Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHI1RIDGE HERALD Snlimlny, Seplombtr 5, 1970 Anthony Westell Jack Landerwho? Much as this newspaper lias op- posed the city's representation in the provincial legislature', we find our- selves shedding a nostalgic tear at Mr. Landeryou's announcement that lie will retire from politics before the next election, generally expected next spring. A few days ago the Social Credit government celebrated its 35th year in office. Jack Landeryou was active in that first campaign, and on Octo- ber 14, 1935, at the age of 30, he himself was elected to the House of Commons from a Calgary constitu- ency. He lost the seat by a narrow margin in the 1940 election, and since 1944 he has represented Lethbridge in the provincial house. Only once in his seven provincial elections did he have a close call. Whether his strength at the polls was in spite of or because ol Hit consistent oppo- sition of The Herald has never been decided. Perhaps his strength has been in his easy identification with the little people. His office never went to his head. He never turned his back on the people who elected him. He was always a very human person, full of color and charm if not of great qual- ities of statesmanship. However much one might oppose him, it was impossible not to like him. In turn, he never held a grudge against his critics. His retirement will mark the pass- ing ol an era, not just for Lethbridge but, to the extent that he is a rem- nant of the original Social Credit gov- ernment, for the whole province. Good luck lo him and Ruth, and good health and long life to both of them. The Demise Of A Day Veterans who object to making Re- membrance Day part of a long week- end have a good point. Long week- ends are simply short vacations. They are a time for frivolity rather than of solemnity. What is the point of a Remem- brance Day if there is no act of re- membering? The chances that week- enders would engage in such an act are very minimal. Perhaps the time lias come for considering the elimination of Re- membrance Day altogether. The fact that attempts are being made to con- vert the occasion into a weekend in- dicates how meaningless it has be- come for many people. Although attendance at services of remembrance has shown some im- provement in recent years, the num- bers who attend are really infinitesi- mal compared to total populations. Festive events which sometimes seem to make a mockery of the day long tended to eclipse the re- membering aspect. While the remembrance of the ter- mination of wars a quarter and a half a century ago is undoubtedly im- portant to those who participated in them, for new generations they are unreal. :N7o doubt these new genera- tions should have some appreciation of what they owe to veterans of those wars but that cannot be forced on them." Time has effaced the vital sig- nificance of many of history's turn- ing points. The veterans are right in objecting to the mockery a long weekend would make of Remembrance Day. To elim- inate the mockery that has already become apparent, even the day may have to go. Hotel Needed There is little doubt that Lethbridge needs more first class hotel accom- modation. Present hotel and motel accommodation is not adequate to serve the requirements of the poten- tial tourist trade. A good number of conferences and meetings of various kinds have been attracted to the city in recent months. More and bigger gatherings could be hosted it the accommodation was available. The tourist industry has become one of major importance in today's world. It creates jobs and stimulates the economy. Communities such as Lethbridge stand to gain not only in financial terms but also culturally as more gatherings are held with their infusion of new ideas. Confirmation of plans for a hotel in downtown Lethbridge is particularly welcome news. The downtown area needs new buildings that will keep it a focal point in the community. Construction of another first class hotel on Mayor Magrath Drive would also be welcome. Plans for its devel- opment still have some hurdles to pass, however. Although it is undoubtedly impor- tant to the developer that he know quickly whether or not he can pro- ceed, due consideration has to be given to any legitimate objections there might be to a hotel at that location. The chief concern should be that there should be no contradiction of the planned development of the city. Weekend Meditation The Key To Success A SKED the secret .of success, Gladstone replied, "Concentration, concentra- tion, concentration." These were, in his opinion, the three essentials. Without concentration it is impossible to micceed in anything. A man explained his failure by saying, "I tried to do too much and succeeded." A man must focus his life, bring all his powers to bear upon supreme objective, so that all other things are judged by their contribution lo that objective. He must, that is, have a dominant aim in life. Burns said that the cause oE his failure was the lack of a dominant aim. One can hardly believe this as he wrote, "E'en then a wish, I mind Its power, a wish that to my latest hour shall strongly heave my breast. That I for poor auld Scotland's sake some useful plan or book can make, or sing a song at least." Rodin, in his sculpture of "The Think- describes this. His Thinker, so he says, thinks with his whole being, from his knotted brow down through his muscles, from his chin to his toes. A man must think thoughts, not in the mind alone, but in the marrow bone, as the poet lells us. Most of us are incapable of such concen- tration. Life becomes adulterated. The word "adultery" is related to it and sim- ilar in meaning. Instead of one love, a man has many, trivializes his love, and finds himself incapable of loving anyone truly. The Bible says that God must be loved with all one's heart, soul, mind, and strength. This is the first and greatest commandment. Mosl Iry lo love God a liltle bit. Roservalions are made, rooms are set aside, life is compartmentalized like an apartment house, until only one small room, one lille portion of time 13 left for God. Men go to business and leave God in the parking place with their car, that Is, if they take God that far. Most likely Ho is left at church with the words, "Sec you the same time next week, same place." That is, if lime could be spared for church. The Bible lells of a man who used his substance for purposes and "with the residue ho made a god." Man gives lo his God whal Ls left over, if anything. To get buck lo Ihc theme at the begin- ning, great achievement demands concen- tration. It demands a spontaneous concen- tration, like the child playing a game, like the artist preoccupied in painting or sculpt- ing. Like the pianist playing in a sym- phony. Here are no vagrant thoughts, no alien intrusions, no wandering of attention. Paul describes his supreme motive when he says that success requires stripping for action like an athlete, laying aside any- thing that would hamper the runner. This is what is meant by the saying that "the only sadness is not to be a saint." Not to have chosen the object most worthy of devotion and not to give it complete devo- tion, this is life's fearful failure. It means missing the boat. Jesus said it meant miss- ing life's true treasure. Over and over He emphasized the need for concentration. One was to seek the pearl of greal price. The only man who succeeded in life's quest was Ihe man who "hungered and thirsted" after righteousness. Buddha gave a demonstration of this. A man came lo him wanting lo find God. Buddha led him into the river and then suddenly grabbed him by the neck and pushed him under. When Ihe man got up gasping, Buddha asked him. "What did you wanl most when your head was under said the poor fellow. "When you want God the same way, you will find said Buddha. J. B. Prieslley lells why he succeeded as a writer and his companions failed des- pite their abilities equal lo his. He says they wanted to become writers in a half- hearted way, but he longed with his whole heart lo become a writer, lie gave it everything he had, caling, drinking, sleep- ing. Life siys lo men, "Make up your mind. Do you really want Ihis Ihing? Will you sacrifice for it, give up anything that interferes with the getting o[ If the answer is then alone docs it be- come a possibility. Mighty forces come lo the aid of such a man. He gels inspira- tion, which means something is given him, breathed into him. This is what every ar- tist knows, what every man who achieves greatness knou.s. Prayer: Help mo. my (Jnd. Lo dedicate myscll to lilc's supreme value. F. S. M. Practical Techniques From 'Newstarf Uic em- phasis of the federal pro- gram to spread industrial de- velopment and weallh across Canada is now concentrated on urban growth centres, Hie prob- lem of rural poverty and social adjustment remains a major responsibility. When the department of re- gional economic expansions (Dree) was formed last year to introduce new pro- grams to reduce disparity be- tween the rich provinces and the poor, it also inherited many earlier schemes. The ARDA plan for assisting marginal farmers, the FRED scheme Lo transform whole ru- ral communities. PFHA assis- tance to Prairie farmers and t h e Newfoundland Resettle- ment program lo move isolated outport families lo new centres arc all slill alive and function- ing. In addilion, t h e department is putting new emphasis on helping people in slow-growth areas adjust to changes that economic development will bring. Sitting back in a black leath- er chair in liis Ottawa office Dr. R. G. Blain, 33-year-old di- rector of Dree's Social and Human Analysis Branch, talk- ed about the difference be- tween improving the standard of living and Ihe slandard of life. Moving a farmer inlo a cily may raise his standard of liv- ing in pure economic terms- higher income, better plumbing in his home, more consumer goods. But it may reduce his standard of life, in the sense that he has less living space, his children have to play in the streets, he doesn't enjoy his new job. The trick is lo find a balance between the two standards. Dree is trying lo do just this through its Newstarl programs in Yarmouth, N.S., Prince Al- berl, Sask., Lac La Biche. Alia., King's County, P.E.I., Kent A Still Small Voice Counlty, N.B., and The Pas, Man, Each project is run as a pri- vate, non-profit corporation, fi- nanced by the federal govern- ment and staffed by social scientists. They serve as field laboratories seeking the best ways to motivate and train ru- ral peoples moving into ,the new industrial society. For instance, in rural Mani- toba, the problem was Mow lo help an illiterate farmer move off his marginal land into the job he had chosen as a truc.k driver. The social scientists motivated him into learning how lo read and write by in- troducing him to the form he would have to fill out to get his driver's highly prac- tical form of instruction. In other provinces, Indians 'and Metis are beneficiaries of Newstart techniques. But Ihe programs are pure- ly three-year research experi- ments, and successful teaching and training techniques will be turned over to provincial au- Ihorities who have responsibil- ity for education and training. In Newfoundland, there is a different' problem moving families from isolated fishing villages along the craggy coast to larger centres where they can enjoy better homes, job op- porlunilies, schools and social services. "How can you service an area with just 15 families." asks V. P. Rossiter. the wispy, leather faced Newfoundlander who is now a technical adviser lo Dree, explaining the need to encourage people into t h e larger centres. Outporters can now receive a basic relocation grant of 200 per family plus per family member, moving ex- penses and special help in buy- ing building lots .in relocation areas designated by the gov- ernments. i'pecial federal grants are go- ing to the reception communi- ties to help develop services for the new citizens. More than families have been relocated under the pro- gram since it was started in J965 by the Department of Fisheries and Forestry. Rayond Heard Pornography: An American Dilemma WASHINGTON The advo- cates in Congress of sterner laws against obscenity are on the defensive. More than 200 Bills, including one sponsored by President Nixon, are pending to control porno- graphy, especially its transport through the mail and its avail- ability to minors. Yet substan- tial research, done at public ex- pense for the president's Com- mission on pornography and obscenity, suggests that the United States should move closer to the Danish example of relaxing, rather than tighten- ing, its laws. It remains to be seen if the 18-member Commission will ac- tually recommend the repeal of all laws against showing and selling pornographic material in its linal report, which is due this month. But this is what its experts, who have travelled as far afield as Copenhagen's "porno" bookstores and sex- clubs in their inquiries, are urging the Commission' to do. The C o m m i s sioners are squabbling among themselves over the wording of their re- pert to the White House they are divided it seems into "hawks" and "doves" on the question of how far the laws should be relaxed. Meanwhile, the anti-pornography bloc in Congress is mounting a desper- ate counter-attack by trying to discredit the findings of the re- searchers. At a cost of million, re- searchers for the Commission have made findings which the Commission will find difficult to resist in its report. They say pronoguaphy does not cause "crime, juvenile delinquency, or other anti-social acts, sexual or non-sexual deviancy, charac- ter disorders or significant emotional disturbance s." Therefore at least for adults should not be restricted. It is a moot point anyway, whether any new legislation is required to make access to erotica easier. For, at least in the big and "sopliislicated" American cities including is quite obvious that Hie "Danish blue" lype of sexual freedom is already at hand. Three cinemas within a mile of the Capitol and the U.S. Su- preme Court are offering films depicting the sex act in clini- cal detail and countless bisex- ual variations. These are cheaply-made "documentaries" which supposedly relate how the Danes have solved the problem by legalizing porno- graphy. In Washington book- stores, as in the bookstores of New York and San Ihe police are also ignorning the sale of magazines with graphic illustrations of the Dan- ish experiment. As things stand, the United States Supreme Court, which sanctioned the permissive tide in the mid-1960s with a series of rather fuzzy decisions, must Letters To The Editor Time Music Was Part Of Curriculum I quite agree with the senti- ments expressed in Frances Stillwell's. letter to The Herald (Mon. Aug. Not only is the state of music in the Leth- bridge Public School System sorry, it is positively sad. To those of us who have exper- ienced Ihe joys that music can bring, the situation is partic- ularly lamentable, for we know that true appreciation can grow only through understanding, which stems, in turn, from learning. What better place, then, for all youngsters to be- gin lo leani something about music (without the expense of private tuition) thin in our schools? Of course, it seems that the situation which present- ly prevails here in Lethbridge did not arise overnight. Even prior to the departure of Mr. iEricksen and Mr. MacDonald, the altitude of "those in author- ity" lo music as a legitimate subject for study in school, left much to be desired. M'e wonder how long tins unenlightened at- lilude, which appears to regard music as a will be al- lowed to continue. Surely, in this technological age when leis- ure time is becoming increas- ingly available, and the con- structive use of it correspond- ingly more important, one Business Freedom In a recent letter a lady sug- gested making a pelilion lo cily council lo initiate a bylaw requiring public establishments to serve everyone. It, would seem fair that only establish- ments supported by public funds could thus be forced to serve everyone. After all, two world wars have been fought to keep our freedom to run a business or a home as a person sees fit. If (his lady is so concerned, maybe she should open a res- taurant and cater to her own type of persons. Then she would soon find out about Ihe prob- lems lhal public establishments are lacing. CONCERNED CITIZEN Lethbridge. A'o They Say All the impassioned speech- es will be so much effluence under the bridge unless drastic political action follows. Prince Philip, at n pollution conference in Strasbourg, France. could expect greater emphasis lo be placed on "so called" non-academic subjects. What we require in the school system is a well co-ordinated year 'round (not merely fesitval inspired) music program, com- mencing at Ihe elementary lev- els and administered by quali- fied teachers. It is unrealistic to expect the regular classroom teachers lo deal competently willi such a specialized subject: The majority of Uiem have nei- ther Ihe knowledge, nor the de- sire, lo cope wilh music classes in addition lo Iheir normal load, and who can blame them? As always, there are ex- ceptions, and I am well aware I hat in a number of schools, the sludenls are forlunale enough to he exposed to some very fine musical instruction. However, such n hit and miss process is really not good enough, The opportunity for this type of exposure should be available to all. Isn't it lime lliat music was recognized as a subject worthy of a well defined place in the curriculum of sludics in our schmls; or arc unfair discrim- ination practices present, even in the IjCthbridge Public School Svslcm? NOI1A (NEEDIIAM) ROS1C. Lclhbridge, grapple with an obvious ques- lion i-aised by the import o[ the Danish Why on earth should blatanl porn- graphy be allowed within a documentary framework when it is still illegal, at least in theory, to exhibit publicly t h e same sort of material outside that framework? These who hope that itie vc- porl of Ihc Porncgapfty Com- mission will help lo clear up the, situation are probably indulging in wishful thinking. Tne record of presidential com- missions in recent years has coriirmed that (heir appoinl- ment often is an excuse for do- ing naming. The mood of Con- gress, and of Middle America, too, is one ol "law and This mood equales erolica with hippies and rioters. That na- tional hero, FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover lias said: "Sex crimes and obscene and vulgar litera- ture often go hand in hand." His word carries more weight on Capitol Hill than a dozen re- ports by presidential Commis- sioners. So the mosl realislic prospect is that the report o[ the Porno- graphy Commission, while not producing reforms that will make the laws nearly as lib- eral as Denmark's, will leave the situation where it stands. (Written. lor The Herald and The Observer, London) Ono of the oldest rural devel- opment programs in Canada is Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration, begun in 1935 and still going strong. It has often been denounced as a western- boondoggle and an instrument of political pa- tronage, hut it's so popular with farmers that no government dare abolish it. So PFRA con- tinues to operate community pastures for livestock grazing, animal breeding and artificial insemination services, and wa- ter storage and irrigation schemes. The Agricultural Rehabilita- tion and Development Act in 1861 was hailed as Ihe first real attempt to upgrade marginal farm economy, and much was hoped of it. But over the years it proved too narrow in scope and is now only a minor part of the entire regional develop- ment program. The third five- year series of ARDA agree- ments is now being negotiated with the provinces and is ex- pected lo emphasize social ad- justment in industrialization. One of the offshoots of ARDA is the fund for rural economic development known to Otta- wa Bureaucrats as "FRED, son of Launched with great fanfare in 1966, FRED was supposed to provide for comprehensive planning and upgrading of whole rural regions, instead of just the agricultural sectors, but now it is sadly conceded that perhaps the FRED plan- ning was not always very good, and the development schemes are being reviewed and in some cases revised. The first FRED program, for example, was in northeast New Brunswick where about one third of the labor force was unemployed or underemployed, and incomes were only one- Ihird the Canadian average. The million federal-pro- vincial plan blandly assumed that private industry moving into the area would stimulate the economy to the point where everyone could have a job. The major ellort was to be put into helping people take advantage of the new opportunities by moving them off their farms and into new homes, providing job training and im- proving community services. But things have not worked out that way. Jobs did not open up in the expecled numbers, so people stayed on Iheir land. expenditures of some million lo dale has provided better schools, aided fishermen and improved the region some- what, but unemployment re- mains high and incomes low. A new effort is needed, and the realistic view may be that many people will simply have lo be helped lo move to areas where job prospects are heller. The second FRED area around the M-ictaquac Dam near Fredriclon has fared bel- ler, more by luck llian good management. The basic plan was to build a new village and new way ol life for 300 rural families to be displaced by the dam. But by Uie time Ibs new town of Mackawic was built, Ihe dis- placed families had drifted on in other marginal holdings in the area, with their way o[ life unchanged by planning. Fortunately, a biptrer-thaii- expected milp mill will be lo- cated in Ihc area, the workers are moving into Ihe empty new town, and the economy of ths district is en Ifac rise. FRED projects in Prince Ed- ward Island, Ihe Gaspe region of Quebec and the Inlerlake area of Manitoba seem more successful, but all are under review and may be speeded up to produce faster development results. (Toronto Star Syndicate) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD 1920 The Governor-General is to make an extended tour of Western Canada and will visit Lethbridge on his way back easl. 13311 _ Typhoid fever has claimed its second victim in Raymond. There are five cases in the lown and heallh author- ities have so far failed to trace the source of infection. J9JO Adolf Hitler is once more in a boastful mood and promises retaliation for British night raids on Germany. "If Ihey attack our cities we will simply erase them" he boasted. "The .horn1 will come when one of us will crack up and it will not be Nazi Germany." J950 Carcass of a black bear shot near the area where a two-year-old child is missing at Jasper, is lo be examined in an attempt lo determine whether the animal killed the baby. Park officials and some 200 pel-sons, including Jasper school children have taken part in the search. i960 Russian scientists be- lieve female dogs with cool nerves and the right hair tyle make the best space travel for research purposes. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lelhbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 I85J, by.Hon. W. A. 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