Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, September 11, 1971 Shizuye Takushima The Alberta cabinet The new Alberta cabinet is loaded with talent, but then Premier Longh- eed had a wealth of talent to choose from. Its only serious weakness is the absence of anyone from south of Cal- gary. But the southern voters, in staying solidly Social Credit, are re- sponsible for that omission. Mr. Lougheed had no option. He can't even open up a southern seat for a strong Conservative of cabinet sta- ture. The size of the cabinet may be questioned. Was it really necessary to include nearly half of his 49 mem- bers? Whereas Social Credit seldom had more than one lawyer in its ranks, the Conservative caucus is loaded with lawyers and so is the new cab- inet. Some people might not like dial. Again, that is the way Ihe voters wanted it. The idea of a deputy premier is good. Mr. Lougheed said he wanted to be spared some of the chores so he could get out into the province more. Another even more valid rea- son is the need for time to think. It will be good for the province if he allows himself plenty of private time just to reflect and to dream, as well as to talk and to listen. A lawyer as attorney general is taken for granted, but it should not be. But what about a medical doctor as minister of agriculture, a lawyer as minister of education, a farmer as minister of highways? These are good. It js the minister's business to translate political policy to the ex- perts, not to provide management ex- pertise for his department, and a jion professional can usually do that better than someone too close to his department's specialty. Some questions are raised by sep- arating "advanced education" from "education" and making two depart- ments, and by the appointment of the Red Deer member minister of advanced education. It will be re- called that during the campaign Mr. Lougheed promised Red Deer a uni- versity, and that this is contrary to the advice of most authorities includ- ing the Red Deer College. One of the trickiest departments is mines and minerals. This covers the oil industry, including tar sands de- velopment. New royally terms will have to be determined soon. Mr. Bill Dickie, the new minister, will need all the skill and tact at his disposal to reconcile coal development with environmental protection, and oil de- velopment with maximum public benefit. Some criticism may be forthcom- ing over the fact that the Progres- sive Conservative party ran only two women in the 75 constituencies, both of them exceptionally capable, and elected both, but only one of them was taken into the cabinet and alone among the 22 ministers was not given special responsibility for anything. But it is a strong cabinet, and the outlook for continued good govern- ment in this province is excellent. Hot news Since the CBC insists on giving baseball fans a docket of news along about the seventh inning of the tele- vised Montreal Expos game on Wed- nesday evenings, two suggestions seem to be in order. It would be appreciated by viewers if the announcers were informed of the cutaway so that they could give a quick resume of the action missed when they are back on the air. Most of the time the announcers sound as though they had been broadcasting oblivious of the interruption. They certainly do not catch the viewers up on what happened during the news headlines. An effort should be made to as- semble some fresh news. All of the items read during last Wednesday's broadcast were to be found in The Herald which had gone to press sev- eral hours earlier. The same items were hoard on the noon (and hourly thereafter) radio broadcasts. Base- ball fans would not resent the in- terruption of the games so much if they got some hot news. Surely the programmers are mis- taken in thinking news addicts sit doggedly through a couple of hours of baseball hoping to catch a little news. Why don't they give in and just let the baseball nuts enjoy their game? Weekend Meditation "Shut the door'' 'T'HIS is a very busy world and it be- comes increasingly difficult to find time for prayer and meditation. People will excuse trjemselves from all forms of spiritual exercises saying, "I do not have any time for that." They should be able to put some fence about a bit of time and say, "This belongs to God and me." They should find some way to protect them- selves from the telephone, radio, televi- sion, and the door bell. As Jesus said, "enter into thy closet and shut the door." Or, as the psalmist put it, "be still, and know that I am God." Pascal said that all the troubles in the world came because people were unable to sit quiet in a little room. How often we find Jesus saying to his disciples, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest awhile." We are great activists who feel that unless we are continually busy we are not doing any- thing. A Scottish minister once said of his Highlands of Scotland, "ft is a land where the great streams rise." So from the ice- fields of the Jasper highway come the vaters that feed the rivers that provide the power for so much of the prairies and even down into the United States. A man once remarked to his minister, who was surprised that such a busy man came so regularly to church, that he could not possibly get through all the work he had to do except he found the power in the church services. He needed that time of spiritual strengthening in order that he could accomplish his enormous tasks. C. H. Dodd writes in his commentary on Romans, "Faith is an act which is Uie negation of all activity, a moment of pas- sivity out of which the strength for action comes because in it God acts." The personal relationships of many of us are all but destroyed because we cannot listen to other people. Parents can't listen to their children, and the children can't lis- ten to their parents. It would be a won- derful thing if inslead of ranting at chil- dren all the time, the parent were to lis- ten to what the toy or girl had to say. And after all, fathers and mothers arc not always fools. They are worth listening to because they have had the same expe- riences through which you have to go. It has been well said that homes are being ruined every day by tongues hung in the middle and wagging at both ends. And homes are being recreated every day by people who know how to keep still and listen. So it is in prayer. Doctor Temple used to say that if he had five minutes to pray he would spend four minutes lis- tening to God. Margery Kemp, a thir- teenth century personality, said, "If thou wear the hair shirt, fasting on bread and wa- ter, and if thou saidest every day a thou- sand pater nosters, thou shalt not please Me so well as thou dost when thou art in silence and sufferest Me to speak to thy soul." We are so full of our own fussy self-importance, we are such chatter box- es, busy bodies, that it becomes impos- sible for us to hear the voice of the Divine, to catch the great underswell of life, to experience the mysterious element of life from which is bom all great art, music, and science. Consequently we never have what Wordsworth described as "The harvest of a quiet eye." Meditation and silence in some carefully protected retreat are not to escape from the world, but rather to gather strentgh to face the world. It was after Jesus with- drew from the world that he came down to redeem the world. Gethsemane made Calvary possible. To quote Wordsworth again, "The world is too much with us." It is a just criticism of our age that it is marked by Ihe three, characteristics of externahsm, immediacy, and noise. Nolh- ing great is achieved without a serenity of spirit. One must have reserves of ner- vous force and not be forever living to the full extent of our resources. When Je- sus came down from the mountain, he healed the epileplic. The disciples asked, "Why were we not able to do Je- sus told them in reply that this sort of power only came through prayer. Arnold Toynbee writes in his Study of History that there is n law regarding great men of "Withdrawal and it is Uic most obvious fact of life, yet very few of us ever learn it. IVo sale By Doug Walker rpIIE boys in the back shop keep draw- me in my resistance to fences Why would ing my attention to classified ads in people be trying to sell their fences if they which people otter fences for sale. They had not become disillusioned with them? A child in a Canadian prison camp I In December IWI, men, women and children or Japanese origin were living un Canada's West Coast. Within a few months every one of them whether Canadian- born, naturalized citizen or new stripped of all civil rights and submit- ted to three years of indignity on a scale that makes tlic episode the most disgraceful in the country's history. The story of that lime as it was lived through by one family and particularly one young girl is told in a book A CHILD IN PRISON CAMP by the Japanese-Canadian art- ist Takasliima. published this week by Tundra Books. yANCOUVJER, British Co- lumbia, March 1M2 Japan is al war with the United Slates, Great Britain and afl the Allied Countries, including Cm- ada, the country of my birth. My parents are Japanese, bora in Japan, but they have been Canadian citizens for many years and have become part of this young country. Now, over- night our rights as Canadians are taken away. "All the it is care- fully explained to me, "whether we were born in Tokyo or Van- couver are to be moved to dis- tant places. Away from the west coast of British Columbia security reasons." We must all leave, my sister Yuki, my older brother David, my parents, our I couldn't believe such stories, but there is my father packing just his clothes in one small suitcase. The older people are very frightened. Mother is so upset; so are all her friends. I, being only eleven, seem to be on the outside. One March day, we go to the station to see father board the train. An empty bottle is tossed in the air. I stand away, hold my mother's hand. Angry, dark curses, a scream. A train win- dow is broken An angry man is shouting. Tire men are dragged violently into the trains. Father can be seen. He is being pushed onto the, brain. He is on the steps, turns. His head is above the shouting crowd. I see his mouth opening; he shouts to his friends, waves his clenched fist. But the words are lost in all the noise. Mother holds my hand tightly. A sharp police whistle blows. My blood stops. We see a uni- formed Mounted Police drag an old man and hurl him into the train. Men crowd at the windows. Father is still on the steps, he seems to be searching the crowd, finally sees us, waves. Mother does not move. Yuki and I wave. Most remain still A bent old woman breaks out into a Buddhist prayer, moves her orange beads in her BEHRR WORLD 1971 tj NEA, lie." "Before Henry shows you the pictures of our vocation, let me soy, don't expect too much. They're not nearly as good as the ones they got on the moon." 1971 by NEA, InTf "Watching the pros an television has really Jane a lot for my putting. Wait'll you see me emole wnen sink or just miss one." Letters to the editor Letlibridge outdoor club nears its first birthday The Lethbridge Chinook Out- door Club will be a year old in October, and after a year's program of varied activities plans are being made for the fall and winter. The club was formed to promote an appre- ciation of toe outdoors through such activities as hiking, hik- ing, backpacking, mountaineer- ing, snowshoeing and the like, from an idea by Greg West the club president. Starting with short local hikes last fall the club has over the year extended its activities farther afield to Writing-on- Stone and Cypress Hills Provin- cial Parks, Waterton-Glacier National Park, the Crowsnest Pass, West Castle and the Por- cupine Hills. During the winter snowshoeing became popular, and since spring a group of members has become keen mountaineers scaling such peaks as Crowsnest Mountain, Mount Haig, Forum Peak and Crandell Mountain, not to men- tion a memorable ascent ot the Genuine Social Credit Alberta Social Creditors, to use the term very loosely in- deed, have committed two car- dinal sinsi 1. they worshipped a man as a god; 2. they pro- moted a label without honest regard for its actual, and es- sential, subslantive content. They found it more comfort- able and less personally de- manding to invest their man- god with full powers of inter- pretation of that than accepting, individually, the ultimately inescapable responsi- bility of utilizing their own God- given powers of creative thought and action. The desire for mere power came to super- sede the desire for truth. Thus, they justly deserved the pro- gressive infiltration, betrayal and eventual defeat essen- tially from within that has befallen them. Genuine Social Credit requires individual re- sponsibility. Now that those who have shamelessly misrepresented So- cial Credit for so many years from 'authoritative' positions in a pseudo and crypto-Social Credit can once again become the subject of intellectual and responsible discussion among all people of intelligence and good will. It should then be- come recognized as the realistic and effective alternative to the disastrous consequences of Fa- bian Socialist Keynesian eco- nomic and social policies which have brought Western civiliza- lion to the precipice of destruc- tion. WALLACE M. KLINCR. Sherwood Park, Alberta. An apology seem to Ihink I .should Iw interested since we do not yet have a fence al. our place, Thc fact is that Ihosc ads just confirm The fences probably kept blowing down or having lo be painted or some oilier dis- agreeable think1, In the issues of The Letlibridge Herald for Saturday, June 19, 1971 and Saturday, July 10, 1971 were published two letters, eacli signed "Brace R. Moynan." The first of these gave the heading: "What would you and the second: "A despicable end for family pel." The second of these letters made reference to the Chief Constable of the Town of Coaldale and referred to him in such terms as etc. The Lethbridge Herald regrets that due to shortage of staff because of holidays and for other reasons which made this particular time exceptionally busy, these letters escaped the editor's Dye and were published. The Lclhbridjio Herald fully retracls any statements published by il which, cilhcr directly or by innuendo, reflect in any manner upon the character and good reputation of the Thief Constable or any other officer of the Town of Coaldale and apologizes to the Chief Constable and any other Official of I ho Town mentioned in either letter. The Lethbridge Herald further assures all its readers that it has always had and continues to have the high- est regard for all Officers of fho Town of Coaldale. Cleo W. Mowers, Publisher West Butte of the Swcclgrass Hills. In addition shorter local hikes have been available for those wishing for less vigorous and time-consuming outings, while smaller groups have taken part in wilderness camps, rock climbing schools and bike tours. Membership is varied, from family groups with young chil- dren to mature adults, but de- spite a considerable member- ship the activities tend to be supported by a fairly small nu- cleus of members. In order to make the effort of organization worthwliile and to promote a wide range of activities to suit all tastes, the club would wel- come new members, with or without experience in the acti- vities mentioned. All that is re- quired is an interest in the out- doors, a packsack and appro- priate clothing, and a modicum of physical fitness. In addition to the weekend activities the club meets regularly on the third Tuesday of each month at p.m. in the Gas Company Auditorium. At these meetings, to which any interested persons are invited, activities are dis- cussed, guest speakers intro- duced, and films and slides shown. Club officials in addition to the president arc: 0 r 1 e n a Campbell, secretary; and Don Fergusson and Casey Wiskerke, activities coordinators. The club is also fortunate in having the services of Bruno Matteot- ti, an experienced Alpinist and climber of many Rocky Moun- tain peaks. Prospective mem- Doesn't add up Your new "entertainment writer" Herb Johnson has a few things to learn. Ross Hunt- er, producer of "Airport" hud nothing to do with the produc- tions ot "Love Story" and "Pat- ton." Howard G. Minsfcy, of Paramount, produced the form- er, Frank McCarthy of 20th Century Fox, produced the lat- ter. With reference to Hunter and nostalgia: "Thoroughly Modern a Ross Hunter film for Universal, which starred Julie Andrews, was a major success with the public and critics alike. He may have flopped out critically wil.li but the fact that he has hcen able to sign Lucille Ball, Carol Bur- nette and Mitzi Raynor for his forthcoming "Hollywood! llol- shows that the man is still at the top of the heap when it conica to .-how busi- ness entertainment. To me, that doesn't nrld up to any "cloud on the horizon." SHOW BIZ FAN. Pincber Creek. bers should attend the next club meeting on September 21st or contact the secretary at 8-1628 for further information. Lethbridge is fortunate in that it is within two hours' drive ot sor.ie of the finest natural scenery in North America. If you have the notion to get away from the city, and if you prefer the song of birds, the rush of water and the rustle of the wind in Uie pines to the noise of city traffic, why not join the Chinook Outdoor Club? Its members invite you to share the wonders of the great outdoors with them. GEOFF BRADSHAW Lethbridge. Gratified It was with a great deal of gratification that I read in the sports pages of The Lethbridge Herald of the return of Mr. Don McLean to hockey circles. It is a credit to the Lethbridge Midget Elks to have received the services of a coach of this calibre when one remembers his success with the Lethbridge Sugar Kings. It is a greater credit to Mr. McLean to freely donate his time and talenls to serve a worthwhile cause. There are many others in IjCthbrirJge who have achieved a measure of success in hockey who could well follow tlu's ex- ample. MINOR HOCKEY PARENT. Lethbridge. wrinkled hands, prays aloud to her God. Mother and the other women bow their heads. The silent God seems so far away. Summer 1942 From March to September, 1942, my mother, my sister Yuki and I are alone in Vancouver. David, our bro- ther, is taken away, for he is over eighteen and in good health. It's hard for me to un- derstand. Our David, who is so gentle, considered an enemy of liis own country- I wondered what he thought as his time came to leave us. He spoke very little but I do remember Mm saying, "In a way it's better wc leave. I am Iked from my job. The white people stare at me. The way things are, we'd starve to Now our house is empty. What we can sell, we do for very little money. Our radio, the police came and took away. We are told our cousins who have acres of berry farm had to leave everything. Trucks, tractors, land, everything was taken away from them. They were moved with only a few days notice to Vancouver. Strange rumors are flying. We are not supposed to own anything! The government takes our home. Mother does not know what to do now that father is not here and David too is taken. She does not speak very much; she is too worried how we are to eat with all her men gone. So finally, Yuki goes to work. She is sixteen; she becomes help for an elderly lady. She comes home once a week to be with us and seems so grown up. I grow very close to my moth- er Because we are alone, I often go to different places with her. Many Japanese families who were moved from the coun- try towns such as Port Ham- mond and Steveston on the west coast ol B.C., are now housed in the Exhibition grounds in Vancouver, waiting to be evacuated. One vei-y hot summer day mother and I visit a friend hers who has been moved there. The strong, summer July sun is over our heads as we near the familiar Exhibition grounds. But the scene is now quite dif- ferent from the last time I saw it. The music, the rollercoast- ei-s, the hawkers with then- bright balloons and sugar can- dy are not there. Instead, ten- sion and crying children greet us as we approach tlie grounds. A strong odor hils us as we enter: the unmistakable foul smell ol cattle, a mixture from their waste and sweat. The ani- mals were removed, but their stink remains. It is very strong in the heat. I look at mother. She exclaims, "We are treated like animals! White, thin sheels are strung up carelessly to block the view of prying eyes. Steel bunkbeds, a few metal chairs, suitcases, boxes, clothes hanging all over the place to dry in the hot soul- air, greet our eyes. Mother sits on a chair, looks at her friend. Mrs. Abe sils on the bed, nurs- ing her baby. The child, half asleep, noisily sucks her breast. Mrs. Abe looks down at it, smiles, looks at mother and says, "The food is much better now. We complained every day, refused to eat one day. They take all our belongings, even our husbands, and house us like pigs, even try to feed us pigs' From the comer of my eye I can see sweaty children; they gape at me. They know I am from the outside. I pretend I do not see them, I quicken my steps, I am outside. Here the animal stench again over- whelms me. I turn. Mother is beliind me. "You are rude to leave like she scolds I look up, "I'm sorry. I couldn't help it. Her crying, and the smell Looking backward Through the [Icrald 1921 Captain Janney. a prisoner al Hie Lelhbridgc Jail has entered the day of his hunger strike in protest of in- justice to himself by the court. All attempts to feed him, in- cluding force feeding, have fail- ed. 1931 Mahatma Gandhi set foot on European soil today for the first lime in fifteen years. JIc has come to Britain to con- fer with the British government concerning Indian's welfare. 1911 German planes bomb- ed Leningrad with pamphlets urging its civilians not to de- fend the city and German spokesmen asserted the Rus- sians must decide whether Ijen- ingrad is to be taken as a fairly intact city or a heap of debris. 1951 _ To avoid delay in get- ting natural gas for defence needs, the Montana Power Company agreed today to limit its request for importing the (uel to cubic feet. Alberta Health Minis- ter Monteith said today that radioactivity from the new se- ries of Russian nuclear bomb tcsls has been dctccled in Canada. The Letlibridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lelhbridgc, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1954, by Hon. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall RoglsTrnllon No. 001? Mtmbar of The Canadian Press ana ino Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Aisoclallon ind the Audit Bureau ol Clrculitloni CLEO W. MOWERS. Edllor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, Gencrnl Manner JOE DALLA WILLIAM HAY Mannglng EtJIfor Assndatn Edllor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Mnnnfler Edllorlnl Pago Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"