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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 20, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THE UIMBKIOCE HERAIO Thursday, 10 The bottomless purse o uneasy over the i.HfiiiMl K'T (.h.u's lhat exists in tlie utions strikes in t'nc tltc economy. Torutt- i't 10 reports, lias Ihe s" m the country due bcnel'ils hut to huge piles ol waiting fur jv.rkup (lining Ihe current strike ot collectors. LiiH'ouvi-r has again had another lunir wink stoppage by civic employees the Ihrcat ol a 5- svi'.'k paralysis of all civic services. Halifax poli'.-e. firomcn, teachers and hits drivers Ihrcalen strike or a slow ilov.ii. (Juchec the: hardc-sl hit vilh 210- iniii" service employees on strike. Hospital? for the chronically ill have sent patients home when they slii.uM bo in hospital. In yeneral linspitals. half llie hcds are cleared palit-nls and doclors Ihetnselves inusl assist with housekeeping chores including -serving meals lo the re- palienls. Striking teachers have cleared mil their classrooms anil have eniinii-d in harassing oilier teachers who have refused to strike until they too are forced from llieir classrooms. Hydro workers are bv llieir own union officials lo "stay away from what have been de-signaled as essential services. The fact lhat hospital workers too have disobeyed the courts' instruc- tion to remain on essential jobs in- dicates the hc-lpless stale of Ihe pro- vincial government against the mili- tant attitudes and cxhorbilanl de- msinds of the union's employees. Perhaps the mosl outrageous de- mands m Ihe public seclor have been made hv the National Association ot broadcast lOmployees and Techni- aiainsl Ihe NABKT has now bei'ii striking on and off for mi-iulis. gelling paid In produce pro- mvms. then not allowing lliein on the air and now disrupt ing the hue-k- ey duals. There are only about 'l.tfO, XAliKT employees bill they will con- tinue li> make Canadians j u m p lluousli lioops until their demands are met And it has to be said that their demands, all 230 of thorn, will cost tlie country plenty. The union wants among oilier things, a four day week, healthy wage increases, and tolal job security regardless of work conditions in the future. If these con- ditions and all others are met it will mean another tax increase lo be- leaguered Canadians who might be justified 111 questioning whether these employee.-- are worth il. There seems to he an opinion in the public sector that Ihc govern- ment has a bottomless purse and can always be made to shell out wages and fringe benefits in order to meet Ihe most outrageous union demands. But Ihc ordinary worker who has to compromise on his own demands for wages and fringe benefits, in the long mil pays the wages of the public servants. Sooner or later there will he backlash from taxpayers who pay for unoccupied hospitals, imcollected garbage, empty classrooms, cancelled programs and on and on. And back- lashes are known to hull and lo cut deep. The spirit of 76 An exciting serial is gradually un- folding in eastern Canada. The next episode, is sure to he "will Mayor Jean Drapeau find the- funds lo host the 197S Olympic Games0'1 The mayor, undaunted by nervous governments haunted by ghosts ot in- flation and unemployment, optimisti- cally has unveiled a model of the Olympic stadium he hopes to build in Montreal for the Games. He insisls a budget of S12-1 million, plus reve- nues from lolteries and attendance at the events will be adequate. And Prime Minister Trudeau has said he lias no objection lo helping Montreal fund the Games through shared-cost to which all cities are en- But he was quite firm in mak- ing it plain Ibat there will be no spe- cial funds earmarked for this one event. Mr. Drapeau has been called a fi- nancial wizard, even though his first brainchild, Expo '07, had lo look lo Ottawa for help in overcoming fi- nancial growing pains. No mailer, in retrospect Expo '67 did something for Canada internationally lhat has been difficult to define since that time. Bui whether Mayor Drapeau can pull off another extravaganxa in stag- ing the Games is Ihe central mystery drama. In question at the mo- The neglected society cy By Georgian Harprr mill rates continue lo in- crease in order lo provide for all Ihe machinery necessary today in the never ending quest of educating our youlh. Addi- tional building space, a media cenlre, mu- sical instruments, even uniforms for Ihe cheerleaders fire all part of the plan. One Ihing is certain, however, no money is spent for the bnllianl child, why1.' Millions of dollars are allocated each year on this comment for the help of the handicapped child. huL only thousands are spent for inlellccluaily endowed. Should 1 stale to a teacher or friends that I have a daughter who is a genius, I am immediately looked upon uilh sus- picion. Should I lell Ihe same leather or friends thai I have a retarded son, from some at leasl, immediate concern antl un- derstanding is bestowed. Why in the latter case A massive change needs lo b'; brought ishoiit in the public attitude lo- v.ani thr- fiiflcd. The notion lhal if they're gificd, they v.d] take care ol thcmse.Ucs is false. II is only junt lhat society expend the nocev time, effort, and money to give Ihcsn bright children Hie same oppurtunUirs v.o 'insider the dcmocralic riglil of the emo- tionally disturbed, physically handicapped and mentally retarded. The only young people in our c-ducalional system v.ho arc denied equn] opportunity, commensu- rate v.ith their abilities, are the most able nr.e--. It is nnu.h to accept rncdioc- lity lhan admit differences and take Ihc responsibility to change Ihc slalus quo for llic betterment, of Ihc talenled. We fail lo acknowledge, that we arc un- ccual in uur native abilities, our motiva- tions and personal goals, and therefore our attainments. Intelligence, like n musical gift or ntli- Irlic ability, is affected by both genc'.irs ;md environment. We accept Ihe [act thai Growing rich by 'servicing' the poor N The sweet- csl .schem- es in the cuimU'V Ihese ckiys siH'in to He in "sei'viecs'1 to liic poor ;tml tlie sick. hear u tot ;ilxnil money paid to eliisclers on wc-Harc, Inil this is a pilliiiice com- parcil Uie billions beinp gobbled up by nfdueiit Amei'i- prt-y programs dcsifiiied lo provide housing, niedienl and other ser- vices lo (lie needy. I lectors, hospitals, and drni; stoi-cs have found a mine in Medicaid. the joint [edenii- city prop'mn lo provide mcd- ment is his slim, linpraclical-souml- ing budget. Tlie recent Crimes in Sappora, Japan and (lie coming evetUs al Munich cacli had price tags ot more than five million dol- lars apiece. How Mr. Drnpeau will manage to cut this figure down lo fit the one he's come up with makes for interesting watching. Another point. The Games are not nearly as big a drawing card as Kxpo which had something in it for all Lhe family. But sporting events have rather liniLLeri appeal, especial- ly if admission prices are high and more especially if most evenls can he seen on TV without the expense of leaving home. It's not to be denied lhat jt would be a fealhcr in Canada's cap lo spon- sor the Games. But if the economy is slill in a stale of shock four years from now perhaps il would he advis- able lo wait until n more opportune lime. However. Mayor Drapeau is a determined man, not easily swayed from his purpose. If he docs con- tinue to aim for 197G let's hope he in- vites all provinces to share, not only in some of the. cosls, but in the plan- ning and programming also. For all of Canada will he Ihe hosl, not jusl Montreal. leal services lor welfare re- cipients nnd the pom-. Ucsidcills of lliis eily anuized lo learn recently lhal one physician received in Medicaid payments last year while also collecting flOll.OOO [rom. lllue Cross-nine! Shield for other patients. A psychiiiU-isl collected from Medicaid. an amount juslifiablc only if lie n hours a day, 3'33 days a year serving (he yioor. This was a physical Impossibility since this doctor had another 20- job. The D.C. Medical Society is InvcsliRatinj; such payments. Hospitals here (jot from Medicaid during the last months. The head of the Mcdicaid program says they would have received abmil S2 million for Ihc same services in 10GO, adding lhat "the hos- pitals love Medicaid." The di-iiK stores miisl, too, since one chain here filled worlll of prescriptions lor poor people in 1071. niak- iiiK a lidy profit of about TOO of[ Meriicaitl. Tlie piclnre is similar all over the country. A grand jury repoi't in New York City said "nlmnst a billion dollars was wasted" in Medicaid there. is'ursinii and "personal care" luuncs for elderly welfare pa- tients also reap a swecl bo- nanza This eily alone made in illegal overpay- ments lo such homes lasl year for services Ihc palients never gut. Exploitation of the poor to grab millions of federal dollars is also widespread in Ihe hous- ing field. After hearing testimony for U months, a York grand jury recently indicted Dun and Ilradslreet. nine oilier corpora- one of superior allilciic ability needs spe- cial training, special coaching, special equipment, and special opportunities to as- sociate and compote uith his peers. U'c fail to realize or admit thai Ihe child with superior mental ability also needs a suit- able environment to develop to the fullest his superior intelligence. There must lie a maturing process involved to talent. Capacity alone is nut enough lo en- sure Ihe fruit of gifledncss. Social adjustment and happy peer rela- tionships for each of us stem [rom easy communication and similar inlercsts, not necessarily from friends of the same chronological age. We do not worry about children being maUidju.stixl in the select firraips of their sivirn clubs, hulc league, ball, hockey clubs or ski learns. Yet wo. lake children of Ihe same age bill of cor- respondingly different mental abilities and lump them all in one classroom. Tlie gift- ed child is often more isolated in this regu- lar schoolroom where he is ignored ?iml-or resented, lhan if lie were in a special class or .srhfxfl to encourage his potential. According to the Report on and Sc.rviws for Exceptional Children in Canada there, are five provinces v.hich hold some form of special cbisscs for Ihe gifled. N'olicc the low percentages in terms of tlio school populations in provinces Saskatchewan .11 per ccril, Manitoba per cent, Ontario per cent, Qurbec .21 cent. Nova Scolia ]'J per cenl Onliirio is the highest with nlmosl one per cent. The mosl important millmil resource in f'nnarla trxlay is our gifled children. desperjiteiy need an educational sjstcm that will develop and promote this poten- tial for Ihe future of all of us. In educa- tion today tlie greatest atrocity is ignor- ing Ihe child. The nrire mnv ho fatal: Withdrawal pains tions, and -10 individuals In an aliened niulli million dollar housing fraud scheme. Loss to Hie government in this scaiuhd has hcen estimated al mil- lion, with, millions more lost by Ihc bilked poor people. .Similar alleged frauds and schemes have been charged in Philadelphia. Chicago, Uoslon, ,St Louis. Miami and oilier cities. Here is how a typical opera- lion is alleged lo work. A black or I'ncrlo Uican family moves into what has been an all-while neighbor- hood. Blockbusters get Inisy frightening other while fam- ilies, causing them lo sell their houses at. low prices and flee. The speculator then takes Iho SG.oao house and sells il to a black or Puerto Hican fam- ily al an inflated price of 000. lie lakes or so from Hie purchaser and arranges a niorlgagc guaranteed by the federal housing administraliou lor tlie balance. This huge mortgage Is se- cured by profiling phony in- lornialion abo.nl the credit ami income of the purchaser. In Hie New York case Hie grand jury accused F11A employees of be- ing bribed inlo going along v.ith the fraud. The purchaser soon finds that the mortgage payments arc far more than he can meet. The mortgage is foreclosed, he loses his down payment and FIIA becomes responsible for the huge mortgage balance. The same speculator, or a colleague, may then buy the house again al a low price, find another black or Puerto Hionn victim, nnd pull off his phony deal again. In a short time the houses are in disrepair, even abandon- ed, and the neighborhood an eyesore. A piogram designed lo Improve Ihe lives of poor peo- ple and minority groups has been lurned into a erenlor of despair, hitter rcscnl- ment at Ihe whole "Establish- ment." The terrible Iruth is thai the medical and housing cases cited above don't begin lo (ell Uie whole story of how pro- grams to lift the poor arc turn- ed inlo bonanzas for slick op- erators. (Field Inc.) JVichohrs Turner Long battle ahead for both sides in Vietnam war CA1GOX IL will probably be some before tlic present Communist offensive in South Vietnam fully nnfolfls nnrl before any judgment can be made about Ihc success or failure of Ihc policy known as The inilial sbock of the North YietiiiimeiC invasion across (.he Demililarizcd Zone, ami the ap- parent crumbling o( South Vietnam's defences lit fore the onslaught, cruised an immedi- ate wave of pessimism. This compounded when North Vietnamese forces opened a second front across Hie Cam- bodian hordcr rinly 75 miles from Saigon, and appeared lo be pressing towards the cap- ital, Meanwhile Ihc Communists were already known Lo he pre- paring their third major front, in the Central Highlands, di- rected towards the city of Kon- lum. Letter to the editor The offensive itself came as no surprise indeed it had linen expected for many weeks the ferocity of the open- ing drive across the Demilita- rized Zone shook the nation's morale. However, when the North Vietnamese advance was halt- ed some 10 miles south of the DMZ, and the Southern defend- ers regrouped, initial fears of a sudden collapse gave way to general optimism, Rut by this time the four North Viet n a m c s c divisions poised in eastern Cambodia had begun (heir drive towards Saigon through Lhe rubber plantations of liinh Long prov- ince. Again the government forces were outnumbered and outgunned. These two Communist drives seem (o have been the first phase of what will he a long campaign. The objective is lo force Saigon to accept the po- litical formula put forward by the Vietcong's "Provisional Revolutionary Government." North Vietnam lias commit- ted almost its entire army lo Ibis campaign, .supported by hundreds of Soviet-built tanks, heavy rockets, sur- face-to-air missiles and ?UiG jets. Some of its front-line units, which took heavy casualties in the first assault across tlie DMZ, were made up largely of young teenagers, drafted dur- ing nn intensive recruiting drive in (lie North last year, Military observers believe Ilnnoi made a recent decision to move forward ils timetable for viclory, Karlier, it had been thought that the main Com- munist offensive would come next year. There is strong evidence that this question has heon the sub- ject of healed controversy within the North Vietnamese leadership. North Vielnom's Criticisms of minor hockey unwarranted A Ic'Uer tu the editor in the Mondny, April J7 Herald, signed ''A Concerned Parent." must have disgusted a great number of dedicated people from all walks of life. These arc the: people, who spend over seven monllis of the year at- tempi ing lo teach approxi- mately 700 Lcrlhbridge hoys the fundamentals of our na- tional spnrl, along v.ilb being, at times, substitute fathers, guidance counsellors, and even excellent babysitters. Although the writer gives some of thcso people mild credit, "C o n- cern-v] apparently icuorant of Mir v.fnkinjis of M i n o r hookey. Idler, as 1 read il, has thrfjo areas of com- plaint. Paragraph one. winning by fail1 means or foul could U be hn or she docs not real- hockey is a rough contact snorl, as u ilncssed weekly on television, (loaches in minor hockey arc lor the most part very busy people, extremely interested In hockey and tho welfare of their boys, fairly knowledgeable in hockey fun- damentals, anrl right up to their cars in abu.sc (rorn mis- guided parents. They arc not leaching the boys hallet, tho players in their charge nrc attempting lo loarn one of (ho world s fastest, roughest. sporl.s. Win-n I lie action is heavy, it is easy to alibi a losing team's position by cry- ing ''foul play." Concerning the city's recrea- tion department, now properly called the community services department, It already assisls minor hockey lo a very great exlent. I don't think the entire laxpaying public would enjoy paying extra tax burden [hat would be needed lo expand the community services d c- parlment staff lo include ap- proximately 45 conches, 45 managers, 25 lo 30 referees and 13 executive members lo look aflcr 700 hoys. At present, the only people receiving any payment for their services arc Ihc referees, and Ihis token amount Is so small most peo- ple would not bother to stir out of their houses, unless they were extremely dedicated to minor hockey. The final paragraph, con- cerning trophies, also deserves mention. Apparently, con- cerncd's family has not had a member on a trophy winning team, or else he or she would know individual trophies awarded lo the hoys are theirs to keep, and are meant to be taken home nnd proudly displayed on Uie mantlcpiecc, Tho team trophy usually rests in the home of the winning coach or team captain, io he returned after a year. Anyone interested in viewing all the trophies at one time is quite welcome to sec them on dis- play ,il Ihc annual awards ban- quet, Lhis year on Sunday Apiil 2.1 Just one catch here though, it v.ill cost Ihc viewer 52.00, hut for this you'll get to see each hoy receive his tronliy, and enjuy Sunday dinner loo. Minor hockey must be open lo public criticism, but hope- fully, the criticism will be con- structive. Any hoy in Lelh- iiridrje can play hockey for over half a year for a mere SG.OO registration fee (one v-in- ter club in Vancouver will your boy much more ice lime and semi professional inslrnc- (ion, bill (he cnlr.-incc lab is a nice round two hundred and fifty dollars? f suggest the best way to get minor sports of any kir.d running as smoothly as you would like, is lo gel involved, The press gives excellent prior notice of annual meetings watch for tho minor hockey mceling date, and be ready lo donate half a year of your spare time. Who you may contribute some valuable innovations lo the system. Hut hotter bring your ear plugs, there's many a "Concerned" parent out there, ready lo shoot vou down' MINOR SPORTS J.clhbridgo SUPPORTER economy lias bren In I rouble, and social problems arc be- coming evident, causing some PoliUniro members to argue against, the allocation of more resources lo (lie military sec- tor. Although the debate is still c n n I I n n i n g, (he so-called who include the de- fence, minisicr, General Vo Giap, seem lo have gained the upper hand. The world's attention is fo- cused on how well the South Vietnamese Army can perform in this crucial period without American ground support, but there arc also three oilier key factors in the situation. The. first is the effectiveness ol air power, both American and South Vietnamese. There have been doubts on this subject in (he pnst, hut as the Commu- nists employ increasingly con- ventional ladies, including Ihe use of tanks and other heavy equipment, they become more vulnerable to bombing. A second factor is the morale and loyally of local militia in the countryside. The govern- ment has taken a calculated risk in arming hundreds of thousands of peasants, and no one can be certain just which way they will jump. Looking Through The Jfrrnld 1922 The P, Hums Co. hour-lit 13H head of steers from the provincial jail farm this week. The hoof was all No. 1 stuff and had hncn fed hay, chop, turnips other roots. Rudyard Kipling has been elected an Honorary fel- low nf M.-igdnreue College, Cambridge University. 1012 Because of lack of drilling equipment, obtainable only from Ihc United Stales, one (trilling Turner Valley veil, iVorthcross I, was shut Finally, the o in m u n i s t s hr.ve a wi-ll-planncd political program to accompany the military campaign, aimed at undermining (he Saigon gov- ernment's political position both at hume and abroad. There are fears that Pres- ident Tinea's position might be- gin lo crumble if the Com- munists succeed in severely battering key units of the South Vietnamese Army and causing a general fall in morale. But the piublumb arc not en- tirely on the government side. The inilial phase of Ihe Cotn- rmniisl offensive w a s carried out by North Vietnam's army, and I here remained tlie ques- tion of whether local Viclcong forces In (lie South would he capable of lending them nation- wide support. In some prov- inces, the local guerrillas arc known (o be strong, but in many areas, especially in the Mekong Delta, it is thought, they may ho weaker than in the past. At Icasl for Die sake of ap- pearances, il is important for the Communist side that local Victcong forces play a prom- inent part in what may he the final cnnipnipii nf the war. (UriUcn tlio llrrald TFiu Obsi-ti'er in London) backward down this mnrmnn and a olhei's arc expected lo follow. icri2 gamble is this: To allow some children (o get an injection that may prevent polio, hut not allow others to have il. The injection is gamma globulin. Tt isn't known whether this injection will work in humans but It worked in monkeys, The f.ethbridqn .Inn- lor Cham her of Commerce Mnrted plans In i p- slorc Fort Whoop-Up one o( (lie first settlements in South- ern Alberta. Tlie Letlibridcjc Herald 50-1 7th .St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBFUDGK HERALD 10. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published IMo-103-1, by Hon. W, A. BUCHANAN Second Clan Mart RrmMralkn tt Tfi? Canadian Press and lh" Car Publishers' Ascccialicn and The Auflit Di CLF-0 MOWERS, Edilcr ant THOWAS Hi General DON PILI ING Editc- Publisher Manager ROY "AlLf.S DOUf.l .'.S K WAI KTR "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" ;