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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LITHMIDGE HERALD October 1970 Cluirles Duiibar The Hospital Board The tension that has developed be tween the Lethbridge Municipal Hos pital Board and the provincial de partment of health is However the board cannot be faulted for its Its responsibility is to provide the leadership for ade quate hospital and the gov ernments responsibility is to provide finances within the guidelines of a provincewide The board is do ing its The health department is the governments funds are not It must use its re sources But so far as the provision of psychiatric beds in Leth bridge is this has been dragging on for many years and the governments record is one of studying and reviewing and appointing commissions and At some point decisions must be and all of the available evi dence indicates there is no alterna tive to the provision of psychiatric hospitalization facilities So the board is preparing to force the gov ernments It will have the nec essary renovating done and send the government the Party politics may be filtering into the One board member said recently that there was no hope of satisfactory action from this gov It would be unfortunate if he is But the department must appreciate that local boards are elected under provincial legislation to do just what this one is If the department feels the Lethbridge board is incompetent or irrespon sible it might suggest its Reclamation Chair Needed It is obvious that the be tween resource extraction and pres ervation of the environment will be a paramount public concern for all and working out acceptable compromises will be a paramount public challenge for just as Com promises we say for the public interest requires both extrac tion of the resources and preserva tion of the How satisfactory the plans on the British Columbia side of the Crows nest Pass are is still being vigor ously Kaiser the first of the major coal has a comprehensive reclamation and it is far too soon to suggest lack of As such developments Kaisers image looks But in any case the pub lics interest is in the hands of the What of with extensive coal stripping planned on tins side of the border and with the prospect of other mineral development such as copper on the ecologically precar ious eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains It is from after that the water for the prairies cities and industry and agriculture Independent reclamation studies must be undertaken as soon as pos sible in southern and an ex cellent location for them would be the University of But additional personnel would be and the university has no money for more If groups like Pollution Control Southern Alberta and the Alberta Wil derness Association are sincere in their claims of wanting to they could fund a special U of L Reclamation Chair as has been done at other universities in many different The specific purpose of the scientist employed in the posi tion would be reforestation and re lated The perhaps seems but such a person could do immeasurably valuable services for this area in research work aimed at establishing workable reclama tion methods work not tied to either industrial bias or gov ernment electoral Research funds in ample quanti ties would be almost immediately available from the National Research Council and several other The time seems ripe for environ ment groups to look at what in addition to the coal do to discover the truth and neces sary technology and make reforesta tion and reclamation Brandt In Trouble Chancellor Willy Brandt of West Germany is coming perilously close to a parliamentary His Social Democratic is heavily depend ent on the support of the small Free Democratic membership which ap pears to be split within Sev eral of the Free Democrats have made known their intention of voting with the opposition Christian Demo crats and Brandt can now count on a margin of only six votes in the Members of the Free Democrat party in Germany have shown their disapproval of Brandts leftofcentre legislation by voting against the party in recent state The former Free Democrat party chairman Erich says that the FDP is in a state of dissolution and will probably fail to win parliamentary represen tation in Bonn Forecasts of when the coalition is likely to collapse but it could come as early as the middle of If it the blame mil be attributed mainly to the cellors policies of detente with Eastern Clearly all of the West German electorate are not in sympathy with his relaxed attitude towards the Warsaw Pact nations in spite of the tremendous economic ad Weekend Meditation Justice And Mercy TN London one may see at the same time against the sky the cross on the dome of Pauls and the figure of Justice above the Central Criminal Court in Old Most take it that they are in an one symbolic of merciless just ice and the other of a mercy unrelated to This is not Justice is part of love and no one can love without a pro found sense of Mercy is not a sen timental forgiveness or blindness to Through the especially in the pro runs the cry for Justinian defined justice as the firm and continuous desire to render to everyone that which is his The prophets reached a new plateau in religion when they declared that justice rather than sacrifice was desired by the Repeatedly in the Proverbs and the Psalms the cry for justice goes up like a deep moan from the No thing seemed more sinister and evil than the prostitution of Without justice rulers became tyrants and ceased to pro tect No quality was more to be desired in a ruler than When Solomon was able to solve the case of the true people stood in awe of the for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to render The justice of the God of the Hebrews was different from the justice of the With the Greeks justice is linked to to inevitable laws to which gods and men must To the He brew justice was based on Gods charac so Jeremiah links loving kindness and a most remark able nowhere suggested in the worlds Thus justice is not pass ive or merely punishment but a redeem creative In the Hebrew mind justice wont hack lo the God in ills infinite mercy had made a Covenant with Israel and in Covenant mercy and justice are The preface I am the Lord thy God which have brought thee up from the land of up from the house of God being thus good and kind the com mandment followed as a natural sequence in the justice of Such justice in cludes even the ox and ass and the very land Laws were devised so that the poor as well as the rich should have just Fabers hymn catches up this concept of mercy as an integral part of justice Theres a widcness in Gods mercy Like the wideness of the sea Theres a kindness in His justice That is more than Portia had this insight when she held that mercy is enthroned in the heart of It is an attribute to God Himself and earthly power doth then show likest Gods When mercy seasons Yet mercy has a distinct place and is altogether soaring above just As one grows older and becomes more sensitive to realizing increasingly the splendor of Jesus his own short the evil he has put into the words and deeds now beyond the forgiveness of God becomes overwhelming in its so undeserving is a man of such Here is the very heart of the Gospel and here is its and redeeming Justice becomes the Gospel when af ter letting you know how false and wicked you so that Paul calls himself the chief of sinners receives finds a place even for sorriest of in His This is a miracle beyond understanding and leaves a man on his knees lost in and Prayer 1 Saviour t have nought to Inearth henciith or heaven But just my own exceeding and Thy exceed ing loi Nigeria Six Years Without Politics T ACOS Six as Bri tains former Premier Har old Wilson might have is a long time in It is an even longer time out of pol might be the reply of those Nigerian politicians who can look toward to this pros following the announce ment by the Nigerian Head General Yakubu that his military govcrnm e n t intends to stay in power till It is easy to see why the sol diers think they need a long time General Gowon has now outlined in a major speech a program of essential steps that should precede the return of civ ilian including the formation of a new and it amounts to a formidable The stability of the country while they see it how will depend less on its ob jectives than on the actual suc cess with which they manage affairs on the economic front and the extent to which they can make politics irrelevant even temporarily to the mil lions of low income and no income people in The military leaders must also hope that six years mak ing a total of 10 years of mili tary rule from will be long enough for a new generation of political leaders to So most of the civ ilians who serve in the federal and state administrations are the men who were there the men who many regard as responsible for leading Nigeria into the past five traumatic years but some of them are old enough to be wondering whether time will write off their hopes and ambitions by In his nine point General Gowon first listed the reorganization of the armed forces in order to increase their efficiency and their abil ity to maintain secur ity and defend the country against external All this will take lime and but it presumably logical for a military govern ment to ensure the well being armed services in any it is probably bet ter and easier to stabilize the forces hi the rath er than add to the unemploy ment problem by releasing into the labor market men acquaint ed with the ready use of fire but not always restrain ed by the highest standards of military The political Issues in the pro gram are essentially more dif When the first Nigerian republic ended in there were four regions now there are 12 states and no final agree ment that this is the optimum General Gowon has de clared there will be no change in the next four so that the future may be contemplat ed with some stable but the decision on the number of states will be a vital ques tion to be settled before the country is exposed again to civ ilian The present number has work ed well enough in many but there are still rivalries and some of which were camouflaged by the war against breakaway some of the key inter ethnic dis putes were not among is It isnt the buckpassing government I mind so much Its the buck keeping that bothers Letters To The Editor Considerations Re Elections On Peigan Reserve Since the elections on the Pei gan Reserve are coming in No I would very much like to discuss and bring up my own opinions of certain things of which the Indian peo ple should be It is hoped that a worthwhile chief and council will be elect ed in the forthcoming one to promote the status of the Discussing the chiefs I think he should have an average intelli a very good knowledge and experience of past A Trial Separation I believe that Canada and Quebec should The Province of Quebec lies both north and south of the Lawrence Quebec could keep the land north and Can ada could retain the land which would give us the neces sary link with the before the territory distribution is a plebis cite should be taken to find how many Canadians want to stay Canadians and how many want U be French If many people feel that they cant be happy or satisfied un less they can live entirely with French language and cul and if they are driven to such desperate deeds as kid bombing and destroy ing to prove their dis then we should con sider their All citizens have contributed to the Seaway and development of such as head of Expo so this city should stay as part of Can ada and probably any other is lands in the This arrangement could be worked out if both sides are willing to make concessions and it would be better to settle rather than have riots or civil After Sweden and Nor way decided to separate rea so why cant Canada and Quebec even on a trial basis FIRST ThinkAlike Minds By Don NBA Service ITS generally accepted that the world needs now is not only love communi cation to help people toward a better understanding of each It on whom you communicate Two psychologists from Hope College in con ducted an experiment in which some 300 high school seniors vere divided into low preju medium prejudice and high prejudice groups on the basis of a pro experiment questionnaire about their atti tudes on racial As an example Some people recently have been saying that white ra cism is basically responsible for conditions in which Negroes live in American Others How do yon fool Responses were rated from plusnine white racism is through zero in the m i d d 1 a to minus nina white racism is not respon Other items were concerned with twoway school federal local control of de property rights open patience ac tivism as a Each apart from the then held a discussion on the after which the students marked down their final opinions on a new ques It was found that the gap be tween the low prejudice and high prejudice groups was even greater after discussion than That discussion among people who shared sim ilar attitudes reinforced and sharpened those The trouble with the world is not that we dont communicate with each other hut that sn much of mir communication is with people who already agree with and a good knowledge of In dian He should know how to speak the Blackfoot lan And lets have a full blood treaty Indian The coun cillors should have the same requirements as the Another thing that I would like to see is young people High School graduates elect ed as The reason why I brought up this point is the senior members of the council have little and with one third to one half of the council being edu cated persons the council would function and there would be more justice done in the With the present day computerized world you cer tainly need to sur Educated persons will give a big boost to the coun Another and prob ably the most is that the councils control over the reserve and Its people is un We want a council who will give not Wo need a who will give newly built houses to persons with 11 to 14 their families families who now live in open air conditioned These families need new houses more than some councillors who already have good Land opportunities on the reserve are very much like I think that the average true treaty Indian who is being pushed intr a corner of the thus forming a ghetto or slum region and given welfare and sweet has the very same right to own land as the greedy person who has had a land script control of a large portion of the land to which he has no real We want a council that will give land to families in need of instead of giving it by favor lo their friends often a person who has no right at all in hav ing land or being on the re Job opportunities in the In dian Office are often and the procedure in appoint ing the person to the job is ut terly The chief and council appoint qualified lo interview Hie and aficr the interview the appli cants arc but the chief and councillors only ap point their relatives or their friends to the Often the appointed with only a grade 8 or 9 has hardly the proper qualifica We want more justice done in the Indian These are some of the more important things that I would like to see done the people of the reserve for the better ment of their own I would certainly like to see a worthwhile council elected a council that would meet soberly to deal with our problems while in session a council who will try to do its best for the better ment and improvement of the We need a council that will be just and fair in giving out jobs and lands to qualified persons who are in need so they will not have to accept We want councillors who will not have two or three jobs at I hope that the people of the reserve will consider carefully the leaders that they elect in CONRAD LITTLE Pincher sues the war was Ibos from the new East Cen tral which includes the main Ibo are return ing to the North and There are still uncertainties about their reintegration in the Civil for instance but the federal military govern ments s t a n d on the matter is unequivocal and General Gowon has reiterated it Every Niger ian must be free to settle and work wherever he chooses to irrespective of his eth nic Now that the war is the unsolved rivalries surface Ibos are least welcome in the minority area they once governed in the old Eastern region places that were even if part of Biafra when the secession first took The major oil Port Har now in the Rivers presents particular problems for the oil companies anxious to try to re absorb some of t h e i r former Ibo wlile the new Rivers administrat i o n sees an opportunity for Rivers people to ba trained to replace In the cooler because more distant view of there is even talk of solving this issue by making Port Bar like Lagos a fed eral the rivalries of the Yo juba divisions in t h e Western State continues unabated though political parties are ban it is generally believed a widespread underground politi cal network in West was one of the things General Gow on had in mind when he de clared in his If we were to return to partisan poli tics before the country consoli dates its unity and national pur we would going back to the old days of permanent cri sis and mutual I wish now to remind the nation that the old political parties were dissolved by decree in When the time brand new parties founded on the widest possible national ba sis will This may be a somewhat op timistic hope but the reminder to any politician who might be impatient is In the many observers in Lagos believe that the divisions of the West will not be resolved till they are recognized and the area is divided two or perhaps three smaller On the constitutional General Gowons administration will set up a panel to produce a draft from which a constitu ent assembly representing all the states will conclude the fi nal The impression at the moment is that the mili tary government will itself dominate this but some kind of representative se lection may be General Gowon linked with the Constitution the vital ques tion of allocation of which is to be considered by a fiscal With some of the states potentially oil rich on a vast the distribution of mineral royalties is a pre Biafra bone of contention that has still to be removed though it seems inevitable that some how the whole country roll have to benefit from its Sta bility otherwise will be A new census will replace the count which helped in 1963 to sow the seeds of discord which harvested such a bitter crop in And when all that is said and the organization of elected governments seems a deceptively simple final there is noha steady march towards the restoration of an elected ac companied by the ability to con quer the economic the military government may find the politicians knocking surreptitiously at first perhaps the door long before the proposed six years have Written for The Herald and The London LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD 1920 The mining town of Coalhurst is experiencing a building boom with the addition of a new Oddfel lows Hall and a new butcher MM The barbers of Spar have agreed to cut hair for For one bu shel of wheat any farmer living in the vicinity can obtain an artistic Wheat is selling there for 67 cents a bu shel and a haircut is 40 1IMO German losses at Cherbourg as a result of RAF raids are estimated at to and reports reaching Madrid state that every hospi tal from Belgium lo Spain has been 1950 Work has commenced on the of traffic lights at the 4th and 7th An overhead light will also be placed at 6th and 13th I960 One of the most ne cessary items at the current auto show being held in Chi cago is a One man says only small boys and man ufacturers can ell Hie models apart at first The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 by BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers Association and Iho Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO Editor and Publisher THOMAS General Manager jUE WILLIAM HAY Editor Associate Editor ROY MILES DOUGLAS WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page Editor THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH ;