Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 2, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE lETHBRIPGE HERALD Thursday, December 1, 1971 Paul Jackson Washington trip When Prime Minister Trudeau to Washington on .Momliiv "'ll1 bc talking President Nixon about a number of vital issues whirl) art' MOW bccloudin" Canadian I'-S. relalion- ships. .Mr. Trmk'au lias 1101 u.iai. will bo the major subject ol dis- cussion liul Canadians who expect that In-' will conic home waving Ins toiiquc in a of victory will prob- ably hu disappointed, lie is unlikely to be able to tell the government that the surcharge on imports will bc lift- ed immnliainv, or very soon; lie may hint nolhing I" say about Ihc US-Canada aulo pact agreement either lint the very fact that he is indicates that lower level talks have reached Ihc stage where some broad indicalion of agreement or dis- agreement iias been reached. At the very least, Canadians should know when Mr. Trudeau comes home whether or not there is possibility of closer understanding between us and the Americans on tile issues thai: threaten to divide us than there is now. It's time there was an attempt to clear the fog and hopefully Mr. Tru- deau will be able to do it. We've been living under Ihc heavy cloud of ap- prehension and misunderstanding vis- a-vis tiic U.S. long enough. A calculated risk Nations do not declare war any nore. When they've reached the point if no return, they fight one another 3ii a "limited" basis. That's what is goini' on on the borders of East Paki- stan' and India. Each side accuses the other of aggression, each makes efforts to defend its motives, and no- body is belting on whether the un- declared war can be ended before it becomes a full-scale battle. Why has the UN done nothing about attempting lo bring an end to a situation fraught with such danger for the entire world1.' The answer seems to be that a confrontation there might make matters worse. India claims that the situation is an internal Pakistan affair thai can only be settled by reconciliation be- tween the Eastern rebels and the government in Hie West. This seems a reasonable attitude. Pakistan is holding back from bringing the question up in the UN because it knows it is likely to be censured for its actions in sending in troops following the East Pakistan elections, and for its brutal behavior n respect to the Hindu people who lave fled in terror across the border to India. As for the big powers involved the U.S.S.H.. the U.S. and China they have their reasons for avoiding UN confrontation too. If, for instance, (here should be a majority vote call- ing for India to pull back her forces from border areas in East Pakistan, the Russians would probably have to veto such a proposal. (There is some suspicion that the Russian-Indian friendship pact included a guarantee by the Soviets that they would use the veto against any Security Council resolution that went against Indian interests.) The U.S. doesn't want to defend Pakistan's behavior. The Americans would find themselves in an awk- ward spot because they have support- ed West Pakistan, and now find them- selves expected to defend a policy they don't agree with. As for China. It has already come out against India. The Chinese dele- gate to the UN Chiao Kuan-hua has said that India is guilty of "bare faced aggression" and has been en- couraged' by the U.S.S.R. But the Chinese are not eager to support East Pakistan either, particularly if it means confrontation with Russia. The days ahead will tell whether the two protagonists will be left to fight it out in their own way, or whether the UN will take the bull by the horns and risk the bitter battle that would be bound to ensue in New York (with no guarantee of satisfactory settlement in the The UN has a choice. It could fall back on. or excuse itself from in- volvement by referring to, Article 51 of the charter, which recognizes "the inherent right of individual self-de- fence." Or it could grab the horns of the bull and risk the goring. Either course is a calculated risk. Cavemen and Superstar By Peter Hunt [N his solid and perceptive study of the United States in the mid-nineteenth finlury, Democracy in America, De rocqueville emphasized the importance of che "tyranny of the majority'' in shaping oational life. But De Tocqueville could never have im- agined, even in his most brilliant moments, UK extent to which the mass, compulsorily schooled and commercially conditioned in sll the drivelling superstitions and inane [ashions of the twentieth century, would be encouraged to impose their degenerate fan- tasies on the few who preserve some inde- pendence of mind. It is possible for those; parents who are aot lost in the swamp of irrationality and barbarism to resist the pressures within the confines of their own homes; to offer the best of thought, music and literature to their own children and to teach the ba- sic elements of judgment in values and taste. It is not possible, however, for any- one, except those very few who are able to keep their children out of the schools, to avoid the influences which prevail at schools which the state insists everyone must attend to obtain what is somewhat comically called an "education." In Alberta today schools are administer- ed and shaped and controlled by tlwse who think that a main task of schooling is to "socialize'' the individual child. Let us not waste time on (he pseudo-philosophy and the rotten sociology behind this mentality. Let it simply be said that, in practice, it amounts to nothing more than conformity to prevailing mores. It means that the in- tellectual hogwash and mass-consensus values of a thoroughly commercialized and secularized society become dominant in- fluences in all schools. It means, for exam- ple, that the mindless superstition of evolu- tionism permeates the teaching of science awl social studies. The great myth of the descent of man from ape ancestors and the comic conventions of cave-rr.an history are solemnly taught as dogma. No mention of the great gaps in evidence is allowed to disturb the myth. NV> ref- erence to the account of creation in Gen- esis seems relevant. Nu explanation of the enormous significance in saying that man's body may have euilvr-d in uay but that any concept ol mind or spirit in man precludes (solution of unii's humanity as such, is given. This requires some thought ard conrlalinn belurrn studies, and this is loo much lor the minicm school. Some of us happen In think that music Is important, in developing character and taste and in influencing the innermost be- ing of children. We consider, for example, most 'pop' music as a return to barbarism. We think of these teenage idols as mostly freaks, needing compassion but raking in the shekels from millions of gullible, senti- mental and conformist adolescents. The noises which pass for music we regard as those of the jungle; hideous, perverted and unrestrained. The male singers scarce- ly pass as masculine, their musicianship is minimal, their egotism unbounded and their influence pernicious. Now we find that not only do schools fre- quently encourage and even teach this jungle noise as music, they actually adopt the role of salesmen for the new fashion, so lucrative for the middle-aged of uniting religious themes with such tawdry emotionalism. One could, perhaps, laugh at the spectacle of solemn clergy- men hailing this latest fad in mass- manipulation, were it not for the fact that it is forced on all children who are com- pelled to attend school. One of the argu- ments for a recording which, T am told, is selling millions but which may soon bc superceded by a 'religious' version of the obscenity "Hair." is that it gives the young some notion of the Messiah, even if He is presented as no more than a man. But what of those children who are being taught the truth about this Man? What about the rights of parents who hoped that schools would extend and consolidate the religious doctrines taught tt home? They, of course, must simply be cast into the mould. They must sec Christ .as superstar, have the mime of God become Man repeat- ed again and again in the context of a soft and sentimental, unbridled and undisciplin- ed, orgiastic cacophony of sound. With all the riches of Christian liturgy and religious music to draw upon, all the illuminations of the Gospel, and the vast heritage of human lives inspired by the New Testament to communicate, we are reduced to depen- dence on stupid superstar. This is the age of the mass. The inde- pendent mind and the educated taste are being hunted and hounded everywhere. The tyranny of the mass has taken over. It is well-prepared for the managerial world predicted and welcomed by Ihc sociologi- cal planners for Ihc Year This has radica1 implications for teachers and parents everywhere. Now is Iho liir.c to work lowards schools which reject Ihc monolithic power of the technocratic slate and its supporters, the. "experts" nnd hu- iraucrals who demand adaptation lo Ihc stains quo of which Iho so-called "eounter- cullurc" is to a dominant extent, only another aspect. Chretien a strong man in Indian affairs ryri'AWA Alberta Indian loader Harold Cardinal may have come up against a si ranger opponent than lie anti- cipated in his current flare-up wilh Indian Affairs and North- ern Development Minister .lean Chretien. Mr. Cardinal, the 28-ycar-uld Indian Association o! Alberta president, charges the federal government with withholding funds for a proposed Indian cultural and education centre for his province in retaliation for Indian parents keeping their children away from school. At one time about In- dian children in Northern Al- berta were being kept out of school due lo complaints about poor facilities. A high percent- age nf them have slowly drifted back. Mr. Chretien on the other hand charges the association with misusing Ihousands of dol- lars of government money and has been pleading with the In- dians not to play politics with their children's future by ham- pering Ilieir education. It's a bitter and complicated battle, but this lime the In- dians may have come up against more than they bar- gained for in Mr. Clirelien and his revitalized department. For years, the Indian affairs department has been known as a dumping ground for politi- cians and civil servants the fed- eral government wanted to keep out of its way. But things have changed. Mr. Chretien has con- siderable appeal and power in Tr rr (6 Wltj NEA, instant replay' is josf one of the penoWes we We to pay when we GO lo o football game." "Imagine vhat coulJ be done if we met with ether school boards anil could harness all of the energy expended on the 'hair issue'.'" Letters to the editor Government should act for Indian welfare I am referring to the articles written by Jim Wilson, Letb- bridge Herald staff writer, and I am a Treaty Indian mother and grandmother who has lived all of her life on a reserve. The northern Indians of Al- be'la have problems very much the same as ours in the south It we repeat the same problems which are dominion wide, and it is high tiir.c that Indian Affairs really looked into these problems in- stead ol "shoving them under the rug." The government is our main hope of obtaining good results for our problems. .The gov- ernment is ignoring our treaty agreements. The govern- ment in fact is our sole trus- tee through our said treaties. Somehow the government only keeps studying and re- searching our Indian problems. Why do we elect governments that do not know enough to handle their responsibilities to look after Indian problems and such? I am Mire there arc many smart Canadians who do not have to do so much study- ing and researching. Now these days, the Indians have crane to a showdown lie- The vexed question of family movies Regarding the vexed ques- tion of family movies, perhaps the real trouble lies in our lack of adequate information and reviews here in Lethbridge In the days of Joan Bowman, whether one agreed with her, or not, she did review most films which came here, and the public had at least some idea of what they were going to see. Now there seems to be no reg- ular reviewing at all. Things arc no better at the national level, as Maclean's Magaz i n e reviews one film once a month and possibly other less widely- read publications do likewise. Perhaps Mr. Shacklcford and Tte Herald could get together and put out a weekly informa- tion column about the films currently being shown, and this, hopefully, would arouse some public interest. Incident- ally, we have had some superb film's here recently, both fam- ily and adult, the most out- standing of which was Walk- about. Mr. Shackleford is truly to be commended for bringing in this class of film, as well as some excellent family fare, and if is a great pity that he should do so at a loss. It is also a pity that theatres should be used as baby-sitting ser- vices. Parents who dmr.ped their children off to see The Railway Children and The Tale of Beatrix Potler simply dirt not know what they were miss-- ing. It will be a sad day indeed if all that is left are blue mo- vies or the worst kind of re- stricted adult. The only way to avoid this, is to let the motion picture producers know what we want in the only way they understand through the box- office. Perhaps a little more advance information will help us choose the finest and the best, because it is available, quite often, right here in Leth- bridge, if we will only support it. SYLVIA KING-BROWN. Lethbridge. Is liquor desirable on the LCC campus? I have pride in coming to the Lethbridge Community College personal pride in being a student of an organization with such high standards. Each in- stitution should take pride in it- self and set high standards. We at LCC strive for excellence in one way or another. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in any phase of life. Excellent performance c a n- not exist without high morale and vigor and spirit. Would in- troducing liquor on campus lower the morale of the stu- dents? I say yes. Do we want quality or quan- tity? W h i c h is more impor- tant? Are we going to lower the standards lo ensure more students at our activities? Why not maintain our high stan- dards and work at other means of participation increases? We could attempt, lo gel. higher quality hands and advertise more wilhin our institution. It takes wisdom and courage to demand much of yourself. It is easy to fall into the patlerns of others but difficult lo remain individualistic. We do not want all institutions in society to bc alike. We need diversity. Why pattern ourselves after Ihn U of L? Why not bo unique and different? A very narrow-minded per- son is Hit! one who thinks a cabaret on campus will over- come student npalhy. It may bring them nul In liie cabaret but this will not change Ihcir altitude cnlirely. I cannot altcmpl to chango UK altitude of an individual or rearrange personal slandards: there is no single code for liv- ing. I only allcmpl lo present my personal opinions on Ihn matler, you may agree or dis- ngrce as you clioic. In conclusion I would just like to say that free men have Ihe right to set their own goals and standards. It is up to you to decide, the college student: Do you want excellence or mediocrity? "A free society preoccupied with its own com- forts will not last long and free- dom will not save it.'' GAYLE ROWLAND, LCC STUDENT. Lethbridge. Desecration of Cenotaph On a recent afternoon I cut through Gait Gardens passing the Ccnclaph and witnessed four hoys, about 12 to 14 years of age, one of whom was toss- ing a wreath in the same man- ner in playing horseshoes or hoopla. 1 made him stop and asked the boys if they knew what a Cenotaph represented. All four of them said that (hey did not. I asked them if they went to school and had they never been lold anything about a Ceno- taph? They all said no. I ask- ed them if their parents had ever lold them about a Ceno- taph and what it represented, and they all said no. Then I asked. "Have your teachers never told you the significance of a They all agreed that their loachcrs had never told them anything and that, they were as "stupid as their parents." (All of which I took with a grain of I then said to the boys "None of you are stupid, but you could be ignorant." Two of the toys were very gentlemanly, but two of them were saucy and flippant. When I parted from them, t commended the two best behaved boys on their demeanor, hut to the other two I said "You have not only proven that you arc ignorant, but your have proven your stupidity too." If I could have seen a po- liceman then and there, I would have called him, or had I been able lo find a license plate on their bicycles, I wnuld have re- ported them lo Ihc police for Ihc desecration of the Ccno- A WIDOW OF A VETIERAN OF TWO WORLD WARS. cause of the deep depression and worry about the lives they live. The Indians are concern- ed about their children's edu- cation. They need to have good homes with running water, as water is a "must" in all house- hold chores and health pur- poses. Food is important, and so is clothing for our children. If these are not given to a school child, the child will be always sick and dull, and will not get good marks. We suffer deprivation in all these situa- tions. There are communities on the reserve where shacks and cabins are built by funds that the government sent to the re- serve bands. Many are occu- pied by large families with school children cramped up in these one-room shacks and ca- bins. These dwellings are also occupied by our old age pen- sioners who for a long period of their lives have helped to build band funds. They are re- fused assistance from welfare, or deprived of the use of gov- ernment subsidies that are sent to the bands in every fiscal year. I think monies that are given to keep an Indian child should be given to the child's parents. I am sure the government will look into our problem now that this Indian situation in the north has arisen. The Indians are called drunks and lazy, where in fact there is no job for them, and through nothing to do they have liquor to drown their problems We can only support the In- dians in Cold Lake, Kehewin, and other areas that are pro- testing. If the government has long ago finished their research and studying, then there would be enough money to spend up- grading schools, and this trouble in the North would not have come up. AH-CHU-CIIE-GA-MO-SA-KI Cardston, Oltawa and since being appoint- ed Indian affairs minister in I9B8 he's worked hard to get the department in shape. It isn't difficult to find a whole range of people to admit to Mr. Chretien's dedication either. Even Frank Howard, the highly-vocal New Democratic Party member for Skeena, had to confess in the House of Com- mons lhat Mr. Chretien was a "decent guy." Mr. Howard, incidentally, made the com- ment in a 40-minute speech con- demning the government for its Indian policies. Mr. Chretien is a delight to watch in Parliament. With rug- ged good looks and a voice till- ed with emotion he'll plead with the Indians not to use their "kids" as blackmail weapons against the government. And then, in a voice with just as much emotion, he'll shout out detailed facts and figures show- ing just how much his depart- ment has done for the Indians in the past year or two. He does his homework well. Sometimes, says Mr. Chre- tien, he can't understand the Indians' attitude. For instance, in September and with Ihe full agreement of the Indian Asso- ciation of Alberta, the Indian affairs minister says he sent a representative out to visit a northern reserve in that prov- ince. Yet, when the man ar- rived in Edmonton the same Indian officials who had agreed to let him "investigate the facts" held a demonstration against the man at the airport. Says Mr. Chretien: "This is purely and simply politics of the worst type. This man had gone in good faith. He went to the reserve and when he came hack he made a report to me. Wilhin three hours of getting that report I gave orders to do what: had to be done at that moment." But the man who has been parliamentary secretary to a prime minister and finance minister and was himself min- ister of national revenue for a time, was in for a shock. De- spite deciding within three hours rhat children on Chief Gordon Young Chief's Kehewin reserve should have a new kin- dergarten, the Indian Associa- tion of Alberta told the chief not to accept the offer because it was "purely piecemeal." Mr. Chretien says he plays his part, but the Indians play politics and reject what they have been saying they want. Being Indian affairs minister can be frustrating. But he seems to be gaining s n p p o r 1. Sometimes from strange quart-, s. For instance, William Wuuunee, a 43-year- old Cree Indian and a Calgary lawyer, agrees with many oJ the things Mr. Chretien says. And he's even more critical of his fellow Indians. Mr. Wuttunce, who has Just published a book entitled Ruf- fled Feathers, says Indians blame too many of their prob- lems on the white man. The former chief of the National In- dian Council says federal funds are being misspent by Indian leaders such as the youthful Mr. Cardinal, who draws an a year salary. And that's just what Mr. Chretien is trying to find out. The Indian affairs minister says the federal government has given Mr. Cardinal's associa- tion cash totalling un- der two programs for adult education and community de- velopment. However, govern- ment auditors have only been able to find of that amount as baring actually been spent on the programs. Mr. Chretien has painted a picture with his usual fer- vent eloquence of Mr. Cardi- nal as being surrounded by a high-priced and growing en- tourage. He says Mr. Cardinal and his group now bear little resemblance to their impover- ished brothers. Looking backward Through The Herald in U Now is the time to make reservations of berths on the Cunard Line's Christmas Excursions Third class to Lon- don and The Committee of Nine, appointed lo supervise Ihe raising and distribution of relief in the south, announce a magnificent gift from Ihe Loth- bridge Breweries Ltd. This is a cash contribution every month for the next three months. JIB] _ Growth in neon signs especially noted on Third Ave- nue in the past few weeks has recently begun on Fifth street. 19-11 Robert J. Casey, not- ed American newspaperman who is making a survey of American defences in Alaska is in high praise of tire Cana- dian air services in Alberta and Yukon. Students of the Bow Island High School held a mock parliament, as part of Ihcir grade 10 social studies course. Senseless slaughter o Allot' rending the account nf a hunling parly recorded in 'llic l.cthhridge Herald, No- vember 25, I Inisl readers like myself were disguslcd and up- set hy the useless and cruel slauglilcr of the heautiful ani- mal (picture II can he undersiood Ihc reason for an Klk hunt for Iho use- of Ihc meal for consumption, hut to doliboraloly kill fur trophies, to me is a selfish and despicable act. I condemn Ihis senseless slauglilcr and Ihc love of killing and although the hunters are proud of Iheir so-called prow- ess the "Crooks have an- other word for it." ICDITH HASZARD LclhlH'idgc. The LetMmdge Herald 5M 7lh St. S.( Lellibridgc, Alberta LE'fHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905 5y Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 0017 Member nf The Canadian Press ana me Canadian Daily Publishers' Association and the Audit nf Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. 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