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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THf UTHBRIDGE HERAID Saturday, Noyembor 28, 1970 Maurice Western Blessed and burdened Christmas is a religious festival. It is fitting to ask, on this religious occasion, whether God loves a Cana- dian more than a Korean or a Pakis- tani or a Peruvian. Yet almost every Canadian lives far better than lune-ti.'ntlis of God's children To say that the Canadian deserves far more than liis fair share, or that the others deserve far less, is bigoted nonsense. Canada, being so richly blessed, is sorely burdened. The greater her good fortune, the greater lier re- sponsibility for sharing it. Canadians should not feel guilty that they are so well off, but they should feel ut- terly condemned if they refuse or neglect to share their blessings. For many Chrislmases, The Leth- bridge Herald has done its readers a mighty favor by acquainting them with some areas of special need and showing them one way of discharg- ing their awesome responsibility. One year ago, when times were tougher and money tighter, our readers contributed through the Unitarian Sendee Committee, to the purchase of cups of milk for children in Korea and India. This Christmas season we have committed these same readers to give for the same purpose. When will it end? How long will these annual appeals go on? Just as long as there are rich people and poor people, just as long as some children are born strong and healthy into a world of hope and opportunity and others, if they sur- vive, into a world of hunger and despair. Should not the goal, then, be to cure the root trouble, to end the conditions thai breed the disparities? Of course. The Unitarian Scrvica Committee, with its small resources, is giving more attention to the longer term. Unless the explosive popula- tion growth is checked in so many of the impoverished lands, the hunger and misery will only in- crease. Family planning is the most urgent need, and the USC is ac- knowledging the cries for help. In other ways it is helping toward long- term remedies. In the meantime children need milk from Canada. The USC cannot feed all of the needy, but with the help of Herald readers it will feed some. There are other avenues for help- ing. Oxfam, Unicef, Care and many other agencies are doing excellent work and their appeals deserve sup- port. The Herald is not suggesting that money that might go to them be diverted tp the Cup of Milk Fund, But we do proclaim that the USC is carefully managed, that it has an absolute minimum of overhead costs (well over 90 cents of every dollar donated reaches the intended children abroad in the form of de- livered milk that it has the enthusiastic blessing of Canada's leaders, that it has brought honor and gratititude to Canada. In some parts of Canada the fic- tion is being circulated that the people cannot afford to give as much as before. That is not so among Herald readers. What can they af- ford? Ask the children abroad what Canada can afford. The sum from Herald readers would never be missed, but at the ether end it will buy 1.4 million cups of milk for children who need it. Pressure on U.S. Toronto construction tycoon Charles Rathgeb gave a very good account of himself on the television program ''Under Attack" recently although, admittedly, he didn't face very strong interrogators. One of the more force- ful statements he made was on the subject of American takeover of busi- ness in Canada. Mr. Rathgeb is not afraid of Arrteri- can domination. His own experience as head of a company that has in- vaded the United States as well as some other countries suggests to him that the multi national company, and not the strictly American com- pany, will characterize the future. The trend be sees is a very hopeful thing for the world. Those who think that the Ameri- cans have everything their way, de- spite what Mr. Rathgeb says about tha international nature of business, should ponder the fact that the U.S. is under considerable pressure to convert to the metric system. About 90 per cent of the people of the world use the metric system. If U.S. busi- ness interests ever had any ideas about the rest of the world going their way in this matter they have now been shattered. In recent years Britain, Australia and South Africa have decided to join the majority. The Wall Street Journal has re- ported that the U.S. Commerce De- partment's advisory panel is ready to see the nation go metric. It is be- lieved that next August the secre- tary of Commerce will strongly rec- ommend it to Congress. Cynics might see this as only a shrewd move in the interests of Am- erican hegemony. But the indications are rather that the change is being accepted simply so that the U.S. can keep up in the world of commerce. As long as Richard Nixon is Presi- dent, Main Street is not going to be turned into Smut Alley Vice-Presi- dent Spiro Agnew. This Oh! Calcutta! is a sporting event all right, but it won't whet the appetite of sports Justice Department lawyer. Weekend Meditation Workers of the tvorld, relax! "IT seems like only yesterday that hard work was a virtue and idleness a vice that fathered all sorts of sin and wicked- ness. When Satan wanted a disciple to looked for the idle man. "Labor Omnia Vin- wrote a western university proudly as its motto, a lie if there ever was one! Genius is 90 per cent perspiration and 10 per cent inspiration said Henry Ford and a good many others. Sigmund Freud and not John Calvin held that stress on the im- portance of work had a greater effect than any other technique of living in binding an Individual closer to reality. But John Cal- vin did believe in hard work and held rich idlers in abhorrence. Martin Luther, too, thought that a man's work came directly from God, He himself was a hard worker. When he was to appear before the Diet at Worms he reached the city half dead with fatigue. Ktet morning, instead of polishing his speech, be went la visit a dying man and administer the sacrament. This emphasis can be overdone, of course. An old letter asking for a testimonial for one Elizabeth Heyworth appeared soma time ago in The British Weekly. It reads: "I will take it kindly of ihee to give me the true character of Elizabeth Heyworth Be so kind as to answer these parti- culars. Is she honest, quite sober, and not very dainty? And please say in which de- partment she was occupied in thy situa- tion. Is site careful not to waste, nor in- jure good furniture, etc? is she a good washer and ironcr? Is she a good riser without calling ;it aix in Uie morning? Is she civil and not pert if found fault with? Has she any young men followers? What wages had shn? What place of worship did she attend? Is she inclined to gossip? Is her health Rood Is she tidy in her dress and quite healthy, not liable to head- aches and painful, swollen legs? Is she quickly back if sent on an crrnncl? Docs she speak the truth? Is she a good dusler and scourer and tin-rubber? Is she quick in dispatching her work and happy in doing 51? I am afraid we must not look for per- k'ction but some fault." What a miserable letter! No one would enjoy working for such a person. But such employers were not unusual. Framed in a drugstore at BevsHy, Mass., are "Drug- store Rules, 1854." "Store will be opened promptly at 6 a.m. and remain open until 9 p.m., the year around. Store must not be opened on the Sabbath Day unless absolute- ly necessary and then only for a few min- utes. Any employee who is in the habit ot smoking Spanish cigars, getting shaved at a barber shop, going to dances and other places of amusement, will most surely give his employer reason to suspect his integrity and all around honesty. Each employes must attend Sunday School every Sunday. Men employees are given one evening a week for courting purposes and two if they go to prayer meeting regularly. After 14 hours of work in the store, the remaining leisure time must be spent in reading good literature." Well, that was a better use of Sunday than most people make of it today. Also, if one must choose between that hard atti- tude to work and the present shirking of it, the former is better. At least time was used, not wasted. Men forget today the drudgery that has to go into all high enterprise. Gib- bon rewrote "Decline and Fall" nine times. Newton rewrote "Chronology" 15 times. Great scientists and executives have no of- fice hours. Nor do the artists and musicians. But then their work is 3 loving work, out the monotony of today's factory produc- tion. This k a primary peril in modern society because, if a man does not love his work, he hates his life, he lacks a basic blessedness necessary to a happy life. Work- ers must be bound, therefore, in the ulti- mate objectives of production, so that their toil may be meaningful. PRAYER: Enable me, 0 God, to do some work that I will not bo ashamed to show You on judgment day. F. S. M. Computers serve Liberal convention O' iTi'AWA: The Liberal policy convention at Ihc Chateau Laxirier was the climax ot the most elaborate experiment in participatory democracy yd at- tempted in Canada. Its product is to be embodied in a "Liberal charter for the '70s" which will be presented to the Cabinet. No party has yet solved the problem of mass poiieymaking; many Conservatives still wines at mention of their own most recent large scale experiment at Niagara Falls. liberal ob- servers of that convention ob- viously recognized and made serious efforts to overcome some of the problems had baffled their opponents; in particular, the sheer inability of Conservative delegates to bring their work to any sort of satis- factory conclusion. But Uie Liberal enterprise was far more daring for the, simple reason that a Liberal government is in power. The primary difficulty had in fact already been exposed at the fa- mous conference of 1S66 which produced the head on clash between Mitchell Sharp and Walter Gordon. As was then, not altogether happily, made plain by tha prime minister of the day, it is not possible for government to be, at one and the same time, respon- sible through Parliament to the entire electorate and respon- sible to a party convention rep- resenting only one part o! it. The notion of a charter for the '70s was doubtless intended to meet this difficulty. There is E.T obvious difference bstween what a government can be ex- pected to do now and what it may reasonably be expected to do over a decade to satisfy the aspirations of its supporters. Even so the project was heavy with risk. The very word "cliar- "You're a Disgrace to the Letters To The Editor Objectivity needed on abortion I would like to commend the "Concerned Doctor" who had the courage to write to your paper on November 5th, 1970, and state his views on the "abor- tion furor." For months, the news media has been inundat- ing the public with virtually one point of view on the question: 1) a sexually permissive cli- mate; 2) no responsibility for the outcome of our actions; 3) easy abortions for all, on de- mand, and therefore 4) Utopia. The question is of course, much more complex and Uie "Con- cerned Doctor" gave a much more honest and less hysterical picture than that to viicb, we usually have access. Is nothing sacred? I wisH to express my apprec- iation for your Editorial of Nov. 25th, "Abortion on T.V." To say that the program was lacking in good taste is to put it mildly! It left one viewer, at least, asking himself, "is there no privacy left in this permis- sive, promiscuous society! Is nothing held1 sacred The Hb of the modern world will not be cured by the sur- geon's instruments. What is needed is an infusion of char- acter, where there is "sell- knowledge, self-reverance, and plus respect for others. Credit to Centre May we make a correction to your article ot November, headed "Help for the In 1969, the Golden Mile Drop- in Centre arranged a highly suc- cessful Christmas dinner, not only for those on tew income but for anyone who wanted to share the day with others. This year thsy were kind enough to allow The Salvation Army to take part in their arrangements but the Golden Mile Drop In Centre will, as last year, be ar- ranging for supplies for tin's din- ner and The Salvation Army is assisting where needed. The Drop In Centre is doing a very splendid service and we are anxious that they r.eceive the credit due them. I. KEITH SAYERS, CAPT. EMERGENCY SERVICES, THE SALVATION AEMY. Lethbridgc. In the words of the sisters of the Convent of the Good Shep- herd in England people win are working all the time with the results of abortion, and kindred problems "the rem- edy for our modem social ills lies in a restoration of values. For so long now, in this afflu- ent society, we have been pam- pering our bodies, and starving our spirits. Then, like glutton- ous children we wonder why we are sick; sick in mind and body both." Again, thank you for your editorial. .G R. EASTER, First Baptist Church. Lethbridge, I want at this time to express my horror and disgust at CBC's latest "gem" on the subject, shown m prime viewing time on Sunday November 22. I think this film may have some value for a very select audience (i.e. those seeking ab- As shown on CflC it merely served to make us all voyeurs in our own living rooms. Not only is a film such as this, shown in this way, out of taste vulgar in the extreme. The viewer was ta- ken, step by step, through a gynaecological a x a m i n ation, nothing spared, then on through the performance of an abortion. The lack of objectivity in the whole presentation of this sub- ject on Sunday night is another cause for alarm. The CBC is af- ter all supported by public funds and surely then has a re- sponsibility to present all points of view on a controversial sub- ject such as this. A goodly num- ber of Canadians believe abor- tion to be no better than mur- der and for the CBC to blatant- ly support the case for free ab- ortion is an offence to those Ca- nadians. (Mrs.) ANGELO J. MURPHY. VulcaB, Real hunting accidents So They Say The correctional system at the third stage of the system of justice is at least as important as the police at the first stage and the couris in the centre. Correctional institutions which do not correct, aggravate the problem of crime and public safety. Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, calling for a drastic overhaul of Ihc nation's pris- ons. I want to comment on the press and radio coverage of the so called hunting accidents that seem to be occurring ev- ery year. The newspapers and radio stations publicize all the accidents that seem to occur during the hunting season but no real details are given. A per- son may be hunting and sudden- ly die of a heart attack or per- haps drive off the road and roll his car. but the headlines usual- ly read that the person died while hunting. I do not under- stand this. There may not have been any shots fired but it is still reported that he was hunt- ing' I recall an accident that hap- pened several years ago to a mart who went out on the first day of pheasant season. He was found shot to death in his car with his omi gun. This was not called