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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta A THS LtTHBRlDGE HERALD Snlurdny, Oclober 78, 1972 Nixon's peace move may prove superior Why should you vote? At BO per cunt of Hie people on Iliis cm-Ill are ruled by govern- ments which they did not elect, which they ciumol remove, wliich they can- not even openly or consistently criti- cize. Some people like dictatorships. But iu most people the love of freedom burns. Klections never solve all the prob- lems, hut they do give the people the chance to discuss Ihem and to select which persons should work on them in government. Canada won't change much after Monday, regardless o{ who wins. But that is not the point of. elections. A free people must he a responsible people; otherwise freedom cannot en- dure. There is a compelling obliga- tion on a free people to vote. It has been widely alleged in lha last (ew clays, all across Canada, thai only half of Ihe first-voters will bother to vote, compared with probably three-quarters of those who are older. It is tliis simple: any citizen who doesn't "bother" lo vole does not de- serve his freedom. It was bought dear- ly for him by others, but obviously he doesn't appreciate it. Secondly, whoever doesn't "both- er'' to vote has no right to complain abonl governments elected by llioso who do vote. Strom steps down The swing lo younger iefiders in 1lie political sphere has been so marked in Canada lhat it would have been folly for Alberta Social Credit leader Harry Strom to have tried to lead his party in Ihe next provincial election. He has, therefore, wisely decided to step down now to allow a successor to build for the future. Mr. Strom served his party and the province well as leader and premier. Following in the footsteps of tlie for- mer premier, Ernest C. Manning, one of the ablest leaders in the history of Canada, was a difficult assign- ment. It was one that Mr. Strom ac- cepted humbly and fulfilled with dig- nity. To have lost in his first test at Ihe polls must have been disappointing to Mi1. Strom. HL can lake some comfort from the indications that this was not so much a rejection of him as it was an opting for change. Whether a younger man can re- store Ihe fortunes of the Social Credit party in Alberta is a moot question. There is nothing on the political hori- zon at the moment that suggests the philosophy that once aroused enthusi- asm and hope is likely lo weave a magic spell again. In (he meantime it is satisfying to know lhat Mr. Strom will continue to serve in the Legislature where he can bring his considerable talents and valuable experience to bear on the problems of the day to the bene- fit ot all. New parks program If it had come at any time other than an election campaign, much more would have been made of ths announcement last week of a new parks program. Mr. Chretien and Mr. Trudeau dis- closed plans for bringing Canada's history and its outdoors attractions much closer to the people. It would not he a program of: more national parks as such, but rather the identi- fication and preservation of. historic waterways and trails, and of the scenic and wilderness treasures. The routes ot the explorers could be fol- lowed, tha steps of the pioneers re- traced, the discoveries of the adven- turers rediscovered. Canada is only awakening lo tha riches of her short history and of her priceless outdoors. These could easily he destroyed in the thoughtless encroachment of "progress." But as Canada becomes more and moro a nation of cities, more and more caught up in the mad orgy of gim- micks and gadgets, it becomes more and more urgent that the sanity and sanctuary of the outdoors be pre- served and enjoyed by more and more Canadians. The details are not yet clear. The conception is exciting. Course results encouraging Highway slaughter throughout tha world is reaching staggering propor- tions. Predictions forecast fatalities and 10 million injuries an- nually in the next few years. Ger- many's frightening fatality statistics indicate that more than 50 per cent of UiB total deaths in the 15 to 24 year age bracket result from aulo accidents. In view of this sobering informa- tion it is encouraging to know that Alberta is spearheading in Canada, an impaired driver's training course. This pilot project in Alberta, con- ducted in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge, with plans underway lo introduce it in Standoff, is now being Ftudied by New York slate. Currently being evaluated by the University of Alberta, it would ap- pear the course is extremely success- ful. Of the impaired drivers con- victed in Edmonton hi one year, half attended the impaired driver's train- ing course and from this number only 20 were again convicted on similar charges. Of the 750 who did not enrol 70 were again apprehended. The World Health Organization, in an effort to find ways of curbing highway massacres, had Dr. J. D. Ilavard of the British medical as- sociation, an expert on road safety problems, prepare a brief on the sub- ject, lie found thai it is highly likely an impaired driver will return to the road when his licence is re-issued with a very high risk of causing in- jury or death, unless he receives treatment during his disqualification period. Weekend Meditation The living God "God Is Ihe only perfectly personal Per- said the late great Scottish theolog- ian, Donald Baillic. "Cod is Divine some say, but God is infinitely more than this. "God is the Power, not ourselves, that makes for sairi Mat- thew Arr.old, but God is more than righteous power. ''God is the elan vital, Lhe life said Bcrgson, bvil God is far more than this. "God is the Unmoved said Aristotle, which has nothing lo do with love or purpose. "God is the Unknown said Thomas Huxley, which would not help any human suil in misery. "Gcd is Eternal said Herbert Spencer, which is grim and impersonal enough for Omar Khayyam, and leaves the heart dead nrul agnostic. "God is the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and jays the creed, and at once the heart leaps. Here is a Person- ality greater than love or any other at- tribute, whom one may know and serve, more than His creation, one lo Whom we can speak and Whom we can hear. Tho morn one believes in God as a Father, the more God coincs to us, the more real anil dynamic our faith becomes. God is not to Ix; identified with Ffis creation or anything In it. God made man in His own so man is both like and unlike God. As Pascal said, "The Christian religion teaches men these two truths: that there is a God whom men can know, and that there is a corruption in Ihcir nature which renders them unworthy of Him. It is equally im- portant to men to know both these points." is not limited as man Is, hut all that man is God is, therefore God has all Ihp eltritrulea (tat nwa lisa nod maoy inure, By James New York Times commcdlHlor WASHINGTON The main point now in ttiis sensit.'vo phase of the Vietnam pcaca talks is to get as secure a cease- fire as possible, guaranteed by the United Slates, the Soviet Union, and Cliiua, and then a long pause to give time lor really careful anil private nego- tiations. It will not be easy but if is IJio first priority. A final settlement cannot be arranged first thing is lo slop lha killing unfcr conditions Iliat will net give cither General Thieu's South Vietnamese Na- tionalists or the South Vietna- Communists any special military advantage, and mean- while to stop the Jlow of arms from Moscow and Pckir.g to Hanoi anil from tho United States lo Saigon. Nollung in Ihe recent lively phase of Ihe negotiations sug- gests lhat Iliis is yet In the cards, but Hanoi and Saigon arc at least talking publicly about a ceasefire, and this recalls an offer President Nixon made on October 12, Iff70, when be seem- ed lo realize, ns others are doing now, that peace probably had lo be negotiated, not all at once, but in stages. infinitely more, withoul man's sinfulnesfi, The tragedy of this time la that man thinks of God if he thinks of Him at all as impersonal, without a real existence such as a man himself might have. "I go for a walk in the woods when I want to feel .said a woman. "Nature is my religion." But "nature is red in tooth and claw." What comfort can nature give in What response can nalure make to the hunger for God? What redemption can nature effect in sin? Whal promise has nature for death? Nature has nolhing to say in any crisis of life. The most important fact for a man lo know is lhat God loves him and knows him and sees him. There are many proofs lor Ihe existence of God. Indeed it is quite correct lo say that God is a rational inference not so much pcrmilled as required by Ihe struc- ture of the universe and Ihe nature of man. But none of these is sufficient. IJ a man knows God, then all the arguments in the world will not shake him and if a man does not God, then all the arguments in the world will not convince him. The awareness of God can (lie from a man's life, just as friendship neglected can fade away. You may know Gcd if you will and His presence can become more real to you daily, brighter and stronger and mre meaningful, the One in whom you livo and move and have your I'RAYKK; o God, make a conversation me, speak to me, stir me to a di- alogue, roust me from spiritual torpor, often my ears to Thy voice, and make me sfn.-ilnT' in divine promptings. V, 6. M. Call of the wild Boycott of African states no answer By C. I- Snlzberger, New York Times commentator GENEVA is precisely 10 years since Uganda became the 110th member of Lhe United Na- tions, bringing the so-called Afro-Asian bloc to exactly half Itie total membership. Both Ihe latter figure (now 123) and Ihe proportion of states from Africa and Asia are today even larger, although the concept of A "bloc" is fading. The point that is noteworthy with specific reference to Ugan- da is that the troubles anri suc- cesses oE the Third World are each highlighted by events in that poor if potentially viable land. The troubles, of course, have been dramatized by the racism and arrogant behavior of President Idi Amin. lie has forcibly expelled the considerable "Asian" minority from immigrants of what are today India and Pak- istan and accomplished this in needlessly cruel fashion- Ufian- dan authorities even admini- Letters praises lodges Pensioner I have followed wiLh inton-st tlie articles on old age pension- ers in Lelhbridge and although I sympathize with these people and realize their pensions are not adequate in many coses (or their requirements t think this will be gradually taken care of. If the first article on October 12th was directed al the sen- our citizens' homes, namely tlio Green Acres Lodgo and the Golden Acres I would take issue. I have been a resi- dent of one of these homes for the past two and a half years and I consider it to be one of the finest homes away from home lhat one can be fortunate enough to get into All of the staff members are kind and considerate and in many cases put themselves out lo do favors for the guests. The meals arc excellent and very adequate and are prepar- ed by some of the finest cooks in .southern Alberta. Of course when cooking for fifly people it is hard lo satisfy everyone. Bui we never have the same dinner menu twice in one week. Now as far as restrictions are concerned the only ones in ef- fect are for meals, which must have a set time otherwise you simply do not cat. This is quits understandable as you simply cannot run a short order cafe for a few people who do Dot wish their meals at regular hours. There is no time clock to punch and you are free to go and come as you please. There is no set bedtime but I think most are ready for bed around ten o'clock or earlier. A SATISFIED GUEST IN ONE OF TUB SENIOR CITIZENS HOMES. Bilwri Modems This rclcrs lo the picture story, "Bangladesh at the Cross- roads" published ot> page 27 of The Herald an October 20, J972. Tn the '.he F-iharis are described Moslem min- ority. As this is likely lo create I would like to thanks lo the citizens of Ixjlli- bridge for Ihe generous hospit- ality they extender! to those a'.- lending the He-union uf t'no Thirties in July. fn the fall of the year, in the fall of our lives, the Mt-tnory Hook arrived, wliich brings il all back. Wo dcciply the words of Kay Fry Mac-lecx! and Kd Phillips in the tore- si onl. To all who made this won'V.r- ful "happening" occur. you. You did a fine job. The memories will live a life- lime. MfUS. BLAIR (Isdbdi ItlPUOY Kitimat, B.C. confusion and misunderstanding among the readers, I would like lo point nut the error in this description. The majority of the popula- tion of Hantfladcsh arc Mos- lems, only a small minorily briiifl non-Moslems (Christians, Hindus, Tlie conflict v.liich resulted in the indepen- dence of Bangladesh was not helv.ecn Moslems and non-Mos- lems, but was the struggle of ;ui oppressed people (Bengali against the opprcs- .vi.s (West Pakistani As the iiihari Moslems colla- borated with the West Pakis- tan military in committing hor- rible atrocities on the people Bihari Mos- lems bad lo transferred to refugee camps to protect them from the reprisals of tlic peo- ple. II is expected Ibat they will, .someday, be exchanged with I lie Bengali Moslems in West I'akislan. SANTOKII S. ANANT slered "haircuts" lo refugees with broken bottles. Amin's intemperate remarks applauding Hitler's extermina- tion of Jews and attacking Bri- tain, Israel and Tanzania cliid much to encourage a warlike atmosphere. This touched off a brief conflict with emigre In- vaders from Tanzania. By in- citing hatred and violating hu- man rights, Amin produced an explosive atmosphere that could have led to genocide. Similar tendencies lie near (lie surface of other Afro-Asian slates lhat recently became in- denendenl. Thus, PresicJenl Bo- kassa of the Central African Re- public has personally helped his soldiers beat tliicves to death. The Hutu and Tulsi tribes ol Rwanda and Burundi have hcen slaughtering each other inter- mittently for years, producing at least victims. Pakis- tani troops in whal is now Ban- gladesh committted mass mur- der of Bengalis and the latter have lieaten up or killed non- Bengali minorities. The leader of the Naga tribes In India, A- Z. Phizo, has appealed lo Iho Security Council against what he calls the "genocide" fosler- ed by New Delhi against his people. The UN has been able to do little about these sad events. Wlien it docs speak up it can touch off intemperate results such as Bokassa's denunciation of Secretary General Walrl- heim as "a procurer, colonialist and imperialist." Most of the mlniwars nnd marimurders of Africa and Asia derive from the fact that these are economically anil pol- itically backward areas, at least in part because they colonized for decades. They have scant experience in pelf- government and mass educa- tion. UN leaders constantly seek to remind the world's collective conscience of the need lo repair Ihis situation. Waldhcim saiil in his latest report: "The inter- ests, the wisdom and the im- portance of the vast majority of medium and smaller powers cannot, at this point in history, he in any durable sy- tcm of world order." Ts it not possible lo con- leinplalc placing on probation any government tbat is consid- ered cither by the General Assembly or by tlie Sccurily Council (o IK? violating basic IcncLs of good hchavioj Is Ihia approach not worthy of consid- eration, including a draft of fundamentally acceptable stan- dards? Obviously both the Central African Republic and Uganda have recently been violating all normal moral codes or stand- ards. Also, fulhermore, each certainly receives more help from Ihe UN than it contributes in the way of dues. Both coun- tries are assessed a year. Is It not conceivablo lhat a period of probalion during which UN assistance of all sorts is suspended might con- vey the suggestion of practical as well as moral disapproval? Tlie Irouble with all forms of international boycott, even largely moral, is lhat history tenois to demonstrate their Inef- fectiveness. Furthermore, if Uganda or Central Africa should he voted licyond the pale even for a temporary period, what would happen were Portu- gal or the United Slates to be menaced with similar ac- tion? In the latter case, since the U.S. pays a third of the UN's bill and acts as host such action would be suicidal. mm woo A lot lias happened since Ihen In tills tragic war, and in Lha relations between Washington and Moscow ancl Peking. What he offered at that limo was not acceptable to Hanoi, and Hanoi's latest military offen- sive has failed, maybe Nixon is no longer interested in his cease- fire terms o[ 1970. But the prin- ciples he defined then may ba worth recalling now. he said, "I propost that all armed forces through- out Indochina cease firing their an remain in (he posi- tions they row hold. It would not in itself be an end to conflict, but it would accom- plish one goal all o[ us havs been working toward: an end (o (he killing." He nsked lhat (his ceasefire supervised by North Viet- nam and South Vietnam and by international observers; that it forbid a build-up o[ arms on either side in all of Indochrna; that it should cover all military activity from bombing to ter- rorism; and finally, that this supervised ceasefire should be preliminary lo negotiations lor a final settlement of the war. In that proposal, Nixon recog- nized the difficulties and dan- gers, wliich everybody Is point- ing out now in the changed cir- cumstances p[ lale 1972: "A ceasefire in placa would undoubtedly create a host of problems in ils maintenance. Bui it's always easier to war than fo make a truce. To build a honorable peace, we must accept the challenge of long and difficult negotiations." This obviously leaves out of account u whole thicket of de- mands and counter-demands by Saigon and Hanoi, hut at point in this tragedy there hoi to be a decision on piioriliej, and there is some evidence that the president is now put- ting pressure on both North Vietnam nnd South Vietnam to agree on a controlled cease- fire, hold the. balance ol power, and give time for a careful and quiet settlement later on. This could be wrong, for American people have been left (o Judge what happened alter Henry Kissinger's latest talks in Paris and Saigon by of- ficial statements, not by their own government, but by Iha governments of North Vietnam anrt South Vietnam. And it is also true that there are influential men around the. president who are arguing that he doesn't need a ceasefire be- fore the election, that he will get a better settlement later on, and may even lose South Vietnam to the Communists it he makes an expedient politi- cal compromise now. Well, nobody knows In thli capital these days because and tliis is the heart of lha Washington problem there 1) mistrust in the president be- cause he trusts no man, even many of the men In his own official family. Nevertheless, there Is reason for believing that he is now pressing for a ceasefire, urging both Saigon and Hanoi to maka compromises to end the killing, aurl to leave the final settle- ment for Inter. If this is true, he deserves time to prove his point, for (he main thing is to get this unspeakable ir be- hind us and go on lo the de- cent and honorable work of republic. "I told you a dinner vith 'Democrats lor Nixon' anJ 'Keaublicani lor Me Govern' wouldn't work, deorl" They Say My audience to for- get ils problems and return or al least recall those h.ippy high school times Ihe prom, no wars, no riols, no protasis, Iho convertibles al the drive-in. Cleveland disc jockey Dick on the popularity of "golden olrlics" of Iho 1950s. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Alberta LETIinRlDGE HERALR CO. LTD., Proprlciors and Publishers Published by lion. W. A. BUCHANAN Second ClaM Regisiratlr.n No. 001? ol The Canadian Press And rhe Canadian Daily Publishers' A ".MX! ft lion nnd 1he Audit Burcdj cl CfrculAlIcni CLEO W. MOWERS, Ediior nna PubUshtf THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager notl PILLIIJG WILLIAfA HAY Edirrsr Caller RC-V F, MiLEi uOiJGi.Ai K. WALKER Admlhlng Manager fedlforial Parja Editor THE HERALD MRVK THE SOUTH" ;