Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HIRALD Saturday, November 25, 1972 Respect for law None of the parties contesting tha federal election bothered to make an issue of law and order, a lively topic south the border. Perhaps we lack the American susceptability to sloganeering. Canadians are concerned, never- theless. It they were asked to reflect upon the changes that have occurred in the past decasde or two, and to list those they liked least, a great many lists would be headed by some- thing to do with a decreasing respect for tlie law. Respect for law or for anything _ is not easily quantified. There are no hard data, no measureahle in- dicators; there isn't much, really, be- sides observation, opinion and what- ever can be inferred from some very rudimentary statistics. All that there is, however, supports the uncomfort- able feeling that respect for law is fart diminishing. Over-all, there has been a pretty fair effort in this country towards rational law enforcement. The em- phasis has been on better trained, forces. A serious attempt has been made to develop correctional insti- tutes that arc humane, rather than simply secure. Rehabilitation is still a prime aim in dealing with crimi- nr.ls. There is a growing belief that this enlightened attitude just isn't work- ing, that law enforcement is slack, that more people are committing more serious crimes and that the rule of law is breaking down. There is a real danger here. His- tory shows all too clearly that law can be enforced without public ap- proval or respect; all that is needed is a large and tough enough cadre of enforcers. It could be done here. But that isn't our way. Our life style de- pends on there being genuine popular respect for the rule of law. Lord James Bryce, a most distin- guished legal scholar, wisely observ- ed "Law will never be strong or res- pected unless it has the sentiment of the people behind it." Any doubt about that will be easily resolved by a glance at the record of our laws relating to drinking, gambling or a few other activities which not all people approve, and especially to the evolution of those laws over the past few years. The evolutionary process must be continued until our laws all are such that "the sentiment of the people" approves them. All laws should be regularly subject to a continuing proc- ess of examination, a process that demands of each law, "Is it truly needed? Is it what most people really Such a process, one cannot help suspecting, would sharply reduce the mass of laws, bylaws, rules, regula- tions and what-not to which we ara all subject, and make life a simpler and pleasanter matter for both the law enforcers and ourselves. Improving Kananaskis road With wilderness areas being jeal- ously guarded by Canadians it is un- derstandable that an alarm was sounded when the provincial high- ways department announced plans to pave and widen the Kananaskis route south from Seebee to Kananaskis Lakes and eventually to Coleman. Complaints that the government has failed to hold public hearings on the highway improvement proposal are appreciated when one values the effort being shown to preserve the country's natural beauty. But since the road is already there and is being used quite substantially (a road check indicated it is used by as many as motorists on a long summer weekend) it is not a matter of hacking another highway through virgin forest, but rather improving an already existing road which is at present full of pot holes and is consid- ered to be in "terrible shape." Level- ling out the road, plus paving if. would furnish tourists with a much more comfortable trip instead of fearing a broken axle when they take this route. Paving of this forestry trunk road through tht Rocky Mountain foot- hills would offer Waterton a closer link with the sister national parks of Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay, Gla- cier and Revelstoke and would corn- Weekend Meditation plete a beautiful circle tour route of southern Alberta offering tourists the unique combination of both moun- tain and prairie landscapes. It would also take some of the heavy recrea- tional traffic from the Calgary area. To reach the communities of the Crowsnest Pass and southern Alberta areas now, when travelling east via the Rogers Pass, it is necessary to drive through Calgary before heading south. Cutting south at Seebee would eliminate this. Highway reconstruction plans call for a 200 foot right of way built to 70 m.p.h. standards which would allow wide shoulders so sightseers could park and enjoy the view. It is expected the speed limit will be in the 50-mile range. Efficient highway construction in this type of terrain de- mands the diverting of several streams to meet the roadbed at 90 degree angles wherever possible. This announcement has met with criti- cism. The completed environmental im- pact study has indicated the highway will have some adverse environ- mental effects which might be weighed against the objectives, goals and benefits to the social and econo- mic well-being of the majority of Al- bertans. But it is much better to pave an existing road than to carve out a new one. The uses of memory Writing to his fellow Christians in his second letter St. Peter says a remarkable thing, "I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance." First of all, memory is not by any means always a happy thing. The hie of Disraeli held many triumphs and much joy and achievement, but at the end he said bitterly, "Youth is a blun- der, manhood a struggle, old age a re- gret." Tennyson, too, thought memory the most bitter of experiences "For a sor- row's crown of sorrows, is remembering happier things." An ancient Greek legend, however, lells how a woman came down to the Hiver Styx at her death to be ferried across to the region of departed spirits. Charon, about to ferry her across, told her that she might drink of the waters of Lethe and forget the life she was leaving. "Will I for- get how I have she asked. said and you will forget how you have rejoiced." The woman asked, "Will I forget my said Charon, "And your victories too." She went on to enquire, "Will I forget all who hated me and whom I replied Charon again, "and also those whom you loved and who loved you." So the woman refused to drink of Lethe's waters of forgctfulncss, preferring I. h o joys as well as the sorrows of memory. But Is life so nicely balanced? Are joys nnd sorrows even, loves nnd hates, triumphs and disasters? May il nol depend on your mem- ory? Some people have Ihc knack ol a happy memory; like Ihc sundial, they count only Ihc sunny hours. When St. Peter tells his readers that ho w shcs (o "stir up your pure minds by way of he is paying thorn a fino compliment, lie is slating thai they havo Krutcf.nl, hnppy memories. His suggestion that he knows they are well-informed and already know the things he has to say to them is excellent courtesy and good psy- chology. But he is not indulging in any mere rhetorical trick. Peter never was good at that. He was too blunt and plain for his own good at times, though most people would prefer a man like that than Ihe smooth, slick fellow. Peter is slating here a fundamental truth that men need to lie reminded as well as informed, more often in fact. So every advance hi the world, whether in science, literature, or religion, has been by remembering things forgotten. The Renaissance was built on the memory of Greek culture. Every pro- gress in religion has been by the redis- covery of fundamental truths. The innova- tive and original thinkers have built on the past. The greatest artists are those who knew their heritage. So Jesus said that a man must become like a little child to enter Hie Kingdom of Heaven. One must go [jack to our basic nature, to what one nat- urally is, before the wrappings of sophisti- cation and worldliness smolhcrcd spontane- ity and truth. Memory may lead to bitterness, but bit- terness may lead to repentance. Indeed most people are converted this way. They rcmcmlxT Ihc mistakes and missed oppor- tunities End In tnio sorrow (there Is a de- structive, worldly sorrow, as the Apostle says) decide- to lead n new life and turn from wickedness. A man without memory, like a society without history, is a tragic case. Memory is Lhc source of gralltudo and therefore of hope. PRAYER: nituscd bo tho Lord God who has lakcn away tho bitterness of yo.slcrdny and redeemed my memory from ri-mor.sr. F.S.M. "Aircraft to control can't stay aloft much starting to moult." Leadership capacity shown by top four By C. L. Sulzbd-gcr, New York Times commentator WEST BERLIN The Demo- cratic world has once again seen reaffirmed by Willy Brandt's impressive electoral victory a new political theorem. This is simply that a resolute leader with a minority of voters behind him but with a clear idea of where he is going can impose his politics and, by suc- ceeding, make good politics out of the procedure. The four top men in the West Nixon, Pompidou, Heath and Brandt were all installed by less than a popular majority. Nixon came to the White House in 1968 with 43.4 per cent of the popular vote. In June, 1909, Pompidou got only 44.46 per cent. In September, 1969, Brandt first became chancellor witli a coalition backing of 48.5 per cent of which his own Social could claim only 42.7 per cent. And Heath be- came prime minister in 1970 with 46.4 per cent. Yet each showed capacity for leadership and went ahead with fundamental policy switches that had hitherto been thought to require majority endorse- ment. And both Nixon and Brandt have also demonstrated that good policy makes for good politics by increasing their power base when it was put to the test. Brandt's triumph doesn't at first glance look as solid as Nixon's but this is impossible under the proportional system of elections here. He did in- crease the support of his own party by 3.2 per cent and help his smaller coalition partner, Letter Duty-free stores explained A recent article in the edit- orial section of The Herald stated that a certain store on the United State border is selling Canadian liquor and cig- arettes much below the retail price In Canada. As usual, though, such oversimplification does not present the story. A quick look behind the scenes shows a complex retail system. The particular store men- tioned is merely one in the large international chain of duty-free stores located across the U.S.- Canadian border and at major Canadian and Amer- ican airports serving interna- tional air traffic. The chain is able to operate because of a loophole which exists in the Canadian and American cust- oms regulations. Such a loop- hole also exists in the customs regulations of almost all coun- tries in the western world. As most consumers well know, the Canadian and pro- vincial governments realize millions of dollars each year from the Canadian tobacco and distillery industries. Considered as luxury products, tobacco and liquor are two of tho most heavily taxed commcdilies on the Canadian market. On a J4.79 carton of cigar- relics alone, over half the price Is made up of customs duty and taxes A similar duty and tax system is applied to liquor. The loophole is that when Can- adian cigarettes and liquors are exported directly from Can- adian customs bonder! ware- houses to the United States, tho duties nncl taxes npplicd by the Canadian government arc re- moved from these commodities, thus reducing their wholesale cost by more lhan 50 per cent. Ilathcr limn import these com- modities into the United Stales find have American duties nml (axes placed on them, the duty- free stores set up United Slalai customs warehouses nnd store Ihc cigarettes mid liquor under supervision of United Slnlos customs officers wilh whose authority l.hcso commod- ities are released to the trav- elling public for direct export from the United States, either back into Canada or to some other foreign country. As ex- ported products, these cigar- ettes and liquor are considered foreign products by Canadian customs and in order for a Canadian to bring them back into Canada, he is limited by Canadian customs regulations, to one carton of cigarettes and 40 oz. of liquor provided that he has no other American cig- arettes or liquor hi his posses- sion at the time, and provided he can establish he has been B absent from Canada for at least 48 hours. He is also lim- ited, by customs regulations, to the number of times a year he can make such purchases. All must be accounted for on writ- ten declarations of which a per- son is eligible for only five per year provided he rakes ad- vantage of the proper opportun- ities. It is hoped this letter will give readers a better understand- ing of the operations and pric- ing of duty free goods. The prices in this store are certain- ly not indicative of the prices offered by all stores in the U.S. D. W. MARSHALL COLttS. 'Crazy Capers' W-X Sure I Imvc n InsL firo IxJow Lho knoo. the Liberals, to move up 2.6 per cent. The Conservative coalition declined for the second time since 1065 and the neo-Nazis disappeared. So now, just as it is obvious that Nixon will calmly go ahead with his plans to tranquilizo southeast Asia, recognize China and cultivate Soviet friend- ship, it is equally obvious that Brandt will sign and ratify his basic treaty with East Germany and extend further overtures to the Communist bloc. These are extraordinary moves because they so com- pletely break with past tradi- tion. Nixon was the vice presi- dent of Eisenhower who sup- ported Chiang Kai-Shek against Peking and was skeptically bearish about Russia. Brandt, the first real West German leader since Adenauer, has scrapped the latler's attempts to isolate East Germany and to encourage Chinese dynamism in Russia's rear so Moscow would leave Europe alone. One not unexpected result of these too expressions of "real- polilik" was that the Soviet Union made plain its pleasure at Nixon's re-election and, while Washington was carefully neut- ral in Sunday's balloting, Mos- cow was unabashedly pro- Brandt. The dramatic shifts accom- plished by the four Western principals in their first elected terms of office will all be noted by history. Nixon broke the log- jam of U.S. Chinese relations, brought half a million troops out of Indochina where an armis- tice seems imminent, and started the biggest commercial exchanges of all time with the Soviet Union. Pompidou dropped De Gaulle's pretensions to gran- deur on the world scene, aban- doned France's veto of British membership in the Common Market, stopped talking about French speaking Quebec and concentrated on making France count in Europe and its peri- pheries. Heath, ignoring furious op- position, blandly led Britain into the European Community and thus set a new course for his is- land people who had previously eschewed continental relation- ships in favor of trans-oceanic diplomacy. Brandt, likewise, made an enormously significant move. He recognized I he par- tition of Germany and all Eur- ope, resolving to make the best possible deal on the basis of things as they are, hoping de- tente would open a new future. All these slops were taken by chiefs of government skating on the thinnest of ice but aware of where they wanted to proceed. Now two of them Nixon and Brandt have received solid endorsement at the polls. Of course holh wero helped in their campaigns by the low quality of their quilo as much as by public accept- ance of their policies. McGov- ern was ineffective and Barrel's efforts to unseat IlrnmIL word handicapped by his ronfusiou alxnil the popular mood., Tho West, German kaleido- scope will now be shaken nnd new pntlci'ns may cnmrpe. II is likely Mini. Franz .Imef Strauss, of Oliri'liim Socialists (CSU) faction of Ilic Christian Democratic (CIJU) coalition, will break with the CDU and establish an Independent party based on his Bavarian strong- hold. As for the lunatic fringe o[ far out extremists: the neo- Nazis have virtually vanished from the political map and tha recreated Communists never even made a dent, slipping down to only a third of one per cent of the vote. Brandt stole whatever thunder they thought they had. Letters Revieiver replies That Douglas James Smith, Pincher CreeTc (Letters, Sat. Nov. 18) thinks me 'beautiful' is somewhat surpirising since I have not had the pleasure o[ meeting the gentleman. That ho thinks me also a 'dreamer' is somewhat more distressing. Mr. Smith obviously did not agree with my opinion as ex- pressed in my review of Man of La Mancha. It is his right so to do. Just as it is my right to disagree with his opinion of my opinion of the musical. Mr. Smith would seem to lie one with very definite views on his likes and dislikes. It is there- fore strange that he would not understand the basic premise upon which the concept of "re- views" is based they ara essentially the opinion or reac- tion of one Individual. Therefore, I write this letter, not hi defence of myself or to attack Mr. Smith's sentiments harsh though they may bo merely to inquire how the Pincher Creek critic knows I "lack tho senstivity or bravery to report accurately what is." I am indeed sorry to hear Mr. Smith's prophecy that "nei- ther the LMT nor the public will trust my aesthetic judgment again." Should that not read that Mr. Smith one Indivi- dual will not trust my judg- ment? When I wrote the review of Man of La Mancha, I was gen- uinely impended with the per- formance, although I stated the production was Jacking in that Mr. Mclls did not have a strong singing voice. However, I honestly felt that the entire production when taken as an entity was so first rate as to minimize that flaw. If my review read like dictionary of to Mr. Smith, it was because I was mightily Burprisec; by the high level of performance in what is, to all intents and purposes, an amateur production. Perhaps it Is true Oiat only 1 dediMfpfl, rrnrhety end ascer- bic nit picker makes a good critic. If (hat Is so, I fall as good critic. LYNNE VAN LUVEN Lethbridge. No discrimination Much has been said lately about the recently repealed Communal Properly Act, es- pecialty as to discrimination against the Huttefrites and their expansion. There has never been any discrimination against the Hut- terites. The act was implement- ed for the protection of peo- ple affected by those expan- sions. Any other group of peo- ple would have been affected in the same manner. The Hul- teritcs themselves were the author of their own discomfort. Restrictions of every type arc placed from time to time for the good of people as a whole. Hundreds of different licences are required, marketing boards have been established, psfmits from the Oldman River plan- ners have to be obtained. Every- thing imaginable is controlled one way or tlie other except the Communal Property Act which for some special reason appears to be dscrlminatory. One day I drove to one of my llullcrile friends to get some eggs. During our conversation he mentioned that he was lim- ited as to the number of eggs he could produce. This Hutter- ile could produce many more eggs lhan he is permitted by Iho board. Is this discrimination against the Ilutterites? I am sure no one would entertain such n suggestion. This being the case as in countless other situations, the Communal Prop- erty Act established for the pro- tection of sociely cannot by any stretch of the imagination be construed as being discrimina- tory or in violation of human "Bills- LEO w SPENCER Cairdslnn. Tlie Uthbttdge Herald 504 7lh St. S., LoLIibridfic, Alberta LETIIBIUDGE HERALD HO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published IMS-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second cinss Mall Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press nnd iho Cnnndliin Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and Audit Durcnu of Clrculalloni CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor find Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, Gonorflf Mnn.igcr DON PILLING WILLIAM MAY Editor Editor ROY F MILES DOUGLAS WALKER Man.iflor fctlitnnnl Pnqo Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"