Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 26, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETH3R1DGh HbKAlD WUlinuilluy, auyusi -to, Position Endanger h i fj 1 f 1 civ-'J.l Equality Day Women in the United States have been urged to observe today the fiftieth anniversary of the clay Ameri- can women got the vote as Equal- ity Day. They have been urged to sfage a strike, refusing to do the tasks they normally perform. The strike is not likely lo have a crippling effect upon the nation. This is riot because women do not occupy positions where their absence could go unnoticed. There are many situa- tions that would be seriously hamper- ed by a walk-out of women. But women are not organized and consequently absenteeism from work will be hit-and-miss. Many women do not share the sentiments of the militant feminists and do not want the kind of equality that would negate their traditional role. On the home front the strike is likely to fizzle almost completely. Most women who are dissatisfied with being homemakers have either been emancipated into the work world or are hopelessly trapped by the fate of being in a single parent situation. The only one's then who could make an effective protest to their husbands haven't the slightest interest in doing so. None of this, however, should be allowed to take attention away from the central issue which is that women who choose to enter the work world should be on an equal basis with men. There can be no ducking of the fact that women are now treated un- fairly in a male-dominated society. The process of the emancipation of women that began with their enfran- chisement fifty years ago in the U.S. must be completed. The individual should have freedom to decide how much equality she wants to handle. What looks like freedom to some feminists might seem like tyranny to other females. Natural Gas Prices While nobody likes paying higher prices for anything, the City of Leth- bridge should be cautious about spending much money opposing an in- crease in natural gas prices. The city, as the custodian of the people's welfare, is the only body in a good position to protect the Lethbridge natural gas consumers, but it would not be wise to put much of those people's tax money into resisting what might be fair and inevitable. Is the requested rate increase fair and inevitable? It will take some pre- liminary study, and therefore a mini- mum expenditure, to make that judg- ment, but we suspect an honest ans- wer would probably be in the affirm, ative. In any case the gas company will have to prove its case before the public utilities board. Making an expensive fight of it, just for appearance's sake, would not be good business. Says The Judge A holiday promotion campaign in a quiet English hotel seems an un- likely event to inspire student hooli- ganism. But it happened during Greek Week, when young people, op- posed to the present regime in Greece stormed into the hotel, terrorized the occupants, and vandalized the prem- ises to the tune of close to six thous- and dollars. The vandals were brought to trial before Mr. Justice Melford Steven- son. Six Cambridge University stu- dents were sentenced to jail terms of from six to 18 months. Two others tvere sent to Borstal correction homes. These were harsh sentences, ap- plauded by some, deplored by oth- ers. The judge said that the case had "nothing whatever to do with peace- ful demonstrations; still less has it anything to do with political views, however firmly held." What the young people did is quite clear. Believing that they had a popu- lar cause, they trampled on the rights of perfectly innocent citizens in the mistaken notion that their cause gave them the right to ignore the rights of others. Such a belief is entirely contrary to the principles of demo- cratic society. It not only can, but does lead to a state of anarchy. Some commentators have said that the severity of the sentence is bound to be counter productive. Others point to the success of such ex- emplary punishment in the case of white rowdies who attacked immi- grants in the Netting Hill section of London several years ago, which had a telling and constructive effect. Peace and order was restored. Be that as it-may. The Stevenson sentencings serve notice on the Brit- ish public that disregard for the rights and safety of others will not be tolerated. It could be a decision that will encourage Canadian jurists to deal with similar cases in a simi- lar way. Tile public is growing very tired of the permissive attitude which condones destruction and calls it peaceful demonstration. Art Buchwald 3ALEHMO As a distinguished student of European driving habits and their effect on the human heart, I wish to make a statement. Of all the peoples I have studied so far, there are none to com- pare with the Sicilian drivers. One only has to be on the winding roads of this beautiful country a few hours to under- stand why so many Sicilians left the island and came to America. To comprehend the problems facing a driver in Sicily, one must first take note of what can be found on the Sicilian high- way during the course of a day's drive. There are, and not necessarily in this order, four cylinder Fiats, eight-cylinder Ferraris, 12 cylinder Alfa Romeo's, hay trucks, gasoline trucks, motorcycles, motor scooters, bicycles, horse drawn wagons, donkey carls, hand drawn carts, dogs, goats, sheep, chickens, children, fisher- men, members of the clergy, carabinieri and highway bandits. It has been said that the dreaded mem- bers of the Mafia are boy scouts compared to the people who have drivers' licenses hi Sicily. For one tiling, the traditional omerta, or conspiracy of silence that Sicilians arc known for, does not apply lo anything that happen? on the road. When one Sicilian passes another, he will shout at him that he is a fool, an idiot and his motlttr was a goat and, if realiy angered, that his father was a policeman. The man passed will retort wilh words of equal passion, and will, if the wind is right, spit at the other car. Since Sicilians must use their hands when making expres- sive statements, neither driver has his hands on the wheel when yelling at the other. If there are other in tlic cars, they, too, will join in the argument. Even after the man who is doing the passim; has made the manoeuvre, he will look back, waving both bends at the driver he- has passed, who in turn will retort by either waving his hands or pressing !hc horn for as long as the Iwltcry will.allow. The only place one Sicilian will pats an- other Sicilian is on a curve. Occasionally a car or truck will be coming the other way, and then the driver faces what is known in Sicily as "the moment of truth." If he swerves to avoid the oncoming car, he will be considered a coward and his whole family will be in disgrace. He must force the other car to swerve. To see two brave men meeting face to face on a Sicilian highway is a sight one will never forget. The one thing that can slow up a Sicilian driver is a donkey cart. All the donkey carts in Sicily are beautifully painted with pictures of knights in armor and scenes of great battles. Drivers of donkey carls get most of then- sleep on the roads of Sicily and the donkeys seem to also. A donkey cart can be found on any side of a Sicilian road, going in any direction. Although the carts themselves only take up one lane, the hay the carts carry is purposely laid horizontally across them, taking up two or sometimes three lanes, thus making it impossible for anyone to see what is happening up ahead. Donkey drivers are used to the sound of automobile horns and can rarely be waked up by one. The best thing you can do when you're caught behind a donkey cart is to relax and enjoy the painted pictures. It is an accepted fact that when a Sicilian car is approaching a village, tile driver speeds up and presses his hand nn the horn as hard as he can. But instead of frightening the villagers, it has exactly opposite effect. Children rush out of their houses at the sound of a horn and start playing in the streets, dogs out minding sheep rush into town lo find out what is going on and chickeas start crossing the rond lo get lo the other side. The driver who bus his honor ,it slake refuses lo slow down, and Ihe village popu- lation refuses to get out of his way. I can't tell you how it is possible for a car to get through a village without hitting iinylliing since I've always had my eyes closed when I've gone through one. (Toronto Telegram News Service) WASHINGTON On Thurs- day, Aug. 0, Prime Min- ister Golda Meir of Israel pick- ed up the phone and put through a call to Washington's chief action officer for the Near East, Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Sisco. She wanted to draw urgent attention to a point in the frame of reference for the negotiations that would follow a ceasefire. Next day Ambassador Itzhak Kabin was summoned lo a 10 o'clock meeting with Secretary of State William Rogers on what he assumed would be the point raised by the prime min- ister. The secretary, it devel- oped, was not available, and so the ambassador went back to his office. He was summoned again for another meeting at that afternoon. This time Ihe ambassador cooled his heels for half an hour while the secretary finished his lunch. Then he was called in and told that in one hour the ceasefire would be announced from United Nation's headquar- ters hi New York. No allow- ance would be made for the point raised by Mrs. Meir. There was no time even to dis- cuss the matter. That little episode, told here for the first tune I think, has poisoned subsequent relations between this country and Is- rael. It explains the recent pub- lic spitting match about viola- tions of the truce on the Egyp- tian side. For the Israelis feel feel they have been taken in by the cheap lawyer's trick of ducking issues with documents. "Sure I support her she only advocates it for ONE day Letters To The Editor A Distortion Of Reality On Pesticides I would like to add my com- ments to those of M. Thorburn (The 17 August, 1970) regarding the incredible com- ments attributed to Professor Andrew Wilson at [he r e c e n t NATO Coni'erence on pesticide toxicity. The statement that "DDT has saved about four million people from dying of is a naive over-simplification and a gross distortion of reality. While it is true that DDT has made significant contributions to the control of the Anopheles mosquito, the vector of ma- laria, olher methods of mos- quito control (e.g. swamp draining) have also played ma- jor roles in many locations. Furthermore, Dr. Wilson's view also ignores the major roles in malaria eradication played by public education and dwelling improvement, and by the devel- opment of chemotherapy with such drugs as atabrin, chloro- quin and primaquin. Prof. Wilson's view that the more prudent doses DDT used today are less harmful than the more lavish doses of earlier years fails to consider (a) that DDT has a half life .in the environment in the or- What Is Socialism? I would like to comment on A. E. Hancock's bitter polemic, which appeared in the Herald on August 21. I could not help but sym- pathize with his bitterness and sense of futility, but common sense prevented me from ac- cepting the obvious logic of his causal analysis of our eco- nomic problems. The fallacy in his argument, as I see it, lies within his political innuendos. Mr. Hancock's letter, extol- ling the virtues of capitalism is acceptable, providing he under- The True 'Hippie9 I i Much has been mitten and expounded concerning the much maligned To me, a "hippie" is a person who deviates from the norms, values and customs of the so- ciety in which he lives. Right? He forms his own sub-culture or enters one already formed whose norms, values and cus- toms are contrary to the one which he left. The true "hippie" (not the bums who arise in his wake) is lighting for change, passively maybe, but still fight- ing. Some of his ideas may seem a bit radical while others we agree on, albeit reluctantly. For instance, "make love not war." To we omniscient "nor- love means sex and love in that context is a "no-no." .Two thousand years ago or thereabouts, there was another man who didn't go along with the "e s t a b 1 i s h m e n t." He preached "love thy neighbor." There's that "word" again As we all know, He really ".shook 'em up" in the Middle East and has been doing so until the pres- ent day although His philosophy has been on the wane in recent years. Now, if He decided to come back for a visit dressed as he has been depicted by many great artists, He wouldn't get to first base Long flouTng r'obe, long hair and a beard! "Good gracious, Agnes, would you look at "Ignore it, Clarabelle and maybe it'll go If He mentioned that "four letter w-nl." the great, omnipotent majority would in- stantly brand Him "hippie" or else ship Him off to the "funny farm." So. if You arc thinking about coming downstairs for a visil, forget it! The "great" ours don't need what you have to offer, they already know it all! Maybe when we succeed in annihilating ourselves by (he bomb, pollution, over-popula- iion, greed or apathy, someone (if there is anybody left) may just swallow his pride and prej- udices and listen to what You have lo say. Now, if You are still serious about coming down and straightening out this colossal mess, You had better come as a "short hair" and dressed in conventional attire or they'll "bomb you, AN Lethbridge. stands it, but it was the fal- lacy of capitalism as exempli- fied by the great depression that necessitated government intervention with its price-sup- port and welfare programs. But then this is socialism, isn't it? But what is socialism? Per- haps before we condemn any- thing, we should take the trouble to understand what we are talking about? Name-call- ing and dealing in personalities has never accomplished any- thing other than aggravating tire problem. Perhaps Mr. Hancock has the solutions that have eluded our Prime Minister? As for my- self, I have no more faith in the twentieth-century politician than I do for the medieval cleric. Lethbridge. PAUL KAZAKOFF. A New IGA? From The Winnipeg Free Press COINCIDENT with a crop survey indicating that the Prairies can expect a better Iha.i average harvest this fall, came a report from Ottawa that exploratory talks have been held on a new interna- tional grains agreement. Two trade department officials are attending a four day confer- ence ir Geneva lo work on the new agreement which, it is ex- peeled, will replace the present International Grains Arrange- ment. Officially the IGA ex- pires next June 30, but in fact it has been dead for months. It died because it tried to ignore the immutable economic laws of supply and demand, by sel- ling artificial prices. Like all such agreements, il was bound to fail. Otto Lang, the minister re- sponsible for grain marketing, is reported as saying (hat "in- ternational agreements make sense and we support working towards a new conference." If agreements are 'Sensible and realistic, they cnn be valuable. But the IGA was far from this; and much of the blame must be laid al Canada's door. When the present arrange- ment was being negotiated, the Canadian delegation advocated a '10 cent increase In minimum and maximum prices, It did this when the wheat situation was changing from a seller's market to a buyer's market. In 1967-63 Canada refused to cut export prices because this would break IGA floor levels. Other countries were not so hesitant, and substantial sales by them at lower prices wreck- ed the IGA and lost markets for Canada. Since then the agreement has, to all intents and purposes, been totally in- effective. If the IGA is to be and there is something to be said for price stability if prices are realistic then it is to be hoped that the member-na- tions have learned their les- son. An agreement of this kind can Succeed only if (he signa- tory exporting countries, in- cluding Canada, are ready to accept a level of minimum prices that is equally accept- able lo world buyers." Canada's chief job, particularly in light of the upcoming harvest, is lo get as much wheat as pos- sible into the hands of buyers at realistic prices. If a new IGA can help to do (his, it should have support of pro- ducers. If all we can expect is a repetition of the shambles into which the present agree- ment has fallen, it would be better to forget the whole deal. der of 15-20 years, and (b) that DDT can cycle through the en- vironment very rapidly and over quite large distances. I would add to M. Thorburn's treatment of the incredible statement by Prof. Wilson. "We have no evidence that DDT is harmful when it collects in or- ganic tissues" only this: DDT damages the organic tissues of insects; it kills them. It has been amply demonstrated that DDT produces both lethal and sublethal effects in algae, many invertebrate animals, and many vertebrate animals including fish, birds and mam- mals. It would take a scientific Houdini to "escape" this evi- dence. I should point out that I do not intend at all to condemn the NATO conference; the lo- cal CDA people did a mar- velous job of organizing it and carrying it through, and they are lo be congratulated. I do suggest, however, that Profes- sor Wilson's views on the rela- tive safety of DDT may in part reflect the unwillingness of the agrochemical industry general- ly to change with the times and our knowledge of the .dangers of DDT. As Professor Karl Schurr, of Bowling Green Stale University in Ohio states. it: "The fact that they have ware- house slocks and a plant de- signed for making chlorinated, hydrocarbons (or DDT-related stuff) has little relation to the question of public use of this class of pesticides." PAUL D. LEWIS, JR. Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Lethbridge. They feel that they get no con- sideration when they raise ob- jections behind the scenes- even al the highest level. But whatever Ihe provoca- tion, the debate now going on is harmful. The issue is not whether the Secretary of State is a knave or a fool, or whether the ceasefire was violated in the spirit or the letter. The is- sue is the security of Israel, which has now been put in haz- ard. For one thing, there took place, in the hours around the commencement of the ceasefire, a massive forward movement of Soviet surface-to-air missiles along the Suez Canal. These weapons can now hit incoming Israeli planes over Israeli ter- ritory. That means the Israelis can interdict Egyptian artillery fire across the canal only with great difficulty. Unchecked artillery fire would endanger the' present Is- raeli' fortifications along the canal the so-called Bar-Lev Line. Once tiiose were shatter- ed, the Israelis would be vul- nerable to a cross-canal opera- tion by Egyptian forces and a rollback across Sinai. Thus with the ceasefire not two weeks old, the Israelis have already suffered a serious selback in their military posture. M o r cover, questions have been raised about American assurances to Israel. Al a press conference in Los Angeles President Nixon had assured the Israelis they could "agree to negotiate without fear" that their "position may not be com- promised or j e o p a r d i z e d." Much the same message was conveyed to Mrs. Men- in a let- ter from the president. But with the Israeli position endangered, Ihe United States seems to be walking away from these assurances. This country has not, as it easily could, outrage with what is a clear break in the spirit of the ceasefire; nor, as it easily could, has the Dnited States increased the flow of military equipment to Israel. Thus what the Israelis took to be a guarantee is now vanish- ing lo nothingness before their eyes. Finally, the frame of refer- ence for the psace negotiations yet to come is distinctly ad- verse to the Israelis. The Is- raelis have always insisted that, in return for withdrawal from terrilories seized since Ihe six-day war, there be ac- ceptance of "secure and rec- ognized as set forth in the United Nations Se- curity Council resolution of Nov. 22, 1967. A chief point of Mrs. Mcir's call to Mr. Sisco was to get that wording into the ceasefire announcement. That is the pre- cise issue on which she was fobbed off. The ceasefire an- nouncement issued at (lie UN on Aug. 7 makes reference to "Israeli withdrawal from terri- tories occupied in the 1967 con- flict." It says no word about "secure and recognized bound- aries." Maybe the Russians intend, to push for a peace settlement in the end. Maybe they are only building up positions of strength to facilitate com- promise. But it is at least possible that the Russians really intend lo crack the Israelis, Ihe better to penetrate the Middle East. If so, they are in fine position. For Ihe Israelis are now back- ing down a slippery slope wilh the massive steamroller of So- viet power poised above them. In these circumstances, there is no point in trading insults, in petty intrigues, or in the casuistry of lawyers. There is point only in dne thing. And that is to assert the Israeli peril, once again, in a way that engages the conscience of se- rious men. (Field Enterprises Inc.) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD ]820 Cilizens of Lelhbridge will vole on a plebiscite to pro- vide for the purpose _ of erecting a new children's shel- ter. Work on the Alberta end of the new trans-Can- ada telephone line is progress- ing rapidly and the entire line is expected to be put into op- eration by 1332. factories in the Berlin area were bombed by night-raiding British planes. Berliners huddled for three hours in shelters as waves of planes bombarded the city. for five days in a strike-bound CPR box car, an 18-year-old Toronto youth was ill satisfactory condition in hos- pital at Calgary. Youngsters playing in the yards Jieard his calls for help and called police. Premier Pan-ice Lu- mumba of The Congo said that the United Nations forces must pull out of the Congo as soon as all the Belgians have left. His government docs not want, a United Nations occupation af- 'ler fe Belgian occupation. 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Registration Ho 001? Member of The Canadian P'css and'fhc Canadian Dolly fMvspapir Publishers' AssGdeNon ant) Ihe Audit Bureau of Circulations' CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor end Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager WILLIAM HAY Managing Edi'or Associate Editor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. 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