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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD Novwnbtr 1973 EDITORIALS Shameful sentiment Perhaps it was only intended as a joke but it is in very poor taste and can onfy be called sick humor at best. Bumper stickers appearing in Calgary recently calling on Albertans to the eastern bastards freeze in the expresses a sentiment which is deplorable. The prospect oi being deprived ol the comfort and convenience made possible by adequate supplies of energy is unplea- sant enough without expressions of sym- pathy from those who are not so im- mediately threatened. Lack of concern is so loreign to the traditional spirit ot western hospitality and to the religious and humanitarian foundations of life in prairie communities that most Albertans are distressed by this expression of bla- tant selfishness. This is no time for divisiveness. It is a time for strengthening the bonds of nationhood and for seeking ways to build an international community. Fragmen- tation and isolation is the way to weakness. To have a viable future for man requires co-operation across ideological boundaries and jurisdictional divisions on a scale only dimly perceived yesterday but apparent today to all but the wilfully blind. There is a precedent for the sharing of resources in Canada that is hard to overlook. It was set by the easterners in the days when the great drought of the 30s gripped the prairies. No proclamations appeared urging easterners to the western bastards starve in the Instead the people in the east gathered produce and sent it freely to their needy fellow citizens in the west. Remembering that great out- pouring of generosity the suggestion that energy resources not even be sold to easterners is intolerable. In the light of these considerations it is understandable that the instigators of the bumper stickers want to remain anonymous. They ought to be ashamed. Uniformity needed There is not'iing more annoying than receiving useless telephone calls callers with the wrong prank 4ers or those who refuse to answer to a polite hello When it's a volumeer fireman it's even worse. Even when suspicious people are phoning just lor he can't ignore the because this one might be the real thinji. For some reason people are ringing the Raymond lire alarm number 752-3333 in mistake. The same situation existed in neighboring Magrath six years ago when the phones were lirst installed. Most of the mistakes resulted Iroin faulty dialing. With no nuisance calls reported on the lire alarm number in Picture Mulle and none during the last six years the 75B-32U2 number in Magrath it would appear it could be the repetition of threes in the Raymond number that is causing the dilliculty. Raymond Fire duel William Hague has already suggest a change in number. Magrath Fire Chiel R. W. Thomson's suggestion ol a uniform lire number lor Alberta is a good one. Implementation throughout I he provirVo would impress tlu- single lire number on everyone's mind. There would be no further need to- liunl through the directory if lire broke- out II would eliminate the tendency to inn figures together when reading small print and would most assuredly lesson iho number ol false fire alarms which lake up much of the volunteer liremon's lime. A provincial lire number listed on the lioiil page ol every telephone directory would quickly become a household number lamiliar to everv Alborlan. A welcome provision No one will appreciate the proposed new animal shelter slated lor North I.ethbridge more than the president ol the Lellibndge and District Humane only local agency dedicated to the care ol lehncs She has been assured there will be adequate cat quarters in the attractive new a service nol provided in the former river-bottom shelter. Mrs. K. Kanclel. society has expressed her delight al the modern accommodation planned lor cats and dogs. It is sure to relieve the mounting problems lac-ing the society s .dedicated animal-lovers. The recenl cold spell has aggravated Hie cily s cal problem. Felines led in back by friendly sudden- Is wanled with humane society members Hooded with requests for shelter. Members have also been laced with Hie ol raising the needed funds to pay the mounting vet's bills when the animals have to bo disposed of The provision ol an adequate shelter lor cats will terminate these problems. THE CASSEROLE At a recent farm meeting in Mr. Otto federal wheat board was asked how he got along with the prairie provincial agriculture ministers. He said that when the Alberta minister Hugh wants to discuss something with he telephones and they discuss it. When the Saskatchewan minister has something on his mind he calls a press announces he has sent a and then sends the wire. But when the Manitoba minister has a message for Mr. Lang he calls a press says he has sent a and then doesn't send the wire. WEEKEND MEDITATION It's nice to know that Lethbridge's air pollution record is but it is not sur- prising. Considering how fast air moves through the it is surprising that anyone was able to get an adequate sample. In a November byelection campaign in the main plank in the Scottish Nationalist platform was a demand that oil revenues from offshore wells revert to Scotland. The problem is different from Alberta's but the sound is familiar. The kind of person you can be C. S. Lewis once remarked that a good egg doesn't stay good indefinitely. One of two things happens. Either it becomes rotten or else it hatches into something finer. This is the way it is with a it either becomes rotten or it changes into something else. When Saul was called by Samuel to be King of Israel he had a natural timidity about assuming such a fearful but Samuel reassured will be turned into another Is this not the hope of the the crea- tion of a new race of human This is what Paul is talking about in his letter to the church in Rome. w.hole of creation is craning its says for the appearing of the Sons of H. G. Wells in later life developed a fearful pessimism. He once remarked thai who began in a cave behind a will end in the diseased-soaked ruins of a Not says is a being with an infinite potential A psychologist says thai human nature is unbelievably malleable. says Frank Hickman. spiritually hopeless and none is whatever his heredity may be. Every child is a peculiar bundle of but his ultimate his possible awaits the use to which his education puts these This takes too low a view of which IMS liir more influence than the bchaviorists iMnild permit. Nevertheless basically the statement is true. No child is born damned and none is born saved. Human nature is raw material out of which character'and per- sonality must be grown. Karl Stolz says that are reclaimed wolves or and cabbages and carrots are cultivated William James urged that habits be carefully cultivated since is nothing more or less than an organized set of habits which cause us to react in certain Thomas Carlyle in Paris found himself sorely tempted and he heard a voice are my bond- Then and there Carlyle decided he would break the bonds of slavery and he did triumphantly. Of course it may go the other way. The egg may turn rotten. Francis Bacon was one of the most highly endowed men intellectually who ever lived. He wrote brilliant had profound influence on scientific wrote remarkable and became Lord Chancellor of England. Yet he'would richly earn Pope's summary of his character as the and meanest of He was befriended by Lord but would direct the legal proceedings against him and tirelessly strive for a convic- tion. He was found guilty of gross bribery and corruption. A biographer says of is impossible to deny that he made friendship and uprightness subordinate to his There is a story of a boy who thought to fool an old man who had a reputation for wisdom. He took a bird in his put it behind his and asked the wise it alive or The old man looked at him you will my son. As you 0 help me to make the most of my best for the sake of others. F.S.M. ON THE HILL Bert MP for Medicine Hat Assets or By Bruce Herald special commentator Compared to Washington in its Ottawa in its out- ward smugness looks wealthy and wise. But of course it is none of these things. There can be no real health in a political equation for the moment on 'the frail fulcrum of David Lewis who can hardly hold .the balance in his own divided party. There is plenty of cash in the federal coffers if the central bank print more of but when the government runs an astronomical deficit at the peak of a making peculiarly wierd nonsense of Keynesian you can hardly call this real wealth. And when none of the par- ties in Parliament anyone knows the answers to the nation's basic problems you can hardly call this wisdom. The casual visitor in such a changing finds himself confronted by a few facts and numerous possi- bilities. First of the political and a daunting fact in- is that Canada possesses no truly national party today. Having written off the West as just about after a summer of ardent the Liberal party is hived in On- tario and Quebec with offshoots in the Maritimes. The Conservative strong in the fairly strong in Ontario and the Maritimes but almost exclud- ed from lacks the es- sential base of successul Canadian' government which must always be a coalition of two distinct cultures and com- munities. for the present neither party is properly equipped to because both have failed to command that subtle but vital the broad confidence of the nation. And the trying to exploit a handy vacuum as the nation's con- will be lucky if it doesn't lose its only durable its self-respect and the respect of the great majority that disagrees with it. Within the wider political fact of lost public confidence certain sub-facts are beginn- ing to emerge. Among them is the obvious and quite normal contest be- tween the right and left wings of the cabinet use an over- simplified or what you might call the unlimited spenders and the the former so far victorious. Perhaps more in gut is the changed strategy of the Conservative party until the did not want an de- spite all public gestures to the because the prospects looked and now wants as soon as because they look considerably better. Still more decisive i the immediate electoral future is the tortured mental state of the NDP. It knows or at least its wiser heads that it cannot maintain much longer the charade of preser- on critical a government which it attacks at all other times as the architect of national disaster. For if it continues these tac- tics of humiliating contradic- tion it must risk an ideological disaster of its a split between its dedicated so- cialists and its so-called prag- matic politicians. A tem- porary marriage of convenience with the govern- ment may poison and dis- credit socialism beyond re- pair. The practical is not if but when Mr. Lewis will decide to pull the plug. Likely long before next as the more realistic Liberal managers suspect. Or else the forestalling this will decide to court parliamentary defeat on some bold new take the plunge into an election and take the consequences Behind all the conflicting facts and with every man in Ottawa writing his own a psy- chological phenomenon of rare interest is to be and it may well represent the largest factor in the whole unpredictable situ- ation. It is the increasingly secret mind of Prime Minister Trudeau. What goes on there this reporter has no means of but the external evidence shows plainly enough that something very strange has happened. As Mr. Trudeau's enemies and some of his friends or guess the a man of ex- traordinary intellectual and an actor of high theatrical won the 1968 election not by de- not by but by a nationwide the general in that such a man could do the impossible. Mr. Trudeau himself was not at least on that score. He refused to un- derestimate the nation's problems and feared its wildly excessive expectations. But even his calculating head was turned by a victory that no other leader could possibly have won. Then an inborn streak of arrogance began to distort his judgment. The old classic Greek struggle between hubris and humility got under with nemesis unnoted in the background. A theoretical philosopher tried to make himself a folksy a grass-roots boy at but this transformation was not the success that it seemed in his first three happy years of office. By the fourth though he failed to realize it and ig- nored those friends who the original magic had worn out. Still assuming that he was the Liberal party's sole hope and that. the nation wanted to hear his philosophy more than his he mere- ly walked and talked his way through the election as the party professionals had warned him in he lost it. He lost it single- handedly and was wise and courageous enough to confess his full responsibility for the loss. This must have been a shat- tering experience for so proud and able a far more shattering than the nation has yet understood. To the elec- toral shock his public reaction was an air of humble the promise of corrected mis- takes an odd silence. The private reaction was a fierce resolve to hold power at almost any cost in personal to recover the magic and re-establish his broken rapport with the Cana- dian people. That I venture to is the animating the central motive and ex- planation of all the govern- ment's political manoeuvres from day to day. They are con- fused and almost in- comprehensible in terms of policy. In terms of human psy- chology they are as easy to un- derstand as they are inevitable. Whether Mr. Trudeau's bid for vindication will succeed or fail only an election will tell us. Putting it another Is he now truly an asset to his party or a Liberal In the opposition the same question centres on Mr. Stan- field and on Mr. Lewis. Nothing but the ballot boxes can answer and not clearly. Htws Item-. SfiNOHl RIPES HORSE. AND W6Gf TO WORK TO FUEL CRISIS Two recent developments here in Ottawa are noteworthy if only to once again illustrate 'the dependency of the govern- ment on the NDP for its political life. Last week the government announced that Bill C-12S. introduced last January would not be brought back for further debate and passage.' This proposed amendment to the Unemployment Insurance Commission had- some very worthwhile provisions design- ed to correct some of the more obvious abuses in this in- surance program that is now in many ways a welfare program. The amendments of this early bill were directed at those at peo- ple who were milking the un- employment insurance fund. It was directed at those who worked the minimum length of time and then quit or got themselves to draw UIC payments. These abuses along with overpayments have add- ed tremendously to the cost of the program. The bill was dropped of course because the NDP would not support it as a government bill. .On November Mr. Andras. the minister of man- power and made a statement in the House on the current status of the UIC program. For the current year the total cash flow re- quired will be billion and the cumulative deficit at year- end will be almost million. Premium rates to sustain the fund will be increased for 1974 to per for employees and employers. The second development was the recent announced oil and gasoline price rise and the increased export oil tax of per barrel. The delays and the nature of Mr. Mac- donald's statement in this regard clearly indicated the extent of the NDP in- especially the tremendous jump in the ex- port tax. The energy subject is easily the most important and far- reaching issue before the House. I will make a more detailed comment on this item in my next column. In the meantime the following obser- vations are offered. There has indeed been little or no consultation between Mr. Macdonald and the Alberta government. The principle that provin- cial royalties paid by oil com- panies have always been tax is not understood in Eastern Canada. It is clear- ly viewed with suspicion. In addition some clarification is needed at least in of Alberta's profit sharing proposal in the Syncrude pro- ject. There now seems to be a consensus that the Sarnia- Montreal pipeline will be built as quickly as possible. There is also the feeling here in Ottawa that Alberta and Ontario are quietly resolving their gas differences by behind-the- scenes consultation. By and Canadians do not appreciate the tremen- dous capital requirements for the present and future development of our oil the MacKenzie the Arc- tic Islands and the Atlantic off-shore resources. Nor do we fully appreciate the' five to 10 year time lag_between a test hole and actual on-stream production. One estimate suggests over billion will be required for capital development over the next 10 years. There is no need for a government takeover or purchase of an existing oil company. There is already a federal agency that is set up to purchase oil from countries that prefer to sell on a govern- ment to government basis such as Venezuela. Our Canadian oil industry is presently very concerned and disturbed about a lack of federal government ground rules especially involving far north and off-shore developments. There is a lack of confidence in our own oil dustry brought on mainly by the Alberta-Ottawa confronta- tion and the export tax. Clearly Canada needs a national energy policy and a national energy board that reports to Parliament and not to the minister. Letters to the Editor Aim not Utopian How those words of Sam Huxley Nov. How hateful of Hux- ley to write The words that hurt most are One hopes that one is writing in a civilized manner for readers who care lor ideas. But I must admit that with its associations of Nazi bom- make me shrink. I must restrict my outpourings to the journals if I appear to be conducting a barbaric cam- paign rather than engaging in discourse in long- sulfering Southern Alberta Mr. Huxley must not expect me to accept his notion of language. Because his men- tors say that language is only a set of symbols does not make his statement about words true. An Aristotelian thinker has a different view of the matter. As Newman and thought are Mr. Huxley will need to do more than take out of his rag-bag of western American academia a few cliches about the nature of language to substantiate his charge of I am quite able to define every teem 1 use. and expect my readers to do some work. 1 make no bones about writing lor my peers. As for that is easily swept aside. I have never used the word to describe my aims or ideals. Mr. Huxley only happens to think my ideas Utopian. Elitism is grounded in snobbery and a cult of superiority. Nothing I have written could possibly be construed as advocating except by an inept reader. That is why 1 look pains to point out in that article the vital truth that human knowledge is com- pared with Divine and the latter is available to everyone willing to hear the word. the professorial pride of those learned gentlemen who sneer at and who present sophisticated arguments against religion in our univer- sities I while demonstrating childish ignorance of even elementary is a very masty form of elitism which is almost the opposite ol what I have been ad- vocating. one primary reason for stressing intellec- tual excellence here in Alberta is too the shallowest thought is taken for new and the cult of of im- agining that the latest fashion is to be swallowed remains un- challenged If Mr. Huxley were even vaguely familiar with the sub- stantial body of criticism in Canada instead of depending on western American educational he might recognize some close correspondence between my views and those of leading Canadian thinkers. If he knew something of the history of thought in Canada he might sec that standards in schools and universities have been tailing for some but that now a good deal of re-thinking is going on. Perhaps one needs to study in Canada instead of south of the border to realize this It should be that we are now better off in Southern Alberta than many other places If 1 had to state in few words greatest need in schooling apart from a radical which would gel rid ot the bureaucracy. I would say it is ''educated And educated teachers know that there is no such thing as neutral or education. 1.1'lhbridgc PKTKH HUNT The Uthbridge Herald 504 7th St S. Lethbridge. Alberta LETHBRIOQE HERALD CO LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Mill Registration No 0012 CLEO W. Editor and Publisher DON H. PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. DOHAM General Manager ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M. FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. 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