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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 7, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IE1HBRIDCE HEKAID April 7, 1970 Joseph Kraft Checking The War In Southeast Asia Another Geneva Conference The contention of the late Bernard to seek another Geneva Conference. Fall oae of the wisest Western ob- This could be the way to a negotiated servers of Asia, seems to have been settlement which obviously cannot be underlined by recent developments .expected from the stalemated Pans in Southeast Asia. He argued that talks. A larger number of paHici- pants could be brought into the pic- ture by reconvening the Geneva Con- tiie United States and its allies were really involved in The Second Indo- china War. That the violence in Vietnam is only a part of a struggle for the succession to French colonial rule in the entire Iridochina peninsula is becoming more and more apparent. Laos has never really been out of the conflict and now Cambodia is be- ing drawn in. Thailand also may soon be embroiled. Quite expectedly people such as columnist Joseph Alsop one of the remaining unrepentant hawks- see recent events as cause for at least a pause in President Nixon's program of troop withdrawals. There are still some who think that a mili- tary victory is the only answer to the threat of Communist supremacy. On tho other hand, many voices are being raised in a call to Presi- dent Nixon to seize the opportunity fcrence. Unfortunately the Nixon Admin- istration has yet to show any inter- est in this idea-and has not chosen to explain the basis of its disinter- est. Likely its position would be that "neutralization" of Indochina would result in eventual takeover by the Communists. There has long been doubt wheth- er-this would not happen even if some sort of victory militarily were to be achieved by the United States in Vietnam. What the American people want and what their Presi- dent 1'as promised is withdrawal from military involvement in South East Asia. An honorable way to achieve this end could very well lie in a Geneva Conference. It must be frustrating to the anti war groups to see the opportunity being ignored. WASHINGTON You can't brat something with noth- ing even in Southeast Asia. So the myriad local forces work- ing to widen the war there will win the day again unless there is developed an alternate course of events. The obvious alternative is to move in the Geneva Conference for a general diplomatic settle- ment covering Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. And fortunately that approach _ is now being pushed here Washington. Of Ihe forces working to wi- den the war, the most import- ant are the North Vietnamese. Their central political purpose is to create in South Vietnam a regime, free of sup- port by outside troops and dis- posed toward eventual unifica- tion. Hanoi is not making any progress in that direction at the Paris peace talks. Opinion in this country has ceased to generate irresistible pressure for peace. And Gen. Creighton Abrams' spoiler tactics im- pose on Communist military ac- tion in South Vietnam a cost Hanoi is not prepared to pay.. Instead the North Vietna- mese have found cheaper ways to maintain military momen- tum and keep presstre on the United States. They moved thousands of troops into Lace and mounted a major ttly-fr there. More recently another cheap shot became available when a right wing coup over- threw Prince Norodom Sihan- ouk in Cambodia. So the North Vietnamese, who had long used Cambodia as a base, went on the attack there, too. Hanoi's instinct for widening the war is shared with a ven- geance by the regime of Pres- ident Nguyen Van Thieu in Sai- gon. President Thieu's first in- terest is to try to deal the Com- munists a crushing military blow. His second is to keep American troops on (he scene as long as possible. His third is to the state of ten- sion which justifies the repres- sion he uses to keep the re- gime in power. All three of these interests are served by military engage- Antidote For Despair Despair over the younger genera- was the Model United Nations As- tion is very likely unwarranted. A sembly where a remarkable aware- good antidote for any. such feeling ness of world affairs was in evidence, would be a trip to Winston Churchill" Onp should not overlook, either, the High School to see the pollution dis- play. Set up for a teach-in on the weekend, it is being left in place for an additional three days to accom- modate the public. The display itself is very impres- sive. It indicates that a lot of thought, work and artistic ability have been expended. But the most impressive thing about it is the evidence of con- cern over what man is doing to his environment. The entire teach in project was proof of dedication to improvement in living conditions Note should be taken of the fact that this is not an isolated instance of significant youthful activity. The scores of entries" in the Science Fair showed that there are an astonishing number of serious-minded young peo- ple possessing persistence along with curiosity. Another impressive 'youth activity recently held in Letnbridge One should not overlook, either, the willingness .of young people to walk many miles as in the Hike for Tikes in support of causes. Even the rebelliousness of modern youth has something hopeful about it. The rejection of some of the values of past generations especially those of acquisitiveness and conspic- uous consumption associated wifi materialism is beginning to ap- pear in a more commendable light. Man's future on earth may actually be dependent upon the overthrowing of some such values. If despair was excuseable in any group it would be among the young. They are obviously inheriting a very bad mess from previous generations. But some of the young people appear to be ready to tackle the tasks ahead of them wliich is an antidote to whatever despair their "seniors may be tempted to entertain. Weep No Tears No Canadian-based team will ap- pear in the playoffs for the. Stanley Cup the emblem of supremacy in major league hockey. The prospect began to be mooted a few weeks ago when the Toronto Maple Leafs were already mired in the basement of the eastern division and the Mon- treal Canadiens were floundering a bit. competition from which Canada re- tired earlier this year has always been considered a more appropriate field to seek honor. The rosters of all the teams in the National Hockey League are almost completely filled with Canadians. Consequently a good patriotic feeling can be had no matter what team is cheered to the finish. There will be one gain in not This is the first time in the history_ having Montreal in the playoffs. of Stanley Cup competition that it has happened. There will be some who will consider this a very lamentable development. Hockey, after all, is supposed to be Canada's game. Canada's honor has never really been at stake in the realm of pro- fessional hockey. The international Those watching the televised cover- ing of the games will not have to endure hearing and sometimes seeing the wholly unimaginative bugler who regularly detracts from the game. An anathema should be declared on all forms of mechanical rooting. Laughing Matter The editor of a scientific digest devoted to studies of the common flatworm, thinking such journals to be deadly dull, introduced jokes, sa- tire and cartoons scattered at ran- dom among the serious articles. Most readers approved but a significant minority complained that there was no place for levity in a serious publication. Scientists are willing to make ob- jective and dispassionate studies of all natural phenomena. Somebody should do a study on the capacity to laugh at life and oneself es- pecially. It would be interesting to know if some people are born with- out that capacity or merely have it eliminated through training. There is so much news that is of a grim and foreboding nature that flashes of humor would almost seem to be necessary in order to preserve sanity. Indeed, the safety of mankind might well depend upon the presence of a sense of humor. Humor is called a saving grace for a very good reason. Persons who can brcok no criti- even in the form of satire a menace. With singleness of purpose, in possession of power, a person without humor's perspective on his own possibility of being mis- taken could lead the world to a holo- caust. The portrayal of such a char- acter in the movie Dr. Strangelove may seem exaggerated but then one remembers Adolph Hitler and knows there is something to fear. Humor has generally been given a place in newspapers, sometimes even on the editorial page, because of the balance it gives. The editor of the science digest seems to be following a right instinct in suggesting it has a place in other types of publication as well. Convention Manners By Pan-dora A FRIEND of mine once said: "Conven- tions make grange bed-fellows." Per- haps this may not have applied to dele- gates at a recent convention, but some o( those present might .be characterized as inconsiderate and thoughtless. TOiy, for example, did the lady behind me wait until the speaker had launched into his topic before she blew her nose loudly? Why did the two down in front begin a whispered consultation as to where they had heard him speak before, and how much they had liked him? Why did some- one choose a particular pregnant pause to send Ice-cubes and water crashing into drinking glasses? Why did another person decide that this was the very best time Letters To The Editor Strange Curtailment-Of Bus Service On the front page of The Her- ald of March 31st we were in- formed that the. city bus ser- vice is to be curtailed, with a resulting saving of to the taxpayers. On page 11 of the same is- sue where the bud- get of the EDC is increased by over the previous year. I am wondering if this latter figure includes the cost of the training course the city provid- ed for the new EDC director in :its effort to qualify him for the job. It seems strange (thit city council would, be curtailing a service which is essential to many working people, wbfle at Sheridan Choir Congratulated In 1956 I made a tourist pro- motion trip around the cities o( a number of western states for the Letbbridge Chamber of .Commerce. 1 travelled in a Volkswagen bus lent for the oc- casion by Mel Fengstad. On the day I'was to address service club in Sheridan, Wyoming, I .was still 24 miles from the town at a.m. when I heard on a service station radio that T was due there, at 12 noon. As the bus could only reach a speed of forty miles an hour down steep hills, I phoned ahead and told the chairman of my plight. They promptly de- layed proceedings until I got there and then swarmed around the bus to take out and set up my movie equipment while my wife and 1 had a hurried 'lunch. Then 1 gave them my Whoop-up promotion. Only Taxpayers Dollars to being noisily ripping sheets out o! lier note-pad? We scold our children lor r.ot observing the common courtesies, but what kind of examples are we selling? Surely we can develop a little more sensitivity In these mailers: it Is very disconcerting (o the speaker to feel that part of his audience is not yet ready to listen. Even Ihe most practiced speaker can be "thrown" by this type of reaction, how much more affected is the amateur who stands ner- vously before a group, wishing he were clsCT'nerc, but doing his best to fulfil his obligation? The next time you are in the audience, think about this, Those of us old enough to remember recall that in 1933 Mr. Aberhart fold the voters o{ Alberta (and made it if you don't think you have suf- fered enough, it's your God- given right to suffer some more. LeUibridge taxpayers are get- ting the same in 1970 it The Herald cfty page is correct. EDC budget to go from THIR- TEEN THOUSAND odd dollars to FORTY THREE THOUSAND .for what? In what industry would these people get the sal- aries they are now paid? RIDI- CULOUS. let them try else- where and see how they make out. How did this one hundred dol- lars per month UNVOUCHER- ED car allowance come into being? Now the Police Depart- ment want a slice of the pic, why not, it's only taxpayers' dollars, yet this department has city automobiles on the street day and night. Should it not be a condition of employment for city personnel to get from home to work and return? Try gel- ling consideration en your in- Puzzled Also and come lax for driving to from work. City car allowances total W3 per month. GRRR. why not purchase a few auto- mobiles and form a car pool for city duties? For twenty-four thousand dollars per year much could be achieved that's whit most privately owned en- terprises do. Coaldale here I come. A VERY DISGRUNTLED CITIZEN AND TAXPAYER Lcthbridge. Since that time I have bered Sheridan fondly. Last week when the Sheridan High School choir appeared in town I felt obligated to attend. It turned out to be no obliga- tion. When a high school choir sings u Bach cantata; that is unusual; when they do it from memory and in German, that is more unusual still; but when a nigh school choir sings a Bach cantata with the sonority of a good adult choir, H is totally .unexpected. I am sure that if the people of Lethbridge had been aware of the calibre of the choir and its range of reper- toire, Soulhminster Church would have been crowded.' The performance was a high- light of the' Easter season and congratulations should go to the conductor and his singers and all who helped make the trip possible. The only trouble is Sheri- dan is now two up on as. W. J. COUSINS, Chairman, Department of History, University of Lethbridge. Lethbridge. the same time spending more than double-the proposed sav- ing on an operation of dubious value. I am sure there are a great many citizens besides Alder- man Ctncnester who are won- dering what kind of "an Em- pire" council is trying to es- tablish by the over 300 per cent increase in the EDC budget. The allocated for op- eration of this commission with its "heir would seem to be irresponsible spending of tax dollars and the taxpayer ii entitled to more satisfactory answers than ambiguous phrases such as the city need- big "the broader concept." The 'statement that there win not likely be any conflict of inter- est between this elaborate set- up and other bodies presently engaged in similar activities in- dicates duplication and no valid reason for its establishment. A. F. SMITH. Lethbridge. ment with the North mese. And the best place for fighting the North Vietnamese is to hit them at their bases in Cambodia. Indeed, the most prestigious' military man in South Vietnam, Gen. Cao Via VSen, has long claimed he could win the .war1 if he was allowed to lake a bit of ter- ritory. So it was no surprise that the South Vietnamese stepped up their Cambodian borfer op- erations immediately after the coup in Phnem Penh ousted Prince Sihanouk, indeed, suspj- cious persons pleased to be- lieve that coup was arranged from the outside would do far better to direct theii- inquiries to the Saigon government than to the Central Intelligence Agency. Not that all American ire so opposed to a UUle widening of the war. Ambassador Ells- worth Bunker and some Amer- ican military commanders on the spot conceive that their mission is to put in place a pro American, anti Commu- nist regime. As part of that mission, they have long ifcned to cross over into Cambodia and HI the Communist bases there. They are not even par- ticularly bothered by the pros- pect-of slowing down the rate of American troop withdrawal from Vietnam, if that is neces- sary to help the Saigon govern- ment So it is natural, not. surpris- ing, that American forces aid- ed South Vietnamese ti'oops in some of their recent forays into Cambodia. And it is equally natural, not surprising, that American officials in Saigon should be talking, in the light of recent events, about stretch- ing out the schedule for wind- ing down American force lev- els. With all these forces promot- ing a wider and deeper war, it takes some doing to con- tain the conflict. After aH, what led to the deep American in- volvement in the first place were these very same local conditions. American leaders did not, as sometimes alleged, want to get into the war. They were backed in by the thrust of events. They didn't have the wit and political courage, to lake 'he decisive steps neces- sary for staying out. That rougfiy the position o( the Nixon administration at this time. Unless the President takes decisive steps to contain the war, the force of events will push him into a wider con- flict. Exactly-what steps to take are not in doubt. The central _ fact is that there is now serious military action in Laos, and in Cambodia. The Geneva, conference, set up in 1954 arid reconvened in 1962, of- fers a forum that covers all three countries. It should plain- ly be called' again to seek a general regional settlement, The more so as it offers a way to move beyond the Paris peace talks, which are now deadlocked, and subject to re- vival only if this country aban- dons its past position by send- ing a new, high level negotia- SrjTgestions that this country follow the Geneva route have been pushed inside .the State Department and' the Defence Department at the Assistant Secretary level. They have ap- parently been blocked by po- litical consideration namely, that to go to Geneva is to de- viate from the VJetnanwation line to which the Administra- tion has wedded itself. But Vjetnamization only, cre- ates conditions that work to wi- den the war. Wisdom ties not in holding tight to that policy, but in shifting to another be- fore, everybody comes to un- der s t a n d. the Vietnamuation line won't work. EKcrpriMS, IK.) LOOKING BACKWARD Objectionable Bill Me neither. Lethbridge. M. R. H. The contemptible contemplat- ed "hale ban" bill before Par- liament calls for utmost denun- ciation, inasmuch as it equates "religion" with race and color. No one is responsible for his race or color, so, therefore, should not be discriminated against on that account. Creed, religion or ideology is not in that category, as every- one is responsible for his creed, religion or Ideology upon reach- ing the years of maturity ittt accountability. Creed, religion or ideology is comparable with politics, in which a democratic govern- ment reeognuet need of in opposition to present all sides of a subject and pays 'an opposition to do so to induce, encourage or maintain ballast: The same tactics apply to "re- ligion." Anyone who is so unreason- able or naive as to sponsor such an evil, ridiculous, discrimina- tory bill offers no hope for the country, as all fair minded lovers of freedom and justice can readily see. respon- sibility rests upon ihose en- trusted with power to use it properly. (Mrs.) L, PRATT. Gait, Ontario. THROUGH THE HERALD IStt Irrigated land recently sold for an acre, the highest price that has been paid for (arm lands here. The' record price will probably set a new scale of prices for dose-in property. centennial of the establishment of Mormomsm was celebrated in Salt City today. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of let- ter-Day Saints Irom (11 parts of the world to take part in Ine celebration, McGrath, man- aging director of the Hospital Trust Ltd., which administers the1 Irish Sweepstakes, today announced the voluntary li- quidation of the organization because of the war. competition Is keener than ever, Canadian re- sorts .and travel agencies art preparing for the biggest tour- ist season in history, im-AIberU has joined tbt other Canadian piuviiiees in ac- cepting plan for uniform traf- fic control signs. Major change in Alberta will involve the of more symbol signs to mark schools, playgrounds and pedes- trian crosswalks, The letHbridge Herald 504 7th St, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and PubliAcn Published 1903 by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Secnd am MM) UttwrMW flimber Mil CwtdUi Prm nt flw Cnkdiu Oaf Frtllibwi' nt Aidtt BvrtM Cl can MHT riMMMr THOBAS i. ADAMS, Gtwral Niuctf JOC IALLA Manatfnf HOY IV BILES Muaor WILLIAM HAT Anoclalt Editor OOCGLAS K EtiMritl THE HERAID SERVES THE ;