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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE ItTHBRIDOt HfKAlD Thurldciy, AuBUll 17, "Bruce Hutchison Mrs. Noggins discusses Canadian scene Canada can help IN The ideal solution to the tragedy unfolding in Uganada would be for President Idi Amin to experience a change of heart and allow the Asians threatened with expulsion to remain in his country. But apparent- ly no such miracle is likely to take place. Instead, Hi Amin's heart seems to be hardening. A sudden influx of people would have disruptive effects upon most countries and the British auth- orities are understandably alarmed at the prospect of having to cope, In this emergency it behooves the citi- zens of other nations to press their governments to share with Britain in meeting the needs of the refugees for a new homeland. Britain may have an historic obligation which Canada does not own, but Canada has the humanitarian responsibility in which all partake. Already, in response to the sugges- tion that Canada should help Britain in the task of relocating the Asians, there have been evidences of selfish ptoieclionism. Canada cannot accom- modate more people, so the argu- ment goes, because it is saddled with chronically high unemployment. It would be 'untenable to bring in the Uganda Asians to take jobs away from people who have lived here all their lives. Immigration Is not necessarily an aggravating factor in unemployment. The fact is that Canada depended on immigration for its development. More'people make both bigger mar- kets and greater requirements for services The Uganda refugees are an enterprising people and would very likely soon be creating their owii employment opportunities. Even if these people did not seem to offer Canada much as prospective new citizens, they lay a burden on the conscience of all Canadians as a result of the cruel fate which has befallen them. To ignore their plight would be to diminish the stature ot this country and make it a less de- sirable place in which to live. our remote summer camp had heard little of the nation's affaire until Mrs. Alfred Noggins dropped in today with n gift of her homegrown vegetables and the news from her always reliable sources. "Right she observed, "It's the dog days, as you can tell by all (he barkin' and yelpin' in the kennels of polit- ics. Bui like Trudeau says, there'll bo no election before it's required strictly in the nation- al interest and our latest secret public opinion poll shows ttiat the gover'mint can win. "Of course, says Trudeau, we never did intend to call a June election end all our spring campaignln' through the coun- try and Turner's sunshine bud- get was just for 'ealthy exer- cise and to confuse the treach- erous enemy. The first secret poll showed that we'd likely lose but that 'ail nothing to tlo with the postponement of elec- tion day. It was a sheer coin- cidence. "Anyways, after the shock of tlie poll, the gover'mint waited for the public to coma to its senses and remember that only the Liberal party is fit to yov- ern the nation, as 'istory dem- onstrates. And what really dis- tresses Trnilcau is (lie nerve of the Tories in thinkin' they're fit to do it. Tho voters will cer- tainly resent such arrogance, "Bob Slnnfield doesn't appre- ciate these fine points and, bein' a man of principle, Je nacherally welcomed a man of opposite principles Into the bo- som of 'is family. But then, Paul Hellyer was never a Lib- eral any more than Stanfield was a Conservative, so the two of them should get along fine together. "As Uncle 'Erbert told us when was united in 'oly matrimony witb that rich widow in Birmingham, it's a marriage of inconvenience. Ar.d it didn't last long. But mean- while, since SSantield and Hell- yer disagree about everything, the opposition party is at least as fully tinited as the Trudeau cabinet. "Anyways, Hcllycr Mis off Iho mercy of 'is friends. Jnst as things are goin' exactly ac- cordin' to plan, young Munro pay tlio bills 'e says that is (lie responsibility of the gov- cr'mint, not the opposition, and tanco as a loy ter over the last two terriblo decades of depression, and al- most persuades StanfieUi to adopt 'is policy of conlrollin' wages and prices. But not quite. "Perhaps we'll use controls and perhaps wo won't, says Slanficld, with a Maritimer's weather eye on (be labor vote. So 'is election platform is a big, fat, shiny maybe, or Inflation if necessary hut not necessarily inflation. I tell yon, sir, Mackenzie King still gov- erns Canada from another and better world. Even Trudeau un- derstands that fact and is goin' to the country on King's o 1 d proposition that it's either 'im or chaos, or probably bolh. "But Trudeau is always at load the burdens of society on the middle class and it should be grateful for the honor of bearin' them. "You can imagine 'ow de- lighted Trudeau was with 'is young colleague for lettin' that ugly black cat out of the bag. And after bcin' well spanked by the prime minister, Munro explains that 'e was misunderstood by the poisonous media and Hie gover'mint will never raise the taxes on the middle class until alter the election. It 'as nothin' to be alarmed about before Christ- mas at the earliest. "Then Stanfield plays 'is ace of spades by annour.cin' thai 'e'll rcjuce the (axes on every, body. And when they ask where 'e'll get the money to Hijack insurance next? As a grim follow-up to a dreadful event, Mutual of Omaha's insurance payment to the daughter of Mr. Stanley Carter of Longeuil, Quebec, the victim of a recent hijack shoot- out, cannot in any way recompense the family. And in no way does it justify gangbuster techniques employ- ed by twitchy fingered police which result in the death of innocent peo- ple. The payment does, however, raise the question of liability in the matter pf seemingly endless skyjackings and subsequent encounters on planes be- tween hijackers and the law. Perhaps if the government of. the airport at which the skyjackers came on board were automatically liable for any damage to passengers the authorities might give more thought to improving their security measures. And if airline passengers were re- quired to take oul hijack insurance the big insurance companies might be forced to exert their influence on air- lines and governments to provide hijack-free flights. The money angle hits people and businesses where it hurts most the pocket-book; and it's an angle to the whole hijacking problem which might get action where all other methods have failed. Pulling a price lag on human life, injury and anxiety isn't a scientific way of dealing with the modern highwayman's ingenious ways of fleecing the public but if it gives him cause for second thoughts who cares if it's an elementary ap- proach. Any measure to secure the safety of airline passengers is at least worth a try. Politics and pawns Vietnam Is going to be a major issue in the U.S. election campaign. The Democrats have already seen to that. President Nixon has been ac- cused of blowing an opportunity for negotiated peace in 1969. His accu- ser, former head of the Peace Corps, one-time U.S. ambassador to Paris, and Kennedy in-law, Sargent Shriver, now and at long last, Democratic vice presidential candidate. Mr. Shriver's statements are backed up by former negotiators in the Paris peace talks, Mr. Averell Harriman and Mr. Cyrus Vance impressive support. In an emotionally charged inter- view following his return from two weeks in Hanoi, Ramsey Clark, form- er U.S. attorney general, has des- cribed the horrors of the U.S. bomb- ing of North Vietnam. Mr. Clark's account of what he saw are bound to produce a gut reaction of revul- sion in the American public and con- solidation of opposition to the bomb- ing. Actress Jane Fonda can be dis- missed as a maverick publicity seek- er. Mr. Clark cannot, even if he is a politician reputed to be slated for a high position if Mr. McGovern should become the next president of the U.S. As for the Republican strategists haven't pulled out any of the big stops. Not yet. Their plan is to allow McGovem forces to get in their licks, to refute charges of deliberate incompetence and irresponsible mo- tivation only when necessary and let the Democrats hang themselves on the gibbet of their own rhetoric if possible. In the meantime the farce of the Paris "negotiations" goes on, a so- called give-and-take meeting between representatives of opposing powers in an undeclared war, attempting to end that war to halt the killing, the maiming, the frightful destruc- tion of humanity in a country thous- ands of miles away. The name of the game is politics; the pawns are the helpless people in Indochina. The state ivithout schools By T1UBLJN A state without schools sounds anarchistic, Utopian or some- thing strange, but theoretically that is the situation in the Republic of Ireland- Ac- cording to an article on education in the Encyclopedia of Ireland, "It remains the accepted practice in Ireland that the state does not normally conduct schools, hut makes provision for education by enabling other parties to do This is an extra- ordinary situation for a modern state, to say the least. The present system evolved through tv.o centuries of penal laws which prevented the Irish people from sending youngsters to schools of their own choice. The British provided a system modelled on their own, hoping to absorb the Irish into En- glish culture. Needless to relate, the at- tempt was a total failure which resulted in a century of misery for Irish parenU. People sent their children to hedge- schools run by itinerant teachers who taught pupils In barns, shacks, cabins and ur.der hedgerows; v hence the nsme hedge- schools. By 1R2-T, over such schools existed. Tho British had given up, beaten by a suffering, stubborn peasantry. The hedge-schools gave way to local, parochial, village schools by mid-century. Nearly all were managed by the local pas- tor, or other clergyman. Through this velopment was set tho pattern for today's i Burke primary, educational system in the Repub- lic of Ireland. The people, usually h end or] by Irie local parish priest provide the site for a school. The government, after due consideration, provides the funds fur the building, sup- plies the teachers and equipment. The par- ish priest usually becomes the school man- ager with rights to hire and fire. These rights have come under severe at- tack in recent years. In tbe past, the priest was often the only per.son an educa- tion behind him. That is no longer a fact, trxlay. Often, the pastor has too little train- ing in education, sociology and other re- lated sciences to function effectively, or ef- ficiently, as a school manager. Not infre- quently, managers, principals, teachers, officials, parents arid general public clash over matters educational, nowsirlays. At the primary level, .some a mil- lion youngsters arc in what are called National Schools in the. Republic of Ireland. Tn large ciHos and the higher ur- ban centres, which suffer from .shifting, bulging populations, .some classrooms am choc-a-block wi'h pupils. An ambitious re-building and expansion program is un- der way. Ireland has many educational problems other counfrits do not have. But then, uri- que problems aro native to Ireland. with minor details. "The details are for Tumor to grapple with, and e's grap- plin' like crazy and won- derin' why 'e ever took the job in a fit of absent-mindedness. No matter, says Turner, with a brave television smile, every- thing is all right in Canada when Ihe oilier nations are in- flatin' their prices faster than ours. Why worry when the Brit- ish people are in ten feet of water and the Cana- jians In only four What could be fairer than that "Besides, says Turner, the American system of price controls won't work and will lead straight to disaster. But when it turns out that Nixon 'as cut 'is inflation lo "alf the Ciinajicn vale, Turner says that's a temporary accuJenl but perhaps, all, we'll adopt controls ourselves, if the labor unions let us. "So the gover'mint and the opposition are agreed on the grand policy of maybe. The only difference is that the op- position secretly 'opes that prices will rise fast enough in the fall U> wreck the gov- er'mlnl, and the gover'mint 'opes that Ihe final explosion can Ixi delayed, with a little bit of luck, until the polls close on a scene of carnage. "The real trouble, like Tru- deau says, is the wicked work ethic. If people would only stop demandin' jobs our problems would soon be solved, but if they insist on workbi' un- ethically then they'll have to pay for the privilege by support- in' the decent, ethical citizens who refuse to destroy the coun- try by projucin' wealth. And if Trudeau is pretty unethical 'Imself, and works day and night, 'e can be excused be- cause 'e contracted the bad 'ahit long ago, in misspent youth, and can't kick It. "W e said Mrs. Noggins, "I guess that's all the news. And since no parly expects to a majority you'd better en- joy this lovely, election-free slimmer while you can, with Trudeau's kind permission. It'll soon- he over, BO brace you'self for a glorious autumn of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Ilko the poet fellow sa.d, and a bumper crop of pure, No. i Northern, mismash." nirraUI special service) "Golly, chess sounds a lot more exciting than I imagined it to be." n Neal Aschersou Western Communists join protests over Czech trials TONDON The trials in Czechoslovakia are re- opening many old wounds in Europe. Thirty-eight people have so far been tried for their activities since the Soviet in- tervention in 1968, and all have been found guilty. The sen- tences range from a maximum of six and a half years, im- posed upon Professor Milan Huhl, once a close associate of the present Communist party head, Dr. Gustav Husak, to a fairly large proportion of sus- pended prison terms for small- er fry. They have raised one of the most bitter political storms of recent years, with Ihe Czechoslovak government and press, supported hy the Soviet Union, defending itself against protests from three different directions. In Ihe first place, there has been trouble Czechoslo- vakia iL'df. Friends and rela- tions of Ihe accused have been gathering outside the court- rooms ami objecting to their ex- clusion from the trials, .some- times in angry scenes which have led to police actions and at least one temporary arrest. A number of Czech citizens have written formal letters to the authorities stating that Ilio trials arc violating the law on open court procedure: both the hearings ;jnd even the reading of verdict and sentence t.ike place effectively in private. Secondly, the We-stern press has been carrying extensive re- ports on Ihc trials, and claim- ing that they violate flunk's repeated promises I here v. riulrl be nn polilicril 1 rials rising from tltc over- throw of Alexander Dnhcok's reform movement in TliH Czech press and radio rdorl.s doggedly thaf this Western in- terest is an imperialist ma- noeuvre to divert attention from tho atrocious events in Vietnam, Ulster and Israel, and the Soviet weekly I.itera- tumaya Ciazcla has now adilcd that criticism of Ihe trials is a rovcrl. effort to sabotage llm impend i a Kuropcan Security Conference. There can be no doubt that the trials are having some im- pact on Western thinking about European security. Their tim- ing, only a few months beforo the November data set for the first preparatory meeting of the conference in Helsinki, is clumsy. The Western nations, especially the British, are like- ly to insist more strongly on getting a resolution on the free exchange of ideas and informa- tion into tho agenda, an item which could produce a fatal dis- agreement with the Soviet Union if it is pressed too hard. More specifically, there are signs that the West Germans might reconsider their current negotiations with Czechoslova- kia over "normalizing" rela- tions. These talks still face the obstacle of the Czech demand that the Munich Treaty of 1931, giving the Sudelcnland to Hitler, should be regarded as null and void frnm the moment of signature localise it was signwi under pressure, .Several West German papers have now urged their government, in the light of the trials, to ask the Czechs to arlmil Ihe samo about Ihe Moscow Agree- ment of I9C8, the promise to check tbe reforms which was extracted from the distraught 'Crazy Capers9 o'.s o; null Dubcek and his colleagues Im- mediately after tho Soviet-led invasion. Even the liberal DIE ZEIT, which has always supported Chancellor Willy Brandt's Ostpolitik in the name of re- conciliation with Eastern Eu- rope, has argued that the gov- ernment should no longer feel any moral obligation to ob- serve Czech wishes on the Mu- nich question. The third source of protest, and much the most serious for both the Czechoslovak regime and the Soviet Union, is the Communist movement in West- ern Europe. The Communist parties which openly condemn- ed the intervention in in particular the Italians, the French nnd the British have b e c o m c more critical of Czechoslovakia's internal af- fairs than at any time in the inlervcninj! four years, For theso parties, Czechoslo- vakia has a special sig- nificance. The Italian Commu- nists, who gained another mil- lion votes at the last elections, are quite likely to form part of a govern merit v.ithin the next few yenrs. The French party has just signed a joint pro- gram with the Socialists, and at last achieved tin- Ixrll unity which has eluded France since the Popular Front of iittG. U is not merely th a t marginal voters, working-class and mid- dle-class intellectuals and left- ists, tend to Communists now hy their attitude towards the fale of civil liberties in Czechoslovakia. It i.s that the with its combination of guaranteed freedoms under the law and advanced .schemes for workers' control in industry, provided the Western public with a Liv- ing example of a Marxist sys- tem suitable for an modern society with dem- ocratic traditions. Tho joint Communist Socialist program In France has mud) in common with the Prnguo "Action Pro- gram" of The Italian Communists havt now staled that the trials "raise grave ancl new questions about the situation in the country four years after the military inter- vention and about the prin- ciples which should underly the, c o n s t r u e (Jon of socialism.1' Their French colleagues have referred to "tho negative as- pect of constructing socialism" which the trials form. The Brit- ish Communist daily Morning Star claims that the trials and the way they have been han- dled "play Into the hands of anil-Socialists.11 The Czechoslovak argument 5s that the trials are not "po- litical" hut criminal: Ihc accused are charged under Ar- tictc 03 of the penal code wilh having taken actions latcd to overthrow tho 1 Looking Through the HrraM ID22 Oil wells arc coming in in the Sunburst Kevin area wilh great regularity, the latest txjing the Abet veil, about five miles east of Kevin. 1M2 Entirely overhauled and rebuilt since its plunge into the waters of Park Lake, near Coalhursl, On Dominion Day, the locally owned Monocoupo aircraft made its appoaranco outside Iho municipal hangar here and responded perfectly in its first tests 1012 Tho Meccn and Mccch architectural firm of Lclh- and state order" of the republic, by distributing leaflets urging tho public not to vote bi the 1971 elections, by editing under- ground journals, and hy main- taining contact with "hostile" circles outside the country. The Morning Star remarks that the secrecy of the trials makes it impossible to test the evidence given against the ac- cused. But in any case, it is clear that they arc on trial for having taken action to express their opinions. "Socialist dem- says the Star, cannot be limited to the right merely to hold views on the develop- ment of socialism. It must cm- brace the right to express Ihcm." (Written fnr The Herald and The Observer, London) backward bridge, is now (IrawiiiR up plans for municipal hospitals Ell Brooks Bid Tnlier, ,rind work will commence before frecro- lip. 1952 Widi words of warm- est praise, the citizens of Ihc Warner Wrentham districts Sunday nflernomi expressed Ihcir warm sincere- apprecia- lion nf n life time spent in Ihcir service. Nearly .'tOD strong Ilicy gathered al Ihc farm of Dr. .Inlin T. Tunny. They ex- tended in his nnmc furnishings for nmins in Iho new municipal district hospital scheduled to up in lyClhbridge. The Lethkidge Herald 504 TIN St. S., Lclhbridgc, Alberta LETHBIUDGE HERALD CO, LTD., Proprietors and Published ]M5-195-1, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Sflcofid MAH Rcrjlslrfllliin Mo. 0017 ot Tho Cinndian Press intj Cnmdlan Dairy Publishers' Asstxlnfion nnrt IN Audit Rureau ol Clrculaltoni CLEO MOWERS, Edllor flnd Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, Gereral Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Manning Edilof Edllor ROY F WILES K. WALKER SAnniger Ed 1oriAl Page Editor "THE HERALD KRVES 7H6 SOUTH" ;