Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 31, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THF IE7HDRIDGE HERALD Monday, AugusI 31, 1970 Raymond Heard Cold War Hangover The United States Senate recently indulged in a Cold War reflex. It voted to cut off funds for the Inter- national Labor Organization because a Kussian had been appointed as one of the ILO's five assistant directors. This action was taken in the face of the Nixon administration's efforts to move from confrontation to co-op- eration in relations with the Soviet Union. Also it is a repudiation of a two-year commitment pledged by the U.S. to the ILO. The appointment of the Russian as- sistant director was made by the di- rector general, Mr. C. Wilfred Jenks of Great Britain. Mr. Jenks was elect- ed to his post three months ago by a single vote margin over a French- man who was backed by Moscow. He doubtless thought it was politic to make this gesture toward the Soviets. Putting pressure on the U.S. Sen- ate was Mr. George Meany of the AFL-CIO, with the support of the Chamber of Commerce, representing American employers. The labor chief charged that the ILO would become an instrument for transmitting Com- munist propaganda now that it lias a Russian representative in the secre- tariat. That kind of reasoning should lead the U.S. to withdraw support from all other United Nations agencies. Their secretariats all have at least one rep- resentative from the Soviet Union. It is curious that Mr. Meany should think the labor organizations would be especially susceptible to Commu- nist propaganda. In some countries labor does seem to be the stronghold of communism. But Labor in North America seems to be about as far from communism or radicalism of any kind, for that matter as any group. The fact that Labor and the Chamber of Commerce stood togeth- er on this issue is just another sign of the way Labor has become part of the Establishment. A strong plea is likely to be made by the administration for the restora- tion of the ILO funds. The stakes in seeking a Middle East peace and for pursuing the SALT talks are too high to permit this old bogey of Cold Wai- thinking to prevail. Everybody's Responsibility Keeping the city clean is every- body's business. That is why t h e police department is throwing some of the responsibility for apprehend- ing Utterers back on the citizenry. The fact that people can report in- stances of littering without fear of becoming involved in court cases or of facing the prospect of reprisal should result in a real crackdown on offenders. It is impossible for the po- lice to be present on all occasions of littering but in a high percentage of cases there will be somebody who witnesses the infraction against the public good. There are people who object to as- sisting the police in this way as if the police force was a sort of enemy rather than being the servant of the populace. They merely do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Life in our urban societies will re- quire increasing watchfulness if it is to be tolerable. Care has to be taken that the natural irritants of living in close proximity are not intensified by thoughtless behavior. Those who are so immature as to befoul the envir- onment must be taught to desist. This is everybody's responsibility. Help the police to help the offender to become more considerate for the benefit of everyone. World Peace Corps The best news to come from the UN recently is that the Economic and Social Council has recommend- ed the formation of a world peace corps, and that the General Assem- bly is likely to adopt the recommen- dation. The idea is particularly wel- come in the U.S. because the Amer- ican Peace Corps has run into dif- ficulties, simply because it is Amer- ican. This is a sad commentary on the extent of anti-Americanism pre- vailing in many countries. It has caused trouble for the most altruis- tic, idealistic young Americans who have been trying lo help the under- privileged of the earth and find themselves thwarted simply be- cause they are Americans, and ipso facto suspect. Canadians have not encountered this kind of opposition for obvious reasons. The recommendation for the formation of a world peace corps does not mean that similar existing organizations will be dissolved or ineffective. It would simply provide further opportunities for the youth of many nations to help where help is needed, under the guidance of a world organization. Art Buchwaid fJOLLYWOOD "Hollywood is on a new said Larry Gelbart, a TV who was filling me in on the latest American fads. "First it was psy- chiatry, then it was dieting and now the health nuts have taken over. Many of those motion-picture stars and comedians, having done everything to their heads and the outside of their bodies, are now turn- ing inward to help themselves. As part of the campaign for self-improvement, they have become organic food specialists. In- stead of food, they're eating dandelion hearts, roots of moss and eucalyptus bark. It's very dangerous to be invited to some- one's house for a meal. For one thing, you can't walk on the lawn because that may be your dinner. For another, it isn't enough that your friends are health nuts; they spend the whole evening trying to convert everyone else. "I was invited to the house of a Holly- wood couple a month ago. They had a little girl, aged 5. Unfortunately, 1 had a cold and I was sniffling. "The father turned to the little girl and said, 'You see what happened to Uncle Larry because he ate lamb "It's hard to get a drink in a health nut's house. They either offer you a glass of honey or a handful of sunflower seeds. I was trying to Uu'nk of some reason why I couldn't stay for dinner, but it was too late. The butler announced dinner was served. Dinner? It consisted of boiled peanut water, wheat-germ pancakes, soya beans cooked in their own soy, carrot salad and cider vinegar. But this wasn't all. After we ate the food, the butler came in with a silver tray filled with jars of pills. 'What are those I ssked fool- ishly. 'They're the the hostess explained. 'The supplements for "They thought I was crazy. Tor the things we dirln't she said. 'The brown bottle is a bread supplement, the green bottle is the salt supplement, the red bot- tle is the protein supplement, the black bottle is the starch supplement, the red- white-and-blue bottle is the vitamin sup- plement, and the tall bottle with the clear liquid is the energy tonic.' "I said I was full and I just couldn't eat any more, but the hostess seemed very upset. She said the druggist had been pre- paring the meal all day and he would be very hurt if I didn't eat everything. "After dinner, we went into the living room to hear the little girl play the pi- ano. She played very well, and her father said 'That was very good, dear. You can now have a piece of candy.' And, so help me, he went to a bin and handed her a raw polato. "One of the big things for the health nuts is tiger's milk. I made the mistake one night of asking a comedian who drinks it four times a day 'How do you milk a I suggested, 'Perhaps you have to sit on a short stool with a long gun and do it very gently.' But he didn't think it was very funny, "The health addicts don't laugh much, and I can understand why. They figure they'll be around for 150 years, and you've got, at the most (if you keep ealing steak an apple four years. So they feel, 'How can we laugh at another man who is just about to "The only thing worse than going to a health addict's house for dinner is his coming to yours. He arrives with his little plastic bag of supra-nutritional cereal, ti- ger's milk and tea herbs and says to your wife, 'Just give me a bottle of hot water.' Then, while the rest of the guests sit transfixed, their turkey getting cold, he starts mixing it all into a soup plate, tastes it, smacks his lips and says, 'I just signed a contract to do a film for MGM in AD 2960.' "It's kind of tough on the kids. They don't really understand about health foods, and I know one kind who used to hide advertisements for cake mixes under his mattress. His mother caught him and had his father give (he kid a licking for keeping dirty pk'lurcs." (Toronto Telegram Service) Why Nixon's Election Hopes Are High WASHINGTON The cam- paign for America's most important mid-term election in a generation begins next month when President Nixon returns to Washington from a two-week working holiday in California. The voting on November 3, will determine whether Mr. Nixon can become the first president of the post-war era to lead his party to gains in Con- gress in an off-year (or non- presidential) election. The last president whose party picked up seats in such an election was Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934. Most observers here feel that the Republicans under Mr. Nix- on have a good chance of gain- ing seats from the Democrats, who kept control of both Houses in 1968 despite losing the White House. All 435 seals in the House of Representatives are up for grabs, plus 35 of the 100 Senate seals, and 35 of the 50 state governorships. A net Republi- can gain of seven seals hi the Senate the more influential of the two Chambers would give them control of that body. This is within sight. But while the Republicans may win sev- eral House seats, they have lit- tle chance of gaining a ma- jority there. The United Stales has not yet recovered from the trau- mas of 1S03 the assassina- tions of Robert Kennedy and Martin Lulher King, the race riots, Lyndon Johnson's abdica- tion, the bloody fiasco of the Democratic Convention in Chi- cago and the voters may not relish the prospect of another election. The Democrats, who are leaderless, broke and divided on the big foreign and domes- tic issues, would be happier to sit this one out. Of the 35 Sen- ate seats that will be fought in November, 25 are held by Democrats, thanks lo the anli- Goldwaler Republican debacle of 1964. Many of these 25 Demo- crats have become ardent op- ponents of the Indo-China war during their six-year terms and the lime seems to be out of joint for the doves this year, even if their pessimism has been vindicated by events. On the other hand, the He- publicans are in high spirils. They have a warchest of some million, most of which will be spent on anti-dove propa- ganda. President Nixon's popu- larity rating in the polls (which are still taken seriously not- withstanding their failure in the British election) stands at a respectable 55 per cent. If the Middle East ceasefire holds until after the election, the Republicans may be able to point to significant gains in for- eign policy by election day. The ceasefire is regarded as a tri- umph of Mr. Nixon's quiet dip- lomacy. Moreover, the Strate- gic A r m s Limitation Talks (SALT) are to be resumed just before the election. They have progressed to the point where the administration talks of scrapping Mr. Nixon's costly anti-missile system in return for a Russian pledge to stop developing the large SS-0 offensive missiles. Troop with- drawals from Vietnam are go- ing according to Mr. Nixon's timetable, and American cas- ualties are at an "acceptable" level of fewer than 80 a week. Given all this, anonymous White House officials are sug- gesting that Mr. Nixon, by No- vember 3, may have entered a detente with the Soviet especially on the Middle East- thai will bring the most reliable era of peace since the Cold War began. Mr. Nixon expects to do very little campaigning for Republi- Letters To The Editor Democracy Benefits All People Perhaps Paul Kazakoff should again read my letter which ap- peared in The Herald on Aug- ust 21, for I believe lie has read into it some filings that are just not there. In no s e n s e of the word is it and it can hardly be classed as "Polemic." It does point up some of the facts of life which are readily apparent to all, no matter of what political persuasion they may be or what economic sys- tems they may advocate. At no point in my letter did I use the word "Capitalism" as indicated by the writer. I did use "Socialistic trends" and and rightly so, for this is the course being ta- ken by governments, and all po- litical parties. According to Webster, socialism is: "A the- ory of social reform, the main feature of which is to secure a reconstruction of society, with a more equitable division of property and the fruits of la- bor, through common owner- ship." Well, there is only one way to make redistribution of property and bring about com- mon ownership, and'that is by taking the property or earnings of the persons who have, by force or confiscation, and giv- ing it to those who have not. This takes away individual free- dom arid vests all power in the state. It also kills the initia- tive that has made the Free World great, and given us an affluent1 society above and be- yond anything even dreamed of by most of the world. Shall We The Point Of Interest As the result of a telephone call received from Entertain- ment Editor Mrs. Joan Bow- man the morning of Monday, August 24. an article appeared that evening which was both misleading and surprising. Primarily, the story was very misleading by referring to a statement the same old circuit which was out of context and of different meaning than implied by the article, f must point out em- phatically it is most gratifying Southern Albertans have been and hopefully will continue to be genuine and much ap- preciated supporters of The Point of Interest. Kxtraeting the word dis- interested as an apparent indicator (if my attitude re- garding the highly considerate local audiences is grossly inac- curate, as I hope those who read the article and this letter will realize. In conclusion, the article was surprising in that it is difficult to believe a personnel change in a local singing group al- though entirely "amicable" yet very personal was deserving of a two column, ten inch story. This group is now made up of four proven performers who are not the remain- ing members but rather, The Point of Merest, and ac- tive. MICHAEL SUTHERLAND. Lethbridge. So They Say People say if we don't sell arms someone else will. But that philosophy doesn't make us sell drugs, does it? Mr. Frank Allaun, British Ml'. allow that greatness to be de- stroyed? Wouldn't it. be much better to bring that same great- ness and affluence to other na- tions of the world? No one would be so naive as to suggest that our Western system is free from all flaws, or that it cannot be improved, but we had better improve what we have rather than, discard it. We do not discard the automo- bile and go back to the horse and buggy because the automo- bile has flaws, but rather we work to improve it. In all the world's history, the taking of properly from one person by force and giving it to another has never brought a higher standard or great development in a nation, but there are many instances where such a course has brought about a people's en- tire destniction. And capitalism cannot be destroyed, for wheth- er a man owns a hoe to work his garden, or a factory to .make millions of automobiles, capital is involved, and in using such capital or equipment, he is a capitalist. Even in Russia they have found that, they can- not eradicate capitalism, for in order to get sufficient produc- tion they have found it neces- sary lo allow individuals to have small holdings. It llien be- comes a matter of degree, and only complete slate control of the lives and fortunes of all its citizens can the degree to which capital is allowed to the indivi- diial be determined. Yes. I do know what social- ism is. and I also know what communism is, and how it makes slaves of people who would love to be free. I fully understand what capitalism is, ard how all persons, including Mr. Kozakcff, benefit froni its operation and can USB our capi- tal for our own benefit and Im- provement. I love and appreci- ate our democracy and free- doms, and stand ready and will- ing at any time to defend them. I know there are faults, and I accept Mr. Kazakoff's chal- lenge, for I 'do also have solu- tions. Let us not "throw out the baby with the bath" by adopt- ing socialistic methods of those countries which have failed to bring their people happiness through security and freedom. A. E. HANCOCK. Raymond. can candidates in the eight- week period before the voting. Instead, he will play the role of Ihc world statesman. There are signs that he will have "summit" meetings in New York lale in Oclober with So- viet Premier Alexei Kosygin and the Western "Big The occasion would be the 25lh anniversary of Ihe United Na- tions. Summitry, of course, would divert attention away from the Democratic criticism of Mr. Nixon's foreign policy. With Mr. Nixon attending to international affairs, the main burden of the campaign will fall to Vice-Presidcnt Spiro Agnew. His intemperate at- tacks on the Democratic doves have brought a sympathetic re- sponse from "Middle America" and the "hard hat" workers, who have voted Democrat in the past. The Republican party's top strategist, Attorney General John Mitchell is confident that student support from liberal Democrats will backfire. After the Cambodian invasion and the killing of six students at Kent State University, Ohio, and Jackson State College, Mississippi, in May, student or- ganization started campaigning fcr anti-war candidates. Mr. Mitchell believes that the pub- lic is so fed up with demon- strating and rioting youngsters that the mere identification of a candidate with "students" will be enough to defeat him. Some Democrats are already keeping their zealous young al- lies out of sight as they solicit votes. The president's commission on campus unrest has heard testimony from college leaders that there will be more blood- shed when universities reopen in mid-September. If this hap- pens, the Republicans will hava the advantage. Most, of them have followed the Agnew line of relegating the "campus re- volt" to a simple question of law-and-order. While the vulnerability of ths Democrats cannot be dismiss- ed, Ihey do have one major advantage. This is the state of the American economy, which is in an inflationary recession. The polls show that blue-collar whites who hate students and black radicals and who cheer Mr. Agnew when he hits out at "effete snobs" are dis- illusioned by the administra- tion's failure to control infla- tion and unemployment. And the history of mad-term Con- gressional elections suggests that the "pocket-book" issue has the broadest appeal. The Democrats will make the economy the prime election subject. Their national chair- man, Mr. Lawrence O'Brien, has made "Nixonomics" his campaign slogan. He defines Nixonomics as the tendency of all economic indicators to go up when they should go down, and vice versa. To show (hat he is serious about fighting Ihe recession, Mr. Nixon has vetoed four do- mestic spending Bills, two of. for hos- pitals and education have been over-ridden by the Demo- crat-controlled Congress. These vetoes have given the Democrats the opportunity to argue that Mr. Nixon has a warped sense of priorities. They say he's spending billions on such military-industrial pro- jects as the supersonic trans- port aircraft, the anti-ballistic missile, and the invasion of Cambodia, but has a S'crooge- like attitude towards the needs of the poor, the sick and the young. If the Democrats' had a leader to articulate this line they might sound more con- vincing. (Written for The Herald and The Observer, London) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD 1920 Two harvesters held up the pool room in Stavely and escaped to Claresholm with They were picked up in Claresholm by police and will stand trial for robbery. 1930 Mrs. Irene Parlby, minister without portfolio of Al- berta, has been chosen as one of three representatives of Can- ada to attend the Assembly of the Leaague of Nations. 1940 Baffled Swiss thumbed through their maps looking for the British town of "Random" vhich according to German and Italian broadcasts was heavily bombed. A British announce- ment saying "the Germans dropped bombs at random" was misinterpreted. 1930 Trains are rolling again across the Dominion as the nine-day strike ended fol- lowing the government's back- to-work bill passed at its emer- gency session. 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