and unfair to blame it on anybody but our- selves. While we rightly worrv about a I'.S. lalieovcr. we should worry even more about whether there will be a Cana- dian identity r.nd inlly lo bo de- fended from that takeover. backward Sqdn. blr Lionel Man- ley (niuncc, imidrap Canadian airman, from who wen fame la-I year as leader of Ihe "IChner and Dutch" fly- ing team, is missing. IflSI A special midnight bus service for residents of Staf- fordville and North U'thbridge will go mlo effect Monday. milt A two day library custodians workshop sponsored by Ihe provincial government began in Ihe south branch of the public library Thursday. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETIIBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD.. Proprietors and Publisher) Published 1003 -105-1, ty Hon. W. A. I5UCIIANAN bccnnti Class Mall Reqlstrnlif Member of riio Canadian Pross ana me t, Publishers' Association and tha Audit l CLEO W. MOWERS, Eflllor n, THOMAS H. ADAMS, Genera JOB DAl.LA Ciiu nf Advertising Manager "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"