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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IHHBRIDGE HERALD Solurdoy, Seplembcr 30, 1972 David Hiinn Odds against restoring Olympic ideal More dreaming in order The main 'news" in the last week- end's University of Lethbridge cele- brations was Premier Lougheed's announcement that a new bridge would definitely be built, and soon. After the bridge, what? The pace ol this city's growth (not in size but in quality) must not be permitted to drag. The university it- self, in that location, is striking evi- dence of the community's vision and determination. A major piece of unfinished busi- ness is the memorializing or institu- tionalizing of the Indian Battle. The naming of Indian Battle Park is not nearly enough. This is historic ground, and it deserves better des- ignation, Then there is the need for a grand museum, not of the common wash- board or kerosene-lamp type but a facility to enshrine the history this corner of Canada, particularly as the Indians helped write it. Many forward-looking citizens have been thinking of the need for a weir or a low dam across the river to create a body of higher and quieter water a lake, in short. Would it not be in order to consider these and perhaps other projects in the light of Mr. Lougheed's announce- ment, and to suggest that one or more of them might be integrated with the bridge? Some people migh say "let's get the bridge first and then talk of these other ideas; let's not confuse the But think of the opportunity that have been missed if an earlier Lethbridge had said "let's build the university first, and look at the river and the west side later." Lethbridge has a reputation for looking ahead. Let's live up to it. T ONDON Two hours af- ter the Olympic flame had flickered out in Munich this month, WiUi Daume, organizer of the Games there, said it was now up to the International Olympic Committee to do what it could to remove pompous- ness and kitsch from, the Games. He knows as well as any man that unless- nationalism is de- bunked, there can be little hope of peace in Montreal, or any- where else. It was good to hear Daume's challenge in public, but behind the doors of the next IOC Con- gress it stands small chance of success. The Olympic Games must somehow return to being Brandt vs. Barzel The gut Issues of the upcoming Nov. 17 general election in West Germany are extraordinarily analo- gous with those of the U.S. elections to be held early in November. Chancellor Willy Brandt's Social Democratic-Free Democratic coali- tion will be campaigning largely on foreign policy issues, on Brandt's suc- cess in improving relations with east- ern Europe and East Germany in particular. The opposition Christian Democrats with the help of-Christian Social Unionists will emphasize what they consider Brandt's failure in coming to grips with domestic is- sues inflation, taxation and educa- tional reform. (Unemployment is not a bone of contention by any political party in West Germany. Figures show that it stays at a rate of 0.8 per cent of the labor force, an in- significant figure by comparison with the prevailing rate in North America and most of Europe.) The Christian Democrats, led by Rene Barzel, indicate that they will continue Brandt's Ostpolitik, but that they will insist on tougher reconcilia- tion terms. There are other issues. One big one Is whether Mr. Brandt has dona enough to preserve law and order. In view of the bombings of American army installations by anarchists in the spring, and the recent Munich tragedy, there is bound to be a lot of debate on this subject. There may be some mud slinging, too. Chancellor Brandt has thrown first dirt by accusing the opposition of bribing deputies to defect from Social Democratic ranks. It sounds familiar on this side of the Atlantic below the 49th paral- lel. The big difference is that in the U.S. there is already a definite trend in favor of one candidate Presi- dent Richard Nixon. In Germany no trend can yet be seen. Although poll takers have agreed not to publish their findings for the next two months, but only to relay them to the contesting parties which are ob- ligated not to release the information, results of polls taken before the cut- off date show an even percentage of voters on both sides of the political fence. A deadlocked result would be a disaster for the emerging west Euro- pean community, because the role of West Germany in controlling the early stages of detente with the East, is vital. The question of who wins the election is relatively unimpor- tant in this context since both major parties are now committed to open- ing up relations. The need in West Germany and beyond it, is for a stable government with an unequi- vocal mandate from the people. This prospect does not, at the moment in any case, appear promising. Weekend Meditation Beloved saint CT. Francis was born October 4, 1182, at Assisi, Italy. No other saint has such a hold on the hearts of men since the days of the Apostles. Once when Fran- cis and Brother Masseo were walking to- gether, Masseo asked, "What I want to know Is why on earth everybody goes run- ning after such a man as thee; thou art not handsome, or learned, or of good fam- ily. What is It that people see in Francis replied, "The Lord looked down from heaven and said, 'Where can I find the weakest, littlest, meanest man on Then He saw me and said, I've found him, I will work through him; he won't be proud of it. He'll see I am only using him because he Is insignificant to confound the dignity, the grandeur, the strength, the beauty, and the learning oi the world." Theobald Chartran painted a picture o( St. Francis singing. He is plowing with a team of oxen. The hillside is bare and stony. The oxen strain and Francis puts his weight on the plow handle. Crows fly over the field. But Francis turns his face to the sun in song. What Is lovelier in hymnology than his "Canticle of the Sun" composed In spiritual exaltation after a visit with Sister Clara at St. Daiman's where ho had first heard the command of Jesus to rebuild His church? Down through the centuries he has been a purifying power in the church. More, ho has inspired countless Christians to imi- tate their Lord. "Above all the graces and all the gifts which the Holy Spirit gives to his friends !s the grace to conquer one's self and willingly to suffer pain, outrages, disgrace, and evil treatment, for the love of Christ." So to his hands and feet and side came the stigmata, the wounds of the crucified Christ. After days of fasting and praying on Mount Verna, ha begged, "I ask two things before I die, that I may feel Thy sufferings, 0 Son of God, and that I may experience that immeasurable love which made Thee suffer and die for poor sinners like me." Then came the vision of an angel flying to him with outstretched wings and nailed to a cross. Francis felt the anguish of pain and when the vision faded the stigmata were upon his body. Friend of the birds and beasts, lover o! all mankind, he resigned from his military career, broke with his wealthy father who disowned him and left him literally naked and aloue.Yet like Jesus he was never again lonely nor alone. He Is God's trouba- dour. Also Clara Sciffi, a 15-year-old girl, finds him and joins his life of poverty, becoming Mother of the Poor Clares. Fancis founded an order of laymen known as the Franciscans who followed a rule of poverty, humility, and love. Franciscans founded monasteries and hos- pitals, then- missions reaching from Africa to India, Japan, China, and America. Dear saint of joy, saint of suffering, saint of song, who ushered in the sunrise at tha Renaissance, what has our affluent society to do with you? You haunt and rebuke us, and lead us back to the realities and to God. PRAYER: "Lord, make me an instru- ment of Thy peace. 'Where there Is hat- red, let me sow love. Where there is In- jury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is sadness, joy. 0 Divine Master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for.it is In giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born to eternal life." St. Francis. t F. S. M. Encounter with Archie By Dong Walker ARCHIE BUNKER drives taxi on Satur- days as well as on Sundays- He pick- ed me up at the Kings Crown Hotel in New York City after having been hailed by the hotel's porter a black man. After I had tipped the porter and shaken his hand we had a cordial relationship a contest between individuals, and the kernel of the opera- tion to deflate the Games has to be the abolition -of the flag- raising and national anthems at the medal ceremonies. The odds are, splitting it crudely, that the Western world and the English-speaking na- tions would be in favor o! the move, the Eastern European black and the African nations against it and as long as the division persists, the nec- essary two-thirds majority in the IOC cannot be obtained. To drive out nationalism does not imply the belittling of pa- triotism. To a sports fan, the sight of an athlete from his own country breaking the elec- tronic beam first will always bring a special thrill, but to un- derline the national achieve- ment is irrelevant and sense- less. It plays hopelessly .into the hands of those nations whose athletes are state-supported, state-employed and state-re- warded. As long as the winning of a gold medal puts another point on the national medals table, the Olympic Games will go on being a little more like an international war. They will go on, too, provid- ing a rostrum on which noses may be thumbed at the Estab- lishment. The behavior of the two American blacks who de- clined to respect the raising of their national flag was boorish- ly discourteous to their hosts. This was an inevitable adjunct of their protest, not its Inten- tion. How can we respect a na- tion, they said, that treats our people as It does? However one might condemn their bad manners, It is diffi- cult not to sympathize with their principles. For the IOC to Insist that the united states manager should send them home was ludicrously heavy- handed. More disturbingly, It laid bare the IOC's appalling deci- sion not to leave the flags at half-mast for more than a few during the two weeks and settled Into the cab, the Tjriver had a typical Bunker comment to make. "Nice fellow that porter been at the hotel for forty years been associated with fine whitefolks all those years its rubbed off on "I still can't figure out who'd put you down as being three years younger in this publicity brochure, Bob." Peter Desbarats David Lewis and the elitist society TMTl. LEWIS claims that, the beginning of his first na- tional campaign as leader of the New Democratic Party has been a success, and so it has no matter which way you look at it. As one of the key Liberal or- ganizers in Western Canada ad- mitted last week, "of all the party leaders at this stage, Lewis has had the biggest bang for his buck." Inspired planning has h e e n partly responsible. Making a virtue of necessity, organizers of the Lewis tour used the "media campaign" gimmick to mask the fact that the party simply cannot afford to uso Mr. Lewis on a full-scale cam- paign basis. But the media campaign would not have worked as well as it has without the central issue of "corporate welfare" that Mr. Lewis selected. By cit- ing income and taxation figures from the books of local corpor- ations, or international corpor- ations with major interests in a particular region, Mr. Lewis has been able to "customize" his national campaign for local, consumption in every province. The facts and figures ap- proach has contrasted with the thls-land-is-my-1 and speeches that both Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Stanfield have experimented with. The net Impression has been, so far, that Mr. Lewis is the only national leader dealing with hard issues in the cam- paign. But there is probably another deeper explanation of the im- pact that Mr. Lewis has made on Canadians. Neither the central theme of his campaign nor his statistical method'of presenting it can ac- count for its success. As many people already have remarked, the theme that large corpora- tions have avoided paying their fair share of taxes is hardly a iiev.' one ft1.- the New Demo- .r whet 'imp anotbtt cralic Party: and the million- dollar statements about profits, deferred taxes and inceut i v e grants which Mr. Lewis reads out to his listeners undoubtedly confuse as well as intrigue them. Very few poeple have the knowledge to make an assess- ment of his claim that the tax system discriminates unfairly In favor of large corporations, or of the complex rebuttals that some corporations have tried to offer in return. The success of the Lewis campaign indicates that be- neath the facts and figures, is conveying a truth about Ca- nadian society with which many Canadians intuitively are In agreement. Mr Lewis is talking indirect- ly alxmt the fact that Canadian society has remained, to a re- markable extent, an elitist so- ciety directed from the top by a relatively small group of men in the business world and in government both politicans and civil servants. This way of looking at Cana- dian society isn't novel or radi- cal. It is the basis of many standard sociological texts. The truth of this analysis, as applied to political parties, is il- lustrated by the serious efforts that both the Liberal and Con- servative parties have made to "democratize" -their structures and fund raising organizations in the past four years, with lim- ited success in both cases. De- spite these efforts, political ac- tivity in this campaign still re- mains to a great extent a pas- time of the "establishment" in various communities at least as far as the two major parties are concerned. At the top, this political struc- ture is closely linked to the conservative business hierarchy that John Porter and other Ca- nadian sociologists have de- scribed in detail. In this campaign, both Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Slanfield rep- resent in their own background, in many of their policies and in their personal attitudes and characteristics, individual ex- pressions of the best and most annoying aspects of this dis- tinctive Canadian system. In his own background in the immigrant quarters of Montre- al, and in the structure and ob- jectives of his party, Mr. Lewis represents a challenge. to this kind of Canadianism. The obvious attention that Canadians have paid so far to the NDP leaders "corporate welfare bums" issue Is measure of the inequality and resent- ment that exists beneath the prosperity and optimism of Canada in this election year. {Toronto Star Syndicate) hours after the massacre, to raise them the very next day and thereafter make not even a token of respect to Israel and its dead. Personal demonstrations could hardly get off the ground without that pompous medal- presenting ceremony, In which honoring the athlete has be- come hardly more Important than honoring the men who march out to shake his hand, and considerably less import- ant than honoring the nation he represents. That is why the anthems and flags must go and, after that, all occasions of national rather than individual pride. All the team sports must go. Not only football, hockey, basketball, volleyball, handball, and water polo (all of which we had In but the show-jumping Grand Prix des Nations and aU relay races, on land or water. That lets us look at the Olym- pics as contests between the world's greatest athletes, not the world's greatest athletic na- tions. It also takes a fair bits out of the bulk the monster. In Munich. The loss of the team games would have chopped at .least people off the num- ber of competitocs and elimin- ated more than 300 matches from 16 locations. But that is not a sufficient reduction if the Olympics are to come down to a size which Is not only .controllable, but al- lows them to be staged In any one of a score of countries. Un- less the Games can be so re- duced, they will (if they can go on at all) switch from great commerical power to an- other, swelling in extravagance at each step, monuments of monstrosity. Will there ever again Olympics in Sweden, Belgium, Holland? Can even France or Britain hope to foot that sort of bill? What about little Hel- sinki, happiest of all Olympic cities; Athens, where it all be- gan; and Africa, where, some- where, the Games should soon be heading? For them to hold the Games has become just a dream. What we have on our hands now is a World Fair, not a sports festival. If sense could prevail at the IOC, Olympic events after the Montreal Games in 1976 would take place within the track, the pool, and the ring. Flags would be held proudly at the opening, waved madly at the closing, and put away in be- tween. Of more Immediate concern, how will Montreal cope with what proved the most tender of Munich's wounds: the housing of competitors. The Olympic Village cannot be a fortified city, but why should it not be a truly international dormitory? Do the Israelis, or the Viet- namese, or trie British, have to be parcelled up and labelled? If the Olympic Games were genuinely to become, as they once were, a festival of sport, a meeting of the world's finest athletes, they would Hve to- gether, housed not nation by na- tion but discipline by discipline. The man in the next bed, or the next room, would then ba less an Arab or a Pole than a fellow-wrestler or swimmer. Is It so impossible? (Written for The Herald and The Observer, London) Marxism rejected By Lajos Lederrs, The London Observer to win the support of the young generation Is the most serious problem the Communist leaders of Eastern Europe are faced with. If the drift away from Marxism is not halted, the present structure of Communist machinery and its leadership in Eastern Europe cannot be replaced. This Is particularly true of Yugoslavia. Tito, in contrast to other Enst European leaders, puts the blame for this develop- ment on the lack of Marxist education, while the others seek to blame Western bourgeois in- fluences. Discussing the future of Yu- goslav youth, Tito asked a few days ago: "What kind of future leaders will those who are to- day educated at universities by class enemies There are Yugoslav professors, he said, who go lecturing In Europe and the United States and receive dollars for their lectures, and then come home and introduce the "capitalist spirit" Into the community. These teachers were feeding Yugoslav youth with "anti-Communist poison." Tito's outburst is equalled by other leading East European commentators, who condemn their young people for admiring everything that is foreign, and liking nothing at home. It is true that East European young people worship everything Western, whether it is cars, ties or films. Bui this is not ths reason why they are hostile to Marxism. It is more likely that they became alienated by this stodgy ideology because It does not work in practice and suffo- cates their natural patriotism through a continual subservi- ience to anything Soviet. The Letltbndge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 001? tttmber of ThB Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Association and Ihe Audit Bureau of ClrcuFallom CCEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS R ADAMS, General Manager DOM PILLING WILLIAM HAY ManagIng Editor _ As< oti ale Editor ROY F. MILES K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" ;