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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Woilneiday, November 25, 1970------ Maurice Western -need help NOW! The enormity of the East Pakistan disaster is beyond human comprehen- sion. Perhaps it is just as well, for if one were able lo understand, even in fractional measure, the horror, tlic suffering, the human misery created by one of nature's most dreadful ex- amples of freakish behavior, no one could work or sleep peacefully. In circumstances of this kind all civilized human beings are eager to help the pitiful victims. But too often the action comes too late, people in their thousands die in agony, not be- cause no one is willing to help, but because those who are willing, can- not. If anything is to be learned from the East Pakistan disaster, it must be that tlie world lias become cruel- ly conscious of its own inadequacy to cany out tlie will of decent people everywhere, and that something bet- ter must be done for those who suf- fer similar calamities in ths future. There must be some world organiza- tion, as Cyril Dunn suggests in Ms article on the next page, which can carry out a master plan for speedy and efficient aid, Slock piling of sup- plies, of medicines, of all the tilings absolutely necessary to assist the vic- tims with all speed possible is essen- tial. It is not enough for one country to announce that it is willing to spend millions of dollars, another that it is going to send food, another to offer medical supplies. There must be some assurance that what is needed is sent, and above all that it is distri- buted. Arrangements with the host country would have to be worked out in a frightful hurry. It wouldn't be easy, but it could be done. God knows it should be done. A well-deserved award Canada has more "special obser- vance" weeks than we can suitably celebrate and for this reason we sometimes let them slip by without due notice. However, this is Music Week across the nation, and it hardly needs to be said that for a city of its size, Leth- bridgc has an unusual degree of in- volvement and interest in all forms of music. Every week is music week here. This is due in part to the encour- agement and leadership of many skilled teachers and leaders who have given their time and talents to the community to invest in it an ap- preciation for excellence and quality of performance. Recently Mrs. Anne Campbell, di- rector of the Anne Campbell Singers, the Teen Clefs and the Southminster Junior Girls Choir, was honored by the province for her contribution to all of Alberta, in this regard. She received a merit award at the government's Achievement Awards dinner in Edmonton. Mrs. Campbell and her choirs have won internation- al honors in Wales and Japan, and enjoy the distinction of having a broad following not only locally, but nationally as well. Congratulations, Mrs. Campbell! Abortion on TV Objections by MPs concerning the appearance on CBC-TV's Weekend program of a film about a Canadian girl who is aborted in a Los Angeles clinic are well taken. The news story says that CBC management spent a good deal of lime talking about the legality and broadcasting ethics of showing it. If they had spent a little more time discussing what the Cana- dian public is interested in looking at at 10 p.m. on Sunday evenings they might have decided to show some- thing a little less nerve shattering. Tlie intimacies of the doctor's of- fice, the equipment n e e e s s a r y to carry out the procedures, the discus- sion which takes place between the girl in question and her physician were in questionable taste, to put it mildly. Tlie show revolted many viewers, a lot of whom turned off their sets, leaving the curious minor- ity to satisfy their interest in surgi- cal detail. Tlie show did nothing for the case of abortion on demand or against it. It did a great deal to of- fend sensitive viewers, and there are a lot of those still around. Art Buchwald WASHINGTON Will Middle America forgive? We'll know the answer to that question before the 1972 elections. The Saturday Evening Post has just announced it's going back in business, as a quarterly. Beurt Ser Vaas, an Indiana pub- "lisher who bought up most of the Curtis Publishing stock, says the new magazine will look like the old Saturday Evening Post in the days when Norman Rockwell's covers reigned supreme. "The Post will represent Middle Amer- said Ser Vaas, "and will not be so- phisticated or blase. It will have the qual- ities of kindness, sympathy, nostalgia and optimism that made it a favorite of Ameri- cans for many generations." All well and good, and I wish Mr. Ser Vaas a lot of luck, but I believe he should be aware he faces a very serious problem. When the Saturday Evening Post was struggling for its life a few years hack, it decided So cut 2 million subscribers from its 6 million circulation list. A computer was hired to weed out older people, small towners and people who didn't have the buying power The Post advertising people thought they should. The magazine an- nounced publicly it only wanted a young class of readers. This was a blow for the people who loved the Saturday Evening Post the when they received a notice from the Cur- tis Publishing Company telling them they had no class and they were being struck from the subscription list, they couldn't believe it. Some became embittered, others depress- ed and a few committed suicide. Most peo- ple who were cut have not gotten over it. Unfortunately, these arc the same read- ers Mr, Ser Vaas is going for. How can ho get those people whom the old SEP had declared non-persons to subscribe again? Here ijs a lettrv might send out: Bear Middle American. Two-and-a-half years ago, a computer in our company went berserk and cancelled your subscription to the Saturday Evening Post. This computer, which we have smee discovered was an effete intellectual snob, had decided, without conferring with any- body, to drop everyone from Middle Amer- ica and only send the magazine to those who lived in the high-rent districts of this country. The computer worked alone at night, when no one was in the building, sorting out people by ages and income brackets. Anyone over 40 and who made less than a year was erased from its tape. In the morning when we came to work, the computer pretended that everything was A-okay. None of us here at Curtis had any idea of the disloyal components that were working against us. It was just by accident, when we received 2 million letters protesting cancellations of our magazine, that we suspected foul play. The computer denied any wrongdoing, but we were so certain it was lying that we applied electrodes to Its auxiliary conden- ser. Tlie agony vcas too much and it led out a confession. The reason it gave for its perfidy was that whenever it made a mistake in an ad- dress, the circulation manager kicked it. The computer said it decided to revenge itself on the company. You will he happy to know that this computer is no longer with us. After being of all its tapes and fuses, it was sold to the Soviet Union where it is now computing salt mine production in the Urals. Knowing that as a loyal, patriotic Ameri- can you would not hold a traitorous compu- ter against us, we are asking you to re- subscribe to the Saturday Evening Post. Our new computer has been cleared by the FBI, has been cleared by the FBI, has cleared by the FBI, has cleared by the FBI. has been cleared by the FBI, has been cleared by the (Toronto Trlcgnun Scnirf) Controversy over role of auditor general Controversy fa about to explode over 10 lillle words ot remarkably in- nocent appearance which have been inserted by the president of Hie Treasury Board in Hie new act respecting the Auditor General ot Canada, The most recent report ot Maxwell Henderson was greet- ed with more than .usual warmth by leading personalities in the Trudeau government. Certain passages were particu- larly unpopular; one example being the section dealing with hand-ouls of public money to needy automobile manufactur- ers. Various unkindly minister- ial observations left the impres- sion that Ihe auditor general had gone beyond bis proper role to criticize government policy. This theory, as it turned out, could not be supported with evi- dence. Mr, Drury, in a remark- able passage, explained that lie had entertained it. The danger he foresaw was "that Parlia- ment, directly or through one of ils committees, should instruct the auditor general to under- take the role in which lie would he cast, either by the public or by others, as critic of govern- ment policy and consequently the government." It was also made clear that there was no threat against Mr. Henderson. As the prime min- ister observed: "We want an- type of function fulfilled by the person who is fulfilling the job now, not some other per- son." In the past the duties of the auditor general have been those set out in the Financial Admin- istration Act. There has been general agreement for some time that it would be better to incorporate them in a special statute. Some changes were to be expected; naturally they have acquired additional inter- est with Mr. Drury's perceptions of unsuspected dangers and Mr. Trudeau's intimation that the government is seeking a "new type of function." The uld act contains a sec- iioii outlining the auditor gen- eral's responsibilities for exam- ining accounts relating to the consolidated revenue fund and lo public property (the finan- cial audit) and a second, con- siderably wider one, on Ms du- ties in reporting to the House of Commons (the legislative au> The latter concluded with an instruction to call attention "to any other case that the auditor general considers should be brought to the notice of the House of Commons." Mr. Dmry has made no tex- tual deletions from these pas- sages. He has merely inserted after "any other case" liis 10 little words. They read: "Relat- ing to the discharge of his du- ties under Section in other words the financial audit. These little words are ob- viously not strays. They were inserted for a purpose. They are restricting words which subor- dinate Mr. Henderson's report- ing duties to his more limited functions in checking accounts. Their exact meaning is not yet clear but they must be intend- ed to define in some fashion the new "type of function" intend- ed (or the auditor general. It was possible in the past for Mr. Henderson, on instructions from the public accounts com- mittee, to keep a box score on the implementation by the gov- ernment of tlie recommenda- tions of the Glassco Commis- sion. But a committee cannot accord an authority to a public officer greater than that con- ferred by the Parliament which appointed it. So where does Mr. Henderson stand now? Past reports were always of great interest, to the public. Al- though not always to the pleas- ure of our political masters, be- cause Mr. Henderson regularly included sections on non-pro- ductive payments. These did not necessarily involve fraud or improper accounting or unauth- Leffers To The Editor Thinks writers should identify themselves 1 would like to first take to task the "Concerned Student" who wrote a letter to the Edi- tor which appeared in The Her- ald of November 16th. Why did he not sign his name to his letter? He was given a name for a purpose, so that he might be identified, and is he asham- ed oi the things he writes? Are his writings just empty words, or does he believe in the ideas he expressed? In my humble opinion, there is no valid rea- son why persons should not put their names to what they say. We wonder why so many tilings go wrong in the world today, and perhaps the great- est contributing factor is Ilia fact that so many people are not prepared to "stand up and be counted." People want to go with the crowd, to do what is popular, or make a good fellow of themselves, and so they "go along" with what people say, and then gripe about it in places where it is not known that they are the ones who complain. People in public of- fice do this. They try to "butter both sides of the and win the favor of every one who can identify them. In this way they relegate themselves to the role of cheap politicians rather than become statesmen. Secondly, I would like to con- gratulate this person on his Ideas and the way he express- ed them. Too bad he did not sign his name so that I could congratulate him both per- sonally and in your columns. Dr. Williams, whose comments were the cause of his letter, certainly did not keep his iden- tity a secret. Why then should this person hesitate to stand up and be counted? If we keep our freedom and democracy in these perilous times, certainly more people will have to shout the message of this young per- son from the housetops. He is so right in his comments. But let them make their words val- uable by boldly stating who Do not destroy Central School After reading that Central School was to be demolished I went to look at it. Even though there ware signs of wear, the building appeared to be sturdy enough to give much more ser- vice. Is it structurally unsound or considered a fire trap? What else could be the reason for iis sad prospects? Such a place in the civic centre area could solve many of Lethbridge's present housing problems. The large bright classrooms on the main floor could make such attractive meeting, game or handicraft areas fqr the now o v e r c r o w d c d Golden Mile Drop-In Centre. Perhaps a par- tition between two of the rooms could be partly removed if needed for parties, clc. A tut there would still be rooms left In have a cily-nm day-care child confix1. Many of our more mature citizens would enjoy stall a small elevator like those in some apartment buildings. And having the Allied Arts un- der the same roof as the re- tired, more leisured people could be mutually helpful. The auditorium has lots of room for dancing students and ior stag- ing productions of the new Youth Theatre. In the large grounds Iliere is enough room for a new library and still have outdoor handi- craft areas and landscaping as well. How pleasant on a fine day to read a book, paint a pic- ture, practise a play or ensem- ble music in a beautiful park designed for the purpose! Will someone on the school board or the city council please explain why the building should be destroyed? Surely in Leth- bridge where the quality of life comes first it cannot be for mercenary reasons. As we all gather years and more spare time (theoretically, at least) ive should also be acquiring Ihe wisdom to see that it is distort- ed values that iiave landed our poor earth in this sorry mess. Let's make Lethbridge a com- munity where people can real- Jy live. "WONDERING NEW- COMBH." Lcthbritlgc. they are and that they are pre- pared to both live and die for the great cause of freedom. A. E. HANCOCK. Raymond. Editor's note: The Herald respects the wishes of aE writers who request anonym- ity (although no letter is ac- cepted for publication unless it bears a signature and an The reasons for anonymity may not be ap- parent to Mr. Hancock but they may be compelling to writers. Students, for in- stance, sometimes fear retaliation in the form of low grate when they attack the views of their professors. Many good letters would fail to reach tlie public if every- one was required to reveal his identity. orized expenditures. They mere- ly recorded government outlays for which the public received no return. For example, govcrnnic nix since the late '50s have interest- ed themselves in construction of a deep water, year round port at Gros Carolina in Que- bec. At one point, apparently in 1959, teams of economists and engineers decided that the traf- fic would not justify such a pro- ject, although there might be a case for a harbor with a depth of 20 feet. Treasury Board in 1964 decided in favor of the ma- jor project and up to Septem- ber 1369, outlays of were made for the purpose. At this stage it was decided riot to spend additional funds because, according to the Department ot Transport, there were no pro- spective users. Will a future auditor general be able to report to taxpayers on such matters? Will he be able to keep track from year to year of soaring expenditures (duly authorized but far exceed- ing original estimates; on such items as refits for vessels like the Bonaventure or cultural achievements like the National Art Centre? Mr. Henderson is a tough- minded public servant in the Watson Sellar tradition. A suc- cessor may be impelled to greater caution by Mr. Drury's 10 little words. In Ottawa on Monday Mr. Trudeau expressed the hope that a new Information Centre would help the public break through the complexity of gov- e r n m c n t institutions. "There are so many levels of govern- ment and such a labyrinth of institutions that it is difficult for the average citizen to find his way through these laby- rinths." They all spend money and where the money goes is sometimes an eves greater mystery. Will the role being taken away from the auditor general be entrusted to Information Canada? Apart from its ob- vious lack of any qualifications for such a job, it is responsible the auditor general to a minister of a government which regularly breaks all rec- ords for public spending. Mr. Drury has made other changes. He has added a sec- tion requiring Mr. Henderson to give departments two months notice any matters he pro- poses to include in his report. Another requires the president of the Treasury Board to sub- mit his own report containing such observations on these mat- ters "as he considers appropri- Thus the auditor general, hitherto considered an objec- tive servant of Parliament, is cast in the role of a prosecutor with Mr. Drury, briefed by dis- gruntled deputy ministers, as counsel for the defence. In fact departmental spokesmen have always been able to defend their actions in any case by ap- pearing at meetings of the pub- lic accounts committee. Some- limes, as in the automobile case their testimony has taken up many days. The obvious pur- pose of the change is to dull the impact of Mr. Henderson's findings. We will have the re- port and the tortured explana- tions together and the longer the explanations the greater, it is apparently felt, witt be tha general confusion. These changes presumably will make life a bit easier for government officials who some- times appear less than omni- scient when the annual reports become public. Is this in the general interest? It is up to Mr. Dmry to make the case which he failed so lamentably lo make at the time of the last minis- terial explosion over the find- ings of Mr. Henderson, (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Looking backward Despoilment danger Uncertain identification M By Dong Walker Ciin'uii Ottawa n. ;i :Vw days uith us recently. While she was here we had her husband Al's school pa! Ron Gent and his Doris in for a vi-H Dliiini; I In; en ymila n-, Inw she had dlsajvercl n't! ;m aiMhru- tic wiO had lirouipilv- iecUfii'd situation by taking nut citizenship. Siie produced her card, roplclc with picture to prove it. As Ron examined the- picture he asked. ''Were you thrre when they took Pass- port have bceti known lo (ako .some ri'al but them u.suaily isn't thai, much doubt, about; itiftnlificaUool sisting such a project and lie very helpful too. Some children could benefit also from having a "grandparent'' at hand if their own relatives wore d a distance. The upper rooms offer pos- sibilities 10 groups such as the Allied Arts. Tiirre is almost UVKT as hUK'h span1 as in ths'ir pre.sesit condemned quarioi's. If .stairs are a problem .surely it would not be prohibitive to to- lletcntiy no had the oppor- tunity to visit Waterloo Lakes, and before leaving iho lown- silo decided lo buy some soft drinks. To our dismay, how- ever, we were unable to obtain soft drinks in returnable con- tainers in cither the grocery store or service station. (Only two establishments were T h e use of non-returnable soft, drink containers is an un- fortunate practice at any locu- tion, but in national park if is indefensible. If the prop.'ieiors of retail establishments within our national parti lack eocia.t responsibility lo the extent, that they encourage littering by refusing to sell drinks in re- turnable containers, then we must create legislation to pre- vent these people from continu- ing this practice. The alterna- tive, if we do not wish lo see the gradual despoilment of our national p arks is to purchase our solu drinks (and perhaps oilier groceries) before we en- ter the park. (We drove Cardston lo our soft drinks.) KEN BERWICK. Spriaj THROUGH THE HERALD pitchers are to be given a reprieve. Ths rule established by the baseball leg- islators that the moist-ball de- livery would be discarded by all twirlers alter the season of 1920 has been rescinded. roundup of horses in a large area north, east and west of Coulls has about drawn to a close for this year. About head were brought !n and sold to a Buttc, Mont, canning factory. The animals brought from to per head. 1910 Prime Minister Churchill rejected a suggestion In the House of Commons that an attempt he made lo arrange an armistice at Christmas. 1930 Police and transport department officers gathered evidence for a formal inquiry into Uie Canoe River, B.C. train wreck, which took the lives of 20 Canadian troops and left 58 injured, when a txoop train and a passenger train collided. ]CIGO Nearly members of District 18, United Mine Workers, voted 78 per cent in lavcr of strike action to back wage demands. They are ask- ing for a raise of five cents an hour for and a further five cent increase in J9G2. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published J905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall ReglstraJlon No. 001! Member of 7de Canadian and Iho Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Msacialkffi and Ihe Audi! Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, Genera! Mannricr JOE 8 ALL A Wil.UAM HAY Managing Editor Avvotiflie ErJilor 'ROY P. MtLES POUGLAIi K. MflnatKf tailor F.'dilor "THE HERAID SERVES THE ;