Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, September 25, 1971 Maurice Western Power politics shift A new pecking order in Ihe world of power politics is in Ihe making and nobody is belting on who will emerge lop dog. The signs arc lliat no one will, although ugly confronta- tions between nations leading to the threat of war will inevitably continue. Here are a few broad indications about what's going on. Russia has compromised on Berlin, building up its power in the Middle East, and trying hard to arrange a European security conference which will con- firm the division of Germany and Europe into two distinct spheres of influence. The Americans are not retreating into isolationism, but they are gel- ting out of Indochina as fast as they possibly can, reducing their military commitments wherever they can and insisting that from now on nations which have depended heavily on American military assistance for their defence must become more self- reliant. China is breaking out from its former isolation, gaining influence in Europe and in Asia, and is fast be- coming a power to reckon with in the world political arena. Japan is in a state of flux, no longer finding the U.S. its right arm economically and militarily. It is looking to China as an outlet for its immense industrial production but with apprehension, fearing the possibility of future aggression. Un- case concerning U.S.-China detente is rising in Japan. In Europe, the British are almost certain lo join the Common Market, and the Common Market one day is almost certain lo become a political union as well as an economic one. No one. not evert the most learned international politicians, can pi-edict what the line-up will be next month, next year, or five years from now. But James Reston of1 the New York Times lips come up with the predic- tion that global co-operation in world affairs: too powerful lo be slopped il- lusions in Moscow about Mr. Nixon's forthcoming visit lo Peking. The nations are becoming a little less interested in settling their disputes by force of arms ard a litlle more inleresled in cc-operal- ing in limiled fields because it is in their selfish interests to do so. They have to co-operate in the fields nf world aviation, health, communications, environmental pollution, trade, finance. drugs, for example, to avoid damage lo their own people. This is Ihe fact that is very slowly making ils way in Hie world as the capacity for mutual destruction increases. The philosophers have kiiflwn this for gen- erations and centuries, but there is now quite a lot of evidence around that govern- ments are adjusting to this basic reality.' Thank you Mr. Rsston. Those crumbs of comfort coming from a man whose journalistic approach has never adopted the Pollyana smile, are mors than acceptable in a which heretofore has been too ready to solve its problems bv con- frontation and war. An intimation? Philadelphia has a school board that dared to vole in June to discon- tinue all extracurricular activities in the city's 285 public schools. In addi- tion to sports, the programs in art, music and journalism have been dropped. This action was taken in the face of a projected S39.5 million deficit for the school syslem in the current year. The savings resulting from cutting out the extracurricular activities will only amount to S4.5 million but it was felt to be a step in the right di- rection. Since education costs have soared everywhere in Canada and the Unt- ied States, the possibility that Phil- adelphia's action is an intimation of things lo come in other places is real. It will at least be tempting to many school boards to follow suit and try to chop out what some people call "frills." School boards lhat make such a move need lo be prepared for pro- test. An article in Sports Illustrated says lhal members of the school board in Philadelphia have been be- sieged by angry citizens wauling the restoration of sports. Nob o d y seems to care about the other things that also have been eliminated al- though many more students partici- pated in them than those who took part in sports. It is regrettable that the protest has singled out sports in Philadel- phia. Team sport probably isn't very important in Ihe long run. There is a good argument to be made and it has been made by one of the con- tributors to The Herald's weekly edu- cation column on the editorial page education in leisure time pur- suits. Music, art. writing and non- team sports are of great significance in preparing people for a future that promises more and more leisure time. They may be as important as the old staples of the school curricu- lum. The action in Philadelphia indi- cates how desperate the people char- ged with responsibility for running school systems feel about runaway costs. It may be a poor decision lo start pruning the program but who has yet come up with a better one? Weekend Meditation Faith: the force of life UAINT PETER says thai God is a faithful creator. Saint John says that God is "faithful and just." The book of Hebrews was written at a Lime when all the evil forces of the Roman Empire threatened to exterminate the Christian church and the author exhorts the suffering martyrs, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without waivcring; for he is faithful by promise." God is utterly dependable, he keeps his promises, we can trust Him ut- terly. It is very easy when are healthy and prosperous, full of anirr.al spirits, to keep a certain kind of faith, but it is very difficult when 'the world tumbles in, when the powers of sickness and evil darken the sky and sweep away everything have valued of the true and the good and the beautiful, to believe in God. There comes a time when our footsteps echo down empty corridors and the oft-quoted phrases of faith seem so much hollow mock- ery, so that we believe in spile of evidence, seeming lo be flying in the face of reason. It is this kind of faith that makes a dif- ference, this kind of faith that matters. This is the faith which Chesterton says, "Hangs by a hair of the mercy of God." The only faith that matters is the failh that has gone through such an experience. All the saints speak of "the dark night of the soul." Many people in such a lime be- come cynical and bitler. Life hardens Ihe heart, breaks it or makes it sensitive. The only light worlli having is lhat which shines in darkness; the only failh worth having is thai which has survived fear; the only spiritual victory of any value is Mint which lias risen above ruin and destruction, see- ing the whole world shaken, but Ihe foun- dations of life secure. "Count it all wrolo .Saint James, "When you meet with various trials." Je- sus said, "In the world you shall have tri- bulation, but be of good cheer, I have over, come the world." In life we arc all soli- tary individuals. Countless millions vainly try to escape their inner loneliness by join- ing crowds. "We suffer alone; we sin alone; We die alone." There is a time and place when every soul has to si and alone. No one really can share our suffering anil sorrow in life. Nor indeed can anyone iin- dcrsland our sin or share lhal. II Is when we reach Ihc end of our tether that God comes in. The place of despair becomes the birthplace of hope and faith. It is an amazing fact that only when we have tost all hope in the things of this world that we find a victorious failh. As long as we have faith in some other salvation, we can have no faith in the salvation of God. The dean of American psychologists, William James, that magnificent man of faith, tells how all one winter he was on the verge of suicide. Then he goes on to relate how he found faith. 'There is a state of says William James, "known to religious men and lo no others, in which the will to assert ourselves has been displaced by the willingness to close our mouths and be as nothing in the floods and water spouts of God. In this stale of mind the hour of our moral death has turned into our spiritual birlhdate." We are very ignorant creatures. As Thomas Edison said, we don'l know Ihc millionth part of one per cent about any- thing. We don't know what personality is. We don't know what light is. We don't know what electricity is. We don't know what time and space are. We speak of an in- finity of universes, but who underslands this or can comprehend it? As a matter of fact we do not know anything more about the fundamentals of life than was known two thousand years ago. No man can prove the existence of God, but every man fan ex- perience God. No man can know of anolher life bill, the great men of every age have told of their experience of a life that seems lo flow around this life, a world which Ihey can penetrate, a mysterious world which is nevertheless just as real for them as this life of materialism and morlalily. Nol only Christians have spoken of Ihii by any means. Plato and other great Greeks wrote of il as have people of the Eastern religions. We need not live the weak and meagre kind of lives vc do. We can dis cover the and Ihe resources of (Jod as we reach inlo the darkness to grip his hand and respond to Ihe pull of it. Prayer: "Grant 0 God that thy great- ness may flow round our incompjclness; round our rc.sllcv.snr.ss Ihy rr.st.'' F.S.M. Government ignores legislation on wheat payments QTTAWA The old rule that in mailers of legisla- tion the government proposes and Parliament disposes has apparently been modernized by the present administration. What happens now is lhal the govcmmcnl assumes, thus dis- posing of the legislative prob- lem and enabling Parliament lo concentrate on other sub- jects. In the emergency debale re- cently there was a good deal of political chaff and other mat- ter foreign to flic point at is- sue. This is, quite simply, that the government has chosen to ignore a statulc which, it hope- fully but wrongfully assumed, would be now be replaced by anoL-.er, of greater virtue in the eyes of ministers. Thf-e are opposing back- ground theories which may be ncted ir. passing. The first, that of the Liberals, is that the op- position wilfully o .slrucled pas- sage of the agricultural legisla- tion, including the Grain Sfa- liiljz.-tion bill. The second, that of the opposition, is that the government practised a bit of blackmail in order to improve the parliamentary behavior of other parties. Either theory may be per- si asive; indeed there may be an element of trulh in both. But neither is strictly relevant to the charge which has been brought. The same may be said about excursions info the rec- ords of the various parties in agricultural legislation; about the merits of legislation past and prospective, about wheat sales 'ast year, and about Otto Lang's avowed eagerness lo go to jail in Ihc cause of Ihe prai- rie farmer. The key poinl is: Has Ihe government acted within the law i.. withholding payments under the Temporary Wheat Reserves Acl? II may be taken for granted that Mr. Lang's intentions in respect lo the farmers were of Ihc besl. "There is no he said, "and there never has been any doubt thai what we have been doing with Bill C- 244 was, in terms of 1370-71, al- lempling lo take the mil- lion which the treasury might otherwise have spent, under the Temporary Wheat Reserves Act, to add million new money and pay that lo the grain producers as million instead of million." The fact remains thai Bill ''Believe me, I'm sorry Mr. Trudeau but I'm single-mindedly dedicated to winning the war on inflation, the fight against unemployment, the battle to overcome poverty and uh, the '72 election Letters to the editor Lethbridge lakes another step backwards I am sure that most people in Lethbridge are delighted to see that, at least on the sur- face, we are a forward-looking, growing, expanding community. There does seem, however, to be a cross section of people here who continue to think small and live in the past. This is not a healthy situation, es- pecially when we realize that this kind of thinking, put into action, can have a very deteri- orating effect on the future of this whole area. In the past few weeks we as a city have experienced two major set-backs, in my opinion. First, of course, was Lhe way that the majority voted here during the provincial election We have never had a strong voice for Lelhbridge up in Ed- monton and this Lime around (isn't it we have two voices, both members of the op- position who will be heard only in protest, if they are heard at all. For thirty-six years "Bible Bill" and Mr. Manning (old Ihe people of Alberta, in so many words, that they and Social Credit had been chosen by the Lord lo bring the province out of the wilderness and into the promised land. Campaigning under the cloak of religion worked wonders all those years until this time around. Of course, we in the south it seems swallowed the bait once again, hook, line and sinker In all fairness we must admit that Social Credit did give good government to Alberta in many ways, but Mr. Strom just couldn't radiate the same pow- erful God-like image of his pre- decessors and now it's a brand new ball game, to the joy and delight of many of us. I do hope that some of Ihc bright, younger men we passed up in this area will consider running again in future elections. Most of them seem too good to he passed up and forgotten. We goofed again, the way I see it anyway. The second set-back was the vole against the bylaw calling for a fluoridation plebiscite on Oct. 13. It isn't a question of whether fluoridaUon is good, bad or indifferent but we as citizens should have Lhe right Voters beware of teacliers civic elections on Octo- ber 13th the electorate should now be considering very care- fully, the suitability of candi- dates for the offices they are seeking. Regardless of how in- ept a candidate may be, or Eejore In his vituperations against Uie new university building, my good friend Jim Fishbourne re- minds me of all males his age (including myself) when con- fronted with a new hairstyle among their women rela- tives and secretaries. Regard- less of whether Ihc ladies arc prclty or not, we grumble be- cause we resent change. Ecyorc, the immortal jackass of is Ihe prnln- lypical example of such grum- bling. The new building is func- tional and has the true homily of simplicily which docs not cloy as would lire ilcrnr char- m'lcrislic of personal Ihc sort of decor lliat is an af- fliction and embarrassment lo all but ils individual owner. 1'IIIUf DKAN OF ARTS AND TIIH UNIVKHSITY OF I-ETIlBniDGE. whal particular cause he is es- pousing we will be hooked with thai person for three years. High salaries with twelve pay cheques for nine months work have attracted so many into the education field lhat there is now a surplus of teach- ers. In view of (his situation there have been continuous dia- tribes in The Herald by certain teachers relative to the pupil- teacher ratio. One teacher who contributes many inane articles suggests there should be many limes Ihe number of teachers in (he elementary grades as we have now. The reason for this continual pressure is solely for the purpose of adding 'more teachers to Ihe payroll. If ac- complished, this would result in further substantial in- creases in our education cosls, and drastically higher property laxes. Not long ago teachers were competent to leach classes of bclwccn 50 and CO. Now many complain of the workload with classes half Ibis and un- fortunately there is no im- provement in Ihe qualily of the product being turned out. It is of course, (he aim of (lie insidious teachers Union (ATA) lo have some of Ihese expensive policies put inlo ef- fect along with ultimate con- trol of work rules and salaries. School board employees arc ineligible lo run for seats on the board. Retired teachers are, however, eligible and will, if elected be endeavoring lo achieve Ihcsc aims on behalf of the ATA. HOME OWNER. Lclbbridge. Eccc.nlric I am writing regarding Ihe picture of the four Lelhbridge hunters in The Herald of Kep- Icmber 22. Each of them bad shot five Canada geese, I dare say we should he proud of our great hunlcrs in Lclhbridgc, bill I am one of the few eccen- trics in this cily who prefer lo see these beautiful and noble birds alive and free. The last time I saw twenty Canada geese, they were flying in for- mation across a selling sun which was Ihrowing its golden reflections down upon the blue Rocky Mountains. There worn more lhan Iwenly, then1 may have been fitly or sixly. 1 won- der how many of Ihcsc glorious geese will ever make il back In their southern wintering grouncls? KI.A1NK KIN'C-RHOWN. URADE JO, LCI Jjcthbridge. to express our own opinions on this issue through a vole. Per- haps Ihe two council members who killed this plebiscite should explain their course of action. If they do not, many of us will continue to feel that their rea- sons were selfish and personal and lhat Ihey did not act in the best interest of the community. Ordinary citizens like me may be able to get away with horse- and-buggy-days thinking be- cause we have little influence in making rules, regulations and setting up policy. Surely, however, we don't have lo tol- erate people with lack of vision on cily council. If you are as unhappy with lire turn of events as I am, perhaps we can eliminate these elements of deadwood on civic election day. Let's all put a lit- tle more thought into our vote this lime around. Perhaps, at long last, we learned something in the south from the results of Lhe provincial election. ALLAN WALKER. Lethbridge. Looking Tlinmgli Hie Herald 11121 The Toronlo Globe lo- day said lliat the Canadian manufacturers cf farm ma- chinery and implements will set new prices for this year. The machinery will average for 20-30 per cent lower. Hon. Frank Stanficld lieutenant governor of Nova. vScolia, was found dead in his bed Ibis morning. He had suc- ceeded Hon. Tory on Dec1. :i, 1931. Duke and Duchess of Windsor arrived in Miami C-244, either as the result ol opposition wickedness or gov- ernment iiiismanagemen.t (or a bit of both) is not yet a statute. Oh Ihe other hand, the Tem- porary Wheat Reserves Act, nol having been repealed, un- questionably is. Fence Ihe question put to the minister by Alfred Hales (PC- who is chairman of the public accounts commit- tee: "Does he not agree that leg- islation passed by this House and on the stalule books of Canada should be enforced and acted on unlil such time as il is amended or repealed by other Mr. Lang described Ihis as "an easy, general question lo answer in Ihc affirmative." He then explained lhat, in this par- ticular case, the government could fairly easily have made t li e paymenl "with the inlen- lion IJiat, upon Ihe enactment of the b i 11( the amount indi- would'have to be repaid by the (Canadian) Wheat Board lo Uie government of Canada, in which case the wheat board would have had to carry that in the contingency fund." Had Ihis been done, Mr. Lang surmised that opposition mem- bers "might have dragged the wheat board into partisan poli- tua1 debate." This id to say that it would have been an inconvenient business and lhat the opposi- tion would probably have suc- cumbed to partisan templa- lions. Granting bolli dark pos- sibilities, how does this put the government on the righl side of Ihe law? S I a n ley Knowles inquired: "Can (Ihc minister) tell Ihe House by what legal authority, order in council, minute of the treasury board, or what have you, Ihe government has re- frained from paying money set out under the Temporary Re- serves Wheat Act and. in par- ticular, since he has referred lo the fact that Bill C-244 was in- troduced on April 29, 1971. by what authority were those pay- ments not made between Aug. 1, 1370. and April 1971 when they were required lo be made on a monthly basis under the provisions ol chapter 2 of the statutes of To Ibis Mr. Lang replied: "When this House speaks in en- acting bill C-244, as il pre- sumably will if the opposition will allow that lo happen and as Ihe government intends and proposes, then Ihc effect of that law will he the removal of the Temporary Wheat Reserves Act as of July 31, 1970. It was on the prospective implementa- tion, therefore, of this fact lhat tiie government acted lo carry out what would be Ihe proper result Uie inomenl lhat bill is passed." So we gel. back lo Intentions and presumptions and there the matlrr rests. When the govern- ment gels a bright idea, Par- liamenl evidently can be laken for granted. This is scarcely flattering lo members. It has not, in lact, always been true; nol so long ago a tax bill was defcaled. Further, the govern- ment being very ambitious, fin- ishes every session with an- nounced legislative business which has not been completed. Anticipations are inadequate substitutes for statutes. A gov- ernment which relies on them is bound lo find itself in hot water. If the government can set aside a statute (even an in- convenient one) in one ease, it can do the same with any oth- er. Citizens find it difficult to escape Barking tickets by pa- rading their good intentions or explanations to the effect that they were stopped by talkative friends on the stairs. They may be found less than tolerant cf ministers who ignore statutes for roughly similar reasons. (The Herald Ottawa liurcau) backward today from the Bahama Is- lands, where Ihc Duke is gov- ernor. They will make an ex- tensive tour ot Ihe U ni I c d States and Canada before visit- ing the duke's ranch in Alber- ta. 1951 The Iranian govern- ment today announced lhat all remaining'.150 British oil tech- nicians in southern Iran will be expelled from Ihe country. IJKil Premier Khriislichcv r c in o v e d Ihe end-of-the-year deadline for a Irealy with East Germany in his lalks with Bel- gian Foreign Minisler Spaak. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S.( Lelhbridge, Alberta LET-HBFUDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-135-1, Hon. W. A. 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