Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE U1HBRIDGE HERAtD Thursday, December 23, 1971 TO 1t r -vr Maurice Western What price Mujibur Sheikh Mujibur Kahinan. leader of P.aiiKla JH'sh Awami league, is a Apo- litical pawn of inestimable value. The West Pakistanis have him u n d e r house arrest anil President Bhuttu want to get the best bargain he can negotiate for the return of the one man who may be able to restore order in the devastated new I'ountry. An Indian official told a New York Times correspondent in New Delhi a few days t h a t "without -Mujib we arc in real Iron- We." Reports from Dacca say thai re- prisals against approximately two million non Bengali .Moslems re- maining in Pakistan have been kept to a minimum in spite of the bru- tal killings shown on TV. This is be- cause the Indian army remains in Bangla Uesh attempting to keep some kind of order and lo prevent the kind of mass killing that look place under West Pakistan's occupa- tion. India simply cannot afford to allow this kind of blood bath to be laid at her door. Hut neither does India want to become the Hindu army of occupation in Bangla Desh. Without Sheikh Mujibur, reputed to be a political moderate, reports indicate that civilian rule will be almost impossible. He is the only one who can control the guerrillas and unify the different factions Ibc emerging government. Mujibur is President Bhutto's ace- in-the-hole but what to do with him is a tough decision. If he is released, Mr. Bhutto must face the probable fury of embittered West Pakistanis. If he does not. be might very well have to face resumption of: the war in 'the West now. The crucial bargaining point may concern conditions for the return West Pakistani soldiers now held in Bangla Desh jails, and Pakistani civ- ilians anxious to return to the safely of the West. It seems a reasonable price from both points of view. Tough assignment Any suspicions that interest in con- servation might have faded should have been dispelled by the number of briefs presented at the four hear- ings on strip mining held in Alberta recently. It is obvious that concern about the effects of strip mining on the environment continues to be high despite the assurances given by min- ing company officials of their inten- tion to fully reclaim Ihe areas. Doubts about reclamation arise partly from poor performance in the past" on the part of mining com- panies. Unfair as it may be lo saddle present enlightened officials with the legacy of a "reputation for rapacious- reluctance to concede that a new will prevails is understandable. Deeper and more disturbing doubts centre on the insistence of some biologists that damage in cer- tain instances is irrevocable. That is something which may not be possible to prove until serious attempts at reclamation have been made. In view of these doubts there seems to be merit in the proposal made by two environmentalist groups that the results of current mining programs be studied over a period of years before more permits for strip- ping are issued. This they said was a compromise. It is a compromise be- tween the view that no risks be taken with the environment and the view that commercial gain justifies all exploitation. Finding a reasonable course that takes into account the economic real- ities and the necessity of halting and reversing the deterioration of the en- vironment is not easy. The depart- ment of the environment has a tough assignment. In seeking to produce good management procedures for the foothills and mountain areas, careful consideration will need to be given to all the briefs presented at the Environment Conservation Authorily bearings. This should be especially so concerning the compromise pro- posal. Amen ft is the bitter irony of our time that in spite of our longing for peace and harmony, we beget war. One hideous war has been con- cluded temporarily only, it ap- pears now. The focus of attention must switch to another potentially even more disastrous conflict that threatens to break out on another side of the globe. In the Middle East, the Egyptian premier, Anwar Sadat, backed by the Russians who have emerged strategic victors in the India-Pakis- tan war, is reported to be ready to take on the U.S.-Israeli alliance. Mr. Sadat is under tremendous pressure in his own country to follow up his belligerent statements with action. A diplomatic impasse appears to have been reached. Israel refuses to withdraw her troops to pre-19tV7 bor- ders. Egypt wanls troop withdrawal as a pre-condilion to settlement. Talks behind the scenes have been ineffectual and the UN has become a forum of belligerent confrontation. Hope that a solution can be found there has faded to the vanishing point. In spite of all this, C. L. Sulz- tierger, roving correspondent of the New York Times, thinks that hostili- ties between Israel and Egypt are not quite ready to break out into an all-out war. Writing from Cairo he gives his impressions: "Talk and theatrics seem more warlike than reality in the Middle East r i g h t now. This has become more obvious- ly true with the outbreak of the South Asian conflict. With 1 n d o- china continuing, one new war at a time is certainly the most this world can bear without blowing up." Amen. An interesting poor settlement By Terence Morris HTHE salary contract recently signed be- tween Lethbridge and its teaching staff is an interesting document full of implications for the future of our school system. The length of time taken to reach an agreement and the poorness of the final settlement showed very clearly how reluc- tant school trustees were to give a square deal to their teachers. Education is going through a rough lime but when the finan- cial is levied at the salaries and con- ditions of service of teachers we are prac- tising false economies. The influence of Ihe teacher his students is incalcul- able ;rnd even though the horrendous class loads make individual attention almost im- pcssible the teacher remains a vital part of the classroom scene. To downgrade the teacher is hardly likely to give us satisfied and confident school personnel to teach our children. As teachers waited patiently for their paltry five to six per cent pay increases they must have queried the choice of their profession. Last year policemen, firemen, school janitors, and electrical workers in Alberta received handsome salary in- creases ranging from eight to 11 per cent and never a murmur of protest from the press or Ihe government. Even these hefty and well deserved increases pale before the awesome per cent pay inn-eases awarded by the Calgary school trustees to themselves. The implication of this shortchanging of is that we should re-examine some of priorities in school. Perhaps we have misleading our students and espe- cially those in high school. For years the idea has been preached that more school and university education will lead to a more secure and prosperous future. Many of us will remcmlwr the posters with graphs that showed that each extra year of education would be worth so many dol- lars. University is very expensive in time and money and it's frustrating for a stu- dent to discover after four to six years of university work that getting a job is dif- ficult and that his friends who left school early to enter vocational training or some branch of public sen-ice are economically off than the university graduate can ever hope to IK. In brief, should we con- tinue to emphasize the importance of grade twelve exams and university entrance? It was also interesting to note in our new contract that the Lethbridge teachers with degrees are to paid an enormous to below their colleagues in Edmon- ton, Calgary, and Red Deer. Why there should be this discrimination against our graduate teachers is difficult to follow7. Doctors, lawyers, and dentists are paid the same fees throughout Alberta and this is a fact that must he known and appre- ciated by the school trustees who were delegated to do the negotiating for our lo- cal boards. The implication is that higher education is not regarded as voiy impor- tant by our school boards. If this is so we should take another look at the univer- sity and professional development courses that are offered to teachers in order to improve their teaching qualifications. Such courses cost teachers and school boards a lot of money. If they are not wanted then they should be dropped and tlic monoy put to otbor use. Perhaps (lie time has now come for us to examine the possibility of a provincial salary scale. 'Hie jungle warfare tactics that have characterised the recent salary negotiations have provided all of us with a spectacle that should an anachronism in this day and age. A close Ir.ok at what w lo our students and teachers in our supported schools slvould a priority for the coming year. Senator charges newspaper collusion iQTTAWA Various observ- crs in recent (lays have been unkind enough lo suggest that the spirit of liir.B (the pipe- line era) is again anima'ing government circles here. This might explain the otherwise astonishing remarks of Sena- tor J. Harper Pi-owso who rose recently to voice a question of. privilege in the Upper House. Mr. Prowse demanded that tiie Davey commission on the mass media should be reconvened to investigate what ho appears to regard as collu- sion between the editors of The Gazette, published in Montreal by Southam Press Limited and The Sun, published in Vancou- ver by FP Publications limit- ed. The sinister fact, as Mr. Prowse discerns it, is that the thoughts of The Gazette on Dec. 16 and those of The Sun on Dec. 15, in relation to the present position of sena- tors, hear a general sim- ilarity. The facts set out in ed- itorials in the two papers are wrong, he asserts, and "the decisions are remarkably the same." It is enough, not merely to excite suspicion but also to arouse indigna- tion. "As a says Mr. Prowse, "I do not intend to be intimidated." On the last point at least there appears to he welcome agreement It is clear from both editorials that the mit- ers do not want intimidated senators; they feel instead dial in the 'test confronting him Mr. Prowse should stand on lu's rights. "We'd never bother about Christmas if it wasn't for the kids." Letters to the editor Support through voluntary service not funds Recently I was looking through some of The Com- pany of Young Canadians' press clippings. I noticed an editor- ial from The Lethbridge Herald titled. "The CYC is out of date." It was from the Sep- tember 1971, issue. I suppose it goes without say- ing that the Company dis- agrees with the spirit of the editorial. Perhaps you haven't seen our March 31, 1971, an- nual report describing the ac- complishments of several com- where the CYC pro- vided assistance. In addition, the Company's council recent- ly approved CYC involvement with forty four new commu- nity projects. You seem to be unclear about the Company's goals. Accord- ing to the Company of Young Canadians Act, they are "to support, encourage, and de- velop programs for social, eco- nomic and community develop- ment in Canada through volun- tary services." Note that the support is to be through volun- tary services not tunds (as was the case with Opportunities For Try looking at the Company as a bundle ol volunteers. The Commonwealth ignored Your editorial Dec. 16, De- fence or expansion, together with most of the whole page, is an excellent example of our dis- grace, shameful position and real danger that I have tried to show was inevitable, unless we did something about it. for the last forty years. As I stated many times, long before you would even admit the danger, I believe you would rather do anything than build the Com- monwealth. Now look at what you wrote! All you are concerned with is that Russia is gelling such great power and getting it out of India and Egypt. It is at Ihe expense of U.S. power. The Commonwealth is not even men- tioned and you do not care a hoot. Licence to do own thing 51y congratulations to the sportsmen who killed Ihe moun- tain lion as publicized in The Herald. This feat is almost as electrifying as the death-defy- ing feats performed by those courageous daredevils and su- perb athletes of the snowmo- bile. Perhaps in Ihe future our en- lightened fathers in Edmonton will sec fil to issue a licence similar to big game licences entitling one to do his own thing in the forest of his choice. For fifteen dollars we could build a hontiro with fifteen acres of prime timber, or sponsor an international woodchopping contest. It wouldn't he any more devastat- ing to nature than shooting the now endangered Mountain Lion. lint shucks, I suppose we'll never see it come about. Hunters and sportsmen would likely protest such a licence as dutr.'igcous, "meddling uith na- ture" and we'll just have to be satisfied with the right to buy the usual licence (nominal fen of course) and lie lawfully en- titled to .shoot such ''over-pop- ulated'' species as mountain lions mid grizzly bear. ThEnk God for the farsighted- ness of the government. It re- alizes such a sport is quite safe and becoming safer all the time what with high-power- ed rifles shooting farther, scones and snowmobiles for running duwn game, no one really get.s hurt except for countless wounded animals in- cluding Ihe occasional mountain lion, (there arcn'l many left Then with all the money from such licences our guiding fathers will find some- tiling else. Maybe snowmobiles, what else will he left, CIIKSTER MOOK. Lethbridge. Appreciation On behalf of the teachers of 41, ATA, I would like to express our combined apprecia- tion for Ihe fair and objective way in which your newspaper treated the problems of educa- tion, students and teachers this year. Our have nothing hut pi'aiso for your ef- forts. LOUIS Public Relations Officer. IxAhbrldgo. Now we look at Rowan's ar- ticle, "prejudice makes bad for- eign All about how the U.S. decided which of OUR COMMONWEALTH countries the U.S. decided to make a key has- lion against Communist aggres- sion. What the Commonwealth did was of no concern that was neither desired or sup- ported. Certainly Canada re- fused to accept any responsi- bility and her motto has been ever since, DON'T COUNT ON US, in Commonwealth Affairs. We only served the United Na- tions. It has cost us all our pro- tection for no return at all. Then there is that Winnipeg Free Press reprint on the Indo- Pakistan War. I quote: "None of the big powers played a very creditable part The Soviet Union, China and the United States Not one word any- where that the Commonwealth was even worth mentioning. We see a steady erosion of (he porportion of world power of the U.S. and the alarming in- crease in potential enemy pow- er, yet at. no lime do we take any measure that would restore Commonwealth power only that which will destroy it for- ever. The power that stood alone among world powers for freedom, had ihi finest hour and it seems its last. We are shamed, despised and ignored even by our own citizens, who have destroyed us like a small child that can only knock over the blocks others built up and grin in delight at its own clev- erness. "That which we have shall hn given to another and we shall go to outer darkness." .1. A. SPENCKK. Magrath. institution holding that bundle tcgcther allocates them as best it can to the communilies that need ajit want them. Money isn't what the CYC is all about. It doesn't give grants or spe- cial services. Its a tool for two groups. Young Canadians can use it to become involved with community in social change and Ihe community can use it to obtain help from young Ca- nadians. There are some other differ- ences between Opportunities For Youth and The Company of Young Canadians. Opportu- nities For Youth was a tem- porary summer program ad- ministered by the secretary of state. The Company of Young Cana d i a n s is a permanent crown corporation administered by a council and its executive director, Dal Brodhead. The CYC has an annual budget of million and Opportunities For Youth received S25 mil- lion for approximately three months. Incidentally, you might find it useful lo read the ar- ticle about Dal Brodhead in the November, issue of Mac- lean's. DAVID McKENDRY, Communications Section. Ottawa. As to his general suspicion, the senator should be able to reassure himself withoul put- ting his colleague, Mr. Davey to so much inconvenience. The fact is that, if there has been collusion, the job has been hor- ribly botched. Any group inlcresled in in- limidaling senators would nat- urally concentrate on OtUiwa, where they live and eat and do their work. It so happens that there is an FP newspaper (The Journal) in the national capi- tal. There is also a Soutbam paper (The Mr. Prowse must be aware of Ihis because he served with Mr. Davey on the committee in- vestigating the media. It also happens that Ihe ad- vice being offered senalors by The Journal is exactly the op- posite of that being pressed by The Citizen. The one cries stay; ths other cries on. The Citizen, in contrast to its Mon- treal cousin, has supported Mr. Benson's tax bill and has re- frained in its editorial columns from exhorting senators to po- litical insurrection. While it may seem strange to Mr. Prowse, it is quits possible for persons (includ- ing editors) to draw similar conclusions from the same set of circumstances as they become more and more clear from d3bate in Parliament and from general discussion. A simple example will il- lustrale the poinl. Let as sup- pose that the government (departing further from its senses) should announce to- morrow a new tariff on oranges. It is distinctly pos- sible that identical thoughts might occur to critics in Vic- toria and in Charlotletown: namely that consumers would pay more when they shopped tor oranges in the grocery store. It may, of course, be ob- jected thai a tax on oranges would be a simple matter; the significance of which would be readily grasped. In contrast, the Benson bill is the most complex document yet devel- oped by the complex minds in Ihe department of finance. This is certainly true. On the other hand there is nothing particularly subtle about the methods being em- ployed by the government. In the House, the government has resorted to the guillotine. Once it falls debate is shut off; the thing is as simple as that. In the upper house, where there is iio such weap- on, senators are being told in effect, to shut up. The sit- uation, it is said, requires them to pass the bill by Mr. Benson's prescribed dale. A quite obvious conclusion may be dravvn from this any- where in Canada. It is that the Senate is being treated in a very cavalier fashion; as indeed, some senators are vehemently prolesling. Fur- ther, a Senate prepared lo acquiesce tamely in such a proceeding when careful scrutiny is manifestly neces- sary would be a body with scant thought for its respon- sibilities and thus of very lillle use in Ihe parliamentary pro- cess. Mr. Prowse apparently be- lieves that the obvious could occur only if someone in Vancouver whispered in the ear of someone in Montreal. But according to one of my p a r 1 i a m e ntary informants, very similar thoughts ap- peared in the Fairview Post which is published in North- ern Alberta (the home prov- ince of Senator Prowsel and has. to the host of my knowl- edge not the faintest associa- tion cither with FP or Southam papers. It is quite possible that Mr. Prowse will hear other rumblings from many other places if he is granted suffi- cient time from his duties to keep his senatorial ear to the ground. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Looking backward ted Slates Monday afternoon, (lie White House announced Monday evening, to "discuss with Ihe president all Ihe ques- tions relevant to the concerted war effort." Two Canadian Pacific Railway freight trains collided head-on one mile easl of Tilly. No one was injured. A school bus carrying 14 children overturned near Faith. None of the passengers were burl. Through The HeraM A dry squad of five provincial detectives proceed- ed lo make a search of the soft drink bars and parlors in Ta- bcr, sending samples to Ed- monton as a result. thousand pounds of rich luscious buffalo steaks from northern Alberta are to be eaten by Montrcalers dur- ing the holiday. mil Prime Minister Churchill arrived in the Uni- The Uthbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., LeUibriclgc, Alberta LETIIBRIDfiE IIKRALD CO. Proprietors and Puhhsh Publisher! 'jy Hon. W. A. 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