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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Humify, Oetember 1 Arab web determines Israeli peace By Joseph Kraft, U.S. syndicated commentator 'negotiations' Because of the timing of a new gov- ernment contract offer, the earliest date on which a legal postal strike could take place is December 22. A sTnke at that time would only pro- voke public anger against the postal unions, so it is not likely to occur. Even the threat of a Christmas postal strike should never have been ailosved to materialize. Last January, more than 10 months a so, newspapers ail across the coun- trv printed a Canadian Press article pointed out that the contract ber.veen the government and its K'ita! workers was due to expire "March 26. li reminded all concerned that the expiring contract was reach- ed opJy alter a year of altercation. the last three months marked by a series of rotating strikes which dis- rupted business, riled the public and cost the Post Office an estimated -S35, CtJO.OOO in lost revenues. The writer expressed a little skepticism at state- ments by both union and government spokesmen that a new contract would be worked out well before the old one expired. His skepticism was more than jus- tified. Serious bargaining had not even tepin by March 26. In fact, by mid-May 'it had just reached the stase where Mr. Drury, president of the treasury board, felt moved to assure Parliament and the public that treasury board is striving to avoid a breakdown in negotsa- About that time, the press found that the government had offered a proposition so incredible that it wasn't onlv unionists who began to vender about gcod faith. It proposed that for purposes, the postal service be divided into 10 geographic regions, each with its own independ- ently negotiated pay scales, so that there could be as many as 10 different rates of pay for the same job. Predictably, the union dismissed this "offer'''as nonsensical and in- By mid-A'Jsust, the government had abandoned it's regional pay scheme, but now was concerned about the pay rate of certain operators (not yet hired! of machines (not yet ac- quired) that would sort mail mechan- icallv. As anyone with any sense knows, such propositions always annoy union people; but when the government proposed this new cate- gory of employees be paid 75 cents an hour less than the men they were to displace, the union was really up- set. .Any union on earth would have been. Government negotiators, always on the lookout for nice, abstract points of philosophy to discuss, now decid- ed this would be just the time to examine the question of whether a union could properly bargain for em- piovee classifications not yet in exis- tence. Bv October 13. they had finally managed to convene a conciliation boardT before which the union could bluster and the government pick nits. Such a board was to report in two v. eeks; it will surprise no one that this one needed two months. So. once asain there has been near- ly a year of "negotiation" and the postal workers are still without a con- tract. Whether they will resort to strike action to get one remains to be seen. Last time, they did. It disrupted the entire country, and cost us 835.000, 000 through lost postal revenues. One hopes this will not happen again. But if it does, some tough Questions will have to be asked. And r. be the goverrirnent. not the union, that will have to answer them, AMMAN Everybody know-s that disunity impairs the cap- acity of the .Arab states to make war effectively. It also impairs their capacity to make peace effectively. So any new peace initiative has to begin with an under- standing of the tangle of inter- connections emor.g the Arab states and groups. For the Arab determines the pos- sibility of settlement with Is- rael. The starting point Lies with the Palestinian Arabs who are in the most important direct Parents and teachers-partners was a tims Li history urfcen teach- ers parents far awsv from each other, -pfeeo, in fact, only very psrenlo had cursorial contact or acnuain- t-ance T.-J'ii teacher Tuose were the days before the conipuUwy schooi attecdanc e Today. f-he LS.W of toe land for child. This U fee rss] for yor p-srtnerirup psrer.ts 2nd ceacters. Some of I -ire by nature to ljin- volved" They rrJght say: "You dc your ar.d TU do and let'3 botfcer If you doc't believe m co-operation, ;ijri.t observe what happens to a vrason one 'Awheel comes of: T: our school t'j move parent's and rnt-'-i tosy.'r-er, E7ery partners hip based on certain ST-'I condiuoris o'irs? I believe that ihere ars many common in- terests that us together many way a in can five stand out as. imporUnJ: L We rernemher aU-sys that share crjmmoc conn-ern for the of yo'zr read that many yoOTgaters to co'-m every for various crunes, sre we hear of babies wt of wedlock: criminal each year, are deep- ly concerned about '-re future. A bigger po- lice foros isn't Ssoir.g to solve the rUUsg problem of crlrrji and a ter, more of education is the arswer. For the good of children, tosether as part- r.ers, 2- Tr.e of partner. ship ahouM be patience. principal of a big hush in tbe has a sign or, fcis desk take time to rill the Tr.e is a beehivfe th.e value or co-operation. Eirt even bee does expect to fill the honey tor.-, n in z iir.g'e day. Patiently aiirf f-ersister.t- fy he at rJ.s sr.d trusU the cjjrmjiative effort. PsreriU .'.r.ouid no', perjt rairsnlfts from the You train an athlete overnight; character b-. a effort; the full of catiori may r.ot in a child until have Let us trust that cur work Tiill resulta in time. 3- Our deperids on cation hetvvfeen us. The righJ: hand must T-'hat tir.e left is doing. TrJ.s tairjly or.e important reason for the of home arid school But ifc go further. For example, par- ents with the greater, the report cajrfs cdroughfc home by t'rr-ir conflict with Israel. About a million of them, now residing here in Jordan, have come to accept the authority of King Hussein's regime. Another million or so, resid- ing in territories administered by" Israel since the Vfil war, are currently enjoying the fruits of a boom in the Jewish state. While not happy with their pol- itical status, they do not believe it can be changed by force of arms. Both these groups, compris- ing the overwhelming majority of Palestinians, would probably be satisfied with a settlement that provided for Jordanian cit- izenship and access to the Is- raeli economy. King Hussein and the Israeli leaders are pre- pared bo move towards such a settlement. Indeed, they are al- ready making the preliminary arrangements. But Jordan cannot move much further in the direction of a separate peace. Its popu- lation of two million is a mere drop in the Arab ocean. To come to terms with brae! on issues with such general signif- icance as borders and Jerus- alem, King Hussein needs In- sulation against pressure from other Arab countries notably Egypt with its population at 35 million people Saudi Ara- bia with its vast economic pow- ers. At that point a third group of Palestinians enter the pic- ture. The Palestine commando groups do not number more than members at most. They have been reduced from a resistance movement in oc- cupied territory to an interna- tional terrorist group, making their mark only in sky-jackings, By K. C. Saner, kethbridge Collegiate Institute children, and take advantage of the teach- ers' offer to cveec ffi private conference with each parent vvho de-sires a more coo p'.ete picture. Sometimes, I must admit, re- port cards aren't too enlightening. A maga- cr-e printed in a double column fr'jfr. an elementary school teach- er's .-er.ort carl The other column into pV.-- English v.hat the teacher really meant to say. For example, the teacher written on the report 'rn lorry aoo-jt your sons poor r.e has mace a social that really means is: Tr.e cr_'.H srill can't read. write cr nine, but he has stopped modeiliriE at the black- board. Or, consirfer arjjther card: "It's a real pleasure to see ywjr child develop so." What that, really oieans is: It's the end o! the terra; the teacher U JKt-r.s rr.arried ar.d quitting so why hoM srudses? Seriously, despite the vaju.enese and gen- eralities you find In a report card, it is bit of LnforrrjiJ-.iorj. Parent v.wlfi do well to s'ippiement it by a personal conference with the teacher at least a year. 4. Another important element in our nershlp is mutual respect. Just as teachers must respect the -tarjiards, the religion and cultural background of the home, so the borr.e must respect the teacher and his A parent who ridicules or makes in- raiting remarks about certain teachers in the presence of his child, destroys the effee- tivenets of the teacher and violates our partnership. If any parent has a ictsm, bring it directly to the teacher or ta '.he Yoicir.g criticism of teach- er-, in 'r.e of pupils v.iJI r.ot im- prove tr.e rn the slightest. 5. Fir.Ally. 'here is r.eed for parenta to heir, children meet responsibilities to-'J -r-ry-ji ;n resrjiar 3ttendar.ce, in ir: If parents 'r.eir in good study hah'Xi. R'jj% nuist be laid down at. horr.e aw.', the time .'or aasignmsr.ta SJ5 or aro'jnd, Paren'-'. '.r.oijld v.ork if possible the child OTer rough hut do the work for them. Yes help the jjut don't over-protaai him. tr.e nor the can job of aiwie. P.i.t if "i tie our Aether and uork a-. can bring to our childrer. M-.e of Confirmation Molron without movemenf kidnappings and letter bombs. Only one Arab state border- ing Israel Syria allow them to operate from Ua ter- ritories, But the have an impact on both UM rich oil states and on Egypt, One oil state backs the Palestine commandos with heart and and money galore. But many others not- ably Saudi Arabia, Algeria and the sheikhdoms of the Persian Gulf Irad the terrorists fi- nancial and rhetorical aid, the better to excuse the good busi- ness these oil states are doing with Western countries sym- pathetic to Israel. The lineup of all Arab states behind the terrorists makes a big dent In Egypt Tnat country needs financial help from Libya, Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf sheikh- doms. It hopes to solve many of its ecooomic and population problems in cooperation with Syria and Libya. Moreover, Egypt cannot vis- ibly go against the demands of many Arab states for keep- ing up the fight agaiast Israel and still maintan its claims to be the leader of the Arab world. Thus only if there is an easing of pressure againsi settlement by thfi other Arab states can Egypt rnake v.ith Israel k'r.d of re-TuirM a eettlwnen'. between Israel end Jordan. aH this means is that any new initiative requires a major diplomatic operation. The United States and Riossia will have to work together. Apart from jollying the Isra- eas along, Washington will have to get the oil states to relax their pressures against an agreement. Apart (rorn jollying the Egvp> ttaris along, Moscow will hive to muzzle the Syrians and the Palestine commaridos. A new peace irutiative, m other words, deminds far more than the good will of the secre- tary of state aud the cobbling together of a resolution at the NaiiYjns. It reouires tha partic-ipation. of Henry Kissin- ger at the White House and the deep arxl 'meo Dewly moving into important poets at the departments of Etate and defence. Liberals having second thoughts on northern route? By Peter Deiharats, Toronto Stu- Ottawa the first time since the SlO-biUior. scheme anr.o'incerf by Prime JlirJster Trjdeiu in Ed- monton there has been a perceptive ar.d headlong drive to open up a highway and pipeline corridor in the three years between northern Alherta and tr.e Arctic Ocean. Evider.ce of hesitation or; the governments part is adrrJtiediy siim. 150 native workers from Mackenzie Valley settle- menu hired to clear right o? way for the rev.- nighvvay throughout the winter have after completing the firs'. mile section ahead of schedule. The official reaara for r.of. con- tinuing to clear live fur- north that tai have yet been In fact are i.vjyja'ior.s that federal are Hryling it rniln- for the highway, and ever, from the. cabinet '.r.e to quicker, the pars of activity. Tri-T ha.s kd i: the Ls preparing quietly to take a at the whole project. At the rr.oir.ent the job clearing right of way for the highway, best during the months, is stalJyi north of mile 334 Camseil Bend. No farther clearing can be be- cause federal departrr.erit o{ public works is still on the route sr.d design thU week to inter depart mental Mack- enzie Valley Highway Com- mittee Mackenzie Highway Envirwuner-t Committee. U will take at a month for groups fleagn. Tne delay co-jld that the process of estintatlcg the environmenUl impact the is turairii? to be rrjvre rtlffiojlt thJafi the goven> merit had anticipated. Tnis hias beeu predicted time by groups such Pollutiori at the Univer- sity or Trfcich issued spetisl report of the high-A-ay last fx-tooer. report cited the testi- mony of serjLor before tr.e on rn- rJifcn affairs northern devel- opment in Ottawa to prwe tre pnrrjft o? Ihft highway last April UtUe or r.o advance planning arvi to the of tveryone with the le the pri .TA of gave no completion target for the highway, be said that it will he huiit of ar.y pipeline, Tnis was taken at the time to mean a corapleuon date in Tne prime did predict that survey wori to fbc the route will get under way shortly, and K firJsfced before the end of this year. The current of work on the highway indicates that this deadline will not be rntt even for the second 50-miifi section. Part of the reason for the de- lay lies within the federal ad- rninislration itself. Caught un- prepared by the prime rriinis- ter's anr.o'jnccmerit, it twik al- most two months for the vari- ous dfcpartrr.enU involved in the project to create the co-ordin- ating Mackenzie Valiey High- way Committee. The zie Valley Corn- mi Uvee did not begin to function until last September. TM Pollution report claimed that tr.e government in iu efforts to to its "frar.tic ignor- i-13 the and environ- mental guidehnw that it had laid for pipeline constnjc- tion in the north providing the pipeline otmstructioa com- followirig a ai route between thi5 pipelLie and refir.eries the U.S. 'Vest Since the prime minister's speech last April, the prospects for a trans-Alaska pipeline have improved. At the same time. discoveries In the wesJera Canadian Arctic have yet to in- dicate reserves that just- ify a Mackenzie pipeline Letters the editor plied only by Canadian sources. These factors may be giving the goverrjnerit caiose to re-ei- amir.e it? early and rather critics! for swift progress or. tr.e Mickenzia High7.-ay, partirjjlarly in vie-s of is current miriority positioo and the untiualified of the N'ev; Democratic Party to the idea of a Mac- kerizie pipeline at trJs stage. Thanks to blood donors ws.', The day -st.en onrf fisr fne economy cor we Aera WUe Xsu ill" "In preparing the environ- stated the report, "the department of Mian ef- fairr and northern development has heen secretive and it does appear that there will fx; any for public of the guidelines." The government hai taken care to the over-all economic and social benefits of the Mackenzie Highway the end of isolation for commun- ities in the Mackenzie Valley, the project of an Arctic tojr- i.rt trade, so forth. B'ot thevs consideratioris alone v.-ouJd not tave driven r. high- y ay Arctic for many years. The prospect of routing cnl and gas dowTi thas Mackenzie Valley, particularly from the large gai off tr.e northern coast of Alaska, uga obviously priricipal motiva- tion for the highiv.ay. prirr.e laal April said that, the route be selected vdth in mind, and that part of the tost of the highway he from Ihe pipeline companies. An early fast ttart on the Mackenzie Highway was relsV effort? of group? in who were oppos- ed to a Trans-Alajs'pca and Canada'! ojficiil concero are v.ritirjg tria let- ter, relative to wjr clinic in Letrfo-ldge, fa tte hope that it migfi reash concerned. Tni-s wss a (JiiRculi clui- ic, becau.% of extremely weathjer, for everyone concerned tte rforxyrs, tte workers Sid O-JT staff, VfrJle our total take of S27 piTAs of blood wss than we had hoped for, we to have fcten an exceptionally fine clinic. We wouM hke to tjjank tte many volunteer and or- Suggestions need btw shelters es- pecially one at tth Avenue and Erth Street S. fw tr.e youngsters coming off the testing rink intD a cold north Shelters made of in or.e including the Kat and ice were coritinufd on acwymt of the lack of I tried once after tv.o hours all the Bobby Hulls I ?sve it up aa a job. only remedy I suggest U to divide the rink Into two sec- or-e part for the puck and tijz part for tif-, ones to have fun and give the at home 3 peaceful ge DICK FISFfER wte so Li the ooeratixo o( the ciiriic despite the weather. They are too nira-er- mjs to list tedividuajly, ire like to particularly thank the General Rsrlio Service Ouh members stepped in at the to pick up drive donor Withenjt the tance oy companies, orgarnzadora, either atf.iveiy st the clinic fc te'J, or the Ktnea, ur.rtar wer-ail of Mrs. Uolroyd, clinic Just wwild not have been the Eucteu it was. We like to offer most sincere appreciation recognitien possible to the R27 very fine aryl responsible doo- or 5, many of whom caine from o'Jt towi to give sfc this clinic. Their generority, In view of the eziremely cold. weather, in humanitarUnisra that wa of. We wwld liite an the donors, volimteers, and tro'.e who helped in other ways to of fr.ere v.ill marry pq- tirints who sre going to enjoy this much more thtan been the If you had dor.e what you did. 'V K. Bus. Administrator, Tranifujton Servica. The LetKbtidgc Herald 504 7th St, Alixrta LETHERfDGE HERALI> LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905 by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN CIAU Rtahtriliw >l-j XI? tr rf TM Canadian tJ-jj Oiily W liheri' iryl (M Auitt CLEO W. er-d THOVAS H. Gtrtral COM PILLIKG ESITsr ROY F DO'JOLA'. r' SEtVES THE SOUTtt" ;