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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 1, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBR1DGE HERAtD FrWoy, December 1, T972 Worth mid-point recent address by Dr. g.s en here in the southland, contain- ed a timely reminder of the real pur- pose ot the Commission on Educa- tonal Planning. For those whose at- tention may have been diverted by the clamor over comparatively unim- portant details, it may be helpful to look again at the original idea. in June 1969 an Order in Council under the Public Inquiries Act was parsed, setting up a commission to "inquire into current social and econo- rmc trends within the province to de- tarmine the nature of Alberta society curing the next two and to ''examine the needs of individuals that society." It was in the light of those needs, and how best they might be met. that the educa- tional system was to be studied. Perhaps because of the remark- ably sweeping nature of its mandate, a number of people including most professional educators expressed strong reservations about the com- mission and its task. They said it was not practical to try to read the fu- ture, that talking about individual H3sds was interesting but not profit- able, that the whole Idea was simpiy too visionary. Over and over again they repealed that the existing system was sound, that with just a few more people here, a few more facilities there, and (nat- urally) a fevr more dollars where, there should be no educational problems. The doubters may have been right. Perhaps an educational system can- not be based on predictions of what the future should be. But why not tmd out? In any" other enterprise involving billions of tax dollars Alberta's an- nual spending on education is expect- ed to reach the billion mark by 1980 would be unthinkable not to re- quire a thorough appraisal future needs and shape the operation ac- cordingly. There is no proof the same cannot be done in the case of public educa- tion. Establishing a commission, then, was the first step in an attempt to gear educational planning to the needs of the future. The next step, wide spread public discussion of the commission's findings, is now in pro- gress. In time, there may be legisla- tion, based on this public reaction. But regardless of whether all or any of the commission's recommen- dations are acted upon, it will have accomplished something of import- ance. Never before has there been such intense interest in the process of education. Never have so many questions been asked concerning edu- cation, what it really is, what it does, where it is going, what its goals are, it proposes to meet them. Such widespread interest in a mat- ter of prime importance can do noth- ing but good, and every encourage- ment must be given it to continue. Lynch needs hick Many observers of the Irish agony have long wondered why the Lynch government in Dublin didn't crack down on the guerrillas operating from their base in the South. The simple solution to the terrorism in the North seemed to be to cut off the supply of guns and gunmen. It has appeared indefensible for Mr. Lynch In have allowed the likes of Sean MacStiofain to carry on his inflammatory activities for so long so openly. But few things are simple; and the Irish Situation is definitely not one of them. By taking s. firm "hand with MacStiofain and threatening stiff measures against the Irish Republi- can Army, the prime minister has brought about a crisis in the govern- ment and has perhaps threatened the South with a dose of the kind of violence that has plagued the North. Fear of such repercussions may have been the reason why Mr. Lynch held off so long. In finally taking action he may have calculated that the time was ripe, that the mood of the people was running against per- mitting the continuation of violence. It could well be that such an as- sessment is correct. That any rea- sonable person could any longer en- tertain trie notion that the unifica- tion of Ireland can come about through force is difficult to conceive. Most Irishmen must feel that the terror tactics are counter-productive. Nevertheless, even if a large ma- jority of Republicans sympathize with' Prime Minister Lynch's inten- tion to try to shut down the guerrilla movement this may be unavailing. Terrorists could disrupt the li'e of the South as they have the North. What has been happening in North- ern Ireland is a grim warning about what is possible everywhere. The vulnerability of societies to violent men is frightening to contemplate. This is especially so in the case of technological societies where disrup- tion of key services to large con- centrations of people can be calami- tous. Mr. Lynch may be able to carry off his crackdown without plunging the South into terrible trouble but astute gamblers will not be putting their money on him. The call of the woods Bv Russell Baker, New York Times commentator Among sons of the well-to-do, thers is a trend toward careers in the manual skills and cottage industries. Carpentry has be- come very popular. So has candle making. It has bees estimated that or.e of every three children of the American Upper Class, between ages 1ft and 25, is now liv- ing in a woods making candles. Parents whose children have gote m for cardie makir.g are, proud of the creativity of their young. These parents matured during a period when creativity was highly esteemed in America, when it would have been social heresy to poxt out that creativity is worthies.? without talent. They are pleased to have given America children v.ho will creste candles. Tr.ese children their parents tell you could have four years in ridiculous preparing for a life of expen.-.e ac- cfjuri', government consultancies, legalized ux evasion or what-fiave-you. Instead, they chose of creativity. From the they occasionally their parents a car.die as evidence of pro- gress. After a martini, a parent may pro- his latest car.die for display. Or.e feels string pressure to prai.-.e the candle ar.d to utter lies. "'I sure wish my k'o1 co'jid make a candle like In fact, parenU feel much better about their own children after an evening with parent.-, of candle maker. Imagine the fairly typical case of parents whose dropped out of Yale to become a welder. Afflicted with ail the vices of parenthood, these have, quite naturally, always dreamed of having their son jn to Ys'e. There they believed, he would he- corr.e a rich tax lawyer who not. oriy have so iriixjh income that he would hrs rjarerjti. b'jt father's Ux return and teach him all btest loopholes T.'.U wo'Jld been shattered the boy'i decision to become a "A The father to welder.-, know the Permissiveness probed By James Reston, New York TimM commentator BEBRI'S IBID WASHINGTON In the bru- fal language of politics, not only men and women but words lose their reputations. The word for example, was a casualty of the Second World War. and in the present struggle between freedom and authority in America, "permis- sive'' and "permissiveness" have come to mean a weakness or slackness of human char- acter. This was not what these words originally meant. Even the latest American heritage dictionary of the English lan- guage says the word "appease" means "to bring peace, to pla- cate, soothe, to satisfy or re- lieve" in other words, io do what every sensible family does to hold things together. But since Neville Chamber- Iain in the tragic struggle at Munich before the last world war. "appeasement1' has come to mean making dishonorable concessions to evil men to save your hide for a little while. And "permissive" is now going through the same transforma- tion from meaning "lenient, tol- erant, permiting discretion to meaning the defiance of all traditioal values and an in- vitation to moral and political chaos. George Orwell noted this con- nection between the imprecision of language and the corruption of politics long ago. In a bril- liant esay on "politics and the English he said: "a man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more com- pletely because he drinks. "It is rather the same thing that is happening to the Eng- lish language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but tha slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts it thought cor r u p t s language, language can also corrupt thought This may very well he what is happening now here in. Am- erica. President Nixon, after his spectac u 1 a r victory in last month's election, has commit- ted htasell to a battle in his second term against "permis- siveness" in the nation. He has said we are slack and undisci- plined. He has even been bold enough to say that his own ad- ministration is loose and over- manned, and needs to be trim- med down, and no fair minded person could dispute him on the point. But in the process, he has been very imprecise and parti- san in defining a very good point. He has left the country with the impression that he thinks the welfare system Is a mess, which it is, that the mili- tant young women and blacks and university protesters have affronted the comfortable Am- erican middle class majority, which they have, and therefore that he must try in his second term to put an end to this "per- missivenes." It is ironical that Nixon has emerged from his landslide vic- tory calling for change and mo- ral reformation, which was the theme of his defeated opponent in the election campaign, but he is fighting "permissiveness" on very narrow grounds. He is saying that the welfare system is slack and corrupt, and that the poor, the young and the noisy blacks, women, and dissenters in the universi- tits. press, television, and even in the b u s i n e s s community should "shape and back the president when he makes tough decisions. But he doesn't carry the good fight against selfishness and permis iveness alt the way. He in for disciplining the cheaters on welfare but not ior disciplin- ing cheaters in business. He is against "throwing dollars" at the problems of health, educa- tion, and welfare, but he is throwing dollars at the prob- lems of defence ai the Penta- gon, and buying a volunteer de- fence force with a rising penta- gon budget of more than SSO bil- lion a year. Nixon knows more than most about the "permissivenes" of his own generation. He is un- doubtedly right in calling for more authority, discipline and sacrifice, but this probably means more taxes and auster- ity for the comfortable middle class that elected him for a second term, and so far he has not called on them to sacrifice. He is against permissiveness, which he defines as acquies- cence to blackmail by the wel- fare poor, and weak accommo- dation with young dissenters, but he is permissive with the most wasteful military estab- lishment in history at the Pen- agon, permissive with defence contractors, permissive with his political allies at the and permissive with the fi: raisers who financed his re-el Hon. In short, the president is in danger of debasing his own principle. Very few people would argue against his cry for more discipline in American life, but to be effective, it has to be applied across the board, not only on welfare policy but on tax policy'. Words have to be used accurately to have ef- fective meaning. If Nixon is to use his second term to bring an end to meaning slackness and selfish- ness, then, to be effective, it has to be applied to the permis- siveness of the rich and the com- fortable majority as well as to the poor. The young did not invent per- missiveness. It is all around us at the top of the government and business and the profes- sions, presided over by asing men, who practice the slack- ness they deplore in the young. Given this situation, it Is odd that Nixon uses these words and principles so casually. He has won a great victory, and now has a chance to make a new beginning. But if he is going to start it with a moral crusade against permissiveness, he is probably going to have to ap- ply it to the rich and the mid- dle class well as to the poor. Opportunity for Brandt By Joseph Kraft, U.S. syndicated, commentator In time these parents meet the parents of the candle, makers, of whom every cock- tail lounge in Upper America has a large supply. You see them after the first mar- tini, all around the room, pulling out, their candles. "You'd r.ever guess what that creative kid of mine is in the they say reaching for their candles. Yes, the welder's parent? tell themselves, there is a lot to be said for having a son who can After all, there are always things arrjur.d the house that r.eed to be welded, ft to have a son who can get all the welding dor.e when he visits on holi- days. Certainly better than having a lot of useless candles on your hands. Actually, trj-se parents are probably in for disapM'ntment. In the first practically all of L'pper Am- erica who become v.elders want only to become meta! sculptors. After their firs', three months in woods they start send- ing home eompositioni entitled "life of shovel blades and adding-ma- chine keys welded to automobile muffleis. On visits home they become insulted if aiktd to gr, in the cellar and weid some- thing practical, a failing pipe perhaps, or a snapped salad fork. Children who to carpentry are more practical, but they tend to turn sullen it asked to come home for the weekend and shingle the house for their old parents. Many well-to-do parents have doubtless dreamed of havin? become doctors. With a doctor in the family, it might be fsf.tih'.e to one's appendix removed havin? his entire estate confiscated by hv.p.ts] r.sshier. This dream has faded in Ir.-tances with a son's an- he is leaving Harvard and to the to become a plumber. What should a fst' say at such a time, on the collApcr; of his hope of circumvent- jr.? hospital Heavy paternal ad- vice is alwaj- appropriate. Tell the boy, in tte harsh oW-faj.riior.ed style, "when you out there in tbws woods, ;on, stay away from makers." BONN couple of hun- dred people were asked to join Willy Brandt at his official res- idence here in Bonn hours after the election which brought him back to office by a landslide. Among them were three Demo- cratic senators, including Ed- ward who were on hand for an international con- ference. But I dirfn't see Republi- can, and though their absence wss an oversight rather than a slur, it how little the West Germans have been pre- pared for the reknitting of ties between the United States and Westen Europe which Presi- dent Nison has placed at the top of his international agenda for the second term. Chancellor Brandt could play the critical role in reconcilia- tion. He has emerged as the strong man of Europe, a states- man armed with moral author- ity, a majority, and the backing of a country with a sound economy. Moreover, his political interests can be shap- ed to dovetail exactly with those of Washington in Paris and Lon- don. V.'ith respect to Washington, letter to the editor the chancellor still has an in- terest in a continuing Ameri- can military presence in Ger- many as a barrier agai-jst Com- munist pressure. He and his countrymen are willing to pay some price for the American security umbrella. With r e s p e c t to Paris and London, the chancellor can pre- vail upon them to pick up some o: the tab too. The mere initia- tion of a powerful West Ger- many leading Europe is enou g h to make President Georges Pompidou of France ante up. With German support, Prime Minister Edward Heath of Britain can shed the diffi- dence of being new boy ui the Common Market and assert his true belief that Europe should pay its way in defence. If Herr Brandt asserted influ- ence in those directions, an ob- vious transatlantic bargain would emerge. The United States would undertake to main- tain forces in Europe for a long period. The Europeans would afford the United States wider access to their markets and continuing support in maintain- ing monetary stability. The re- conciliation the president wants "We ieel we neve lere the ('n planned communities, and ifi Letters Backs Sesame Street A public announcement was made September 21, 1ET72 by the L.R.C.T. concerning the TV pro- gram Sesame Street. This program was extensively used by schools and homes for its educational value and also to help the Indian school chil- dren in speaking English. The Calgary and Lethbridge stations dropped this program because of lack of funds due to no advertising being per- mitted. We as taxpayers feel that we have supplied the means to get this program as approximately was spent for its use. We also feel that if the gov- ernment of Canada or the CBC or the CRTC saw the value of this program by paying such an amount, we ought to have the privilege of using it. Arrange- ments ought to be made by the Crown Corporation to adjust any necessary amount to offset the added of our local stations, that it might fulfil its obligation to the public, as it is their duty to program educa- tional and uplifting material. We therefore petition the gov- ernment of Canada arid those concerned to take whatever steps necessary to correct the problem and bring Sesame Street back on the air as the petitioners request. Letters which have been sent to the local TV station in favor of this action have been erately withheld and ignored. Only those opposed were read at the public hearing. We, there- fore, in all fairness, wouM ap- preciate that these letters be brought forward at either a public hearing or in print to benefit all We understand a petition of over names representing southern Albertans who desire the return or this program is being ignored. However, we feel that "the individuals who need this type of educational pro- gram should not be denied their rights and there are other pro- grams of lesser value that should be replaced by Sesame Street. Sesame Street ought to be placed in neutral or reserve content. V.'e hope those concerned will arrange to immediately look in- to this matter to place Sesame S'.reet back on the air. MR. REIN'HOLD THUR AM) COlDtlTTEE Cardston Prizes school brick I have just received an anx- iously awaited keep-sake a brick from Ci-.tra! School. I was in Let.hh-ridge the last few days of September of this year when I attended the crea- tive writing seminar and the signt of Central Scliooi being demolished almost more than I could take. I was or.e of the many who worried about the future of the bell tower and was relieved that it was not going to be destroyen. Our farrnly fCoiHns was the name) lived in Lethbridge from August 1SH in September 1921. I was in Grade 7 in Central School when we moved to Ed- monton, For many years I re- turned to Lethbridge at least once a year but since I mar- ried I have not been back for years. The trip in September was ezci'.ine because I felt I was going "home" and was also to attend a creative writing seminar in which I am deeply Interested. Before returning to Edmonton I left strict instructions with my best friend to see about getting the brick. Lethbridge will always be "tome" to me awl I am always thrilled to hear news of pro- gress there but I just never dreamed that progress wouM gobble up my school. MRS. B. A, WEBB Edmonton. The Lethbtidge Herald M 5th St. S., Letiioridge, Altierta LETHBRIDGE HEP.ALD CO. LTD., and PublUhen Published 1503-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN CLEO W. MOWERS, EdiTV ard PytlHtef THOWAS K. ADAMS, DCH PICUNG WILLIAM HAY fiO'C F. WILES D-jUOLAi K. WALTER Editw THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" would thus be achieved. The trouble is that the Brandt government seems wholly im- aware of these possibilities. Judging by my talks, this is the V-'est German view: West Germany has a contin- uing interest in an American nulitary presence cm the contin- ent. But the need for that pres- ence has been diminished by the agreements Bonn has struck in Eastern Europe and even more by the agreements reach- ed between President N i r. o a and the Russians at the sum- mit. The logic of the summit meetings, the West Germans say, is that there will not be a big war in Europe. The West Germans are emial- ly skeptical about any big new developments in Western Eur- ope. They claim the Common Market schedule was fixed for the next year or two at the summit meeting of nine member countries belo in Par- is last month. They show no in- terest in pushing for wider Am- erican markets or much fur- ther support for the dollar. With all almost quiet on both the Eastern and Western fronts, what foreign policy do the West Germans want? answer is that they want to lead West- ern Europe pieces of the super-power action. First, the West Germans want Western Europe to play a role in SALT If, the second phase of the strategic arms limitation talks between Russia and the United States which are now getting underway in Geneva. !n particular, Bonn hopes to de- velop a scheme for thinning out the tremendous amount of nuclear overkill that has aetu- mulated in the middle of Eur- ope. Next, the West Germans want Western Europe to play a role in the negotiations for MBFR (mutual balanced force reduc- tion; which Russia and the Uni- ted States are due to initiate in January. The German idea is to develop schedules whereby the American forces in West- em Europe and the Rus s i a n forces in Eastern Europe are scaled down so slowly that the result is a permanent Big Two military presence in Europe. Tnese German objectives are, of course, perfectly legitimate. But there is a question. The view of the Nixon admin- htration is that it is best to sort out Atlantic arrangements on economics arid security before coming up against tip. Soviet bloc on the biggest questions. I share that view and I hope the president will make some ef- fort to engage Willy Brandt be- fore the charicellor's position brirdcrjs in a way bound to con- tinue the drifting apart of Eur- ope and the United Defends death penalty Mr. P. H. Tolley in the November 2Lst edition of The Herald suggests that I may be inconsistent in my argument to retain the death penalty for murder. No, 1 do not suggest that the death penalty be applied to those who break the law of chastity or violate the Sabbath. Under the Mosaic Law the death penalty applied to a var- iety of offences. However, im- morality ar.d idolatry soon abounded among the people. These crimes plagued Israel for generations ar.d made the peo- ple unfit to possess the land. The desth penalty for Crimea other than murder was there- fore cot generally enforced for centuries before the advent of Jesus Christ. He did not try to reinstate those penalties during His ministry. The Master's approach to such sirs is clear from the case of the woman taken in adultery. He did r.ot condemn the woman, but told her to "go, and sin no more." This approach U supported in 1 Corinthians 6. There is little doubt, however, that the death penalty for murder was in force during the time of Christ's ministry, and nowhere in holy writ do 1 find that the law has been repealed. Mr. Tolley missed a vital point in the argu- ment; capital punishment for murder "has never by decree been revoked." No scrip- tural proof trial the law DO long- er applies was given by Mr. Tol- ley. ft Is interesting that literally thousands of years ago mankind discontinued capital punish- ment 'for sins of adultery, homosexuality, etc., but the death penalty for murder stood the test of time and fin- ally now In the and 70s the law is urder question In Can- ada. If it weren't a sound law, why has it taken so long to seek its abandonment? Are afraid of the responsibility inherent in. the law? Surely we are today as capable of sound judgment ar.d the exercise of justice as we were yesterday! Rehabilita- ting murderers must not take precedence over the safety of our society. Let us be firm in our stand arai ensure that the death penalty for murder U reinstated. J. M. REGEHH Coutts Defends Frank Slide I am writing in regard to the unnecessarily critical and dam- aging review of Frank Slide's performance at trxs Valdy con- cert, which was published in Monday's Herald. Many people who dislike rock music per se (and this category evidently in- cludes the reviewer) complain cA the volume at which the mu- sic is played. They fail to re- alize that volume is necessary to sustain the dynamics and ex- citement of a rock song and by narrowing their attention to this one factor, they become obliv- ious to the many other aspects of the music. A further critical factor in a rock performance is the acoustical design of the hall and a large gym such as the one at the university will cause echoing and the "overly bass- sound" of which the writer com- plained. What particularly concerns me about Mr. Bennett's thought- less comments however, is the effect they may have on this particular group's future in the Lethbridge area. He could and probably would have made the tame sUt-.' 'T.U about any Lethbridge rock group current- ly performing in town. Unfor- tunately, P'rank Slide was sin- gled out for Mr. Bennett's criti- cism, which would certainly dis- courage any prospective em- ployer who had not heard the group. FYank Slide Is a good band, or they would not have been hired by the university for this concert. The majority of persons who heard their per- formance enjoyed the music. I can only hope that if Mr. Bennett writes further reviews for The Herald, they will con- cern subjects upon which he has more knowledge and under- standing. STEPHEN ALEXANDER Lethbridge. 'Crazy Capers' Africa i'n't what used to ;