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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, August 21, 1971 Dave Humphreys Sympathetic hearing The Canadian delegation to Wash- ington got a sympalliclic hearing for its appeal thai Canada be exempted from Ihe recently imposed JO per cent import surcliarse. It is unlikely, however, that anything more than sympathy will be extended by the Nixon administration. Even to gain sympathy may hr.ve been somc-lliing of an achievement since U.S. Treasury Secretary John B. Connally had said in advance of the meeting (Jiat Canada's was weak He recalled that when the ta- bles were turned in 19li2, Canada turned down a U.S. request for a similar exemption from a duty sur- charge. Embarrassing as that recollection may have been to the delegation headed by Finance Minister Edgar Benson, the Canadians were able to make a case Canada has already done what the U.S. wants other na- tions to do The dollar has been flout- ed and Canada has completely im- plemented the full amount of cuts agreed upon in the Kennedy Round of tariff reductions. Nevertheless more than sympathy cannot be expected because, botii practically and politically, President N7ixon needs to stick with the tough line he has taken. If he makes an exception even for such a close friend and trading partner as Can- ada he may not be able lo get other nations to move quickly to float their currencies. The political capi- tal he has earned by his show of decisiveness could be dissipated if he should back off now. Canadians should prepare them- selves to make Ihe best of the situa- tion one that is bound to have some very serious repercussions. No- body knows serious the impact of the U.S. economic measures will be in Canada but when both Prime Minister Trudeau and Mr. Benson hurry home from holidays as a result of President Nixon's new policy, it is obvious that a serious crisis is in the offing. It should be added that, the leaders of the opposition parlies are not being very realistic when they criticize the Tmdeau government for not taking a tougher line wilh the United States. The U.S. is not going to be pushed around. Canada's case has been made. Only if the Nixon administra- tion can find some way to take off the pressure on Canada without weakening its stand elsewhere vill relief come. Mr. Meany says Last month this paper commented editorially on the statements made by Ihe redoubtable George F. Meany president of the AFL-C10. in regard to his stand on Ihe possibility of a U.S. wage-price freeze. He had said in a televised interview that although he was not really advocating con- trols "he would not oppose them if they were imposed evenly." He also commented that he saw little chance of improvement in the wage-price spiral unless the government took more unpopular measures. The col- umnist Joseph Kraft, writing prior lo .Mr. Meany's statements to Con- gress, in which (he lafjor leader said that unions should defy the presi- dent's wage freeze and strike, says thai the president "can still win co- operation from George Meany and Co. on inflation by doing the right thing when it comes to unemploy- ment." Mr. Kraft appears to have been quite wrong in his assessment o{ Mr. Meany, who speaks out of one side of his mouth in July, and when the chips are down in August, to favor the other side. Our July edi- torial ended with the question, "could Mr. Meany persuade the member- ship of his union to go along with his views if the government were persuaded to put them into effect'.1" He has now given his answer. No. Teacher troubles Mr. A. W. Cowan of the federal department of manpower and immi- gration has some gloomy news for teachers and teacher prospects. Hav- ing just published a study on the subject he points out: "It seems clear thai individuals seeking lo enter the teaching profession in the 1970s can expect lo encounter highly competi- tive conditions. In this situation the specialist will have Ihe advantage, generally speaking, and there will be more opportunities at the second- ary than at the elementary level." He notes that specialities which were in demand last year included French, art, music and physical education. The principal reason given for the oversnpply of teachers is the de- cline in the birth rate over the last 15 years and the economics of the profession which is keeping the teacher-pupil ration stable. .Mr Cowan's report will encourage future teachers lo specialize, thus avoiding the possibility of unemploy- ment. It will also encourage teach- er's associations to look closely at Ihe value of the merit system with an eye to weeding out inept teachers who should not be in the field and would probably serve much better in another profession. Weekend Meditation How much is it worth? 'T'HERE is a famous story in the four- teenth chapter of Ihe Gospel accord- ing lo Mark telling of a dinner in a wealthy home in Bethany owned by a man called Simon. The incident took place shortly before Jesus' death. A woman pour- rrl over Jcsu.s a precious ointment. It was unrl.h over shillings. Since a man was lucky lo cam a shilling a day it amounted to a year's wages for a working man. Judas was angry. "It might have been he complained. The fact that he priced (he gift is proof that he never saw it. Can you imagine a more vulgar re- mark? It describes a man's soul. It is no accident that in the very next verses Judas goes out to sell Jesus. If he could price the gift of Mary, he could sell anything. Thirty pieces of silver Judas' It isn't much, but it's something. That's exactly what Jesus was worth to Judas, the man was blind to priceless things. The late Dr. Temple bad a story about a store window in which some pranksters one evening changed all the price tags, putting the cheap lag on the expensive article and the expensive on Lhc cheap Is lhal not what men have done in life? A falhcr complained about the fact that his son had lo .study history in school. "It doesn't help in he complained. A cartoon showed a mother wilh her son al. a concert They beard a remark Lhat the violuust uas getting for the performance. "Now will you she demanded. "Money will Imy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy a wag of his said Josh Billings. II will buy a house, bill not a home, ft will buy a chapel, but not a faith. It will buy an orchestra, hut not Ihe ap- preciative ear. It will buy n world cruise, but not an eyo to sec beauty. "The lovo of money is the root of all said SI. "Tile tif nirifu'v is (ho rwil of all parodied Bernard Shiiw. Shaw parlly right, The lack ol money can he a dreadful evil. But a man may have all the money in Ihe world with- out having the things Lhal money cannot buy a clean conscience, a decent char- acter, an honest mind, a cultured person- alily, a disciplined life, and a good heart. He may have a monopoly on Ibc tilings lhat degrade and vulgarize life. If any man reads Ihe book "Who Killed by Cleveland Amory he will see Ihe Lragic decline in great American families who amassed wealth. It is amusing lo see university degrees listed according to their dollar value Fi- nancial journals, from- time to time show MA's Ph.D's and medical and scienti- fic degrees according to their earning pow- er. Who can weigh Ihe research value of a posl-graduate degree? Who can price Ihe scholarship and increased appreciation of degree sludy? Today many a high school student leaves in order lo make quick money, lie sells bi.s chance for a life of culture and [Mr] soundly dcxrlopmenl, in ox- change for a few quick dollars. At one. lime in the early church a man named Simon, seeing tlie miracles of Ihe disciples, olfered them money for the se- cret, lie left the word "simony" in Ibe vocabulary, meaning Ibe buying and sell- ing of ecclesiastical offices, lie also left another illustration of Ihe Irulh that (here arc things money cannot buy. "It could have been said Judas. Yes. but there was something there Judas could not buy. He could not buy that heart of love. UD could not know lhal love is spcndlbrifl, never counling UK cost. He could not buy the name thai would re- main while history remains lo (ell of (lie spirit of generosity, lie could only sell his own name which, while history remains, will slaral lor R most damnable trailor and false friend "Beware of covclous- JIMIS. I'rajcr With all Tlrv HHiug. duo mi: a conlcnlcd heart, S. M. Ireland's main goal: return to order 1 ON DON Probably NIC J mosl accurate charge thai can be laid at tile doorsteps of the British and Irish govcrn- incnls is tliat they failed to seek a political solution while there was still time. Now that refugees have streamed into his republic, Irisli Prime Minister Jaek Lynch talks about a new form of ad- ministration for the six Ulster counties, legally and constitu- tionally part of the United Kingdom. As killing and bombing be- come a daily feature of llio Bel- fast scene. Home Eccrelary Reginald Maudling gives Rev. Ian Paisley a respectable liear- And Mr. Paisley emerges jubilantly to declare that the troops are going to grind the terrorists into the dirt. In Belfast, the army an- nounces a major defeat in the internment raids against the Irish Republican Army. Almost simultaneously the IRA ilsclf holds a press conference, called by an opposilion member at Stormont, staling the intern- ment raids were "only a pin- prick." With the possible exception of Northern Ireland Prime Minis- ter Brian Faulkner, all parties with influence seem to he say- ing the wrong thing at the wrong "Hold if partner this is 'Next Year Country lime. Mr. Faulkner retaliated to the Republican Premier's proposal in stronger language than has crossed the border in many years The feeling here is that Mr. Lynch had it all com- ing to him. Mr. Lynch's call for an end to the SinrmonL provincial legis- lature by peaceful political ac- tion is widely considered to be irresponsible, possibly to be un- derstood only because, as one Slormont MP put it, "he has a gun at his head" ir Dublin. In his scathing rebuke Mr. Faitlki.er said his opposite num- ber has too readily been hailed as a moderate man. The Lynch government M'as guilly of cant and hypocrisy and tacit acquie- scence of terrorism. Mr. Faulk- ner has now said publicly what has Ireen said so often privately in the past, that the IRA "en- joys by and large in the Irish Republic a safe haven and an atmosphere of approval in which, for example, courts all too frequently turn a blind eye towards blatantly illegal acli- vily." None of the recent remarks is likely to contribute lo the at- mosphere in which constructive rebuilding, which all sides agree is required, will be possi- ble. If Mr. Faulkner didn't have to deal with the total Irish situ- ation he might be able to pull off a political coivp. He has set the stage by providing a greatly expanded role for the minority Catholic population. He has gone one step farther, with a little nolieed appeal in his statement introducing in- ternment. He said: "1 appeal lo lou lo come out and join us in building this community up again, not lo rcslore it simply to what it for many of us in the past have failed each olher, but to build it on belter, sounder and stronger lines. Un- less you fake the place in our community which awaits you, all if us will be (ho losers." Mr. Faulkner's record is im- pressive, given even the most mercenary molivcs. There is no doubling his sincerity. Unfortu- nately it just isn't possihe to close off London and Dublin and pet on wilh building Ihe new Jerusalem. He has ruled out con.slrjclh'e talks Dub- lin and probably couldn't sur- vive politically even if he look port in Uiem. Mr. Lynch's performance has reduced his influence in White- hall. For whatever value there might have been in seeking a peaceful political solution, the prospects now don't look prom- ising for the meeting between Mr. Heath and himself, sched- uled for October before the in- ternment crisis. Evsn the bipartisan approach at Westminster is cracking. Former Labor Home Secretary James Callaghan, who at first supported internment as a short-term solution has come out firmly against il. lie has suggested talks with Ihe goal of eslablishinfi a council for Ire- land which would be likely to appeal lo the Republican pre- mier. Mr Callaghan believes Mr. Maudling is missing an op- portunity, relying instead too heavily on liie army. Mean- while pressure is building up on Opposition Leader Harold Wil- son to call formally for the re- turn of Parliament, now in sum- mer recess. Unfortunately the politicians have become wise after being driven lo the edge of the pre- cipice. Former Ulster Premier Terrence O'Neill, to name only one knowledgeable observer, has been forecasting the pres- ent crisis for two years. There have been lulls in the fighting when in retrospect initiatives from Westminster might have had some chance of success. Some Britons, particularly Tories, may have been reluc- tant lo envisage any talks which may lead lo weakening the link with Ulster. The province is an inlegral part of the United Kingdom as. indeed, was all Ireland before the partition. However, it was also the Brilish act of partition which provided eventually for a coun- cil of Ireland, at first without legislative powers but leading hopefully in time lo a new gov- ernment representative of all Ireland. Thus the means to a solution was enshrined half a cent'iry ago in a British act. The idea was that passions would be left lo cool and of course we arc still waiting. Now that the passions are as healed as ever we have politicians lalking about Ihe sensibe theol- rrtical solution. There is a lot of .sorting out to he done in all three capilals. Meanwhile, Mr. Faulkner talks sense by insist- ing that the first priority is the return lo civil order. (Tlic Herald London Letter to the editor Canada has lost a friend through entry experience Three years ago, on my only previous visit to Lelhbridge, an incident occurred which near- ly piompted my wriling a "lel- ler to the editor." My wife and I had just arrived in town and stopped at a shopping centre to call some friends living here for directions to their home. Not uncharacteristically, during the course of making the call and doing a brief bit of shop- ping, I managed to lose my bill- fold. I realized this when we got to the home of our friends, and returned immediately lo the centre, with no real hope of recovering what I had fool- ishly lost. Much lo my amazement, I talked to a supeivnarkel clerk who had been at Lhe banU when a lady had come in with a wal- let she had found in the park- ing lot (where it had slid neatly Uu-nugh my bottomless pocket) and, after some discussion, had decided to take Ihe thing lo llio JiH-al police station. 1 wenl lo the slalion, had a laugh at lhe officer at the counter when he asked if I had any identifica- tion (it all being in the wallet, you seei and walked out of the place with a natural liigli that lasted for days. The incident in Lelhb r i d g a seemed lo epitomize our exper- iences in Canada. Lilcrally without exception, in any con- !acts we had