Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE UIHBRIDGE HERAIO IKundoy, April 6, 1972 Peter war renewed .lusl tiling ii'emccl Lo be mmh; cry inuc'li his way, U.S. Prosi- ikM! Kiclinrd .Nixon is again faced v. nh thai most vcxnu; Vu'lnam War Unplug to have the eiuli'il so far as Hie U.S. is cotK-evncil before Ihe presidential t'lpohim this .N'oM'inboi'. lie has prom- ised to have the American forces in Vietnam reduced to by May. The si roil" allack n( Ihe iS'orth Viet- namese i-i'cenlly puts Mr. Nixon in a MTV difficult posiliun. So far the piTsidenl has refused to recommit American troops to active combat, no doubt hoping that Ihe South Vietnamese army will stiCfcn and credence to his much-trum- peted Yictnamiralion program. Or perhaps he is connlmg on the rainy season to come lo Hie rescue. mailer what happens it seems probable that Ihe target of reducing the present force to by May v. ill be in jeopardy. To continue to withdraw troops at a steady rate the North Vietnamese forces advance southward can scarcely seem strategically sound even il the logistics remained untouched. Why the North Vietnamese put off their long expected assault until the eve of Ihe rainy scasun is a mystery. The operation may be designed sim- ply to embarrass the iVixon adminis- tration. II certainly brings the messy problem of the war back into the consciousness nf Americans ami re- minds them that Mr. Nixon lias not succeeded in netting the U.S. out of Ihe war. A risk involved in such a strategy. As the obvious aggressor, jS'orlh Vietnam could have aroused sympathy among Americans for re- taliation There is not much indica- tion thiil this has happened. The strong showing of peace candidate Senator McGovern in Hie Wisconsin primary might even bo taken as a sign that American senti- ment will continue lo be apainst re- newing U S. action in Vietnam. Mr. Nixon has pulled so many sur- prises in the last year that he may even have another in the offering re- garding llic war. He may need to make a dramatic move for settle- ment if the opposition to the war can lie mounted again by .Senator Jlc- Uovcrn with the assistance of North Vietnam. His hope of being re- elected could be jolted by the war becoming an issue again. Teacher protect i on' Performance about the only kind ot job protection that exists out- side unions. Alberta leic-hers have now voted lo add this kind of pro- tection to Ibat which already exists by virtue of their strong organiza- tion. At first glance, as some delegates to the Alberta Teachers' Association meeting noted, the innvi; to set up a competency committee seems like a contradiction. The body that ordinar- ily goes to bat for teachers would be- come the agent for the removal of those judged to be incompetent. Should the responsibility for sitting in judgment on some of its members prove too embarrassing for tbo ATA's committee a solution is at hand. The cormnitlee could be com- posed of people from outside the leaching profession. Then if a teacher wanted to appeal against a ruling of this committee the ATA would be able lo perform in its usual role. The machinery establishing Ihe guidelines for what constitutes ill- competency; setting up the judging committee; laying down the proce- dures for lodging a charge is ot great importance. Naturally the ATA will want to superintend the inaugura- tion of this machinery with care. The biggest step, however, has been taken in approving Ihe idea. As the majority of delegates have recognized, tlic teaching profession stands lo gain by undertaking to as- sure the public of the desire to offer the services of only competent prac- titioners. Weeding out the few who are unsuitable for teaching would give a big boost to public confidence in the profession and hence should reflect in the morale of teachers on the whole. No better protection can be af- forded teachers than that which re- sides in a public happy with the per- formance Ihat is given in the class- rootns. If had only one school lo build flv Peter Hitnl IMIAT profound and genia] propliet, G. 1 K. Chesterton, an Englisliman who radiated the finest qualities of the island people, a mau who was truly a merry lit- erary king, a laughing, visionary crusader for God and the ordinary man, knew full well the sombre side of life. He knew the potential tragedy in every life and the de- moniac spirit Ihat can turn evil into appar- ent good, and good inlo evil. No superficial optimist, yet filled with enthusiastic hope, he often saw many of the causes he work- ed for into apparent failure. Failure for him was not measured by Ihe stan- dards of lime, but only by that vast, hid- den working of the Divine within the ma- trix of history and beyond, where "there is no shuffling." This man would, 11 he slili lived today, be able to show, with eloquence and wit and zest, the relevance of his vision of a dccentraiist society in (his present scene of centralism, bureaucracy and deperson- alized routine. Never have netded his vision more than we rio today. On the evidence, 1 predict a great Chcs- tcrtonian revival in North America within this decade, The literary knight who wrote 'The Battle of Lepanlo' relebraling chiv- alry, v.do oncn, when slated by a critic as not being even a Cockney humorist, said that ho resented not being acknowledged its a Cockney since ho was horn within the sound of Bow Dells, the man who shared London origin Clinucer and Thomas a'Beckct, may come into his once more. His sunlit sanity is what our poor thoughts need to sweeten thorn. Chesterton once wrote nn eisay (among Ihe thousands of others ho uroto uhen the essay was si ill R popular liferary form) entitled: "Jf I had only one ecrmon to preach." The sermon, he said, would on pride. Certainly, no-one needed the ser- mon less than Chesterton himself, but the essay is a profound one. As a town-crier or ballad scribbler or peasant spokesman may, from time to time, utter in whatever words he ean find to express it, the mes- of a king, one may lake a leaf from ('hosier-ton's book and touch on I lie Ibeine, "If I had only ono school lo build." Kor this theme, for me at least, Is al one with (he democratic Christian spirit of dccen- tralism to which G. K. C. devoted his lifc. If I had only one school to build it would he set among trees; and it would be of stone; not because I rlo not like buildings of timber, f being fond of small wooden houses in quiet villages j. ljut be- cause this school would be made lo en- dure. It would be made from Ihe one build- Trudeau keeps us guessing on election As Hie corridor V of lime iillottcd (or Ihe next federal election grcms .shinier and ine-re rostriclive. Prime Minister Trudenu H1- ronies nioi'c iwisessivc about il. This is one area of decision that is clearly excluded for participatory democracy. The Prime Minister has made il plain Hint lie mjuires no help in selling an election dale from the public, press or oilier pol- iticians. He has even slated thai in- Icresl in the question, on llic part of anyone except himself, "is not all" IhnL helpful lo Ca- nadian society in rjenoral." This al I i t u dc was evident atfiiin recently a radio in- terviewer in Toronto asked the Prime Minister the ineviUibte question about nn election date. Trudeau finished a fairly curl reply by saying, "when I make up my mind, I will make it known publicly, and I'm sure you'll be among the first lo hear il." As others have done en pre- vious occasions, the interview- er followed up with a reason- able suggestion. If politicians "waste too much of our lime after we're elected in speculat- ing and preparing for the Uialily of a possible as the. Prime Minister has sin'd, why not have a federal election even1 lour years on a fixed dale? The Prime MiniMer gave his usual reply. "That would he tnurc than ju.sl a lillln he warn- ed. "If you oblige the Prime Minister lo call an election atler four years, yon have to promise lo give him lho.se four years. fOven it he has a mi- nority government, even il lie loses the confidence of Uie House, even if everybody wants lo throw him out and get rid of him, he can stay for four years "Yon hnvo lu mnke up your mind. If you want a different, type of democracy, if you want a presidential democracy In- Mead of a Parliamentary one, or a congressional system, then you can say four As Trudeau well knows, the American label on a politicEil idea is enough lo make it anathema in Canada. On this occasion as in previous inter- views, liis arbitrary choice o[ alternatives ended further dis- cussion, UuL this lime, his response was delivered in a new con- text. Karlier last month, the spe- cial joint committee of Ihe Sen- ate and the House of Commons on the Constitution of Canada threw its considerable weight behind Ihe idea of a four-year ing material that lends u.sclf lo the sym- bolic, lo the meditative and the sense of sumclhing heroic and permanent. The school I envisage has about 15 acres of land, most of it covered, apart from buildings, vrilh grass and Irccs. It opens inlo a rural landscape, with full view of Ihe horizon from most aspects. A fevv acres are used for growing crops, to be consumed by the students themselves, who, of course, grow them, loo. Buildings arc not all consolidated in one place but grouped in various parls of a lawn space v.bere paths allow walking in nn area where no machine penetrales. Moat people who have the chance try lo provide such gardens for themselves at home; if they have Ihe space. Schools aro for people, just as homes are, so this is no luxury for the learner. The buiMings v.ouM be ft cluster, with the chapel and the library close together; heart and mind would married, not di- vorced. Arl, in whatever form could he afforded, would he integrated into Ihe very structure cf these buildings, I'A-cry class- room uould have a small library itself, and maps and ylobcs and instruments to illus- trate and encourage exploration of ele- mentary principles as v, ell as broad as- pects of the natural world. A music room, a theatre and ati art-room uoukl be uell used and central, for the ordinary period- system would bo abolished to provide for more spontaneous, joyful and drarmilic ex- perience, in the.sc three great areas of hu- man expression, and for integration of all aspects of the curriculum. Uniformity and of rooms an'J buildings woulrJ bo pnalhrn.T in school. The Mediterranean rather than the Prussian spirit would flourish, and cold would dissolve before Hie fire of the human passion for knowledge and experience. The school would have no more than HK1 students, and no more than 15 in its largest group. IL would financed by the com- munity il serves, directly. II would lo be unique. For many such .schools rrjuM nnl flourish iri'houf, chanpo.i in 'ijurhiirs, rind in allihidrs of ple. M such a srhool would prow nut of a natural community; a (own, village or parish intent on independence and original- ily. At the minimum it would need only a firoup of determined people to bring it into being. T'x'ny, 1 only one to v.rile. Thr- administration and curriculum of my .school will have lo wail till my next few wild rfrcams can find Iheir way inlo print. (ertn without encountering nny o[ the insuperable obstacles scon by Hie Prime Minister. It ha.s been convenient for Trudeau lo handle the question by claiming Unit a mandatory four-year term would have to guarantee a government lour years in office. After moro than two years of study, (ho committee decided that this guarantee was not an automat- ic consequence of a limited term under our parliamentary system. It recommended the adoption of a four-year term while re- taining provisions for an ear- lier election in (lie event Mint the is defeated in the House. In other words, (lie tee, chaired by IM-O Liberals, decided that a. four-year term would not involve wholesale junking of the parliamentary .system, as Trudeau had claim- ed. H would be a relatively sim- ple change and it would con- irol Ihe intensity and duration of the pre-election fever that tlic rrimc Minister hns Found so clislrc.'isiritf in (lie past year or so. With the commit tec's report on Trmle.iu will have lo find heller arguments lo support his opposition to a fix- ed Icrm. But did Sic really believe In his old arguments? ID auoMicr part of the Inter- view referred to earlier, Ilia Prime Minister said something iibonl himself which was re- vealing: "I believe the essen- tial ingredient, of politics is (im- imV He completed this though by saying "and you don't deter- mine your timing il's events that determine it for you." This was the political animal revealing ilsclf the preda- tory politician slalking h i a quarry, trying lo sense by in- telligence and instinct the right moment to strike. In this game, the timing be- comes more difficult if the prey becomes too jumpy. So as Ihe politician searches for an unguarded opening, he pre- tends thai an election Is the last thing on his mind. It's becoming a familiar technique for Trudeau. On April 7, 1M8, after he was chosen lo succeed Pear- son as Liberal leader, he said, "f have never Felt that there would be a need for an early general election; I still have no precise plan on that." The election took place on June 25, As the next election becomes more imminent, the technique is wearing thin. Tlic special committee's r c c ommendation of a fixed term for Parliament should make il even more diffi- cult lo practise. (Toronlo Star Syndicate) Gordon Holland Australian wheat sales look to successful year Optimism loucheil wltli a nole of caution is Ihe outlook of Aus- tralia's authorities vhcn it comes to selling tlic new wheat crop against [icrce competition on the world's markets. Australia is the third largest exporter o( wheat in the world afler the United Slates o( Am- erica nnd Canada and clearly in tlie mind of the exporters is the fact that the quantity ex- ported wilt be largely deter- mined by Ihe level of ovcrscns demand and Ihe ability of Aus- tralian w h e a C (u compete in Ealisfying that demand. The Australian Wheat Board, which is responsible for finding the export markets, sold wheat anil flour to more than 50 countries during last year. Despite the loss of tlic Mainland China market to Can- ada, the hoard's disposals for the 1970-71 crop year, ended November ;ill last, reached a recotd million bushels. The previous best total disposals figure was 373 million bushels set in Inc IMfl-fj? season. loiter to the editor The board's biggest wheat customer for the year just passed was the United Arab Republic (Egypt) and it was the sales success in this mar- ket which largely offset Ihe de- cline in sales to Mainland China from 1.8 million metric tons in 1909-70 to only .08 mil- lion tons in 1970-71. Such was the message that the Australian Wheat Hoard's recently appointed chairman, J. I'. Cass, himself South producer, put before Iho National Agricultural Out look Conference in Canberra, which brought together leaders in Australian a g r i c u I lure and marketing and government, de- partments, marketing boards and industry to discuss market prospects for individual C.POJII- modilics. Significant in Lhc discussions was the recognition llial Aus- tralia, as a major agricultural producing and exporting coun- try, fjnuol expect buyers tr> seek it out; Australians have to be involved in world commod- ity developments, to know what Typographical error naturally very iiUurest- ed in your review of our little book, .Southern Alberta: A Re- gional Perspective, mid like nil the other authors would like to I hank you for your kindness. At the time I should like (o use your publication lo rorrrf.l a error In HIP, bnnk. True, Ihir; rrror is not in Ihe same "vane" as Iho JfpraM's "scipo" or "ucallicr- vein" but it is significant ne- vertheless and could have inter- national repercussions. I refer to Lhc Medicine Unc appearing as Iho instead of (he -rrth With a slip of the typewriter wr added lo Canada an area ahnut COO miles long by 70 miles wide based on the HUB Convention or mites by 70 miles if include Iho Oregon Settlement of (BIO. About the only people who might be happy about tlic land transfer would have licc-n tlio Company bocauso they would have not tlic Cirand for f a tfc back, I [owe i'cr, fi s ihey disappeared Inlo the Hud- son's Ray Company in I don't nxprc! (o ficnr cheers. Anyway, looking over the territory f hnvc annexed lo Canada I find it of marginal value and woulrl like to restoro It to the United .Slates forth- W. COUSINS. lJy of Jjelbbridge. they mean lo Australian fann- ers, and to adjust their enter- prises accordingly. Australian agriculture Is un- like that of the U.S., for in- stance, where only 10 to 15 per cent of the value of agricul- tural production is exported; in Australia the percentage is ap- proximately CO per cent and rising to as high as Di3 per cent for wool, the principal primary product. New markets in Asia h a v o played a Mtfiiifk-iinl part in Ihcsc exports in the la si few yea rs a lid whi Ic I he potent ia 1 (here is great, it is not ncccs- sai ily immediate. Changes a r c taking place in far m cnlerpi'iKCd arc becoming cat- tlemen, sheepmen arc produc- ing more lambs and million, anil the dryland farmers arc planting more coarse grains and -oilseeds, E'oultry and pig enlei pi isrs are changing their structures more inten- sive, larger scale operations, while I h c dairy and fruit jirowrrs particularly arc won- doring wluil Ihe tinilcd King- dom's nccessiou In Ihe Euro- prim Common Mai kef will jiicjin for them. In wheat, the yield per acre over the last ten years for all An.Hlraiia 13.2 bushels. Jn three of these years, yields were ten per cent greater than average; in two years, yields wcie 25 to per cent below av- erage. The w beat board has no'.tf Ihe carryover of wlHMi slnrks for mi-72 at million husbds thn Irvrl for three arises whether most of the factors favoring s.'jk-s yrar uill continue- this year, .such as good dis- prr-ds of Fair Average: iii'iil in early I'i71 as feud v-heat at milling prices follow- ing blight damagr. lo Iho U.S. corn crop, very litlle competi- tion from France and Argen- tina, two years of Middle East drought, Hie U.vS. west coast shipping strike, re-cmergenco of the Soviet Union as a mar- ket, and the poorer Australian wheat crop. Nevertheless available infor- mation does allow some intelli- gent guesses to be made re- garding wheat export potential in Ihe near future. Current .sales levels and contracts indi- cate that this will he another successful selling year dcspilc increased competition from Canarla anil the United States. Of the whc.il delivered lo tbo Australian Wheat Hoard about do million bushels will be used 'for domestic consumption. This leaves about 21G million bush- els to be added lo the 125 mil- lion bushels carryover from last season, giving an export potential of about 311 million bushels, or 9..1 million metric tons. A u s t r a lian wheat supplies ngain tic reduced this year. In fact, it the carryover wcro maintained Hi current level it would only he necessary to find markets for about 5.9 million metric t o n ,s of Australian wheat in 1371-77. However, the bonrd expects lo do consider- ably better than Ihi.s, de- spite (he predictions of a cult scllinc year ahead and un- doubted decline in world wheat trade, Australia's wheat carry- overs to should be much less than 1072. (Herald Sjiccinl Service) Looking backward Through The Herald Wi The Canadian West- ern Natural Gas, LifiM, Heat anrl Power Co. Mrt. notified its consumers in the cily Lcdny that n! 12 o'clock noon on May 10, il will cease In soil natural gas within Iho City of LcLribndRe. Tho company claims the city is paying loo small a price for the gas supply. _ More than fX) work- men are busy at the Raymond sugar factory where is being spent, on alterations and installations. _ What if you can't fly a lumber, or clrii'o a Innk, or liflp make guns mul Ammuni- tion'.' You c.in help win the war. Kvery single job you do will- infily brings viclory one slrp closer. 1P52 A budget surplus o[ for the fis- cal year v.ns reported Monday afternoon by l-'irrmcc Minister in An audience of ovor 3flO heard the I'mcher Crock Choral Workshop, which closed a ten week training conrrc with a concert m lite V.illcyfair school last The Letlibrulge Herald KM 7th St. S., Lcthbridge, Alberta niDfiE HERALfr r.O. Proprietors and Publishers Published by Hon. W. A. BUCIiAN'AN nori PILLING A- DOUGLAS K. fcdilcrial Prtrjc Edilor Advertising Manager "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"