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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 How can any caring person do it? I had heard of catnappers (those sly individuals who seize felines when their owners aren't looking and sell them either to laboratories or tor their lur value) but I had never ruu into a catdropper before Not until the Labor Day weekend, that is. Interrupted in my packing lor a camping trip to Waterton by a ring at the front door I was confronted by a stranger with a pussy in his arms "Is this your he asked rather sternly I replied. "We have a dog but no cat." "Would you like to have "Well, no. not really, our spaniel is enough. Thanks anyway." I answered and alter predicting a beautiful weekend gently closed the door burying my head again in the camping gear. "Where's the meowing com- ing I questioned cock- ing my ear towards the front door "Sounds like a frighten- ed pussy." I continued sorting until the meowing was accom- panied by a gentle scratching on the door screen Clearing the desk By Chris Stewart, Staff writer 'You don't I blurted "Surely he wouldn't have' Of course not! Not a chance'" I reached lor the door knob to investigate the meowing and there, crouched and frightened sat the gaunt, grey cat offered me minnutes before. "He must have dropped it the moment I closed the door." I said, trying to recall the man's reaction when I refused his offer "Who was he9 Had he come by car? Was he a neighbor, from out-of- town or just a passer-by? And why had he chosen our front porch for his furry deposit9" I picked up the warm animal wondering what on earth to do with it during our weekend absence A phone call to the SPCA brought no response (holiday weekend, of neither did a quick check ol the neighborhood no one had lost a cat or could supply a lead I was stuck with a hungry pussy nobody wanted, not even me "What do people generally do when they want to give cats away'' Just dump them''" I wondered A quick glance at the Herald's Pets and Supplies column assured me some in- dividuals go to considerable length to find homes for superfluous pets "Three kittens to be given I read. "Three little kittens want home." "loveable house trained kitten to be given "being evicted seven week old white kittens and mother Mother good with children." Phone numbers were provided Others with superfluous litters undoubted- ly notified the SPCA but sure- Iv very few drop them on doorsteps Or do they? 1 have since learned ol two beautiful, but unwell. Siamese cats abandoned on a kind housewife's porch. She dis- covered them when she set out her morning milk bottles One had an injured back leg i which subsequently cost her at the Inendly vets) and the other suffered from a skin condition to cure) Her Lost and Found ad brought no response, her vet bills had topped the mark and she couldn't bring herself to turn them out so decided to keep the forsaken felines along with her own cat I know how you feel." she said to me, "someone played the dropping game at our house too and I'm still wondering how any caring person could do it There will be little rhyme or reason to this column, and even less order. You can start it at the end and read up to the beginning, or at the middle and work to the ends It con- sists of pieces of paper I can't otherwise get off my desk and of little thing stuffing up my wastepaper basket mind Arnold Palmer, being asked it he minded crowds' "No-o I like people I treat people the way I like to be treated, which is pleasant W W Van Gogh, the ar- tist's nephew, who has just given over his vast collection ol paintings and drawings to the Dutch government. There are too many professional artists, and not enough artists in other prolessions This one. I think. I coined invself or maybe my sub- const lous pinched it from someone "Eat. drink and be merry for tomorrow we diet." Seems to me muddling is often a good thing, provided vou know you are The old British muddling through" doesn I look too bad against Washington's computerized, bugged and astrayed White House The bitter and closed-mind approach to much dialogue in politics here and abroad and maybe in ordinary public conduct recalls an incident in a Ring Lardner story years back Father was driving his 12-v ear-old son to friends in a nearby town As they came to a corner the boy said "Here's where we turn but Father knew better Some miles later, father groping, the boy said again he thought they should go back to the eailier turn, but not Father. Finally they turned around and went back and made the corner The son, in simple curiosity, asked father why he hadn't turned in the first place "Oh shut up." he ex- plained Standing in awe and confu- sion as we try to understand the problems of environment, lood production and human health, nationally, inter- nationally or in our town, there is meaning in the saying ol John Muir in Thomas Edison's garden. "When we try to pick out anything by itself we find it is hitched to everything else in the un- iverse." G. K Chesteron declared that man, trying to get along without the fatherhood of God, had declined to the point where now "there is a coarsening and debasement of the essentially noble idea of human comradeship." "It is time." said President Nixon in May on the South lawn ol the White House, "for a new sense of dedication of everybody in the bureaucracy that if a document is classified, keep it classified." The summer has brought a public concern not just that documents be classified but that they be true. Dr J A Corry, former principal of Queen's Univer- sitv. a cheery man, diagnosed our trouble this way. "Perspective is not part of the natural equipment of our minds We seem always to be under the domination of the immediate As long as things are getting better and better, we can see no end to it Now, as things appear to get worse and worse, we can see no end to it In a perverse way I find that helpful, even cheering. It is not a sentence to eternal dam- nation, nor even endless gloom It is a judgment that we should arm ourselves with the perspective that we are in better health and well-being than our forefathers, and better than peoples today in just about every other land un- der the sun That sort of puts it to us, doesn't it? Book reviews Too sensible to be discarded "A book of dreams" by Peter Reich (Harper and Row, 172 pages, distributed by Fithenry and Whiteside The evil forces can't be denied They are as old as mankind itself. What is relatively new is a possible scientific way of combating them Wilhelm Reich, psy- chiatnst, psychoanalyst, lec- turer, author of many books, worked feverishly on that sub- ject before it took a deadly turn He discovered positive life energy and gave it the name, To concentrate this energy he built special accumulators, boxes to sit in, which allegedly sped up healing processes on injured people. In opposition to the good energy was the negative energy that incorporated cosmic influences of fear- intlictmg and dangerous flying saucers A growing interest by leading scientists was countered by disapproval by the authorities. Reich had to be stopped, silenced, his theory, since it could not be disproved must be at least dis- missed. He was imprisoned finally lor contempt of court in 1957 and died the same year, a prisoner Sigmund Freud's most brilliant student had tried to better his master only to be a victim of his own findings, the negative energies. Working with orgone energy was declared illegal by the authorities The idea was condemned because it couldn't be comprehended Reich stands like a relic of our contused times, a man being sentenced by his contem- poraries most democratically, executed most judicially. Like Einstein, he was a fugitive of the Third Reich and a revolutionary in science: but unlike him, dis- carded and classified dangerous and insane The book ot dreams doesn't answer any questions, it rather asks them, it suggests that we might have gone wrong somewhere in our ieverish quest to understand crime and evil gone terribly wrong while !5 years ago, we let die alone in a stinking prison cell a man. who tried to harness the good forces of life. Peter Reich presents here an inspiring book He affec- tionately remembers his father and expresses no ill leeling towards his prosec-utors The story. written between dream and reality seern to build a monu- ment to Wilhelm Reich without clarifying existing contradictions crackpot or genius9 The eagerness ot the authorities to silence the man who rocked the boat suggests the genius. His contribution remains, at least at the moment, a dream for many a bad one Peter Reich interprets an inferno of dreams, now so real, then so distant, now so beneficial, then so discourag- ing as a nonchalantly assembl- ed melee, a stew of happenings and a potpourri of memories. A book of dreams often comes closer to reality than our daily environmental nightmares; it is thought in- spuing, it is too sensible to be discarded Orgone energy, life energy, good energy a book of dreams, a revealing account ot our times Peter Reich a talented, promising author HANS SCHAUFL Not for beginners "Bridge Magic" by Hugh Darwen (Oxford University Press; 213 pages; Magic is best performed by magicians and magic at the bridge table is no excep- tion paragraph in the introduc- tion to this excellent book on bridge is a fair warning as to the level of expertise to which it is addressed' "Many problems in these pages will defy the reader, un- til unable to resist temptation anv longer, he turns overleaf lor the solution. But he will soon get the measure of the less complex problems, then, gradually, the difficult ones will come to heel and finally the impossible ones. too. will fall into line, though that of course may take a little longer In short, this is not a book lot beginners But there are many bridge plavers in and around I.ethbndge who are well beyond the beginner stage Experts, near-experts, and even those who just hope some dav to be experts, will lind something here to really EC! their teeth into Thev "11 learn something, too There are single dummy pioblems. double dummy problems, problems in bid- ding, in plav. and an especial- 1v valuable section on squeezes There's even a sec- tion that shows the how to go about composing problems of his- own This is a challenging book, one to keep in mind when look- ing lor a present for that aggravating individual that is as hard to buy presents for as he is to beat at bridge J WF Two's company THE VOICE OF ONE Dr. Frank S. Morley The criminal society ('hurdies in Ouro Pro to. Brazil are locking their doors except tor mass since they were looted on one Sunday recently of over worth ol religious relics made of gold and piceious stones Every year in America and Europe million worth of paintings are stolen, much from churches Thieves get locked in the church overnight and when things are quiet they open the side door tor accomplices In Italy art stealing is a iicitionjl scandal European art is sold chiefly in the U S and art stolen in the U S. is sold in South America which in turn is sold to Europeans The rising values of art and the comparatively easy theft makes art stealing inviting Stealing has increased dramaticalK in the colleges The naive youngsters from small towns are easy game Not used to locking their doors and taking precautions, they lose TV sets, cameras, musical instruments, and anything else that can be carried away. The engineering department at the University of isconsin lost of electronic gear In a 10 month period the Universitv ot Berkeley had 10 rapes. 18 robberies. 1.742 larcenies, and rir) auto thefts Libraries are especially Emory University in Atlanta repoi ts a loss ol a vear from the book store On parking lots tires are commonly stolen Washington. DC secondary schools report whole classes students and teachers nibbed at gunpoint in broad daylight. Police called in to a desperate situation could not pi event the raping ol a young Washington teacher in her classroom during the lunch hour and being tied up suspended from a hook in ,i closet Every university and city reports its anguish In Los Angeles the school crime rate tost .i million in one vear Shoplifting tripled during the sixties. It is estimated that one out of 15 customers steals something Few customers report when they see a theft lor tear of being sued or getting themselves involved in a lot of time- consuming double the recent convention ol police chiefs in Cli.ulotteiown it was estimated that major crime increased by 222 per cent from 1962 lo Internal crime cost Canadian business .it least r> billion last year In Canada last vo.ir vehicles were stolen In the 1 nited States :i7 per cent ol business failures are the result of criminal action Private investigator Mark Lipman states that in- dustrial thelts are escalating at the rate of 15 to 2ii pei cent and estimates in dollar volume langing from three to 15 billion dollars an- miallv t'ettv is tdr more common than most people realize, indeed most people sie.il Frederic Thrasher thinks stealing has become a game Some juveniles steal at one store and leave their goods at another Sociologists like Uurkheim and Merton lay i he blame lor much crime on societv s emphasis on achievement and success Tawney would blame an acquisitive societv which leaves mam frustrated and seeking a short-cut This is a materialistic societv and despite its contempt tor the materialistic values of American society, the new uuhcahsm is sordidlv materialistic One ma- cause for stealing is the increase in drug dominant cause lor increase in crime is the loss ol fdith in spiritual and moral values Ldige areas of behavior have become detach- ed Irom moial judgments of right and wrong Kamsey Clark points out in "Crime in crime reflects the character of a people or a societv. Many people believe the (inlv sin consists in being caught and the chances of conviction (or a serious crime in are one in 50 So America's national pastime, s-yvs Lipman is not baseball but I licit1 RUSSELL BAKER Envying the idle? "The work ethic" is one of those insidious shorthand terms "Women's liberation" is another that seem to be useful for speeding conversation on to more vital essentials, but aren't What these terms usually do, instead, is sidetrack conversation into vacuity and noise. Politicians just now are immoderate in LIP .service to "the work from which we may assume that "the work ethic." whatever it may be. is a first magnitude vote puller, right up there with "home" and "mother" among the treasured Americana all good-guy politicians will fight for until the last televi- sion floodlights go off We are presumed to reverence "the work ethic." And yet, after we have all agreed upon our devotion to it, how many of us would agree on what we were talking about? The complicated idea for which "the work ethic" is shorthand has eroded down into a slogan, a shouted viva' from politicians cer- tain that we. their conditioned audience, will leturn an automatic round of applause The term seems to be fairly new. a few vears ago the cut-the-budget faction in Washington went through a period of talking about "the Puritan ethic." which would presumably have been honored by a cut in federal outlays "The Puritan ethic" never caught on Who knows7 Maybe because the stereotype Puritan that blue-nosed child of repressed emotion, was all wrong for an age ot Americans that had coined the battle cry. Let it all hang out'" In any case, "ethic" was a word that made all the right sounds on politicians' ears at a time when we were thought by the polls to be suckers lor the calliope aspect of politics. Thev are still in love with probably because "ethnics" sounds so much more sincere and sociological, you see, than "the Polish vote Whatever the explanation, "ethic" surviv- ed when the "Puritan" failed, and when the public revulsion against welfare programs began to gather, there was good, sturdy, high- llown old sounding like something high-minded we remembered from grave philosophy courses in college Sensitive, humane statesmen as politicians quite naturally think of themselves could scarcely go along with the more passionate welfare-haters' com- plaints that the recipients of the state's dole were "bums." The thought had to be agreed to political reality can be very harsh at times but the language was awkward A solution was passionately required, and it turned out to be "the work ethic." The trouble with welfare was that it violated "the work ethic People on welfare were corrupted awav from "the work ethic And so on. As a piece of political shorthand lor putting a tone of spiritual uplift into razor attacks on welfare, "the work ethic" has had the virtue of softening discourse at a time when some softening was much needed The phrase has become so popular, however, that we may be in danger of kidding ourselves into believing there is a "work ethic' that is vital to the nation The fact, of course, is that the great argument for work- ing hard, except among those who suffered repressed childhoods, has never been that hard work is good for you The reason for working hard was that the hard work might just possibly make you rich enough to enjoy a later life of leisure and easy davs In short, hard work had no ethical value, it was a means to an end. dud the end was the option to not work at all Advancing national cyncism seems to have lessened the masses' faith in their chances ol getting rich through hard work, although this is bv no means demonstrable What is demonstrable we have just had an official report documenting it is a spreading boredom or fatigue with the jobs that working Americans have There are many sociological theories about this We needn't buy any of them to observe that the quality of much work being perform- ed nowadays suggests that too many workers are not happy in their work If Americans are .so devoted to a "work ethic." how can they muster conscience to take pav for second- rate and sabotaged jobs9 It is surely not devotion to the spiritual value of toil that animates such persons to cheer politicians who demand more devotion to "the work ethic It seems more likely that they are hooting at the jobless out of the malice of envv. Polish jokes From The Wall Street Journal Photo bv Hick Krvm It amazes us that people who wouldn't dream of uttering anti-Semitic or anti-black jokes think nothing of holding up Poles or other ethnics as objects of ridicule. It shouldn't be necessary to mention Paderewski or Chopin or Marie Slodowska Curie to make the point that the Polish stereotype is not only insulting but wrong. Furthermore, as the Polish American Congress notes, the National Association of Broadcasters' Television Code prohibits ridiculing or demeaning any racial or religious group Sometimes we as a nation seem to be getting awfully thin-skinned, what with a black instructor recently charging that "San- lord and Son" performed by and sometimes written by blacks really represents white humor, and what with an In- dian student at a Southwestern university saying he has been threatened with violence by other Indians if he parades on the sidelines as planned during this fall's footballiseason. dressed in Indian costume. Frankly, we would be happier if these sen- sibilities diminished and ethnic humor were given a freer rein than it recently has been There is a sense in which humor can bring ethnically diverse people closer together and turn canards to laughter. That is not to say ethnic jokes, like most humor, cannot sometimes turn vicious. But we ought to be able to recognize bad taste without at the same time starting to become suspicious even when. say. a Myron Cohen or Pat Cooper draw on their respective Jewish and Italian backgrounds to tell humorous stories. After all that is said, however, the Poles do have a point. Given the current attitudes, television networks should try to prevent anything remotely offensive to most ethnic minorities, let alone anything as crude as the typical Polish joke Sauce for one ethnic ought to be sauce for the next ;