Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 1, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD WHnesdtiy, December 1, 1971 Yielding is sensible Pointless protests riin.-i1 v. iifi li.iM1 liiTM imximis lu I'aiianii rei'.i.siur a protest China's recent mit'lear almn- .-jilicrii- lest can relax. The prolesl was made; ap- I'.ar 'iiliy liy the ac- t'i Kxicrna! Ai'Uur.s Minister .-.i'trliil! Shaiji. exercise, i! si'L'ins. as lie since it is obvious !i diii'.-ii't accomplish When extensive protests on ihe pan o; and Canadians ID any observable effeei on liic I'.'i. what hope is iiuie nt Ihe -oveinaients of China, the iM'anee. KM- Ihal iiiatti'i-V The hope has Iliat a break 0! the mail escalation of nuclear arm.- mi'Jil. come 1'roin a nation with an enlightened iinilook. l.'.nt the evi- dence is that neither philosophy nor po-.ver can persuade the military mind to yield. So even if Ihe deter- ren! ciler! the overkill stockpiles lo prevent there may still be doom in Mure lor mankind from the ironmeiital poisonine; caused by continued Discovery that a democratic crnment is as impervious to protest as one thai is totalitarian results in the fallout of disillusionment. Nobody kniius yet what lies in store for the democracies as a result of the massive and growine; disaffection for their institutions. Protests at least, indicate an active concern about the issues of life and death. Inditierence or could be very om- inous inr the future of the demo- cratic way of life. Alliiougii Mr. Sharp staled that the Canadian would protest stronejy any lestinr; that posed a di- rect Ihrcat lo this country, there was ,1 note of discouragement in the com- ment Unit lie did not have time to protest ail Ihe tests. The portent is that prok'slin.t! is pointless. A pro- found hopelessness attends that con- clusion. Postie problems roslma.-ler General Jean-1'ierre Cote lias announced that mail box pickup deliverv now handled in many areas bv private I rucking companies ;s lo lie taken over by Ihe postal This will mean hiring more reel-nils or reelassifying present per- sonnel. The plan makes sense, for there seems to be no reason why any part ol Ihe mails should not come under ihe service. Hut one wonders !i. conlmued rumblings in this branch of ihe public service, this is a good time lo make a major change. There is enough dissatisfac- tion in the ranks of Ihe postics itit inlrodnring new methods which inflame resentment still more. The tin-eat of a sirike still hangs with Ihe letter carriers pro- testing Ihe use of casual labor for overtime work, and in permanent staff absenteeism for a variety of rea- sons. Talks are continuing, but with the Christmas rush coming up when casual labor is always taken oa to assist with the load, a decision will have to be maiiy-whether this prac- tice will cofirftme. If it is dropped tliis year, as the postics arc request- ing, can the regular staff handle the overload without outside assistance'' The changeover from private to public pickup service will raise a lot ol queslions similar to that of the Lapahnc drivers in .Montreal over such Ihings as retenlion of senioritv under a government boss. There are already indications that the postal service employees are not happy wilii the plan. If this is the case, it would be advisable for Mr. Cote to get the current problems ironed out before inviting new ones. In the long run strikes and walkouts only irritate the public, disrupt Ihe mail, and cast a shadow on the image of the letter carriers. ANDY RUSSELL 'lever 'jj lever is a malady thai assail.- neophyte hunters most com- monly v.hen they arc confronted suddenly by a animal they wish, hi shoot. S.i'.iic-iinu'S i! rve-n iniecls experienced ones. ;md occasionally excellent shots have h-jcn known ID come apart at the I'nuVr Mich circumstances, the erstwhile trophy is about as safe as if it were staalirj, in the middle nf a church, f'ir wiic-ii iifl'licU-d. ihe hunter would have trouble locating his rump liy cf bulb haniK let alone hitting anything smaller lhan a big barn with his rifle. Kov Hnrr.'aves, i'aminis .miide ami oul- Hilor years in rorlht-rn Alhrria, a abim! a him! or and buck fever. He ;imi wort; travelling a val- loy hotium in tne mountains .-putted a grbv.ly cuiv.ing over a ridge a ui'il used game trail. Tho trail forki-d ih' slope half down. Su Hoy p'.il ]iis oa lurk near tin; bottom, and thi-n nmibed op to tH> other lit give tin- his si-nit. knowing it umild likely run past the waiting hunter. All v.cnl as planned, nut v.hen ihe bear di.-appi .v.vil ihe h-usli near th; huntrr, tliorc v.as a by Ihe sharp rraok ol' In-faking wood. Tlu'n I lie bear appo.itrd nn the hieh run in one direc- tion lii> client Ic.Liging it fast ia 1 j ho louin! v. here boar bad under a big dry branch upon bring shot at. and had hniken il before escaping unharmed. After Mime trouhlo Hoy fi- nally caught up io Ins client and asked him .'.hat had happened. "1 (k.n't rujhlly I ho man said -I ill I ruin fnnht. "That raaie Iji.ihm: oul of the tirush at. mi-. 1 al him and Him he shot .it, nii'. Aller Ilia! 1 don'l know rd, j tiidp.'l look back.'1 One liiiu1 I a memorable experience a hunter, .seme-thing of a stranger to me, a fair kind of rifleman, but one who had never hunted anything bigger than an eastern wNtetnil deer. It a breathless Indian siinuner day. and we were seated easing lunch at timberline with open talus .stringers below us between .strips of scrub timber. Suddenly, out of mm here, a fine big black bear appeared about one hun- dred fifty ycards down slope. Quietly. I touched my client's arm and pointed. My hunter's eyes opened wide when he saw it and with great care he picked up i 's rifb and slid a cartridge into the breech before taking deliberate aim al the boar. Then lie took the rifle from hi.s shoulder without firing, extracted the car- tridge, mil anoihor in its place and aimed again. In I his fashion he emptied his rifle v.ithoi11 'iring a shot. Meanwhile flic bear had ambled nfi inln the .scenery and dis- appeared. lU'vcr saw a whisker of lam again. My companion sat there a nil glassy looking I did not know what say so ju.-L kept Availing lo .see uhat r.apprii next. Being a hand- leader, he began pawing through the shale inoking lur empty brass cartridge cases, but naliirnlly, when lie found OIK- il v.as loaded. Kven more he looked '-oine more. upon linding them he saw none Kid hcen lii'ed. Kinally, it dawned on him what had happened. Tuniing wiih a shamefaced expression, In1 exelaiir.cd, "Vnu must think I am an awful tool'" "To toll the I told him, "I am .1 hit envious, II has been a long, long lime a black bear got. me Ihal Then he lamih'd a goixl .sir.core belly laugh, and 1 liked liim for it. always can a man launli at a juke on him sell. wcnl nu io enjoy a good bunl. aiui several more in Ihe years (hat. followed. Rhodesia offers better life to natives 1 OXIJOX So grcilt IS its J and hatred of everything Britain's Conser- vaiivt.1 (invLTnmfilt doi'.s and so well developed ;u'e its own in- stincts to oppose, that nothing approach i n f! objectivity could ha expected from the Labor I'iirly over Hie Illiodesian set- tlement. It is unlikely Ilial for- eign Secretary Sir Alec Doug- las-Home did anything in Salis- bury to deserve the noisy, in- vective filled reception with lie was welcomed back to [ho Commons by the opposi- tion. In Hie Rhodesia settlement, Labor members have to eon- tend, not with their abhorrence of all Tory works but all Ian Smith works as well. There is a feeling, not only among the I iboritcs. that Ian Smilh is simply not as good as his word, that he cannot be trusted, that no aimmilment given by him i.i worth the paper it is written on. We shall see. Only the other night, the BBC played an interview with Mr. S'niilh in which he said the five principles which I he last Ihrec Brilish govern- ments have adhered to, meant nothing to him. They were Brit- ish not Rhodesian principles, he said. As well, it is understood, Mr. Smilh has been forced into a deal by stark economic facts. He has run dangerously short of foreign exchange. This alone, not principle, has brought him into agreement, lie admitted as much in his announcement in Salis- bury. Whatever his motives, Mr. Smilh has accepted the prin- ciples and the first step has been taken with Sir Alec to- ward ending Hie illegal in- dependence he declared nn Nov. 11, 1965. It remains to be seen whet h e r the settlement the principles are incorporated into v.iil be acceptable to the country's black and white c om in unities and, indeed, whether Mr. Smilh is suf- ficiently in control of Rhode- sian politics to see Ihe settle- ment through. About an equal number of criticisms and assurances were raised after the settlement de- tails were published here ami in Salisbury, as Sir and Mi'. Smith made statements lu their parliaments. On Ihe favorable side, Bril- ain will establish a commis- sion lo ascertain whether the proposals are acceptable lo all the people. They arc ..._ "conditional on the 'British must carry it out ourselves." people of Ilhodesia as a whole.'' Alec rejected a suggestion from Labor critic Denis Hcaley that the commission should include "respected Com- monwealth figures such as Mr. Lester Pearson of Canada." L i b e r a I Leader Jeremy Thorpe said, only by appoint- ing rc'spccled members for thu wliitu and black Com- momvf.'illh could the commis- sion e s t a h 1 i s ii worldwide crcdibilily. Sir Alec said the: cmcnl. was a British sponsibility, HI laid down by the Unilcd Nations, and "we government being satisfied that they are acceptable to the 1970 fry NEA, "I r.o! only rfcn'l moke-ftouje don't have time to take phone calls or see we cell a plumber, let's check the Letters to the editor Do not talk about trusting one group or another Recently there have been a number of letters in The Her- ald attacking teachers. 1 refer specifically to the one which was headed Trust the trustees not the teachers, f realize that The Herald cannot tell its road- ors what to write, but to head a IcUcr with such a headline .seems to be bordering on com- plicity, if not with the trus- tees, certainly with the writer. f-Jjrdy Mr. Lee jests when he says that teachers are con- tinually maligning the trustees association and that this is quite indicative of their character, lie obviously reads and listens only to what he wants to hoar and .see. The ASTA has existed for some 60 years and during that time has opiKKScd the creation of larger units of administration; has op- posed increased teacher educa- tion; has opposed the inclusion of teacher education in the uni- versities; has opposed the revi- sion of curriculum, especially in 1935 when the major changes took place; and when the pro- vincial government was impos- ing fiscal limitations on school boards in 1970 their voice was singularly absent. The question does conic to mind whether or not there has been no malign- ment of teachers by the ASTA as Mr. Lee suggests. When we hear that teachers ore transient and poor com- munity members it is interest- ing to note that the number of teachers leaving the employ of their school boards in June 1971 was only 14 per cent of the teaching force as compared to '21 per cent in .Time ISfiO. It is also significant that 13 per cent of the "mobile" teachers left to find more desirable communi- ties while 20 per cent left be- cause spouses bad been trans- ferred. Teachers are far less mobile today than at any time in the last 20 years. Mr. Lee and others have inti- mated, if not upcnly said, that teachers arc greedy and power hungry. If keeping up with the cost, of living is greed, then I suppose they are right. If ask- ing to be consulted on matters that affect them (teachers) is being power hungry, then I suppose they are right. The teacher's request to be consulted by school boards on matters affecting teacher work- ing conditions is a fair and rea- sonable one. Any school board which would deny such a re- quest is working against its own best interests. Telling it the way he thinks it is T am certainly with Premier W. A. C. Bennett, in advocating economic union v'.th the U.S. In fact I am in favor of rolling up the line between the U.S. and our four western provinces. I'll tell you why. Eastern and western Canada have nothing in common. We are producers and they pri- marily, manufacturers. We all know that lo sell their goods to Australia, New Zealand, etc, have had frozen lamb, beef, mutton etc, dumped on our Western markets. The votes are in the East, and we have System needs change I cannot help entering, for the sake of truth and justice, the debate Ihal. was engender- ed at the Nov. !7 Lethhridge Separate SVhool Board meeting by remarks made by the su- perintendent. W h a t Trustee Vasclenak did say (and at least taxpayers wen; there and beard him say in has been perverted and twisted beyond recognition. To what purpose I do not care to comment but at least 49 other peop'e have their own ideas. Mr. Kimmitl'.s ana- lysis or appraisal is sheer, ut- ter nonsense. II does seem to me, and I believe a large number of Cath- olic school supporters would agree, Ihal our system is badly in need of a change at Ihe very top level of our adminis- tration. One at. least of I hose leaders seems lo b? in a dense fog and from my observations this man does not listen lo goes on or whal is at tin1 meetings His atliludc lo parents is one faei't thai, him to In: no in promoting our s e p a r a t o schools. Parents have had Ihe telephone hung up in their ears. Me has told people that they can send there children, lo oth- er city .schools I am eoiu meed tnal Ihe arate school hoard lias a so- i ions problem lo solve. This problem is mil the doing of Trustee ViiM-lriiak who h a s been most courageous in bring- ing many problems to the problem of checking assess- ments continuously and d i 1 i- gently the problem of the waste that is going on in our schools. Who pays for the un- necessary expenditures? and who is responsible to sec that waste is contained? Has the su- perintendent ever issued a bul- letin to principals about wilful d a m age in the schools? Shouldn't the parents of the pu- pils pay for this? This matter of damage was brought up by a ycung newly elected trustee who is showing some concern about this problem. I hope he follows in (he footsteps of Trus- tee Vasclcmtk. My advice to him is to keep on probing and bringing to light some of the deficiencies of our systeri so that it can improved for the benefit of our Catholic students. Much more could he said but hecatise space is limited T end by saying "enough is enough" for now. KDNA M1KLOS. So They Say We sliould no more food Ihe aiieostni] home of the Chcro- koes than should tear down the Lincoln Memorial or pul- verize Plymouth Rock. ,lou T. Brown, lawyer for a attempting to hall a TVA dam which would flood sacred Cherokee Indian sites. always been sold down the river. Prime Minister Trudeati says Canada is bilingual. Docs one province in ten make us bilin- gual? Why doesn't he say mul- tilingual? All this money now proposed for schools to thrust French down our necks makes me think of communism. He is now trying to get us to swallow big hunks of that stuff, too. When I see on the income tax form, "Special for Que- bec" my blood pressure soars. Why can't we collect our own income tax as Quebec does? As for Quebec going sep- arate, perish the thought. We should be so fortunate! They upset the gravy train? Never! Regarding the energy board (and I suppose they arc all Frenchmen) turning down the gas sale, what assurance have they that we will be burning gas" in 30 years? Certainly not in it's present form. If Quebec luid been selling the gas don't you think our little "Dictator'' would have overruled t h e board's decision? There is nothing in the east that we in the wrest. can't make, grow, or do without. I hope I live to see us secede from east- ern Canada (and Trudcau is widening the gap every day) and join the U.S. t was interested in Premier Longheed's intention of opening a Washington office in Alberta, if he cannot sit in on these see-- ret talks in Ottawa, that affect Alberta. More power lo him. I hope he stirs up such a slink that, they will be convinced that Alberta is on the man of Can- ada. Why not Ixiufihood (or our next p r i in c minister? lie's young, clever, ambitious and for the west. loci's all work on A KEEN OBSE11VEK. Cardston. How many of us have ever questioned the use of public funds to finance the Alberta School Trustees' Association? How many of us will question four southern Alberta school jurisdictions spending to inform us of then- side of the current contract dispute with the teachers? Wouldn't the spending of a maximum of for full page advertisements in the local papers been -iore re- sponsible? Have aiv us ,isk- ed our trustees 1 much IlKir 7onc bargaining has cost thi Have any of us questioned Mr. Ray Clark, immediate past president of the ASTA, about his attempt tu break the Alberta Teachers' Association with public funds (taxpayers' Of course not. After all, teachers are a greedy, power hungry, irre- sponsible lot and the trustees, according to Mr. Lee, arc much more trustworthy than teachers. Any taxpayer or .stec who believes lie can find good an- swers for schools by himself is seriously deluded. Without talk- ing to teachers it is unlikely he will even know what the ques- tions are. I would further sug- gest that we do not. talk about being able to trust one group or another. Perhaps we should think about whether or not we can trust ourselves in electing people to administer the edu- cational system in our com- munities. R. KRA1IN. Lethbridge. Looking Through Tin: Herald If the various manu- facturing schemes which are now being considered by the Board of Trade ever become a reality, Lethbridge will some day be a very important man- ufacturing centre. 1921 "War" Kirby easily outpointed his husky rival Tom- my Lcc in a ten round boxing match at the Colonial Theatre. In his record-making flight across the south Atlan- tic, liert Ilinkler flew a Puss Moth built by Dcllaviland air- craft, of Canada in Toronto, and is the first Canadian bull! There is also im assuring reference for another com- jnis.sion to review al! aspects of racial discrimination in Rho- desia, including existing legis- lation. II will have a special brief to examine the discrim- inalory Land Tenure Act. BuHlKil is lo he a Rhodesian commission. The Rhodesian pvei'nn'.or.t's credibility is questioned when it gives its intention, within the of these proposals to make progress Inwards ending racial discrimination." Similar- ly any progress ultimately depend on tlis will of whites in Salisbury. The proposals establish a complicated formula by which tho Africans some day ai hicve equal representation with the whites in Parliament. Two African voting rolls will bi> established, with membcr- srip depending on income property and education. As reg- istrations on the higher roll pass given percentages, Afri- can seats will he added by di- rect election. Meanwhile, other will be added through in- direct elections based on the lower voting roll, requiring lower qualifications. After equal representation is reached, there arc provisions consulting ail Rhodcsians ;igain by commission and for creating 10 afidifional seals tn be filled by merged white and h'chcr African electoral rolls. Tims is fulfilled tho first principle of unimpeded pro- gress to majority rule. Again are qualms about Salis- bury's intentions. The provi- sions are undeniably detailed and complicated and they ap- pear lo be generous. Under fierce questioning. Sir Alec said the timetable could not bo established by clock and calendar. It would depend on many factors including eco- nomic, political and social de- velopment of the African com- munity. Britain would grant in development aid S12.rj million over the next decade, with addi t i o n a 1 unspecified sums pledged by Ihe Rhodesian gov- ernment. The British grants will be made fnnually. retain- ing for London some economic hargairir.g pwer for tta first 10 years nf what could be a ,'iO- year process. Perhaps Sir Alec's most telling reference was bis ap- peal for Iho settlement to be v i e w c d "considering history and the realities of power." In other words, what is the alter- native? Sir Alec emphasized it would he an irrevocable slide into an r.partheid system. The African would be incomparably better off in the new Rhodesia. To Africans that might be a choice of the lesser of two evils for an interim period. But. for the first time they are able to look forward to the re- alties of power for themselves, power without, bloodshed. Brit- ain has set the stage for a his- loric experiment in the. trans- fer of power in Africa. It is a vision of a multi-racial system now unknown on the continent. Patience and trust will be need- ed to bring it lo fruition (Herald London Hiireaui backward machine flown from Hui Do- minion lo any other continent. litll Kxjvctalior.s are that about live and a hall' carloads of (urkeys. each confai n i 11 g about pounds ami a car- load of of about. pounds will he to Montreal and Vancouver markets from Letlibridj-'e. The price of milk has been increased three cents per quart. milk will cost yi1-; cents, milk with hut- torial. will cost cents. Also, a nnv category of skim milk, fnrnu'rly available only pnv will cost cents a quart. The Lethbridge 50-1 7th St. S., Lotlihriclse, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Prnpnoinrs and Publishers Published inoS-3934, by Hon. A. BUCHANAN 001? Second Class Mall Rcqistratir.n No. tffmlitr of The C fin ml ton Prrss ana me Cm- Publishers' Association and tho Amiit Bi Cir CI.CO W. MOWERS. EdlKir PuHirhcr THOMAS H. ADAMS, Gcncriil M.in.ifiir .IDE RALLA WlI.l.iAW MAY Manntiinci Editor A- Edit r ROY F' MILES l-''ur.l_Ar> K WAI.KTR Adverlislhf] L-.IIU-I "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"