Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Wednesdoy, August 4, 1971 Maurice Western Postal counterfeiting Li the conlinuing dispute between the Canadian Post Office and the pos- tal workers' union, both sides are to blame. On the one hand Ihu government, as the employer, has tailed to imple- ment some of the proper and reas- onable recommendations submitted lo il by ils own commissioners. On the other hand the union has left Ihe impression that the depart- ment should be run for the em- ployees, not for the public, and that the senior management is a bunch of ignorant incompetents. One way or another this mutual disrespect must be ended. A compe- tent postal service, within reasonable costs, will nut be obtained until it is. But il won't he ended by the tac- tics announced last week by the union, H lias engaged the services of Saul Alinsky, perhaps the most effective organizer for radical causes in (be United .Slates. His assignment is to organize such effective defiance of management in the Canadian postal service thai Ihc resulting chaos will force the government lo accede lo Ihe union demands. This has some ominous overtones. H puts a price-tag on Alinsky's in- tegrity. Is he a champion of causes or a commercial organizer available for hire? Is he a crusader, or just a mercenary'.1 Is any defiance of au- thority good enough territory for him, or does he discriminate be- tween the worthy and the unworthy? The next question is the integrity of the union. Is ils case against the Government of Canada so weak that it has to hire a professional Ameri- can lo help stir up sufficient dis- order to bring the government lo terms? The union is widely admitted to have some measure of justice on its side. This support will quickly vanish if there is an outburst of defiance iiiitl anarchy master-minded by an imported professional. Stanfield speaks out The leader of Ihe opposition, Mr. Robert Slanl'ield. lias shown Ihat if he lacks charisma, he makes up for it in the kind of courage commonly known as mil.-. Finding himself con- fronted with the type of anti-Ameri- can remarks commonly employed by Chinese propagandists, he spoke out in defence of the people and the gov- ernment of the United States. The Chinese line has long been that Canada is a kind of American victim, oppressed by U.S. p o w e r, forced to follow American policy in external relations, and in essence, subject to American domination. Mr. Slanfield wasn't for taking Ihe re- marks made by Kuo Mo-jo, a rank- ing member of the central commit- tee of the Chinese Communist party, lying down. He told Mr. Kuo, that not only the people, but the govern- ment of the U.S. wants peace, that he believes Ihat President Richard Nixon is intent on getting U.S. forces out of Vietnam Knrlhcr, Mr. Stan- field disagreed Ihat the Americans should abandon South Korea. He re- minded Mr. Kuo, polile calm, that il was his impression Ihat the North Koreans were the aggressors in the Korean war. and moreover that Canadians had been involved in defending South Korea. The discussions nevertheless fin- ished on an amiable note, and the comforting conclusion that in spite of differing ideologies the Chinese have no ''political dispute" with Canada. Although necessarily brief, Mr. Stan- field's trip and bis impressions of Chinese reaction to the shift in Big Power politics, will be valuable to him and the government of Canada in the months to come. A low form of life Ding pushers are the lowest form of human life, vicious parasites exist- ing on the avails of weakness, delib- erately destroying others that they may live in luxury. The evil effect of their growing presence among us has become so dreadfully apparent that counter measures, unthinkable a few years ago, are now being dis- cussed in high places in civilized nations. In France, a country which has a comparatively low rate of drug addic- tion in comparison with other West- ern countries, Interior Minister Ray- mond Marcellin has warned that if the rate does not show signs of de- cline soon, the government may in- troduce the death penalty for traf- fickers. (France is one of the few countries in the Western world where the death penalty has not been abol- ished.) Long prison terms, up lo forty years, can now be given push- ers under French law. Mr. openly admits thai information lead- ing to the arrest of drug peddlers will be paid for. Names of informers will not be disclosed. These are enormously dangerous suggestions which could lead to the same kind of treatment for other crimes which arouse public vindic- tiveness. The threat to civil liberty and justice for all is plain, the prac- tice of paying informers repugnant. Yet the very fact thai a government spokesman in a highly civilized West- ern nation should make such a sug- gestion is indicative of the urgency of the problem. No one has come up with the satis- factory answer, not even the aslule Richard Needham, whose article on the next page, is further evidence of growing public antipathy towards this form of weakness which, if un- checked, impeiUs the whole fabric of society. Non-communing idlh hippies IN rural areas all across Canada, youtn if you'll pardon the expression is selling up farm communes. I have just looked up "youth" in the dic- tionary, t'o see if the noun is singular or plural. So far as I can judge, it is both. In dress and behavior, youth is singular. As members of rural communes, youlh are plural and quite shameless with it. Perhaps it is this confused singularity and plurality of youlh that bugs the older, straighl residents of the areas in which the youth farrr: communes are appearing. The word loo, creates some hostility. Conventional persons whose neighborhood shelters a commune can hardly help feeling that they live only a bomb's throw away from Communists. The ccmbinalion of singularity of ap- pearance plus communism of domicile pro- duces another word among the straight, namely "hippies." Hippies, like bananas, come in hunches. wanls to live next door lo a bunch of Rarely is reference made lo one (1) hippy. Hippie. f have just looked up "hippy" in the dic- tmary, and find thai il can be spelled eilher "hippy" or "hippie." Typical lack of determinalion. The Mirriam-Wehsler de- fines "hippie" (or as: "A young person who rejects the mores of establish- ed society, dresses and behaves unconven- tionally, adheres lo a non-violcnl ethic, and pn Fcrs Ihe use of psychedelic dnigs or m.vijuana lo alcohol Obviously hippies arc youth at its worst. Their worsl. Nothing is more Infiinaling, to a decent, peace-loving member of estab- lished society, lliau to see young rejecting his nitres. It makes him want to pick up a club and beat Ihc rejection oul of them. The meres of established society have made us what we are today, namely defenders of freedom and the rights of Ihe individual, and we'll be damned if we'll tolerate youth using our mores for com- post. II wouldn't te so bad if the youth farm communes were not planting pot. We can identify with hard work thai goes into growing a useful crop, such as tobacco, or flops, or rye. In defence, of llicse hippies, lei us con- cede Ihat there is something admirable about the way they adhere lo a non-vio- lent ethic. Some of them have been adher- ing lo it for so long Ihat we can't get near them. This explains why we straight oldsters arc so bigotlcd about picking them up as hitchhikers, or having them sit next to us in a restaurant. Their ideals are just too high for conventional noses. Some hippie communes arc humming with industry. Others arc jusl humming. This silualion, already rife with causes of misunderslanding, is aggravated by the presence in some, of Ihe hippie communes of Amercan youth evil compounded. They arc in Canada illegally, and sharing federal grants made lo hippies who have shown apfilude. In rejecting our mores. 1 challenged one of these young aliens. said: "Arc you a landed "Hey, he replied with excessive good humor, "who wants lo land? I'm slill flyin'." An Americanism, 1 presume, f shall look it up in my dictionary. Common Market farm policy in a mess o iTTAWA As Olio Lang now, apparently, lias no further use for operation LIl'T, he might consider sale of the battle plans and sup- porting aircraft, if needed, to the Common Market com- mission in Brussels. The li'ouhle in the Market is government created. In defer- ence to French farmers, with their tradilional hatred of im- porls, ECM has been developed as a protected, high-cost agri- cultural market. With the as- surance of support prices, marginally increased only re- cently, producers have had a strong incentive to plant grains. Poor harvests for a couple of years delayed the [lay of reckoning. But nature, which seldom co-operates with government for very long, has now reverted to her old, unreconstructed ways. According to the mid-July British papers, a crop ex- ceeding by some fuur million the r e v i o u s record is now in prospect. It is up to the commission to buy, store and dispose of this. As the Americans discov- ered years ago, there is noth- ing like smpius disposal for getting rid of friends. For some time ECM has been engaged in a snarling match with the Americans, who are even more virtuous surplus producers and dis- posers. T h esc discourtesies now tlircaten to spiral into a first-class row. The Americans have two grievances, fn addilion to the support price, the Market maintains "threshold" prices. These are used with variable import levies to regulate the inflow of grain fi'on? abroad. By promising European farm- ers more, the commission in present circumstances has practically ensured increases in threshold prices. This will choke off imports from the U.S. while encouraging Market farmers to plant even more. Moreover, the commission, following the American ex- ample, also disposes of grain abroad. The method is to use import levies to subsidize ex- ports to third .countries on which the U.S. relics for its cut- rate sales. In another mistake of judg- ment, the Americans sold the Europeans on the virtues of com, used largely for animal feed. So much emphasis has been placed on corn that last year, a poor season for crops generally, corn production in the Market rose by two mil- lion tons. The British argue reasonably that ECM farm policy is eco- nomic lunacy. They favor a shift from product subsidies to income support. Some British appear to re- gard the looming surplus as a sort of divine judgment which might have the effect of bring- ing Europe to i'.s senses and thus making it more joinable at this opportune time. Experience suggests, how- ever, that it lakes a good deal of persuasion lo bring the French to reason. Following Napoleon's return from Elba, the government in Paris de- cided that it was unpatriotic for French troops lo eat Brit- ish rhubarb, which was ac- cordingly barred from the country. Napoleon, after losing at Waterloo, was banished to Si. Helena; the Bourbons re- turned; then came Ihe Second Republic, Hie S'ccond Empire, the Third Republic, Ihc En- tente Cordiale, the First World War, Hitler, the Second World War, the liberation of France, the Fourth and Fifth Repub- lics, M. Pompidou. Finally, last October', the French relented and decided thai their patriotism could withstand British rhubarb. In the face of this record, it may be some time be- fore Ihe French farlr.cr fand thus ECM I will see the wis- dom of British recommenda- tions for a more liberal farm policy. Tliis being the case, Mr. Lang, as Ihe pioneer of opera- linn LIFT, has an obvious op- poilunity. It is true that the present government, in one of its less prescient moments, de- cided that Canada should fore- go the role of "helpful fixer" in world affairs. Fortunately a Commons committee, domin- ated by Liberals, has now call- ed on Mitchell Sharp Lo put the fix back in foreign policy. The commission at Brussels, con- fronted with mounting sur- pluses, would probably wel- come any assistance we could offer, and Mr. Lang does have those battle plans, pigeon-holed in the department of agricul- ture, used only one year, and likely to gather dust for the balance of Us ministry unless Ihpy can be put lo service on another front. (Herald Ottawa Bureau' Carl Rowan Respect for justice slowly deteriorating WASHINGTON In a re- cent appearance before a Senate subcommittee, former Pennsylvania G ovi William S c r a n L o n, who headed Ihc P r es ident's Commission on Campus Unrest, declared: "The thing IhaL really in- censes (young people) more lhan anything else is injustice lots of them have rela- tively little respect for our sys- tem of justice." A glance at some of the latest workings of that system illustrates why the young are incensed and why a lot of their elders oughi to be, if they are not already. In the relentless pursuit o[ law and ordw during May Day demonstralions in Washington, D.C., thousands cf persons were ;jrresled and jailed, al- though many were completely innocent passers-by and the evidence against most of the others was scanty at best, non- existent at worst. Abou'. a month later, a slory appeared which showed how John Mitchell's justice depart- ment relentlessly pursues law- breakers of another sort. The Mounted Police Band QN OCT. 13, 1875, G. A. French, first commission- er of the Norlh West Mounted Police, then stationed at Swan River Barracks, Saskatchewan, dispatched an unusual letter lo the Minister of Justice in Ot- tawa. It was a request for, of all things, musical instruments. Therein lies a tale of Ihc liis- lory of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Band, told in a lively chronicle published re- cemiy. Commissioner French wrolc: as bands are recognized Institutions in largo police forces (as the Hoyal Irish Con- stabulary, the London and Dub- lin Mr.tronolilan Forces, etc., etc) there appears no reason why a band should not be formed for this force." In instrument arrived by dog team and the hand made its first public appearance on Queon Victoria's birthday on Hay 24. Even before that the Aloun- ties were intereslcd in music. During the historic "March West" in 1U7.I "included in Ihe procession was a hastily-im- provised combo consisling of a fife and a large tin dish which subsfilpted for a drum. In placo of drum sticks Inn pegs uscd." There, were other musical groups which organizer] at onlposls on the Prairies such as Ihe one at Fort Mnclend which provided diversions in the Mount !es' lonely lives. "Several members of the Fort. Maclood Band provided excellent enlerlaimncnl. at Ihc dances held in Kamoose Tay- lor's Queen's Hotel when they were joined by the Lethbridge stage coach driver and the man who drove the Pincher Creek run. each taking lurns at sil- ling on Ihc bar and manip- ulating the fiddle.'' The band grew and in provided some pomp when treaties were being signed with Ihe Wood and Crce Indians at Fnrl Cnrlton and the Plains Crecs at Fort Pit. "The music of the police band was heard for the first time by the Indian people. Although the- women and youngsters fled at Ihe new sound, the men be- came intrigued and on one oc- casion offered a good horse for the brass drum." The official band was not formed until 1938 and has since played at many stale occasions. It appeared before Mm King and Queen when they visited Canada in IM9; was present for Ihe Quebec Citadel Confer- ence in law and -.norc recently went, on a 12.009-mile tour of the Arctic in The b.-'nd has come a long way from what was perhaps ils most historic appearance. That was in 1877 on the banks of Ihc Bow Diver, near Fort Calgary, when government officials signed Hie Iroaly between Ihc filarkfool Confederacy, the As- i.inilioir.os and other tribes. What a sight that must have bron with people, mostly the Indians in their feathers and pninl, as well as govern- ment officials lislening lo the red-coated Mmmd'cs, histru- nienl.s gloaming in Ihc sun. They don't couccrls like that any morn! case involved Texas real es- tate operator Frank W Sharp, whom the Securities and Ex- change Commission had ac- cused of "systematically loot- ing'1 at least three banks and two insurance firms he con- trolled, and who allegedly had general cd S350.000 in quick profits for several key Texas politicians in order to gain pas- sage of legislation he wanted. Wi'hout consulting SEC offi- cials, the justice department allowed Sharp to plead guilty to a charge, for which he was fined and given three years probation. Thus, Sharp spent less time in jail lhan thousands ot persons whose only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time on May Day. There are currently several grand juries around the Uni- ted .States looking into the pro- fesl movement. On the other hand, not one federal grand jury has spent one day investi- gating last year's killings of four sludcnLs at Kent State University. The Kent State episode and a related one at Jackson State College in Mississippi are two of the most dramatic illus'.ra- licns of why our system of jus- tice is suspect among youth. More than a year lias gone hy since six students were shot to d e a t h by law-enforcement officials on those two cam- puses. Vet no one has hecn held legally responsible for the deaths. A federal grand jury ad- journed without voting indict- ments in Jackson, and if is doubtful that the justice de- partment even requested or recommended that an indict- ment be returned. Dcspilc months of promises that a de- cision is imminent, the depait- m e n t has yet io announce whether if even intends to con- vene a grand jury (or Kent Slnlc. Local grnnd juries exon- erated law enforcement offi- cials in bo'h cases. It may be thai guardsmen and Ihc Mis- sissippi police can juslify Iheir actions. But they should lie oh- ligaled to do so in the judicial sc'.ting. The local juries and Ihird-parfy investi- gations have failed lo give the injured parties find socicly ,ns a whole a thorough ac- counting by those responsible for !lio shoolings. Many nuestions remain un- answered. What warnings or commands were given to Kent State students just before the guard opened fire? Is there evidence I hat guardsmen were really in danger of their lives? (A justice department sum- mary of the FBI report on Kent Slate says agents found nothing to indicate any weap- ons were fired except by the guaid.l Who gave Ihe com- mand to fire? James F. Ahem, former New Haven, Conn., police chief and a member of the Scranfon commission, has said, "It is in- conceivable that the depart- ment of justice would refuse to convene a federal grand jury in Ohio on the basis of the commission's conclusions that the shootings were unneces- sary and unjustified, supple- mented by evidence developed by the FBI and the obvious miscarriages of justice occur- ring on the state level." Others who have called for a federal grand jury ijiclude Scranton and o'.her commis- sion members, a score of Con- gressmen, and Ihe National Council of Churches. One of the persons most anguished by what has happen- ed is Arthur S. Krause of Pitls- burgh, whose 19 year old daughter, Allison, was one of Ihc four students killed at Kent State. Krause explains why he has been at the forefront ol fiiose frying to get a grand jury invcsfiga'ion. "It's not that anybody can bring back my daughter. But I have another girl, a 16-year- old, and she said lo me, 'Dad, you're wasting your time. The doesn't work.' I told her, 'That's a lot of malaikcy. I'll prove lo you that it does and people do care.' Says Krause. "I can either keep thinking and hoping the system works, or I can give up." A couple of weeks ago a presidential aide justified the administration's rapid action to seel; a grand jury indict- ment in Ihe case of the "pur- loined" Pentagon papers. "How would you explain to people that you elecled not lo enforce the Ihe aide is quoted as asking. You look at Kent Slate and Jackson State, at the political hanky-panky which is holding back reported grand jury in- dictments of public officials in Ihc killing of Ihe Chicago Black Panlliers. You look at Ihc treatment while-collar criminals gel as compared to scruffier And you can only join in wondering, "How indeed, do you explain lo peo- (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Looking backward the Herald 1921 Lord Byng has been named governor general of Canada. He will assume his new post August II. ID.'ll Gross earnings for the Canadian National Rail- ways was as com- pared to for the same time last year. Chinese dispatches today said Japanese troops were routed northeast of Ichang in central China after a bailie o'. "sizable magnitude." 1951 Queen Elizabeth cele- brated her 31 birthday today. She spent il quietly at Bal- moral castle with her family. 1901 Sharp reductions in bag limil.s for ducks in Alberta have been announced by (he provincial lands and forests department. Other and upland game bird regula- tions remain the same. The Letlibridge Herald GUI 7lh St. S.. Lclhlmclgc, Albcrla LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1005-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Srennd Class MA II Registration No. 0012 Momhrr of Thp Canntllnn Press and the Canflrflnn Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association and iho Audit Bureau ol Clrcuialloni CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor find Publisher T'lOMAS H. ADAMS, Goncrnl JOE U'.LLA WILLIAM HAV Mflnaqlnr Editor Assoclnlo Etlllor ROY' r'Mii.Gi, DOIIGIAJ, i: -.vAi.Krn Advcrlijirifi Ltsilo.'inl Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"