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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Otlobur 1971 Paul Jackson Wheat and the law The item from The Ottawa puts a different light on the wheat payments However it is not the ultimate not the final In plenty of the government asked the House of Commons to en act new legislation which would re peal the Whether the new was better than the old is in The two m a j o r opposition parties filibustered the new ostensibly on the ground that it was a bad one but really as they later implicitly admitted to embarrass the govern ment The delay carried well into the new crop which under the old law required certain payments to be Still the government hoping to operate under the new bill rather than the but embarrassed by criticism on the legality of its it capitu The new which was claimed to be much more beneficial to the was So in a sense it was a victory for the opposition and a de ieat for the government as well as the It was a triumph not of good but of questionable law supported by of out ofdate law being kept alive for partisan Constitutional lawyers will doubt less rejoice with the Ottawa news paper at the triumph of the Tbose who believe in keeping the law in step with the times will not be so And the who were the real victims of this skirm will be even more The integrity of the law has been The credibility of Parlia ment has Nor has the viability of western More than wheat ivas at issue rpHE government was wrong from the start in the way it flouted the Tem porary Wheat Reserves Act by refusing to pay farmers the money which the law decreed should be The opposition did filibuster the legisla tion which was supposed to replace the reserves Some of the improvements proposed for the new particularly by the would have been too costly and they were rightly But these are things the opposition parties have to an swer for with tlie What the government has to answer foi ls more It is the arrogance which caused it to put tlie comfortable comic lion of its own rectitude above UK law of the The denials that withholding the pay ments was net illegal were halfhearted evasions which even the government even tually It was a case of politi cal the government saying to The Ottawa Journal the opposition If you dont connive with us in lawbreaking we will proclaim to the farmers you are hurting What effrontery to what after the highest court in tlie land The precedents had such a crude strategy are frightening to con It would be an invitation for any government to use its own discretion in deciding when to observe the Perhaps the farmers would be better under the new Certainly the intent of stabilizing incomes to avoid the wild fluc tuations of hocin and bust crop years is The government can still come back with its But there can be no doubt that tlie coun try is tetter off and Parliament is better for having the supremacy of the rule of law reasserted over any government tvith delusions of In forcing the opposition has performed a not able Weekend Meditation The faithfulness of God rpHE faithfulness of God is the con tinuous theme of the Even Uie Book of Lamentations says that Gods com passions never The prophets never wearj of telling the twosided nature of Gods faithfulness his judgment and There is no such thing as sinning and getting On the other hand there is no doubt as to God keeping his covenant and at the end vindicating his goodness and his Many waters cannot quench love neither can the floods drown ex ults the song of Peter says that God is a faithful The Book of Hebrews Let us hold fast the pro fession of our faith without wavering for he is faithful that The words of Paul are both a promise and a warn Whatsoever a man that shall he also This is a great faith for times of adversity and enables one to meet it with a victorious From his belief in the faithfulness of George Matheson wrote his great Oh love that wilt not let me Countless other hymns have been inspired by the same Sometimes faith may get very thin indeed but one is heartened by reading John Bunyons Pil grims Progress Then said pointing with his finger bver a very wide Do you see yonder wicked gate Tlie man Then said the Do you see yonder shining light He I think I Then said Keep that light in thine eyes and go up directly This Li what Chester ton said when he said that faith some times hangs by a hair of the mercy of There is a story of a missionary in western Canada in the early days who had to cover a very large area and could only visit a district once in a long Once he called at a pioneers home and found a little boy who was very He tried to give the lad some assurance by getting him to repeat the Twentythird and told him that when he repeat ed a word he should grasp one of his fingers the was Lord was the is was the my was Uie and shepherd the fifth and he told the boy always to remember to hold onto the fourth finger particularly knowing that the Lord was his It was two years before the missionary got back to that home and the boy had died on a dark winter The mother told the we found him in the morning with his hands outside the cover his left hand clasping round tlie fourth finger of the It is only when one has this personal element in faith that it makes a vital What a differ ence In Uie tragedies and sorrows of life it is indeed hard to believe in divine provi It certainly needs a long range Yet the book in the Bible that is most full of the Book of the Revela is also the book which is most hope ful and finishes with the greatest It is most interesting also that the optimists have been more often right in history and the pessimists Slav was Tuberculosis and other diseases are Gradually a world order of law and government however from the chaos of nation This is a very wicked full of tragic situations such as and Finally however a man must decide whether life is a tale told by an idiot full of sound and signify ing nothing or whether as Whittier put In the maddening ntaze of things And tossed by storm and To one fixed trust my spirit I know that God is Not everyone can say as Paul that Christ makes his life a constant pageant of triumph through all his Not ev eryone can say as Stanley Jones that his faiUi meant for him three Vic tory Victory Victory But as one looks at UK cross and sees the love of God re vealed a great assurance comes that God is present in all the struggle and tragedy of the It brings a peace with it and a great joy such as came to that marvelous medical missionary in his African Albert Schweitzer who I could not but feel with a sym pathy full of regret all the pain that I saw around not only that of but that of the whole From Uiis commun ity of suffering I have never tried to with draw It has seemed to me a mat ter of Uiat we should all take our share of the burden of pain which lies upon Uie It is out of this soil that the spirit of faith Prayer Grant to us Oh God Uie royalty of a heart set free from selfish and filled with a serenity which comes from living close to thee and in service to our fellow Private eye By Dong Walker J was delighted to discover that Irespec tor Ralph Michclson has a sense of I get a chuckle every time I think about him purloining reporter Jim May bies typewriter in retaliation for tho theft of the case for his My chuckling is tempered somewhat by the horrible Uiought that Ralph might now experience the same fate T was subjected to in an encounter with H was unnerving for me to be watch ed at the comer of the over the of fice in the back shop all UK To have our new police chief followed by private eye could prove Rehabilitation outside prison walls QTTAWA Frank Howard the rugged NDP member for has got tlie bit in his mouth again about Canadian penal reform and prisoner re habilitation and is riding hard in a virtual oneman campaign to get something done about it as he says himself the lack of Hard on the heels of bolid torGeneral JeanPierre Goy crs Parliamentary report on what the government is doing to help prisoners once they ar rive inside a Canadian peniten Howard has come out and said that inside a pri son is the last and least likely place to start trying to rehabil itate someone who has run afoul of the The place to do the rehabili tating is outside the prison says tho British Colum bia He suggests that if Ca nadian society really wants to rehabilitate convicts rather than sentence them to a term behind walls they should le sentenced to a good dose of family Says Howard if we made a real we could find families who would be willing to take in We would find people who would be willing to give some one affection and under standing within a family struc It would be a means of saving an individual from the agony of prison from a system under which he or she could otherwise end up serving a life sentence by bits and pieces Howard believes that fully half of Canadas more than federal prisoners could be paroled immediately back into He doesnt mean we should just open the prison doors and throw 50 per cent of the inmates out on the But he does mean that by a careful selective process about half of our prisoners could be sent back into if into a familylife type of he to keep future numbers people convicted in fu ture should be given the chance of a year or two in a family life environment rather thag But who would take so many people says How many of the one in twenty of us who have already had a taste of Besides these who Goyer says number almost one many public spirited people would also pitch in if they knew the In economic terms alone the score is Including the capital cost of upkeep of prisoners and welfare pay ments to their it costs about a year to keep one person in By cutting the prison system in half tho Canadian taxpayer would if it was possible to get the Letters to the editor Teachers and trustees acting irresponsibly It is unfortunate that at a time when our youngsters are openly questioning the values and sanity of our present so that two apparently re sponsible name ly the Alberta Teachers Asso ciation and the Alberta School Trustees are act ing in such an irresponsible manner during the current sal ary Is it any won der that the people who will suffer most as a result of this irrational and irresponsible be havior the students are ra pidly losing respect for both our intelligence and values Or is it that with our usual ar rogance and stupidity that we question not only their intelli but also that of their parents and the general pub lic Look at the facts that have been presented to the public by both sides in the current dis If we are to believe what we read and the major stumbling block to agreement has been a consultation whereby teachers would be given the opportunity to advise and comment on decisions which would affect their work ing Rubbish On the one as far as the teaching profes sion is such a clause would not be worth the paper it is written as it would only give them the right to express their which would hardly affect the trus Parents should set up standby units I think a lot of us are getting a little uneasy about Uie rum bling and rumoring of teachers threatening strike Un less teachers settle down and do their or leave teach ing if they dont like we are going to have an impossible situation on our In the meanUme our children must put up with these dissatisfied people while as tax payers we are in no position to give in to anymore money de Fifteen years ago when ron tralizations were small and some oneroom schools were still in 57 teachers handled students in the County of Forty After giv ing in to teacher cen tralizing schools and improving teaching faciliUes we now find that it lakes 13 teachers to teach an in crease in staff of 28 compared with an increase in enrolment of While I dont have the amount spent for teachers in in 1960 the 76 teachers received some Ten years later this amount was more than There probably has never been a time when as much money has been spent on edu a time when people were more dissatisfied with the quality of Su dents are being made so com pletely dependent on the sys tem ihat it takes forever be fore they arc finished wilh school anr can go to work I have often thought back to my humble experiences ns a school This was dur ing the postwar teacher short when young without any high school at all hired to supervise cor respondence I was as signed lo a oneroom school near the Cypress 1 re member Uiat first day at Pie gan so Tlie lessons had not there wasnt a book in the the school had been closed for a it was the windows were brok there was plenty of evidence that birds had been its former I didnt faint or scream or run to the nearest phone to call Uie Foremost School Divi sion for The students and I helped We simply cleaned up the place and found things to do until the supplies did I get a little sick about lie attitude our teachers have about sports when I think of all the fun I had with those learning to getting on skis for the first time and putting on dances in the old school Cleaning up after the dances was my job sometimes with the help of the students and others in the dis and sometimes not While as parents we know that something is drastically we are doing nothing about We should organize too and set up a standby unit so that when the teachers walk out of our schools we walk in and teach the kids the way we think Ihcy should be taught MORE THAN WILLING Local hockey picture An editorial in your paper re the hockey drew my attention and I would like to raise a few more with the hope that other read ers with similar or other points will make their views It is a well known fact by now that neither Munro nor his cohort Chapman saw fit to include any of our local boys in the Lcthbridge Sugar Apparently our boys are either not good enough to play for or it is his policy to lure Iliyearold boys away from their home town so that he can control them better where parents cant keep an eye on their much less watch them play for recrea So They Say We Latins are not dependent because we arc On tho we are poor because we nrc Marcelo Quiroga Santa Bolivian exminister of mines on rololioiis wilh the The Lethbridge boys may not be good enough not even one but apparently our ice facili ties are quite all right for Munros team to practise and play It seems to me that these facilities were put up with tlie Leth bridge taxpayers money for the use of their chil I realize that the profes sionals pay for their ice but these arenas were not built necessarily to make and if the use of these facilities for practising by the Sugar Kings two hours every day is fining to cut down on the avail able ice time for our local chil we should maybe give Munro or for that matter lira roach and the otlwr three part ners in in this busi ness enterprise a choice of either replacing the loam wilh least a 75 per cent bridge or to oul of Of course Ihe only way wo can achieve either goal is to stay away in droves from the LeUibridgc Sugar Kings tees final So why insist on il On Ihe olher as far as the Uustees are concerned it would as I have just indi affect their ultimate de So why fear it Clarifying these it would appear that the ATA fears an erosion of existing teachers working and that the ASTA fears it would give the teachers a foot in the door as far as further encroachments on their deci sion making funcUon is con Is there an answer to this dilemma a rather sim ple Within the present ne gotiating framework settle the salary grid and allied financial with a contractual pro vision that all existing local working conditions remain in force unless renegotiated on an area basis by mutual agree There is a precedent for this course of In fact it would be compatible with a comparable proviso which exists in the legislation of our neighboring province of Saskat Or is it that the teachers and trustees of this province arc simply pawns in an executive power with tlie students as the sacrifical and in fact the real is sues have not been publicized COPE MATTHEW HALTON HIGH Pincher money back weve spent on capital about a Even if we dont count capital equipment costs and welfare costs we have a figure of a year just to board and room a By paroling half of our prisoners wed save million a year even n those says the NDP the system we now have isnt rehabilitating any A good 80 per cent of our prisoners are in jail for a sec fourth and fifth time As someone who has a keen personal interest to our penitentiary system I can tell you that a con may rehabili tate Obviously some But it is in spite of the system not because of he Take the general rehabili tation A judge will of ten sentence a person to peni tentiary because he believes person can find psychiatric Says the judge who does this is com pletely ignorant of the situation in In they are the last place in which a the man will get psychiatric There are psychiatrists attached to the penal And if an inmate is lucky he might be able lo get a tenmin ute interview with a psychia trist once a A pretty hopeless Others will sentence a person to a penitentiary in order that tle inmale can learn a trade there and come out with better says How he may learn how to make licence plates or sew up mail Bu the only place he can practice these trades is in side a Not to worry Under our pre system hes liable to get back inside soon indulging in his new trade Whats needed immediately is an official government policy on the subject The Criminal Code must be amended to give judges some leeway in the al ternatives lo prison the goveniment could un dertake a massive advertising campaign in the media to find people wholl accept an offend er or an excon young or old into Ihcir homes for a set pe riod of And Im not talking only about young people and first of I think we should also be looking at the older person who has maybe done two or three terms in prison and now wants to make a break with his past and build a new life in a new says For these people and perhaps the first offenders Howard sees many benefits in having an excon who himself has made a break and built up a family life taking them While ihe professional social worker cant relate in many cases to these someone who has been through the sys tem and worked his way back into society He from firsthand give ad vice on how to do and avoid the pitfalls so many people now released from jail tumble all that may be need ed to get a major overhaul of our penal reform and rehabili tation concepts is public de mand and pressure for such a For until the public agi tates for we rarely get says the reason people dont agitate is that they dont see how chang ing the concept affects Thats why the member constantly drums into his speeches that everyone of our inmates is costing us taxpayers an average of 000 a A fullblown advertising cani paing telling us to Take A Convict Mo Our Homes may seem wild even by todays free and easy standards to many of in both social and eco nomic says it could well be the most signi ficant and successful move in penology reform Herald Ottawa Uureali Looking backward Through Tlie Herald 1911 Tlie coal strike is en lering its seventh From it seems that a set tlement will not likely bo reached in Ihe near ExEmperor Karl in Budapest has been reported War clouds again hang over Macleod Ladies Hospital Aid Society celebrated ils 25th anniversary as an or ganization IDII The temperature in Illairmorc went up to 102 the sun The letltbtidge Herald 504 7th Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 by BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration 0012 Member of The Canadian Press nna me Canadian Dally Ncwspapw Publishers Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO Editor and Publisher THOMAS General Miinnticr JOE BALLA WILLIAM HAY Manntjinp Editor Associate Editor ROY F MILES DOUGLAS K WALKER Advartislnfj Manner Editorial Faqe Editor THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH ;