Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETKBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, December 8, 1971- Brtiw lltilcliimni. Hope for Ireland? Mr. Harold Wilson, K-ulcr of Bri- tain's Labor opposition, is coming in for accolades all over the world these days. The plaudits come from the Conservatives mean achieve- ment, considering the acrimony which usually exists between the two parties. Whether Mr. Wilson's plan for an eventual .solution to the Irish question has political overtones is not important. The plan, whether moti- vated by party considerations, or genuine altruism, has the blessing of. British Home Secretary, Reginald Maulding. Mr. Wilson's idea is that after con- sultation with all parties the governments of Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic and Great Bri- should be taken to draw up a constitution which would unify Ireland within 15 years. A commis- sion which would include members of all these governments would be ap- pointed to study the possibilities of formulating such a constitution. They would be charged with examining all the possibilities leading to unification, the only conditions being that there would be a provision for ironclad safeguards protecting Hie rights of the Protestant community in the North. Undoubtedly the initial reaction of Ulster Protestants would bo resent- ment and accusations of sell-out. But Ihey will he given 15 years to make the emotional adjustments and to gain confidence that their legitimate interests will be protected. If some of them cannot do this, they would be left with only one alternative, and that would be to leave. The vital question now is whether IRA terrorists on both sides of the border can be persuaded that (he plan is sincerely motivated, and that violence is counter productive in achieving the solution they are after. The prospect for success on this score does not look bright at prcsenl. Nevertheless, the existence of the plan, a goal which could go a long way to satisfy most of the parties concerned, is an achievement in it- self. It is an act of high statesman- ship on the part of Harold Wilson, a glimmer of hope at the end of the black tunnel of Irish bitterness. Combatting, racism Such has been the deluge of desig- nated days and years in recent times that even conscientious people have difficulty in taking appropriate note of those that concern them. It is not unlikely, therefore, that there is con- siderable ignorance of the fact that Friday (December 10i is United Na- tions Human Rights Day and that 1971 has been International Year to Combat Racism and Discrimination. Awareness of these two related em- phases is no guarantee that improved human relations would result. Noth- ing more than cant might be involved in taking note of the emphasis for the day and the year. Yet the possi- bility of falseness and futility in ob- servances ought not to be allowed lo obscure the great, importance there is in trying to promote human rights and seeking to combat racism. Much of the serious trouble in the world today has roots in the evil of prejudice and the injustices it spawns and perpetuates. More upheaval is in the offing unless something is done to arrest and reverse the ill-will that is being manifest afresh between people of differing color and culture. In many parts of Africa, for instance, the long-time altitude of superiority on the part of whites is being count- ered by a virulent racism among the blacks" that may result in whites be- ing driven out completely. Black racism or yellow racism or red racism is no worse than white racism, of course, but the spread of racism is no answer to the evil which has been such an unlovely feature of the whites for so long. It only multi- plies the problems and makes their solution more difficult. The World Council of Churches may be wrong in giving support to groups which in struggling for rights have taken on racist overtones. But, as is pointed out in the statement on page five today, it is a calculated risk. The hope was. and is, that, some softening of rigid racial lines might result. Reader's Digest handling of the subject seems to have been un- balanced (The Ecumenical Courier reports that Digest editors have ac- knowledged some errors and have agreed to receive one or two articles on the other side for possible publica- tion in the spring) but the magazine may have unwittingly served a good purpose in precipitating fresh and in- formed debate. Nothing could be worse than pre- tending the issues of rights and ra- cial discrimination are of minor im- portance. Every effort needs to be made to establish rights and eradi- cate expressions of discrimination. Special days can help to impress :hat truth. ANDY RUSSELL Grizzly Ways grizzly is one ot the largest car- nivores on earth, very intelligent, spectacular in its choice of environment, and probably one of the most maligned and misunderstood. No question, the bear is dangerous very dangerous if given reason but at the same time it is net ordinarily a beiligerant animal and will lean over backward to avoid trouble with men. It is innately curious lo the point of sometimes going to considerable lengths to investigate something it does not under- stand or finds strange to its experience. This characteristic sometimes brings it into close contact with people, who panic and thus trigger an attack. Although it has the teeth of a carnivore, the grizzly is truly an omnivore like the pig, the common rat and man. and it will eat almost anything by way of food when hungry. But it is at least 85 per cent vegetarian. When it comes out of den in spring its diet is mainly roots, then as the new green growth appears, the bear turns to grazing almost exclusively. When Ihc berries ripen in late .summer, these are the main diet. Pricr to denning up, Ihe bears will spend a great deal of time digging and eating marmots and groumlsquirrels. No bear will ordinarily turn the chance to feed on carrion, but grizzlies are not nearly as prone to becoming gar- bage caters as black tears, although they will resort to it if conditioned by long ex- posure. When wolves and grizzlies share the habitat, Ihe big bears will oflcn hijack wolf kills and clean I hem up. Before white men came to North Amer- ica grizzly ranges stretched all the way from Mexico to the Arctic seas and from the Mississippi River west to the Pacific Ocean, and then Ihis animal was virtually monarch over all lift1. The Indians until Iheir lances, bows and arrows did not chal- lenge him often. It was not lill white man arrived with his rifle lhal the grizzly knew any peer. Since I lien the big boar's habiiat IMS shrunk till this animal numbers among those in danger of e.x.iuction. It is smart enough to recognize the haven of national parks, and learned very quickly to take advantage of these preserves, originally as a kind of living museum to preserve for all time the natural beauties of wild coun- try and life contained therein. However, too often now, the pressure of population threatens the principle of national parks and the grizzly is hard pressed to exist even here. Grizzlies are semi-hibernators going into den for tjie winter, but just to sleep rath- er than stay in a virtual coir.a as true hihernators do. The females have their cubs in den numbering two more often than one, but sometimes as many as three. They are horn in January, blind, almost hairless and nearly as helpless as human infants. They weigh a mere 16 ounces, tiny things compared to the moth- er's bulk. By the time they emerge from den in May, they have grown to 20 pounds cr more, and have full possession of their faculties and fine coals of fur. The mother nurses and trains them carefully, tench- ing them obedience and how U> cope with danger, what to cat and many other things. In southern latitudes she keeps them with her till they are past, two years old. turns them loose lo fend for themselves and mates again. In northern ranges the cubs are kept a year longer, so the rate of in- crease i.s even slouer. Old and young, grizzlies love to play, sliding on snowdrifts, swimming and wrestling. Males, being largely solilary out- side mating season, do not enter into fam- ily life. Hut they loo, often enjoy them- fclvos in frolic. 1 have seen a big old male slide happily time and again down a steep drift for the sheer fun of it. By and large there are feu- a.nimals of the world that enjoy life mure than the grizzly. If one were to portray the most pertinent feature of its life, ii would he best lo show a mot her wandering free and serene in wilderness country. overhears Dic Yf'EKE it not for my friend, V lloruc-c Snifkin, public would never know really in the talks lu'iv.Tfn President Nixon and 1'iime Minister Trnck'.'iu. lint v.iili his spies in Washington, find his own extra sensory perception, Mr. Snifkin tins given me a lull report of this historic meeting. Nixon began by pnologix- for his notorious mistr.ko in saying that. Japan, Canada, was tht1 hrgesl trade partner of the1 Hulled Males. "Snme silly littJc bureaucrat in my the president ex- plained, me a mass of figures and in the rush I must have read Hie wrong ones. I'm dreadfully sorry. Pierre." nothing of said Trudcau. "When I first took my present job, in a moment of weakness, some guys briefed me on U'u western farm prob- lem. And I Inrgol to read the brief and the farmers why the govenuiiont should .soil their wheat ulirn, of course, the law makes the government the only seller. That slip lost me more prairie heats than 1 like to think about." said president, "I punished the nfficial who misinformed me. I promoted him to a higher job as ambas- sador to somewhere or other, or put, him in the cabinet. I forget which. You have to be tough with these fellows." "I'm tcugh. too. But in Can- ada wlrjn a guy is obviously in- competent and worn out I ap- point him to the Senate." "I wish I could do that, Pi- erre, but unfortunately our Sen- ate is elective. You've got a bet- ter constitutional system up there in Canada.'1 "Oh, I wouldn't say thai, Dick. Our system has its flaws. It doesn't give me all the powers yon have in the presidency. Still, with various unofficial arrangements f'm no! doing too badly. The cabi- net proposes and the East Block disposes. We call it par- ticipatory democracy and it works line." "On the other hand, you don't have my problem, Pierre. My problem is to bury the Old Nixon so people won't rtmem- ber him.'1 ''And mine is the precise op- posite, Dick. I'm trying to re- vive the Old Trudeau who won the last election. Believe me, it's a hard job.1' ''But neither of us, I'm yv.ro, is interested in re-election. make that clear to the Ameri- can people by delivering half- a-dozpn speeches every wcri; and travelling all over uorld television cameras.'1 "A wise method, Dick. As for Canada, I show my indifference to politics by eating ghasily .suppers in church basemmis, kissing ugly girls, riding imi- cycles, scuba diving, weight lifting and announcing all vital policies out.sidc Parliament with a wise Yen can'l, more indifferent to re-election than that." "We undersland cadi o'.lr r. Pierre. But I ir.ust y-u frankly that I was a Hale va- ried by that visit, of Whatshi-s- name to Canada." Letters To The Editor Discrimination: double and trinle luxation Recently I had the delightful experience of visiting the Im- nianuel Christian School. To me it will ro.nk as an unforget- table visit since in every class- room (the school has slightly over 350 students in grades 1 9) I could not help but see visible, signs cf the students receiving an education based on Christian principles. 1 com- mend these New Canadian Dutch citizens for their deter- mination to make certain that (heir children get a full educa- tion physical, mental, spiri- tual For what is man v.itlmul the spiritual element? What purpose in life can he have if he only feeds the body and nurtures the mind but net the My premise is that all Cana- dian citizens have the unmiti- gated right to equal treatment in all facets of life including payment of taxes. In most cases equal treatment becomes a reality except in the realms of real dire poverty pockets, lack of equality of opportunity because of birth, economic sta- tus, capacities for learning, etc. In addition to the idea ex- pressed above, there is an edu- cational financial area where equality is non-existent at pre- sent. Under our very noses, in the places where nine of tlrese Christian schools are located, the parents are taxed publicly but they cannot have these tax moneys designated so that they can use these funds to foster their own Christian type of ed- ucation. The taxes funnelled into the public school system which thus benefits from this discrimination since they do Disgusted and disturbed I was disgusted and dis- turbed by an article appearing in The Herald November 25, describing a cougar hunt in the Idle Valley. Disgusted by the event it- self. The Krails had not seen a mouniain lion in the wild be- fore so they blast their first out of a tree. "The lion had mode several attempts to bring fin elk hut had failed to do so each time" (quote) so (he hunters cannot justify their act on liie grounds of preserv- ing game animals. Perhaps the .Billys, (described as living on, maybe owning a ranch i might justify the affair by Idling of depredations of cou g a r s (and ether prcdnlors) on tivo- sIcTk. If Ihis be the case, lhal Ihey slop killing dear and elk. leaving Ihem for the cougars to cal. iJisturbrf! licc.-Jiise 'the Herald lhal (l-iiur; lo servo I ho M'lilll prinlcr! ill-ill .''ml made nn '-nnnnrnl on ii in a leader. 'The liillys were very proud of Ihrir tracking hounds" and presumably of themselves. II is in (he hearts and minds of men like Ibr-so, like you and me ;ini! your nexl door neigh- bor, thai will determine Llw fate of the world around us. Small, senseless mean acts like this massacre of a beautiful creature cannot, be legislated away; they can only be per- suaded away. And you do not deem this worthy of any com- ment? RUSSEL VARNAM, Blairmore. 'Crazy Capers' I've had a lovely cvcn- Brian, hut it i.er- mitf wasn't tonight. not have to educate or be re- sponsible for the children of parents who support their own schools by digging deep into their own pockets to build, maintain, pay to teachers, pro- cure supplies etc. Why should such discrimination exist? In this so-called enlightened age, we, the Canadians of long standing should raise our voices Joud and long, to see to it that these new Canadians are not financially penalized re- causc they desire to see that their children receive a Chris- tain principled education to the end that these young Cana- dians will become solid citi- zens who will uphold and obey any and every reasonable law of the country. Are you not ashamed of this type of discrimination? Of course some will say that these people have a choice. But what kind of choice have they? A choice that will result "in a pseudo Christian education? "Remember God in the days of thy Youth" was one of the ad- monishments that I saw on a Frieze, in one of the class- rooms. What better admonition lo good solid behavior and lo respect could any of us emmi- catc? These Christian Canadians put a high value on their Chris- tian principles to teach the young mentally, physically and morally Can all our schools say thai they are educating "the whole Wilhonf spiritual education Ihc mind and body are as naught! And I Ivy pay doubly or in triple measure for raising young Canadians of superior moral fibre "once" as oth- ers do to the public school system and "twice" because they dig Into Iheir own pockets lo establish and maintain then- own schools. I undersiood thai .since very rccenlly they do receive a per pupil gnnil bill si ill Ih-.-y nol allowed lo designate Iheir tax moneys In Iheir own schools. The (eachers receive at least one thousand dollars loss Mian Ik'il- fralernal educationalists. Why should Ih-.'y he forced lo MK.ke Mich a Oh, yes! and they are "certified" just like other Alberta teach- ers. Why not try to change the above injustices to make a much better society where no one is discriminated against, financially to provide public education? Somehow the law- that pro- claims that there shall be "no discrimination" in race, color. creed, sex, etc. should have added to it "There will be no discrimination in regard to providing education. There shall he but one tax and no one shall be forced to lake moneys out of his daily earn- ings to provide his children with a Christian eduucai.ion.'1 And those who receive such moneys at the present, time should also understand that they are using moneys in their educational system that do not. rightfully and morally belong to them. Let us move toward edu- cation without financial discri- mination! iiclhbridgc. Looking Through The 1 lei-aid 1SH The dance held at the Conservatory of Music last night for the purpose of form- ally presenting t h c Charity Shield and the Ku- chanan Shield to Ihc uinnci-s of local football honors was well attended. 1021 Several farmers Hie dislricf planted corn laM spring. Many of Ihe rli.-l not survive onhvorms anil gophers, but (hose Ilia! did are making remarkable showings in yield, and quality of corn. "You mean Kosygin? Oh, ll-i'l was just one of those tilings, you sec, Ihe Russians me a dimdy banquet in Ihe Kremlin and just for the of I invited Ko- s< lo Ottawa, never thinking tor a moment, of course, that 1'r'd ai-cept. Well, you can im- my embarrassment when ho looked at me with those ley inn eyes and said he'd eoine nrxi month. I couldn't K-J. out of it." "1 know, Pierre. Those Communists are still pretty primitive. They have no man- li-.TS. And you realize what hap- to me. There's a ping- pon.2 in China and next J '.-now that impetuous feliow, Kissinger, is in China is in the United Ni'iicrs iu'd Chou En-Iai is my h--t friend! I tell you 1 ill :hc mirror every morn- ing if it's Dick Nix- en I'm scnng or some nutty, left-wing reformer." feel Ihe same way. I keep if I'm still Pierre TriK'rau of Montreal or the hero in some grim fairy sH :y went wrong." ".M least you have your Just Anrj what have I got? V.'ry. Phase Two for heaven's "I'd trrde you if I could, Dick. Aflcr r-li. Phase Two may Ihc-n we'll imitate it. Ir'c? .lusf Society was only a s'ec.'in, a mere cliche, dropped inio a speech by one of my v.Tilers and it passed my lips one night before I'd read the and now I'm stuck with I lie damn thing. That speech writer is now in the Senate, you mav be sure, and it serves him riuiit.'1 "Wdl. at least you don't have Connally on your hands. I ci-osc that guy to do a tern- haichet job and before I can stop him he's started to chop down the whole interna- house. So 1 have to rush hither ,-md yon assuring every- rj'jt'y Connally is nothing thr.n the secretary of the and don't lake him se- Besides he's a Dem- ei :ai. Cul nobody believes me." "i Know how you feel, Dick. I my Benson, too, and he's I lie only one who un- derstands my own tax policy and reuses to explain it. Y.hcrc', I wonder, does it all "To tell th? truth, Pierre, it autumn in a real problem. I for both of us, unless Ihe Democrats drop dead, as usual." "Or the Canadian Tories cimm" suicide according to family custom. Mean- v. I si'pnosc we must issue ,-ori of communique to the nroxs." "That's easy, Pierre. Leave it to my boys. They write lovely The Undefended Border, I'-.e Century of Friendship, the Con'rivnr Language and Ideals you know, Ihe traditional hut when arc you coming to Ollawa, "Xext spring, if the world holds together that long. But I remember what happened to prior Jack Kennedy when be came and left his private pa- pers on the chesterfield and lhal man Dicfenbaker got hold of I horn and made a very un- pleasant scene. So I'll come without papers, or secretaries, or Ihe Old Nixon. "On second the president added, "I hear there's a lol of anti-Americanism up Ihrro so I'll come incognito, disguised as an American capi- taiht wiih money to invest in That ought to guaran- tee a warm Canadian wel- come." "You bet it will. Dicki Come with money and every- h, dy will understand. So long fi.f now." (Hi-raid Special Bureau) backward Lctlibritlge's new MSI inkrior storage eleva- tor is now open (o serve farm- ers of SiHi'iiern Albcrla, Tiic United Slates and at war today. Ja- NO bombed Hawaii with- diii yesterday. Then, formally dc- V'.-IT on holh the United [Jriijnn. MrT-'irs cases in I IIP, lo increase in Ire Mi-si, woc'k of Deem- In r. -17 .-idniliimal cases have hrcii reported. VIM St. S.. Albcrla LETHBIilDGli 11EKALD CO. LTD., Proprietor.-; and Publisher! Published IDOo-lf.il, !i.v Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN ,'of.rrii .il ,tl nm; Member nf Thr Publishers' 'THE HERALD SLRVtS THE SOUTH"