Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IE1HBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, Oclobor 30, 1971 Continental imperative The Kosygin visit lias put Canada in the headlines of North American and European newspapers a of. spun off benefit to its main pur- pose, which, according to Prime Min- ister Trudeatt is to increase trade and promote cultural and scientific co-operation and closer friendship between the two countries. Some of the remarks from the right wing press in Britain are uncomplimen- tary and directed at the prime min- ister personally, taking him to task for his "anti Americanism" and suggesting that he "seems set on be- coming a kind of western Tito." Whatever Mr. Trudcau's faults, stupidity is not one of them. He is just as well aware as the rest of us, that our country and the U.S. are interdependent, with the balance of the dependency scales heavily weigh- ted in favor of the Americans. In other words, except for their great need for our natural resources they can get along without us with much less disruption, than we can without them. We have shared this continent with the Americans for over 200 years, over a hundred of those as a united nation known as Canada. Our way of life, our political ideology, our shared experience, has much more in com- mon with our friends below the bor- der which runs across the continent of North America than it can ever have with new acquaintances thous- ands of miles away people who accept communism as their credo, and whose historical background is totally different from ours. That Canadians resent what ap- pears to be indifference to their prob- lems Ijy the Nixon administral i o n, cannot'be denied. It is ironic that the new U.S economic policies which are bound to affect us deeply, should come at a time when divisive forces within our own country threaten its unity for the first time since Confed- eration. But we should not be neurotic about it. Crises such as this one can work to our advantage, giving Quebec and the rest of Canada, an opportunity to put our economic house in order by working solidly together. The dan- ger which threatens us on the trade front can only be combated effective- ly if we are firmly united. Internal division is perilous. Menaced by prob- lems not entirely of our own mak- ing, we can weather the storm suc- cessfully together. Fragmented, the chances are slim. The distinguished Canadian lawyer and student of international affairs, Dr. Maxwell Cohen, thinks that "a joint economic commission with a parallel or common secretariat is long overdue." This would, he be- lieves, limit "unilateralism so tempt- ing in the name of national interest" and could be "a bridge to unite na- tional strategy with continental op- portunity.'' It is a suggestion well worth pur- suing from the American point of view and our own. Nothing is to be gained by continuing the climate of resentment on our side or the in- difference on theirs. Canada should pursue new ave- nues of trade. But these can never replace the U.S. market for our goods. It's called the continental im- perative, the inescapable fact of North American life. A national disgrace Herald reporter Jim Maybie has recently been trying to drive home to the public the magnitude of the shoplifting problem in Lethbridge and beyond. The figures he has present- ed on the extent of this form of thiev- ery are staggering. It is a deplor- able situation. In the United States the National Retail Merchants Association has mounted a campaign against shop- lifting. Announcing the kick-off of the campaign, the general manager of the operations division of NRMA Howard Haimowutz said, shoplifting should be considered a national em- barrassment. A more suitable word than 'embarrassment' would be 'dis- grace.' Shoplifting as an activity of covet- ous children is serious enough but when it is revealed that the bulk the stealing is done by of them employees it becomes alarming. Without the confirming ex- ample of adults, children might be expected to be turned away from stealing before it becomes a habit. The assumption that the imperson- ality of large chain stores somehow makes it acceptable for individuals to dip into the profits seems to be widespread. That this undermines morality apparently does not occur to some who indulge in this behavior. The whole fabric of personal and so- cial life, weakened at this point of trust, is certain to unravel a bit else- where as a consequence. Appeals to principle and conscience are considered passe and unrealistic in some quarters. It is true there are weaknesses in human nature and res- olution is often futile in the face of some forms of character disorder. But a great many people who have become permissive or passive about "a little stealing" could do a great deal toward reversing the sorry trend simply by believing that it matters. Young people can be influenced by examples of integrity as well as by examples of dishonesty. Now is the time to seek an end to the national disgrace of shoplifting. Increased surveillance could help, but in the end it will depend upon the determination of people to be honest. Weekend Meditation The great realities CT. Paul was right: faith, hope, and love are life's ultimate realities. Knowledge passes; the science of yester- day Is tossed m the scrap heap. Health goes, strength goes, friends die, and civil- izations are wiped out with scarcely a trace left. Unless a man has faith, hope, and love, he might as well not have lived and his ultimate end is despair. They are not easy to get and they are far from easy to keep. As you look at the faces in the streets in your own heart you can see how life has stripped away much of these three vital energies. The eyes of the people you pass are sunken and cheerless. The literature of the age is tragic, the con- temporary world lacks conviction and values. The technological, scientific civili- zation is dry and barren without eternal verities. The fundamental inner misery of nan, the sickness which eats away his perssnhood, the root of his psychic and social ills, is the spiritual confusion and the ethical disharmony which represses conscience, ravages art, and puts all life under the domination of fear, "God is food for the full as Augustine observed. A strong faith is es- sential for intellectual and moral maturity. Faith is the parent of all virtues, the key to courage, the clue to an ordered person- ality, the heart of politiea1 social and eco- nomic order, the ground of hope, and the seed-plot of love. The most profound state- ment known to man, with an intellectual content far surpassing the scientific for- mulae of Newton or Einstein, the ground1 of all joy and (he inspiration for all nobln living, is the faith that "God is Love." Here is the meaningfulness of life; here Is the peace that passes all understanding. Without such a faith a man's morale finally collapses but with it he can move moun- tains. He looks beyond this life into im- mortality and he sees that death docs not defeat man, but rather it is a doorway into greater experience God where no longer sees through a glass darkly, but face to face. A man can stand anything as long as he has faith. With the faith that God is Love man can hope and doc- tors have written of the healing powers of hope. While a man hopes miracles are pos- sible, but when hope is lost, the heart is dead. And through faith and hope one comes to deathless love. As the song of Solomon exults, "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it." This is the love that transcends time and space, upon which the assaults of life are un- availing, and which is finally unconquer- able. If a man lacks faith in God and eter- nal hope, love becomes as shallow as many of our contemporaries make it. So the relationship of a man and woman can be casual, not even requiring the sacra- ment of marriage. Friendships become af- fairs of mere expediency. At the entf >f his life Paul exclaimed triumphantly, "I have kept the He believed that God was love. He believed in that blessed Tri- nity of faith, hope and love, of faith that was not the cold rigid thing that has turned men into persecutors, a hope lhat was not mere wishing, but rather was rooted experience, and a love which gave light and joy to faith and hope. There is much in this life to suffer, much to bear. But for the person who believes that God is love, fear and falsehood and all their evil brood are doomed. Oh you who arc cast down by the circumstances of life, lift up your face even with the stain of your tears and believe that truth is greater than falsehood, that love is better (tan hate, and lhat whatever the future brings it must finally work together for your good because God is Love. As an old Saint said, "I thought if I could only win to it that this was a failh worth having." One can win to it and what other faith is worth having? F. S. M. gift to Boston An open letter to 'Irish' Ted Kennedy London. "TJEAR Senator: I think I speak (or most o! us in this country when I say how grateful we are that, despite being deeply involved in the great game of American domestic politics, with an eye to the noble office of the Presiden- cy, you should still be able to find the time lo clear our mir.ds on the difficult question of Ul- indeed, with great generosity, to provide us, from ycur long political experience ot seating with such problems, with the simple solution that has hitherto escaped us. Nor, incidentally, is it only over the matter of Ulster that you have been able to lift tile veil from our ryes. Until you so cogently and forcefully demon- strated the essential identity between our problem in North- ern Ireland and yours in Viet- nam, few of us, I think, had ly call to the realized that South Vietnam nno Protestant minority'1 in the Republic (although the constitutionally an integral of the United States, or that the majority of its inhabi- tants were of American stock, IM even that it was situated a dozen miles or so from the American mainland. Nor, for lhat matter, had we apprecia- ted lhat the principal weapon d the American Army in Viet- nam was the rubber bullet. Friends of yours tell me that this was no off-the-cuff speech, tint you had in fact been pon- dering the Irish question for seme weeks. This comes out in vour obvious attention to points cf detail: not for you the broad generalities with which lesser statesmen are content. I am thinking, for example, of your knowledgeable references lo the Northern Ireland Parliament at Stormc.it (which you so quaint- Irish true figuro is almost exactly half thai and above .-II lo the important General Election of "In you declared, as proof posilive of the overwhelm- ing will of the Irish people that the British military presence be withdrawn, "the people of Ire- voted 81 per cent in favor cf an independent republic." The actual figure, as a matter ol fact, was 47 per cent: to be precise, the Sinn Fein party, which alone advocated an inde- pendent republic, polled out of a total of votes. 01 course, this understated their true support, since many of their candidates were unop- posed; and they did win 72 out of the 101 Irish seats in that election. But this was made up of 69 out of the 72 seats in what Is now the Republic of Ireland, and only three out of the 29 seals in what is now Northern Ireland. In 1918, as today, the verdict of the people, voting demo- cratically in a free election, there were two Irelands, not one. And al- though this has admittedly pro- duced the only land frontier in the United Kingdom, it will not have escaped you that, in the world as a whole, land frontiers ere the general rule. It is hard to see why in Ireland, alone, this should be intolerable which is what your "solution" of a united Ireland implies. It is of course, most generous of you, with your declared com- mitment to minority rights, to that you can also spare a thought for the majority: I refer to your suggestion that Tracking home Photo of the month by Wayne M. Strong, Cardston. Letters to the editor Needs of college and city regarding ice facility Our city needs an ice facil- ity! Not just a rink for free skating or the odd hockey game; we need a complex that is going to meet the demands of the various organizations re- quiring an ice facility. The type of complex I am talking about is going to cost not only in dollars and cents but also in time for careful plan- ning. Our ice arena needs to be planned for now and the fu- ture. So many of today's facilities are being built with total utili- zation of the area in mind. Schools are used not only dur- ing class hours but also after hours for extra-curricular ac- tivities. When such large amounts of money are going into a facility, maximum use of it should be ensured. I am Agrees with coulee preservation move After reading Mrs. Drag- land's letter about Red Rock Coulee I would like to support her in the stand that she has taken. These same badlands have a very special place in nry heart as I and my chums oC the early years Miles Drage, Harry Lai-son and Ru- dolph Olson spent a lot of time there hunting cottontail rabbits and exploring. We al- ways found a lot of things that were of interest to us. This was during the years from 1910 lo the 20s. At that time there were a great lot of fossils and petrified trees which have since disappeared or been destroyed. This is un- fortunate as our children or their children will never see Rock Coulee as it really vas. Tills could have been pre- vented had our municipal, pro- vincial and federal govern- ments had any foresight at all. However, I still enjoy visit- ing those badlands even though many of the relics are gone and people are breaking up those large red rocks. 1 am pleased to hear that at long last there is a movement aim- ed at preserving the coulee and protecting it from further de- struction. 0. P. OLSON. Lethbridge. Information requested Early last summer, the Eco- nomic Development Commis- sion of the Town of Coaldale circulated a survey among its citizens and the outlying dis- trict which was designed to gather opinions from the peo- ple about their town. There has been no report on the re- sults of this survey and I have been wondering if anyone has any information on it. Did the results register so much dissatisfaction about the current condition of Coaldale, that the EDC decided not to make them public? Was it, in the beginning, just a vehicle to use the taxpayers money to benefit an unlocal' printing Last letter on subject In reply to 'Worried Parents' of Bow Island. I, too, am a parent concerned about young people. However, after reading the letter, it would seem the biggest problem is Other reasons I would like to mention here that when I came out to this country in the spring of 1905, the passengers on the ship that I came out on were mostly immigrants from Europe. It looked lo me lhat most of them didn't have the money lo buy a suitcase because most of them had all their belongings tied up in a blanket and by the looks of the clothes they were wearing It suggested to me that they hadn't left very prosperous con- ditions. In those years Euro- peans were flocking to Canada and the U.S. by the thousands and that was long before the Iron Curlnin was ever talked about. JOHN BARCLAY. LeUibridge. gossipers. Their whole letter was based on rumors and gos- sip, for which they seem to have no facts. If there are facts, why don't they take them to the proper authorities? Adulls are very quick to ac- cuse young people, but do they ever slop to think that they might be wrong too? It is adults lhat produce movies, print magazines, etc. If 'Worried Parents' are as deeply distressed and concern- ed' as they would like us to think they are, they would not have mined the repulalion of Ihis lown (their town) or the leenagers, in it. The writers' dcscriplion of our teenagers in Bow Island fits very few. Young people need encour- agement and trust not people that put them down, with mali- cious gossip. D. R. Bow Island. EDITOR'S NOTE: The cor- respondence on the alleged Bow Island drug scene can now be considered closed. firm? Was there so little in- terest and enthusiasm from the people of the town that the sur- very was useless? This is so often the case in dying towns; people just don't care. Or could it be that there was no re- sponse at all, which would in- dicate that rigor mortis has al- ready set in? If this is the case, then perhaps the town is ready for annexation to Lethbridge. Perhaps the dynamic leaders and businessmen of Lethbridge could generate some new ideas which would make Coaldale a going concern, as pail of the whole. If anyone has any informa- tion on this subject would they please reply through this col- umn. This seems to be the best area for any communication between people. B. Y. HECK. Coaldale. Good response We the students of Hamilton Junior High in the Audio Visual class would like to extend our very sincere thanks to the many people who supplied us with magazines following our request a few weeks ago. We are at present well supplied with magazines and we do not need any more at this time, lhank you. We extend an invitation to all to see some of our produc- tions in the near future. A list .with a summary of each can be obtained by contacting lira school. Part of the excitement, of this innovative program is in the presentation of the fin- ished product. So please don't hesitate to call and make our program a success. Thank you is also extended to all media who have assisted in 'getting tlie show on the road LELAND BYAM. HAMILTON JUNIOR HIGH a representative of a class at the college, areas and facili- ties. Our project is a joint ice facility between the college and the city of Lethbridge. It is our opinion that since the college needs an ice facility and so does the city, it would be far more economical to combine the two needs into one facility. With careful planning and a neutral administ-ator, the facility would be utilized to its capacity. It could be a definite asset to the city and the college. With the combining of funds and ideas, our ice fa- cility could be one of great pride to both parties. Our col- lege is the Lethbridge Com- munity College, with the em- phasis on "Community." What better way tio show how the college and community are re- lated than to have a joint fa- cility! Our project is not hypothetr- cal. We are very serious about it. We are checking organiza- tions concerned, finding out the needs of both the college and city and also researching sim- ilar facilities to the one we want. Our class would appre- ciate any feedback on our pro- posal. Any persons wishing to comment, please write lo, Areas and Facilities, Lelh- bridge Community College, Lethbridge, Alberta. JEAN BOON, REPRESENTATIVE, AREAS AND FACILITIES CLASS. "Britain could open its arms to any Protestants hi Ulster who feel that they could not live in a united Ireland." But I must say this sounds very much as if you are under the impression thai Hie Ulster Proteslants are relatively recent immigrants, like (for example) your own family in the United States, who can readily go back where they came from. In fact, of course, the Protestant Plantation of Ulster was settled several years before the Mayflower mads landfall in what is now your own home state of Massachu- setts. (No doubt there is a case to be made for handing back America to the Red Indians; but it is, as I'm sure you will agree, a little late in the day.) You do indeed make a valid point when you claim that a majority of the British people agree with your proposal to withdraw all British troops from Northern Ireland al- though it should be said that this is not because they agree with you thai British troops are responsible for the deaths of in- Irishmen, but because they feel Irishmen are respon- sible for the deaths of innocent British troops. But what I cannot see is why you should imagine that tin's would lead to a united Ireland. Tliis, after all, was where it all began; with Carson's speech at Craigavon in 1911 in which he made it clear thai, in the event of "Home Rule" being given to a united Ireland, Ulster would, lhat same morning, announce what has now corne to be known as a UDI. And while I note your confidence that, without the British Army, further bloodshed could be prevented and law and order maintained by a "local constabulary which enjoys the confidence of the I can't quite see this constabulary coercing (and you are opposed to coercion anyway, aren't a million Protestant Ul- stermen into the Irish Republic. But my main purpose in writ- ing to you is to poinl out that you have, perhaps inadvertent- ly, pointed the way to the solu- tion of the even more danger- ous Middle East question, too. I am sure this will be of par- ticular interest to the co-spon- sor of your resolution, Senator Abraham Ribicoff. Quite rightly, in your state- ment you drew the parallel be- tween Ireland and Palestine. In both cases, an initial period of British rule over the whole ter- ritory. In both cases, ultimate resort to partition as the only apparent means of satisfying the claims of two separate and apparently irreconcilable com- munities. In both cases the cre- ation of a land frontier that has been the source of dispute ever in both cases, Ulster and Israel, the emergence of guerrillas and terrorists of a minority race seeking to de- stroy the state and merge it in- to some wider unity. Obviously, your solution is applicable to each of these two remarkably similar and intract- able problems with equal co- gency. Just as the answer to Ulster problem is to abolish the separate province of Northern Ireland and merge it in a wider Irish unity, so the solution of: the Middle East problem must clearly be to abolish the separ- ate state of Israel about whose Arab minority you must, I know, care as deeply as you do about the Calholfc minority in merge it in a wider Arab-controlled Palestin- ian unity. But it is not merely logical consistency that must, I am sure, lead you lo this solution. There is the further advantage that its advocacy would un- doubtedly ensure you the de- gree of electoral success in America you clearly so richly deserve. Yours helpfully, NIGEL LAWS'ON. Mr. Lawson wrote this arti- cle for the Sunday Times of London, from which it is re- printed. Looking backward Through The Herald 1921 Due to an early har- vest, large shipments of grain to the lakes and Ihe unusually small volume of export trade, the grain prices have exper- ienced a sensational slump. 1931 Gus Sonnenberg for- mer world's champion wrest- ler, will meet Moose Norbcck in the Lethbridge Arena on Sat- urday, concluding the finest mat program ever sponsored in the city. 1941 "The Iron Duke" (Bomb-Scarred Tea Canteen) the first major war relic from the Battle of Britain to visit Canada, will be in Lcthbridge on Salurday. 1951 Two of Soulhern Al- berta's three sugar beet pro- cessing plants will probably bo closed down by next week, due to a shortage of beets caused by severe weather. 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