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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta lolurdoy, SipXmber 23, 1972 TXt imWKIDGI HWAID _ Margaret Lnckhursl People of the soutii-38 Alberta benefits from his services The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORIEY "WHAT do you do in your association Incorporated under spare I asked Dr. the Societies Act, and has two spai James Oshiro, family man, Coaldale physician and sur- geon, president of the Alberta Medical Association, chancel- lor of tho University of Leth- bridge, and dedicated church worker. Well, ask a silly question and you get a kind of dumbfounded look so we both laughed. A man as busy as Dr. Oshiro has to ttiink a little about what he does hi his spare limo be- cause ho has so liltle of II. But one thing he doesn't do is watch TV medical shows and- or read novels relating to doc- tors and hospitals. It will probably come as a surprise lo many readers to hear that Jim Oshiro has no connection w 11 li the Japanese families interned here during the Second World War. As a matter of fact, apart from lus Immediate family he has no re- latives in Canada at all. His parents came to Canada in 1907 where Mr. Oshiro senior be- came employed with the CPU. "In about 1919 my parents moved to Kenora, Ontario, where my father was in charge of the Japanese men who worked for the CPR. I was born in Kenora, as were my three sisters and two brothers." During the depression many of the Japanese laborers were laid off from the railway and went to find work elsewhere. "I think at that time we were tho only Japanese family in Dr. Oshiro said. "For years I had little contact with a Japanese community, I can understand tho language a bit, but I don't speak it very well, which I think is unfortunate." Dr. Oshiro received his schooling in Kenora. Afler graduation from high school, which coincided fairly closely with the outbreak of the Sec- ond World War, in 1M1 he join- ed a Lakehead unit of the army and spent the next four years overseas. He served in Ilia Mediterranean and in north- west Europe. While overseas he married in England, a girl of Scottish-Irish background. At the end of the war and after his discharge, Jim Oshiro entered the University of Man- itoba and took his medical degree. "I was able to do this on the government's rehabil- itation credit for he explained, "because naturally I dk'o't have much money for university fees. However 75 per cent of my classmates wero veterans, and our average age as students was much older than you normally find In med- ical school. But f didn't find it too difficult to get back to studying. My wife and lillla daughter wero a setlling in- fluence and probably inspired me lo sludy and get through." objectives: 1. The health and welfare of people 2. the welfare of the medical profession. In earning out these objectives tho Association becomes in- volved in medical affairs, gov- ernment health programs, and carrying on a liaison with other bodies involved in health care. Dr. Oshiro expressed regret that the medical profession no longer enjoys the same status it once had. Part of the reason is that doctors themselves are caught in a dilemma. They have been Irained lo deal with tho individual, establishing a friendly patient-doctor relation- ship, yet because of the way medical cars, is handled today this is becoming more difficult. "The1 paper work a doctor has to do boggles Ihe Dr. Oshiro groaned. "Medical re- ports for industrial concerns, insurance companies, even kids' camp medicals create a lot of paper work which adds hours lo a rouline day." Dr. Oshiro pointed out that the more affluent our society becomes the more health care people demand, and so far there doesn't seem to be a con- structive solution as to how Ihese demands are lo be mel. "The biggest health cost today is the active hospital bed care. We haven't yet arrived at prop- er utilization of active hospital beds, but various plans have been discussed both by govern- ments and by thfl mescal pro- fession itself. When they can be Implemented Is another thing." Dr. Oshiro sees, the major health care of the future as how we are going to look after our old people. "This is a so- ciological problem as well as a health care problem. Not near- ly enough research has been done on the problems of the aged as we've been concentrat- ing primarily on young people. But for the human point of view treating our old people In the next 25 years will be a ma- jor problem. Just helping them overcome loneliness would be a major psychological hurdle, if wo could only cope with it." The concerns of our native people arc another social prob- lem we haven't found an an- swer to as yet, Dr. Oshiro be- lieves "As a rule, they don't re- ceive the same medical care as the rest of the people they are less Inclined to seek out medical help whan they need it. Better education In time will overcome some of these diffi- culties, but It doesn't solve the many problems they encounter at the present time." For many years Dr. Oshiro has served in various capaci- ties with the United Church. A member of Coaldale United, he is a member of Session, sings in.the choir, and upon occasion plays the organ for services. At the Presbytery level he has served on various committees and is at present convener of Ministry and Personnel for southern Alberta. Yesterday, at a special convo- cation, as chancellor of the Uni- versity of Lcthbridge Dr. Oshiro conferred honorary degrees on four distinguished Canadians: Roloff Beny, well- tho chance I like lo get away to think about many things conserving our resources for example; water resources, land resources, and of course, most important of all, human re- sources. And 1 like to spend time with my family, my three daughters. 1 do a little pho- tography whicli is sort of a hobby and I do enjoy the moun- tains." Has he ever considered leav- ing Coaldale for another area? "No, not really, I'm very hap- py here. However, from time to time I give serious considera- tion lo taking a year off and working in one of the develop- ing countries. Many of my col- leagues are doing this and find it a fascinating experience. You see, I have a tremendous op- timism In tho future in spite of many troubles in tho world today. 'Many people are equally concerned as I, and we can all give a little help to im- prove the future for the com- ing generations." Are you minding your business? 'IWOMAS MERTON, tlie famous author mand a total allegianco and, t? nf (VIA TV-anriitt T jUL-vonno caiH Wo sea frvJina and contemplative of Ihe Trappbt Order, is opposed to clergy engaging in sec- ular affairs like politics and business. He believes such activity militates against spiritual effectiveness. Since there is a decided trend fa Europe and the United States in the opposite direction, ihe warning is timely. Beware lest the chief vocation of your life be neglected! In the twentieth chapter of the first Book of Kings there Is a story about a man who was given a prisoner to keep until after the battle. When the soldier returned to claim the prisoner, the man explained that "as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone." This is the story of most lives. They are wasted, frittered, spent on every passing fancy. There is no dominant dedication, no supreme desire, to all else must be subordinate. Paul said, "This one Ihing I and he urges his readers to "lay aside every get rid of every encumbrance which might hamper them in their race of Hie. Very few people, however, organize their lives around a high purpose. They are busy with a thousand things, having a breakdown from the confusion of their lives. They lack that concentration which Gladstone held to be the key success. Tius frittering of life is not only the rea- son for failure in the ministry of t It B church, but the reason for failure in life itself. How often a man or woman can say, "As thy servant was busy here and tliere, my youth was gone." "As thy ser- vant was busy here and there, my family was gone." Opportunities are lost, friends are neglected and lost, life passes by. Noth- ing much is accomplished because there has been no dominant desire. Even pray- ers become poor because they do not de- Lawrence said, "We are fooling ourselves with trivial devotions." Concentration of hie Is of the very es- sence of every virtue. Purity, loyally, sin- cerity, and goodness of character depend upon a focussed life. One of the first, if not the most prominent, marks of maturity is the statement by a youth, "1 give myself to that." When a youth finds a cause that possesses him, he Is grown up. George Bernard Shaw said, wiriling of Bunyan's Valianl-for-Tnrth, "This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recog- nized by yourself as a weighty one the being B force of Nature inslead of a fev- erish little clod of ailment1; and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy." Winifred llollby, one of a brilliant group of Oxford Women, recognized this but did not achieva it for herself. At a dedication service for a fellow-student going out to China as a missionary, she wished for a similar dedi- cation for herself. "The difficulty is lo what one can dedicate she wrote. "I am blown about by a wandering wind of great pity and sorrow and desire, while my weakness and and timidity keep me tied lo earth." Andre Maurois once observed that a man even of mediocre gilts who concentrated all Us force on a single object would ob- tain results that seem miraculous to spirits that were perhaps swifter but lacked warmth and love. How often one sees bril- liant people fail as their efforts are dis- sipated, while men and women of much inferior ability but with intensive dedica- tion achieve astonishing results. Only tha people who "hunger and thirst after righteousness" achieve it or anything else. "Incubating" a ivorkshop By Eva Brewsfer SHORTLY after my first series of radio ing Division of the Provincial Government, 4-nTlrn nUnnruf HA fwim Onl IA DR. JAMES OSHIRO (Pholo by Walter The sure escape from silence By Bruce Hutchison MV NEXT DOOR neighbors ency, productivity and prosper- ing the stillness with its jolly ity, as the Economic Council decibels and rousing all good Upon completing his senior Internship in a Winnipeg hospi- tal, Jim was inviled by another doctor to come to Coaldale "on a trial run." He liked the town and the vicinity so much that he set up a general practice in 1952 and has been there ever since. Asked if he'd ever entertain- ed tho idea of specializing, Dr. Oshiro said that he had toyed __________________ with the idea earlier, but then known artist photographer; than Ihe dismal splash of a came to the conclusion that his Chief Judge L. S. Turcotte, first trout or the dreary cry of a around this lake, on Van- couver Island, are a backward and peevish lot. The. same is true, no doubt, of lakes all over Canada in the holiday season. To hear these people talk you would think thai our native wilderness was being ruined by Its summer inhabitants. The truth, of course, is that it has been steadily improved by hu- man ingenuity and the march of progress. Why, only a few years ago a cotlager sitting by the lake at twilight heard nothing more motives might not have been right. "Anyway, I enjoy what I'm doing and have no regrets in that regard." Dr. Oshiro sees a greater shift once again to the "family doctor" type general practi- tioner. "While specialists are still needed of course, the pub- lic needs that special rapport with a doctor who knows and understands the family's prob- lems." "Knowledge in medicine is increasing every Dr. Oshiro explained.. "We are sec- ing a shift to diseases caused by the stresses of our civiliza- tion. 'Mental stresses' are in- creasing because of various so- cial complexities. Urbanization, with its lack of community spirit is causing alienation and loneliness in young and old alike, and doctors arc seeing the results of these stresses in their offices every cfay." Would there ever be a re- turn to old-style small-town lite with less pressures? "Well, it's strange how peo- ple like to get away from the big city life in the summer, for Dr. Oshiro explain- ed. "The lack of identity in the city motivates people to return to a rural type of life, even if it's on n temporary basis in the atmosphere of a campground. There's a certain independence of spirit people get lo know llicir neighbors under such con- ditions." Politics plays a big part in i n c r e a s ing urbanization Dr. Oshiro fee's. "The medical pro- frrncn could and should point the problems inherent' in over-urbanization both from a medicnl and a human point of Tlic Alberta Medical Associa- tion, of which Dr. Oshiro is cur- rently president, is a voluntary chancellor of tho university; Dr. Claude Bissell, former pres- ident of the University of To- ronto; and Senator Ernest Manning, former Premier of Alberta. Dr. Oshiro hopes the Univer- sity will be a major cultural force in southern Alberta. "The faculty are people of quality with a deep interest in seeing the university grow and be- coming integrated into the life of the entire does not consider the university to be simply a training ground for professionals a jumping otf spot for lucrative jobs, which too often it has been in (he past. "The primary role of any university is the cultural and educational rewards the stu- dent receives if this is miss- ing there is something wrong WTong with the institution." Dr. Oshiro sees his four-year tenure as chancellor as R real challenge. "I'll be what you might call a "working chancel- lor" attending Senate and Board of Governor meetings. It will be a busy time perhaps, but I think It will be very re- warding." A soft-spoken, rather shy per- son, Dr. Oshiro admits to mix- ed feelings over the public ex- posure his various offices in- volve lu'm In. In the Medical Association he has innumerable inlcn'iews with the media which he finds a bit tedious, and public functions still bother him, but "it's all part of tho c h a 11 e n g he rationalizes. Nevertheless, the loss of pri- vacy which he prizes highly still gives him moments of ap- prehension. So what docs he do in his spare time? "Well, when I get loon, that bird of 111 omen and sinister blackness. The silence and the loneliness were unbear- able. Strong men could not stand it. They drove back to the city or took to drink and beat their wives. Happily, we suffer no silence, and no loneliness, tonight No trout, either, since they were driven for refuge to tho bottom of the Inke where they belong, and no loons since those stupid creatures rejected progress and irted to less-favored re- often reminds us. Meanwhile the new genera- lion, wrongly accused of cal- lousness toward the old, treats them with understanding and sympathy. It has not passed a law to prohibit canoes, or even rowboats. Paddling and rowing are not yet indictable offenses under the Criminal Code. A man is still free to venture on the lake without an engine, and il he is skilful enough to avoid collision with thousands of mov- ing horsepower he may come back alive, though the mathe- matical chances are against him. But tlw speed boat, In Its turn, will soon become obsolete also, replaced by the airplane on floats. It has arrived already to brighten our dull existence. Nothing, I can assure you, starts the day so well as a plane swooping down the lake in a bil- low of foam, at 6 a.m., shatter- depar gions. The scene is as merry as a wedding bell and crowded like Grand Central Station at tile rush hour. To an old-limer the statistical rise in our living standard seems almost unbe- lievable. Instead of the doleful wind moaning through the forest, the raucous chatter of ravens and the monotonous lapping of water on beach, we hear the lively chorus and watch (with no charge for admission) the whirling-dervish dance of tho speed boats, a navy that in- creases in numbers, speed and sound every year. Only an old timer can appreciate what man has accomplished by perfect- ing tha internal combustion en- gine and applying it to the es- sential purposes of life. Admittedly, some original in- habitants, an antique and dwindling breed, look back with absurd regret to Ihe canoe when they actually propelled themselves by their own mus- cles like the miserable voyag- eurs of early 'Canada the most inefficient method of loco- motion ever invented. But this romantic nostalgia is dying out and will soon be gone. Ami a good thing, too, when the nation is In desperate need of effid- NEA Service .OPERATING on Uic theory that if you can't lick 'em, join 'em in this case motor- ists the city of Montpeliier, France, is testing a unique transportation system aimed at reducing urban congestion. According to Traffic Safety magazine, the system is called "Transport IncMviduel P u b- or TIP, and allows drivers to travel about the city in publicly owned automobiles. It works like Ibis: A molorisl pays a fee for an ignilion key that will start any of the sys- tem's fleet of cars stationed at various locations in the city. men to their duties. At that sig- nal we leap from bed, instantly alert and full of energy, to thank our private gods for mod- ern technology and to bless the names of the Wright brothers who gave wings to our earth- bound species. Tlie pleasant beat of the plane has hardly faded in the distance before the staccato music of the chain saw echoes through the woods, reminding us of those primitive times when we struggled witli clumsy handsaws and double-billed axes, now seen only in ancienl woodsheds and public muse- ums. Yet even the chain saw will soon be obsolete. The modern housewife, reluming to nature, naturally refuses to cook on a wood fire. Tn these days of wo- men's liberation she demands, and gets, an electric stove. Her husband's ceremonial bar- becue, once fueled with smoky charcoal, is also automatic. Ihcnnoslalic, aristocratic and guaranteed lo make every kind of meat taste exactly the same. It is the art of melody, how- ever, that progress has been most notable. Though the young won't believe it, a rudimentary device called a gramophone used to provide what we look to be symphonic tones emerg- ing from crude records, changed by hand at three-min- ute intervals, but they were a nuisance and mostly we pre- ferred Ihe silence or tho loons. That labor has ceased to af- flict us. Tonight the car is soothed, the spirit elevated, bv the thunder of a rock and roll band carried down the lake and far into the mountains through electronic amplifiers. Oddly enough, some people even moderns, complain be- cause the sound waves inter- talks, an old lady phoned me from Cal- gary: "Speak up, she roared, "your voice Is too soft. I tan only hear half of your comments but the little I understand I like. Why don't you write for a news- paper? I could lake in beller anylhing you have lo say." "But I I shouted back realizing she was a little deaf. "Well, why don't So it went on until she under- stood I was going to write and send her The Lethbridge Herald. Last week she called again: "Are you sick? I haven't heard you on the radio re- cently." "No, I am busy coordinating a writers' workshop." "What did you say you are incubating? Is It I said, "it is fun." "You have to run? What a pity. Well, write about it. So few people will talk about their illness as If it wasn't part of life." She thus persuaded me to write shout "incubating11 a workshop 'for the benefit of all people who are little deal. Come to think of it, "incubating" is a much more fitting description ul uif task than "coordinating" since the end result might be as delightful as a newly hatched chick or as disappointing as t dud egg or an unexpected disease. The embryo idea came to me when I was invited lo a similar affair In Grand Prairie, about 250 miles north of Edmon- ton and people in our area were inter- ested enough to want to travel all that dis- tance just to find out how to launch their writing ideas and efforts. Thus, on a visit to Edmonton, I tackled the source of all bountiful opportunities, the Creative Writ- Soon we got the go-ahead to have the first Southland Writers' Workshop In on September 29 and 30 with me as coordi- nator and the choice of location and all other arrangements firmly dropped into my lap. However, I got equally firm prom- ises oif "plenty of assistance and public- ity" from the government department con- cerned. Their every letter of encouragfr mcnt ended with an admonishment like: "We know you are a dynamo of energy, but don't bum yourself out In the interval." It takes a lot more to exhaust me than tlie task of arranging a writers' seminar, a task the people and news media of Leth- bridge and rural areas have made so easy and enjoyable with their enthusiastic help. However, I sincerely hope we, in Southern Alberta, have not worn out a government department with overabundance of en- ergy. For now that everything possible haj been done to make the 2-day workshop success, I can sit back and relax. I kioN7 the southland will continue their marvel- lous support of good ideas originating from the Creative Writing Division but it Is now up lo that government department to put into practice and help hatch this creativity we, in southern Alberta, have been Incu- bating for so long. If my voice on radio and television was not loud enough to be heard by all, I they will read the news releases In the newspaper on the forthcoming workshop and join us in a venture that should pro- vide fun, encouragement "and lasting bene- fit lo anybody who ever thought of put- ting pen to paper. Motorist control in British equipped with blue as well as red flashing lights. The attorney general's office says thai police departments are concerned about the way motorists disregard police vehicles on emergency runs. The police vehicles will still show flashing red signals and sound sirens, but these warnings will ba supplemented by the blue lights. Hoses are red, violets are blue. Coppers are both and bigger, loo. First it was the mosquito, developing re- sistance to DDT, malathion and the rest of the chemical arsenal. Now it is the motor- ist that has developed immunity to the By Eric Nicol Columbia will be on wheels without measurably extending the allenlion span of most motorists. Hie Americans, in particular Ihe New York police department, have been Ihe pioneers in the escalation of son et lum- iers as the means of intimidating tho mot- orist. With discouraging results. Despite flashing red lights, blue lights, sirens, kla- xons, bells and a fireworks display of Mayor Lindsay having a convulsion, tlie Kew York motorist is not moved to pull over. I suggest therefore that the attorney gen- eral is driving up a dead end when he lows the U.S. example. Instead of mechan- ical or chemical pesticides, what our poliCR JTSEr X prime viewing lime and spoil their indoor enjoyment of [ho great outdoors as pictured by miles of innercity driving on each token. Upon reaching his dcslina- ;j of HoUvwood. Thcre lion, the driver merely drops _r tlie car off at a station for an- other driver to use. Later, he may return home in another TIP car. The operators of the system claim that one-third of all veh- icles coulrt be removed from city streets if traffic vrere res- tricted to buses, taxis and TIP cars. is some minor conflict of in- terest here, but you can'l have everything. And we may be sure lhat man, having brought civilization lo the wilderness, will continue to improve it. No one. except a loon or a trout, is lonely nowadays, in the good old summertime. flashing red signals and sirens of police departments need is biological control of B e the noxious motorist. This natural method of subduing the mot- orist Is, admitlcdly, more difficult than control of the mosquito as the female mot- orist is not the entire problem. It just seems that way. But the biologists have achieved remark- able success in sterilizing fruit flies, which arc later released lo male with barren re- sults so far as propagation of the Is concerned. I doubt that the average motorist would disregard a police vehicle if ha knew that lo do so could result in a squirt of radia- tion that would render him permanently (Herald Special Service) vehicles. When the red flashers were first intro- duced, they paralyzed the motorist at dis- tances up to a quarter mile. At least, they paralyzed this motorist. I fear that other motorists have proved lo have a greater capability lo adapt than I have, as the sight of a police vehicle blazing away with its red beam still has the effect on me of my screaming and disinlegrating. Although I do not belong to the resistant strain of motorists, I doubt that the addj. lion of blue lights to the red lights flashing on police vehicles is the long-range solu- tion to the problem of disregard by tha motorist. Just as the mosquito has become Im- mune to increasingly stronger chemicals, the average motorist will, I reckon, re- quire only a few months till he pays scant attention to the blue-hue yoohoo. Indeed the police department could place A pair of constables inside .Times Square sterile. Older motorists might not give a damn, but they're not the anyhow. Think about It, A-G. From the viewpoint of an attention-gelling device for the law, Ihe only blue supplement that has worked has been Tho Police Gazette. (Vancouver Province Feature) ;