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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IE1HBRIOGE HERAID Friday, August II, 1972 llenry Howard West-bridge? Choosing a name for a new area of the city that will please everyone is probably impossible. Knowing this, city council may be tempted to ignore the unetvtliusiastic reception to the choice of Weslbrklge for tlie west side subdivision. Thai would be un- wise. Almost anything would be belter Iliau West Lclhbriilge, of course. But Westbridge is really only a contrac- tion of. that designation and it carries the same unfortunate connotation of a separate satellite community. H is not inconceivable that people with friends in tlie area would start ad- dressing mail to Westbridse instead of to Lelhbridge, When it decided to locale tlie university across the river and devel- op land in the vicinity, the thought was to give the city more character bv bringing the river into the city, as if were. It was not intended that a sep- arate university (own should come into existence. No doubt there has been some re- sistance to having the new district of the city loo closely identified with the university so that names such as Uni- versity Heights so popular in other university cities been avoided. Yet such names would be preferable to Westbridge because the suggestion of a separate town would be absent at least. And why shouldn't tlie area be identifiable by reference to tlie most conspicuous feature in the vicinity, as in the case of Lakeview? With due regard for the difficulty involved in finding a satisfactory name and with sympathy for ttiose who are already tired of wrestling with the matter, it is suggested thai another try be made. The public might even be of some help in find- ing a suitable name if given some encouragement. Sheikh's gallstone Sheikh Mujib, prime minister of Bangladesh is recuperating in a Lon- don clinic following the removal of a gallstone and his appendix. His re- covery will hardly he enhanced with the news from home that tlie power- ful far-left wing of the Awami party threatens withdrawal of its support of his party, and is forming an oppo- sition of its own. The young struggling nation, beset by terrible national disasters and poverty which beggars description, is now overwhelmed by Indian and Russian influence in its affairs. The Indian army actually brought Ban- gladesh into being, its present gov- ernment is largely composed of men who were In exile while the Sheikh was in prison in Pakistan. The Rus- sians have firmly established their presence and influence in India, and it follows that they are willing to put political and economic pressure on the .Sheikh to promote ideological points of view in governmental and administrative circles of the fledgling nation. II could be that (he Sheikh chose a London clinic for the required sur- gery because it would give him an opportunity for quiet and private talks with British diplomats and members of the government. The Sheikh badly needs .some counterbalance to the overwhelming power and influence of India and Russia. He cannot look lo the U.S. to restore the balance, because of American support for Pakistan during last December's war. But there is a possibility that Bri- tain, and through Britain, the Euro- pean community, will extend the aid the Sheikh so desperately needs. Even gallstones are not without sig- nificance in international power politics. Doctored meat The public can never be certain just what it is eating in meat these days. Recently in the U.S. a ban was issued on the production and use of the growth hormone DES (dielhyls- tilbestrol) for cattle and sheep. A similar ban is likely to follow in Can- ada. Reports from Ottawa indicate that the health department has been watching DES closely and it is likely that agencies in the U.S. such as the department of agriculture and the food and drug administration have been in touch with Ottawa regarding the investigation of DES. The ban came when traces of DES were found in meat, The hormone is known to cause cancer in test ani- mals and has been tentatively linked to cancer In the daughters of women who have taken DES to prevent mis- carriage during pregnancy. A clause in the Food arid Drug Act prohibits the use of any substance causing cancer in man or animals. The FDA attempted to lessen the current alarm for meat eaters by slating that "human harm through the use of DES has not been demon- strated in over 17 years of use." But it is not known whether enough tests have been scientifically followed through to definitely establish this claim. In any event the sooner DES and similar questionable additives are banned from food the better it will be both for the health and the peace of mind of. consumers. ART BUCHWALD Looking for u vice-president WASHINGTON It sc week Senator Georg' seems that last irge McGovern of- fered everyone the vice-presidency. I be- came aware of this last Thursday when tlie taxi driver who takes me to work was late. "I'm sorry I was delayed. I just took George McGovern to his .senate office anil he asked me to run v.i'h him on Hie Democratic "FledidV" "Yeah. But he wa.s pretty honest about it. Ho said he had asked Senators Kennedy, Pabicoff anrl Humphrey; Governor Lucey of Wisconsin, Mayor Lindsay of New York, State Senator Knlowitz of New Mexico, Alderman Hummer of Primrose, VL, City Councilman Rigley of Sam Ilill, Idaho, .Justice of the Peace Dumbottom of Long Fence, Montana, and 16 notary publics in Detroit. They oil turned him down." "What did you say when hie asko'I I inquired. "I told McGcvern that ordinarily would have been flattered, hut I hail heard through the grapevine that he had already offered the spot to his dry cleaner on Mac- Arthur Blvd. I said I thought I should have been asked first." ilid you know that for "Because the chcckovtl man aL tlie A and T' near McGovcrn's homo me lie had teen asked hefore the dry didn't 'he A arid F' checkout man tfv: around R customer, someone high In government, it would come out." I agreed. "Do you the senator has the manager of tho Puerto Rico creating headache for U.S. rpHE United o n s 1 1 1 u tlonally anrl providing work Jor But tho Island remains mittee on colonialism partly by the and slums by American ma- be dealing once again and vision of by modem urban hamburgers and month will) Puerto Rico, Munoz Marin, find housing. American Caribbean island wliich llio efficiency of and industry poured into Commonwealth" years ago became of and Iho money and the campaign a compromise aimed at few colonies of tbc Sam poured into the Puerto Rico forward to a tho Island's constitu- Suites (after being where, despite future. In 1052 Puerto by Spain) and is now a Puerto Rico's problems of poverty was declared a "Common- governing governor, came to it could associated with llio Twenty-five years in 1948 and, having highc-sl per capita Stales. It became com- Puerto Rico was not just a himself with a cabinet in the Caribbean autonomous in all mat- ony. It was one of the launched t h r c America (except for eotcepl those affecting na- slums in the Caribbean. A to effect his case of the U.S. security. Puerto Ricans ple of million or so U.S. citizens. Ricans lived mostly in Bootstrap" was Serenity" was the constitutional issue on an island not quite half tins poor sugar island recreation and not lie down. After Munoz size of Wales. Within two industrialized country, Puerto Ricans through to stand for a fifth term ades it had been industry, construction by raising cultural 1964, his Popular Democratic expecting a promotion to a much larger station on tbe Baltimore-Washington Ex- pressway." "It must be discouraging for the candi- date lo have so many people turn him down. He didn't a-sk bis gardener, did "No, he wants to keep his the laxi driver said, "but lie did ask his dentist." "You mean the df-nlict fumed it tlou-n, loo "Ihe problem as I understand il, is the dentist ha.s three speeding tickets on the Ixwks, and when the staff heard about H they crossed him off the list." "Did lie ask any women that you know "His wife's hairdresser. But her husband wouldn't let her accept. McGovem serious- ly considered one of the women who live.1) on hi.s street, hut she turned out to be a "Well, you c.nn'1 lie hasn't 7 "I Ihn oihr-r night rw offered It to one of his secret servicemen." "Any one who wanted it. But they've liccn around vicc-presideols a lot, and Uiey know the job Isr.'l much." We arrived at the office aod I peid him 'Ihen I '.'.r-nt ups'aus. My secretary v.-as waiting breathlessly. "George McGovern you lo rail him. urgent." T placed Ihf! <-M. "How wMilrl you likn to be my "Ix-t me sny yes before you change your mind." "Good. I'll give you Frank Mankicwicz." frank got on the phono. "Art, there any skf-Ir-toris in "You've got to be I said. "Wherr- do nin to "Quit following me you're ruining my Party (PPD) split Jn two and tWs resulted In IOCS in Iho elec- tion of Luis Fcrro of llio New Progressive Party FCITQ Is committed lo making Puerto Rico part of the Uni- ted Slates as tho 51st stale. Do the Puerto Ricans really wish to end Commonwealth sta- tus, by which llioy live under two flags Iho Stars and Stripes and their own? A refer- endum held in 15C7 gave votes for continuing the Com- monwealth: for state- hood; and for indepen- dence. There is now talk of hold- ing another. Much water, how- ever, has run under the bridges since 1907. Under Governor Ferrc, llio rich seem to have become rich- er and the poor, poorer, Tho explosive birth rate has brought the population of Puerto Rico to over and in addition there arc (100 Puerto means living in Die U n i led States. Unemployment for both groups is very much higher than the national aver- age. Anti-American sentiment, fostered by the statehood pro- posals, has resulted in a sc- ries of bombings of American- owned premises, acts of vio- lence, and student demonstra- tions which have damaged Puerto Rico's image, and there' fore its tourist industry. Tho Puerto Rican Indepen- dence Parly (PIP) and splinter groups with the same objective are gaining in numbers and im- portance. Belu'nd them, but not acknowledged are the Maoists, Caslroisls, Young Lords, with Iheir usual lechniquo of vio- lence and disruption. All these want see tho Americans out of Puerto Ilico, lock, stock and barrel. Past requests by the UN De- colonization Comrnltleo for tho U.S. lo give up its powers over Puerto Rico have- been ed. Hut now it seems that the basis of tho American link, Governor Munoz's great com- promise, may bo on trial for its life. Will it he two flags or one for Puerto Rico? And if one fag only, which shall it he? It is likely that whatever tho final choice, Puerto Hico will join Cuba, Haiti and tho Do- minican Republic on the list of Was hington's Caribbean prob- lems. (Written for Tlie Heralrl nnd The Observer In Ixmdon) Peler Desbarals Bilingualism progress slow in civil service (Second In a series) QTTAWA Although none oE the news reports men- tioned it at the time, the tion that triggered Prime Min- ister Trucleau's statement on bilinguaUsm. and the coming election, at his July 19 press con ferenc e, was asked by an American journalist ivho has been in Canada for less than a year. Lansing Lamont, chief of Time magazine's Ottawa bu- reau, tmggested to the Prime Minister that "bilingualism In its emotional content could bo the sleeper issue in the next ection." He went on to propose that lingualism "is to Canadians what busing may be to Amerit cans" p.n idea that many Ca- nadians would lind surprising if not repugnant because of its racial undertones. The Prime Minister, tho media and everyone else in llio rounlry ignored Ihi.s startling glimpse of ourselves n.s others us. Fint Mr. TnHeau did fierce thai, will to 'a very emotional issue" in Book Review tho coming election campaign, It is now just that, partly be- cause of the Prime Minister's statements at the- press confer- ence but mainly because tho federal government's biUngual- ism program is today one ot Iho most obvious points ol stress in tlie national structure. Ft is the place where the tra- ditional rivalry and animosity between the two main language groups come together to a political nebula of immense power. This power can be used to work needed changes in the na- tional structure, but there is also danger that it will get out of control. The hi.story of Canada 1 s scarred with examples of such destructive explosions of popu- lar feeling on questions of race and language, and littered with the reputations of public men who misjudged these forces. The fate of Pierre Trudcau ia still In the making hut it is rlDsely related to tho fate of tho government's policies on KifflRO. T h e unprecedented attempt, lo establish a bilingual civil Real horror story j' hi i job he didn ho vhi SUM Service; "Pakistan Crisis" by Daviil (William Ifclnemann LW., 1M paper TTAST and West Pakistan !iro more than apart. On a map they look like cars on each side of a head that is India. [n M71, reacting thn military government of I'akis- with headquarters in West the KrnallfT hut more densely ubnlfd region of East Pakistan broke away to form the nation of Bangladesh "new Bengali nation." Mi. Loshak, a journalist with The London Telegraph makc-s H clear that (hero was never more than the faintest chancft (hat the two wings of tlio country could stayed to- gether after F'akislan separated from India ir 1317. "I'fir In East Pakistan tha wnrld truly (or llio first time, the utlimalo fulfil- ment of the Malthusisn night- mare the prediction by tho Ifith-century economist Malthus fliat population would eventual- ly outstrip the world's food sup- ply and other resources and even living space. Pakistan had the fifth largest population in Ihe world after ('tiina, India, the United States and Itussin and WFW vitally Mluated In terms of Intema- lional power politics. "It to not nn exaggeration lo say that what happens in Pakistan mat- Ifrs to the world as a Mr. writes in his intro- duction. The events leading to tho cro- filion of Bangladesh nnd still unfolding amount lo a modern horror story. tlUiG McINTYBK vice In Canada In little more than a decade is one of tho basic political expressions of Mr. Trudcau's commitment to federalism. When he said at his press conference that "we arc fight- ing against time and that tho country has to become bilingual by a certain he spoko for himself as well as for the nation. If the government should fail to achieve its objec- tive of a reasonably bilingual civil service by It will bo a fatal disaster for the Tru- deau administration and ac- cording to Ws own Interpreta- tion the beginning of tho end of a united Canada. Not everyone agrees with this interpretation as it applies to Canada. It has been a constant sourcs of puzzlement for many Ping- glish speaking Canadians (hat the most vocal opposition to tho bilingualism program has como from French speaking Cana- dians who nro Its main beneficiaries. At his press conference Mr. Truffcau lalkcd about Ihe pro- gram being "stabbed in Iho back" by French-speaking Que- who have rejected tho idea of a bilingual Canada. Rene Parli Que- bec o I s immediately retorted (bat "we would condemn tho bi- lingual policy as pernicious if we didn't already Ixjlicve that it's utterly impossible lo put into effect." Claude Hyan, editor uf DO' vnlr, probably fpoko for a larger group of Quebeccrs when ho wrote after the press confer- ence that tho bilingualism pro- gram "has arrived years too lato il isn't useless but It's insufficient." Mr. Ryuii clrtimcd thai Mr. Trudcau's bilingualisin policy is "lo static and too con- servative" lo persuade Qiin. bccers Ihnt their future lies within Confederation. Fven among French-speaking members of Mr. Tnulcau's cab- inet there is some difference of opinion fibont Iho effect that bilingualism In Iho civil sorvTco will have on future. March.nnrl, minister of regional economic expansion, (old rnc inarecont interview Dial, "licro iq Ottawa Ibcro nrg some problems, very serious problems, but I do not think that this is what ic going to undo the country 11 U ever is undone." "I think that FrenclvCanadl- ans arc much more, frustrated by the attitude of English-Cana- dians In he said, "because you have English- speaking Canadians in Mon- treal who spend their wholo life there and never lenrn a word of French." Sharply divided opinions about the bilingualism program In Quebec are matched in the rest of Canada by "rumor, her, esy and to of- ficial languages commissioner Keith Spicer. But opponents of tho program in and In- the other prov- inces find it difficult to join forces on common ground. When Douglas Alkenbrack, Conservative MP for the On- tario riding of Frontcnac- and Aldington, accused the government earlier this year of comipling the hi- lingnalism policy info "outright French he was sharply attacked by most Que- bec newspapers, including those which had expressed little en- thusiasm for the program. Vocal opposition lo bilingual' Ism In Quebec and elsewhere, ai well ns in tho civil services It- self, often obscures the fact that Canadians In general favor tha idea of a bilingual civil service by n margin of two to one, ac- cording to a Gallup poll this summer. Tho survey showed that by far tho strongest sup- port exists in Quebec (81 per cent in favor) while tho lowest level was recorded in the west- ern provinces (40 per cent In favor, 44 per cent against and 10 per cent Indifference to tho program, particularly in ttie west and tho is probably n greater danger for tho Trudcau government today than outright opposition lo it. Tills Is why the primo ministor has slated that bilingualism will be an impor- tant issue in Iho coming cam- paign whilo liio opposition par- lies, ail of v.hom favor Ihe tiro- gram in principle, hnve concen- trated so far on other issues. (Toronto Star Syndicate) Looking backward Through llio Herald 1922 Notice of the cancella- tion of passenger trains bet- twecn Mnclcod and Calgary has been posted by the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. trains nin for the last time on August 1ft. 1D.1Z Dr. W. H. Fairfield, superintendent of tho Domin- ion Experimental Farm here, In northern Alberta this week dssi.sting In judging (he communily progress competi- tion. 1512 "Mrs. Ilol- lywoods1 portrayal of Jan Slni- ther's epic novel of an Knglish family in war lirno ends ils engagement rd. Kadio City Mil- flc Hnll in New York after record attendance fimoiintlng lo 19-.2 _ Radio Station ClOdl production manager, George A. Itrown, has been promoted (o n similar position in CFAC at Calgary. The Lethbridcje Herald 504 7th St. Jxtfhbridge, Alberta LETHBnrDGE HERALD LTD., Proprietors and Published by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Stcond Cliist Mall RealiCraflon No. MIT of CAnnrllftn Prcn and tM CnnArlinn rirwspflntr PublJihen' Allocation and Audi I Clurcnu of CLEO MOWERS, Editor anrt THOMAS H, ADAMS, Mtinnvtr DON PI 1.1 ING Wit.UAM HAY Managing Editor Asiorlfllo Editor ROY F, Vill.ES nOUGI iV, K WAI KFR AdvirMUng Manarjir FfclflorMl Parje r direr "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH'V ;