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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE ITIHBRIDGE HERAID Saturday, Otlober 7, 1972 Student transportation Ncavly lln'ec (minimi students live in the {'niversity of Lellibridge resi- dcm'es. Some go home for weekends; niiitiy must spend their weekends on campus. There is no public transportation of any kind between the campus and (lie city on Saturday or Sunday. Quite apart from a natural wish to get away from the institutional at- mosphere now and then, many stu- dents wish to spend their leisure hours doius what other young people do. They like to swim, bowl, dance, go to parties, attend shows, concerts and sporting events. Also, they need to shop occasionally. Some have week- end jobs in town.Some like to attend church on Sunday. In short, they are ordinary young people. According to reports, two thirds or more students need government financial assistance to attend univer- sity That means not all can afford cars. The one-way taxi fare from cam- pus to city is about four dollars. Walking takes around two hours each way. On weekends there isn't enough traffic to make good hilcli- Two or three times the city has put on a particular bus service to meet students' needs, only to find it could not be maintained. At ten cents a head, it takes a lot of fares to pay for a bus and driver to make the round trip. And the students nat- urally don't all travel at the same time. It it is agreed there should be some way for students to get to town week- end's, other than by walking, some- one has to finance" it. The students can't afford to, and it is hard to see why the rate-payers of Lethbridge should. That leaves the university. Tliis is not to suggest the univer- sity should get into the bus business. It could, however, seriously consider offering a subsidy to tlic bus sys- tem, to cover at least part of the deficit arising from weekend service between town and campus. The Lewis fixation Give NDI" leader David Lewis credit he's trying to arouse the Canadian public into fever pitch elec- tion excitement, even if lie has to talk about projects still in the plan- ning stage, as if vital decisions had already been made. Take the proposed MacKenzie Val- ley gas pipeline for instance. This enormous scheme is still imder con- sideration by the government. It re- quires careful study regarding its financing, ecological and technical problems involved, who will buy the gas, and whether the pipeline would be used to transport American gas from Prudhoe Bay as well as Cana- dian owned gas. All these aspects are still under consideration and care- ful government scrutiny. There is no foundation for Mr. Lewis' charges that the present gov- ernment is selling out Canadian in- terests to the Americans, or that it will be pushed into doing so. Mr. Lewis' fixation about foreign takeovers of Canada's resources shouldn't lead him into making charges which have no foundation in fact. Pudding proof West German Chancellor Willy estic reforms and the fight against Brandt, fighting an uphill battle for his political life, is making a big issue out of accusations, which he has so far been unable to prove. His charge is that the Opposition bribed members of his parliamen- tary party to defect, and thus bring down his'government. Mr. Brandt had been expected to stay aloof from the mud slinging to concentrate on his achievements such issues as foreign policy, dom- inflation. 'Hie gap between the Democrats and the Republicans in the U.S. con- tinues to widen, with Mr. Nixon an odds-on-favorite for re-election. The president has stayed aloof from Water gate, has concentrated first on the success of his foreign policy, and sec- ond on his domestic achievements. Perhaps Mr. Brandt should look to the U.S. for proof of the pudding. Premature closing Visitors lo Watcrton Lakes National Park this weekend could unwittingly get into trouble. They could fish in the wrong streams and run afoul of the law. Fishing can be done in Blakiston Creek, but not in Cameron Creek; in Cameron Lake but not Crandell Lake. Some waters can be fished the year round; others can be fished until the end of October; and there are those that were closed at the end of September such as Cameron Creek. 'lliis information was available in printed form during the summer but is not readily acquired at this time of year. The park offices are not open on weekends now. It is unfortunate that people who might be infrequent visitors to the park and who may only want to do a little fishing should have to engage in a piece of detective work before having their sport with an easy mind. Why can't all the waters be open io fishing until after the Thanksgiving weekend at least? Weekend Meditation What is the. A10ST people, if asked what they thought to be the worst sin, would probably say lying. Some might say stealing, some sexual lust, and others blasphemy. St. Paul speaks as if covetousness were the worst sin; iie thought covetousness was idolatry. Milton agreed with the saints of the Middle Ages that pride was the dead- liest of sins. The "seven deadly sins" were considered by the saints to be pride, cov- elousncss, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth or dejection Shakespeare, however, thought ingrati- tude to be the worst sin, Viola expresses his mind undoubtedly in Twelfth-IS'ight, "I hate ingratitude more in a man than ly- ing, vainnc.ss, babr.lirig, drunkenness, of any taint of vice whose strong corruption our trail blood." It is a thought too often repeMed in Shakespeare no', to be his own. King Lear snys, "Ingratitude, thou marble-hearted fiend, more hideous when Ihou show'st thee in a child then the laid Amiens in "As You Like It" sings, "Blow, blow, thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man's in- gratitude; thy tooth is not so keen, be- cause thou art not yeen, although thy breath Gratitude, however, )s a rare virtue be- cause it is only found in noble souls. It you do anything for someone, therefore, expecting gratitude, you are very foolish. Gratitude; requires an sppreciative, obser- vant mind, a warm heart, a generous eye, a kind nature, and a sensitive spirit. How many people do you know with such qual- ities? Samuel hcfore becoming a judge was n criminal lawyer who saved worst sin? Miscalculations? By Jiiincs Ileslou ''Nothing for Philippines, peace or chaos? lij Jane Hiickvalc AIR travellers w 1) o haven't been told are startled on arrival in Manila, to see that the once large air terminal, is a fire-gutted shell. It was burn- ed to tlie ground last March. Current rumor was that there bad been hanky parky going on among customs officials, who, threatened with an investiga- tion, had simply to de- stroy the evidence. On September 29, following President Marcos' declaration of martial law in the Philip- pines, 200 employees of the bur- eau of customs were given their ,valking papers. More heads are expected to roll, including a large number from the bur- eau of internal revenue who are charged with taking money by ignoring income and other tax evasions. Why should Ihe declaration of martial law in the Philippines cause such consternation i n Southeast Asia, a part of the world that should by this time, be accustomed to one man dic- tatorships or rule by army cliques? It is because it is the most westernized of all Asian societies, a former colony of the United States, where democrat- ic traditions are deeply rooted, where free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of associa- tion are deeply embedded in the national ideology. Ferdinand Marcos is the first man in Philippine history to win a second term of office as president. His 1M9 election campaign is said to have brought the country close to bankruptcy because of his lib- eral use of public funds for party purposes. He and his wife, beauteous Imelda, a kind of Philippine Eva Peron, are reputed to be personally very wealthy with large bank accounts in Switzerland. But that's Philippine rumor, and nobody believes anybody iu the Philippines. The press, and tlve opposition political parties have bitter, unrelenting war against Marcos, accusing him publicly Friends in Hong Kong advis- ed us that if we were bent on travelling to Manila this Spring we should go straight to the ho- tel, emerge from it only in day- light. We didn't follow the ad- vice; and the only time we got into trouble was on a sunny day, walking along a relatively quite street, en route to the aquarium. A police car, beribboned of- ficer lounging in the back seat, uniformed driver at the wheel, stopped and asked us to stop in. Suspecting nothing, oth- er than a free ride to the trop- ical fish display, we climbed in. The car moved slowly oft. The officer demanded identification, grabbed the travellers' checks offered in lieu of passport, yanked them out of the foldur, and began to shuffle them around like a pack of old cards. The reaction from the male member of our duo was explo- sive. Furious epithets from both sides of the altercation grew more colorful as the car moved along. The officer then used a new tactic. He demanded my purse, and on being told that he could look tlirough it when he got us both to police headquarters, he tried to pull it from my arm. He yanked, I held on. The driver smirked, everybody yell- ed insults, and finally we were dumped unceremoniously on the find our own way. We felt foolish, as if we'd been taken in by some kind of local practical joke. In reality this episode was a minor man- ifestation of corruption in the Philippines. TJOSTON In his latest swing through the east, George McGovern has been giving three reasons for his poor show- ing against President Nixon in the popularity polls. he said, "a failure by me to communicate my real character and veracity to Ilio voters. Second, a masterful pol- itical selling job by Mr. Nixon. And third, a possible inability by some of the press to bring the same critical examination to the two candidates." This is at .least a partial ex- planation of his plight, but there is probably an even move fundamental fourth reason, namely, that he has probably misjudged the mood of the country, and emerged as the champion of militant forces that want more change than tlie majority of (he voters desire. One of the main causes of personal anxiety in America to- day is that the people have not been able lo adapt to the con- vulsive political, social, econ- omic and moral changes of the last quarter century, and along comes George calling for more and faster change. Also, lie has allowed himself to be identified with the chang- es demanded by the militant blacks, Ihe liberated young, wo- men, and the social and econ- omic planners, who, regardless of the validity of many of their1 arguments for ending the war and providing more help for tho very poor, arc precisely the minorities the majority seems to fear the most. This, I believe, is the heart of his problem. He based bis campaign on the assumption that the American people were ready, as (hey were 40 years ago, for another great surge of Innovative reform of foreign and domestic policy, and while there is a powerful case to made for such reforms, he has not made it very well, and the country is in a far more con- servative, anti-negro, anti-wel- fare mood than he has believed. No doubt his own three ex- planations have some merit. He has failed to communicate his "real character and vera- city to the voters." He came through at first as a more rad- ical character than he really is, and he trimmed and changed to meet the mounting criticism, only lo find that in trying lo placate the Democratic pros he lias created doubt both among the pros and the young support- ers who carried him lo nomin- ations. There is undoubtedly some- thing in his charge that tho press has paid more allenlion to his inlcrnal political squab- bling and swilching than it has to Nixon's spectacular changes in both domestic and foreign policy, and his troubles within the Republican national com- mittee. And while Me Govern retains a remarkable com- posure and even a kind of bib- lical belief in Ihe lightness of lus cause and the wickedness of the opposition, it is always hard lo launch an effective at- tack on the character cf a presi- dent in the While House, which is what he is now doing more and more. Nothing infuriates George Mc- Govern more lhan the sugges- tion Ibat somehow three out of every four people polled are saying that they find Nixon more believable than McGov- ern, and this seems to have en- couraged him to sweeping statemenls which evan the crit- ics of tile president find hard lo justify. Not so long ago, the Senator was saying that the Nixon ad- ministration was "Hie most cor- rupt in recent and this was changed to Ihe "most corrupt since the days of War- ren and now this week it lias become "the most corrupt in the cenluries oE American government." Well, it is pretty bad but as Andrew Jackson is said to have advised at the Battle of New Orleans, "Better elevate them guns a little lower." There is a solid and accurate case to be made against the president's record, but after his startling inno- vations in China and the Soviet Union, it only weakens a good case to charge him with "tha worst leadership in our his- tory." New tactics and fireside talks are not likely to turn around an electorate which seems to have made up its mind. A majority of the people are long- ing merely for a little calm and quiet. (The New York Times) 73 men from going to the electric chair. Not a single one of them ever thanked I-eibomtz or wrote to him later. Clarence Darrow saved Loeb and Leopold from the electric chair, but he had a desperately hard time collecting his fee. Did he ever collect it? Did Russia ever express grat- titude to those gallant sailors who kept her supplied with arms and food by tha cruelly difficult, hazardous route of the northern seas? Of course not. Thanksgiving is a way of life. Thanks- giving means positive living: looking for things for v.-hich lo be thankful ralher lhan to complain about. It Is a way of compassion: having been given so much you too must give. It is .1 life of hope; here and there God has bclpt'l you. so Ho Mill always Iwlp you, so the, thankful sou) ii ever an optimisl. It Is a way of faith: Gil- bert Kcitb Chesterton tells how as a young man he became confused about life, not knowing its meaning or direction. So he says, "I hung on to the remains of religion by one thin thread of thanks. I thanked whatever god might be because of any life lived at all." Thanksgiving is enthusiastic living. It Tnfans eagerness and joy and blrs.v It is x magir medicine for anemia or pellagra of the spirits. It is an affirm- ation of the love of God, of the goodness at Ihe heart of the universe. It is a theol- ogy. PRAYER: For the beauty In our sec- Ing, for the harmony in our hearing, for the loving in our living, for the friend- s-hip in our freedom, for the singing in our striving, we thank Thcc God. V, S. M. of supporting corrupt influences and administrative graft, of leading the country into econ- omic and social chaos, of at- tempting Eo circumvent the con- stitution and get cither him- self or bis wife in office for an indefinile term. He has now re- taliated by declaring martial law, clapping his most energet- ic critics, including the popular young leader of the Opposition, Benigno Aquino, in jail. Pub- lishers of most Manila news- papers, radio and TV station managers have joined Mr. Aquino along with a number of others accused of various of- fences against the t-latc- The president says th.it ho has teen forced to tin all this liccaii-sn the Comniunisl.s, a re- generation of the old II u k guerrilla movement under a new name, and studenl activ- ists have combined to plot a revolution. Marcos has long pointed lo the Communist bogey as the scapegoat. It is the Maoists, he says, who ara behind Ihe rioLs, the muggings, tbrt demonstrations, Antt-Mnr- ros factions say dial the prosi- rlcnt bhn.self has deliberately plotted the bombings, the shoot- ings, and provoked social un- rest, in order lo make things look worse lhan they arc. May- be it's a little of both, but tho incident which gave him Iho excuse be needed to sign Ihe proclamation of martial law was the alxtrtive attempt on the life of his defence minister. Tho following day Filipinos found their newspapers closed down, their radio and TV stations dead, many ot Ihe leading pol- iticians under arrest. Martial law bad been proclaimed for the first lime in the Philip- pines independent history. Now what? Maroos says "We had reached a point where, un- less there was reform, revolu- tion was Inevitable." He claims that martial under his dir- ection, will not mean that the constitution is suspended. There will be no tanks in the armed soldiers will not be posted at every street corn- er. He has asked the judiciary to decide that what he has dona is constitutional. The detainees have been brought before tha courts, and pleaded their case, saying that their constitution- al rights have been violated, that they have been arrested warrants, with orders served In photostat and have- accuwl tho president publicly of to set himself up as The suspicion is that this is window dressing on Mar- cos' part, a ruse to establish the legality of what he is doing. Rumor claims that he consulted the judges before the hearings, and bolh parties decided that Quakes NEA Service What was the worst quake over to hit hte United Stales? Not the San Francisco jolt of 1006. It was the New Madrid, III., earthquake of 1811 at least, according to a Ph.D. study hy a Southern Illinois University student, Wayne Viil- -inen, whn siflprl (hroiigh v ficrminls ami roc or da in four states At I lie Mississippi port nf New Madrid, a wave swamped barges, flalboats and keelboats. The river hissed and boiled and turned a muddy red. Islands disappeared Banks crumbled, At places, the migh- ty Mississippi iLsclf f towed backwards. Much land was miner! for cultivation for years lo Yet though rvery building within square miles of Now Madrid was dcstrnyccl a nd shocks were reported ns far away as Boston, fewer lhan 100 settlers and Indians died in tho sparsely inhabited region. Among other phenomena was an amazing religious revival, supported by the belief that Ihe quake was a sign of God's dis- pleasure, it would be better for the coun- try at large, if their verdict were in Marcos' favor. The president does appear to be determined on a crack-down on income tax evaders, on pork barrelling, on all forms of pay- ola and crime which have be- come part of the way of life in Uie Philippines. If lie can make these measures effective with- in a few months, he may have a chance of support from the silent majority which has suf- fered considerably from govern- ment irresponsibility and ad- ministrative graft. On the spot> observers say he hasn't much time' to show what he can do. T. J. S. George, a Hong Kong correspondent and long-time observer of the Phil- ippines scene, says that "Mar- cos can reasonably expect that excesses be pardoned and forgotten if, under martial law, he achieves even two or three basic reforms such as the stif- ling of corruption and an end to society's endemic violence. These, unlike meaningful land reforms and quick economic dividends, are witliin the realm of immediacy, Marcos has vow- ed to do just that. But this tima he will have to prove (hat his bite is as good as hJs bark." It's going to have to be a tremendous bite. The nation is suffering from the most disas- trous floods in recent history, the unemployment rate stands at nearly 12 per cent, there is a mini-war going on in the south between the Moslems and the Christians, anti-Americanism is virulent, particularly among students, even many clerics in this predominantly R o m an Catholic country have demon- strated their opposition to mlo by Marcos. Mr. Oeorgr, li-vl a lenglhy intrrvinw the president follmvinp, Ihe Scp- lemlicr lake-over snys that Marcos is fully auaro of the danger. He told George that "October Is the crucial month. If do not show re- sults in the gut issues such as providing cheap food antl end- ing crime, the baltlc may lost." Only liinr will Ml, wheMirr Marcos' reverse revolution nmy forestall a rnifntor-revolution in this sun-si ruck Irnpical para- dise which Magellan claimed for Spain SSI years ago, was ceded lo the U.S. for mil- lion dollars after the Spanish- American war, and which was granted full independence in Irt'lfi following the Japanese oc- cupation during tho ReconcJ World War, 1772 bj NEA.bc. "Which ot this season's new series do yoa think will gel hiphcft ratings, and be copied next Language study decline By Don traff, NEA service STUDY 1 s any- thing but a craze in the United States currently. Enrolment In university and college language departments, and more recently high school courses, has been on Ihe de- cline, In the point that some academic specialists are rx- milrl alarm. Not only Iho old standards French ;m'l Gorman havn losing slurlcnts, but tho "glamor" languages of recent years as well. Russian, accord- ing lo the Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages, dropped a third in high school enrolment between and 1970, down from 32 thousand students to 22 thousand. The decline is being attribut- ed to a number of develop- ments, including rejection by many students in the "move- ment" era of the traditional .scicnce-orienter! fields ami clas- sic disciplines in favnr of social Invoivcmenl. U also possible that IJifl very increase in ami caso nf .studenl travel abroad has con- tributed. Familiarity with other cultures may not be breeding contempt, hut it could be dilut- ing intellccutual curiosity. Inscrutable, these Americans, The Ictlibtidgc Herald 7lh SI. S., Albert a LETHBRIUUC HERALD OX LTD., Proprietors and Published 1903 by Hen. W. A. BUCHANAN No. Ml? of Th Publishers' Associati Daily f Circulations and 1hi Audit Bureau CLEO VI, EdMcr and Publisher THOMAS H- ADAMS, Gereral Manager ton PILLING WILUAM HAY Manaqing Edilr.r Awocfflie Edilor ROY f WILES DHUGLAi K. 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