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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE UTHBRIDCH HERALD Snlurrlay, Ciiobcr 9, 1971 Ilrucv dttitudes desirable 'lite new Alberta is al- together Ion MMi.-iilive, emotional, in the mutler ol water development. The election is over. The Conserva- tives can now afford lo be calmer and more responsible in their policy statements. The export and sale of water to the United States is not an imme- diate issue. Nobody in authority on either side of the border is actively promoting it, yet surely then1 is no harm in studyins it. Alberta is actively promoting the export of its soil fertility i renewable only at great cost and its coal oil and gas (non-renewable 1 and forest wealth (renewable in parii This is all be- ing done for dollars. Vet water is as renewable as the wind. What- ever happens to lodav's. tomorrow s is always there. After all factors are studied'it may be I'tiund thai Alber- ta can afford'lo export water more easily than coal. oil. gas or cer- tainly soil rerlilily. iler could be the easiest and most convenient ex- port commodity available. It is not reasonable lo 'say. a! Ibis point in time, thai Alberta doc.- not have and will never have any for sale. Yet that is what the government has said Secondly, the no-, eminent has abandoned the central principle ol the PRIME concept, namely studies on the feasibility of diverting water from the Wcr-siirplus north to the arid south part of the province. It has not said there will never be such diversions, but it has no time or money to study them. Each trib- utary b a s i n must be studied as a unit, to arrive at the best possible, management, the minister said. He has not explained why the other studies could not be conducted con- currently, as they have been. New 'concepts, new approaches, new attitudes are desirable. But minds should be kept open. Turning the screic In an article on this page Bruce Hutchison outlines ,-jasons for the recent deterioration of good rela- tions between ''anada and the U.S. with his usual wisdom and toler- ance. It is an inescapable fact thai in the I'.S. president's determination to roll back inflation and unemploy- ment in his own country lie has not been sufficiently aware of the political backlash in those nations deeply affected by his new eco- nomic stance. President Nixon iias been trying for nearly three years to get Japan, Taiwan. South Korea and Hong Kong to agree to textile quota agreements on a government-to-governmenl ba- sis. He has not been successful. But all those countries now have self- imposed quotas on textile exports to the U.S.. quotas which were insti- tuted at considerable political and economic to the nations in- volved. The addition of the 10 per cent import surcharge lias added lo resentment already simmering to a boil. Now the president threatens to impose unilateral textile quotas on Japan under the authority of the Trading with the Enemy Act. It is a politically tactless move, bound to exacerbate relations be- tween the Iwo nations, and to build up Japanese bitterness against the autocratic image of the U.S. Japan's textile exports to the U.S. are al- ready declining and they account for only two per cent of American textile imports anyway. It is an in- significant issue whose only purpose is to appeal to southern U.S. tex- tile interests. .Mr. Nixon will get some domestic political mileage out of it in a pre-election year but that's all. Is that mileage worth tightening the screw as far as it will go? In other words are the narrow protec- tionists in the south worth endan- gering further rela- tions. The answer must be NO. An Emperor's new clothes It is not surprising thai Lord Louis Mountbatten refused to join mem- bers of the British royal family when they greeted Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako of Japan in Lon- don. Lord Lotus, afler all. was su- preme allied commander in South- east Asia during the Second World War. His memories must he bitter and enduring. To him the Emperor represents Japanese duplicity, and cruelty. He cannot forget the fright- ful atrocities which were committed by the Japanese on the men under his command. But man.'.' of those men are gone now. A new and rapidly changing world has emerged. Nowadays, a younger generation which knows nothing of the last war's hatreds, views the Emperor's travels as a hatchet burying ceremony, an indi- cation that the past, though impos- sible to erase, is not necessarily ir- revocable: that the sins of the fath- ers are not necessarily handed down to the sons. The immediate post war suspi- cion as a belligerent empire build- ing nation which cannot be trusted has faded along with changing social and political attitudes in Japan it- self. She has become a great power and a strong influence in future eco- nomic and world defence alliances. The Emperor's trip abroad simply emphasizes these changes. As for Hirohilo himself, he probably enjoys his new role much more than his old one. and prefers the pursuit of ichthyology to ceremonials and poli- tics, "lie can never be held respon- sible for a resurgence of militarism in Japan Weekend Meditation Praise be to God! rjis7E of the lovelK'hl. sentences in the !i- tany is ''to praise and magnify His Holy N'mrK'." The a IT of praise. Praise is I he of heaven .and taiksj.'ivini' ilic ni'jrt of praise. Thanksgiving is the creator of 5-nng. In all simple social life sinking Ls associated with work. In the Hebrides, for example, the songs of the people are concerned with weaving and milking and sailing. So among the ancient Hebrews men sang with their flocks. Girls sang at the well when they went down to draw water. Men sang at their occupations. In some countries people still sing hut it. is a rare thing to hear anybody sing at. Micir these days. This is a prcblcm of modern life to recover the lost music. Song has taken out. of life, rhythm has replaced mel- ody, and instead of (he unto of gladness you have the (Kmul of machines and the percussiVP hornnir popular. There's R lost art of siMgiiig in daily life. A Scottish saint, .said (hat praise prayer are groat, healers. The old Roman Cicero said that is not only the greatest virtue, mil the parent of all virtues! The Dr. Bninncr said that thanksgiving is 'he most complete form of thought. By that IK; meant thai thanksgiving the cnmplele circle of thought or tlir trui-M thought, present in all true, thought of eu-ry kind. Chesterton said that "the greatest painter boasted that he mixed all his cul'ors with brains awl the great, saint may bo raid to mix all his thoughts with thanks." is aware- ness and the person who praises Cod is one who has become awake to the beauty and truth of the universe. So W. H. Davis says, ''A rainbm', and a nirkon'.-, song May ni'HT mine lugelhcr again; May never conn: Ihi.s side of the tomb Charles Lamb tells how ho wants tu praise God on twenty other occasions in the course of the day besides when he eats his meal, lie to praise Cod for a pleasant walk, for a moonlight ramble, for a friendly meeting, or a solved problem. He wonders why there arc no exercises for praise when one reads a book, or the poetry of Milton, or The Faerie Queen. The earth is full of the glory of God if we would but be open to it. Our eyes are blind that they do not see; cm- ears are deaf and they do not bear. Jesus pointed to men tbe Kingdom: of Heaven all about them, in the budding flowers, in the ripening ear of wheat, in the faces of little children, in the great struggle for peace and justice and loving kindness in the world. Praise draws man from his meaningless- ness "Man's chief end to glorify God. ami to eniov him fnrrvrr Man created lo praiM-, God, lo him wilh his voice and his life, to praise him in and in heallh. in honor and dis- honor, in whatever condition one finds one- self. Praise of Cor! is the life of the .soul. I'rayc-r; ''Almighty tJod. Father of all mercies, ue thini: unuorihy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving kindnnss to us and lo all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all thr- blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the by our Lord Jesus Christ; for tbe means of grace and I ho hope of glory. And we beseech thee give us thai, due sense of all thy mercies that our hearts may be imfcignedly thankful and that we may show forth thy praise not onlv wilh 'nir lips but wilh our lives by giving up ourselves to thy service by ualking before in holiness and right- eoiisncss all our days.'' t'.S.M. National leaders can't know everything A IJ I A those u KIIOU' little about I'K1 I'liilcd States, wore outraged when President Nixon demonstrated. a few "So, how liltlo ho Knows about Can- ada. In his attempt to smooth Japanese feathers, ruffled by his tariffs and his flirtation with China, ho announood, as if it wore a shuttering dis- covery, that Japan was the largest and must valuable cus- tomer for American goods, which, of coin-so, is untrue. Then, lo give transpacific friendship the imprimatur and grand seal of the presidency, he flew all the way to Alaska and welcomed a brief bird of passage, Kmperor Iliruliilo, who had been I he most enemy of the Unilod Stales only two decades ago. When all literate Canadians know that Canada buys twice as much from the United Stales as Japan does (and has not fought its neighbor since the idiotic War of Hilii) the presi- dent's ignorance of the trade figures seemed unbelievable. If he didn't know them, the rest of the government, the Con- gress and (he American public must know much less. According to George Bain, Ottawa correspondent of the Toronto Globe and Mail, "Ca- nadian officials wept1' on hear- ing Mr. Nixon's extraordinary blooper. But perhaps they should have saved tlxir I cars fur larger problems, including their invn had economic advice to Prime Minister Tritdeau in recent years. Both the president and the prime minister are victims of such advice, as proved by Iheir current difficulties. More- over, they are human a fact often overlooked by their friends and deplored hy their enemies. Even in lu-huur working day they simply can- not know everything, though they may pretend to. Mr. Nixon must have been given the wrong figures hy some blundering aide or else he misread the right ones in the rush of business which has made his job almost impos- sible. What a mortified presi- dent said later on to his ad- viser, or whether he blamed himself in the sleepless watch- es of the night, we shall never know. All government leaders arc at the mercy of their experts and their own incurable hu- manity. Mr. Trudcau, for exam- ple, once asked the western Ca- nadian farmers why his gov- ernment s li o u I d sell their wheat, being unaware that the law makes the government the only seller. Naturally, the farm- li is no other business, move that the board of 'directors meeting be adjourned so that we can begin our group therapy session.' "One of the goals ol Nixon's 'new prosperity' program is FULL may nove to leave the Letters to the editor Bets farmers are ouerwlwlmingly opposed lo bill In reply to the editorial of September 29, there is a dis- tinct possibility that She farm- ers have already spoken. Sir. Trudeau isn't exactly surround- ed hy western Liberals, his pro- vincial cohorts have net alto- gether torn up the election trails of the prairies and his lieutenants are not always greeted with complete admira- tion when they venture west- ward. There is a widespread distrust of the motives of gov- ernment agricultural legisla- tion, and the record of official veracity being what it is we never knew whether to believe them or not. but we're gener- ally safer when we don't. These lofty plans for stabili- zation and market forecasts and policies and formulas and sup- ports sound good but bringing them to reality borders on the occult. Boil the thing a while, and about all that's left is a payment of about nine hundred dollars to each of us now, then we each pay in three hundred a year forevermore to cover the mistakes of the Wheat Board. Even-time they start lo talk about "giving" us something, you can be sure there will be a lot of taking away before there is much giving. There's a lot more to this legislative game Uian appears on the sur- face, and a lot more than ap- pears in your editorial. Sweep- ing amendments to the Wheat Board Act, broad changes in the grading system, increased fines and penalties to name a few, and the provision lo in- clude flax, rye and rapcseed under board control. People have been making a dime growing these crops and doing their own thinking and selling. so obviously their profits must Election sidetracked to minor issue It is amazing to how ejec- tions can get sidetracked onto some smaller issue. Many peo- ple seem preoccupied now with arguing about why we didn't get a vote on ffuoridation. While this question is impor- tant in its own area, it isn't the mam problem in this battered world. A church minister remarked that the disturbing thing to him about the recent Alberta elec- tion was that he had not heard anyone mention our obligations to the rest of the world. A cou- ple of years ago a city alder- man had a resolution forward- ed from Lelhbridge asking the. federal government to barter wheat for goods from the needy countries. This idea was shot down by the federal minister of agriculture who said such a plan would upset the interna- tional monetary fund as though this was a kind of god that'could not be disturbed! No one followed this up or suggest- ed an alternative. This brings forth the question of how really independent some candidates will be when they have spent years in the main stream of business or govern- ment without proposing any- thing new or different. Neither their training or experience Pincher Creek election In view of the most, impor- tant civic election coming up on Wednesday Oct. 13 this is no time for apathy amongst the electorate in Pincher Creek. Considering that successful candidates will he eleetetl for a three-jear period lo the town council and all seats are to he fillc'l. the onus is put on the voter to choose wisely. The fart that the views nf many of the candidates on vita! issues and their reason for rini- niilfl for council arc unknown make the decision for Ihe voter even more difficult. Pincher Creek has seen a very commendahlc advance in maicrial services in !he past feu' years and has recently made some headway in the hu- man resources field. Now is the lime to elect coun- cillors who are in favor of con- tinuing Ihe inviihicihlc conlnhii- t.ion of Uic Preventive Social Services program and who in- lend lo follow through the vilal relationship so ah'y established between the residents of the Brocket and Pincher Creek communities through the Napi I'Viendship A.ssocialion. nrjjo the electorale of Piii- chrr Creel; to attend a public forum spun.iorcd by the local chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Oct. 12 to acquaint themselves with the candidates and their views. CITIZEN. Pincher Creek. lends itself to the idea of doing things differently. Here are a few things T would like to see candidates express some views on. On the hospital board, how strongly should we be pushing research for the un- curablc diseases of today? On city council, how should con- tracts be awarded when a Ca- nadian company bids only slightly higher than a foreign company? How strongly should we enforce high standards for apartment buildings, especially those inhabited by senior citi- zens? How much effort should be put into pollution control without having loo great a per- centage of the cleanup cost put back to the consumer? This will require strong independent people in all levels of govern- ment. Otherwise we will be pay- ing loo much for pollution con- trol in the years ahead. JIM BURNESS. Lelhbridge. Policy on fire fighti ing Late in the evening of Sept. 22 Vauxhall experienced the worst fire in Ihe town's his- tory. Volunteer fire departments from Ibiys and Taber assisted by Vauxhall's own department fought the fire for several hours before it was brought under control. Through the efforts ol Ihe men and equipment, the (ire was contained within the building in which it started. For several hours if threatened the entire business blocis and without the aid of the two out of town departments, the town's business section would have experienced n sizable, scar. Seceral years ago Iho Town of Vr.uxhall passed a bylaw lo not permit, town-owned fire fighting equipment outside the corporate limits of that town. In the past few yen'-? (ho mayor and his council have re- fused lo permit Ihe use of this equipment, to aid in fight ing .several .serious fires inside the boundaries of the MD of Taber. On the night of Sept. 22 the Town of Vauxhall found it very convenient indeed lo request the aid of neighboring fire de- partments. It was very, very fortunate for the people of Vauxhall that Ilic administra- tive people in control of the Iwo ont-of-lnwn fire departments operate more broad mindedly. The above mentioned fire makes it abundantly clear that the administrative authorities of the Town of Vauxhall must change their attitude and exer- cise common sense when fire breaks out, where property and life ,vo threatened. It is to be honed the next time there is a fire, whether it be in the Ham- let of Iliiys, the Town (if Taber or some rural feedlnt, and Ilie fire department receives a call, they will respond in the samo manner as did the Iwo oul-of- town fire departments on tho the night of Ihe 22 of Sepl. I wcnder if Mayor Morv or any of Vauxliail's councillors would like to comment? A VAUXHALL RESIDENT. be raked off to fatten the fund for politically expedient hand- outs. A lot of us would like lo know what has become of all the mil- lions we have poured into tbe PFAA fund, and why it is Uiat the government seems to have lots of money for industry and Opportunities for Youth, but can't muster the resources to pay back our own money, to say nothing of "giving us" a hundred million, or sixty-three under the Temporary Reserves Act or whatever. You pointed out quite cor- rectly the hazards of political involvement in our business and it could be that many peo- ple between here and the Great Lakes arc beginning to think we have about enough of- ficials messing with out liveli- hoods. We would this very day be saddled with a beef board if a handful of western LIPs and a hundred thousand pro- ducers had not moi'i-.ted a strong opposition to C176 last spring. Maybe they were unrea- sonable and unfair, and skep- lical, 'and reactionary, but they didn't want Uie damn thing and they said so. The government finally got the message and backed off when the political futures of a couple of promi- nent, cabinet ministers came into jeopardy. While Ihe virtues a n d achievements of federal liber- alism must be constantly pa- raded before us (though it does get a bit tiresome at limes) why not put a little coupon down in the corner somewhere for farmers to send in with their comments on Ihe Olson- Turdcau blunder fi'.nd-slabliza- tion scheme. Run il a couple nf nights so we can send a bunch of them to Ottawa f will even pay for the insertion, or bel you Uic price of it that the farmers in your circulation area arc overwhelmingly op- posed. L. K. WALKER. Milk liivcr. Editor's Note: The suggestion in the last, paragraph is a-good one. However !.he changes in the positions of Ihe various groups concerned the government, the official opposition, Ihe pro- vincial ministers and ethers make a clear-cut yes or no an unsatisfactory answer. ers were infuriated. How many Liberal voles thai single silly slip cost him on the Prairies we shall learn nut long from now. These things happen in low places as in high. The or- dinary Canadian, irritated by a presidential lapse, should re- member that he makes many of his own in private life but fortunately they are not picked up by the information media and served, piping hot, to Iho w o r I d. If the media recorded every absurdity, falsu, and idiocy uttered by the present reader and writer over the fam- ily dinner table there would ta no room for anything else in print or on the air. It is a great mistake, how- ever, to suppose that the Am- erican government, as a gov- ernment, does nol have all Ihe Canadian facts, even if the president cannot always read them. After walking its labyrin- ths for many years, I have learned that the state depart- ment knows far more about Canada than the average na- tive, or the average member of Parliament and cabinet. Hardly a word spoken by a Canadian public man, from the prime minister down to Ihe vil- lage mayor, hardly an editorial in the most obscure publica- tion, hardly a figure in the bud- get papers, is missing from the files of Washington. The Cana- dian visitor there, if he seeks out the right men, will be humi- liated to discover his own rela- tive ignorance of his own coun- try. To be sure, the information docs nol always reach Ihe White House and seldom reach- es the Congress. Executive and legislature are busy with the countless problems of a dis- tracted society and have little time lo worry about Canada un- til, suddenly, a foreseeable cri- sis occurs, invariably unfore- seen on both sides of the bor- der. That is our ancient Canadian grievance we are taken too much for granted on the far side because we happen lo be good neighbors, old friends and reasonable, quiet folk, unlike most of the United States' al- lies. But not as quiet or rea- sonable as we sometimes think. If we suppose thai all Ihe frantic boasts and foolish words hurled across the border by Ca- nadians in recent years go un- noted in official Washington we deceive ourselves, though we are lucky that they are not heard by the unofficial Ameri- can public, simply because we are indeed taken for granted. On the other hand, every bit of nonsense spoken in Congress or by such incorrigible primitives as Governor George Wallace of Alabama, is instantly beamed to the Canadian public. No won- der the natives up here grow restive. It would be another mistake to suppose that President Nix- on's economic policies that damage Canada were designed for this purpose as an exercise of childish revenge. Wise or un- wise, they were designed to save the'United Slates from bankruptcy and Ihe fall-out here was incidental, whatevei Mr. Nixon may privately think of Canada, if he ever does. Anyhow, I suspect that his blunder in misquoting the trade figures was useful after all. It must have forced him to re- check the information and re- alize how much Canada mat- ters to the United States. It mat- lers more than any other coun- try without exception. At the moment the border is disturbed, mostly by rhetoric, but the disturbance will pass. When all the chips are down, when the politicians pause for breath, when all the wild men have slopped screaming through the keyhole, Uic basic truth will remain unchanged- two adjoining countries cannot escape thai liny speck of earth in the universe which we call North America. Geography, history, language, common interest and common peril from within and without have locked them into a single continent. If civilization lives, they must live beside each oth- er, willy-nilly with successive sunshine and s'.i.idc. laughter and tears, affection and quar- rel, like neighbors on a single si reel, like any human family in a single house. We shouldn't need Mr. Nixon, Emperor Hirohito, Mr. T r u- deau or any of the experts to tell us that final fact of our life. (Herald .Special Service-) The Uthbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lcthbridgc, Alberta LETHBRTDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905-105-1, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN 1 Second Class Mnll Rpgistrallon No. 001? Member of The Canadian Press and tne Cnnndmn Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association flnd the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Mnnancr JOE RAI LA WH 1 I AW HAY Advortlsinq Maunder Lclitor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" siK WAKER l P.ific Editor ;