Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4} THE IHHBRIDGE HERALD Timctoy, April 25, 1972 Shann llcrron PostaI problems Postmaster (iem-riil .lean Pierre Cote stated mTiilly that his depart- ment might have to IT introduce Saturday delivery of mail in order to overcome delays in deliveries on oilier days of !lio week. Unfortunate- ly, in spite of the introduction of next day delivery plus a nationwide postal code system, it sometimes takes an inordinate length of time for mail to Set to its destination, even in Alber- ta. Discontinuing .Saturday mail w a s Instituted as a method of reducing the post office department's costs. This goal was achieved but it created more" problems. Mail accumulated over the weekends causing a backlog for delivery on Mondays. Tins has been irritating to businessmen and householders alike as well as a bur- den to mail carriers. To overcome tins situation more workers had lo be hired but a general decline in pro- ductivity prevented any marked im- provement in service. The fall in productivity which is the amount of work done by in- dividual employees is another of Mr. Cote's headaches. This condition is diametrically opposed to what is expected when wages and working conditions improve as they have been in the postal department over the past few years. It would seem then that there is still an undercurrent discontent. Mr. Cote is apparently trying to decide whether the postal depart- ment is a service or a business. Nat- urally he doesn't want his budget to run in the red all the time, but every "improvement" he projects into the department such as the innovative postal code system has been costly while at the same lime unable to ini- tiate better service. Whatever he de- cides, probably the time is coming when more and more mail will be handled through the private sector where competition for service as well as cost, could develop into an effec- tive and efficient industry. Undoubt- edly, the average businessman and the average householder are impar- tial about who handles and delivers the mail as long as it is done capably and with dispatch. Time for upgrading proposal to upgrade the Leth- bridge Research Station's facilities by million is a logical and most commendable step. If the facilities of any research in- stitution in Canada deserves to be upgraded it certainly has to be the ones at Lcthbridge, operated by the federal department of agriculture. There has been relatively little spent on the local centre since it was established here at the turn of. the century. Since that time it has developed not only into one of the finest institu- tions of its kind in Canada, but into a centre with an international repu- tation, Research, papers by station personnel are now to be found in every major facility of its kind in the world. For the farmers of western Canada the developmnt of the sawfly-resis- tant variety of Chinook wheat alone has made it ;i worthwhile undertaking for the government. H has saved farmers of the West many millions of dollars. Through the years it has always been most encouraging that the lea- dership of the station has been of such high calibre as to be able- to attract the country's foremost agri- cultural scientists. The late Dr. W. II. Fail-field estab- lished the station and did much of Ihe moulding for the future. To him, and lo the directors and scientists who have since followed, goes much of the credit for keeping agriculture informed in the West. Now there should be a new upsurge of spirit following the upgrading ot the facilities, which will augur well for the future. Grudging welcome France has accorded Britain, the Republic of Ireland, Norway and Denmark a grudging welcome into the European Common Market. Voters approved two to ono the ad- mission of the four additional coun- tries, but almost 40 per cent of those eligible to vote stayed away from the polls. This hardly adds up to an en- thusiastic endorsation. Results of the French referendum, however, are not likely to prove dis- turbing to the new members. Inter- nal politics more than foreign policy had become the main issue of the vote. President Georges Pompidou was looking for a massive indication of approval for his policies. His op- ponents found the way to deny him what he was seeking when they per- suaded large numbers of people to abstain from voting. The foreign policy of the late Gen- eral Charles de Gaulle is not neces- sarily still the ideal of those who re- frained from voting. Not many Frenchmen, it can be assumed, think their country can somehow stand apart or above its European neigh- bors. They probably agree that Pres- ident Pompidou is moving in the right direction in his European poli- cy but some do not want to give him the satisfaction of knowing of their agreement. Although the welcome to the four countries is grudging it is nonetheless another step toward a more unified Europe. However much the spirit of nationalism may still influence peo- ple in the various states the realiza- tion is dawning that only by working together can a vigorous economic future be assured. Lock up the kids By Margaret Luckhnrst TT'S got so that I can hardly stand kids any more. Mind you, I like yours and mine, but they're just ordinary, run-of-the- mill kids. It's those awful brats on TV who give me cause to ponder whether there shouldn't be n law making it compulsory for all children between the ages of H months and 17 years to be put away some- where, under guard, for the good of adult society. TV shrms centring around small fry, al- most without exception, depict the kids as precocious, wise-cracking know-it-alls. They are given all (he good lines which smooth away all the domestic family lems in the final scenes. This manages to picture their parents as inept dullards, in- capable of finding their way out to the highway where Ihey could at least thumb their way into the wild blue yonder and blissful escape. The houses in these shows are straight out of House and Garden with interiors tidy and immaculate as if the family were in a constant state of wailing for Ihe Bish- op to come to dinner. The gardens are beautifully tended, with no straggly vines or dead, unattended flowers; and the fam- ily cars (usually two) are shiny clean and straight off the showroom floor. The kitchen lable (where many of Ihe bright, brittle little conversations take place between Mom, Dad and their brilliant progeny) is beautifully set with good dish- es and never a ketchup botlle or a milk carton in sight. Mom at breakfast looks as if she was on her way to model for the morning but we know that if she ap- peared in rollers and a dingy duster her smart kids would give her the back of their hand. The kids themselves are never untidy, messy, or ever, sleepy. They never have to be ordered from the table to wash their filthy hands, and they never shove at each other or fight over whose turn it is to do Ihe dishes or shovel the walk. liul then, they never (to dishes or shovel the walk. They are much too clever for this. These menial tasks are slickly relegated to dear old Dad, who in spite of all outward evi- dence must surely be clever enough to earn at least a year, manages to be stupid enough lo let his kids hoodwink him into these jobs. Everytime, Just once, only once, (and then my faith in children, TV and otherwise, would be restored) I'd love to see Mom lake a good clout at pretty little Sis with a wet dishrag and Dad bang junior over the head with the Financial Times which Junior has been quoting course. Even in the advertisements the kids man- age to be nnlikeablc. and occasionally douTlright repulsive. It's no smalt wonder young couples today are questioning wheth- er raising a family is worth Ihe they've been exposed too realistically to TV kids. In Ihc ad.s, some kid is alv.ays barging Into Grandma's lea party or Daddy's gulf game and without apology (or rebuke from fond relative shrieks "guess what, only one cavity.1' As this particular ad must be well into its second or third decade, it raises the question whether medical sci- ence isn't going to get to the point where those wretched little loved ones aren't go- in" (o say at last ''guess what, NO cavi- After ail thc.se complaints, why do I watch kids shows at all? Okay, it's a legiti- mate question, f don't very often, to be honest. Sometimes f do when I'm mad at something for no gtxKl reason, and these kills' shows invariably make me mad rnnugh lo frel justified lo sulk. At other times I just check in on (hem, oh. once a year or so, to sue if any chance the flood (parcrii.vi are going lo outwit the bad guys (their kids) and win the show for a change. But to dale, alas, this hasn't happened, at least to my knowledge. Thu bad guys, the rimcn. tittle well-behaved, nice luokir.g. shiny faced, smart talking, offspring win every time. Lunatic confusion of values in Ireland rrHE WIDUICHY I1KPOI1T has (tone what anyone who knows anything about the methods of urban revolution- aries already knew1: It lias con- firmed that the IKA treated, for propaganda purposes, a sit- uation in which it was inevit- able that s o in e people would die so that the revolutionaries would (a) have the support of an enraged and deceived popu- lation and (b) a situation full of propaganda profits. It did not mailer to the 1HA that people would die. All that mattered was that there should he pro- paganda. A familiar tactic in this murderous campaign is to shoot, hand, your gun to a fel- low-conspirator, preferably a woman, then rim or walk away. That this is what was done by sonic of the men who were shoL by the army cannot now be doubted. The tests showed that seven of Ihe men killed by ttie army had lately handled' and discharged firearms and or nail bombs. Some of those ready to swear that Hie dead men had had no guns, also showed under test, traces of gunpowder on Ihcir hands and clothes suggesting that they were the people who had car- ried away the guns. This is I he problem faced by the Northern Irish who have steadfastly exercised their in- alienable right to remain as part of the. United Kingdom: that there is no truth in Ihc sit- uation and that they are con- fronted not only by gunmen and bombers who are lotallv without conscience, but tha't they are also confronted by a segment of a population which under oalh will testify Unit black is white, and do so In de- fence of men who are ready to kill their supporters, destroy their homes and their places of work. The IRA showed the other day that they were ready lo do Ibis, by placing 500 pounds of primed gelignite bedde a fac- tory in a Catholic district and among the homes of the peo- ple who worked in it. They took the payroll due from a fac- tory in the same district to about 100 Catholic women. In both cases the women march- ed (o the IHA hideout lo de- mand their payroll back and to argue that they did not wish lo be "involved" in bombings, in their own neighborhood. It all presents a strange and almost lunatic confusion of val- ues, a s h i f t ing moral posture that suggests a total absence of moral awareness in a situation in which more than 300 people have been murdered and hun- dreds more have been muti- lated. Office girls going about their business in the streets are blinded and disemboweled, ba- bies arc killed, yet the men who do it are bidden. When a no- torious gunman is shot, people appear at his funeral. The church appeals for an end to it; the so-called civil rights leaders appeal (or an end to it; but it does not end; neither church nor civil leaders have any influence. When Prime Minister Heath worked put his plan for the pacification of Ulster, part of it was an understanding with Jack Lynch, the prime minis- ter of the Republic. It was to the effect that when Mr. Health "We've come cut FOR education, f OR peace and tOR lover taxes, but the motherhood question is a fricfcy one. vith the population Dave Humphreys I A "Dili you make any inlertsfinj jWj toda r' today, suspended Slormont, the North- ern parliament, Mr. Lynch would cnil the farce of arrests and releases of known 1HA men as members of an outlaw- ed organization. They were to be arrested, tried and on the- evidence that every child knows, convicted. Mr. Lynch has done nothing. Catluil Colliding appeared at Joseph McCann's funeral. There have been no arrests. Mr. Lynch's party, Fianna Fail, has financed (he IRA at- tack on the civil community in the North, gelignite manufac- tured in the Soulh has been freely available to them and in effect Mr. Lynch has been us- ing the havoc and anguish caused by (he IRA as a bar- gaining counter in bis dealings with Ihc British. The whole sit- uation is devoid of conscience and loaded down with hypocri- cy so barefaced as to approach (lie level of farce. According to information now coming o u I of Ulsler, the Loyalist population is at last on Hie brink of applying its own solution to the situation. It has been asked to stand by and watch its life being destroyed "while political solutions are being worked out." It has come to the conclusion that till it has been made unprofitable to cov- er the IRA, no progress is pos- sible and Mr. Heath's hopes are vain. That means that it is on the verge of doing what it has always done well: putting a stop to the activities of ttie IRA. That would be a bloody exercise. The Loyalist commu- nity has not wanted to do it. EVow they are saying that with every complaint remedied, the massacre goes on and has be- come sanctioned lawlessness of the most extreme sort, They are saying that if the consti- tuted authority does not stop it very soon, they will do it them- selves. If ttiis happens, no doubt tt will tie another propaganda op- portunity for the IRA and Mr. Lynch, But one of the things men may not he denied is the right (o defend themselves against murderous assault, and dial is what the civil commu- nity is under. If Mr. Lynch wishes to avoid this, lie has ttie remedy. The question is: Does he wish to avoid it? UlerEihl special service) Britain's union troubles on verge of crisis I O.N DO N' Nearly two J years ago Britain's Con- servatives rode to office on a wave of feeling that "some- thing must be done" about sel- fish, freewheeling use of union power in their own interests. Phrases like "holding the nation to ransom" were com- monplace. It will riot have escaped followers of the British scene that nothing much was changed, apart from the gov- ernment. The same old phrases ring out in Parliament and let- ters to the editors. The new government delivered with al- most indecent haste on its promise to do something and the resulting Industrial Rela- tions Act came fully into law in March. As promised, the unions fought the new law tooth and nail, one defying it to the point of contempt of court last month. Those who expected the change in government to end all that nonsense of chaos in one industry after another were disappointed. As the new law was dragged through Par- liament (and through many a night) trouble arose in the docks, motor industry, post of- fice, mines anci now the rail- ways. The ritual was usually sim- ilar. First, plenly of warning in well-publicized inflnled union wages claims. The gradual breakdown of negotialions and conciliation attempts. Frantic llth-hour consultations among government, unions and (he central Trades I'nion Congress. Finally, the work-lo-rulc or out- right strike with massive in- convenience lo the general pub- lic. The most powerful unions usually got their T h e inconvenience partially explains e o n t i n u ing opposi- tion to the unions. On the day the government applied for a cooling-off period under new legislation, an opinion poll pub- lished in The Times showed solid support fnr its action. Sixty-lwo per cent of those favored the cooling- nff action, with 23 per cent op- posed and ten per cent unde- cided. The biggest union, the two- Tr.illion-member Transport and Genera! Workers, is waiting for Ihc bailiffs to move in and seize assets for nonpayment of a fine imposed hy the new Industrial court in a jurisdic- tional dispute. The union re- fused even to attend the court, exercising the law of the land with high court status. It is a good bet that most Britons still respect the law of the land, be- lieve it should be obeyed, and frown on persistent law-break- ers whether (hey be union lead- ers or thieves. If, following the govern- ment's emergency action for the cooling-off application, defi- ance continues, public objec- tions compounded by daily travelling problems might be expected to bring the unions into further disrepute. But that would not get the government off the sharp hook of its own construction. This is the un- solved problem of industrial relations. If union defiance continues, a Letters to the editor serious constitutional crisis would be difficult to avoid. The Heath government might win an election fought solely on that issue, with the Labor op- position divided. But the gov- ernment must rival the unions in unpopularity. So much for conjecture. Tlio unions remain the central un- solved problem in British eco- nomic life. They broke the La- bor government after it tried to bring them under the law. They threaten to disrupt the Conser- vative government's plan to ex- pand the economy as the coun- try joins the European Com- mon Market. Even now a Labor party committee is trying to work out in time lor the next elec- tion an economic strategy based on union co-operation. W riling in The Observer, George Brown, former deputy Labor leader, says there is a basic conflict to be resolved be- tween parliamentary Laborites and present union strongmen bent on destroying the system. "If the democratic process, (meaning not just Parliament, but the law which imposes the will of Parliament) is going to prevent them getting their way, they want to sweep it aside." The Conservative govern- ment is left to find a way out of the present impasse. During the former Conservative gov- ernment of Harold Macmillan in the early WfiOs the unions under left-wing militancy were kept happy. There was a work- ing consensus that included unions. Inflation burned steadily along during those University dvvastalvr of coulees We are somewhat confused hy (he recent call for the for- mation of vigilante groups (o keep an eye on the coulees for motorcyclists and snowmobil- ers. II seems (hat the "prominent member of the university com- munity" who suggested this project may have his priorities confused. Forgive us while we do the unforgivable and erilcize Ihe university. Surely the superim- posilion of this huge albatross Dog I think publishing the picture of the little dog that had been rescued by the Humane So- ciety after being hit by a car is an excellent idea. The Kainai News to which I subscribe has a photograph of the "Mult of the Month" on the reserve, in in effort to perhaps, and also to educate delinquent owners. Perhaps The FIcratd could lake a lead from this. Photographs of dogs impounded or of dogs seen running loose on Ihc streets might serve as a deterrent to irresponsible dog owners. HOC, OWNER. Lei hbridjje. of a building upon the "delicate type of ecosystem" virgin coulee has done more to damage its rnake-up then many motorcycles (the snowmobile question having been elimi- nated for the next 74 months, at Most of the (racks visible in the grass have been made by four-wheel contraction vehicles, as near as we can es- timate. The erosion damage has been done by the elimination of grass, to "nestle" (as our fa- mous architect would no doubt Fay) several thousand tons of concrete in what is not even a practical location. The next lime you pay for your lunch take a quick look at what (his building has done in terms of muddy construction roads, gully erosion, special permit (visitor, senate, and board of governors) parking lots, and curving plastic wind- cum-pedestrian tunnel. Don't misunderstand us. We don't (hink motorcycles, snow- mobiles, and dune buggies should be allowed in (lie cou- lees. Far from it. Hut just look around and think what (he con- struction of this building has done lo promote the devasta- tion of the coulees. One can only hope Ihat the prominent members of the university com- munity who make the decisions will conu'nua with' the strong program of care and re-seeding they have proposed. ALISON' J. MURDOCH Administrative Assist, to Dean of Arts and Science. E. DENICR FERGUSON Demonstrator, Dcpt, of Geography, University of Lelhbridge. Looking Through The Herald IH22 The place for holding the annual meeting of (he "An- cient Order of Henpecked Hus- in England, is being kept a strict secret. J5.12 Harold Blackmore of Cardston, is the first choice among Alberta wrestlers for Olympic 'rials in Queen City. 1312 Hotel room rales arc years but there was little or no unemployment. The new government got oft on the wrong foot, campaigning f o r union reform. Although Prme Minister Edward Heath is no "Supermac" in manner, attempts have been marie to reach a working relationship based on reason and common sense. In addition to mounting infla- tion, the Heath has suffered under record postwar unemployment, sharpened by a succession of business failures. Since last July, British indus- try has voluntarily held price increases to the rate of five per cent, with partial success. The unions have asked for much more, successfully in most cases, with the notable excep- tion of postal workers. When Harold Macmillan's son Maurice took over recent- ly as employment secretary, it was hoped that "son of Super- mac" might brinj! some of the old family magic to hear. Alas, he and the unior.s were soon on a name-calling basis. It has become clear under both Labor and Tory govern- ments that something more than a law or a personality is needed. It is some form of na- tional economic strategy with union co-operation. (Ifi-ratd London bureau) backward frozen ami seasonal hotels aro allowed lo chari.L'c no more than the rales in effect dining lite season. Ifl.'iZ In connection with the Animal Science course present- ed as a regular course at the Magrath High School, a special three mouth agriculture short course was given for the bene- fit of farmers and stockmen. The Lcthbridge Herald SO! St. S., Lethbridgc, Alberta UTTHBRiDGE HERALD TO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published IMS by lion. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Clasi Mall Reglilralien No 0012 V! MM, 1 I fht c.w.idisn Daily PuUhticrs' Assoc.anon and Ihe Audit Bureau of circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Edllor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS. GenCfal tr DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Frf-irr ROY F, MILES Doud As K. WAI KFR Adv.rlisins Manager Editorial Pago Editor "THE HERAtD SERVES THE SOUTH"