Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Ihumfay, December 51, 1972 Indefensible slur Tr.e furors surrounding the impend- ir.g closure of the crisis centre in Calrarv cannot fail to embarrass the provincial government. Any chance that it '.voufd get oii undamaged has been, soiked by Socred leadership car.oidate Bob "dark who has been getting good mileage out of the issue. VTnatever justification Social Devel- opment Minister Xeil Crawford may l-.'ave had in deciding to reject the rr-cuest OL the centre for financial assistance, it will not be easy for hjn to defend the apparent slur he cast on volunteers, the implication that untrained people have no place in serving the psychological and phy- sical needs of others is bound to be vridely resented. Irr.r.'-'r.ar.t as it is to have trained ir.div'.duais csal_n2 v-th troubled peo- rye. there is still a place for the volunteer. This is especially so when ire under or along- have beeri the case in the Calgary rrisi; centre, there are people to talk to the lonely, for in- stance, the sV.ills of the professional can be saved for those whose prob- lems are more serious. It is probable that some people could be saved from becoming acute casts if more opportunities were af- forded for release' of fee-lings through the simple act of talking. This is tha kind of'help that friends and neigh- bors give each other but v.'hich is increasingly unavailable In complex impersonal cities. Volunteers in agen- cies such as crisis centres are really surrogate neighbors. Denying such centres financial as- sistance could well be the most short-sighted action a government might fake. It would be impossible to estimate what a preventive service means in tax dollars saved but the known high cost of remedial service; sussests organized volunteer ser- vice" is a good investment of public funds. A YMCA national officer who visit- ed Lethbridge a few months ago re- ported that the government of Ontario was beginning to reprivatize many sen-ices. Putting a little grant money into the hands of volunteer agencies, it was found, was far less costly than trying to provide all services through government departments. The" Alberta government may act- uaiiv be in accord with such think- ing 'and the remark made by Mr. Crawford in his letter of rejection of the crisis centre appeal may not ac- curately reflect his government's position. It may simply have been a hastily construed comment in con- nection with an inadequately consid- ered action. Pets don't break Today five dollars will hardly pur- chase a tov with a guaranteed life- span of the same number ot minutes required to buy it. Toys ie-.i apart, out. a presets rone ot these sr.ead the satisfaction contL-.-es after Christmas has passed. Anl what better gift than an spaniel or collie puppy purchased for five dollars from the Lethbr.dge city- pound? Residents have been think- puppy-wise all week according to" Joe "Park, assistant poundkeeper, who repfjrts purchases have been up conr.de'rably.'But several young pups still remain to purchased before Christmas eve. The pups are not stravs but have been brought in by neighboring farmers. Should they not be 'purchased they v.-ill have to be destroved. 'are from to p rn. and from 8 to 7 p.m. to accommodate evening shoppers. and will ahvays be a boy's best friend. The friendship developed between a youngster and his dog is something beautiful and satisfying. Many feel a home with voungsters should not be without one. Children learn animal care and grooming by having their own dog and they can quickly learn the joy of both, training him and seeing him develop into a companion of whom they can be proud. Learning is not enough By Gregory L. Hales, Fleetwood-Bawden School Few people disagree that s a lifelong activity; oce which may begin even bi.-th ar.d continus until death- Certaiily no educator Nor wo'jld any educator disazra; that much ez- tfemtly valuable Ifeamirig occurs outside tie cwtezt of the school. But some vrould question Ls whether that learning, which hapfftna more or less haphazardly'anrt more or less accidentally, cor.libutes to person's edncatfon. We all learn to wear lootiear if v.e do not want w get our leet wet and cold. But have we by dressing in to tte tie- rcenta, fcecorr.e m any way more educated? we learn, often at an early age, rot to wr hands or, a hot stove; or at least to ezpect a ijurn we do. But are we, there- fore, educated? fs the total actruniulation of such learnings equal to an education? I: it shwjlii long ago have aban- doned the special institutions we maintain for the express purpose of education, since they would be not orJy redundsnt but probably less effective than that, oft twted teacher experience. education L- someUiing beyond and s'oove the incidental learnings we all ac- quire throughout wr lives. And education U sought valued for other reasons fean mere Eduflation should be purposive, not hap- hazard. It should characterized by inter.- tiori and direction, not waywardnats. Twenty three hundred years maintained that "-Man is the gentlest and tr.ost being, if made so by true cs'ion in t'r.r; that educatiw the in- dividual to acquire "jcnwlfidge, vir- tae, and piety.'' .Jacques Maritain, di-.tinguispjed Csthoho scholar of this centjjry, that "Man U r.ot an animal rX 3 skylark or a bear. He is also an ani- mal of culture, race can only subsist v.-irhin tr.e dfcveloprr.tnt of and ffe that is an art, and an especially cr.e is an ethical 'J fttrtrar.d writing In I5fl2, that education should foster the develop- Finance Minister Confucious say: "Man who demand action on bread and butter issues could wind up as grilled cheese sandwich." Kissinger's deception means more bombs By Anthony Lewis, New York Times commentator LONDON The of cynicism in the United States, the loss of faith in the politic a 1 process, can be traced back in significant part to the elK'Jon ot 1S54. A good many fc-It whether or r.ot they sniculfcted the tho-jsr.', triat thoy bed been the virj-ir-s of a deoepOon. Lyr.don :i had ran zs the peace won in a ar.d t'.en quickly slipped, the country 11.10 OM bitUr result o! Kerjry Kissinger's confession h t peace is net, after all. haivi in Vietnam is likely to be an intensification of the feeling that there is no tnr h in system. For the puhlic crouch to past the eva- LeHers to the editor sims sr.d the feeble attempts at justification and realize that, frjr Trhatever reason, it has ijr.ce assart beeri grossly de- rjs." Kissinger "that a war for 10 It is ths.', f.': "r.e ha hxjtn dealt fciih this far, vre fail ar.d we fail. Inzer Is a smart careful man. fee imsg- i r.e hi m ini such larig Kshtiy language with the clef ini te and ever: proud ring of the He kr.ov.-s far much about the hliior v of m to ha v e based such flat statements oa mere vrishfiil thinking. V.'hat, then, went v.Tccig? In his statement at the White House press corjferente. it was other side that made diffi- culties, Due Tho kept try ing to reopen se'tk-d p rind pie. TV: re e ta r, t d er fj-e rr. er. f_s DO 'J t size powers o: the pro- po'icrl truce spjper- vision tea rn, ?.r.d lan- gusge rtflectiiig claim to sovereisr.ty over ail of South Vietnam. Oi course Hanoi may have been difncij'.t when the re- sumed after the American elec- tion: the vbole hhtxyry of neg- on Vietnam makes a path to peace Parents-teacher co-operation mtr.t of '-decent ar.d competent h'jrnan who have achieved the "capacity for consistent self-direction." Russell also maintained that education was an activity ar.d thai it "should not aim at a passive awareness of dead facts, but at an activity directed Uwartis the world that efforts are to create." None of these philosopher educators al- lowed that education should be left to the kind of chance forces resporisible for war everyday, irxiden'Jil All were' convinced that education te pur- posive; that should have eryis to- ward.s which it and strives. Maritain goes so far a.s to that the "first misconception" of mod em is- a "disregard of ends." Education should foster a of appre- ciation for the aesthetic dimension of life, or aa it, "Culture is ac- tivity of thought, ar.d receptiveness to beauty ar.d humane feelings. Scraps of in- formation have do with it. A well-ir.fonr.ed man U the most use- less on rXd's earth. Vfnat we airn at L3. rneri who c'ol'jjre exrx-rt in sorne spe- cial direction." Kdur-ation within each in- dividual the arjility, capacity and disposi- tior. a force in nviintain- iog aryi and the individual with tr.e the oppor- tunity to becorr.e an individual and a social agent at. same time. in orytaioing airn.-. or er.fis rr.-j.st oe f.r.'j striving to ac'rJeve them. Ar.d here rna-.t not tirr.id. T', no gwi to profes? certain and tr.frn sUr.d hoping will P'or they will r.'jt. A of Ls of educators of as a If we are reluctant to the rsffmzrj effort, if v.e are hesitant to commit ryjr- selves to (iducalion, not merely learnirig, we might find in the of "In the of modern li.'e the rile Ls absolute, race which drxA rot vslue trair.ed intoliigence L'. doomed." lAarTii.og i.s enough; Is rf.- I want Sauer on Equipment lacking Chris only beauty ir, Christ- rr.as lights. But f at jghts I .see our former Hugh MacAulay, s ladder, blue wish cold, U'-Stin? his strings in place. Tr.us thinking of all the misery that must rx; involved in stringing ligr.M I do not snare Cnrts' enfnusiasrri By Walker on fix: the lad? of wr B'Jt then I t havf; a UdrJer, T arrt ty, think by the rxrt ranee of the 'where the that hasn't rieen to Crri-V torn- fit to acquire ore either. to compliment Mr. his exceUer.t attic! 15 j the reed for parents and testers to for the sake of the children- I have just Kve.-i years ve vrork vrith thft home ar.d Vnat talents T riad to the or. ganization solely to better of A parerit r.rirj rrizes Echoo! or Ir; of a child foroA crJid t> between psrenrjs the .-X'hool. Sirxe he has Jive hu life -A-ir.fi his school rwt and chdld in Definitely, all rfctd frorn short- io that these ings can be iri- the ctdld ti-d-s way Ls very urifsir to ite Seven years another pro- fessifffial mother myself raj.-.irig our farrJiies LT of the suburbs were 6-ppaUed by th-e loc-al "coffee kUtth" rioing to their children hy rriiv- irterpreting what on at the local The school was rxj worse than c-'hers in tbe city arid a better than sorne didn't the pan-rifng it My arxl I decided, de- spite the !osd of farriify comrnuriity work caarying that, it time wo ac- cepted the leadership sibilities in tVx; with our ed'jcation to try to irr.pro-. y this situation. We saw the little school as likely vehicle for FXiIving the a norfiinatforss for cxeciitive Tt wa.s, tv.'-j years before I felt before an grfult arxl OTIC year before we get arfmmiRtration to ar- the fact i.i exv.u 11 v that forbidden topic At trx; r.o'jr.- vber parenr.9 ing Vj .Vjlva the same probterri f he yea f o! )ov.-i r, i l-.e role of fhc home and .-.choo! has c.ffrTigt-A r.vi co'jrcil Tr.c, presentation of a brief the with two reaction re- port; this year wouM do credit to any organization. Increasing vital parer.'. participa'-ion which culminated in a con- vention in rnear-i that parenf.s are ready to take a more active part in deois-ior.- roaking in education of their childresi. '.iral irr.f.ortirj-je are r.ei.; of and of cornmu.oic-at.ion a.s home and school exe'-.'j- ad- r.-inLstrators vdiiing to solve than to ig- nore '.hern. 'F'arerit. teacher in- terviews are bjt at all times parerit.s feel free to discus-s corjcerr.3 arxl fee! asswed that action Li being taken and never that cir- ixj changed. Vilth the for excellence made at all I dor: t see why par- erjts aren't ?XitU-r inform- ed of the and prob- lems inherer-t in operation of a arxl the education of their chiidren. I that during the past te-.-eo yean, especiaDy wben I rejouvjd the force again, my prfeserxje with of parents rias been looked on with open espxyrlally by system It has r.ot been an es.sy ta.-sk as 1 have tried to take my share of work, ar.d devious press coverage b-jt I can still see no ciffff-ence ir. fc airns gosh of ar.d teachers (or the cr.ilflr'm they care for. I am very to see Nfr. Sauer had the gumption to corru; arxi express some plain truths. I hope he will inspire others in thf; system to take a good look at ways of solving problems and includ- ing the- for gotten but crac-ial the pa-etjt. MRS. C. E, C. DAW Lethbridge. f'ditor'3 Somehow, In transit, the article submitted by Mr. Sauer became separated from an explanatory note. The rote Indicated that the article had been adapted from a written hy two well known prin- cipals from the 8UU of New York. Mr. Sauer does not wish V> take credit for the article although he the. eiprtssed by ID aiAWs. unlikely. But Kissinger's claim that it was all tbe other side's fault is pathetically uncon- vincing. Consider tbe two issues that hs now suggests are the stick- irj pomti. The first, that of t'rje truce supervision team, K-Sjinzer treated lightly, in- deed jocularly, af. his crxv ference of Oct. M. He quippc-d that this section of tbe draft agreement would "no oc- cupy graduate students for many years" arxi that "only my Ambassador Wil- liam H. Sullivan, really urxier- Etocd it. As for Saigon rr.ent's claim to be th-e sole of all South Vletoam, the baric apprcach ot the draft agreemeri negated that. For it was an agreement en a ceasefire, with the two warring parties in the South coKinuing to conJ.ro! thfcir own areas and commiued to work, toward an eventual politi- cal settlement. Moreover, the draft agree- ment explicitly ruled out treat- ing So'Jth as a juririi- cally independent country. finst paragraph of tbe sum- mary published by JlMioi Oc-t K, which fSssinger aekisovr- Icdged as "a very fair ac- .said the United would respect "the Indepen- dence, urjity arxl territorial integrity of Vietnam as recognized hy the iJvf Gen- e-r-a agreerraen'j. In other words, te draft terms continued tbe Geneva of regarding Vietnam as one country, di Tided by a temporary military Hne. Since that iias always beftn the of Hanoi, U would bardly have tried to reopen this part o LTD., Proprk-tws and Published by Hon. W. A. BUOIANA.N CLEO w.f wo WILES HAY EtfilOf K, WALK '7KE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH'