Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBR1DGE HERALC WednesHay, September 8, 1971 Maurice Western No breather from elections Fortunately for the citizens of Leth- bnclge. one group is concerned aboul Uie approaching civic elections and the compelling need for a full slate of competent candidates. Nomination cliiy is a week from today. All mu- nicipal governing bodies city coun- c.l. .school and hospital boards for the first time have all their mcm- bLVbi retire at once, with all positions to be filled at once, and all for three yc The availability of a suffici- e' number of good candidates is c utally important, and the Civic (iovernnicnl Association deserves Ihe appreciation of all and we mean all citizens for trying to do some- UMig about it. Its nomination meeting, at the Flectwood Bawdeu school at 8 to- uight, is open to everyone There is no membership qualification or pol- icy concurrence required either to be nominated or to vote'. The sole function of the CGA, it seems, is to try to have enough good candidates nominated and to try lo supplement and co ordinate the financing of their campaigns. The new election system may change the nature of municipal poli- tics. By the lime of the next elec- tions, in 1374, there may well be strong civic parties, perhaps bran- ches of the national parties, and each run a full slate and the voter will tend to go for one slate or an- oilier. That may not be all bad. Alhertans have just come through one vigorous election campaign. They may like a breather from elections, but they can't have it. In a month municipal governing bodies must be elected, and they will have more im- pact on the citizen's money and life than the provincial government has. The people cannot afford lo take next week's nomination day casually. Amchitka why? It's necessary, says the American administration, referring to the mam- moth underground nuclear explosion scheduled to lake place feel below Amchitka island in the Aleu- tian chain on October 2nd. A U.S. federal court judge listening to pro- tests by scientists, environmentalists and anti var groups, claims that if the test doesn't go forward as plan- ned, "it may cost us our entire lib- erty.'' There is by no means agreement among scientists concerned that the test is without danger. It is being conducted in a critical zone that might, just might, set off a huge tre- mor or a massive tidal wave. The chances are that it won't but the chance is still there. The Committee for Nuclear Responsibility char g e s that the "containment" theory, which presumes that all radioactive ma- terial produced by the lest will be absorbed by underground rock, is questionable. The judge who listened lo the legal presentations of protest- ing groups, was needled into asking the rhetorical question: "Are we to halt all these things so long as there is possibility of It is impossible for anyone who is not in the know to answer such a question. The U.S. administration has presented no evidence to support its claim that cancellation of the lest might jeopardize national security. H could have done a great deal more than it has, to explain the need for going on with it, without going into detail. Tlie Canadian government has pro- tested. Environment Minister Jack Davis spoke out strongly against it at a panel discussion at the Cana- dian Bar Association meetings in Banff last week. The Amchitka test should not take place until further assurance is forth- coming that it will not endanger hu- man and animal life along the coast until the public is further en- lightened aboul the need for it. ANDY RUSSELL safely witli guhs WHEN we were yet small boys, m y father taught my brother and me two basic rules lhal. have kept us out of trouble wilh guns. The first was to treat every gun, as though it were loaded, cocked and ready to five. The second was never to point a gun toward anything we did nol wish to kill, That teaching was good, for over a combined total of close to a hundred years and Ihe using up of likely more than a million rounds of am- munition of all kinds, neither of us has ever had any kind of gun accident that hurt anyone. But there have been occasions when we have seen rules broken with results aptly illustrating our father's wisdom. For instance, there was Ihe time when a joke somehow get into reverse to the huge embarrassment of a friend called Ed. Ed was the (irking foreman of a outfit and lived with his wife in a cabin in the mountains. One evening a couple of visi- tors arrived and like visitors sometimes do. they stayed long pasl bedtime. Ed decided it was Lime they went home. So he got out his pistol and began cleaning it, and in due course of evenls as Ed knew she likely would, Ihe lady remarked how frightened she was of guns. They were dangerous, she squealed, and might go and kill some- body. Ed assured her the gun v.asn't loaded, pointed it at the floor about a foot ahead of her toes and pulled the trigger to prove it. There was a great flash and a roar that filled the with black powder smoke and thoroughly scared the hell out of everybody. When the lady came down with a shriek from somewhere up among L h e rafters, Eci looked at his gun stupidly, and remarked as how he didn't know if was loaded, whereupon he pulled the trigger again and blew another hole in the floor, by this time everybody present was half blind wilh smoke and in a stale of nerves. The lady's husband opined that Ed was crazy and they left hurriedly for home, which was the general idea in the first place. Next day at lunchtime, Ed's wife went to the trapdoor leading down lo the dug- out cellar lo gel some tomato juice. When she opened it, she just froze wilh an ex- pression of horror on her face. Then she looked at Ed and said, "You and your jokes'." When we went over for a look, it was to find Ihe place looking as though a steer had been slaughtered in it. Every- Ihing was running red. Ed's big pistol bul- lets had plowed through the floor and slammed into a full case of tomalo juice. He spent considerable time that afternoon cleaning up. no doubt contemplating the powerful balHsilical qualities of his six- shooter and the folly of playing with a loaded gun. My friend Butcher, bachelor remittance man, rancher, and somewhat sudden kind of gent, had a pet cat which got mighty careless in ils old age about where it went lo bathroom. He banished her lo the barn, but she sneaked back one day while sev- eral of us were helping him gather cat- tle. As we washed up on Uie veranda at noon, Butcher went into the house to get lunch. We heard a sudden burst of pro- fanity inside and the cat came crashing through Ihe screen door heading for the barn. Behind her, Butcher appeared with a Winchester, and as the cat streaked across the yard, he emptied it at her without Ihe desired results. We stcori in utter horror, for the bullets were bouncing off the hard dirt through the thin clapboard front of Ihe harn where our horses were lied. Looking like long-faced pallbearers we went to see how many horses were dead and wounded. There were fresh slivers sticking out of the inside of that wall in halt a dozen places where bullets went through but nol a horse was touched, although they were all stand- ing humped up and shaking scared. Then we turned disapproving eyes on Butcher. Without a word, we picked him up bodily and carried him lo Uie edge of a big pool in the cold creek right "in front of his door, and threw him in. Theji we threw the Winchester after him for good measure. Wlu'le he sorted himself out, somewhat llioughlful and penitent, we proceeded Lo get our own lunch. Looking ahead By Dong Walker in one day, as I was walking past Ihc Pcnlecoslnl church, I en- countered Pastor W. J. Gamble on the sidewalk taking note of the progress be- ing made on Ihe addition lo hi.s church. Lest I the idea lhat he was spend- ing all his time there on the sidewalk, he luslcnrd In assure me lhat he was at- tending Lo his regular pa.sloral rcsn'tnsihili- lics! .Since Pastor (ramble, like me, lias en- Lered middle age, I assume lhat he must sometimes give fleeting thought to whal. he will do lo occupy himself when it comes time lo retire. Perhaps in those odd mo- ments these days when he is between pas. loral duties, he is just taking the opportun- ity lo try out one of Ihc mosl popular of nil rcliri-mcnt sidewalk su fjgriii tending. Report raises unrealistic expectations OTTAWA The report of Secretary of Stale Pclle- lier's committee on youth is an utterly dazzling example of the manner in which governments encourage the revolution of un- realistic expeclalions, of which they sometimes profess to be Uie victims. Mr. Pcllclicr ciiil nol write the report and is not bound by it. But this does not relieve him of a considerable responsibility. As secretary of state he chose the members or bears responsibility for their selection. Ue gave them the mandate. He persuaded the government to support them with public money, estimated at approximately He may, if he so desires, repudiate the contents, but he certainly shares the responsibility for publication. This is no mod- est report (such as we re- ceive yearly from the auditor- general) but a lavish and beau- tifully illustrated volume hand- somely subsidized by the gov- ernment. There is, curiously, no men- lion in the report of the terms of reference. But in a sense the secretary of state provided terms of reference as he went along. The authors obviously found points of departure in Mr. Pcilciier's programs down in Ihe Opportunities for Youth. They at least had a par- ental blessing as Uicy took off for the wide blue yonder. In the result, Mr. Pelletier now has a report on which he cannot act, except perhaps through gestures. If cannot be a guide for government, be- cause it is built around a huge contradiction. It requires gov- ernment to perfect the arts of the impossible. The best that can be said for it, presumably, is that is mir- rors the confusion of that sec- tion of youth for which the au- thors speak. But it may con- fuse them more. This, after all, is not campus wisdom nor is it the wisdom of private radical scholars; it is wisdom commis- sioned and paid for by govern- ment and disseminated by In- formation Canada. It is of a character to excite great ex- pectations and the government must now explain why It can- not implement the thought of those in whom it presumably had some confidence. What will this approach dn for the problems of frustrated and alienated youth? The report has been soundly denounced by many critics be- cause it is an attack on the economic system. But a system can, if necessary, be changed. The trouble with the report is that it does not stop with the system; it throws out eco- nomics. What is expected of society by Mr. Pellelier's privileged youth is a very great deal. The costs of almost free travel, at home and abroad, and of fully subsidized post-secondary edu- cation (without the hardship of tiresome summer employment) would obviously be consider- able. But the society which is supposed to deliver these de- sirable services is also warned, rather sternly, that it must get over its obsession with quan- titative development. How, on this basis, is it to satisfy flic demands of the young as they "opt for a condition of simple, human happiness" in meaning- ful alternatives to employment or on carefree lours of Europe? There is the further compli- calion thai other groups may also have claims on the good life. Mr. Pelletier will have no- liced that certain citizens have already begun to call for an opportunilies-for-lhe-aged pro- gram. What's left of society- taxpayers, say, between the ages of 25 and 65 may also wish to be accommodated in a world happily emancipated from economics. Govern m e n t, unfortunately, must be concerned with ways and means. Any government, whatever its political stripe, miisl sooner or later warn the public that there are limits lo the total demands which can be made on society. Or it may take the tack of exhorting peo- ple to work harder for greater "Extravagant, confusing, vacous, tedious, bureaucratic nonsense an excellent report. productivity in tho spirit of liussian Slakhanoviles. How is this lask facilitated by Ihe commissioning and pub- lication of dream-like reports which wander in and out of a never-never land? It is all very well to present us with the ideology of the counter-culture accompanied by all sorts o! sombre warnings and reason- able suggestions that we have an obligation lo listen. But af- ter listening, whal? Is that all that the encounter groups have in mind? If not, there must be a presumption that society can somehow come to terms with the counter culture. Again, how? The values "common to the hip and non-hip youth" are con- trasted by the committee with those of the society in general (including, although one would never guess it. some To list a few: doing your own thing; "exislenlialisl'' mystical insight; rcvdulion, small scale communal "h u inanist" group- ings; being becoming (versus contemplation (versus emotion (versus ra- tional and so on. This is a bit confusing, as the committee admits. How does one repudiate direction while seeking, through revolu- tion, lo direct society? How dees society, under aitack for its materialism, support the contemplaters and being- bccomers? How reason when part of the objection is to ra- tional intellect? The commillee leaves the latter problem lo govern- ment, evidently preferring to reason w i t h Mr. Pelletier than with aroused youth. Where it stands is none too clear although there may be a clue in its high praise of the Canada Council, whose success "flows directly from the fact that from the beginning its modus operand! has been to 'ask he artists what they waul.' Ask, and the govern, ment will do the rest. Even so. would all these rec- ommendations to the bu- reaucracy, and for larger bu- reaucracy, do the job? Or would they be scorned by lead- ers of the counter culture as efforts to buy off true revolu- tionaries? In any case Mr. Pelletier has his report and, through Infor- mation Canada, has passed it on lo Ihe universities for the inspiration of students. There are ministers, some very well read in the literature of contemporary dissent, who wish that he bad thought twice before ordering it. But the milk is spill, nil worth of it. Mr. PelMicr obviously de- serves a share of credit for whale v c r unrealistic expecta- tions it may arouse and, in Ihe view of sonic of his colleagues, he is welcome lo il- (llcralrt Ottawa Bureau) Fall parliamentary television in the planning By Richard Jackson in ihc Victoria Colonist no end of parlia- mentary television goodies in the planning for you this Tall. Not only is the electronic press getting a new radio-TV "hot-room1 all to itself for Ihe public pillory of Lhe politicians individually, but the House of Commons may he on the brink of the ultimate folly of going on the boob-tube collectively. The new radio-TV "hot- where cabinet ministers and some backbenchers will undergo Lhe ordeal of playing the part of the accused for the electronic reporters who see themselves as Mr. Public Prosecutor, is under construc- tion in a well in the basement of the Commons. The actual televising of the Commons has gone beyond Ihc planning stage, and is in that Pied Piper By Don Oakloy. NEA Service gOME people just can I let sleeping myths lie. According to German elluiolo- gist (student of peoples and races) Hans Dobbcrliu. Lherc never war, a Pied Piper who led 130 children out of the vil- lage of Hamclin on June 26, 1204. Dobbcrlin's recent researches show that no Mair.plin citizens did leave the town bill wilh Ihc intention of e m i R r a l- ing lo Prussia. There is no men- lion of children among Lhcin. They were led by one Nicko- laus Graf von Spicgelbrrp-Pnp- ponbilrg, a nobleman who niny have worn colorful Hollies hut who didn'l. play Ihc pipe. True, there was a plague nf rats in Hamelin, but Ibis hap- pened years laler in iwii, says Dohbcrlin. Well, Piod Piper i.s slill casicr lo say Ihiin Nickiilau.-, (iraf von Spicgclberg-Poppcuburg. slrange state of suspension be- tween hopes and fears of reali- zation. The TV cameras are set lo roll. The House itself may he set political caution can be overcome lo go for a TV audition soon after the Septem- ber re-opening of the session. A special Commons commit- tee on procedure and organi- zation has studied and more than flirted with Ihe let's-all- be-TV-stzrs idea, and recom- mended an experimental on- camcra run of the daily ques- tion period In storage is the required audio and visual recording equipment lo transform tho Commons into a TV sound- stage. The gear includes electronic speech and lecture aids, pro- jectors and lecterns wilh their own built-in mikes and Lcle- promulers. The idea, back lasl June he- fore Ihe Commons recessed for the summer, was to make a pilol TV film of the daily ques- tion period over a two-week lime span. Everything would be taped on a closed TV circuit, nol re- leased lo radio and television, bul held for private and assessment of Ihe potential for positive Ihe honorable members. All that, as Ihey say in show busincss. was shol and in the can, ready for private screen- ing. Thi'u i he special cinnmiUco pul. it ur, !o the party caucuses. Tho. word was go from Mm New Democrats f'mlili.slc.s wlin had every- thing lo gain and nothing to lose. Doing almost all Ihc question- ing in Ihc daily question period, jhcy could only look industrious, if somplimo.s on Ihc dum-dum side nf Ihoir mlcn'oRaling ol Prime MmiMcr Trudeau and liis cabinet wasn't always as sharp as it could be. The hangup came wilh Ihe Liberal caucus. There tha backbenchers who, despite a multiplicity of parliamentary appointments, still manage lo outnumber the 29-man cabinet had reserva- tions. Two of them. One lhat certain cabinel min- isters weren't exactly brightly shining lights when under good, tough opposition questioning by such parliamentary gamcsmen as John Diefenbaker, George Ilees, Robert. Coalcs, John Lundrigan, Wallace Nesbill, Bob Muir, Lloyd Crouse, David Lewis and Stanley Knowles. The other lhat. as backbench- ers, like good little boys, they are supposed, traditionally, lo be seen but not heard, leaving the talking lo their belters, the exalted members of the cab- inel. They were afraid they would look like dummies. "There we'd ho, mute in our protested one back- On the attack Sri-vicr. WOLLD BE ex-smokers can buy a cigarclle holder with a dial thai regulates the amojnl of smoke sucked in. The idea is lo decrease Ihc flow lillle by little every day until nolbing comes through, liy then, presumably, you've kicked Ihe habit. lror weighl-watchcrs, there's a now hell Mint wm-ks on the same principle. A pressure pad, controlled by a dial, makes Ihe stomach "feel full and satisfied." The idea is lhat advancing the dial each day will result in a slim and svelte you. Then there's the fellow who's practising lifting H bain calf every day. The idea i.s lhal by the lime the call's a steer bench MP when the Liberal caucus kicked the TV plan around, "while the opposition guys would all be leaping to their feet in glorious color and stereophonic sound." Nothing then was settled except wait and see how it looks and feels when the ses- sion resumes in September. They've even got a name for the program boob-tubing of the Commons "Information Par- liament The idea be to tape the daily question period and make selected television and radio clips available lo Ihe electronic press for their stations. Bul there is suspicion thai clips involve Ihe risk of editor- ializing. Tapes can be "doc- tored" any radio or TV hand can do it wilh words and phrases dropped and even oth- ei-s substiluled. It has happen- ed. Here. Only once, or twice perhaps, but enough lo alert the honorable members to the haz- ard. Information Canada is getting into (he parliamentary TV act with a program AIMS (Auto- mated Informalion Monitoring Syslsm) in which the use of clips by radio-TV across the country can be banked in an audio-visual ''library" so MPs can check Ihcir abuse. It's a sort of eleclronic clip- ping service. Bul Ihe whole TV deal re- mains in suspension until the re-assembling Commons lakes a cool autumn second look at il before leaping. Looking backward ThroTiRh (lie Herald iffil Reports today de- scribed I he richest gold mine slrikc since Clotiry Creek days along Wilhyr Creek. The ad- vances indicate sensational dis- coveries. general strike com- pletely lying up Ihe lignilc coal mine in Eslevan, Saskatch- ewan slarlcd loday. More lhan 600 men will be oul of work. defence head- quarters announced loday lhat Canadian, British and Norwe- gian I r o o p s under Canadian command rccenlly effected a landing at Spitsbergen, Nor- way allied pow- ers of Hie Second World War siijiH'd a peace treaty wilh Ja- pan. Russia and hvr, satellite hoycnllcd Ihc ceremony. Sales hit a rec- ord high mark in Ihc first half of the year, slicing Canada's trade deficit lo from lasl year at this time. The Lethbndge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lclhbrirlgc, Albcrla LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published ID05 195-1, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall RorjIMrallon No 0013 Member or The Cflnsdlan Press and Ihn Cflnadion Dally Ncwsnapfir Publishers' Assncralion and tho Autlli Bureau of Clrculnllons CLEO W. MOWERS. Edilnr nnd Publisher THOiW.S H. ADAMS, Gcncrfll Wnnnqpr JOE DA1.I.A WIlLlAW HAY Editor A''..'fcrdic Fclllnr ROY F. 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