Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD _ Snlurdcry, February 5, 1972 WllTrTF m D i U I Costly charade As (Jaiiailian.s look back over the air traffic ami rollers strike it will he difficult for them to escape the conclusion lhal it was all a costly charade. Thai does not mean that Urn strike was called as a macabre jest by the union or thai the government went with it for the fun of it. The strike came about as a result of a series of moves becoming all-loo- i'amJliar to citizens of most industri- alized nations. In an opening move, typical of ihe collective bargaining process, the controllers made the absolutely ridi- culous request for a (50 per cent sal- ary increase over a 27-month period. Since such a bid could not possibly be taken seriously, the government made no response to il. Then when nothing had apparently been done in the way of serious negotiations and the strike was under way, the union made a fake dramatic announce- ment that it was cutting its demand in half to a 'mere' 30 per cent in- crease. Only after that did realistic bargaining figures appear. When the conciliation board's ma- jority figure of 15.5 per cent and the figure of 22 per cent recommended by the union representative on the board were made public it was ob- vious that a settlement would be made half way between. The negotia- tors first reached agreement to settle ill 17 per cent but this was rejected by the union members. Then another agreement was reached to settle at 19.5 per cent but the government re- jected this. Final and binding arbitration was then agreed upon. When Dr. Noel Hall makes his report the figure is bound to be about half way between 17 and 19.5 which will be very close to what the public assumed it would be following the release of figures by the conciliation board early in the strike. A suspicion is strong that the final figure is probably close to what both the union and government had in mind all along. Surely there is a better way to cope with wage settlements than this drawn-out and costly procedure that has all the appearance of a charade. It would seem logical to skip the senseless feinting at the beginning and then if serious negotiations can- not bring agreement, bypass strike and proceed directly to binding arbitration. The slight advantage that either side might lose in this way cannot possibly equal the losses suf- fered in a strike. Troop One of the Inpir? nf discussion high on the agenda when President Nixon visits Moscow next May is bound to concern mutual troop cuts in Europe. NATO Secretary General Joseph Luns has been visiting Washington sounding o'n American opinion. The Soviets want to talk terms on a man to man basis; that means that to the Kremlin "mutual and bal- anced" means one American soldier withdrawn to the U.S. for each of his Warsaw pact counterparts returned to his native soil, whenever that might be. The reasons for NATO's objections to such an arrangement are obvious. The Americans have the Atlantic ocean between them and Warsaw pact military forces could Weekend Meditation move up en masse with much greater rapidity, if circumstances should re- quire their return. The one man one vote principle does not operate fairly under such conditions. Mr. Luns didn't seem very hopeful that the Soviets are prepared to discuss mutual reduction of forces within the next few months, and he inferred that if there is no progress made, NATO would probably "with- draw its offers" for the time being. But it is a foregone conclusion that President Nixon will be well briefed on the subject by .May. By that time, the speed of change in internation- al relationships being what it is now- adays, it may be a whole new ball game on Ihe European front. Tlie scientific law of growth T IFE either goes up or down; it never stands still. This is true of the spiri- tual life as it is of the mental and physical life. The same laws apply to muscles, tal- ents, and morals. Use it or lose it. Young people corra from Europe proficient in their native language and after a few years cannot either understand or speak it. So it is easy to let the lovely tilings of the spirit wither and die without constant attention. As Chesterton said, if you wanted to keep white post white you have to keep paint- ing it white. "I have kept Ihe said Paul and it was not easy to keep. The struggles of life, the temptations, the injustices, the weak- ness of the flesh, the immorality of the streets there are a thousand enemies of the soul to be encountered daily. And life must either go up or down, never standing still. In the stress and rush of life the sense of God fades, can become little more than a pathetic memory or a vague dream, no longer a reality and liv- ing experience, the deepest and dearest of personal relations. John Stuart Mill wisely says, "Capacity for the nobler feelings is in most natures a very tender plant. Men lose their high aspirations because they have not time or opportunity for indulging them; and they addict themselves to in- ferior pleasures, not because they deliber- ately prefer them, but because they are either the only ones to which they have access, or the only ones which they are any longer capable of enjoying." This is one reason why the Bible warns over and over again to "watch." The soul must be constantly on guard. Schweitzer has an eloquent passage somewhere that says that life will strive to take from us the love for the true and the good and the beautiful but we need not, let it. The letter to the Hebrews warns, "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which wo have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip." William James said that he put his faith away in a drawer one time and when he looked for it it wasn't there. He must have found it again because he was certainly a man of tremendous faith. A high spiritual life will not be achieved by an occasional devout wish. One doesn't drift into the kingdom of hoaven or get there by an occasional mood. The spiritual heights can only bn achieved by systematic discipline and nurture, through prayer, Bi- ble fitudy, and acts of worship wilh the de- velopment of devout habits. Heal faith must not bo a mere sonlimont or hap- hazard opinion but must he a dynamic conviction and enthusiastic persuasion. If someone says that lie doesn't believe in God or eternal life, one suspects that he has failed to cultivate the kind of life that wo'ild bring intimacy with God and com- munion of the Spirit. The dying Paracelsus in Robert Browning's poem groans, "Love, hope, fear, faith these make humanity; These are its sign and note and character. And these I have lost, gone from me for- ever.'1 One can see this happening in oneself or in the circle of one's friends. How easily a materialistic attitude, a comfort- able pa.ganism, can creep into life until all the spiritual tilings are starved or smothered. No great height, no high vision or splendid insight came without infinite pains. Michaelangelo said, "If people knew how hard I work to get my mastery it would not seem so wonderful after all." Wilfred Funk the editor and publisher said, "I have never discovered a genius who spoke of talent Or even of inspiration. Only brutal work." There used to be a saying lhat if wishes were horses beggars would ride. Jesus once said a startling thing which Is difficult for many folk lo understand, "For whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even thai which he hath." It is true in every part of life that the more you have of anything the more you get. Musical competence means increased competence. Neglect of practice means less competence. It is a simple and basic of life. A man grows or declines in every single sphere. Most people haven't the slightest idea of the person they could be. When the psalmist said "I am fear- fully and wonderfully he was stat- ing a thought known to every physiologist. Most men do not live within sight of their potential and it is estimated that few of us use more than fifteen per cent of our potential. We must take time, we must make an effort. Ralph Waldo Kmerson said, "Neither you nor the world knows what you can do until you have tried." It i.s astonishing the number of people who never try. An epitaph on the grave of a mountaineer was, "He died climbing." Few of us will deserve thai epitaph. We die going down. If we don't fight up the stream the stream carries us down and we are lost, drowned in the sea. Some men blame fate for what happens to them. They think that life is a matter of chance or fate and Mint they have no real responsibility for the final event. This is not true. You decide your own destiny. Prayer: 0 God help me lo realize that there are mighty powers which will assist me if I strive to limh. F, S. M. The ignorance of Irish street youth "TOM Earl of the CliC said an interesting tiling in a radio reitort the other day. He was speaking from Northern Ireland ahout talking to ihe young people who take lo (lie streets when there is violence afoot. lie was especially impressed by their ignorance, tie also said it was dangerous to walk in crowds unless you kept a smile that made it clear yon were part of (hem anci with them. But first, Ihe ignorance. There are great imaginative advantages in ignorance. In fact, all the advantages are imaginative. The mind is un- trammeled by facts. The Irish have lived in this unclogged world from the beginning of for one brief spell with its Irish clerics and by choice. Kvcn the landscape lends itself to the cultivation of a sense of isolation that makes reality an encumbrance. The rest of the world, and the things thai affect it, are the world of unreality. There was a period and movement rightly called the Celtic Twilight. The everlasting reality is, however, n perpetual Irish Mist. But this is the full focus meaning of the ignorance Tom Earl may or may not under- stand. The particular ignorance to which he referred is created in school. The separate school system in Ulster is financed to the tune of 90 per cent by the maligned "Protestant" government. It is staffed largely by n 11 n s and Christian Brothers many of whom are little belter qualified than their pupils, but rich in Iriah political legend. Mr. Earl didn't see any place for these youngsters in any society after these present.troubles are over, "They were not qualified for anything." They are the prod- uct of the sectarian school sys- tem their community wants and without which it will not do. The state theoretically has a measure of control over this school system; in fact it has none; il is a closed system. But Mr. Earl's defensive smile when he walks in crowds ol these youngsters is not new to the Northern situation. Every Ulster boy who has walked through one of these districts in any part of Ulster, knows the meaning of one ques- tion: "Whada'ya think yer luck- in Being translated, that means: What do you think you are looking at? It didn't lake the present crisis to create the tense hostility these people har- bor towards the unfamiliar, the questioning, or the merely passing-by. Anyone wishing to protest this reading of an as-. pect of the situation might ar- gue that this refers only to what we call "corner boys who hang about street cor- Letters to the editor Slanted reporting on Irish affairs charged Your editorial of February 1 entitled, Irish Madness, is com- pletely consistent with the slanted reporting and partial interpretation of Irish affairs you have indulged in for the past few years. The Irish situation cannot ba understood in such simple- minded terms as those in which you see fit to present it. The other sources of news from Ul- ster make it quite clear that the British troops have not been directed with impartiality. On the contrary, they have of- ten acted against the Irish peo- ple and favored the Plantalion- ists. You highlight tarring and fcalhcring as alrocities hut show Hllle or nothing of the search missions, the rough treatmenl of civilians, the in- ternments by British forces. Public opinion abroad is im- Morgan liorsvs With the film "Justin Morgan Had A Horse" on TV's Wonder- ful World of Disney (Feb. and 13th) generating interest ar.d curiosity in this Morgan horse breed, maybe it wouid ho of interest to know that there are some in the Claresholm area. In fact, one stallion here (Gay's Cinco dc Mayo, owned by Ed and Doris Garbcr) is closely related to one of the Morgans used in the film lo despict the breed's founder, "Figure" changed to Justin Morgan after the singing schoolmaster Both the sire of Ihe Clares- Iiolm stallion and the paternal brother used in the Disney movie are elite horses in their own right, being both National Grand Champions, hut in addi- tion they both come from an elite strain of Morgan horses carrying the highest percent- age of original Justin Morgan (horse) blood. So it is news to find one of such close relation- ship .so close lo the Lcthbridge area. CAliA MOSKR. portant for Ireland, even in this small city. But honest and ac- curate reports are necessary in their own right. Your editorial crowns your efforts in siantcd and biased journalism on this issue. I hope that people who value truth and fairness here let you know their minds. One of the worst aspects is your failure to express, in your editorial, shock and compas- sion for the innocent victims of Sunday's episode. Here are a few facts and thoughts to supplement your recent reports on the events in British-occupied Nortli-Easlcrn Ireland. Fr. Denis Bradley, an eye- witness of the weekend killings in Deny, stated clearly and emphatically on a radio inter- view with "the CBC thai he, and other priests, saw absolute- ly no shooting at British troops or similar provocation before the paratroopers opened fire on the crowd. A Manchester Guar- dian journalist also went on record as saying that he ob- served the British open fire on the crowd. These troops were sent there and immediately opened fire, indiscriminately. Last year, the British troops were moving into the Catholic areas and searching for arms, putting the muscle on Irish civ- ilians. They did not interfere wilh the pro-Stonnont Proics- tanl groups. That, and subse- quent internment without trial, brought the violence to a head. It is clear that Mr. Faulk- Discriuiiiuilioii I am writing this note in con- nection with the ad run in The Herald which dealt with land set aside for snowmobiles. I visited the site and was pleased to see that, the city, seeing a need for land for the sport, had done something about it. But what is bothering me is if the city council can SCL aside land, which is a pub- lic park and actually put up signs declaring it closed lo the public except for snowmobiles, then why is it so difficult for motorcycle users to have the city council set aside land for this new and fast growing re- creation? If you will notice the at, even goes as far as to ex- clude MRV vehicles which arc built for this type of use too, hut are not a snowmobile. Are these to be excluded just be- cause they don't have a manu- facturer's name on them? Snowmobiles to me are just an- other form of MRV use and vet city council scorns to put them in a class by themselves, bridgc is the only city which I know of lhal is doing this. CLAYTON McKEE. Ixilhhridgp. ner's government, in collabor- ation with Mr. Heath's has adopted a "get tough" policy. Permit me to quote from a re- cent issue of Ulster Commen- tary, an offical handout of the Stormont government circulat- ing in Lethbridge. We read this from Mr. Faulkner: "You can no more deal with such deep- rooted terror without toughness and determination than you can excise a deep-seated tumor without cutting the flesh. It is not a pleasant business. Some- times innocent people will suf- fer Innocent people have suffer- ed, only yesterday, and for cen- turies. And these people have suffered the grossest discrimi- nation and degradation in their own country since the Parti- tion. It will be interesting to see how British Intelligence will whitewash the latest inci- dent involving the military. They never learn. PETER HUNT. Letiibridgc. ners. Precisely. The whada'.'a think yer luckin at' allilude to life and passers-by is part of the product of the school sys- tem and these are the people Mr. Earl has to smile at when violence is in the streets. The perceptive part of his comment was in his view of the hopelessness of llieir fu- ture. A large part of their com- plaint that there is job discri- mination that keeps them out of work is really due to the ig- norance Mr. Earl speaks of: They are nol really fit for any- thing, he said. The public schools attended by the "Proteslanls" are very good schools with very high standards. Any Catholic is free to attend them. Many do. Their educational standards arc con- trolled by the state. When it becomes difficult to separate fact and fiction in this human tragedy, the separate schools should be kept in mind. They contribute greatly to the minds that find it quite easy lo believe lhal in Ulster a Calh- olic cannot get a job, yet are not mystified when Miss Dev- lin and the IRA call for a protest strike and thousands of Catho- lics leave or do not go to their places of work in the factories and offices of the province. Perhaps Catholic joblessness is as good an illustration as any of the problem created by pro- paganda in this conflict. Thero arc fafholics unemployed. Thcrs are Protestants unemployed; un- employment is one of the prov- inces major problems. But how do you call Ihousands of Calho- lics off their jobs if Catholics have no jobs? A few weeks ago two IRA men who escaped from Crum- lin Jail were exhibited al a press conference in Dublin. One of them showed the world's press how he had been burned all over his body by lighted cigarettes. Bui before this man was arrested and imprisoned his whole body had teen cov- ered with boils and his medical records at the Mater Hospital in Belfast were made public by the doctors who attended him before and after his imprison- ment. The Mater is a Catholic hospital. Tiie doclors had had enough. They showed the man's medical records lo the Sunday Times. They said the "burns" hj displayed were not cigarette bums but dried-up boils. It will be quite impossible to get the youngsters Mr. Earl speaks of to believe these Cath- olic doctors. Their parents will not believe. The tragic fact is that there is no truth in the situation. There is such an ac- cumulation of untruth, of blind passion, of myth, of legend, and such rich and immovable igno- rance, that one despairs of it all. Mr. Earl said that if these people got what they demand, they would have no more place in the Ireland they want than in Ihe Ireland Ihey are now benl on destroying, and this is the terrible truth. The frightful fact is that peo- ple who truly are as ignorant as Mr. Earl has said, are now set on an irreconcilable course: to destroy a state. When they have done this, they say, they will then proceed to des- troy the state that has shel- tered them in their attempted destruction of the Northern state. They have made this per- fectly clear in public state- ments. Yet. Jack Lynch, the prime minister of the Southern state, lias allowed them lo shelter there, and lias now announced that, he will help them finan- cially. Is that Irish? Or is it that human stupidity and irratio- nality are as fathomless as the ignorance of Ulsters cornerboy patriots and gunmen? (Herald special service) Looking backward THE HERALD Book Review Early Indian leader The National Council of Women in the past year has been responsible for domestic science and manual training in llio .schools, supervised play- grounds, as well as tilings per- taining to bettor laws for wo- men and children. The Ooalhursi flour mill, operating in its second year, was completely burned last night. 1912 Egg producers in the Tabor area are becoming in- creasingly discontented over the unsatisfactory price being re- ceived for some time. 1952 Winnie Ruth .ludd rnnde her fifth escape from tlio Arizona Stale Hospital for the Insane. "Joseph IJranl: A Man for his I'cjiplf" Jiy Holm Caistor Knlunson 'I.nntfmnn Camilla StUD, !7fi rJMlK dust jacket, of Ilus nook stales that it is a story aimed primarily at (be early teen-ngo bracket, but this is a modest premise, With Ihe In- dian question becoming more contentious today in hoth llic United Slatos and Canada, Ihe of Mohawk Thief, Tlwy- cnrtanaga (Joseph Brant) indi- cates how concerned mth cen- tury Indians were for their fu- ture. After receiving an educa- tion in the U.S., sponsored by a British officer, Brant server! in various wars in which the Brit- ish were involved. But he was sharply awaro that Ibo Indian wns not receiving a fair shake aiifj became a staunch leader in tin1 affairs ol his people. A book fur all ages. MARGARET J.UCKHURST, The Uthbridge Herald 501 7lh St. S., Leibbridgc, Alberta LETIIRRinGE HERALD LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No 0015 Member of Thi? Canadian Press And tho Canadian Daily Newspaper Association and the Audll Bureau of Circulations Cl.P.O W. MOWfRS, Editor nml Publisher THOMAS H, ADAMS, Gonrr.il nnrj PHI IMS wit i IAW MAY Editor AV.MI i.itr rnilnr ROY Vill noiK'il Afi K WAI J-.TR Atlverlibing I'.ililori.il Hdilnr "THE HERALD SERVES 1HC SOUTH"